One Dish Delish! A Contest


Contest time!

One of the great joys of living in a locale that has distinct seasons is that each season carries its own sights and smells. This is the time of year when we say goodbye to summer, filled with the beauty of lush greens and the smells of something sizzling away on the grill. As autumn comes upon us, we begin to think a bit more of indoor cooking. There is nothing quite like opening the front door and being greeted with the aroma of something wonderful. It’s funny how the simple smells of a particular spice or a favorite recipe that has been simmering away can trigger memories and instantly make you feel comfortable.

Do you have a favorite one-dish recipe? Is the dutch oven (or crock-pot) your best friend these days? Do you have a never fail, make ahead soup or stew that you turn to at this time of year? And, let’s not forget about desserts…brownies, cakes, cobblers, crumbles and pies, oh my! If it fits in one dish, we invite you to share it with us. And, if your recipe comes with a story, even better. We’d love to hear it!

We are opening a new contest thread in Ravelry for our ONE DISH DELISH contest, as well as inviting you to post your recipe here in the comments section on the blog. Entries will close at Noon Eastern on Friday, November 6th and winners will be selected. And, you know we will have prizes! Of course, adding your recipes to our own personal collection makes us all winners. Thank you for playing along. Now let’s get cooking!


Plucky In An Instant!

There are only a few days left in Plucktober and I’ll bet there will be some late night knitting (weaving and crochet) going on as we all try to pack into those final hours the last few rows, the second sleeve, the looooong bind off, or sewing in those endless ends. Plucktober 2015 has been wonderful! We have knit everywhere! On trains and planes.  We knit in ballparks, school parking lots, a few business meetings and waiting rooms everywhere. And now, we are approaching the final hours. All that we will have left will be beautiful FOs, some partial skeins and fond memories. And, we will all be watching the threads to see where those Plucktober prizes will be headed.

So, what’s next? Are you ready to kick back and cast on something new? An IG Update is the answer to your “What Next” dilemma! I love Instant Gratification updates as there truly is something for everyone and the project possibilities are simply endless. Are you thinking of a few quick, one skein projects? Here is your chance to stock up on a wide range of single skeins, across the bases. Or, maybe you are ready to cast on something a bit more ambitious? This IG will also offer sweater quantities, as well as some mystery tasting menus and perhaps a mystery kit or two will pop in as options.

Please join us in the Plucky ETSY shop on Thursday, October 29th at 9:00 a.m. EDT and again at 6:00 p.m. EDT

And, just a little note about the shipping of our IG updates: This is the place to find an assortment of goodies, already dyed and available to ship. While the yarn IS ready-to-ship, it does take us 24-48 hours to administer the shipping process, print labels and begin shipping. That means that this update will begin heading out the door on Tuesday, November 2nd.

If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our Blog Updates in the FAQs found HERE. Also, be sure to sign up for our eNewsletter and go to our Plucky Knitter app so you are always up-to-date on events and news.

Thank you, all of you, for your enthusiasm, excitement and participation in Plucktober 2015!


Shetland Trip and Two New Hats

As amazing as Shetland was, it feels so good to be home! Hayley and I are happy to be back home with our boys (both human and canine!) and sleep in our own beds. It seems fall officially arrived while we were away, too!


We are adjusting back to our timezone and have already been busy prepping for the update on Sunday evening/Monday morning. It’s due time for a full-scale, pre-order update and I wanted to be sure to share the “souvenirs” we brought back for you!

We are happy to share with you two new (and FREE!) hat patterns inspired by our time in Shetland. We hope you’ll enjoy these quick and simple knits as much as we have! So, without further adieu, here are Marled Hat and Lerwick Roofline!

Marled Hat: A hat recipe for playing with color and texture. Choose two of your favorite Plucky worsted bases, knit them held together on large needles and the result is a thick, cushy, marled fabric, suitable for the entire family. This recipe can be easily adjusted by choosing varied bases and needle sizes, or casting on more or less stitches. Keep those noggins warm!

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Lerwick Roofline: The picturesque town of Lerwick sits amidst rolling green hills dotted with hardy sheep and bold, stocky ponies. After a day spent wandering the hills of Shetland, the stone cottages of this coastal town offer a warm and welcoming glow, inviting you to come sit and knit a while. Inspired by the adorable Baa-ble Hat I knit in preparation for Shetland Wool Week, this pattern is our postcard home of our fond memories of Lerwick.



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