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inspiration Monday: Eclipsed

Happy Monday, y’all!

If you’re joining us from the Northern Hemisphere (and not under a rock or otherwised disengaged from the internet), you know full well that the big ol’ sun is gonna play hide-and-seek with us a week from today in the form of a total eclipse.

Tina and the Blue Moon Barn Gals are going to be just about in alignment to see it in its totality, since Mister Sun has had the great good graces to start his run over on the coast of Oregon. So what’s the best way for Blue Moon to celebrate this unusual celestial oddity? Why, a colorway, of course!


Meet A Total Eclipse of the Sun – a glorious shift from buttery, sunny yellow through the turquoise of the daytime sky, all the way to the unusual sudden grey darkness that will take over for two minutes. All in one skein! (And you don’t even need special glasses to knit with it.)

So what to do what to do with this special colorway? Because of course we knitters want to commemorate this once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime event with knitting, right?

eclipse cowlYou could go thematic and knit up an Eclipse Cowl: a sweet free pattern with a pretty texture stitch that would show up beautifully in Featherlight or La Luna Lace.

eclipse shawl

Or you could go gradient in the short-row garter loveliness that is this Eclipse – thanks to Tina’s Featherlight Gradient Kit which includes 6 skeins of Featherlight in shades from totality-grey to sunny-sky yellow!


1230 yards of fingering-weight fun, and a lot of garter stitch punctuated by eyelets; there are 900 yards in the kit, so you could choose a companion shaded solid for the eyelet rows – there’s a certain symmetry in that, right?  I’ve got my (eclipse-glasses-covered) eye on 24Karat or Chillaxin.

But whatever you’re knitting, make sure to drop everything tomorrow (Tuesday) and find the segment that a local Portland TV station filmed WITH TINA about this colorway! I’m gonna google it first thing.

Don’t forget to wear your eclipse-viewing glasses next week, y’all! Safety first: as knitters, we need dem eyes.