Thank You!

It’s hard to believe that 2015 is quickly coming to a close and 2016 is only days away! There’s no better time than right now to look back and thank you for an amazing year and…deep breath…to also look forward to the new year with all of you, our dear customers and friends as we anticipate all that 2016 holds.

This past year has been another adventure filled with new friends, new ideas, new creations, and a full year in our new studio! What a treat it’s been to work in our new barn and not have to dye outside in polar vortexes or the blazing sun. Despite not tripping over each other anymore (literally), we did experience a few growing pains and found not everything always went as planned. But, the Crew and I still managed to have fun and were so thankful for your patience through the highs, the lows, and everything in between. You’ve been with us every step of the way, and for that we are grateful beyond words.

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One of the high points, as we look back on 2015, was the growth of our wonderful Ravelry community. We so appreciate the long-time members who gladly welcomed our new friends and huge thanks go to all of you—old and new friends alike—for the warmth, knowledge and creativity you so generously shared with us and with one another. Your kindness and generosity in helping others continued to amaze and inspire us. You have answered questions, provided suggestions, offered words of encouragement and support, and sent a virtual hug to many during trying times. Words can’t begin to express our gratitude for helping create a community of such kindness, creativity, talent and friendship, for which we remain humbled and infinitely thankful every single day.

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Needless to say, we were thrilled to see many of you in person over the past year! Each year we give careful thought to which shows to attend, knowing the tremendous amount of work that’s involved, and last year we loved being at Stitches South. Thank you to all of you who attended and stopped by the Plucky booth. It was great to see so many old friends, meet new ones, exchange ideas and inspire one another.

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The 2015 Plucky Shindig was another high point for us, and we hope for you, too! It was such great fun to host you! We send (yet another!) huge shout-out to Lorilee for her incredible organizational skills and endless behind-the-scenes work in partnering with us on the Shindig. We also are so grateful for all the in-person help we received. We loved creating our new marketplace and spending time with you there. And then, of course, there was the fashion show featuring many of your amazing creations and all of the informal sit-and-knits. Thank you, again, to all of you who attended and made the Shindig such a fabulous time together.

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And who could forget Plucktober 2015, thirty-one days of incredible knitting, crocheting, amazing creations and a fantastic sense of community?! I would like to thank Ien and Jill for the hundreds of hours they logged organizing and administering this major Plucky event as well as all the event moderators. You guys were fantastic!

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Hayley and I, along with Amy Miller and Jill Zielinski, had such fun creating All Bundled Up, Spring Forward and Fall Back collections. We hope you find the patterns/projects enjoyable to knit, wearable, gift-worthy and classic with a twist! These collections wouldn’t have been possible without our incredibly talented sample knitters who helped bring them to life. Thank you ladies! We so appreciate you and couldn’t do it without you!!

 

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New colorways and new bases are always high on our list of priorities to help keep those creative juices flowing. Exciting collaborations, such as VerdeaMultiplicity, Shatsu, & Summer Moon (just to name a few) gave us further opportunity to bring creativity to new levels with some wonderfully talented designers. And, your love for our posted projects and requests for kits (you love those mysteries!) continue to humble us  – thank you for trusting us and letting Hayley and I surprise you!

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And then there was the new Plucky app, which was our gift to you! We have received so many positive comments and hope you continue to use it often for ideas and information and to use it to plan your very own color pairings!

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Of course, none of this—events, collections and new products—could have happened without the people I work with everyday…the dedicated Plucky Crew who make it happen along side me…I love you guys more than I can say.

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Please allow me to express my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for all you did to make it a great year…and all you continue to do to make Plucky what it is today. Your friendship, your creativity, your support and your kindness are what keep us inspired and committed to exploring new and better ways for you to experience fiber and color. It has been such an incredible privilege to serve you and I find such abundant joy looking forward to new creative journeys in 2016.

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So that we can enjoy some time off to spend with family and friends, the studio will be dark until the first week of January. We wish you the same quiet, cozy time with family and friends!

With great affection, gratitude and so many hugs,

Sarah

 

 

Plucky’s Progressive Pattern Sale! WEEK FOUR

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Each week, through Sunday, December 27th, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Plucky patterns and placing them on sale. A specified set of patterns will be available for one week at 25% off using a specified coupon code.

The patterns featured have been chosen to fit a particular theme. We think each of them works well for quick knits, perhaps a gift to keep those you love warm (or yourself!) and well, it’s just a fun way to wrap up 2015 and show our appreciation to you!

Be sure to check back here at the blog and in our HQ thread in our Ravelry group each Monday in December to find out which patterns will be offered (there may even be a brand new pattern or two!) and the special discount code!

WEEK FOUR is all about Palate Cleansers, aka Hats! Whether gifts are still on the to-do list, you’re ready to build up your hat stash, or you just need something to keep your fingers busy while you contemplate that next “big” project…hats are always a good thing!

The 6 patterns featured in the sale this week are below…

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Add any one of the patterns to your cart via our Plucky Knitter Design’s Ravelry store and apply the coupon code PKHAT15 before check-out to receive 25% off.  Be sure to stay-tuned for a new set of Plucky favorites to be offered next Monday!

Happy Knitting!

FAVORITES OF 2015 – Our last pre-order update of the year!

Over the years, hearing the silky voice of radio dj’s (Casey Kasem, Dick Clark, Rick Dees, etc.) as they took us on a musical journey to review the year’s Top 40 Hits always seemed the perfect way to close out a year. Hearing all of the favorites we might have forgotten about as the months brought in new releases and with that, new favorites, it was great to be reminded of a few that may have dropped off the radar!

With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to look back and see what your favorites (and ours!) and some of your most requested colorways were in 2015. This will help us put together a rocking “playlist” for our “Goodbye, 2015!” and countdown to 2016 party!  It’s the last update of the year, you guys!  It’s a little bittersweet so let’s have some fun! So, what was your favorite colorway of 2015?

This Blog Update is going to be full of your most requested colors and bases – your favorites, our favorites – and will include some of the new favorites, like Grumpy Old Sailor (he sure made an impression on all of us)! Who remembers buying a 45-rpm record (I think there’s an entire generation out there who have never even seen a 45 rpm record!) and finding something interesting on the B side?  Well, our version of the B side will be those colors and bases you post in the Wishlist thread over the next few days.

Here is a sneak peek of the colorways you can expect to see at this last update to send us off into 2016:

Here’s a taste of what to expect for bases in this update, but remember; the lists of favorite colors & bases aren’t finished just yet! Be sure to keep an eye on the Update News & Announcement thread in our Ravelry group as the weekend progresses to find out what other favorites will be added!

  • Cashmere
  • Cachet
  • Crew
  • Feet
  • Oxford
  • Primo Aran
  • Primo Fingering
  • Primo Sport
  • Primo Worsted
  • Scholar
  • Single
  • Snug
  • Snug Fingering
  • Snug Worsted
  • Sophisticate
  • Traveler
  • Traveler DK
  • Trusty

Another fun addition to this update will be the option to pre-order NEW Plucky Totes and Project Bags with our new collage graphic on them. You can pick from the Bases Design in grey, or the Colors Design in pink, blue or green!

Sunday, December 20th at 8:00 pm, EST
and Monday, December 21st at 9:00 am, EST at the Plucky Blog
*This Update will include FREE SHIPPING! If your order is domestic, it will ship for free. International transactions of 2 or more skeins within the same transaction will also ship for free. Unfortunately, at this time we will not be able to combine multiple international orders for free shipping. Any single skein international transactions will include shipping costs.

So, what was your personal favorite of 2015? Please help us finalize the list of colors and bases for this (and every) update. Your input in the Wishlist thread is extremely helpful! Can’t recall offhand what you may have seen in the early updates of 2015? Be sure to download the Plucky Knitter app where you will find a huge collection of photos of Plucky colors, listed by name and color family, as well as color pairings that Hayley and I find work particularly well with all of our favorites.

This will be the last pre-order update of 2015, so your purchases will ship according to usual time-frames and will be headed your way the end of the third week in January, 2016. We hope 2015 was kind to you and we thank you so much for your warmth and friendship! As a quick housekeeping note, we will be off-grid (lights out at the barn) and take a bit of down time with family and friends. Although the barn may be dark after we get all the things shipped to you we promised before year-end, you can rest assured that we are plotting an planning a fun and festive 2016!

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.
Warmly,

Plucky’s Progressive Pattern Sale! WEEK THREE

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Each week, through Sunday, December 27th, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Plucky patterns and placing them on sale. A specified set of patterns will be available for one week at 25% off using a specified coupon code.

The patterns featured have been chosen to fit a particular theme. We think each of them works well for quick knits, perhaps a gift to keep those you love warm (or yourself!) and well, it’s just a fun way to wrap up 2015 and show our appreciation to you!

Be sure to check back here at the blog and in our HQ thread in our Ravelry group each Monday in December to find out which patterns will be offered (there may even be a brand new pattern or two!) and the special discount code!

WEEK THREE is all about Quick knits – using the heavier weight bases or smaller amounts of the lighter weights, these patterns knit up in no time!

The 7 patterns featured in the sale this week are below…

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Add any one of the patterns to your cart via our Plucky Knitter Design’s Ravelry store and apply the coupon code PKQUICK15 before check-out to receive 25% off.  Be sure to stay-tuned for a new set of Plucky favorites to be offered next Monday!

Happy Knitting!

Saving the Best for Last – The Last IG of 2015 is Here!

Can it really be mid-December next week? I keep hearing it, seeing it, and saying it, but I still have a hard time believing it. While we’ve been at the barn with shipping, dyeing and designing, time has been marching right along!

In between packing and shipping over the last few months, we’ve been taking inventory, pulling out some oldies that are certainly goodies and setting them aside for you. I’ve been holding back some fun, saving up for a special time and that time is now – it’s time to pull it all out for our very last IG Update of 2015 (can you believe it?)!

And, to make this update an extra special and fun time, we’re making it a two-part update so as many as possible can join in on the fun! We hope you’ll join us on Friday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m. EST and again on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST in the Plucky Knitter Etsy Shop!

We will absolutely have a healthy dose of our current favorites, too (Snug family of bases, I’m looking at you!). Have you seen the adorable hat Knitterella released this week? Two skeins of Snug or Bulky and you are warm and stylin’ in no time. Hayley and I had so much fun this weekend playing around with some really unexpected combinations of Snug Worsted in our “Conversationalist Hat”. If you want quick and multiple knits out of your single skeins of your favorite Plucky worsted base, this is your hat! Just one 3 skein mystery worsted/aran kit will get you three hats!
There will surely be some seldom seen colorways…Do you remember Cherries On The Mall, Forward In Flats, What A Punk and Top Hat? And, kits! You guys love your kits and we love putting them together for you. It has been a while since we’ve offered pattern specific kits, but we’ll also be sure to have plenty of Mystery kits available for the Conversationalist Hat, Alpine Trail, and Bradway to offer as well!
We’ll have something for everyone in this IG. We’ll have old friends, new friends, sweater quantities, kits, and even some rare single or very limited numbers of skeins of one color on one base. We hope to see you at the update this Friday, December 11th at 9:00 a.m. EST and again on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Plucky Knitter Etsy Shop!

An important note:
Since all of the yarn available in Friday’s & Sunday’s update (and all other subsequent RTS or IG updates) has been carefully inventoried, dyed, and is ready to be shipped the following Tuesday, we will no longer be able to accommodate requests for cancellations or changes of orders. Please be absolutely certain that you fully intend to purchase and receive any yarn you check-out with from the update. It is administratively very difficult and impedes shipping times to allow for these changes. Thank you for your understanding!

If you are new to Plucky we invite you to read all about our 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.

Warmly,

Plucky’s Progressive Pattern Sale! WEEK TWO

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Each week, through Sunday, December 27th, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Plucky patterns and placing them on sale. A specified set of patterns will be available for one week at 25% off using a specified coupon code.

The patterns featured have been chosen to fit a particular theme. We think each of them works well for quick knits, perhaps a gift to keep those you love warm (or yourself!) and well, it’s just a fun way to wrap up 2015 and show our appreciation to you!

Be sure to check back here at the blog and in our HQ thread in our Ravelry group each Monday in December to find out which patterns will be offered (there may even be a brand new pattern or two!) and the special discount code!

WEEK TWO is all about the neck! Cowls, scarves and shawls are wardrobe staples this time of year and everyone you love and want to keep warm should have one, too!

The 6 patterns featured in the sale this week are below…

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Add any one of the patterns to your cart via our Plucky Knitter Design’s Ravelry store and apply the coupon code TPKNECK2015 before check-out to receive 25% off.  Be sure to stay-tuned for a new set of Plucky favorites to be offered next Monday!

Happy Knitting!

Snug & Cozy, and Ready-To-Ship!

The end of the year is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I still feel like there’s so much (knitting) to be done before 2015 is over!  I have grand plans for so many projects I’ve had my eye on, but they’ll be bumped into the new year. That’s okay. Right now, as the weather is making its slow turn to winter (snow would be welcome here right now, it just makes the dark, dreary days so much prettier!), I want warm, quick, knits. I want to knit with (and be) Snug & Cozy.  And, clearly you do too based on the polls for this update! We heard you loud and clear.  Snug and Cozy it is!  We’ll certainly have other options too, but Snug will be appearing in all 3 weights and Cozy will be making a rare appearance (and its last appearance for a good while!).  Here’s the best part of this update – it’s all ready to ship!!

That’s right, ready to ship!  Thursday, December 3, at the Plucky Blog, we’ll have all the Snugs, Cozy, and 6 other Plucky bases in a Ready-To-Ship Update.  Oh, and how’s this for exciting?!? This update will be offered as a two-part update, too!  You guys deserve it. Whether you’re planning a single color project or are getting ready to cast on a myriad of hats for friends and family, I hope you’ll find something in this update that will keep you Snug & Cozy through the end of the year and beyond!

Every one of the colorways will be available on each of the following bases:

  • Cozy
  • Primo Fingering
  • Primo Sport
  • Primo Worsted
  • Snug
  • Snug Fingering
  • Snug Worsted
  • Sweater
  • Traveler
  • Trusty

And just for fun, we’ll have MYSTERY options available. These will be 1-skein & 3-skein and you choose your base! As always, we’ll take your color wishes into account, so be sure to include a note for us before you check-out.  If we have it, we’ll do our best to grant your wish!

There’s bound to be something here for everyone!  We hope you will join us on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 9 am EST and again at 8 pm at the Plucky Blog.

An important note:  Since all of the yarn available in Thursday’s update (and all other subsequent RTS or IG updates) has been carefully inventoried, dyed, and is ready to be shipped the following Tuesday, we will no longer be able to accommodate requests for cancellations or changes of orders.  Please be absolutely certain that you fully intend to purchase and receive any yarn you check-out with from the update.  It is administratively very difficult and impedes shipping times to allow for these changes.  Thank you for your understanding! 

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.

Warmly,