Color Affection ~ Take Two

I am so happy to announce we are now ready to offer the second installment of Color Affection – a Plucky Knitter yarn collaboration with the talented and extremely clever Veera Välimäki (the designer behind such lovely patterns as the Honey Cardigan, Golden Wheat, Water & Stone and the wildly popular Stripe Study).

Color Affection combines garter stitch, the clever use of short rows and unexpected color combiniations, which all adds up to more stripes to love and, quite simply, a match made in project heaven!

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Color Affection

Sentimental Reasons

Neutral Sophisticate

Blue Bayou

At Last

Five O'Clock Somewhere

Once In A Blue Moon

Hippie Hippie Chic

The Queens Reserve

Just a few of the many color kits available

The Color Affection kit will be available in twenty-three (yes, 23!!) different color combinations (truly something for everyone) and will be available for sale in the brand new Plucky shop on Saturday, December 31st at Noon Eastern.

Kits are priced at $89 each and include:
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.

Again, please note: Kits are $89 eachwill be for sale in the new Plucky Online Shop and will remain while supplies last. Also, regarding shipping, the kits will ship the week of January 16th, 2012.

Thank you very much for your interest and enthusiasm for this kit. I can hardly wait to see them all knit up – what a riotous parade of color and texture that will be!

One last thing before I go:  If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the goings on here at the Plucky Knitter and have the most current information on updates, kits, sales, etc., please be sure to join the enewsletter list. Another good way to be in the know is to follow the Plucky Knitter page on Facebook and/or join in the fun with the Plucky group in Ravelry.

Accessorize!

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” Clairee Belcher, Steel Magnolias 

I am very happy to announce a blog collaboration with Holly. When Holly (who is a very talented knitter, baker and blogger) approached me with an offer to write an article highlighting all the fantastic ways to re-charge your wardrobe with hand knits….well it was simply an offer I couldn’t refuse! Now, I will leave the rest of this post to her. Take it away Holly!

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Year after year, we see recurring trends in fashion. Many staples of a decade have been consistently recurring over the years; trends that were once popular, quickly become a cliche — an outdated icon of a generation — and then return with widespread, mainstream popularity (leggings, anyone?). However, there are plenty of examples of the exact opposite. Every season, every year, there are a few classic items that stand strong, despite the constant changes in fashion trends. These pieces are often apart of everyone’s wardrobe, despite our own personal style or taste, and these are the items you are likely to wear the most… none of which are more prominent than knitwear.

Knitwear goes beyond sweaters, today it is all about the accessories: scarves, cowls, hats, wraps, shrugs, mittens, leg warmers and more, most of which can be worn all year around, not just in the dead of winter. Revamping your entire wardrobe is sometimes just a matter of adding in some season-friendly accessories. For example, pair these stylish “Some Cloudy Day” leg warmers by Tiny Owl Knits (featured here in Plucky Merino MCN http://www.ravelry.com/projects/nancykane/some-cloudy-day) or Mirry Dancers by Gudrun Johnston (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mirry-dancers) with boots and add some warmth for those chilly Autumn days. Wear with ankle boots and extend the life of your summer shoes into even the coldest weeks of winter, or wear under mid-calf and knee-high boots for ultimate warmth.

As for scarves, there’s been a strong comeback for the cowl. Instead of a traditional scarf, a cowl is knitted in a loop, or knitted flat and then seamed to form a ring. The best part? Versatility. Choose a cowl that is the proper length to allow you the option of either looping it around your neck twice, or just once. Check out the Plucky Curacao Cowl (shown here in Plucky Merino Superwash Worsted  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plucky-curacao-cowl), offering the perfect shape to fit near your neck, without adding bulk inside your coat. Keep it close to your neck by wrapping it around twice, or wear it all year around with just one loop. The elegant cable pattern makes it formal enough to match even your most fancy coats. Looking for something extra chunky? Keep it simple with the Millwater Cowl (featuring Plucky MCN Lite  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/millwater) which can easily be dressed up, or down, with it’s simple garter borders and single, focal cable down the center. 

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Plucky Curacao Cowl – Curacao Cowl, Black Cherry Lambic & Mint and Basil photos courtesy Splityarn

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Black Cherry Lambic Cowl

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Black Cherry Lambic Scarf

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Millwater Cowl – Photo courtesy Beth Kling

If you’re more for shawls, an absolute must is the Color Affection shawl kit, an amazing collaboration between The Plucky Knitter herself and Veera Valimaki (who brought you the ever famous Stripe Study shawl among others), and what a heavenly pairing it is! Combining 3 stunning Plucky Primo Fingering colorways and the Color Affection pattern by Veera, this shawl has amazing composition; with juxtaposed stripes, blocks of color, and a drapey shape that’s perfect for wrapping up this winter. The kit comes in multiple colorway combinations and will be available for pre-order later this week (week of December 26th).

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When it comes to keeping your head warm, you have plenty of options, no matter the time of year may be. There seems to be two kinds of people in the world: those who prefer tight fitting beanies, and those who like some slouch. Mint and Basil (shown here in Plucky Rustic http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mint-and-basil) is a fantastic pattern, that offers not only one hat, but two. One is a snug beanie with an adorable button detail, and the other is a slouchy hat with an elegant, cabled border. Knitted in a warm, squishy and comfy worsted, they will both be sure to keep you warm this season. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, go for the Skinner Hat (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skinner-hat) or Cecily (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cecily) by Melissa LaBarre (both knitted in Plucky Primo MCN) Whether it’s the delicate lace pattern of the Skinner hat, or the airy chevrons of Cecily, these berets will keep you warm with plenty of style to spare. And, with the light weight yarn, they can easily be worn in spring and summer as well.

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Skinner Hat – Photo courtesy Melissa LaBarre

It’s safe to say that knitwear isn’t going anywhere, and with so many accessories to knit up for every season, it’s likely you’ll get plenty of use out of them. Some of us may be lucky enough to have knitted heirloom pieces, whether it’s a shawl or a blanket, it proves that knitwear survives the decades, and is just as popular now as it has ever been. 

Holly is an avid knitter, baker, sometimes writer, and of course a die-hard Plucky fan. She documents all things creative over on her personal blog: Lucky You, Lucky Me, and is known on Ravelry by the username Shinetastic.

a plucky retreat and random chatter ~

Remember the Plucky Retreat I mentioned a couple weeks ago? Well, it’s now time for sign-ups! Sign-ups will be tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21st at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time in the Plucky online shop. For class descriptions and more detailed information.

Bisque - A new repeatable

Bisque – A new repeatable colorway

Comparison of Bisque, Chinos & Oatmeal

Something Blue - A new repeatable

Something Blue – A new repeatable colorway

Medieval - a new repeatable

Medieval – A new repeatable colorway

Finally made homemade chicken soup

My first attempt at homemade chicken soup. Very loosely based on this recipe with just a few modifications (let the stock sit over night so as to skim off the fat, added fresh rosemary, no-yolk noodles and a little bit of fresh cabbage) and I must say, I would totally make this again.

Plucky Classics – A Yarn Club

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Sign-ups for the next round of Plucky Classics are now open!

Guess what? It’s that time again. Time for the next installment of the Plucky Classics yarn club. If you are not already familiar with Classics, it is a great way to ensure you get a regular dose of Plucky yarn, especially if you find it difficult to make the updates (time zones, work schedules, etc.). Sign-up and yarn will magically appear in your mailbox every two months. Easey peasey!

Classics (all primo, all the time!) will continue to run in six month increments with shipments going out every other month (which means the next round will ship in February, April and June). I am also very pleased to let you know that in addition to the fingering and worsted weight options there is now a brand new sport weight option as well. That’s right, Primo Sport is finally here!

Sign-ups will remain open until Sunday, December 18th or while spots remain. Ready to sign-up? Here’s the link to sign-up along with all the information you will need.

Please note:  If you are a current subscriber and wish to keep things just as they are, you are all set and do not need to do anything at all. Your subscription will automatically renew (based on your original sign-up date). However, if you wish to change your current subscription to a different base(s) and or amount(s), please cancel your current subscription and re-subscribe.

To cancel your subscription:  Go to your Account and click on ‘Profile’ and then ‘My Money’. You will see a list of types of payments including ‘Installment’. Click on Plucky Knitter in the list that displays and there will be an update button for canceling the subscription.

Playful Plumage~ a hat

Need a super fast knit? Look no further!

Playful Plumage Hat - Fat Fish Blue