Thank You, VK LIVE NYC!!

We are neck deep in the Vogue Knitting Live (NYC!!!) fog, but what a fantastic fog to be in!

It’s been six years since our last (& only other Vogue). The energy was everything we remember and so much more! It was such a pleasure and absolute privilege meeting and seeing knitting friends both old and new! You have inspired us and warmed our hearts and for that (and much more) we thank you! THANK YOU so very much for an unforgettable weekend!!!

 





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



Save the Date!

I can hardly believe it’s true. It’s almost here… Plucky’s 10th Anniversary!!

It turns out time actually does fly by when you’re having the time of your life. I could bore you to tears with story after story of all that has transpired since this all started 10 years ago. There are so many memories whirling around in my head (not to mention the entire Plucky Crew’s laundry list!), but, for now, I’ll spare you the details because this message is about what makes Plucky what it is…and that’s YOU!

So, please, let me just say…thank YOU!!! Thank you for all, and I mean ALL that you, our dear customers and friends, have done to bring us this far. Never could I have imagined when I started dyeing yarn in my tiny kitchen ten years ago, that Plucky would grow to what it has become today. It truly has been an amazing decade, and my gratitude simply cannot be captured in mere words. I am beyond grateful to you, and the incomparable Plucky Crew, for joining me on this incredible adventure!

To show our appreciate and to celebrate, we have loads of fun stuffed up our sleeves! For starters, you are cordially invited to come and celebrate with us at the Plucky 10th Anniversary Party, October 27-29, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please save the date because this party is for you, and what a party it will be!! This celebration will have some elements from past Plucky events that we’ve all come to know and love, including, of course, collaborating with our friend Lorilee, as well as some new surprises we think you’ll really enjoy.

I hope that as many as possible will be able to join us for a weekend full of fun, memories (and making new ones!) and of course, knitting! We’ll be sharing more details in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned!

Please allow me to say, one more time, thank you! If the past 10 years are any indication, I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years of our adventures together will be!

xo
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Plucky Reserve!

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

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

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

 

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Glamping With Plucky!

As of September 1st:  Final deadline for Registration is the end of Friday, September 9, 2016!

Edit July 26: There are a few remaining openings for triple, quadruple, and quintuple rooms. Single or double occupancy rooms are no longer available.

Now that we are getting closer to the event, we wonder if your schedule has opened up. Can you join us? We’d love to have you!

When you fill in your registration, please let us know whether you have rounded up your own roommates, or if you would like us to help you. At this date for the remaining spots we are more than happy to facilitate meeting new friends whenever we can. Just indicate your wishes on the registration form.

Regarding your class choice, which you will indicate on the form, please know that at this date there are still openings in Carson’s Saturday morning and afternoon classes, but the rest of the sessions are closed.

Download the 2016 Glamping with Plucky Registration Form. We strongly recommend opening this file with Acrobat Reader DC, which is a free download. As some tablets do not support filling out PDFs, we suggest you open the PDF on a desktop or laptop computer. Fill in all applicable fields then save the filled in PDF in an easy to find location. Please note that the class options have narrowed as some are full. Open seats remain in Carson’s class, so indicate your time preference 1, 2, and 3. Also remember the guest rooms for singles and doubles are sold out. Email the attachment to lorilee@city-knitting.com at the registration date and time.

Download the 2016 Glamping with Plucky Registration Form. We strongly recommend opening this file with Acrobat Reader DC, which is a free download. As some tablets do not support filling out PDFs, we suggest you open the PDF on a desktop or laptop computer. Fill in all applicable fields then save the filled in PDF in an easy to find location. Email the attachment to lorilee@city-knitting.com at the registration date and time.

Note: Please do not fill out the PDF in your web browser. Many browsers do not support the saving of filled in PDFs, and all your effort will be lost.

If you are unable to fill in and/or save the PDF for some technical reason, you may also do one of the following:

1) Fill out the PDF, print it, and either scan or take a great photo of it with your smart phone. Send the scan or photo as your email attachment.

2) Print out the blank PDF, fill it in by hand, then scan or take a photo and email the scan or photo.


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Glamping with Plucky

This year for the annual Plucky Knitter event we’ll gather in a retreat setting on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Washington from Thursday evening dinner through Sunday breakfast, September 29 – October 2, 2016. We are so excited for this unique opportunity to see you all again!

IslandWood is an environmental education, not-for-profit organization. Every year this 250 acres of Pacific Northwest woodland hosts 12,000 students. It was opened a little over a decade ago. Its spectacular green architecture will certainly inspire! During the week, students are led by graduate students in their learning. On the weekend, groups like ours come in for meetings and retreats. The entire campus will be ours alone! We only need to share with the towering firs! Take time to enjoy the trails among acres of Pacific Northwest splendor. Sit and knit by the fire in your lodge’s great room. Wander and explore.

We are thrilled that west-coasters Janine Bajus and Carson Demers will be joining us as instructors! There’s not much more thrilling than color work in knitting, and not much more important than taking care of our bodies through learning and relaxation. Spending time with Janine and Carson will be a valuable investment in our future knitting happiness.

When Lorilee visited IslandWood during a public tour, she could not stop picturing the place filled with knitters and kept telling me how lovely it was. So, of course, Hayley and I visited because we just had to see for ourselves how wonderful IslandWood is! And WOW, she was right! We were completely enchanted by the gorgeous surroundings with miles of trails lined with moss covered trees.  With its large fire pit, the Friendship Circle had us dreaming of sitting around the fire on a crisp Fall night filled with friends, knitting and s’mores. The staff at IslandWood is looking forward to serving us! The charming lodges that will welcome us all back after a day of class, knitting, and shopping are the perfect place for ending the day in front of the huge stone fireplace knitting in your p.j.’s.

There are four lodges for us to sleep in, each with its own shared great room with fireplace. All are within close strolling distance, so visiting lodge to lodge is easy. There is an education wing where knitting class will be in session, and a separate building with a great room for All THE YARN and hanging out! We think you’ll love the dining hall as well. Imagine 160 of us all taking our meals together family-style!

Please read the Q&A that follows the class descriptions, and let us know if we have left anything unanswered for you. We know it is lengthy but we tried our best to think of all the possible questions you may have! We truly can’t wait to see you all in this gorgeous, serene setting. Although different from our past gatherings, we truly believe you will not be disappointed in IslandWood!

Warmly,

Sarah, Hayley, Lorilee, and crew

 

Class Descriptions

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By day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to some fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community at local yarn shops, guilds, and major knitting events across the country. He is a regular contributor to Ply Magazine. His aim is to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after.

Knitting Happily Ever After- Ergonomics for Knitters

Ever know a knitter who hasn’t said, “Just one more row”? Me neither! I’ll bet they’ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you’ll learn how knitting affects the “fabric that makes the fabric”- your body, and see how knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class you’ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after. Students who’ve taken this class have said that it should be “required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!” and, “it’s as important as the knit and purl stitches!” This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist. This class is not an individual knitting assessment.

Materials: Students are asked to bring a knitting project of their choosing, a bath-sized towel, and materials to take notes if they wish to do so.

Homework: None

Required skills: Class is suitable for all levels of knitting experience.

Class is 3 hours.


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Janine Bajus (AKA Feral Knitter) has been intrigued by Fair Isle colorwork knitting since she received a patterned yoke cardigan from Shetland in 1964. Playing with color has remained the theme of her fiber life ever since. She teaches workshops around the country and loves introducing others to the joys of modern Fair Isle knitting. Janine sells yarns and designs patterns for people who are similarly besotted from her home in Berkeley, California. Her dachshund Mason is not much help. Her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, will be available in September 2016.

Fair Isle Knitting

Intrigued by the color play in Fair Isle knitting? Wondering how designers decide which colors go where? Well, it’s time for you to plunge in! This class will start with a short discussion about how value gradients and mirroring make color use in Fair Isle knitting different from other stranded knitting traditions. Then you will start knitting a traditional Fair Isle hat of your own!

CelticRose-2You will have a yarn pack containing several choices of colors and enough Plucky Knitter Oxford to complete two hats. Beginners can follow the chart as written for their first hat; those who want to try their hands at arranging colors can fill in the colors as they choose. A blank chart and motifs that can be placed as wanted are provided for the adventurous knitter who wants to personalize both color and motif.

Materials provided for a fee:

For success in class, we decided it was necessary to divide and prepare yarn packs for class. We would not want to require you to purchase seven skeins of Oxford, but we do want you to have that many colors! You will have color choices and enough yarn to complete two hats, so will require a materials fee of $35 for this class. If you are registered, the fee will be added to your Glamping invoice.

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  • 16” circular needles, size US 3 (3.25 mm). If you are a loose knitter, size US 2 (3.0 mm); tight knitter, size US 4 (3.5 mm).
  • markers.
  • Your organizers will provide some, but if you have favorites, pack them:
    – sharpened pencil(s)

Required Skills: Some experience with stranded knitting in the round (you don’t need to be an expert—I’ll give you pointers).

Students will be working with The Plucky Knitter Oxford


 

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Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National and Provincial Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.

Lorilee is the Techniques columnist for Knitty.com, a Craft Yarn Council certified knitting instructor, a TNNA designer/teacher member, and an instructor at Craftsy.com and Interweave as well as national knitting events.

Her articles and designs have been published in The Ultimate Hat Book, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club, Vogue Knitting Magazine, Interweave Knits Magazine, Interweave Sockupied eMag, Twist Collective, and Beyond Toes.

Pick Your Knits and Purls- Continental Knitting

100_1766 - Version 4When you learn continental knitting, you will minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge. (It’s not what you think!) Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally. Learn how your choice of tools affects your outcome. Practice the knit stitch then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing where efficiency really pays off.

Beginning knitters and experienced knitters are equally welcome in this class!

Materials students must bring:
Yarn- About 50 grams of a 3 or 4-ply wool or wool blend. Worsted weight. Nothing splitty or fuzzy. Choose colors that are easy to see.
Needles- Slippery circular needles are best for this class. Bring one circular needle 24 – 32 inches long in a US 5 to 7 (3.75 – 4.5 mm). Gauge is not critical for class.

Homework:
If you already know how to knit in any style, cast on 24 stitches and work 4 ridges (8 rows) in garter stitch. Then switch to stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl now row) for about 2-3 inches. Do not bind off. Bring work to class on the needles. Beginners get a pass on the homework.

Skill Level:
Students will be crocheters who want to learn to knit, brand new knitters, knitters who have been using another styler for decades, or those who can knit continental, but haven’t quite committed to it. All are welcome, and we’ll all be learning anew together!

Class is 3 hours


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Glamping with Plucky Q&A

We are so excited to gather in the woods on Bainbridge Island! Whether attending as a registered Glamper, or planning to visit for shopping and hanging out, you may have questions about the weekend. This document is lengthy, but please read through the Q&A below. We want to provide you with as much info in one place as possible and will update it as necessary.

When

Thursday evening suppertime (about 6:00 p.m.) through Sunday breakfast (about 10:00 a.m.), September 29 – October 2, 2016. Shopping, classes, and events are Friday and Saturday.

Where

Bainbridge Island, a short (and lovely!) ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. IslandWood is the event venue.

Address: 4450 Blakely Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Who

Here we will refer to confirmed registered retreaters as “Glampers” and those attending but not staying on site as “Visitors” – and very, very welcome visitors!

Your Hosts

The Plucky Knitter Crew – Sarah, Hayley, and the fellas will be there serving up the yarn and the fun. Lorilee and her crew of two will serve you at the registration desk and help you with the details. Janine and Carson will take good care of you in the classroom.

Cost

There is no fee to attend as a Visitor.

The cost to attend the event as a registered Glamper includes all of the following:

  • Shuttle transfers to and from the Bainbridge Island Ferry dock.
  • Private event access. This lovely campus is rented for our group only. Enjoy the trails among acres of Pacific Northwest splendor. Sit and knit by the fire in your lodge’s great room. Wander and explore.
  • Optional facility tour led by IslandWood docents.
  • Swag bag of goodies.
  • Shopping in the Plucky Knitter Marketplace on Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Exclusive Glampers-only shopping from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday.
  • Planned evening activities- reception, bonfire, fashion show.
  • One three-hour class session from a choice of three options.
  • Three nights accommodation. Guest rooms are described below.
  • All meals Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast, served family style, with attendees’ dietary needs met by the chef.
  • Drink service. Coffee, tea, and drinks available Friday and Saturday.
  • Evening bar service.

There are four lodges to house us, each with its own shared great room with fireplace. All are within close strolling distance, so visiting lodge to lodge is easy peasey.

Each guest room has its own bathroom with the toilet and shower each behind privacy doors. All linens and towels are provided. The furniture is beautifully made by local craftsman from timber harvested on site. Each bunk has it’s own reading light and window to gaze at the gorgeous outdoor scenery. The buildings we enjoy are all LEED certified green built and new construction. There are soaring spaces with lots of natural light.

Guest rooms are for Glampers only. We have room for 160-162 guests.

We will accept applications for the following openings. Prices are per person:

Single occupancy rooms- $1,150. Room has one queen bed. There are two rooms available.

Double occupancy rooms- $1,025. Room has one queen bed. If you choose this I will ask you if you prefer one queen bed, or two twins.There are two rooms available.

Triple occupancy- $925. Room has four twin mattresses configured as two bunk beds. One bed will be left unmade. There are about 16 rooms available.

Quadruple occupancy- $850. Room has four mattresses. Two bunk beds – each with a queen below and twin above. There are about 16 rooms available.

Quintuple occupancy- $775. Room has five mattresses. Two bunk beds with twin mattresses and one separate queen bed. There are about 8 rooms available.

Additional fee $35 for a yarn pack only for students in Janine’s class.

We will not be assigning roommates. Please see registration instructions below.

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Registration for Glamping

Q: How will registration work? How are you guys going to sort it out on your end? How many of us can come? Please give us some instructions.

A:

– We have room for approximately 160 Glampers, up from 110 in previous years.

– Decide what room configuration suits your needs. Gather the number of roommates you need to fill your guest room. Each individual fills out their own registration, but each lists their roommates on that form. This Ravelry thread will help: “Roommate Plans for Glamping with Plucky, 2016, Seattle area”. Find the discussion in The Plucky Knitter group.

– Your window to register opens Thursday, February 25, 9:00 PM ET and closes 24 hours later on Friday, February 26, 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

– A few days before registration we will provide a PDF for you to fill in at your leisure. You’ll find a link added to this blog post, and we will also share it in post #1 in the Ravelry thread “2016 Shindig Chat & Information | Seattle, WA”. Find the discussion in The Plucky Knitter Group.

– We’ll ask you everything we need to know – your preferred room, your pre-arranged roommate(s, if any), your choice of class (prioritized, first choice, second choice, and so on), shirt size, food allergies, mobility concerns, contact email, shirt size, Ravelry handle.

– Fill out the PDF form. We will provide more specific instructions with the PDF, but know you will be able to fill it out ahead of time, so that when registration opens it does not boil down to a race to see who can type the fastest.

– Communicate with your planned roommates so you are are all “thumbs up” and ready to go.

– When registration opens, follow the instructions on the form to email your registration.

– During the day of registration, unless your email bounces back to you, you can assume we received it, but will also do you the courtesy of sending a quick reply that your registration has landed. That is all you will hear from us that day as we will have a lot of organizing to do!

– Then we ask for patience, as we have a manual process to go through. Please and thank you!

– Over the weekend, we will sort your registrations. The person in your group who sent their email the soonest will win the time stamp for the entire group. Then we have to place you in the rooms available to us. Like we mentioned, this is a manual process.

– We may contact you during that time if we have any questions. We promise to be fair and conduct everything as we say we will. No shenanigans here!

– We will also form the class lists.

– On Monday, February 29 we’ll email everyone who registered to let you know your results, room assignments, and class. This will be a day of gladness and sadness. Believe us, we’ll share those emotions as well.

– We’ll also email an invoice with instructions for payment in full which will be requested within a few days. Your payment confirms your place.

Q: What do I have to do between now and registration?

A: You need to ask yourself: Am I free those dates? Can I swing it? Do I want to try to come? We hope the answer is YES!

If you are willing to share rooms, if you are willing to put yourself out there to find roommates before applying, and if you understand it is likely that some who want to attend will not be able to due to our limited capacity, please read on.

If you do not want to sign up for the package deal, but just want to visit, please continue reading. There is information here for you as well!

Q: How do I find my own roommates?

A: Partner with Plucky Knitter friends and perhaps strangers, what we call soon-to-be-friends, to register as a group. This Ravelry thread will help: “Roommate Plans for Glamping with Plucky, 2016, Seattle area”. Find the discussion in The Plucky Knitter group. Post what you are looking for and use personal messaging on Ravelry to connect. Once you have your committed group, I recommend you share email addresses and communicate that way.

Q: Why can’t we register first and make our room group later?

A: Due to the behind-the-scenes details of this particular event and the accommodations at the venue, we made the decision as organizers to use this method. We understand there may be up-front concerns regarding this method, but more complications arise if we organize roommates after the fact. We want the decisions of whom you share your space with to be yours!

Q: Does this pre-grouping method increase or decrease our chances of getting in?

A: The answer is that it is too difficult to predict. We do have more spots available (160 instead of 110) compared to previous years. This may feel a bit like a lottery, even though you have an opportunity to increase your chances by having at least one person in your group be speedy.

Q: What if our group (of 1 – 5) does not get in?

A: If that happens, we are very sorry, but you may opt to build on your relationship established thus far. Perhaps decide to come as Visitors, sharing a hotel room in the area and coordinating on a rental car. Please read on because that can also be fun!

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Which room will you be staying in?

 

Housing, where to sleep

Q: Where do I stay?

A: Glampers are housed on site. Out of town Visitors will make their own arrangements for hotels in the area, and decide where they want to stay on or near Bainbridge, or even in Seattle.

Q: Can you tell us more about what the guest rooms are like?

A: The entire facility is LEED certified green building, and it is all new since 2010. The architecture is inspiring. It is ample and comfortable. If you are picturing rustic camping cabins, you have the wrong idea. So, for instance, floors are polished concrete, but the beds are handcrafted from trees felled on the property. Linens are very lovely. And each bed has a little window for a personal view to the outdoors.

The IslandWood campus has lodges. The entire facility is ours for the duration. Each lodge has guest rooms and its own great room. The great room has a fireplace and ample room for hanging out. Each lodge also has a washer/dryer, and one refrigerator.

Each guest room has the configuration of beds you signed up for, and storage. The bathroom in each room is configured as follows: a sink open to the room (not private), a private toilet with a door, and a private shower with a door. Soaps are provided, shampoo is not. Sheets and towels are provided.

Glampers may tack on additional nights to stay in the area, but not at IslandWood. You will need to make your own arrangements at area hotels, as we must all check out on Sunday morning. Remember this is a not-for-profit organization that serves students during the weekdays.

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Schedule

Q: When can we arrive? What happens on Thursday?

A: Glampers will schedule their arrival on Bainbridge Island for some time after lunch on Thursday, Pacific Time. Please eat lunch before you arrive. Local Glampers can drive all the way to IslandWood, or be picked up by our crew at the Bainbridge Ferry Dock. We will shuttle you and your luggage, or will try to make it possible for you to visit the charming town of Bainbridge while we take your luggage ahead to the venue for you. We’ll be watching the ferry schedule and making multiple round trips so you can come and go. Glampers will want to be at IslandWood by suppertime Thursday, although we can pick folks up from later ferries if necessary. Aside from dinner, served family style, there will be no major events scheduled that evening. We’ll have time to just relax, explore the gorgeous surroundings, settle in, and get to know one another.

On Thursday the Plucky Crew will be setting up shop all day, and in the evening, relaxing like the rest of us.

Visitors- We have no scheduled activities for Visitors on Thursday.

Q: What happens on Friday?

A: Friday kicks off the festivities! Glampers will have breakfast together family style. Then the Plucky Market opens from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Glampers only, although Glampers will also want to get lunch toward the end of that time.

After family style lunch the Glampers-only time ends, and all Visitors are heartily welcome to come to the Market  from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Class is in session from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

At 5:00 p.m., Visitors need to say good-byes until the next morning, while the Glampers move toward supper and our evening activity.

Q: What happens on Saturday?

A: For Glampers, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served family style. Exact times will be updated later. Class sessions run from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Market will be open from

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Glampers have an evening activity. More details on that will be updated later.

Visitors may shop between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is important to understand that IslandWood can not provide meals for anyone other than those registered to be on site all weekend. You’ll need to take care of your own meals. We are only a mile from the charming hamlet of Lynwood Center, and three miles from the Bainbridge shopping district. You’ll have many choices there. We will, however, provide drink service- coffee, tea, and water, for everyone.

At 5:00 p.m. Visitors need to say good-byes while the Glampers move toward supper and our evening activity.

Q: What happens on Sunday?

A: On Sunday we have our final breakfast together and say our good-byes. You’ll be checking out and getting shuttled to the ferry as needed. There will be a signup clipboard available over the weekend so we know when you will need a ride. The Plucky Crew will be packing up as well.

Q: What are the evening activities?

A: We will announce these details later, as we are not sure yet which activity will happen on what night. For certain, we must have our Fashion Show. We may keep some details secret so we can surprise you! We love surprises!!

Getting around

Q: How do I get there? Will I need a car?

A: First off, please use the transportation links at the end of this Q&A for helpful info regarding airport,  ground transportation, and ferry schedules. Glampers will need to get themselves to the Bainbridge Island Ferry dock. Glampers will be asked ahead of time via email whether or not they need to be shuttled by us for the last leg from the Bainbridge Ferry dock. Some of you may simply be driving, or renting a car at the airport– your choice.

Visitors will need to arrange their own transportation to Bainbridge Island, and all the way to IslandWood. Having a car will be the most convenient. There is also an island shuttle bus service, but it will not be nearly as convenient as having your own vehicle.

Classes

Q: What are my class options?

A: The class descriptions are above this Q&A. You’ll indicate your choice on the registration form. Janine and Carson are teaching their class three times, so if you have a first choice teacher, you’ll have three possibilities of time. Lorilee will be teaching once. We hope everyone gets their first or second choice.

Q: Is there any way to take a class as a Visitor? As a Glamper, do I have to take a class?

A: Visitors- at this time, no. However, it is a future possibility. If, after the dust of registration settles there are still a few open seats in class, then we may elect to sell those seats. This will not be decided until well after registration. If we have spots to sell, we will sell them for $90 after making a general announcement on the blog.

Additionally, if a Glamper wants to skip their class and sell it, that is fine with us. A class is valued at $90 and is included in the Glamper’s fee. Selling a class (or gifting it!) would be the Glamper’s responsibility. The Glamper will have to meet up to transfer their class ticket, or leave it at the registration desk with instructions. This year, Lorilee does not have to be notified of these changes ahead of time.

Q: Why is there an additional $35 fee for Janine’s class?

A: Fair Isle knitting requires lots of colors to make things beautiful and interesting. Janine wants you working with seven different colors of Oxford, and she wants you to have choices. Woo hoo! So, rather than asking you to buy seven skeins to make hats, we are creating kits of the yarn for you, to provide many color options for a good value. You’ll have enough to make two hats.

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Food

Q: I have food allergies or a special diet. Will I be okay?

A: You will indicate this on the registration form. The chef will be happy to meet your needs. This is their food philosophy:

Every Bite Matters. This simple-yet-intentional philosophy guides Chef Jim White’s approach to IslandWood dining. His menus showcase local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients, simply prepared and thoughtfully presented. Whether you are looking for an elegant plated presentation or a nourishing family-style meal, IslandWood’s culinary team will bring your vision to life. Our service staff will extend this purposeful appreciation to each guest in the room.

Q: I must have my Diet Coke (or, fill-in-the-blank)! May I?

A: If there is any particular thing you must have and you want to bring your own supply, you may. There are grocery stores or other spots to get what you need before you arrive. Then stash it in the lodge refrigerator with your name on it.

Miscellaneous | Rules | Administrative Details

Q: I am a local. What are my options?

A: You can either pop in as a day Visitor on Friday 1:00 – 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, or you can register for the full event and stay on site. There are no partial packages available that would give you a discount for sleeping at home or elsewhere.

Q: What does it cost to be a Visitor?

A: Nothing. Just come! We would love to have you!

Q: Are there any other considerations I should know about if I am a Visitor?

A: Yes. We will have complimentary coffee, tea and water, but we are not able to provide meals for you. It will be important to have transportation so that you can drive into Bainbridge or Lynwood Center for lunch. The facility does not permit take out foods brought onto the site.

Q: How much can I hang out as a Visitor?

A: All of those posted hours. You can walk the campus, go visit a Glamper’s lodge or room, or sit anywhere you like and knit. But you do have to depart from IslandWood when the shop closes as the rest of the gang has dinner and activities to attend.

Q: I have mobility concerns. Will I be able to get around?

A: Visitors should know the venue is handicap accessible. If you let us know what help you need, we will do whatever we can for you. Glampers will have the opportunity to make their specific needs known on their registration so we can understand and meet those needs.

Q: As a Visitor, may I sleep over at a Glamper’s room if they have a spare mattress?

A: No. Please respect this request. The facility will make up beds only for those registered. We will be penalized if there are unplanned guests.

Q: If I am a Glamper, and got one of the single rooms with a queen bed, may I bring a guest to share my room?

A: We can not allow for that either. The facility only has room for feeding and housing us as contracted. If our policy was to allow guests, it would decrease the number of Glampers we could serve.

Q: I can’t attend as a Glamper, but I just really want to go to a dinner or fashion show. May I?

A: We must limit all meals and parties only to those registered as Glampers. If a Glamper wants to forgo a dinner or an evening event, they can not transfer it to anyone. Only classes can be transferred, as mentioned above.

Q: What happens if, after I register and pay, I find out that I can not attend?

A: We will continue the policy from previous years. The Plucky Knitter will not issue a refund, but you are welcome to sell your spot to someone else. Those sharing rooms should discuss this to be aware of it as a possibility. Perhaps the group knows someone they’d like to sell the spot to. Perhaps the seller will need to post in the current  “Destash/Trade” discussion thread in The Plucky Knitter Ravelry Group. In the end, those decisions and transactions are entirely up to the individual who originally purchased the spot. We suspect there will also be some people posting an “in search of” message in the current “ISO” discussion thread  to try to attend. In years past we have had 2 – 3 people out of 110 need to sell their spot. So far, they have been able to do that successfully on their own. In other words, we do not process returns nor do we maintain a waiting list if the event is filled.

Q: Is there an exercise room or pool?

A: No, there is not. There are wide paths through the woods to explore and walk to your hearts content.

Q: If Glamping, and I don’t have a car or a friend with a car, am I “stuck” at IslandWood all weekend?

A: In our opinion, the town of Bainbridge is not to be missed. (See “About Bainbridge” below.) If you’d like to spend some time there, and did not work it in to your arrival or departure days, let us shuttle you back and forth into town. We’ll have a clipboard to sign up for rides.

A walk into Lynwood Center is also one mile, one “hilly” mile.

Q: Once registration is complete, can we all have a list of everyone attending?

A: For privacy reasons, we will not be posting a list of attendees. The group will be receiving administrative emails from pluckycustomerservice@gmail.com  and from lorilee@city-knitting.com ; we will use BCC for group communications. Each room group, however, will be getting an email to their group. In that situation, those in the room will have each other’s email address visible so you can share further contact information on your own to facilitate your plans.

On site we will have a housing map available so you can find your friends, but we will not post it or make it available ahead of time.

Q: What will the weather be like?

A: Hopefully just like the fall of 2015- warm, dry, clear, and gorgeous. We hope you have some clear weather so you can see the Olympics, the Cascades, and Mt. Rainier. You can expect highs around 65 F and overnight lows around 50 F, perfect for sweaters! Sweaters and a light rain jacket would serve you well.

Q: What happens between registration and the event?

A: Important information will be shared with registered Glampers via the email address you provide us when registering. There will likely be just a few communications over the summer and early fall. In the meantime, you can make your travel arrangements and consider adding on some time to visit Seattle!

Q: How do I get any remaining questions answered?

A: We will also try to keep up with questions on the Ravelry forums, but if you have an important question, be sure to direct that to pluckycustomerservice@gmail.com  if it is in regards to payments,  and to Lorilee@city-knitting.com  if it is in regards to the facility, menu, rooming, transportation, classes, and the like.

Transportation

Closest Major Airport

SEA Seatac International Airport

Ground Transportation

WSDOT Ferry Information

About Bainbridge

Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce

Churchmouse Yarn & Teas

Mora Ice Cream

Esther’s Fabrics

Beads of Bainbridge

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Grocery Store downtown Bainbridge

Do you still have a question? Email Lorilee@city-knitting.com so I can reply to you and add to this Q & A.

We are enormously grateful for your interest, and hope to see you on the island!

– Sarah and Lorilee

Thank You

Shindig Tote Close

Please bear with me a few moments while I get a bit mushy as I reflect on the Shindig. Last week – wow – that was exciting! It would seem logical that I would say it was exhausting (it certainly was, but in a good way!), but when you are doing something you love, it was also exhilarating! Hayley and I (and the Plucky crew) had the privilege of being with extraordinary people. We received in–person, as well as virtual hugs the entire weekend long. We were able to see so many people we know and love virtually, in person, and the opportunity to see your projects come to life. Your excitement at the unveiling of the Fall Back collection, trying on the sample knits, seeing the new colors and bases, swatching in bases you might not have tried, and allowing us the privilege of helping you put colors together, were beautiful beyond words. Thank you, so much, for joining us, supporting our work and for being our friends.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge a few special efforts that made the ‘Dig outstanding this year. Thank you to all who modeled their work in the fashion show. Each FO was inspired and inspiring. You guys are amazing and you owned that runway! To all of you who took the time to post photos of “Shindiggers In The Wild” (I’m looking at you Mary Kay), thank you for allowing all our Plucky friends to share in our fun. A huge thank you goes out to all the personal shoppers who generously took the time to shop and deliver yarn to others. And, about all the sugary and salty goodness, the baked goods and all other manner of treats you gave us? Let’s just say there will be extra miles logged on the treadmill for the remainder of this month! Thank you for keeping us on our toes and well fed and well hydrated! And, you guys! How do I even begin to say thank you for your incredibly kind gift and acknowledgement of 10,000 in the Plucky group!? Who knew the group was larger than the city we call home!? You made us cry, left me speechless, and truly touched our hearts. The group wouldn’t be what it is today without YOU – each and every single one of you.

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Finally, there are so many behind the scenes people that I am indebted to for the months of work that goes into making a successful Shindig. Lorilee, who along with her hand picked crew, makes everything look so easy and manages it all so gracefully – L, thank you! We are so grateful to our teachers and speakers, Amy Herzog, JC Briar, Michelle Wang and Lorilee Beltman for sharing their insights and knowledge, helping us all be better (and smarter!) knitters. And, it goes without saying, to all the behind the scenes crew members/family who worked tirelessly through multiple heat waves to insure that thing went off without a hitch. You are loved and appreciated so very much.

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Thank you again, so much… for everything.

xo
Sarah

 

The above is a short clip of the Fashion Show. Good times!

 

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
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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.

Stitches South After Party!

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Friday, May 8th 9:00 AM EST & 8:00 PM EST in the Plucky ETSY Shop!
It’s time for the Stitches South After Party Instant Gratification update!

The IG update will be full of creative and fun possibilities for warmer weather knitting! Many bases and colors that are perfect for jumping right into your favorite Spring Forward pattern as well as many of your tried and true favorites (some bulky will be there, sweater, SNUG bulky and many more).

I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting it is to see the new WIPs and FOs from the Spring Forward collection pop up in the threads. What a thrill! In fact, I am getting super excited about casting on my own Stripe Parade (really hoping that happens soon!) and my Beehive has been great fun to knit! I think everyone should treat themselves to a Hazy Morn cowl! Oh, and you would absolutely love a Tide Chart. It is sort of my dream pullover because it’s reminiscent of a comfy sweatshirt, but better! I have two that have been knit up in Sounds Like A Carnival – one a little more fitted and one the next size up for that cozy sweatshirt feel. And all those Lake Effect cardis already on your needles, look at you guys go!!

But it wouldn’t be truly festive without those mystery kits!!! I’m thinking Spring Fever mystery kits (8 skeins of assorted fingering weights – #mixthosebases!!!) would be a fun addition to the 6 skein tasting menus and our other mystery offerings.

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The After Party IG update will be Friday morning, May 8th at 9:00 am EST and, because I would hate anyone to miss out on the party, again at 8:00 pm EST Friday evening in the Plucky ETSY Shop.

Please note that the IG update is ready to ship and will begin shipping on Tuesday, May 12th. Please also remember that it takes a little extra time to get it all out the door. Those mystery kits take us a while – we love to match them up to you as well as we possibly can – all the while trying to add in something unexpected (so fun!).

So please join us in the update chatter thread in the Plucky group on Ravelry on Friday morning (and again Friday evening) where we will be chatting away!

The Plucky Shindig!

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The Plucky Knitter Shindig 2015
Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

It’s Shindig Sign-up Time!

The Plucky Shindig is a homecoming party for the Plucky Knitter community, a gathering of all the friends you’ve made (both in-person and online) and of course, the perfect time and place to bond with your fellow knitters and fiber loving folks. We so look forward to welcoming you all from near and far to learn, to shop, and to play together (photo booth, fashion show and karaoke anyone?!).

Sarah and the crew will be stocking the Plucky marketplace to the gills with all your favorite colors and bases (plus at least one or two new bases and countless new colors)! Hayley, Sarah and the fellas will also be standing by to help with color selection, project pairing and general merriment!

Improve your skills with technique classes from top professional instructors in the knitting industry. Amy Herzog, JC Briar and Lorilee Beltman will inspire you in the classroom.

Below you will find all the details and there’s also lively discussion in the Plucky Knitter group at Ravelry. Won’t you please join us, we’d love to have you!

With warmth and gratitude from your grateful hosts for making the Shindig so fun and our community so special,

Sarah & Lorilee
Shindig Coordinators

THE DETAILS

AIRPORT

Closest airport: Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR). Shuttles and taxis are easily arranged for the 20 minute trip downtown. A rental car is not needed.

AMWAY GRAND PLAZA HOTEL

Guests make their own reservations. Rate is $129 per night plus taxes for a guest room with two queen beds. The same rate applies whether 1, 2, 3 or 4 guests are in the room. Once successfully registered for either a class or the Shindig, you will receive an email with the link and phone number for reserving a hotel room in our block of discounted rooms. We will open up the block to everyone within a few days after registration by announcing it in the Ravelry forum. Mosts guests will book for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Add a night before or after for the same rate.

HOW TO REGISTER

The event and classes will be sold in an update on the Plucky Knitter blog at 8:00 pm eastern time on Sunday, May 3.

Free for everyone – $0
Without registering or paying for anything, all guests may participate in:

  • Entrance to the Plucky Knitter Market on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Play time in the Photo Booth on Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Karaoke and snacks on Friday night from about 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Demonstration/presentation of Stitch-Maps.com by JC Briar on Saturday morning.
  • Access to the block of discounted guest rooms at our host hotel, available after registered guests reserve their rooms.

Shindig Package- $330
You may purchase one registration, or two if buying for you and a friend.

Shindig registration includes:

  • Early access to discounted rate for hotel guest rooms.
  • Swag bag upon arrival.
  • Early entrance to the market starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • Friday night Dessert and Fashion Show Reception. Participate in the fashion show, or just sit back and enjoy.
  • Saturday evening banquet, door prizes, and presentation by Amy Herzog.

Does not include:

  • classes
  • hotel
  • transportation to and from event

Classes – $90 each

Full class descriptions are found below. There are seven choices. Classes are limited to 20 participants each. Morning session is held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Afternoon session is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please be careful to watch the class schedule so you do not double-book yourself. You may buy one or two seats each in one or more class(es), so as to be certain you can sign up with a friend. Remember to allow yourself free time to relax and enjoy your friends and the rest of the event.

Class registration includes:

  • Early access to discounted rate for hotel guest rooms.
  • Early entrance to the market starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • The class

Communication/Confirmation

Your Paypal receipt from the Plucky Knitter is your registration confirmation.

It is important to add Lorilee Beltman <Lorilee@city-knitting.com> to your email address book so that communications regarding hotel reservations first, then other items later in the coming months, will be received. We will use your PayPal email for this initially, then you’ll have an opportunity later to provide an alternate email address.

We will be attempting to contact confirmed Shindig and Class registrants within 24 hours to provide you with a link and phone number for making hotel room reservations in our reserved, discounted block of rooms. That email will come from Lorilee@city-knitting.com.

Once you have received your Paypal confirmation from the Plucky Knitter, please go ahead and reserve a room. We will open up the block to everyone in the Ravelry forum within a few days after registration, so please do not delay.

Friday morning session options:

Amy Herzog | Knit to Flatter
JC Briar | Hook Hocus Pocus

Friday afternoon session options:

Amy Herzog | Mindful Modifications
JC Briar | Slick Set-in Sleeves

Saturday morning session options:

Amy Herzog | Sweaters, Deconstructed
Lorilee Beltman | Professional-Looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast On

Saturday afternoon session option:

JC Briar | Wedge Shawl Design

Class Descriptions:

Knit to Flatter with Amy Herzog (FRI AM)

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Amy Herzog | Knit to Flatter
Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description: Consider these two truths: Your body has an inherent shape that will persist throughout your life and any weight changes, which forms a visual impression to the rest of the world, and clothing can change the way that shape looks, based on a few simple principles. Knitting yourself clothing that makes you look and feel gorgeous is all about figuring out what shape you have, what impression you want to give, and then picking patterns or designing ones that will follow suit. Amy will show you how in this engaging class.

Skills required: All levels welcome.

Materials: Measuring tape. Bring/wear a snug-fitting top.

Homework: none

Hook Hocus Pocus with JC Briar (FRI AM)

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Location: Atrium Room

Class Description: Maybe you’ve used a crochet hook to bind off, or to pick up a dropped stitch. But have you used one to join pieces together? To cast on provisionally? Or to stabilize an edge and provide a place from which to pick up stitches? Learn all of these techniques, plus embellishment, decorative edgings, and more.

Skills required: Basic knitting experience; no crochet experience

Materials: Smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn in two or more colors; needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; crochet hook roughly US size G (4mm)

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends:

Homework: Using yarn of a single color, make three swatches as follows: Cast on 20 sts. Knit in stockinette for 4” (10 cm). Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 24” (60 cm) tail.

Mindful Modifications with Amy Herzog (FRI PM)

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Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description: It’s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you’re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater. This includes:

  • Bust darts of all kinds
  • Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
  • Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
  • Neckline modifications
  • Armhole, bicep, and sleeve cap mods (overview)

This class is aimed at intermediate knitters, or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator. Students should feel comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.

Skills required: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories

Materials: none

Homework: none

Slick Set-in Sleeves with JC Briar (FRI PM)

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Location: Atrium Room

Class Description: Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look. And for easy knitting, you just can’t beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach, or to design according to your measurements.

Skills required: Experience knitting sweaters

Materials: Smooth, light colored, worsted-weight yarn (400 yards, if you want to complete the class sample sweater); US size 7 (4.5 mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge of 20 sts = 4” (including dpns, two circs, or a long Magic Loop circ if you wish to knit the lower sleeves in the round; otherwise, straight needles are fine); clip-on stitch markers; smooth, contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook roughly US size G/6 (4 mm)

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends: Sweater, Primo Worsted

Homework: Knit the back and right front of a child-size cardigan from the top down as follows:

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Back: Cast on 50 sts firmly. Keeping selvedge sts in stockinette (do not slip the first st of every row), work even in stockinette for 4¼” (11 cm), then increase 2 sts every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to last st, M1, k1 » 58 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.

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Right front: Holding the back with its RS facing you, pick up and knit 13 sts from the back’s cast-on edge, starting at the right armhole edge and extending for 2½” (6.5 cm) across the right shoulder. Work even in stockinette for 5 rows, then increase 1 st at the neck edge every RS row 6 times as follows: knit to last st, M1, k1 » 19 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then cast on 6 more sts at the end of the following RS row » 25 sts. Work even in stockinette until the right front measures 4¼” (11 cm) from its initial pick-up row, then increase 1 st at the armhole edge every RS row 4 times as follows: k1, M1, knit to end of row » 29 sts. After the last increase row, purl one WS row, then break the yarn and transfer all sts from needles to waste yarn.

Sweaters, Deconstructed with Amy Herzog (SAT AM)

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Location: Atrium Room

Class Description: Even if the fit of your sweater is perfect, how much you love your finished garment depends on a lot of different things! In this class, we’ll talk about the three main things to consider when you’re planning a sweater: Silhouette, fabric, and stitch patterning.

Some individual topics include:

-How sweaters are constructed: Overviews of the different construction styles, what they’re good for, and what kinds of bodies they fit best.

-What goes into a great swatch: The proper way to construct and “read” a swatch, measuring your gauge, and how to account for tricky fibers

-Fabric: What should your sweater fabric feel like? What makes a “good” fabric, and how do you match it to design elements?

-Where is it easy to “add in” stitch patterning to your sweater? What are the consequences of adding stitch patterning in terms of shaping, gauge, and fabric?

Student Q&A is a big part of the class, too, so bring your own questions to class, and let’s talk sweaters!

Skills required: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; this class is great for the prospective sweater knitter, the new sweater knitter, and the intermediate sweater knitter alike.

Materials: The homework swatches and a tape measure.

Homework: Please bring a few good-sized (4–6”/10–15cm square) swatches to class. They can be out of anything you like, in any gauge you like.

Professional-looking Cuffs Using the Magic Cast On with Lorilee Beltman (SAT AM)

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Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description: Learn to knit professional-looking cuffs and hems without crochet hook, waste yarn, or sewing. Class begins by learning Judy’s Magic Cast On. We proceed to knit in the round to learn first hand what a beautifully-tensioned invisible cast on can look like. Next we use JMCO to work a hemmed cuff, both plain and picot, without waste yarn nor sewing down bulky edges. Then create the professional and tidy tubular cast on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn nor crochet hook. These memorizable techniques will be your new “go-to” skills for provisional starts, and for sweater, hat and mitten cuffs. You’ll feel very clever.

Skills required: experience with knit, purl, and ribbing

Materials: 50 grams of worsted weight yarn. Yarn must be a multi-ply wool, smooth, and colored lightly enough to see well. Yarn must not be single ply, acrylic, fuzzy (no mohair), splitty, dark, nor thinner than worsted. One slippery circular needle 32″ long or longer in a size US 6 or US 7. Oneadditional circular needle of similar size. Gauge is not critical for class.

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, Lorilee recommends: Sweater, Primo Worsted

Homework: None

Wedge Shawl Design with JC Briar (Sat PM)

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Location: Vandenberg Room B

Class Description:

Stunning shawls are often formed of lace “wedges,” sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of two wedges are a familiar option. But shawls of three or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer’s shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Pick from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shape. Choose your edgings, and a “spine” to appear between the wedges. By the end of class, you’ll be well on your way to a new, unique shawl.

Skills required: Experience knitting lace and reading chart

Materials: fingering-weight, DK-weight, or laceweight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn; clip-on stitch markers; a small scrap of contrast-color waste yarn; crochet hook; pencil and eraser (graph paper will be provided); stitch dictionaries (optional)

If using Plucky Knitter yarn, JC recommends: Primo Fingering, Sweater, Feet, Lace

Homework: None

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

Beach Walk Collage
Beach Walk in Crew

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!

Spring Forward Color Collage

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.

Road Trippin’ With Plucky

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Road trips. Remember those games we played as kids? The license plate game…I Spy…Madlibs….I’m going out West and I’m bringing? Parents would suggest anything to fend off the dreaded “How much longer?” and “Are we there yet?” Elmer T’s stock answer was always “20 more minutes”.

Would you like to play a game with us as we hit the highway and head to Nashville?

It will be a yardage contest (though I keep referring to it as the mileage contest) and it will begin the minute the truck pulls away from the studio to head to Nashville on Monday the 20th. The contest will end as we pull back up to the barn, sometime Monday, the 27th! You keep track of your yardage worked, from start to finish, and post lots of progress photos and we’ll be posting photos from Stitches. It doesn’t even have to be a new project…WIPs welcome!

The game thread will remain locked until the moment we hit the road. You can be sure I will keep you posted as we get closer, giving you something of a window during which the contest will begin. Right now it’s approximately 7:00 a.m. EST on Monday morning.

We invite you to knit (or crochet) with us as we hit the road and experience Stitches South. We are hoping that the game thread will be filled with lots of photos and great stories of dedication to your yardage goals.

Once we arrive back home, the contest will stop. That’s when you can post your totals! And, just to be sure that no one feels any pressure, there will be lots of prizes drawn randomly from all who participate, as well as special prizes for great feats of achievement!

So remember, because this is just for fun, there will be just two rules to follow!

Start counting your yardage when we leave the barn (you’ll be racking up the yardage, we’ll be racking up the mileage!) and stop counting when we return home.

This is going to be great! It would be terrific if everyone could come to Nashville, but we know that’s not possible. But, we sure can all knit together. Won’t you join us on the road?

xo,
s&h

Knitterella at the Shindig Marketplace!

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We are so happy to announce that our friend and fellow Michigander, Jill, will be joining us in the marketplace at the Shindig! Jill will be bringing her full stationery and pattern line and she will even have some new products and a few new patterns (they are so cute!) to share with us. We are thrilled!

If you haven’t already done so, please check out Jill’s original graphic designs. They are they perfect foil for a Plucky pairing.

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Jill and her Mom at last year’s Plucky Retreat

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About Jill:

Jill Zielinski, aka Knitterella®, is a graphic designer with a passion to knit. Through the two she launched Knitterella.com in 2003 and has been having a blast designing stationery and gift items for knitters and crafters ever since.

In 2011, Jill entered the world of knitwear design. With the launch of her first pattern, Smocked Slouch, she found a love for creating stylish, unique and simply constructed designs. Finding yet another way to combine her passions, Jill enjoys taking her original graphics and transforming them into colorwork for knitting.

Come One, Come All!

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New colorways available in the marketplace!

Here at the studio, we are neck deep in preparations for the Plucky Shindig.

Oh my stars! Hayley and I are counting the sleeps we are so excited! The marketplace is where we get to play with you! One of our absolute favorite things about going to shows and having the retreat is meeting you and helping you find your perfect color palette and perhaps help you expand out of your comfort zone – just a bit. It’s so much fun to see you and put a real live person to your persona from Ravelry. We are here to help!

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Plucky Retreat Marketplace, 2013

So about that marketplace…. what a marketplace we have planned for you! We have added oodles of new sample knits during the recent weeks and this will be your chance to see so many of your favorite sweaters, wraps, hats, accessories and brand new releases actually knit up. And, we are very excited to have added a few super fun crochet projects to our samples! We will also be debuting many new colorways (some Shindig exclusives!) and you will have a chance to be introduced to some of the new bases we have in the pipeline. You will also have the opportunity to build some of our previously released kits in exactly the color and quantity you want, and then we will email you the pattern so you can cast on when you get home! Yes, the marketplace promises to light up your creative side with project ideas and maybe inspire you to try something new.

We are really looking forward to seeing so many of you during the Shindig weekend. Please know that you do not have to be a registered Shindig retreater to share in the marketplace or to just come and knit with us. We hope you will! The Amway Grand has wonderful gathering nooks and niches as well as large public areas for everyone to park themselves and knit. On Friday there will be a sit n knit in the Gerald R. Ford ballroom and on Saturday there will be a sit n knit in a classroom near the Plucky marketplace.

The marketplace will be open to the public Friday and Saturday, May 23rd and 24th. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

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Stitches or Bust

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Must admit it has felt more like ‘or bust’ around the studio the last two months. Mr. Murphy and his ‘law’ can go away anytime now. We’re tired of wrestling with him already. But, that cannot dampen our excitement or enthusiasm – we are so happy to be headed to Santa Clara!

Travel Collage

past plucky travels

Today I thought I would give you a peek at the hustle and bustle (ok, insanity) that has been going on in the studio as we prepare for Stitches.  This will be the Readers Digest version because I am afraid that if I report fully, I will scare myself (and you would think we are – ok I am – completely nuts).

So we have our regularly scheduled program of dyeing your yarn (cashmere update, blues club, fellas, classics, etc.), twisting, tagging, shipping, working with designers, planning new colorways, etc.  Just those regularly scheduled events keeps us happily very busy, all day, five days a week.  Then add to the mix dyeing, twisting, labeling and shipping enough yarn for a show the size of Stitches. And there is the dismantling of the studio so we can ship the racks to hold the yarn, ceramic hand mannequins, glass and wire heads, banners, table cloths, baskets, bunting,  and on and on.  The only way to do this is to ask everyone to move in double time.  We must have looked like someone put us all on to the fast forward setting.

I am cautiously optimistic and very happy to report that we are ALMOST ready for stitches.  A few things have had to move to the bottom of our priority list (kit delay, manicure, etc.), and while we have less than our original plan, it is still a lovely assortment and we will be on that plane, heading to Cal-a-forn-i-a. So, only eight more sleeps until they unlock the doors at Stitches!  Hayley and I are so excited to meet you. To see knitty friends both old and new.  We will be able to put faces to some shipping addresses and Ravatars and that is always a blast.

When we commit to attending an event, we want to make it special.  We want to bring as much as we can and have time to meet as many of our customers as possible.  The only way to do this is to pick one major event (other than the Shindig!) each year and give it 110% of all we have.  Because committing to and attending a show really does impact the normal day to day flow in the studio, we must try to balance that commitment with our commitment to you, as well as our daily lives.

But, that still leaves us the opportunity to fill in one or two other venues if at all humanly possible. Once the last prop is repacked and heading home to the studio after Stitches, we will catch our breath (but not for long!) and jump back in to the day to day at Plucky and of course start getting ready for the Shindig!  After that?  Who knows where we will pop up!

Project bag collage

Because we are headed to Stitches and not everyone can attend, I thought it would be fun to start the festivities here on the blog with a contest. Tell me something. Anything fun. A good joke. How you and yours have beaten the cabin fever during this relentless winter. Or, maybe you have not beaten it but are muddling through the best you can. Have a favorite soup recipe you care to share? What are you knitting right this minute? Leave your comment here and we will choose three winners. Each winner will receive a Plucky project bag and a skein of yarn from the One Hit Wonders that are headed to Stitches! Comments will remain open until Noon (EST) tomorrow, Thursday, February 13th.

Plucky Shindig 2014 Registration

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Registration for the Plucky Shindig 2014 is currently closed. If additional spots become available, we will announce them on the Ravelry Shindig Information Thread.

For complete information on the classes and happenings at this year’s Plucky Shindig, please visit our official Shindig Overview Page.

Shindig Registration

This button will purchase you a spot at the Plucky Retreat, including early shopping hours, desert and cocktail reception and fashion show on Friday, the Plucky Goodie Bag, and a seat at Saturday’s sit-down banquet and Franklin Habit’s presentation “Impractical Magic: The Other Side of Weldon’s Practical Needlework.” This does not include any classes. Those must be purchased separately below.

Registration is $325 per person. Please respect a limit of 2 registrations per buyer.


Friday Afternoon Class:
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Shadow Knitting

This button will register you for a seat at Franklin Habit’s Friday afternoon class. You will also be eligible for early shopping hours at the Plucky Store (Friday and Saturday @ 9:00 am).

Registration for this class is sold out.


Saturday Morning Class:
Bavarian Twisted Stitch: An Introduction

This button will register you for a seat at Franklin Habit’s Saturday morning class. You will also be eligible for early shopping hours at the Plucky Store (Friday and Saturday @ 9:00 am).

Registration for this class is sold out.


Shindig Registration Process

Shindig Registration Details – a MUST read so we all understand the registration process.

When you get to the shopping page for the retreat, you will have options for buying three items- the Shindig, Franklin’s Friday class, and Franklin’s Saturday class. Remember, no one needs to buy a thing in order to come, shop, and hang with friends.

Here are the upper limits (you can always buy just one spot) for what any single buyer can purchase:
• TWO retreat spots, and/or
• TWO seats in Franklin’s Friday class, and/or
• TWO seats in Franklin’s Saturday class.

This is based on availability, on a first come, first-served basis. We are sorry that this will feel like a race, but we do not have a way around that.

We are allowing the purchase of items in pairs to accommodate all the calls for help from those who are absolutely unable to log in at 5:00 Eastern tomorrow, Sunday the 12th (right here on the Plucky BLOG) to buy what they want. This will help friends who want to travel together, and also those who cannot register for themselves. We trust this is helpful to you and that you still find it fair for everyone. The burden is on you to communicate well with your buddies and make your own decisions. If two of you are traveling together you have the option of registering every man for himself or registering together, but if together, you must assign one person to buy the two slots. You should not both register for two slots, because then you are on the hook for four payments for two people.

Here’s the kicker- it is technically possible for one person to reach the check-out page and buy all the slots for the retreat and all the seats in each class. There is not a way for us to limit this in the shopping cart. This is why we are counting on you being honorable and respect the limits stated above. Anyone who tries anything funny will have their registration blocked and refunded manually by us. It will hurt. Please do not make us do this thankless task!

Tomorrow we will have many hands on deck to monitor registration, to forward you hotel information, and to answer your questions. Use Lorilee@city-knitting.com or Plucky customer service at pluckycustomerservice@gmail.com

Lastly a hotel reminder, to stay at ease- if you try to book a hotel room and are not able to get one, wait one day and try again. We will, if necessary, add additional rooms to the block, during business hours on Monday.

We thank you so very much for your interest in this Shindig. We can’t wait get together!

Fondly,
Sarah & Lorilee

Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Eastern

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Sunday is the official sign up for the Plucky Shindig, 2014. We had originally planned to have the sign-ups later in the evening on Sunday. However, for the sake of all our plucky pals, including those that live abroad, I rethought the signup time and it is now set for 5:00 PM, EST. That’s right! Shindig sign-ups Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. We have so many wonderful things planned for this year and are really excited to see everybody!

Best Time Of The Year~

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are enjoying gorgeous Fall weather, wherever you are. It has been picture perfect here this past week which has put pep in our step and a sudden urge to cast on every single thing I see. But before I cast on for one more pair of fingerless mitts or one more hat…. It’s update time!

Please join us Monday at 9 AM Eastern on the Plucky BLOG for a mix of some oldie but goodie colorways, some new ones and some of your most requested favorites.  You will be able to choose from  the following bases:

Primo  – Fingering, Sport, Worsted and Aran (my favorite hat yarn!)
Rustic
Trusty (quickly becoming a favorite sweater yarn!)
Bello
Lace
Feet
Sweater
Traveler Sport & Aran
Bulky
Single
*Cozy will be back soon!


just a few of the many colorways that will be available on Monday morning.

I’m also so happy to announce that Hayley and I will be visiting Twisted in Portland, OR (if Twisted is your LYS how fortunate you are!) for a Plucky Trunk Show on Friday, October 25th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Please stop by, we’d love to meet you!

Best wishes for a fun and knit filled weekend!

P.S. Coming later next week…..

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Contest time & A Plucky Retreat Photo Recap~

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

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

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

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Knitting and dance instructor all in one!

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 Everything and the kitchen (or the bathroom) sink!

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Happy knitters!

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

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The dismantling crew having breakfast

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Dismantling is a messy biz

RETREAT UHAUL

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

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

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

Tell us:

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

Herdy contest

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

long time no see~

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And we’re back! I don’t even know where to begin~

1. Stitches was great! Fantastic fun to see some old knitting friends and make new ones.

2. I have been overcome with a fresh wave of inspiration and a need to try new things. Kate was so sweet and let me try on her cute hooded vest and I immediately fell in love. I’m swatching now (using the brand spankin’ new Plucky Bulky!) and gearing up for my first bottom-up knit (I’ve been a dyed in the wool – no pun intended – fan of top-down knits forever).

3. Olga’s Aranami (there was a test knit at the booth) was a huge hit. I have a feeling we are going to be seeing a lot of Aranami’s knit up soon.

4. Lonesome Highway was, I think, the favorite gray of the weekend. So many people walked away with that as their gray of choice.

5. Color Affection. So many color affection fans stopped by the booth to show their FO’s and to get kits to make new versions. What fun to see all the CA’s out in the wild and to help others put together their very own custom CA kit.

6. Truly (really!) looking forward to being back at the studio bright and early tomorrow morning. The creative juices are flowing again, have emails to send, yarn to ship and a sneak-update to have! Which, brings me to…..

Thought it would be great to kick off the week with a very festive ‘Even if you couldn’t make it to Stitches you’ll feel like you were there’ shop update. The update will be full of many of your favorites as well the new Plucky Tee’s, Knitters With Plucky totes and, back by popular demand, the Plucky knitter ruler/needle gauge…. and free shipping too!

The etsy shop update will be a sneak-update and, begin tomorrow morning, Monday, August 20th around 10:00 a.m. Eastern and go throughout the day. As per usual, I will keep you updated as to the goings on of the update (beginning, end, breaks, etc.) in the Plucky group on Ravelry and the Plucky Facebook page.

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It’s great to be back. Wishing you a great day and a lovely week ahead.

 

Continuing the festivities~

Well, Sock Summit is over. I’m home and have lived to tell the tale (yes, there will be a blog post coming – much harder than I thought it was going to be to re-cap the whole experience) and am just now slowly getting back into a routine and very happy to enjoy the rest of the Summer at a slightly slower pace.

But, a slower pace doesn’t mean we won’t have a Plucky shop update. Sock Summit was so fun and such a thrill that I’m just bursting with excitement and want to share some of the Plucky yarn festivities with you.  You know what that means…. it is time for the ‘even if you were not at Sock Summit you’ll feel like you were there’ update(s) coming this week!

Because it will just make more sense if I list it out, The update(s) will feature the following:

Free Shipping
50.50 Silk Merino (both fingering weight and lite worsted)
Primo (of course!)
Sweater quantities
2 skein pre-orders
4 skein pre-orders
‘One-Hit-Wonder’ sale – $22 – just like at Sock Summit
‘One-Hit-Wonder’ Colorwork sets (two skeins) – $44
‘One-Hit-Wonder’ Colorwork sets (three skeins) – $66
Paulie Kits
Merino Singly Ply fingering
Merino Singly Ply lace
Cashmere!


Merino single ply anyone?


A view of the booth at Sock Summit

Did you catch that? I said update(s) – plural!

Please note: Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10th AND Friday, August 12th – those updates will be a sneak-ups. Meaning I will be listing things through the day (starting approximately 7:00 a.m. Eastern) and will keep you posted on beginning, end and breaks in-between on Facebook/Twitter and Ravelry.

The update on Sunday, August 14th will be at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

Three updates in a week, can you believe it?! Yes, there is a method to the madness. I know there are always so many of our knitting friends in other time-zones and on different schedules that have difficulty attending the updates. Just trying to spread the cheer and make it a little easier for everyone this week.

Let’s see, what else? It’s shaping up to be a very busy Fall as well with so many fun things coming up at Plucky HQ. More sweater kits (sweater and accessory), new colorways (repeatables and limited-editions), and new base yarns (Primo sport and another couple super secret bases are in the works as well) too. More information to come.

All that said – have a great night and back tomorrow with the ‘Know Your Lizard’ contest winner.

know your lizard~

know your lizard

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

cabled oz

So about that contest~

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

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

Have a great weekend everyone!

Headed to the Summit~

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Finally. After months and months of preparation – some of it tedious and back-breaking and a lot of it down right hysterically funny (and, on more than one occasion ugly cry hysterical. But I’ll spare you the details, you can thank me later.) it’s time to hit the road and head to Portland for the 2011 Sock Summit. What a adventure this is shaping up to be – I’m so excited!  If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello. There will be new patterns available exclusively at the booth as well as brand new colorways making their debut. So, until the week of August 8th – happy knitting!

Sock Summit 2011

sneak peek~

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

new stuff~

Sock Summit 2011

Madison or bust ~

getting ready to go~

Last minute prep for the show today – then packing up later this evening and headed out first thing in the morning to Madison. Then, after a whirlwind weekend it will be back to business as usual. And I, for one, (as much as I love going out to shows and meeting everyone) am looking forward to that!

Just wanted to pop in and say hi, have a great weekend and looking forward to being back in the forums in full force next week – with more dyeing (catch-up and dyeing ahead), a shop update (no, make that TWO) and just getting my ducks back in a row. Oh, and maybe knit a few rows (been working on a little secret knitting and now that that is finished it’s on to a new project).

See you next week!

pom pom's!

hittin' the road

Maile Sweater– The parade of test knits continues and I’m completely blown away by each and every one of them. This darling little cardigan is knit out of Primo fingering – taking less than one skein (newborn/3 months).

Plucky On The Road ~

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I’m thrilled that Melynda and Jill invited me to their neck of the woods for a Plucky trunk show. If you’re able, won’t you join us?

Join in the yarny fun!
Saturday, March 12th
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hartland, MI

To R.s.v.p. and get directions, email Melynda at melynda@frenchpressknits.com

Hosted by:
Melynda Bernardi, (French Press Knits)
Jill Zielinski, (Knitterella)

Retooling~

New year, time to change things up a bit, don’t you think? I’ve received some great feedback from you for a re-vamped Plucky Classics (sign-ups coming this week).  In addition to re-vamped Classics, I’m looking forward to offering quarterly sweater clubs (similar to Moody Broody Grey Club) and even creating some monthly luxury clubs throughout the year. Plucky will also be hitting the road and attending more shows than ever before…. Sock Summit here we come! So, long story short, 2011 is set to be a year of new and exciting experiences for all of us!

Oh, and get this…..(pinch me because I can hardly believe it myself) our Ravelry group hit 1,000 members as of early this morning. All I can say is be prepared for a big celebration with a contest and giveaways!

Let’s see, what else? A very little bit of knitting but a whole lot of cleaning and reorganization.  The studio was on the receiving end of a little retooling last week. Nothing crazy, just a nice deep clean and moved things around a bit. A fresh perspective – it sure does wonders for clearing the head.

monday's mess

Vintage Steelcase file cabinet in the most perfect yellow.

coming up

Getting ready for the first update of 2011!

grey cables

Winter Wonder – Plucky Merino Lite, Dark & Stormy. I’m crazy head over heels for gray + cables.

company

Sam can’t seem to keep up with the hectic pace

A First ~

My very first  pair of hand knit socks that fit perfectly! And  I did not knit these beauties. The super helpful and talented Mai did (Just one of the many that answered the call for test knitters).

 100%  Merino wool fingering weight

As soon as I can get a picture of them on my own little (ok, big, feet) I will post. Oh. They are divine!

And, small etsy update.

 Doyene – Merino Fingering

 Iris – Merino Fingering

 

Persian Rug – BFL Superwash

Fall Splendor – BFL Superwash

These and several more in the shop.

Test Knits – Part Two & A Neck Warmer ~

More test knits have arrived…… Jodi made me the cutest set – booties and a vine lace baby hat to match! But, I can’t show it to you yet, as I have not had a chance to put the buttons on, hopefully Saturday, and then pictures. Oh. The cuteness!

Then Macoco  was sweet enough to test knit some cashmere lace weight for me and make a neck warmer/cowl.

cowl.jpg  Used her pic – couldn’t resist her lovely photo shoot.

And then the Chevron….. Thank you MLE! She used the BFL Suri Alpaca yarn in Vivi’s Dress and the Merino Fingering weight in Kicky.

Thank you so much ladies – and there are still more to come – how exciting! I could not have done all this, no way no how, without your help!

Now, the season for hand knit accessories is upon us.

Maisy Day handspun….. think this will become some sort of easey peasey, uber basic scarf. This yarn can totally stand on its own.

Got a smidge of gift knitting done this week – a little something to keep Tracy’s neck warm this winter. Knit with FeltStudioUK handspun in the color Joy.

 

Exceedingly fast knit – took well under 2 hours.

  • Needles: US 11 20″ circular
  • Cast on 76 sts
  • Pattern based on Charade

Endurance & A Reconnaissance Mission ~

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Macoco read the meme post of  early this morning  and remarked on my favorite character trait (which is so hard to narrow down as there are quite few character traits that I consider “must haves” but lately endurance is really resonating with me) Anyway, she  sent this – and I loved it:

Endurance according to  a song that Fred  and Ginger sang in Swing Time.
Nothing’s impossible, I have found.
For when my chin is on the ground,
I pick myself up, dust myself off,
Start all over again.

Don’t lose your confidence if you slip.
Be grateful for a pleasant trip,
And pick yourself up; dust yourself off;
Start all over again.

 

Words to live by, I think.

Big plans for the weekend – headed to the Leland Fiber Festival. A reconnaissance mission if you will. Thinking of being a vendor next year – exiting times, I tell you!

Small etsy update took place while you were sleeping…… Unveiling a very limited supply of worsted weight.

 

Go With The Flow

 

Mulled Cider

 

Mrs. Bennet’s Drawing Room

 

Aubergine superwash merino

These and more have been listed in the shop.

Sensory Overload ~

S and I went to Stitches. Wow – talk about sensory overload….  and all we did was go to the market – can’t imagine if  we actually went to some classes. I’ll have to work up to that next year.

 Met Kathy! What a doll – the three of us had a ball chatting about all things yarny related and lots of other random bits – the time just flew by (the hallmarks of a good time being had by all). If you haven’t visited Kathy’s blog yet….. please drop by and say hi. You will be glad you did.

habu-haul-2.jpg  Bought some yarn – but just a bit.  Habu Textiles the Kushu Kushu scarf kit really caught my eye (have you seen this  and this?). Actually, it was the first, middle and last booth we visited at the Market. It was becoming a running joke every time we popped back up.   Purchased two cones of the 100% silk in a teal and a cranberry color, then 100% lambswool in a gorgeous ivy green and then the scarf kit is deep aubergine and charcoal grey. The large skein of charcoal in front is a lovely yarn from Brooks Farm  Yarn. I have an idea of what it will all become (all the Habu (minus the scarf kit) plus the Brooks Farms charcoal will become something for Fall), but you will have to wait and see.