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New Fall PlymouthYarns for Winter 2014/15 and a GIVE AWAY!!

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Wow! Wait until you see this line-up! We have been so busy working on our new line of yarns this year. And we found so many that we had trouble keeping it down to a decent # of yarns.

We have 15 all said and done. I KNOW!!! 15!!!

Here is a description of these yarns for you to read about. NEXT I would like for you to check them out on Ravelry,  tell us your favorite new yarn and what it inspires you to make.

We will select a winner by random draw-so enter often if you like!

Essex: Chunky weight 100% wool wrapped in a charcoal or black thread in a fascinating subtle stripe.  Stitches melt together to create a wonderfully muted, but colorful, substantial fabric. This yarn is great for chunky weight accessories that you’d like to have a pop of color. 

Gina Chunky: We developed a chunky weight version of one of our favorite and best-selling yarns, Gina. Gina Chunky is a single-ply roving in bright, cheerful self-striping colors. This 100% wool will make cozy winter accessories in a snap. Charmingly fresh and bright in a quick to knit gauge.

Homestead: A true Aran! Homestead is a classic 3-ply wool with a design oriented color range. We love this yarn for many reasons. Surprisingly soft yet rustic, homestead will wear well and be a knitters favorite.   

Cashmere Passion: Cashmere never felt so good! In fact, we think this 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere blend feels better than most 100% Cashmere yarns (without the price tag, too!). Cashmere passion knits up at a light worsted gauge. The soft halo produced from the fabric yearns to be knit in a luxury accessory or classic knit. A truly cuddly yarn.

Cashmere: We have taken our Royal Cashmere to the next level. It is the same high quality Italian 100% cashmere in a new ball put-up. Best of all we have redefined the entire color palette. 10 colors ranging from classic to fun! Check it out. This is for that very special project-hopefully for yourself! 

Sophia Tweed: A multi colored binding thread twines around thick and thin Acrylic and Wool. Sophia Tweed is like a party in a ball. Stockinette and garter knits are soft and nearly weightless. We love this one for women’s garments and accessories in easy to knit patterns.

Spago: A light-as-a-feather novelty yarn with a bulky gauge. Spago self-stripes, and will knit well in simple stitches. Spago is ultra-textured and very fast to knit with.

Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed:  We tested many Silk/Mohair blends to bring to you the finest of the lot. Kid Gloss is 72% Super Kid Mohair and 28% Mulberry Silk. Accept no substitutions! You need to knit this yarn to know it is the best! The color palette is very inspirational for mixing together yarns, for either double or single stranded projects.

Stella Jacq: We are so excited about this self-patterning worsted. If you are familiar with our Knitcol yarn, you will love its big sister, Stella Jacq. Jacq is taken from the word jacquard, which is a textile term for intricate patterning. 100% Machine washable wool. Exciting and stunning shades bring unexpected results. Suitable for babies, kids, and adventurous adults.

Baby Alpaca Cherish: 50% Acrylic and 50% Alpaca blended together to create the best of both worlds. A versatile DK weight, Baby Alpaca Cherish is a great yarn for the family. The alpaca lends its softness and drape, while the acrylic lends its wash-ability.  Stitch patterns and color-work alike work well with this new yarn.

Rekor Mini: This is a fun crafting packet of little balls of 10 yards each, in great color ranges. Bust out the imagination for these: duplicate stitch, granny-style square crochet, jewelry, etc.  Check out our free pattern booklets to get you started F557 and F558. 

Inspire and Impulse:  Stock up on these kits for holiday shoppers. 2 different yarns packaged with a pom-pom. And the ball band has the pattern inside for cute hats. 

Scozia: Brought to you from Adriafil, this tweed blend of wool, viscose and nylon has a great hand and a rustic outcome. Chunky for fast knitting, but a light weight finished garment.

Riflessi: Also from Adriafil, this 4 to the inch blend of wool, acrylic and nylon has a metallic thread braided into the chainette structure-subtle but very effective. 

 

2013 Count Down of Best Selling Patterns

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Reflection is a common pass-time around this time of year.  Looking back on 2013, we have run a report on what sold the best this year.  Here you have it! In the reflection of the year 2013, we selected the top 13 best sellers.

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#12 2526   Linen Concerto    

#11 2555 EncoreColorspunandWorsted Encore Worsted and Encore Worsted Colorspun

#10 2496 Colorando

# 9 2436 Encore Colorspun

#8 NO26PLYMOPATSN026.zoom.1 Baby Alpaca Grande

#7 2466 Cleo

#6 2514Gina

#5 2437 Baby Alpaca Grande Hand-dyed

#4 2515 Gina

#3 1530EncoreWorsted Encore Worsted

#2 1873EncoreChunkyEncore Chunky

#1 2516Gina Gina

 

 

Holiday Gift Alert, Volume 3

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

This installment of the holiday knitting guide brings us to a casual, quick knit scarf yarn, Passion Nette.  I like to think of this one as your everyday scarf yarn.  This cotton/acrylic blend has a relaxed drape and a soft, natural feel against your skin.  It’s available in 8 versatile colors that will coordinate with anything in your wardrobe.

Click F443_Passion_Nette_Scarf for the PDF download

The passion doesn’t stop there either, there have been some great ideas coming out of the woodwork.  Tell us, what can you do with Passion Nette?

Passion Nette Hotpad

Courtesy of Tranqwool Knitting Provisions


Christmas Countdown

Neon? Yes Please!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Don’t tell the boss but I am spilling the beans today.  I just happened to be stretching my legs(OK, I was snooping, but let’s keep that between us) and found myself in our design/sample room.  This is the place where all the magic happens.  After all the trips have been taken and all the trade shows have been attended, this is the spot where the best of the best end up to be test knitted and designed into something beautiful.

I was excited to see a few things but what really caught my eye was the vivid and fun colors in the Grignasco line.  NEON!  I managed to get a shot of the fluorescent fabulousness in the Kid Seta line and wanted to share.  Ask your yarn shop today about these great colors.  Yarn shops-call your reps! You have to see these!

Knitting for Preemies

Friday, May 18th, 2012

We love to see and hear about your projects! We received an email from a charity knitter in Delaware named Julie.  She is currently knitting preemie hats with Encore Worsted.  Julie knits the hats for the babies in the NICU at Christiana Care Health System and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware.

What a wonderful reason to knit! Julie shared some pictures of the hats she creates, check them out below.

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If you are a charity knitter, send us an email and tell us your story.  You can share your pictures with us on facebook and twitter too! You can also find us on Pinterest.

Stitching For America

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Stitching for America is an event for all to participate.  It’s a collaboration of thoughts from Tarie Williams, www.yarnheaven.com, a person near and dear to Charity Knitting  and The Plymouth Yarn Company.  It is to help our neighbors who have been affected by the recent devastation of the floods, tornadoes, etc.  If we all unite together, we can help.

The following Local Yarn Shops have been generous to offer their services for receiving donations and distributing to those affect by the recent tragedies.

Wildflower Yarns, www.wildflowerknits.com, 300 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502. Tel # 785-537-1826

Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, www.hillcreekyarnshoppe.net , 1414 N. Range Line St. Suite D, Columbia MO 65201. Tel #573-449-5648

Sealed with a Kiss, www.swakknit.com 109 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthie OK 73044. Tel # 405-282-8649

Stringtown Yarn & Fiber,www.stringtownyarn.com,  900 S. Greenwood Ave #C , Fort Smith, AR 72901. Tel #479-434-2617

Knutty Knitters, 1339 Lake City Rd, Yazoo City, MS 39194. Tel #662-746-7555

Serendipity Needleworks, www.serendipityneedleworks.com 412 Queen City Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. Tel #205-758-0108

Yarn Heaven, www.yarnheaven.com W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, TX, 76013, Tel # 817-226-9276

Of course, there are many other areas in the USA that have been affected.  This list is not limited to the above.  All are welcome to participate.  This is an event to help those in need.

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Graphics donated by: www.Heatherink.com

The following patterns have been donated from Plymouth Yarn:

Click to image to download the pattern as a pdf

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Encore Worsted Toddler Hat SFA-04

Encore Worsted Ribbed Hat SFA-01

Encore Worsted Ribbed Hat SFA-01

Encore Worsted Scarf

Encore Worsted Scarf SFA-02

Encore Worsted Ladies Slipper Socks SFA-03

Encore Worsted Ladies Slipper Socks SFA-03

Encore Worsted Family Mittens SFA-05

Encore Worsted Family Mittens SFA-05

New Year Resolutions

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Most people will make a New Year’s Resolution for 2012.  We want to lose a few pounds, save more money, drink less coffee and be more organized.  But what are your New Year’s Knitting Resolutions?  I’d like to share a few of ours with you, along with the resources to help you accomplish them!

1. Knit for yourself! Now that you have the feeling back in your fingers from the last-minute-holiday-crunch knits, sit down and find a pattern that you want for you.  Even if it’s as simple as a new scarf.  Think of the time you will have to fit in knitting for yourself.  If you only have an hour or two a week, think of a spring or summer shawl so when you are done your project, it will be the right season to use it.  Here are a few to consider….

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2.  Make a gauge swatch.  I am notorious for not following my own advice on this one.  I often go blindly into a project.  I learned my lesson just a few weeks ago while making a Christmas gift for my niece.  I switched a yarn in a pattern for a slouchy hat.  There were very few differences between the two yarns, fiber content and put-up were the only things that jumped out at me.  My slouchy hat ended not fitting my niece but fitting my husband and I can’t talk him into wearing a purple hat with a touch of glitz.   Check out this article from knitty.com on the importance of and how to knit a gauge swatch.

3. Use your stash! I tried to use my stash this year for all of my holiday knitting and will try to continue to do so.  I ran out of masculine colors and only had to purchase a few balls! I am left with mostly baby yarns so I am hoping for a very long, cold winter so I will get news in the spring that I have some babies to knit for.  I am going to use some for charity but I will get to that later in this post.  There are some wonderful things you can do with those one or two skeins you picked up.  If you have 100% wool, felt, felt, felt! Small coin purses, small bags, small bowls and headbands.  Have a baby or wedding shower to attend?  If you have cotton, consider washcloths.  I have one that a friend made me almost 10 years ago.  It was in my wishing well at my bridal shower and it may be the only linen that hasn’t needed to be replaced! Hats are a great way to use up the stash too.  Here are some pattern ideas you can try.

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4.  Finish the projects you start.  I’ll admit it, I have 3 wips in my inventory for about a year now BUT I also started and finished at least 20 others this year.  Will I ever finish those other 3? Hopefully, maybe, well, I can’t answer that question.  There are some great reasons why this should be a resolution you keep.  First is if you get to the end and realize you need just 20 more yards, it may be impossible to track down the dye lot.  Second is while I always try to have a couple pairs of needles in each size, they do me no good if they are tied up in a project I’ve been procrastinating on, then I am off to buy another set or borrow from one of my many knitting buddies.  Which isn’t so bad I guess as I get to see all the new arrivals at my LYS.  Third is the most obvious, that baby will grow right out of that sweater you started.  I am going to choose my projects more carefully and think ahead to make sure I have the time and supplies I need to complete them.  Try looking up your patterns on Ravelry and get real world tips, advice, materials lists and pictures of finished products.

5. Knit for Charity.  I know so many of you are already doing this and it’s such a wonderful opportunity to use your talents.  I send scarves to a local homeless shelter.  I can get them done in one or two nights while I’m watching t.v. and it’s a great way to use your stash.  Check with your local yarn shop, they will likely have a program set up for donations of all sorts.  Here is a list of just a few organizations we have had contact with….

Chemoclothes.org

Bob’s Blankie Brigade

Project Linus

Hair Flair for Hope

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6. Use your technology! Did you know there’s an app for that?  Use your smartphone for more than Angry Birds!  I use my iPhone for everything. There is a free app (called Needles) for cataloging your needles so you know what you’ve got on hand.  It can also direct you to the nearest yarn shop when you are on the go!  Vogue Knitting and Knitting Daily are available too.  YouTube is a great resource for how to videos on just about everything.  I’ve used it to learn a new stitch and how to knit with the new ruffle yarns.  You can also find yarn reviews there.  I can’t talk about technology without mentioning Ravelry.  If you haven’t joined yet, get on it! It’s a fantastic resource for everything yarn, patterns and the people who love them.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and the gang here at Plymouth Yarn wish you a very Happy New Year.

Hair Flair For Hope

Friday, December 16th, 2011

There are so many amazing charities out there doing wonderful things for those who truly need it.  There are thousands of busy hands that are right now knitting a chemo cap, gloves, blankets for babies in the hospital,  prayers shawls and the list goes on.  I am proud to say that I get to work in an industry where so many people are willing to give up their time and their stash to help others.

I recently got an email regarding an organization,  Hair Flair For Hope.  I loved their site and what they do is a bit different than some of the other charities.  Here’s what they have to say “HairFlair for Hope is a creative non-profit project which utilizes the community to craft colorful, one-of-a-kind wigs (wearable art) for women and children who have experienced hair-loss due to medical illness or treatments.”  Here is just one of their many creations….

Kate Pierson of the B-52's

Kate Pierson of the B-52's

To learn more about HairFlair for hope check out their website

They also host “make a wig” workshops, accept wig applications and you can donate at their website.

Check out their facebook page for tons of great wig photos.

Stitch N Pitch 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two traditions — Baseball and needle arts. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or cross-stitch, everyone is welcome from the beginners to the experts.  On Wednesday, June 15th, the Plymouth Yarn family attended the major league event at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia to cheer on our Phightin’ Phils! The weather was ideal and the moon was full.  It was perfect knitting weather for me.  With 16 Major League and 19 Minor League Stitch N Pitch events this baseball season, I hope you get the chance to attend a game.  It’s sew much fun!

Stiching the night away!

Stitching the night away!

Knit one, Pitch two

Knit one, Pitch two

Play ball (or skein)!

Play ball (or skein)!

If you know the Plymouth gang then you know we love our local sports.  We have had several company outings to Phillies games, Lakewood Blue Claws minor league games and quite a few “friendly” company softball games. We listen to the Phillies on the radio in the afternoon and sometimes our customers will hear some cheers in the background when they are speaking to our customer service team on the phone. We even try to attend a game when we go to trade shows.

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte catching a game in Ohio.

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

But we get the most excited about Stitch N Pitch.  It’s a time when we get to meet some of our shop owners, colleagues, and fiber fans!

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Goodies at the door

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We were lucky enough that the Phillies won the game. They filleted the Marlins in the 10th inning which gave me just enough time to almost finish the Baby Alpaca Grande cowl project I brought and learn to knit with our new yarn, Joie de Vie!
Thanks so much to all who attended, the Phillies, and The National NeedleArts Association for taking part in such a great night.  Check out www.stitchnpitch.com for a game near you.  See you next year!

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Visit Chemo Clothes facebook page to find out how to donate.

Helping others in need

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I just received an email about a local knitting and crochet group from,  Gods Love of Newton.  This wonderful group of woman knit garments to help those who are less fortunate than they are.  Plymouth Yarn Company donated  Encore Worsted to help these ladies help others.p1030600

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