Thursday, December 1st, 2016
It’s that wonderful time of year again- a mixture of joy and panic for the holiday season. What do I mean by this? Specifically, the joy of seeing family, eating pies, cakes and delectables; all the while listening to the sounds of the season. In contrast, panic settles in because I may have under-budgeted my knitting and crafting time (ha! whats new?!) Thus, I begin to realize I may have to forgo one of my many gift-giving ideas.
With that being said, there is a truly special gift you can give that will be used every year, since it doubles as useful and ornamental!
I present…the obligatory Christmas Stocking.
Truly, a stocking can be made year-round, yet I always find myself in the mood to knit them this time of year. There is nothing quite like a handmade stocking, and they can be customized to suit your holiday theme in your home. Imagine hot pink and orange for a modern-colorful Christmas, or cream and brown for a rustic-lodge kind of Christmas. This is a large part of why we craft, isn’t it? Customization.
So, even if your knitting list seems daunting and never-ending… imagine the smile you can give to yourself year after year when you unearth the ornaments and baubles from your holiday decorating stash trove, to find a Christmas stocking that you took the time to make for your home and family.
Our Christmas Stocking Trio is knit in Homestead, a true aran 100% wool. It blocks wonderfully, so even if your intarsia colorwork skills aren’t quite where you’d like them to be, you can steam the stitches and they will all uniformly move into place. You can mix and match the colors of Homestead Tweed, too, for a rustic addition. One skein of each color is needed for any one of the stockings.
This pattern is a gift from Plymouth Yarn Company to you…wishing you happy and safe holidays.
Download Pattern Here
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Thursday, November 19th, 2015
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
Encore Chunky Tweed 2-3 ball slipper socks
Mushishi Big 2 skein hat (crochet!)
Baby Alpaca Grande Hand Dyed 1 skein hat
Baby Alpaca Magna 1 skein headband
Encore Mega Colorspun 2 ball cowl
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Friday, June 27th, 2014
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.
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Friday, June 27th, 2014
Hear Ye, Hear Ye,
All you New England Knitters! Check out the details below of the 4th Annual I-91 Yarn Crawl! Sounds like a weekend of fun, mystery and prizes galore!!
Please post your positive reviews here so we can live vicariously thru you!
Click here for the Map of the Participating Yarn Shops:
new england I 91 shop hop poster_2014
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!
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
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Monday, June 9th, 2014
By Cia Abbott Bullemer
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.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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?
Happy Knitting!! –Vanessa
DK Merino Superwash Fingerless Mitts
Download the pdf
To Fit: Ladies Size Hands
Approximate Circumference: 6 ½”, without stretching
Length: 7 ½”
DK Merino Superwash:
1—50G skein, color 1100 Honeydew
Gauge: 22 sts, 32 rows= 4” in st st on US Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles, 26 sts, 32 rows= 4” in Twist Columns on US Size 6 (4mm) knitting needles.
Needles: US Size 6 (4mm) DPNs, 2 stitch markers, cable needle.
Twist Columns (Worked over 20 sts)
Round 1: P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Round 2: same as round 1.
Round 3: P1, k2, p3, C3B, p2, C3F, p3, k2, p1.
Round 4: P1, k2, p3, k3, p2, k3, p3, k2, p1.
Round 5: P1, k2, p2, C3B, k1, p2, k1, C3F, p2, k2, p1.
Round 6: P1, k2, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k2, p1.
Round 7: P1, k2, p1, T3B, k2, p2, k2, T3F, p1, k2, p1.
Round 8: (P1, k2)3x, p2, (k2, p1)3x.
Round 9: P1, k2, T3B, p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, T3F, k2, p1.
Round 10: P1, k4, (p2, k2)2x, p2, k4, p1.
Round 11: P1, k1, T3B, (p2, k2)2x, p2, T3F, k1, p1.
Round 12: P1, k3, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, k3, p1.
Round 13: P1, T3B, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, T3F, p1.
Round 14: P1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1.
Rep these 14 rounds for pattern st.
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.
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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
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