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Carol Feller KAL

We are pleased all the way down to our wool clad feet to announce another KAL. What better way to celebrate the onset of knit season then with not one but two KAL’s!! We’re pretty tickled.

We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite designers, the oh, so clever, creative and seriously skilled, Carol Feller.  I pretty much love every design that falls off Carol’s needles, so when she works that magic of hers with my yarn, I have to tell you I do a fair amount of happy dancing.  I think the feeling is mutual because after I sent her a box of yarn for inspiration I got the following email:

Tina,

I both hate you and love you in equal parts. The yarn is amazing and I love the colors. You’re making it really, really hard for me to finish my final book projects…

Carol

Carol, you made this depravedDyer’s sing!

Photo Credit: Joseph Heller

So here we are. Carol announced Capall Dubh KAL this weekend. The pattern is up for pre-sale now and once you purchase the pattern there is a coupon code you can use with us for a 10% discount off your yarn.

Go here to sign up on the RAV group.

You can find all the specs for the yarn on Carols pattern page so I won’t duplicate that here.

What I will tell you is how to use the coupon code, a little about the yarn and how it is dyed.

There is a coupon code box on the second page of our order form so you need to get to that page in order to enter your discount code. After that if you want to use a credit card it is pretty self explanatory. Where it get a little tricky is if you want to use your PayPal account.

In your shopping cart click on the “Go to Checkout” oval, DO NOT click on, go straight to PayPal.  Choose your shipping instructions and click on “Continue to Checkout” on page 2 of 3  -  Payment Information, enter your Discount Code in the Discount Coupon area. Hit enter.

From there, you will be instructed to enter your payment information, either put in your credit card info at that time or click the “Checkout with PayPal” option and click on Continue to Checkout option.

The system will then go to page 3 Order Confirmation page.  Hit “Confirm the Order” to be directed on to PayPal if that is your option.

If you have any trouble please do contact us for assistance.

I have a thing for Polwarth. I love to spin with and knit with it. When our Victoria ( 100% Polwarth yarn) sold out earlier this year and it took the mill a bit longer than we anticipated to get it back we opted to add in this silky  counterpart. 85% Polwarth and 15% Silk. Just enough silk to add sheen and a smidge of drape. It also soaks up color like the earth does after it’s first fall rain, which is what it is doing here right now! I have to say that right now I have a pretty big yarn crush on our Yaksi yarns but Silky Victoria might just be my new yarn love.

Our shaded solids are truly shaded with lighter bits here and there and darker bits throughout the skein. You can see this in Carol’s Capall Dubh. We chose Copperline because we both love that color and because I felt it would showcase this shading aspect of our shaded solids in a stunning way and, as you can see from Carol’s photos, it most certainly does. Below you will see a picture of a skein of our yarn as it looks right after it is dyed and then another re-skeined.  As a lot of  hand-dyer’s are in the practice of doing, we re-skein most of our garment yarn. We do this so the colors are more mixed and you can see more of what it is likely to look like knit up. Because this is a  KAL with a deadline and we want you all to have your yarn in plenty of time we are not going to have enough time to re-skein the hundreds and hundreds of skeins we are dyeing. So your skeins of Silky Victoria are going to arrive at your door step looking like their true shady self!

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m1I would like to remind all of us at this point that, as with all hand-painted or hand-dyed yarns, it is best to alternate your skeins as you knit for the best color dispersement, stunning garment and happy knitter!

For those of you waiting for more Fall and Holiday colorways we’ll be posting the ones we are taking down next week and probably putting up new ones the week of October 6th. We appreciate your patience!

Happy Knitting!

Because I can’t seem to stop and I see no reason to…

Just a few more color duos for our current Mystery Kal! If you want to get in on the fun we will promise shipping arrival if you order by end of business on the 17th. Yes, that is tomorrow!

Here’s my fave and the one I plan on doing no matter what Shannon says!

 

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Gnome on the Range meets KAPOW PaTina!  I’m in Love!! Look at the shimmer. This yarns shimmers it is so pretty and soft. Such a hand this one has.

 

MuddyAutumnBoysenberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little Muddy Autumn Rainbow action first with some Boysenberry

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…and then with Tardis Blue!

 

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and then if that weren’t enough a little Vine-Ripened Red take some of the mud off of our Autumn goddess!

The we have roaming around some…

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Free Ranging Chicken wondering What’saabi?

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A Room with No Roof and a little bright and Happy! Boysenberry .

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And for those of you wanted something a wee bit dark and sultry there’s our Grawk friend with H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta. A very Royal duo!

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Speaking of Her Royal Highness, she looks quite stunning sporting some EOS beside her, doesn’t she?

 

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I have a bit of a thing for our color way Antiquated System and I always want to put it with gold so I have down just that. Antiquated Chana Masala.  Yum!

 

If you need color help I’m your girl. Just yell…info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Happy Knitting!

 

Mystery KAL hue thoughts…

Today has been the best of days which is all kinds of awesome since tomorrow is chemo round 2.  Shannon came over and we played one of my favorite games, the colorway matchy-matchy game, for our super fun KAL. It was great for me to be with my color soulmate which is evidenced by all the greens. Believe it or not we even controlled ourselves. Lots and lots of oohs and aahs and talk about, isn’t that the best one, no this none is… .  We had all kinds of fun and also came up with really lovely pairings besides the ones I listed in the first blog post. I am going to put the photos of those first ten here and then, for the next few days,I will post the rest on Instagram and Twitter for you all to see.

Sound good?! There is already one up there. It’s called colorway duo of the day. I picked it out for my friend Anne.

Whenever there is this much color it’s hard to resist making a color wheel so we didn’t!

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See this? This my friends is an expert yarn fluffer!! It was great not to have to fluff my own yarn. ( Stopping now.)

 

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Shannon also tools pics so look for those on her blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright here we are!

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Shoqua and Ochroid

 

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Winter Blues and Boysenberry

 

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Kate’s Blue and Sun Salutations

 

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Vine-Ripened Red and Neptune

 

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HRH and Hot Rod Red

 

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Stumptown Brown and What’saabi

 

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Vine-Ripened Red and Passive-Agressive Green

 

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Tardis Blue and Saffron Jungle

 

YochroidVviolet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ochroid and Vancouver Violet

 

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Pond Scum and Smoke on the Water

 

and….a few threesome if you were so inclined to add in a little more spice to your Mystery KAL!!

 

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Limestone, Shoqua and Ochroid

 

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Stumptown, Boysenberry and What’saabi

 

 

HRSHOQHRH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Rod Red, Shoqua and HRH Princess Violetta

 

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and for Gail…Hot Rod Red, Ochroid and Vine-Ripened Red

Phew.

If none of these float your little color boat then please do email me info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I’ll make sure you and your door dreams are matched. I might go take a little nap now. xo

It’s a Mystery….

It’s a Knit-a-long…

It’s a Mystery KAL. Yay!!!   I am so very excited about this KAL. It’s been way too long since we had some serious mysterious fun and I do believe this shawlette is going to provide us with hours of color and textural goodness.

I’m so excited!  I’m excited because as I said it’s been too long but also because this KAL is with my dear friend and uber-talented designer Shannon Squire and if that was not enough uses our new Yaksi Fingering that all of you are going to fall head over shoulders for (It’s is a shawlette) .

You can go to RAV find more of the details on the pattern and needs and to purchase.
We’ve listed out a few color pairings here, and there will be photos of them listed on the blog next week, but if you’re dyeing (ha! see what we did there?!?) to get your yarn sooner, here they are. If you’re choosing your own, make sure there’s high contrast, because the Yaksi has a silver base, and darkens things considerably. As always and probably forever I am happy to help consult colors, just email me info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and put KALHUES in the subject line.

 

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Shoqua + Ochroid

Winter Blues + Boysenberry
Sun Salutation + Kate’s Blue

Vine-Ripened Red + Neptune

Tardis Blue + Saffron Jungle
HRH + Hot Rod Red
Stumptown Brown + Whatsaabi

Vine-Ripened Red + Passive-Aggressive Green

Ochroid + Vancouver Violet

Pond Scum + Smoke on the Water
Any Tipsy + Smoke on the Water

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Okay I think that is it for now.  I’m going to take my excited self to the barn to pick out colors.

I LOVE my job!!

and…Shannon

and… you!

Happy Thursday!!

Price Changes

It has been a very long time since we have changed the pricing on most of our garment/accessory type yarns. So…starting next Wednesday just about all of our garment yarns will be going up about 15% give or take a fudge here and there. We wouldn’t want to make things be 34.27 or some such nonsense. I like my numbers tidy where money is concerned. It makes thing easier to add them in my head.

And just because…. our super cute duo of the day. My friend Linda has two of the most dear grandchildren, Ty and Clara, they are just a joy!  Ty loves all things fiber arts related and I believe when he is just a little bit older is going to take the knitting world by storm. He calls me Tina Newton in the dearest way that just about does me in. Both Ty and Clara came to our dye day and played. Ty has been before and had a very clear and distinct vision for his yarn. He named them even!!  Mountain Rainbow and Midnight Sunset. See…he’s gifted! And his little sis Clara is no slouch either look at that pink she has there.  She calls her colorway Happy. Ty thought maybe Pink before you Wink would be good name for hers. It’s a great name and now, thanks to dear Ty and Clara, in the beginning of the Fall season, I am going to have to come up with a Pink before you Wink colorway!

Thank you Linda for sharing these two wonderful souls with me!!! xoxo

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Colorways coming down…

Hey all, here is that list of colorways that we are taking down in the next few days that I promised last Friday.  Sorry! Getting all my ducks and doc appts. lined up for the start of chemo has been kinda crazy! Ducks are so much easier to line up than doctors. ;0)

Ok without further ado here they are:

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If you have any favorite fall blue moon colorways you’d like to see back just let us know in the comments.

Targhee Worsted

We were expecting our shipment of Targhee Worsted last week and just found out that the whole process has been delayed about 4 weeks (to mid-September) because they didn’t feel that clip was ready. We are still waiting on the final word.

Our Targhee yarns are ranched, processed and milled here in the US, which we are pretty thrilled about for many reasons. Since they are ranched in Montana, that makes them pretty local to us, which in turn makes the foot print of this yarn not too hard on our planet and also supports our economy and the US textile industry. Because there are not a whole lot of Targhee sheep being raised right now, it’s a bit of a limited commodity. We think this yarn is pretty fabulous and want to make sure those of you who want it can get it as soon as it waltzes in the door. So, we are leaving it up on the website for purchase. If you purchase the Targhee Worsted (we have plenty of Targhee Bulky by the way) your purchase holds yarn for you and as soon as our order arrives we will dye it up and ship it out. We are doing it this way to assure our customers, wholesale and retail, get their beloved Targhee and to show the ranchers and mill that we love what they are doing!

If you place an order that has other yarns with your Targhee order we will of course ship those out before the Targhee.

Our yarn stores – Twisted in Portland, Oregon and Eat, Sleep, Knit in Georgia – both carry our Targhee Worsted and might have some in stock.

If you have any questions please do contact us.

Of course, this comes at a time where we all want to knit the fabulous Safra Shawl by Susanna IC in the new Fall Twist Collective. Luckily for us, the designer did a version in our equally as wonderful Silky Victoria. The Silk Victoria is the one on the left in Afternoon Delight and the Targhee worsted wrap is in Pond Scum!!

Thank you Twist Collective and Susanna for such lovely designs and photographs!

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The good ol’ summer time hues

What you see in the basket on our homepage is a just a few of the new colorways I’ve come up with for the end of summer, the quickly approaching fall season and lastly, new holiday hues. I have spent the past two months pouring my heart and soul into dye and then onto yarn and having a grand ol’ time doing so.

I have a few new  dye techniques I’ve come up with along with a series or two or three…brewing. I know…I’ve been hinting at a new series for awhile now. I don’t mean to be color coy I just want it to be exactly how I envision it in my head, to be as it is on the yarn.  One of these series I am so excited about I can barely stand it. It is the SCUM series. Yup, Pond Scum’s family has moved into town and there are one rowdy scumtastic bunch, just as you imagine they would be.  They will be making their debut around the 2nd week of August. So stay tuned!

Coming next week is the first 4 colorways in my Grimm series. I am thoroughly obsessed with Grimm. I came a little late to the party ( as usual) . Which means I got to watch the first two seasons at a reckless, only slightly obsessive, pace. Grimm is set in Portland which added even more depth to it and a whole lot of charm.  If you are also a Grimm fan let me know what you think. I think I hit the mark on this one. Also what Grimm type colorways would you like to see?

I’m considering watching it again in the next two weeks as I recover from my mastectomy. I have to watch it again now for research, right?

Yes, it is that time. I go in today for my bilateral. I feel like I am in as good a place as you can be with something like this and am ready to move on to whatever is next.  It’s been a whirlwind here getting ready for me to be out of the dye loop for two weeks or more but we are there!

I want to say a really big Thank you!  for all of the love and support. My heart has been overflowing with gratitude for it all.  My surgery is at 4:00 tomorrow so if you have your knitting and can knit a stitch or two in my direction I would love it!  xoxo

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Here’s the first Grimm color way.  Whatcha think?

GRIMM

 

Online Mill End Mystery Bag Sale!

Of course we are having an online Mill End Sale!

They are up on the website right now!

Details are right below, for those of you who are new to our Mystery Bags. I had a whole lot of fun putting these together!! I dyed a whole bunch of them as Rare Gems a few weeks ago and so quite a few of them  have a Rare Gem and then a regular colorway in the package. I love some of the combo’s so much it was exceptionally hard to leave them for you all. Feel the hue love, my friends!!

Years and years ago when I first started over-dyeing  I always had to let someone else rinse and hang them to dry. Otherwise I ended up with half of them in my stash which kinda defeats the purpose. I wasn’t even allowed in the barn while they were drying. I kid you not.  I swear that the barn sale we about 3 years ago was just my stash from all that Rare Gem hoarding. Yeah…the first step is seeing and admitting you have a problem,which is hard when your business is yarn and you have two big storage pods .

Now I’m really good at enjoying them as they come out of the pot without owning them for myself. It makes me feel good that they are off to knitterly homes that will love them as I do. However. the place I fall is in putting the Mystery Bags together. It takes me quite awhile to do because I have to ooh and aw over almost every one and take notes or pictures or both and then I can put them in the tubs to be shipped out to you. I’m so happy with the combo’s in this batch. I wish I had all day to take pictures of them all to show you.

Unfortunately I do not. I have quite the list of things to get done in the next 14 days before my surgery. And yes I am a bit nervous about it all, as it gets closer and closer.

I want to thank everyone who came out this past Saturday to the barn sale. It was truly wonderful to see so many happy familiar faces and have a visit . Thank you to those who made color with us!! So much fun. I’m going to post the  few pictures I have of our fun in the scrolly thing at the top of the blog.

Happy Tuesday!!

If you are new to our Mystery bags this is how it works:

We created our grab bags a few summers ago when we had a substantial mill end surplus. It was such a huge success, and loads of fun for us, that we decided to make it a summer tradition (as long as we have mill ends). The bags are still grouped by yarn size and is exclusively sock yarn. I’m your color grabber for these bags. I have so much fun putting all of these bags together choosing for the most colour joy. I have spent the past day filling the bags in a very thoughtful, hue inspired way. There are all kinds of color combos, who knows you might even get a Rare Gem! Some are seasonal hues, some bright and in your face, some dark, sexy and mysterious.

There’s no limit to wicked colour fun. I hope you enjoy getting them as much as I enjoy making them!

All of the Mystery Bags are made with our beloved Socks that Rock. We consider most of these skeins Mill Ends. Our Mill Ends are skeins that either have an under-plied section, a knot (or three), or a colour boo boo. We use these skeins all the time ourselves. There are really no huge flaws, we just feel that they are not up to our standards enough to charge our regular price.

Supplies are limited and these go very fast, especially the lightweight.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

Grab bag description:

2 skeins of Socks that Rock® mediumweight – Mill End Mystery Bag
100% Superwash Merino
405 yds / 370m, 6.0 oz / 170g (per skein)
$34.00 each

2 skeins of Socks that Rock® lightweight – Mill End Mystery Bag
100% Superwash Merino
2 Skeins at: 405 yds / 370m, 5.15 oz / 146g (per skein)
$30.00 each

 

A good way to start the week!

Barn Sale!! Dye Day!

Good Morning! Well at least it is still morning here. Below you will find  all of the important details for the Barn Sale this Saturday. If  you have questions that we have not answered here please leave a comment or email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

The parking info is very important because I have brand new neighbors. We need to be respectful of their space and property.  And Also show them how awesome us fiber people are!

 When: Saturday July 12th, 9:00 am  to 6:00 pm

 Where: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Dye barn at 56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose Oregon

 Directions:  Whether you are coming from the North or South Hwy 30 is the way you get to Scappoose. Once you are here, you want Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. If you’ve come from the south ( PDX) it is the last light at the end of town and you want to turn left onto it. If you are coming from the North then it is the first light and you want to turn right onto it.

You will be on Scappoose-Vernonia Highway for about 7.25 miles. You will lose cell service about 3 miles up. 

Your next turn is a left ( you can only turn left) onto Chapman Road.  (The road before Chapman Rd. is Chapman Grange Rd. Do not turn there!!)

After about a 1/4 of a mile you’ll come to your next turn which is also a left onto Mollenhour. Again you can only turn left.

Go about 1/8th of a mile up Mollenhour and our gravel drive is on the right, after a row of mailboxes, where ours is the first mailbox. There is a huge piece of driftwood that marks the driveway with my neighbors house number on it and ours on a numbered sign beside it. 

Take that gravel drive ALL the way down to us. Please do not park anywhere on my neighbors land.

Note: There is no cell service out here!

PARKING:   Parking is limited so please carpool!  Blue Moon is at the end of a gravel drive in a rural area. There is another house you pass on the gravel driveway you take in order to get to us. PLEASE, please, oh please do not park on their property. We will have balloons or something marking us so please come all the way down to those and we will find a place for you to park.

SALE: We have plenty of yarn for sale! You can come just for the sale. We will put up what is left up on the website for sale next week as Rare Gem Mill Ends.

We will also be doing hourly door prizes so be sure to grab a ticket when you walk in the door because you just might win a prize!!!

DYEING: All of our dye slots are full. Because it is just a one day event there can’t really be a waiting list. However in our experience some folks do not show or some take less time then others so we might be able to squeeze you in if you make yourself available at the time you are interested in dyeing.

Everyone who is dyeing remember to dress in clothes that you don’t mind getting dye on. We will have an indigo vat going so if you want to bring a t-shirt (1 or 2 ) to dip that would be fine. Over-dyed cotton in indigo is pretty sweet.

We get asked if you can bring your own wool and yarns to dye and I am sorry but because we are a production facility I don’t let in wool that I don’t know where it’s been.

Please bring your lunches and knitting!  We have plenty of room and it is quite lovely and peaceful in my little corner of the world.

We are super excited to see you all!! We are going to have so much fun!