Posts Tagged ‘crochet’
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….
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….
Bob’s Blankie Brigade
Hair Flair for Hope
Stitching for America
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.
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Monday, October 31st, 2011
I started my Christmas knitting but I’m also planning which cookies I am making and starting to piece together some of my holiday cards. I realized there are probably lots of other knitters and crocheters out there just like me. Your craftiness doesn’t end with yarn and you aren’t always using it with hooks or needles. I was first introduced to yarn while making plastic canvas tissue box covers with my grandmother when I was 6. Then, a decade or so later, I used a furry, eyelash type of yarn and wrapped it around a large wreath form. That wreath, which is a bit tattered, still goes on my inside door every Christmas season. It wasn’t until my early days at Plymouth Yarn that I started knitting almost daily. I am always looking for deals on blocks of paper and scrapbook supplies. I’ve tried at least half of Martha Stewart’s recipes. I own hundreds of buttons but rarely use them in clothing. Finally, anytime I go on vacation I try to find a ceramic studio to take my son to, as they are few and far between where I live. My yarn stash lives down in my basement but I have 3 shelves of non-yarn goodies too.
Where am I going with this? Most of us who like to play with yarn, also like to craft, bake and create. We had a rare snow in Bucks County, PA over the weekend and it was a wet, cold, slushy mess. I opted to stay in and found a fun website that caters to all of my crafting needs. If you are looking for a project, of any type, check out Craftfoxes. I found this adorable free pattern for a crochet zombie from the book Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots To Make by Nelly Pailloux. Image by Andrew Perris. Encore DK would be perfect for this project.
Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make
I also found this fun free pattern for a crochet sandwich from the book Yummy ‘Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make by Christen Haden and Mariarosa Sala. Image by Jeremy Hopley. You’ll find the perfect colors in Encore Worsted. Everyone needs a crocheted sandwich, it has only a fraction of the calories a real sandwich has!
Yummy 'Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make
I also found how-tos on recycling old books, DIY decor, recipes from pickles to cookies, and so much more. They even have instructions on coffee dying! So if you want to make your holiday gifts this year, craftfoxes is the place to start. Become their fan on facebook and follow them on twitter. Find a yarn shop near you to start with those knitting and crochet patterns!
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Friday, August 19th, 2011
For those folks who don’t already know, I LOVE BAZINGA! This super bulky, wool/acrylic blend has colorways that are to dye for. It knits up quickly and can be used for so many different projects.
Our friends at Double Ewe Yarn Shop in Circle Pines, MN love Bazinga too. The owner of the shop, Kelly Judson, has created a darling set of mittens that can be knit in your choice of fingerless or full cover.
Kelly is offering a free download of the Bel et Bon Mitts pattern through Ravelry and on the Double Ewe Yarn Shop website. You can also check out Kelly’s blog. But if you are in the Circle Pines area, be sure to stop by. The gang at Double Ewe would love for you to visit. Check out their website for shop hours, classes and more. You can also check them out on their facebook page.
Is there a Bazinga project you would like to share? What else are you working on? We love project pictures! Please visit Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page and share your photos and stories.
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Friday, August 12th, 2011
As a few of you might know, I am a huge fan of felting. I talked about it earlier this week on Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page. Of course, my choice felting yarn is Galway. With over 120 colors in it’s catalog, you can felt a bag to match every outfit! Here are some pictures of my favorite felted patterns. You can find them at your local yarn store or you can find a shop on our website.
Just a few of our many Galway felted patterns
Enjoy this free pattern for a small felted bag. I like to use these as gift card and cash gift holders. I also have made a couple for my niece for Easter, and a wedding. It’s very versatile and quick.
Pattern F319, Galway 2 Color Felted Bag
Gauge: 10 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch before felting, done on a size US 13 needle; yarn used double stranded.
Materials: 2 skeins Galway—1 MC, 1CC. Before starting- double strand each color by dividing balls in half.
Needles: 24”-Size 13 needles, double pointed needles- size 11 or 13.
Finished Size: Approx. &” wide, 4” deep, 6” tall, not including handles.
NOTE: Make handles first and set aside. Use remaining yarn for the purse.
NOTE: Use double strand of yarn throughout.
Handles: With CC
Using double points- cast on 6 sts, leaving a long tail. Work in I- cord on the 6 sts. Work I cord until total length from beginning is 14”. Bind off leaving a long tail. Make second handle the same. Set aside.
Body of Purse:
With the circular needle and CC, loosely cast on 20 sts. Knit 22 rows. Bind off loosely. Change to MC, and pick up 21 sts along each long side and 11 sts along each short side: 64 sts. Place marker. Begin working in st st in the round (knit every round) for 8 rounds, ending at the marker. **Change to CC and knit 4 rounds. Next round: Change to MC and knit, picking up the back of the sts 4 rows below (first row of CC), and knitting them together with the st on the needle to make a large lump. Work 8 rounds total in MC, repeat from ** 2 times more (3 CC ridges total). Continue with the MC working: purl 1 round, knit 1 round, purl 1 round. Bind off loosely knitwise. Weave in all ends.
Sew the 2 handles along each long side- centered, with the ends about 5” apart. FELT THE BAG AND LET DRY.
After felting: Stretch over a box which is just slightly larger than purse to stretch the purse as it dries.
Work I- cord on the 6 sts as follows: **Knit across the 6 sts, then without turning needle, slide stitches to other end of the double pointed needle, wrap yarn around back of stitches and continue knitting from **. Repeat this process until desired length is reached.
Set the washer to hot wash, cold rinse, and lowest water level. Add a small bit of laundry soap, not detergent. Do not put anything else in the machine with the purse- things can get tangled in the handles and can distort them. Check on the purse every 5 minutes. Felting could take 20-25 minutes or so. Keep setting back the timer to make the wash cycle longer. When desired felting is achieved, rinse and spin lightly. Spinning can set in creases. Remove purse, stretch it over a sturdy box slightly larger than the purse. Straighten handles. Brush to remove excess lint or shave with a disposable razor. Let dry, which may take up to 2 days.
©2010 Plymouth Yarn Company. 052510jbt
We would love to see pictures of your Galway felted creations. You can post them on our Facebook page, contact us or email them to me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can dream it, you can felt it……..
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Do you like to fish? Do you like to crochet? Do you like to crochet while your friends are fishing? Here’s your chance to be a master angler and come home with a fish every time! Your crochet hook is your rod and Galway is your line. There is no messy bait to contend with either!
This little cutie came across my desk via email the other day.
Wal, the tiny fish
His name is Wal and he is the brain child of the vary talented Stacey at freshstitches.com. For this tiny fish, she used about 60 yards of Galway in color 154 and just 5 yards of the white, color 8. After I met Wal, I visited the website and met lots of other cuties. You can purchase Wal and Stacey’s other “Amigurumi” patterns here. There are also free patterns available here.
Stacey loves to hear from her customers and you can reach her just about any way imaginable!
FreshStitches on facebook
Find Stacey on twitter
Stacy Trock on Ravelry
FreshStitches Etsy store
Find items featuring her adorable crochet amigurumi designs at CafePress
Buy the 5 star rated book Cuddly Crochet on amazon!
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Thursday, July 7th, 2011
This week, our Marketing Director, Christine had the opportunity to visit the Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.
Beautiful views in Florence
another beautiful sight
Christine with our agent, Peri
This event demonstrates the latest innovations in yarns, yarn technology and stitch design. You can see all of the newest fiber trends on the horizon in some of the pictures below.
Lots of great hats to be seen
We also wanted to share the color trend chart.
I'll take one in every color!
With over 100 yarn brand representatives in attendance, it proves to be one of the most diverse and exciting events we attend.
The show’s focus this year is in ethical quality. Fiber prices are higher than we have ever seen. This directly influences all of our choices. Plymouth Yarn Company strives to keep the quality you deserve and the affordability you crave. These decisions are difficult ones and we have discovered some fabulous fibers!
The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!
Knit & Crochet unite!
You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!
Keep any eye out for new colors in some of your favorite yarns. We are also considering two new beautiful yarns from Peru and just wait until you can feast your eyes (and needles) on Mushishi Black. We would like to announce that coming soon…Plymouth Yarn will be the exclusive distributor for Grignasco Knits in the United States!
For more photos of Christine’s adventure, please visit our facebook page.
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Friday, June 24th, 2011
I thought you folks might enjoy this link from accesshollywood.com.
Tom Hanks plays a knitting prank on Julia Roberts!
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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!
Stitching the night away!
Knit one, Pitch two
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 catching a game in Ohio.
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
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.
Visit Chemo Clothes facebook page to find out how to donate.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011
My name is Sarah Punderson and I design for Plymouth Yarn. I initiated a group with the teacher Margi Wright to teach the students how to knit or crochet and make hats for babies in the Dominican Republic. It’s a great way to broaden the number of knitters/crocheters and gain awareness for the Village Mountain Mission Project.
A former Spanish teacher from Monsignor Donovan High School runs the mission programming for the Village Mountain Mission Project. (it is not a religious mission) Groups of students, usually, go down for 9 days and build houses. Thank you Plymouth for donating yarn to this project.