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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 Paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com 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.

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Now what is yours?

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

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Ectoplasmosis and Psycho Barbie

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Dreamweaver

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: http://www.thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/dalek/types/
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!

Scarlette
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.

Really random Friday.

Today is all random bits and pieces which as I type that strikes me as a good name for a colorway.

First yes, the website was down for a bit this am. There was some glitch with varnish and the server which I do not understand. All is well now and nothing was compromised! It was a bit nerve wracking though.

Okay let’s start with a contest of sorts.

Have you seen Hunter Hammersom’s new book?

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I love her concept, fine things for plain occasions and every single design in this book are most certainly fine. All kinds of knit class!

Since we supplied yarn for one of the designs…

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Hunter was kind enough to send us a an extra book for you our knitters. So if you leave a comment on this blog post then we will randomly choose among the comments for a winner. What should the comment be about? hmm…

I know how about your favorite word. What is your favorite (non-curse) word?  You do not have to explain your reason but you can if you are so inclined.  I always love reading the why of things. Now I will be spending all day considering my favorite word. Do I choose for meaning or sound or how it is spelled or it’s root or… . Oh dear.

We will choose our winner next Friday the 22nd.

A little hue news:

We have in fact sent the the holiday colorways off to the spa for a rest. What we have put up is a bit of a celebration of Love, in color, Blue Moon style!!

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A little peak at the new colors to come next week.

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We are almost caught up from the weather and holidays and really appreciate you patience!

Believe it or not we are not too far away from the end of January and the first sock club shipment of 2016. If you want to be a part of that shipment we need your order soon please.

I can’t wait for you to see what we have cooked up for you this year. You would think that after 10 years I would not get this excited but I do.

Okay I think that covers it for random Blue Moon news bits.

I am off today to go pot shopping. ( It never gets old) Steamer pots!!! hehehe

One last but most assuredly not least things before I go. I just want to say just how sad I am over the loss of two beautiful and talented souls this week.  I feel like I was still reeling from announcement about David Bowie’s passing when we got the news about Alan Rickman.

I will really miss both of these men walking their paths, living their lives and gracing us with their talents. I feel blessed that I got to inhabit the world around the same time as they did.

*******Have a great weekend my friends!  I am going to knit and spin and drink tea and watch Harry Potter.

Rockin’ Sock Club Sign-ups are LIVE!!!

Oh my goodness what a few weeks it has been. The holidays make everything and everyone a little more busy than usual.  Throw a wee bit of winter weather shenanigans into the mix and well… you know how that goes.   Since Blue Moon is up high in the hills of Scappoose (Coast Range foot hills) we get a bit more “winter” than our Portland friends.  So we have most certainly had more than our share of snow and ice and I have a feeling that Mother Nature is not quite done with us yet. The positive side of all of this cold is that we did get a White Christmas, and now there is a snow pack on the mountains, and all of this cold will insure a less buggy summer.  Right?!

What all of this means for you, our lovely knitters, is that we have been closed a few days that we did not plan on being closed due to, what we are referring to as, extreme weather. It might not be extreme for other areas of the world but for our little corner it sure is.

If you have placed an order in the last 2 weeks I promise you we are working on it!!! It just might take us a little longer due to holiday closures and then the unplanned weather ones. If you have a deadline please do let us know and we will do our best to get you, your order as soon as possible.  We really appreciate your understanding and patience.

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Our Phoebe is a snow kitty. She loves it!

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It’s January which means the Rockin’ Sock Club 2016 is LIVE for sign-ups.  We (especially the me of we) are always pretty excited this time of year. Last year was out 10th Anniversary and I’ll tell you I was a little nervous about following such a milestone. I thought is was going to be hard but you know what? It isn’t at all!  What it is actually is, super exciting! We’ve made a few changes that will open things up for us to be a lot more creative with colorways and yarn amounts which then in turns gives us more creative space for our designs.  I am just thrilled!

So thrilled in fact that we are starting the year with our first game of sorts.

As my favorite Doctor  (Dr. Seuss) says, “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Our sign-up fun and games!

If you sign-up before:
  January 6th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 1 lucky NSK to win a free membership. (Yes, we will just reimburse you.)
  January 12th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 2 lucky NSK’s to win a chance to work with me, your depraveDyer on colorway creation.
  January 20th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 3 lucky NSK to win a one of our lovely colorway travel mugs
  January 25th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 4 lucky NSK’s to win a stunning calendar By our very own Gail Marracci  

NOTE: If you want to get in on the first drawing you have the day today to do so!

I know…great fun!

We humbly ask that you please make sure that when you sign up you are using your Rockin’ Sock Club username and password and NOT your Blue Moon one. If you have a gift certificate we ask that you carefully read the redeeming instructions before proceeding. If you have any trouble please do contact us at sockclub@bluemoonfiberarts.com

A little hue news!

Our holiday colorways are coming down for sure this week. Probably tomorrow! If there is a Blue Moon colorway you’d like to see return please do let us know in the comments section of this post.

We will be adding brand new colorways in few weeks, in the meantime, we are bring back some of our favorites from the spa!

Happy Knitting!

Stay warm ( thank you wool!) and safe!

Merry Making in the rain!!

Oh my goodness so much water. Water still falling from the sky, water on roads, in yards, fields, peoples homes and city streets. The running joke in the dye barn is that we should maybe start building a boat. A big one.

I hope everyone is making good choices and staying safe!

So far the creek here is raging but still is not on the road and our pond is not in the front yard and tress are where they should be. Fingers crossed that this lets up soon!

Since it is super yucky outside we are inside keeping dry and warm the best way we know how with wool!

Haiku Contest:

Before we go any further our haiku winner is Yvonne. It was the knitting ninja that put this one over the top for us!

Thanks to everyone who played along. All of them were great! It was a hard choice. Yvonne if you could email us we will set you up with your prize. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Yvonne:

Knitting ninjas know

The echo of a short row

Caresses our curves

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I got to play packager and shipping clerk this week since Paula was stranded for a day by road closures. I love packaging up all the orders and sending them out. I like seeing what everyone ordered and seeing familiar names and writing little love notes. So much fun. There was a whole lot of Single Silk Targhee leaving for their new homes. These two H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta’s are just too pretty not to share. It was hard to ship these out. I’m am not a person who wears purple but this made me happy. I just wanted to sit down and start knitting. Well, after petting ti for awhile.

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I also got to pack up our Winter Wonder Bags. So…much fun.  I really, really love the Elfin Greens quite a bit but then this lover of all things green would.

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Sookie dyed in Hangin” with my Gnomies colorway!

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We are launching our last offering of our Big Ass Skein Club today.  I have been looking forward to this one all year because it uses one of my favorite yarns of ours, Sookie. I do love a nice bulky yarn and am also partial to singles add in the super softness that this merino is and you have a trifecta of wooley goodness. Also…such quick knitting!

Shannon has designed for us a slipper and hat combo. we were going to just offer slippers but there was so much yardage left we decided the slippers needed a hat buddy.

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Strange Jewels Hat & Slippers, inspired by Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Big Magic: “One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them.”

Thank you Shannon for all of the design Magic you gave us this year for our Big Ass Skein Society! You are one of my most favorite strange jewels. I think we are going to need a strange jewel colorway yes?

Okay my lovelies it is off to the barn with me.

A few things to remember:

Rockin’ Sock Club 2016 Gift Certificate purchase ability is live.

A Blue Moon gift certificate is a great way to make a knitter you love happy!

We still have room in the Rockin’ Whorl Club and will be shipping the first installment of this group of three at the end of December so… if you want in the time is now.

Sock club members your discount code expires in December 31st. Read the dyer’s notes if you did not receive our email on this. The code is in the dyer’s notes!

BASS members your discount codes will expire on January 31st

And …we hope to see you for PomPom making merriment on the  Saturday the 19th of December.

Stay dry. Stay safe.

Trick or Treat…

smell my feet give me something good to…knit!!

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As you can see from the picture we have been busy pulling out all kinds of magic from our cauldron of color in honor of the approaching All Hallows Eve celebration. It has been quite spooktacular in the barn as of late with lots and lots of tricks and also a few treats!

Okay so here is what we have for your Halloween trick or treating!

* Remember a few years back we did actual Trick or Treat color themed bags? Well we have a few of those and are offering them for sale this weekend. There are not a ton of them so get them while you can! We are sending out a newsletter this afternoon and they will be live for sale then when you get it.

* We are also offering our Mystery Mill End Bags for sale again since the mystery of it all is a bit like trick or treating! Don’t worry no tricks, just the mystery of me picking your colors. I was putting these together last night and was thinking of how much fun I have making up these bags. It really is just the best color matchy/matchy game. I wait until everyone has gone for the day. I crank up the tunes and just have myself the best time. If it is late enough in the day I might even enjoy a cold beer while I pair up skeins.  I think it would make a great party game, for knitters of course. I also have these lovely moments as I choose a pairing, when I am remind of a friend, designer, or one of you dear knitters. I have them in my hand and I think to myself; well, wouldn’t Nathania just love all of these maroons and teals, and oh my,  this peach would just tickle Hazel to no end and these fall rusts and reds would make Gaily so very happy and this orange would have Lisa and Shannon both weak in the knees. It’s just lovely and one of the ways I feel like my job is a blessing. So many lovely people I am connected to through a shared love of yarn and color!

Happy sigh!

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These two made my heart sing! I still put them in a bag for shipping out on Tuesday which was super hard.

We have all three weights of sock yarn available and as with the Trick or Treat bags the numbers are limited so get your treat while they are hot so you do not end up being tricked by time. Time is a wicked trickster! These will also be live when the newsletter goes out thi afternoon.

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See this skein of beauty?

 

It is our SilkMo in Sadie Sue Tipsy. Stunning yes? And I will tell you so very soft and airy, a joy to knit with and wear or snuggle under.

 

I love our SilkMo!!! Because of this love I am on a bit of a mohair mission. I am starting this mission by running  a special on our SilkMo.  We sell it to you in a 3.75oz. /106g and 794yds / 726m skein. It comes to us twice that size! So for a limited time when you order SilkMo instead of getting the usual size skein you will receive a 1452 yd skein. So very much SilkMo…the things you’d could make!

I want a throw and am contemplating color for such a luxury. I am pretty hooked on Sadie Sue Tipsy at the moment but we’ll see.

What would you knit with all that lovely SilkMo?

Here are a few thoughts: Mohair Bias Loop from Churchmouse Also form Churchmouse their Simple Wrap and Afghan and Easy Fold Poncho.

Last Christmas my buddy Janet and I went a little pom- pom crazy. I might have used some SilkMo scraps for a few of them. They are the best ones!!!

I will post pictures of some of my favorite SilkMo hues to our instagram over the next week, so look for us there.

A note: We will not be re-skeining these huge hanks to mix up the color. It’s just too easy to break and none of us would want that.

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Here is a picture of Sadie Sue all mixed up in SilkMo and then as it is dyed in Socks that Rock.

If you have a mohair issue  then maybe you have not worked with the right blend. Silk and nylon soften mohair . You know what time it is? Time to, Let it go…let it go…. . ( Get it!)

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*The Rockin’ Whorl Club!

The next installment of the Rockin” Whorl Club is Live!  I know. I said I was done. I said I had no time and all that but, I just miss it too much. So here we are. I’m pretty excited about this next grouping. We are going to play with differing types of Superwash blends for spinning sock yarns. Don’t knit socks? No worries, there are also all kinds of other yarn types we can cover with these blends. So excited to explore this theme a little more. Last time I delved into sock yarn making, Socks that Rock was born.

I hope you’ll join me on this spinning adventure.

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*Last but not least a contest.

You know how I feel about stories. So I thought since it is Halloween and us witches here at Blue Moon do love a good ghost story I thought maybe we could have a tell your favorite scary ghost type Halloween story contest.

The contest will run until November 1st . Please post your stories in the comment section of this blog post. We will pick the top three ghostiest stories as winners. The prize will be a 20% off coupon code good until December 31st.

One thing…not too much straight up gore please. We are talking, around the campfire ghost stories.

A peak at our most critical judge/dyer taking a much needed knit break.

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I think that covers it for now. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

and the winners are…

I hate to admit this but I have spent a few days stressing a bit over the fact that there were going to be a few people who won more than once. Finally after talking with Paula and Debra I came to the conclusion that sometimes the rules gotta change and since it is my contest and I made the rules, well dang it, I am going to ( take a deep breath, it’s pretty radical) change my own rules on this contest. What this means is there are a few knitters who won more than once, they won twice. Excuse me a minute while I take stock and make sure the world, as I know it, did not end. Phew!

I want to thank everyone who played in our little describe that colorway contest.  You are all very creative! I always wish everyone could win. Paula always assures me that we cannot afford that one! I have to say after I read all of these Gnome related stories I was left with a question. If you were a gnome what kind of gnome would you be? I think I would be a forest gnome with mushrooms and lichen growing on me. I obviously have gnomes on the brain.

 

Here is a list of the people and their colorway verses we chose. In a few days we will have your colorway description up on the website. We would like to give you credit when we do. If when you email paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com to collect your prize, you could please include your name and which colorway(s) you waxed poetic about and then, of course, your address so we can ship you your yarn, that would be ever so helpful.

Again thank you all!

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Fleece Navidad :   It’s a little known fact that sheep flock together on December 24th at the stroke of midnight and dance the merino to a colorful Latin beat. It’s exhilarating and sensual, an explosion of color and bleating. There isn’t a ewe out these that doesn’t look forward to Fleece Navidad.

Gnome of Christmas Present: is a lot like a majestic giant clad in royal robes,sittingatop a throne made of a gourmet feast. His generosity, goodwill and celebration (with a smidge of euphoric joy) abounds, alas, he can stay for only a short time.

 

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Rainbow Reindeer: What? You didn’t know the reindeer sometimes steel away in the long nights before or after the holidays for a few extra reindeer games? The current craze is to go dancing among the rainbows and northern lights, and even the most conservative of the group are seen coming home with a few strands of luscious rainbow fibers tangled in their antlers. Rainbow Reindeer…you speak to my wild side.

 

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Hangin’ with my Gnomies:  There’s people parties and then there’s our gnome gatherings. When we get together we let all our colors out. It’s pure happiness hidden in the corner of your garden, under all the colorful flowers, between sprigs of clover.Toadstools as barstools. Fun until dawn.

Gnome de Plume: Lest you think every gnome is the same…at first glance he seems the same as all of the others, then he turns his heel and you notice a little sprig in his hat,  his pants are pulled up slightly and you see the socks! This gnome makes a statement in sublte ways.

 

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The Longest Night:  Veils of the Aurora Borealis ripple across the Solstice sky. Sometimes the longest night is still too short.

 

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Penguins on Ice: The blue of an ice floe echoes through the white ice warmed by the black and orange of the intrepid penguins, defying logic with their wobbly walk across the ice.

 

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Bob (the Gnome) Sledder: A twinkling blue eyed gnome dressed in a costume in shades of red and green hops on a sled, skids across ice so cold it’s blue, laughing all the way.

 

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The Angry Elf: Geoffrey, is green with envy because is elf buddies never share their knitting toys with him. He wants a set of candy cane stitch markers to use! His rosy fury can be quelled with a bit of kindness and a cup of cocoa with marshmallows.

 

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Holly no Berry: Foilage green – Christmas Greens, droplets of blue water – but…NO FRUIT!

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Bowies Laughing Gnome: “Hello, can I speak with Miss Appropriation?” “Uhm…I think you have the wrong number, may I ask who’s calling?” Giggling on the other end of the phone. “It’ s Johnny Rotten,” more giggling and the line goes dead. Imagine David Bowie having a legion of stage gnomes going on break from setting up the sound equipment,lights and smoke machines, to prank call kids with impersonations of British band members.

Gnome for the Holiday:  A picture perfect garden creature holiday, with the lovable garden gnome rocking in a chair set next to the fire knitting up a fabulous pair of socks for the garden fairy. There’s the smell of gingerbread in the air, the frog is explaining why the young bucks are not allowed to decorate their horns with lights, and the toad stools are having a lively discussion on the best way to bake a good pie crust.

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Hearth and Gnome: He is dazzled by the dancing blue, purple and red flames that skitter across the Yule logs. Hearth and Gnome is in complete harmony.

 

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Christmas Balls:

 

Christmas Balls hanging in the Halls.

Which ones hang high and which ones hang low,

Come in and see how they flow.

Big ones, small ones, bright ones and dull ones,

They are all fun ones.

Come on in to these halls and see our oh, so colorful

Christmas Balls!

Holiday Colorways

As promised our Holiday colorways are now up on the website. There are quite a few of them so I have listed them here, as our returning colorways and then the brand spanking new ones.

Our new colorways are inspired by Gnomes!! All kinds of Gnomes. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I tried to pick out a favorite among the new ones yesterday and I just could not. Although I have to say I am partial to Hangin’ with my Gnomies, but then there’s Penguins on Ice or good ol’ Bob (the gnome) sledder.  So many choices… .

You know… we’ve not had a color way related contest in quite awhile. Wouldn’t it be fun to have one with our new Holiday hues?  How about this?  Since I’ve already come up with them and named them your job is to write a description based on the picture of the colorway and it’s name. You can write a description for just the one that speaks to you the most or, if you are so inspired, you can write a description for the whole lot if you like.  For each description we choose, the person who wrote it, will receive that colorway in a skein of Socks that Rock as their prize. Please leave all of your descriptions here in the comments section of this blog post so we all can read them.  (This is going to be fun!!)  In the name of fairness and so everyone has a chance at winning, each person can only win once even if you submit more than one description.

Just to make it extra fun your word count limit per description is 75 words, so choose them well!

You have until Halloween to submit your description.  I will announce the winners on November 5th.

I’m excited! I love our colorway contests!!

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Returning Holiday Colorways:

  • 1 Maraschino Short of a Fruit Cake
  • Blitzen
  • Cindy Lou Who
  • Festivus
  • Holiday Hen
  • Holly and Ivy
  • Under the Mistleoe
  • Whoville
  • A Very Scummy Christmas
  • Christmas Balls
  • Currier and Ives
  • Dreidel
  • Joy to the World
  • Tinsel
  • Watch Where the Huskies Go
  • Yuletide
  • Hollyday

Brand New Holiday Colorways:

  • Gnome de Plume
  • Hearth and Gnome
  • Penguins on Ice
  • Holly No Berry
  • The Longest Night
  • Bob (the gnome) Sledder
  • Hangin’ with my Gnomies
  • Gnome for the Holidays
  • Bowies Laughing Gnomes
  • The Gnome of Christmas Present
  • Rainbow Reindeer
  • Angry Elf
  • Fleece Navidad

Very Important Note! Those of you who still want to part of Carol Feller’s Capall Dubh KAL we need your order by Friday the 10th of October in order to get you your yarn in time for the first clue at the end of October.

Drum roll please…

Our  very smart and committed contest winners are:

Ist  CLUB OCD PAYS OFF     Mya

2nd  YAY COLORS!      Jamie

3rd  CLUB COLORS      Hoosknitting

Congratulations!!! Please email paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com and she will hook you up with your winnings.

Thanks to all who played! It was a daunting task!

Mya, I am still awed by your submission. I should know better but there you have it. Dr. Mya you are a rock star!! I bow to your organizational powers!

A lesson to all of us. Sock club OCD does pay off!

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I am working on new colors, new yarns and designs! The new colors you will see soon!

How about you?

What are you doing? What are you knitting? Spinning? Crocheting? Weaving? Cooking? Dreaming about?  We would like yo add a weekly segment here and on facebook of our knitters and what they are making. If you send us an email telling us a bit about what you are working on or are done with and a picture we will post it here and on facebook so we can spread a little more fiber love.

 

New Fall Hues

…are up on the website right this very moment.  Actually they technically aren’t since I am writing this post at night while canning some premium smoky tomato jam. I’ve developed a bit of a thing for late night cooking and canning. It’s cooler, quiet and feels romantic in a back porch shelling peas with my gran while listening to the the crickets sing as the wind gently lifts the weeping bows on the willow kind of way. I have a glass of wine, my daughter, the frogs peeping away in the background and you. What could be better?

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Tomorrow (now today) both this blog post and the new hues and a new home page will go up. If I’m lucky all synched as planned and close to when Knitty launches their Deep Fall issue. We’ll see how that all goes.

Anyway no matter how it all rolls I’m pretty thrilled with my oh, so colorful, first Fall group. I think I hit a pretty wide spectrum with this batch. Starting with all of our contest winners, even Positive Energy, then following the seasonal shift towards the crazy goodness of Autumn, a few chickens thrown in ‘cuz I can, and a holiday one just to keep us on our preholiday knitting toes. I had a rockin’ good time in the dye barn with these Fall hues. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

There are 25 of them ( I subtracted the 2 September sock club colorways we are putting up because they aren’t new to everyone). The first three knitters to list all 25 correctly here in the comments section of this post wins a skein of their choosing.

Those of you that have been patiently waiting for our BFL Fingering to be back in stock, it is here! It is here!! It is here!!!!  And yes, I do believe that does warrant 6 exclamation points. Thank you Jim for making this such a priority! We’ve planned this one right down to the wire. We have a lovely design by Shannon Squire that we’re featuring in the soon to be live Knitty Deep Fall issue.  It’s called Vernonia and I am head over heels in love with this shawl in all of it’s holiness.  I pestered poor Shannon so we could get it out for the Fall issue of Knitty and here we are. Happy dancing all around. When the stars align and everything comes together it is truly a beautiful thing.

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One other piece of news. This Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival will be the last one for Blue Moon. I’ve been easing out of  trade shows so I can concentrate on a few other areas for Blue Moon. It is not a decision that I have made lightly and is purely a business growth decision.  I will miss shows like Oregon Flock and Fiber but this is a really good move for us. We are opening more and more accounts with yarn stores and developing what I hope to be long term supportive and creative relationships that will last years and support us all.

Oregon Flock and Fiber holds a very special place in my heart since it was my first festival/trade show. It is hard and I am sure there will be tears (mine of course).  I am creating a colorway to commemorate this moment ( as I do). This will be a special colorway only available at OFFF on that weekend.  Sigh! Change is what makes the world go around!

As usual if there is anything special you’d like to see us bring do let us know and we’ll do our best. We will have all the new colorways in sock yarn and lots and lots of spinning fibers. It is how I started OFFF and I think it is a poetic full circle way to go. We hope to see you there.

To be very clear Blue Moon is only shifting gears and headed in another direction. We’ve been doing this, as quietly as possible, for almost a year now, so we didn’t rock too many boats.  Toni Neil of the Fold will still be taking our yarns to both Rhinebeck and Maryland Sheep and Wool for as long as she wants to do those shows.

One of these LYS relationships that we have added to our Blue Moon family and us to theirs, is, Shall We Knit in Waterloo, Ontario Canada! We are super excited to be working with Karen and her team of extraordinary knitters. We just sent them a whole bunch of Socks that Rocks and Some of our lace yarns Marine Silk and Worthy.

Speaking of a team of extraordinary knitters this weekend is the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Guild Fair!  Sylvie and her team at Lettuce Knit will be there with all kinds of goodies including our Socks that Rock and Twisted! Please do stop by and say hi if you are there.

Wow… that is a whole lot of goings on!  The jam is canned and is now setting. I am tired and those pesky little invisible no see’ums are biting. So I am going to say good night. This is the news from Blue Moon where the colors are inspired and the chickens are happy and … .

PS: We have a new member of the family. My dear friend Gail rescued a few abandoned kittens and my girls and I fell in love with this cutie. We are  still working on a name. We started with Watson moved to Nymphadora Tonks ( Tonks for short) and are now at TS Elliot ( Elli for short) . So … who knows.

Maybe just cutie pie.

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If you are on the Olympic Peninsula and looking for something really fun to do try out the Jefferson County Farm Tour.  It is such a good time lots of wonderful people doing great things. There is all kinds of fiber related fun along with food related goodness. I am headed up there as soon as I can tear myself away from  her cute furry self!

 

A Mystery and a Race

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Let’s start with the Mystery shall we. Since the first one was so fabulous, Star Athena and I have dreamed up another Mystery KAL.

Welcome to INTERVAL  that link (yes that one there on the left) gives you everything you need to know to sign up. Once you do that then you’ll have the discount code you need to purchase your BFL Fingering BFL Fingering Superwash (BFL Fingering is out, so the BFL Fingering Superwash is a substitute) from the Blue Moon website . If you happen to be in a city that has one of our stockists (otherwise know as a yarn store) then please, by all means, check in with them to see what they have on hand.

NOTE: We are not substituting the Superwash BFL on orders that already exist. If you ordered the regular BFL Fingering yarn that is what you are getting.

I have picked a few color combinations, took some pictures, had some silly fun with name play and am posting them here. If you do not see anything that strikes your fancy please do comment here or email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com for help. I love this part of the job!!

Before we move onto our hue viewing let’s talk about our race.

This year Blue Moon is one of the sponsors for the Tour-de-Sock which we are pretty excited about since, it’s about socks and, well… you know how we feel about socks. What’s I think is really cool about Tour-de-Sock is that it really is a challenge. You can take my word for, it I’ve seen things. So, if you want to challenge your sock knitting self, have some crazy fun (There are teams with cool names, good natured heckling and prizes!) and… if that weren’t enough, raising money for Doctor’s without Borders in the process.  A win for all!

As promised hue duos for Interval Mystery KAL:  I couldn’t resist the name thing here. I apologize it was just to much fun to pass up. I was sorely tempted to put them together just for the name amusement aspect itself but then I got a hold of myself and moved on. Another time maybe.

Believe it or not ( my kids do not) I am off tomorrow to go judge a marmalade contest. I know. I’ve developed a thing. My latest batch was smoked pink grapefruit soaked in Jasmine green tea overnight then cooked down, sweetened a bit and topped of with a shot of Southern Comfort. It’s quite wonderful. My son has take to calling me the Marmalady. I haven’t yet decided how I feel about that.  I’m telling you all of this, so you understand if I do not respond to your color inquiries right away. I promise to check in a few times over the weekend.
Ok off to pack. I have yet to pack a thing.  Plenty of time… Right?