I came into the office this morning and found this gem in my email from a cute little shop in Alabama. The Garter Cable Poncho, by Heidi Sunday, is free for you to download! The pattern was written for Encore Worsted but as you can see in this picture, it’s beautiful in Dynamo too! I asked Heidi, the yarn shop owner, if I could share it with you and she said “of course!”. Everyone needs a poncho…..this summer heat wave will be gone before you know it and the leaves will be turning…..perfect poncho weather.
Here’s a great little news story out of Idaho Falls, ID about a young man learning to knit and making chemo caps. Encore is the perfect yarn for these projects. The Yarn Connection has quite a variety of colors too!
Ask at your local yarn shop about charity knitting projects. There are so many organizations in need and many knitters and crocheters who want to help. You guys rock! It always warms my heart to see the amount of good and kind things the makers in this world are doing. Keep up the good work!
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.
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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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!
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.
From the Design Director’s Desk- Cia Abbott Bullemer
This is the color chosen via Pantone the Color Experts. They predict what the colors will be-or do they set the trend-? What follows what? The chicken or the egg…
Here at Plymouth, we have several different yarns that fill this color range already. Consider using one of these for your next cowl, cardigan or baby girl’s cuddly blanket that she will drag around for years to come. It is just a color that radiates warm sunshine, peace and tranquil emotion.
Yarn choice is arguably the most important part of planning your sweater but how do you know which yarn is suitable for your sweater? Lets look at a couple factors that will affect the yarn you choose to make your sweater.
1. Who Are You Knitting For
The first thing you’ll want to consider is who you are knitting this sweater for. Think about where they live, is it warm or cool? Where will you (or they) wear this sweater? Is it going to be for your next dinner party or for backpacking through the mountains. Once you have an idea of who will wear it and where they will wear it you can choose a yarn that will be suitable.
The next thing you’ll want to think about is how much time you have to take care of your new favorite sweater. Do you want to take the time to hand wash or would you prefer to have a machine washable yarn? If you would rather have a machine washable yarn, look for superwash wool or cotton yarns. If you were thinking of using something a little bit more luxurious but want a sweater that is easy to care for, try using buffalo yarn as it can be machine washed and dried! If you are knitting for children, washable is probably a good option.
3. Fiber Content
The type of fiber you choose will greatly affect the feel and warmth of your sweater. Animal fibers like wool, alpaca and cashmere tend to be warm and soft to the touch. Plant fibers like cotton, bamboo and hemp tend to be cooler on the skin but great for those who are allergic to some animal fibers. To get the benefits of different fibers try using a blend.
This is my favorite part of choosing yarn for my next sweater! Take a look at your wardrobe before you go to buy yarn and find something that will work with the clothing you wear most often. There is nothing so exciting as getting to wear your new sweater all the time! When you buy your yarn be sure that all of the skeins are from the same dye lot so you don’t end up with a section of a slightly different color. If you are using a hand dyed yarn with a lot of color variation, try alternating skeins every few rows so that your color blends nicely. One last thing to consider when you are choosing a color for your yarn is skin tone. Be sure that the yarn you choose compliments your skin tone so that you will look fabulous in your new sweater!
The last thing you’ll need to think about when you are choosing yarn for your sweater is how much you are comfortable spending on yarn. My advice is, don’t skimp on yarn. You will be spending a lot of time and energy to create your sweater, choose a fiber that matches the care you have taken to create the sweater. The nicer the fiber, the more you will want to wear it. On the other hand if this is your first sweater and you are just testing the waters of sweater knitting maybe an inexpensive yarn would be prudent.
If you’d like to learn more about choosing the perfect yarn for your sweater, download our free Sweater Planning Guide. In this guide we talk about choosing a suitable yarn, how much yarn to buy and how to plan a sweater that you’ll love!
This guest post is a part of the 30 Day Sweater Challenge promo tour. Join us this month as we help 5,000 knitters around the world knit a sweater they’ll love, in 30 days. To sign up just visit 30daysweater.com/plymouthyarn and download your free Sweater Planning Guide. It will help you get started on the right foot! See you in October!
I’m sure by now you have seen Creative Knitting’s beautiful All Season Throws issue released in August. It’s an amazing edition full of gorgeous throws that are perfect for every occasion. Plymouth Yarn can be found throughout the entire magazine in 14 different designs ranging from beginner to expert. Each and every one of them would make a perfect gift or treasure for yourself if you don’t want to share! Take a look at your favorite Plymouth Yarns featured in these pictures below. Photos courtesy of Creative Knitting Magazine.
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 #ILovePlymouthYarnor @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! #ILovePlymouthYarnor @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.