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MidWinter Moon MKAL

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  Welcome to our MidWinter Moon Mystery Knit-a-long with the creative and talented Larissa Brown 
What a lunar year we’ve had; one filled with all kinds of lunar magic, beginning with a Super Total Lunar Eclipsed Blue Moon as the second Blue Moon of the year… and we hadn’t even left January! We are closing out the year with an equally magical celestial event: our last full moon of the year will happen on the Winter Solstice! So while our days are darkening into the longest night of the year, our moon is waxing full and shedding a little light into that darkness!
This wrap – delivered in four weekly clues – will reflect and celebrate the exchange of dark and light. Clue #1 drops December 7th, in time for you to knit exactly half your wrap by the Winter Solstice. Colors and patterns will span from dark night sky or winter sea to pale moon, expressing the meaning of deep winter for each of us and the promise of coming spring. A Solstice color between the two gives light to the darkness, like luminaria lighting a night path, candles in midwinter, the Northern Lights, or sunrise as the days gradually lengthen.
The form will be mysterious, a joy to knit, and beautiful to wear, at a size that fits in with holiday crafting – not a shawlette, but not as big as a “shlanket.” Expect a doable amount of knitting per week, and a skill level suitable for a beginner-with-a-friend, or beginner-with-help from your lovely LYS.
I love the idea of knitting the light into the darkness stitch by stitch. What an uplifting and beautiful way to celebrate the this Winter Solstice’s Full Moon and shine a little light out into the world!
We’ve come up with kits based on Larissa’s design and the moons of the year. Most cultures have names for the full moons in each month, so we’ve themed out kits based on some of those moons and the colors they inspired.
Each kit includes a trio of Sock that Rock Lightweight skeins in a light (or bright)-to-dark color sequence so we can gradually work our way back to the light. A coupon code for 10% off is good from now until November 14th. We have a short window of time to get you your kits for cast-on on December 7th, so the sooner you order the better! If you order after the 15th, we will still do our very best to get it to you on time but we can’t guarantee it. We have also come up with a few kits that are exclusive to Twisted, so be sure to check those out too!
I am so over my lunar-obsessed self about this MKAL. I have found a kindred moon spirit in Larissa and it has just been all kinds of fun dreaming this all up with her and Emily at Twisted.
I hope you’ll join us as we knit a little light into the world!
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Magical Houses

Look what I did!!  I am pretty tickled with these. As those of you who are in the sock club already know this has been the year of magic!  One really cannot celebrate magic without paying homage to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy and all of the wonderful and not so great characters and their battle between good and evil. Honestly I was torn as to which way to go but then I thought about the houses and their colors and what they stood for and  it just hit home (pun intended) for me.

The only drawback was the colors to the club are usually exclusive. So I checked with a whole bunch of the club members and they were of the mind that the fun and houses were more important to them than the exclusivity. So here they are for us all to enjoy!!

Which house are you?? I am Ravensclu but I have to say I seriously LOVE how the Hufflepurls color cam out. I think I am on a yellow kick lately.

I so want house socks!! I feel like someone (hint hint) needs to come up with a house sock pattern. What do you think? I love the idea!! Anyone game? Cristi???

Weekend Special And we are running a 9% off code this weekend to celebrate reaching our 9000 instagram follower reached on Friday!!! If you do not follow us please do. I post so very many color and yarn pics there you don’t want to miss those. Oh and chickens and kitties too.

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Next weekend I will be at Coastal Yarns celebrating the Stormy Weather Arts Festival. Do come by and see us. I made a very special Stormy Weather colorway! We will have yarn tasting and trunk show and there will be prizes and we will be casting on a beautiful wavey cowl.

Shipping updates:

Rockin’ Sock Club has shipped! I am working on next years theme is you have ideas! You can send them directly to me: tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Out of the Hue has shipped and email with pdf’s sent! I have to tell you planning and researching and writing all of this first shipment was one of the hardest things I have done. Kind of like the very first sock club shipment. Maybe because it is so much a part of my heart and soul? I Love the graphis that Karen came up with. yay Karen!!!!!

Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio 1st round of 50 is shipping now!  I will be sending out a bilk email later today to everyone about a time line now that I have one from the Queen Bee. So make sure you look for that!

Web orders will be shipping the rest of the website orders up to 10 .14 early this week! As always if you have an order in and a deadline please do let us know. orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com

School of Yarn In a perfect world it ships out next week.  However the yarn we are using was one of the ones we’ve been waiting on. It is here so we will get on it. So not this week but the following one.

On Tuesday we will be announcing a very fun and lunar MKAL we are doing with Larissa Brown, a lovey way to round up our lunar Anniversary year.

Okay I am sure there is more but I have dyeing to do this morning and I need to get on it!

Oh….I know!! Happy Tangential Blues CAST ON!!!!

I want to leave you with one last thought.

Remember to support the artists , designers, dyers and yarn stores you love.  We all depend on each other!! Every time someone closes their doors I am reminded of this and hope I am not the next one. It seriously could happen to any of us.

Spread the love!!!

Build that stash!

Yarn prices are going to keep going up for awhile and dye prices are too since they come from China .

Okay this dyer is off to brighten the world with color. Off to the dye pots!

Have a great weekend!

LOVE!

The Coven!

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I am seriously possessed by color. I think about it all the time. Last year when we were dyeing massive amounts of shaded solids on our Cake DK base for Carol Feller’s Camira KAL I had a color idea. What sparked this idea was the amount of grey we were dyeing. So many knitters order grey!! And fair enough, its a great neutral and looks pretty great on most of us. I wear tons of grey with a little black thrown in for good measure. hehehe!

We have quite a few greys also, from our dark Deep Unrelenting Grey to our very, very pale Winter Solstice. I got to thinking how nice it would be to have greys that had just a hint ( tint ) of another color to them. Wouldn’t that just make the most stunning garment. The color would be mostly grey but with swirls of “other” color through the grey. Just enough color to be visible but not enough to take over where you could not see the grey. One of those fine color lines!

It’s taken almost a full year to make to where I was happy with that fine line! And I am. Also pretty excited to add to our coven! So why The Coven and wild witchy women? Well… first of all, I have a thing for magic and witches. My grandmother was the witchiest woman I knew so I can dedicating these to my Winnie. And yes, there will be a Winnie in our Coven I have just not settled on her tint yet. She would so love that I had not settled on her tint. I can hear her now…cackling away at the idea of making her a color. She had the best cackle ever! I think it was a combo of the Maxwell House all day long with a little Jack Daniels thrown in after 3 and the non filter Camel cigarettes. Boy do I miss her. Maybe a coffee colored tint. Hmm… .

Anyway…I see our Coven being good for just about any knitting whatsoever. Where I really see casting there subtle spells is in garments, especially. So many sweater patterns out there that these would be so beautiful. It’s almost like a, “you can have your cake and eat it too” moment. Since you can have your grey but with a little color peaking through. I’m pretty tickled with these. I hope you love them!

If you have any witch names or ideas I would love to hear them!

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Rhinebeck is here!!

The picture above is our annual Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. That colorway and so many more are there with the lovely and delightful Theresa and Ron Miskin at The Buffalo Wool Co. so do stop by.

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Carol Feller is dropping off her Tangential Blue Pullover for all to see and fondle and they have lots of Targhee Worsted!  Cast-on is next weekend!!

Their booth is over by the souvenir shop and 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the  cowgirl colorways I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns! So much goodness!  Everyone have fun!!!

For those of us with the Rhineck blues because we can’t make it there. We have The Coven and the Rhinebeck colorway is up on our website along with this new Halloween Color and a 10% discount that is good for the weekend! Just use code: rhinebeckblues18 when you check out! All loser case.

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Hocus Pocus!! It is the 25th Anniversary of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus so of course we had to celebrate that with a witchy tribute those wacky Sanderson sisters!!

Okay my lovelies I have to go pack and ship Moon Shadow Anniversary packages! Package up Our of the Hue and edit the last part and dye and clean the chicken coop and maybe the house a bit. Valla my very long haired Norwegian Forest cat is shedding and there are big clumps of cat hair everywhere!!!

I know I should not say this out loud because it will most probably jinx it but next week we are going to be caught up in a way that will let me sleep at night!!! Again thank you so much for your patience!! I have a lot to say about our industry changes that are happening and coming our way so stay tuned for that! What I can advise is that now is not the time for stash busting. It is the time for stash enhancing!

Oh I almost forgot! How could I forget! I met the new neighbors last night. I was driving down the drive and they had a fire going and were roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. I know. The have 2 adorable and friendly pooches and…( wait for it) she is a KNITTER!!! Yes!  Happy dancing!

They want fiber animals and we had a great chat and I am so very,very, very thankful!

Thank you for all the good vibes you sent my way!

 

Happy YARN Day!!

I LOVE yarn!!

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Seriously… like love it!

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Like pretty much everything about it…

I love designing yarns. I love spinning yarn. I love testing each new lot of yarn for consistency. I love reeling yarn. I love winding it into little balls or big cakes. I really love making yarn colorful by dyeing it.  I love all the weights and measure of yarn. I love getting to know all about a yarns story and what it wants to be. I love matching yarn to project. I love swatching! I really do love swatching to make sure I havethe right yarn and gauge for my project. I love that there is a worsted weight yarn and a worsted spun one. I love that a lot of yarn is twisted, a bit like me! I love the diversity of what we can use to create yarn. I really love wool yarn from all those lovely sheepies! I love the feel of yarn when I am making and wearing it. I  love really love the smell of it. I love the people I work with in the yarn industry. I love the mechanics of the yarn industry and it’s history. I love all the fiber artists I get to work with who also love yarn! I love that working with yarn and creating beauty is good for our brains, hearts and souls. I love that yarn brings us together ~ a stunning tapestry of  a community ~ loop by loop!!

All for which is really great to remember today on YARN Day and also, at a time when our industry and world is experiencing some trying times.

Today we are going to celebrate the love and yes, power of YARN!

We are going to start with some fun!!

Insta-Game ~ (Facebook)  with prizes!

I am going to post my little “what I love about yarn” paragraph to Instagram and would love for you to comment as to what you love about yarn!! I will randomly pick 10 of you who comment there with your “share yarn love” and send each a skein of Socks that Rock. Oh I will also post this to facebook so if you comment there it also counts toward being eligible for a prize.

We are also offering a YARN LOVE Discount

Starting right now (Saturday, October 13th) we are offering a 13% discount on All YARNS good until midnight Sunday (Pacific Time). Use the code: YARNLOVEDAY18 when you check out to get your discount!

I also would love to see what you are knitting with your Blue Moon yarns. If you could post a photo to instagram with the hastags #bluemoonfiberarts  and #yarnday so we all can see your creations that would be so wonderful. I can’t tell you how much it brightens our day when you share what you have made with us. After all you are why we do what we do. Otherwise we are just making and coloring yarn to hang in the barn and that is kinda silly!

What is next weekend??

RHINEBECK!!

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Here is this years Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. I chose to go Autumn hues this year. You can find this colorway along with other of our yarns and tons of samples (including Carol Fellers Tangential Blues pullover) at The Buffalo Wool Company’s booth. Their booth is over by the souvenir shop ans 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the colorway I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns!

Everyone have loads of fun!!

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Shipping updates:

All the Carol Feller KAL yarn that has been ordered has been dyed, dried and shipped!

We started shipping RSC ( sock club) on Friday and will continue on Monday!

Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio ~ Queen Bee promised the bags this week. After we ship those out we will let you know when the next batch goes.

Out of the Hue will also ship next week!

As I have said quite a bit during the past few months I am very grateful for you understanding and patience. I am doing my very best juggling dealing with all of the yarn stuff and communicating with you about where we are. We are a very small company and a little smaller than normal right now. So if you have not heard back from em right away it is not because I do not value you. It is seriously just juggling all the yarn balls and making it all work. I personally truly value each and every one of you. I love being a dyer but I also equally love serving you!!

Okay I am sure there is more but I need to go do some shipping!!

Have a lovey weekend!!

Fall colors abound but October is PINK!!

Wow!!

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Look at that, October sure sneaked right in the back door didn’t it. I feel like I totally lost the last week of September. Where did it go?

Anyway since it is October and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As most of you know I am a breast cancer survivor. I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. I have friends who are survivors and ones whom I have lost. At this point in time I think that most of us have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. The strides that have been made in breast cancer research over the past few years are just astounding.

We are donating, as we do every October, 10% of sale to breast cancer research. I have creating a few new colorways in honor of all us breast cancer warriors! As I posted last week one of my best friends passed 5 years ago on September 26 so the F*CK Breast Cancer is especially for her!

There are also quite a few more very pink colorways on the website. One of my favorites is Tit4Tat.

Here are the links to these new colorways:

F*CK Breast Cancer

#survivor

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Updates:

Despite yarn delays and sickness we will have everyone that is part of the Carol Feller KAL their yarn by the end of this week!

All of the fibershare packages will be out on time!

RSC pattern  and dyer’s notes are up and the yarn will ship at the end of this week as will the Out of the Hue Club

We are waiting on bags and mugs which we expect this week. We expected the bags last week but they ran into a snag with a tag they needed to finish them.

Thank you so very much for all of your patience, understanding and sharing. So very many of you emailed and called with positive thoughts and kind words and you did this  very tired dyer’s heart good!

Oh and all of the Fair Isle books have shipped and the pdf links have been emailed!

We have to more KALS coming down the road pretty soon! One very Midwinter Moon Solstice KAL with Larissa Brown in November which this moonie is very excited about.

And another one that we are going to do with Qualyn (QUOE )which is the La Vie Boheme CAL~KAL. You can knit-a-long or crochet-a-long and make your very own winged shawl! we will have color combo’s for both of these KALS!! So look for them soon.

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oh and…if I will be at Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach the first weekend in November! I will be there for knit night on Friday and then all day Saturday with a trunk show, a yarn tasting and door prizes!! Oh we will have a special Stormy Weather Art Festival colorway!

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Updates…

Hey all…

It has been a week for most of us and as a sexual abuse survivor and a retired therapist who worked with survivors I am still reeling with all of this. As a self care measure for all of us I am not going to go into that right now.

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Wednesday the 26th marked five years since I lost my best friend to breast cancer. We had been thick as thieves since we met when we were 14 years old and her family moved up the street from mine. She was such a light in my life and in the world at large. Beauty, strength and wisdom and such a huge giving heart! Our connection was deep and true and our lives intersected and paralleled from the moment we set eyes on each other. We both moved to Portland Oregon after growing up on the East Coast. We had our first born 6 months a part and…ironically I was diagnosed with my breast cancer 6 months after she passed. So most definitely connected on a pretty significant level.  It is a loss I feel every single day but especially so this week.

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And.. because the powers that be have a wicked sense of humor, two of my dyers were out all week with some bug.  Leaving the dyeing to me and our brand new dyer, Lindsey!!  Before I go any further I want to thank Lindsey, Sarah and Kalia for seriously stepping up and helping do what needed to get done, above and beyond!

So I am just not feeling it right now and for that I am truly sorry. My uplift is seriously on the down low. So my dear fibery friends I am going to fill you in on where we are on orders and such.  Also, we’ll talk a little bit of some goodness coming up very soon!

Okay let’s start with orders and the Carol Feller KAL:

Unless something else goes down we should have all of the KAL yarn that has been ordered to date today shipped out by the end of next week. I cannot wait to see your sweaters!! So many lovey hues. As much as I am loving all the Green Wings I will say I am looking forward to seeing the ones in Motley Hue and Griege. Oh and Mermaid Tears!! My goodness.

Our CAKE DK and Silky Victoria is back in stock (yay!!!) and we have them dyed so they will be shipping out (if they have not already) early next week.

After this week we will be very close to current with online orders.

Because of the delays we’ve experienced we are just behind. We are working so very hard to get caught up and get things out at least close to what we promised. It is the end of September and we should be shipping out RSC and Out of the Hue.  They are both going to be a week late. Had this week gone as planned with a full team Blue Moon then things would be different but it did not.

I will be sending our group updates to the Sock Club , Out of the Hue Club and our Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio separately today or Monday. I teach all day tomorrow and am going to take this afternoon off for a little R&R with my son and his wife. ( Oh and there is still room in the class if you want to join us!)

Oh and before I forget. We are cancelling the Autumn Dye Day Event. Not enough people signed up to make it a feasible and affordable thing for us. Yes, a little disappointed!!

I want to thank every for your patience and grace!!

Seriously you are the very best!  I am not a fan of all of this! I like serving knitters to the best of our ability and this most certainly fits my vision of that!

Fun things coming our way!!

New colorways!! I am going to make this happen this week if I have to be the midnight dyer.

We have at least 2 KALs coming this Fall and Winter. One where we can knit our very own wings (dragon or bat)!!  And then a lovely lunar one with Larissa Brown.

I will be at Coastal Yarns the first weekend in November for Canon Beach’s Stormy Weather Art Festival. There will be a special colorway and knit to go with it!! We’ll have fun, games and door prizes! Also a trunk show and yarn tasting. All kinds of knit fun!

The Buffalo Wool Company will have our yarns at Rhinebeck so do look for them. And yes, of course there will be a special Blue Moon Rhinebeck colorway.

I am sure there is more that I am leaving out. I promised my son I would meet then at 3:00 so I need to get moving!

Happy knitting! Take care of your dear selves!

New Autumn Hues

Autumn is most definitely in the air now. It’s cooler most days and certainly so in the evening. The leaves are starting to turn and you can just smell that crisp note that says Autumn on the breezes. Also…there’s rain which I am thrilled to see and hear!

First I want to thank you for all of the great feedback on what I wrote about price increases and the changes in the wool industry. From all of the emails I received it seems like information that you would like more of so I will bee adding more of that kind of thing into my blog posts! I really appreciate you feedback and response. It’s hard to know who is interested and who is not. We are in a time where we are all super busy and distracted and we don’t read as much as we used to.

We spend a lot more time answering emails these days with questions or information that I have sent in a newsletter or put here on the blog and on facebook, instagram and RAV. I am not complaining about answering emails because I do love interacting with all of you. I love you guys! That said a few of the emails we get will start with something about how we did not put info out when we did.  If I had a wish it is that we read more so we were more informed!

Okay that is my Autumn wish. My blog post is short this week because I am trying to get order out as fast as we can and work on color club and sock club and clean the chicken coop and you get the gist!

I made new colorways!!!!

I am so in love with all of these new hues I would like to just sit and knit all weekend especially with Equinoxed!! Move over Pond Scum because there is a new colorway in town! Equinoxed just makes my muddy little heart sing!!

Clicking on these links will take you right to the colorways.

Ring of Fire  

Night Unicorn

Harvest Moon Dance

Grimm Reaper

Fall Back

Equinoxed

Easy Breezy Beautiful Colorway

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There will be more new colorways in the weeks to come. I am still fine tuning the Coven which are tinted greys and should be up sometime next week probably towards the end of the week.

I an also playing with a series of Black that have other subtle color notes in them. I know!!!!

So a confession and a question. I have discovered fantasy football!! ( That is the confession!) My son and daughter-in-law are into it. I spend most Sundays with them hanging out watching football and cooking. So when my DIL asked me to join her league I was thrilled and did so. I had been wanting to join what looked like all kinds of fun and you know what? It really is. I am thinking we might need a knitters league or two. Can you imagine? Maybe there already is.

So I am working on football team colors. I know there are football watching knitters and crocheters.My question is: Are you interested in football team themed colorways? If so which is your team? What would you like to see??

Oh so I am going to be sending out  a newsletter and few themed bulk emails this weekend so look for them they might have info in them you are looking for!

I am going to leave you with this exciting news! Save the date!! I am so excited about how my dear friend Ben is expanding the wonderful Stitches events to include more of our crafting interests!!

SAVE the DATE!!

And if you anywhere near SoCal in November you do not want to miss the goodness that is going to be Stitches SoCal. I am so excited!  There will be a stunning display of The Cherrywood Challenge Prince themed Quilts: The Tribute Tour

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The cost of craft happiness

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If you have been reading my blog and newsletters recently or been at one of my lecture/storytelling events, then you’ve probably heard me talk about the changes in our little part of the textile industry. Growth and change are an inevitable and necessary part of life. Since I have been part of this industry of ours for almost 20 years, I have witnessed all kinds of changes. Hell – when I started we were seriously into fun fur, and there were basically a handful of hand dyers and no Ravelry!

Today we’re going to talk about the cost of wool and yarn. I remember way back when I bought my first pound (not ounces but a full-on pound) of fiber; and then not a year later, my very first kilo. I have to tell you I felt like such a grown-up crafty woman when I ordered that first kilo. I was pretty proud of myself.

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At that point in time there was a very, very large surplus of Merino top – mostly in Australia – and we worked from that supply for a good long time with very few (and very small) price increases. Those price increases were usually due to trends in the industry and/or changes in the exchange rate of the dollar. Other contributing factors were of course disease and weather: drought is the biggest factor that affects a sheep’s well being and therefore its wool production. Drought has most definitely played a heavy hand in our wool surplus and pricing and that is something we are experiencing right now.

I shared with you at the end of last summer how wool ( especially Merino) prices were going up 20% all in one go, which was something I have never experienced in my years of making and dyeing yarn. I raised prices a wee bit last Fall but mostly tried to eat those costs, as did my suppliers and brokers, in the hopes that things would change for the better. Well, my fiber-loving friends, they are changing, but unfortunately not really for the better. Australia is experiencing a drought which means a shortage of wool. The one bright light for us here in the US is that the dollar is doing well in that part of the world; otherwise our price increase for top would be over 20%.  One of my brokers said it would be 40% which is a staggering thought.  I KNOW!!

Domestic wool pricing is also rising for some of the same weather reasons (including fire) and also demand. The demand right now for domestic and local fiber is higher than it has ever been, which of course also contributes to price increases. Mills in this country are also working at better wages for mill workers (which have historically been awful) and upgrading their equipment. Which is a good thing and certainly something we want to support.

There is more of a demand for wool right now than there pretty much has ever been in the history of our industry. While a thriving and growing industry is a good thing there needs to be a balance between supply and demand and right now there is not. I could go into a lot more detail about the why and how of it all but this is getting to be quite the blog post already so maybe another time. I can talk about this more – if you are interested just let me know. What this all means is you are going to see some pretty dramatic price increases this year. We have not even looked at the whole tariff thing and how that is going to effect availability and pricing in the craft industry at large.

After spending a whole lot of time on the phone with our brokers, suppliers and mills we I have some to the conclusion that I need to raise our prices.  I like to keep things as affordable as possible for us all! However based on the price increases we are experiencing both in wool (Merino), silk, and yak it is just not sustainable to not have a substantial increase.

And while this price increase is probably one of the bigger jumps we have ever made, I have run it by quite few folks in the industry (including a bunch of our LYS’s) and they all agree that we were already on the low end of the pricing spectrum especially for our big ass skeins.The biggest increase are on our big skeins and even then if you look at the weight and yardage it is still a deal since most of our big skeins (weighing in at 8-9 oz) have close to 700 yds in them for around US$40.00, which for all of that is still a very good price. To give you a different perspective, if you broke that skein into 4 ounces and 300 to 400yds each, they would be US$20.00; most hand-dyed skeins of yarn on the market with that weight and yardage are at least US$26.00.

Please know this is not something any of us take lightly – from rancher to LYS owner.  After all, this is our livelihood and something we are pretty passionate about. A skein of yarn supports so very many wonderful folks and animals in the circle of wool life! So with each project you cast on, think about all the great wool producers – from sheep to ranchers to mill workers to dyers to LYS owners – you are supporting with your dollars!

Our prices will be changing on September 14th so you have time to stock up at current prices if you like. (Time to get that Fall/Rhinebeck project going!)

Thank you for listening and for your support!

New Prices:

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Shipping update:

Sock Club shipped last week as did The School of Yarn. We are  diligently working on the KAL orders and all of the August orders that came in with them. Yarn is showing up!!!!

For years now I have heard your stories of stalking the postal carriers for your Blue Moon packages. Luckily for me I have had the same UPS and USPS worker bees (Connie and Jeff) for years so they know me. The stalking here for our yarn and fiber is real!! Every time any delivery truck drives up I run out to greet them with fingers crossed. If all they have is office supplies it is very disappointing. Anyway I do see the light at the end of this one. And I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your patience and understanding. I know that a price increase is probably not the best reward but think of it as your part in sustaining our hand (knit, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing…) community and industry. We all depend on each other. It’s one of the reasons I do not feel like I an independent artisan; I feel like I am a community one. It seriously takes a village to make yarn! I feel so very blessed and lucky to be part of such a community.

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Karen and I are working on our first shipment of our Out of the Hue color club and oh my goodness this is going to be all kinds of fun!! So much color joy! We are going to have all kinds of fun. Primary, secondary and tertiary fun. LOL!

Shadey and tonal fun too! Shadey fun is the best kind. Okay I’ll stop. It’s a little late and it has been on long day with lots of math and weights and measures.

Before I go though, Team Blue Moon and I have decided that our October Dye Day Extravaganza is going to be very Halloween themed. We are so dressing up and will have all kinds of tricks and treats! You do not want to miss this dye day!

 

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It’s September!!!

Autumn is in the air. You can smell it alongside the lingering smoke most days. It’s getting cooler and today it is even a little overcast. You can tell the true Pacific Northwesterners by their glee when the clouds roll in after such a long sunny, warm spell.

I am a fan of sun, but this summer has been a bit much even for me. So I am thrilled to see the clouds in the sky, feel the chill in the air (sweater time!!) and smell the turning of the leaves.

It is Labor Day weekend!! Which means it is Art in the Pearl here in Portland – one of my favorite art and craftsy things to do here in PDX. If you are in the area I highly recommend going. My bestie Karen is here and as soon as I post this we are headed out to spend the day there!!!!!!!!!!

Okay so we have finally shipped out Sock Club!! Man, that was painful. After we finally got all of the yarn and got it dyed our shipping software stopped working on our computer and we had to troubleshoot it and fix it. And of course this meant an computer upgrade. Yeah!  Seriously… some days.

Anyway it is out and I cannot thank you enough for your patience!! School of Yarn has also shipped and the PDFs have been emailed to you. We are finally making some headway on orders!! The yarn we have been waiting on is trickling in. Yay!!

As a HUGE thank you for your patience and understanding we have a 15% off discount code good until the end of the year. It is: THANKYOU18 and is all caps (case-sensitive). There are times when things are just out of our control and we try to do our very best to navigate those challenges as best we can. We so appreciate your patience!! It looks like things are slowly but surely getting resolved with our incoming shipments!

So we have put up Holiday colorways temporarily! They have been up for about a week; we will leave them up until Monday morning, so if you need to stock up now is your chance!! On Monday I will take them down and put up all the lovely Fall colors! If there are any of our Fall colorways you’d like to see return please let us know.

New Hues!!!

I have been working on these 4 colorways for what seems to me to be months. I have tweaked them this way and that to get the perfect shade, tone and saturation and…to be able to photograph them. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to photograph that Blue is the New Black. Oh my – so very frustrating. All it ever did was grey out and you could not see the blue part. And then there is that neon yellow… now that was a challenge. It is so very very bright and so very very yellow.  Sun Beam is the colorway I have been talking about hanging from the rafters in the barn. It is stunning and happy, and I kind of want to paint my kitchen this colorway.

I am going to dye myself up Some Cloud 9 in Blue is the New Black  and  Once in a Blue Moon to knit this beauty! Ixchel by Catherine Clark

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Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quarterly

Don’t ya think? I am so tickled by this I can hardly stand it! My very own Once in a Blue Moon Sweater in a very lunar Anniversary year.

Perfection!

Okay now I need to run off so we can make it for the Belly Dancer Parade!

If you are anywhere near Toni and The Fold in Marengo Illinois, she is having a stellar Labor Day Sale and has a ton of Blue Moon Specials we have sent her so…check it out!!!

Have a lovely weekend and be safe!

All the things…

Oh my goodness there is so very much going on I do not quite know where to start. I feel a little bit like the white rabbit in Alice and Wonderland.

I know… let’s start with some good news. I think I mentioned to the sock club and maybe here too about the neighbor trouble I have been having with the people who live next door to me with whom I share a drive. It quite very intense over the past few months and honestly scary. I love here alone so… .

Anyway last weekend they put their house up for sale and it has sold!!! It sold in like 3 days which is kind of crazy for this neck of the woods.

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So I feel kind of like I have my own personal miracle. I have lived here for almost 20 years. I love it. It is my haven and I was honestly considering moving me and Blue Moon elsewhere it was so bad. So this is just the very very best thing and I am so grateful!! I hope they are happier in there new home.

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Our yarns are arriving and we are getting orders out! We are so very sorry for the delay but truly it was out of our control and we are doing our very best! I have been doing this for a long time and these things just happen. This is so much better than the time the sock yarn showed up and it was not my yarn and I had to send it back and cancel the shows we were going to. Oy!!  I was thinking the other day that I should pitch a yarn related sitcom based on what I have seen and experienced over these 18 years. Hell just the sock club and bank drama would be worth a few episodes.

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We have contacting all orders past our promised time frame. So if you have not heard from us we got junk mailed out. If you need your yarn asap let us know so we can see what we can do. Our supplier is working diligently to make this all better.

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I have added another DYE CAMP Session  for this fall so check that out! I might add another but I need to check my schedule. I am pretty booked out this fall.

I will be teaching a 2 day dye class at the Stitchin’ Post on September 7th and 8th. I am also giving a talk on the 6th about what inspires us. I’m honored and excited to be working with the lovely and talented ladies of the Stitchin’Post. I think there is still room if you want to immerse yourself in color for a few days in Sisters Oregon.

On the following weekend I will be at All Wound UP in Edmonds Washington on Saturday the 15th from 12:00 to 3:00. I will have a trunk show and a yarn tasting. I would love to see you and any show and tell you might have.

I told you…a lot of happenings!

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Autumn Dye Day Extravaganza!!!

We do love our Dye Day that we have with the barn sale!! A whole bunch of you have requested that we do more so… we have added and Autumn one!!!  I know. I’m so excited. I had so much fun at this last one I did not want it to end. I decided to have it October 20th which is a Saturday . I tis the weekend of Rhinebeck so those of us who cann’t attend Rhinebeck can console ourselves with a little color and yarn. Since it is my fav time of year we will have some hot cider and pumpkin type treats and will dress according for the season. We are a bunch of dye witches after all! So bring a picnic and come join us for the day. Maybe we can even bob for some apples!! I wish I had a corn maze!!! Anyway these fill up fast so do not wait!! Also this one registration fee is a wee bit more to cover costs that the barn sale aspect usually covers.

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You might notice that we have done a color shift! Yup We have have added HOLIDAY HUES for the next week. We’ve been getting a fair amount of requests so we have added quite a few in both the Multicolor and Bespeckled color categories!  All of which are returning hues! New ones will come a bit later. In a week we will take these down an put up our Autumn/Halloween line up. I would put a list of them here but I think they are pretty obvious by their names when you shop by Colorway! So many Gnome colorways for the holidays.

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Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quartely

Have you seen the new all about the Moon Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly?!! It is stunning. I want to knit just about everything in it! Truly!! I mean I am all about the moon especially this year so this just made my heart sing.  We’ve gotten quite a few requests for color suggestions for that STUNNING cardigan in the front cover. Ixchel by Catherine Clark ! So beautiful. I am working on color pairing suggestions right now. Also…I will finally be adding to the website that stunning yellow (Sunbeam) and a this blue black I have been trying to photograph for a month now so look for those this week!  Our yarns bases that I recommend based on the gauge they suggest are pretty much any of the fingering weight ones but most especially Cloud 9, La Luna Fingering, and Socks that Rock right off the top of my head.  I think I am going to knit mine in Ravenscroft and then go pale blue grey for the moons instead of the gold.  Still musing it over!

Okay I am sure there are things I am forgetting! We were short handed this week due to vacations and such. So I am spending this weekend playing catch-up.

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There is still room in our  Out of the Hue Color club!! And the last time I checked we were almost full up on our Moon Shadow Anniversary Package offerings so get them while you can!

 

 

We will be shipping both the sock club and the School of Yarn this week!! Okay going to post and send out newsletter which is at least a day late!

Oh I remembered!!

I uncovered about 60 skeins of TASY BOO so if you missed out first go around there are more and then…they will be gone.

Also if you are anywhere near The Fold in Marengo Illinois and have felt you miss out on our Annual Barn Sale well now is your chance! We have shipped her quite a bit of sale yarns for her Labor Day Sale which she is running right now. She will have these up this week and they will be there as long as they last. She also has quite a few other bargains going on!!  Also give Toni and Al a hug for me!!

Happy Knitting!!