Friday, January 20, 2017

a little bit plucky

If you haven't heard of The Plucky Knitter, it's time to look around your living room. Do your walls feel cool to the touch? In order to leave your home, do you need to lift a boulder or crawl for miles underground? Is it possible, maybe, that you've been living under a rock?

I'm just teasing, but in all seriousness, this dyer has been around for awhile. The Plucky Knitter is a staple of indie fans, and their yarn routinely sells out quickly at events, during their frequent online updates, and in Ravelry destashes. In the 'indie dyer' world, Plucky is near the top of the heap - they've got their own app, special events for Plucky fans, and routine pattern releases that frequently go viral.

If you've been wanting to try The Plucky Knitter's yarns for awhile and feel like you can't get a hold of them, I really encourage you to go diving into Ravelry destashes. Plucky fans tend to buy lots and lots of the stuff and then maybe have a little buyer's remorse, so there's almost always a good selection for sale. In fact, you can even be pretty lazy about it, because I did a stash search for you - just click here.

The residents of Nashville recently had a bit of Plucky luck when Haus of Yarn (arguably one of the best stocked yarn stores I have ever visited) arranged a multiple day trunk show with The Plucky Knitter. They had a wide range of bases, including Primo Fingering, which I have heard good things about. I went hoping to pick up some Oxford or Scholar, and they did have Scholar 2.0, but I decided that two skeins of sock yarn in colors I know I could use were a more manageable stash acquisition than a sweater lot. I picked up one in 'Into the Woods', a rich olive green, and the other in 'Melba', the perfect coral-mauve.

When I first began knitting seriously, a little over 10 years ago now, I was gifted the Interweave book Favorite Socks. The first pair of socks I ever knit were the Cable Rib socks from this book by Erica Alexander. I made them in Dream in Color Smooshy, colorway 'Strange Harvest', and really enjoyed the process, but found that the DiC yarn wore out very, very quickly, and that the gauge (or maybe just my gauge) was a bit loose, resulting in the socks falling apart after about three wearings. After getting these two skeins of Plucky home, I realized that the 'Into the Woods' colorway was just similar enough that perhaps it might be best to make it into a replacement pair.

While I don't know that Primo Fingering will hold up very well to socks long term (and certainly doubt that it will hold up as well as handspun socks with heftier wools do), I think that I know how to better pamper and repair my socks now. I still have guilty moments thinking about my Strange Harvest socks, which surely could have been darned and kept having years of wear, but instead ended up in the trash because I didn't know what to do with them.

I cast on while visiting Miami this week for business, and I'm already almost completely done with the leg. Instead of the recommended US 2 for the leg and US 1 for the foot, I am going to give it a shot with US 1 all the way through and see how it changes the density of the sock. I may even switch to US 0 on the foot, if I can bring myself to buy a set and knit with toothpicks...

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