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To our tight-knit community, supporters, family and friends!

By J a c i n t a .

To our tight-knit community, supporters, family and friends!

To our tight-knit community, supporters, family and friends! 

This has been a very difficult letter to write, but I wanted to share the news with you first.

After careful thought and much soul-searching, I’ve made the decision to hand over the operations of Plump & Co and the beautiful customers and the business I founded in 2013.

I can’t thank you enough for all the support and passion of many people, Plump & Co has become a thriving international business which has grown beyond our wildest dreams. We have some incredible customers around the world, from our home country of New Zealand to Australia, China, the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and beyond. To each and every one of you I am extremely grateful – and I am proud of what we have achieved together: huge success from small beginnings.

Our quality felted yarn products, from ethically sourced New Zealand merino wool, are a point of pride and difference – and the collaborations we’ve had with designers, artists and innovators over the years, to bring you our collections, have been a highlight for me! 

I’ve loved meeting each and everyone of you at workshops, and seeing your masterpieces over social media come alive! Thank you for sharing your passions with me and for being part of the Plump & Co community; it’s been wonderful to build this together with so many of you from around the world over the past five years.

However, the business is at a crossroads. To grow means moving away from our core values.

At Plump & Co we celebrate the slow craft movement, we value mindfulness, simplicity and living in the moment. We are always telling customers to slow down, and over the past 12 months life has sped up. You have to practice what you preach right? So I want to slow down and reconnect with the spark I once had in a new direction. 

We would also have to invest more to grow, and for me this venture has never been about making lots of money it has always been about growing a community and having a sustainable business that I was proud of.  We have also had our challenges with suppliers increasing prices of quality merino wool! To meet customer demands meant looking offshore to manufacture our wool products – and that’s not something I was willing to compromise on. Creating luxurious, high-quality, ethically sourced wool products from New Zealand isn’t a direction I was willing to compromise on.

If we couldn’t do it right – and stay true to our sustainable values, we couldn’t continue. And that’s why a traditional sale of the business also wasn’t the right decision for me when the opportunity arose, with the risk that my beloved brand would likely evolve in a direction I didn’t agree with under new ownership. To remain true to our core values, and our heart, we chose not to continue down that route. It just didn’t feel right, hence the decision to hand over operations to someone we trust that stands for the same values as us.

I am extremely grateful for our passionate customers and supportive team, friends, family, business mentors and collaborators – each one of you have been an important part of what we have achieved these past five years.

In saying this, we will not be giving up on our community, we will be keeping the Plump & Co social media pages active – we have a community of 22,000 people on Instagram and 10,000 followers on Facebook. It is important to keep these pages alive so people can continue to share their creativity and passion for crafting – and we can keep sharing stories and images of beautiful work that inspires us all.

Remaining wool and other limited stock will be sold via our Plump & Co online shop, plumpandco.com and closed completely 31st March 2019. We will not be restocking, so what small amount is left is not to be missed out on. For those needing wool after that, we recommend our trusted friends at lovefestfibers.com – who also take an ethical approach to sourcing their products, including New Zealand Wool!

So, what’s next for me? It’s a time of slowing down, some huge life changes and personal reflection. I will be exploring new opportunities in helping businesses with marketing and branding and spending some time considering my next steps, including how I can help others. And I look forward to catching up with you on the Plump & Co Instagram and Facebook pages. Please continue to share your beautiful work with us there.

Thank you sincerely for your understanding and support, it has meant so much to me and please feel free to comment below.

Jacinta McLaughlin

Plump & Co founder x

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CLAY | WOOL | PAPER |

By Amie McCarron

Plump & Co's summer colour launch for our super chunky merino wool yarn for giant XXL knitting, arm knitting and chunky throw projects has bold fresh, coordinated, contemporary colour range from orange, mustard, deep blues and kaki green. Perfect for your couch as a super chunky blanket. Freight free shipping to New Zealand, NZ and Australia.
Join us at our pop up in Wellington, New Zealand (NZ)
CLAY | WOOL | PAPER
Thistle Hall - 293 Cuba Street, Wellington
4th - 9th December 2018
11am - 6pm 
OPENING NIGHT 
TUE DEC 4TH 6:00-7:30PM THISTLE HALL

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Plump & Co | Colours | 2018

By Plump & Co //

Plump & Co | Colours | 2018
Plump & Co's 2018 colour launch for our super chunky merino wool yarn is here!
Ready to go for all your giant XXL knitting, arm knitting and chunky throw projects we have a bold fresh, coordinated, contemporary colour range from orange, mustard, berry blue, and sage khaki green. Perfect to make with our giant XXL knitting needles or arm knit for your couch as a super chunky blanket or throw.
The inspiration for our chunky merino wool yarn colours is nature and natural history after our founder Jacinta's trip to the natural history museum in Edinburgh Scotland.
 
 Chunky merino wool for giant knitting and arm knitting ready to make your XXL knitting project with our soft cozy merino yarn custom made for super chunky blankets and super chunky soft throws.
 
Drawing inspiration from the trip resulted in the bold fresh, coordinated, contemporary colours for the 2018 chunky wool yarn collection.
 
 
  
   
See these beautiful Chunky merino wool yarns now available for your giant knitting and arm knitting projects to create a soft cozy space custom made by you.
View these colours at our Pop up in Wellington, New Zealand (NZ)
Thistle Hall - 293 Cuba Street, Wellington
4th - 9th December 2018
11am - 6pm 
See more about our pop up HERE
(Styled Images by Bonny Beattie & Jacinta at Natural History Museum in Edinburgh Scotland)

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Kingston Tunic by Andrea Mowry | Plump & Co X Wool days
Andrea Mowry is one of the most talented knitters and her Kingston Tunic Pattern was designed in collaboration with Wool days yarn Scout, but we just added to the perfection and knitted it up in the new Puffs!

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Scarf / Wrapture top by Pony McTate | Plump & Co X Wool days
Pony McTates snuggly, slouchy, effortlessly cool – the versatile Wrapture top is like being wrapped in a cuddle. It combines the comfort of a shawl with the wearable practicality of a structured garment. Perfect weekend wear, you can style your Wrapture top a myriad of different ways – off the shoulder, fuller coverage, midriff baring, layered up. 
Australia

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It’s a wrap, it’s a baby blanket, it’s a bandanna. It’s gorgeous, is what it is. Easy meditative rows of garter stitch knit up incredibly quickly into this lightweight & hardy (thanks to the light felting of our Puff Yarn!) all-rounder. Knit this up for someone you love, or you (we totally encourage self love!). 

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Hottie Pattern | Plump & Co X Wool days

Knit your own Wool Days X Plump & Co Santa sack / hot water bottle cover using our free patterns with our fine merino yarn. Which you can also use to make garments and home ware products with their soft ethical NZ Merino wool yarn that is felted 8ply DK baby yarn for stability and durability. Free shipping to New Zealand & Australia

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Beanie Pattern | Plump & Co X Wool days

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Beanie Pattern | Plump & Co X Wool days
Easy to knit, easy to wear, easy to love. Plump & Co X Wool days beanie pattern knits up quickly, so it’s the perfect last minute gift this festive season. Also looks super cute with a pom pom. 

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