This is big ~

It’s update time and this time and not only do we have brand new colors, we have a brand new custom Plucky base to unveil as well as two updates in one day!

Be right here, on the Plucky blog, Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 28th – one at 9:00 am & one at 8:00 pm (Eastern).

About that new base. Plucky Bello. A purely luxurious and decadent blend of 55% extra fine merino and 45% (your eyes do not deceive – almost HALF) cashmere. $36 per 105g skein – 380 yards. Fingering weight.

bello

As always we are hard at work getting your yarn to you. It is such a thrill and privilege to work for you so thank you for your kindness and enthusiasm. It is a gift and privilege we do not take lightly.

While this week is shortened due to the holiday weekend it will be full of dyeing and so much shipping (4/21 update, Plucky Fellas & Instant Gratification)! Let the mailbox stalking begin later this week.

Again, thank you so much and I hope you and yours are having a wonderfully peaceful weekend.

A little preview of tomorrow’s update:

Tip the Waitress primo NAMED-7

rose city mule darker primo NAMED-1

Two Drifters primo NAMED-62

ruby red primo NAMED-12-1

Barkcloth primo NAMED-10

Thank You note primo NAMED-61

Pardon Me primo NAMED-11

good ole pip primo NAMED-8-1

fisherman's wharf primo NAMED-5-1

lincoln primo NAMED-34-1

 

 

 

 

 

My dog is so weird & update stuff ~

oxfordballWhat a weirdo

shaelyn

  • Pattern: Shaelyn
  • Yarn: testing a base

 

Thank you note

Instant Gratification update #2 will be Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the ETSY shop.

There will be a ton fun things in the IG update. We’ve unearthed a few skeins of some oldies & goodies as well as a few skeins of Left Coast, Tip Toe, Windmill Island (on traveler to boot!) and TONS of other fun things. Even a little cashmere to be had (En Vogue 4ply!!!). Oh, and I will be happy to have a few pre-orders/wish granting as well on Wednesday because it feels festive! Summer is just around the corner and well, it’s been a while since we’ve done that. Stay tuned to the update and see what pops up.

Pinehurst

 

And the winner(s) are…..

 

Curtain cowl collage

You guys! You’re awesome. What a riot we have had reading through your entries. If you haven’t read through the comments yet – please do. Not only are there great recipes and knitting inspiration but it’s just knee slapping good time.

First…..

Here are the runners up!  All of these individuals will receive the Curtain Call pattern & (1) skein of Plucky Traveler to knit the small size of the pattern! Please contact us at pluckycustomerservice @ gmail . com with your mailing address for your skein of Traveler, as well as your Ravelry name so we can gift you the pattern for the Curtain Call pattern.

·         Sherry on May 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm.
Favorite joke:  “Two blonds are relaxing on lawn chairs and looking contentedly up at the night sky.  “Which do you think is closer-the Moon, or Florida?” muses one. “Well, d’uh”, says the other, “Can you see Florida?!?”

·         Szhess on May 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm.
Favorite recipe:  “My favorite asparagus recipe is one I found in Thomas Keller’s book Ad Hoc:  Grilled Asparagus with poached eggs and prosciutto!”

·         Baljinder on May 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm.
Favorite recipe:  “…asparagus and nugget potato salad.  Steamed and cooled asparagus and nugget potatoes tossed with a dressing made of olive oil, dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Toss in a few chives and voila!”

·         Lynn on May 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm.
Favorite recipe:  “…no recipe – just straight out of the garden, still warm from the sun!  Juice is sweet and oh so messy!!”

·         Mary Lynn on May 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm.
Favorite trivia question:  “How many birds did the Birdman of Alcatraz have when he was imprisoned at Alcatraz?”

·         Meghan on May 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm.
Favorite Karaoke song:  “Uninvited by Alanis Morisette (alone) Love Shack (group)

·         Wendy on May 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm.
“What I’m knitting now?!  Brooklet by Cecily Glowik MacDonald!”

·         Barbara B on May 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm.
Favorite joke:  “A woman and a man are involved in a car accident on a snowy, cold Monday morning; it’s a bad one.  Both of their cars are totally demolished but amazingly neither of them are hurt…God works in mysterious ways. “…(& it continues on…!)

·         Debbie on May 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm.
Favorite Karaoke song:  “…both sung by my husband! The First is “He ain’t heavy (he’s my brother)” by The Hollies….”The second is “That’s life” by Frank Sinatra which my husband cannot sing without getting the words all wrong and making everyone laugh.”
·         Michelle Sorge on May 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/michellio/carnaby-street

·         Patricia on May 16, 2013 at 6;13 pm.
Favorite joke:  “What do you get when you mix alcohol with literature?  Tequila Mockingbird.”

·         Carolyn on May 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm.
Guilty pleasure:  “…too many to name, but include Ben and Jerry’s FroYo Greek Yogurt with Blueberries and Graham Swirls, while watching any or all of the movies from the Avenger’s franchise…”

·         Gwen on May 16 2013 at 6:16 pm.
What she’s knitting now:  “I am knitting hey girl in jazz age cozy- love it!” & her Guilty pleasure: “any kind of candy- chocolate, gummy, licorice!”

·         Shruti on May 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm.
Guilty pleasure:  “Cheese fondue with grapes!”  and her Favorite Karaoke song:  “Every Rose Has Its Thorn!”

·         Vasiliki Starborn on May 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm.
Favorite joke:  “Why did the pig go into the kitchen?  Because he felt like bacon!”

·         Susan K. on May 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm.
Favorite Karaoke song:  “Talk dirty to me by Poison” & her guilty pleasure? “Yarn”

·         Patricia Anne Fortune on May 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm.
Favorite joke:  “The kids and I have a favorite joke right now: Why are Pirates called Pirates????  Because they ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!”

·         Purlescence on May 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm.
Favorite joke:  “How do knitters get into Heaven?  By the Purly Gates!” & her favorite Karaoke song: “I Will Survive!”

·         Nicole on May 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm.
Favorite trivia question:  “Who was known as the Chicoutimi Cucumber?”

·         Thayer on May 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm.
Favorite joke:  “Q: What’s brown and sticky?  A: A stick!”

·         Emily on May 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm.
Favorite Karaoke song:  “Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.”

·         Ellen Calman on May 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm.
Guilty pleasure:  “Nutella, right out of the jar!! Just give me a big old soup spoon of the stuff and I’m a happy gal!”

·         Margie on May 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm.
Guilty pleasure:  “…is ice cream. Another is watching murder trials on TV (seriously!).

·         Lesley on May 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm.
Favorite Karaoke song:  “Brown Eyed Girl or anything else I sort of know the words to!”   and what she’s knitting now:  “a pair of Dotty socks by Irish Girlie Knits for a co-worker undergoing chemo”

·         Ceri Davies on May 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm.
Favorite Karaoke song:  “Adele’s Rolling in the Deep” and her Guilty pleasure: “Sneaking to the movies during the day to watch a matinee – without my kids – and eating a choc covered ice cream!”

Now…. drum roll please!

Herdy contest

And the Grand Prize of the set of Herdy Mugs and a sweater quantity (or up to 8 skeins of an assortment of plucky bases) goes to………………………………………………………………………..
 
·         Ellen on May 14, 2013 at 4:52 pm.
Joke:  2 Nuns walk into a bar…You would’ve thought the 2nd one would’ve ducked…ha!
 
Karaoke:  I fear Karaoke
 
Guilty Pleasure:  I read the Daily Mail.  Don’t shame me!  plucky yarn with an overflowing stash!
 
Pets:  Don’t have one. I have a kid. He’s kind of like a pet that talks back, but will eventually move out
 
Photobomb:  nada – maybe in my 20s there is a hard copy of me scratching my butt behind a family of tourists in Union Square, maybe.
 
Trivia: Wrong household member to ask.
 
Recipes: Roasted Asparagus – olive oil, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon out of the oven, strawberries – wash n’ go.
 
Knitting: at this minute I’m taking a stab at lace, which means, I’m backing things out right now. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/encyclopaedie

 

Contest time & A Plucky Retreat Photo Recap~

I am woefully behind in blogging so I’ll combine Plucky Retreat recap (in photos) with a contest. Works for me!

retreat wagon

Mikan Snood in Plucky Traveler Aran (Fat Fish Blue) and a darling crochet sample baby blanket in Primo Worsted & Sweater combo. Please, PLEASE do not be afraid to mix bases. The texture and color juxtaposition is fantastic!

retreat grannydutch

Our very own Dutch Princess (a.k.a. the welcoming committee)~

retreat dance

Knitting and dance instructor all in one!

retreat thao

retreat sink

 Everything and the kitchen (or the bathroom) sink!

retreat wagon frame use

retreat knitters

Happy knitters!

retreat dad

Elmer T and Jennifer. Oh my stars you have to see her dress knit out of Primo Sport. It’s amazing!

retreat brunch

The dismantling crew having breakfast

retreat p

Dismantling is a messy biz

RETREAT UHAUL

Packed up… planning ahead…. and headed home (or back on the road)…

Lorilee, Fiona & Ann. You guys are just simply the best (que Tina). We couldn’t have had the weekend without you. And to all the attendee’s…. the full retreater’s, the NORAS and visitors alike. Thank you from the very depths of our hearts for making the trek to Michigan to make the retreat the rollicking good time that it was. The second annual Plucky Knitter Retreat was a huge success – because of you!

So, about that contest!?! It’s a Plucky blog party…. Contest time!

Tell us:

  • What’s your favorite joke? Let’s keep it clean… cheeky but clean is good, really good!
  • Karaoke Song?
  • Guilty Pleasure? (again, see joke)
  • Picture of your pet in one of your knitted FO’s? Share it with us!
  • Got a funny photo bomb? We’d love to see it!
  • Stump us! Send us your favorite trivia question. We are serious trivia junkies here at the studio. It get’s ugly!
  • It’s Spring. What’s your favorite asparagus or strawberry recipe?
  • What are you knitting right this minute? We want to know?!

Herdy contest

It’s the all-inclusive Plucky contest. So many winners! We will be giving away a set of Herdy mugs (adorable!) as well as a skein of all the new colorways and a sweater quantity to the winner(s). There will be no less than ten winners so post away! The grand prize winner will receive the set of Herdy mugs and a Plucky sweater quantity of their choice. Contest entries open until Friday, May 17th at Noon Eastern. Winners will be announced later that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instant Gratification!

At the Copa FEET-6 NAMED  Fine Sugar Wooden shop

Who doesn’t love a little instant gratification?

We’ve hit the ground running today. Good golly but it’s good to be back from the retreat and travels! What a treat it was to meet so many of you. Thank you. Your warm welcome and enthusiasm is appreciated more than I can say.

I’m dyeing new colors… we’re still unpacking from the retreat and today started working on a website overhaul…. just to name a few things we’re working on here at TPKHQ. Never a dull moment and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

But, I digress. Now, back to that instant gratification shop update I’ve been promising. Tomorrow, Friday, May 10th beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the ETSY shop. There will be one tomorrow and one mid-week next week (date to be announced). It will be broken into two parts so as to accommodate time zones and schedules. Holy buckets but will there be a lot of fun things to be had. Too many to mention. Just stay tuned to the update and see what pops up.

Sweet Nothings-11 NAMED Petunia-12 NAMED