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Free Baby Hat Pattern and Giveaway!

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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It’s just about summer time here in Bristol.  It’s hot and humid during the day but the evenings are still slightly cool.  If you have a wee one, it’s still nice to cover their sweet, little heads on those cool nights by the fire pit or during a walk on the famous boardwalks of the Jersey shore.  Plymouth Yarn has them covered!  Pattern F597, made using Sesia Bimbo,  a soft cotton rolled brim hat is just perfect for those nights.  It’s available in 6 beautiful, baby friendly shades.  We want to celebrate this yarn and the season by sharing the pattern and giving 5 lucky winners the yarn they need to make it!  The hat is available in sizes preemie to 6 months.  To be eligible to win, comment on our blog, or share the post on facebook, retweet and tag us on twitter, or you can even pin this post on pinterest.   Winners will be chosen at random on or about May 26th 2015.

Win What You Really Wanted For Mother’s Day

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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My 9 year old son was given the task of picking out my Mother’s Day gift all by himself with his very own money this year, for the first time.  I have to say, he did very well.  I received an array of nail polishes in every shade of blue (my favorite color) imaginable and a beautiful orchid.  He’s growing into a sweet young man, that’s for sure.  I adore and treasure all of the homemade picture frames, pipe cleaner flowers and finger painted works of art from the past years but I think the fact that he really put thought into my gift that made it so very special to me.  I honestly thought I’d end up with a Lego set!

For three lucky ladies out there, we have the gift you really wanted! All you have to do is win it! This beautiful Bio Sesia 5  CROCHET cardigan kit, pattern 2804, comes in so many sizes it will fit and flatter just about every mom.  The luxurious, 100% organic cotton Bio Sesia 5 is super soft with a beautiful drape.  It will be your spring/summer/fall go-to coverup for that night around the fire pit with mommy drinks after the kiddos are asleep!

Would you like a chance to win this kit? Just comment on our blog with the best or “it’s the thought that counts” gift you’ve ever received for Mother’s Day.  Not a mom? You can play too! Tell us the best or worst gift you ever gave your mom/teacher/Grandmom/Aunt.

Colors will vary.  Winner chosen at random on or about May 15th 2015.

 

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.

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

 

 

 

 

We love Yarnboa!

Friday, December 5th, 2014

There is something very special happening at the Delaware Museum of Natural History! Designer Sharon Silverman has lead her team to create a beautiful and unique yarn bomb experience. Sign with leg warmers (small)
Our favorite component has to be Yarnboa!  This cuddly snake  is over 40 feet long and constructed mostly of Plymouth Yarns! Almost 9000 yards of yarn were used for this creature which was created to celebrate the museum’s exhibit Titanboa:Monster Snake.  The snake is filled with used newspaper and plastic bags.  Sharon plans to reconfigure the crocheted creations into blankets, which will be donated to the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester. You can meet her at the museum on Sunday December 14 from 1-3 pm.  The Titanboa exhibit will run until January 25th, 2015.Yarnboa on display (small) Yarnboa awaiting installation (small) Looking from the back end (Small)
Sharon has been creating beautiful yarn bombs for some time now, you can see some examples of her amazing work on her facebook page.  Here are a couple other creations you can see at the museum located at 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, De., 19807.

Shell Game (small) Polar Bear (small)

Galway, but as a Roving!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Our Galway Worsted weight yarn has been in the Plymouth family for a long time. I remember being a teenager, working at my mom’s yarn shop, and selling galway during the felted bag craze. Fun times! It was the perfect yarn for most projects- a durable, 4-ply (feltable) worsted weight with many colors and excellent yardage (210 yards for 100 Grams, to be exact.) It was well loved for fairisle projects, cabling, and held up well to pilling and wear. Oh! And who remembers Galway in a hank?

We’ve expanded the Galway yarn in more than one direction recently. I’ll talk about only one today…..but stay tuned for a smaller (hint hint) Galway version in my next post.

Galway ROVING! Galway Roving is new to Plymouth- it is a singly ply bulky weight yarn that knits up at 2.5 sts= 1″ on a size 15 (10mm) needle.
We love it for chunky weight accessories and outdoorsy kind of knits.

Please enjoy the free pattern for this drop stitch cable cowl. It requires only 3 balls and an evening or two to make. The cowl is worked flat and then stitches are dropped to make a looser, less dense fabric. The ends are then sewn together to make a cowl-loop. Super fun and stylish! Download the free pattern

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Crawl, Hop or Taste. ‘Tis the Season for Great Events!

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

No matter where you live, there is sure to be a yarn event somewhere near you over the next couple of weeks.  Since there are so many, we’ve decided to list as many as we can right here in a neat little post.  Click on the links for each event for more detailed information.  Have fun and happy knitting!

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September 5th -20th The 7th annual Yarn Discovery Tour has begun with hundreds of fiber enthusiasts starting to crisscross Northeast Ohio

September 12th  6:30-8:30 pm The Knitter’s Edge in Bethlehem, PA will be tasting the newest and finest yarns of The Plymouth Yarn Company

September 13th-21st Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9 day yarn crawl with a Passport Tour of 24 participating yarn shops across the front range of Colorado.

September 13th-21st Gather your friends together and have a fun time as you visit great yarn shops and vie for a chance at terrific prizes at the 8th annual Atlanta Shop Hop

September 18th-21st San Diego Yarn Crawl. Come join in on a fun and exciting yarn crawl in San Diego, California. Meet lots of friendly shops and alpacas. Then shop for lots of exciting new yarns.

September 19th-21st North Country Fiber Fair Watertown, SD. The mission of the North Country Fiber Fair is to host an annual event, on the 3rd weekend of September, that provides educational and marketing opportunities for producers, fiber artists and consumers of natural fibers

September 19th & 20th Indiana and Illinois Fall Bus Shop Hop.

September 26th-28th The Western Connecticut Yarn Council presents the Fiber, Friends and Fun Yarn Crawl! 7 shops and 3 fiberlicious days of fun!

October 10th-19th The 8th annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl, the best little yarn crawl in Texas!  Ten fun-filled days crawling your way through 13 yarn shops around and about central Texas.

October 21st-26th Central Kansas Yarn Hop The Central Kansas Yarn Hop lets you gather your friends and support local yarn shops across central Kansas. Shop local!

I’m sure this is just a fraction of the many wonderful yarn related events happening, comment below or contact us if you’d like us to add your event.

So get in your car and go!  There are great prizes and new yarn discoveries just waiting for you in your local yarn shop.

 

 

 

Repurpose Your Swatches into a Blanket

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Swatches swatches swatches. I’ve got tons of swatches. But what do you do with them after you get your gauge information? I usually take my swatches and place them on an O ring, and hang them up for future reference. It’s almost like a time capsule when I looks through them– some were for sweaters, some for cowls, other were just to see how the yarn would perform. Since I’ve got an abundance of swatches (as I am sure most knitters do- especially if you are making something to a specific size!) I thought it would be so cute to make a little patchwork blanket. Some yarns I used in my swatch blanket are Monte Donegal, Baby Alpaca Grande, Worsted Merino Superwash, Baby Alpaca Aire.

Separate your swatches by singling out a nice color palette. Don’t color shame yourself– buying similar colors is now a good thing!

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I’ve got 12 swatches, each of which are 6″ x 6″. It’s ok if your swatches are all different weights, as long as they are relatively the same size.

 

Block your swatches.

Block your swatches.

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Weave in any ends. Apparently I don’t weave in my swatch ends very often!

Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.

Arrange your swatches in a pleasing order.

Thread your tapestry needle and stitch edge square together using whip stitch method. It's ok if you need to skip sts to produce an even finish.

Thread your tapestry needle and whip stitch each square together using. Go ahead and skip sts to produce an even finish.

 

All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!

All finished! My blanket looked great without a border. You can add a simple garter stitch border or single crochet along the edges. I am going to keep the blanket edges unfinished so that I can add more swatches!

 

 

 

Embellishing Jewelry Tutorial

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Embellishing Necklaces

Every knitter and crocheter knows how precious and special our yarns can be to us. In fact, I consider myself an official collector! But after you make something with that oh-so-special yarn, there is usually some bits and bobs leftover that are too hard to toss. There’s got to be a way to use the scrap, right? Right! Our tutorial will give you some ideas to embellish chains to add new life to your jewelry.

Embellishing Necklaces

What you will need:

- necklaces chains with large holes for the needle/hook to fit through.

- crochet hook took fit necklace chain and/or tapestry needle to fit through chains. My hook size was 2.5mm

- scissors

- scraps of yarn- a couple yards of each will do the trick. We used Grignasco Sahara and Gold Rush

Embellishing Necklaces

To make the chain version, simply thread your tapestry needle with yarn. Start at either end of the chain. Proceed to go up and then down every other chain.

Try not to pull the yarn too much or else the yarn will bunch of oddly. Continue threading the whole chain. Cut the yarn, leaving tails to tie in. Knot into place.

Try not to pull the yarn too much or else the yarn will bunch up oddly. Continue threading the whole chain. Cut the yarn, leaving tails to tie in. Knot into place and weave in ends.

Voila!

Voila!

To make the crochet version, I used 2 strands of yarn together. You can use just one. Start at either end of the chain,

To make the crochet version, I used 2 strands of yarn Gold Rush yarn held together. You can use just one. Start at either end of the chain.

 

Begin working in single crochet through each chain across.

Begin working in single crochet through each chain across. Once you work the first row, Chain 1, turn. Then work 3 single crochets in each single crochet across to the end of the row. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

So pretty!

So pretty!

If you were wondering about the crochet flower on my necklace, I bought it that way! But of course you can make your own stacked flowers! Here is a tutorial I found that looks very similar to my necklace.

Enjoy!  –Vanessa