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Neon NOW!!!!!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

From the Desk of Cia Abbott Bullemer

Spring is Springing!

And after our trip across the country to participate in the Spring Show of The National Needle Arts event, we here at Plymouth Yarn are PUMPED! We had a tremendous response for our neon colors in Encore Worsted and our new sock yarn called Neon Now!

After returning from Italy in July on a Yarn Sourcing trip, we witnessed the same about trends. Neon is still wildly out there!  It is hot, it is now, and it is available!

Here are a few examples of neon for color combos.  I love the one below with the black and grey-see how it makes the orange pop but yet not read completely neon? LOVE THAT!

And then putting orange and fuchsia together? Who’d have thought that worked. But it does! Tell us what you do with neon!

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Neon on the runwayThis spring, is all about neon



Hey Yarn Shops! Small Business Saturday Happenings

Monday, November 25th, 2013

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Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th!  There are so many benefits to shopping small.

  • Money you spend in your community usually gets put back into your community.   Shop owners are more likely to use that money to purchase from other businesses in the community.
  • Small businesses are 250% more likely to donate to local charities than large or big box businesses. That’s just good for everyone!
  • Local businesses are usually owned by the people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and want to invest into the community’s future.
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  • It’s better for the environment.  Less transportation = less waste
  • THE BEST customer service

I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.

So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.

HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th.  You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on.  We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!

 

Twitter I Love Yarn Day Giveaway!

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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We are so happy it’s almost  I Love Yarn Day! Head on over to our twitter page on October 11th to win some yarn!

Here’s what you have to do…..

1. Knitters and crocheters-tweet and tell us your favorite local yarn shop!
You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn,  you can also use #ILoveYarnDay.
For example: @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILovePlymouthYarn or @PlymouthYarn, The ABC Yarn shop is the best #ILoveYarnDay.

2. Yarn Shops-tweet and tell us your favorite Plymouth Yarn!
You MUST tag us with @PlymouthYarn and use the hashtag #ILovePlymouthYarn,  you can also use #ILoveYarnDay.  Feel free to hastag your shop too!
For Example: @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILovePlymouthYarn or @PlymouthYarn the Gina yarn is our best seller! #ILoveYarnDay

One yarn shop will win 10 balls of Encore Mega in I Love Yarn Day themed colors

Knitters and Crocheters, You can win one of 4 prizes that include 2 skeins
of a quick project and pattern, great for the holidays!

Winners will be chosen at random on Monday October 14th and notified by direct message if available.

 

Upcoming Yarn Crawls and Events

Friday, September 27th, 2013

It’s Yarn Crawl season and if one of these events is happening in your area, you should surely make the time to go!

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Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl

 

Ending September 29th

Denver, CO area

Yarn Along The Rockies

September 26th-29th 2013

San Diego, CA

San Diego Yarn Crawl

September 27th-October 6th 2013

Charlotte,  NC and surrounding area

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl

October 4th-6th 2013

Boston, MA

Greater Boston Yarn Crawl

October 4th-6th

Western Connecticut

Friends & Fun Yarn Crawl 2013

October 5th & 6th 2013

New York, NY

NYC Yarn Crawl

October 11th-20th 2013

Central Texas

Hill Country Yarn Crawl -the best little yarn crawl in Texas!

 

Yarn Shops-if there is a crawl in your area, please leave it in the comments.

Please email yarn crawl info to Plymouth Yarn! We’d love to share your event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Booth With A View!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Packing up and flying home is always the saddest part of leaving a TNNA trade show.  Plymouth Yarn staff and reps  love seeing all of their customers and showing the new and exciting things we have coming.  Our design team sent this video to me so I could see how gorgeous our booth is this year and I wanted to share it with you,  just in case you were like me….at home holding down the fort!

So, You Want To See New Yarns…..

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

It’s that time of year again! Fall yarns are blooming! We have a wonderful mix of exclusive classics.  This season is sure to bring bold, rich and intoxicating colors just waiting to jump on your needles and hooks.  If you are ready to explore, let’s go!

First up, meet the Cape Town Collection, brought to you from the finest spinners and dyers in South Africa.  Johanne is Dk weight and 327 yard per skein. Contents are 40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Mohair blend.new 0770_johanne_12

Also from the Cape Town Collection, we have Toria. Light and delicate, lace weight 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon blend.  The 229 yards per ball will knock your shawl off!

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I won’t lie, Revel from Grignasco is my personal favorite of the season.  275 yards of 85% Baby Alpaca, 15% Merino Wool sport weight delight.

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Revel in Action

Revel knit swatch

 

 

Bamtastic is 248 yards and 60% Bamboo Rayon, 40% Nylon.  You will love the drape with this cozy, machine wash and dry yarn.

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Beauty and warmth await you in Colca Canyon.  This chunky and soft 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool blend has a unique construction that will make every project a work of art.

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Next we have Just Fur Kicks,  all the delight of fur without the guilt!  88 yards of Nylon/Polyester blend fluffy goodness.  Perfect for all of your trims, boot cuffs and accessories!

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Last but surely not least, we bring you Monte Donegal and Monte Donegal Hand Dyed.  A lush blend of 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon.  These indulgent yarns are worsted weight with 109 yards per ball, perfect for so many projects.

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Hand Dyed

Hand Dyed

Color Cards and samples will be at your local yarn shop soon. Check out plymouthyarn.com to see available patterns and news.

The National NeedleArts Association Needs You!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

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Every three years,  TNNA conducts a very important survey called the TNNA State of Specialty NeedleArts 2013 needle artist survey.  The more responses from knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners, the better the results for YOUR needleart!  See below for official TNNA info and link to the survey…..

The 10-minute survey asks about your experiences with the needlearts you
enjoy: crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint,
spinning, or weaving. Let us know which types of projects you prefer, how
you like to learn, and what you’d like to see needlearts shops do better.
The needlearts community needs your advice and opinions, whether you are a
beginner or an expert! This survey is conducted every few years by The
National NeedleArts Association (TNNA). Your input is very important and
will be included in a published national report.

Your answers are anonymous. No one will use your survey responses to market
to you.

In return for your participation, you will receive valuable benefits:
. Gain a chance to win one of five $100 needlearts gift certificates.
. Ensure stores, manufacturers, and other suppliers provide what you want.
. Explore your needlearts interests.

Your valuable input will also help the needlearts community:
. Give guilds, associations, community groups, and others guidance to grow
the world of needlearts.
. Help independent retailers and family-owned suppliers succeed by giving
them the customer feedback they need.

Please complete the triennial national Yarn, Stitching, and Weaving 2013
Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TNNAfiber

 

 

TNNA Long Beach 2013

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The National Needlearts Association hosted their winter trade show in beautiful and warm  Long Beach, CA.  Our team was there and loved visiting with some of you in our booths.  We hope you enjoyed our newest yarns and garments on display.  For those of you who couldn’t make it to the show this year (hopefully, you entered into our While the Boss is Away at TNNA giveaway), we wanted to share some photos with you.  Yarn shops-be sure to call your sales reps for the most up to date info on what you see.  Knitters & Crocheters-if you see something you must have, call your favorite local yarn shop and make a request. Below you will see great new yarns like Cleo, Linen Concerto, Colorando, The Grignasco Collection, Maria Diaz Collection,  and favorites like Baby Alpaca, Merino Superwash, Galway and Encore.

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Cleo

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Linen Concerto

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Colorando

Just a taste of the Grignasco line of yarns

Just a taste of the Grignasco line of yarns

The Maria Diaz Collection

The Maria Diaz Collection

Plymouth Select Superwash

Plymouth Select Superwash

Galway

Galway

Baby Alpaca Grande

Baby Alpaca Grande

Baby Alpaca Collection

Baby Alpaca Collection

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Encore

Encore

Dick Power and Plymouth Sales Reps Melody and Bonnie.

Dick Power and Plymouth Sales Reps Melody and Bonnie.

Our designer extraordinaire Cia and Deborah from Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA

Our designer extraordinaire Cia and Deborah from Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA

 

 

 

Dreambaby DK Crochet Popcorn Hat

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Ask any knitter, crocheter, or crafter; the time for quick, last minute gifts is upon us. I’m definitely feeling the pressure!

Many of my friends are having babies, so luckily these gifts tend to be for the little ones. Anyone who has crocheted and knitted can tell you that crocheting is quicker than knitting in most regards.

My popcorn baby hat is crocheted in Dreambaby DK. It is a great gift for the babies in your life, and you’ll be happy to know it can be made lickety-split! Enjoy–Vanessa

Dreambaby DK Crochet Popcorn Hat

View as pdf

To Fit Size: 0-3, (6-12, 18-24) months
Approx. Hat Circumference: 14 ½”, (16, 18)

Materials:
Plymouth Dreambaby DK:
1, (1, 2)—50G balls, color 137 Brown
Gauge:  17sts, 20 rows = 4” on size US G crochet hook in single crochet (sc),
16 sts in popcorn stitch= 3 ½” on size US G hook.
Needles: Size US G crochet hook, stitch marker

Pattern is written for smallest size, with larger sizes in parenthesis. If only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Use a marker to help mark the beginning of the round(s).

Begin (starting at the top)
Ch 5. Join with a sl stitch to form a ring.
(OR use the magic loop method to make 11 sc-
http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/magic-ring-right-handed/  if using this method, skip to round 2)
Round 1: work 11 sc in ring. (11 sc)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc across round to last st, sc in last st. (21 sc)
Round 3: work 1 sc in each sc round. (21 sc)
Round 4: *work 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (28 sc)
Round 5: *1 sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (35 sc)
Round 6: *1 sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (42 sc)
Round 7: *1 sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (49 sc)
Round 8: *1 sc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (56 sc)
Round 9: *1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more (63 sc)
0-3 Month size only:
Round 10: 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end of round. (64 sc)
6-12 Month and 12-18 Month Size Only:
Round 10: *1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (70 sc)
6-12 Month Size Only:
Round 11: (1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st)2x, sc to end of round. (72 sts)
18-24 Month Size Only:
Round 11: *1 sc in each of the next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * 6 times more. (79 sc)
Round 12: 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end of round. (80 sc)

All Sizes
Next Round: sc in every sc around. (64, (72, 80) sc)
Begin Popcorn Stitch
Round 1: *work 5 dc in next sc, drop the loop from your hook, insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch (1 popcorn made), sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around. (16, (18, 20) popcorn sts)
Round 2: sc in every stitch around (popcorn st counts as 1 sc). (64, (72, 80) sc)
Round 3: *2 sc in next 2 sts, work popcorn stitch (work 5 dc in next sc, drop the loop from your hook, insert your hook from front to back under the top 2 loops of the first dc of the group, grab the dropped loop and pull it through the stitch (1 popcorn made), 1 sc in next st; rep from * around. (16, (18, 20) popcorn sts)
Round 4: sc in every stitch around (popcorn st counts as 1 sc). (64, (72, 80) sc)
Repeat the last 4 rounds for popcorn pattern.
When hat measures 3”, (3 ½, 4 ¼) from beginning of popcorn stitch, end having worked a sc round. (Approximately 8, (9, 11) layers of popcorn will have been made). Work 4 rounds of sc. Work 1 round of backward crochet firmly. Cut yarn, fasten off, and weave in all ends.

©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company. 121212vle

ABBREVIATIONS:  ch= chain, dc= double crochet, dec = decrease, inc = increase, M= marker, RS= right side, sc= single crochet, sl = slip, st(s) = stitch(es), tbl = through back loop,  tog = together,  WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back

 

 

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Friday, December 7th, 2012

I’m sure everyone is busy with trimming, blocking, weaving ends in, and joining their seams by now.  Knitters and crocheters never wait until December to make gifts…..right? HA!

 

So my mom’s shawl is made as well as the socks for my brother but here I am, December 7th,  just remembering all the folks I forgot.  It’s easy to overlook when our days are so hectic.  I have so many people in my life who’s small actions make things run smoothly.  Of course I remember my son’s teacher, but there’s the really sweet, part-time aide who always saves him a chocolate milk at lunch.  If you’re a mom, you know it’s important to have people be good to your kids.  The holidays are the perfect time to let them know how special they are.

This is where I thank my lucky starts for our line of ruffle yarns! One night, one skein in most cases, one aide remembered!  I wanted to share some links for the patterns I’ll be using from Ravelry.  Call your yarn shop and get a ball today!

Joy Prism Scarf

Scandalicious Scarf

Joy Metallic Scarf

Passion Fur Scarf

and for the men in your life, a neck warmer published by Knitty Keen…

Encore Worsted Neck Warmer