Field Trip

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Hey, hey it’s Friday guys. We made to the end of the week!

Wishing you a glorious weekend ahead – full of crisp Fall mornings and bright sunny skies. And, of course, lots of knitting and whatever apple or pumpkin treats make you smile.

xo
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Crewbie – There’s A New Kid In Town

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Summer isn’t quite over yet and although we’re in full prep mode for fall (Shindig and other exciting plans!), we are still celebrating summer with our latest addition – Crewbie!

That’s right – Crewbie. Rhymes with Drewbie and is the namesake of our favorite “little brother”, Drew! He rolls his eyes and blushes when he hears it, but we know he loves it! If you’ve met Drew at the Shindig or one of our shows, you’ll understand why the name is so befitting.

Crewbie, little brother of Crew, is going to be hard-working, structured yet soft and will hold it’s shape thanks to the cotton/wool blend, just like Crew!

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Colorways available so far. Like to see more? Head on over to the wish list thread!

We are so excited to see a new twist on some already great fingering weight patterns using Crewbie. Here are a few we think will be great!:

Stripe Parade – the cotton in Crewbie will heather the colorways “just so” for that beachy-end-of-summer-look sweater you’ll pull out year after year…

Lake Effect – this fingering weight cardi will be an excellent transitional piece into the fall months when it’s not quite cold enough for a jacket but you need to ward off the chill.

Adrift – have a decadent pair in Bello?  knit a utilitarian yet still soft pair with Crewbie!

Northport – When in doubt, knit a hat! You can never have or gift too many! I am 100% certain I must have a Northport in Crewbie – I mean, I love my Fly Swatter in Crew, & I love to play with color…yes, this one must happen! Perhaps colorwork isn’t what you’re wanting these days, what about this cute new pattern Stones On The Beach or the Hermaness hat? Perfect!

Plaits & Pines – what do I always say…?!  Mix those bases!  How about a Plaits & Pines with Crewbie & Bello … really play on the way the colors take to the different fibers/bases and make those cables POP!

To round out the family theme and to #mixthosebases, a Hayley’s Comet would be great! Pick a skein of Crewbie and let it play with any of the other Plucky Fingering weight bases in a Hayley’s Comet for textural interest or let it sub in for another base to create that oh so perfect and soothing gradient.

And, because hats are always a good idea (to knit. to wear. to gift.) I thought I might include a little something to jump start your Fall knitting! Off Grid is our newest Plucky hat pattern. This hat will be perfect for transitioning from early Fall into “I must wear a hat now” season. It’s a shoulder season hat! For this update, orders that include a purchase of Cachet, Primo Aran, Scholar, Snug Worsted or Traveler Aran will receive a digital copy of Off Grid! Oh, and I think we should also include the pattern in ANY order over $50!

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If you are new to Plucky, please be sure to read through the ‘New To Plucky FAQ’ thread for a full explanation of how the updates work. Also, please feel free to pop into the ‘Your Plucky Concierge’ thread and ask away. We’re happy to help!

Go ahead, grab a skein or two or five of Crewbie and give it a go! However, Crewbie won’t be the only guy at this party on Friday, August 7th at Noon EDT and again on Sunday, August 9th at 8:00 PM EDT here on the Plucky BLOG. Here is the full list of bases that will be attending this two-part update. Bases available:

Bello
Bello Worsted
Cachet (Cashmere Aran)
Cashmere
Crewbie
Crew
Feet
Primo Aran
Primo Fingering
Primo Sport
Scholar
Single
Snug Fingering
Snug Worsted
Sophisticate
Traveler Aran
Traveler Sport

xo,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

Spring Forward

I’m thrilled to tell you we’ve been collaborating with Amy Miller and Jill Zielinski again… so, the date has been set and we can’t wait to share the Plucky side of Spring and Summer with you!

Please take a peak at what’s coming your way on online and in person at Stitches South on April 24th!

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One Bold Move

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One Bold Move deserves another.

With this incredibly flattering skirt, Lorilee is inviting each of us to make a bold move.  For her, the inspiration for this design came from her own bold move across the country.  For many of us, this skirt will offer a chance to try something new and imaginative.  That certainly will be a bold move for most of us.

As anybody who has had the pleasure of taking a class from Lorilee or of knitting one of her stunning designs knows, her pattern writing skills are extraordinary and her explanations are spot on.  Now she brings us a design that works across the board for all body shapes and sizes.  The pattern contains instructions for modifications that will insure a good fit. The vertically stranded purl stitch columns allow the skirt to move freely and flatter a multitude of body shapes and sizes.  I have had the privilege of seeing Bold Move on many shapes and sizes and I have to say – it looks fantastic on everyone!

The kit (pattern & yarn) will be available right here on the Plucky Blog this Sunday evening, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Color Craving – A WestKnits Mystery KAL

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Wakey, wakey! Eggs & bakey!

Remember that mystery KAL I alluded to a while ago? It’s LIVE! I’m so very happy to announce Westknits COLOR CRAVE Mystery KAL.

When Stephen told me he had another mystery KAL brewing and would like to use Plucky and asked would I be interested – I jumped (though not nearly anywhere as high as Stephen can jump) at the chance. You all know my deep and abiding love of Stephen’s Esjan (I’ve knit two and can absolutely envision knitting another in Traveler Aran!) and so many of his other highly innovative, creative, entertaining (to wear and to knit!) patterns. He has taken knitting/design to performance art levels. Well done Stephen and so many thank you’s!

Throughout the day I will be posting different color combinations in the Plucky Color pairings/description group that I really love and think will sing in Stephen’s design.

But wait, you may be wondering how to get the yarn! There will be a Plucky shop update tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (sharp!) right here on the Plucky blog. This will be a pre-order update and ship according to our pre-order policies (which means the yarn will ship on/about September 6th in time for US residents to start the KAL along with Stephen on September 13th).

What if you are not able to make the update this evening or you are located internationally? No worries! There will be an Instant Gratification update (which means the yarn ships in just a few days) in the Plucky Etsy shop later this week where you will be able to again purchase Primo Fingering, Plucky Feet, or the brand-new Bello to make Stephen’s shawl.

If you are new to Plucky, may I suggest stopping by the Plucky Group on Ravelry (won’t you join us? It’s a fantastically warm, funny, creative, and entertaining group of knitters – and so friendly, too!) to learn about us?

To get to started, here’s a few color groupings to get you inspired:

Color Crave pup

Color Craze original

Color craze sweet prickly

Color craze narragansett go go

color craze copa

color craze morticia

color craze two drifters

color craze lonely

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Cassis, Part II

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Thea’s done a little revamp of one of our first – and favorite –  BabyCocktail – Plucky sweaters!  Cassis.

In cozy Primo Aran this time, with longer sleeves and a shorter body, this versatile cardigan is a classic fall staple that will fly off the needles in no time.  The same great details as the original – a reversible collar that can be worn folded back or draped inward, a casual shape that can be pinned shut or worn open, and a distinct but simple lace panel on both the fronts and back.   It’s a quick, seamless knit that you’ll end up reaching for again and again.

The pattern has been updated to include both worsted and aran numbers, plus directions for both body and sleeve lengths.  And anybody who purchased the original version through Ravelry will have automatically received an email from Ravelry to download the updated version into their library.  Think of it as a bonus for being a Ravelry member!

Great timing too as you’ll be able to get yourself a sweater quantity of Primo Aran at the next Plucky update this Sunday evening, August 11th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

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).
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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!

 

New Pattern: Sonoran Cowl

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I’m so happy to announce that Jill has just released her second, self-published pattern this week – The Sonoran Cowl. What a fantastically stylish (and FUN!)  accessory to keep you warm during the chilly months. And, it’s a quick knit so you can whip one up in a jif and still have time to wear it before Spring really arrives.
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Jill’s clever and bold (with just a touch of whimsy, which I adore) graphic design plus the brand new Plucky Rustic…. well it’s just like peanut butter and jelly or peas and carrots. Simply made to go together.

The Sonoran Cowl pattern is available for purchase today! You can order a downloadable PDF or a hard copy. But, that’s not all. This Thursday’s (March 8th) shop update will feature (among other things) Jill’s Sonoran Cowl pattern in a Sonoran color work kit! Stay tuned for update time and colorway offerings.
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So go ahead… Queue it up! Cast on! and have fun knitting this fun, stylish cowl!

Color Affection ~ Take Two

I am so happy to announce we are now ready to offer the second installment of Color Affection – a Plucky Knitter yarn collaboration with the talented and extremely clever Veera Välimäki (the designer behind such lovely patterns as the Honey Cardigan, Golden Wheat, Water & Stone and the wildly popular Stripe Study).

Color Affection combines garter stitch, the clever use of short rows and unexpected color combiniations, which all adds up to more stripes to love and, quite simply, a match made in project heaven!

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Color Affection

Sentimental Reasons

Neutral Sophisticate

Blue Bayou

At Last

Five O'Clock Somewhere

Once In A Blue Moon

Hippie Hippie Chic

The Queens Reserve

Just a few of the many color kits available

The Color Affection kit will be available in twenty-three (yes, 23!!) different color combinations (truly something for everyone) and will be available for sale in the brand new Plucky shop on Saturday, December 31st at Noon Eastern.

Kits are priced at $89 each and include:
3 skeins of The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering (385yds per skein)
-the Color Affection pattern
-shipping included

You will need needles: US 6 (US 2.5) [4 mm (3 mm)] circular needle, at least 80 cm/32” long. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: tapestry needle, blocking wires and pins.

Again, please note: Kits are $89 eachwill be for sale in the new Plucky Online Shop and will remain while supplies last. Also, regarding shipping, the kits will ship the week of January 16th, 2012.

Thank you very much for your interest and enthusiasm for this kit. I can hardly wait to see them all knit up – what a riotous parade of color and texture that will be!

One last thing before I go:  If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the goings on here at the Plucky Knitter and have the most current information on updates, kits, sales, etc., please be sure to join the enewsletter list. Another good way to be in the know is to follow the Plucky Knitter page on Facebook and/or join in the fun with the Plucky group in Ravelry.

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.

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.

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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.

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All Spruced Up – A new repeatable colorway

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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!