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August at Plymouth(free pattern link too!)

Friday, August 5th, 2011

August is always an exciting time here at Plymouth YarnNew yarns are arriving and fall orders are leaving.  I love when customers call and thank us for all the boxes of beautiful yarns. We use this next week or two to get ready for the upcoming season.  We kicked it off yesterday with our employee breakfast.  After breakfast, we took advantage of the beautiful weather to snap an employee photo or two.

The Plymouth Gang

The Plymouth Gang

Dick Jr, Butch and Betty

Dick Jr, Butch and Betty

Some of those new Plymouth yarns you might see in your favorite local yarn shop include

Bazinga

Bazinga

You can find the Bazinga color card here

Stiletto

Stiletto

You can find the Stiletto color card here

DeAire

DeAire

You can find the DeAire color card here

Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

You can find the Holiday Lights color card here

I love this time of year also because I get to chat about Christmas knitting projects with everyone.  Usually, there is a lot of Encore colors 1386 and 54 heading out the door and I’m excited to use Holiday Lights in some of my projects this year.  It has the same gauge and about the same yardage as Encore Worsted.  Log into Ravelry today and download this free Encore Christmas Stocking pattern (hint- you can also use Holiday Lights).

Encore Worsted Christmas Stocking Pattern F167

Encore Worsted Christmas Stocking Pattern F167

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, Happy knitting & crocheting!

Catch of the Day

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Do you like to fish? Do you like to crochet? Do you like to crochet while your friends are fishing? Here’s your chance to be a master angler and come home with a fish every time! Your crochet hook is your rod and Galway is your line.  There is no messy bait to contend with either!

This little cutie came across my desk via email the other day.

Wal, the tiny fish

Wal, the tiny fish

His name is Wal and he is the brain child of the vary talented Stacey at freshstitches.com.  For this tiny fish, she used about 60 yards of Galway in color 154 and just 5 yards of the white, color 8.  After I met Wal, I visited the website and met lots of other cuties.  You can purchase Wal and Stacey’s other “Amigurumi” patterns here.  There are also free patterns available here.

Stacey loves to hear from her customers and you can reach her just about any way imaginable!

stacey@freshstitches.com

FreshStitches on facebook

Find Stacey on  twitter

Stacy Trock on Ravelry

FreshStitches Etsy store

Find items featuring her adorable crochet amigurumi designs at CafePress

Buy the 5 star rated book Cuddly Crochet on amazon!

Ciao from Italy! Pitti Filati Tour

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

This week, our Marketing Director, Christine had the opportunity to visit the Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.

Beautiful views in Florence

Beautiful views in Florence

another beautiful sight

another beautiful sight

Christine with our agent, Peri

Christine with our agent, Peri

This event demonstrates the latest innovations in yarns, yarn technology and stitch design.  You can see all of the newest fiber trends on the horizon in some of the pictures below.

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Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Exquisite detail

Exquisite detail

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Lots of great hats to be seen

Lots of great hats to be seen

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We also wanted to share the color trend chart.

I'll take one in every color!

I'll take one in every color!

With over 100 yarn brand representatives in attendance, it proves to be one of the most diverse and exciting events we attend.
The show’s focus this year is in ethical quality.  Fiber prices are higher than we have ever seen.  This directly influences all of our choices. Plymouth Yarn Company strives to keep the quality you deserve and the affordability you crave. These decisions are difficult ones and we have discovered some fabulous fibers!

The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!

The yarn I love, the pants...not so much!

Knit & Crochet unite!

Knit & Crochet unite!

You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!

You won't catch me in this one but the colors are fabulous!

Keep any eye out for new colors in some of your favorite yarns.  We are also considering two new beautiful yarns from Peru and just wait until you can feast your eyes (and needles) on Mushishi Black. We would like to announce that coming soon…Plymouth Yarn will be the exclusive distributor for Grignasco Knits in the United States!

For more photos of Christine’s adventure, please visit our facebook page.

Free Pattern Friday!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The tribe has spoken and Baby Alpaca Ultimo is the yarn with the most votes in our free pattern poll.  You click, we listen.  You will love this cowl in all it’s beautiful, cuddly, super chunky goodness! Since it’s knit on a size 13 needle, you can make it this weekend while sipping on some lemonade in the backyard.  If your thinking about your holiday knitting projects, this will make a wonderful gift. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

F371

F371

BABY ALPACA ULTIMO
Cabled Cowl

Approx. Finished Measurements: 20” tall  x 20 around”
Materials:  Ultimo- 2 hanks
Gauge:  8 sts = 4” in garter st on size 13 needles over st st.
Needles:  Size US 13 knitting needles.

Loosely cast on 50 sts
Row 1, 3, 5:  K1, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k12, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 2, 4, 6: P1, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p12, k1, p1, k1, p1.
Row 7:  K1, p1, k1, p1, cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1,  cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1, cable 12 back, p1, k1, p1, k1.
Row 8:  As row 2.
Row 9: As row 1.
Row 10:  As row 2.
Repeat rows 1-10 until total length is about 20” long, or desired length, ending with row 2.
Bind off.  Sew the cast on edge to the bind off edge.  Weave in all ends.

Cable 12 back:  Place 6 sts on a cable needle, hold in back, knit the next 6 sts, knit the 6 sts from the cable needle.
©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company. 032511jbt

Here are some other Baby Alpaca Ultimo patterns available at your favorite yarn shop that sells Plymouth Yarn.

2102

2012

2103

2103

2104

2104

The Royal Wedding Shrug

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It has been just a couple of months since The Royal Wedding and still all eyes are on Kate Middleton (her official last name is Mountbatten-Windsor; I’ll stick with Middleton for now!). She has such a wonderful sense of style and grace.  The future queen has become a fashion icon, as well as her sister, Pippa.  I always peek in the fashion magazines to see what they are wearing.

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Kate on her wedding day, wearing a beautiful shrug

Stylish sisters

Stylish sisters

A few days ago, designer Angela Juergens posted a picture of her Royal Wedding Shrug/Bolero finished project on Plymouth Yarn’s facebook page.

Angela's Shrug

Angela's Shrug

I absolutely fell in love with it and found myself on a mission to find out what I could about the pattern.  I was delighted to find that it was made with and written for Plymouth’s Angora yarn which has been a favorite of mine since the first day it landed in our office.
Angela designed the pattern for Absolute Knits on Ravelry where it is available for purchase.

Soft & Delicate detail

Soft & Delicate detail

You can find Plymouth’s Angora at your favorite yarn shop that carries Plymouth products.  If you need help locating a shop, you can use the “Find a shop” link at plymouthyarn.com or give our office a call and we will be more than happy to find one for you.
I Googled Kate Middleton’s wedding day attire and found that Angela hit a home run.  She captured the delicate and sophisticated qualities of the original.  It’s almost like Plymouth’s Angora was made for this shrug!  Check it out on Absolute Knits on Ravelry for the details and you’ll want it too!

If you are looking for a variation of the shrug with short sleeves, Plymouth’s Design team has taken care of that.

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

Pattern 2210, Wedding Jacket

You can order pattern 2210 from your favorite yarn shop or contact our office for more information.

Stitch N Pitch 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Stitch N’ Pitch brings together two traditions — Baseball and needle arts. Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or cross-stitch, everyone is welcome from the beginners to the experts.  On Wednesday, June 15th, the Plymouth Yarn family attended the major league event at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia to cheer on our Phightin’ Phils! The weather was ideal and the moon was full.  It was perfect knitting weather for me.  With 16 Major League and 19 Minor League Stitch N Pitch events this baseball season, I hope you get the chance to attend a game.  It’s sew much fun!

Stiching the night away!

Stitching the night away!

Knit one, Pitch two

Knit one, Pitch two

Play ball (or skein)!

Play ball (or skein)!

If you know the Plymouth gang then you know we love our local sports.  We have had several company outings to Phillies games, Lakewood Blue Claws minor league games and quite a few “friendly” company softball games. We listen to the Phillies on the radio in the afternoon and sometimes our customers will hear some cheers in the background when they are speaking to our customer service team on the phone. We even try to attend a game when we go to trade shows.

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte

Sales Rep Jennifer Phillips and Design Director JoAnne Turcotte catching a game in Ohio.

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

Christine, our Marketing Guru and her husband enjoying a night out

But we get the most excited about Stitch N Pitch.  It’s a time when we get to meet some of our shop owners, colleagues, and fiber fans!

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Some Stitch N Pitch swag

Goodies at the door

More swag

We were lucky enough that the Phillies won the game. They filleted the Marlins in the 10th inning which gave me just enough time to almost finish the Baby Alpaca Grande cowl project I brought and learn to knit with our new yarn, Joie de Vie!
Thanks so much to all who attended, the Phillies, and The National NeedleArts Association for taking part in such a great night.  Check out www.stitchnpitch.com for a game near you.  See you next year!

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Chemo Clothes, Hope you can wear.

Visit Chemo Clothes facebook page to find out how to donate.

Norwegian Star Earflap Hat

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

There is nothing more rewarding than making a hand made gift for a loved one;

especially when you know it will keep them cozy and warm.

Aiden's Hat, made in Happy Feet DK and Encore DK

Aiden's Hat, made in Happy Feet DK and Encore DK

(My favorite touch is the whimsical braided ties!)

This hat can be made in adult size as well by using a heavier yarn, like Encore Worsted or Galway. Aiden’s hat, knit by Mary, is knit in Happy Feet DK and Encore DK.

The pattern is by Tienne and can be found here

Interweave Knits Spring 2011

Friday, February 4th, 2011

photography by Kathryn Martin

photography by Kathryn Martin for Interweave Knits

Bonnie Paul’s Curvy Squares Tee uses our Mushishi yarn to make a classic and effortless entrelac pullover.

Interweave Knits Spring 2011 issue hits newsstands on February 22nd.

Chunky Merino Mitts

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Amy’s mitts are a quick knit using Plymouth Chunky Merino Superwash.

Any twilight fan will recognize these inspired mittens from the first movie.

Made with size 8 needles and 2 skeins of color 21

Made with size 8 needles and 2 skeins of color 21

The pattern is designed by Marielle Henault and can be found on her blog.

Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

photography by Joe Coca

photography by Joe Coca

In this issue of Knitscene, Taria Tweed “bälte cardigan” is featured by designer Katie Himmelberg.

This issue hits newsstands today!