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!
Many years ago, felting seemed to take over the knitting community. I would spend evenings with two of my friends, Amy and Gloria, working on knit and crochet backpacks, flowers, beads, petals, and hats to be felted. I remember in particular a large felt tote I made using super chunky wool and a lattice design. The bag was so large that I could actually sit in it (yes, comfortably!) before felting.
The magical part of felting was that it appealed to beginner and advanced knitters alike. Beginner knitters didn’t have to have perfect tension or wonderful seaming abilities. Pretty much any mistake could be hidden once the knit was felted. Advanced knitters could appreciate the smooth and rewarding fabric from doing intricate shaping or colorwork (think tartans and plaids!).
Felting is asking for a resurgence. I have designed for the month of June a felt hand bag that uses a fun, easy to memorize motif: the triangle. Plymouth Yarn’s Gina is a 100% wool roving yarn that has a delicious stripey color transition. Gina really makes the construction of the triangles POP. You won’t need to change colors, tie in ends, or any of the normal striping techniques for this yarn. It does the work for you- and it will keep you interested in knitting the bag just to see what color will come out of the ball next.
Are you going on any road trips this summer?I will be going to the shore several time this summer, and this will be an enjoyable travel companion to my car ride.
10” wide 10” tall
(not including handle)
Materials: Gina: 3—50G balls, color 11 Spring Flowers
Gauge: 16 sts, 16 rows= 4” in st st on size 10 (6mm) needles (before felting),
5” x 5” = 1 triangle, before and after felting.
Needles: US Size 10 (6mm) DPNs (double pointed needles), stitch marker, yarn needle for sewing.
CO 66 sts, placing 22 sts each onto 3 DPNs.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist. PM. K one round.
Round 1: *Ssk, k to last 2 sts on DPN, k2tog; rep from * twice more. (6 sts decreased)- 60 sts.
Repeat the last round until there are 6 sts remaining- 2 sts on each needle. Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts. Fasten off.
Make 11 more triangles. Make 2 hexagon motifs by working a small (not too bulky selvedge) mattress stitch- stitching 6 triangles together. Set aside.
CO 14 sts onto a DPN. Work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 25”- this “gusset” will go around the perimeter of the bag.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (WS): P all sts
Rows 2, 6: K all sts.
Row 4: Sl 5 sts to spare DPN and hold to front, k5, k5 from DPN, k4.
Row 8: K4, sl 5 sts to spare DPN and hold to back, k5, k5 from DPN. Repeat these 8 rows for braided strap until desired length- ours is approximately 26” + 25” for the gusset. End having worked row 3 of cable. BO in k on next row.
Sew the 25” of the gusset’s sides to the sides of the hexagons. Sew the CO and BO edges of the strap together- making sure there isn’t a twist in the strap.
Felting: Gina felts quickly and easily by hand.
Fill your sink with hot soapy water so that the bag is just submerged. Using your hands (put on some rubber gloves to protect them from the heat!) agitate the hand bag, rubbing it against the sides of the sink and against itself. You can shock the bag by running it in some very cold water to help merge the fibers together, but it isn’t mandatory. When the stitches of the handbag have disappeared and the bag has stiffened a bit from felting, wring out the excess water and roll in a towel to get most of the moisture out. Shape and let air dry.
ABBREVIATIONS: BO= bind off, CO= cast on, dec= decrease, DPN= double pointed needle(s), k = knit, m= marker, pm= place marker, psso= pass slipped stitch over, p = purl, RS= right side, sl = slip,SSK =slip 1 st as if to knit, slip a second st as if to knit, knit them together through the back loop, st(s) = stitch(es), st st = stockinette st, tbl = through back loop,tog = together,WS = Wrong Side, yo = yarn over, wyif = with yarn in front, wyib = with yarn in back.
It’s that time of year again! Fall yarns are blooming! We have a wonderful mix of exclusive classics. This season is sure to bring bold, rich and intoxicating colors just waiting to jump on your needles and hooks. If you are ready to explore, let’s go!
First up, meet the Cape Town Collection, brought to you from the finest spinners and dyers in South Africa. Johanne is Dk weight and 327 yard per skein. Contents are 40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Mohair blend.
Also from the Cape Town Collection, we have Toria. Light and delicate, lace weight 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon blend. The 229 yards per ball will knock your shawl off!
I won’t lie, Revel from Grignasco is my personal favorite of the season. 275 yards of 85% Baby Alpaca, 15% Merino Wool sport weight delight.
Revel knit swatch
Bamtastic is 248 yards and 60% Bamboo Rayon, 40% Nylon. You will love the drape with this cozy, machine wash and dry yarn.
Beauty and warmth await you in Colca Canyon. This chunky and soft 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool blend has a unique construction that will make every project a work of art.
Next we have Just Fur Kicks, all the delight of fur without the guilt! 88 yards of Nylon/Polyester blend fluffy goodness. Perfect for all of your trims, boot cuffs and accessories!
Last but surely not least, we bring you Monte Donegal and Monte Donegal Hand Dyed. A lush blend of 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 14% Acrylic, 6% Rayon. These indulgent yarns are worsted weight with 109 yards per ball, perfect for so many projects.
Let’s knit something that we can work up quickly. And in the end have a nice accessory that can be worn on a nice summer evening, or carried along for that blasting air conditioning indoors. And then lo and behold you will find it is your “go-to” accessory for all seasons.
I know this for a fact because I made one of these about 2 years ago with Kudo. And I seriously wear it all year long. Even if the reasoning is to just spruce up your color for the day, or to ward off that chill at the back of the neck. And there is inevitably always a nice comment by someone every single time I wear it.
This one in the pattern is made out of a new colorway # 61, I adore. Get outside the box and find your favorite Kudo color. My first one I made was out of # 47. Cheerful, huh? It only takes ONE ball and pretty mindless – but not brainless- to knit. I always love knitting this stitch, Half Linen Stitch. It lays beautifully, it is fun to work, and not as much work as seed stitch or the sand stitch. But almost the same motion.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our Creative Knitting Cleo Giveaway! Lucky knitter, Anita J. of Pennsylvania, took the prize. Anita’s favorite shop is Butler’s Country Knit Shop ! Anita had such wonderful things to say about her favorite shop that I wanted to share a bit of it with you.
“Marge is a wonderful person and friend, and it’s always a pleasure to visit her shop at the corner at Knit & Purl! Marge is always helpful whenever any of her customers have knitting woes! And holds special events such as “knit in public day” at the shop. Often,her husband, Don, is minding the shop and is equally knowledgeable about the stock on hand.”
Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments. Your LYS owners should be proud that you think so highly of them. If you can’t find a shop in your area, check out our website and try the find a shop feature today!
Next up- we will be having a Thank You giveaway to celebrate reaching 10,000 fans on facebook. Stay tuned for details!
Our Northwest region sales representative, Bonnie, was kind enough to pass along some information on a new Plymouth Yarn retailer in Ellensburg, WA. Yarn Folk celebrated their grand opening during a “Girls Night Out” event held locally on April 11th and as of today, are officially open for business! You can check out their website and facebook page too!
Take a sneak peak at the shop in the pictures below.
I’m sure you have seen the Cleo Carefree Cover Up from the Spring 2013 edition of Creative Knitting Magazine. How would you like to win everything you need to make it? We have one prize that includes 10 skeins of Cleo in color 102, Starfish, needles, copy of the pattern and one issue of Creative Knitting Spring 2013. **Please note that you will receive the color the pattern used. Any other photos of Cleo are for reference only.
Carefree Cover Up as seen in Creative Knitting Spring 2013
To Enter: Comment on this blog entry between 4/8/13 and 4/19/13. Tell us your first name with last initial, your favorite Plymouth Yarn retailer along with their city and state. Winner will be picked at random and notified by email or message.
Every three years, TNNA conducts a very important survey called the TNNA State of Specialty NeedleArts 2013 needle artist survey. The more responses from knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, cross-stitchers, weavers, and spinners, the better the results for YOUR needleart! See below for official TNNA info and link to the survey…..
The 10-minute survey asks about your experiences with the needlearts you
enjoy: crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint,
spinning, or weaving. Let us know which types of projects you prefer, how
you like to learn, and what you’d like to see needlearts shops do better.
The needlearts community needs your advice and opinions, whether you are a
beginner or an expert! This survey is conducted every few years by The
National NeedleArts Association (TNNA). Your input is very important and
will be included in a published national report.
Your answers are anonymous. No one will use your survey responses to market
In return for your participation, you will receive valuable benefits: . Gain a chance to win one of five $100 needlearts gift certificates. . Ensure stores, manufacturers, and other suppliers provide what you want. . Explore your needlearts interests.
Your valuable input will also help the needlearts community:
. Give guilds, associations, community groups, and others guidance to grow
the world of needlearts.
. Help independent retailers and family-owned suppliers succeed by giving
them the customer feedback they need.