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And the winners are…

I’ve spent a good part of the afternoon reading these colorway names stories and trying to decide on a winner. And you know what?

I can’t. I just can’t pick one.

I love them all equally.

I love that the six of you took the time to write these creatively wonderful tales of hue. I love how they made us all laugh with delight.  So…I might not be the boss of much, but I am the boss of this little contest.  I say you are all winners!!!  Yay!! Which means I will make a colorway for each of you.

Here is how I would like that to work. (Still riding the~I am the boss of this.~ wave.)

What I need from each of you is going to involve a little more writing. Obviously, as evidenced in your winning stories, you are up to the challenge. What I would like you to write for me is your own personal color story so I can then make it into a colorway for you. Please be descriptive and not too poetically vague. If the colors of the sea are what floats your boat  (pun intented) then tell me all about the hows and whys it floats it.  Does it float it on a clear day when the sun is dipping below the horizon setting both the sky and sea ablaze in orange light  or maybe you are more of a dark and stormy grey seas kind of person. This is what I need to know. The more descriptive you are the more I have to go on.  If you love browns because they remind you of when you were a little tyke sitting in your grandfather’s lap for story-time and he was wearing his favorite golden tweed blazer smoking form his mahogany pipe while reading to you about Gulliver’s Travels and cozily sitting in an overstuffed rust red leather chair. You can also add in how it makes you feel.

( Get it?)

I would also like you to give your colorway story a name. I will then put that name to the colorway I create for you based on your story. So choose something you like and that is not too long. Other wise Paula will be mad at me ( because it has to fit on a skein tag)  and well, we don’t want that.

Sound good? Doable?

Let’s keep this little color game of ours going on in the comments so everyone can share in the fun . So go ahead and put your personal colorway story in the comments of this post and congratulations:

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RiverPoet
SantaFeLil
PurlGirl
Janis
SadieSue

You all did a wonderful job!

I hope everyone is staying cool in this wave of heat we have going!

Big Ass Skein Society #3

It’s hard to believe that it is already June and time for our 3rd installment of our wonderful Big Ass Skein Society. Introducing Shannon Squire’s  Summertide Wrap in Laci.

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The color used in the pattern is Tina’s Silver Lining.

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Shannon made it live on Monday so you’ve probably already seen these pictures and have the coupon code. The code is for 15% off of any color Laci, dated 6/20/15 -7/22/15; on 7/22/15, it changes to 10% and expires 1/31/16. One time use per customer.

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Summertide is a stunning wrap, perfect for summer. Also it looks to be a super fun knit! Since Shannon knit it in one of our Multi-colorways ( Tina’s Silver Lining) we decided to add a bunch of mulit’s to our usual Laci color offerings. I am trying to choose Willapa Bay, Single Cell Dating Pool and Tina’s Silver Lining. I am leaning heavily towards Single Cell Dating Pool at the moment but this morning I was sure it was going to be Willapa Bay.

What colorway will you choose?

Knitty fun and color changing.

Okay so I am sure that most of you have seen the Summer Knitty. It’s live and full of summertime fun and stunning knits. Especially one that this knitter is super excited about! Baker Street Scarf, designed by Joan of Dark, modeled by Neil Gaiman and based on the scarf worn in BBC’s series, Sherlock. I love Sherlock so Baker Street Scarf is going to be an absolute must knit for me.

It’s all pretty exciting!

I can tell you I was thrilled when Amy contacted me and asked me if I wanted to be part of a super secret project. Partly, because I like to be involved in super secret projects and partly,because of my love for all things Sherlock, and Neil Gaiman and Joan. Of course the other reason is that this whole thing involved my Ravens and well, I do so love me some shadowy color creating.

So off to the drawing board to pick a yarn base and dream up a Raven to add to the clan. We chose Gaea which is one of our bases that certainly does not get the attention it deserves. Thick and so soft with superb stitch definition. A great scarf yarn and one that would work well in a darker color to help accent the stitches. Then off to the dye table to birth a Raven. I chose deep blues and blue greens for “Say Nevermore” to highlight the black since Mr. Gaiman likes to wear black and to keep some of the Sherlock’s  scarf color in there.       I think it worked well. I hope you agree.

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A really stunning scarf to knit and wear whether you are solving crime, creating magical stories or designing knitwear – really, no matter who you are!

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It’s that time again!                                                                                                                                                                                                                Time to change colors out. Below you will find the list of colorways that will be on hiatus starting this Friday June 12th.

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And under this list is yet, another list. A list of summertime hues. We are going to put these up for a few weeks and then change them out again, because it turns out we have a whole bunch of summer color! So very much and I wanted to do some more neon ones too so look for those in the coming weeks.

Afternoon Delight
Algae
Awesomesauce
Baby Mama
Baita
Beach Blanket Bingo
Beach Glass
Beached
Boobie 1
Boobie 2
Boomerang
Braun’s Woods
Citrine
Claire de Lune
Confetti
Coral’s Reefer Madness
Dophins Disco
Firebird
Flash Mobbin
Forget me Knot
Gastropod Shuffle
 Koi Koi
Handsome Man
Hot Lips
Kalish
Lady Edith
Lemongrass
Liquid Sunshine
Lunasea
Maia
Mermaid
On Blueberry Hill
On the Vine
Pebble Beach
Peridot and Periwinkle
Pineapple Express
Rhodanite
Rock Candy
Sail Away
Sassmaster Skein
SeaMar
Single Cell Dating Pool
Sky Rocketing Puddle Jumper
Socktopus
Spawn of Braun
Stalking the Wild Blueberry
Sunkissed Sands
Tide Pool
Tinks Toots
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I was thinking a contest might be fun to do with all of these colorway names. It’s so fun to see and read them in a random list. We make up all kinds of songs and stories based on these lists. It’s so fun! So…what if you made up stories using say 25 of the colorways names in the list of ones that are going up this Friday. You can choose any 25 from this list. Be creative! Be wacky!  You can post them here is the comments section of this post for all of us to see. Each person gets one story submission and team Blue Moon will choose a winner. The grand prize is that I will make you you’re very own colorway. You can name it and tell me what you would like it to be and then I will translate it into a colorway!  Because there are only so many hours in the day your word count is 350.  You have until June 25 to submit  and we will choose by June 30th. Sound good?!!

Summer color fun!

A few reminders:

Notorious Sock Knitters, the 15% part of the club expires on July 15th. So make sure you use it by then. After July 15th it goes to 10%. The code is in the January Dyer’s Notes.

We will be putting the Dye Day and Barn Sale info up on the website this weekend so look for that. The dye slots fill up fast!

Our next BASS goes live around June 20th so look for that Form Shannon!

Ok I think that is all for right now.

Enjoy the sun!

Mornings in Paris

Isn’t this a beautiful shawl?!

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It’s Mornings in Paris designed by Angela Baldi

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Angela submitted this design to us in a call for submission for the sock club. We thought it would look beautiful in a shaded solid and did not have plans to send out a shaded solid for that month of the club. So we asked her if she wanted to work together on something fun with this design and she did. We decided on Yaksi Fingering as the yarn based because of the drape and well,  it is just an exquisite yarn, especially for shawls. There are two sizes for you to choose from ( We do love to have choices) the smaller shawlette takes one skein and the larger Shawl takes two. For what it is worth, my two cents is that you are going to want to knit the larger one. It’s just so pretty. The larger Mornings in Paris is knit in The New Color of Love and the smaller on is knit in Help US Rhonda.

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Angela has a KAL that starts on June 10 and a rav group to support it. We have supplied a discount for Yaksi Fingering for the KAL . 

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I think Mornings in Paris is not only a wonderful Summer knit, just the kind to hold our attention but not too much to distract us from boating on the bay, but also a great summer shawl to wear around town when those cooler ocean breezes blow in.

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Thanks Angela for a stunning design and for a fun summertime knit.

A few Springy knits…

It’s hard to believe but nonetheless, it’s time for  our second installment in the Big Ass skein Society. Shannon sent out the link to the pattern and the discount code ealrier in the week for this months featured big ass skein, the oh so lovely, Silky Victoria.

I am so excited that we finally get to unveil to you Shannon’s  Rainshowers cowls.

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Colorways Shown are  Enchanted Forest ( The green one.) and Help US Rhonda ( The not green one.)

Aren’t they pretty?!

I’m a woman who loves choices. So… that we have the ability to choose to knit this in two different ways really makes me  all kinds of happy. I have seen them both in person and thought I might be able to pick a fav and to be honest I can’t. I do know that with my wardrobe (Can you hear my girls laughing at me calling my clothing a wardrobe.) and my tendency towards warmth, the bigger loop is most probably the way to go for me. I do really really like the hood cowl version too though. It’s just so very cozy  and it does get cold enough here. Hmm… I might just have to knit them both!

Poor me right?! First world problem for sure.

We have extended the discount codes for our BASS. Now they go for just about the whole year instead of the 2 month window.

Shannon and both hope you all are enjoying our Big Ass skeins and patterns as much as we are creating them.

If you at a loss over what colorway to choose please do email us we are more than happy to help! info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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If that was enough knit pretty the Twist Collective Spring issue came out this week and it is full to brimming with so many beautiful and creative knitwear.

When you are perusing through all that knit wonder be sure to look for Mithe by Anne Ginger.

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I love everything about this cardigan.

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Oh well, that’s not quite true. Zippers still intimidate me. Nonetheless, I would overcome my fears to knit this. I love the lines and the simplicity . The perfect, hopping around town or hiking or walking on the beach kind of sweater which are my favorite kinds.

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And… it is knit with our Targhee Worsted which I am still head over heels in love with.Speaking of Targhee we might be adding another to our list so do look out for that on the website soonish.

 

I am working on new colorways for the summer and fall so if you have any ideas color wise or even for a theme please let me know in the comments section and I will see what I can come up with. Also… on the good news front we have hired three new Blue Moonies. Please join me in welcoming Samantha, Brandy and Nikki to Team Blue Moon. We are absolutely thrilled to have them join us.

Okay I think that is about it for now. I am done with all my treatments now and am recovering well. Of course not as fast as I would like to but I am being patient with myself and taking it slow. Slow ans steady does win this race!  I will be posting a lot more now that I have the energy for it! Thanks so much for your patience and well wishes.

You are the best!!

Have a great weekend.

Another week flies by or time flies when you’re dyeing yarn!

It’s Friday already. How does that happen? It seems like just yesterday it was Monday and then boom, here we are at Friday.

Since it means I have another week of radiation under my belt with only 8 more treatments to go I will say, Hi-dee-ho Friday so very good to see you and move on.

We have been very busy little dyers prepping Twisted for the Rose City Yarn Crawl and also dyeing all the BFL Sport ordered for the Big Ass Skein Club, plus a few LYS orders thrown in for good measure.  So much BFL and LSS!!  The Lan Su colorway I created for Twisted for our beloved RCYC is so pretty in the LSS, especially when there’s almost 100 skeins of it hanging gracing the rafters in the dye barn.  I want to put it all in a big pile and crawl into and take a dreamy nap.

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Twisted is seriously stocked with Blue Moon yarns and color for the crawl. The two colorways I created are Lan Su in honor of our magical Chinese Garden and Saturday Market.  I had so much fun coming up with these two colorways. Saturday Market was easy peasy I just went with bright, happy with a smidge of hippie and a dash of rainbow. A little tie dye inspiration. I love Yasgur’s Farm Market Bag that Megan Parrish designed. It’s the perfect compliment to my Saturday Market colorway and to our local craft and farmer’s markets, especially our Saturday Market.

And then there’s Lan Su Garden Cowl by Katherine Leek which is so very pretty. I think everyone is going to want to knit themselves at least one of these. I definitely want one in the Lan Su colorway.  Then again I also might want a blanket with LSS or Sookie in the Lan Su colorway with it’s depth of watery hues.

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On Sunday March 8th, the last day of the crawl, Blue Moon will have a trunk show at Twisted with all of our most recent designs and, also, some of our long standing most popular. We are lucky enough to have our 2 designs by Carol Feller from this past Fall, Capall Dubh and Landscape Waves. So if you want a gander at those they will be there in all of their knit glory.

I hope everyone has an absolute blast!! We are so lucky to have such a fun and well organized yarn crawl. I think we all should take a moment to appreciate and even thank those who work so hard to make this happen fr us. As someone who has organized big things I know a whole lot of work is involved.

 

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As I said earlier we dyed the first round of BFL orders for The Big Ass Skein Society! Those will be shipping out on Monday and Tuesday. I can’t wait to see all of these colorways knit up into that beautiful shawl, Vesna that Shannon designed.

One of the best parts of these knit-a-longs is seeing how all the colors knit in one pattern. I walk in the barn and look at them all hanging there and think to myself ( but often out loud) “Wow I never thought of that colorway for this.”  over and over and over. I am sure everyone else in the barn gets sick of this but for me it is constant wonder and magic.

One other thing before I head off to check on the baby chicks the Rockin’ Whorl Club will ship out on Monday. Sorry for the 2 day delay. I forgot there were not 31 days in this month and evidently right now I really need my months to have 31 days in them. I promise it is worth the wait. I love this color and fiber combo so much that it kind of makes me weak in the knees.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I plan on not getting up at 5:00 am and maybe catching up on Grimm!

BASS Update

I’m so excited because today is the first pattern release for the Big Ass Skein Society. There’s a couple of things I would like to mention.

First is the coupon code. It is valid until April 21st, 2015. The way you get the code is from Shannon. It will be with the pdf downloads tomorrow. Now onto redeeming the code. There’s a coupon code box on the Blue Moon order form. When you go to order your yarn please make sure you type in the code in that little box to get your 10% off. If you forget you can email is at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and we will help you.

Now a little about the yarn. All of our yarns are individually hand-painted to order just for you. Usually we re-skein our garment yarns so they look all pretty like they will when they are knit up before shipping them out. However, because of the volume of orders during knit-a-longs we do not re-skein your yarn in order to get everyone can get their orders in a timely fashion. What this means is that some colors may appear splotchy in the skein, but as you see from the photos of finished objects, that is what makes the shaded variation in hue throughout the skein. The dark and light splotchy places are intentional.

Debra, Shannon and I compiled a list of colors we recommend for this project, but, as Shannon likes to say, you are the boss of your knitting, and you can do whatever your knitterly heart desires. The world is your rainbow! Below is our list of recommended colors.

Don’t forget to head on over to Shannon’s Ravelry group for information on knit-a-longs, contests, pattern support and community!

True Blood Red, Pistachio, Sea Foam Home, Buttah, Passive Aggressive Green, Meet Brown Joe,
Saffron Jungle, Manly Yes, Everyday Grey, Bleck, Winter Solstice, Porcini, KMBFLA, Nyame,
Jade, Ochroid, 24 Karat, Spinel, Cariblue, Midsummer’s Night, Spores, Boysenberry… and of course, Pond Scum!!! So many colors, Ravens and Spirits too.

Have a lovely weekend!

Big Ass Skein Society

 

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What is a Big Ass Skein Society you ask?

Well let me tell you….
The Big Ass Skein Society is a creative collaboration between Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Shannon Squire Designs.

I love our big-ass skeins (I cannot lie). I also love Shannon’s designs. In turn Shannon also loves our Big Ass Skeins.  So… we decided what better way to celebrate this mutual love than to combine the two into a bi-monthly pattern, a discount-on-big-ass-skeins and color plotting thing. Great fun right?!

Actually this all started a few years ago when my buddy Karen Alfke and I were at her kitchen counter doing some serious design planning. At some point in our scheming Karen mentioned that she dreamed of a club that featured our big ass skeins. As soon as the words were out of her mouth she and I exchanged that look. You know the one. It’s the one that is usually followed by, “oh no we can’t. Oh yes we can. Oh hell, YES we can!!!” The one that in this case says, we needed some sort of big ass skein fun. Oh, and a plan.

Unfortunately for me, but not for Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, Karen is a very busy woman these days making wondrous things happen for them.  So (with Karen’s blessing) in waltzes Shannon and since, she also shares our love of the big ass skein and our sense of whimsy, off we go with our Big Ass Skein Society. Imagine… a society of knitters with an appreciation for a springy, cozy, soft, colorful, luxurious big ass skein of yarn. Oh Yeah! I do love a big ass skein of yarn.

So what do you get and how does it work?

• A brand-new pattern designed especially for one of BMFA’s ginormous skeins every other month for a year by the lovely Shannon Squire.

A coupon code for 10% off an order for the recommended yarn for that months design at our website, good for 2 whole months.

  • A community of like-minded individuals working on the same project around the same time frame at Shannon’s Ravelry group
  • Lots of knitting and color support.
  •  Pattern giveaways.
  • Contests.How do you become part of the Big Ass Skein Society?

    Just head over to Ravelry and purchase this Ebook. At this time, you’ll receive a one-page PDF with most of the same information you’re reading here and a few more details, like the discount information. The first pattern will be released on or around February 21st, and then every other month, from February through December, you’ll get another wonderful pattern, discount code and huge amounts of knit fun.

 

Other exciting news this week is that we have new color ways coming next week. We have brand new ones and some returning old friends.

Here is the list so you know who to look for.

Flip Flop
Fruity Loopies
Hoppipolla
Imbolc
Jello Melly
Kryptonite
Lucky Number 7
Madrona Madness
Papa Pooze
Pluviophile
Prism
Rocky World Again
Romancing the Stone
Ruby Tuesday
Sherbet 2.0
Sky Fall
Shibui
Silly Puttied
Swizzle Whizzle
Whirly Whirleroo
Slushie
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It’s supposed to be unseasonably warm and sunny here so I am going to take advantage of it and spend some time in my garden with my chickens.
If you are lucky enough to be at Madrona I hope you are all having a blast. Be sure to visit Mary and her staff at The Fiber Gallery booth. I sent her tons of lovely yarn. Also Tracy Irwin is do weaving demos in the pavilion and is using our Rustica.
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Madrona

Starting next week on Thursday the 12th, begins the Pacific Northwest’s knitter’s paradise , otherwise known as the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.  Knitters from all over the world will be descending upon the magical Hotel Murano in Tacoma Washington to have a grand ol’ knit time. I have to say that since Blue Moon stopped having a booth at shows this is the one I miss the most. I don’t really miss the work involved with the packing and unpacking but I really miss seeing everyone. I was going to come for the day but I just started radiation and I feel like I need to rest instead.

However, I will be there in a fibery way. We are sending quite a bit of yarn this year to The Fiber Gallery. So do check in with Mary at The Fiber Gallery’s booth. She will have a bunch of new colorways in Socks that Rock, one of which is our special Madrona colorway, Madrona Madness.  I love this colorway it is just so very happy and bright!

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Along with Socks that Rock Mary will have our Targhee Worsted, Silky Victoria, Woobu, Yaksi Fingering, Sookie and Rustica!! I don’t know how she is going to fit it all in her booth. Mary will also have both of Carol Feller’s sweaters, Capall Dubh and Landscape Waves along with designs from Shannon Squire and Karen Alfke. I am so lucky to get to work with suck talented designers as these three.

If you are a weaver or are interested in learning weaving Tracy Irwin will be in the rotunda with some looms spreading the weaving love. We have two beautiful scarves that my buddy Lisa Kobeck designed and wove for us in our Rustica yarn. They are so beautiful!! Mary will have one of those sample in her booth and Tracy will also have one with her along with what she has on her loom.

 

So even though I can’t be there in person I am sending a whole bunch of colorful wool love!!

I hope everyone has a grand time!

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Boo!

Scared you didn’t I?

Sorry that it’s been awhile since I was here in any real sense. The last part of this round chemo got a bit rough especially with the holidays thrown into the mix. Good news though. Chemo is done!!! Yay!

Now I get 4 weeks off before I start my 6 weeks of radiation. I don’t mind telling you I need the break.  There are quite a few things I’m looking forward to now that I’m not on my cancer cell destroying healing cocktail and one of them is new colorway creating and knitting. I’ll tell you, one of the most frustrating parts of this last drug is that one of  the side effects is neuropathy in your fingers and toes which is painful, weird and makes knitting (the finger part not the toe part, hehe) not the wonderful stress reducing creative outlet that it usually is. Awful right? I don’t mind telling you that it took a bit to wrap my head around that one. I had a few chats with the powers-that-be about their wicked and seriously twisted sense of humor. Alas, as is true most times with powers-that-be, they were unimpressed.

So… since it’s going to take me a bit to create new hues for us all. We thought, while I am on my new hues mission, to first take down the holiday colorways on Tuesday the 20th and then… for all kinds of fun, to put up colorways we have not seen in awhile.  A bit of an oldies but goodies kind of thing!

We’ve had quite a few requests over the past few months for some of these colorways like Fluorite. Cobblestone County, Minestone and Carbon Dating, which is what inspired this idea. I’m pretty excited because some of these are on my personal favorites list.

I love, love, love Cobblestone County.  Oh, oh, and Marbles, don’t even get me started on Marbles, I was so completely obsessed with this colorway for so long it’s all I wanted to knit with. Oh and then there’s Mesa. Okay, you get the idea. I can see how this is going to roll for me though, Debra is going to have to hide yarn from me again. Oh well, there are worse things eh?

If there is a Blue Moon colorway you have not seen in a good long time then this is your chance. You can let us know by posting it in the comments section here.

If for some reason you did not get an email from us or see the RSC and Facebook posts I want to mention here that Rockin’ Sock Club sign-ups are live and still open. So if you want to get in on our 10th Anniversary sock knitting party you still have time.

We will be closing it down sooner than we have in the past few years so we have a bag count for Queen Bee Creations so don’t wait too long.

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I have been going through our sock club archives both digitally and knit-wise and it has been all kinds of fun to see where we’ve been, the fun we’ve had and the accomplishments we’ve made.

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…and then there are the socks.

So very many socks!

Bins of socks.

It never fails every time I drag out the bin of socks the delightfully whimsical Dr Seuss’s, Fox in Socks starts to go through my head.  All those foxes in socks and chicks with bricks and of course Mr Knox sir with slow Joe Crow sewing Sue’s clothes and Sue sewing hose on slow Joe’s nose all while those silly tweetle beetles battle in puddles with paddles!

Have a lovely weekend!!