A little out of the ordinary ~

I’m doing something a bit out of the ordinary this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26th (and then randomly through the rest of the week) I’m going to be listing some onesie/twosies of, well, everything (cashmere, primo, some old bases (oldies but goodies!) and a few repeatable left-overs) in the etsy shop.

The reason for this is simple. I’ve graduated to using grown-up accountant (as opposed to me clunking through the whole process) who has asked that I do inventory.  So, as of January 31 it’s my our goal to be starting with a clean slate.

Just one more thing I’m trying to hand-off to someone else so I can focus on the Plucky end of things. Let’s face it, it’s what we probably all want me focusing on – color, yarn, bases, sweater ideas, kits, etc. I couldn’t be less of a numbers person if I tried – so to hand this off to someone else, well, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention…. they’re all on sale and free shipping too! Here’s a great chance to get some lovely one-of-a-kinds for some kicky late-winter accessories.  Speaking of accessories:

Vine Loop

What a ridiculously good time I’m having knitting this cowl. Such a fun, engaging pattern. Engaging enough to be entertaining, easy enough that you can step away from your knitting, pick it back up and know just where you are. Highly, highly recommend!

cilantro

Oh, and all the test knits are arriving!

  • Cilantro
  • Plucky Knitter Merino SW Worsted

Finally – Primo Worsted.

Don't forget the Dark & Stormy

You’ve all been waiting patiently (I, however, have not) for Primo Worsted to arrive. It makes me extremely happy to inform you that it has finally graced us with its presence and will be featured very prominently in this Sunday’s update. Sunday, January 23rd at 4:00 p.m. Eastern to be exact.

There will be buckets of fun colorways all dyed up and ready to go, not to mention pre-orders for additional sweater quantities will also be available. And, you can be sure there will plenty of other goodies to be had. Primo fingering, merino sw fingering, cashmere and so much more!

As per usual, the bulk of the update will go live at that time with other items possibly popping in through the rest of the afternoon. You can be sure I’ll be online keeping you all posted as to the goings on. Don’t forget to check out the Flickr photostream for a preview of what will be available during the update. There are a few pictures available for your yarn-y viewing pleasure (and more to be added through the weekend).

In other, somewhat disturbing news, I apparently am suffering from a major case of ‘I have no idea what to cast on next-itis’ – don’t you hate it when that happens?!? Maybe another hat? Hat’s always seem to do the trick.

Happy Friday everyone!

Pass the envelope – we have winners!

Winner No. 1

Yvonne who commented that Susie was right, Ina’s Mac and Cheese in the bomb! I also like her Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe, and oh yes I like making risotto too. Music for exercise? Pass the mac and cheese please!

Winner No. 2

ReneeAnne – My comfort food: orange food. Grilled cheese, tomato soup, cheetos, orange jello, and orange Crush soda. Or OJ. Something orange. And maybe some orange slices.  Exercise music? Christina Aguilera. Pink. Lady Gaga. Fergie. Black Eyed Peas. Janis Joplin.

Winner No. 3

Karen – Says she’s weird and listens to indie rock even when working out. It may not work for everyone, but do try Pandora for new music–I like the Mumford & Sons station or Joshua Radin station.

Comfort food: Definitely Macaroni & Cheese. The best recipe I’ve found is Cook’s Illustrated’s (America’s Test Kitchen) “Classic Macaroni and Cheese.” If you like to cook, it is worth subscribing to their website–we’ve found a lot of recipe “keepers” there.

Karen you’re not weird! Whatever gets you moving I say.

Ladies, please contact me as soon as possible at thepluckyknitter @ gmail dot com to let me know your contact information.

Thank you everyone – you guys have great taste in music and your choice of comfort foods. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make a grocery list so I can start whipping up some of your recommendations and then make a new playlist so I can, you know, try to keep up with all that comfort food!

Mill Valley

A little spring dreaming…..

First of the year ~

First shop update and the first contest of the year!

Evening Storm - MCN Aran

Evening Storm – MCN Aran

Almighty Avocado - Merino SW Worsted

Almighty Avocado – Merino SW Worsted

Lake Gray - 6ply Cashmere

Lake Gray – 6ply Cashmere

These and so many more will be available in the shop update tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. The bulk of the update will go live at 10:00 a.m. with more yarn being added throughout the rest of the day. Be sure to check the Plucky Facebook page and Ravelry group for any updates to the sale through the day. And, because it’s the first update of the year and because I said so, there will be free shipping on every last little thing in the shop tomorrow. Have fun!

Now, about that contest. Last week we reached (then quickly surpassed) the 1,000 member mark in the Plucky Knitter group on Ravelry. What a milestone! To mark the occasion I promised there would be some celebrating and festivities…. it’s contest time!

Just leave me a comment with an answer to one (or all) of the following questions:

1. What’s on your exercise playlist? What gets you moving on the treadmill/elliptical/Stairmaster? Is it a bit of M0town/70’s disco/80’s hair bands/90’s grunge/indie rock/country?My playlist could really use a fresh infusion of music. Go ahead, I’m all ears.

2. What’s your favorite comfort food recipe for this time of year?

Comments will remain open from now until Noon on Thursday, January 13th. At that time I will draw three winners using my trusty random number generator and the winner will receive a spot in the newly re-vamped Plucky Classics club!  Winners will receive a six month membership in the club and will have the choice of either the single dose fingering option or the single dose worsted.

Thanks for playing along!

Retooling~

New year, time to change things up a bit, don’t you think? I’ve received some great feedback from you for a re-vamped Plucky Classics (sign-ups coming this week).  In addition to re-vamped Classics, I’m looking forward to offering quarterly sweater clubs (similar to Moody Broody Grey Club) and even creating some monthly luxury clubs throughout the year. Plucky will also be hitting the road and attending more shows than ever before…. Sock Summit here we come! So, long story short, 2011 is set to be a year of new and exciting experiences for all of us!

Oh, and get this…..(pinch me because I can hardly believe it myself) our Ravelry group hit 1,000 members as of early this morning. All I can say is be prepared for a big celebration with a contest and giveaways!

Let’s see, what else? A very little bit of knitting but a whole lot of cleaning and reorganization.  The studio was on the receiving end of a little retooling last week. Nothing crazy, just a nice deep clean and moved things around a bit. A fresh perspective – it sure does wonders for clearing the head.

monday's mess

Vintage Steelcase file cabinet in the most perfect yellow.

coming up

Getting ready for the first update of 2011!

grey cables

Winter Wonder – Plucky Merino Lite, Dark & Stormy. I’m crazy head over heels for gray + cables.

company

Sam can’t seem to keep up with the hectic pace