Some of you may already be feeling it…that anxious the-holidays-are-right-around-the-corner time crunch. We all have high hopes of getting our knitting/crocheting gifts completed on time. If you are one of the lucky ones and are all caught up and ready to go…well, go treat yourself to some hot chocolate because you are ahead of the game!
But for those that aren’t, I’ve put together a list of my favorite 1, 2, and 3 ball/skein projects that are sure to keep you feeling sane and still merry.
BONUS- Many of these you can make the night before. Take a look at our list and check it twice (click on the image for the pattern link); then head to your favorite yarn shop and get crafty!
Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Arequipa Worsted Socks 1 ball
Baby Angel 1-2 ball cardigan
Perlina Fingerless Mitts 1 ball
Baby Alpaca Lace and Kid Gloss Cowl- 1 skein of each yarn
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.
At Plymouth Yarn, we are so excited for spring! We have decided to celebrate by hosting a few giveaways! Follow us and keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram and our blogMondays 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!
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.
Twelve local yarn shops located along I-91 from Putney, VT to Branford, CT have
joined together for the Fourth Annual I-91 Shop Hop! A shop hop is a fun way to
visit new and interesting yarn shops in a defined geographical area.
The I-91 Shop Hop will take place June 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th.
All participating shops will be open from 10 am-6 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday and
12 pm-5 pm on Sunday. Please note, many shops normally offer extended hours on
Thursday evenings and will do so during the Shop Hop. The Mystery Tour
This year the I-91 Shop Hop will take you on a Mystery Tour. Each shop will hand out
an exclusive clue to the Mystery Knit Project. Collect all 12 and see what your knitting
needles can produce. The Knitty Gritty Details
Within this passport you will find a dedicated page for each participating shop. As you
visit each shop, be sure you have the back cover stamped to show that you have visited
that shop. If you visit all 12 shops on the Shop Hop, you will be entered to win the Grand
Prize. When you receive your final stamp, the shop will tear off your back page and you
will be entered into the drawing. The drawing will take place on Monday, June 30, 2014. Fabulous Grand Prize: $600 in Gift Certificates & More!
The Grand Prize will consist of yarn, books, tools & accessories from many of our wonderful
suppliers, PLUS a $50 gift certificate from every shop participating in the Shop Hop. Two Incredible Runners-up Prizes, Too!
In addition to the Grand Prize, there will be two smaller prizes consisting of six $50 gift
cards to some of the participating shops along with a selection of yarn, tools, books and
accessories from some of our great suppliers! Daily Raffles
Each shop will have a daily raffle drawing of items donated from many of our wonderful
suppliers. You are entered into the daily raffles by visiting the shop that day and completing
an entry form. You do not have to be present to win the daily raffle. New this year: on
Sunday afternoon each shop will take all raffle tickets from the weekend and draw one
winning ticket. The winner receives a Ball Winder & Swift. The Fun Doesn’t Stop When the Shop Hop Ends!
Hold onto your souvenir Black 2014 Shop Hop Bag. Not only is it
great for all of your yarn shopping excursions throughout the year,
it will be your ticket to 10% savings on Saturday, March 15, 2015.
Stop by any of the participating shops and show your bag at checkout
for 10% off your purchase! Certain exclusions may apply.
Have Fun. Drive Safely. Good Luck! MYSTERY TOUR
This last weekend I was weeding in my garden and remembering when I did this as a child. I didn’t like it then because my mother made it a chore! And who likes chores…?!It got me thinking about my childhood in the summers.
Growing up in Minnesota, along the Mississippi River, we swam day and night! Literally! My fingers and toes would be shriveled from being in the water from 8 AM to 8 PM with breaks for lunch, one hour of reading time (mandatory with my parents-don’t want to get cramps-must wait at least one hour before you swim after a meal…). Then a break for dinner and do the dishes. Back on my bike and pedaled back to the beach to swim more!
Well, by the time August rolled around, the river water was becoming a bit murky, and the novelty of jumping off the diving board was wearing thin.
So at home in the back yard, Mrs. Kenitz tried to entertain a few of us girls in the neighborhood. We would be sitting under an apple tree in the heat of the day and she was teaching us how to knit. The other girls became bored and ran off. But I kept going to back to Mrs. Kenitz and asking for me assistance.
Fast forward almost a half century (!!!?? YUP!) and here I am working at Plymouth Yarn, still playing with yarn.
I recently found Mrs. Kenitz in the old neighborhood and I stopped and thanked her for her lessons. She was aware of what I had done with knitting from what my father told her. She had a sweet smile on her face. And I left feeling I had done my best to thank her for her patience so many years ago. I felt completed and content that she understood how much of an impact she had on my life.
So the moral of this story-? (Yeah! Get to it!) Teach a child to knit. You never know when it might stick and what doors it will open up for this person 50 years later.
Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! Beat the huge crowds, long lines and support your community on November 30th! There are so many benefits to shopping small.
Money you spend in your community usually gets put back into your community. Shop owners are more likely to use that money to purchase from other businesses in the community.
Small businesses are 250% more likely to donate to local charities than large or big box businesses. That’s just good for everyone!
Local businesses are usually owned by the people who live in the community, they are less likely to leave and want to invest into the community’s future.
It’s better for the environment. Less transportation = less waste
THE BEST customer service
I can go on all day but I think you get the idea.
So on November 30th get out to Main Street, get a cup of coffee, and take a look at all the unique gifts you can buy and create this holiday season.
HEY YARN SHOPS or other local businesses…please post below your shop name, address, hours on November 30th. You can also let us know of any specials or sales you have going on. We’d love to share them! Also, Yarn Shops-check your email for a special event!
I’d like to introduce Kaelin Hearn, our new sales rep for Eastern Pennsylvania and New York. Kaelin began working at Plymouth in 2004 right out of high school and worked around her college courses. She started out in the warehouse, packaging and sorting shipments. Soon after, Kaelin began working on our computers and formatting patterns. She also assisted at photo shoots, contributing her fashion sense to our garment stylings. Some of you may know Kaelin from talking to her on the phone in customer service about yarn shop orders or pattern questions. She was our go-to girl!
Her passion and eagerness to learn about yarn, design and sales shined. In the spring of this year, Kaelin began her journey as a sales rep. Having great customer service and a big heart has helped guide her into her new role. She is an asset at Plymouth. I personally love consulting with her on yarn and pattern trends. She enjoys hosting trunk shows for Plymouth and contributing any knitting trends to the designers and the Plymouth customers.
Kaelin is great at helping guide shops to incorporate the best creative, functional, and current trends into the shops. She is very unique if she isn’t knitting or searching for new designs she is spending time with her very big family or fishing on the weekends.
Kaelin is modelling my newest design. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pattern that I like to come back to, again and again. Alas, the criteria for such a pattern is high for me.
Here is a working list of some of the must haves for that perfect pattern:
1. Quick to knit, must take 1-2 days to make, no more than that!
2. It must keep my attention- something that isn’t just boring stockinet or garter.
3. Should require only 1-2 skeins. Bonus if it is only 1 skein. I need to use up those impulse buy skeins I get when I go yarn shopping! (You know what I am talking about- they call your name… and you don’t know what to do with them but you can’t just leave them on the shelf!!)
This brings me to my newest design- Twisted Column Mitts.
These mitts meet all of these requirements for me! They only took me one evening to make. They have a simple cable that adds interest. Lastly, they only require one skein of bouncy, washable and durable DK Merino Superwash.
What are your requirements for that perfect pattern?
Mitt (make 2)
CO 40 sts, divide the sts onto 4 DPNs. Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM. Work in 1×1 rib (k1 st, p1 st) for 10 rounds. Beg working in twist columns pattern. Work 22 rounds twist columns pattern- end having worked round 8 of twist columns. Thumb: Work round 9 of twist columns across 20 sts, pm, m1 twice by picking up the bar between the 2 sts with the left hand needle from front to back, k this st tbl, pick up the same bar with left hand needle from back to front and k this st (2 sts inc’d.), pm, work round 9 of twist columns across 20 sts. Next Round: Work next round of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, k to m, sl m, work next round of twist columns across 20 sts. Inc Round: Work next round of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, m1, k to m, m1, sl m, work next round of twist columns across 20 sts. Rep the last 2 rows until there are 12 sts in between the m- end having worked round 5 of twist columns. Next Round: Work round 6 of twist columns across 20 sts, sl m, p across 12 sts in between m, sl m, work round 8 of twist columns across 20 sts. Next Round: Work round 7 of twist columns across 20 sts, remove m, BO in k the 12 sts for the thumb, remove m, work round 7 of twist columns across 20 sts. 40 sts on needles. Work in twist columns pattern as established for 4 more rounds- end having worked round 11. Then work in 1×1 rib for 7 rounds. BO in rib on next round. Make another mitt. Weave in all ends.
ABBREVIATIONS: beg= begin(ning), BO= bind off, C3B= sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k2, k1 from cable needle, C3F= sl 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front, k1, k2 from cable needle, CO= cast on, dec= decrease, DPNs= double pointed needles, inc= increase, m1- make one, pm= place marker, p = purl, rem= remain(ning), rep= repeat, RS= right side, sl= slip, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, T3B= sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to back, k2, p1 from cable needle, T3F= sl 2 sts to cable needle and holt to front, p1, k2 from cable needle, tbl= through back loop
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!
We are now officially closer to the summer solstice than the winter solstice. I can feel my spirits lift as the days grow longer.
When it comes to knitting this time of year, my fingers itch for transitional knits that remind me of the early crocuses that start to pop up at my mom’s house in New Jersey.
I envision wearing on these (sometimes) frosty mornings an oversized, cheerful beret to chase the chills. An accessory that welcomes spring and sloughs off the winter doldrums.
My spring beret is knit with one skein of Worsted Merino Superwash in a brand new color- I like to call it Dandelion! The hat is refreshingly fun in this color. The stitches that I used show a myriad of spring inspired folly. It is worked from the crown down to the brim seamlessly, making it fun to try on as you progress. The crown has an inspired floral motif. Ribbons of lace and garter stitch segue into a bobble and lace design. Do they resemble garden gates and spring flowers? I hope so!
Please enjoy my new design, and have a happy spring! –Vanessa