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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.

258 replies
  1. Allison
    Allison says:

    Although I’ve not loved walking in to work on the frigid mornings, I have loved my weekends off with my boys to build snowman or throw snowballs (it’s usually me throwing snowballs at them ;)). And of course these temps just make you want to knit ALL.THE.THINGS. I’m currently working on my Polar Opposites, which I’m super excited about, and I’m also working on Plaits and Pines – what a gorgeous pattern!!! Enjoy your time at Stitches!!!!!!

    • Maria Harper
      Maria Harper says:

      What’s getting me through the ENDLESS rain and wind? The fact that it is getting lighter in the mornings… Only one week more and I can probably walk my dog with no torch! It’s the little things that get you through 🙂
      Oh yes, that and cashmere 😀

  2. Danielle K
    Danielle K says:

    Wish I was gonna be at stitches west with you but sadly an east coast girl here!! Knitting my first sweater right now! So exciting and see the south is gettin a big ole snow storm I’m getting lots of knitting done 🙂

  3. Ingrid
    Ingrid says:

    My morning…

    9 year old son (acting all serious to disguise that this was a joke): “Mom, what do you call someone who rides the luge?”

    Yep, I walked right into it.

    A Luger.

  4. Ruth Anne
    Ruth Anne says:

    Something funny, or perhaps a little disturbing . . . a male coworker, age 62, came to work the other day and unbuttoned his dress shirt to show us the t-shirt he was wearing underneath which said “I Pooped Today.” Not sure if we were supposed to laugh or congratulate him. His wife bought him the shirt, and I’m pretty sure she didn’t intend for him to wear it to work!

    Beating cabin fever with hour after hour of the Olympics and knitting Flake, Tonic Water and Stich Block Cowl, all in Plucky!

  5. Addline
    Addline says:

    Hi ! I love when you post pictures of yarn festivals and the preparation that is going on just before…
    I’m now thinking about my next holidays : 2 weeks in Japan… And I can’t wrap my brain around the nudity imposed in the onsen. Will I be “able” to do that ? Taking a bath totally naked in front of strangers AND friends ?!
    I didn’t know holidays could be even a little bit stressful ! 😀

  6. Debora
    Debora says:

    It’s been a rough winter for a lot of people this year. I live in NC and even we’ve had lots of snow. All I can say is I never want to hear the words “polar vortex” again!

    Stay warm, stay safe!

  7. Meredith Hartmann
    Meredith Hartmann says:

    Joke I heard at work:

    A couple of shepherds, Tim and Jim, were walking around a field when they came across a hole. “How deep do you think it is?” asked Tim. “Can’t rightly say. It’s pretty dark down there…Let’s toss a pebble in and see.” said Jim. Tim picked up a pebble and tossed it in; the shepherds heard it plunk a couple of times against the sides of the hole, but never heard it hit bottom. The two gaped at each other in wonder. “Let’s try something else! How about that over there?” Jim had noticed an anvil nearby. He picked it up, waddled over to the hole, and with some effort, dropped it in. Sure enough, the shepherds heard the anvil plunk against the sides, but the sound faded and faded, and they never heard it hit bottom. The men stood, scratching their heads, pondering the depth of this tremendous hole, when Tim heard a strange noise from behind them. He turned, only to see a goat running toward them at breakneck speed. The men watched, astonished, as the goat bolted straight into the hole! Again, they heard the fading cries of the goat’s bleats, but never heard a telltale “thunk”. “Wow!” cried Jim, “This is some hole!” Just then, another man came panting behind them. “Did you guys see a goat run by just now?” he gasped. “Why, yes,” said Tim, “but he ran straight into this here cavernous hole!” “That’s impossible!” cried the other man, “He was tied to an anvil!”

    Made me chuckle. Have fun at Stitches!

  8. Kitty
    Kitty says:

    Muddling through by holing up for days at a time and then having fun the days it gets back to 70. Needless to say I am pretty tired of the weather “mood swings” but my whole wardrobe is getting used this winter.

  9. Vicki K.
    Vicki K. says:

    I work for the local municipal government. In the ice storm last week I was unable to get my Jeep out of the garage, let alone out of the driveway and down the mountain. Yay, I thought, I can knit and quilt all day today. No such luck. One of my bosses came to pick me up in a snow plow. Advantage/disadvantage? to working for the government. I did take my knitting with me because I knew it would be a slow day at work.

  10. CourtneyM
    CourtneyM says:

    I have been spending frigid ’14 curled up under the electric blanket when I’m not at work. Current project is a cardigan for Ravellenic Games which is going to be a stretch!

  11. julie
    julie says:

    so… yesterday, my fellas were finally back in school!! Happy dance!!! I needed to get out of the house (desperately) and had the best time meeting a friend of mine for lunch and a movie (Monuments Men). I had a smidge more time before picking up kids so I decided to stop for a French Roast at this little coffee shop that has a drive thru. As I was pulling away from the window, I was setting the HOT coffee in the cup holder when the lid popped off and spilled all over the center console of my car – like literally 1/2 the cup. I only had my jeans to wipe things off with so since there wasn’t anyone else in the drive through, I pulled back around. The gal apologized and gave me a ton of napkins and refilled my coffee. Thinking that I was in the clear, I started driving to school. It happened again! WHAT?????? SERIOUSLY????? All over the boys PSP’s, Josh’s ipod, my phone, the car chargers, my entire box of tissues, the EZ pass…. coffee everywhere! I don’t know who that Murphy thinks he is, but I’d like him to get himself and his law out of my car!

  12. Kim
    Kim says:

    Sadly my kids’ jokes all involve potty humor lately, so I probably shouldn’t share even though they are funny. But i am knitting a Princess Franklin cowl right now, thanks to the December mystery kits — love the colors you all picked out on Traveler Sport. and the weaving is going to be a big adventure!! (Just like driving to work this morning in another Southern ice storm… only a much more fun adventure.)

  13. Kim Porter
    Kim Porter says:

    We have been waiting for rain in the Pacific Northwest all winter and it has finally come! Soup is on the stove, Olympics are on the tv and three knitting projects are on the needles, a hat, the second fingerless mitten and a cute simple headband!

  14. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    Muddling through this winter best as I can with three young kids and all the wool I can carry! Yesterday we saw the sun for the first time in I don’t know how long and it took me a few minutes to figure out where that bright light was coming from. Then today I seriously contemplated hip checking my pouting five year old into a snow bank walking home from the bus.
    I have a forest green French cancan, a red/white colour work hot water bottle cozy, purple thrummed mitts, and a turquoise spruce cowl on my needles!

  15. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I was working on a project one day when dh came downstairs walk over to my yarn closet grabbed a hank and tossed it at me saying I need a hat and gloves by 4 pm to shovel mind you it was 2 pm.

  16. Maria
    Maria says:

    Q: What do you call ten Michigan hares hopping backwards through the snow together?
    A: A receding hare line.

    Q: Why does it take longer to build a blonde snowman than a regular one? A: You have to hollow out the head. (No offense, Sarah!!!)

    Here’s to a better restof2014!

  17. Leisa
    Leisa says:

    My sweet sweet father is in the downward spiral of Parkinsonism dementia. His daily request of me is ” did you bring some of your bread?”
    So we sit side by side, I knit while he eats slice after slice of buttered bread.
    I make eye contact to keep our disjointed conversation going, receiving one of his unique “papa” smiles. He says “good bread”.

    Am so blessed to be able to give and receive comfort during the longest winter of my life.

    * the bread is in the oven

  18. Jeannine Caliknitta
    Jeannine Caliknitta says:

    Love all of the pics. So excited. Ok, well, I have needed to be a lot Plucky around here. I cannot complain about the weather, it’s beautiful and sunny in So. California, but this week has really pulled some punches. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and my 19 year old daughter is suspected to have thyroid cancer. Nuts, right? Panicking and falling apart are not an option around here! Lots of family love, spending time together and having fun. Looking forward to Stitches West, where I am going to buy LOTS and LOTS or yarn, hang out with good friends, drink some cocktails and just check out of reality for a few days. Knitting with Plucky always makes me feel fantastic, so I am going to need to stock up, big time. See you soon!

  19. angelina
    angelina says:

    HI guys, my friend has invited me to attend stitches, i suppose i should research it 🙂 would love to beat this winter with some plucky love bags!! thanks . maybe i’ll see you there?

  20. CG
    CG says:

    A month after my 32nd birthday and I have a stroke! Plucky has become part of my physical therapy the past few days, otherwise I don’t know how I could stand it. I made a tiny hat and a pom pom from December Classics Primo Sport for a stuffed monkey. Not you shabby for a few days out, right?

    I’m stalking Ravelry fervently though, waiting for my hands to work again. Have fun at Stitches!

  21. Orlane
    Orlane says:

    I am a nanny and walk to work every day no matter the weather! Taking the kids (3 and 1) out is almost impossible but the oldest goes to pre-school so we have to at least walk to the bus. Unfortunately chicago CTA sucks and is never on time. My poor little guy had the reddest face and never complained once about the cold. To show him how proud I was of him I got him the biggest truck they had at Walgreens on the way home. Then we tried to make a snow men but nanny really sucked at it, the snow wouldn’t stick together!!!

  22. Laura C
    Laura C says:

    February is the worst–my most-hated month, for sure. You’ve been cooped up for months already, you’re pale and weak. Last February my then-22-month-old daughter and I just didn’t have the fight in us to deal with any more winter. We read “And Then It’s Spring” by Julie Fogliano over and over and over again–it’s a story about a little boy who plants seeds, hoping for spring, even when it’s “brown all around.” I got teary-eyed every time we reached the ending and the whole world went green!

    The end of February came and it was still brown and white all around. So I decided, forget waiting for spring. Let’s just do it. I poured Lucy into her winter gear–and her purple spring rainboots–and we drove to the dairy farm up the road in Ipswich MA. Prime puddle stomping! Several times a week for several weeks we went and stomped puddles–even breaking puddle ice!–for an hour or so, and came home feeling like we’d stomped some of the meanness out of February. Spring felt just a little bit closer on those days!

    I feel some puddle-stomping coming on very soon 🙂

  23. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    When she was 4 my sister came home from kindergarten with a new joke. “What do you call a fly that doesn’t have wings?”

    Wait for it!

    “A walk of course”

    I’ll never forget that little girl’s laugh, she was so delighted with herself

  24. Cindy O
    Cindy O says:

    So glad seems to have settle down so in Pluckyland

    This coming Saturday my hubby is taking me shoe and possible clothes shopping for my bday, Christmas and Valentines Day!!!! Squeeeeeeee

    This was suppose to happen in January but with weather and sickness prevented it.

    So come hell or high snow – we are suppose to get a mother of a storm tonight and tomorrow like 1 foot of snow – we are headed down the DC way for some serious SHOPPING!!!!

  25. Dianne
    Dianne says:

    Right now I am knitting a Lazy Jacks Hat with my November Fellas in Aran. My oh my is it yummy! I was intending to put it in the gift basket for Christmas, but I may not be able to part with it! Have fun at Stitches! I hope one year that Stitches East makes you event list 🙂

  26. Karen
    Karen says:

    We are battening the hatches and sharpening the shovels once again… Nor’easter headed our way and we are right smack in the “heavy snow” band! Kiddo thinks this is the best winter ever, she hasn’t had a full week of school since Christmas. Soup’s on, miles of knitting lined up, Downton Abbey and Olympics on the DVR.

    Hope Cali is warm and beautiful for you! Have a great time at Stitches, you deserve it!

  27. CarylK
    CarylK says:

    I have been so grateful that I am not working this winter (I was a professional driver) because everything has been so cold and so snowy. Instead I get to stay home, play with my dogs, knit to my heart’s content – colourwork socks at the moment – and stalk the Plucky updates 😉 Right now my cat is beating a tattoo on the door so I guess I should go let him in and feed everyone their breakfast 🙂

  28. Emily G
    Emily G says:

    Looking oddly forward to 8 inches of snow tonight/tomorrow, hoping it’ll buy me some knitting time for my Ravellenics projects! Also eagerly waiting to receive my very first Plucky yarn and going over project options a million times – thinking maybe Millay Cardi in traveler sport. 🙂 So much knitting to do and so little time.

  29. Michelle Fiori
    Michelle Fiori says:

    I don’t live where it’s cold, our winter has been very mild in phoenix. I have paid attention to the weather reports and it’s amazing how amazing everyone is. I’m working on two baby blankets that if I’m lucky will be done when these two babies are 1.

  30. Roni W
    Roni W says:

    I live in TN and really want to see snow that we (my children and I) can play in. We had a little last Saturday but it was gone in less than one hour. The just plain cold weather has kept us inside all working on knitting. My children are 8 and 6 so it is wonderful to have peace and quiet in the house.
    Will you be attending Stitches South?

  31. Alexandra
    Alexandra says:

    It’s 14 degrees here in RI today! Brr. We have been dealing with frozen pipes all winter (new house, no warning- fun times). At least I’m warm at work for now. And I get to look forward going home to my Samantha (by Amy Miller) on my needles, in Wintry Mix on Traveler Aran. It’s knitting up so soft and squishy I just want to finish it so I can wear it. It’s going to be the perfect weekend sweater! Have fun in Cali- I’ll be on the East Coast dreaming of being there

  32. christine arnone
    christine arnone says:

    Wow, um, Leisa at 8:32 post, you are an angel. I hope you have wonderful knitting to enjoy while sitting watching your father eat all that bread that you are so lovingly making. How hard and wonderful that must be !

    I just got back from San Diego for a week of sunshine and warmer temps than my upstate NY home. And am awaiting surgery for my herniated disc, which has limited my ability to knit fairly significantly. Arm pain makes it difficult to focus on the stitches. I am attempting to work on a lovely Mystery Knit a Long shawl from Ysolda. it is so much fun and looking so beautiful even though it’s in its very early stage.

    Knit myself some Plucky Primo worsted handwarmers earlier this winter and yum, just yum !

  33. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    You guys have been through so much lately! Not long ago, I discovered the miracle of the grumpy jar, and it might be something you’d find useful from time to time.

    My 4th grade son has multiple disabilities and has a tough time in school. He usually likes going to school, but homework takes him so long, and he regularly complains bitterly about doing it. I often feel like I’m a failure as a parent when I can’t get him past these moods.

    A couple of weeks ago I had a rare flash of brilliance during a homework meltdown. I grabbed an empty jam jar and told him “Quick, get your grumpies into the jar!” He stopped his meltdown, roared into the jar, and I quickly slapped a lid on. And then he laughed! We set the jar on the table and the day’s homework meltdown ended. For the next few days, he laughed when I reminded him of the grumpy jar.

    I am amazed at how upbeat & positive your team is after all the troubles you’ve been through — even when people say something not so nice on Ravelry, you always rise above and I never see you respond back in kind.

    But I’m sure, like everyone, you have your times when you just can’t take it, and for those times, maybe a grumpy jar would be useful. I think we all could use a grumpy jar sometimes!

    Have a lovely time and Stitches!

  34. Arlene
    Arlene says:

    A moment to be proud: I decided to change out a color on my stitch block cowl and REALLY wanted to work on it during the day. So at 6am, I’m winding a skein of Plucky fingering so I can take it with me. Hubby walks out and simply says “oh, need more yarn for your project?” He didn’t ask what or why or question the time. He just took it in stride….I think he finally gets it!

  35. Jaclyn Miller
    Jaclyn Miller says:

    My second daughter (Eve) was born on New Year’s Eve, so we have been spending this maternity leave inside because this Michigan winter is TOO FLIPPING FRIGID to go out and do anything.

    All this indoor time has been good for knitting however. I have mastered the sleeping-baby-whilst-knitting infant hold, which keeps us both warm and me wishing I didn’t have to go back to work in a couple weeks. It’s really going to put a damper on my knitting and snuggles time.

  36. Danielle
    Danielle says:

    Just finished my first sock ever. Took three tries but this one fits (more or less). Also have four different KAL projects that I’ve fallen behind on in my quest to learn how to knit a sock. And I’m eagerly awaiting my Plaits & Pines kit, which will jump to the front of the queue as soon as it arrives.

  37. Sue W
    Sue W says:

    I walked into a room where my niece was sitting and asked her if she had a newspaper. She replied ‘no auntie, I use the IPAD’. Hmmm, I thought and then I asked her if she had a magazine. Again, she replied ‘no auntie, I use the IPAD’. I asked her if I could borrow her IPAD. ‘Sure’ she says. I go into the other room. After she hears a loud bang, she asked ‘auntie is everything okay?’. I replied, ‘yes dear, that fly didn’t know what hit him’. (okay, so it was a joke I heard from someone else….)

  38. Katie
    Katie says:

    Alright, I have three jokes that I learned in the last week, so here you go.

    1.) Q: What did the apple say to the worm? A: You’re boring me.
    2.) Person 1: I’m a perfect 10. Person 2: Yeah, on the Ph scale, ’cause you’re basic.
    And for the Harry Potter fans: Q: What happens when Barty Crouch, Jr. drinks? A: He gets a little Moody.

    Thank you and goodnight! Enjoy the veal!

  39. LisaB
    LisaB says:

    The weather is so cold that I just can’t stop eating. Snacking, really. So I bought the big bag of kettle chips yesterday. You know, the BIG bag, like nine gazillion servings of 3 chips each. I started my descent into that bag. My 15 year old son, seeing the downward spiral in the making, said “Hand over the chips. Here, hold this skein of Plucky instead. It’s better for you.” Love that clever boy! Stay safe and warm all!

  40. Gail B.
    Gail B. says:

    I am one of the few people around that love winter, but I live in NC not Michigan! Currently awaiting “Pax” but have been busy knitting lots of hats this winter (I am not a hat person and have been in the search of trying to make myself a hat that doesn’t look absolutely ridiculous on me) and I am also working on a cardigan. To me winter weather is a good excuse to stay inside, drink coffee and KNIT!!

  41. Isobel
    Isobel says:

    While I don’t have weather issues to deal with, there is a pervasive challenge in my life involving my youngest child (21). The only way I can keep my head up is with faith, hope, and love. I try to surround myself with positive energy. You will never know how much the Plucky Knitting community has helped. You have faced enormous challenges . I truly believe in the ripple effect. Through your sharing of hope/faith and keeping on keeping on, you (and the whole plucky community)have helped me very much. Right this moment, I am knitting the lovely Ashburn in the original colors on single. I have learned while I may not always be happy , I can find joy. Plucky brings me much joy <3

  42. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Surviving the long winter knitting up some cashmere into a gorgeous cowl. After that, I need to make some new mittens for my cold hands. I figure as soon as I start the mittens, spring will come!

  43. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    I’m beating the winter blues (and recovering from a broken ankle/leg) by knitting a wonderful mystery knit-a-long with Plucky Feet. Wingtips and Princess Phone go together beautifully amd I can’t wait to see the finished result!

  44. Justine
    Justine says:

    Here’s a joke about engineers. It was during the French Revolution and as often happened, several men were being taken to the square to be executed before a jeering crowd. The first condemned man was a priest. He asked to be put into the apparatus face up, so that he could see the heavens. His request was granted. But as the blade came hurtling down towards his neck, it stopped halfway down. The executioners decided it was the work of God and they pardoned the priest. The second man was a petty thief, and having seen what happened, he also asked to be executed face up. Again, the blade came down and again it stopped. The executioners again decided they could not go against the hand of Fate and they pardoned the thief. The third man was an engineer. The executioners put him in the guillotine face up. As they loosed the blade to start it falling towards the engineer’s neck, he spoke up. He said, “I see what your problem is!”

  45. Margie
    Margie says:

    Oddly, the abundant snow isn’t bothering me this year but the cold has really been wearing on me, so much so I haven’t ventured out a whole lot (other than to work). Staying inside, knitting on my Blackcurrant for the Ravellenics while watching the Olympics, and making endless chili recipes has kept me content. And, oh, yeah…my house has never been cleaner. Sure wish I was going to Stitches with you all, though! Thanks for the peek into all the excitement.

  46. Amy H
    Amy H says:

    I cannot wait for Stitches! It’s going to be so much fun. Pack your rainboots, though, as we are finally starting to get some of our winter rain and we desperately need it, so I won’t wish it away for you (sorry!).

    My favorite joke – Two penguins are standing on an ice floe. One says to the other, “you look like you’re wearing a tuxedo”. The other one says, “what makes you think I’m not?!”

  47. Alex
    Alex says:

    This Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup from allrecipes.com has been on heavy rotation in my home this winter. The creamy goodness is just the ticket on frigid nights.

    Ingredients:
    4 cups chicken broth
    2 cups water
    2 cooked, boneless chicken breast
    halves, shredded
    1 (4.5 ounce) package quick cooking long
    grain and wild rice with seasoning packet
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup butter
    2 cups heavy cream

    Directions:
    1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, water and chicken. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
    2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux. Whisk in cream, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
    3. Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

  48. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    I started a new business on top of my full time job last month and it is taking up a lot of my already minimal knitting time available… Not sure how I am feeling about that. I think in the long run it will pay out but with 2 small kids and hubby out of work, it is hard to see that far ahead.

    I will create when I can!!! And sometimes the laundry or the dishes just won’t get done. TOOO BAD!

  49. Olivia Forney
    Olivia Forney says:

    Ugh. The winter blues. Life is so busy at my house that I haven’t even had a chance to sit and think about winter. I work 8+ hours/day at my “real” job and then I spend 5-8 hours each afternoon/evening/night working with local high school kids on speech and drama. Which means my knitting is…slow. I have a sock on the needles in my purse and a lovely Bees to Honey at home (in the Afternoon Snack kit. Scrumptious!).

    (Also, my husband and I are considering it a miracle that we will both be home at the same time on Valentine’s Day. Pizza and beer. Delicious.)

    A PG joke I learned from my high school kids: Why can’t the melons get married? Because they cantaloupe.

    Oh, and I dream of summer to get me through cabin fever. Seeds for the vegetable garden are ordered and I have already plotted out every square foot of my garden on graph paper. Yeah. I’m that person.

    Have fun in the warm sun at Stitches!

  50. Dawn H
    Dawn H says:

    I have loved having all the snow and cold temps to be able to hibernate and organize my patterns and yarn, knit mittens for my grandson and a great wrap for myself for Spring,….if it ever gets here!

  51. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Today the freeze has lifted and a nice gentle snow is falling. The weatherman has promised 40s next week and although I don’t believe him, it provides hope that this winter is winding down. Although the nasty temps have meant less time outside, we’ve been enjoying lots of family board games. I finally won at Sorry Monday night so I think we should quit for the season!

    Enjoy California! I love love love the state and wish my parents had decided to stay after my dad was discharged from the Navy…

  52. Peggy
    Peggy says:

    I am dealing with cold just fine BUT it is the beautful sunshine that keeps me chipper! Plus test knitting for a favorite designer of mine, JimiKnits helps so much!!! Just keeping in mind that this won’t last forever!!

  53. michelle
    michelle says:

    Let’s see – we’re currently under a snow emergency (it hasn’t even started snowing here either.) On the bright side, the impending Snowdoom means I’ll have plenty of time to work on my plucky lace shawl for the Ravellenics.

  54. Lisa E
    Lisa E says:

    We are beating the winter with our new dog. She has brought so much fun and love to the house. She was a stray in W. Virginia so she hasn’t figured out why we have all this white stuff and why we have to go outside when it is 6 degrees. She is learning to tolerate putting on a coat. Even on the coldest days we have fun outside watching her learn.

    Knitting has taken a backseat to the dog as she loves to play with balls of yarn. She has some learning to do where Plucky is concerned! Little projects like booties and hats for my new grand baby coming soon are all I can manage.

  55. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    I’ve been working and knitting, working and knitting! My main ravellenics project is a ‘howlcat’ in primo aran and bello fingering. I am a little concerned that I won’t be able to finish in time!!

  56. Denise
    Denise says:

    Have a great time at Stitches. I was originally planning to go but then I got into the Shindig so I’ll get to meet you in May. Can’t wait. Right now I’m knitting a Flipside for Ravellinics and I’m almost done with Warm Wishes. My knitting has improved so much in the past year since I’ve discovered Plucky. Thanks for all the inspiration. Spring will be here soon.

  57. Corinne
    Corinne says:

    Since I only started knitting Plucky last March, this is the first winter that I’ve had a bunch of Plucky FOs to bundle up in. I live in NYC and walk everywhere, and these days I rarely leave the house without something Plucky on! I loved shopping the Plucky booth at VKL last year, and I hope you all come to the east coast again soon!

  58. Julia McDonald
    Julia McDonald says:

    A funny story: I live in northern California, teach high school Latin and work with the farm animals that are part of my school’s sustainable agriculture program. A couple of weeks ago a rescued and litter of baby rabbits that had been seemingly abandoned in a very shallow, muddy depression in the dirt floor of their pen. Based on their appearance and size, I figured they were about 10-14 days old. Of course I took them home to nurse them since their mother seemed negligent. I bought kitten formula to nurse them (difficult to find bunny formula) and set them up in a cozy nest in my home. In the mean time I have a new juicer and have been experimenting with making all sorts of juice including fresh almond milk. After work one day last week, I went in the fridge to prepare the bunnies a bottle and i couldn’t find the jar of formula. I’m standing at the fridge wondering out loud about where it might be and my husband starts sputttering/laughing/choking and asks what it looked like. When I described it he said he DRANK IT that morning. He thought it was leftover almond milk from a couple days before. He thought it looked and smelled different but assumed that was because it was a couple of days old. He downed ALL 12 OUNCES with no more than a “huh, that didn’t taste very good”. We laughed hysterically and have been making jokes about his soft ears and silky fur thanks to the formula. If you’d like to harass him on ravelry, his name is ballwinderknits

  59. Marje
    Marje says:

    While trying to keep my 18yo daughter safe on her way to work the morning of New Years Eve I totaled the car on black ice. The new replacement I bought then decided it didn’t want to start when it had been cold, especially at opportune times like an 11 PM return to the airport after a business trip. Fortunately yesterday the dealership finally decided it was a defective battery and replaced. The car situation now settled it is time for the never-ending winter to end.

  60. Mary Claire
    Mary Claire says:

    Right now…I am knitting my second real knitting project, a Rayures scarf. My first project (and practices) I used square needles and had no pain in my hands, but for this project I am using round needles and ouch! So I’m trolling the internet for another set of square needles. I’m too hooked on knitting already to give up now! Have a great time selling all that gorgeous yarn!!

  61. Andrea L.
    Andrea L. says:

    Wish I could visit you at Stitches. Have a fabulous time! We had a little snow storm and were home bound for just 4 days. The Sochi Olympics saved our sanity since we all like watching it. And the kids didn’t eat the bananas so they got really brown and we had to make banana bread. Yep, it’s their fault. Currently OTN is a Plaits & Pines hat using Plucky single. Can’t wait to wear it!

  62. Linda
    Linda says:

    I am trying to beat the cabin fever by spending some time outside each day, even if it is below zero or snowing. I also installed a window bird feeder. I was very skeptical, and it took a while for the birds to come to it, but now they do and it is great fun to have them so up close.

  63. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    We have actually been enjoying this cold, snowy winter in NJ! We lived in Orange Co. CA for 5years, so this is quite the welcome back to Winter! My kids are having A BLAST!

  64. Kathy H
    Kathy H says:

    this time last year my husband and I took a gamble and planted our garden earlier than suggested for our area and it worked. I think this year I will wait two more months before putting seeds in the ground. Perhaps this cold weather will have frozen the bug population that was too abundant in 2013. I was one of the few who made it to work every day during our snow storms so I have planned my snow day when I can enjoy the outside with the grandchildren.

  65. Marta
    Marta says:

    As for jokes, the one that keeps the kids giggling all the time (ages 6 and 3) happens multiple times a day. Whenever one of them says “Guess what?” I always reply, “Chicken butt.” It’s not very sophisticated (potty humor at its most basic), but it does keep it light around here.

    I will share a new recipe that I’m DYING to try — it’s perfect for anyone who loves roasted brussel sprouts. And if you haven’t had one yet, you SHOULD. I could eat a whole tray. Anyway, its a recipe for a brussel sprout GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. How awesome does that sound? Wait until you see the picture. When you’re ready for some yum, chickety check it out. http://300sandwiches.com/forbidden-sandwich-4-brussels-sprouts-grilled-cheese/

  66. Jan
    Jan says:

    When I became a Pluckster this past fall, I had no idea how it would impact our household…

    A year ago, my husband and I decided to retire (I retired, he has not yet) and move to……Michigan! Sounds simple enough, right? As a little background, we have only ever lived in one house, that being for 37 years. So for the past several months I have been wading through decades of accumulation: my deceased folks’, his deceased folks’, our kids’, and ours. Every morning I get up with scheduled goals in mind, check Plucky, and dig in. As milestone rewards, I check in to Plucky to catch up on the latest, which means everything from the joys of receiving a shipment, to the sorrows of losing a pet, to the trials of the weather, to FVV. The Plucky family has become my family to the point that when my husband comes home from work, his first questions are “What’s going on at Plucky today and did you receive any yarn?”. All this to say how important Plucky (and Plucksters) have become to us during the past several months. Thanks for being Plucky…

  67. Nancy Stender
    Nancy Stender says:

    The philosophy that has been getting me through the past few weeks (and that I posted on Facebook) is–every storm we get through just brings us that much closer to spring. That’s what I’m holding on to.

    Plus the belief that 6 more weeks of winter was caused by NYC mayor Bill DiBlasio, when he accidentally dropped Staten Island Chuck on Groundhog Day!

    Right now I’m knitting a sock pattern in a mystery KAL by Kirsten Kapur/Through the Loops. I test knitted the Ralston sweater pattern for her last month with Plucky Sweater and it turned out great!

    I’m nancyyarnwoman on Ravelry.

  68. Angela
    Angela says:

    Well, I’m in California, so no winter to speak of, just drought. But I’ve been coping with drought by conserving water, and knitting my first Plucky Bello in the Follow Your Arrows KAL. It is heavenly! Thank you for the contest!

  69. Amy
    Amy says:

    I rearranged my yarn/quilt room yesterday. I still have some more to do, but revisiting all my lovelies made me totally forget about the cold and gave me a happy little glow inside.

  70. Ashlee
    Ashlee says:

    Living in MI, we have been hammered with snow and I have been on a sock knitting kick here lately. I am very much looking forward to May because of Spring, but mostly for the Shindig!

  71. Pam
    Pam says:

    I am currently working on a 3rd mitt for my pair of mitts for my 1st Ravellenics . I guess I was “pumped” during Opening Ceremonies (and rusty with “magic loop) because my 1st mitt is ALOT smaller than my second…checked family members and all have similar sized “hand-sets”. I will then proceed to make a 4th mitt for a very small person to match the 1st…Thanks for having such generous skeins!!

  72. Doreen
    Doreen says:

    I am the proud mother of 17mo old identical twin daughters. I’ve been thinking that they’re at the age where they should play independently while Mommy catches up on her knitting (we should all have fun during playtime, right?). So I’ve been introducing them to my projects by letting them pet the WIP (proclaiming “gentle, gentle…!!” which I think they understand, thank you daycare!!). Now what they’ll do is do their thing in the living room for 5-10 min, then toddle over to me knitting in my captain’s chair & pet the WIP, laugh, and then return to their previously scheduled fun.

    I would take a picture of this but right now they’re obsessed with my iPhone. Like mother, like daughter(s)!

    See you at Stitches – can’t wait to meet your lovely, phenomenal team!! To whet your appetite, it’ll be in the 60s with some sun peeking through today. 🙂

  73. Marge
    Marge says:

    I live in California and we have had a serious lack of any precipitation. Our second grandchild just arrived so I am happy to be knitting and sewing for the new little guy.

  74. Pam
    Pam says:

    I’m finding my day job is getting in the way of my knitting enjoyment. 3 plucky projects on the needles. Color Affection, cashmere cowl and mitts. Love the enjoyment and comfort of your yarns. Enjoy your trip!

  75. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    After several weeks of cold, clear skies it’s back to rain in Seattle. I couldn’t be happier. Strange how we start to miss the familiar no matter how dismal it can be.

    I can’t wait to meet you at Stitches West.

  76. Bridy
    Bridy says:

    This winter has been beyond brutal. No break from the cold, days on end of -45c. But I have to say, there is nothing more worth smiling about then a nice sunny day and we have been blessed with a lot of sun even with the cold temperature. I enjoy nothing more than taking my tow dogs to the dog park and watching run around basking in the the sunshine (and cold)
    I am currently knitting Thermis. It will be a donation gift for a Staff Apprecition day at my kids school.

  77. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I’ll tell you what’s fun…70 and sunny!
    Ok ok, the high in San Diego is only supposed to be 68 today. Hope you and the Plucky team will have a chance to enjoy the warmer weather (and laugh at everyone who complains about a 45 degree low).

  78. Mary
    Mary says:

    I’m getting thru this cold weather by staying in and cleaning and organizing the whole house!! It’s such a feeling of accomplishment. I’m also hoping you’re going to be heading to Stitches Midwest this year too.

  79. rc
    rc says:

    I’m ridiculously excited to come see you at Stitches! I might even be wearing my Stephen West mystery shawl knit in PK Bello. =) Something to put a smile on your face – the weather here has been pretty mild for this time of year. Plus NO snow.

  80. Rhonda Horton
    Rhonda Horton says:

    You know what I love? This weather! As a Mississippi girl we are usually lucky to get a week or two of cold(ish) weather per year. But this year we’ve had an abundance of deliciously cold temperatures.
    I love it! Perfect weather for knitting and more opportunities to wear my knitted items. I’ve managed to complete 3 sweaters since November! 🙂
    Now, I need more yarn!

  81. Ellen Calman
    Ellen Calman says:

    I am with my daughter in Manhattan today hoping to have found the right doctor to end her pain (I think we did!, yay!) and I an snuggled in my gorgeous Echoes of Color up and over my face as I walk the Windy City streets! I’ll be meeting Betsyi for a cuppa, some help with grafting my 1 year old UFO and am working on my Janica Hoodie in 8 ply Bonkers! It’s a totally Plucky day for me! And I couldn’t be any happier!

  82. Lainie
    Lainie says:

    Thought I had them all fooled… my excuse to get out of snow removal and avoid bitter temps and to sit and knit all day was to have back surgery… but it backfired on me–meds are kicking my butt and the the work on my desk is laughing at me as the pile gets deeper and deeper… somebody should shoot ‘murphy’

  83. Karla
    Karla says:

    It hasn’t been too terrible in Dallas. One snow day and near misses on the ice this week. Very cold though! My 7-year-old love soccer practice in the cold and mud and getting her soccer cleats filthy. Mommy isn’t a big fan of digging all the yuck out of her shoes, but it is worth it for the smile on her face when she is playing! I’m knitting Naiada right now and loving this pattern.

  84. Lynette
    Lynette says:

    After a long weekend of snowboarding/skiing for my husband and daughter I cooked up a big batch of:

    Red Lentil Soup

    2 cups Dry Red Lentils (picked over & rinsed)
    2 small Onions (chopped into big chunks)
    1 Red Bell Pepper (chopped)
    3 Large Carrots (peeled & chopped)
    5 Celery Stalks (chopped)
    3 Tomatoes (I like the vine ripened variety)
    5 Garlic Cloves (whole)
    1 Jalapeño (I leave the ribs, remove seeds, chopped)
    1 tsp Cumin
    1 tsp Salt
    1/4 tsp Pepper

    Throw all of the above in a stock pot cover with an inch of water. Bring to a boil cover and cook over a nice simmer until veggies are tender.

    Purée with hand blender or other device of your choice.

    Enjoy!!

  85. Meagan
    Meagan says:

    I live in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. We generally get really cold winters, but this year has been a doozy. Our temperatures have been around -47 with the wind for most of the last 2 months. To combat this I have been eating waaaay too much and day dreaming about walking my dog in the sun. It feels so good to imagine that it will end soon! Movies and tea are also a good coping mechanism in the evenings, a lot of cuddle time with my pooch and man 😉

  86. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Made the most delicious white chili this weekend to stave off the winter blues. I was hoping it would give a few leftover meals, but hubby decided to chow it all down. So, it was eggs last night and frozen pizza tonight. It is all good as I have Plucky on the needles!

  87. Liz
    Liz says:

    Outside of knitting, I am finally digging in to wedding planning! It helps me think ahead to the spring, summer, and fall months…I can’t stop thinking about bouquets saturated in fall jewel tones!!

  88. Sasha
    Sasha says:

    When you are at stitches, you must pay a visit to a little sandwich shop called “Ike’s Love and Sandwiches”. It is the sandwich equivalent of plucky yarn… Seriously the best sandwich you’ll ever have (and so many choices!) But bring knitting and be prepared for a line… Ike’s fans are as enthusiastic about sandwiches as we are for the plucky yarn!

  89. Angela
    Angela says:

    Well. Can’t complain about the weather here in California…but I do have something exciting happening today! When I first moved to California to get married I didn’t make many friends. I was working and finishing grad school. Then I had my daughter (whose name is Sarah–great name, huh?!) and became a stay at home mom. I knew NO other moms. I went to a mom’s play group and met my friend Emily, also home with her first daughter. We became fast friends until I moved about an hour south of the city and our kids (my three and her two) started school etc….

    Last night she called. Her youngest son now attends a private school in our town (learning issues). She’s coming over tomorrow. We live so close and yet I haven’t seen her in about 15 years.

    I. Am. So. Excited!

  90. Sami
    Sami says:

    We have not been beating Cabin Fever at our house. My 4 & 6yo have started to tell me daily “It needs to be Summer…right now.” We have been beating the constant below zero weather with plenty of hand knits though. Next off the needles is a hat made with Cozy…the softest thing I’ve ever held and it’s mine, all mine!

  91. Tracey C
    Tracey C says:

    Normally I am the only one in my family who wears knitted hats. This winter has been so cols that I can’t make them fast enough to meet demand. Two more requests just yesterday.

  92. Julie B.
    Julie B. says:

    Cabin fever? Nonsense. Sure, it has been below zero for 45? 60? 1000? mornings in a row here but who is complaining? Nope. Not me. The dog and I are having a lovely time seeing how many winter pounds we can pack on before the sun shines again. I think she is winning. I am going to need some more M&Ms …

  93. Sarah Mahan
    Sarah Mahan says:

    I am currently in Seattle with my husband and 3 year old, while husband begins the first day of his brand new job! So my son and I are enjoying a new city and I am searching for yarn shops! 😉 I brought two projects to know: both from the Botanical Knits book: Wrapped in Leaves shawl and Twigs and Willows Cardigan.

  94. Thalia
    Thalia says:

    Waiting for the southern snow to hit here in East TN, hot chocolate, chicken soup and chili supplies at the ready. Currently working on Mr. Pink – Avery cowl in the the Before You Go-Go cashmere aran that showed up at my door Saturday afternoon, and Chasing the Moonlight, Cinnamon Girl in Completely Bonkers Primo Aran. Bring it on SnowStorm!! Slap happy from all the unexpected fires I put out yesterday –
    Only silly joke that comes to mind right now is my favorite comic from Johnny Hart’s BC – Curly perusing the dictionary:

    Ancient Rite – noun. A real old japanese lantern.

  95. Elissa
    Elissa says:

    I’m about to start my first Plucky sweater (Idlewood in Traveler Aran) and I’m SO excited about it… SO excited that I keep putting off casting on because as soon as I do I’ll be that much closer to finishing and having the excitement end. Clearly Plucky yarns drive me crazy! 🙂

  96. Nicole Kemper
    Nicole Kemper says:

    What’s gotten me through our cold canadian winter is: some good reading. Cuddling with my little people. Working on my cassis sweater with some plucky yarn.

    And dreaming of camping, campfires, BBQ, and laying on her grass in the long days of summer!!

  97. Jocelyn
    Jocelyn says:

    I am so excited to be coming to Stitches from North Carolina! I have lived on the east coast all my life (minus a stint in the midwest for college), so this is the first time I will be on the west coast!

    We are actually getting a nice wintry mix coming through the next few days, I’m glad it is this week and not next! This kind of weather is unheard of in NC for the most part.

    I’m not sure I’ll finish it before stitches, but I’m plugging away on my Bees to Honey shawl in Bello right now. I can’t wait to have it finished. I’ll probably wear my Camptown Races cowl at Stitches.

    Can’t wait to see you all!

  98. larc
    larc says:

    I’m knitting a Wellwood sweater RIGHT this moment in primo fingering East Bluff. Ok, confession-it’s my first time making anything more than a single skein project in plucky. East Bluff might be the sexiest brown on the face of the universe. And my amazing family dug up some vintage ceramic buttons that’re gonna look just divine. Can’t wait to show off the sweater to the plucky family on Ravelry.

    Y’all have fun at Stitches!

    xoxox
    one jealous Virginia gal

  99. Diana
    Diana says:

    Well in TN it’s been a heck of a cold winter but no snow maybe a dusting. But I’m not complaining! I’ve been keeping my spirits up with a couple of mystery KALs using some coveted Plucky. And a planned trip to San Diego too far to venture to St. Clara but it will do!

    Also made the Chicken Stew you posted last week and it was DELICIOUS! Thanks! 😉

    Enjoy Stitches!

  100. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    I had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week last week that included a cavity, a minor snow fiasco, a couch-ridden husband, a teething baby who also just figured out scooting, and a number of “emergencies” (i.e. lack of planning gets dumped on me) at work. It was topped off by a total breakdown after my ONE moment of indulgence — a fully-indulgent, deluxe, all the fixins pedicure — went wrong when they misunderstood me and I got the bare bones one instead (which did nothing for my tired, gross winter feet, btw).

    ANYWAY … while waiting to get another filling this Monday, I found this video and it totally started this week off right. I don’t want to ruin it, so I’ll just say it’s about parenting and non-traditional families and protecting our children from gossip no matter what. GAH!

    Stick with it for all seven minutes and you will totally need your tissues.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtOm9UXfnU

  101. Kathy
    Kathy says:

    Here in west Texas we have had an unusual winter as has most of the country, more cold, ice, snow, power outages and then a day or two with 70 – 80 degrees. Very strange. But with the stranger weather, meaning colder, I tend to make a big pot of beef vegetable soup as it gets rid of old meat in the freezer and cans from the pantry. I follow no set recipe just cut the meat into small pieces, sometimes sirloin or beef stew meat or round steak whatever needs to be used. I then open a few cans of veggies, corn and green beans, add some onion, carrots and potatoes and let it simmer. I may add a can of crushed tomatoes or open a can or two of spicy tomato juice but then I break up spaghetti into very small pieces and this along with the potatoes thicken the soup some, Have made three pots so far this winter.

  102. Diana
    Diana says:

    Two silly jokes for you!

    Q: What do you call a man who used to like tractors?
    A: An extractor fan

    Q: What was Postman Pat called after he retired?
    A: Pat

    (do you have Postman Pat in the USA?…popular children’s books in the UK!)

    Have a blast at Stitches! 🙂

  103. Regina
    Regina says:

    Here’s Paul Bertolli’s incredible recipe for cauliflower soup:
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium onion (6 ounces), sliced thin
    1 head very fresh cauliflower (about 1-1/2 pounds), broken into florets
    Salt, to taste
    5 1/2cups water, divided
    Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
    Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    Warm the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Sweat the onion in the olive oil over low heat without letting it brown for 15 minutes. Add the cauliflower, salt to taste, and 1/2 cup water. Raise the heat slightly, cover the pot tightly and stew the cauliflower for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender. Then add another 4 1/2 cups hot water, bring to a low simmer and cook an additional 20 minutes uncovered. Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender to a very smooth, creamy consistency. Let the soup stand for 20 minutes. In this time it will thicken slightly. Thin the soup with 1/2 cup hot water. Reheat the soup. Serve hot, drizzled with a thin stream of extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.

    It’s so good, and so warming.

    As to what I’ve been working on knit-wise, I presently have two projects on the needles: one is a Doctor Who-related scarf for my son (not the classic, though — this is a modern one was in the recent Doctor Who special, and it’s called The “Osgood Scarf.” I also have a slouchy beret on the needles for one of his best friends. I made her a hat for Christmas, and she shyly asked if I would make her another since she loves it so. How could I say no?

    Safe travels to Stitches. I’m sure you’ll have a blast! xo

  104. chantel@mudpunch
    chantel@mudpunch says:

    This is the first joke my nephew ever told me:

    B: “Auntie, how do you wake up Katy Perry?”

    Me: Thinks to myself, oh geez, he means Lady Gaga, doesn’t he? I already know the answer to this one… “I don’t know, how do you?”

    B: “You poke her face!!! Oh….. wait…. Maybe I meant Lady Gaga….”

    Me: “Yeah, sweetie, you meant Lady Gaga. Good try though!”

  105. Sammy
    Sammy says:

    One of my favorite recipes for a cold day (or a hot day, for that matter) is Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, from my Made Simple Entertaining cookbook. So yum and so easy!

    I am currently working on a Flipside Cowl with Traveler Aran in Vintage Icebox and Jack Of All Trades – it’s my Olympic Knitting project. First time knitting with the Traveler and I love it!!! The colors look great together, too 🙂

    Hope everyone is staying safe and warm!!!

  106. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    Whenever we have significant snow in the forecast, I get the urge to bake bread. I’m not sure if I just want the house to smell delicious or if I’m worried we’ll lose electricity and I’ll need carbs… It’s been a very snowy winter. In between bread-baking fits, I finished knitting a second Trolley Dodger because I felted my first one (I’ll pause while you get over the horror), and now I’m knitting patterned mittens for my sister while I watch the Olympics in the evening! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  107. Kate B
    Kate B says:

    Well, I work for a town and sad to say, my snow budget is shot. We have enough salt for the storm due to hit tomorrow – not sure what we’ll do after that. I’m not sure I’ll see the grass in my yard before May….But – pitchers and catchers report on Friday (for the Yankees that is) so spring is not far off. I’ve got some nice Plucky projects on the needles and life is good.

  108. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I was fortunate to have a highlight this winter. My daughter, who lives in San Diego, had her wedding there in January. I live in the southeast and ordinarily our winters are mild. For me, the San Diego trip would bring many happy moments, but weather relief was not one I anticipated. Many of the other family members flew in from Boston and barely escaped before a snowstorm closed the airport! Despite the truly awful weather, everyone’s travel went smoothly. While I was in San Diego, Charleston, SC had a rare hard freeze that play havoc with many uninsulated water pipes. Upon my return the ice storm that overwhelmed the southern U.S. closed virtually all of our bridges. Now, two weeks later, we are under icing conditions again. As I sit safely indoors, I am deeply grateful for all the “warm” memories. The wedding was small, but incredibly lovely. We celebrated with old friends, and made new ones. It has been a winter to remember!

  109. KC Plomin
    KC Plomin says:

    I am a winter girl….I love snow I am a HUGE Hockey fan and I love wintery foods! BUT I am over this! Yes I have knit like a fiend YEA! and Hockey is great! but 2 broken ribs that have made sleeping uncomfortable have made this winter sad. BUT I am spending lots of time with family & Friends so that’s good and tonight I am going to a Chocolate & Tea Charity event and the Olympics are on…….SO I guess I still love winter but could you be a little kinder to us Mother Nature? Please!

  110. Elaine Tibbetts
    Elaine Tibbetts says:

    Snow and cold every where! Spent a week in South Carolina where there was ice and snow…came home to more ice and snow. Time should be dragging with all this awful weather BUT what do you do when the wind in howling and the snow is blowing….KNIT!!! and knitting is fun so since time flies when you are having fun, well….the bad weather becomes not so awful! It also pushed me to finish Color Infusion for my daughter in upstate NY where it is like the frozen tundra.

  111. Savannagal
    Savannagal says:

    I’m currently working on my Sipsy’s Folly sweater. It’s my first attempt at customizing a sweater. I’ve learned an enormous amount about the process, as well as about myself.

  112. Amy B
    Amy B says:

    My two dogs are so tired of the snow and cold temps. They stayed at home last week when I went to visit my parents in Florida for a break from the cold. I got back last night and scrambled to find a hand knit sweater for each dog. I put the wrong one on little Humphrey….we were outside and I see him peeing with a very forlorn look on his face. The sweater was too big and he peed inside the sweater and felt really bad about it. Needless to say he got lots of hugs and extra treats and that sweater is in the wash.

  113. Lexy
    Lexy says:

    I was talking to a friend yesterday and remembered this experience from my “yoot.” It was so embarrassing that you aren’t even embarrassed – just numb.

    I was 20. I was late for an OB/GYN appointment. I grabbed my short-short cut-off jeans off the clothesline (back when Daisy Dukes were popular) and drove to the doc. He chats before asking you to disrobe which was comforting.

    I kept squirming in my seat. Something felt really uncomfortable. I stood up and said, “Excuse me, I think I have a bug in my shorts.” Lo and behold, a beetle comes crawling out of my crotch area. I picked it off my skin, asked for a tissue, squished the beetle, and sat back down. “Now, where were we?” I continued. That poor man probably wanted to run away after seeing that.

  114. Denise Altherr
    Denise Altherr says:

    I am a summer seasonal employee with the National Park Service. I came to Crater Lake NP in Oregon as a winter volunteer to guide snowshoe tours. In early Jan. I walked off 2 stairs and broke my tibia & fibula, and have my leg in a cast. Needless to say my snowshoe tours were over, so I work the visitor center instead. On my days off, since I cannot go out and enjoy the snow, I have had ALOT of time to knit. the positive of being stuck inside is I have gotten to really know Ravelry, Blogs and discover all kinds of wonderful yarns that are out there that I had no idea about before. I have knitted my first pair of socks ever and am now knitting a sweater, something I have not done in years. I guess I should have broken my leg along time ago 🙂

  115. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    No snow here in Scotland, and not as much wind rain or flooding as down in England. It’s not even been that cold. The days are getting longer, it’s light earlier and later. When I’m not working I’m stalking Plucky threads and knitting my ?Mcmilne shawl in trusty vignette.
    I’m sad not to be going to Stitches, and hope Plucky will visit the UK sometime in the future xx

  116. Jane
    Jane says:

    My solution for this frigid winter? I discovered Plucky!

    I’ve made my first Plucky cashmere Toast handwarmers and can hardly take them off. Am planning the next Plucky project for tomorrow’s expected snow day – an Avery cowl in Lollipop Guild cashmere. Let it snow!

  117. Michele
    Michele says:

    I am almost done with the color work cowl from vogue knitting! Love it and love color work!! Favorite recipe getting me thru the cold… Sausage corn chowder!! Yum!! Found this the other day…”God knows when something glorious in the future necessitates something difficult in the present. Because He knows the forty skill be worth it, God will risk being misunderstood.” Wish I could go to Stitches… 🙁

  118. Betty
    Betty says:

    In her first year of retirement, my sweet cousin decided to pick up knitting again. She fell in love with my Color Affection and wants to try one for herself. I’m gifting her the yarn from my Plucky stash (even though I’m new to Plucky, my fingering stash has really grown!) so we’ve been having fun picking out colors long distance. We’ve narrowed it down to 4, any of 3 of which will be gorgeous, so I’m shipping them to her today so she can see and feel for herself what makes Plucky so special.

  119. Miyoko
    Miyoko says:

    Black Beans Chipotle Soup

    Great vegetarian soup!

    1/4 cup Olive Oil
    2 cups Chopped Onion
    4 cloves Chopped Garlic
    2 cups Diced Carrots
    11/2 tsps Cumin
    1 cup Chopped Celery
    1 cup Green Peppers (Roasted peppers are even better!)
    2 15oz cans Black Beans
    1~2 Chipotle (NOT 1 cans of chipotle. I made a mistake before….)
    1 14oz can Diced Tomatoes
    1/2 cup Orange Juice
    1/2 cup Water

    Just stair and simmer and enjoy!
    If you like add sour cream on top to serve.

    Yummy warm soup:)

  120. Gail
    Gail says:

    I’ve been dreaming of retiring & traveling & knitting for many years. Guess what? The day is finally here and my very first trip will be driving to STITCHES WEST to see all that gorgeous PLUCKY yarn in person! My husband & I are planning to see some sights in San Francisco & surrounding area. I’m sooo excited! See you next week in warm California!

  121. Shelly
    Shelly says:

    My gosh its so NEAT to read everyone’s comments and stories and jokes!

    Up here in Alberta we’ve had nothing but cold, deary days with -30 to -35 degC windchill for the past few weeks and it seems we just slog to work in the dark and come home in the dark 😛

    BUT I have been working on my Highlighted Ashburn Plucky kit for the Ravellenics 🙂 ….and dreaming of snagging an upcoming plucky kit for the new Amy Miller “Crew” sweater pattern SWOON

  122. Laura Bergeron
    Laura Bergeron says:

    I life in Portland where we just thawed out of a four and a 1/2 day weekend from school/word due to snow – it is being dubbed “Snowpocolypse”… I spent the time knitting, of course, and finished my first Plucky project – a shawl knit with Plucky Single in the Fondant and Flying Monkeys colorways. It was delightful…I was almost as sad to go back to work as my kids were to go back to school. Almost.

  123. Kate H.
    Kate H. says:

    This weekend, my husband and I celebrate the 14th anniversary of our first date. It was our sophomore year of college, and Kenyon has a prom-like formal dance to liven up the dead of winter: Philander’s Phebruary Phling (Philander Chase is the name of the school’s founder). Being a woman who knows what she wants, but also a woman who’s a little nervous to put herself out there sometimes and a woman who’s pretty nerdy, I asked John to be my date to Phling ….via email… in the form of a limerick. His response, in the affirmative, were new lyrics set to the tune of “Summertime.” We’ve been making each other laugh ever since.

  124. Renee Anne
    Renee Anne says:

    I’m so glad I get to see you again. I feel like it’s been awhile…and it has been. It’s been at least two years, maybe three. So, I’m excited 🙂

    Also, I got to fall in love with my Plucky stash again 🙂 That’s always nice.

  125. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I tromped through knee-deep snow to the hen house to gather eggs. Opened first nesting box, put hand under clucking hen to collect 3 eggs. All is good. Open second nesting box and saw what I thought was another hen and went to reach beneath it for eggs. Suddenly, the animal turned and it was a big fat possum leering at me! I pretty much wet my middle aged pants and ran to the house. I consoled myself by getting on the couch and commenced knitting a hat from precious hoarded Plucky yarn.

  126. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    It actually snowed here, a very rare occurrence, this week. We got more than a foot in 2 days, so it was a DISASTER. As I was huddled on my couch knitting with a blanket and a cat to keep me warm, I wondered, ‘what do non-knitters do when they are snowed in?’ I’m still pondering.

  127. Maria
    Maria says:

    Plucky yarn has not left my side this past month as two family members have had major health crises and I’ve been sitting in a lot of hospital waiting rooms. Turning lemons into lemon meringue however with finally deciding to tackle my first every color work projects! And my Plucky makes them shine.

  128. Jen
    Jen says:

    Just finished knitting my first plucky cowl and had a horrible time getting modeled shots to post on ravelry. I snugged it over the dog’s head, but he would not sit still for a photo shoot. I have a lot of pictures of his toosh! It also took a while for me to catch the dog and get my cowl back, he really seemed to like it! I am seeing a new accessory – cowls for dogs with an opening for the leash to connect to the collar.

  129. Michelle K
    Michelle K says:

    ok, I am terrible at jokes, and even worse at telling stories….but this joke is my FAV!!!!

    What does a pirate pay to get his ears pierced?

    ……a buckaneer.

    get it? bwahahahahahahaha

    mickerr on Ravelry

  130. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Bacon Pasta

    1 pound bacon, diced
    1 small onion diced
    3 cloves garlic chopped
    2 28oz cans whole tomatoes
    1 teaspoon sugar

    Cook diced bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons grease. Add onions and cook until tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add in tomatoes and sugar. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in bacon.
    Serve over spaghetti with Parmesan cheese.

  131. Lori
    Lori says:

    I have to say this winter in Southern California we have had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to weather. We need rain desperately, but the sunny days have been lovely. I am losing my knitting mojo a bit. It is hard to get into the mood for a rustic sweater when it is pushing 80 in February. Enjoy Stitches!

  132. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    Well we are doing our best to enjoy the winter that we, unlike the rest of the world, are finally getting. It’s been snowing all week…. yay!!! So I’ve been skiing and snowboarding despite the lackluster conditions. I take the 3yo snowboarding on Friday. I take both girls x-country skiing on Saturday, and the 8yo snowboarding on Sunday, and we always have so much fun. Even though I’m not brave enough to take them both to the ski hill at the same time yet. 🙂 When it’s too cold to go outside I huddle up and knit or read. Currently, (I must be crazy) I’m knitting on a mystery sock and a mystery shawl, and I’ll be sad when they wrap up next week. Oh well, there’s always plenty more yarn to choose from. Hope your trip to California lifts your winter blues!

  133. Susan
    Susan says:

    I’m in Southern California so fortunately, we have not had a relentless winter or much of a winter at all. We are in the middle of a drought. We got away from the dry weather by taking a trip to the mountains to see some real snow (mixed with man-made snow lol). That hasn’t stopped me from knitting though. I’ve made two sweaters since January, some afghan squares, working on two other afghans, and I have a vest on the needles. I can’t knit as much as I want due to a family and another job outside the home. I just want to knit all the things!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  134. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    Meanwhile in California…

    The grass is always greener right? Im actually jealous of all the stormy storms the rest of the country is getting, because we’re in the midst of a severe draught. I swear I would trade our June-uary for the snowpocalypse at this point. Not to mention the ski/snow season pass that I’m trying to get my money’s worth from. Every morning I put on a hand knit for my walk to work and am sweating by the time I get there. But when else will I have the opportunity to wear all the pretties I’ve made this year?

    Anyway, I’m so excited to see your pretty yarns at stitches and to finally be able to snag some of my own! Thanks for the contest and for generally being awesome 🙂

  135. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Like you guys, I am tired of the snow this winter and seriously ready for spring to arrive. My highlight today was when my almost 3 year old said to me “mommy, you good mommy”. This comes after two months (my second child was born in December) of him telling me to go away or saying “don’t like you” and demanding his daddy instead. As a mom, I’m definitely learning to appreciate the little things in life, whatever they may be.

  136. Tara
    Tara says:

    This has been an unusually cold time for us in southeast Tennessee. We have seen single digits on several days, which is rare for us in the valley. I have been keeping warm with plucky hats and cowls and lots of Williams Sonoma hot chocolate. Hands down the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted! Right now I am working on my curtain call cowl in grey club traveler sport at home as everyone left work early anticipating another snow and ice event tonight.

  137. Joyce
    Joyce says:

    It’s been a long winter with hardly a sign of rain, nor snow in the mountains! Where did it go…east for the winter? I’ve knitted alot sitting outside in the sun this winter…honestly, I’d rather be sitting on the couch knitting my Turnstile in a nice warm house listening to the rain on the windows.

  138. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    This was sent to me by my sister in Winnipeg where they have had a horrendous winter this year:

    On the sixth day, God turned to Archangel Gabriel and said, “Today I am going to create a land called Canada. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It shall have tall majestic mountains full of mountain goats and eagles, beautiful sparkling lakes bountiful with bass and trout, forests full of elk and moose, high cliffs over-looking sandy beaches with an abundance of sea life, and rivers stocked with salmon.” God continued, “I shall make the land rich in resources so as to make the inhabitants prosper, I shall call these inhabitants Canadians, and they shall be known as the most friendly people on the earth.”
    “But Lord,” asked Gabriel, “don’t you think you are being too generous to these Canadians?”
    “Not really,” replied God. “Just wait and see the winters I am going to give them!”

    Plucky crew, have fun in California and take some time to soak up some rays. After the past few months, you certainly deserve it!

  139. KarenVR
    KarenVR says:

    I am knitting an Ashton Shawlette on Plucky Feet in the October 2013 Classics color way, so appropriate for February, and how I am feeling after this ever so cold winter in Minnesota. My birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day and I’m hoping to have it done, but I’m sweating out the last 15 rows, watching the skein dwindle in the bottom of the bag. It just drives me completely bonkers when I do this to myself!

  140. Kari
    Kari says:

    I love the photos – all that beautiful yarn! Right now I’m knitting a test knit for JimiKnits. It’s a gorgeous cardigan called Polesden Lacy. I’m also trying to finish clue 5 in Ysolda’s MKAL, Follow Your Arrow.

  141. Sarah H.
    Sarah H. says:

    I’m loving the winter weather, we still have to get out everyday for school and work but at home we are filling up on lots of chili (Wick Fowler’s 2 alarm chili kit is the best!) We’re in Texas so the cold is sort of subjective, but we love building tiny snowmen on our “snow” days! Technically, we should probably call them icemen 😉

  142. Spencer
    Spencer says:

    February has been nuts here. Portland is so not equipped for the giant snow storm we had. It has been awesome to just sit relax and knit during big cups of coconut milk hot chocolate. However the nasty voice stealing cold I’m dealing with can go away!

  143. Mary R.
    Mary R. says:

    Finally knitting up my Quay sweater in beautiful Trusty… loving the Corduroy color so so very much. Now if I can only get a little of that snow I hear you guys all talking about I’d be a happy camper!
    *dodges snowballs flying towards my head from all over the country*

  144. Karalee
    Karalee says:

    Right this minute I’m knitting the final clue of Ysolda’s mystery shawl with some precious hoarded Primo fingering in the discontinued gorgeous color Gimlet Haze – and I’m so loving it!

    Looking forward to seeing you at Stitches!

  145. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    I’ll admit I’m a wimp when it comes to cold weather and also that I am in total awe of what you gals and guys accomplish up there in the frozen tundra.
    We’ve had a bit of a cold winter here in TX which has actually been great for knitting. Spring usually lasts a couple of weeks here and then its summer for 6 months. I’m trying to finish up a few projects before summer arrives along with the triple digits. I’m currently working on Flake and Kate by Amy Miller, all with Plucky wonderfulness!
    Enjoy California, my home state. I hope you have beautiful weather while you’re out there!

  146. Bonnie Susewind
    Bonnie Susewind says:

    I am still trying to invent a way to ship warmer weather to you guys up there!! My heart goes out to THE PLUCKY TEAM…I am still is awe of how you can be dying yarn outside in the frigid temperatures. I envision the box opening and the heat waves warming you instantly!

  147. microbe29
    microbe29 says:

    My dog (Tane, the German shepherd) ADORES all this snow! She loves to prance along on the leash, chasing the stick every time I throw it. And–she often prances backward! Yep, she’s figured out how to prance/bounce backwards, from side to side, while she’s walking on her leash. It’s hilarious!

    And then, of course, she doesn’t just chase her stick. She DIVES into the snow after the stick, and if can see it, she POUNCES–all 4 feet in the air as she lands on the stick. Then, of course, there’s the rooting through the snow with her nose after the stick. So there’s this big goofy German shepherd, grinning up at you over her stick, with her face almost completely obscured by caked snow.

    And, of course, you can grab a mouthful of snow any time you feel a little thirsty.

    And plop yourself onto a snow bank to chew on your stick.

    Ah, life in the winter with fluffy snow!

  148. RobynPearl
    RobynPearl says:

    I wish I was going to Stitches – we have nothing like this in Australia. I have been reading of all the cold & snowy weather in the US & I feel lucky that so far today I have been for a walk along the beach & had a swim in the surf. Planning for winter – I am waiting for Amy to release her “Sweet Jane” jumper & then I hope to snag some Traveler Sport in Plié sometime in my future!

  149. Kristy
    Kristy says:

    Right now I’m knitting some socks. I’m really not sure why as while you have been suffering through some cold weather it has been the hottest in Melbourne as it has been for some time!

  150. Kat
    Kat says:

    While I know it doesn’t compare with what you and many others have been dealing with, it has been a bad winter even in Houston. While it’s been difficult dealing with it with my very old car, which has no heat and an almost completely non-functioning defroster, the bright side for me is that I’m getting to wear some great Plucky knits much more than I normally would!

    The other upside is extra cuddly kitties!

    Have a great time in California and enjoy what is bound to be much nicer weather there. I lived in San Jose for a couple of years about a decade ago and just loved Northern California to pieces! By far my favorite weather out of all of the places I’ve lived. (Baltimore, Syracuse, Houston, San Jose.)

  151. Tina S
    Tina S says:

    Been amusing myself with shawl MKALs this winter. Enjoying the suspense & anticipation awaiting new clues week-to-week. Trolling through the discussion feeds on Ravelry checking others’ progress & ooh-ing & aah-ing over the wonderful colors and beautiful work. Also using up stash ( & only supplementing as needed) keeps the budget in check!

  152. Kim
    Kim says:

    We just had a great Crab dinner put on by the children/parents of our local Indian Education Program. It was a very fun Family event we had Daughter, Son-in law, Grandson, Me, Hubby and Grandpapa. It was a rainy night and we did not expect a very good turn out but we had a Great turn out. Everyone was so grateful for the rain that the Crab Dinner just topped the evening.

  153. Carol
    Carol says:

    My husband and I spend 15 minutes dressing to brave the cold to walk our labs in sub-zero temperatures. (If we don’t take them, the sensitive one gives us the cold shoulder the rest of the night.) But when we get to the park which we have to ourselves, I laugh so hard at their geriatric happiness at running and jumping through the snow drifts. Tears come to my eyes I’m so happy to see them enjoy themselves and I totally forget the cold.

  154. Rita
    Rita says:

    Love seeing the pics! I’m so sad to have to miss the shindig this year. We’ve decided to embrace winter head on and have gone out cross country skiing every weekend (hard to believe but we can ski a 7.5 km loop right in the city) and follow that up with a mug of chipotle hot chocolate.

  155. Chris
    Chris says:

    I’ve started knitting the Gakusei sweater. Tonight I have a hot chocolate and my little dog Emma on my lap. The cold weather is starting to get to me. I just remember to enjoy the fact that this evening I have nothing to do but knit.

  156. Laura C
    Laura C says:

    I am not good with jokes but I do like to knit. I am currently knitting two matching lap blanket from yarn that I frogged from a large, damaged blanket I knit a few years ago. I am also working on a sweater pattern called Cotton Tunic originally published in the Spring/Summer 2001 issue of Vogue Knitting. The bright purple cotton yarn I have chosen is very uplifting in the dead of winter. Nothing beats bright color work when it is dark and dreary outside.

  157. Laura H
    Laura H says:

    We’ve beaten the weather with lots of yummy sour cream noodle bake (Pioneer Woman!) and a hearty dose of knitting. Right this minute, I’m working on my Acer cardigan. My goal is to finish the sleeves before the roads get cleared.

  158. Linda M
    Linda M says:

    I’ve been maintaining my sanity during this dreadful winter by sorting through my very sizable yarn stash. I found my very first skein of Plucky from several years back that I have been saving. It was thrilled to meet its newer Plucky Sisters on my more current stash.

  159. Laura
    Laura says:

    I recently completed an interview tour across Canada in hopes of getting a training spot for school next year. In order to commemorate the tour I tried to make it to and buy yarn in each city I went to (some got more than others). On my last adventure in Vancouver before heading home, I found myself wandering in what seemed to be an abandoned warehouse district a ways off the beaten track. In order to get to the dying headquarters of the local yarn supplier I ended up climbing a few hills, walking across railroad tracks and was bested by a thorn bush patch. But in the end it was all worth it for the lovely silk uniquely dyed (aka miss dyed and therefore discounted) lace weight yarn.
    The things a girl will do to get her yarn fix 🙂 (sadly the budget couldn’t be worked to make it to stitches after all the school travelling).

  160. AliciaPlum
    AliciaPlum says:

    We had an interesting visitor the other night that certainly perked things up around here.
    It started with my 5 year old daughter screeching at the top of her lungs “Mommy! Cooper escaped outside!!!” (Cooper being our crazy, beloved nutbag yellow lab.)
    I then informed her that Cooper was inside with us. This was another dog. My husband had just gotten home from work and was petting this other friendly yellow lab in the yard. He decided it was a good idea to let Coop out to play with him.
    They hit it off, and we eventually took him inside because he didn’t have tags, and he literally had ice balls stuck all over his stomach. He was a fat, short yellow lab with great temperment and was fine with the kids. We fed him dinner only to discover he was better behaved than our own dog! (that doesn’t take much…)
    Anyways, he settled down with the girls just squeeing all over the place at a new doggy.
    (Did I mention he was unfixed, and, erm, friendly…with Cooper?)

    Called animal control and eventually found out he belongs to a police officer down the road, and is our biggest city’s BOMB sniffing dog!!!!

    He was reunited with his owner 🙂
    But I now know my husband is open to a second dog–so that beat the winter blah’s a bit for us!

    ps. Am knitting something small and textured for spring!

  161. Tricia Baker
    Tricia Baker says:

    Just a couple of sillies from when the children were young:
    “We live in a Mom-archy and a Dad-tatorship!” (Followed by giggles)

    From Elizabeth age 5: ” It’s an Optical Delusion!”

    Just hoping you smile 🙂 and travel safely!

  162. Kristin
    Kristin says:

    I am knitting and spinning through the Winter, and now watching the Olympics!
    Currently have Bees to Honey on the needles in Plucky Single – YUM!
    Oh, and soup – making a lot of soup.

  163. Jenn Pagel
    Jenn Pagel says:

    I’m actually wearing socks! I NEVER wear socks, even hand knit by me, yeah, I’ll knit them because they’re pretty but they never get worn, they just get to look pretty in my drawer. But it is soooo stinkin’ cold here I’m wearing socks. That’s all, have a great night!!

  164. Geri Barnes
    Geri Barnes says:

    The best thing about PA in the winter is that when I get home from work, I can take a long, quiet walk with my Boxer pups who really love the snow! It’s been -2 here some mornings so most people just hibernate. I bundle in layers and just enjoy our peaceful walks and the quiet of a snowy day.

  165. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Can I say that I’m a little jealous of those snow days? Well…maybe a couple of them? It would be wonderful as long as I had electricity!

    I know, I know….easy for me to say living in Florida but so many of you seem to be enjoying the unexpected day off and being housebound with some wonderful yarn (books, fabric, etc)!

  166. Tracey
    Tracey says:

    It’s kindness week in school so parents need to record the good deeds the kids do at home and report back to the teacher on Friday. I’m sitting with the kids trying desperately to remember some ( the really are good but we wanted to pick the cream of the crop) when my 5 year old says ” oh I know. Remember I helped daddy warm up his car and scrape his windows this morning?” “You were still sleeping when daddy left this morning”. “Oh. Then does kindness in your dreams count because I must have been dreaming”. Gotta love her!!!!

  167. Judy Sullivan
    Judy Sullivan says:

    This winter has been cooooooold! Enjoying my favorite Tomato Artichoke Lentil Tomato Soup helps keep us warm and knitting with Plucky yarn helps. Currently working on Elia by Julia Trice and using Plucky Cozy in Remember When. Can’t wait to finish this one. So glad I found your group over a year ago now – thanks for being there!

  168. Carol
    Carol says:

    Here’s a joke a friend who’s a special ed teacher posted today. I thought it was so sweet, and hope it brightens your day, too.
    Student: Knock knock!
    Me: Who’s there?
    Student: Crocodile!
    Me: Crocodile who?
    Student: I’m an apple!

  169. Helen
    Helen says:

    Opposite problem for us in my part of the world (NZ). We can’t go outside ’cause it’s too stinkin’ hot! When it is winter, we don’t get snow here, just rain and fog, so it can be pretty damp and miserable. Have you guessed, I’m an autumn/spring kinda person!

  170. Dana
    Dana says:

    New favorite soup recipe! Adapted from a slow cooker recipe
    Smoky White Bean Soup

    2 onions, chopped
    5 potatoes, peeled and diced
    2 stalk celery, chopped
    1 tbsp oil
    2 tsp ground cumin
    2 tsp dried basil
    1 chipotle pepper (the canned kind in adobe sauce), minced
    2 cans (19oz) white kidney beans
    3 cups water or vegetable stock
    4 oz (half a package) cream cheese

    Saute onion and celery in oil over medium heat til softened, add everything else and simmer over medium low heat until potatoes are cooked. Stir in cream cheese after you take it off the heat. Heaven on a winter day!!

  171. Mts
    Mts says:

    I am loving knitting with this wonderful Plucky yarn! I just finished my first project with it in the Ashburn scarf. I love it and hate to take it off!! Plotting my next plucky project with the Bees to Honey scarf and Making a Memory hat:)

    Q: Why did the chicken go to the park?
    A: To get to the other slide!

  172. Denise
    Denise says:

    Good thing the first: The hubby, who is a spinner, and I are currently in Tacoma for the start of the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat tomorrow. Good thing the second: On the way up here, the hubby made a stop along the way to show me a fully refurbished 1948 Singer Featherweight sewing machine, and when I fell in love with it he bought it for me! I’m a happy girl. 🙂 Oh, and my favorite soup is the Top Secret Recipes version of Tony Roma’s baked potato soup. Have a great time at Stitches!

  173. betty
    betty says:

    we went camping up the Sunshine Coast with the Girl Guides (my 5 year old is a Sparks) and I brought my knitting (test knit sweater in plucky sweater breakfast on 5th) for the evenings. The girls roasted smores on the beach.
    My daughter’s favourite joke:
    “knock, knock”
    “Who’s there?”
    “Who?”
    “who who?”
    “Is there an owl in the house?!”
    🙂

  174. Ashiepoo22
    Ashiepoo22 says:

    I should start by saying that I am a Midwest girl (who temporarily lived in Philly for 2 years) who is currently living in California. As of it was -20 degrees when I left Chicago-ish yesterday and now it’s 80 and I am SO WARM and can’t wear my knitwear and it makes me sad.

    Oh. AND I’m too far away from Stitches West to go. Boo hoo.

    But I still keep on knitting and keep on stashing because I won’t be here forever and someday I will strive for warmth instead of hide from it. I’m picky with my soups, so when I find a good one I latch on and don’t let it go. My most recent love is this Chicken lime soup from budget bytes that is perfect for me and a touch too spicy for my man: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/10/chicken-lime-soup/

    And I’m currently knitting Couer de Lion in Neighborhood Fibre Co Sock, but it’s a tad too springy for me. It would be INSANEly lovely in primo or bello. So good!

  175. Karen Alkofer
    Karen Alkofer says:

    I’m watching the ice skating outside by our fire pit, eating some chocolate macaroons, and knitting with my Plucky Traveler Aran in Noisette. Pretty perfect! Winter in SoCal!

  176. Caroline
    Caroline says:

    Knitting a CustomFit cardigan while watching the Olympics. Watching these women compete in downhill skiing and halfpipe is making me believe we are all capable of greatness. I love it!

  177. Aleda
    Aleda says:

    In my neck of the woods, we’ve been trying to deal with the weather the best we can. For my peers and I, that means trecking into work and taking care of patients, because hospitals never close…. With the last bit of weather we had, some of my co-workers took turns running outside to see how bad the ice was on our cars and kept reminding us to make time to clear them of intermittently so that no one would get stuck at work again like last time. Thankfully we all made it home safe. (Only took 15 min to scrape my windows).

  178. Tuija
    Tuija says:

    To us in Finland cabin fever has also a positive meaning, it’s a substantive describing who we are when loving every minute at our summer cottage. Yes, that I’m waiting for and it gets closer every day!

    We don’t have endless hot and dry summer here, so knitwear is needed all the year long. I’ve just started a stripy cardigan, yarn is Plucky Primo Sport. Me happy !

  179. Jennifer Cofske
    Jennifer Cofske says:

    I adore the cold weather. I know that sounds strange, but I’m a tried and true knitter…addicted to the very core. Not to mention, I love winter hiking, digging out the fleecy layers, strapping on my snowshoes and hitting the trails.

    But even better than that, is curling up on the couch under a warm blanket, with awesome Plucky feet yarn, a Cookie A sock pattern (I’m part of the sock club this year), and a pot of homemade vegetable bean soup simmering on the stove.

    Here’s the recipe…trust me you’ll want this recipe in your book

    Veggie Bean Soup

    1 (15 oz) can canellini beans, drained and rinsed
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1/2 large onion, diced
    2 carrots, diced
    2 celery stocks, diced
    1 small zucchini, diced
    1/2 small green cabbage, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
    1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
    32 ounces organic vegetable broth
    1 (14.5 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes
    2 cups kale, chopped

    Directions: In a small bowl, mash half the beans with the back of a spoon and set aside. Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, oregano, and black pepper. Cook stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender (5-10 minutes). Add broth and tomatoes (with the juice) and bring to a boil Add mashed beans, whole beans, and kale. Simmer until the kale is melted. Enjoy!

  180. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    I am lucky enough to work in a greenhouse and that helps me through the unbearable winters. This may sound crazy but it smells like Spring in the greenhouses, warm moist (clean) soil. best. smell. ever. This time of year we are hard at work planting everything for Spring, Easter and Mother’s Day. On the rare day the sun comes out in Ohio…. heaven in a greenhouse. Not only is the smell intensified but it can get a nice humid 80 degrees inside. This week because of Valentine’s Day, there is a sea of bright blooms. Primrose, hyacinth, daffodils, tulips, azaleas, gardenias, anthurium, cyclamen and the very first of the Viola/pansy blooms are starting. I so wish I could post a picture for all of you!

  181. Nancy Thone
    Nancy Thone says:

    Endless winter is right. It’s going to be a heat wave today at 22 degrees! I have thrummed mittens on my needles for a friend – and she will be able to use them plenty yet this year. Have fun at Stitches – wish I were going!

  182. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    No frigid temps to beat here but I am sympathetically knitting another primo aran project. A fair isle pattern of my own making. Not sure if these primo aran projects will get more than one wear a season but does that matter? Uh, no.

  183. Laura
    Laura says:

    My favorite soup recipe is from the blog and book Peas and Thank You — Spicy African Peanut Stew. It has red lentils, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, coconut milk, peanut butter, yummy spices … really easy and delicious. I tried to add a link, but her blog seems to be down at the moment.

    Currently, I’m knitting an Aftur pullover, but sadly not in Plucky.

    • Jenny
      Jenny says:

      I have been muddling through the cold temps. Keeping covered in the baby blanket I’m knitting for my sister’s first and the Chocolate Stout I’m FINALLY getting around to finishing are helping.

      Also helping: my new fiancee. Found a really good deal on a Le Cruset pot at Marshall’s recently. He’s excited so he’s been making things in it. He made some killer chili last week. Warmed you right down to the toes. I might try a Coq au Vin this weekend. 🙂

      Today: above zero for the second day in a row. LOVE IT.

  184. Amber
    Amber says:

    Just barely making it through with Knitting and more knitting to keep my mind off of the fact that every time it snows DH has to go to work and we live on a mountain! We are currently getting 3 inches an hour here in CT.

  185. Heidi H.
    Heidi H. says:

    I really feel for all of those that are dealing with such a bitter, cold winter. I would happily take some of the snow from you all if I could. I have been knitting a Duotone Cowl with Before You Go Go and Flannel in Traveler Sport. It has been a very relaxing knit to watch the Olympics with. I was concerned about having allergies to the Yak in the yarn and am happy to report that I have had no problems. I am allergic to just about everything, so that is saying something! Take care Plucky headquarters. Spring will be amazing!

  186. Laura
    Laura says:

    Best vegetarian soup for the cold:
    ½ C. dried chickpeas, about 3 ounces, soaked (in distilled water if your water is hard) in water overnight
    About 2 quarts cold water (use distilled if your water is hard)
    1 bay leaf
    2 fresh sage leaves
    1 fresh marjoram sprig
    1 T. light olive oil
    1 large yellow onion, diced, about 2 cups
    Salt
    1.5 tsp cumin seed, toasted and ground (or use really good ground cumin, about 2 tsp.)
    ½ tsp toasted dried oregano
    ½ tsp ground cumin (in addition to the seeds)
    Cayenne pepper to taste (start with a pinch)
    Paprika to taste (start with ½ tsp)
    4 garlic cloves, finely chopped (or use a garlic press)
    1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
    1 carrot, peeled if desired, diced into bite-sized pieces
    1 lb of potatoes, peeled if desired, and diced into bite-sized pieces
    1 bunch of Swiss chard, stems removed and leaves cut into smaller pieces

    Accompaniments:
    Crumbled feta
    Chermoula (recipe below)

    Drain and rinse the chickpeas; place them in a soup pot with enough water to cover the chickpeas by 3 inches (use distilled water if your water is hard). Add the bay leaf, sage leaves and marjoram sprig. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the beans are very tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and herb sprigs and leave the beans in their broth.

    Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and add the onions, ½ tsp salt, the toasted cumin, oregano, ground cumin and cayenne pepper and paprika to taste. Sauté until the onions are soft, about 7 to 8 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for a couple minutes more until fragrant. Use a little chickpea broth to loosen anything stuck to the pan and add the onion mixture to the chickpeas, along with tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. Bring back to a simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 30 minutes. Add the Swiss chard, cook until it’s wilted. Serve with feta and chermoula.

    Chermoula:
    3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
    2/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
    1/3 cup finely chopped parsley
    1 ½ tsp sweet paprika
    ½ tsp ground cumin
    1/8 tsp cayenne
    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    Juice of 2 large lemons, or to taste

    Pound the garlic with 1 tsp salt in a mortar until smooth. Add the cilantro and parsley and pound a little more to bruise the leaves and release their flavor. Stir in the spices, olive oil and lemon juice to taste (may not need all the juice).

  187. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    We are enjoying yet another snow storm in the Washington D.C. area. My youngest has had his long weekend extended an extra day – he now has a six day “Winter Break”. I’m not sure he needs a break, I don’t think he has had a full week of school since before Christmas. He took the opportunity to bake oatmeal cookies – it’s nice to have our family baker home with some time on his hands.

  188. Linda T
    Linda T says:

    I am currently knitting a warm cowl. A friend told me she knit a thick cowl last winter and because it was mild she never wore it. But this year she has worn that cowl many, many times.
    So I decided to be toasty in mid February with a late season cowl (thanks to the groundhog)! If you can’t beat it, join it!

  189. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Looks like I am too late – we just got power and internet back! Here in the South – we just aren’t prepared for this ice and snow! BUT I did get my latest shawl finished and it is blocking as we speak!!!

  190. Lizy Tish
    Lizy Tish says:

    Missed the contest but me and my 2 1/2 year old neice and nephew went out into today’s snow and I pulled them around in the sled! The fresh air was great for them but it was not long before they said “I’m ready to go back inside”!

  191. Ellen
    Ellen says:

    We have had cold weather but this past weekend it was in the 60s lovely
    I am knitting a cowl for daughter in law birthday and need to cast on 2 nd sock
    Ellen in Texas

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