Thank You

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With 2014 coming to a close (what a crazy, fun, trying and exhilarating year!), I want to take a look back and and thank you all …. then I’ll be turning to look at the year that is ahead us – it’s going to be a fun one!

Looking back, this year has been filled with adventure, new surroundings, new friends and just a wee bit of adversity. These are all things that have made us a stronger, determined and more efficient. Some of the bumps in our road were things we were able to smooth out ourselves. And many of the bumps were things that you, our dear Plucky pals, smoothed for us and for each other.

Our wonderful community continued to grow and enrich us. We are so grateful for the warmth, knowledge and creativity you bring to our craft. We are also thankful, beyond words, for your willingness and generosity in helping others. You have answered questions, provided information others needed, offered words of encouragement and support, and provided tremendous comfort and virtual hugs to those of us who have had personal pain in our lives. You have helped to create a worldwide community of warmth, knowledge and friendship, even sending partial skeins from your stash to those asking for help to complete projects!

And I also must give a huge shout-out to the long-time members who have been so wonderful in warmly welcoming our new friends. While I’m not often at a loss for words, when it comes to my appreciation for you, our customers and friends, it’s impossible to capture my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for each and every one of you!

You definitely got behind us and provided so much support as the past year tested the “pluck” in us at the studio. During a matter of months, we found ourselves dyeing outside in a seemly endless series of history-making blizzards and vortexes (whatever you want to call them – it was bad), dealing with a break-in at our old studio, working like crazy to assemble enough yarn to get to Stitches West, get our new studio renovated and up to snuff, prepping for the shindig and making the move to our new barn, and getting things up and running. Whew! The old adage “survived and thrived” couldn’t be more true in our case, and we could not have done it without your encouragement and support!

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About that move. Holy smokes. The move. That was quite an accomplishment. We had a two-pronged problem; first in procuring the barn and then renovating it to make it “just right” for our rather peculiar needs. We are no longer dying outdoors in freezing temperatures, snow, sleet or rain. And, while we are a close-knit family we are no longer, literally, tripping over each other. Quite the contrary! We now have room for dyeing, rinsing, drying, twisting and tagging, and shipping—and everything in between. We are now able to provide you the same level of customer service, but with greater productivity and efficiency.

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The Plucky Shindig in May was another high point for us in 2014, and we hope it was for you too! What fun it was to host you, almost in our own back yard! We are so grateful for those of you who made the trip. We loved seeing many of our old friends and meeting new ones. We owe such a huge thank you to Lorilee for her incredible organizational skills, and her tireless behind the scenes work. Franklin Habit was a joy. There were so many talented people who participated in the fashion show, the karaoke evening and the dozens of little sit-and-knits that popped up all over the hotel. The hotel loved you all too! As we were leaving… you knitters come back ok?! The 2014 Shindig was most definitely cheeky and a little classy which I think is the best combination of all!

The past year brought out our creative juices in other ways! New colorways – those wheels are always turning! New patterns and, of course, new bases! Snug Worsted, Sophisticate, Crew, Scholar, Oxford and mmmmm…. Cashmere! It’s your enthusiasm and inquisitiveness that helps spark our creative juices. Thank you for that!

In 2014 I also was able to carve out more time to work with an extremely talented pool of designers – both established designers and those new to the designing scene – what a thrill! Thank you! Working one-on-one with the designers to see their work go from sketch to pattern writing, to pairing the base and color with their vision, receiving the finished samples, and then seeing the excitement with which you receive the finished item is, well, it’s the bomb diggity!

And I’m thrilled that just last week we launched the new website! We wanted it to be fresh and creative, intuitive, informative and, most of all, fun and a true representation of Plucky. I really appreciate the positive comments I’ve received from so many of you about our new site, and I truly do hope you visit often and spend a lot of time with us!

I want to again express my heartfelt thanks to each of you for helping make Plucky what it is today. You, our valued friends and customers, inspire me, inspire the whole crew – as we explore new and better ways for you to experience fiber and color and for us to serve you – that is our true privilege! 2014 has been a challenging, wonderful, exciting and inspirational year.

So that the Crew can enjoy some time off to spend with family and friends, the studio will be dark until January 5th. We wish you the same, some quiet time with family and friends. However, my dears, you will be hearing just a bit from me this afternoon. I have a little teaser/wonderful surprise in store for you, something to look forward to for the deep winter months ahead!

With great affection, gratitude and so many hugs….

xo,
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P.S. As promised, back with a teaser.

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I’m almost ready to start my self imposed technology fast but before I do let me give you just a little peek into something pretty darn big that will be revealed in early January!

For the moment, you will just have to take my word that something fun and colorful is coming. It’s a project that has been in production since July, has needed a cast of dozens of ‘secret Plucky agents’ and is the fruition of years of dreaming and many many months of planning and hard work.

I know it will be hard to wait until January for details but it will be worth it!

 

Hayley’s Comet & Saugerties

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These last couple of weeks of the year are always a little crazy for most, reflecting back on the year and wrapping up year-end details. We’re busy at the studio doing just that, wrapping up 2014 and looking ahead with anticipation to the new year. We hope you’ll join us at our blog on Sunday for a Plucky party – the last update of the year – featuring not one, but TWO kit options AND pre-orders for your favorite colors and bases.  AND for our friends near and far, it’s a two-part update – Sunday evening and Monday morning!

This will be the inaugural pre-order blog update since the launch of our new website this week. We’re very excited (and maybe a little twitchy!?)!  If you haven’t seen the new website yet, please have a look around and maybe you’ll find a few Plucky Swag items in our shop (they are ready-to-ship and we’re offering free shipping on the swag!!)!  Here’s a quick peek at what will be available on Sunday and Monday with more in depth details below:

4-skein kits for Hayley’s Comet:  Thank you so much for the excitement for our latest pattern release!  We love the possibilities with this one!  You’ll have 9 color combination options and 1 mystery option in your choice of Bello Fingering, Primo Fingering, Feet, and Oxford
Saugerties kits: You’ve seen a sneak peek in the Plucky group and we are so excited to offer this cozy shrug from Jill aka Knitterella!   You’ll have 10 color combinations to choose from in Plucky Scholar
Pre-orders in your choice of 10 bases & 25 colorways!

Here are a few more details about each of the offerings coming up on Sunday!:

 

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Hayley’s Comet
Hayley’s Comet was released in Ravelry earlier this week and we are so excited to offer you 10 different pre-order kit options across the Plucky fingering-weight bases!  This asymmetrical triangle is a fun and easy knit with so many color possibilities.  The resulting shawl reminded us of the tail of a comet, thus the name, and wraps just right around your neck or shoulders and will be perfect for keeping away the winter chill.  The pattern is available as a separate purchase via Ravelry.

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Saugerties Shrug
It’s no secret that Plucky loves how Jill has married her passions for graphic design and knitting!  She has us smitten with her latest design, Saugerties Shrug.  A bold, geometric motif adorns the edge of this oversized and o-so-cozy shrug.  Knit in Plucky Knitter’s luscious Scholar, this worsted weight design is a pleasure to knit and wear! Saugerties is a one-size shrug using 6 skeins of Scholar – 4 of the main color and 2 of the contrasting color.  We are offering 10 color combinations on Scholar for you to choose from!  The pattern PDF will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours after the update and will be a Plucky exclusive until April 20, 2015.  For these Saugerties Shrug kits only, Jill has included a bonus pattern, the Saugerties Hat!  With the leftover Scholar from the shrug, you’ll be able to make this cute hat to match.  A perfect set!  One caveat about Saugerties kits…we are currently low on Scholar and more is en-route so Saugerties kits will ship separately and later than your Hayley’s Comet and other Pre-Order items from this update.  Saugerties can be expected to ship mid-February if all goes according to plan.

Good Ole Pre-Orders!
We simply couldn’t call it an end-of-the-year party on the Blog without offering a plethora of choices for pre-order!  We’ll be offering the following 10 bases in 25 colorways!:
Primo Fingering
Bello Fingering
Oxford
Cashmere (limited amount)
Sophisticate
Traveler Aran
Trusty
Scholar
Snug Worsted (this base will also be delayed slightly – we’re in the same boat with Snug Worsted as we are with Scholar)
Feet

Seth has been hard at work, prepping the blog with all of the buttons and options.  We’ve featured a few of the color options here but for the latest, up-to-date colorways and kit combinations available for this update, come visit us in our Ravelry group in the Update News thread and New and Announcements thread.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday, 12/21/14 at 8:00 p.m. and Monday, 12/22/2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Plucky Blog!  Orders from this update (with the exception of Saugerties Shrug kits and SNUG Worsted) will begin shipping January 29, 2015.

Warmly,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

Welcome to our new home

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Please…. come on in and explore the new digs!

The new website has been a labor of love designed totally with you in mind. We wanted the site to be visual…informative…interactive…and creative and fresh. Most of all, we want you to feel right at home and have a great experience during your stay.

And what’s inside, you ask? For starters, we think the new site is a nice blend of the familiar (yarns and patterns) and the new (some fun swag you can purchase now as well as Plucky Collections coming in January 2015…more on that later!) And of course, there are Frequently Asked Questions, etc. that are intended to be informative and responsive to you, our valued customers and friends. Plus lots and lots (and lots!) of photos because, again, those pictures – they tell a story!

For the time being, our Updates will continue to be on the blog portion of the site. Watch for an announcement on an exciting Update coming later this weekend.

So without further ado, the Plucky Crew and I warmly welcome you to your new Plucky home. We hope you enjoy the experience, visit often and spend lots of time with us!

xo

Signature Color Winners!

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One of my biggest reasons for loving our Plucky contests (beside the fact they are festive and fun!!) is that they sometimes bring out our quietest pals. There are so many wonderful people who do not post (or do so infrequently) in the threads or here on the blog, but they are still valuable members of our community. When I see the outpouring of sharing in a contest thread, it helps me to understand how many friends we have and it’s just heart warming. Thank you everyone for taking the time to reach out.

I used a random generator to select our winners and without further ado the winners are….. !

Catherine – Definitely power ballad….there is something about this rich purple/red beauty that calls my name again and again!

Melissa – Blue is definitely my signature color. All of the Plucky blues are amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of them. And for names that resonate with me, I absolutely adore all of the colorway names inspired by Paris – if for no reason other than my own love of Paris!

Ruth Anne  –  My answer to both questions is Kissin’ Valentino!  I love all Plucky reds but this is my favorite.  And the name always makes me smile, I am kissin’ Valentino by a crystal blue Italian stream every time I hear it.  When Val appears on an update I am a goner.

Kate  – Green.  Always green.  I really love your corduroy coloway, though I am also often drawn to the reds and oranges.

Linda W –  Green is my signature color. I have to try hard not to choose it when shopping for yarn. I Have drooled over your greens, and right now Old Copper is a favorite. As far as your yarn names, I think Princess Phone is the best — it takes me right back to a phone my Barbie doll just had to have 🙂

Brenda –  Cool blues and greens make me swoon!  I love Make a Grown Man Cry, Infinity & Beyond, and Big Sky. As far as names, “Free Skate” is my favorite.  It evokes the crisp clean of new ice, which matches perfectly the color!

Please contact customer service at pluckycustomerservice@gmail.com with your mailing address. We are thrilled to be sending you your signature color and, as an additional surprise, a little Plucky swag to go with your yarn.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give to share.

xo

 

Update: Sophisticate Is Here!

Thank you for joining us for today’s blog update! 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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Good news! Sophisticate is here which means this a fantastic time for an ACROSS THE BOARD BLOG UPDATE!

Sophisticate (and oh how I love you) – it is a light fingering weight blend of 50/30/20 merino, mohair, silk coming in at a generous 510 yards per skein. It is light as air, and when knit alone will yield an ethereal, almost gossamer piece. But I can’t stop there! When you carry Sophisticate with other bases you will be adding another layer of depth and luxury to your work. Impossible to resist! I cannot stop dreaming of things to mix Soph with (let’s call it Soph for short) – Ox & Soph? Cashmere & Soph? Primo & Soph? I could go on and on…. Oh, and did I mention it’s a two part update and FREE SHIPPING? I know how you love those two-parters!

Please join us on today, Friday, December 5, on the Plucky Blog at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and again at 8:00 p.m. (ET) for a two part update.

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The Colorways

Please note: This update will begin shipping January 9, 2015! As with all our free shipping updates, multiple orders to the same address (including international customers) will be combined.

Thank you very much and our warmest wishes!
Sarah and the Plucky Crew

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What’s Your Signature Plucky Color?

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CONTEST TIME! I love our contests. With every contest, we learn more about our Plucky pals, have a good laugh (or cry) and sometimes find someone who needs a hug.

So, let me turn the tables on you for a minute. Hayley and I have been asked many, many times what our favorite Plucky color is. We usually respond by saying it would be like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. But, last week, I put a red coat on Ox and declared that to be his signature color. That got me thinking… Do I have a signature color? I think I do. When I walk up to the wall of skeins, where does my eye immediately go over and over again? (Ahem, all the gray, certain pinks, blues and peninsula I’m talking about you!). Or, is there a color name that I’m drawn to, even if it is a color that I might not wear next to my face or the mop that I call my hair?

What I would love to know –  What is your signature Plucky color?  Please share with us what color is your must have color. While you’re at it, what colorway name resonates with you and why? They don’t have to be the same color – you can love and wear one color and love another just for the name –  I do!  Post your entry here on the blog and we will take comments through Friday at Noon Eastern. And, of course, THERE WILL BE PRIZES!