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Brioche in action

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

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Brioche stitch (aka Fisherman’s Rib) is a fluffy, thick rib. The concept is simple- yarn over strands are worked together with stitches to create an extra luscious, reversible knit fabric. It is like normal ribbing with a bonus!

When I first tried brioche years ago, I was trying to help out a friend that had started what looked like a simple 1×1 rib scarf. She ended up having to be in the hospital for a couple days, so I wanted to surprise her/cheer her up since I knew she didn’t really like the project she was working on. I thought I knew what she was doing. A couple rows of working plain k1, p1 stitch found me befuddled and confused. Why was her ribbing so full and scarf wider? I hastily ripped out my rows. When I arrived at the last row she worked, a giant question mark might as well have been above my head! There were extra strands of yarn and yarn overs every other stitch. Well, fast forward to now and I am happy to tell you brioche is not only easy but addictive!

There are two steps that tend to get knitters hung up about brioche- how to start and how to end.

I’ve made a video featuring a simple cowl design with brioche stitch in the round. Because I am using two different yarns/colors in the cowl, it is a lot easier to see what you are doing. The yarns are very thick and create a project with a short turn around time. Encore Mega is the solid color, and Cannoli (NEW this year!) is the multi. The combination of the two yarns also creates a reversible project- one side shows Encore Mega more dominantly while the other side shows Cannoli as the lead.

Perhaps you will try your hand at this magnificent and misunderstood stitch? Here is the pdf. Enjoy the video!

 

 

50th Anniversary Drawing!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with us and you can win a $500 gift card! It’s easy to enter! Simply print the form below, enter your information, and mail or fax it to us.  See the rules and conditions included on the form below. We will hold the drawing during the first week of August for the $500 gift card.  All entries must be received by July 15, 2016. **One entry per person.

Plymouth Yarn will be celebrating at the Summer TNNA show in Washington D.C. as well. Please feel free to stop by our booth (#177) to fill out an entry form.  We hope to see you there!

 

Click here for the Plymouth Yarn 50th Anniversary Entry Form

 

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Gale for two

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Ponchos are such a hit lately! We love Alicia Plummer’s Gale so much, and we were thrilled to see she made a Mini Gale for little ones.

Gale and Mini Gale by Alicia Plummer

Both ponchos use the same construction- a boxy body with sloped shaped shoulders. A stunning turtleneck is the icing on the cake for this trendy poncho/pullover. The sides feature buttoned “armholes”- a neat construction choice for a no fuss wardrobe piece.

Gale and Mini Gale by Alicia Plummer

The ponchos are knit using Plymouth Homestead– a great aran weight choice for the perfect drape. Homestead is 2-ply wool that comes in solid and natural heathers. We love it because it has incredible yardage (191 yards per 100 grams skein) as well as being warm enough to chase the early spring chill.

Gale and Mini Gale patterns can be found on ravelry.

Leap Year Traditions-The Yarn Edition

Monday, February 29th, 2016

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Traditionally, February 29th is the day that a woman can ask a man to marry her.  Sure, times have changed but this tradition isn’t so bad.  In some European countries, such as Denmark, tradition says any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves.  In Finland, it changes to fabric for a skirt. If it landed me some beautiful fingerless mitts, I might not mind having those instead of a husband some days! Here are some fun and free patterns to celebrate these traditions.  Enjoy!

Perlina Lacey Fingerless Gloves

Encore Worsted Fingerless Gloves
WEB F236 solid
Baby Alpaca Grande Fingerless Gloves

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Stella Jacq Fingerless Mitts

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Visit These Yarn Shops For a Great Deal on Plymouth Yarn November 28th!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!  Shop small at your local yarn shop this Saturday, November 28th!  Plymouth Yarn is sponsoring a fabulous deal for your Small Business Saturday shopping!

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Visit one of the shops listed below and the first 10 customers in each shop to purchase $50 of Plymouth Yarn products will receive a coupon to save $20 off your next $50 Plymouth Yarn purchase during the month of December.  This is a limited time deal and original purchase must be made on November 28th.  Get to your yarn shop early for best selection. Contact the shop for hours. This offer is available in store and only at the shops listed below.  See shop for further details.

Alaska
Alaskan Yarn Company,  Homer, AK
A Flyin’ Skein,  Seward, AK

Alabama
Yvie’s,  Alexandria, AL
Yarn Boutique By Mitsie,  Decatur, AL
Mobile Yarn,  Mobile, AL

Arizona
Grandma’s Spinning Wheel,  Tucson, AZ

California
Stitches in Time,  Bellflower, CA
The Yarn Boutique, Lafayette, CA
Knit Wits,  Paradise, CA
Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop,  Placerville, CA
Ewe-Baa Street Yarns,  Redding, CA
Rumpelstiltskin,  Sacramento, CA
Needlecraft Cottage,  San Diego, CA
Dharma Trading Co,  San Rafael, CA
Purlecsence Yarns,  Sunnyvale, CA
Zoe’s Knit Studio,  Tarzana, CA
A Major Knitwork,  Van Nuys, CA

Colorado
The Stitchin’ Den,  Estes Park, CO

Connecticut
A Stitch in Time,  Bethel, CT
The Yarn Basket,  Branford, CT
New England Yarn and Spindle,  Bristol, CT
Creative Fibers,  Windsor, CT
The Yarn Barn LLC,  Woodbridge, CT

Florida
Sew & Quilt Shop,  Bunnell, FL
A Stitch in Time,  Jacksonville, FL
The Yarn Shack,  Kissimmee, FL
Sheep Thrills,  Lauderhill, FL
Yarns & Things,  Milton, FL

Georgia
Knitter’s Knitch,  Blairsville, GA

Hawaii
Aloha Yarn,  Kaneohe, HI

Iowa
Knitting Next Door,  Ankeny, IA
The Sheep Baatique,  Cedar Falls, IA

Idaho
Knit-N-Crochet,  Coeur D’Alene, ID
Alpaca Direct,  Hayden, ID
The Yarn Connection,  Idaho Falls, ID

Illinois
Idea Studio,  La Grange, IL
Elemental Yarn,  Plainfield, IL
Wool and Company Simple Gifts,  St. Charles, IL

Indiana
In A Yarn Basket,  Bloomington, IN
The Fiber Closet,  Rockville, IN

Kentucky
Crafty Hands,  Bowling Green, KY

Louisiana
Yarn Nook, LLC,  Lafayette, LA
The Needlework Vault,  New Orleans, LA

Massachusetts
Stitch House,  Dorchester, MA
Iron Horse Inc., Natick, MA
Creative Warehouse, Needham, MA
Yarn Basket,  Mashpee, MA
Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center,  Merrimac, MA
Northampton Wools,  Northampton, MA
Suzi’s Fiber Cat, South Grafton, MA

Maryland
Tempting Ewe,  Yarns Catonsville, MD

Maine
Yarn Sellar,  York, ME

Michigan

Have You Any Wool, Berkley, MI
Beyond the Rainforest,  Grand Blanc, MI
Wool and Floss,  Grosse Point, MI
Old Village Yarn Shop, Plymouth, MI
The Little Yarn Shoppe,  Saginaw, MI
Gloria’s Happy Hooker,  Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Minnesota
Utrinkets, LLC,  Brainerd, MN
What in Yarnation!,  Cannon Falls, MN
Double Ewe Yarn Shop,  Circle Pines, MN
Mary Lue’s Yarn & Ewe,  Mankato, MN
3 Kittens Needle Arts,  Mendota Heights, MN
Needlework Unlimited,  Minneapolis, MN
Old Creamery Quilt Shop,  Randall, MN

Missori
Treasure Chest Yarn Shop,  Mexico, MO

Montana
Camas Creek Yarn,  Kalispell, MT
The Cultured Purl Yarn Shop,  Libby, MT
Back Porch Quilts,  Livingston, MT

North Carolina
The Needlecraft Center, Davidson, NC
Chix With Sticks,  Lenoir, NC
Elle’s Yarn Stash,  Wilson, NC

Nebraska
Imagiknit Yarn Shop,  Omaha, NE

New Hampshire
Covered Bridge,  Amherst, NH

New Jersey

Fiber Arts Yarn Shop, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Jubili Beads & Yarns,  Collingswood, NJ
WoolBearers,  Mt Holly, NJ

New York
Village Yarn Shop,  Granville, NY
The Yarn Cupboard,  Jamesville, NY
Knitty City,  New York, NY
April’s Yarn Basket,  Oneonta, NY
Knitting Cove and Yarn Shop,  Port Jefferson, NY

Ohio
Fiber Addiction,  Chardon, OH
Silk Road Textiles,  Cincinnati, OH
Knit Wit Knits,  Salem, OH
RaeMarie Yarns,  Vermilion, OH

Oklahoma
Gourmet Yarn Co.,  Oklahoma City, OK

Oregon
Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design,  Portland, OR
Nitro Knitters,  Portland, OR
Oregon Worsted Co,  Portland, OR
Knitting Bee,  Portland, OR
Creative Beginnings,  Seaside, OR

Pennsylvania
The Knitter’s Edge,  Bethlehem, PA
Kid Ewe Knot,  Bridgeville, PA
Marty’s Quilt Shop,  Lewistown, PA
The Ball & Skein Shop.  Lititz, PA
The Knitting Cottage,  Waynesboro, PA
Y-Knot Knit,  Yardley, PA

South Carolina
Beads and Yarn,  Lexington, SC

South Dakota
Framing and Fibers,  Rapid City, SD

Tennessee
Yarn Asylum,  Clarksville, TN
Rainbow Yarn & Fibers,  Germantown, TN
Yarniverse,  Memphis, TN
The Knaughty Knitter,  Murfreesboro, TN

Texas
The Sated Sheep,  Dripping Springs, TX
Knitting Fairy Yarn Studio,  Grand Prairie, TX
Yarnivore,  San Antonio, TX
Twisted Yarns,  Spring, TX

Utah
Hemstitched Heirlooms,  Bountiful, UT
Knit Unique,  Logan, UT
Needlepoint Joint, Ogden, UT
Heindselman’s Yarn,  Provo, UT
Unraveled Sheep,  Sandy, UT
Kamille’s,  West Jordan, UT

Virginia
Peaceful Heart Alpacas,  Fancy Gap, VA
Yarn Cloud,  Occoquan, VA

Washington
Allyn Knit Shop,  Allyn, WA
Yarn Folk,  Ellensburg, WA
Rainy Day Yarns,  Gig Harbor, WA
The Black Sheep Yarn Boutique,  Olympia, WA
Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame, s Redmond, WA
Bad Woman Yarn,  Seattle, WA
Local Yarn Shop,  Sequim, WA
Sew EZ Too,  Spokane, WA

Wisconsin
Thunder Willow Community Arts,  Hudson, WI
Yarns by Design,  Neenah, WI
Northwind Book and Fiber,  Spooner, WI

Wyoming
Ewe Count,  Cheyenne, WY
Cowgirl Yarn,  Laramie, WY

Canada
Georgetown Yarn and Crafts,  Georgetown ON

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Mushishi Big Boot Toppers- a new yarn + free pattern

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

With the Fall season upon us, I want to tell you about a new exciting yarn we have at Plymouth.

Mushishi Big is a lofty wool silk blend with long stretches of color. The variations of white silk slubs throughout the softly spun woolen are whimsical and provide depth to this multi-faceted chunky weight.

(Psst, this is a BIG brother to our popular yarn, Mushishi.)

I designed a pair of boot toppers that feature a variation of a stitch called the “Umbrella Stitch.” The undulating nature of the stitch creates a stylish curvature around your calves. The bottom ribbed part of the boot topper will fit snuggly against your legs and provide extra cushion and warmth. It is important you bind off with a nice stretchy method- I like “Jeny’s stretchy bind off” or “tubular bind off” method. Do you have a favorite stretchy bind off method?

I think these would look equally cute with a pair of cowboy boots. Enjoy this free pattern using our new fall yarn!

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Plymouth Pattern F687

Plymouth Pattern F687

 

I Love Yarn Day Contest!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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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.

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Click here to download Encore Mega F607

 

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Click here to download Gina F430

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Click here to download Galway Sport F635

 

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Click here to download Baby Alpaca Grande F297

 

Click here to download Homestead F637

Plymouth Yarn employees and immediate family members are not eligible to win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Happy 4th Anniversary to the Knitty Gritty!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

On September 17th, The Knitty Gritty yarn shop, in Vero Beach, FL, celebrated their 4th anniversary. They partied in style with refreshments and door prizes.  They even had a visit from Plymouth Yarn President, Dick Power!

Dick Power and Knitty Gritty owner Anna Gales

Dick Power and Knitty Gritty owner Anna Gales

 

They are celebrating all month long with a Plymouth Yarn trunk show and sales on Plymouth products!  If you are in the area of Vero Beach, FL, be sure to stop in and say hi.  You can find the Knitty Gritty on facebook too.

Pitti Immagine Filati July 2015

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

At this years Pitti Filati show in Florence, Italy.  Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Terry Phillips along with his lovely wife, sales rep, Jennifer, arrived to splashes of color in all sorts of interesting mediums.  Stuffed animals, traffic cones, and multicolored smoke were just a few ways they were displayed.

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They met with long time friends and the folks who make that decadent Baby Alpaca and beautiful Galway. group mitchell

There was emphasis on natural fibers spun into luxury yarns.  The colors were earthy and regal. sweater orange dress

It was a long, hot week and Plymouth Yarn is excited to develop new products to share with you in the coming months.

Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!

Debriefing about all of the beautiful yarns!

Galway Roving Woven Pillow

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

During my vacation last month, I ran across this really cool DIY blog post for a woven pillow. I just had to make it!

I dug through my stash but I couldn’t find any roving laying around (how is that possible? I am ashamed to call myself a yarn stasher :)). But, because necessity is the mother of invention, I realized I had everything I needed when I pulled out some complimentary colors of Galway Roving.

I followed the directions on the blog, but used 4 strands of Galway Roving held together in place of using the actual roving. It took 2 full balls of the Tan and a little more than 2 balls of the Grey.

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I do like the results, and the finished pillow is so soft and fluffy!