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A beautiful day…

for a walk.  I love to go for walks. I prefer going for walks alone where I can hear myself think, clear out the cobwebs and debris of the day and observe my world.


I’m lucky because where I live there is this wonderful path through a wetland to the river. It’s filled with birds and all kinds of other wild things. Spring is my favorite time of year to walk there because of the cottonwood buds and the wild roses. I love that earthy sweet resin smell of cottonwood. You can always catch a whiff of it on the breeze down by the river. For the smallest amount of time, as the cottonwoods are ending their fragrant budding cycle and the wild roses are starting theirs there is the most delicious scent of world rose and cottonwood.

It is divine!

Little duckie feet

Every spring the Linnton feed store has baby blue runner ducklings or itty bitty blue feet as my girls and I like to call them.

They are so ridiculously adorable.

I am unreasonably smitten by these creatures. I have to have the same talk with myself every year. The one about how they won’t be this cute forever, and the how chickens are enough, and ducks will wreck my garden, and on and on it goes … .  Until the day I walk into the feed store and they are all gone. I breath a sigh of relief, laced with regret, and go on with my day.

Aren’t they colorful and cute?



Isn’t that funny? I didn’t want to title a post with News, again or, Update.   Actually it’s more, Your yarn….to be exact.

Anyway I just wanted to give everyone who ordered at the sale (and since) an update on how we are progressing. We are almost caught up.

Phew!!  That was a mega ton of yarn to dye (I almost put a period there and then I heard Denise say, “hey…and let’s not forget rinse and hang and inspect and bundle and tag and package and ship”) .  All jobs we love I might add.  I spent part of this weekend rinsing and hanging to dry which is so much fun. You get to see the magic as  you pull it from the spinning cycle. Seriously cool.

All of the ALL Website sale orders will leave here by tomorrow. If you ordered during that time and do not see that your order has shipped that means that we weren’t happy with it for one reason or another and sent it back to the dyers. The rest will be coming through this week and we hope to have most of it shipped by Thursday.

We really appreciate your patience during these sales. I know it’s hard to wait for one’s yarn.

If you need color help for the Mystery Knit-along don’t be shy it really is great fun to help pick colors and I have them all here at my fingertips. Well… most of them anyway. I’m so excited. I think later today I’ll go out and do some more hue paring and post them here tomorrow.

I’m going to leave you with a question.

I have been wanting to do a spinning club for awhile now and am working on making that happen soonish. As I plan and gather I’d like to know what you’d like to see from a Blue Moon Spinning Club.

Ok back to the barn with me and again thank you so much for your support and patience.


A Mystery and a Race



Let’s start with the Mystery shall we. Since the first one was so fabulous, Star Athena and I have dreamed up another Mystery KAL.

Welcome to INTERVAL  that link (yes that one there on the left) gives you everything you need to know to sign up. Once you do that then you’ll have the discount code you need to purchase your BFL Fingering BFL Fingering Superwash (BFL Fingering is out, so the BFL Fingering Superwash is a substitute) from the Blue Moon website . If you happen to be in a city that has one of our stockists (otherwise know as a yarn store) then please, by all means, check in with them to see what they have on hand.

NOTE: We are not substituting the Superwash BFL on orders that already exist. If you ordered the regular BFL Fingering yarn that is what you are getting.

I have picked a few color combinations, took some pictures, had some silly fun with name play and am posting them here. If you do not see anything that strikes your fancy please do comment here or email for help. I love this part of the job!!

Before we move onto our hue viewing let’s talk about our race.

This year Blue Moon is one of the sponsors for the Tour-de-Sock which we are pretty excited about since, it’s about socks and, well… you know how we feel about socks. What’s I think is really cool about Tour-de-Sock is that it really is a challenge. You can take my word for, it I’ve seen things. So, if you want to challenge your sock knitting self, have some crazy fun (There are teams with cool names, good natured heckling and prizes!) and… if that weren’t enough, raising money for Doctor’s without Borders in the process.  A win for all!

As promised hue duos for Interval Mystery KAL:  I couldn’t resist the name thing here. I apologize it was just to much fun to pass up. I was sorely tempted to put them together just for the name amusement aspect itself but then I got a hold of myself and moved on. Another time maybe.

Believe it or not ( my kids do not) I am off tomorrow to go judge a marmalade contest. I know. I’ve developed a thing. My latest batch was smoked pink grapefruit soaked in Jasmine green tea overnight then cooked down, sweetened a bit and topped of with a shot of Southern Comfort. It’s quite wonderful. My son has take to calling me the Marmalady. I haven’t yet decided how I feel about that.  I’m telling you all of this, so you understand if I do not respond to your color inquiries right away. I promise to check in a few times over the weekend.
Ok off to pack. I have yet to pack a thing.  Plenty of time… Right?

this and that

I know I’m color obsessed. I get it and for the most part I feel that I’ve made it work for me. As with any art there are highs and lows, times where the color well is a little dry and times when it is overflowing. I’m in one of the overflowing places right now. I have to tell you, I’m so overpowered with the hue captivation that I truly feel like I could eat breathe and sleep it. I’d like to lock myself up in the dye barn for a few days and just dye.. dye…  and maybe dye some more.   I’m really into layered solids with lots of depth and character.

My garden is proving to be quite a fertile source of inspiration. peonySee this tree peony? Look at the blue grey with it’s bit of yellow center. That burgundy is lovely too and certainly offsets those silver polleny stamens but I am absolutely entranced by those hues in the center all by themselves.  This peony and I have a date in the dye barn tomorrow morning.

I have quite a few visitors lately which is great fun. I was talking with a friend about how I always wanted to run a yarny B&B and my daughter chuckled and told me that I was already. She’s a funny one!

Anyway it’s always fun to share and play with others in the dye studio. Yesterday Amy and I made Lobelia Blue and came up with some seriously cool blue colorways.  I think we’re going to run a naming game for these. I’ll keep you posted.

Star Athena and I loved our Mystery KAL so much that we are going to do another. We have it scheduled for the middle of June and Star is going to use my current favorite yarn, our new BFL Fingering.

Here are the colors we chose:mkalhues Stawberry Fields Forever and Big Brain Blue You will need one skein of each color. Of course you can choose your own colors and I will post of list of my pics in a few days. As with the Sartorial KAL there will be a discount for the yarn.
I’m super excited about this KAL. Star has come up with some really interesting construction which would be cool in one color but in two? Be still my heart!

I leave you with for today a picture of my very dear friend Hazel with her new buddy ( one of our new brood) Jillie Bean. Hazel and I share a love of our fine feathered friends.

Peep Peep!!






The writing on the wall…

You know those days, where you wake up all chipper and bright, with a positive ready to conquer the day attitude, and… a plan, a to do list even and your favorite cuppa, just ready to rock the day!  Then… mere seconds before you pick up your to do list, Kaboom!! The day explodes and keeps going at a record pace with no concern at all for your plan or your to do list, and that cuppa tea you made, well that has been sitting cold for at least a few hours with the barest sip taken from it.        I am having one of those days.  It started around 6:30 and has not let up. I’ve reheated my tea not once, or twice even, but three times. This third time, my tea, me and my laptop have stolen away behind a locked door so I can write this post and work on at least the first item of my to do list which is deadline oriented so really needs to be done today!! Hear that powers that be?  Deadline.

Okay, now that I have that out we can get down to important stuff, like yarn and color. I am sure by now that most of you have seen that we’re having one of our semi-annual 15% off sales on the website. It stared yesterday and goes until Wednesday at midnight eastern time and 9:00 pacific. The coupon code you need to redeem your 15% off is MAYSALE2013.  If you’ve been waiting on getting yarn for a summer lace project of fiber for the Tour de Fleece this is a good time. The dye barn is already hopping with orders flying in and us processing them. We do get quite a few orders during a sale so it will takes us longer to process them. We appreciate your patience!!  If you need any color or ordering help please do let us know. We are more than happy to serve!

Speaking of color help. I could use some of yours. I am planning another color affection. I finally finished the silkie one I was working on and then promptly gave it to a friend who was lusting after it.

This has been sitting on the lunch table in the barn and has been making me a crazy woman. I love them all in their own right, especially that scummy one on the end, but together I think they are magic. I don’t need ( or want to work with) 5 colors so I have to pick three.


And herein lies my problem.


There’s this trio which makes me pretty stinkin’ happy. ( It’s not the best picture but you get the idea.)


And then there’s this combo that seriously makes my heart go pitter pat, pat, pat!


And take away that Blecker grey and substitute the hue of my heart Pond Scum and it’s pretty wonderful too.

But you know what?


I think I might need a moment. Oh my, this is hard enough just to consider much less type or say out loud. I think…  that… maybe, just maybe… I might sorta, kinda like the Blecker trio better than the Pond Scum one. I can’t decide. I really do like them both a lot. ( Sorry Gourdy combo.) The choice is definitely between those two.

So Help Please!  What are your color thoughts one this. Besides… doing both. Believe me I have thought of this option.

Since we’re on the subject of pond scum ( The things one finds oneself typing.) I found another knitter who has a love as deep as mine for the scum that is pond scum green. sw1

I didn’t think it was possible but Stephen might even have more of a color crush on pond scum right now than I do. Actually it was quite wonderful to watch someone else obsess over a hue as much as I do.

Hue Obsession. Hmmm… now, that has a nice ring to it.

We  got  to spend all day playing with color on yarn with dye. Way too much fun.  We  even came up with some new colors. sw2




Stephen also has a bit of chicken whisperer in him.





So… a good weekend full of color. My favorite kind!   And look at that, cup of tea finished and we have chatted and now onto my deadline project.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


A Mother’s Day Shawlette

Shannon Squire’s Crimson and Clover!

Shannon says…

As I was working this pattern, I couldn’t get Joan Jett’s version of “Crimson and Clover” out of my head, and I thought… wouldn’t it be great to have a pattern offered in both stockinette and garter, so even though it’s basically the same pattern, versions are markedly different in appearance? Knitted in Blue Moon’s decadent Worthy or BFL Fingering, on bigger needles, it’s lots of bang for your buck, and the perfect gift for that special mother in your life.


Yarn – Approximately 400 yards fingering-weight yarn. Shown in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Worthy (65% white cashmere, 35% bombyx silk; 437 yards/100 gram skein). Crimson shawl (silver) shown in colorway Winter Solstice, Clover shawl (blue) shown in colorway Nyame.

Gauge – 22 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Needles – US #5/3.75mm (or size to get gauge) 24” or 32” circular.

Notions – Tapestry needle, stitch markers.

Skill level – Advanced beginner (lace work, following a chart).

Size/Finished measurements – One size fits most. 79” wide from tip to tip; 20” deep at center. Measured after blocking.

Weekend Fiber Fun

May is one of my favorite months! Spring has usually made herself known in a lilacs are blooming,  birds are singing and sun is shining by now. Since we’re just at the beginning that means it’s time for The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Another reason to love May!!

This year is special because MS&W is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary of serving our fiber community with this festival.  40 years,  that’s along time. I was wondering earlier this week what it would have been like to be at the very first one in 1973 when it was the Carroll County Craft Festival.

As we do every year we’ve sent a mega-ton of yarn with Toni Neil of The Fold .  A whole slew of new colorways ( including the new shaded solids)  and… some  good ol’ color friends, that even I, was hard pressed to remember.  All three of our new yarns are making their debut, the Targhee sisters, worsted and bulky, Victoria, queen of Polwarth and the soft and just flippin’ wonderful BFL Fingering. Toni also has our current trunk show, including but certainly not limited to Karen Alfke’s Ariadne

You’ll also see and carress and try on… :

Sartorial Cowl by Star Athena  in DeVine
Axis Mitts by Sam Roshak  in Twisted
Colour Affection by Veera Valmaki in both Seduction and Silkie Socks that Rock
Pretty Thing Cowl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee  in our Worthy Fingering

I hope everyone has a great sheepy time!

Toni’s in Barn 3, Booth 18 right across from the food booths!

Things to look forward to for those of us who  can’t get to Maryland this weekend.

Twisted is hosting Amy Singer next weekend for a few very cool classes and a talk Saturday evening that is sure to be a good time. I know I’m going.  If you have not had a chance to meet or hear Amy’s knitty story this is your chance.

You know what’s right around the corner? Next week actually. Another thing to love about May, Mother’s Day!  When I was thinking what I wanted to do this year to pay homage to all that Mother energy, I remembered this gift I made for a dear friend. I took our silk hankies and wrote a wish on it for her ( in dye of course) then, decorated it with a wee bit of color here and there. I then knit it up into a lovely little shawlette.  Since she could not see what the wish was I wrote a little card and put it in the package and mailed it off.  She loved it so much and I loved making it for her just as much. A sentiment dyed and knit into silk.  Pretty sweet.  So sweet that I thought it would be a great Mother’s Day project/present.



I painted a bunch of hankies!!

I decorated the edge with lovely May type hues and wrote MOM in the middle. This is what it looks like before we set the dye. It runs into itself a bit as it steams, which makes the message a hard to read, but gives a great effect for the knitting part and finished object. We’re calling these our Mother’s Day Message in a Hanky and we do have a limited number of them available. It is way harder to write on a silk hanky with dye then one would think. Seriously!  I can’t tell how thrilled Debra was that this little bit of creativity was my job. I love it.  What’s not to love about knitting a message to someone you love that they can wear and have forever – a treasure!

A little knit tip: When knitting these pull from the top and then the bottom of the hanky pile to evenly disperse the color range.

An ordering note:  If you order this by itself it will ship on Monday May 6th. If you add another something else to your order we can’t guarantee Monday shipment.

I hope, wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this weekend, that you have a wonderful one. It’s been seriously beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest so it’s gardening for me! Putting in an asparagus barrel, some new dye plant beds and a dye play date.


Ridiculous Ranunculus

I love these flowers. With the exception of the ever so delicate, yet glorious Peony, they’re my favorite green growing, blooming thing.   The colors are fabulous and those seeds clusters make such amazing patterns. However what I find the most captivating and makes my color obsessed soul sing, is how their hues ripen as they age, from bud to that last petal, barely hanging on. A whole seasonal shift in full color, in one flower.   I’m working on a colorway series that embodies this whole promise of color gracefully contained in a bud.

Kind of a bud to skein thing.





Reskeining Magic

The beauty and magic of reskeining.  You take a hand-painted skein such as this Silkmo in the colorway Bag Lady and gently arrange it onto a swift. You then set the measurement on the skein winder to something different than the original skein size and if their is a counter set it. Then you watch as the segmented colors in your skein get all mixed in the most attractive way.

Like so…


Silkmo C8SMO