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Strawberry Moon!

Another full moon is upon us. Oh my goodness how is it already the middle of June already. My how time flies when you are down a dyer or two? Okay our new worker bee waltzes in the door on Monday so I am one happy camper. I can’t tell you how excited I am. Juggling too many yarn balls at the moment!

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June’s full moon is called the Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time when the strawberries were ripe for picking.  So…of course,  I went with a nice strawberry red with a touch of spearmint green amid a dusky dark sky. i had fun creating this colorway. I made a brand new red and green to make this one happen! So look for those soon. I am working on some new shaded solids that I am pretty excited about. I made this new green that just makes my green loving heart overjoyed.

I’ve been wanting to add to our shaded solid colors for awhile now. Sometimes we need a little push and the Cara’s Susurrate Shawl is just the push I needed. When I was putting color combo’s together I found that there was colors I was missing so… of to the dye pot to make that happen.

Here are a few of the color combo’s I have put together so far for Susurrate. If you need help choosing please do email me. I will remind everyone to order sooner than later. Also contrast on these is important otherwise that stunning pattern will no be visible and you want to see all of that leafy/vine brioche goodness.

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In the Garden Armwarmers By Angela Westover

Have you seen this wonderful mitts? I saw them on instagram and then Angela contacted me with the link to the pattern. As someone who fluctuates in body temperature I love the long arms on these.  Also they really show off the colorways, especially the speckles. She used Sock that Rock Lightweight.

So pretty. If you are starting your holiday knitting I think these would be all kinds of an awesome gift. I think these are one of those patterns we knit over and over again!

Okay remember that there is a 15% percent discount for the Susurrate Shawl . The code is: susurrate19

Also… our mill has found more of our beloved BFL Sport so I have made it available on the website again. I think there are a hundred or so skeins so if you missed out the first time now is your absolutely last shot and we are lucky to have it!

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Okay dear ones I am off to send you a newsletter and then off to my sons for the first evening off in quite awhile.

We shipped lots and lots of yarn out this week. Color club will go out next week. The color club is the most time consuming to prep and dye and being short staffed has extended that. We shipped more of the sock club and will get more out this week.

As I have mentioned if you have a deadline please do let us know so we can best serve everyone. Thank you for your patience!! Love you all!!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all you wonderful dads!! We have a 15% discount for all of you fiber loving dads!!

Coupon code: dadsrock19

Susurrate Shawl

The story of a shawl and the birth of a designer!!

A little over a year ago I got an email from my dear friend Cara ( aka January One) asking me if I was interested in working with her on a design she was had a vision for that she was slightly obsessed with. I am pretty much always game to work on pretty much anything with Cara. I believe in her and we usually have all kinds of fun! Also… I was super intrigued by what she sent me in her email.

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“So I’m trying my hand at designing a brioche shawl. I’ve had this idea in my head for forever and I can’t get it out so I’m putting it to needles and yarn. I’m attaching a picture of what I have so far. I’m using the leftovers from my eyeball shawl. My idea is that it’s a tree, with branches at the top that flow into big leaves then smaller leaves which flows into flowers and buds at the bottom and then a flower-ish border.If you like what I have so far, want to talk about yarn? I want to use lightweight. ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

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I was interested. No, that’s not correct, I was hooked. I mean look at that initial photo. Also I know my friend and I knew she would knit her vision into a stunning reality so…of she went.

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And Susurrate was born!

I received the first swatch picture in the middle on May and then this finished one on July 3rd. Now it does not look like it in this picture but susurrate is not a small shawl. It uses close to 1620 yards of Sock that Rock Lightweight. And that my friends is a lot of stitches to put together to match a vision. I loved being a part of this process with her, hearing her ideas, thoughts and the challenges. Watching her find what worked and what did not and then how to implement it all. I know from my own creative process that matching your vision to reality is not always an simple or easy process. It takes perseverance, a good deal of patience and often thinking outside of the box. I know for me I will not let go until I know I have achieved exactly what I had in mind. Often (at least for me) that takes going the extra stitch with a fair amount of ripping back and maybe even walking away to gain some perspective. It often means we have to challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone and knowledge base. Take a look at this design and imagine writing the pattern for this.

Based on everything Cara shared with me about her vision and inspiration ( her dear grandmother) I feel like she knocked this out of the park! I am so very proud and excited for my friend.

I was stunned speechless when I saw that first picture of the finished piece. I knew she  would create something wonderful. I did not doubt it for one second. That said the reality of it is breathtakingly magnificent.

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Photo Credits to Gale Zucker

Cara, thank you for letting me be a small part of your process. I am thrilled I got to witness all of this creative goodness from the beginning! I can’t wait to see all of the color variations of Susurrate we all knit up!

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Enchanted Forest and Empyreal are the colors shown here

We are doing a KAL!! Of course with such and epic knit wonder the needs to be a knit-a-long! Check out Cara’s rav page for the details. The KAL starts on July 19th . We wanted plenty of time for us to get your yarn to you.

We are running a 15% discount until the KAL starts. The coupon code is: susurrate19

We recommend you order your yarn asap!!

You need a fair amount of contrast between the two colors you choose.

Also  please read what Cara writes about yarn usage. Cara used  4 skeins of Socks that Rock Lightweight but did not have a lot left (hardly any) and had already done the swatching so this does not leave a lot of room for swatching so… please keep that in mind.As always I am available for color help selection.

Here are a few. I am going to pick a speckled or multicolorway and then list a few shaded solids that go with, that give what I think is a good amount of contrast to highlight Cara’s tree pattern.

Chintz and Giggles:  Aquarius  * Cariblue * Bluebird of Happiness * Coral * Ophelia * Lover’s Leap * Pistachio * Everyday Grey * Rosebud * Lean Mean Aubergine * Maroon 5 *  There are a whole ot of shaded solids that will work with this on it really is what floats your boat and has enough contrast!

Oola Pikka :  KMBFLA * Bladerunner * Bleck * Ophelia * Smoke on the Water * Pistachio * Copperline * Oscar’s Grouchy Green * Spruced

Plumpy Sun Angle:  Aquarius * Blue Bird of Happiness * Coral Queen * Harold Purple Crayon * Lean Mean Aubergine * Boysenberry * Green Wing * Electric Blue * Chillaxin * Motley Hue * Marron 5 * Forget Me Not Blue * Sun Salutations

Phaedra: Coral Queen * Robin’s Egg Blue * Shoqua * Maroon 5 * Moldy Peaches

Okay more to come…

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I need to post this.

We are dyeing and shipping as fast as we can!! Our new dyer shows up at the end of the week !!! Yay!!  I can’t tell you how excited we are.

I am so grateful to Kalia, Sarah and Crystal for being a true team!

 

Birthday Celebrations Phase #2 ~ Day #1

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Since we did not get to really celebrate last week we are extending things into this week.

The coupon code is still good and will be all week!!

15% of all yarns! CODE is:  birtdaystashparty

Our first fun game/contest is on instagram

We would like you to post a picture that you would like us to make into a colorway. You can put a description with it if you like telling us it’s story or just post the picture.

Please use the hashtags #bluemoonfiberarts and #colorwayphotocontest. Also if you do not already follow us it would be helpful if you did.

We will pick 5 pictures ( which will be super hard) I will create the colorways and each of the winners gets a skein of their colorway as a prize!!!!

So much fun.

Okay…see you on instagram!!

Happy Monday!!!!

Birthday week went wonky!

okay so last week is a vague memory. I had all these grand plans for games and contests and well…none of that happened. As most of you know we are down a dyer which leaves us with one besides me. And that one (Crystal) was sick all week so…that left me. Yuppers!

Now Kalia and Sarah did their best to help and they did awesome jobs helping out. I am so very grateful for the both of them, they are such team players!!!

As I said last week I have hired a new dyer but she will not be here for another week so please bear with us.  I am a firm believer in making the best of what we are given in life. It is all about our attitudes. I know it is corny as hell but it’s true when life gives you lemons then you squeeze every last drop of juice out of those little suckers and make the drink of your choice. Because you are probably going to need the sustenance to rise to the challenge you have been given.

So we are rising to this latest challenge and doing our very best to get your yarn as fast as we can dye it. I am also trying my best to keep up on emails.

I seriously appreciate your compassion and patience!

I am hoping to get some of those fun and games this week. And I’ll extend the birthday discount code for another week.

CODE: birthdaystashparty  15% off all yarns  

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So one of the contests I want to do is a instagram photo colorway contest. You post a picture to instagram that you would like to see made into a colorway. Use the hashtags #bluemoonfiberarts  #colorwayphotocontest . Team Blue Moon will choose 5 of the pictures to make into colorways and then those people win a skein of their colorway!!!!!! Be sure to use the hashtags and then also tag us @bluemoonfiberarts so we can see your pics.

okay I need to go to bed.