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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!

 

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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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!!

Make a joyful noise!

NOTE: Read carefully, for hidden in these words of mine this morning is a present you will find towards the end.
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(It’s amazing how many chicken themed ornaments we have. hmm…)

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I picked up number two daughter (Sophia, my youngest) from the airport yesterday and she and I pick up number one daughter (Rabia, my middle child and oldest girl) today!! I have not seem them both in far too long. As you can imagine my heart is pretty flipping full right now. We are a really tight family and having my two girls so far away is not the easiest! Luckily for this mother’s heart my number one and only son, Narayan is here in Portland with lovely wife, Candace and their pooches, Niki and Siena.

I am so looking forward to the time we have together and will cherish every single moment!

I love this holiday season! I love the merry making and crafty creating, all the yummy baking, the giving of love and presents, decorating everything I can with twinkle lights, singing in the barn as we dye your yarn, the winter briskness and longest night and the return of the light!

I know however that this is not the best season for all of us and honestly if any of my kids could not be here it would not be for me either. I have spent the better part of the last 6 months with some pretty intense empty nest loneliness and grief. Who knew?! I know, most of you know. I do not get lonely as a rule. I have a full to brimming life because of all of you (THANK YOU!!) and my friends, and seriously curious, creative mind. So this all hit me pretty hard and made me think a lot about how holidays are for those of us who for whatever reason cannot be with the ones we love and are loved by.

My worker bee Sierra, who is a sweetheart of a person,  and I were chatting about this and wondering what we can do to help. She has a neighbor who just lost her husband and she was wondering what she could do to reach out.. I told her that I thought just about anything that we can do for each other that is reaching out and showing that someone is there and cares lightens the alone feeling and sheds a little light and love!

As makers and creators we tend to spread a little love and light with every stitch of colorful woolly warmness that falls off of our needles I know in my heart that if most of us see a soul in need we respond with kindness and generosity. I know this from my own experience with our creative community. I also know when you are low and not at your best to reach out and say, “hey, I am having a hard time and could use a friendly smile or cup of tea or (fill in the blank)”.

So let us notice those around us and spread a little more light! I will be here with my family all weekend but I do have a computer and for some odd reason have been waking up at 3:00 am every single day!! I am here and will do my best to say hi if a friendly voice would help you! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com.  It’s not much, but it might be enough! I know it has been for me at times.

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It snowed a wee bit last night!

Well…I can tell you I was not really going here when I sat down this am to write you, which is one of the great things about writing. I was going to tell you all about how excited I am about the Raven gradients and all the goodness we can create with them and remind you School of Yarn fold that your coupon code expires at the end of the month.

School of Yarn discount code expires at the end of this month!!!

And…here is my little color brain’s current pride and joy! A Raven gradient kit in Valkyrie. I know!  Do you love it?? I seriously do and am going to ball one up and cast one some goodness this weekend because I just cannot flippin’ help myself. I just need to figure out what pattern I want to use. I think we are going to have to offer these gradients in larger and or different weight other than fingering weight sizes for sweaters. What do you think??

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So as a little holiday gift from us to you there is a coupon code for 10% off good until midnight on Christmas night. The first 4 letters in the code are all caps and the hints to what they are are below and the last part of the code is 2017

Here are you hints:

Hint #1 which is the first letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one and only son’s name.

Hint #2 which is the second letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one daughter’s name.

Hint #3 which is the third letter of the code: The 1st letter in number two daughter’s name.

Hint #4 which is the fourth letter of the code: The 1st letter in daughter-in-law’s name.

So the code is those 4 letters in caps followed by 2017 with no spaces in between!

Okay I have to get ready to go to the airport to pick up daughter!!!!

Take care of each other, stay warm and safe and loved!!

Peace and so much joy!!

Winter is for wonder and wool!

It is super cold here!! Freezing cold. The ponds all have a thin layer of ice on them and everything is covered with frost. It looks like we live in the land of the frost giants. It’s quite magical.

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Perfect sitting by the fire with a hot cup of tea and one’s knitting weather!

One of the most beautiful moments of my day is when I head out to the dye barn in the wee hours of the morning to get set up for our dye day. Last week was all clear skies and the moon was a crescent with an ethereal halo and so many stars. Stunning. Just stunning and so very peaceful which is a great way to start a day. I have tried to capture a picture but it is just so dark and I just can’t seem to capture that moment in a photo to share. I guess some moments are meant to be in and not captured.

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Last weekend Karen and Maggie and I did all kinds of hatching of plans for the the wonder that we feel 2018 holds. Our 18th Anniversary!! The 13th year of the Rockin’ Sock Club, our 2nd Semester of School of Yarn, getting a little bit back into the show circuit and let us not forget our special magical anniversary Super-Eclipse Blue Moon on the 31st of January!! I can’t help but feel that somehow all of the moon magic is for us! Also…it’s 2018 and our 18th year being Blue Moon! I’m thinking it’s going to be a magical kind of year!

And you would think that we knew about all of this blue moon magic when we chose out Magical Mystery Tour theme for the sock club but we didn’t. I know…go figure. One of you brought it to our attention which I just love!!! Thank you Phaedra!!

Our first sock club design and colorways are so wonderful, bright, sparkly and joyful. I want to share them with you so badly that it hurts a little. Oh my. A spectacular start to the year for sure! So very, very excited and cannot wait for you all to see.

And then there is the second semester of our School of Yarn. Honestly I was not quite as excited about my Merino research as the Targhee (We all know how I feel about Targhee so I feel like that’s fair.) but I have to say I am so loving what I am learning and how all of this is rounding out my own knowledge. I might be a wool science and history nerd. The history of Merino and how it plays out and basically created the wool industry is seriously fascinating. This is my current stack of reading materials.

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See?! Super wool nerd.

Anyway I’m pretty excited to share all of this with you and my chats with a few of our industry stewards. Oh and the colors I made for this one make all three of us happy so I am pretty sure you will love them. They are very Ultra-Royal. (hint hint)

 

If you want to jump on the Super Targhee train I highly recommend it! We still have some left before Maggie, Karen and I dye the rest for ourselves. lol

I mentioned in the fall that we would be seeing an across the board price increase in wool prices especially Merino. We have already experienced some that we have just absorbed as we do to some extent. We are about to get another one and this one we will have to pass some on to you as much as I hate to. So we will be doing this at the beginning of the year as I mentioned when I first told you. We might try an incremental approach (still waiting on some of our prices) like do an increase now and one a little later instead of a big one. Anyway if you want to stash enhance now is the time my wool loving friends! Especially if you have discount codes from us you have yet to use.

So are you caught up on your holiday knitting or madly knitting into the wee hours of the morning to get it all done? What are you knitting on that you love!! Anything planned for yourself?

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Here is my hopeful knit plan for the weekend. We’ll see how it goes.

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I have been toying with the idea of a color club type thing for a few years now and pretty much have what I want to do in mind.  If I did a color club where we just immersed ourselves in everything and anything to do about color form theory to mood to dyes ( natural and synthetic) to history and all of the wheres and hows what would you like to see?? You can comment here or email me if you like info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Okay it is time to do some shipping and errand running! I’m a little wary of the errand running this close to Christmas.

I leave you with some Super Targhee DK knit thoughts from Maggie.

Kalaloch by Andrea Rangel

Adventurous by Joji Locatelli

Capall Dubh by Carol Feller

Pretty Little Plie by Veer Välimäki

Campside Cardi by Amanda Plummer

All the things and new colors!!

I have just spent the whole morning trying to write so the first thing we are going to do before I am interrupted again which I fully expect to be is look at the new colorways!

I love them!!!

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… and more importantly Phoebe loves them. If Phoebe gives the her ~ I am gonna snuggle in this pile of woolly goodness ~ nap of approval I know I am on the right track! Oh Phoebe!

So this is our first foray into all that is autumnal color glory!  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for quite a bit more . There will be a Coven series!!! Stoked about this one and…I am venturing into some sporty colorways, specifically sport teams. My son and daughter-in-law have gotten me hooked so…touch down! So if you have a favorite sports team you’d like to see dyed into a skein of Blue Moon yarn let me know.

DISCOUNT COUPON CODES!!!

Today is the 15th of September which means if you are one of our lovey and notorious sock club members then this is the last day of the 20% off. It moves to 15% off. If you missed the newsletter we sent out about this and  the addition of 2nd time usage. The check the RSC blog!!

If you are one of our lovely RAV  Yarns that Rock  group members check out the group there’s some giveaways and a discount good for 10% off any of our yarns a couple of weeks.

And…for SOCKtober we have a discount code which you get form Carolina Fiber Girls when you sign up!!

  15% off   September 15 – Nov 1st

Good on:
Socks that Rock Lightweight
Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Super Sparkle
Seduction
Cloud 9
Superwash BFL Fingering
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Here are a few of the details of the fun that is the SOCKtober KAL:
SOCKtober is a month long knit along. For the entire month of October all we ( The Carolina Fiber Girls) work on and talk about is socks! Each yarn we knit and pattern we use is from one of the event sponsors. This gives our listeners a chance to discover a yarn they have never heard of or had the opportunity to try. This is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight up and coming designers as well as construction techniques people have not tried before. We feel this is a natural way to talk honestly about our sponsors and encourage our listeners to purchase from them. While the actual event is only during October, Ann and Janis are talking about their SOCKtober plans as soon as items begin to arrive.
 KAL RULES

Listeners will earn points for each pair of socks they finish.

The top 5 finishers will automatically earn a prize.
All prizes after that will be drawn randomly.
Points system based on a PAIR:
Shortie / Kid Socks (less than 50 grams) – 5 Points
      Socks (51-94 grams) – 10 Points
      Knee High / Leg Warmers (95+ grams) – 15 Points
       Use a Sponsors item – 5 Bonus Points
See knitting sock and points and prizes!!! Fun!!
SHIPPING on Camira KAL yarns! 
 
 By the end of next week everyone who has order to date ( today’s) should have their yarn. We had some we thought we could get out today but it is not dry. The weather finally changed!!! I think it wasn’t even 50 this morning. Yay!!
School of Yarn will ship out mid week next week. We’ve been waiting on one of the lovelies we are sending you!
I hope you are all as excited as we are. We are sending out an email today with information so please make sure we are in your address book so we do not get spammed out.
info@bluemoonfiberarts.com
So as I type all of this I see why the hell I am so very tired.  I think after team Blue moon heads home this afternoon it is me, the couch, a movie and a beer!
Okay last but most certainly not least.
This… creative goodness!
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Change Makers!
A beautiful collaboration of some of our favorite makers for makers. Inside you’ll find 5 knitting patterns with recipes & essays to inspire.
  ALL proceeds are donated to The National Women’s Law Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Thank you Marie Greene aka oliveknits for all of your hard work and letting us all play a part. Thank you Sarah for the lovely design in our Targhee Worsted.
Okay I am sure there is something I am missing or not doing justice to and for that I apologize.
Have a great weekend!

Color shifting…

Well we are just about caught up from being completely and thoroughly eclipsed. I am over the moon thrilled that everyone loves it as much as I do.

Look Maggie is knitting a Find Your Fade with two of our Total Eclipse Featherlight Kits. She is just now getting into the darker parts.I can’t wait to see what it looks like when she gets the the total eclipse part of her fade! Pretty exciting!

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What are you going to knit with your ~ A Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ gradient kit? I am excited to see all of the knit-incarnations of our eclipse.

Okay enough eclipsing.

We are up to our ears in CAKE!! The CAKE puns and jokes  are also flying around the barn. I love me a good pun so I am finding it exceptionally entertaining. Both Maggie and I are punsters so we are torturing the rest of the team with all kinds of have you cake and… word play. I am so glad that we made sure we had plenty of dyeing time before the first KAL clue in early October.  Our colorway Chana Masala is feeling the love. See below in Carol’s Camira in all of it’s golden glory!!

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Even though we are up to our ears in CAKE goodness we still have plenty of yarn     and time so if you want to join was it sure to be a good knit time with all kinds of tip from a very talented and knowledgeable designer, Carol then sign up and pick a colorway and a base and place you order. The coupon code Carol has from us in good for either CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted both of these yarns would work well. The Targhee is a heartier yarn with a nice amount of ease and CAKE is a bit softer and loftier with is fine Merino-ness ~ both yarns are seriously round with some sexy stitch definition.

We are heading off into my favorite season, Autumn!!! That time of changing and deepening colors as all of the earth’s energy turns inward for the winter. I so inspired right now and busily making all kinds of new color schemes. We will be sharing them with you really soon. In the mean time we have added to the website Some of our favorite autumnal colorways with a few Halloween one thrown in just cause. Here is the list of the colorways we are adding. Oh and a few of you have been requesting our chicken colorways. So we’ve put a whole flock of them up.

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Here’s the list of colorways:

BeSpeckled:
A Speck of Autumn
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Jeepers Creepers
Presto Pesto
Wonderful Goodness
Mulitcolorways:
Baby Zombie
Banded Agate
Black to the Fuchsia
Bantam of the Opera
Blue Moon River
Dreamweaver
Free Range Chickens
Chickabiddy
Cluckers
Cockeyed
Count Cluckula
Elphaba
Fall Frolic
Frankenhen
Fungus Among Us
Gail’s Autumn Joy
Green Daze
Go Beavs!
Henpecked
Huegasmic
I Mad heart EWE
Portland Timbers Rock
Pussy Broadway
Rooster Rock
Samhain
Sasswatch
Socktober
That 70’s Skein
The Cluck Chimes at Midnight
Thistle
Tidepooling
It’s a lot!  Look at that list of names. It’s like a story just waiting to be told.
Which makes me think it might be a good way to pick a luck knitter to get a copy of Hunter Hammersen’s new sock book!!!
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Yes we’ve got one to give-away.
So if you’d like a chance to win this chocked full of  brilliant and beautiful sock knitting book by Hunter then how about a story?!
Use the words from our colorway list above. I will read them all to team Blue Moon
(they love story time) and let them pick a fav for the win.  You can post it here int eh comments so we all can enjoy but if you would please also email it to me tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com so I have an email address for the winner. We often do these contests and I announce the winner here but don’t get a response.  So…ready set tell us a tale.
Last but certainly not least my dear, dear friend and fiber goddess, Toni Neil of The Fold is holding her annual Labor Day Sale this weekend so if you are anywhere near Marengo this weekend be sure to make time for a visit and some stash enhancing. She also has a few skein of the aforementioned Eclipse sock yarn and kits!!!  I will imagine that these will go pretty quickly!
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Have a wonderful weekend

KAL’S , School of Yarn, Eclipse, and a new sock pattern book!!!

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Nothing says Total Solar Eclipse like yarn and cupcakes!

As I told you last week KPTV was out here and interviewed me about our eclipse colorway, what inspires me to create a colorway like this one and then, a little bit more about our process knitting and the bigger picture that such an event represents. Well… as you can see a whole bunch of that they cut out as they tend to do.

All in all… kind of cool though! My kids were proud which just never gets old. We got a little more about yarn and knitting out into the world at large and really impressed one reporter. I think I will knit her a scarf out of our Total Eclipse. Also… I love it that it is a dyer and a baker!

Blue moon also made a brief appearance on the Grocery Girls podcast episide 44 this week thanks to Terri O’Brien who owns Feather Your Nest in Sarnia !! Terri is a gem and I am thrilled that she is one of our Local Yarn Stores!  We are a bout 1 hour and 15 minutes in.  Here is the link to their youtube page.

Thank you Grocery Girls and Terri for the shout out!

Speaking of our local yarns stores we have extended our introductory discount on our School of Yarn for another week because some of them want to join in on the fun!!! So if you were sad because you thought you missed out on the discount there is still time!

See this?!

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Hunter’s new sock book, Silk Road 2 Socks is almost out!! Just a few more days! I am so very excited. I pretty much love everything Hunter designs but most especially her socks. I love how her mind works!

Look at these beauties!!

Kazak inspired by the patterning in Oriental rugs.  So wonderful! Pre-orders on Silk Road start at noon on the 23rd.  We are brainstorming some fun give away once she launches!

All pictures are courtesy of Hunter Hammersen!

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And just when you think knitting could not get any more exciting or creative… I give you the lovely and talented Carol Feller!

Yay!!! It is finally time for the pre-sales on our Annual Fall Sweater KAL with Carol Feller.

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Camira a beautifully textured and and timeless cardigan knit in our CAKE Worsted in the Chana Masala colorway.

I am intrigued by the construction which starts on the back panel, then out towards the sleeves… then  you work the body down from the top. Carol says the bonus is you finish the sleeves first. See? Intriguing. We are offering a 15% discount code good for both our CAKE Worsted and Targhee Worsted both of which would work for this lovey cardi. Carol will send you the code when you purchase the pattern along with a supportive and informative rav forum.  Tomorrow Carol will have a live Q&A on instagram. So check that out @carol.feller

KAL Timing
Clue 1: 7th of October, 2017
Clue 2: 14th of October, 2017
Clue 3: 28th of October, 2017
Clue 4: 11th of November, 2017

Raffle: 25th of November, 2017 – Raffle drawing for the grand prize on ravelry, open to all completed projects with photos in the FO thread.

All kinds of knit joy!

Thank you Carol!!!

Photo credit goes to Joseph Feller.

Okay my lovelies, please take care!  Be the love you want to see in the world. If you are in an total eclipse zone be careful! Oregon is going to be so very full. I am going to spend a lot of time dyeing and shipping eclipse this weekend.

Thank you for your support!

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all the knits…and a few other things

Okay, so it is Friday and if you were sitting here with me you would hear the generator humming (dull roar actually) away, diligently keeping our little dye company going.

It worked!!

They did turn the power off all week long from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. We worked in shifts because there is only so much of our operation a generator can manage. We did not run out of propane or patience. Although there were moments when I was seriously worried about the patience. Like yesterday when I was picking up yarn and the water guy who was resealing our holding tank said he needed to come now and that meant no water.

It felt a bit like the powers-that-be were trying to see what exactly they could throw our way that would make us stop. Turns out we are a resourceful bunch and not much stops us. Well there was that 3 feet of snow but I feel like that is fair. I am super proud of my team!

I am also really looking forward to next week when I do not have to go out to the barn before the crack of dawn to fill everything with hot water and make all the dye for the day and then be on call for 2 shifts of worker bees.

I might just sleep all weekend!!

I am still working on new colorways! I know… I promise next week! Right now there is a new one up that I created for Lorilee Beltman’s ~ On a Lark Retreat ~ that I taught at last weekend. Such a great time. I love teaching  so that part is always fun.  Lorilee held her retreat at the oh so lovely Island Wood on Bainbridge Island and she really creates a great space for knitters. So much fun and learning and relaxing and knitting was had by all. And what a wonderful group of knitters!! Oh my goodness.  I hope she invites me back to teach again next year.

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The color way is called, On a Lark!! I love how it turned out, don’t you? I took the inspiration from Lorilee’s artwork for the retreat. It’s looks really pretty all knit up too!

As I said in the newsletter we just sent out there are so many wonderful designs to knit these days. I wanted to take a moment and tell you about some of the talented folks I get to work with.

Nona Davenport owns All Wound Up Yarn shop with her mom Leslie. They are lovely!! Nona designs! She designs for our sock club this year. In honor of their shops 2nd anniversary I made them a special colorway and Nona designed Firmament, a super cute anklet sock and then Malaika Gabriel designed a cute crochet shawlette called Waxing Moon. So much lavender knit goodness!

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And then there is this lovely piece Cumulus that Nona designed using our Silk Victoria!

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Photo credits: Nona Davenport

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A New Spin on Color by Alanna Wilcox  (aka spinnybuns)

Alanna contacted me lat year about using some of my fiber for teaching and then, also this book.  It’s a lovely book from an experienced spinner and teacher. We are offering a 10% discount on fiber to anyone who purchases her book either in print or pdf download. She has the discount code info and will give it to you when you buy the book which I highly recommend!

Since we are on the subject of wonderful books I have another to recommend and a giveaway!

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The Urban Knit Collection by the oh, so lovely and talented Kyle Kunnecke

This book has been out for a little while but we recently just received from Interweave a few copies to give-away.  I thought since Kyle is moving from the bay area to Seattle what better way to celebrate.  I love Kyle’s design ascetic. He is a color-work magician and we love working with him! Hopefully since he will be closer we will get to work with him more!

I have 2 books. If you would like to win one then place a comment in this post and we will randomly pick two lucky knitters!

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Before I sign off to go for a much needed walk I want to remind all of my Notorious Sock Knitters that their 20& discount code changes to 15% tomorrow.

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Also Plushy is still on special for another week!!! Get it while you can at this price. Believe me you so WANT to knit all the things with this yarn, at least all the worsted weight things!

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I have heard you and our next 3 offerings for the Rockin’ Whorl Club are live!! Sorry it took so long!

Check our facebook group!

Where we are slowly but surely starting our holiday gift knitting support group!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Happy knitting!!

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Friday!!!

Oh my goodness but it has been a week! So much drama.

I am most definitely looking forward to a quiet and peaceful weekend playing catch up and sitting and knitting.  Maybe a walk or two along the river and some gardening but other than that it’s me and my knitting and a movie.

I was hoping to have wip pics of my Breezy Cabana shawl but my skein of Heckley Speckley mysteriously disappeared and I had to dye another one and I got busy and forgot to dye another one and I did not want to start until I saw those two colors together so here we are.

Here’s is my wip shot, my skein of Grawk patiently waiting for it’s hue date who is super late to the cast-on party. It’s darker than this picture is leading us to believe!IMG_2127 (1)

Ain’t no party like a cast-on party! ( Like I said, it’s been a week!)

Okay so this week because it is the 4th of July and we’ve put our Super Sparkle on special for a few days. 15% off from now until July 5.

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So get you sparkle on!! Coupon code is in fact:  getyoursparkleonjuly4

You might want to stock up on your favorite colors. We are going to be starting our holiday gift knitting support group in the next week or so. What says ” Happy Holidays” and rings in a new year better than a bit of sparkle. Not much really!!

Since we are talking about specials this is the last day to sign up for sock club if you are interested.

Also for all of you  already in the sock club the 20% part of the discount turns to 15% on the 15th of July so if you want that extra 5% discount now is your time!

Our Tour de Sock coupon code also expires this weekend.

I am making lots and lots of new colorways. Some for the sock club so you can’t see those some for stores and even working on the Rose City Yarn Crawl colorways for Twisted! Portland Waterways is the theme and I am having a tone of fun transposing that to yarn.

Here’s one of the new colorways that will be coming your way soon! It needs a name. Thoughts??

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See this lovely grouping of colorways?

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I am currently possessed by them. Seriously so. They are not my usual personal comfort colors but they just make me happy. So.., I think I am going to knit them for someone I know that will love them ever so much which kind of makes this a twice the love project.

I do think I will take our that extra sold peach on the end. It’s not really needed. So from left to right we have, ummm…. Sun Spots, Wallflower, Razzle Dazzle, #shepersisted, Bet you thought this skein was about you., Goodby Kitty and Baby it’s cold outside.   This should be all kinds of fun!

Okay my knitterly friends stay tuned for we have some wicked cools plans coming your way!

Oh…and check out our Inspiration Monday blog post by the lovely Karen Alfke!

Be safe and have a lovely weekend!

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