A Very Plucky Retreat~

A Very Plucky Retreat ~

Hold on to your knitting needles – have we got something fun for you!

We have been (very!) excitedly planning a weekend of learning new knitting tricks and techniques for spirited and adventurous knitters also known as Plucky knitters!

Your Friendly Vendors ~

Sarah Dimond, owner of The Plucky Knitter, has been dyeing like a madwoman since 2007.  Her love of color and her obsession with all shades of gray keeps her very busy and highly entertained. https://www.thepluckyknitter.com and http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-plucky-knitters

Sarah, along with her sister, Hayley, will be your point person(s) and hostesses for the weekend. You will see Hayley’s smiling face upon arrival and if you need anything at all, she is your gal!

Your Teachers ~

Sivia Harding learned how to knit in 2000 and has been churning out patterns since 2003. Her work has appeared in publication under her own name, plus being featured in online magazines Twist Collective and Knitty, various subscription clubs, and in many knitting books. Sivia is known for her work with exceptional beaded knits. She joins us from Portland, Oregon. Read more about Sivia at http://www.siviaharding.com.

Lorilee Beltman happily sees no end to where one’s knitting curiosity can take them, so she enjoys helping knitters make new discoveries. Although she considers herself primarily a teacher, 2012 will see her designs popping up in a few public places. When not traveling to teach at national knitting events, she has enjoyed tent camping at nearly twenty National Parks with her all-boy family. She joins us from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more about Lorilee at http://www.city-knitting.com.

Your Location ~

Downtown Holland, Michigan is a lively and lovely area for shopping, dining and strolling. Enjoy the fresh spring landscape and perhaps some early tulips before the rush of visitors arrive in early May for the largest tulip festival in the U.S.

City Flats Hotel, the first LEED Gold Certified Hotel in the Midwest, will host our group for two nights. Consider coming a day early or staying a day late to enjoy more of what Holland has to offer, including miles of sandy Lake Michigan beaches. Read more at http://cityflatshotel.com/holland, but please do not book your room just yet.  A block of rooms is already reserved, and you will want to use the registration code provided later in order to get the block discount.  What you can do is make plans to pair up with a friend to share a room, so that you can be ready when registration opens.

Your Schedule: Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2012 ~

Dates Join us beginning Friday, April 13.  Arrive any time, but you’ll want to aim for early afternoon to shop the Plucky Knitter Open House at the hotel. Our first group gathering will be a cocktail party and welcome reception at the hotel on Friday evening.

After fueling up on breakfast Saturday, enjoy the day with two class sessions separated by a generous lunch hour to shop, dine and relax on your own. Classes will feature Sarah’s yarn and Sivia’s and Lorilee’s instruction, as we aim to make your hands and brains happy. The group will dine together on Saturday evening.

On Sunday we offer a more relaxed pace with a leisurely breakfast, final access to the Plucky store, and a two-hour “Favorite Tips and Tricks” class co-taught by Sivia and Lorilee.

We plan for this to be an intimate event with 20 – 32 participants. All the Plucky details will be provided on Monday, December 19th, including cost, transportation, event registration, and hotel booking.

Sarah will start a thread on the Ravelry group where you can feel free to chat. Stay tuned!

-Sarah and Lorilee
Your Event Planners

Color Affection ~ an accessory kit

Thank you for your very enthusiastic response to the Color Affection kit! Spots are sold-out at the moment, but I have grand plans for offering more kits very soon. And, when more kits are made available I will have a few other colorway options available as well. Thanks again, so very much!

It is with much excitement that I announce a pattern/yarn collaboration with Veera Välimäki, the very talented designer behind such lovely patterns as the Honey Cardigan, Golden Wheat, Water & Stone and the wildly popular Stripe Study.

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Veera has come up with yet another winner! Color Affection combines garter stitch, clever use of short rows and more stripes to love. All that, plus Plucky Primo Fingering – it is quite simply a match made in project heaven!

Sign-ups are now open. The kit is currently available in seventeen (yes 17!) different color combinations – truly something for everyone. And, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, there is even a mystery kit available.

Kit includes:
3 skeins of The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering (385yds per skein)
-the Color Affection pattern
-shipping included!

You will need needles: US 6 (US 2.5) [4 mm (3 mm)] circular needle, at least 80 cm/32” long. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: tapestry needle, blocking wires and pins.

Sign-ups will remain open while supplies last. Please note: Kit will ship the week of January 9th, 2012.

In other news, there will be a sneak-update on Monday, November 28th in the Plucky ETSY shop. One more time for old time sake I say! The update will feature a bit of everything, including SALE skeins, cashmere, limited editions (Black Water, I’m talking to you!) and one-of-a-kinds. And to make it all the better I’m offering FREE SHIPPING as well.

Thank you, each and every one of you for your excitement, encouragement and enthusiasm for Plucky yarn. It is a true privilege to serve you.

Wishing you a lovely weekend filled with family, friends and all the knitting your hearts desire.