Warning. Completely random post ahead. Here goes:
1. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fall. How I love Fall. The colors on the trees and pumpkins (bread, cake, donuts, cookies, etc.) and apple (anything apple) and don’t even get me started on my love of boots. I could devote an entire post to my love of apples and boots. But not now. Maybe some other time (I’ve seen some pretty spectacular apple recipes and boots lately).
2. Sometimes you just got to know when to fold ‘em. Off to the frog pond this goes.
Pattern: Blackcurrant by Veera Valimaaki, Yarn: Handspun and 2ply cashmere (held double)
3. Johnny Carson. I miss watching him.
4. When will my order ship? If your order was a pre-order, please check the date of your paypal receipt and then please allow approximately 14 to 21 business days (Monday to Friday) for your yarn to be dyed, processed and leave the Plucky studio. If, after a suitable amount of time has passed for your package to arrive at your location (to our international friends – it is not uncommon for a package to take at least 4-6 weeks to arrive) it has not arrived, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about your order.
We have worked ourselves into a pretty good routine of one large shipping day at least one day a week. What does this all mean to you? It means it is our goal to have your yarn shipped to you (and in many cases, shipped and arrived to your location) within 30 days or less (of course, that is not generally the case with our international friends).
We work very hard to get your yarn to you as quickly and efficiently as possible. But, it bears repeating – this is not an automated process. Everything from the handdyeing to the hand packing/shipping, emailing – it is all done by hand (and by a very very few hands at that. Thy names are Sarah, Hayley and Ryan) and not automated. No barcodes here. Hayley, Ryan and I are the only full timers here at plucky. It is small (and very personal) business and I have every intention of keeping it that way.
5. Which brings me to a very important piece of information. If you have any inquiries at all (shipping, how to buy, pattern support, etc.) please contact us at thepluckyknitter @ gmail.com as opposed to private message on Ravelry or Facebook. It is much easier to reply to and keep track of any inquiries that way. Hayley and I would hate to not see your inquiry or have it lost in the shuffle so to speak. Thank you!
6. Why are so many of our updates pre-order updates? That’s a great question. I go back to what a small operation we are here at Plucky HQ. Pre-order updates make it possible for us to serve as many as possible while getting you just what your knitting/crocheting hearts desire. When we have a pre-order update we are able to dye just for you. You want a sweater quantity of Primo Aran in Flying Atlas? You got it! Many of you are sweater (and larger project knitters) and I want to make it as easy as possible for you to ensure a sweater quantity. No piecing onesies twosies together here and there for your cardigan. Not on my watch!
Another note about pre-orders: It has become necessary that I make a statement regarding changes to (whether it is a cancellation, an addition to, etc.) your pre-order. It is administratively very cumbersome (and prone to mistakes) to go back and change orders after the fact. Especially days, weeks after the fact. If you need to make a change to your order, please do so within 24 hours of the update. Thank you for your understanding.
7. Why are there so many different kinds of updates? They all serve a purpose and there is a definite method to the madness. The etsy shop updates are where I like to offer one-of-a-kind’s, limited editions and items with a finite number available. I also use the etsy udpates as an opportunity to grant yarn requests in real time (via the Plucky Knitter group in Ravelry).
As for the the Plucky ‘paypal button’ updates here on the Plucky blog – we have had such great feedback. It’s a great place to offer ten to fifteen different colorways on an assortment of bases and are generally less frenzied (though, please remember there are still a finite number of skeins available and they do tend to go very quickly – though there is much less a chance of getting ‘cart jacked’ which is always a great thing!).
The Plucky shop. It’s a love hate thing. Seriously. The updates in the plucky shop. Well, those serve a purpose as well. They let us grant requests in real time (which I have been told you guys love and we really love doing!) but, it is also slow to open (we are just as frustrated as you are) and it does have a tendency to over-sell. But, never fear, as long as we have the base you will get your yarn! I’m only able to offer those occasionally though as they are very time consuming to dye and process.
8. What are you favorite knits this Fall? Have you started your Fall and Winter knitting? What’s tops in your que?
9. Hayley and I are headed to Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA this weekend for a Plucky trunk show. If you are in the area, please stop by, we would love to meet you!
10. Apples and pumpkin. Can I ask? What are your favorite apple and pumpkin recipes? Leave your favorite recipe (or a link to the recipe) in the comments and I will randomly draw two winners to receive a skein of the BRAND NEW Primo Aran!
the boot of my dreams….