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Archive for December, 2009

Llama is a great fiber

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Hank of Royal Llama Silk

Hank of Royal Llama Silk

Royal Llama Silk is a worsted weight cabled yarn that has been in our line for a few years now.  The fiber- a blend of Llama and Silk- is rich in color soft in hand. 

Pattern 1329

Pattern 1329

The cable twist can provide stitch definition when needed for textured designs, or softly fill in stitches for a haloed look.  The best of both worlds. 

Jan's Hat

Jan's Hat

One of our customers- Jan- knitted this amazing hat for her daughter.  The yarn looks so good in so many designs.

Thanks Jan for sharing this with us- great looking hat

Cozy Up for Winter

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


Hand knit by Katie in Boku, Plymouth Pattern 1063

Mitered Squares are very, very easy to make. Like building blocks, one is started on top of the other. It is a very satisfying process to see your project come to life.

My favorite is to work mitered squares in a self striping yarn like Boku


Hand knit by Katie in Boku, Plymouth Pattern 1063

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A Christmas Rhyme

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

It was the night before Christmas,

And all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even a….

Hand Knit Mouse knit by Nikki

Mousie knit by Nikki

Mouse pattern from the book, “Whimsical Little Knits” by Ysolda Teague

Hand knit in our beautiful Baby Alpaca DK

Happy Holidays!

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And the winners are…

Monday, December 21st, 2009

On behalf of everyone here at The Plymouth Yarn Company, we would like to take the time to thank you for taking part in our website scavenger hunt and say congratulations to the winners! We are pleased to announce our list of lucky winners who will be receiving a Baby Alpaca Brush Caplet. We hope you enjoy your special gift. Thank you for taking part in our scavenger hunt and check back often to our blog for the latest happenings.
Happy Knitting!

Betty H. in Lansdale, PA
Desi H. in Florham Park, NJ
Deborah B. in Belmont, MA
Enid B. in New York, NY
Sherri A. in Stamford, CT
Polly F. in Moorestown, NJ
Nancy W. in Kingston, MA
Charity B. in Nampa, Idaho
Johanna R. in Philadelphia, PA
Donna S. in Fort Pierce, FL
Bri D. in Minneapolis, MN
Debbie P. in Manchester, CT
Jane T. in Oologah, OK
Pat R. in Latrobe, CA
Michelle M. in Evanston, IL
Shana M. in De Pere, WI
Wendy C. in Johnsonburg, PA
Elizabeth D. in Fort Washington, PA
Mary M. in Plymouth, MA
Jennifer H. in Cedar Rapids, IA
Carol Q. in Worcester, MA
Leslie F. in Lauderhill, FL
Bonney T. in Wilmot, NH
Donna C. in Florence, NJ
Cathy M. in Murfreesboro, TN

Dramatic Ashton

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Ashton is a very dramatic member of the Plymouth family.  The yarn, composed of merino, silk, and alpaca has a high twist for excellent stitch definition in both heavily textured designs, and Fair Isle work.  After choosing from Ashton’s fashionable color palette,  designer Shirley Paden worked up pink Ashton into this beautiful cardigan for the new Winter issue of Vogue Knitting.  Check it out on VK360°!

Vogue KnittingWinter 09/10, photo by Paul Amato

Vogue KnittingWinter 09/10, photo by Paul Amato

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Twin Wallabys

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The Wonderful Wallaby pattern by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations has been a long time favorite of mine.  The worsted weight design for a kangaroo pocketed hoodie seems as if it was written with Encore in mind.  It is the perfect yarn for this garment.

Twin Wallabys

Twin Wallabys

Char, a customer of my LYS recently shared a photo of her twin grandkids wearing their Wallabys – handknit in Encore Colorspun by none other than Grandma herself.   Char says they love the hoodies and hate to take them off.  Great Job Char!

Holiday Glitz

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


Gold Rush color #52 with Iridescent Beads

Add a little knit to your holiday decorating this year with our glitzy Gold Rush
If you have some time between now and New Years, try knitting up one or two of these gorgeous baubles
hand knit by Debbie Adams

Gold Rush color #36 with Beads

These are knitted in the round and then gathered at the top when you place the glass ball inside.
What a lovely way to personalize a Christmas Tree.
Here is a detail of how easy it is to knit them- all beautifully knit by Debby Adams…

Start by knitting in the round with all your beads strung

Increase the stitches as per the pattern to make a ball shape

Increase the stitches as per the pattern to make a ball shape

With a little patience I believe you could do one in an evening!
All ornament designs by Lynn Wilson.

To Felt or Not to Felt

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

While perusing the ravelry archives, I found this neat designer who is lovingly called,

“The Stitch Poet.”

Now, I know many of you have rode the felting train. You’ve hopped off at a station long ago and moved onto socks, lace knitting, etc.– perhaps never to venture into the shrinking wool phenomenon.

BUT there is much to be said of the artist who makes felting more of an art.

The Stitch Poet’s hand bags are one of a kind gems; using buttons, felted beads, ruffles.


Cootie Clutch has a very urban animal print


Don't like knitting with intarsia/bobbins? Try this simple clutch, using exquisite needle felting techniques and hand made beads that match perfectly to the bag

Her felted creations use Plymouth Galway Worsted.

Plymouth Galway Worsted has an endless amount of colors to inspire any fiber-artist. Just take a look and you will see the colors have endless possibilities to match many wardrobes and seasons.

You can find where to purchase her eclectic patterns on her website.

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Encore and Yardley Harvest Day

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

It was a beautiful fall day. There were many vendors with various items. But the highlight of my day was when I saw this cute little girl sporting a darling Encore Worsted Colorspun Sweater.

Encore W Colorspun 7517

Encore W Colorspun 7517

Meet Emma. She was so cooperative. I asked if I could take some pictures for the blog. I was very happy her Mother, Laura approved. Here is Emma with her runway pose:


Thank you to Laura and Emma, Beautiful!
Happy Knitting to all!

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Happy Feet isn’t just for feet

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Talitha Kuomi is a talented designer who has used Happy Feet sock yarn for some interesting bracelets.  She calls them Pleasant Places, and her pattern is available on Ravelry. 

This is a wonderful way to use Happy Feet- either alone, or as bits & pieces for one band each.   Talitha found it to be a wonderful way to use up leftovers.  You could knit one bracelet  in each of 10 sock yarn colorways. 

Pleasant Places Bracelets

Pleasant Places Bracelets

Tal says she has toyed around with knitting in beads along with the Happy Feet and with tiny cables running around the length of each band.  You can really let your imagination out to play on this one. 

The pattern for Pleasant Places is written so that you can make this “to fit” for any size wrist and forearm from pre-teen to adult.

My thanks to Talitha Kuomi for allowing me to present her ideas here.  Feel free to contact Talitha on ravelry or at with any questions.

Check out Tal’s other designs on 

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

And don’t forget to check out Happy Feet on our Plymouth Yarn Website