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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Happy National Hat Day! Free patterns inside!

Friday, January 15th, 2016

To celebrate National Hat Day, we decided to have a crazy, freebie Friday blog.  Here are picture and links to Plymouth Yarn’s favorite (and free) hat patterns.  Enjoy! CLICK ON PHOTOS for patterns. 

EtaBeta F666

EtaBeta F666

Fiore F679

Fiore F679

Galway Roving F704

Galway Roving F704

Mushishi Big F688

Mushishi Big F688

Perlina F692

Perlina F692

 Baby Alpaca Magna

Baby Alpaca Magna F622

Baby Beenz F629

Baby Beenz F629

Encore Mega Colorspun F645

Encore Mega Colorspun F645

Yarnimals KNIT Owl F654

Yarnimals KNIT Owl F654

Baby Alpaca Grande F706

Baby Alpaca Grande F706

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.

Memorial Day Hat Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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So many of us just love our hats and with the Cleo Summer Tam you don’t have to wait for cool weather to wear them! Made using 100% Mercerized Pima Cotton this hat is an adorable addition to your collection.  Knit it on your way to the beach and wear it that night!  This is your chance to win the Plymouth Yarn Cleo  yarn to make it too!  Comment here on our blog and tell us your favorite summer knitting project.  Several winners will be chosen at random Monday, June 1st.   You can download the pattern here for free.

Need ideas for summer knitting? Check out our Short and Sweet Summer Knitting Board on Pinterest for inspiration.

May the 4th Be With You Giveaway!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Happy Star Wars Day! It’s the first week of our Crazy for Cotton Giveaway! Like and share the post on Facebook you will. A chance to win market bag pattern 2287 and the Fantasy Naturale yarn to make it you will get!

Winner will be notified by inbox message on facebook (please be sure to check your other folder!) May 8th. Several prizes available, colors will vary

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Don’t have facebook? No worries….comment on this post with your favorite Yodaism or your go-to Fantasy Naturale project and you too will be eligible to win! Blog entry winners will be notified via email on May 8th.  Winners chosen at random.

May Giveaways! Crazy for Cotton!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

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At Plymouth Yarn, we are so excited for spring! We have decided to celebrate by hosting a few giveawaysFollow us and keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and our blog Mondays in May to see what we want you to win!  We’ll have little kits, big kits, and lots of kits complete with the patterns and yarn you need to complete the project!

 

Fall 2015, Earthy and Natural Color trends

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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.

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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.

Galway #114
Pantone Colorway Cashmere Rose
Gently persuasive.

Galway #749 Pantone Colorway Amethyst Orchid Bold, Creative

Galway #749
Pantone Colorway Amethyst Orchid
Bold, Creative

Galway # 728 Pantone colorway Desert Sage Greenish Gray, Brave, Real

Galway # 728
Pantone colorway Desert Sage
Greenish Gray, Brave, Real

Galway #194 Pantone Colorway Marsala Rich, Wine Brown

Galway #194
Pantone Colorway Marsala
Rich, Wine Brown

Galway #155 Pantone Colorway Oak Buff Nurturing and Natural

Galway #155
Pantone Colorway Oak Buff
Nurturing and Natural

Galway #136 Pantone Colorway Cadmium Orange Warm and Optimistic

Galway #136
Pantone Colorway Cadmium Orange
Warm and Optimistic

Galway #134 Pantone colorway Stormy Weather Constant and Enduring

Galway #134
Pantone colorway Stormy Weather
Constant and Enduring

Galway # 116 Pantone Colorway Biscay Bay Soothing, Oceanic

Galway # 116
Pantone Colorway Biscay Bay
Soothing, Oceanic

Galway #106 Pantone Colorway Dried Herb Earthy and fragrant.

Galway #106
Pantone Colorway Dried Herb
Earthy and fragrant.

Galway #10 Pantone Colorway Reflecting Pond Stable and Secure

Galway #10
Pantone Colorway Reflecting Pond
Stable and Secure

 

Creative Knitting Spring is out today

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

We have several designs to share in the newest Creative Knitting, which is on newstands today!

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Encore Mega Helicat mat by Lena Skvagerson

Encore Mega Helicat mat by Lena Skvagerson

Gina Widling Cowl by Patty Lyons

Gina Widling Cowl by Patty Lyons

Cleo Simple Washcloths by Lisa Carnahan

Cleo Simple Washcloths by Lisa Carnahan

 

Riflessi Cowl by Sandi Prosser

Riflessi Cowl by Sandi Prosser