2013 has been a spectacularly crazy, fun, trying and exhilarating year. Our community of Plucky people has grown this year and we have met so many new and interesting people. With the addition of every new member to our community we have been enriched by the knowledge and excitement they have brought to us. You have all been so willing to jump in and help others, answer questions, offer comfort and words of encouragement when one of us has been dealt an unforeseen obstacle in their life. And those who have been long time members have all been incredibly encouraging and welcoming to the newbie’s. Thank you for that! The willingness of members to help each other has been such a gift to us. I am so grateful for the work of everyone in explaining and directing others to find the information they are seeking. And, in a huge way, that includes the generous offers by so many of you to send partial skeins to those who have asked for help to complete projects and your willingness to share things from your stash. You are awesome.
There certainly was some travel in 2013. We were on the west coast, the east coast and we even got to France for our first ever European trunk show. And, although we didn’t travel too far for the annual retreat, you all did! We were so thrilled at the distances you were willing to travel in order to attend or to just shop and say hello. It is always so much fun to put the actual face to those we only know as a Ravatar.
Behind the scenes, this has been a year of negotiating with landlords, realtors, banks (who also have been the seller in some cases) and sellers. We had several false starts and disappointments while trying to find/secure a new building. But, the old saying of all good things come to those who wait has paid off. In spades! We were able to find the perfect building (a big crusty barn… which is music to my ears!) in the perfect location, with more than the perfect amount of square footage. There are no words to convey how excited we all are. It makes the rough weather we’ve encountered so far this winter almost bearable knowing we will soon be mostly indoors.
This room will insure that we will be able to continue to do our jobs with a smidge more breathing room. Rebecca will not have to step back from her desk (and Hayley’s desk – they share!) if we need to wind a ball of yarn. We will still be three people dyeing every single skein of yarn, but the occasional gymnastics we need to perform as we move between pots of dye will be much easier to choreograph! I know I have stepped on Tiffany’s toes more than a few times as she and Hayley and I perform the Dye-Pot Dance (trust me, it’s a thing).
Our work on the web site is so close to going live. The designer, me, code monkey, photographs…. all working to put the puzzle pieces together. This has not been a simple task because it has so many layers. But, it has been a joy to work on and I think our caution and attention to detail will pay off when we do launch the new site in its full capacity.
Now, back to looking ahead to 2014…..
There will be travel! I have already added the dates for Stitches West and we are well underway in preparing inventory to stock our booth. And, then there’s the Plucky Shindig (thank you Lorilee & Franklin!) that promises to be truly spectacular. We are moving the retreat location to a larger venue and look forward to meeting many, many more of our Plucky friends this year. We are exploring the possibility of another European trunk show as well as something closer to home (Texas anyone?). Of course, these are just in the idea stage at the moment, but we are working on some possibilities.
We aren’t quite ready to pack up and head to the new studio yet, but we will be moving into our new studio as soon as we get the go ahead from Ed (the Eldon of contractors). This means that 2014 will be another year of change in how we serve you. What will not change is our firm commitment to consistency and warm personal service. The new building will allow us to spread out a bit. Up until now we have had to stop the presses (I mean pots) when it was time to ship, converting precious floor space (internal & external) from dyeing to shipping. That translated into one-function-at-a-time! But, with our added floor space, Hayley, Tiffany and I will be able to dedicate more time to dyeing AND we will be able to ramp up the shipping! Simply put, this means that we will be able to continue the same level of commitment to customer satisfaction in a more efficient manor. Three cheers for that one!
It is no secret that I love working with designers. One of the things I am most looking forward to in 2014 is being able to carve out even more time to work with this talented pool of innovative artists. I want to encourage and enable their process, form new partnerships with them and continue to be surprised by their vision. You can look for fresh offerings from those designers we already have a working relationship with, debut offerings from those we hope to work with and an expanding line of simple with a twist Plucky designs!
Lastly, but most importantly, as 2013 continues to tick to a close, I want to send each of you our heartfelt thank you for helping to make Plucky what it is today. You, our valued friends and customers, keep us reaching for new and better ways to bring color and texture into your lives. You bring a spark to my creative side, encouraging me to continue to surprise you with new colors, new bases and fresh designs. I give you my promise that 2014 will be an exciting year for you and for us!
The studio will be dark until January 3rd. Our entire team will be taking some time to enjoy our families and friends and, well, recharge our batteries and get ready for a busy late winter and early spring. We look forward to launching 2014 and filling all the pages in our date book with exciting and fun ways to inspire you and serve all our Plucky friends.
With warmth and unending gratitude,
Here is the plan! I am going to rock this 2013 year’s end with two gigantic Fridayupdates one right after the other. Are you ready?
FIRST up is this Friday, the 13th at 10:00 a.m. (EST), a HUGE mystery kits offering in the Etsy shop. You asked for it and I want to deliver! You want kits and I love putting them together, so one-two, everybody wins. Boy, I love it when that happens.
Included will be:
Mystery Blanket kits in Worsted & Rustic
Mystery mixed base listings
Mystery Primo Sport (3) skein listings
Mystery Traveler Aran (3) skein listings
Mystery Ashburn, Bees To Honey & Alpha Chi kits (just a few & including the pattern!)
Mystery What A Riot (just a few and a few of them may include 2ply cashmere lace as the accent! Pattern not included.)
Mystery sweater sets
Mystery Polar Opposite kits
There will also be Cozy for sale but they will be listings for (2) mystery skeins. It could be two of the same color or two different colors. And, it will be a sale listing at $45. $5 off!
There definitely will be single (non mystery) skeins of your favorite bases in your favorite plucky colors. Even some SQ’s to be had. I’ll be loading them in as fast as my fingers will allow so be sure to refresh your screens often and please be patient with me as I load the shop; trust me, there is a lot to offer up to you tomorrow!
AND AS PROMISED, FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING!
More details to come next week regarding the update on the 20th as well. Be sure to stay-tuned!
PLEASE NOTE: Patterns for Ashburn, Bees To Honey & Alpha Chi kits will be emailed within 24-48 hours after the update has completed to the email associated with the PayPal account used to complete your purchase. It will not be available as an immediate Ravelry download nor will hard copies of the pattern be sent with the yarn. Yarn for the update will ship within a week’s time according to Plucky shipping policies.
Thank you for joining us. The update is sold out at this time.
An Exclusive Sweater Kit from JimiKnits & The Plucky Knitter
I have long admired Jimi’s sense of fun and creativity in her designs. I am intrigued with how she plays with texture and color in her knitting. She is fearless and unique with her designs, you just can’t fit them into a box! She shared with me her Gakusei design and I knew it was perfect for playing with the Plucky color palette; especially for those feeling a bit more trepidacious about playing with color. She completely hit the nail on the head for me with a gray main color and just the slightest bit of a kicky accent color. I was head over heals!
Jimi’s Gakusei knit in Plucky Sweater; Shown in Flannel & Yellow Submarine
The pattern name, Gakusei, (pronounced: gak’say) is Japanese for ‘Student’. Jimi’s inspiration for the design was influenced by an old sweater she had while at Art College (minus the holes and the paint stains!). Nostalgic, old comfy sweaters have always been one of my absolute favorites and this one in particular has quickly become a staple in my wardrobe. It is slimming and attractive on a range of body shapes. It is quirky but practical & classy at the same time. It has incredible potential to show your personal creative side; what colors would you paint together for your own Gakusei?
My Gakusei knit in Plucky Sweater; Shown in Lonesome Highway and Pollen
While the sweater hasn’t been knit in Primo Worsted yet, we are offering it for the kits as well. Primo Wosted and Plucky Sweater will knit to the same gauge. Please keep in mind that the end result will vary in the feel of the fabric and drape due to the fiber make-up of Primo Worsted. Nonetheless, we think it will make a gorgeous Gakusei. Jimi suggests possibly using a smaller needle for a “sturdier” fabric. Just be sure to knit, wash, & block your gauge swatch to end up with a sweater you will love!
Colorways available for Gakusei:
All prices shown below in USD, include shipping (domestic & international!) as well as the exclusive Gakusei sweater pattern. The pattern PDF will be emailed to kit purchasers within 24-48 hours after the update has completed to the email associated with the PayPal account used to complete your purchase. It will not be available as an immediate Ravelry download nor will hard copies of the pattern be sent with the yarn. Yarn for the kits will ship with an extended time-frame, the week of January 20, 2014, due to upcoming holiday schedules. Our usual pre-order & shipping policies can be found here: Plucky pre-order shipping policies.
Use this button to buy Gakusei Sweater Kit in Plucky Sweater
Use this button to buy Gakusei Sweater Kit in Primo Worsted
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I hope you enjoy the Gakusei sweater as much as I have. The potential for color-play is endless and we can’t wait to see what you choose to show your personality!
Thank you so much for joining us this morning. At this time the grey club is sold out. But will be back in mid-late January. Thanks again!
I don’t just love faded hoodie sweatshirt gray. Or graphite grey. Or the sleek grey of a chrome bumper on an extraordinary automobile. I love the smart look of a grey flannel blazer. I love the colors in the sky just before it starts to snow. Weathered cedar siding calls me to come inside and sit by the fire. I love the grey that hides beneath the surface of so many other colors, giving them stability and depth. When I think of grey, there is barely a color in the spectrum that can’t partner with grey. I love all the personalities and diverse incarnations, be they warm or cool.
So, when thinking of the Gray Club, don’t limit your imagination to that favorite faded hoodie. Open your mind to the glory of grey! There is no telling which road the Plucky Grey Club will head down.
Yes, I spelled grey/gray both ways in this post because Plucky grey/gray is a free spirit that refuses to be pinned down.
Just the Grey’s installments will be offered as one-time pre-orders. Your order is for a one time shipment and is not a part of a re-occurring subscription. The colorway is a surprise (well, you know it will be grey…or gray!) and is the same across all bases. Please note; Friday’s orders will ship the week of January 13, 2014.
Use this sign up for the Just Greys Yarn Club in the base of your choice:
….wish it were Sunday…..
The secret to trudging through and, dare I say it…. enjoying chilly temperatures is to wear wonderful knitted items and to keep moving (no Carhartt’s today but almost) and that is exactly what we are doing today. We are hustling! Between now and the end of the year we have loaded up the calendar with so many fun things. So, here goes a little review of what’s coming up between now and the end of the year:
Tomorrow, November 26th is the release of the new Plucky sweater kit featuring Babycocktails pattern, Brandied Cherry. What color will you make?
November 29th will be signups for the new Grey Club with FREE SHIPPING!
Dec 4th we will be releasing the new sweater kits from Jimiknits, offered in both Sweater and Primo Worsted.
The week of Dec 18th will be the cashmere update!
AND one more Instant Gratification – featuring lots and lots of mystery kits – update with FREE SHIPPING!
Here at the studio we have lots more to work on before the end of this crazy, wacky, never-a-dull-moment year. Of course, I can’t give you exact details yet, but I can whisper a few little hints.
We are getting so close to actually being able to launch the new website and it is going to be zingy and fun!
We are so very close to a new building. I haven’t been divulging much at all about said building as we’ve had way too many false starts…. so that is all I will say for now except we have workmen (one or two hired and two or three related to us), with hammers in their hands, waiting for the go ahead …. stay tuned….
The new photo database is coming along so nicely. This is a tool I’ve have been working on that will allow you to cut, paste, collage and play to your hearts content. Plucky paint – I mean yarn – chips if you will. I know you have already been spying some of the new photos and I have been spending my evenings editing and labeling. This project has been a personal joy for me and is moving along quite nicely.
Hayley and I have been making our travel plans for Stitches West in February and drawing out our booth design plans and, of course, planning on what we will be bringing (NEW COLORS! NEW BASES! NEW KITS!). Ryan and I have been mapping out dyeing schedules between now and February to ensure that we are able to bring everything AND the kitchen sink.
The Shindig plans are going to knock your socks off! Details very soon.
Are you excited yet? The entire Plucky team (Hayley, Ryan, Drew, Tiffany and Rebecca) sure is!! But, before all that happens, we will be taking a little time off at the end of the year to enjoy our families and some down time and then it is back to full speed ahead.
In closing, we thank you…. so so very much and we hope everybody finds a little extra time during this upcoming long weekend to spend time with those close to you, doing what you love.
How can it be that the closer we get to the end of 2013, the faster the days are flying by? Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that we were wearing our flip-flops and running the fans at full speed? Wow. We are more than half way through November already! I have no choice but to face the fact that time really DOES fly when you are doing something that you love.
We have so many exciting things to look forward to…
Later this week we will have the surprise update! We will give you 24 hours notice of the exact day and time window, so watch the update thread for details. This update will include the five colors that you voted for (as shown above). All five colors will be available on Primo Fingering, Primo Worsted, Sweater, Bulky and Traveler Sport and remember – they are ready to ship!
Photo courtesy Babycocktails
Cozy is back in stock and it’s time to celebrate! November 26th will bring the much-anticipated release of kits for the new Babycocktails sweater pattern, Brandied Cherry. Thea has already posted a few teaser photos for this awesome cabled design and I know lots of knitters are chomping at the bit to get this one cast on!
Photo Courtesy JimiKnits
December 4th will be the release of a new exclusive sweater pattern from our friend Jimi at Jimiknits. The cardigan is designed in Plucky Sweater and the kits will be offered in both Sweater and Primo Worsted. This promises to be great fun, as Jimi always has something out of the ordinary up her sleeve! I have a sample knit up here at the studio and I am smitten!
Then….. sometime during the week of December 18 we will have a cashmere update. I haven’t decided on the exact date yet, but I promise to give you lots of advance notice. Cashmere just feels like a great way to wind down the year and give yourself a little treat, don’t you think?
And, because you asked so nicely, we will be working in another small IG update with free shipping before the end of the year that will feature many mystery kits. Again, I promise to let you know as soon as I lock in the date!
I could go on because there are some other very fun things in the queue…. A sweater in traveler sport that I just adore. Two new accessories that will feature Bello Worsted and then a knit skirt that, I kid you not, will knock your socks off and so much more. But that’s enough for the day because well, time does not stand still and I’ve got to go dye some yarn.
Thank you so much and happy Tuesday!