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Big Ass Skein Society #4 PLUS new colorways

Today, Shannon released the fourth pattern in our Big Ass Skein Society collaboration, and it uses the new Super WooBu LITE to great effect. Zamora is a top-down shawl, in 2 different sizes: smaller and larger. The larger is shown using Afternoon Delight and the smaller in a new color, A Speck of Autumn.

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We’ve also got a bunch of fabulous new colors that have just hit the webstore:

One lone Shaded Solid: Royal Blue

And a whole gaggle of Multicolorways:

  • Bubble Bliss
  • Castiel
  • Crazy Stupid Skein of LOVE
  • Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Dani-Kalia
  • English Garden Memories
  • Fall Frolic
  • Feelin’ Good
  • Galactic Broccoli
  • Green Daze
  • Huegasmic
  • It’s a Supernatural thing!
  • Light at the end of the Tunnel
  • Lost Valley
  • Pumpkin Patched
  • Shabby Chic Oasis
  • Socktober
  • Splendor in the trees
  • Squashed
  • Tangled up in blues
  • The Earl of Purl
  • THE yellowed eyed demon

We’re hoping the new pattern AND the new colorways will help us all get through the dog days of Summer AND get us all ready for Fall, the knitter’s season!

Color explosion

So much color! It was so interesting to work on our new fall colors last week. All I wanted to do was bright hues and the wilder the better.  So I realize that these maybe not your more traditional fall hues but it is still the end of summer with all kinds of heat and sunny days so we’ll go with transitional fall hues. Which leaves the door open for more later which is always good!

I love all of these so much I would like a few weeks off just to play with them. Lucky for me I am about to embark on a road trip to take my youngest to college in Pennsylvania and there are three of us that are driving so…KNITTING time!!! Yay!!

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I hope you enjoy knitting with these as much as I enjoyed creating them and naming them and photographing them and yes, we’ll just say it, loving them. Once in awhile when I do this new color way dance of mine, I am reminded of the first time I sold my yarn and colors. It felt a bit like I was putting my children out in the world. What if no one liked them? How would I feel? Did I want anyone else knitting them. Well I obviously got over that!! I love sharing them. It’s part of the joy of it all for me.

Which is interesting to think of this week as I prep to take my youngest off to college. Turning this precious soul over to the world at large.  I do feel like my kids are my very best work!

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On Monday you will be hearing from Shannon about the next installment of the Big Ass Skein Society. You are going to LOVE it!

So look out for that!

We also have a new yarn! It’s Woobu’s little sister. Super Woobu-LITE a light and lovely blend of super wash merino, bambu and nylon. It is the perfect summer knitting and wearing yarn. So light!

okay I have a lot more to say but my to do list for this trip is large and we are leaving tomorrow. yes I’m a little nervous!

Have a lovely weekend!

Colorway Story Winners!

Good Monday afternoon!!! I had morning there but it took way longer to get this post up than I anticipated. Probably because it is Monday. hehe

I hope we all have good weekends. I spent the weekend completely immersed in color so I am a pretty happy camper.

We have brand new colorways coming your way at the end of the week.  And yes some of them are our contest winners colorways!

I have to tell you a few of these were a little bit of a challenge for me but I think I did an okay job. I hope all the winners agree!

I am going to post the pics here for all to see. If you have not already done so could you winners please contact Paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com with your address so that she can get a skein of your special colorway in the mail to you.

I really hope you like them! Thanks so much for playing.

Below the pics is a list of colorways that are coming down on this week!

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Galactic Broccoli

 

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Bubble Bliss

 

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Tangled up in Blues

 

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Feelin’ Good

 

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Lost Valley

 

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Colorways that are coming down. If there ones you want to see on the website please let us know!

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Happy Monday!!!

 

Deconstructed & Once in a Blue Moon

First, real quickly, for those taking part in Sock Sniper, it starts tomorrow, and you all have a coupon code.

It’s always so interesting to see how folks work with our colorways. When local designer Katherine Leek approached me about breaking down some of our Multicolor Wave colorways into her lovely and super wearable Deconstructed shawlette, I was tickled. The pattern is the perfect blend of knitterly interest and mindless knit, and the color combinations are almost endless.

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So endless in fact that we had to limit it (and ourselves – do you know how fun it is to break down color ways into their composite parts? TOO MUCH FUN!)

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As Katherine herself says,

Have you ever looked at a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock and wanted to wear that skein? Exactly that skein. Well I have. Repeatedly and often. And thus Deconstructed came to be. A color block shawl that breaks BMFA’s incomparable colorways down into their basic components and then puts them back together in a wearable form. So you can wear that skeinExactly.

We’re starting with just a few deconstructed colorways, to whet your knitterly whistles:

Loch Ness (Spinel, Pond Scum & Everyday Grey)

Lucy (Stumptown Brown, Sky Blue & Spores)

Smokey Mountain Morn (Smoke on the Water, Everyday Grey & Fir-ever-green)

Scaponia (Jasper, Terracotta & Mulberry)

Skyrocketing Puddle Jumper (Chillaxin, Just Right Red & In the Navy)

Skyfall (Everyday Grey, Obsidian & Aquarius)

Crabby McHappypants (Pond Scum, Just Right Red & Chillaxin)

Lagoon (Black Onyx, In the Navy & Enchanted Forest)

Covelight (Jasper, Tanzanite & Meet Brown, Joe)

The shawlette is in Socks that Rock Lightweight, so hop on over to the website, grab three skeins, and get your needles ready. If there’s a color you’d like to see Deconstructed, send us an email and let us know. We’ll work our magic and deconstruct it…

AND, this is so much fun, you better keep your eyes peeled for even more deconstructed colorways.

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Also, did you know that tonight, there will be a Blue Moon? Like, a real, live, in-the-sky Blue Moon. Which works perfectly for our Barn Sale, since, you might have realized, we are all about the Blue Moon. And, much like a Blue Moon, a Barn Sale doesn’t happen every day.

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The BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 tomorrow, Saturday August 1st at the BIG RED BARN in the land of Blue Moon (56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056).

Google us – their directions are great!

Once you are in Scappoose if you are coming from Portland then go through town until you hit the last light which is right after the fire station. That light is Scapposse-Vernonia HWY on your left. You will turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy. and take is approx. 7.5 miles. 

 The next road you want is Chapman Rd. which you are turning left on. You can only turn left.

(DO NOT take the road before Chapman Rd which is Chapman Grange Rd – it is wrong and a very rural road.)

The next turn is also a left onto Mollenhour Rd which is the first street you will come to after you turn onto Chapman

Go up Mollenhour about an 1.8 of a mile . Our gravel drive which is on the right and marked by a piece of driftwood and green house number signs. 56587. Turn right here and follow it  all the way to where it dead ends into us.

Yay! You are here!

Barn Sale and Dye Day

Where does the time go?

Seriously!  Where the hell does it go?

How is it already the end of July?

It was just May and the flowers were just blooming and then boom it is the end of July. We were meeting about things  up and coming and I looked at the calendar and almost passed out. So needless to say it has been a very busy few months here.

We are training not one, or even two, but three new dyers. I know. It’s a lot. It’s enough to make this dyer’s head spin. But…it was way past time and well, when the universe sends you people that want to play with dye then you open the door, invite them in and teach them how to do it! So a hearty welcome to Laurie, Jessica and Trista. And since we are welcoming  new team members we also have Brandy and Kalia in production.

All the new dyers is one of the reasons for the Rare Gems offering and has also given us more yarn then usual for Barn Sale. We could nickname this sale the learning curve sale!! hehe

Next week is out Annual Barn Sale and Dye Day party! Yay!!!! I love this day so very much. It is so much fun. I look forward to it just about all year. We get to have great color fun and we get to see all of you wonderful knitters that we have not seen in about a year.

We have had the Barn sale and Dye days up on the website since June and the dye slots are almost all sold out so if you wanted one now is your chance!

Yes we will have an indigo vat going and hopefully some carding fun too and whatever other fun things we can think up.

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The sale is Saturday August 1st in our red barn at Blue Moon from 9:00 to 5:00

Address is 56587 Mollenhour Road, Scappoose Oregon 97056

If you can carpool we would really appreciate it, because parking is limited. We ask (beg) you not to park on any of our neighbors land. Come all the way down to the end to where the gravel drive dead ends into us and we will squeeze you in. If necessary we’ll put you down in the lower 40 by the chicken coop.

Directions:

Google us their directions are great!

Once you are in Scappoose if you are coming from Portland then go through town until you hit the last light which is right after the fire station. That light is Scapposse-Vernonia HWY on your left. You will turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy. and take is approx. 7.5 miles. 

 The next road you want is Chapman Rd. which you are turning left on. You can only turn left.

( DO NOT take the road before Chapman Rd which is Chapman Grange Rd it is wrong.)

The next turn is also a left onto Mollenhour Rd which is the first street you will come to after you turn onto Chapman

Go up Mollenhour about an 1.8 of a mile . Our gravel drive which is on the right and marked by a piece of driftwood and green house number signs. 56587. Turn right here and follow it  all the way to where it dead ends into us.

Yay! You are here!

Please note that there is no cell service up here.

If you are coming to DYE!

Please wear something that you don’t mind getting dye on or bring an apron. You don’t think you will spill or get dye on yourself but it almost always happens. It’s all that color concentration  that is going on.

Come at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time so we can get you set up and your yarn soaking.

Bring your lunch and hang out with us and the chickens and enjoy the day.  It is supposed to be a stunning one. Also if it is supposed to be hot we are 10 degrees cooler here! One of the many perks of living up here. Although in the winter it’s a little cold.

Okay I think that covers all the details you need. OH, one more thing. If you can bring your own shopping bags that would be extra wonderful.

A side note to our story winners. I have not forgotten about you. I am musing!

Thank you for your patience!

Happy Knitting everyone!!

Rare Gems

I was in the storage pod a few weeks back looking for samples. I noticed that there were quite a few boxes of yarn in need of over-dyeing.  As most of you know anytime one of our colorways does not meet our rigid colorway standard ( A Farmhouse colorway needs to look like a Farmhouse colorway!) we hold them back and once we have enough of them we over-dye them to our hearts content. Well… I do and this time my daughter, Sophie, played along with me for awhile. What comes from all this double duty of color on yarn are some pretty extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, colorways.

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I love them!  I love everything about our Rare Gems!

I love dyeing them. I love rinsing them and hanging them to dry. I love winding them into balls. And… I love knitting them! Putting the dye on then, watching it react with the colors already there, making new hues and all kinds of subtle and not so subtle shading.  Magic! Just magic!

I love rinsing them out and seeing how all of that depth and layers of color turned out and then yet again when it is drying.  We have a few rules in the barn in relationship to me and our Rare Gems because… I just might have a teeny tiny problem in this area. I am allowed to look all I want but if I want any of them to be mine then Debra and Paula and I have to confer. It’s fair. Otherwise one of those big ol’ storage pods we have would be full of my Rare Gem stash and I just can’t be that person. Also, there would not be any for you guys and that is not fair.  At one point, a few years ago, I will cop to having quite a few rubber maid bins full of them but, I let go and sold most of them at the last Barn Sale.

We will put these Rare Gems up for sale this afternoon (Friday, June 10th) around 1:00pm our time . The last time we did this they were gone in about a few hours so… .

Yes they do cost a teeny bit more because of the whole twice dyed, more work, thing!

I think that is all you need to know and some that you don’t on the Rare Gem front now onto our lovely color stories!

Thank you so much for your color stories I am honored and humbled by them!  I am mulling them over and will be working on them in the next few weeks. We have lots of vacations this month and I am the fill in, so busy, busy me. This week I am Becky ( dyer) next week I am Paula ( shipping and customer service) and then the following week I am Debra (dyer and production mgr) .  I know… it’ a damn good thing I am a mercurial Gemini!  If you can be patient with me that would be all kinds of awesome!

Next Friday we are taking down the list below of Summertime colorways so we can add more, some of which are brand new! Yay!

As always if there is one of our colorways you would like to see then let us know in the comments section.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I have been soaking up all the vitamin D I can. Lots of walking and playing in the garden.

Summertime colorways coming down Friday July 17th:

Afternoon Delight

Baby Mama

Algae

Bait-a

Beached

Boobie 1

Braun’s Woods

Citrine

Clare de Lune

Confetti

Coral’s Reefer Madness

Firebird

Flashmobbin’

Gastropod Shuffle

Hot Lips

Lady Edith

Lunasea

Maia

Pebble Beach

Rhodonite

Sassmaster Skein

Shibui

Socktopus

Sunkissed Sands

Tide Pool

Tinks Toots

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
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PurlGirl
Janis
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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
What the Foqua

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.

photo credit: Angela Baldi

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