well that changes that ~

All those knits I was talking about the other day? Scratch that.

Rosebud

I’ve  been playing with the Hipstamatic app again….

The moment I received the email from Jared showcasing the latest Brooklyn Tweed patterns I was smitten with Rosebud (Actually, I was smitten with everything in the recent collection but, the deepest smit was for Rosebud, Topiary and Bedford. Oh, and Ashby, Irving and Nero too!) and almost immediately cast on with the nearest skein of whatever gray Primo worsted I had laying around. Not even my pretty intense aversion to chart reading could stop me (that chart reading thing, I’m slowly coming around). Half way through the first chart repeat I’ve decided it isn’t so bad. Not bad at all. In fact, I’m really enjoying the knit.

I owe you guys a couple of contest winners! Thank you, all of you, for sharing. I loved reading your comments on gratitude. So very heartwarming.

Colleen and Kate – please contact me at thepluckyknitter at gmail dot com with your mailing information and I’ll get your prize to you right away!

it’s that time of year ~

when cast-on-itis starts to rear its (I hesitate to call it ugly, it just sounds so harsh in this instance) head.

There has been a lot – A LOT – of casting on and ripping out going on so now I’ve begun throwing yarn in a basket and mulling it over that way. I’m telling myself it is keeping me more organized, as opposed to my usual routine of leaving yarn bundle/piles randomly scattered throughout the studio.

Today’s basket looks like this:

thinking out-loud

On the short list so far:

  • Incus in Fat Fish Blue DK cashmere. I’m thinking the cashmere will make it especially drapey and cozy. But, I also love the idea of the Fat Fish Blue in the Ostrich Plume Stole – think not very blocked, all squished up around your neck.
  • Toast in 4ply cashmere – one lone skein of Dandy Lion. I’m thinking 50 sts on size 3 or 4 needle. Anyone else knit Toast in a fingering weight?
  • Long Striped Handwarmers in primo fingering. Perhaps Elmer T and Dandy Lion or Elmer T and Oatmeal or Fat Fish Blue and Bohemian Blue or Oatmeal and Barely Birch or….
  • I’m really really loving the idea of a zig-zaggy cowl in Plucky MCN Lite with random bits of handspun mixed in for added texture. A great big zig-zag cowl. That requires math. I’ll have to work up to that.
  • Castiel – DK cashsilk – Barely Birch
  • Thea’s new hat design in ‘Plucky Rustic’

wow

A surprise from the very sweet and lovely Shannon. They are standing proudly here at the studio and will be a lovely addition to the test knits at the Plucky booth. Thank you very much!

It’s rainy, it’s Monday and I want to – let’s have a giveaway! Tell me, what are you grateful for today? Are you grateful the sweater  weather is upon us? Thankful the kids are back in school? Giddy that pumpkin donuts are back at the farmers market? Leave me a comment and tell me what you are thankful for today, this very minute. I’ll be leaving comments open through Wednesday at Noon Eastern at which time I will randomly draw two winners who will receive a pattern and accompanying Plucky yarn to knit said pattern.

And, FYI – it’s a Plucky shop update tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20th. It’s going to be a sneak update which means I will begin loading the shop around 10:00 a.m. Eastern and continue listing through the day. See you there!

this moment ~

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, visit Soule Mama and leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to see.

movie night

Avery & An Update ~

Single ply ~
back l to r – Humphrey, Oz, Razzmatazz & Alpine Village
front l to r – Peep Toes, Dandy Lion, Fly the Concord & Sticky Toffee

In a continuing effort to accommodate different schedules, there will be a nice sized shop update today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern that will feature some of the brand new repeatable colorways as well as some old favorites.

Avery

In knitting news – the great cowl knitting marathon of 2011 continues. Avery is done and am I ever in love! Does not curl, not one little bit. Perfectly slouchy – not too tight and none too loose. Just perfect. Cast one on,you’ll be glad you did.

Chill in the air ~

here comes Fall~

Can you feel it? That chill in the air? Forget the fact that today was the first day of school in our neck of the woods.  The real sign that Fall is knocking on our door? Cowl knitting has begun in earnest, bread is being baked and that steam rolling off the lake this morning – well that just means it’s high time to dig out the boots and cardigans and get knitting!

or not to be

First cowl of the season: Mustard Scarf, heavily modified. Now known as the Mustard Cowl.

  • Plucky dk cashmere (held double). Colorway: Razzmatazz
  • Needles: Size 15
  • Cast On: 34 sts
  • Finished measurements: 50″ w x 18″ h

true color

full length

Avery

Next up: Avery by Melissa. Knit in Plucky aran cashmere.

Here’s hoping I have enough yarn. Can definitely see myself knitting another in a brighter color. Why, yes, I do believe there is no such thing as too many cowls. Why do you ask?

zucchini bread with dark chocolate chips and dried cherries

Smitten Kitchen Zucchini Bread Recipe.

Modifications: Reduced oil to 2/3 cup and sugar to 1.5 cup. Added one cup dark chocolate chips and a handful of dried cherries. Bake as directed and enjoy!

And one last thing –  it’s most definitely time we had an update! First update of September will be this week, Thursday, September 8th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. It will be an ‘all at once’ update followed by a sneak-update early the week of September 12th.

Happy September everyone and happy knitting!