This time of year, so many of us are busy finishing holiday gifts. Some of us, like me, are just getting started. But what is important over the holidays and the chilly winter days is the knitting and crocheting we are doing for charity. At Plymouth Yarn, a cause near and dear to our hearts are chemo caps but, there are so many in need. Lap blankets, baby hats and blankets, helmet liners for our soldiers, prayer shawls and the list goes on.
Plymouth Yarn wants to hear about your charity projects. What are some of your favorite items to knit and crochet for your area? Where do you see the most need? We are avid supporters of charitable giving and would like to reward one lucky commenter for all of their wonderful work. We have just one prize this time…a copy of Dora Ohrenstein’s new book Top-Down Crochet Sweaters, Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit, featuring the Isabel Sweater in Bio Sesia 5 (photos courtesy of Storey Publishing and Melinda di Mauro on Ravelry) and 10 balls of organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 to complete the project!
The book is full of elegant and classic designs. You can also buy your own copy here and see Dora’s designs on Ravelry.
How to Win: please comment on our blog about your charity knitting/crocheting and tell us your favorite item to make for charity. One person will be chosen at random to win the book and the 10 balls of Bio Sesia 5 needed to make the stunning Isabel sweater. Contest is open from now until November 28th, 2016. Winner will be picked November 29th, 2016 and notified via email provided with comment. US residents over 18 years of age only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family are not eligible.
By now you may have seen the gorgeous colors in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015. The trend is beautiful, earthy natural colors that make a bold statement. The designers have spotlighted progressive movements in American history while keeping the tones appropriate for both masculine and feminine designs.
Plymouth Yarn provides these warm tones in our 100% wool, Galway, made in Peru. We chose this yarn because of it versatility, warmth and it’s an absolute pleasure to knit or crochet. Here is a list to assist you in finding the right shade for the upcoming season!
Galway #114 Pantone Colorway Cashmere Rose Gently persuasive.
There is something very special happening at the Delaware Museum of Natural History! Designer Sharon Silverman has lead her team to create a beautiful and unique yarn bomb experience.
Our favorite component has to be Yarnboa! This cuddly snake is over 40 feet long and constructed mostly of Plymouth Yarns! Almost 9000 yards of yarn were used for this creature which was created to celebrate the museum’s exhibit Titanboa:Monster Snake. The snake is filled with used newspaper and plastic bags. Sharon plans to reconfigure the crocheted creations into blankets, which will be donated to the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester. You can meet her at the museum on Sunday December 14 from 1-3 pm. The Titanboa exhibit will run until January 25th, 2015.
Sharon has been creating beautiful yarn bombs for some time now, you can see some examples of her amazing work on her facebook page. Here are a couple other creations you can see at the museum located at 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, De., 19807.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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….
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.
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….
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.