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A touch of Spring

It’s Friday!!

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend. I plan on hanging out with my good friend Sofa for some much needed quality knitting time while catching up on a few of my favorite shows. Sounds great doesn’t it?! I’m pretty excited about it.

One of the wonderful things about our contests is that throughout the week your comments pop up in my email. It feels like I get lovely notes from you during the day. It’s quite nice. There are some really great words here. Thank you so much for playing!

Our winner is: yarnslim  and her word is havering. If you could contact with your name and address she will get your book shipped right out to you

So many lovely words. We will have to do this again soon.  I think my favorites from your favorites are, gratitude and hebetude .

As you can see below we have new colorways up. I am adding to our watercolor/speckle/droplets line since it seems to be all the rage. It’s so funny to watch all of trends come and go when you have been in an industry for a long time. When I was first dyeing I did a bunch of these kind of colorways but there was more of an emphasis on wanting colorways that were more clearly defined and repeatable as much as possible so….you give the knitters what they want to knit with . It’s nice that we have come to a place where we are more understanding and appreciative of yarn and colorways that have variations within each lot and are special. Although I think they all are special. ( I so do not want to hurt any colorway’s feelings.)

I am playing with some differing dye techniques so stay tuned for all kinds of color play!

I am putting together some more color themed kits. I like to think of them as color stories. Every combination tells a story based on my inspiration or just how nice they look together.

I thought maybe you would like to play along. I think it is fun to see the differing interpretations of the theme since color is so subjective.

Here are pictures of  2 partial kits and their themes.  I kept the themes general so we had lots of creative space. Each kit will have a total of 5 skeins in it so you can pick 3 of our Shaded Solids to complete each kit and write what they are in the comments section of this post.


1. Love Rocks!!

Here’s is my take on Love Rocks: Lover’s Leap, Black Onyx, Ectoplasmosis, Psycho Barbie and Bleck.








Now what is yours?

Below is a picture of the 2 colorways that are your jumping off point and are non-negotiable.








Ectoplasmosis and Psycho Barbie


2. A Touch of Spring

Here is my take on A Touch of Spring: Black Onyx, H.R.H. Princess Violetta, Love is a battlefield, Crabby Apple Green and Bleck.








And again, below is a picture of the 2 colorways that are your jumping off point and are non-negotiable.







Love is a Battlefield and Crabby Apple Green

So you get to choose three of our Shaded Solids that you think work with the colorways I have chose and put you choices in the comments section of this post and who knows maybe yours will be a kit too!

 New Spring Hues!

That 70’s Skein
Ah…. the 70’s! The 70’s were a time ripe with political activism and wide-open creativity. The 70’s gave us so much wonder like: pet rocks, mood rings, bean bag chairs, crystals, incense, disco, and lots of wild color. As soon as Brandy saw this skein hanging to dry she said, ”you know what that is, don’t you?” It’s That 70’s Skein! Which is really funny because Brandy was not around in the 70’s. However, she loved “That 70’s Show,” and that was her 70’s experience.

Ginger Spice
Remember The Spice Girls?  Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh.  Super sassy pop singers.
I have noticed that no matter where you are if Wannabe is playing, pretty much everyone is at the very least singing and most people are dancing too. Ginger Spice colorway is our first Homage to the Spice Girl’s colorway. I think next will be Sporty Spice. She was my fave.

“So, here’s a story from A to Z
You wanna get with me, you gotta listen carefully
We got Em in the place who likes it in your face
You got G like MC who likes it on a
Easy V doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady
And as for me, ha you’ll see”

Wannabe ~ Spice Girls

Head over Heels
Head over Heels, the kind of love (colors) that knocks you off your feet, keeps your head spinning and your heart fluttering.

Cupid’s Dart
An arrow of love right smack dab to the heart, that is Cupid’s Dart. A little red for the heart and love, and green for the arrow since love is all about growing, and a wee but of spicy plum for that moment that love strikes!

Islands in the Stream
It was Dolly Parton’s birthday recently and I wanted to pay homage to her in color. Now the obvious choice would have been to choose her song, “A Coat of Many Colors” but… her duet with Kenny Rodgers on Islands in the Stream has a special place in my heart.  Thank you Dolly for all the great songs and for keeping it real!

Bubble Guppies
Evidently this is the name of a kids TV show. I was unaware such a show existed since my kids are all grown. I was just remembering all the guppies we had throughout the years in our aquarium. Also the sound of the filter forever blowing bubbles.

Rain Drops
It’s raining a lot right now I know…I live in the Pacific Northwest and that is kinds of its weather M.O.: cloud-filled grey skies leaking water. Usually our rain is a slow, seemingly-considered process which takes days and days of grey cloudy skies to bring forth a few drizzles of rain. So far this winter we have experienced some serious rain. So much water!! Which means I have have water on the brain, specifically rain. This colorway is what rain drop feels like to me.

I have been playing dying in specks, drizzles and droplets. While I was making another colorway was it occurred to me that it would be super cute to have a minimalistic black dot colorway and then call it .com. So…here we are!

Heartache to Heartache
A whole bunch of red, pink, orange and plum droplets of color that reminds us that sometimes love can be a bit messy and also, maybe hurt a little.

Shamrock Shenanigans
Being of mostly Irish and Scottish ancestry I just can’t resist creating colorways to celebrate St. Patricks Day. Also, I just might have this thing for the color green. Maybe.


Dream weaver
I’ve just closed my eyes again
Climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Driver take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind
Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

Fly me high through the starry skies
Maybe to an astral plane
Cross the highways of fantasy
Help me to forget today’s pain

Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

In 1976 Gary Wright wrote and sang Dream Weaver and it was a huge hit. Gary was inspired by the book, “Autobiography of a Yogi” that George Harrison gave to him. The idea of mind weaving dreams from Yogananda’s poem “God! God! God!” (same book), also inspired John Lennon, who considered himself a bit of a dream weaver.

I say…aren’t we all dream weavers and these are my dream weaving hues!

Supreme Black Dalek

I am very, very, vey excited about this colorway because it is the beginning of a series for us. I am a HUGE Dr. Who fan and I have been mulling over how best to colorfully express my deep and abiding love for all that is Dr. Who for awhile now.
I was perusing the web for Dr. Who-type information recently when I stumble across this:
I know…so exciting.
I always wondered about the differing color significance of Daleks and now I know the whole hierarchy and their corresponding hues. Paula and I were pretty tickled by this discovery. We are the Dr. Who fans in Blue Moon land. So here is my first colorway homage to the Dr. and his exterminating Daleks.

Bet you thought this skein was about you.

One of the really interesting things about color creating for me is how differently we all interpret the same color. Color is so very subjective and I get to bear witness to that on a daily basis. I create new colors and as they hang to dry from the rafters all of team Blue Moon weighs in on their personal take of what that colorway says to them. Sometimes there is at least a general theme throughout, but most often the opinion could not be more varied. I actually love that everyone thinks a colorway is theirs. I think that is what you strive for when you create and share.

Love is a battlefield!

For Pat and Shannon!!

“We are young
Heartache to heartache we stand
No promises, no demands
Love is a battlefield

We are strong, no one can tell us we’re wrong
Searchin’ our hearts for so long
Both of us knowing
Love is a battlefield”

Pat Benatar

Debra’s Magic Blue
I was working on some new hues for one of our LYS’s. I had inspiration pages I was working from and needed a very specific blue. The blue was the focal point of this colorway so it had to be true. Debra was helping me out because we had a bit of a deadline. And after much trial and error we came of with this blue. A little royal and a little aqua and very magic!

Lime Jello
I swear that this is the exact color of the lime jello surprise my mother made for us when we were kids. I’m not quite sure about the surprise part, maybe it was the cool whip. Such a green!

I am a big fan of the “happy accident”. Quite a few of our colorways were us making hay out of a mistake. For example Muddy Autumn Rainbow started out as Fire on the Mountain. We had a dye recipe malfunction one day with our Scarlet dye. So I decided since we had this color to see if it would make a good addition to our red offerings and I do believe it does. So in waltzes our accidental femme fatale Scarlette!

The SUN is out!!!! It came out as I was writing this post.  I am going to  take break and go for a walk in the SUNSHINE!!!!!

Have a great weekend.

  1. UnravelingSophia #

    I love this game!!

    Here is my first take on the themed kit, Love Rocks…

    Does anyone remember that old TV show, Medium? It’s about a woman who solves murders by using her “special gift” – the dead talk to her in her dreams. This does turn her into a bit of a PsychoBarbie at times. It makes for many sleep-interrupted nights, but she has the most loving, most supportive and understanding husband in the universe I guess because it doesn’t phase him a bit! So here is her story in STR!

    Spawn of Scum
    It’s a Supernatural Thing
    True Blood Red

    January 23, 2016
  2. UnravelingSophia #

    And now for the second one….A Touch of Spring….

    Ah, Spring! That time of year in the Northeast when lover’s thoughts turn to…………………
    …….fighting over who is going to shovel three feet of snow from the driveway!!!

    Love is a Battlefield
    Crabby apple Green
    Let it go….let it go

    Ha ha ha! It’s a better story than it is a good colour combination, but I’ll have another go when I don’t have 3 cats and two kids on top of me shouting out suggestions! (Well the cats can’t talk….their suggestions are mostly about “get out of bed and feed me!” )

    January 23, 2016
  3. dyeing2weave #

    This is a fun way to spend a few minutes – love to try and match colors

    Smoke on the water
    Manley yes, but I like it too
    Passive aggressive green

    Love is a Battlefield
    Crabby apple Green
    Cranberry bogged
    Smoke on the watter

    Enjoy your weekend.

    January 23, 2016
  4. twhinkle #

    Oh, pairing colors, what fun!

    Love Rocks ~ A big beautiful bouquet of Gerber daisies.

    Saffron Jungle
    Sun Salutations

    A Touch of Spring ~ Bright and delicate spring hues contrasting against the backdrop of a dark stormy spring sky.

    Love is a Battlefield
    Crabby Apple Green

    January 25, 2016
  5. SarahJS #

    Hmm … Okay here goes.


    Ectoplasmosis – because sometimes it’s a spooky thing
    Psycho Barbie – because sometimes it’s a little freaky
    Sun Salutations – because one needs to remain flexible
    Blue for Ewe – because even into the best relationships there are times of sorrow & hard times
    Fir-Ever Green – because that’s what we want, right? The Happily Forever bit.

    TOUCH OF SPRING (flower colors!)

    Love is a Battlefield
    Crabby Apple Green
    Star Sapphire
    Ray (A Drop of Golden Sun)
    Orchid Queen


    Love is a Battlefield
    Crabby Apple Green
    Blue Moonstone (for the last of the snow tucked away in shady corners)
    Blade Runner (for the first tinges of green)
    HRH Princess of Purple Violetta (for the crocus which are first to bloom in my yard)

    Hope you are doing great. I had quality time myself with my favorite knitting chair and churned out a good bit of a sock which was awesome.


    January 25, 2016
  6. yarnslim #

    Love Rocks – the base pair remind me of my 2 best friends from school, so my story would be about them.
    Ray (a drop of golden sun)
    Bitter sweet
    Pining 4 Ewe

    One of my friends moved across the Atlantic while we were still at uni and we haven’t seen each other in about 10 years and that’s unlikely to change any time soon. The other lives just round the corner from me now with us both having moved with our respective young families to a different city, and while we have fun getting together its always disappointing that our other friend is so far away.

    January 27, 2016
  7. Lindyloo #

    What fun!!!
    Here is my psychedelic Love affair!

    Black onyx
    Primordial ooze

    January 27, 2016

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