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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
New colorways and new bases are always high on our list of priorities to help keep those creative juices flowing. Exciting collaborations, such as Verdea, Multiplicity, 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!
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!
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.
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.
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,