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This weekend is our Barn Sale and Dye Days event here, at Blue Moon headquarters of all that is colorful and wild, in the lovely little town of Scappoose Oregon.Where exactly is Scappoose and Blue Moon?

We’re at 56587 Mollenhour Road, seven miles up in the hills of Scappoose.  You can mapquest and get directions or you can use these.

Whether you are coming from Seattle or Portland the main road into Scappoose is Highway 30. If you are coming from the Seattle area the best way is to come through Longview, across the Longview Bridge.  If you are coming form the Portland area, follow the signs to Highway 30 West.

Once you are in Scappoose you want Scappoose- Vernonia Highway. If you are coming from the Portland, Scappoose Vernonia Highway is the last light as you are leaving Scappoose and you are turning left onto it.  If you are coming from Longview it is the first light as you enter town and you are turning right onto it.
Once you are one Scappoose-Vernonia Highway you will be on it for about 7.25 miles. It’s pretty little drive that follows the Scappoose Creek.
Your next turn is onto Chapman Road ( NOT the road before it called Chapman Grange Road.) Turn Left onto Chapman Road ( you can only turn left) then go to the next street which is Mollenhour Road and also, turn left ( Again you can only turn left which makes it super easy.)                                                                                                                                Drive up Mollenhour about and 1/8th of a mile . You will come to a row of three mailboxes the last of which is a little red barn, the driveway after that row of mailboxes is ours, turn right onto it and follow til the end. I t dead ends into Blue Moon.                     It’s also marked by a huge piece a driftwood with the house number sign beside it. We’ll also have BMFA signs up.   They probably won’t say barn sale because then we’ll get folks looking for farm equipment and not yarn. Go figure!                                                              We are out of cell phone range up here.  Once you pass the little store on Scappoose Vernonia you will most likely loose cell service.
It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend so pack a lunch along with your knitting and sit and visit a bit.  If you are dyeing with us please do wear something you won’t might getting dye on. We will have aprons and gloves. One of last people I had here dyeing with me was Stephen West. He wore clothes just to get dye on them  which I totally loved and appreciated.

We don’t have a ton of parking so if you can carpool that would be great. If you have shopping bags or baskets you use we would love it if you brought those too. Other wise I think that is all you need to know.

We are super excited to see everyone. It is sure to be a wonderfully colorful weekend.

If you have any questions or concerns please do let us know.

See you soon!

The count is in.

I’m sorry that it took a bit longer to get these up today that I anticipated. It’s a little hot here and we’re trying to get the really hot part of the dyeing done early so we don’t melt into puddles,colorful puddles for sure, but puddles nonetheless.

Here are the winners:

Ginger Plum-licious

Gazing Ball

Positive Energy

Lemon Pesto

and then we had three come in at the same number so I am going to do them all.

Antiquated System

Lavender Fields in the Mist

As High as an Elephants Eye

So there you have the winners!! A round of applause for everyone that played.  So far, it has been whole lot of fun but now it gets real ~ fun!!!  If those of you that won could please email Paula@bluemoonfiberarts with your full name, address and the yarn base of your choice that way we get can you your skein of yarn as soon as I pull it out of my imagination.

Before I head back out to the inferno that is the dye barn today, a quick reminder about next weekend. BARN SALE!!!  Next weekend is the barn sale and dye days. Sure to be a wicked good time with a whole bunch yarn type deals and fun. We hope to see you here!

Contest semi-finalists…

Okay , even though it was tough, and it was, I have chose 20  colorway names and now it is your turn. Thank you everyone who took the time enter your colorway name choices. All of them are wonderful. I chose based on what struck my fancy and level of challenge.

This is a really fun game. I can totally see doing this more than just this once.

Also before we go any further please note that I am early. I said submitting would stop today and I would put up the 20 for voting on Monday. And yet, here we are on Friday and I have picked my 20. You don’t really have to be impressed I’m impressed enough with myself for all of us. ( You haven’t seen my to-do list and I have.)

Below you will find the list of 20 with who submitted them and any description that was with it.  You can choose 5 of them. Please submit in the comment section here only (please do not email them) as a numbered list in order of preference. One being your top pick and working to 5 from there.

Ginger Plum-licious  submitted by  luv2run *
I have a Satsuma Plum tree in my backyard and just finished canning some. The flesh color is a beautiful deep red, the skin is reddish maroon over green, then combined with the golden hue of the candied ginger….Beautiful and oh so tasty!

Pitter PatTINA submitted by Janis (goes my heart)because colors effect you and us that way!

 Peace Candle submitted by ggeorge

Wicked submitted by ariannasanders

 Lavender Fields in the Mist submitted by  bleuzee
The purples of lavender, some green from the fields, in a gray-lavender mist in the morning.

Gazing Ball submitted by sasoif
I would love to see a colorway that uses Mulberry and Neptune. They are next to each other on the website and I think they would be beautiful with a pale grey or maybe a creamish color. I was thinking maybe “glorious garden” or “gazing ball” (the colors remind me of the gazing ball in my front yard.

 As High as an Elephant’s Eye (All the colors of summer corn.) submitted by coastermeg

Comic Book Heroes submitted by yarnderwoman

 Blue Bayou submitted by amyknits                                                                                                                                                        I picture this as mostly blue with hints of green and maybe some other bayou-esque colors.

 Data submitted by dobernet17
For Trekkies:
Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you’re in love, my how they fly
Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see
It’s the Irving Berlin song Data sang at Troy and Riker’s wedding.

Antiquated System submitted by tampnp

12. granjudy *   Koos koos kia – the NezPerce name for the river. Literally water water river, water so pure a pool 20 feet deep looks like you could reach down and pick up that yellow rock on the bottom. Deep canyons, wide rippley shallows, fast white water, deep green slow water, white sand, black, brown red yellow pink green rock, gold and gemstones live here. Deer and bear drinking at twilight.

Going All Kadinsky submitted by Sage

Pollywog – reptilian whimsy submitted by CrystalBell

Chromaticity submitted by erica  which is a word I’d suggested for the second Sock Summit Marketplace

Positive Energy submitted by BonnieB
I read this post yesterday while sitting with my Mom in the hospital. All I wanted to do was wrap her up in some “positive energy” to get through this.
I thought that would be a good name, something warm and soothing all at the same time.

Wild Geese submitted by kirsty
My first offering is: a colourway inspired by the Mary Oliver poem “Wild Geese”. This poem has a very special place in my heart, and I would be very interested to see where you take it.
 Lemon Pesto submitted by AndreaW
I love fresh pesto + one year I grew lemon basil to make it, so:
greens for the basil
yellow for the lemon scent
cream for the parmesan cheese
and there are pine nuts too….

the Roadless Traveled submitted by Sadiesue

Beer-thirty submitted by RichelleCK


Ok so you have until Wednesday to cast your vote, we’ll then count them all up and announce the 5 finalists after which time I will get started making them into colorways so we can get you your prize yarn.  Exciting!!!

PS:  I can’t imagine not making the Tipsy names that were suggested they are just so wonderful! If I do, we;ll let you know and get you a skein.

Have a great weekend!



I’ve sat down to write my thoughts about the wedding several times this week. As you can see I’ve been unsuccessful. It was all kinds of wonderful and I was moved in ways that were huge and unexpected, that I couldn’t put words to. I also think that maybe I was not quite ready to share. I don’t know why these feeleings were unexpected since, I am a big huge romantic sap at heart, so…it would stand to reason that I’d be moved to tears and laughter.

I’ve thought a lot about it and looked at all the pictures and what I have come to is actually something that Rabia put a name on, joy. Joy abounded. There was just such a huge amount of joy everywhere and… it was contagious. The air vibrated with joy and happiness.  Candice and Narayan are wonderful people that are well respected and loved as individuals but, as a couple, they have some pretty powerfully wicked magic. The joy that their love and commitment to each other inspired was palpable, absorbed and spread with the shedding of a few tears, dancing with laughter,toasting the future, hugging with love and just basking in it all.

As Narayan’s mom bearing witness to all of that was exquisite and melted me into a giant puddle. I feel thankful, blessed, happy, proud and all kinds of other things I can’t put words to, of both my son and…my  new daughter-in-law. I am thrilled beyond measure that Candice is now the new Mrs. Newton and a part of our family!


A very good start to a marriage.

Bright Spots

The bright spot of my summer is this weekend.  My son Narayan is marrying his sweetheart Candice this Sunday.








My son! ( See Steven and Deb he’s not a myth.)



Narayan is my oldest and this is our families first wedding. We are happy, excited and slightly crazy with it all, as I’ve been assured, is exactly how it usually is with a wedding, so we’re right on track. It’s going to be a wonderful day. I’m so excited that I woke up at 3:00 this morning and just could not get back to sleep, even counting colored sheep didn’t work and it usually does. I did some color scheming  planning for the next few months so at least was productive.

Speaking of color schemes, we decided in the barn this week that it was time for a contest. It’s been awhile and we are a bunch of women who like our games and contests. This one is kind of both. After our last naming contest we had a few of you write in and suggest that it might be fun for you to submit a name and maybe a description ( brief) of what you have in mind and that I come up with a colorway  for that name. I love this idea. It’s a bit of a challenge and I am a woman who likes a challenge.

So here is how I think this will work best. In the comments section of this blog post put the name you are suggesting and a brief hint or description of your intent. If you feel the name is enough or want to see what I do with just the name that is also okay.

We’ll start today and take name submissions until next Friday. Then we’ll pick 20 and post them on Monday, then you get to pick your top 5, which you’ll do in the comments section of that blog post.

The winning 5 get a skein of their winning colorway in the yarn base of their choosing.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it. We did something like this with the sock club and it was great fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Ready, set… go!

PS: My buddy Steven was visiting when the Tipsy’s came out and fell for Sadie Sue so we wound up a ball and he started knitting some socks.




Pixelated Peonies Palette

Stormy Skies

Happy Holiday!

All of the new colorways are now up.  My previous post has a complete list of those colorways for ease of searching and remembering what’s new and what isn’t. There are a lot of colorways there.

Our vacation is quite grand so far, although, there has not been as much knitting or spinning time as I had quite optimistically planned, the weather has been perfection. My knit optimism amuses my daughters to no end since, as they rightfully point out, my favorite thing to do is to beach-comb and take pictures, which is not conducive to knitting, at least it isn’t if I want to do any one of them well.  I can spend hours walking on a beach especially so on the Olympic Peninsula, there’s just so much to take in. It’s some of my best clearing out the cobwebs thinking time. I always come back from these jaunts refreshed and ready for the next go ’round.







We’ve decided to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow by going to one of this lands most beautiful and wild places Rialto Beach.  I’m excited!!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday to all of you independent souls celebrating!

Blue Moon will be closed July 4th and 5th.   Both Paula and I will be checking email so if you need us that is the best way to get us.

Have a great weekend.