Ask, And You Shall Receive and Coming Attractions ~

Overwhelming –  to put it very mildly. Really, I can’t even begin  to thank  all of you enough for your generous offers to test knit. But, boy, I am  so going to take you up on it. And as all the test knits come back  to me  over the next several weeks I will be singing their praises (the knitters and their knits) near and far. Be sure to check back, there will be some real cuties.

Coming Attraction – Plucky Socks! You may recall a mention of a collaboration with the  ever so talented Kirsten. Well, she is putting the finishing touches on two patterns made for Plucky Yarns. I am so excited!

Both of the  patterns should be ready by early next week.   They will be available at my etsy shop  (and, once  I  figure out how to have them available right here on this site the patterns will also be available here) and at Kirsten’s site, Through The Loops. Boy, she did a stellar job coming up with patterns that really suit the yarn. Pure design and knitterly  brilliance that Kirsten. Thank you!

plucky-anna-front-balloon.jpg  Anna’s Sock pattern in the 80/20 Cashmere Merino blend

plucky-balloon-big.jpg  Achillea pattern  in 100% Merino Fingering

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Back on the Grid ~

We are back on the grid….finally. Longer post to follow later, but suffice it to say it could have been  so much worse, so I am not complaining at all.  Just catching up on laundry, dishes, dyeing  and email and yes, big trees and limbs to get rid of (Mr. Plucky  is excited as we will have wood for bonfires  ’til 2009!).

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

We Have A Winner ~

 Nicole – (I am not sure if you have a blog or I would link to it…..) You won!!!!

           

Madonna and Menachem Begin were both born on August 16. And, the co-winner for the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize was Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat.

During August, in the evening, the “Summer Triangle” can be found in the Eastern sky. The triangle consists of the three brightest stars in the sky. The three stars in the Summer Triangle are Vega (constellation Lyra), Deneb (constellation Cygnus), and Altair (constellation Aquila).    

   

Margaret Mitchell first called Scarlett O’Hara “Pansy” when she was writing Gone With The Wind. Can you imagine?!?! I mean, it just doesn’t have the same zing.

Jackie Kennedy said “I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.” Pure class.

Thanks for playing along everyone – it is so fun to see the answers come in. And, yes, I know you can Google anything and find the answers, but that isn’t the point. The point is to learn something new!

I Ordered the Red & A Shop Update ~

Shop update. Yay!! And, don’t forget to play along with the contest….tonight is the last night. Pluky girl (a.k.a. the random number generator) will be picking the winning entry tomorrow.

 

Petifores – 100% Merino Wool Fingering

 

Lt. Dan – 100% Merino Wool

 

Shrimp  Gumbo  – BFL Alpaca

 

Little Lambs Eat Ivy – BFL Suri Alpaca

 

Bronze Age – 50/50 Silk Merino Wool Lace Weight

 

Rose Quartz – 50/50 Silk Merino Lace Weight

 

Pewter Goblet – 50/50 Silk Merino Lace Weight

These and quite a few more are now available in the shop. Thanks for looking!

Red or Brown? ~

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I have the black (you may remember this). Bought and black and wear them all.the.time. Comfy and cute. Can’t ask for more than that. They go with everything! So, of course, I want a pair in another color? Opinions…..please…..

 Here are the Charades  (yarn is Summer of Love 80/20 Merino Cashmere blend)  – coming along very nicely. Since I was suppose to be dyeing today (got a bit done) and it has since started raining, I have been able to really kick these into gear. Might even have done tonight (Forest Gump is on – perfect knitting movie).

 

Do you think the yarn is too busy for the pattern?

Speaking of patterns: Kirsten  and I are collaborating. She is designing some kicky patterns  exclusively for Plucky yarn. What talent she has. So, in the next few weeks there will be two patterns available that compliment the yarn. Don’t know about you, but I love to have pattern ideas already in mind when I get new yarn.

Don’t forget to play along with the contest. Comments are open until midnight tomorrow. Thanks for playing along.

Oh, and a few updates to the shop have been made this evening – more to come as soon as they are finished drying.

Wonky Week ~

Charade socks  are coming along very well and, shock of shocks – I’m not even close to being sick of knitting it  – perhaps I can avoid the dreaded second sock syndrome with this pair.  Don’t hold your breath, but I think I have a pretty good shot at an actual pair this time. Picture to come tomorrow.

Plucky girl started drivers ed this week. Wow. Ok. Forget the fact that “time flies”  and “oh, I can’t believe my little girl is driving”  and all that stuff. What’s really curling my hair is the fact that in another week or so I will be in a car with her and she will be the one driving. In control. Of a car.

She’s so excited – actually, to  be perfectly honest, I am excited for her. Scared and excited at the same time. Ok, got to stop thinking about it. I have to go knit. Actually, I will be dyeing all day tomorrow – so look for a great big shop update this weekend.

Contest Time ~

Well, it’s been about  month since the last trivia contest – so, time for another, don’t you think?    Hmmmm….. since I favor all kinds of random information and I get to come up with the questions – let the random questioning begin:

           

1. What do nobel prize winner  Menachem Begin and Madonna have in common?  Extra credit if you can tell me who the co-winner of the nobel prize was in 1978.

2. During August, in the evening, the “Summer Triangle” can be found in the Eastern sky. The triangle consists of the three brightest stars in the sky. Name those three stars.   Your name will be entered twice if you can name the constellation(s) that each of the three stars belong to. (Got to love  extra credit).

 3. What did Margaret Mitchell first call Scarlett O’Hara when she was writing Gone With The Wind?

4. Which First Lady said “I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.”?

The contest will be open until Midnight,  Sunday evening.  Then all correct entries will be put into my “random number generator” and  a winner will be chosen.

What will you win? A skein of Plucky Knitter yarn dyed in either your blogs colors or a colorway of your choice along with a grab bag of goodies.

Let the games begin!

Sensory Overload ~

S and I went to Stitches. Wow – talk about sensory overload….  and all we did was go to the market – can’t imagine if  we actually went to some classes. I’ll have to work up to that next year.

 Met Kathy! What a doll – the three of us had a ball chatting about all things yarny related and lots of other random bits – the time just flew by (the hallmarks of a good time being had by all). If you haven’t visited Kathy’s blog yet….. please drop by and say hi. You will be glad you did.

habu-haul-2.jpg  Bought some yarn – but just a bit.  Habu Textiles the Kushu Kushu scarf kit really caught my eye (have you seen this  and this?). Actually, it was the first, middle and last booth we visited at the Market. It was becoming a running joke every time we popped back up.   Purchased two cones of the 100% silk in a teal and a cranberry color, then 100% lambswool in a gorgeous ivy green and then the scarf kit is deep aubergine and charcoal grey. The large skein of charcoal in front is a lovely yarn from Brooks Farm  Yarn. I have an idea of what it will all become (all the Habu (minus the scarf kit) plus the Brooks Farms charcoal will become something for Fall), but you will have to wait and see.

Crafty Questionnaire ~

Recently I have came across some more  great  knitting and crafting  blogs – one of them being  Bella Knitting. She has been talking  at length  about creativity, inspiration and creative limits – even asking us out in the blogsphere what our interests and limits are. So, I offer you my answers and ask what yours are.

1.   I have no interest; complete lack of creativity in this area:
I will preface this by saying: These are all wonderful, creative and lovely forms of art and craft, just not for me.

Needlepoint, wood working, glass blowing, sculpture, cross stitch, toy making, paper making, ceramics, mixed media…..

2.   Would love to try it:
Spinning, crochet, sewing,  graphic design, photo styling, writing

3.   I do it or have dabbled in it:
Jewelry making, stamping (not my thing), scrapbooking (again, not my thing), decorating (wish I had more time and more room to decorate!).

4.   Love it! This is my thing:
Dyeing (of course!!!!!), Knitting (absolutely!!!!),  cooking and baking (been doing that so long I can’t imagine not cooking and baking), entertaining (when I have time), gift wrapping (not an art so much, but a fun craft).

Consider yourself tagged!

Also,  wanted to announce that I have changed my shipping policies: I am now very happy to offer free shipping on all domestic orders $50 and over and all international order $100 and over. Thank you so much for the warm welcome my dyeing has received – I am over the moon that you  are enjoying my yarns so much!  

Lot’s of new things in the works…… I will keep you all posted.  

sammy-lomo-2.jpg  Because I didn’t want a pictureless post…..

Project Spectrum, Eye Candy Friday & Things I Love ~

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Not sure if this qualifies for Eye Candy Friday, Project Spectrum or just a random post. Let’s say it’s all three – shall we?

Project Spectrum  – Generally I am not a fan of purple (as in purple to wear) however, I do like purple accents on various things and I think it is a brilliant  accompaniment  to  all  the rich  Fall colors that I am so fond of. The purple beads pictured belong to Plucky girl (she is patiently waiting for me to fix the clasp for her, but in the meantime they reside in my Bauer fan bowl. Which just happens to be the happiest of oranges).

The boots? Well, let’s just say I will wear these boots until they can no longer be re-soled and they fall off my feet. Not only are they the best color, they are comfy and go with everything (at least I make them go with everything) and they have sentimental value – a gift from Mr. Plucky. Got to love Kenneth Cole. This Fall will be their third season and they are just getting broken in. I love them.

It’s harvest time in the Plucky container gardens – the yellow tomatoes are on. These, however, look a bit more orange to me (must have been left the on the vine a tad too long). Looking forward to having these sliced for lunch today.

It is absured how happy this new creamer has made me today. Caramel – Love. Hazelnut – Love. Together = Coffee Bliss.

 Well, off to the dye pot to dye some yarns to go with Project Spectrum – Thank you, Lolly, for the inspiration.