Gratitude and Holiday News!
I so love the quiet early mornings. Right before dawn, like and hour, when all that are home are still dreaming away all cozy in their beds and the world outside my window is just thinking about lighting the day. I especially love it during the holidays when my house is filled once again with my kids and the day ahead is sure to be filled with cooking, sharing, singing, maybe some pie baking dance moves and lots and lots of laughter.
If I could only choose one thing to be thankful for I would choose my family in a heart beat. I think most of us would. Luckily, my reasons to feel grateful do not end there. I have a pretty much never ending list to feel gratitude and thanks for. I am truly blessed. Even last year when I was heavy into fighting breast cancer I felt so very blessed in so many ways. One of the things I learned from my cancer was that there is always, always a reason for gratitude.
So on this quiet morning before the coffee timer kicks in and the oven is lit for baking I wanted to take a moment to say a really huge THANK YOU to you, our knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, dyers, makers who make it possible for us to do what we love to do and support our families while doing so. You are the very best!
We started a few weeks backs to runs specials. we are ding this for the holidays and to give back a little something to you our loyal fiber loving friends. Right now we have our SilkMO Special which you can read more about here and will run for another week. We had a Mill End Special which we all love. (Thank you for making our end of year inventory counting much better!)
Starting now we are offering our super luscious and bulky Sookie on sale until Tuesday, December 1st. If you have yet to try our Sookie now is the time. At 15% off it’s quite the steal. And because of it’s bulky component an excellent last minute knitting project yarn. I am using it for cowls, mittens and hats. You want it close to your skin it is so soft and warm. A prefect winter knit and wear. It’s freezing here and I so wish I was done with the cowl I have on the needles. Discount code: SOOKIE2105
A lot of you have requested a return of our Winter Wonder bags.
So here they are with a bit of a new twist in fiber and color. We are using a new yarn. Ranier made by my friend Jim and just so lovely! It’s DK weight superwash merino. It has a really good spin and ply on it, enhancing it’s natural elasticity. Each kits has 5 – 100 yd skeins all color themed for your holiday fun and knitting pleasure.
I really hope you enjoy them as much as I did putting them together for you.
And….I have saved the very very best for last. Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I had some super exciting new yarns to introduce you to?
Introducing for a limited run!
Tigger Targhee and Single Silky Targhee.
YAY!!!! More Targhee!
While I talk the mill into making these in a more permanent way we have a limited amount of each of these. I have kept the pricing down as an introductory new yarn and holiday special.
I love all of the yarn we offer here at Blue Moon. I am telling you this so the other yarns will not feel jealous once I start talking about the wonderful attributes of these two.
I have to tell you I have not been as excited about a new yarn as I am about these two in quite awhile.
Okay let’s start with the Single Silky Targhee.
I’m more than a little in love with this yarn. It’s made from our lovey Targhee from Montana with the addition of just a bit ( 30%) of unbleached tussah silk . Soft, silky with just the slightest bet of texture from that wonderful Targhee crimp. I have been knitting on it for a few weeks now and the only reason I stop knitting on it, is to switch to knit with the Tigger or Sookie so… . ( I know. I am lucky. )
I have about 160 skeins of this and they will go fast. So get it while you can and then keep your fingers crossed. Once you knit with it you are going to want a whole lot more of this dreamy yarn. All our testers on this yarn wanted at least a sweater’s quantity. I actually think I might dye myself a sweater’s worth before it is all gone.
Just in case! Or maybe that jinxes the process of getting it again. Hmm… . I’ll wait. Also that leaves more for you.
side note: As I sit here writing to you my girls are int he other room giggling. Sophie is home from college for the weekend and they have not seen each other since August. I just love that sound! It never ever gets old, does it?
Onto our Tigger Targhee. I will tell you right now that I am possessed by this yarn. I am sure at this point of all the people I work with are so over me telling them all about this yarn. That is, until they knit with it.
I have not been so enthralled by a yarn since we created Socks that Rock.
I know… . That is a big statement. Well here is why.
As I have said before, I fell in love with Targhee sheep and their wonderful wool years ago when I had loads of spinning time. It’s so lofty that you expect it to just float away and you want it to take you with it! It might not be super soft like a very fine merino, but in my opinion it’s just soft enough with more durability than an ultra fine fiber. It’s all in that crimp. The elasticity that Targhee brings to the table make its softness less slippery and more like a cloud. Well, at least what I imagine a cloud to be like.
Now, take this elastic fiber and make it into a cabled yarn. A cabled fingering weight yarn, no less. Why is it so great that it is a cabled yarn? I will tell you. A cabled yarn is taking two (or more) 2 ply yarns and then plying them back on themselves in the opposite direction ( of course). There are many reason to make a cabled yarn. One of those reasons is that is makes for a strong abrasion resistant yarn. Which makes it a really good type of yarn for sock knitting and is why we are exciting about Tigger. We are also excited because it is 100% untreated ( not superwashed) Targhee. Some knitters are not huge fans of superwash yarns or the process it involves so having an alternative is pretty exciting.
This super stretchy wonder of a yarn that makes me so happy. The combination of the cable process and the crimp on Targhee is the perfect storm of a yarn! It feels as good to knit as it does to wear. I think the possibilities with our super-bounce, fun-fun-fun, Tigger Targhee are endless, just endless. Every single person I have given it to test knit with just loves it. I think you will too. We have tested it as a sock yarn. Yes, even with no superwash we think it is a good sock yarn because of the aforementioned cabled aspect. We have knit socks and washed them in a washer and dried them in a dryer and they faired well.
Now… would I do that all the time? No. But then I do not do that with my superwash knits either. What it means is that they will wear well. And with all that stretch, they are super cozy.
I can’t wait to see what you think. I hope you will give our Tigger a go and help me convince the mill to make this for us.
Phew that was a lot.
I am going to leave you with all of this a go start baking with my girls while we wait for my son and dil.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a great weekend.