Being a gal from the Pacific Northwest, I love the play on words the Plucky Knitter used on her ‘Glamping’ retreat held this last weekend, in my neck of the woods (hee)! We consider ourselves outdoorsy people here in the Northwest. This retreat weekend was held in a truly unique venue, that speaks to a northwest style with lots of wood and big timbers; Island Wood located on beautiful Bainbridge Island, Washington. I can totally see how the play on words comes in with ‘glamping’ as the campers had their own cabins and meals served catered style in a community mess hall. This event included classes, shopping, friendship bracelets, fine dining and s’mores of course.
The Plucky Knitter aka Sarah Dimond and her lovely yarns, fall into the ‘exclusive’ category, in that they are extremely popular and sought after. She works with luxury fibers, and of course her colors are custom. You will find merino, cashmere, cotton, linen, silk, camel, alpaca and even yak fiber in her line of fine yarns. As soon as she dyes up batches and gets them ‘on-line’ they are sold out.
Yep, I said on-line. But, America’s Knitting is all about the yarn shop!! Yes, that’s true — but I didn’t want anyone thinking that I am out of the loop. I try to know what’s going on all around the knitting industry. Especially, when things happen in my back yard, I must go and investigate.
For the most part, I, (and I hope all of you) purchase yarn and notions from your local yarn shop. Whenever I travel, I take my knitting (that goes without saying), and I always look up and see where the local yarn shops are (on America’s Knitting of course). I look at what I have going, and try and squeeze in a trip to a LYS. BUT, sometimes…someone gives you yarn from their stash, or gifts it to you. Sometimes you are buying craft yarn because the recipient isn’t going to take care of it or you are on an extreme budget, but must cast on. I’ve even heard stories of yarn on sale in the catalogs that was the perfect color purchased in the middle of the night. You see where I’m going with this — we are addicts.
There’s so much out there from booths at venues such as Rhinebeck, the Stitches events, the Vogue Knitting LIVE events, the catalogs, the on-lines….and then there’s our trusty LYS that is always there for us. They are open often times, 7 days a week, all day. They furiously and tirelessly knitting up shop samples, and plan schedules of classes and in-store events, from holiday open houses, to fashion shows, trunk shows, book signings, sales and the list goes on. These shops pay local county taxes, state taxes and federal taxes, and they are there for us, and provide most of all, technique and community.
The Plucky Knitter works very hard too; her online presence is always up to date, she has a successful Ravelry group, gorgeous photography, fun and current pattern support, and playful swag that’s always good for a smile. The Plucky Knitter is a family owned business out of Michigan; and Sarah and her sister Hayley are the face of the brand. There is NOTHING not to like there, I love their yarn….just wish it was a little more available in your LYS. But, one could say made in USA, except I’m not sure of the sourcing of their yarn.
Plucky Knitter does occasionally have trunk shows at yarn shops — they were seen at Knit On Pearl Yarn Shop in Jackson Wyoming, and Wool & Honey yarn shop in Cedar, Michigan, and their custom dyed excusive yarn colorways for Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island, Washington. So, if Plucky yarn is on your radar, follow Sarah on any number of social media venues, and maybe she’ll land at a yarn shop near you! The Plucky Knitter also participates in Stitches South and has their own Shindig annual event~