Thank You Stitches West!

Well, that was a ton of fun!!!

We have returned home full of ideas and inspiration and more than our share of smiley (and oh so tired) faces, funny stories and happy hearts just bursting with gratitude!

Now it’s getting all our ducks in a row, shipping those OHW’s and mystery kits (Crevasse mystery kits coming up) and lining up what we have in store for you in March and ….

So many x’s & o’s,

Sarah, Hayley & the Fellas



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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It’s Monday

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Scenes from the weekend

Hello and hap, hap, happy Monday to you! Too perky, too early? Yeah, I think so too.

Good morning… said in my best quiet early morning voice….

Where to start!?

  1. Bungalow update ships. Now that’s exciting stuff!!
  2. The tomatoes are coming in – in a big way! Tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, cheese and a little bit of wine. Don’t you just love those easy summer dinner/not really dinner kind of nights?
  3. Is that a new pattern I spy up there in the collage? It’s been a ages since we’ve released a new Plucky pattern…. something new coming up this week!
  4. Not even sure how I stumbled across this article. I assure you I wasn’t searching google for stirrup pants. I have been shaking my head ever since. I can’t. I just can’t. However, I am looking forward to getting my flannel shirts out of storage….

It’s Monday. We got this, right? Right!

xo
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Found my colors for #3 above!

Beat The Heat Dining – A Contest

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It has been so fun to read all the Morzo Orzo stories of reunions, house guests, alfresco dinning and too-hot-to-cook dinners on the fly. The only thing left to do is have a PHOTO CONTEST!

How do you and your family take your Morzo Orzo? Chopped? Finely diced? Doctored up? Super spicey? More cheese? No Cheese? Quinoa instead of orzo? Let’s see some photos!

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If you haven’t had a chance to taste Morzo Orzo yet – no worries at all! This a ”Beat The Heat With Foods of Summer” photo contest. It can even be a photo of something you want to try, a photo from a magazine, anything that lends itself to our Beat-The-Heat theme.

Please hop on over to the new Beat-The-Heat contest thread and post your photos. You have until 9:00 AM on Thursday, July 30th. And, of course there will be prizes!

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Tomboy, Petticoat & Twill –

Good morning! How goes it this mid-point in the week? On Spring break? Gearing up for Spring Break? About to start a new project be it knitting, crochet, spring cleaning, or maybe a new recipe?

Hayley and I are about to start a new project that I’ll be able to tell you about in the coming weeks…. and of course there’s the big project that is preparations for Stitches South. But first, you’re all loving the new colorways and, you asked for it, on the lighter bases. So, this is what I’m thinking….

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Primo Fingering
Cashmere
Lace
Sophisticate
Single
Feet
Snug Fingering

In all the below colorways (plus the brand new Tomboy and Petticoat). How’s that sound? I’ll put together a few color kits for you too – sound fun?

In this update you can chose skeins in your preferred amount or you can purchase a color kit in your preferred base or both!

Now the only thing is – timing of the update. It may have to be just Friday at 10:00 a.m. this week.

I’ll be sending out the proper email today and working on color kits and pairings throughout the day. Please keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for color pairings as they pop up today.

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Tomboy: If you love Cassidy – you’re going to really love Tomboy. Such a classic, pretty blue. While I love Cassidy (that’s a fellas club color), Tomboy is now favorite/signature blue. Looks great with brights, neutrals, jewel tones and the scums.

Petticoats: A pink for pink lovers and non-pink lovers alike. It’s inspired by a favorite faded red sweatshirt. Girly but not in your face girly. Petticoat is brilliant with aqua’s, greens, neturals (love it with twill and all grays) and more.

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The Week Ahead –

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Good morning & a very happy first Monday of Spring to you all!

You know those moments when you see or hear something and the first thing you can think of doing is to grab your phone and text or call someone, because you just have to share?! That is sort of the way I have been feeling lately, but it’s not possible to call all of you. So, how about you eavesdrop on a conversation between Hayley and me?

Me: Holy buckets have I got something to tell you. I have been swatching. A LOT!

Hayley: Really? For what?

Me: For fun and for science! You know those new designs we’ve been talking about? Well, there’s trying out different bases, so many stitch patterns, different needle sizes, mixing bases (you know how I feel about that!), textures and color mash ups, and generally turning things on their ears.

Check this simple lace pattern out in Snug Fingering. Don’t forget you promised to knit one up in CREW!

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Hayley: No wonder you’ve been quiet and not posting many FO’s lately.

Me: YES! Several of them are almost ready! That hat, that solid and/or multi color wrap pattern almost done! And that club thing we’ve been talking about…. oh, not ready to share that one yet.

And, we have that kit from Michele Wang – Verdea – that will go live at the end of the week/weekend. One of us, not sure which yet, needs to be camera ready for some modeled shots tomorrow! Bring your lip gloss!

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Hayley: Oh man…..

Me: Oh, and one more bit of news…All the Fellas will be out the door over the next day or two – it’s early, love it when that happens!

Do not forget your lip gloss tomorrow!

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Traveler DK & The New Bulky!

Traveler DK is here!
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Good Old Joe. He is a colorwork master bringing so many colors together. Just a few of the colors that we love to pair with Joe.

We are so excited to announce the arrival of Traveler DK! You have told us many times of your love of Traveler so it seemed appropriate that we round out the traveler offerings and add a DK option. Traveler DK is a mix of 65.20.15 merino, silk & yak and is 275 yards per skein.

New bulky! We are happy to announce we will be offering the new bulky as well. 100% merino and 130 yards per skein.

And, let’s have some Sophisticate too!  Soph is the yarn that is scrumptious by itself, and adds so much texture, depth and pizzazz to anything you mix it with. Then, to round out this Update, we will also be offering the following bases:

Bases Available:
Cashmere
Bello
Bello Worsted
Bulky
Oxford
Primo Aran
Primo Fingering
Primo Sport
Scholar
Snug
Snug Worsted
Sophisticate
Traveler DK
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PLEASE NOTE: Bulky and cashmere orders may be delayed somewhat. Bulky and Cashmere from this update can be expected to ship mid-March if all goes according to plan.

Please join me Friday at Noon EST and then back again Sunday evening at 8:00 PM EST right here on the Plucky Blog. After reading your suggestions in the Wish List on Ravelry I have put together a list of colors I think we can all love and will work very well on all the bases offered.  And, you never know with me…I just might add a few more colorways and/or bases at the last minute. Let’s see what happens! And as per usual at update time we will be chit chatting away in the update thread. Please join us!

Colorways available shown below and in collage above:

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Thank you so much and we hope you can join us!

Playing The Name Game – Contest Time!

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THE NAME GAME – It’s a contest!

OK everybody, I need a little help.  Would you mind setting your Plucktember knitting aside for just a few minutes and help me find a name for TWO new Plucky bases?

Here are the details for each base….
1. A DK weight, 75/25 merino/cotton blend.  Each skein will contain 310 yards and it knits up like butter. This is the one that all you warmer climate knitters have been waiting for! Best of both worlds. The memory and definition of wool and the cooling factor of cotton – I just love the twist this puts on our colorways!

2. A heavy lace/light fingering weight, 50/30/20 blend of merino/extra fine mohair/silk.  Each skein contains 510 yards.  This is a beautiful stand alone luxury lace that can also be paired with other weights to give that extra pop to your work. Light as a feather and the texture… so ethereal.

But, I don’t know what to call them.  I’m hoping that you do!

Please post your suggestions here in the comments (which I will keep hidden) between now and ….ummm… let’s say Monday morning. That sound like enough time to you? I’m going to read the entries all weekend and at 9:00 am Eastern on Monday, we will pick the winning entrie(s) and post them here.  Guess what the winners will get.  How about the very first SQs of these new bases, in any color the winners choose!!!

We are anxiously watching our driveway here at the barn, waiting somewhat impatiently for the first shipments to arrive.  So, can you help a gal out? Let’s have some fun with this one and get them named so we’re ready to hit the ground running the second they arrive which should be any minute now!

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New Colorways

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Cobbler – who doesn’t love the smell of a warm blueberry cobbler, bubbling away in the over? Here is a soft blue grey green that is finished with a delicate wash of blueberry. You know how blueberries get ‘that look’? Here is the plucky yarn interpretation.

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VSOP – Sometimes, we just need to warm ourselves from the inside out. Sipping on a snifter of V.S.O.P. brandy will do the trick – Ryan swears by it! Now, you can warm yourself from the outside in with this rich (but subtle) golden/red/brown brandy color.

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Attache – This promises to become a go-to burgundy/brown, rich and ready for fall. Now I just want boots to match!!

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Letterhead – Another player in the Plucky “Neutrals” group, this is a little burgundy, little bit mid tone brown leaning grey, or is it a grey leaning brown? Letterhead is perfect as a stand alone and will play beautifully when paired with others. Clear as mud. I know! But, hey that’s part of the charm.

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Soft As An Easy Chair – This is a deep, rich, green with a wash of deep navy to give it great depth and substance. It is a green that promises to be flattering on a multitude of individual skin tones and hair colors.

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Goin’ Steady – It’s redder than Hotsy Totsy and pinker than Mani-Pedi. This is a very big and incredibly rich and juicy raspberry. It is bold enough to be a show stopper if you make it the main color in your next sweater, or the perfect bit of totally unexpected pop when used as a single stripe in something a bit more understated.

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Club Chair – This is a great new plucky brown. A bit more middle of the road brown shall we say. Not as warm as Rye or Chocolate Crinkle but not as cool as, say, Sock Monkey. Just a great brown. Like a Club Chair is just a great chair! It’s not too dark, not too light, not too cool and not too warm…. but just right!

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Silver Queen – It’s no secret how much I love grey and here is another winner! A very neutral grey with darker grey undertones and then something just a little unexpected and elusive – a slightly warm leaning blue gray underneath it all. Silver Queen will work with just about everything!

These new colorways will be available in the next blog update. In the meantime I thought a little eye candy might be in order on this fine Summer Saturday. Have a great weekend!

Camilla

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Shown in Plucky Bello. After Dark, Fondant, Milk Maid & Tiny Bubbles

I am so excited to be able to share with you the newest design from Gina House (a.k.a. SleepyEyes) and her first design for Plucky. When photos for the Camilla Shawl arrived in the studio, my mind began to race with the color and base possibilities. Knit in a single color, Camilla will be subtle yet dramatic. Or, you may want to play with multiple colors (3, 4, or even bind off with a 5th color perhaps?!), accentuating the lace. Whichever fingering base you choose, your Camilla will be gorgeous!

And what is better than debuting a new kit? How about a new kit AND a new custom Plucky base?! OXFORD is in the house and would be a fantastic choice for your Camilla Shawl.

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If you choose Oxford for your Camilla, your finished shawl will be a light and lofty, blocking out a bit larger than if you knit it in one of the other fingering bases. And the juxtaposition of the more rustic (but still very luxurious – 25% cashmere after all!) spin of Oxford and the ladylike Camilla – well I just think it’s a match made in pattern/yarny heaven!

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The Camilla kit will be offered on Thursday, July 24th at Noon Eastern on the Plucky Blog. Seth (good old Seth!) will set up drop down menus for all of the Plucky fingering bases (Feet, Primo Fingering, Bello, Single and Oxford) and I will be putting together the color options for him to set up as well.

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Pay no attention to my dyeing attire, just had to show Camilla + Oxford in all their glory – Thank you Gina for such a lovely design!

Please keep an eye on the locked color thread for kit choices and pricing and be sure to post your thoughts in the Wishlist thread. We will email you the pattern within 48 hours of your purchase of a kit.

Thank you and happy knitting everybody!
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P.S. Please note: Not all color combinations will be available across every base. The kits will be chosen based on how each individual base takes color. There will be kit offerings that are available in Primo Fingering, Feet, Single & Bello only. THEN there will be kits available in all bases, INCLUDING Oxford. They will be marked accordingly.

PK Collection Bags

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Good morning everyone! I am so happy that you are excited about the new PK Collection bags!

Both the clutch and the tote will be available for purchase in the Plucky Shindig Marketplace. The clutch is priced at $145 and the tote is $135. We will have equal numbers set aside for Friday and for Saturday mornings, so no worries if you will be arriving late on Friday. Then any unsold totes and clutches will be offered upon our return to the studio following the Shindig on the Plucky Blog.

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This is a surprise months and months in the making and has been quite an undertaking. I knew all along they would be unveiled at the Shindig and then followed by an online offering. This is uncharted territory for me… please bear with me. 🙂

Fondly,
Sarah

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April Is For Aqua!

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It’s always a good day when we can multi-task. You know how it works. Pushing the grocery cart and texting. Or getting your hair done, a mani & a pedi … at the same time (a gal can dream!). This update (this Sunday, April 13th at 8:00 pm Eastern here on the Plucky Blog), I thought it would be fun to put one color family in the spotlight and build gradient possibilities – at the same time!

So I pulled all the Plucky aquas from our list of repeatables and have placed them into one eye popping (for the aqua lovers) line up. In addition to picking up the color(s) that speak to your love for all things aqua, this will give you the opportunity to build your own gradient with the exact number of skeins you want. For some of us, three shades of aqua will be the perfect fit for a project we have in mind. But there are others who would may not want to stop at three and have ideas for a more graduated gradient, needing at least five shades. And, just for good measure, I have carefully selected a few neutrals that work beautifully with our April Aquas. Jack of All Trades, of course, and so many others. So, here is your roadmap – where will it take you?

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Please note that while the update on Sunday will feature the Plucky aqua’s, that won’t be all! Here’s a list of all the colorways and bases available.

 

 

 

Bold Move – The Colorways

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As promised, here are the kit options for Sunday evening’s Bold Move kit update. Have fun! 

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BOld Move Bold Bold Move Contrast Bold Move Fairy Tales BOld Move Granola BOld MOve Hitch Bold MOve Just this once Bold MOve Kicky Bold Move Make a Scene Bold Move Many Talents Bold Move Monarch Bold Move Original Bold MOve Special Occasion  Bold MOve Spring Thaw Bold MOve Stateroom Bold MOve Travel in Style Bold Move UnderstatedBold Move LIttle Bohemia Bold Move Well SpokenBold Move l2Bold Move SashayBold Move A LIttle Romance

Snow Day #47,892

 

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Anyone else feeling like they’re living in ‘Groundhog Day‘?

Just when we get the deck shoveled off or the dyeing area at the studio somewhat cleared of snow (ha! not really, more like just when we get a path shoveled) and then manage to sneak in one little walk for Sam & Ox or a dye run or two, Mother Nature lowers the boom again. And again.  AND AGAIN.  Here on the west coast of Michigan we are in for a full day of snow.  Flights have been cancelled, the plans for the day have been shelved and there is a run on the beer and wine at the grocery store. I feel like a pot of this or this or this may be in order today… with a batch of these for good measure.

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So, let’s make lemonade out of snowballs, shall we?:

#1.  It’s Saturday.  That means we will be all shoveled out by the time Monday rolls around. I think. And, if the weather clears up as it is supposed to, I may be able to get a re-do on today’s to do list.

#2.  This snow day is giving me the opportunity to compose some info/ramblings that have been rolling around in my head for a while now.  I want to write about each of the Plucky bases. What I love about each base, what I think they are each suited for, as well as suggest a few patterns that I think are perfect for that base or are a few of my personal favorites. Sort of a love letter to each of the bases. After all, there is a reason that each one is on the Plucky menu and, I’d love to share that information with you.

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# 3.  I brought Bello Worsted home from the studio last night so that I could cast on for the Stitch Block Cowl.  I’m about five inches in and CAN NOT put this project down.  I am already planning an outfit around this because thanks to the snow, I have a good chance of having this finished and ready to wear at Stitches!

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That’s all for the moment.  Back to my snow day knitting, email catch-up and soup making. Happy snowy Saturday everyone!

Rolling Rock ~

Thea and I have been at it again – it’s time for another Babycocktails/Plucky collaboration!

Love that girl. We have the best time working together. Brainstorming, talking drape, fit, color, old men’s sweaters, cocktails and generally just talking over each other because we both get so excited about ideas and projects – we just can’t keep our mouths shut.


Sporty yet feminine and oh so flattering (that lace panel in the back – what a great design element!), Rolling Rock is the perfect toss on and go sweater. But enough of me trying to describe Thea’s design, here’s what she has to say:

Rolling Rock is a light Henley-style pullover, seamlessly knit from the top down, using the contiguous shaping method at the shoulders.  This shaping method provides the look of shoulder seams and sleeve caps, without the actual seaming!  I wanted to play with the idea of a lace panel sweater in a different way than it had been done before, so the lace appears on the back only and has a unique shape to the panel that allows it to remain separate from all the shaping.  Plus, this lace motif is called bottle lace, so it was the perfect match for a BabyCocktails/Plucky knit, yes? 

The Henley neckline is also a little different than usual.  A faux button tab at bottom is short rowed to create a nice overlap and the neck above the tab is shaped so the collar naturally falls open and ends nice and low on the neckline.   A classic shape, a semi-classic neckline, and some eye catching detail on the back make for a versatile knit that’s fun to work up. 


Colorway shown: Back 40, Traveler SportColorways available:


Once again, we have put together a whole rainbow’s worth of Plucky Knitter/BabyCocktail kits, so you can custom order a sweater’s worth of Traveler – or maybe Primo – Sport in the color of your choice, and download the pattern at a kit discount price.

Specifications:
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport, 325 yds per skein. OR Plucky Knitter Primo Sport (both options will be available)
1000(1100,1200,1300,1400)(1500,1600,1700,1800, 1900)yds. Color shown is Back 40.
Sizing: 32.25(34.25,36.5,39.5,42.75)(44.25,46.5,48.75,52.25,54.5)” Actual finished bust size. Shown with 2.5” of positive ease.
Gauge: 5.5 sts, 8 rows per 1 in stockinette. In lace, each 10 st repeat = 1.5” wide, about 1.5” tall.
Needles: US#4/3.5mm (long circs for the body, DPNs or short circs for sleeves)

Kits will be available Sunday, July 14th at 6pm Eastern Time on the Plucky BLOG and will remain open while inventory remains. We have worked diligently to ensure we are able to fill the shop with as many kits as possible, both in terms of inventory on hand ready to dye, as well as processing time to get the kits to you as quickly as possible. All sweater kits will ship according to our pre-order policy and you will receive an email with the coupon code to download your discounted pattern directly from Thea (a.k.a. Babycocktails).

Thank you very much and best wishes for a great weekend ahead!

 

Decision Time

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Sometimes it’s nice to just sit with friends.  I always have such great intentions of writing a chatty blog entry.  One that isn’t all about an update.  You know, just a little conversation with my knitting pals.  I have this vision of us all sitting around on my deck at the lake, knitting (or crocheting – now there’s a topic for another post! ), sipping something cold and sharing. So, time to ramble a bit.

Don’t you just love the hours of indecision when one project is finished and you have the delicious dilemma of what to cast on next?  I am mostly a dedicated knitter… almost always keeping to one project at a time (of course that doesn’t mean that I do not indulge in episodes of cast-on-itis pretty regularly) but once I start a project I tend to knit pretty furiously until finished.

The excitement of having just finished a few things means that I am standing on the brink of my next project.  So I’ve been perusing Ravelry, checking my personal stash (or maybe even made a few new things), and have begun to narrow down the list of candidates.

Decisions, decisions.  Will it be Betsey, Mizutama, Freesia or maybe the Tequila Shawl?  I am so loving and intrigued by mixing and blending yarn bases – whether held double or just butting up next to each other in a finished knit. The color and texture opportunities are thrilling.

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For instance, right now I’m especially loving the idea of the Tequila Shawl with Bello & Plucky. Perhaps in the new colorway Boots & Faded Jeans held double with Narragansett Gray.

Boots & Faded  Narragansett Gray traveler and primo NAMED-22

Or perhaps some trusty grays….

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Another set that is particularly lovely together is Webster Groves & Cressey Road.

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And then there’s Amy’s Betsey pattern which is just too cute and screams for some fun color combos:

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Photo courtesy Amy Miller

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That’s it for now – time to actually make a decision and wind some yarn!

Contest time & A Plucky Retreat Photo Recap~

I am woefully behind in blogging so I’ll combine Plucky Retreat recap (in photos) with a contest. Works for me!

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Mikan Snood in Plucky Traveler Aran (Fat Fish Blue) and a darling crochet sample baby blanket in Primo Worsted & Sweater combo. Please, PLEASE do not be afraid to mix bases. The texture and color juxtaposition is fantastic!

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Our very own Dutch Princess (a.k.a. the welcoming committee)~

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Knitting and dance instructor all in one!

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 Everything and the kitchen (or the bathroom) sink!

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Happy knitters!

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Elmer T and Jennifer. Oh my stars you have to see her dress knit out of Primo Sport. It’s amazing!

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The dismantling crew having breakfast

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Dismantling is a messy biz

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Packed up… planning ahead…. and headed home (or back on the road)…

Lorilee, Fiona & Ann. You guys are just simply the best (que Tina). We couldn’t have had the weekend without you. And to all the attendee’s…. the full retreater’s, the NORAS and visitors alike. Thank you from the very depths of our hearts for making the trek to Michigan to make the retreat the rollicking good time that it was. The second annual Plucky Knitter Retreat was a huge success – because of you!

So, about that contest!?! It’s a Plucky blog party…. Contest time!

Tell us:

  • What’s your favorite joke? Let’s keep it clean… cheeky but clean is good, really good!
  • Karaoke Song?
  • Guilty Pleasure? (again, see joke)
  • Picture of your pet in one of your knitted FO’s? Share it with us!
  • Got a funny photo bomb? We’d love to see it!
  • Stump us! Send us your favorite trivia question. We are serious trivia junkies here at the studio. It get’s ugly!
  • It’s Spring. What’s your favorite asparagus or strawberry recipe?
  • What are you knitting right this minute? We want to know?!

Herdy contest

It’s the all-inclusive Plucky contest. So many winners! We will be giving away a set of Herdy mugs (adorable!) as well as a skein of all the new colorways and a sweater quantity to the winner(s). There will be no less than ten winners so post away! The grand prize winner will receive the set of Herdy mugs and a Plucky sweater quantity of their choice. Contest entries open until Friday, May 17th at Noon Eastern. Winners will be announced later that day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Spring!

Hello and happy happy Spring!

Two color colorwork kits – Netty anyone?


It seems like it has been ages (actually, it has been!) since our last shop update. We spent March dealing with sickness, travel, weather (dyeing outside – good times) and, again, being sick. The good (very good) news is we are caught up. The March 1st orders have begun shipping with the rest leaving the studio tomorrow and Tuesday this week.

So, tomorrow, Monday, April 1st at 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on the plucky blog. Please join us – it’s the place to be!

I’m happy to let you know that for the first time in quite some time all the bases (except Bulky) will be available. That means you can pick your (available) color and have it dyed for you. Want to make a Chocolate Stout? You can! Rustic is back in the house. Have your heart set on a sweater in Primo Aran dyed up in Grandma Bev? You can get that tomorrow!

Bases available:

Primo (fingering, sport, worsted, aran)
Plucky Feet
Plucky Sweater
Rustic
Traveler (sport & aran!)
Cozy
Single
Colorwork kits – Two color and three color kits will be available (even a mystery version!).
Three skein kits will be available in the following bases: Primo Fingering or Sport or Traveler Sport.
Esjan Kits – Esjan kits (no pattern. pattern can be purchased via Ravelry) will be FOUR skein kits. One skein color A, two skeins B and 1 skein C and available on either Traveler ARAN or Primo ARAN.

And, for the very first time, we have Plucky LACE! LACE is a lovely 2ply laceweight (sort of a “chunky” lace weight) with a composition of 70.20.10 merino, silk & baby camel, 750 yards.

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In addition to colorwork kits, the following is a very small sampling of the colorways available tomorrow.

Breakfast on 5th, Pollen, Gone Glamping & Grandma Bev

Please note: This is a pre-order update and ships according to our pre-order policy.
My sincere thanks and very best wishes for a lovely Spring-y week ahead!

Out with the old

and in with the new!

It’s a brand new year and time to mix things up a bit. We’re having a little plucky retirement party tomorrow, Sunday, January 6th and Monday, January 7th for several of our oldies but goodies that are retiring this week. Time to get them while the getting is good! Those being retired are:

Oz
Aunt Hazel
Roasted Pumpkin
5th Avenue
Chantilly
Blueberry Sour
Fly The Concord

And now, introducing the first new colorways of 2013!

Jolly Green name

Faded Ink Fountain

Message In A bottle

Rapunzel

Contessa

Chlorophyll name

Red Haven

The retirement party and/or debut of new colorways will be tomorrow, Sunday, January 6th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern AND Monday morning, January 7th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on the Plucky blog.

We truly do want to accommodate as many timezones and schedules as possible and we have again structured this update so you are able to choose a true rainbow of hues (forty-three… 43 colorways!) from across the plucky bases.

Bases available: Primo Fingering, Sport, Worsted & Aran, Plucky Feet & Sweater, Rustic, Plucky Bulky and (finally!) Plucky Traveler and Traveler ARAN.

PLEASE NOTE: Traveler ARAN and Traveler SPORT are on back-order and will ship late February.

Thank you so much and best wishes for a lovely week, month and year ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alight ~

I’m so happy to let you know that kits for Amy’s gorgeous sweater, Alight, will be available for sale tomorrow morning, Friday, October 26th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern right here on the Plucky blog.

Please note: The kits will include yarn (all kits will be available in Plucky Sweater), pattern (PDF download only) and shipping (a nominal flat shipping rate of $6 for all kits regardless of size of order). Kits will range in cost from $131 to $251 depending on size. The full list of colorways will be available in the post tomorrow morning as well.

Alight is simply lovely and so very classic and flattering. But, here, let’s have Amy tell us more….

Among the many things I love about my best friend Beth is the fact that she is one of the strongest women I know. Sure of herself and confident, she meets challenges head-on and with no mincing around. For her birthday, I wanted to design a sweater that properly captured her bold personality and elegant, clean style.

Alight is worked in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed for a structured look. The seed stitch trim flows into a small collar, the lapels are trimmed with a stylized candle flame stitch. The waist shaping and slightly flared sleeves give the sweater a trim, figure-conscious silhouette and this simple sweater is easy to modify to suit your particular figure.

Please choose a size for Alight based on your upper torso (sometimes called the “high bust”) rather than your full bust, as this will ensure a good fit in the shoulders. Should you need additional room in the hips and/or bust, vertical shaping darts are a great choice for this mostly Stockinette sweater. As always, we’ll discuss modification questions in the Amy Herzog Designs ravelry group if you’d like help achieving a custom result.


Final Measurements:

Bust measures: 30½ (32¾, 35, 37, 38½, 40¾, 43, 46½, 51, 54½)”/77.5 (83, 88.5, 94, 98, 103.5, 109, 118, 129.5, 138.5) cm

Length from hem to shoulder: 21 (21¾, 22¼, 22¾, 23½, 24, 24½, 25¼, 26, 26½)”/53.5 (55, 56.5, 58, 59.5, 61, 62, 64, 66, 67.5) cm

Featured Materials:

The Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater [90% merino; 10% nylon]: 270 yds/247 m per 100 g hank, shown in color Barn Door: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) hanks

Gauge: 22 sts & 30 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette stitch, blocked. Recommended needle size of US 6/4 mm.

Pattern Notes: All photographs copyright Amy Herzog 2012 and used with permission. Technical editing by Elizabeth Sullivan.

Bombay Sapphire – Sweater Kits

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All sweater photos courtesy Caro Sheridan, Splityarn, 2012

Thea and I have been at it again – it’s time for a Bombay!

Bombay is a classic pullover, a soothing knit with a few details to keep it interesting. The pattern around the collar creates a subtle Peter Pan effect at the top of the sweater, and adds a bit of texture to the neckline.
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Smaller “waves” around the wrists echo the collar and add a little something to the three – quarter sleeves. The fit is classic and feminine, with shaping at the waist and a button notch in the ribbing for a pop of contrasting or coordinating color, whatever floats your boat.

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Knit from the top down, it’s very easy to modify Bombay for length or sleeve choice.  Changing the width or shaping to flatter any figure is easy.  The sweater itself is sure to go with any wardrobe, and you can either keep it fun with a bright color like Thea did, or pick a favorite neutral for a knit that could easily become a year round staple.
There will be an update this Sunday, September 30th at 5pm Eastern right here on the Plucky BLOG.  Not only will Bleu be available but many other colors as well. We are putting together a great array of options available in both Primo Worsted and Plucky Sweater. Note that both these yarns are a light worsted weight, which is just a bit more delicate than a regular worsted.
Thanks so much and we hope to see you on Sunday!

Camptown Races!

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Camptown Races by Star Athena featuring Primo Sport is ready to go! Kits are going up for sale this Sunday evening, August 26th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern right here on the Plucky Blog. There will be ten different kits available and all ten kits will be available in either Primo Sport or the brand new Plucky Traveler. Please note: If you are purchasing a kit on Primo Sport the colors will be a bit more intense than those shown on Traveler. I cannot emphasize enough that Traveler takes the dye differently (more heathered, subtle, muted). That being said, I think we have some super fun kits put together that will look great on both bases.

Kits will be $89 and include yarn, pattern and shipping (both domestic and international). The pattern will be available via Ravelry download (a coupon will be provided).
Star's Camptown

Camptown Races is a three-color cowl with two different striping options. It’s worked in the round as a tube. There are loops of yarn looping in rounds around a large loop… like a racetrack.

  • Length, Circumference: 51 inches (129.5 cm) around. 6 inches (15 cm) wide. Length is adjustable.
  • Yarn: Sport-weight yarn in three colors that give you proper gauge. Sample shown: The Plucky Knitter Primo Sport [75% Extra Fine ItalianMerino Wool, 20% Cashmere, 5% Nylon; 275yd per 100 gram skein]; colors: MC: Medieval (grey), CC1: Edwardian (blue), CC2: Princess Phone (yellow): Less than 1 skein each. Large Chevron Cowl uses approx 594 yards and 216 grams of yarn in total. The striped version used approx 3 grams per stripe.
  • Needles: 1 set US #4/3.5mm 32” circular needle (magic loop) OR two 24” circulars OR 8” circular needle OR double pointed needles, or size to get gauge.
  • Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 20 sts/32 rows = 4″ in stockinette st. NOTE: Gauge is not critical.
  • NOTES: This medium-level pattern is worked in the round with three colors. It includes stripes and/or chevrons (your choice). The cowl starts with a provisional cast on, is a knit in the round as a tube, then grafted together at the end. If you prefer, you may do a traditional cast on and sew the cowl together at the end.

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Just a couple of the kit options available.
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Last, but most certainly not least, Thank you. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for the enthusiasm and support you have shown for Plucky. We are a very small, family run business and it is our sincere privilege to serve you. It is never far from my mind that there are many places you can go to fill your yarn-y needs so please know how much I (we) treasure your loyalty, friendship and support and will never cease to work hard to bring you unique bases, colors and, well, work hard to grant any yarn-y wishes we can!

 

Housekeeping & Update News~


A commonly asked question – When will/has my order shipped?

If your order was a pre-order, please check the date of your paypal receipt and then please allow approximately 14 to 21 business days for your yarn to be dyed, processed and leave the Plucky studio. If, after a suitable amount of time has passed for your package to arrive at your location (to our international friends – it is not uncommon for a package to take at least 4-6 weeks to arrive) it has not arrived, please contact me at thepluckyknitter@gmail.com to inquire about your order.

Never fear – we will always, always make sure you get your yarn. Whatever your yarny wishes may be, we are in the business of granting them to the very best of our ability.

In the past I have often posted a date during which your order from said update will ship. It is becoming increasingly more administratively difficult to do so. To keep up with all the emails that I receive on a daily basis for just this instance (not to mention all the other inquiries), well, I think it will help clear things up if the verbiage is now standard.

Soft Focus – a blanket kit

We work very hard to get your yarn to you as quickly and efficiently as possible. But, please remember, this is not an automated process. Everything from the handdyeing to the hand packing/shipping, emailing…. it is all done by hand (and by a very very few hands). No barcodes or automated machinery here ; )

I love what I do. I am beyond grateful every single day. It has been and continues to be my goal to keep Plucky small and personal (remember this post?) and this is just one more way to streamline some of the things that can be streamlined and not affect the way Plucky is dyed and run.

I want to be online and chat with you. I want to dye yarn and source new and exciting bases. I love pairing yarn and colors with patterns. And, I do really love to knit. So, just another tweak so that we can keep things running smoothly and more efficiently and buy out time to make more yarn – which is a very good thing!

Speaking of more yarn – it’s time for an update in the Plucky shop this Sunday, June 24th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. All the new colors will be available as well as a few new colorwork kits. Thanks so very much and we’ll hope to see you Sunday night at 9:00!

Being sneaky~

Campus Life – A colorwork set


Cheap Perfume – a new repeatable

Citron – a new repeatable

Vignette – a new repeatble

These and many more lovelies available beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, today, June 19th in the Plucky Etsy shop!

Charleston Tea ~ a sweater kit

Charleson Tea anyone? Thea and I have been at it again and are delighted to let you know that it is high time for another Baby Cocktails/Plucky Knitter sweater kit.

Charleston Tea is a hoodie to throw on when the air cools down after a long hot day.  The hood is fun and gives it a sporty edge, but the sweater remains feminine with delicate details and a beautiful lace panel in back.  The lace allows a little air to flow in or a bright tee to peek out.  Knit top down so you can adjust this as you like, but it is designed with ¾ sleeves, a comfy, hip length fit and topped off with a generous and oh so cozy hood.

Colorway shown: Lincoln. Photo courtesy Splityarn

The particulars:

  • Yarn –  Plucky Knitter Primo Sport in Lincoln.  5(6,6,6,6,6,7,7,7,7) skeins, 1400(1450,1500,1550,1600,1650,1700,1750,1800,1850)yds
  • Sizing   –   32(34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50)
  • Needles –  US #5/3.75mm. 29”circs for the body & button band, 16” circs or DPNs on the sleeves.  US#4/3.50mm.  24 or 29” circs for hood.
  • Notions  –  Darning needle, stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holders.  6-8 buttons, about 1” in diameter
  • Gauge    6 sts, 8 rows per 1” in a stockinette swatch, blocked.

Notes/Commentary from Thea:

Since this is knit from the top down, you can adjust length or width to flatter your shape. It is designed to skim your curves, and be worn with a bit of sweatshirt-like ease for a casual summer fit.  Adding or width creating a slimmer fit in any part of the sweater is simple, since the lace design is not altered by your overall stitch count.   Adjusting for length is also easy, and you can let it hit wherever you think it will be most flattering on you.

Lincoln - a repeatable

Route 2 II

High Cotton Lone Skeins

Olive Bar - a repeatable

Bleu - a repeatable shop size

Kissin' Valention - a new repeatable

Colorways available, top to bottom: Lincoln, Route 2, High Cotton, Olive Bar, Bleu & Kissin’ Valentino

Please note: Sign-ups will go live on the Plucky Knitter website Sunday, May 20th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and will remain open. We have worked diligently to ensure we are able to fill the shop with as many kits as possible so I sincerely hope you are able to find something that suits you at a time that suits your schedule.

All sweater kits will ship the week of June 24th.

 

a wandering post (with some housekeeping thrown in) ~

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Single Girl Melty Chocolate Cake from Joy’s cookbook. The Mr. and I have taste tested and we wholeheartedly approve.

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Fiar pattern. I’m knitting aimlessly on this and loving the fabric/color/texture.

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An old school house I pass on the drive to the studio every morning. It’s my dream studio. For now I will have to keep dreaming……

Now for the housekeeping:

1. Shop update tomorrow, Sunday, April 29th (edited to add proper date. Oy.) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern in the Plucky Shop.

2. There will be a nice mixture of things available with a heavy emphasis on Primo Sport and Rustic. Also available will be a nice amount of Primo Fingering, Plucky Feet and 50.50 Silk Merino Fingering and Lite added for good measure. Please note: The items available in the update tomorrow will ship by May 11.

3. For those of you who do not frequent the Plucky Group on Ravelry, thought you might like to know that during updates we have an ‘Update Chatter’ thread where everyone gathers to talk about the updates, what colors/bases are available, what they would like to see, etc. I, too, chime in and grant as many requests as I am able, help explain things and make note of any issues with the shop.

While I do not have a brick and mortar store where I can welcome you personally, I like to chat with you all during an update just as if you were here in my studio with me. It’s the next best thing!

4. It never fails, during the first minute(s) of the update, the shop bogs down a bit. Please be patient – it is greatly appreciated.

Seth (Mr. Wunder-Tech) is aware of the problem but so far a solution has not been reached. The server can handle the traffic but doesn’t seem to ‘open the front door’ very fast when people arrive all at once. Hope that makes sense. Just please know we are aware of it and that it does clear up within a couple minutes of the beginning of the shop update and then proceeds to run according to plan.

5. Color Affection kits: I will have a small amount of kits available.

6. Fiar Kits: Those will not be sold tomorrow but will be sold in the etsy shop. Time yet to be announced.

Finally, have a great weekend!

 

Hippie Chic & New Repeatables~

Available in the update at Noon Eastern today!

Well Preserved - A repeatable

Well Preserved – a new repeatable colorway

Roadtrip - A new repeatable

Roadtrip – a new repeatable colorway

 

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Hippie Chic – A psychadelic yarn club

All the colors in the Hippie Chic club will be of the more variegated variety. Fun and unexpected.  You might find pink, purple, aqua and more – all in one skein. And, what would a hippie chic collection be without some avocado thrown in for good measure once in a while?!

Available in the shop update today at Noon Eastern. This item is the April shipment of Hippie Chic. Important: Shipping of Hippie Chic will ship by April 20th.

Care & Concern ~

stitch by stitch

Can I show you something? This blanket, this knitted (and crocheted) treasure is a sight to see. Care, concern, love and warm thoughts have been knit, stitch by stitch, into this stunning blanket – I can feel it and will treasure it always. I cannot thank you enough for the generosity and affection you have bestowed upon me (and my family) in ways large and small (which all are equally meaningful and appreciated) during this difficult time.

 

Accessorize!

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” Clairee Belcher, Steel Magnolias 

I am very happy to announce a blog collaboration with Holly. When Holly (who is a very talented knitter, baker and blogger) approached me with an offer to write an article highlighting all the fantastic ways to re-charge your wardrobe with hand knits….well it was simply an offer I couldn’t refuse! Now, I will leave the rest of this post to her. Take it away Holly!

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Year after year, we see recurring trends in fashion. Many staples of a decade have been consistently recurring over the years; trends that were once popular, quickly become a cliche — an outdated icon of a generation — and then return with widespread, mainstream popularity (leggings, anyone?). However, there are plenty of examples of the exact opposite. Every season, every year, there are a few classic items that stand strong, despite the constant changes in fashion trends. These pieces are often apart of everyone’s wardrobe, despite our own personal style or taste, and these are the items you are likely to wear the most… none of which are more prominent than knitwear.

Knitwear goes beyond sweaters, today it is all about the accessories: scarves, cowls, hats, wraps, shrugs, mittens, leg warmers and more, most of which can be worn all year around, not just in the dead of winter. Revamping your entire wardrobe is sometimes just a matter of adding in some season-friendly accessories. For example, pair these stylish “Some Cloudy Day” leg warmers by Tiny Owl Knits (featured here in Plucky Merino MCN http://www.ravelry.com/projects/nancykane/some-cloudy-day) or Mirry Dancers by Gudrun Johnston (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mirry-dancers) with boots and add some warmth for those chilly Autumn days. Wear with ankle boots and extend the life of your summer shoes into even the coldest weeks of winter, or wear under mid-calf and knee-high boots for ultimate warmth.

As for scarves, there’s been a strong comeback for the cowl. Instead of a traditional scarf, a cowl is knitted in a loop, or knitted flat and then seamed to form a ring. The best part? Versatility. Choose a cowl that is the proper length to allow you the option of either looping it around your neck twice, or just once. Check out the Plucky Curacao Cowl (shown here in Plucky Merino Superwash Worsted  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plucky-curacao-cowl), offering the perfect shape to fit near your neck, without adding bulk inside your coat. Keep it close to your neck by wrapping it around twice, or wear it all year around with just one loop. The elegant cable pattern makes it formal enough to match even your most fancy coats. Looking for something extra chunky? Keep it simple with the Millwater Cowl (featuring Plucky MCN Lite  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/millwater) which can easily be dressed up, or down, with it’s simple garter borders and single, focal cable down the center. 

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Plucky Curacao Cowl – Curacao Cowl, Black Cherry Lambic & Mint and Basil photos courtesy Splityarn

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Black Cherry Lambic Cowl

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Black Cherry Lambic Scarf

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Millwater Cowl – Photo courtesy Beth Kling

If you’re more for shawls, an absolute must is the Color Affection shawl kit, an amazing collaboration between The Plucky Knitter herself and Veera Valimaki (who brought you the ever famous Stripe Study shawl among others), and what a heavenly pairing it is! Combining 3 stunning Plucky Primo Fingering colorways and the Color Affection pattern by Veera, this shawl has amazing composition; with juxtaposed stripes, blocks of color, and a drapey shape that’s perfect for wrapping up this winter. The kit comes in multiple colorway combinations and will be available for pre-order later this week (week of December 26th).

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When it comes to keeping your head warm, you have plenty of options, no matter the time of year may be. There seems to be two kinds of people in the world: those who prefer tight fitting beanies, and those who like some slouch. Mint and Basil (shown here in Plucky Rustic http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mint-and-basil) is a fantastic pattern, that offers not only one hat, but two. One is a snug beanie with an adorable button detail, and the other is a slouchy hat with an elegant, cabled border. Knitted in a warm, squishy and comfy worsted, they will both be sure to keep you warm this season. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, go for the Skinner Hat (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skinner-hat) or Cecily (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cecily) by Melissa LaBarre (both knitted in Plucky Primo MCN) Whether it’s the delicate lace pattern of the Skinner hat, or the airy chevrons of Cecily, these berets will keep you warm with plenty of style to spare. And, with the light weight yarn, they can easily be worn in spring and summer as well.

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Skinner Hat – Photo courtesy Melissa LaBarre

It’s safe to say that knitwear isn’t going anywhere, and with so many accessories to knit up for every season, it’s likely you’ll get plenty of use out of them. Some of us may be lucky enough to have knitted heirloom pieces, whether it’s a shawl or a blanket, it proves that knitwear survives the decades, and is just as popular now as it has ever been. 

Holly is an avid knitter, baker, sometimes writer, and of course a die-hard Plucky fan. She documents all things creative over on her personal blog: Lucky You, Lucky Me, and is known on Ravelry by the username Shinetastic.

tangled mess ~

tangled web

See that mess up there? Care to take it off my hands?

There was a time, right before Sock Summit, when anything that even hinted at a tangle went in to a box to be dealt with another day. Another day is here! In an effort to get the studio in tip-top shape for Fall (and high knitting season) it is time for another tangled yarn giveaway. So, tell me (answer one or both – doesn’t matter. I’m easy that way)~

1. What is your favorite book? Could be a new book or an old favorite you return to time and again.

2. Your favorite go-to recipe this time of year. Zucchini coming out your ears? What do you make? Bumper crop of  tomatoes? What to do!?  Headed to the lake/cottage/beach/mountain/stay-cation for a last Summer getaway? What will you cook?

I will have comments open now through Monday, August 29th and then choose a winner Monday at Noon Eastern (btw – there is a bunch of yarn in that bucket. I’m thinking enough for three winners).

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Humphrey ~

What do you call a camel with no humps?……… Humphrey!

Do I hear a collective groan? We can thank my Dad (Elmer T.) for that knee slapper. He’s been telling that joke for 30+ years now and still cracks himself up every time.

Humphrey - A repeatable

Humphrey – A new repeatable colorway

There are a few new repeatables colorways on the block, just in time for Fall knitting. And, more to the point, just in time for the release of the Vodka Gimlet kits – another fantastically fun and flattering yarn/pattern collaboration with Thea!

The Vodka Gimlet kits will go on sale (here on the blog) tomorrow, Friday, August 19th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and will remain open for sale until Sunday, August 21st or while kits/spots remain. Please note: Because these kits are dyed to order, the shipping of the Vodka Gimlet kits will be the week of September 19th.

All Spruced Up -

All Spruced Up – A new repeatable colorway

Fly The Concord - A new repeatable

Fly The Concord – A new repeatable colorway

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Photo courtesy Splityarn. Colorway shown – Barely Birch

Seriously, look how cute that sweater is!

know your lizard~

know your lizard

I have lived to tell the tale (the Sock Summit tale that is). But, before I try to make heads or tails of the whole experience I wanted to pop in, say hello and have a little contest. The last week or so have been all about yarn and knitting. All the time. However, there was a chance to sneak away for a few days after the Sock Summit festivities to visit a lodge, go on several hikes and knit something just for the sake of knitting.

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So about that contest~

Know your lizard. Any ideas what that little guy is? Submit your answer and I’ll draw names from all correct entries. What do you win? Why yarn of course! But, not just yarn. A cute goodie bag from Sock Summit featuring Plucky (of course) along with my favorite stitch markers and a super cute notions bag.

I’ll be taking entries all weekend long through Noon Eastern on Monday, August 8th.

Have a great weekend everyone!

sneak peek~

of some brand spankin’ new repeatable Plucky colorways headed to Sock Summit. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

new stuff~

Sock Summit 2011

A little preview~

of yarn coming up in tonight’s update. 9:00 p.m. Eastern. Hope to see you there!

Can-Can - Primo fingering
Can-Can – Primo Fingering

Skimming Stones - 50.50 SM Lite
Skimming Stones – 50.50 SM Lite

Topsail Blues - Primo Fingering
Topsail Blues – Primo Fingering

Cottage Charm  - Colorwork Set
Cottage Charm – Colorwork Set

Carbon - Primo Fingering
Carbon – Primo Fingering

Housekeeping~

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It’s that time again…. time for the second installment of the 2011 Plucky Classics yarn club. If you are not already familiar with Classics, it is a great way to ensure you get a regular dose of Plucky yarn, especially if you find it difficult to make the updates (time zones, work schedules, etc.). Sign-up and yarn magically appears in your mail box every two months. Easy Peasy.

Classics (all primo, all the time!) will continue to run in six month increments (with shipments going out every other month which means the next round will ship in August, October and December). Based on your great feedback, I’m pleased to let you know that we will continue to offer options of both fingering weight and worsted weight. You pick the one that suits you best (or both if you’re so inclined!).

Sign-ups will go live here on the Plucky blog tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern, Thursday, June 16th and will remain open until Midnight, Friday, June 17th or while spots remain.

Please note:  If you are a current subscriber and wish to keep things just as they are, no need to do a thing. You’re all set, the subscription will automatically renew (based on your original sign-up date).

Also, it’s the continuation of the ‘let’s get organized because we moved to a new studio and let’s make it free shipping while we’re at it’ update! The update will be held on Friday, June 17th at 12:00 p.m. Eastern with the bulk of the update going live at that time (I’ll probably be adding a few things after as well and I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on Facebook, Twitter and the Plucky Group on Ravelry as to when the update ends). I’m happy to say that along with some lovely one-of-a-kinds, I will also sneak in a few of the new repeatables I’ve come up with that are set to be unveiled at Sock Summit next month… sneak peek for you guys!

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new additions~

to the Plucky repeatables.

Bourbon Barrel & Classic Rock

Bourbon Barrel – cool shades of chocolate and chestnut brown.
Classic Rock – warm shades of gray with tinges of denim and olive.

this moment ~

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, visit Soule Mama and leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to see.

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Plucky shop update(s)~

coming up

The Plucky etsy shop will be filled to the brim tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st – a sneak-update will be going through the day tomorrow starting at approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern and continue through the afternoon.

While we’re at it, how about I share with you the update schedule for the rest of the month?

1. Small sneak-up on Thursday, April 21st
2. Sneak-up Monday, April 25th
3. Scheduled update Sunday, May 1st (close enough to April, right?)

Please note, in addition to colorwork kits, primo fingering weight pre-orders and Smocked Slouch kits, there will be quite a number of sale skeins making an appearance as well and, don’t forget, free shipping too!

Strike A Pose - Primo
Strike A Pose

tangles & an update ~

ready for their close-up

This Sunday, April 10th, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern the shop will be filled to the brim with all sorts of fun stuff. Cash Silk lace, Cash Silk 6ply, a few color-work kits (in various bases – even worsted) and Primo, lot’s and lot’s of Primo!

tangles happen

But wait, there’s more! It’s a tangled yarn giveaway.

Interested? Just leave me a comment and tell me what you’re up to this weekend. Spring cleaning? Seeing a movie (can’t wait!)? Knitting? Clipping your dogs toenails? Leave  a comment – they will be accepted until Monday morning, April 11th at which time I’ll drag out the trusty random number generator to choose the winner.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Week in review~

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There were heaps and heaps of yarn.

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Heaps of yarn that were so large they required the use of a forklift. Who’d have thought? Forklift’s and yarn.

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There was dyeing (of course!). New repeatables as a matter of fact.

Rusty Pumpkin - the repeatable

Rusty Pumpkin

Oatmeal & Barely Birch

Oatmeal & Barely Birch and one more that has yet to make its appearance – probably Monday.

parade continues

And the parade of test knits continues. Once they have all made their way back to the studio I will certainly be posting a ‘Test Knits 2011 Class Picture’.  I’m going to need so many mannequins/busts/hands/feet/stands as I can’t bear the thought of not having every last one of these displayed at the Plucky booth. You guys have totally out-done yourselves. I have the best knitting friends/customers. Ever.

In other random news~

  • Tops movies of the week at the studio:
  • Next update will be Tuesday, February 15th at Noon Eastern. More details to come both here, in Ravelry, Facebook and the enewsletter.
  • A color has been decided on for this months shipment of Classics and dyeing has begun!
  • Pre-orders. Neck deep in pre-orders which will begin shipping the end of next week.

Happy Friday everyone!

And Duh! There was some knitting too! Finished Ida’s Kitchen (and technically I finished it last Friday morning at about 12:30 a.m. – that’s counts as within the past week, right?).
Ida's Kitchen

Loved it so much that I’m now attempting a cowl (similar to the September Circle) with more plucky cashmere scraps. Color + cashmere around the neck – what’s not to love about that?!

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Finally – Primo Worsted.

Don't forget the Dark & Stormy

You’ve all been waiting patiently (I, however, have not) for Primo Worsted to arrive. It makes me extremely happy to inform you that it has finally graced us with its presence and will be featured very prominently in this Sunday’s update. Sunday, January 23rd at 4:00 p.m. Eastern to be exact.

There will be buckets of fun colorways all dyed up and ready to go, not to mention pre-orders for additional sweater quantities will also be available. And, you can be sure there will plenty of other goodies to be had. Primo fingering, merino sw fingering, cashmere and so much more!

As per usual, the bulk of the update will go live at that time with other items possibly popping in through the rest of the afternoon. You can be sure I’ll be online keeping you all posted as to the goings on. Don’t forget to check out the Flickr photostream for a preview of what will be available during the update. There are a few pictures available for your yarn-y viewing pleasure (and more to be added through the weekend).

In other, somewhat disturbing news, I apparently am suffering from a major case of ‘I have no idea what to cast on next-itis’ – don’t you hate it when that happens?!? Maybe another hat? Hat’s always seem to do the trick.

Happy Friday everyone!

First of the year ~

First shop update and the first contest of the year!

Evening Storm - MCN Aran

Evening Storm – MCN Aran

Almighty Avocado - Merino SW Worsted

Almighty Avocado – Merino SW Worsted

Lake Gray - 6ply Cashmere

Lake Gray – 6ply Cashmere

These and so many more will be available in the shop update tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. The bulk of the update will go live at 10:00 a.m. with more yarn being added throughout the rest of the day. Be sure to check the Plucky Facebook page and Ravelry group for any updates to the sale through the day. And, because it’s the first update of the year and because I said so, there will be free shipping on every last little thing in the shop tomorrow. Have fun!

Now, about that contest. Last week we reached (then quickly surpassed) the 1,000 member mark in the Plucky Knitter group on Ravelry. What a milestone! To mark the occasion I promised there would be some celebrating and festivities…. it’s contest time!

Just leave me a comment with an answer to one (or all) of the following questions:

1. What’s on your exercise playlist? What gets you moving on the treadmill/elliptical/Stairmaster? Is it a bit of M0town/70’s disco/80’s hair bands/90’s grunge/indie rock/country?My playlist could really use a fresh infusion of music. Go ahead, I’m all ears.

2. What’s your favorite comfort food recipe for this time of year?

Comments will remain open from now until Noon on Thursday, January 13th. At that time I will draw three winners using my trusty random number generator and the winner will receive a spot in the newly re-vamped Plucky Classics club!  Winners will receive a six month membership in the club and will have the choice of either the single dose fingering option or the single dose worsted.

Thanks for playing along!

It’s been a while ~

Since I’ve posted some yarn pictures prior to a shop update (or my FO’s as I like to call them).

Clockwise (from the top) – Ysabella, Leighigh and Cabaret – MCN Fingering

Cottage Bench v2 – Merino Superwash Fingering

Coffee House – 2ply Cashmere

Nicole – 55.45 Cashmere Silk 2ply

September – 55.45 Cashmere Silk 2ply

Linnea – 50.50 SML

Leap Year – 50.50 SMF

Raspberry Bubble – 50.50 SMF

Shrieking Green – Merino Superwash Fingering

Big shop update tonight, Tuesday, July 14th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern! And, if you’d like to check out the rest of the sneak you can find them here.

Project Spectrum, Eye Candy Friday & Things I Love ~

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Not sure if this qualifies for Eye Candy Friday, Project Spectrum or just a random post. Let’s say it’s all three – shall we?

Project Spectrum  – Generally I am not a fan of purple (as in purple to wear) however, I do like purple accents on various things and I think it is a brilliant  accompaniment  to  all  the rich  Fall colors that I am so fond of. The purple beads pictured belong to Plucky girl (she is patiently waiting for me to fix the clasp for her, but in the meantime they reside in my Bauer fan bowl. Which just happens to be the happiest of oranges).

The boots? Well, let’s just say I will wear these boots until they can no longer be re-soled and they fall off my feet. Not only are they the best color, they are comfy and go with everything (at least I make them go with everything) and they have sentimental value – a gift from Mr. Plucky. Got to love Kenneth Cole. This Fall will be their third season and they are just getting broken in. I love them.

It’s harvest time in the Plucky container gardens – the yellow tomatoes are on. These, however, look a bit more orange to me (must have been left the on the vine a tad too long). Looking forward to having these sliced for lunch today.

It is absured how happy this new creamer has made me today. Caramel – Love. Hazelnut – Love. Together = Coffee Bliss.

 Well, off to the dye pot to dye some yarns to go with Project Spectrum – Thank you, Lolly, for the inspiration.

Scenes from a cottage garden ~

Because it’s not all dyeing all the time around here –  I thought I would share some pictures of some of the lovely plants that Mr. Plucky planted for us this spring – it seems they are all going crazy in just the past couple days (especially the basil – thanks for all the great recommendations, by the way!).

132.JPG  Hibiscus –

136.JPG  I have no idea what this is, I just like it. Mr. Plucky planted them – aren’t they cute?

1381.JPG  Uh… not sure.

1391.JPG  Nope, no clue…..

Ok, I have to admit – it’s a wee bit embarassing how much I don’t know about what is in my garden.  But, that sure doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it! So if any of you happen to be an  amateur or professional horticulturist and  know the name of my plants, I would be very interested to know. If not, that’s ok too, just  do what I do and  enjoy the pretty flowers.