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Christmas in July!

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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We are only 22 weeks away from Christmas and 20 weeks until Hanukkah begins.  I am guilty of not starting projects until October and staying up until the wee hours of the morning in the days before the holiday.  I’m even guilty of knitting under my desk at work (don’t tell the boss). One thing I do now is plan….my brother always wants an Alpaca scarf, my niece always wants cowls. my sister, whom I love dearly, is my challenge.  I think she does it on purpose. She always wants sweaters with cables, lace, or stitches that require practice before I apply them to the garment!

We have some fabulous new designs that would make up into cherished, keepsake gifts.  If you’re not a knitter/crocheter but love one….consider a kit.  The real way to your fiber worshiping friend’s heart is with yarn! Your local yarn shop can help guide you in the right direction.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

Free Pattern F803 Cuzco Cashmere Fingerless Mitts

Free Pattern F803 Cuzco Cashmere Fingerless Mitts. Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere make these mitts warm, soft and so decadent.  Save these for the “nice” people on your holiday knitting list! You can find these kitted in many of your favorite yarn shops.

Free Pattern F767 Worsted Merino Superwash Cabled Edge Shawl. This one is perfect for the girl who has everything. Whether it's a night out on the town or a trip to the mall, this versatile and beautifully detailed shawl is a must for any wardrobe.

Free Pattern F767 Worsted Merino Superwash Cabled Edge Shawl. This one is perfect for the girl who has everything. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a trip to the mall, this versatile and beautifully detailed shawl is a must for any wardrobe.

Free Ravelry download, the Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright made with Homestead or Homestead Tweed is sure to keep your boys warm while they shovels the snow. Photo courtesy of Yarnman on Ravelry.

Free Ravelry download, the Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright made with Homestead or Homestead Tweed is sure to keep your boys warm while they shovels the snow. Photo courtesy of Yarnman on Ravelry.

Free Ravelry download, the "Trust Me, Harry" Hat and Cowl by Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs can be made with your favorite worsted weight. They chose Coffee Beenz but Galway, Encore Tweed or Encore Worsted would be a great fit too! Photo courtesy of Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs

Free Ravelry download, the “Trust Me, Harry” Hat and Cowl by Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs can be made with your favorite worsted weight. They chose Coffee Beenz but Galway, Encore Tweed or Encore Worsted would be a great fit too! Photo courtesy of Over the Rainbow Yarn Designs

Free Ravelry download, this crochet One Skein Basket by Diane L. Augustin is perfect for putting your gift in. This one is designed with Fantasy Naturale and can be used for about 101 things! Photo courtesy of Diane L. Augustin.

Free Ravelry download, this crochet One Skein Basket by Diane L. Augustin is perfect for putting your gift in. This one is designed with Fantasy Naturale and can be used for about 101 things! Photo courtesy of Diane L. Augustin.

Of course, Christmas is not complete without stockings! Get started now and you’ll have time to make all three!

Free pattern download F775 Homestead Stocking Trio.  Create memories with these family heirlooms this this. Young and old alike will cherish this special gift!

Free pattern download F775 Homestead Stocking Trio. Create memories with these family heirlooms this year. Young and old alike will cherish this special gift!

1, 2 & 3 Skeins…See Plymouth Yarns in Creative Knitting Special Issue

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

My hands are still recovering from all my holiday gift knitting so I was so happy to see the Creative Knitting Special Issue, 1, 2, & 3 Skein Solutions.

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It’s full of beautiful patterns for your head, body and home! Great stash buster projects. 30+ quick knits in one magazine. With so many fabulous designs, you’re going to want to get the e-edition and laminate your physical copy, you will use it over and over again. You can get it on newsstands now and the digital edition is available on Annie’s website. Here are our favorite Plymouth Yarns in their designs…..

Infinity & Beyond Cowl by Sarahlois Wilson

Infinity & Beyond Cowl, Baby Alpaca Grande
by Sarahlois Wilson

Ruffles to the Max by Beth Whiteside

Ruffles to the Max, Baby Alpaca Brush
by Beth Whiteside

Leaning Diamonds Tank by Patty Lyons

Leaning Diamonds Tank, Nettle Grove
by Patty Lyons

Just a Couple of Skeins Cardi by Britt Schmiesing

Just a Couple of Skeins Cardi, Linaza
by Britt Schmiesing

Wrapped in Lace by Meghan Jones

Wrapped in Lace, Mushishi
by Meghan Jones

Little Jane Slippers by Amy Niezur

Little Jane Slippers, Encore Mega Colorspun
by Amy Niezur

Mary Jane Slippers by Amy Niezur

Mary Jane Slippers, Encore Mega Colorspun
by Amy Niezur

Modern Cubist Baskets by Lena Skvagerson

Modern Cubist Baskets, Encore Chunky
by Lena Skvagerson

Fiore looks fabulous in all of Lena's headbands!

Fiore looks fabulous in all of Lena’s headbands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Poncho Pattern from Mobile Yarn

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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.

Enjoy the Free PDF download of the Garter Cable Poncho of the pattern.  Looking for yarn? Don’t forget to check out Mobile Yarn’s website.

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Encore and Charity Knitting….Perfect together

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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!

 

I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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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.

F607 encore mega colorspun
Click here to download Encore Mega F607

 

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Click here to download Gina F430

F635 galway sport 3
Click here to download Galway Sport F635

 

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Click here to download Baby Alpaca Grande F297

 

Click here to download Homestead F637

Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Columbus TNNA Highlights

Monday, June 15th, 2015

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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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



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

 

 

Just Announced-Pantone Color of 2014

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

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…

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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.

Baby Alpaca Grande color 834 Baby Alpaca Worsted color 8620, Cleo color 139, DeAire color 7713, Dynamo color # 3, Encore color 958 or color 458, Eros color 7107, Galway 132 or 177, Gina color 1 or color 8, Heaven color 55, Jeannee Worsted color 25, Johanne color 10, Kudo color # 54, Oh My color 9624, Pasea color 1014, Toria color 56, Whitney color 2001, Worsted Merino Superwash color 64 and Sahara color 1312.

Is that enough to choose from?

 

30 Day Sweater Challenge

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Choosing Yarn for YOUR Sweater

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

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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.
2. Care

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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

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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.
4. Color

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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!
5. Price

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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!

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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!

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