The finish line

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Good morning and happy Monday!

We are almost there, and can you see the finish line? I can! Some of you have FO’s (several!) and some of us have our heads down, working furiously, still with an eye toward the last few minutes of Plucktember. As you work, I hope you can hear us all cheering for you and urging you toward completion. You can do it!!!

As a last little thank you to all the participants and spectators, I would like to offer all the official Plucky patterns to you for free until tomorrow night at Midnight (Eastern time). A few of them have always been free and some will still have the price beside them (and a few of them are Tanis Gray for Plucky Knitter – Thank you Tanis! Kendrick , Featherbelle , Ebb–Flow , Vigilante). But, when you hit the “buy” button, the pattern will automatically go to your library and not charge you through Paypal. I hope you find something you like and are ready to sit back, relax, and make October a month where you knit at a more leisurely pace and cast on with abandon!

You have all been terrific!

 

 

 

Update: New Chapter Sweater Kit

Thank you so much for joining us for tonight. We are sold out for the time being. Please sign up for our enewsletter, follow us on Facebook, or join our Ravelry group for details on the next update!

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A Lete’s Knits and Plucky Knitter Sweater Kit

Autumn has officially begun and sweater weather is here. Just in time, Justyna Lorkowska brings us a brand new design for those days that aren’t quite chilly enough for a coat, but too chilly for a light weight sweater. Maybe it’s your turn to drive car pool, run a dozen errands or rake leaves. This is most definitely a comfort sweater, written for Plucky Primo Aran, and simply perfect for Scholar! It’s a sweater that you can hunker down into, wrapping it close, or you can wear it open and relaxed, giving you an uncluttered and super flattering long line.

New Chapter is worked almost entirely in one piece. Each element of the sweater transitions seamlessly into the next, so that finishing is kept to the barest minimum. You will have the choice of either a full length version or a hip length and Justyna has provided links to instructions for short row shaping, I-cord bind off and a couple of other techniques, making this a good project for anyone without much sweater experience!

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Justyna’s sample shown in Primo Aran, Kir Royale, size M. Plucky Samples shown in Scholar, Strawberry Wine and Make A Grown Man Cry, in size S.

Gauge: 19 sts and 26 rows over 10 cm / 4″ in St st worked flat with larger needles.
Needle size: 4.0 mm / US #6 circular needle (60 cm / 24″ long) and dpns.
3.75 mm / US #5 circular needle (60 cm / 24″ long).
The cardigan is intended to be worn with about 2.5 cm / 1″ of positive ease.

The Colorways

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Please note: This update is a pre-order, and will ship according to our stated time frames. Shipping will begin the week of October 27th. And, as with other kits, New Chapter is an exclusive Plucky kit and will remain as such for the next four months. The pattern PDF will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours after the update concludes.

Fondly,
Sarah and the Plucky Crew

The Imposter

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Love the pseudo crochet edging on the Imposter Shawl.

I hope you will all excuse me for just a moment, but I’m so excited about this!  No, I haven’t overcome my complete disdain for bananas or conquered my fear of flying (but I do it anyway!). But, I did just take a big step forward on my personal knitting skill resume.

I knit an entire project by reading charts. Granted, it was a somewhat simple chart, but this was no small feat for me. I have always knit by memorizing the written word. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I may have (on more than one occasion) asked a friend to translate a chart into written instructions on something I wanted to knit, but it was only published as a chart because the charts made me crazy.

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Who knew charts could be my friend? I never would have guessed that I would like it. I know I will need to keep working at it, but it REALLY became somewhat (dare I say?) intuitive as I found my eyes would skim across the line of the chart and, well, it just all worked out! Dare I say it, I think I’m a chart reading convert.

I hope your Plucktember projects are bringing you as much excitement as my newly almost learned skill is bringing me. When the going gets tough, show some Pluck! Learn something new and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!

Update: Isabel Sweater Kit

Isabel kits are sold out for the time being. Thank you so much for your interest – have a lovely evening!

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Sweater Weather Is Here!

After months of knitting with the air conditioning running full tilt (at least in my corner of the world!), it’s time to need something that will ward off a little chill in the air. As the evenings and early mornings get a little chillier, walking on the shady side of the street begs for a lightweight, transitional sweater. Something light enough to pop on over a little tee and your favorite pair of jeans (or even better yet, yoga pants) yet sophisticated enough to be worn with dress pants in the office or after hours.

Amy Miller’s newest design, Isabel, is the perfect lightweight sweater, knit in your choice of fingering weight yarn. With clean, architectural lines, Isabel is a simple draped cardigan that is just the right piece to take us through those crazy transitional days of autumn.

And, just to keep this fun, we are offering a few retired colors as well as a new blue and two brand new neutrals! As our seasonal wardrobe palette deepens to reflect the changes in the leaves and a coming chill in the air, our three new autumn colors might be just the ticket for the Isabel. French Laundry is a quiet, moody medium blue leaning lavender but make no mistake, it is blue. Muslin is a soft warm creamy gray with faded blue, rose and silver undertones while Haberdasher is a medium grey that can be anything you want it to be! It’s one of those shape-shifter that promises to take on a hint of what ever you might pair it with!

The Colorways

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A few pattern notes you will find helpful!
Finished Sizes
31 (33½, 36¼, 38¾, 41¼, 43¾,) (46½, 49, 51½, 54)” bust circumference (this is a figurative number based on twice the back measurement at bust level.) Cardigan shown measures 33½”, modeled with 1-2″ ease.

Yarn
The Plucky Knitter Feet (90% merino, 10% nylon; 425 yds /100 g): Candy Dish 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8,) (8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. Appx 2125 (2300, 2490, 2660, 2835, 3000,) (3195, 3365, 3535, 3700) yds—exact yardage will vary!

Needles
Size 4 (3.5 mm) 29” circular (cir) and set of double pointed (dpns). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders/waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge
25 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, 29 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch pattern
To save time and ensure proper fit, please take time to check gauge.

Notes
This cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up as follows: The body is cast on and worked back and forth up to the armholes where the back/fronts are worked separately. The collar is worked at the same time as the body. Short rows are used to shape shoulders which are then joined with a 3 needle bind off. Collar is continued and seamed at back neck. Sleeves are picked up from armholes, shaped with short rows and worked down in the round.

Sweater Weather Is Here!

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Sweater Weather Is Here!

After months of knitting with the air conditioning running full tilt (at least in my corner of the world!), it’s time to need something that will ward off a little chill in the air. As the evenings and early mornings get a little chillier, walking on the shady side of the street begs for a lightweight, transitional sweater. Something light enough to pop on over a little tee and your favorite pair of jeans (or even better yet, yoga pants) yet sophisticated enough to be worn with dress pants in the office or after hours.

Amy Miller’s newest design, Isabel, is the perfect lightweight sweater, knit in your choice of fingering weight yarn. With clean, architectural lines, Isabel is a simple draped cardigan that is just the right piece to take us through those crazy transitional days of autumn.

And, just to keep this fun, we will be offering a few retired colors as well as a new blue and two brand new neutrals! As our seasonal wardrobe palette deepens to reflect the changes in the leaves and a coming chill in the air, our three new autumn colors might be just the ticket for the Isabel.  French Laundry is a quiet, moody medium blue leaning lavender but make no mistake, it is blue. Muslin is a soft warm creamy gray with faded blue, rose and silver undertones while Haberdasher is a medium grey that can be anything you want it to be! It’s one of those shape-shifter that promises to take on a hint of what ever you might pair it with!

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The details:

Please join us on Wednesday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and again at 8:00 p.m. Eastern  – that’s right –  it’s a two parter – on the Plucky Blog. I will be watching the wish list thread and will have the color list ready shortly.  In the meantime, here are the bases that will be offered…

Bello Fingering
Primo Fingering
Feet
Single
Oxford
Traveler Sport

Isabel Bello & Feet Pricing

Isabel Primo & Traveler price

Isable Single & Ox price

A few pattern notes you will find helpful!

Finished Sizes
31 (33½, 36¼, 38¾, 41¼, 43¾,) (46½, 49, 51½, 54)” bust circumference (this is a figurative number based on twice the back measurement at bust level.) Cardigan shown measures 33½”, modeled with 1-2″ ease.Yarn
The Plucky Knitter Feet (90% merino, 10% nylon; 425 yds /100 g): Candy Dish 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8,) (8, 8, 9, 9) skeins. Appx 2125 (2300, 2490, 2660, 2835, 3000,) (3195, 3365, 3535, 3700) yds—exact yardage will vary!Needles
Size 4 (3.5 mm) 29” circular (cir) and set of double pointed (dpns). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.Notions
Markers (m); stitch holders/waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge
25 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, 29 sts and 34 rows = 4” in Slip Stitch pattern
To save time and ensure proper fit, please take time to check gauge.

Notes
This cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up as follows: The body is cast on and worked back and forth up to the armholes where the back/fronts are worked separately. The collar is worked at the same time as the body. Short rows are used to shape shoulders which are then joined with a 3 needle bind off. Collar is continued and seamed at back neck. Sleeves are picked up from armholes, shaped with short rows and worked down in the round.

Name Game – The Winners

WOW!  We got a ton of response to our call for help in naming the new bases. I love contests. They always start an avalanche of fresh ideas. Even those entries that don’t win can sometimes sit in my brain, triggering a new color name down the line. So, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to help find names for our newest additions.

Without further ado……

Allow me to introduce CREW, our new Plucky cotton blend of 75.25 merino & cotton, in a DK weight.  This entry was first submitted by Christina Stone.  

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Our second winner is Sophisticate, our new Plucky mohair blend of 50.30.20 merino/mohair/silk, in a heavy lace/light fingering weight.  This entry was first submitted by Emily Sanders.

 

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Again, thank you to everyone who took the time to help me name the new babies!  The arrival of both imminent!  You can expect a fabulous launch update in the very near future!  Please stay tuned. And, Christina and Emily will be gifted a SQ in the color of their choice. Ladies, please contact us at the customer service email so we can get you your yarn.  Congratulations and Thank you!

Playing The Name Game – Contest Time!

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THE NAME GAME – It’s a contest!

OK everybody, I need a little help.  Would you mind setting your Plucktember knitting aside for just a few minutes and help me find a name for TWO new Plucky bases?

Here are the details for each base….
1. A DK weight, 75/25 merino/cotton blend.  Each skein will contain 310 yards and it knits up like butter. This is the one that all you warmer climate knitters have been waiting for! Best of both worlds. The memory and definition of wool and the cooling factor of cotton – I just love the twist this puts on our colorways!

2. A heavy lace/light fingering weight, 50/30/20 blend of merino/extra fine mohair/silk.  Each skein contains 510 yards.  This is a beautiful stand alone luxury lace that can also be paired with other weights to give that extra pop to your work. Light as a feather and the texture… so ethereal.

But, I don’t know what to call them.  I’m hoping that you do!

Please post your suggestions here in the comments (which I will keep hidden) between now and ….ummm… let’s say Monday morning. That sound like enough time to you? I’m going to read the entries all weekend and at 9:00 am Eastern on Monday, we will pick the winning entrie(s) and post them here.  Guess what the winners will get.  How about the very first SQs of these new bases, in any color the winners choose!!!

We are anxiously watching our driveway here at the barn, waiting somewhat impatiently for the first shipments to arrive.  So, can you help a gal out? Let’s have some fun with this one and get them named so we’re ready to hit the ground running the second they arrive which should be any minute now!

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Update: Falling for Fall

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High Knitting Season Is Here!

The new FALL patterns are FALLing into our queues. Soon the temps will begin to FALL and so will the leaves. At least that’s the case here in the mid-west. So, I think it’s time to FALL for some Plucky! (Ha! I crack myself up).

Are you dreaming of Fall too? Today leaves us with only twelve days until the official start of Fall – the most wonderful time of the year in my humble opinion!

Love of Fall

The Colorways

Please note: Today’s update is a pre-order, and will ship the week of October 13th.

Thank you so much for joining us today!
Fondly,
Sarah and the Plucky Crew

Falling for Fall

Rustic Glamour

High Knitting Season Is Here!

The new FALL patterns are FALLing into our queues. Soon the temps will begin to FALL and so will the leaves. At least that’s the case here in the mid-west. So, I think it’s time to FALL for some Plucky! (Ha! I crack myself up).

Are you dreaming of Fall too? This Thursday leaves us with only twelve days until the official start of Fall – the most wonderful time of the year in my humble opinion!  Please join us here on the Plucky Blog tomorrow, Thursday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.  As always, I will be watching and reading the wishlist thread to see which bases and what colors you are looking for!

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The details:

We’ll have a little something for everyone with multiple bases and the colorways you’ve been asking for!

Bases available are as follows:  
Primo (all of them!)
Bello Fingering & Worsted
Feet
Traveler Sport & Aran
Scholar
Oxford
Single
Sweater
Trusty

Due to popular demand, we will also have the 2014 Plucktember totes available in this update.

Please note: The update on Thursday will be a pre-order, and will ship the week of October 13th.

Thank you so much and we hope to see you tomorrow!

A Plug For Snug

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Happy belated Monday morning to you! How’s everyone?!?

There’s just nothing like a few days off grid to get those cobwebs cleared out of the old noggin’ and make room for new ideas and recharge the batteries! Sometimes a five minute nap is all a girl needs, but this time we were able to squeeze out an extra long weekend to reconnect with family (more arriving today) and friends and the luxury of a little sleeping in. Just a heads up, but my brain is on fire – the next several days/week we are going to see some changes and fun things coming down the lane.

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Pattern: Xacobeo

Yarn: Plucky Snug shown in Lonesome Highway & High Cotton

It is so fabulous to see the Plucktember threads filling up (have you seen the great designer offerings as well?!). It looks like everyone is making great progress and the photos are awesome. Hayley and I even have a few FO photos of our own Plucktember projects. There is nothing quite like a skein of Snug and big needles to produce a super speedy finished project. I think I spent just as much time fondling the squishy, smushy, sproingy snug fabric as I actually spent knitting. I am pretty sure there will be a Snug blanket in my future. I have visions of a fireplace, an old movie and the pups and I wrapped up in my as-yet-unknit snug blanket!

Snug… I fell in love with you all over again this weekend!

OK. Back to work for us. Be prepared to hear lots of news and announcements from me very shortly. Wasn’t gone long but I missed you guys!

The first bit of great news though I’ll share now – the Aeris kits begin shipping tomorrow!

xo,
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