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.
Wow! Wait until you see this line-up! We have been so busy working on our new line of yarns this year. And we found so many that we had trouble keeping it down to a decent # of yarns.
We have 15 all said and done. I KNOW!!! 15!!!
Here is a description of these yarns for you to read about. NEXT I would like for you to check them out on Ravelry, tell us your favorite new yarn and what it inspires you to make.
We will select a winner by random draw-so enter often if you like!
Essex: Chunky weight 100% wool wrapped in a charcoal or black thread in a fascinating subtle stripe. Stitches melt together to create a wonderfully muted, but colorful, substantial fabric. This yarn is great for chunky weight accessories that you’d like to have a pop of color.
Gina Chunky: We developed a chunky weight version of one of our favorite and best-selling yarns, Gina. Gina Chunky is a single-ply roving in bright, cheerful self-striping colors. This 100% wool will make cozy winter accessories in a snap. Charmingly fresh and bright in a quick to knit gauge.
Homestead: A true Aran! Homestead is a classic 3-ply wool with a design oriented color range. We love this yarn for many reasons. Surprisingly soft yet rustic, homestead will wear well and be a knitters favorite.
Cashmere Passion: Cashmere never felt so good! In fact, we think this 80% Merino, 20% Cashmere blend feels better than most 100% Cashmere yarns (without the price tag, too!). Cashmere passion knits up at a light worsted gauge. The soft halo produced from the fabric yearns to be knit in a luxury accessory or classic knit. A truly cuddly yarn.
Cashmere: We have taken our Royal Cashmere to the next level. It is the same high quality Italian 100% cashmere in a new ball put-up. Best of all we have redefined the entire color palette. 10 colors ranging from classic to fun! Check it out. This is for that very special project-hopefully for yourself!
Sophia Tweed: A multi colored binding thread twines around thick and thin Acrylic and Wool. Sophia Tweed is like a party in a ball. Stockinette and garter knits are soft and nearly weightless. We love this one for women’s garments and accessories in easy to knit patterns.
Spago: A light-as-a-feather novelty yarn with a bulky gauge. Spago self-stripes, and will knit well in simple stitches. Spago is ultra-textured and very fast to knit with.
Kid Gloss and Kid Gloss Hand Dyed:We tested many Silk/Mohair blends to bring to you the finest of the lot. Kid Gloss is 72% Super Kid Mohair and 28% Mulberry Silk. Accept no substitutions! You need to knit this yarn to know it is the best! The color palette is very inspirational for mixing together yarns, for either double or single stranded projects.
Stella Jacq: We are so excited about this self-patterning worsted. If you are familiar with our Knitcol yarn, you will love its big sister, Stella Jacq. Jacq is taken from the word jacquard, which is a textile term for intricate patterning. 100% Machine washable wool. Exciting and stunning shades bring unexpected results. Suitable for babies, kids, and adventurous adults.
Baby Alpaca Cherish: 50% Acrylic and 50% Alpaca blended together to create the best of both worlds. A versatile DK weight, Baby Alpaca Cherish is a great yarn for the family. The alpaca lends its softness and drape, while the acrylic lends its wash-ability.Stitch patterns and color-work alike work well with this new yarn.
Rekor Mini: This is a fun crafting packet of little balls of 10 yards each, in great color ranges. Bust out the imagination for these: duplicate stitch, granny-style square crochet, jewelry, etc.Check out our free pattern booklets to get you started F557 and F558.
Inspire and Impulse:Stock up on these kits for holiday shoppers. 2 different yarns packaged with a pom-pom. And the ball band has the pattern inside for cute hats.
Scozia: Brought to you from Adriafil, this tweed blend of wool, viscose and nylon has a great hand and a rustic outcome. Chunky for fast knitting, but a light weight finished garment.
Riflessi: Also from Adriafil, this 4 to the inch blend of wool, acrylic and nylon has a metallic thread braided into the chainette structure-subtle but very effective.
Were you one of the lucky ones to visit the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop shops earlier this month? Well the numbers are in and 1150 people started the hop over the four day event! 403 of these fine folks visited every participating shop. Each one saw and average of 680 customers come through their doors. The best part is however, over 3100 pounds of food was donated and $22, 000 was raised for area food shelves. Plymouth Yarn was happy to donate towards giveaways and door prizes for the 8th annual event. Thank you so much for shopping this wonderful shop hop. Once again, if you talk to my boss, tell him I need to be there next year.
I found this awesome crochet pattern when peeking into our designer’s office. I’m making mine in white Goldrush for my newly remodeled beach theme bedroom. I already bought my jars and battery operated candles! Enjoy the pattern and be sure to share your finished products with us on facebook, twitter and ravelry! We love to see projects!
Pattern – F540 Gold Rush Candle Jar Covers PDF Download MATERIALS
1 cone of Plymouth Gold Rush
Crochet hook 3.25 mm GAUGE
Jar # 1 (shown on right): 6 DC = one inch. Check when you have done a few rounds of the tree pattern that it fits properly around the jar.
Jar # 2 (shown on left): 1 shell and 1 DC = one inch. Check when you have worked a few row of the shell pattern that it will fit properly around the jar.
BEGIN– BASE FOR BOTH JARS:
Ch 2. Work 6 SC into the first chain stitch. Sl st into the first SC st that you made.
Ch 1. Do not turn but work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and then continue working 2 SC into the next 5 SC. Sl st into the first SC. (12 SC.)
Ch 1 (It may be helpful to put a pin into this ch after each round so that you know where each round beg. Skip over this ch when joining rounds.) *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into the next SC. Rep from * 5 times. Skip over the ch 1 and sl st into the first SC of the round. (18 SC)
Ch 1, Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 2 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (24 SC)
Ch 1, *Work 2 SC into the same st where you joined and work 1 SC into each of the next 3 SC. Rep from * 5 times. Join to the first SC of that round. (30 SC)
Cont in this manner working an extra SC between each inc (2 SC in the same st). When you have 8 SC between the inc, the bottom of the jar will be finished. (60 SC), This completes the base. Jar #1 (shown on the right)
The rest of the jar cover will be worked in blocks and spaces.
Space: DC, ch 2, skip 2 sts.
Block: 3 DC.
Round 1: Ch 5. skip 2 SC (this counts as a DC and 2 ch, forming your first space.), 1 space, *1 block, 4 spaces , rep from * 2 times, 1 block, 2 spaces, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Round 2: Rep Round 1.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as a DC), DC in each DC and 2 DC in each space, (20 blocks) sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 4 and 5: Rep Round 3. When you finish the round, sl st into the top of the ch 3 in the previous round.
Round 6: Ch 5, *3 blocks, 2 spaces, rep from *2 times, 3 blocks, 1 space, sl st into the 3rd ch of the previous round.
Rounds 7 and 8: Rep Round 6.
Round 9 and 10: Rep Round 1.
Round 11: Work 20 spaces around. Fasten off. Jar #2: (shown on the left)
Beg shell pattern as follows:
First round: Ch 3 (counts as a DC) *skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, 1 DC in the next SC. Rep from * 8 times. Skip 2 SC, 5 DC in the next SC, skip 2 SC, sl st into the top of the ch 3 that beg the round.
All other rounds: Ch 3, 5 DC in the top of the shell in the previous round, 1 DC in the 1 DC in the previous round. End each round by working a sl st into the top of the beg chain of the previous round. When shell pattern measures 3.5” (about 10 or11 rounds), fasten off.
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.
I saw this cowl on the neck of our designer Cia in the office a few months back and I just loved the look of it. I made her take it off and let me try it! I can’t normally wear the bulkier cowls but I love making them as gifts. This Angora Cowl is for someone like me. It has a beautiful drape, warm without being bulky and the colors chosen just work so well together. Did I mention it’s Angora? This would also be beautiful made with Angora Glitz. So grab that holiday list and check off a name or two with this design!
“Brighten Up Winter” Cowl
One Size Fits All -24” in diameter
Materials: Angora – 2 balls Color A #779 fuchsia; 2 balls Color B #3000 lime; and 1 ball Color C #3007 orange; 10g each ball
2 yards of Scrap yarn for provisional cast on
Gauge: 18sts and 22 rows= 4” in st st on US size 8, or size to obtain gauge.
Needles: US size 8 needles, and tapestry needle.
Repeat rows 1-4 for pattern
With Scrap yarn, cast on 45 sts.
Next Row, and Color A, start with Row 2 of Stitch Pattern.
Work in *Color A for 3 Repeats of Stitch Pattern. Change to Color B for 3 Repeats, the Color C for 1 Repeat;
rep until piece measures approx 24” ending with Color C on Row 4 for last repeat. Leave sts on needle.
Unravel Scrap yarn and slip live stitches on second needle. Graft together the cast-on stitches with the last stitches using the Kitchener Stitch. (See directions below)
Break yarn leaving a 2 yard tail. Hold 2 needles parallel in left hand with points facing out.
1St: Bring threaded needle thru front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
2nd: Bring threaded needle thru back st as if to knit and leave st on needle.
3rd: Bring threaded needle thru first front st as if to knit and sl this st off needle. Bring threaded needle thru next front st as if to purl and leave st on needle.
4th: Bring threaded needle thru first back st as if to purl, sl this st off, bring needle thru next back st as if to knit, leave this st on needle.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all sts are used.
Weave in all ends.
I Love Yarn Day….As opposed to what??? Who would dare say the opposite even out loud!!?
Even people who don’t knit/crochet/spin/weave/needlepoint walk into a Yarn Shop and are in awe of the beauty. The colors, the textures, the creativity just oozing out of every corner can make almost anyone swoon. Believe me, I have taken my husband into shops and when he comments about it, I know I am not half crazy.
So when you find yourself in a slump, doldrums, or caught between a rock and a loss of the next project, step into you LYS or better yet the next yarn shop down the street for variety, and see what transpires! Look over the shelves of yarns, gadgets, and then peruse the books. OH! The Books!!!
This leads me to a few we have found inspiring! Martingale and Plymouth are doing a cross promotion. Check out their website. We will be having a contest. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post. (One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday October 15th!) The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for any book from Martingale of your choice. Then head to Martingale and see what Plymouth will be giving away on their website! Cool?! Yeah, cool!! This one is my fave! Check it out:
Nice, huh? So, reply to our blog entry and you will be automatically entered into our random drawing for the Martingale gift certificate. Then go to Martingale’s website and see how you can win a great pattern and yarn from Plymouth! We will announce the lucky winner of the Martingale gift certificate on Tuesday the 15th of October (since Monday is Columbus Day!).
Head on over to the Plymouth Yarn Ravelry Group from 9am on July 9th to July 10th at 9am to enter our first ever Ravelry Giveaway. The contest is ONLY open for 24 hours. Entries submitted before or after this time frame will not be considered. You will need to be a member of Ravelry to participate but don’t worry, setting up an account is super easy if you haven’t done it yet and they don’t get spammy! Here is a direct link to our group once you are a member.
We are giving away all of the supplies you need to recreate the Creative Knitting Fall 2013 cover project Cia’s Striped Vest. This includes: 2 balls each in Galway 100% Wool, colors 704, 718, 762, 761 and 1 ball of 754 as well as needles, accessories and a copy of the Creative Knitting Fall 2013 (total retail value $102).
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!
Let’s knit something that we can work up quickly. And in the end have a nice accessory that can be worn on a nice summer evening, or carried along for that blasting air conditioning indoors. And then lo and behold you will find it is your “go-to” accessory for all seasons.
I know this for a fact because I made one of these about 2 years ago with Kudo. And I seriously wear it all year long. Even if the reasoning is to just spruce up your color for the day, or to ward off that chill at the back of the neck. And there is inevitably always a nice comment by someone every single time I wear it.
This one in the pattern is made out of a new colorway # 61, I adore. Get outside the box and find your favorite Kudo color. My first one I made was out of # 47. Cheerful, huh? It only takes ONE ball and pretty mindless – but not brainless- to knit. I always love knitting this stitch, Half Linen Stitch. It lays beautifully, it is fun to work, and not as much work as seed stitch or the sand stitch. But almost the same motion.