Mannequin Monday – Spring Fever

GOOD MORNING!! It’s Mannequin Monday!!

Today we’re featuring an oldie, but goodie.  Spring Fever is an adorable spin on a rugby scarf and a chance to let your imagination run wild! With eight colors worked as a gradient or an eye-popping surprise package, the possibilities are endless.  It’s all about how brave you are!

 

Worked in any of your favorite Plucky fingering weight yarns, this is the perfect playground to #mixthosebases or to take a dive into your stash.  It makes a great project for conversation or TV knitting, and it’s perfect for dipping your toe into machine knitting as well!

 

Sarah and Hayley have both picked a palette of 8 colors that they are loving for Spring Fever, available now over in Reserve!  Oh, and of course, there will be a mystery mixed-base option because we can’t help ourselves – ALWAYS need a mystery option! 

 

 

Please note that this is a Quick Ship Reserve offering and we will have these kits out the door by the end of next week! However, if you just can’t wait to cast on, the MYSTERY KITS will be picked, packed and shipped as they come thru to us (even today!). AND, if you are adventerous enough to select the TOTAL mystery (Mystery Mixed Base and Mystery Colors) …those kits are 15% off!!! WOOOHOO!

 

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KITS OFFERED:

 

Sarah’s Pick: This kit will be offered on Primo, Bello, Solo, and Halo.
Please note, the yardage on Halo will be very close.

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Hayley’s Pick: This kit will be offered on Primo, Bello, Solo, and Halo.
Please note, the yardage on Halo will be very close.

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Mystery Kit: The bases offered for this kit will be a totally mystery! Could even be a mixed bases kit.

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More details on the pattern page.

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Plucky Pop-Up!! Thank you!

What a colorful, happy and festive blur this weekend was! Our hearts are full to bursting with gratitude that I cannot begin to adequately convey, and our tired (but very happy!) faces are still aching from all the smiling, laughing and happy tears! The enthusiasm you showed for Plucky’s new H2 was more than we dared dream.

With much love & gratitude…. 

xo,

Sarah, Hayley & the Crew

P.S. Thank you for sharing your photos – I was woefully lacking in photos from the weekend!














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



Sky’s The Limit MKAL!

 

Sky’s the Limit!

The sky is the limit when it comes to options for knitting this biased rectangular wrap! This stylish, cozy (and oh so wearble) piece can be knit with one color, multi-color, or mixed bases. The choice is all yours!

Hayley and I have both cast-on this brand-new pattern, and we’d sure love to have you join us in a Mystery KAL as we work on this beauty to wear at Stitches West!

Did we mention that this Mystery KAL is like none other? There is one, and only one clue so everyone is free to work at their own pace. How fun is that?! So, whether you choose to stash dive, or let us put a Mystery Kit together for you (in Reserve now!), we hope you will join us and cast-on and join the fun!

 

Link to pattern found, HERE.

Link to Mystery Kits in the Reserve, HERE.

 





 

Warmly,

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A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING:

  1. If you are new to Plucky, Welcome! We are so glad you are here!  Please take a moment to read through our FAQs, found HERE.
  2. We welcome you to join us in our Ravelry group, as we chat about the update, favorite recipes, pets and what to cast on next!
  3. If you haven’t already downloaded the Plucky Knitter app (link below), it is a great way to explore color pairings and combos that Hayley and I have put together for you.

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Apple Users GET IT here.   |    Android Users GET IT here.

 

The Nifty Update!

The Nifty Update!

Is anyone else out there scratching their head, wondering how it is possible that it’s nearly April?!  The arrival of Spring (break!) has us jonesing for light and airy knits, and let me tell you; we have a positively brilliant brand spanking new base to share with you!

  
We are delighted to introduce the newest base in the Plucky lineup….Nifty!  Nifty is a beautiful 4 ply fingering weight yarn, comprised of a blend of 60% Merino, 30% Cashmere and 10% Nettle Fiber, with 310 yds per 115 g skein.  Nifty is priced at $30 USD/skein. The merino/cashmere blend keeps it oh so soft and provides a lovely drape, while the small amount of nettle fiber gives the tiniest bit of sheen and textural finish to your fabric.  This unique base is simply perfect for all of your Spring and Summer knits! We’re rounding out the update with a handful of our other favorite bases for warm weather knits and a selection of colorways that we love for Spring and how they translate onto the various fibers.


If you find yourself in need of some pattern inspiration, we’ve got you covered, these patterns caught our eye and we think they’d be splendid in Nifty!

• Chevriot
• Newsprint Cowl
• Cullum
• A Girl Thing
• Skinner Hat
• Travel Light
• Snell
• Gillespie
• Magic Spring Shawl
• Stripe Parade
• Peak Color

Available Bases:

  • Cashmere
  • Crew
  • Crewbie
  • Lodge Worsted
  • Lodge Fingering
  • Nifty
  • Primo Fingering
  • Primo Sport
  • Snug Worsted
 Helpful Information:
  • Please join us, Wednesday, March 29th at 9:00 AM and again at 8:00 PM EDT, on the Plucky Blog for the pre-order update.
  • Orders placed during this update will begin shipping on April 17th, 2017.
  • You may find details for Nifty here on Ravelry or on our website.

Warmly,

It’s Groovy being Cozy!

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We’ve fallen head over heals for Groovy, you too?  Well, guess what?!  It’s back in the house, and we couldn’t be more elated!  What makes Groovy so exquisite, you ask?  With its light and lofty hand, this 100% Aran weight cashmere makes some of the most luxurious fabric you can imagine.  Perfect for warding off those falling temperatures!

And then, there’s Cozy.  It’s a long time favorite, with a very loyal following and with good reason!  This velvety soft, DK weight Merino/Camel blend is perfect for both accessories and sweaters.  Hayley and I have selected a palette of colors that sing on both of these bases, including two new colorways.  We are pleased to introduce Winter Wonderland and Stone Cold!

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Below is a current list of bases offered…something else you’d like to see?  Please let us know (bases or colorways!) over in the Wish List Thread.

• Cambridge
• Cozy
• Groovy
• Primo Fingering
• Traveler Sport

As if all of this wasn’t exciting enough, did we mention that this update will ship the week of December 12?!  Since this pre-order will be a quick turnaround, we will not be able to accommodate any changes to orders once they have been placed.  This includes cancellation of orders, additions, change to bases, colors or quantity, or address/shipping changes!  Please keep this in mind before you check-out via PayPal!

Please join us Sunday, December 4th at 8:00 pm EST and again, Monday, December 5th at 9:00 am EST here on the Plucky blog for this special update featuring these two unique bases!

xo,

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A BIT OF HOUSEKEEPING:

  • If you are new to Plucky, Welcome! We are so glad you are here!  To find out more about how our Blog Updates work, we have prepared a tutorial, found HERE, to assist you. You might also want to read through our FAQs, found HERE.
  • This is a pre-order update and will be a quick turnaround, shipping out the week of December 12th.
  • We will not be able to accommodate any order changes after orders have been placed on this update (including cancellations, additions, changes to bases, colors, or quantity, and address/shipping changes).

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
s

Field Trip

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Sometimes…. you know those times.

When life just seems to come at you a zillion and 12 miles per hour…. Well if you’re anything like me it’s fun to take a step back (even for a few minutes) and think about something fun coming down the lane. So, just this once… No teaser at all. Alpenglow. Knit in your choice of bulky weight yarn or #mixthosebases! Shown above in Snug Bulky in Pup Tent and Only You in Cachet and Scholar 1.0 held double.

Field Trip. A 2016 Plucky Knitter Collection. Coming September 22nd.

 

 

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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
s

 

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Found my colors for #3 above!

Plucky’s Progressive Pattern Sale!

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Each week, beginning Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 27th, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite Plucky patterns and placing them on sale. A specified set of patterns will be available for one week at 25% off using a specified coupon code.

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

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

Without further ado, we’re excited to offer 8 of our favorite colorwork projects for this first week:

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

Happy Knitting!

 

Scholar & Oxford – 2.0

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Remember how I mentioned the other day the exciting things I’ve been hiding up my sleeve, and the tweaking and fine-tuning that has been happening lately? I’m so excited to finally be able to share one of them with you!

Plucky Scholar and Oxford have become two of my absolute favorites since their initial debut. These two have broadened my knitting horizons with their woolen spun properties and I can’t imagine the Plucky catalog of bases without them! I love their “weekend in the country” luxury and just can’t say enough of how I love their talents in color work. I even love how uniquely different they take dye than any of our other bases. That being said, I wanted to see if I couldn’t take these guys to the next level and expand our color palette horizons!

We’re excited to announce a new version of Scholar and Oxford that will enhance how these two woolen spun bases take the dye. This new method is going to help us process these two with much more intense, clear (think less “heathered”) saturation of color and dare I say, produce an even softer yarn. The colorways will positively sing and make your colorwork truly pop! Everything we already love about these bases will remain the same, we’ll have richer color and softer yarn. Win-win don’t you think?!

The Scholar 2.0 and Oxford 2.0 will make their live and in person debut at the Shindig. Don’t worry though, we’ll be sure to have it available at a “post-Shindig” celebration update for all our friends who may not be able to join us in person. And to be sure stash-diving, sorting and matching for a project isn’t an issue, the new yarn labels are clearly marked as “Scholar (or Oxford) 2.0”. The colorway may be the same, but there will be a distinct difference between the OLD and the NEW Scholar and Oxford. Both wonderful but very different.

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We hope you really like and are as pleased with the changes as we are. While it’s always exciting to discover and develop brand new Plucky products, I’ll never stop striving to be certain that everything on the Plucky menu is the absolute best we can bring to you!

xo
s

Just to be clear…. Scholar and Oxford 2.0 are absolutely NOT taking the place of the original. We will still have the Scholar and Ox you know and love but are introducing 2.0 to expand our options!

Not long now!

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The entire Plucky Crew and I are crazed with excitement knowing the Shindig is now only days away!

Whether you’re a full Shindigger, an overnight PJ knitter, a class-taker, or you’re just planning a quick stop into the marketplace, we can’t wait to say hello. We’ll be ready to have fun with you, answer questions, help with colors, and knit with you. We hope you’re as excited as we are over our roster of extraordinary teachers, a fashion show featuring many of you, karaoke, the photo booth, and more!

Here at the barn, everyone’s a buzz working on all of the final details that we hope will make the 2015 Shindig the best ever. Needless to say, we are still packing— yarn, swag, props…and yarn!!

The Plucky Crew and I are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and to personally welcoming all our new friends. And for those of you who are unable to join us in person, we have some great things planned for you, too! Stay tuned on the Plucky blog for more details.

Instant Gratification!

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Hello there!

Something tells me this Friday would be the perfect time for an Instant Gratification update. I know that many of you are unable to attend the Shindig (we will miss you!) and I want to make sure as many of you as possible can join in the fun of the Shindig and have the yarn your hearts desire for the Plucktober festivities.

I love Instant Gratification updates as there truly is something for everyone and the project possibilities – they are simply endless. There will be mystery kits, tasting menus and, of course, some fantastic onesie-twosies and sweater quantities of your favorite Plucky bases.

So, please join us for an update in the Plucky ETSY shop, Friday, August 21st at 9:00 am EDT, filled with just about everything you can imagine – and maybe even a couple of our newest Shindig colorways will be available!

A note about the shipping of IG update:
The update is all ready-to-ship items. It is an assortment of goodies already dyed and available to ship. While the yarn is ready-to-ship, it does take us 24-48 hours to administer the shipping process to then print labels and begin shipping. Friday’s update will begin shipping on Tuesday, August 25th. Also, please note that the mystery kits and tastings menus will ship Monday, August 31st.

As per usual with Etsy updates there will be product that goes live right at the appointed time but I will be posting things as I go. If you have not yet found our update thread in Ravelry we have a great time chatting about the update while it’s happening.

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!

 

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

Double The Fun!

Double The Fun!

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Double your knitting pleasure, double your knitting fun….you guys have spoken!  We just couldn’t decide which to debut first – Shatsu, the perfect tee from Michele Wang or the scrumptious Multiplicty wrap by Amy Miller. Whether you are an accessory knitter, a garment knitter or equal opportunity knitter, we have your bases covered. We are so happy to offer two kits in one update!

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Multiplicity by Amy Miller, is a wrap that just begs to be knit more than once! Hayley’s already planning her second! My mind is spinning with two color combos and multi-colored eye popping possibilities. This pattern is a textured triangle and is written in a variety of size, base and color work options. And, I am happy to report that Multiplicity is that magic project…  fun to knit, great conversational knitting and a gorgeous FO when done!

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Hayley’s Multiplicity. Cashmere, multi-color, size small.

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There goes Ox, napping with the knits again.

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The Shatsu Tee, by Michele Wang, is destined to become a wardrobe must have! Knit in a heavy fingering or sport weight, this tee promises to work on every body shape under the sun! And, Shatsu knows no season. You can wear it as a lighter weight shell in the warmer months over a tank and yoga pants (which I have done and love it) or layer it over a button down (flannel or plaid for me please!) or long sleeved tee (stripe tee would be super cute!) when the temperatures drop.

Just a few of the bases available so far for Multiplicity & Shatsu:

Multiplicity:
Bello
Cashmere
Feet
Primo Fingering
Single
Snug Fingering

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Shatsu:
Cashmere
Primo Sport
Traveler Sport
Single
Snug Fingering

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Please join us at 8:00 pm Eastern on Sunday, July 19th and again on Monday, July 20th at 9:00 am Eastern right here on the Plucky Blog for a double the fun update.

Shatsu and Multiplicity will have a drop down menu for the base and the colors of your choice. And, you can be sure that Hayley and I will have some pretty kicky mystery kits up our sleeves for those who want a Multiplicity surprise. I hope you will take a few minutes to pop into the Wishlist thread and let us know what colors are calling your name!

Keep an eye on the Update News & Announcements thread for the final list of color kits and options that will be offered  and if there is something you would love to see, please be sure to post in the Wishlist thread and we will do our very best to make it happen! Oh, and I almost forgot…we will have 2 skein Multiplicity kits and just a few Shatsu kits in the 3 and 4 skein sizes as ready-to-ship!!!

Happy Knitting,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

So many thank you’s

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Nashville – we love you!

The dust has mostly settled, the pups have been cuddled, the suitcases have been mostly unpacked and the biscuit detox has begun!

Back at the barn, we are continuing to unpack, ship classics and get ready for some fun things coming next week. But, first, thank you. THANK YOU.

Stitches South was special because of all the friendship and kindness you brought with you. Even if you weren’t able to physically get to Nashville, you were road trippin’ with us. You took the time to post wonderful reports of your road trip knitting or how your life might have gotten in the way of actual yardage and were always there to cheer each other (and us) on. We loved having you in the back seat of our virtual station wagon!

To all those who brought us treats, you are the fuel that kept us going! The chocolates, chips, nuts, biscuits (see above), baked goods, beverages, (coffee, tea & adult) and even some super interesting jerky (a huge hit with the fellas!), we loved it all. I will have to do some double time on the treadmill this next week, but it was so worth it! You guys are the absolute best.

But, most of all, thank you for your enthusiasm and energy. We loved helping with your project planning and finding your personal colors. Thank you for every hug, every group photo and for being so warm and sweet to our Dad. This was his very first Stitches trip with us and I think he was a bit overwhelmed. But, so many of you took the time to chat with him and make him feel welcome. He sure does love knitters – and so do we!

You guys are the best. Ever. A zillion thank you hugs to everybody.

xoxo

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Spring Forward – Friday, May 1st!

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l to r: Fresh Air in Early Light, Fresh Air in Gizmo & Screen Door

The Spring Forward collection is in full bloom and here at the studio we are slowly catching our collective breath following our return from Stitches South. Reading and feeling all the enthusiasm, smiles and kind words you have all shared makes the hard work by our entire Plucky crew so very rewarding. Good gravy but you guys are great – thank you from ALL OF US!!

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Screen Door, Rip Tide, Fresh Air, Stripe Parade, Fiddlehead & Porch Swing

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It was great fun to unveil the Spring Forward collection at Stitches. We were able to display all the samples that were modeled in the book. We brought Screen Door knit up in Miss Manners, Tin Type, Camomile and Splendor! The Porch Swing by Amy Miller and Rip Tide infinity scarf, by Jill Zielinski, were big hits. It was super fun to watch people as they picked up the samples and experienced Sophisticate held double for the first time…very swoon worthy! Speaking of swooning…. The Fresh Air eyelet cardigan in cashmere. That was very popular! If cashmere is not your cuppa tea, might I suggest Traveler Sport – it would be divine! The Spring Forward bug even bit us again!! Hayley, Amy and, goodness, I couldn’t help myself either…. we snuck in a little knitting at Stitches by casting on a Fiddlehead on Saturday because we all need a light-weight hat this time of year. And, most definitely, I need a Stripe Parade in Snug Fingering and I think you do too! Oh, and a Beach Walk. Everyone needs a Beach Walk. Sheesh! Where to stop?!

Just a few of the colorways available are shown below and listed in the Announcement thread – if there is something you’d love to see please pop into the Wish List thread and let me know!

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Bases Available:
Bello
Cashmere
Crew
Feet
Primo Fingering
Primo Sport
Single
Snug Fingering
Snug Worsted
Sophisticate
Sweater
Traveler DK
Traveler Sport

Please join us Friday, May 1st at 9:00 AM EST and 8:00 PM EST here on the plucky BLOG as we bring you an update full of many of the new colorways, as well as your tried and true favorites. I will announce the full list of colors and bases in plenty of time for you to find your next project and to make your list. If you haven’t already had a chance to look over the Spring Forward collection, we invite you to have a look! I hope you find a pattern by Amy Miller, Jill Zielinski or the Plucky Knitter that will inspire you.

Warmly,
Sarah & the Plucky Crew

 

P.S. Please note that the sophisticate in this order may run a few days behind.

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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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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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Snug Worsted. Good Old Days

Instant Gratification Update~

Instant Gratification Update

It’s that time – time for the first IG update of 2015!

I love IG updates as there truly is something for everyone and the project possibilities – they are simply endless. There will be mystery kits, tasting menus and, of course, some fantastic onesie-twosies and sweater quantities of your favorite Plucky bases. And because it sounds like fun and you asked so nicely I’ve decided to try something new for this instant gratification update – it’s a two part update!

Please join us for a TWO PART update tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and then again on Thursday morning January 29th at 9:00 a.m., over in the ETSY shop for an Instant Gratification Update, filled with just about everything but the kitchen sink! Cashmere (both old PK cashmere and new), Sophisitcate, SNUG(S), Scholar, Primo(s), Sweater, Traveler. You name it, it will be there!

Please note: As per usual with Etsy updates there will be product that goes live right at the appointed time but I will be posting things as I go. If you have not yet found our update thread in Ravelry we have a great time chatting about the update while it’s happening.

Until tomorrow!

North Port

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We started the planning for the collection way back in July – we still cannot believe it’s finally here and I can’t begin to tell you how much your enthusiastic and very warm reception to our new collection means to us so I’ll just say THANK YOU!!!  Now it’s time to begin sharing details, inspiration and ways to make the All Bundled Up projects unique to you!

Today, let’s talk about Northport.

Northport is a fingering weight Fair Isle hat. One of the great things about Fair Isle is that it uses very small amounts of contrast colors, that when knit up produce an interesting fabric that tells a story. Our Northport tells of endless lake effect snow showers (so it seems) and frost in the air.

This pattern is the perfect example of not necessarily needing to follow the color placements and suggested base to the letter. One of our sample knitters reports that she has no idea what precise bases or exact colors she has used in knitting her Northport. She keeps a bag of all those little leftovers from other projects (don’t we all and aren’t they fun!), sorted only by weight.  So, for quite some time she has been putting all the left over Feet, Primo Fingering, and Bello into one container of fingering yarns and as she would come to an element in the chart that needs a new color, she just looks into the scrap bag for inspiration.  She might may have wanted to use pink as her big snowflake, and she may spy four different pinks in that bag. Base?  Not sure.  Plucky color?  Who knows – maybe Miss Manners? Maybe it’s Mini Skirt. Talk about knitting by the seat of your pants!

Of course if that’s a little too zany for you, we have provided details of colors used in our knits shown above on the North Port pattern page or, maybe you like one of the colorway sets shown below. But, just maybe, you have been inspired to dig into your leftovers!

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Looking ahead –

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The excitement…. it is killing me!

Now that we have all put 2014 to bed, I don’t know about you but I am ready to settle in and surround myself with warm and cozy knitting. To just be quiet (well as quiet as it gets around here anyway). I want something that will put a little twist into my classic! I want something that will set my creative wheels turning! And, I really want to feel the joy and anticipation of trying to decide what to cast on first – I mean next – no first!

Shoot. Did I just give you a hint of what is coming on January 5th? I said choices didn’t I? Oh my, it is getting so hard for me to keep this a secret!

Well, it’s back to the finishing touches for me, as well as some snuggle time with Sam and Ox. Secret keeping is NOT an easy business! But, there’s only three more days that I have to keep my mouth shut and then it’s the big reveal. I sincerely hope you are all ready to treat yourself to something special, because you deserve it!

With warmth & our very best wishes!
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Corvina

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We are so excited to share with you a brand new sweater from Michele Wang. Michele’s designs are always classic, timeless and gorgeous. And, Corvina is all that! From her studio in NYC, Michele has been designing knitwear for years and every one of her patterns has been a crowd pleaser. I am over the moon to share with you Mishi2x’s newest design as an exclusive Plucky kit!

Corvina is a worsted weight pullover sweater, worked in a figure flattering chevron stitch pattern, with stockinet and seed stitch detailing and +4-6” of ease. Corvina is a worsted weight pullover sweater, worked in a figure flattering  chevron stitch pattern, with stockinette and seed stitch detailing and +4-6” of ease, knit flat, from the bottom up, and seamed together. As always, Michelle’s patterns are beautifully written, making them a great choice for the less experienced sweater knitter or even the first time sweater knitter!

We have selected five bases for this kit, giving you the choice of several looks for your Corvina. Bello Worsted and Primo Worsted will give your finished sweater a soft and lovely drapey feel, perfect for those times you want something light, airy and luxurious. Or, you might choose to knit yours in Sweater or Trusty if you are looking for a bit more structure. Perhaps Snug Worsted is just what you have been waiting for (that’s right, SNUG WORSTED!!!). This brand new Plucky base will give your sweater all the luxury and drape of a cashmere blend with just a wee bit more heft than Bello Worsted. Whatever base you choose, your FO is going to be lovely!!

Please join us on the Plucky Blog Tuesday, October 14th for a two part update at 9:00 A.M. Eastern and 8:00 P.M. Eastern as we proudly offer the Corvina sweater kit. As always, we will watch the Wishlist thread to see what color you need for your Corvina! We will post the final color options in the Colorway Groupings and Kit thread prior to the Update, so keep checking to see if your color is on the list!

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Shown above in Bello Worsted, Signature Cocktail

Corvina Grays

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As always, I will keep a close eye on the wish list thread to see what colors you need for your own Corvina! You will be able to view the final colorway listing in the Update thread on Ravelry.

When: Tuesday, October 14th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern and 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Where: At the Plucky Blog
What: Corvina Kits in Bello Worsted, Primo Worsted, SNUG Worsted (BRAND NEW!), Trusty & Plucky Sweater
Cost: Kit pricing has been made available via this Google Sheet

Please note: The update on Tuesday is a pre-order and will ship the week of November 24th. And, as with other kits, Corvina is an exclusive Plucky kit and will remain as such for the next four months. The pattern PDF will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours after the update concludes.

Ideas

Can.Not.Stop. I can’t. Can’t stop trolling through Ravelry and walking around the barn making little piles of yarn for projects …. planning the Fall and Winter knitting. I have been looking at the new, revisiting those in my favorites list and renumbering my mental queue (it’s a messy queue!). Truth be told, I could spend what seems like an eternity just dreaming of the possibilities that are rolling around in my brain right now. Each pattern is a launch pad just waiting for you and I to make it our own. Waiting for us to choose the right yarn (what base?!) and colorway (neutral? bold? scum? something out of the comfort zone?) that will really make the FO sing and become one of your all time favorite FO’s.

As I read through the update and pattern threads, it sounds like many of you are working on your lists too. Your ideas are awesome and I have been following many of the links that have been posted for patterns that I might otherwise have missed. It only seemed fair that we would post a few links to patterns that Hayley and I have been itching to cast on or are already our favorites. In case you haven’t already found what you want, maybe one of these will be just right!

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In no particular order – and this is by no means a comprehensive list, just random favorites – here we go:

Sweaters (this won’t be quite as long as there are just way too many to list) but let’s focus on a few that can be worked up in Scholar, Snug,  Traveler Aran or Primo Aran:

PALOMA – Check out the one Hayley wore to the Shindig this past May.

SOLSTICE CARDIGAN – This one has been worked up in both Plucky Scholar and SNUG, with equally great results!

INLAND – How cozy would this be?!

ROSEMONT – Classic. Flattering.

AUDREY – Imagine the color possibilities and those little thumb holes – great detail.

LOUISE  – This has been a huge favorite in the Plucky group. We have it knit up in Traveler Aran, Trusty, Rustic, Scholar and SNUG and all are adorable! Lisa’s is so cute! Kelly’s in Traveler Aran and Lisa’s in Scholar are two of my favorites.

EARL – you’re so cozy! I’m a broken record, I know. But cozy is the word of the day here. Wind is blowin’ like crazy and we had sleet this morning.

Accessories:

CRYIN ICICLES – a great little freebie that is fantastic worked up in Traveler Aran and Scholar. BUT, let’s not forget (tweak the numbers a little) about SNUG. Oh my. Decadent in SNUG. Oh, and what if you did an I-cord around the cop and bottom in contrasting color(s)? Yes, that’s definitely a good idea.

LOWBROW – The hat and/or cowl. Love them in the specified yarns but I’m thinking it would fun to take the cowl and SNUG it up a bit.

MIKAN SNOOD – Hayley’s favorite – SNUG. Traveler Aran. I’m going to see if I can talk her in to whipping up one for me.

RAMA LAMA – Let’s play with color! SNUG, Traveler Aran, Primo Aran, Scholar – mix the bases and the colors. Have fun!

SILVER GIN FIZZ , WARREN STREET COWL & AVERY – Texture you can sink into. I was thinking of Avery in SNUG, casting on one or two less repeats and seeing where it takes me. Or any of the three patterns as written in Scholar or Travler Aran in a bright pop of color for those dark winter days ahead – you know we all have dark coats that will need livened up!

MUH MUHS or ESJAN – Love. LOVE. Check out the color pairings thread in the Plucky group for ideas.

MAARA – because I love projects that are a little rustic and a little girly and then add an unexpected color, that’s a winning recipe!

SUGAR PINE POINTCOCOON, HERMANESS, DRAGONFLIES, CONTEMPORARY – Hats. I could go on and on and on and on….. So I’ll just share a few for now. There will be more to come – there always is….

What are some things you are itching to cast on right now? Has the dip in temperature given you a bad case of the ‘I must cast on all things now?’

In other news, and it’s GOOD NEWS!!! We have received shipping information that our BIG order of Feet is on its way to us. So, here is what I am thinking…..I will add feet to the Sunday night Blog Update, with one little caveat. If you are willing to be a little flexible with our shipping dates (in case some terrible weather snafu delays our delivery!), I will add it. The best scenario is that it will arrive in the next few days and we will have no problem in getting it to you on time. But, I always like to err on the side of caution and it is possible that we may need a little extra time to get that portion of your order shipped. If you are OK with that, let’s do it! Plucky Feet is in.

Are you catching a fun case of Cast-on-itis yet? Please join us here on the blog on Sunday evening (tomorrow!) at 8:00 p.m. Eastern for the second half of our weekend blog update. The temperatures are beginning to dip and we all need to be prepared for what ever Mother Nature sends our way! Sweaters, cowls, hats, mitts or socks? Let’s get busy!

The Imposter

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Love the pseudo crochet edging on the Imposter Shawl.

I hope you will all excuse me for just a moment, but I’m so excited about this!  No, I haven’t overcome my complete disdain for bananas or conquered my fear of flying (but I do it anyway!). But, I did just take a big step forward on my personal knitting skill resume.

I knit an entire project by reading charts. Granted, it was a somewhat simple chart, but this was no small feat for me. I have always knit by memorizing the written word. And, in the interest of full disclosure, I may have (on more than one occasion) asked a friend to translate a chart into written instructions on something I wanted to knit, but it was only published as a chart because the charts made me crazy.

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Who knew charts could be my friend? I never would have guessed that I would like it. I know I will need to keep working at it, but it REALLY became somewhat (dare I say?) intuitive as I found my eyes would skim across the line of the chart and, well, it just all worked out! Dare I say it, I think I’m a chart reading convert.

I hope your Plucktember projects are bringing you as much excitement as my newly almost learned skill is bringing me. When the going gets tough, show some Pluck! Learn something new and give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!

A Plug For Snug

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Happy belated Monday morning to you! How’s everyone?!?

There’s just nothing like a few days off grid to get those cobwebs cleared out of the old noggin’ and make room for new ideas and recharge the batteries! Sometimes a five minute nap is all a girl needs, but this time we were able to squeeze out an extra long weekend to reconnect with family (more arriving today) and friends and the luxury of a little sleeping in. Just a heads up, but my brain is on fire – the next several days/week we are going to see some changes and fun things coming down the lane.

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Pattern: Xacobeo

Yarn: Plucky Snug shown in Lonesome Highway & High Cotton

It is so fabulous to see the Plucktember threads filling up (have you seen the great designer offerings as well?!). It looks like everyone is making great progress and the photos are awesome. Hayley and I even have a few FO photos of our own Plucktember projects. There is nothing quite like a skein of Snug and big needles to produce a super speedy finished project. I think I spent just as much time fondling the squishy, smushy, sproingy snug fabric as I actually spent knitting. I am pretty sure there will be a Snug blanket in my future. I have visions of a fireplace, an old movie and the pups and I wrapped up in my as-yet-unknit snug blanket!

Snug… I fell in love with you all over again this weekend!

OK. Back to work for us. Be prepared to hear lots of news and announcements from me very shortly. Wasn’t gone long but I missed you guys!

The first bit of great news though I’ll share now – the Aeris kits begin shipping tomorrow!

xo,
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Aeris

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I’M SO EXCITED!

Although my days are filled with dyeing and all the other parts of running a business and keeping it plucky, most evenings I try to carve out a little personal knitting time. Because knitting is such a great love of mine and is just good for the soul, I am always on the lookout for a project that will move along at a nice pace (comfort knitting if you will), but still allow the part of my brain that LOVES color and texture to just have fun!

TheYarniad – a.k.a. Hilary Smith Callis – has brought me hours of pure happy knitting! She has designed a gorgeous, slightly asymmetrical triangular wrap that offers endless possibilities. The Aeris Shawl can be knit in a choice of bases, in a single color (in Sticky Toffee on Bello worsted as shown by Hilary) or with the addition of zingy contrasting stripes. I already know that one Aeris is not going to be enough for me! I really want a solid color version too. The Aeris possibilities are endless and in addition to Bellow Worsted, I think it begs to be knit up in Scholar or Cozy as well.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to share the Aeris Shawl with you. We will offer it as an exclusive Plucky kit, in either Bello Worsted, Cozy or Scholar, with the option of ordering a single color kit or and because you may want to add some stripes, we will be posting several stripe sets (choose your solid color option and then choose the stripe set of your choice to accent your solid color set). I’m confident you will enjoy this knit as much as I did!

Please join me here on the Plucky Blog on Sunday, August 10th at 6:00 p.m. EDT for our Aeris party!  Seth will have the blog all set up so that you can choose either a solid two or three skein option. You will need the solid two skein option to knit Hilary’s solid Bello Worsted version, or the three skein option to knit my larger version. And, just for fun, Hayley and I will assemble a few single color skein sets (one skein each of 6 colors) should you want to add some stripey fun to your Aeris.

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Hello Fall!

Please keep an eye on the locked color thread for kit choices  and the final colorway listing and maybe even another collage or two!

The pattern as written calls for two skeins of Bello Worsted.  If you would like to do the larger size, as shown in the striped version, we’ve offered a three skein set for you, too.  If you would like to do the stripes, you will need to choose your main color option of two or three skeins and then choose one of the striping kits we’ve put together as well.  Pricing for the update by base is noted below:

Aeris Shawl kits will ship the week of September 8th, 2014 for your planning purposes.

Thank you so much and happy knitting!

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.

Summertime Swatching

Do the summer months have a hump day? A hump week? This morning I was checking a few dates on my calendar and I was shocked to see that we are already half way through the summer. I don’t know if this realization makes me sad that the warmest months are ticking away or thrilled because we are that much closer to real sweater (and boot!) weather!

This summer has been filled with planning new bases, working with designers, exploring and developing new colorways (yet to be unveiled!) and fine-tuning the workings within the new/old barn. We are tweaking the traffic flow, from dyeing to drying, and all the way through shipping your yarn to your front door. And, this careful examination has shown us that we needed to revert to the good ole’ US Postal Service for better delivery on many of your orders. While the larger orders will still ship via UPS the smaller orders (and please bear with us, Seth is still working on the grand plan) have begun to be shipped via the Post Office (without the stop over for Smart Post) which is why you are getting those packages faster. Win win I say!

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I spy some Oxford, Scholar, Snug, Bello Worsted, the new cotton/merino blend and….. I don’t want to give anything away, but in the swatch stack there are a couple of BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW BASES!!!

Just for fun, here is a photo of how I have been spending some of my at home after hours time this week. I have become a swatching fanatic. I decided that I needed to build a library of swatches on various needle sizes, block them, label them and fondle them! Now, when I am thinking about how I want to wear a sweater, a wrap, a hat, or any other knitted item, I can reach into my swatch library and feel the fabric. I cannot even begin to tell you how relaxing and rewarding swatching has become for me. Mashed potato knitting indeed.

 

Cabeladabra

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Shown in Primo Aran – Fat Fish Blue

Hanna has designed a beautiful V-neck sweater, filled with magical twists and turns, all designed to bring your eye up to the very flattering neckline.

This sweater is worked almost seamlessly from the bottom up, featuring set-in sleeves with short row sleeve caps and a series of double decreases for neckline and armholes. Cabeladabra is a fast knit with impressive details and is stunning worked in either Primo Aran or Scholar.

Please join us at 8:00 a.m. AND 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 2nd – right here on the blog.

Again, Cabeladabra is available in both Primo Aran and Plucky Scholar in 32 lovely colorways. Something for everyone!

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Shown in Plucky Scholar in Oatmeal

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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

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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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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!

Telling Time & Time To Tell!

How can it be that the closer we get to the end of 2013, the faster the days are flying by? Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that we were wearing our flip-flops and running the fans at full speed? Wow. We are more than half way through November already! I have no choice but to face the fact that time really DOES fly when you are doing something that you love.

We have so many exciting things to look forward to…

Surprise November

Later this week we will have the surprise update! We will give you 24 hours notice of the exact day and time window, so watch the update thread for details. This update will include the five colors that you voted for (as shown above). All five colors will be available on Primo Fingering, Primo Worsted, Sweater, Bulky and Traveler Sport and remember – they are ready to ship!

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Cozy is back in stock and it’s time to celebrate! November 26th will bring the much-anticipated release of kits for the new Babycocktails sweater pattern, Brandied Cherry. Thea has already posted a few teaser photos for this awesome cabled design and I know lots of knitters are chomping at the bit to get this one cast on!

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Friday, November 29th will be the signups for the new Gray Club. And, as if Grays weren’t exciting enough, I have decided to make this a free shipping signup!

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December 4th will be the release of a new exclusive sweater pattern from our friend Jimi at Jimiknits. The cardigan is designed in Plucky Sweater and the kits will be offered in both Sweater and Primo Worsted. This promises to be great fun, as Jimi always has something out of the ordinary up her sleeve! I have a sample knit up here at the studio and I am smitten!

Then….. sometime during the week of December 18 we will have a cashmere update. I haven’t decided on the exact date yet, but I promise to give you lots of advance notice. Cashmere just feels like a great way to wind down the year and give yourself a little treat, don’t you think?

And, because you asked so nicely, we will be working in another small IG update with free shipping before the end of the year that will feature many mystery kits. Again, I promise to let you know as soon as I lock in the date!

I could go on because there are some other very fun things in the queue…. A sweater in traveler sport that I just adore. Two new accessories that will feature Bello Worsted and then a knit skirt that, I kid you not, will knock your socks off and so much more. But that’s enough for the day because well, time does not stand still and I’ve got to go dye some yarn.

Thank you so much and happy Tuesday!

 

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.

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!

 

Take a peek~

The Plucky Knitter. It’s so much more than just dyeing yarn (and I say that tongue in cheek because dyeing is a HUGE part of it).messydeskcartoon
Take a peek at my desk. A scary place to be sure (the cartoon is the cute version – I’m kind of embarrassed to show you the real thing but in the interest of full disclosure I’ll show you anyway though this absolutely isn’t the worst of it). As you can see, the work doesn’t stop after the yarn is rinsed and drying.  In fact, it doesn’t even start there.

messydeskreal

You cannot grow flowers with only rain because all rain and no sun will yield some pretty puny peonies, and that is the way I feel about dyeing yarn.  Plucky Knitter Yarns are a two-part equation.   A pretty color on an average base does not yield the kind of yarn I want to knit with. I am very passionate about Plucky being the complete package; lovely, unique and inspired colorways that are dyed on the absolute best bases I can find and that you and I will be proud to wear and give to those we love.

Plucky yarn begins with custom milled bases – bases that are milled only for us.  That means when you knit with Plucky you are knitting with a truly unique, one of a kind product. I have researched how the various fibers blend and marry to form each base as well as the twist that will bring out the best in the various fibers (so very picky about the twist!). I have traveled to the mills and have met with the expert artisan technicians (yes they are artists and they are amazing) who work with me to take my ideas, make them better and then make them a reality.

Then we test and try each new base dyeing, knitting and fine-tuning until we know we have something really special.  Once that happens and we decide it’s a go, THEN we dye the yarn.

So, why is my desk so filled with lists and notes and phone numbers and print-outs, and research data and cracker crumbs?  Simple.  It’s because I am always looking for new bases to add to our Plucky Yarn family.  I am in constant contact with and working with the mills (located here there and everywhere) working on creating a larger family. I have things up my sleeve that will send shivers up your Plucky yarn loving spine!  Yes, I’m teasing but only a little. There’s so much more to come…..

Home Improvements~

oxfordball

This guy here – What.A.Pistol. Just when we thinking we’re about done with home improvements/yard work/sprucing up the patio Ox decides to take flying leap (literally) from the top railing of the patio to the road below – to catch a dog four times (at least) his size.

So now – not as a design element but to keep Oxford from unintentionally killing himself – we are adding two rows of stainless steel wire (or something similar and hopefully not ugly) from post to post. The things we do for our pets.

oxford jump

nangou close 2

Nangou. Almost done. 20 rows and bind off to go. Thinking of an I-Cord BO in the pink cashmere because I just cannot get enough of that pop of pink against the blue gray. We’ll see.

Plucky Trusty & An Update!

Hello there and happy second day of Summer!

It’s update time. Tomorrow, Monday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern right here on the Plucky BLOG.

I am so happy to announce we have a brand new custom Plucky base – Plucky TRUSTY. Trusty is a worsted weight version of Plucky Bulky (100% merino superwash & nice lofty twist) with 250 yards per 115g skein at $19 per skein. Trusty is just what the name implies – a fantastic workhorse of a yarn. Soft yet durable. Tons of yardage and perfect for everything from baby blankets to cabled cardigans – for you and your dog!

While we are talking about bases, all the bases except Plucky Sweater will be available in tomorrow’s update. Many of you continue to be super excited about Bello – I sure am! I will be listing a very limited quantity tomorrow. Please note: Bello from this update will not ship according to our regular pre-order policies. We will be shipping and processing your Bello order as soon as it arrives in the studio in approximately 8 weeks.

And holy cow, the colors!  There will be 65 colorways available!  I won’t list them all here, but I will share a brand new colorway that will be making it’s debut.

Boots & Faded

Nangou 1
On the needles now: Nangou in Bello & Plucky 2ply cashmere. Narragansett Gray and Before You Go Go

Thanks a bunch and best wishes for a lovely Summer afternoon and wonderful week ahead.

Decision Time

asunder done

  • Asunder
  • Plucky Bello: Bohemian Blue & Miss Manners

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.

shaelyn done

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….

Medieval primo & feet NAMED-11

&

Flannel NAMED primoApr 1 2013 Update-21

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

Webster Groves NAMED

&

Cressey Road NAMED

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

betsey amy

Photo courtesy Amy Miller

Betsey Inspiration

Betsey Inspiration 2

Betsey Inspiration 3

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

My dog is so weird & update stuff ~

oxfordballWhat a weirdo

shaelyn

  • Pattern: Shaelyn
  • Yarn: testing a base

 

Thank you note

Instant Gratification update #2 will be Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22nd beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the ETSY shop.

There will be a ton fun things in the IG update. We’ve unearthed a few skeins of some oldies & goodies as well as a few skeins of Left Coast, Tip Toe, Windmill Island (on traveler to boot!) and TONS of other fun things. Even a little cashmere to be had (En Vogue 4ply!!!). Oh, and I will be happy to have a few pre-orders/wish granting as well on Wednesday because it feels festive! Summer is just around the corner and well, it’s been a while since we’ve done that. Stay tuned to the update and see what pops up.

Pinehurst

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Very Plucky Retreat – 2013

 A Very Plucky Retreat, 2013 ~

Are you ready for it?!

We have been (very!) excitedly planning a weekend of learning new knitting tricks and techniques for spirited and adventurous knitters also known as Plucky knitters! We are ready to once again welcome you from far and near.

Your Organizers ~

Michigan gals Sarah Dimond and Lorilee Beltman are your organizers and hosts.

Your Friendly Vendors ~

Sarah Dimond, owner of The Plucky Knitter, has been dyeing like a madwoman since 2007. Her love of color and her obsession with all shades of gray keeps her very busy and highly entertained. Sarah, along with her sister and co-worker, Hayley, will be your point persons and Shop Open House hostesses for the weekend.

And, we are very happy to announce a new addition to the retreat marketplace this year – another Michigan gal, Jill Zielinski (a.k.a. Knitterella)! Jill is a very talented graphic designer by trade with a passion to knit and through the two she has created Knitterella®, a darling and unique (and just a little cheeky, which we love) line of stationery, note pads, gift tags and more. Welcome Jill!

The Plucky Knitter website: https://www.thepluckyknitter.com

The Plucky Knitter Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-plucky-knitters

Knitterella: http://knitterella.com/

Shopping hours are tentatively set for Friday 11:00 to 6:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 6:00.

The shop will be located on the ground floor conference room at the City Flats Hotel. This will be an improvement over last year with more space, easier access (no elevators), and lots of natural light! An area will be set up for you to sit and knit during shop hours.

Your Teachers ~

We are beyond thrilled to announce our guest teachers. We wanted to bring you color and texture wrapped up in the best possible package. When brainstorming techniques to learn and personalities we thought the Plucky Knitters would most enjoy, these two rose to the top of quite a long list of excellent designer/teachers. Imagine how thrilled we were when at first asking each said “Yes”! We are so grateful and so excited to be bringing them together with all of you.

Anne Berk- Portland, Oregon

Anne Berk was certified by TKGA as a Master Knitter in 2003. As a knitting instructor, she has taught on subjects ranging from argyle knitting, to Bohus knitting, to zipper insertion.  Anne has designed for many yarn companies including Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Simply Socks Yarn Co.  Interweave released her instructional DVD Inside Intarsia in September 2010.  She has written patterns and articles for many publications, including Piecework, Sockupied, ColorKnit and Twist Collective.  Anne is also an optometrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon, and is a distance runner and a busy wife and mom.

Anne’s website: http://annetarsia.com/About.html

Anne’s Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/anne-berk

Fiona Ellis- Toronto, Ontario

Fiona has been designing professionally since graduating from De Montfort University in England with a degree in fashion knitwear design. Her work is much sought after, with sustained exposure in leading magazine publications such as Vogue Knitting and online at Twist Collective. She also designs for many yarn companies such as Universal Yarn and Cascade Yarns. Her original concepts have been purchased by major fashion houses in London, Paris, and New York, and she has many requests for personal appearances and workshop instruction at international conferences and guilds. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal, and Inspired Fair Isle Knits.

Fiona’s fascination with the creative process influences her as she develops her hands-on workshops for knitters and textile artists. She continues to attempt to devise methods, for both herself and her students, to capture that illusive and transitory moment of inspiration.

Fiona’s website: http://www.fionaellisonline.com/

Fiona’s Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/fiona-ellis

Lorilee Beltman- Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Lorilee sees no end to where one’s knitting curiosity can take them, so she enjoys helping knitters make new discoveries. She is a Craft Yarn Council certified instructor, and her designs have appeared in Interweave Knits, Interweave’s Sockupied, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club, Twist Collective,  Beyond Toes (book by Judy Becker), and the Vogue Knitting Ultimate Hat Book. She looks to nature for inspiration which has been facilitated by camping at nearly twenty National Parks with her family.

Lorilee is taking the back seat in the teacher car this year, teaching less, but offering a class in Continental Knitting which was not offered at the 2012 retreat.

Lorilee’s website:  http://www.city-knitting.com

Lorilee’s Ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/lorilee-beltman

Your Location ~

Downtown Holland, Michigan is a lively and lovely area for shopping, dining and strolling. Enjoy the fresh spring landscape and loads of tulips before the rush of visitors arrive in early May for the largest tulip festival in the U.S.

City Flats Hotel, the first LEED Gold Certified Hotel in the Midwest, will host our group for three nights. Consider coming a day early or staying a day late to enjoy more of what Holland has to offer, including miles of sandy Lake Michigan beaches. Read more at http://cityflatshotel.com/holland, but please do not book your room just yet. A block of rooms is already reserved, and you will want to use the registration code provided later in order to get the block discount. Compared to last year, we have more rooms reserved, and more rooms with two queen beds so you can share costs with Plucky roommates. What you can do now is make plans to pair up with a friend to share a room, so that you can be ready when registration opens. King rooms are also reserved if you prefer to travel with a non-knitting loved one, or if you just want your own private room.

Your Retreat Schedule: Friday – Sunday, April 26 – 28, 2013 ~

Those who purchase retreat tickets will have first choice of classes. Retreaters also enjoy the welcome party with the teachers and the Plucky gang, the dinner on Saturday, breakfast Sunday morning, and a couple surprises. Classes will be offered during three time slots- Friday afternoon 2:00 – 5:00, Saturday morning 9:00 -12:00, and Saturday afternoon 1:30 – 4:30. The retreat package price listed below includes TWO classes. Why not three? Well, the consensus last year was that we wished we had a bit more unscheduled time. This allows for that. It also allows for those who can not get themselves to the event until later on Friday to still have the full retreat experience. If you want to really go for it, of course you may purchase an additional class for an additional fee. We will leave that up to you.

Join us beginning Friday, April 26. You may wish to arrive on Thursday night if taking a Friday afternoon class. Our first all-retreat gathering will be a cocktail party and dessert reception at the hotel on Friday evening.

Following Saturday’s classes, get gussied up for our dinner together. If you are traveling with a significant other who isn’t afraid of the knitters, they are welcome to join us at this dinner for an additional fee.

On Sunday we offer a more relaxed pace with a leisurely breakfast (same place as last year) followed by free time to check relax in Holland. Our goodbyes will be said at breakfast so those catching mid-afternoon flights can be on their way without missing any of the scheduled fun.

We plan for this to be an intimate event with not more than 38 participants. However, there is a new element to this special weekend this year. Please read on.

Classes a la carte: Friday – Saturday, April 26 – 27, 2013 ~

If you just can’t swing the full retreat but still want to come play, you will be happy to hear we have been planning for you, too.

Of course you will be able to shop the Plucky Open House like last year. To make this more of a getaway for you, this year we have reserved a block of hotel rooms for shoppers, too! Since the retreaters will be filling the rooms at City Flats Hotel, the Haworth Conference Center has a block of double queens reserved at a very reasonable price.

The classes offered by Anne, Fiona and Lorilee will be open to you as well! Once the retreaters have made their choices, a significant number of about 60 class seats will be available to you. You may select up to three classes and pay for them a-la carte, on a first-come, first served basis.

Cost and Important sign-up dates ~

Full retreat- $340; January 6 and January 13 and after until filled at about 38 participants.

An additional (third) class for retreaters- $75. Sign up when making retreat reservations.

A class for students not participating in the retreat- $85. January 20 and after until filled.

The specific class list and schedule will be posted in a couple weeks just before Christmas. Topics covered will include Cabling, Edges, Intarsia, Fair Isle, Bohus color work, and Continental Knitting.

There will be three separate opening dates for registration. First, we will extend an invite to returning retreaters on January 6. Next will be an invitation to those purchasing the remaining spots in the full retreat on January 13. Finally, we will open the remaining class seats on January 20. Signups will be taken online through the Plucky Knitter Store, and will open at 8:00 PM Eastern Time on each of those Sundays.

And, just because it was brought up, even if jokingly, there will be no scalping of tickets, you silly gooses. The policy will be that once a retreat or class is purchased, your registration will be attached to you specifically. You will be entitled to a refund only if retreat organizers are able to fill your spot from a waiting list. You can not pass it to a friend. We are sorry if this seems harsh, but please understand it is necessary for organizer sanity.

Lorilee will once again maintain an online master document of pertinent information which will be shared amongst registered retreat attendees. She will also field questions regarding the event and can be reached at Lorilee@city-knitting.com.

There is a thread on the Plucky Knitters Group on Ravelry.com where you can feel free to chat. It is titled “2013 Plucky Knitter Retreat.”

-Sarah and Lorilee
Your Event Planners

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.

Helpful Information & a contest ~

Warning. Completely random post ahead. Here goes:

1. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall. How I love Fall. The colors on the trees and pumpkins (bread, cake, donuts, cookies, etc.) and apple (anything apple) and don’t even get me started on my love of boots. I could devote an entire post to my love of apples and boots. But not now. Maybe some other time (I’ve seen some pretty spectacular apple recipes and boots lately).

2. Sometimes you just got to know when to fold ’em. Off to the frog pond this goes.

Pattern: Blackcurrant by Veera Valimaaki, Yarn: Handspun and 2ply cashmere (held double)

3. Johnny Carson. I miss watching him.

4. When will my order ship?  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 (Monday to Friday) 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.

We have worked ourselves into a pretty good routine of one large shipping day at least one day a week. What does this all mean to you? It means it is our goal to have your yarn shipped to you (and in many cases, shipped and arrived to your location) within 30 days or less (of course, that is not generally the case with our international friends).

We work very hard to get your yarn to you as quickly and efficiently as possible. But, it bears repeating – 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 at that. Thy names are Sarah, Hayley and Ryan) and not automated. No barcodes here. Hayley, Ryan and I are the only full timers here at plucky. It is small (and very personal) business and I have every intention of keeping it that way.

5. Which brings me to a very important piece of information. If you have any inquiries at all (shipping, how to buy, pattern support, etc.) please contact us at thepluckyknitter @ gmail.com as opposed to private message on Ravelry or Facebook. It is much easier to reply to and keep track of any inquiries that way. Hayley and I would hate to not see your inquiry or have it lost in the shuffle so to speak. Thank you!

6. Why are so many of our updates pre-order updates? That’s a great  question. I go back to what a small operation we are here at Plucky HQ. Pre-order updates make it possible for us to serve as many as possible while getting you just what your knitting/crocheting hearts desire. When we have a pre-order update we are able to dye just for you. You want a sweater quantity of Primo Aran in Flying Atlas? You got it! Many of you are sweater (and larger project knitters) and I want to make it as easy as possible for you to ensure a sweater quantity. No piecing onesies twosies together here and there for your cardigan. Not on my watch!

Another note about pre-orders:  It has become necessary that I make a statement regarding changes to (whether it is a cancellation, an addition to,  etc.) your pre-order. It is administratively very cumbersome (and prone to mistakes) to go back and change orders after the fact. Especially days, weeks after the fact. If you need to make a change to your order, please do so within 24 hours of the update. Thank you for your understanding.

7. Why are there so many different kinds of updates? They all serve a purpose and there is a definite method to the madness. The etsy shop updates are where I like to offer one-of-a-kind’s, limited editions and items with a finite number available. I also use the etsy udpates as an opportunity to grant yarn requests in real time (via the Plucky Knitter group in Ravelry).

As for the the Plucky ‘paypal button’ updates here on the Plucky blog – we have had such great feedback. It’s a great place to offer ten to fifteen different colorways on an assortment of bases and are generally less frenzied (though, please remember there are still a finite number of skeins available and they do tend to go very quickly – though there is much less a chance of getting ‘cart jacked’ which is always a great thing!).

The Plucky shop. It’s a love hate thing. Seriously. The updates in the plucky shop. Well, those serve a purpose as well. They let us grant requests in real time (which I have been told you guys love and we really love doing!) but, it is also slow to open (we are just as frustrated as you are) and it does have a tendency to over-sell. But, never fear, as long as we have the base you will get your yarn! I’m only able to offer those occasionally though as they are very time consuming to dye and process.

8. What are you favorite knits this Fall? Have you started your Fall and Winter knitting? What’s tops in your que?

9. Hayley and I are headed to Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA this weekend for a Plucky trunk show. If you are in the area, please stop by, we would love to meet you!

10. Apples and pumpkin. Can I ask? What are your favorite apple and pumpkin recipes? Leave your favorite recipe (or a link to the recipe) in the comments and I will randomly draw two winners to receive a skein of the BRAND NEW Primo Aran!

the boot of my dreams….

 

Camptown Races!

Prepster

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.

poodle skirt

Just a couple of the kit options available.
varsity jacket

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!