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It’s my BIRTHDAY and I’ll dye what I want to….

dye what I want too….

dye what I want too…!

It’s my birthday this weekend and I feel the need for an all out celebration of life this year  mostly because I am still here to have a birthday.  Also because I am turning 59 and well…it all feels significant!

So we are going to have some fun!

Before we get going with all the birthday fun and games I want to say, I AM SO GRATEFUL to be here!  Thank you powers that be! Thank you dear friends and family and thank you wonderful knitting family! I am truly blessed.

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Hello 59, I am so flippin’ glad to see you!

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Okay let’s party!

We are going to celebrate all week long from this Friday to next because I can’t contain all of this joy into one day or even a three day weekend.

Of course, right off the bat, I made a special colorway to celebrate the moment, since it’s kind of what I do. I made super special birthday speckles.

See…

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I started with my best color friend pond scum and made little drops of scummy goodness all over the place, then I grabbed some sassy rhodamine to spice the pond up a little bit and then, worked out from there with whatever struck my twisted little color loving fancy. I wanted it to feel like a ~ party in a skein ~ and I think it does. I am going to cast on some birthday socks sometime this weekend.

In keeping with the “It’s my birthday and I’ll dye what I want to” theme, we have put up on the Blue Moon website for this week only, most of my very, very favorite colorways. I will tell you it was hard to choose and I know I probably hurt a hue or two’s feelings by leaving them out but there are only so many dyeing hours in the day.

Maybe our first contest should be what do you think my top ten favorite colorways are? hmm… I’ll think on that while I tell you what else we have planned.

See these beauties???

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I have brought in another of the short run yarns I promised this year, specially priced for your knitting pleasure.  This one is a lovely superfine, superwash merino. La Grande is seriously soft and lofty. I can see this yarn in so many applications from scarves to sweaters but most especially baby knitting!! So, so soft!  We got quite the deal on this one and of course are passing that price on to you at 15.00 a skein!

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What’s a birthday without presents? Starting right this very moment there will be a give away of some sort everyday until (and including)  Friday June 3rd. So stay tuned for ~ Birthday Give Away Shenanigans ~ which will range from easy-peasy to hoop-jumping-hard.

Today we are gong to start off on the easy-peasy side of the spectrum which also just happens to be one of my  one of my favorites.

In the comment section of this post please tell me what you favorite color is and why.  It does not have to be a lot of information, it can be as simple as how you feel you look in it or how it makes you feel to be surrounded by it or it is the color of your favorite flower.  I will choose one of your comments and you will win 2 of my fav, fun coloring books!!

Mason Dixie Knitting and Cotton and Steel.

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Okay that’s enough birthday excitement for the today.  I have to get back out to the barn to work on some super secret colorways. Some days I feel like a little bit like and undercover dyer! The dye spy? Hmm…

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All of you waiting to hear about the availability more of the Santa Rosa KAL Marine Silk Kits I am sorry for the delay. I do not want to put more up for sale quite yet. If you are interested you can drop us an email and we can put you on a wait list.  Thank you for your patience!!!

Congrats to joogle for for winning in the fav song contest. Please contact paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com and she will hook you up with your book and yarn!

okay off to the barn to make a little more color magic a s a 58 yr old. mwahahaha!

Happy Friday!!!

Random acts of knitness.

Random act of knitness #1!

Maryland Sheep and Wool is next weekend! we have sent a massive amount of yarn to Toni of The Fold. We sent new colors and new yarns along with tons of sock yarn and roving and Rare Gems and … . Seriously I do not know where she is going to put it all!  Toni will also have  stunning knit samples from both Carol Feller and Shannon Squire. Carol and Shannon were both generous enough to offer pattern discounts with your yarn purchase and Toni has all of that information.

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Both of these beauties will be at Toni’s booth!

The only thing that that is Blue Moon that Toni will not have there is me. One of these days!

Toni will be in barn 3 booth 18 Right across form the t-shirt concession.

 

Random act of knitness #2

Sunday May 1st the Tour de Sock sign-ups begin. Yay!! Also… on a separate note how is it already May?

Below is our 2016 Tour de Sock colorway offering. I wanted to do something a little different  this year. So… little drops of dye in all the tour colors marching down the skein. Just enough color change! I can’t wait to see this knit in all sorts of patterns!

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You’ll find the all of the discount information on the Tour de Sock page once you sign-up. We’ve shaken things up a bit this year by offering the discount for all of our fingering weight yarn bases used for sock knitting, not just Sock that Rock, and for the first 5 days the discount is 15% !!!! On May 6th it goes down 10%.

Random act of knitness # 3

What better time to introduce a few new colors!!!

My favorite of these is of course Dearly Beloved… .

Random act of knitness #4

Since it is almost Mother’s Day and we usually do offer a little something special we have scoured the pod and come of with some Mill End Mystery Bags!

They are up in Socks that Rock lightweight and mediumweight while our supply lasts!

Random act of knitness #5

We have the first of our summer KAL series upon us. We are working with the supremely talented Carol Feller. I love working with Carol and am really looking forward to everyone’s color choices and end knit.Stay tune on Tuesday for that announcement from her and us!

I am in the dye barn a whole lot right now working on all kinds of color fun!  I am going to post this and head right back out to the barn to do some grading. So much fun!!!!

Have a great weekend my dear knitters. my youngest is coming home from college on Saturday for the summer so I am pretty excited for this weekend.

Enjoy!

and the winners are…

I start my day early usually a little before 5 am.  I know… sometimes it’s a little brutal ~ like today.  I am a morning person so most days it works for me.

However today was a little rough.  Out of bed I got myself, straight to the coffee pot and out to the barn to prep for the days dyeing. While I was waiting for the tubs and sinks to fill with wool washing and soaking water I decided to console myself with a little color. I am a huge Prince fan and his death yesterday left me reeling a bit.

So I broke out the dye and a few skeins of yarn and did a little grief dyeing.

A little Raspberry Beret sitting in a Little Red Corvette all drenched in Purple Rain, as the Dove Cry!

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Sigh!

Sad…

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Okay…before I announce our winners I have a few bits and pieces of news. The first is we have finally decided on a date for our DYE DAY  and BARN SALE!!

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Saturday June 11th is the big day!
It is such a fun day of playing with color and all kinds of yarn and fibers we do hope you will join us.

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Here are the details:

We have yarn bases and roving you can purchase to dye and we will be on hand to guide you in your dye journey for the day. You’ll hand-paint and also have access to an indigo vat for dipping and any other color fun we can cook up. We have a wicked new drum carder, so if you are a spinner you can make yourself a batt or two. .

In order to accommodate everyone in a way that assures the most positive experience for us all, we take reservations for the dye aspect of our day. The reservations are $15.00 which holds your spot and goes toward the cost of the day. Each time slot is 2 hours long, a good amount of time for a hand-painting experience. We will be there to give you the basics and to hold your hand as you bring your color vision to life on yarn (or roving). If you feel like you need more than two hours for your hand-painting experience please do sign up for more than one slot.

There are 4 time slots on Saturday June 11th:  9:00am to 11:00am, 11:00am to 1:00pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm and the last slot is 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Please arrive early to pick out what you want to dye. Those of you with the 9:00 am slot can come at 8:30 to pick your yarn.

If you are coming just for the Barn Sale you do not need reservations. However, yarn leaves here pretty fast so come early!

BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday June 11th @ the big red barn in the land of Blue Moon 56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056 

We will post directions on the blog the week before the sale.

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The next 3 offerings of the Rockin’ whorl Club are LIVE!!  As I mentioned last week we will be blending our little spinning hearts out.  You can read all about the details on the spinning club page of the website. You will see that one of the offerings is batts!! One can’t really explore blending without considering batts!  Just a heads up we will be limiting sign-ups because of the making of the batts. We are going to have so much fun!

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Okay so now without further ado the winners of our sweet story contest.  Choosing these is always hard for me but this time even more so because some of the colorways would look the same because of all the berry pie/cobbler stories. Obviously we all have similar pie memories and loves!

Thank you all so very much for sharing your stories with us all. I loved each and every one!!

1. LeAnn for her Blackberry Birthday

2. liselov for a great story and seriously for an obviously great love for your husband and he for you! Also cause I really want to make a frozen flower filled ice colorway and… maybe a broccoli crispie treats colorway.

3. janewolfe for her first date Baskin Robbins, Jamoca Almond Fudge story.

4. Meglette for her Chukar Cherry Cheescake story. I have a weakness for cheesecake and seriously want a slice ( or two) of this one!

Please email paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com for your prize skein once I get these colorways created. Should be about 2 weeks.

I think that cover things for now! We have gotten all of your  Featherlight and Super Sparkle yarn dyed and most if it shipped out. In hind-sight I so wish I had called this yarn BLING! And yes, I am possessed by the sparkle. If you were in the barn with it all hanging around you, you would so understand.

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Have a lovely weekend!

Specials

Well… here I am and there you are so it must be Friday!

You know, I have all of these grand intentions during the week that involve sitting down with a cup of tea for a few minutes to write you and share what wonder and craziness has happened that day or is going down in the barn, with the yarn, color and life. And then I look up and it’s Thursday night and well…here we are.

Okay first things, first. Have you seen the new Twist Collective Spring issue?

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Kate and her team have out done themselves. I so love all the bright colors and light and springy knits! The photography for Pedal Pushers and Queena Lee’s, Anyolite is super cute. What I am super excited about though is the Deja Vu series where Kate has revisited some of stunning knits Twist has brought us over the years with a new twist (pun intended) a different yarn base. I am excited for a few reasons but the biggest one is that one of my all time favorite Twist sweater designs by the talented Marnie MacLean was the one that Kate wanted to use my yarn for!!

 

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Yay!!!!  Picard in Gaea Sport!! Thank you so much for designing this sweater Marnie!

Don’t you just love the lines of this cardi? I think Jean-Luc would be honored by such a woolly tribute.  I love this piece so much I am thinking we should do some sort of fun Trekkie KAL!  Stay tuned… .

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The dye barn is so busy these days what with the orders for the new yarns and the dyeing for Maryland Sheep and Wool which is all kinds of fun. We are sending our new yarns, some new colors and some of our  fun Color Story color-work kits in our lovely new single finger-weight Featherlight. If there is anything you would like to see yarn or color wise please do let us know! As usual the oh so charming, and wonderful, Toni Neil of The Fold, will have all sorts of Blue Moon goodness.

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Our new yarns, Featherlight and Super Sparkle, SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICING will end this coming Monday morning at 10:00 am Pacific time!

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I have to tell you the barn looks extra pretty with all the shades of Super Sparkle hanging from the rafters! When the sun hits them just right it’s quite magical. it’s like there are fairies in the barn flying around the yarn.

Another Special is on our Silkie Socks that Rock. We are at the end of our huge lot and we have yet to decide if we will continue to make it.  There really is only so much room in the barn and we have added quite a few new yarn bases so far this year with a few more to come!

So my friends while our supply lasts Silkie Socks that Rock will be 17.00 instead of the usual 24.00. We do not have a ton of it left so if you feel the need to add it to your “yarn love”  stash now is the time!

I have been plotting and planning the next installment of the Rockin’ Whorl Club so that will go up for sale next week. We are going to be all about the blending and blends this go around!  We will talk about what breeds and fiber-types work well together in a blend and why. We will also play with how to spin it (worsted or woolen  or in between) and ply it for what kind of yarn it would be best suited for and then again for what kind of knit!!  Of course we will also explore blending in relationship to colors and textures.

We might get a little crazy!

I do hope you will join us.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to write their super sweet, desert stories. They are wonderful! So wonderful in fact that I am having a hard time choosing. So I am going to take the weekend to mull it over and consult with Team Blue Moon. I do find this to be the hardest part, the choosing.

Oh I just thought of something! I do post what we are up to in the barn on instagram during the week. So if you are there give us a follow @bluemoonfiberarts.

On the color side of life we added some of our favorites back to the site yesterday. Also I created some new colorways for Maryland including official Maryland Sheep and Wool  one. I also made this years Tour de Sock colorway. I have to tell you I am pretty tickled with myself over this one. So much fun!!

Okay…that was a lot!

No wonder I am tired today.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

A few new things that are exciting!

Happy Friday!!!

We have a few new and exciting yarns and color type goodness that I hope make your Friday even happier!

New Yarns!! Wouldn’t be great if every time we had a new yarn we had a yarn party?!

Let me introduce you to our two new fingering-weight yarns, Featherlight and Super Sparkle! 

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Aren’t they pretty!

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I have to say I am not usually one for sparkley bits in my knitting but I find the silver lurex in our Super Sparkle intriguing on a few levels. I am easily amused and maybe slightly color obsessed so it is just all kinds of fun to see my colorways with the added silver sparkle. It will never get old!

I love that the lurex is plied into the yarn so it does not really affect the over all feel of the yarn, it just gives it that little extra added something. My grandmother would’ve called it pizzazz. I think pizzazz describes it perfectly! Hmm…maybe should’ve names it pizzazz. Well dang!

Super Sparkle’s woolly bits are superwash merino spun with a fair amount of elasticity! Which makes it good for just about any knitting you so desire. We have knit it both tight enough for socks and loose enough for lace and it handles both like a yarn super star. Just enough elasticity for the tighter gauge we want for socks, hats or mittens while also having some draping qualities that we wants for open work.

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And if that weren’t enough yarn goodness for one day in waltzes, oh wait… floats Featherlight, our new fingering-weight single.  I have been looking for a really nice fingering-weight single for awhile now and am pretty picky about the qualities I feel like it should possess.  One of those was that I really, really, really wanted it to be Targhee wool  (yes I do have a Targhee problem) and not merino. I was going to hold out for the Targhee but this yarn ~ this yarn, is seriously wonderful. I have fallen for it pretty hard, so here we are.  Please do not tell Targhee on me.

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I feel like a really good single has to have just the right amount of spin on it to keep it’s integrity during, processing, dyeing, knitting and then wearing while also having loftiness. As it’s name suggests, Featherlight is so very light. So lofty! So far it has passed all of our integrity tests while retaining it’s uplifting qualities. We are pretty thrilled. I got to be the test knitter and I have to say knitting with Featherlight is a super dreamy experience

We are so very excited about these two beauties that we decided to offer them for a very short window of time at a ~ Share the woolly goodness love introductory price!!!! Yay!

Both of these yarn will retail around 24.00. So it’s quite the deal and will only last a week or so don’t miss out!

I guess this is kind of a yarn party!!

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I have finally put together some more Color Stories Color-work bags to add to all of this knit happiness.  I love putting these together and will be adding more in as I am inspired to do so. Next there will be some gradients. If there is ever anything you want to see in these color combo kits, color-wise or theme related then please do let me know.

 

It’s been a busy week!

We just shipped the March Rockin” Sock Club shipment. So next week we will shutting down sign-ups. If you still want in now is your last chance for all of the sock knitting goodness we have planned for 2016.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Happy Knitting!

Hue musings and a contest!!

Happy Friday!!!!

Holy cow was this week long. Isn’t it funny how some weeks just drag on and one and you just feel like Friday will never get here and then are weeks that zip by seemingly faster than the speed of sound and boom ~ Friday!

I know for myself it is most assuredly my attitude. If I have a poor attitude then time just slows down and everything takes longer and seems harder. My daughter mentioned on Monday that she thought I had murky chi ( yes, I am most definitely making a murky chi colorway) and I believe she was right.
Just a little off my game.

So…maybe you would like to help me shake the murky with a little color-inspiration storytelling game.

I love story and sharing almost as much as I love color so how about a you tell me a story and I’ll make it a colorway game!

So….what should our story theme be? Hmm…. .

Okay I just went out to the barn to ask the team and we all decided on stories involving food ( cause…food!) specifically desserts!

So basically what is your favorite desert described in great detail since I do have to create a colorway out of your story. Maybe with a little history like: is it your favorite cause it was your grandmother’s recipe or did you discover it on an exciting adventure to an exotic place or maybe you studied in France and are some really great pastry chef.

It is at this point where I will confess, with maybe the tiniest bit of embarrassment, that I am a really big fan of Diners, Drive-in and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri. I know… it’s cheesey. (haha) I just find it hugely entertaining. I love the story of all of those places and people.

Here are the rules:

I need a story posted in the comments section of this blog post about your favorite dessert or one that holds some sort of significance for you.

Team Blue Moon will pick 4 of them and I will create a colorway based on those 4 stories. Each of the winning story writers wins a skein of the colorway I create for them.

Deadline is April 13th

We will announce winners on April 15th

And then I will get to work on making yummy colorways!

Look at that already my chi is less murky!

You know what is not murky?

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All of our new shaded solid goodness on Tigger Targhee!

I am having a bit of a color crush on our new shaded solids!

I hope you all have a super wonderful weekend!

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.