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All the things and new colors!!

I have just spent the whole morning trying to write so the first thing we are going to do before I am interrupted again which I fully expect to be is look at the new colorways!

I love them!!!

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… and more importantly Phoebe loves them. If Phoebe gives the her ~ I am gonna snuggle in this pile of woolly goodness ~ nap of approval I know I am on the right track! Oh Phoebe!

So this is our first foray into all that is autumnal color glory!  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for quite a bit more . There will be a Coven series!!! Stoked about this one and…I am venturing into some sporty colorways, specifically sport teams. My son and daughter-in-law have gotten me hooked so…touch down! So if you have a favorite sports team you’d like to see dyed into a skein of Blue Moon yarn let me know.

DISCOUNT COUPON CODES!!!

Today is the 15th of September which means if you are one of our lovey and notorious sock club members then this is the last day of the 20% off. It moves to 15% off. If you missed the newsletter we sent out about this and  the addition of 2nd time usage. The check the RSC blog!!

If you are one of our lovely RAV  Yarns that Rock  group members check out the group there’s some giveaways and a discount good for 10% off any of our yarns a couple of weeks.

And…for SOCKtober we have a discount code which you get form Carolina Fiber Girls when you sign up!!

  15% off   September 15 – Nov 1st

Good on:
Socks that Rock Lightweight
Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Super Sparkle
Seduction
Cloud 9
Superwash BFL Fingering
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Here are a few of the details of the fun that is the SOCKtober KAL:
SOCKtober is a month long knit along. For the entire month of October all we ( The Carolina Fiber Girls) work on and talk about is socks! Each yarn we knit and pattern we use is from one of the event sponsors. This gives our listeners a chance to discover a yarn they have never heard of or had the opportunity to try. This is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight up and coming designers as well as construction techniques people have not tried before. We feel this is a natural way to talk honestly about our sponsors and encourage our listeners to purchase from them. While the actual event is only during October, Ann and Janis are talking about their SOCKtober plans as soon as items begin to arrive.
 KAL RULES

Listeners will earn points for each pair of socks they finish.

The top 5 finishers will automatically earn a prize.
All prizes after that will be drawn randomly.
Points system based on a PAIR:
Shortie / Kid Socks (less than 50 grams) – 5 Points
      Socks (51-94 grams) – 10 Points
      Knee High / Leg Warmers (95+ grams) – 15 Points
       Use a Sponsors item – 5 Bonus Points
See knitting sock and points and prizes!!! Fun!!
SHIPPING on Camira KAL yarns! 
 
 By the end of next week everyone who has order to date ( today’s) should have their yarn. We had some we thought we could get out today but it is not dry. The weather finally changed!!! I think it wasn’t even 50 this morning. Yay!!
School of Yarn will ship out mid week next week. We’ve been waiting on one of the lovelies we are sending you!
I hope you are all as excited as we are. We are sending out an email today with information so please make sure we are in your address book so we do not get spammed out.
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So as I type all of this I see why the hell I am so very tired.  I think after team Blue moon heads home this afternoon it is me, the couch, a movie and a beer!
Okay last but most certainly not least.
This… creative goodness!
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Change Makers!
A beautiful collaboration of some of our favorite makers for makers. Inside you’ll find 5 knitting patterns with recipes & essays to inspire.
  ALL proceeds are donated to The National Women’s Law Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Thank you Marie Greene aka oliveknits for all of your hard work and letting us all play a part. Thank you Sarah for the lovely design in our Targhee Worsted.
Okay I am sure there is something I am missing or not doing justice to and for that I apologize.
Have a great weekend!

Inspiration Monday: new classic cowls

Happy Monday again! Hope you’re safe and dry, or cool and enjoying some fresh air wherever you are. Mother Nature’s been reminding us that she’s boss the last few weeks, hasn’t she? When she settles down a bit, we’ll be able to relax into Fall (or Spring, Down Under).

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the light is coming in at an angle, lighting up the tomato bushes and their bounty; you might notice that you need a little something around your neck for your morning walk. Good thing there is a fresh crop of patterns for us to choose from with the change of seasons! My pals at Churchmouse have just released a new set of Classics patterns, and I could hardly wait to share a few them with you.

Tapered CowlThe Tapered Cowl solves the problem of how to drape a tube around your neck artfully – here, there’s a larger number of stitches at the cast-on edge, which gradually decrease away as you head toward the neck. What you end up with is a graceful pool of soothing stockinette, framing your lovely face just so.

(Bonus: if the A/C kicks in right over your desk in the office, you can pull the larger portion down over your shoulders, eliminating the need for a cardigan slung over the back of your office chair!)

The pattern calls for sport-weight yarn knitted at 6 stitches to the inch, making for a solid-yet-drapey fabric. What a perfect opportunity to take advantage of Silky Victoria’s body and luster.

One skein is all you need for this beauty – that, and a few stitch markers to remind you to do the decreases every umpty-ump rounds. (Does anyone else find this kind of project ideal for visually-rich binge-worthy shows like Outlander and Wolf Hall? Knit knit knit for most of an episode, then pause – do the decrease round, pour another beverage, get a snack and – hit play again!)

I’m thinking a skein of “Say Nevermore” on Silky Victoria might be sneaking their way into my Blue Moon shopping cart this afternoon.

But here’s a heads-up: this pattern also works beautifully with finer yarns! The 6 stitch-to-the-inch gauge on US3 needles means you can ‘open up’ lace- or fingering-weight yarns … which was exactly what I had to do with those two skeins of Yaksi Fingering. Mmm! And just as soon as I bind that one off, I’m casting on again with two skeins of La Luna Lace in “Winter Solstice” for my mom’s Christmas present (yup, it’s that time, people!).

half & half worstedIf you’re looking for neckwear with some architectural interest, how about the Half & Half Cowl? Half of the knitting is done flat, before joining in the round to knit the second half circularly. This allows the flat half to splay open over your shoulders (great to tuck under your coat when it gets really cold later in the season!), while the circular portion cozies up around your neck and ears. It’s a lavish depth at 20″/51cm, so it’s a great way to feature a colorway you just adore. It makes the most of a full skein of Targhee Worsted, which is what I cast on in “Spruced” last weekend – what a bouncy, fun knit!

The pattern includes two cool geeky techniques: tubular cast-on and bind-off methods that have been worked over and streamlined so they’re less intimidating and more approachable (always a wonderful feature of Churchmouse patterns).

What I love about these two pieces is that they take prime knitting real estate – the area that frames your face – and give you tons of room to feature glorious yarns in beautiful colorways. I can’t think of a better way to feature some of the loveliness that rolls out of the barn at Blue Moon.

Happy casting on, everyone!

 

Camira KAL yarn update

First off I hope that where ever you on this disaster ridden planet of ours you are taking care!

We are still smokey here from the wildfires that have been raging on for most of the summer out here. we are up high so we’ve basically had smoky air since the beginning of July.

It’s a little worst right now because of the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge. A lot of you have asked so I just wanted to let you know we are good. There were a few days we had to shut down early from the smoke and heat and some of our people had to go home because they have asthma but we are still here and doing what we do.

We are heart broken.

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The Columbia Gorge is a magically beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest and most of us here have spent a lot of time hiking and enjoying all the wonder that is the Columbia Gorge. It’s one of those places that touches you so deeply that it leaves a mark. I know it has for me.

We will be working with and are donating to Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

 

If you are not already a member this is a good time to become a Friend of the Columbia Gorge. There are all kinds of ways we all can help and turn that heart break into positive loving action.

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Okay Camira KAL shipping info:

I am so glad Carol and I had the foresight to give plenty of time for the dyeing and shipping  of all this CAKE and Targhee for our KAL.  We just shipped out on Friday hundreds of skeins. we shipped most of the International ones since they take quite a bit longer and the rest will go out on Tuesday of next week.

If you ordered yarn from us from around the 19th of August until now we are just a bit behind our usual schedule. Unless the powers that be throw another challenge our way we should be caught up by the end of this coming week.

Thank you so very much for your patience!! I can’t wait to see all of these knit up into Camira’s!!

NOTE: All packages destined for Florida we are holding and contacting you to make sure you want them shipped. If you can and want to email us to let us know shipping info you can email us at orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com

If you want to join the KAL and have yet to order your yarn we gently ask that you do so soon or we can’t promise that it will get to you by cast-on date.

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As you can see I did not get the new colorways up as promised but will for sure next week.We have  SOCKtober coming our way next week.  How is it that time already I do not know but it is. If you are a sock knitter then and you have not experienced the SOCKtober fun then you should totally check it out! There a re special colorways ( we have a few) discounts, cool sock designs, points and prizes and just an all around good sock knitting time which is always fun!!  You can read all about it here on rav

I have a lot more to tell you but this is getting awfully long and I need to go dye some CAKE!

 

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I think we all can agree that life is weird right now. All kinds of natural disasters from hurricanes to wildfires and hell, why not throw an earthquake in just for shits and giggles. The tragedy that all of these events is leaving in their wake is staggering…. heartbreaking and mind boggling.

Anyone else have the feeling that mother nature is seriously pissed off. I feel like she might be trying to get rid of us. I think we might need to step up our game and show her that we are worthy of living on this planet.

I am a very firm believer that who you are and what you put out into the world is what you get back. I have experienced this time and time again for myself and witnessed it in the ones I love and the world at large. When we feel negative and angry and we put that energy out into the world often it is exactly what we get back in some form or another. And if you think about it fair enough. We should get back our own stuff.  After all it is ours we should be the ones to deal with it.

There’s a maelstrom of intolerance, fear and hatred in our world right now. In my experience the only way to stand up to these negative forces is with a positive force ~ love. Always come from love. Love is strong. Love breeds tolerance and compassion. Love spreads. Love is love and love wins!! Every little bit of light and love helps no matter how small it may seem.

Spread the love!

Check out our instagram feed for #spreadthelove posts! We’ll be offering specials and doing our very best to spread goodness into the world.

Oh I almost forgot. I do not think I put a deadline on the Hunter book giveaway. Which you can read all about in the previous blog post. If you want to enter to be eligible to win a copy of this treasure of sock knitting brilliance you have until the 15th of Sept.

Rockn’ Whorl clubbers you’re notes will be emailed on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend! Stay safe!

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Color shifting…

Well we are just about caught up from being completely and thoroughly eclipsed. I am over the moon thrilled that everyone loves it as much as I do.

Look Maggie is knitting a Find Your Fade with two of our Total Eclipse Featherlight Kits. She is just now getting into the darker parts.I can’t wait to see what it looks like when she gets the the total eclipse part of her fade! Pretty exciting!

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What are you going to knit with your ~ A Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ gradient kit? I am excited to see all of the knit-incarnations of our eclipse.

Okay enough eclipsing.

We are up to our ears in CAKE!! The CAKE puns and jokes  are also flying around the barn. I love me a good pun so I am finding it exceptionally entertaining. Both Maggie and I are punsters so we are torturing the rest of the team with all kinds of have you cake and… word play. I am so glad that we made sure we had plenty of dyeing time before the first KAL clue in early October.  Our colorway Chana Masala is feeling the love. See below in Carol’s Camira in all of it’s golden glory!!

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Even though we are up to our ears in CAKE goodness we still have plenty of yarn     and time so if you want to join was it sure to be a good knit time with all kinds of tip from a very talented and knowledgeable designer, Carol then sign up and pick a colorway and a base and place you order. The coupon code Carol has from us in good for either CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted both of these yarns would work well. The Targhee is a heartier yarn with a nice amount of ease and CAKE is a bit softer and loftier with is fine Merino-ness ~ both yarns are seriously round with some sexy stitch definition.

We are heading off into my favorite season, Autumn!!! That time of changing and deepening colors as all of the earth’s energy turns inward for the winter. I so inspired right now and busily making all kinds of new color schemes. We will be sharing them with you really soon. In the mean time we have added to the website Some of our favorite autumnal colorways with a few Halloween one thrown in just cause. Here is the list of the colorways we are adding. Oh and a few of you have been requesting our chicken colorways. So we’ve put a whole flock of them up.

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Here’s the list of colorways:

BeSpeckled:
A Speck of Autumn
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Jeepers Creepers
Presto Pesto
Wonderful Goodness
Mulitcolorways:
Baby Zombie
Banded Agate
Black to the Fuchsia
Bantam of the Opera
Blue Moon River
Dreamweaver
Free Range Chickens
Chickabiddy
Cluckers
Cockeyed
Count Cluckula
Elphaba
Fall Frolic
Frankenhen
Fungus Among Us
Gail’s Autumn Joy
Green Daze
Go Beavs!
Henpecked
Huegasmic
I Mad heart EWE
Portland Timbers Rock
Pussy Broadway
Rooster Rock
Samhain
Sasswatch
Socktober
That 70’s Skein
The Cluck Chimes at Midnight
Thistle
Tidepooling
It’s a lot!  Look at that list of names. It’s like a story just waiting to be told.
Which makes me think it might be a good way to pick a luck knitter to get a copy of Hunter Hammersen’s new sock book!!!
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Yes we’ve got one to give-away.
So if you’d like a chance to win this chocked full of  brilliant and beautiful sock knitting book by Hunter then how about a story?!
Use the words from our colorway list above. I will read them all to team Blue Moon
(they love story time) and let them pick a fav for the win.  You can post it here int eh comments so we all can enjoy but if you would please also email it to me tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com so I have an email address for the winner. We often do these contests and I announce the winner here but don’t get a response.  So…ready set tell us a tale.
Last but certainly not least my dear, dear friend and fiber goddess, Toni Neil of The Fold is holding her annual Labor Day Sale this weekend so if you are anywhere near Marengo this weekend be sure to make time for a visit and some stash enhancing. She also has a few skein of the aforementioned Eclipse sock yarn and kits!!!  I will imagine that these will go pretty quickly!
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Have a wonderful weekend

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a_total_eclipse_of_the_sun_skKaren Alfke here, Roving Reporter for Blue Moon, taking over today’s blog onaccounta Tina’s been ECLIPSED. (And besides, she did it first.)

Y’all, the response to the A Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway and the gradient kit has been beyond wonderful. We all know, as knitters, how a project can capture where you were in a particular moment – and the orders pouring in for those projects you can forever associate with our total eclipse are beyond inspiring for Tina…

She asked me to tell you, onaccounta she’s a bit buried under yarn at the moment…?

(We would have taken a picture of her buried under a pile of yarn, but she’s moving too fast to get that shot.)

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In the meantime: did you feel that?

That little bit of crispness in the air?

(That may have only been perceptible in my little corner of the PacNW today, but dudes: FALL IS COMING.)

More of a promise than a curse to those of you suffering under August’s cruel temperatures – but I assure you (all GoT references aside): the change of seasons is coming faster than we knitters might think.

It’s time, people.

Time to get ON that Rhinebeck Sweater.
Yes, you heard it here: the Rhinebeck Countdown is ON.

JUST A LITTLE LESS THAN 2 MONTHS, people.

If your Rhinebeck Sweater has 1800 yards in it, that’s 1800÷57 = 50 yards a day (leaving you a few days for blocking and seaming, #yourewelcome).

Whether you’re planning on going and will wear your sweater proudly amongst the throng of those queuing for their cider doughnuts, or celebrating #virtualrhinebeck with me and Clara Parkes, IT’S TIME. Time to get swatching and get started with that knitting, because time’s a-wastin’!

Choose the safe route with a worsted-weight yarn like CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted… for the adventurous/brave/foolhardy among us, choose cables or texture or lace or some extra complexity that will take your project into ‘bravado’ category for those late-night-oh-my-gawd-i’ve-had-a-glass-of-wine-can-I-do-it sessions… or go safe with a straight-ahead stockinette project (like my Better-Than-Basic Pullover from last year; such a great daily-driver sweater!). Up to you.

What will you cast on to wear at Rhinebeck this year? Because it’s extra-important: this year, Tina’s planning to be at Rhinebeck. Yup. You heard it here first. You could walk up to our gal and fan-girl/guy all over her WEARING HER YARN. (Which is totally like the best thing EVER. Trust me.) Tina’s hoping to be in the booth with Toni of The Fold, with all sorts of yarny goodness.

So get cracking, peeps.

Oh, and if you want some support around your project, we have some exciting news: the great crew over at the Socks That Rawk! group have graciously agreed to become the Official Ravelry Group of Blue Moon Fiber Arts – so that’s the place where you can find all sorts of support about yarns, projects, chickens, or anything Blue-Moon related in the future. We’re about to start official threads for the School of Yarn (study groups!)! C’mon over and enjoy the fun.

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I’m on the home stretch of my Timely Cardigan, so if I count that as my #RhinebeckSweater I’m well ahead of the game … but as you can see, it’s pretty much “Blue Moon All The Time” on my needles around here!

(Lower left is my Guernsey Wrap in CAKE Worsted, which should be making its debut in the booth at Rhinebeck, knitting gods willing. Upper right is an Adama out of Plushy in Bladderwrack on the Rocks. Soo yummy! Must finish.) The Ochroid piece is a new design – coming soon, I hope!)

Inspiration Monday: Round and Round in Circles

As I sit and write this in my little corner of the Pacific Northwest, the moon is finishing its valiant trip across the sun, and things are slowly getting brighter and brighter. That’s a nice image to start the week with, eh?

Sketchbook ShawlAmidst all the hullaballo about the eclipse, I haven’t stopped thinking about the quiet brightness of Suvi Simola’s Sketchbook Shawl. This beautiful, quiet design had been on the docket for last week’s Inspiration Monday until Eclipse Madness took over.

I can’t decide if it’s the sweet regularity of the yarnover lace pattern, or the simple geometry of the thing, but I’ve been a bit obsessed to cast one of these on…

I know a lot of us are fans of Blue Moon because of Tina’s masterful use of color – and the Multicolor Wave colorways are eye candy for any day of the week – but let me make an argument for the quieter side of the palette: the Spirits. “Wraithlike tints,” the Spirits are colors taken all the way to their essence; Tina says they are like homeopathy for color.

Seen side by side on their web page, you can tell the different tints apart – but get them alone and they register as a quiet version of white or off-white. I have some Jengu in La Luna Lace that’s quietly calling me to cast it on for one of these Sketchbook Shawls.unnamed

Jengu is ‘spirited from the color blue,’ and named after a mermaid-type spirit who inhabits the waterways in Cameroon and is the bearer of good fortune and healing powers to all they encounter. Sounds like an ideal Spirit to call forth in a pretty, lightweight wrap!

Two skeins and several weeks of calm-yet-entertaining knitting later, you’ll have your own Spirit to wrap yourself up in. And no matter where you live, there’s some weather coming up that would be ideal for a lightweight shawl like this over your shoulders.

In the meantime, in honor of the light returning from behind the moon, we’ll leave you with an inspiring quote from Paulo Coelho:

“You are the light of the world. Shine, and the darkness will disappear.”

KAL’S , School of Yarn, Eclipse, and a new sock pattern book!!!

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Nothing says Total Solar Eclipse like yarn and cupcakes!

As I told you last week KPTV was out here and interviewed me about our eclipse colorway, what inspires me to create a colorway like this one and then, a little bit more about our process knitting and the bigger picture that such an event represents. Well… as you can see a whole bunch of that they cut out as they tend to do.

All in all… kind of cool though! My kids were proud which just never gets old. We got a little more about yarn and knitting out into the world at large and really impressed one reporter. I think I will knit her a scarf out of our Total Eclipse. Also… I love it that it is a dyer and a baker!

Blue moon also made a brief appearance on the Grocery Girls podcast episide 44 this week thanks to Terri O’Brien who owns Feather Your Nest in Sarnia !! Terri is a gem and I am thrilled that she is one of our Local Yarn Stores!  We are a bout 1 hour and 15 minutes in.  Here is the link to their youtube page.

Thank you Grocery Girls and Terri for the shout out!

Speaking of our local yarns stores we have extended our introductory discount on our School of Yarn for another week because some of them want to join in on the fun!!! So if you were sad because you thought you missed out on the discount there is still time!

See this?!

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Hunter’s new sock book, Silk Road 2 Socks is almost out!! Just a few more days! I am so very excited. I pretty much love everything Hunter designs but most especially her socks. I love how her mind works!

Look at these beauties!!

Kazak inspired by the patterning in Oriental rugs.  So wonderful! Pre-orders on Silk Road start at noon on the 23rd.  We are brainstorming some fun give away once she launches!

All pictures are courtesy of Hunter Hammersen!

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And just when you think knitting could not get any more exciting or creative… I give you the lovely and talented Carol Feller!

Yay!!! It is finally time for the pre-sales on our Annual Fall Sweater KAL with Carol Feller.

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Camira a beautifully textured and and timeless cardigan knit in our CAKE Worsted in the Chana Masala colorway.

I am intrigued by the construction which starts on the back panel, then out towards the sleeves… then  you work the body down from the top. Carol says the bonus is you finish the sleeves first. See? Intriguing. We are offering a 15% discount code good for both our CAKE Worsted and Targhee Worsted both of which would work for this lovey cardi. Carol will send you the code when you purchase the pattern along with a supportive and informative rav forum.  Tomorrow Carol will have a live Q&A on instagram. So check that out @carol.feller

KAL Timing
Clue 1: 7th of October, 2017
Clue 2: 14th of October, 2017
Clue 3: 28th of October, 2017
Clue 4: 11th of November, 2017

Raffle: 25th of November, 2017 – Raffle drawing for the grand prize on ravelry, open to all completed projects with photos in the FO thread.

All kinds of knit joy!

Thank you Carol!!!

Photo credit goes to Joseph Feller.

Okay my lovelies, please take care!  Be the love you want to see in the world. If you are in an total eclipse zone be careful! Oregon is going to be so very full. I am going to spend a lot of time dyeing and shipping eclipse this weekend.

Thank you for your support!

xoxo

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inspiration Monday: Eclipsed

Happy Monday, y’all!

If you’re joining us from the Northern Hemisphere (and not under a rock or otherwised disengaged from the internet), you know full well that the big ol’ sun is gonna play hide-and-seek with us a week from today in the form of a total eclipse.

Tina and the Blue Moon Barn Gals are going to be just about in alignment to see it in its totality, since Mister Sun has had the great good graces to start his run over on the coast of Oregon. So what’s the best way for Blue Moon to celebrate this unusual celestial oddity? Why, a colorway, of course!

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Meet A Total Eclipse of the Sun – a glorious shift from buttery, sunny yellow through the turquoise of the daytime sky, all the way to the unusual sudden grey darkness that will take over for two minutes. All in one skein! (And you don’t even need special glasses to knit with it.)

So what to do what to do with this special colorway? Because of course we knitters want to commemorate this once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime event with knitting, right?

eclipse cowlYou could go thematic and knit up an Eclipse Cowl: a sweet free pattern with a pretty texture stitch that would show up beautifully in Featherlight or La Luna Lace.

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Or you could go gradient in the short-row garter loveliness that is this Eclipse – thanks to Tina’s Featherlight Gradient Kit which includes 6 skeins of Featherlight in shades from totality-grey to sunny-sky yellow!

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1230 yards of fingering-weight fun, and a lot of garter stitch punctuated by eyelets; there are 900 yards in the kit, so you could choose a companion shaded solid for the eyelet rows – there’s a certain symmetry in that, right?  I’ve got my (eclipse-glasses-covered) eye on 24Karat or Chillaxin.

But whatever you’re knitting, make sure to drop everything tomorrow (Tuesday) and find the segment that a local Portland TV station filmed WITH TINA about this colorway! I’m gonna google it first thing.

Don’t forget to wear your eclipse-viewing glasses next week, y’all! Safety first: as knitters, we need dem eyes.

 

TGIF!!!

I am seriously so very thankful it is Friday. It’s been a very full and eventful week.

We had a late start to the week because of the barn-sale and dye-day. Since my team worked on Saturday I gave them Monday off. I feel like the no team Blue Moon on Monday was what made the week so surreal. I spent Monday morning writing and drinking coffee and then the rest of the day I dyed so very many skeins of  our new eclipse colorway ~ A total Eclipse of the Sun!

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It seems from all the orders flying in that you all are as smitten with it as I am which make s me very happy!! I can’t wait until you get it and start knitting!. So much fun.

One of the reasons this week was kind of crazy was because of our eclipse colorway. KPTV Fox 12 was here on Thursday morning filming as many skeins as we had on hand and doing an interview with me (yikes) and also filming me dyeing a skein or two.

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I believe they are doing a small piece on the eclipse as artistic inspiration. I feel like I was a bit of a disappointment to the lovely woman doing the interview because I had not been planning this for months or a year.  She was pretty intrigued by the whole dye process and the and loved the colorway. I tried to impress upon her that the really special thing about all of this was that now knitters and spinners and weavers and crocheters all over were going to being inspired to create and how great is that. The wonderful circle of inspiration! I don’t usually do interviews with people who are not fiber friendly because it’s usually all kinds of awkward and they don’t “get it” but this was kind of fun. I was a little nervous though. Haven’t done anything like this since sock summit. I hope I did not come off as too weird or arrogant or vague or… .  I’ve been second guessing myself since they left. I think, maybe I might have said that hand-painting on yarn is harder than painting on canvas when I meant different but it’s all a jumble at this point and well, it is what it is.

Anyway that happened!

Tomorrow I will be at Coastal Yarns with a whole bunch of yarn for sale and a yarn tasting and a trunk show!  I would love to see you!

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Maggie was here this weekend helping out and she brought her Fructose hat by Alex Tinsley in our Plushy in the Goodby Kitty colorway! Check out our facebook group page for our holiday gift knitting KAL .

 

Our featured hat by Alex Tinsley is Fructose!
Fructose is a fantastic and clever hat with enough details to keep you engaged while enjoying the rest of Summer. Plushy’s plump plies will make each stitch sing. The versatile design and superwash combo make it the perfect gift, too!

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Alex loves Plushy as much as we do and is giving a generous 30% off her Fructose pattern – In addition, she is also offering an additional 10% off the hats in her Sweet Tooth collection: Dragee, Citrus, & Rocket Pop!
Check out our facebook group page for the discount code and will be available through August.

A huge thanks to Alex!

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A little reminder that our School of Yarn early enrollment discount pricing changes on the 15th which is this coming Tuesday. I hope you’ll join us.

I know I have other things to tell you but the dog wants to go out and I need to put finishing touches on the yarn tasting for tomorrow.

See this…

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It’s my knitting bag!! It went missing for most of the week and I think made me feel a little off kilter. I finally found it this afternoon making me so very happy! I LOVE this bag so much and I’ll tell you I felt a little lost without it. It’s full of all kinds of knit tools  and treasures, including ALL of my needles.

I’m calling it a good start to the weekend!

Happy knitting!

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One of those lovely circles of life!

Good Monday morning to you!!

So… I am going to hi-jack Karen’s Inspiration Monday today. I have not even told her I was doing this. So it’s going to be as much of a surprise to her, as it is to you, and quite honestly me too. (I promise she will be back next week!!)

Mondays are not my absolute favorite day of the week. Mostly because of the adjustment from weekend to work week. I’m pretty sure most of us feel this way. Also, it’s just usually pretty crazy here on Monday. This Monday is different because I gave team Blue Moon the day off since they worked the barn sale on Saturday. Which means it is delightfully quiet here this morning and I get to move at a slower pace. Heck, I even slept in!

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I wanted to take advantage of this quiet Monday morning moment to share a bit about how personal inspiration can be and send out a big ginormous thank you from my creative heart to yours!

 

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I love our barn sale and dye day event. I love it because I get to hang out and share with all of you!         Since we have not been doing shows for the past few years I do not get as much of an opportunity to visit with you all as I used to. So, really this is the one time a year I am assured of time with my people. I get to see your dear smiling faces and get hugs and hear your laughter and see what you are knitting and catch up with what you are up to and hear your stories. Seriously, such a wonderful time that is deeply important to me.

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It’s also good for team blue moon to meet interact with the knitters they serve and hear and see how the work they do is used and appreciated. I have pretty high standards that I try to keep us all to here and I think it’s helpful and rewarding for the team to see and hear what a difference it makes to you all.

And… then there is what my soul gets from you that nourishes and inspires. I’m gonna call it the inspiration circle of life.

The absolute best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to make people happy. I love the dyeing and color and fiber and knitting and spinning ….all of it.  However what keeps me going and helps me roll out of bed at the crack of dawn every morning is knowing that what I create and share in some way speaks to you enough to inspire your creativity, which hopefully feeds your soul and makes you happy.

It’s a powerful thing and a gift, which I am truly grateful for!!!

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When I get to see, feel and hear about how you have been inspired by a yarn or a colorway or a series of them and what you have made and how you feel about what you have made with my yarns and colors, I am truly humbled and touched!  I am often so moved that I am left speechless which as most of you know is a pretty rare event.

I am also inspired. Your thoughts, stories and feedback show me that what I am doing works and matters. I walk away from every single time with a very full heart, the validation of a job done well and a renewal of creative confidence and perspective.

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So…my dear fibery friends, to all of you that shared with me this weekend thank you so much!                       I can’t tell you how much I needed  to see, hear and feel  your part of our creative relationship. We all have our insecurities or low moments. I know for me I get stuck in the everyday running of blue moon and it can dampen my creative spirit. Which then in turn leads to all kinds of weird self-questioning of myself as an artist and creative person.

It is so important to let people know when and how they have touched your life. keep that circle of inspiration and creativity and love going!

Have a great week!

xoxo