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Lightening my mood!

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Isn’t this pretty? Remember our favorite dessert experience contest? Well this is one of our winners. LeAnn’s Blackberry Birthday.  I am in the middle of creating these and so far this one is my favorite. Jamoca Almond  Fudge is almost done but it needs a little more coffee and a little less fudge swirl. I know…things you never thought you would hear yourself say, too much fudge swirl.

I have a whole lot to tell you so you might want to grab a refreshing beverage and get cozy.

Monday rolls around and while I usually do not relish Mondays (who does really?)  lately I look forward to them because Debra is here.  If you can make Monday good you are all kids of wonderful!
So in waltzes Paula at 6 am and she makes a bee line right to me and gives me a big long hug. Well we are all huggers here so it’s not totally out of our normal but this hug, it felt different and it was.  Paula gave us her 3 week notice on Monday at 6 am. Proving yet again that timing is everything!

Now we have been working towards Paula phasing herself out of Blue Moon on a daily level and not doing the awful commute she does so, this is a really good thing. It’s good for her and we are super happy for her even if we are going to miss her dear smiling face, big ol’ heart, quirky sense of humor and sage wisdom so very much. We are also really going to miss her contributions to our potlucks. Paula is one hell of a cook.

Even when change is good and in the best interest of everyone involved it can still be challenging. Paula has tried leaving several times before and always comes back. ( That homing device totally worked!) I am thinking that this time it’s going to stick.  Yay Paula!!!! We LOVE you so very much, know that you are all kinds of wonderful and are going to miss you tons!

On that same day we had one of our new dyers just not show up.  Turns out she had a change in her life she needed to address and so we are now down a dyer. okay…it’s summer time I can roll with that. I’ll just production dye for awhile.

In the middle of all of this ( still Monday) the washer starts making an odd noise and stops working. Yup, when it rains it pours. I called Sears and the soonest they could get someone here is June 3rd. What the hell?? Seriously is there a shortage of repair workers. If so I missed that memo.  I called around and finally found a guy who actually came out today and helped us out.

We use the washer every single day, all day during the week to rinse and spin yarn so we can NOT be without one. All of which the Sears people could’ve cared less about but the local guy totally understood.  I was super proud of myself because I looked up the error code we were getting and found a work around so it would work until the guy showed today. I felt super handy!

So … we are dyeing out little hearts out on gradient kits, sock club, sparkle yarn and other such goodness when I hear from the mill that they were wrong about the stock they had of our Marine Silk Sport and that the yarn we were expecting to show up was not going to show up. Yeah, and there went Wednesday. Kaboom!

Now I have been running this business for 15 years and the one thing I do know with every fiber of my being, (pun totally intended) is that no matter how well you plan or you think you have planned, shit just happens!  People make mistakes and things we cannot control wreak havoc. I believe it is called life.  As much as I want to slam dunk someone here for messing with our little gradient party the fact is we all make mistakes.

I think the golden moment is in how you take responsibility, problem solve and correct the issue at hand, which the mill is doing by busting a move to get us our yarn in a timely fashion. I have been working with mills for years and I will tell you this is a super speedy quick turn around for a mill.

My part in all of this has been to not stress too much over something I could not control or let it color our experience. I worked hard on these subtle ombre’ gradient kits for Carol’s design. As most of you know I take color very seriously.

Believe it or not there was more happen this week but we creatively problem solved our way right out of most of it. We moved on through it all and hopefully learned enough that if it all happens again we at least know which repair man to call.

If you are part of the KAL  Carol has extended the start date to the 18th giving us enough time to get everyone their yarn as close to that as we possibly can.  We are going to send an email out next week with a discount code for everyone to use at your leisure anytime this year to make up for the delay and let you know we really appreciate your patience.

See I told you. It was a week. One the positive end of things my test results came back really good again. So yay!!  And my wonderful insurance agent Diane saved me a ton on a new car insurance policy. Happy dancing!

Okay onto the GIVE-AWAY!

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Have you seen this lovely book that Tanis Gray put together of knits for little ones? It’s so cute! There are not one but two designs in there using our yarn.

We have a copy to give away ( Thank you Interweave!)  along with the yarn to make this cute little hat and mitten set!

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Adorable right?

Its the Rainbow Bonnet and Mitten Set by Lisa Chemery

All you have to do is comment here with your favorite song. You know how much I like a good story so if you have a story as why it is your favorite song all the better!

Team Blue Moon will choose a winner at the end of next week.

Okay it almost 4:00 which means I need to wrap things up so I can feed and walk the dog!

Thank you for listening. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with joy laughter and knitting!

Oh….almost forgot. There is one spot left for our DYE DAY so if you wanted to paint some yarn now is your time.  We do hope you will come out and play even if you do not want to paint your own yarn. We will have an indigo vat going and of course the BARN SALE and tons and tons of fun!
Paula will be there too!

Carol Feller Santa Rosa KAL

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Photo credit: Joseph Feller

I think most of us knitters love ourselves a knit-a-long. Why wouldn’t we really?  A KAL is made up of at least three of the things we knitters love the most; a fun pattern, wonderful yarns in great colors and other knitters working all together with a common goal.  Actually  it would be 4 things because at the end you have a lovely knit to wear that you made!!!  All kinds of win!

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It is also all kinds of fun on this end, especially when you get to work with people you like and respect.  Choosing yarn with fiber type and weight in mind that works the best with the construction the designer has percolating. After we choose the yarn then working on a color palette that works for the season we are in and also with the design scheme. Lastly making sure all those aspects work together for a cohesive whole.

I had two of my favorite words in mind when working on our end of the KAL experience, collaboration and community. Collaboration with the designer and then again with knitter feedback and the community that just is knitting!                         Phot0 credit: Joseph Feller

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Okay so here are the details for our part of Carol’s lovely Santa Rosa Plum KAL:

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Marine Silk Sport in the 4 skein kit size!

We decided  that Marine Silk Sport was a perfect yarn for a spring/summer cardigan. Lighter with all the silk in it and with an added drape benefit. I love our Marine Silks they are so soft and sleek with a nice sheen and… they take dye quite nicely!

We are offering a 15% discount on our Marine Silk Sport from now until early June. The discount is good for both the gradient kits I’ve put together and also for skeins of Marine Silk Sport not in kits. In order to get your 15% off you have to sign up with Carol and then she will email you the discount code.

I have been wanting to do gradient kits for awhile now but…all kinds of other things seem to take precedent so when Carol asked me to do this I thought to myself perfect, now I have the best excuse to start some grading.

As we worked on this Carol and I decided that these needed to be more subtle gradients so that the changes between them flowed. The Plum colored kit does have the most variation. So I did some tweaking to make sure the colors  met well. It does make things a little tricky on the production end of all this. However, we have color-coded tabs and we know how to use them!!! I made up a whole system!

I’ve created 6 gradient kits each with 3 size options. 

4 skein kit = sizes 34 and 36
5 skein kit = sizes 38.75, 40 and 42.75
6 skein kit = sizes 44.75, 47.25 and 49.25

(The kits are priced a tiny bit higher than single skeins because it is quite a bit more labor intensive for us.)

I did the color creating and photography for the kits in our Featherlight which takes the dye in a similar way as the Marine Silk. Because of the Sea Cell aspect, Marine Silk, does take the dye a bit lighter so keep this in mind when ordering.  We will be offering these and more gradient kits in the near future in our Featherlight yarn.

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One can most certainly knit this lovely summer cardi in a shaded solid! Also if you want a more dramatic color shift then choosing and putting together colors from our shaded solids will also work. For example one could choose:  Enchanted Forest, Spawn of Scum, Pond Scum and Primordial Ooze. I know my scummy heart would love that one. Or you could get really crazy and mix it up with maybe some  Smoke on the Water, Morticia, Boysenberry and Orchid Queen, so very many colorful places to go.

As always please do let us know if we can help you choose! It’s truly one of my favorite jobs, color collaboration!

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Okay I think that covers most of the details on our end of things.

Random acts of knitness.

Random act of knitness #1!

Maryland Sheep and Wool is next weekend! we have sent a massive amount of yarn to Toni of The Fold. We sent new colors and new yarns along with tons of sock yarn and roving and Rare Gems and … . Seriously I do not know where she is going to put it all!  Toni will also have  stunning knit samples from both Carol Feller and Shannon Squire. Carol and Shannon were both generous enough to offer pattern discounts with your yarn purchase and Toni has all of that information.

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Both of these beauties will be at Toni’s booth!

The only thing that that is Blue Moon that Toni will not have there is me. One of these days!

Toni will be in barn 3 booth 18 Right across form the t-shirt concession.

 

Random act of knitness #2

Sunday May 1st the Tour de Sock sign-ups begin. Yay!! Also… on a separate note how is it already May?

Below is our 2016 Tour de Sock colorway offering. I wanted to do something a little different  this year. So… little drops of dye in all the tour colors marching down the skein. Just enough color change! I can’t wait to see this knit in all sorts of patterns!

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You’ll find the all of the discount information on the Tour de Sock page once you sign-up. We’ve shaken things up a bit this year by offering the discount for all of our fingering weight yarn bases used for sock knitting, not just Sock that Rock, and for the first 5 days the discount is 15% !!!! On May 6th it goes down 10%.

Random act of knitness # 3

What better time to introduce a few new colors!!!

My favorite of these is of course Dearly Beloved… .

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Since it is almost Mother’s Day and we usually do offer a little something special we have scoured the pod and come of with some Mill End Mystery Bags!

They are up in Socks that Rock lightweight and mediumweight while our supply lasts!

Random act of knitness #5

We have the first of our summer KAL series upon us. We are working with the supremely talented Carol Feller. I love working with Carol and am really looking forward to everyone’s color choices and end knit.Stay tune on Tuesday for that announcement from her and us!

I am in the dye barn a whole lot right now working on all kinds of color fun!  I am going to post this and head right back out to the barn to do some grading. So much fun!!!!

Have a great weekend my dear knitters. my youngest is coming home from college on Saturday for the summer so I am pretty excited for this weekend.

Enjoy!

and the winners are…

I start my day early usually a little before 5 am.  I know… sometimes it’s a little brutal ~ like today.  I am a morning person so most days it works for me.

However today was a little rough.  Out of bed I got myself, straight to the coffee pot and out to the barn to prep for the days dyeing. While I was waiting for the tubs and sinks to fill with wool washing and soaking water I decided to console myself with a little color. I am a huge Prince fan and his death yesterday left me reeling a bit.

So I broke out the dye and a few skeins of yarn and did a little grief dyeing.

A little Raspberry Beret sitting in a Little Red Corvette all drenched in Purple Rain, as the Dove Cry!

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Sigh!

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Okay…before I announce our winners I have a few bits and pieces of news. The first is we have finally decided on a date for our DYE DAY  and BARN SALE!!

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Saturday June 11th is the big day!
It is such a fun day of playing with color and all kinds of yarn and fibers we do hope you will join us.

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Here are the details:

We have yarn bases and roving you can purchase to dye and we will be on hand to guide you in your dye journey for the day. You’ll hand-paint and also have access to an indigo vat for dipping and any other color fun we can cook up. We have a wicked new drum carder, so if you are a spinner you can make yourself a batt or two. .

In order to accommodate everyone in a way that assures the most positive experience for us all, we take reservations for the dye aspect of our day. The reservations are $15.00 which holds your spot and goes toward the cost of the day. Each time slot is 2 hours long, a good amount of time for a hand-painting experience. We will be there to give you the basics and to hold your hand as you bring your color vision to life on yarn (or roving). If you feel like you need more than two hours for your hand-painting experience please do sign up for more than one slot.

There are 4 time slots on Saturday June 11th:  9:00am to 11:00am, 11:00am to 1:00pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm and the last slot is 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Please arrive early to pick out what you want to dye. Those of you with the 9:00 am slot can come at 8:30 to pick your yarn.

If you are coming just for the Barn Sale you do not need reservations. However, yarn leaves here pretty fast so come early!

BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday June 11th @ the big red barn in the land of Blue Moon 56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056 

We will post directions on the blog the week before the sale.

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The next 3 offerings of the Rockin’ whorl Club are LIVE!!  As I mentioned last week we will be blending our little spinning hearts out.  You can read all about the details on the spinning club page of the website. You will see that one of the offerings is batts!! One can’t really explore blending without considering batts!  Just a heads up we will be limiting sign-ups because of the making of the batts. We are going to have so much fun!

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Okay so now without further ado the winners of our sweet story contest.  Choosing these is always hard for me but this time even more so because some of the colorways would look the same because of all the berry pie/cobbler stories. Obviously we all have similar pie memories and loves!

Thank you all so very much for sharing your stories with us all. I loved each and every one!!

1. LeAnn for her Blackberry Birthday

2. liselov for a great story and seriously for an obviously great love for your husband and he for you! Also cause I really want to make a frozen flower filled ice colorway and… maybe a broccoli crispie treats colorway.

3. janewolfe for her first date Baskin Robbins, Jamoca Almond Fudge story.

4. Meglette for her Chukar Cherry Cheescake story. I have a weakness for cheesecake and seriously want a slice ( or two) of this one!

Please email paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com for your prize skein once I get these colorways created. Should be about 2 weeks.

I think that cover things for now! We have gotten all of your  Featherlight and Super Sparkle yarn dyed and most if it shipped out. In hind-sight I so wish I had called this yarn BLING! And yes, I am possessed by the sparkle. If you were in the barn with it all hanging around you, you would so understand.

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Have a lovely weekend!

Specials

Well… here I am and there you are so it must be Friday!

You know, I have all of these grand intentions during the week that involve sitting down with a cup of tea for a few minutes to write you and share what wonder and craziness has happened that day or is going down in the barn, with the yarn, color and life. And then I look up and it’s Thursday night and well…here we are.

Okay first things, first. Have you seen the new Twist Collective Spring issue?

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Kate and her team have out done themselves. I so love all the bright colors and light and springy knits! The photography for Pedal Pushers and Queena Lee’s, Anyolite is super cute. What I am super excited about though is the Deja Vu series where Kate has revisited some of stunning knits Twist has brought us over the years with a new twist (pun intended) a different yarn base. I am excited for a few reasons but the biggest one is that one of my all time favorite Twist sweater designs by the talented Marnie MacLean was the one that Kate wanted to use my yarn for!!

 

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Yay!!!!  Picard in Gaea Sport!! Thank you so much for designing this sweater Marnie!

Don’t you just love the lines of this cardi? I think Jean-Luc would be honored by such a woolly tribute.  I love this piece so much I am thinking we should do some sort of fun Trekkie KAL!  Stay tuned… .

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The dye barn is so busy these days what with the orders for the new yarns and the dyeing for Maryland Sheep and Wool which is all kinds of fun. We are sending our new yarns, some new colors and some of our  fun Color Story color-work kits in our lovely new single finger-weight Featherlight. If there is anything you would like to see yarn or color wise please do let us know! As usual the oh so charming, and wonderful, Toni Neil of The Fold, will have all sorts of Blue Moon goodness.

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Our new yarns, Featherlight and Super Sparkle, SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICING will end this coming Monday morning at 10:00 am Pacific time!

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I have to tell you the barn looks extra pretty with all the shades of Super Sparkle hanging from the rafters! When the sun hits them just right it’s quite magical. it’s like there are fairies in the barn flying around the yarn.

Another Special is on our Silkie Socks that Rock. We are at the end of our huge lot and we have yet to decide if we will continue to make it.  There really is only so much room in the barn and we have added quite a few new yarn bases so far this year with a few more to come!

So my friends while our supply lasts Silkie Socks that Rock will be 17.00 instead of the usual 24.00. We do not have a ton of it left so if you feel the need to add it to your “yarn love”  stash now is the time!

I have been plotting and planning the next installment of the Rockin’ Whorl Club so that will go up for sale next week. We are going to be all about the blending and blends this go around!  We will talk about what breeds and fiber-types work well together in a blend and why. We will also play with how to spin it (worsted or woolen  or in between) and ply it for what kind of yarn it would be best suited for and then again for what kind of knit!!  Of course we will also explore blending in relationship to colors and textures.

We might get a little crazy!

I do hope you will join us.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to write their super sweet, desert stories. They are wonderful! So wonderful in fact that I am having a hard time choosing. So I am going to take the weekend to mull it over and consult with Team Blue Moon. I do find this to be the hardest part, the choosing.

Oh I just thought of something! I do post what we are up to in the barn on instagram during the week. So if you are there give us a follow @bluemoonfiberarts.

On the color side of life we added some of our favorites back to the site yesterday. Also I created some new colorways for Maryland including official Maryland Sheep and Wool  one. I also made this years Tour de Sock colorway. I have to tell you I am pretty tickled with myself over this one. So much fun!!

Okay…that was a lot!

No wonder I am tired today.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

A few new things that are exciting!

Happy Friday!!!

We have a few new and exciting yarns and color type goodness that I hope make your Friday even happier!

New Yarns!! Wouldn’t be great if every time we had a new yarn we had a yarn party?!

Let me introduce you to our two new fingering-weight yarns, Featherlight and Super Sparkle! 

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Aren’t they pretty!

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I have to say I am not usually one for sparkley bits in my knitting but I find the silver lurex in our Super Sparkle intriguing on a few levels. I am easily amused and maybe slightly color obsessed so it is just all kinds of fun to see my colorways with the added silver sparkle. It will never get old!

I love that the lurex is plied into the yarn so it does not really affect the over all feel of the yarn, it just gives it that little extra added something. My grandmother would’ve called it pizzazz. I think pizzazz describes it perfectly! Hmm…maybe should’ve names it pizzazz. Well dang!

Super Sparkle’s woolly bits are superwash merino spun with a fair amount of elasticity! Which makes it good for just about any knitting you so desire. We have knit it both tight enough for socks and loose enough for lace and it handles both like a yarn super star. Just enough elasticity for the tighter gauge we want for socks, hats or mittens while also having some draping qualities that we wants for open work.

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And if that weren’t enough yarn goodness for one day in waltzes, oh wait… floats Featherlight, our new fingering-weight single.  I have been looking for a really nice fingering-weight single for awhile now and am pretty picky about the qualities I feel like it should possess.  One of those was that I really, really, really wanted it to be Targhee wool  (yes I do have a Targhee problem) and not merino. I was going to hold out for the Targhee but this yarn ~ this yarn, is seriously wonderful. I have fallen for it pretty hard, so here we are.  Please do not tell Targhee on me.

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I feel like a really good single has to have just the right amount of spin on it to keep it’s integrity during, processing, dyeing, knitting and then wearing while also having loftiness. As it’s name suggests, Featherlight is so very light. So lofty! So far it has passed all of our integrity tests while retaining it’s uplifting qualities. We are pretty thrilled. I got to be the test knitter and I have to say knitting with Featherlight is a super dreamy experience

We are so very excited about these two beauties that we decided to offer them for a very short window of time at a ~ Share the woolly goodness love introductory price!!!! Yay!

Both of these yarn will retail around 24.00. So it’s quite the deal and will only last a week or so don’t miss out!

I guess this is kind of a yarn party!!

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I have finally put together some more Color Stories Color-work bags to add to all of this knit happiness.  I love putting these together and will be adding more in as I am inspired to do so. Next there will be some gradients. If there is ever anything you want to see in these color combo kits, color-wise or theme related then please do let me know.

 

It’s been a busy week!

We just shipped the March Rockin” Sock Club shipment. So next week we will shutting down sign-ups. If you still want in now is your last chance for all of the sock knitting goodness we have planned for 2016.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Happy Knitting!

Hue musings and a contest!!

Happy Friday!!!!

Holy cow was this week long. Isn’t it funny how some weeks just drag on and one and you just feel like Friday will never get here and then are weeks that zip by seemingly faster than the speed of sound and boom ~ Friday!

I know for myself it is most assuredly my attitude. If I have a poor attitude then time just slows down and everything takes longer and seems harder. My daughter mentioned on Monday that she thought I had murky chi ( yes, I am most definitely making a murky chi colorway) and I believe she was right.
Just a little off my game.

So…maybe you would like to help me shake the murky with a little color-inspiration storytelling game.

I love story and sharing almost as much as I love color so how about a you tell me a story and I’ll make it a colorway game!

So….what should our story theme be? Hmm…. .

Okay I just went out to the barn to ask the team and we all decided on stories involving food ( cause…food!) specifically desserts!

So basically what is your favorite desert described in great detail since I do have to create a colorway out of your story. Maybe with a little history like: is it your favorite cause it was your grandmother’s recipe or did you discover it on an exciting adventure to an exotic place or maybe you studied in France and are some really great pastry chef.

It is at this point where I will confess, with maybe the tiniest bit of embarrassment, that I am a really big fan of Diners, Drive-in and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri. I know… it’s cheesey. (haha) I just find it hugely entertaining. I love the story of all of those places and people.

Here are the rules:

I need a story posted in the comments section of this blog post about your favorite dessert or one that holds some sort of significance for you.

Team Blue Moon will pick 4 of them and I will create a colorway based on those 4 stories. Each of the winning story writers wins a skein of the colorway I create for them.

Deadline is April 13th

We will announce winners on April 15th

And then I will get to work on making yummy colorways!

Look at that already my chi is less murky!

You know what is not murky?

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All of our new shaded solid goodness on Tigger Targhee!

I am having a bit of a color crush on our new shaded solids!

I hope you all have a super wonderful weekend!

A few new hues…

Happy First Day of Spring!!

A good day to introduce our very happy new colorways. I have been wanting to add some shaded solids for awhile now so there are quite a few new ones among this offering. There are two pictures that are missing here because they just did not turn out well. Two new pinks!! Fancy Pants Fuschia and Fushia Rose. These my kind of pinks!

 

I hope you like them! As you can tell things have been Just Peachy here!

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We are getting ready to ship out the March sock club shipment and after we do so we will closing down sign-ups. So if you have been waiting to the very last minute, that minute is here!

We have been super busy dyeing up ALL of the BFL Fingering and finally finished on Friday. We will be shipping those out on Monday and Tuesday. Phew!

okay I am off to the Farmers Market to enjoy some sun and get some greens!

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

 

In like a lion with a lamb goodness!!

It’s finally yarn crawl weekend!!!!

There’s so much going on in the next few weeks, it makes this dyer’s head spin.

Okay first let’s talk about our little BFL Fingering Sale. So we sold 800 skeins of it last weekend when we marked it down. In case you didn’t know…that’s a mega -****- ton of yarn to dye. So it might take us a little longer than usual to dye it all up.

It is super pretty hanging from the rafters, in all of it’s light and airy goodness. I truly am going to be sad to say goodbye to this yarn.

Oh well… when a door closes another one opens right? And that is so true here. Remember the small lot of Single Silk Targhee we had before Christmas that I was trying to convince the mill to make for us? Guess what? THEY ARE!!!  Hopefully it will be here in April. I am so very excited. We are going to create such wonderful knit goodness with this yarn.

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Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this month. Since they have been one of our flagship yarns stores and we love them tons we have created a super special colorway to commemorate this occasion.

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Coastal Sunset Celebration

I’m pretty tickled with how this colorway came out. when you open the skein you have the end of the sunset when it is all dusky and mysterious. The blue-green oceany depths with the setting sun hues as they play out over the sand on one end of the skein and the sky on the other end of the skein. Yeah…pretty charmed.

we have teamed up with our buddy Shannon who designed a lovely shawlette and cowl combo that takes our Coastal Sunset to the next level!

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Photo Credit: Stefan Lombard

Footprints in the sand gradually making their way into the waves. You can almost feel the ocean lapping at your toes.

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Shannon and Sherry have a KAL planned so be sure to check that out and all the other fun the wonderful team at Coastal has planned for the month!

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See all of this peachy goodness!

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Well we have these and a few more so you know what that means? We need to send some of the colorways up on the website off to the spa. Here is list of the ones that we are sending off next week. So, if you need to add some to your stash now is the time!

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We shipped out the Rockin’ Whorl Club yesterday and we sent out the email with the Dyer’s Notes too.

I told you there was a lot going on.

Happy knitting!!!

Rose City Yarn Crawl!!!

When the sun rises here in Blue Moon-land it slowly climbs over the hills, breaking down and over into the fields and finally peaking through the tress, down the drive and right smack dab into the barn the two sets of double glass doors that are the front of the dye barn.

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As you an see it affords us with many lovely sunlit woolly moments that just warms the heart and inspires the soul!

Since we are speaking of inspiration and delight I spotted this on my walk yesterday. We are rich with pussy willows especially down my the river where I like to walk. It is that time of year wear for their fuzzy selves to shed their covers.  Luckily I happened upon these as they were still shedding their shells. Look at their little caps!!! So cute!

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Delightful!

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Is everyone getting excited for next weekend?? The Rose City Yarn Crawl Portland’s knit extravaganza is finally upon us! We have been dyeing so much yarn for Twisted  that we all have been wondering where the heck they are going to put it.  So when I showed up early this week with yet more yarn (and yet more today) and was met with boxes and boxes of Blue Moon yarn and lots of Twistedista’s unpacking and inventory it all I got a small glimpse of to the, hows and where. It was quite the sight I will tell you. It looked a lot like the dye barn had exploded on Twisted and in a way I guess it has. As you can see everyone was enlisted to help!

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I designed two colorways for Twisted inspired by this years theme ~ ” Oregon Grows Great Things”.

Leapin’ Lupines for all of the beautiful wild lupines that grow pretty much everywhere here. I know along Hwy 30 they are all along the roadside on the the sides of the hills. So pretty! One of my favorite flowers.

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

I do not think you can have a conversation about what Oregon grows without considering mosses and lichens, since they basically grow everywhere on just about everything here in this part of Oregon.  I secretly (and firmly) believe if one were to stand still long enough you would find yourself with a lovely green mossy coat. One of Portland’s other growing super powers is most definitely our hipster vibe which I translated into the plaid aspect of our colorway by how the colors play out when it crochets/knits up. All  of which gives us a Mossy Plaid Portland which makes this Oregonian’s heart sing green!

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I love how well they worked in the two stunning that  Kat and Megan created.  I love both of these designs. Kat’s is quite elegant and if I were a lupine I would be feeling the love right now. Such a pretty lace panel.
I do not often say this but Megan’s shawl makes we wish I was a more talented crocheter because I would be starting to crochet one right now. So much fun.

 

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

 Oregon Lupine Shawl designed by Katherine Leek 

 

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

Oregon Moss Shawl by Megan Parrish

 

SALE!!!!!!

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So after lots and lots of talking and some number crunching with have made the hard decision of saying goodbye to our light and lovely BFL Fingering. We love this yarn but it is not the easiest thing for the mill to do and well… sometimes you just have to let things go. Which we are choosing to do at this point time.

We have about 150 pounds left in stock which is a fair amount when you are a light and lofty fingering weight yarn. We have marked it down to form 23.50 to 13.50.  A pretty sweet deal. I know I am going to add a fair amount to my stash since it makes such a light and lovely shawl.

Do you remember the super fun KAL we did a few years ago with Star Athena’s Interval?

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Photo Credits: Star Athena

and then there’s the holey goodness that is Shannon’s  Vernonia

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Our BFL  sale will last as long as the yarn does.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.