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New Fall Hues

…are up on the website right this very moment.  Actually they technically aren’t since I am writing this post at night while canning some premium smoky tomato jam. I’ve developed a bit of a thing for late night cooking and canning. It’s cooler, quiet and feels romantic in a back porch shelling peas with my gran while listening to the the crickets sing as the wind gently lifts the weeping bows on the willow kind of way. I have a glass of wine, my daughter, the frogs peeping away in the background and you. What could be better?

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Tomorrow (now today) both this blog post and the new hues and a new home page will go up. If I’m lucky all synched as planned and close to when Knitty launches their Deep Fall issue. We’ll see how that all goes.

Anyway no matter how it all rolls I’m pretty thrilled with my oh, so colorful, first Fall group. I think I hit a pretty wide spectrum with this batch. Starting with all of our contest winners, even Positive Energy, then following the seasonal shift towards the crazy goodness of Autumn, a few chickens thrown in ‘cuz I can, and a holiday one just to keep us on our preholiday knitting toes. I had a rockin’ good time in the dye barn with these Fall hues. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

There are 25 of them ( I subtracted the 2 September sock club colorways we are putting up because they aren’t new to everyone). The first three knitters to list all 25 correctly here in the comments section of this post wins a skein of their choosing.

Those of you that have been patiently waiting for our BFL Fingering to be back in stock, it is here! It is here!! It is here!!!!  And yes, I do believe that does warrant 6 exclamation points. Thank you Jim for making this such a priority! We’ve planned this one right down to the wire. We have a lovely design by Shannon Squire that we’re featuring in the soon to be live Knitty Deep Fall issue.  It’s called Vernonia and I am head over heels in love with this shawl in all of it’s holiness.  I pestered poor Shannon so we could get it out for the Fall issue of Knitty and here we are. Happy dancing all around. When the stars align and everything comes together it is truly a beautiful thing.

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One other piece of news. This Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival will be the last one for Blue Moon. I’ve been easing out of  trade shows so I can concentrate on a few other areas for Blue Moon. It is not a decision that I have made lightly and is purely a business growth decision.  I will miss shows like Oregon Flock and Fiber but this is a really good move for us. We are opening more and more accounts with yarn stores and developing what I hope to be long term supportive and creative relationships that will last years and support us all.

Oregon Flock and Fiber holds a very special place in my heart since it was my first festival/trade show. It is hard and I am sure there will be tears (mine of course).  I am creating a colorway to commemorate this moment ( as I do). This will be a special colorway only available at OFFF on that weekend.  Sigh! Change is what makes the world go around!

As usual if there is anything special you’d like to see us bring do let us know and we’ll do our best. We will have all the new colorways in sock yarn and lots and lots of spinning fibers. It is how I started OFFF and I think it is a poetic full circle way to go. We hope to see you there.

To be very clear Blue Moon is only shifting gears and headed in another direction. We’ve been doing this, as quietly as possible, for almost a year now, so we didn’t rock too many boats.  Toni Neil of the Fold will still be taking our yarns to both Rhinebeck and Maryland Sheep and Wool for as long as she wants to do those shows.

One of these LYS relationships that we have added to our Blue Moon family and us to theirs, is, Shall We Knit in Waterloo, Ontario Canada! We are super excited to be working with Karen and her team of extraordinary knitters. We just sent them a whole bunch of Socks that Rocks and Some of our lace yarns Marine Silk and Worthy.

Speaking of a team of extraordinary knitters this weekend is the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Guild Fair!  Sylvie and her team at Lettuce Knit will be there with all kinds of goodies including our Socks that Rock and Twisted! Please do stop by and say hi if you are there.

Wow… that is a whole lot of goings on!  The jam is canned and is now setting. I am tired and those pesky little invisible no see’ums are biting. So I am going to say good night. This is the news from Blue Moon where the colors are inspired and the chickens are happy and … .

PS: We have a new member of the family. My dear friend Gail rescued a few abandoned kittens and my girls and I fell in love with this cutie. We are  still working on a name. We started with Watson moved to Nymphadora Tonks ( Tonks for short) and are now at TS Elliot ( Elli for short) . So … who knows.

Maybe just cutie pie.

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If you are on the Olympic Peninsula and looking for something really fun to do try out the Jefferson County Farm Tour.  It is such a good time lots of wonderful people doing great things. There is all kinds of fiber related fun along with food related goodness. I am headed up there as soon as I can tear myself away from  her cute furry self!

 

18 Comments
  1. shannanstitches #

    I think I found them all:
    1. Chana Masala
    2. Cranberry Bogged
    3. Gilly
    4. Antiquated System
    5. As High as an Elephant’s Eye
    6. Broody Bantams
    7. Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
    8. Free Range Chickens
    9. Gandalf the Grey
    10. Gazing Ball
    11. Go Beavs!!
    12. Jingle
    13. Lavender Fields in the Mist
    14. Metaphysical Angst
    15. Positive Energy
    16. Slithy Toves
    17. Tea and Alchemy
    18. The Great Northwest
    19. The Olive Pit
    20. Ginger Plum-licious
    21. Who’s the Pumpkin?
    22. The Foliage is Falling
    23. Lemon Pesto
    24. Tomatillo
    25. Ish Kabibble

    September 11, 2013
  2. Anna #

    I LOVE the new colorways! I have a special place in my heart for fall colors, and these are gorgeous!
    Here are my picks for the new colors:
    Antiquated System
    As High as an Elephant’s eye
    Broody Bantams
    Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
    Free Range Chickens
    Gandalf the Grey
    Ginger Plum-licious
    Gazing Ball
    Go Beavs!!
    Ish Kabibble
    Jingle
    Lavender Fields in the Mist
    Lemon Pesto
    Metaphysical Angst
    Positive Energy
    Slithy Toves
    Tea and Alchemy
    The Foliage is Falling
    The Great Northwest
    The Olive Pit
    Tomatillo
    Who’s the Pumpkin
    Chana Masala
    Cranberry Bogged
    Gilly

    September 11, 2013
    • Janis #

      Ginger Plum-licious
      Gazing Ball
      Lavender Fields In The Mist
      Antiquated System
      Lemon Pesto
      Positive Energy
      As High As An Elephants Eye
      Broody Bantams
      Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
      Free Range Chickens
      Gandalf The Gray
      Go Beavs!!
      Ish Kabibble
      Jingle
      The Foliage Is Falling
      The Great Northwest
      Metaphysical Angst
      Slithy Toves
      Tea And Alchemy
      The Olive Pit
      Tomatillo
      Who’s The Pumpkin
      Chana Masala
      Cranberry Bogged
      Gilly

      Phew! that was a marathon and a half- now I am going to go back to them and have
      a really long indulgent look :-)

      September 11, 2013
      • Janis #

        Oh! I have just spotted that Gilly is actually Golly,
        there’s an interesting story around it too!

        September 13, 2013
  3. pattyv #

    1. as high as an elephant’s eye
    2. broody bantams
    3. dostoevsky’s crocodile
    4. gandalf the grey
    5. olive pit
    6 gazing ball
    7 ginger plum licious
    8. go beavs
    9. ish kadibble
    10. its all about me all the time
    11. jingle
    12. jubilation
    13. kalish
    14. lavender fields int the mist
    15. lemon pesto
    16. metaphysical angst
    17. positive energy
    18 puddle of bleu
    19 who’s the pumpkin
    20 tomatillo

    whew

    September 11, 2013
    • pattyv #

      the great northwest
      the folliage is falling
      tea and alchamy
      slithy toves
      joys autumn
      sugar plums

      September 11, 2013
    • pattyv #

      I suck at this. Folks there are 27 colors not 25

      September 11, 2013
      • pattyv #

        Please ignore this. back to 25

        September 11, 2013
  4. Syntaniel #

    1. Chana Masala 2. Cranberry Bogged 3. Gilly 4. Antiquated System 5. As High as an Elephant’s Eye 6. Broody Bantams 7. Dostoevsky’s Crocodile 8. Free Range Chickens 9. Gandalf the Grey 10. Gazing Ball 11. Go Beavs!! 12. Jingle 13. Lavender Fields in the Mist 14. Metaphysical Angst 15. Positive Energy 16. Slithy Toves 17. Tea and Alchemy 18. The Great Northwest 19. The Olive Pit 20. Ginger Plum-licious 21. Who’s the Pumpkin? 22. The Foliage is Falling 23. Lemon Pesto 24. Tomatillo 25. Ish Kabibble

    September 11, 2013
  5. melaniebknits #

    Here are my guesses:
    1. Antiquated system
    2. As high as an elephant’s eye
    3. Broody Bantams
    4. Dostoevsky’s crocodile
    5. free range chickens
    6. gandalf the grey
    7. gazing ball
    8. ginger plum-licious
    9. Go Beavs
    10. ish kabibble
    11. it’s about me all the time
    12. jingle
    13. lavender fields in the mist
    14. lemon pesto
    15. metaphysical angst
    16. positive energy
    17. slithy toves
    18. tea and alchemy
    19. the great northwest
    20. the olive pit
    21. tomatillo
    22. who’s the pumpkin
    23. chana masala
    24. cranberry bogged
    25. gilly

    September 11, 2013
  6. melaniebknits #

    just now realized that my #11 is a club color.
    changing #11 from it’s about me all the time to greige

    September 11, 2013
  7. Lori #

    1. Antiquated System
    2. As High as an Elephant’s Eye
    3. Broody Bantams
    4. Chana Masala
    5. Cranberry Bagged
    6. Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
    7. Free Range Chickens
    8. Gilly
    9. Ginger Plum-licious
    10. Go Beavs!!
    11. Ish Kibibble
    12. Kalish
    13. Lavender Fields in the Mist
    14. Lemon Pesto
    15. Metaphysical Angst
    16. Positive Energy
    17. Slithy Toves
    18. Tea & Alchemy
    19. The Foliage is Falling
    20. The Great Northwest
    21. The Olive Pit
    22. Tomatillo
    23. Gandalf the Grey
    24. Gazing Ball
    25. Who’s the Pumpkin

    September 11, 2013
  8. Hazel Smith #

    I haven’t looked for colourways yet, but the kitten’s name should be Marmalade(lol).

    Cheers and red wine, Hazel.

    September 12, 2013
  9. I’m not a club member so I listed the 27 that are new to me. I don’t know which two are the club colors.

    Antiquated System
    As High as an Elephant’s Eye
    Baby Zombie
    Broody Bantams
    Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
    FrankenHen
    Free Range Chickens
    Gandalf the Grey
    Gazing Ball
    Ginger Plum-licious
    Go Beavs!
    Ish Kabibble
    It’s About Me All the Time
    Jimgle
    Lavender Fields in the Mist
    Lemon Pesto
    Metaphysical Angst
    Positive Energy
    SasSwatch
    Slithy Toves
    Tea and Alchemy
    The Foliage is Falling
    The Great Northwest
    The Olive Pit
    Tomatillo
    Who’s the Pumpkin?
    Witchy Woman
    Chana Masala
    Cranberry Bogged
    Gilly
    It’s Not All About Me Brown

    September 12, 2013
  10. Whoops, I included a few that io didn’t mean to in that last post. Here is my corrected list.

    Antiquated System
    As High as an Elephant’s Eye
    Broody Bantams
    Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
    Free Range Chickens
    Gandalf the Grey
    Gazing Ball
    Ginger Plum-licious
    Go Beavs!
    Ish Kabibble
    It’s About Me All the Time
    Jimgle
    Lavender Fields in the Mist
    Lemon Pesto
    Metaphysical Angst
    Positive Energy
    Slithy Toves
    Tea and Alchemy
    The Foliage is Falling
    The Great Northwest
    The Olive Pit
    Tomatillo
    Who’s the Pumpkin
    Chana Masala
    Cranberry Bogged
    Gilly
    It’s Not All About Me Brown

    September 12, 2013
  11. erb2007 #

    1. antiquated system
    2. as high as an elephant’s eye
    3. broody bantam
    4. Dostoevsky’s crocodile
    5. free range chickens
    6. Gandalf the grey
    7. grazing balls
    8. ginger plum-licious
    9. go bravs
    10. ish kabibble
    11. jingle
    12. lavender fields in the mist
    13. lemon pesto
    14. metaphysical angst
    15. postivie energy
    16. slithy toves
    17. tea and alchemy
    18. the foliage is falling
    19. the great northwest
    20. the olive pit
    21. tomatillo
    22. who’s the pumpkin
    23. chana masala
    24. cranberry bogged
    25. gilly

    September 12, 2013
  12. Sunshine #

    Ok, here’s my try…

    1. Antiquated System
    2. High as an Elephant’s Eye
    3. Dostoevsky’s Crocodile
    4. Downpour
    5. Free Range Chickens
    6. Go Beavs!
    7. Holiday Hen
    8. Ish Kabbible
    9. Kalish
    10. Lemon Pesto
    11. Oaks Bottom
    12. Positive Energy
    13. Pumpkin Spice
    14. Slithy Toves
    15. Tea & Alchemy
    16. The Cookie Next Door
    17. The Foliage is Falling
    18. The Great Northwest
    19. The Olive Pit
    20. Who’s the Pumpkin?
    21. Wonderful Goodness
    22. Chana Masala
    23. Cranberry Bogged
    24. Dark Shadows
    25. Tonalite

    Even now I am tempted to switch out Pumpkin Spice with River Rocked, but I suspect they might both be returners, so…I’ll go as is, I guess.

    September 12, 2013
  13. I was just wondering when the official list of the new colors would be announced? We are trying to do a mini swap on Ravelry for the new colors, but we’ve been waiting on the official list of new colors before ordering the yarn.

    September 24, 2013

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