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Isn’t this pretty? Remember our favorite dessert experience contest? Well this is one of our winners. LeAnn’s Blackberry Birthday.  I am in the middle of creating these and so far this one is my favorite. Jamoca Almond  Fudge is almost done but it needs a little more coffee and a little less fudge swirl. I know…things you never thought you would hear yourself say, too much fudge swirl.

I have a whole lot to tell you so you might want to grab a refreshing beverage and get cozy.

Monday rolls around and while I usually do not relish Mondays (who does really?)  lately I look forward to them because Debra is here.  If you can make Monday good you are all kids of wonderful!
So in waltzes Paula at 6 am and she makes a bee line right to me and gives me a big long hug. Well we are all huggers here so it’s not totally out of our normal but this hug, it felt different and it was.  Paula gave us her 3 week notice on Monday at 6 am. Proving yet again that timing is everything!

Now we have been working towards Paula phasing herself out of Blue Moon on a daily level and not doing the awful commute she does so, this is a really good thing. It’s good for her and we are super happy for her even if we are going to miss her dear smiling face, big ol’ heart, quirky sense of humor and sage wisdom so very much. We are also really going to miss her contributions to our potlucks. Paula is one hell of a cook.

Even when change is good and in the best interest of everyone involved it can still be challenging. Paula has tried leaving several times before and always comes back. ( That homing device totally worked!) I am thinking that this time it’s going to stick.  Yay Paula!!!! We LOVE you so very much, know that you are all kinds of wonderful and are going to miss you tons!

On that same day we had one of our new dyers just not show up.  Turns out she had a change in her life she needed to address and so we are now down a dyer. okay…it’s summer time I can roll with that. I’ll just production dye for awhile.

In the middle of all of this ( still Monday) the washer starts making an odd noise and stops working. Yup, when it rains it pours. I called Sears and the soonest they could get someone here is June 3rd. What the hell?? Seriously is there a shortage of repair workers. If so I missed that memo.  I called around and finally found a guy who actually came out today and helped us out.

We use the washer every single day, all day during the week to rinse and spin yarn so we can NOT be without one. All of which the Sears people could’ve cared less about but the local guy totally understood.  I was super proud of myself because I looked up the error code we were getting and found a work around so it would work until the guy showed today. I felt super handy!

So … we are dyeing out little hearts out on gradient kits, sock club, sparkle yarn and other such goodness when I hear from the mill that they were wrong about the stock they had of our Marine Silk Sport and that the yarn we were expecting to show up was not going to show up. Yeah, and there went Wednesday. Kaboom!

Now I have been running this business for 15 years and the one thing I do know with every fiber of my being, (pun totally intended) is that no matter how well you plan or you think you have planned, shit just happens!  People make mistakes and things we cannot control wreak havoc. I believe it is called life.  As much as I want to slam dunk someone here for messing with our little gradient party the fact is we all make mistakes.

I think the golden moment is in how you take responsibility, problem solve and correct the issue at hand, which the mill is doing by busting a move to get us our yarn in a timely fashion. I have been working with mills for years and I will tell you this is a super speedy quick turn around for a mill.

My part in all of this has been to not stress too much over something I could not control or let it color our experience. I worked hard on these subtle ombre’ gradient kits for Carol’s design. As most of you know I take color very seriously.

Believe it or not there was more happen this week but we creatively problem solved our way right out of most of it. We moved on through it all and hopefully learned enough that if it all happens again we at least know which repair man to call.

If you are part of the KAL  Carol has extended the start date to the 18th giving us enough time to get everyone their yarn as close to that as we possibly can.  We are going to send an email out next week with a discount code for everyone to use at your leisure anytime this year to make up for the delay and let you know we really appreciate your patience.

See I told you. It was a week. One the positive end of things my test results came back really good again. So yay!!  And my wonderful insurance agent Diane saved me a ton on a new car insurance policy. Happy dancing!

Okay onto the GIVE-AWAY!

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Have you seen this lovely book that Tanis Gray put together of knits for little ones? It’s so cute! There are not one but two designs in there using our yarn.

We have a copy to give away ( Thank you Interweave!)  along with the yarn to make this cute little hat and mitten set!

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Adorable right?

Its the Rainbow Bonnet and Mitten Set by Lisa Chemery

All you have to do is comment here with your favorite song. You know how much I like a good story so if you have a story as why it is your favorite song all the better!

Team Blue Moon will choose a winner at the end of next week.

Okay it almost 4:00 which means I need to wrap things up so I can feed and walk the dog!

Thank you for listening. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with joy laughter and knitting!

Oh….almost forgot. There is one spot left for our DYE DAY so if you wanted to paint some yarn now is your time.  We do hope you will come out and play even if you do not want to paint your own yarn. We will have an indigo vat going and of course the BARN SALE and tons and tons of fun!
Paula will be there too!

23 Comments
  1. joogle #

    It’s really hard to pick a favorite song, but I’ll go with Absolutely Barking Stars by Maria McKee. Thank you for the giveaway, I’m expecting another little one later this year so this book is perfect!

    May 20, 2016
    • You won!!!!

      May 27, 2016
      • joogle #

        Wow! What an excellent way to start the weekend. Thank you and Happy Birthday!!

        May 27, 2016
  2. dgkinva #

    I have a lot of “favorite” songs. Right now, I think my favorite song is Heavy Metal Drummer by Wilco. It’s a happy song and reminds me of summers back in the day. When I hear it, I feel 16 again! Give it a listen. I hope you like it too!

    May 20, 2016
  3. kfin2 #

    My favorite song right now is The Luckiest by Ben Folds Five. It was my wedding song and listening to it brings back great memories!

    May 20, 2016
  4. nancyjean #

    An all time favorite song is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the Wizard of Oz. The song somehow makes me nostalgic for my childhood and simpler days – and I almost always cry when I hear it. The Rainbow Bonnet and Mittens brought this song and these poignant memories to mind.

    May 21, 2016
  5. HazelSmith #

    If I had to pick a song that went with this contest, it would have to be “The Rainbow Connection” sung by Kermit. It always makes me cry. My other favourites are all operatic or on the sound track of Grey’s Anatomy(How To Save a Life).

    I hope your life simplifies itself soon. I think losing Paula is the biggest hit. I’m sorry to see her go.

    Cheers and white wine, Hazel.

    May 21, 2016
  6. snoidgirl #

    Favorite song right now is anything by Citizen Cope. I have some new babes in the family to knit for. Thanks for the chance to win.

    May 21, 2016
  7. Julia #

    I am also choosing an older song, Gainesville Rock City. It’s a rather melodramatic and calmish punk rock song. Hope you enjoy!

    May 21, 2016
  8. mbk808 #

    ‘Pretty Woman’ is my fav song. This goes way back to the movie when my 12 year old daughter and I watched this movie together all thru her teens. Love the memories we made!

    May 21, 2016
  9. schips #

    How do you pick only one? I will tell you my current favorite. It’s ‘So Let’s Go’ by Alan Doyle. It’s the song I crank up on the last mile of my commute to work to get me fired up for the day. Or any other time I need a reminder to get off my butt and LIVE my LIFE! Let’s go!

    May 21, 2016
  10. Kwhitt #

    Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard. I can’t tell you why but wherever, whenever and any time any between I will crank it up, belt it out and dance my butt off.

    May 21, 2016
  11. 29ways #

    My favorite song is 29ways sung by Marc Cohn. My then BF (now DH) dedicated that song to me, and I loved it so much I made it my inter webs handle :). I believe it was released in 1993 or 1994. There is another song on the CD that is a favorite as well, it’s called “True Companion”, a great song for a wedding or special anniversary.

    May 21, 2016
  12. HokieKnitter #

    My favorite song is “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke. It’s my favorite because, 30 years ago on last night’s date, my husband and I danced to it and he gave me my engagement ring in front of everyone. Still wadded up in a paper bag in the jeweler’s bag-he just kind of thrust it at me. Since this was at a patient dance at our workplace (we did them to help with socialization for our patient population), it was rather a surprise for everyone. Plus just a bit awkward. 🙂
    And bringing it up to last night, we went to a concert with The Tams and they sang it and we danced in the aisle to it, in front of all the town people sitting in the seats, watching us.
    We ran off and got married on May 26th, 30 years ago. So the song has all kinds of awesome memories associated with it plus it’s a great slow dance song for anyone.

    May 21, 2016
  13. gwhiz #

    Picking a favorite song is like picking my favorite color of your yarns! Well here goes, I guess I’d pick Home by Michael Buble – it seems no matter what there’s always comfort in going home…

    May 21, 2016
  14. stefanibrown@netzero.com #

    My favourite song right now is Frank Sinatra singing Something Stupid (or at least I think that is the title) He is such a classic and his number of recordings is immense. I am also really into anything that Cole Porter wrote, again classic.
    I, like your grandma and ma, have a freezer filled with berries, all locally grown. By that I mean that I get serviceberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries from my own yard and sour cherries from across the street at my neighbour’s house. My children though are sick of berries and always want a chocolate swirl cheesecake for their birthdays

    May 21, 2016
  15. My favorite song is Angel by Sarah McLachlan. I believe that God uses music to talk to us, even secular music at times when we need Him. The first time I ever heard this song, I was in my car and I just finished praying for my Mother who had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. I knew my Mother’s cancer was terminal, inoperable, and that she only had a few weeks to live. But I prayed for her to survive by some miracle, because I wasn’t ready to lose her. She was just 55 at the time and I was 36. When I heard this song come on immediately after my prayer, I knew God was letting me know that she would not be able to stay with me, but that she would be carried to Him in the arms of an angel and she would be comforted and well again. It helped me when just a few weeks later I had to let her go. I held her hand and prayed while she passed from this life into Heaven. Now every time I hear this song, I think of my Mother in Heaven, with the angels and God, and that she is well and happy. It gives me peace and I know I will see her again someday. Until then I love listening to this song.

    May 21, 2016
  16. noreenm #

    Robert Plant’s “Thu with the Two Step”–my and my husband’s song.

    May 22, 2016
  17. Deb #

    One of my favorite songs is “Shout!” by the Isley Brothers! It’s just a great energizer any time I hear it! Once I hear, “You know you make me want to … (Shout!) kick my heels up and …!” well, I confess, I always kick my heels up!!! Such joy in the song!!!

    May 23, 2016
  18. Alice in the Heartland #

    Agree with many others that it’s hard to choose just one. We had it played at our wedding and the day is getting closer year by year. “When I’m 64” by the Beatles who else. “sitting, knitting by the fireside, birthday greetings, go for a ride…”

    May 24, 2016
  19. JoeMoose #

    First off, love your blog. Very entertaining. 🙂

    Now, favorite song. Geeze, I have so many, but the one that really gets me going is Steely Dan’s ‘Black Cow’, which is a funky tune. Makes me feel rather mellow and relaxed.

    May 26, 2016
  20. Lindyloo #

    Hugs to you for getting through challenging week(s)!!

    My favourite song is “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” by U2.
    I worked summers at Canada’s Wonderland during University in their Cash Control department (think bank for the park). I worked the night shift which started at 4pm and went most nights until 6am the next day. One night was particularly busy, it was really late and all of us were a little loopy to say the least. We were desperately trying to finish balancing cash and getting home to bed, but NOTHING was balancing. We were counting things 3, 4 , 5 times and couldn’t make it work. On the radio came U2’s, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” song….. we all started to laugh uncontrollably, tears running down our faces and then somebody yelled “found it”. We all lost it, even the managers. An hour later we were all locked up and one our way home. I’ll never forget that night and remember it every time I hear the song. True story, I swear on my yarn stash. I loved that job.

    May 26, 2016
  21. LeAnn #

    Oh, my – it’s beautiful! Can’t wait to cast on, thank you!!

    My favorite song depends on the moment, but “our” song is Always and Forever. If I’m in a silly mood, I like Operation Desert Storm (not what you think) by Tom Smith, or Skullcrusher Mountain by Jonathan Coulton.

    I wish I lived closer; I think working for Blue Moon would be a dream job, but it’s 40 minutes away, so I think the commute would get to me too, eventually. Best wishes to Paula on her new adventures. 🙂

    June 1, 2016

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