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Happy days are here again.

However the sky is not blue or even clear. Actually it’s not light enough outside to tell what the sky is doing today so we’ll be optimistic. 

I’m sorry for the silence. I think my body has decided that if I’m not going to stop ( I swear I try) then it is going to stop me. In the past few weeks I have gone from passing yet another kidney stone, which my urologist says I’m just a rock star at; to shingles ( yeah I really know how to have a good time eh?) to some wicked ass stomach flu.  The stomach flu hit me at the beach. I finally took a few days for me to regroup and just sit and listen to the ocean maybe even knit a few stitches or take some photos of oceany stuff I love so I headed to the coast and just about 1 hour after getting there I went down hard and fast. 

I took this all how I think it was meant. Personally!

I do get it. I have been trying all year to reorganize, delegate, create new a more efficient structure. You know, all the things you do to simplify.  Every time I took a step that seemed like it would get me to a better place I’d get slammed with a crisis or two.

Now I really rock at problem solving. I like the challenge most of the time.  I also like ti when there is at least a wee bit of space between them, breathing room.  There has not been.

So… that leaves me here.

I’m not a fan of this year. Not one little bit and will be happy to see it leave. Sorry 2010 I’ve really tried. I’ve given you my very best, my all and you threw it back in my face time and time again. You kept kicking me even before I had a chance to get back up and brush myself off.  I’m working really hard on letting go of these type of relationships in my life so you and I?

We are over.  I’m done.

The rest of this year (65days) is about projecting forward and upward.

p.s. 2010 no stalking.


Ok so up we go. This weekend Blue Moon is two place at once. Well, actually I guess it’s three, since we are still here.

Debbi (aka cockeyed the sockateer) is at Stitches East womaning our booth in partnership with the lovely folks at Webs. There is lots and lots and lots of yarn. all the yarns you asked for and then some.  If you have yet to meet our Debbi stop by and say hi.

As most of you know Toni Neil of The Fold takes our yarns and fibers all kinds of places. Blue Moon is well traveled because of Toni. This weekend she has our spinning fibers and some yarns at SOAR Interweaves annual spinning gala. If you’re a spinner this is mecca for the year.  Honestly I’m a little jealous that I can’t be there. Ok more then a little, kind of pond scum green with envy.

I’m a spinner. These are my people.

Ok rising above. So if you’re there say hi to Toni for me, hug each other, wrap yourselves in woolly goodness. Make yarn!

Those that are waiting, as we are for Mopsy yarn, the last update from the mill was middle of November. I checked in yesterday to make double sure that this was still true and they confirmed that this was.

We are also waiting on our shipment of Icelandic. It is scheduled for the first week in December.

We’ve never had this much of an issue with yarn availability.  I’m assuming that in this economy keeping a huge stock might be too great of a risk. We are also noticing this phenomenon in other product areas.  I went to buy grid hooks recently and they were not in stock. Seem to be hearing that phrase a whole lot.

Anyway we are knitters. We know how to be patient right?  hehe

We will announce sock club pricing and sign up info next week.  So stay tuned for that. Yes you will be able to buy gift certificates for the sock club for the holidays.

Oh and I almost forgot. Steph and I have one more spot left for the Silk Retreat. We had a cancellation so there is room for one more for anyone out there that could make it work at this late date.

I also have some pretty fabulous news that I was going to announce today but I think I’ll wait for tomorrow so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle here.

It deserves it very own post . I’m sooooo excited about this.

Over my very own blue moon about it.

A few other things I’m over the moon about .

Sam Roshak’s Sweater Club

If you don’t already know about this check it out. I think this is a brilliant idea.

I think Sam is a creative and thorough designer.  I love her designs as much as she loves my yarn. I think we make a good team.

Another team I’m proud to be a part of is Twisted.  A great bunch of fun, friendly, creative people. I’m working with Shannon as a designer/dyer team for their Socks are for Suckers Shawlette Club .

And no I don’t think socks are for suckers but I do think it’s a cute and funny name. Ours is the first installment of the year and we’re having a blast with it.

There really is not much I like better than working on or with a good team.

So that is a taste of what is and has been going down here.  Lots of fun along with the crazy.

  1. Tamara #

    Hi Tina,

    So sorry to hear about all of the yuck you have been going through!  A kidney stone is bad enough, but then shingles!  Horrible!  I hope that you are past the pain of that.

    Just think…..your 2010 can end on a very high note if the Silk Retreat (in just a mere 2 weeks!!  YEEEEEEE!) is as fun as the July retreat was!!  Can’t wait to see you again. 

    Anxious for your good news tomorrow.


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  2. Wen #

    I’m right there with you on banning 2010.  I’d tell it to bite me, but it already has.  Repeatedly and gleefully, from the looks of it.  Sending love and wellness and joy to you beautiful lady. I miss you muchly.

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  3. Sarah JS #

    So sorry to hear about the kidney stone and shingles. And flu.  Yikes.  I do so hope that your body has processed all the nasty stuff that 2010 threw at you and has now purged it from your system.

    For my part, I now have to wait (patiently? Not so much) for your news of tomorrow AND to figure just how far behind I’ll fall if I join Sam’s Sweater club in addition to the RSC …

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  4. Oh you evil tease.

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  5. aww you need a hug. do i need to make another shawl for you?

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  6. you sure are one strong fighter! one after the other, you get knocked down and keep on keeping on…i do think women may have one other genetic downfall (in addition to the whole plumbing thing). We are problem solvers. there’s a problem and we have an innate need to fix it. And then we do. cuz we can.  But sometimes it would be easier if we could just walk away like the other half.

    but we can’t. carry on. be strong with your girlfriends!

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  7. Love you.  You know it.  Now you are REALLY teasing with the ‘big’ announcement!  Can’t wait to hear!

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  8. I hope you’re feeling better soon! 2010 was a crazy and unpredictable year, I’ll be glad to see it go too!

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  9. Katharine #

    I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing a bit better at least. The silence did worry me; it’s so good to hear from you again.  The moonstruck errata does tore at my heart, you sounded so sad in it 🙁

    I cannot wait for the next annoucement and for the sock club announcement….I’m dying of antici…..pation (okay, yes I did love the Rocky Horror Glee Show).  Oh, I can’t wait for tomorrow to come!

    If you really can’t keep it in until then, you’re more than welcome to give me a call.  I’ll be sure to squeal with delight and freak out my co-workers, hehe.

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  10. Pat Dixon #

    WOW! What a year that you’ve had..nothing but good things will now follow..

    Remember, no one will take care of you but..YOU..log in time in your calendar for you..

    be it a massage or to sit in the interruption for a few hours..YOU ARE NOT A MACHINE…

    Reading this Blog a few minutes ago, now has my head spinning..I had contemplated doing my own sweater some one is coming to my rescue..


    2011 is going to be one HELL of a year for knitters..

    Thank you Tina for starting the whirlwind moving..

    Take care..Pat

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  11. I am right there with you.  I am fed up with 2010.  Pretty much sucked in every way possible.  Nowhere to go but up from here though.  Bring it on 2011, we are ready for you.

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  12. Trudianne Temple #

    Holy moly… Kidney stones AND shingles?? In the same decade, let alone the same few weeks? Yikes.

    Having been witness to each (but fortunately never having suffered from either), you are a complete and utter ROCK STAR for suffering with such grace. May you never, ever EVER have to be in pain like that ever ever again.

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  13. Hazel Smith #

    I’d been wondering and wondering and worrying about you, but didn’t feel I should intrude. Now I know why you disappeared off the face of the earth for so long. I’m glad things are looking up. I’d suggest you book a weekly manicure appointment(like I do) and a monthly pedicure, but I don’t suppose manicures are very practical for someone who seems to have her hands immersed in dye on a daily basis. A weekly massage might be more beneficial. If all else fails, you can always drink wine. Hugs and blessings, Hazel.

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  14. linda #

    So sorry about your October, although I didn’t get the flu I got slammed by acute danger threatening both of my adult sons within two weeks. I also think I may have shingles but will go to the doctor on Monday.My boys are both working hard to get better and I am attempting to find ways to help , thank God and Tina for my yarn. I truly have been hanging on by a thread. Hugs, Linda

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  15. Austin Val #

    2009 sucked for Steph.

    2010 sucks for you.

    For whom does the 2011 suck bell toll?

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  16. cls #

    Maybe we could call it something else for the few weeks we have left on 2010…. 2010.8? Anything? Next year will have to be better.

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  17. Thinking of you, with hugs.  Please, take care of yourself, and let others help in taking care of you (and taking care of all the rest of the stuff). 

    Long-distance loves coming at you!  Hope for more happy news for you and for all soon.

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  18. WOW. (understatement).

    I tend to think, that if I don’t listen to the messages my body is trying to send, that it will “yell” louder to get my attention. It sounds like your body might be yelling at you.

    You do So much for So many – and you have accomplished truly amazing stuff in the past few years (yet I’m sure I don’t know the half of it)…but you’ve also been subjected to some profound stresses (double-ditto on the above parenthetical aside).

    If you have the penchant to put all else before yourself, as many of us do, please consider some revisions regarding how you treat yourself.

    Trust me, your body can “yell” even louder.

    My Sincere apologies for stating what you probably already know better than anyone.

    I don’t always follow my own advice and sometimes a reminder from an outside source can inspire me to take the few moments a day to take a walk, a nap, do some yoga…love myself a little. 

    I truly thank you for the new experiences and fibre-joy you have added to my life – but I don’t want them to detract from your life.

    I am also a knitter. I can be very patient. And I can wait… wink

    I wish color, peace, blessings, shading, and health to you and yours.

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  19. Mary ~ Awntie #

    oh honey step back sit down and do a bit more of the delegating thing. we need you for much longer and you cannot be replaced

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  33. Oh Tina, kidney stones AND shingles? Those should be used as torture techniques…on someone else. Hope you are feeling better and learn a lesson or two here. As in delegate, delegate, delegate and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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