Archive for the ‘Yarn’ Category
Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!
But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.
BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!
Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball
Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan
Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn
Encore Chunky Tweed 2-3 ball slipper socks
Mushishi Big 2 skein hat (crochet!)
Baby Alpaca Grande Hand Dyed 1 skein hat
Baby Alpaca Magna 1 skein headband
Encore Mega Colorspun 2 ball cowl
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Yarn | Tags: Tags: arequipa worsted, baby alpaca grande hand dyed, baby alpaca lace, baby alpaca magna, baby angel, encore chunky, encore chunyk tweed, encore mega colorspun, encore worsted, gift, hand knitting designs, holiday, kid gloss, mushishi big, perlina, plymouth yarn company, quick crochet, quick knits, stella Jacq,
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
With the Fall season upon us, I want to tell you about a new exciting yarn we have at Plymouth.
Mushishi Big is a lofty wool silk blend with long stretches of color. The variations of white silk slubs throughout the softly spun woolen are whimsical and provide depth to this multi-faceted chunky weight.
(Psst, this is a BIG brother to our popular yarn, Mushishi.)
I designed a pair of boot toppers that feature a variation of a stitch called the “Umbrella Stitch.” The undulating nature of the stitch creates a stylish curvature around your calves. The bottom ribbed part of the boot topper will fit snuggly against your legs and provide extra cushion and warmth. It is important you bind off with a nice stretchy method- I like “Jeny’s stretchy bind off” or “tubular bind off” method. Do you have a favorite stretchy bind off method?
I think these would look equally cute with a pair of cowboy boots. Enjoy this free pattern using our new fall yarn!
Plymouth Pattern F687
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Yarn | Tags: Tags: boot toppers, cold weather, hand knit pattern, knitting pattern, lace accessory, mushishi big, Plymouth Yarn, vanessa ewing,
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
It’s that time of year again! Just 4 days left until the 5th birthday of I Love Yarn Day! The Craft Yarn Council is calling for all fiber friends to #stitchitforward by teaching at least one person how to knit, crochet, weave or spin. It only takes a few minutes to share your love of yarn with another person and chances are, they are going to love it too! Post your projects across facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram!
To help you share your love of yarn, Plymouth Yarn is giving away one of it’s biggest prizes ever! One lucky winner will receive FIVE– that’s right- FIVE, cowl kits containing our best selling yarns!
To Enter: Comment on this blog post with 1. Your favorite yarn shop. 2. Your favorite Plymouth Yarn 3. Your favorite place to knit/crochet/weave or spin. You must include all 3 to be eligible for the grand prize. Winners will be notified on October 19th via email. One runner up will receive one Baby Alpaca Grande Cowl kit.
Here are the fabulous cowl kits that are included in the Grand prize. They would all make fantastic gifts. Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Download the patterns here and run to your local yarn shop to get the yarn. Free pattern links are located under each picture.
Click here to download Encore Mega F607
Click here to download Gina F430
Click here to download Galway Sport F635
Click here to download Baby Alpaca Grande F297
Click here to download Homestead F637
Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: Baby Alpaca Grande, craft yarn council, crochet, Encore, encore mega, Free Pattern, Galway, gina, hand knitting, homestead, I love yarn day, knitting, pattern, Plymouth Yarn, spinning, weaving,
Friday, September 18th, 2015
On September 17th, The Knitty Gritty yarn shop, in Vero Beach, FL, celebrated their 4th anniversary. They partied in style with refreshments and door prizes. They even had a visit from Plymouth Yarn President, Dick Power!
- Dick Power and Knitty Gritty owner Anna Gales
They are celebrating all month long with a Plymouth Yarn trunk show and sales on Plymouth products! If you are in the area of Vero Beach, FL, be sure to stop in and say hi. You can find the Knitty Gritty on facebook too.
Category Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: hand knitting yarn, knitty gritty, Plymouth Yarn, Vero beach, Yarn, yarn sale, yarn shop,
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
At this years Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Terry Phillips along with his lovely wife, sales rep, Jennifer, arrived to splashes of color in all sorts of interesting mediums. Stuffed animals, traffic cones, and multicolored smoke were just a few ways they were displayed.
They met with long time friends and the folks who make that decadent Baby Alpaca and beautiful Galway.
There was emphasis on natural fibers spun into luxury yarns. The colors were earthy and regal.
It was a long, hot week and Plymouth Yarn is excited to develop new products to share with you in the coming months.
Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Happenings, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, TNNA, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: baby alpaca, crocheted, Galway, hand knitting yarn, Italy, knitting, Pitti Filati, Plymouth Yarn, Yarn,
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
During my vacation last month, I ran across this really cool DIY blog post for a woven pillow. I just had to make it!
I dug through my stash but I couldn’t find any roving laying around (how is that possible? I am ashamed to call myself a yarn stasher :)). But, because necessity is the mother of invention, I realized I had everything I needed when I pulled out some complimentary colors of Galway Roving.
I followed the directions on the blog, but used 4 strands of Galway Roving held together in place of using the actual roving. It took 2 full balls of the Tan and a little more than 2 balls of the Grey.
I do like the results, and the finished pillow is so soft and fluffy!
Friday, June 26th, 2015
We are happy to share a giveaway hosted by Martingale Publishing! Check out their new book Slip-Stitch Knits by Sheryl Thies, with 12 lovely designs, 5 of which use your favorite Plymouth Yarns!
Head on over to Martingale’s blog for your chance to win! Here are just two of the beautiful Plymouth designs that you can find in the book….
Jeannee, 2 skeins. one in color 1 and one in color 57
Encore Worsted. 1 skein each in colors 688 and 240
Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: contest, encore worsted, free, giveaway, hand knit, Jeannee, knitting, martingale, patterns, publishing, Yarn,
Monday, June 15th, 2015
Photo credit of Harper Point Photography/Interweave Knits
I am pleased to announce the release of my new shawl knitting pattern, Ojo De Dios Chunky. Plymouth Gina Chunky self stripes into modular-motif triangles. The seamless triangles form the border of the shawl. A v-shaped garter stitch body is picked up and knit afterward. Some of you may know of my original, “little sister” shawl, which is the original Ojo De Dios knit in Plymouth Gina (a worsted weight). I really enjoyed re-designing this shawl concept. Since this is knit in a chunky weight, you’ll be able to knit at a faster pace. I think it took me 3 evenings.
Photo credit of Harper Point Photography/Interweave Knits
The design is part of a collection of 5 accessories that feature motifs in Interweave Knit’s newest e-book. Designs are from Grace Akhrem, Quenna Lee, Paula B. Levy and Daniela Nii. Just click the link to purchase your copy. You can also purchase a kit for the shawl from Interweave.
Now that I’ve introduced you to the new design……I want to announce I will be hosting a KAL (knit-a-long) and giveaway for my shawl on ravelry in the Plymouth Yarn Group.
To Participate in the KAL:
- Start date: 7.1.2015
- End date: 7.31.2015 11:59 pm EST
- Purchase the Motifs E-book from Interweave
- We recommend using our Gina Chunky yarn. It is a great singly-ply self-striping yarn that has crisp, vibrant and unique colorways.
To Participate in the giveaway:
- Post in the KAL thread that you are joining us, mention what Plymouth yarn you will be using. (must use a Plymouth Yarn to participate in the giveaway) See retailers near you or purchase the kit through Interweave.
- Create a ravelry project page and post a clear photo of your finished shawl.
- Complete the shawl by 7.31.2015 11:59 pm EST.
- Must be over 18 years old and live in the USA Or Canada.
Everyone who completes the above requirements will be entered into our drawing at the end of the KAL.
The giveaway is a surprise and will be revealed at a later date. (Hint: There will be multiple winners!)
Monday, June 15th, 2015
We had a great time at the TNNA show in Columbus this year. There was lots of love to be had for our new fall yarns. It was great to see so many of you at our booth and we are looking forward to a successful year and hope that you share all of your projects with us on our social media outlets.
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Category Accessories, Design/Patterns, Free Patterns, Happenings, Magazines, Plymouth Sales Reps, Plymouth Staff, TNNA, Yarn, Yarn Shops | Tags: Tags: crochet, Encore, knitting, Plymouth Yarn, show, TNNA, Yarn,
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
So many of us just love our hats and with the Cleo Summer Tam you don’t have to wait for cool weather to wear them! Made using 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton this hat is an adorable addition to your collection. Knit it on your way to the beach and wear it that night! This is your chance to win the Plymouth Yarn Cleo yarn to make it too! Comment here on our blog and tell us your favorite summer knitting project. Several winners will be chosen at random Monday, June 1st. You can download the pattern here for free.
Need ideas for summer knitting? Check out our Short and Sweet Summer Knitting Board on Pinterest for inspiration.
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