xo, Sarah

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A very happy Friday to you all and welcome to our new blog series!  If you’re like me, throughout the week you read or come across all kinds of interesting things, but we all have a bit more time on the weekends for leisurely reading.  So, I thought it might be fun to compile these bits of this and that and share them with you!  I hope that in some small way you’ll find them interesting, useful, and even worth a laugh or two. So, here goes…

 

 

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Who knew?! Conde Nast Traveler recently had an article entitled Should You Wear Makeup on a Plane? I love gray but I sure do not want ‘gray-colored’ skin! It’s made me think twice about wearing makeup when flying, and I loved the various tips for what “not to do” and what “to do”, including the recommendation to travel in gray cashmere. Now that’s right up my alley!

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And speaking of makeup, let me share a recommendation based on a personal experience of mine. During the photo shoot for the Plucky Field Trip Collection, I was constantly experiencing smudged eye liner (ugh…there was more on my camera than on my right eye lid.). Serious raccoon look going on which made for very interesting angles when I needed to be in some of the photos. Let’s just say ‘it’s all about the angles’ had more to do with eyeliner than anything else.

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The answer? Marc Jacobs HIGHLINER Gel Eye Crayon that does not (repeat, does not) smudge. Plus, it comes in so many great colors and has a secret built in sharpener!

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A good night’s sleep. That’s exciting stuff and can be hard to come by! I discovered a non-down alternative, hypoallergenic pillow that I can’t live without! It keeps its shape, is actually comfortable (and can be adjusted to your liking!), helps with neck pain, and stays cool.
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Hayley and I are headed to Dad’s (Elmer T’s!) for dinner this weekend, and we’ll be treating him to a recipe from one of our favorite chefs, Ina Garten. This recipe is in pretty heavy rotation around here. Are you making/baking/cooking anything fun this weekend? Oh and Ina has a brand new cookbook that will be making it’s way into our cooking libraries – Cooking For Jeffrey!

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Nearing the end of my Compass Shawl which has me thinking ahead… And more often than not, especially this time of year, my go to project of choice is a hat. You know… when in doubt, knit a hat! It’s prime hat weather after all. A couple I’ve been eyeing recently are Wildflowers Cap by Mary Jane Mucklestone and Extra Slouch Hat by Jane Richmond (thinking Groovy!).

 

 

 

 

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Happy weekending!

xo,

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LAST CHANCE FOR FALL, QPP!

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EXTRA! EXTRA! Last Chance!!!

Last chance for Fall, the Fall QPP that is! And, how’s this for exciting news?!  Primo Fingering and Feet are back in the house!  Perhaps you all heard the collective and resounding “WOOHOO!” coming from the Plucky barn this week when that delivery arrived.  We could not be more thrilled to offer the Fall QPP for the last time this season with Feet and Primo Fingering as available base options.  It has to be said, all of these colors truly sing on both of these bases!  We are also pleased to offer all of the newest Small Batch options, including Color Tour, which perfectly compliments all of the colors in the Fall QPP.

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And, if this isn’t exciting enough, we have seven brand new colors to release for the return of Feet and Primo Fingering!  All of them work beautifully together and are fun additions to pair with your favorite Fall QPP colors.

 

 

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Here’s a few patterns we are think are fabulous for these lovelies…

Leverett
Paint By Numbers
Happenstance
MarlOn
Tamdou
Jonah
Boilermaker
Sangaku Shawl
Hudson

We would be delighted to have you join us on Sunday, October 23rd at 8:00pm EDT and again on Monday, October 24th at 12:00pm EDT on the Plucky blog as we celebrate the Fall QPP for the final time.

Current list of bases offered… if there are other colors or bases you would like to see, please let us know over in the wish list thread.

• Bello Worsted
• Cambridge
• Cashmere
• Feet
• Lodge Worsted
• Oxford
• Primo Fingering
• Primo Aran
• Rustic
• Scholar
• Snug
• Snug Fingering
• Snug Worsted
• Sophisticate
• Spiffy
• Traveler DK

 

Warmly,
Sarah

 

 

A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING:
  1. If you are new to Plucky, Welcome! We are so glad you are here!  To find out more about how our Updates work, we have prepared a tutorial, found HERE, to assist you. You might also want to read through our FAQs, found HERE.
  2. Please note that this offering of Primo Fingering and Feet will not interfere with the fulfillment of backorders. These orders are already underway and will be shipping very soon!
  3. This is a pre-order update and will be shipping the week of November 21st.
  4. Any changes or corrections to your orders(s) should be addressed to customer servicewithin 24 hours of the close of the update.
  5. If you haven’t already downloaded the Plucky App (link below) prior to shopping this Update is a great way to explore color pairings and combos that Hayley and I have put together.

 

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It’s Monday

 

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I’m busted. Over the weekend I finally unpacked from Glamping – knew it was a problem when Sam found the suitcase and decided to catch a nap in the Samsonite. #don’tjudge #ihatepacking/unpacking.

 

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And all that unpacking led to a showdown with the closet. I’ve got a plaid problem. But I’m ok with that.

 

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Ox acting the part of the perfect angel holding down the fort on the sofa. Don’t let him fool you.

 

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Compass Shawl in Groovy. It is indeed!

 

Good morning friends! The weekends, boy they sure do come and go so quickly, don’t they?!

The reserve shipping will be hopping this week! That’s all I know right this minute early this Monday morning. I’ll be back with other announcements and general chit chat a bit later. But first I just wanted to wish you all a good morning! If you were at Rhinebeck, I hope you had a blast and got all the donuts! If you were home doing your weekend thing, I hope you had a blast and, again, got all the donuts! Either way, I hope the re-entry this week is a easy one.

And a very happy Monday to one and all!

xo
s

 

Traveler Aran Fall QPP Special Run

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Extra, Extra!! This just in!!

The Plucktovember festivities continue!  We are delighted to offer a special run of Traveler Aran in the QPP Fall palette.  Why so special you ask?  Well, it has a slightly different twist than the Traveler Aran we all know and love, but is just as lovely!  It has all the qualities that make Traveler Aran so luscious (think soft as can be, lovely drape and incredible sheen) and it’s ever so perfect for all of your worsted/aran Fall or gift knitting!

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We will be offering these in the Fall QPP palette on Reserve in the following options;  the full 12 skein palette, a 6 skein Neutrals Palette and a 6 skein In Colors palette.  Did we mention that the pricing is special too?

• 12 skein full QPP palette ~ $228
• 6 skein Neutrals palette ~ $114
• 6 skein In Colors palette ~ $114

As always we are happy to help with pattern suggestions for these lovelies:

All I Want
Open Sky
Covered
Compass Shawl
Rivers Wrap
Lonely Tree
Hidden Falls
Oak Park
Bror
Two Track
Silver Spoons
Off Grid
Old Salt
Authenticity
Om Shawl
Quadri
Twelve Cables
Maple Leaf
Snowshoe
A Beer on the Dock
SaintL
The Last Hour Hat
Reticolo

This Plucktovember special will be listed on Reserve starting the morning of Friday, October 14 and will ship within our regular Reserve guidelines, within 1-4 business days.

 

Happy Glamping At Home/Plucktovember!

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Happy Glamping At Home/Plucktovember! We know you have been waiting for the virtual party celebrating all things Plucky and we are so thankful you’ve come by to join us. We are excited to spend some time knitting and conversing with you as we make our way through Field Trip and really digging our heels into fall (are we really in the last quarter of 2016?!).

While the structure of Glamping At Home/Plucktovember has a bit of a different look and feel this year, we are nonetheless ready to have a great time with all of you! This year will have a simpler approach in years past, the dates are a little different, but thank you for understanding that pulling off events back-to-back (even online!) require time and energy. And, we’re human. We need time to recharge our batteries, too!

So, without further ado, and if you haven’t hopped in the Kickoff KAL already, we hope you’ll join us! We loved Glamping and are ready to continue the festivities we started off at Islandwood with you all at home and to see us through Plucktovember!

THE KAL’s:

• Kickoff KAL – PersephonePersephone ThrowOnward & Upward (if you participated in this KAL, you automatically qualify for the two other KAL’s featuring these patterns)

• For the Home – Hidden Falls Blanket, Oh Deer, OxbowPersephone Throw

• Sweaters – Weekender, Two TrackRendezvous PeakDay TripExpedition

• Accessories – Field Guide Hat & MittsLoose LeafOnward & Upward, Scout, AlpenglowField GuideHidden FallsPersephone

• Wild Card – Anything & everything goes, just so long as it’s done in Plucky!

General chatter regarding GAH/Plucktovember will go one in the Official Glamping At Home with Plucky 2016 thread

Rules:
• Anyone may participate in any KAL.
• You may participate in more than one KAL.
• To be eligible for final prizes, you must post a completed project page here on Ravelry and use the official hashtag, “glampingathome2016” on your project page.

Prizes throughout the Glamping At Home/Plucktovember Event:
• Post progress photos of your knit in the respective thread for one winner per KAL, chosen at random, on Monday’s during the event: Monday, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7
• Prizes will be determined by Plucky HQ and will be surprises, but we promise they will be fun! Think Plucky Shooters, mugs, Field Trip pattern kits and much more!
• We love to see your WIP’s! Let us know how you make a pattern unique to you, how it’s fitting, and get encouragement from your fellow KAL participants!

Wrap-Up Prizes:
• November 15th is the wrap-up date with final prizes to be drawn from completed projects noted in Ravelry.
• One final prize, drawn at Random, for each of the (5) KAL’s – a SQ (max 8 sks) yarn & Plucky t-shirt/sweatshirt
• There will be a “Glamping At Home/Plucktovember Grand Prize – No Chat” thread. This thread is where individuals who complete three or more projects in three or more KAL’s will be able to enter for a Grand Prize. To enter, create one post in this thread showing your three or more completed projects and list corresponding KALs. Two Grand Prize winners will be selected and they will win a SQ (max 8 sks) a Plucky t-shirt/sweatshirt AND an official Glamper swag bag with all the goodies!

Additional Notes:

Plucky Reserve!

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Have you had an opportunity to take look at the Plucky Reserve lately? It’s getting really interesting over there! And, it promises to be a VERY lively place over the next few days!

As the yarn and all the remaining swag from Glamping arrives back in the barn (we subscribe to the ‘go big or go home’ and the ‘all that and the kitchen sink’ mentality when prepping for a show), we are inventorying and stocking it into the Reserve. We hope you will check regularly because this is going to be a constantly changing scene! Here you will find your favorite scummies, brights, tonals, greys, and SBs across so many of the Plucky bases. But, keep looking because there will also be mystery kits, project bags, Fringe Field bags, coffee mugs, pens, and on and on! About the only thing you won’t find will be a little black and white dog named Ox! He’s not leaving my side, nor I his. So glad to be home with my pups!

Please remember, items from the Reserve Shop are all ready to ship. Your Plucktober/vember project might be right there, waiting for you!

 

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Groovy Update

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Groovy, Baby!
The leaves are turning, the nights are chilly, and we are in full Plucktober celebration mode!  This year is extra special because we all have a bit more time to join in on all the fun KAL’s.  Plucktober is spilling in to Pluckvember and as part of the festivities we are introducing a brand new Plucky base!  We hope you will join us in giving Groovy, our newest Plucky base, its very own welcome party.

Anyone who came Glamping with us has already had a chance to fall head over heels for Groovy.  Now, it’s time to introduce this scrumptious aran weight, 100% cashmere base (195 yards, $62 per skein) to the rest of the world. In the skein, the yarn has a slightly crimped appearance, that when knit yields an incredibly lofty and lighter-than-air fabric that has a glimmer all its own.  Groovy is beyond perfect for your most luxurious knitting!

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Miso (3 skeins) in Urban on Groovy
Need some Groovy pattern ideas?!  We can help with that!

Because Groovy is so special, this is going to be a very special update! This update will feature Groovy, and only Groovy!  Once the update goes live, you will find a drop down menu with the list of colors available.  Hayley and I are completely smitten with all of them on Groovy. Please join us on the PLUCKY BLOG tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12th at NOON EDT and then again at 8 PM EDT.
And how’s this for exciting?!? Your Groovy orders will be shipping Thursday/Friday NEXT WEEK!

We hope you find a Groovy kinda love!

Featured Pattern: Onward & Upward

With the Kickoff KAL to Glamping At Home With Plucky underway, we thought this would be a perfect time to feature one of the key patterns in this KAL. Onward & Upward!

 

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The Onward & Upward hats can each be knit with ANY fingering weight yarn, held double. Both hats use garter stitch short rows to create a head-hugging, brimless hat. In Onward, the hat is knit flat and side-to-side, then joined with a brilliant slash of color.

 

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But, if a lace panel marching up to the summit is more your style, then Upward is perfect. Whether you choose a subtle marled look or a sassy color combo, Onward & Upward hats offer a great way to mix those bases and colors, creating a real one-of-a-kind hat.

 

 

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Onward & Upward is a quick knit that has lots of style. From picking your colors, to the unique construction, you’ll be sure to knit more than one!

 

For more details and to join in the fun with our Kickoff KAL click HERE.

 

 

 

September #dailyplucky Winners!

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Here are our #dailyplucky winners for September! Congratulations and thank you so much for playing along and inspiring us daily! #pluckycontest #thepluckyknitter #dailypluckywinners

Glamping At Home With Plucky 2016

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Happy Plucktober First! The Plucky marketplace at Islandwood was hopping yesterday and we can’t wait to meet even more of you today! We are having an incredible time with all of you official Glampers, our Day-Glamper friends (can’t wait to meet more of you today!), and those keeping up with us from home. Plucktober is definitely on our minds and although we are away from the barn with most of our hands on deck here in WA, we are officially going to start the festivities with the first Kickoff KAL to Glamping At Home 2016!

We invite you to join us by casting on a Persephone, Persephone Throw, or the Onward & Upward hats. Have you already started a Persephone or knit the Onward & Upward hats? No worries! You are included and eligible for the KAL, too.

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Glamping At Home With Plucky will run from now, October 1st through November 15th. Be sure to take a look through Field Trip and start planning your projects because we’re going to be busy! Share your plans, get inspiration and encourage your fellow Plucksters in the Official Glamping At Home thread in our Ravelry group. Click HERE to find out the details of our first KAL. There will be more news to come later next week as we wrap up the in-person Glamping event and make our way back to the Plucky barn. We promise there will be great prizes in store, including official Glamping with Plucky swag bags and Shooters! To qualify for prizes, you must post a finished project page on Ravelry and use the official hashtag “glampingathome2016”.

We are having so much fun here on the island and we are thrilled that we get to extend the fun into November with you all at home!

Wish you were here!

xo
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