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Rare Gems!!!

You know I can’t remember the last time we offered Rare Gems on the website.  So here we are with a little over 100 of them so if you want them I recommend ordering them sooner than later.

So…I have been playing with some neon colors and we will be adding them real soon. We’ve already put a few up, Peepers and Coral Bells to name a couple!

So one of the wonderful things about my job as dyer of fibers is seeing all of the colorways on the different bases. So when you order a colorway on one of our bases we have not seen it on it’s a bit like a birthday present. One of you brave and creative souls ordered out new neon Coral Bells on SilkMo. And OMG we all lost it over this. Maggie was hooked and so we dyed some for her to design something crazy fun with!

Look!!!!

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Crazy right?!!  I am not a Coral fan but this? Holy Moly.  And seriously this picture does not do it justice. So very bright, like blindingly so.

I can’t wait to see what Maggie comes up with. I think we are going to put it with a fingering weight grey/green we are working on for Halloween!!

Our SilkMo is so wonderful. It’s soft and not itchy and is such a steal and 32.00 for almost 1600 yards. Crazy right?!!!

I’m gonna dye some in Peepers and see what I can come up with. Maybe we need a SilkMo design contest. Would you be game?

Okay so there are 2 wonderful MKALS that are coming up soonish both of which call for 3 skein color combo’s so of course we have come up with a few of our own! Thanks to those of you who requested we do this!

Boo Knits Dream Scape

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Ysolda’s Gloamin-tide

You can order these by colorway in any of our fingering-weight bases. I recommend Featherlight and Soft Rock and Socks that Rock Lightweight.

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Another KAL that seems to have grabbed our attention is Marie Greene’s Beekeeper Cardigan 4 day knit a sweater challenge

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It’s super pretty. If you have yet to join this challenge and are looking for yarn may I recommend  our Silky Victoria and CAKE DK!!

Our lovey LYS’s  Eat Sleep Knit and Twisted Yarn Shop are both pretty well stock in these bases with lovely colors!! I am so excited to watch this challenge play out. A sweater in 4 days… .

Keep in mind that we still have both the Tour de Sock and Tour de Fleece going on!

Like I said last week… ALL the KALS!   Which have yo signed up for?!

On Monday we will be up to date with dyeing and shipping so order away and we will do our very best to get you your yarn for a timely cast-on!!!

There is still room and time to sing up for School of Yarn and learn all about the what and why of the yarns you are using!!!

Wow!!!

That is so very much knitting and I am kind of exhausted just talking about it.

Okay me dear, dear knitting friends have a lovely weekend!!

Also with all of the yarn stores and companies closing please do remember how important it is to support those stores and companies you love and depend on. we really are nothing without you!!

xoxo

PS: I almost forgot. Actually I did forget. Stitchin’ Post has the whole Marmalade Dreams color series in stock in soft rock!!!

Check it out!

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It’s been a week….

So… I actually considered just rolling over in bed this morning and going back to sleep and not writing a blog post. It has been that kind of week.

We had a forest fire up here that was three miles away and consumed 50 acres before they got it contained. Scary!  ( Thank you to all of the fire people and forest service who battled this fire.)  One of our own beloved team members had a seizure at work which was also scary and challenging. She is fine now!!  And then my heart and thoughts have been heavy around the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and all of us who battle with depression and mental illness. So…I changed my mind got out of bed, grabbed my laptop, made a cup of tea and here I am ready to share some thoughts on depression based on my own experience as a mental health care worker and a person who has lived with depression in my life. I have a scar on my wrist that is a constant reminder.

I believe one of the things that we are discovering as a society is that one of that the deadliest things is our SILENCE.  We are most definitely finding our voices. I certainly celebrate us speaking our truths and being who we authentically are and accepting each other as such.

As a survivor of sexual assault as a young woman ~ both physical and emotional abuse from both of my alcoholic parents ~ I know the tendency toward self blame and shame and what it does to your, heart, soul and psyche. I also know the absolute healing power of  finding my voice (conquering my fears) owning my truth and then, speaking it!

I know for myself and my struggles with depression that isolation makes everything worse and of course what do we all do?

We isolate ourselves.

We do not share.

We do not listen or see the signs in those around us. A part of that silence is due to the very nature of depression but a bigger part is the stigma our society has on mental health. There’s so much stigma around mental illness and specifically depression. Illness is illness no matter what it is or where it is in our bodies!

Life is chocked full of all kinds of highs and lows it’s the nature of the beast. Happiness is not the only state of being and certainly not one we all experience all the time. Any one of us can get stuck and in a low loop and have a hard time climbing out all by ourselves. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone of felt safe and comfortable enough so that we could say, “hey, I think I’m in trouble here” and I could use some help. Imagine if we completely changed how we looked at mental illness and we saw it as we do say… heart disease or cancer even.

I’ve had both cancer and depression and I can say that I did not hesitate at all in getting help and treatment for cancer. However with depression I felt like somehow I was a failure, like I was letting those around me down and I was positive that I did not deserve to be here much less have help and lastly that everyone would be better off if I was no longer here. It took every ounce of courage I had to say ~ I need help!

I thought cancer was my hardest battle but it was not, depression was and is. There are all kinds of reasons for depression, types of depression and illnesses that depression is part of and… as there all kinds of ways to treat it.

In my opinion our first and biggest step is actually in the acceptance and then treatment of mental health/illness as we do all other parts of our health and well being.

Our world right now is kind of a hard place and I think we are all struggling a bit with finding light, hope, peace, joy, love and maybe just plain ol’ well being.

We need to take better care of each other!  What else is this all about?

We are in this together after all.

Rest in Peace Kate and Antony!  I am sorry we let you down. My hope is that we as a whole world will be moved towards change.

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One of the things in life that brings me joy is cooking. I love to cook! I also am curiously fascinated by our world and the cultural diversity it holds. He also taught me about respecting and honing my craft and not just in cooking but in being a dyer, yarn maker and  knitter. I will seriously miss Anthony Bourdain’s in that world. He most definitely it a better place and I hope he knew that on some level.

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It might seem like a small thing but tell those you love that they matter to you. You just never know what kind of power that holds.

Thanks for listening!

You most definitely matter to me!!

LOVE!

 

Post vacation musings

I took 7 whole days in a row off!! I know…. craziness!! It was so wonderful. I have been trying to take more time off and get away and do things I love to do that feed my heart and soul and my creativity. What better excuse than to take some time then a birthday! It was my 61st birthday on last Tuesday. So I spent with two of my best friends where they live, which just happens to be one of my favorite places on the planet. It was all kinds of loveliness. IMG_1448

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather was beautiful all sunny but not too warm which lead to lots of beach walks which are my favorite kind of walking. It was a full moon on my birthday so that meant the tides were super low. Low tide means lots of crazy cool tide pool action and seaweed beds and rocks and otters and herons and … . To say it is my happy place is an understatement. I feel the most me when I am near the ocean. I am rejuvenated ~ inspired ~ uplifted ~ relaxed ~ connected andjust plain ol’ happy!

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Birthday full moon!!

I might have a tiny little sea weed obsession.

I did say obsession!!

I am so fascinated by all the colors and textures and what is living in those beds. The colors in sea weed are some of my favorites with so much depth and richness. I also love those dry kind of dead hues. T And… those textures and patterns are crazy, so varied. Nature is the best lesson in diversity  that we have. What do you see in those textures? I see lace and cables and bobbles and brioche and fringes and on and on. One of my creative dreams is to design a series of colors and then the patterns to go with them. Might be the time to jump on this one! Look at all of this color and texture. Mother Nature is a flipping genius!

And while I was feeling so inspired look what I did.

I actually knit.

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La Luna DK and Lace in dye boo-boo’s) which will be my cowl for next winter.

I cast-on not one but two projects.  Scandalous!! I can’t tell you the last time that happened. I am a serious monogamous knitter it is one at a time for me or I feel overwhelmed and pressured and I have enough of that in my life. I do not need it from my knitting.

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Socks that Rock in the colorway I made for my birthday ~ “It’s my party and I’ll dye if I want to!” ~ I am making my self a pair of socks!

Afternoons on the deck sipping refreshing beverages, knitting, chatting and having just too much fun! Now I just have to find a way to keep that energy going while I am at home and  working. I get so bogged down in the everyday aspect of making a small business run that at the end of the day I am done. I often grab something to eat while answering emails with my favorite cooking shows are playing in the background and I often fall asleep on the couch as I am typing.

So this year I am working on more balance in my life.  How do you achieve  balance in your life? I feel like this is something Oprah knows! lol

Karen and I also sewed as we do when we are together. I am a slow mover on this one. Mostly fear of screwing it all up!!

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Karen is seriously a talented sewist and as you can see seriously committed to her craft! We made dresses!

So … an amazing birthday, good times with dear friends and a good reboot!!

I am back and getting into the swing of things.

THANK YOU ALL for all of the lovely birthday wishes!! You made my heart sing! I am so lucky to be part of such a community!

We are in the process of shipping May sock club! I think this one is going to be one of my favorites. Pattern pages are up. Dyer’s Notes will be there on Monday. The rest of the packages ship out on Monday also!

If you are planning on joining us in the School of Yarn 3rd semester please join soon as we have to order all of the goodies!

I am putting up new Dye Camp classes today . Is there anything you would like me to teach?!! I would like to change things up a bit and also would like to hear from you as to what you would like.

Oh and don’t forget to check out the Tour de Sock and Tour de Fleece action!

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So much knit and spinning fun with prizes, discounts, and crafting!!

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Our Tour de Sock 2018 colorway!  Registration for Tour de Sock started yesterday so now’s the time!! Knit socks and support a worthy cause all at the same time!

Okay my friends I need to move on to my next task!

Have a great weekend!!

Happy knitting!

Birthday Bash SALE!!!

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Well…time has done that thing that it does so very well and has flown by.  Next week is my birthday and since the whole ~ I made it through cancer thing ~ I am a firm believer in celebrating every single year I am here! So… my  lovely knitting friends this is what 61 years on the planet feels like to me in color on yarn!!

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“It’s my party and I’ll dye what I want to!”
It’s bright and happy and fun!!

All three things I am looking to add more of into my life this year!! It has speckles and droplets and then slashes of color through out with just enough white space to showcase it all!!  I am pretty tickle with it! I am balling up a skein to take with my to Port Townsend this weekend for my birthday vacation with my buddies and the ocean!! ( Excited!!)

We are also celebrating with a SALE!! 

All yarns and roving from this very moment until midnight Pacific time on the 30th will be 15% off!!!

You will need the following code to get the discount: tinasbdaybash18

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One of the best ever birthday presents is the release for this movie this weekend!! So excited!! And as promised! Your SOLO colorways! I started our Star Wars color tribute with the theme of this story since it is a prequel! It was a bit of a challenge. It’s truly not that easy to dye a skein of yarn to look like a space ship.

I have been trying to pick a favorite and I fluctuate between Chewie and the Falcon but also Lando… .  I love that little bit of bright yellow popping out of all of those darker saturated hues! Stay tuned for lots more Star Wars themed colorways.

Our contest winner are:  Alice, Karen, KT34, Leann and Kellie. We will be emailing you next week for address verification. Or if you like you can email us @info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Okay so a few more things we have going!

Our fab new yarn Soft Rock is up!! I do love this yarn!

Soft Rock is a light fingering-weight 2 ply yarn made from the same fiber base that we use for our beloved Socks that Rock yarns! Our goal was a yarn that had a lot of the wonderful attributes of our signature sock yarn, but with a little less of a twist and a little more drape. Since our goal with Soft Rock is not a sock yarn, we can lighten up on the the twist of the ply which gives us a more relaxed yarn for shawls and cowls and such!! Soft Rock still has a nice elasticity and also rocks, just not for socks!!

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Tour de Sock starts on June first and we are part of that fun again this year! Yay!!! Here is our new colorway for this year.

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Tour de Sock 2018!!  There is a coupon code that for our sock yarns you will get when you sign up!! Check out all the info on their RAV group page!

We are also going to be participating in Tour de Fleece with a coupon code and all. Maggie is setting up a group.

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A few other things….

If you are waiting on an order it will ship early next week!

We will be shipping Sock Club at the end of next week! So if you have address changes please do let us know!

Sign-ups for School of Yarn are still open!!!

We will shipping off the Merino patches today or Tuesday for this last semester!

Okay so I know I have more but this is the most important and I now have a few more additions to my list before I can leave here.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Check out my instagram feed more ocean pics this weekend!

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Happy Mother’s Day

I am heading out soon with yarn, knit samples and a yarn tasting on my way to Stash in Corvalis for a meet and greet and to chat with all the lovely knitters about yarn, color, knitting and supporting our local yarn shops.

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If you are in the area I would LOVE to see you! Bring a little show and tell with you!  I will be there from 12:00 to 4:00

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Tomorrow is Mother’s Day which can be hard for some of us. I lost my mom a few years ago which honestly was harder than I thought it would. My mom and I had a difficult relationship. Still…she’s my mom which is a powerful thing.

On this day I celebrate the essence of mothering in all of us. I feel the void and grief because my own mother has donned her wings. I send out compassion and love to all of my friends and loved ones who have also lost their mothers which makes this day so very hard. I send so much love and peace to all of us displaced and motherless children, maybe we can mother each other a little bit more on this day!

 

I also bask in the light and love of the four glorious souls ( Narayan, Rabia, Sophie and Candace) that call me mom. There is nothing that I have loved more in my life than being their mom.  (Oh geez… I made my self cry.)

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LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

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Okay my dear, dear knitting friends.

I need to shower and get my act together.

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Tomorrow there is a very rare sale on ALL Yarns for the 24 hours that is Mother’s Day. Consider my way of mothering through the comfort of color and fiber and knit joy!

15% off ALL yarns. Coupon code: maymds18

Sunday May 20th I will be teaching all about gradients (from light to dark, cool to warm, speckled to multi-colors) here at Blue Moon and there is still room if you’d like to join is. So much color fun and loads of dye and fiber information.

Next week is full of exciting things!

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I get to take my collaboration with Valori Wells to Quilt Market!!!! So very excited!

Also we have a few new yarns coming your way so stay tuned for those.

Have a great weekend!

May the Fourth Be With You!

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I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, nerd, geek, freak…whatever you want to call it. So this is one of my days! And add in the May release of the new movie that looks to be packed with all kinds of wonder. I’m so excited. Solo!!!! Seriously!!!  Okay so with all of this love it’s quite amazing that I do not have one Star Wars colorway, not a one my friends. What is with that. I think my love is so huge I’m a little afraid of not doing it justice and letting my Star War heroes down… maybe? I going with that, it feels right.  Obviously this needs to be rectified and equally as obvious is that I’m going to need some help. So my knitterly  friends who are maybe as Star War obsessed ( you know you are) as I am ~ let’s do this.

Please in the comments section here share with me one of your fav Star Wars movies, moments, heroes, villans….anything goes. I will need a description that shares what speaks to you so I can capture that in color with yarn. I would like to release these before the movie comes out so… we do not have a whole lot of time. ( I do not have a whole lot of time.) Actually…I just remembered I have done a Vader colorway! We will not discuss that this is the only one I have done. It says nothing about me at all! ( lol) It was for Eat Sleep Knit.  Anyway… .

Please share. If I pick yours to create you will get a skein of what we come up with together!! Yay!! I have a full dye staff now so this will happen!!! If you do not want to comment you can send me an email at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. Please title it Star Wars in the subject line of the email. Thanks for your creative input! I so appreciate it! I do love creating color together. If we could get these in by Wednesday of htis coming week that would be all kinds of awesome!

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Maryland Sheep and Wool is upon us. Who is going?? I so wish I was. One of these days! I have been getting photos of the booth all day. The Buffalo Wool Co and Toni have done an amazing job setting everything us an making the yarn we dyed look beautiful!!

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I could NOT love this more!! Toni and Ron and Theresa are some of the best people I know. So generous and kind and funny and kinda sassy and…the list goes on and on. What a power trio!! I am a lucky dyer indeed!

We sent so much wonderful yarn! I hope everyone has a wonderful show and all kinds of sheepy fun!

A few other tidbits!!

Price increase on the following as of next Friday May 11th.

Targhee Worsted:  36.00
Targhee Bulky:      36.00
Super Sparkle:       25.00
Tigger:                     25.00
Single Silk Targhee:   36.00
Super Targhee          30.00

RSC: My dear notorious friends if you have not downloaded or accessed your pattern from RAV you patter if you could please do so soon. We noticed that there was some browser issues with Firefox. I just downloaded it and  then hit the link and it all worked fine. Of course you can also use another browser.

School of Yarn: We have had some internet issues this week. Thank you Century Link. Don’t even get me started on this.  Anyway most of them shipped this week the rest will ship early nest week and you should all have your pdf’s!! Oh Silkworm!

I will be at Stash  on Corvalis next Saturday the 12th from noon until 4 with a small pop-up and some samples and my very opinionated self. I would LOVE to see you! Please come by and hang out and see what we are up to. If you have knits to share I would LOVE to see them!

Check out the top scroll bar for my not-so-secret anymore project I have been working on with oh, so creative and lovely Valori Wells!

Both of our beloved Blue Moon team goddesses Karen Alfke and Maggie Baird have birthdays this weekend! Maggie’s is today and Karen’s is on Sunday!!  Happiest of birthday dear lovely friends!!!

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Happy Birthday ladies!!! All love!!

Bye Bye April ….

Happy Saturday!! I was so glad to see this weekend. It was a full and seriously productive week and I am a wee bit tired!

Ron and Theresa have all the yarn we dyed for Maryland Sheep and Wool and will be heading that way on Monday!

We’ve sent some serious color and fiber goodness for you! All of our new colors in Socks that Rock Medium-weight and our new and exciting new base Soft Rock!! Soft Rock is a 2 ply light fingering weight using the same base that we make our Sock that Rock yarns out of. We wanted a lighter yarn with same STR fiber goodness for our shawls, cowls, hats, wraps and such. It has that elasticity that we love in our Socks that Rock with a lighter hand! I’m in love. This is our first batch, so… it is not huge. Because of this  we have a limited number of skeins so we’ve chosen carefully how we are introducing it to the knit world! Since Maryland Sheep and Wool was one of the first places we introduced Socks that Rock I thought what better place have our Soft Rock make it’s entry!

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Our Maryland Rainbow Sheep colorway!! Be sure to get to the Buffalo Wool Co booth early to get one of these lovelies! We also made some fun colorways celebrating our new partnership with Ron and Theresa so look for those! Even Cowgirls get the Blues and Buffalo Blue and then of course the dyeing we did on 2 of their lovely yarns, Tracks and Prairie celebrating two strong women in history. Wild Horse Annie and Dr Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Here is the Map that shows you where The Buffalo Wool Co. booth!

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Bye Bye April  Lu Luna Special!!

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What better way to usher out April and welcome May than with a special. Until May 1st we are offering our 3 weights of lovely lovely La Luna at 15 % off. Coupon Code is: byebyeapril18

The shawl pictured above is: Londoner by Justina Lorkowski in our La Luna Lace using our Rooky Fledge colorway

If you have not seen our new Fadient kits check them out! Ia m so thrilled with these!

Well the sun just came out so I am going to go for a walk before the rain sets in. Have a great weekend my lovely knitting friends!

Oh and to all of you that supported your LYS last weekend thank you. It was great to see so many of you at Twisted!

 

New colors… and a few Fadients!

New colors are up!!!

And…not even all of them are yet.  I’ve got a few more that we will add in the next few weeks here and there.  I’m in one of those super inspired and creative places where it’s just pouring our of me. I have a few series I am working on, a collaboration with a fabric designer, special colors for special events and a few new techniques I am playing with.  I am having a blast!!

Okay so here are the new ones. They are mostly speckled or watercolor droplet type colorways. I am pretty smitten with a few of these but the ones that are making me so happy I can barely contain myself are additions to the Heckley Speckley theme!! I know!!!!!!!! So exciting.

I love Heckley Speckley as deep and obsessively as I do Pond Scum. It does tend towards the scummier side of color which is my happy place. So I decided to play more in this speckley scummy end of color. Also I get so very many requests for fades/gradients using my beloved scummy friend I decided what the heckley (lol)  I’ll just make one. So I did!!

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From the dark end to the lighter end we have:  Smoke on the Water ~ Scumberry Pie ~ Heckle & Jeckle Heckley Speckley and Heckle the Jekyll!

And I could not love it more!!! Seriously possessed! I want to knit all the faded patterns out there in this one. What I think I will do though is knit Joji’s new KAL Fading Point. It’s big which means I can wrap myself up all cozy in Heckley Speckley scummy goodness.

I have also put together a few more fade groupings and am working a couple more. If you you have any fade withes let me know. We are calling them FADIENTS!

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Dark to light we have: Ultra-Violet ~ Romancing the Stone ~ Love Shack ~ Dragonfruit Loops and Artic Puffin

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Smoke on the Water ~ Hoodoo Voodoo ~ Mardi Gras ~ I Made it to 60 Bitches and Elixir of Love

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Green Wing ~ Sweet Dreams ~ Kikki’s Aurora ~ Oola Pikka  and Dream Walker

I also really like this one with Smoke on the Water as the darkest colorway!

You can order these groupings in any base you want for whatever fading you are planning on knitting by colorway. We are planning at some point in the near future to offer them as actual Fadient Kits but are still working on the specifics and the tech end for the website.

So next Saturday is  Support Your Local Yarn Store Day!

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I will be at Twisted most of the day! I will bring a special colorway!

Emily will have door prizes. Both Emily will be giving talks about our knit community.  I sharing stories of my experience of our close-knit community and the important role my LYS  played in my life! Come share your stories with us!! Stay tuned for time!!

 

A little lightness for Spring!

and a few peeps too!!

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Last year due to the wild fires and the wild life that was seeking other ground I lost my flock of chickens. Super sad! I decided to wait until this spring to replace them which is what we are in the process of doing. These are Copper Marans which lay beautiful dark brown eggs. Today I pick up a few more that lay blue and green eggs so that when they breed they make olive eggs!!! I know I just can’t resist the whole color thing no matter what.

These little babies are so sweet and cuddly.  And….they love wool!! Who knew?!

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The one in the right was obviously over come with her love or wool and let’s be real warmth that she just fell right to sleep!! So cute.  When I brought them into the barn yesterday it was all ooohs and ahhhs and squeals of delight. I think after the winter we’ve had here these babies are going to be some serious therapy for us all. I am just going to wanr you now there are going to be tons of pictures!! So be prepared.

It’s time to change up the colors. It’s actually past time but I wanted to make sure we were at least close to being caught up on orders before we made this change. This week we will be caught up!! At least that is the plan. I swear that if I was just starting a business and experienced the 6 to 8 months we’ve just had I would consider maybe not. However, I have been doing this a very very long time and am going with the whole do your very best and this too shall pass!!

So here’s a lit of the colorways that I put up this morning and ones I took down.

New colorways will be coming in the next few weeks so enjoy these lovelies until then. They are some of my favorites!

Colorways that we have brought for a visit:   Apron Strings, Awesomesauce, Bubble Guppies, Black to the Fuchsia, Boomerang, Briar Rose, Bubble Bliss, Carbon, Chapman Springs, Confetti, Dani-Kalia, Dilly Dilly, Fairgrounds, Forget me Knots, Handsome Man, Imbolc, Jumpin Jelly Beans, Koi Koi, Lake Crescent, Lavender Fields in the Mist, Mango Tango, Moon Jelly, Mystic Kelp, Peachy Keen, Peridot and Periwinkle, Petunia, Pink Granite, Princess Plummy, Seal Rock, Sherbet, Tea and Alchemy, Wanda, Xander

Colorwas we have taken down for a rest: Amelie, A Room with No Roof, Blue Brick Wall,, Bowies laughing gnome, Fungus Among Us, A Speck of Autumn, A Speck of Winter Solstice, Autumns UP, Baby its cold outside, Ghouls Just wanna Have Fun, Ginger Snap, Sugar Plum Fairy Dust, Winter Wonderland, XOXOXOXO, Welcome to the Jungle, Tina’s Silver Lining, Ginger Plumliscious, Figgy Pudding, Endora, Go Beavs!!, Grandma’s Groovy Sofa, Heirloomed, Hobbit Garden, Kiss the Girl, Holly Jolly, Maiai, Rey of Light, Plum Crazy, January One, Let it go. Let it Ho!

All kinds of wonderful Spring hues. If there is one of our Spring colorways that you’d liek to see come out the the spa let us know!

As I said we will be caught op on orders this week!

Thank you all so very very much for your understanding and patience!

Sock Club is shipping!!! The pattern page is up. Dyer’s Notes to follow on Monday along with the rest of the packages shipping out. We held some back at the request of our under staffed PO.

We will be closing down sock club sign-ups next Friday. So if you have been waiting until the very last moment we are there.

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Maryland Sheep and Wool is quickly approaching and boy do we have an exciting surprise for you!! I will fill you in on the details next week. Yes, I am taunting you maybe just a wee bit! Meanwhile this is the artwork they have chosen for the year so this is what our colorway will be based on. Actually this year there will be this special colorway and at least one Maryland themed one. I am from Maryland so am embracing my roots a bit. If you have thoughts I would love to hear them!!

Okay I am sure I am forgetting things but I know the newsletter has left and I want this up since I have not posted in awhile.

I took a few days off last week and part of this week and went to the home of my heart for some much needed regrouping and honestly sleeping.

A few pics:

Have a lovely weekend!!

Springing forward

Every night before I go to bed I make sure all the cats are in. My Phoebe is a very free spirit and likes to spend most of days outside. Since I live where she can do that safely I let her. So I open the door last night and am met with a joyful chorus of singing frogs from my pond. I have been waiting for this moment because it usually signals warmer temps and more signs of Spring. Also I just love the sound which is great because it gets super loud once they all get going and pretty much goes until til mid June when it quiets down quite a bit.

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Oh and looks like we’ll have ducklings too!

 

Other signs of approaching Springness is that our neighborhood owls start their whole mating ritual which is pretty loud and seriously frightened me the first time I saw and heard it. Lots of swooping and hooting (is it hooting?)

Mama deer is huge so I would imagine that very soon we will have little babies hopping around the back yard.

It is such a gift to live on a piece of land for a length of time, where one gets to watch the seasons change and get to all the little signs of each shift. I have been here for almost 20 years which is kind of hard to believe but nonetheless true. I love that I know all the other critters that I share this space with and am happy for their company. I find it ever so comforting and peaceful most of the time. The ravens have been especially vocal right now and are having a bit of a field day taunting the cats.

Anyway it is a little cold this morning but so very sunny. I think my cough is well enough that once it warms up a little, and I am done writing you, I could spend a little time in the sun absorbing some good ol’ Vitamin D.

I have some very exciting news which if you get our newsletter you already know. Our beloved Targhee Worsted is back in stock!!!! I am so very very happy.  That was a long three months. Also one thing to have this happen during spring or summer but right at peak sweater knitting time! Anyway…I a planning away.

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I feel like we should have a celebratory KAL!  Sounds like a good idea right? What do you think we should do? Choose a pattern we all knit or everyone choose their own pattern?? There are several new sweater patterns out right now that I am loving.  Hmm…

You know I have gotten quite a few emails from School of Yarn folks wanting some sweater knitting hand holding. Maybe we chooses an interesting yes basic pattern and do a KAL on the RAV group with Karen and Maggie as leads ( I have not mentioned this to them yet. ;0) ) .

Thoughts??

We are super busy playing catch up on orders. I feel like we have been doing this for awhile. I have been running Blue Moon for 18 years now and never have I experienced a season with so much illness. I got back from Stitches and both Maggie and I were sick.So 2 of of us down and out.  I have bronchitis cause it what happens every time I get a chest cold thanks to the side effects of the radiation treatment I went through for the breast cancer.

We sent out a few emails about this. If you have a knit deadline and need your order pronto please let us know. We will do out best to move it along.

I am truly sorry about the delays. It is not how I like things to run.  I love making knitters happy so this is super stressful. Please know we are doing out very best to get caught up!

We shipped School of Yarn yesterday and will have the pdf’s up early next week. We are considering making Semester #3 and every other month kind of thing. I think it is hard for us and you also to keep up with the whole once a month goal.

Sock Club ships out at the end of this month. We had quite a few computer glitches this year for some odd reason. I think we have most of them worked through.

We will be closing down sign-ups after the March shipment! So if you want to join the fun please sign up soon.

I was working on a Spring palette and some new themed colorways before the crud hit so will be getting back to those. If you have any color dreams let me know.

To all of you that supported the Rose City Yarn Crawl a big thanks!!!  Our local yarn stores are integral to our knit-community and they need our constant support as much as we need theirs.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

PS: I am still looking for another dyer. If you are interested let me know! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com