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Shopping cart issues

You ever have those moments where  it seems like every time you go to get something done you are met with obstacle after obstacle? Well it has been a few days of this for me. The latest was trying to get shipping out yesterday and the shipping  system on the USPS site is sending errors and it just keeps saying to come back. Yesterday I put in all the info and it gave an error message the the tracking and would not process so…hopefully they get this fixed.

Our other and bigger issue also involves shipping. The shipping module/plug-in for the Blue Moon website is broke and we are trying to figure out if it is fixable which is why orders are not going through and are stalled one that page of the website.

So while we figure this current challenge out if you want to place and order here is what to do:

email me your order include:

Name, address and phone number along with what yarns you want to purchase, how may skeins and in what colors.

I will then send you a paypal invoice to pay and boom order placed.

or you can call me and place your order that way. 503.348.9278

I am sorry for this hassle. It’s certainly not how I saw this week going.

On the positive side of things it’s been glorious here weather wise and my daughter Rabia is home for the month visiting. So this mama is very happy!!

school of Yarn folks your packages are sitting here waiting for USPS to get it together as soon as they do  they will ship!

Okay I am off to play with dye on yarn for a few hours!!

Have a lovely Sunday!!

Sunday are for…

It’s Sunday and I am rinsing all the roving that was dyed yesterday and doing some cleaning because my middle child, my daughter Rabia is coming for a visit. So excited. She’s the one that is teaching and living in Kyrgystan so I have not seen for since last last July.  She will be here for the rest of the month so I have been trying to get as much done as possible so we can spend a lot of time playing!

It’s quite a stunning day here and mostly quiet except for the ravens whose babies are fledgling so every once in awhile there is the raven parent cheering section which is very very loud! we also have a barred owl fledgling whose parents are not putting up quite ruckus that the ravens are. Life in the woods.

I also have baby bunnies everywhere and quite a few baby squirrels. I guess it’s just that time of year but it seriously seems to be a lot more of them than usual.

I have been trying to use Sundays create space for inspiration. I get inspiration from many places and in varied ways all of which require me to be present and open and not occupied so space. Sometimes that looks like a walk or gardening or reading or even doing the dishes. I find you never know when and where a spark is going to fire up. Today it was picking up my CSA for the week which had this beauty in it.

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A tiny little head of purple cauliflower. So pretty!! So I got out my camera and spent some time with this little gem before I add it to my dinner salad.

Crazy cool right?

It’s a tiny head of cauliflower and look at that color and patterning… so pretty. Taking the time today to immerse myself in photographing this stunning little gem gave me such a sense of joy and peace.

I sent one of the pics to a friend who I thought would appreciate it. She’s somone who knows me very well.~ she asked me how I was going to cook it. I told her I wasn’t, that I was going to break it into tiny florets and put it in a salad. She laughed and I was  like what’s so funny? She said I know why. You want to be able to absorb that purple don’t you?!! LOL

Why yes, I do. It will also make a stunning salad don’t you think?!

It truly is the little things, especially on a Sunday and especially now.

Hope you are having a good day.

Thanks for listening!!

School of Yarn ~ Master Class

 

“The function of art is to more than tell it like it is ~ it’s to imagine what is possible.” ~ Bell Hooks

 

Years ago, our School of Yarn series as a way to give you the (knitter, crocheter, spinner or weaver) a better understanding of the yarns you were using. We wanted to open up your knowledge about fiber content, yarn construction and weight, as well as how and when to utilize which weight of yarn, with the right number of plies, made of the perfect blend of fibers. We covered quite lot of territory and I am hoping we contributed to you being more successful in your yarn choices and pairings with patterns.

… And then in waltzes the pandemic, bringing to a head issues that the textile industry has already needed to deal for quite a while. We are experiencing supply chain challenges, shipping issues and large price increases, some of which will hopefully get better and some that will just stay new and different. We need to look at these issues, not only in order to become better stewards of our planet in general, but also to start building a more sustainable approach to what we wear and make.

Blue Moon wants to be part of a solution, and with your help I believe we can add to the positive momentum forward. Our community is you – as well as the ranchers here in the western US who lovingly raise the sheep that grow the wool we are going to use – and also the processing people who clean the wool – and also everyone at the mill who contributes to milling and designing the yarn – and then of course me, your dyer and Karen, representing the designers.

All of the yarn we create and choose to bring into the Blue Moon line-up under the Community Supported Yarn initiative will be US made with The Textile Institute’s Responsible Wool Standards stamp of approval (certification). Yarn making takes time to get it from the sheep to your hands. So we are going to start now and go for a little over a year ~ 14 months. Taking time like this will allow us to give you the experience of the full scope of what (and who) is involved in creating yarn. We’ll also be able to take a look at why it is important to have ranching practices to protect the ground, to have scouring and milling practices to protect our water, and to have fair wages and humane treatment for everyone along this wool chain.

Change starts with us! Truly! I have seen first hand the power we have, so let’s get this ball rolling.

Our plan is to create two yarn-bases from sheep to skein together! You will also get skeins of some of the yarns we are adding to our line-up that have already been designed.

What follows is a general outline of what is to come in our Master Class and Community Supported Yarn venture. Our primary goals are: to create beautiful yarns for us all to enjoy while supporting everyone (animal, human and planet) along the supply chain; to build and celebrate a rich, vibrant community; and educate ourselves on more sustainable ways to create, dress and live on this beautiful planet. Karen and I are thrilled and grateful that you are joining us on this journey!

One of the things I know is that life is fluid, so things might change a bit since there are a lot of elements and folks involved, and we are still dealing with pandemic issues. (For example, I thought it was going to be challenging to get to ranches and talk to folks, and now it looks like we will have an abundance of these experiences to share with you. So very exciting!!)

As you can see, we have 13 months listed out here instead of the 14. It’s a safety net!! We have an extra month in there just in case we need that time. Live and learn!!

As Karen and I have worked through all of this we have found that there is so very much we would like to cover and discuss, so we are going to add in a monthly Zoom session that you can join live, or watch later if you missed it (or want to revisit a topic).

Every step of this process and every person involved has a story, so we will be learning a lot through each of these ranchers, growers, millers. Honestly, it’s my favorite way to learn because you get to see, hear and breathe in their passion and experience.

It’s quite the undertaking.
And here is a note from Karen:

As makers, we have a unique position vis-a-vis the climate crisis. On the one hand, we have the best perspective on what it takes to *make* the things we use on a daily basis, which puts us in a better position to empathize with the workers in the Global South who sew ready-to-wear clothing. We really know how long it takes to knit a pair of socks, or sew a dress!

But on the other hand, we are still consumers – our making takes resources, and with this emerging awareness of this situation the planet is in, we have to balance our desire to make with our need to consume.

I sum this up with an oxymoron: I call myself a ‘Minimalist Maker.’ And really, what it boils down to is, like in other aspects of my day-to- day life, questioning what I intend to consume. Do I really need it? If yes, can I source it more locally or from people who are doing really good work that I want to support? They are tough questions, but ones we have have to be asking ourselves so we can be an active force in turning this ship around.

So I’ve been digging in and reading a lot across a veritable Venn Diagram of overlapping topics: minimalism, the problem of fast fashion, capsule wardrobes, visible mending, conscious consumption…. Probably before the course is over, we will find a few more!

Every other month or so, I’ll take you through the highlights of some great books I’ve collected on these topics. If you want to do a deeper dive and read one or more for yourself, you can see if your local library has them, or order them up from your local bookstore – the links I’ve provided are from Powell’s in Portland.

Thank you for being a part of this community and journey! – Tina and Karen
Master Class Proposed Schedule

July 2022:Theme: Developing a Sustainability Sensibility
Where we are now: consumption and climate change Creating your ‘toolbox’ – what are you using and how does it reflect your values?
Reading: All We Can Save (Ayana Elizabeth Johnson)
First yarn shipment with specs and pattern ideas
Local Indigo Dye Farm Profile

August:Theme: From Sheep to Yarn! An overview of the steps along the journey of making yarn
Shaniko Wool Story
Yarn Industry Standards of weights and measuresExploring your personal style: what’s the story you want to tell with our clothes?
Ranch Profile #1 and Ranch and Small Mill Visit

September:Theme: Carbon Hoof-Print from lamb to garments Traceability and Certification
Specific US breeds and choosing wools for specific yarns What makes a good sock yarn and why?What is our role in the global clothing economy and why is that important?
Reading: Consumed by Aja Barber
Second yarn shipment with specs and pattern ideas
Ranch Profile #2

OctoberTheme: Shearing, baling and scouring…oh my! Superwash and other treatments
Your body quirks: what is your body comfortable in?  Ranch Profile #3

November:Theme: Mills and spinning
Mills in the US and certifications
Spinning a yarn: as the spinning frame turns all the singles Yarn weights, the importance of gauge, and how to knit a great swatch
Reading: The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth L. Cline  Ranch Profile #4 and Ranch Visit

December:Theme: Yarn design, milling timelines and testing procedures Matching fiber or fabric to your project – figuring out what you love to work with and wear
Third yarn shipment with specs and pattern ideas   Ranch Profile #5
January 2023:Theme: Yarn design, construction and making, Part Two Winter Ranching!
Your favorite clothes are the ones that fit: sizing and ease Getting to an ideal capsule wardrobe with a January Reset! Reading: Project 333 by Courtney Carver                                                            Ranch Profile #6

February :Theme: The value of place. ‘Fiber-sheds’ throughout the US Your sustainable wardrobe: what you already own, secondhand resources, and me-mades
Fourth yarn shipment with specs and pattern ideas Ranch Profile #7

 

March:Theme: Dyeing and dyestuffs both natural and chemical Footprints and sustainability
Building a color palette for more efficient making Reading: The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees    Ranch Profile #8 and Lambing
April:Theme: Ranchers and their sheep; animal care and safety; loving what we do; caring
Cared clothes last longer: hand washing, storage, and how to extend the life of your clothing             Fifth yarn shipment with specs and pattern ideas. Ranch Profile #9 and Ranch Visit – Shearing

MAY: Theme: Running a yarn business
Building a community of like-minded souls
What 24 years in the hand work part of the textile industry looks like
When your favorite clothes get worn: mending and stitch work as wardrobe enhancement
Reading: Loved Clothes Last by Orsola de Castro
Ranch Profile #10 and Dye garden Visit for planting!!

June:Theme: Rounding it all up, casting off and working in the loose ends
What happens to the clothes you’re ready to let go of? Reuse, repurpose, refashioning                     Last yarn shipment with specs and pattern ideas and joy!!  Ranch Profile #11
July:Theme: Where do we go from here?
Show and Tell – what are your sustainable wardrobes evolving into?
A Zoom session to round up all our ideas and successes!

Garment Yarn Special

Okay so I have been chuckling about this since I sent out that email on Saturday.                                                                                    Actually I had a feeling as I was adding all the bases to the coupon code on the website. As I added each of the bases to the code I wanted to include in this “Garment Yarn”  special I kept thinking what makes each one specifically for garments.Is there really such a thing as a garment specific yarn anymore.

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Basically, I had wanted to steer clear of a few yarns because I am waiting on shipments that are a wee bit late. Also the sock yarns went up in pricing again so I can’t really discount them at the moment. Pretty much any yarn can be used to knit a garment. Do I think you might regret choosing a very fine lace-weight silk like our Silk Thread to knit a cardigan out of yes, I do. However, it does not mean it’s impossible ~you certainly can give it a go. I sure do not want to be the one to limit someone’s creativity. I am that child that totally ignored the lines when coloring. And that right there is what I was finding so very amusing. Well, that and the fact that I know one needs to be specific on these kind of things. Communicate well Newton!!!

I knew as I hit send on that email I should probably qualify what I meant but I let it go and moved onto shipping what I could get out before USPS showed up. She tends to come early on Saturday.

 

Now that I have answered a fair amount of emails about what bases are included I am putting a list of them here and will be send out another email with that list.

I am sorry.

I know better. Ya know some of us just need to be hit over the head a time or two extra to get it!  LOL

The SPECIAL runs to the 8th . The codes is: garmentyarnspecial and it’s a  15% discount

Yaksi and Yaksi Fingering
Targhee Worsted
Silky Victoria
Twisted
La Luna Dk
La Luna Fingering and La Luna Lace
Aspen Worsted
Aspen Sport
SilkMO Lace
Aria
Plushy

ALL Rovings are included in this! Got an extra bump so….lots and lots of Targhee!!!

I would like to say, that while it’s true that pretty much any yarn could be considered a garment yarn it does not mean they should be. As much as I believe in not limiting vision and creativity I also believe in using the yarn that is going to give you the best outcome no matter what you are knitting. And some of these yarns are better suited for garments because of the fibers used to make them and how they are spun!!!

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My current favorite yarns for sweaters and such are Targhee Worsted, Aspen Sport and Worsted, Silky Victoria, Aria and the La Luna’s. Someone is bound to ask!

Anyway there you are!

Hope everyone is hanging in there!

Take care!!

And just because here is my Felix who is so very loving and absolutely ridiculous! He does this ALL the time. Silly boy!

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Can’t even….

Hey! I know it’s been awhile.  So since I am kinda stuck (snowed in) I thought an update would be good.

It’s Tuesday April 12 which is a bit surreal since this is what it looks like outside at the moment.

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I have over a foot of snow and it is still snowing. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning yesterday because it was freezing to find the power was out which seemed a bit odd for this time of year. Then I looked out the window and saw the massive amount of snow on the ground and still falling. In all honesty I kinda thought I was dreaming but no.I can’t tell you how much I wish I was dreaming.

I was without power for most of the day and… it is still snowing here. I can’t get out and USPS and UPS can’t get in so what was destined to ship early this week is not. I am still going to label all the things and get the packages ready for when I can get out and/or USPS can get in.

I will tell you it’s been a surreal few weeks here. For the first time in over 15 years I had a gas leak in the dye barn. Yeah kinda crazy. It took them a bit to find and fix it so that kept me out of the barn for about 5 days. When I finally could get back in I waltzed in with my morning brew all ready to rock and roll the dyeing for the day, hit the light switch and nothing! Yup no lights. I just stood there thinking you’ve got to be kidding me. what the hell is going on? I called my trusty electrician and they came out the next day which was quite the blessing in itself and fixed it. It was a short so think about that for a minute. An electrical short and gas leak at the same time. Yeah I am one lucky woman I think.

There was also a plumbing issue that resulted in a small flood in my back bathroom but that was an easy fix for me. If we run with the whole these kind of issues tend to come in threes then we should be done. Well once the snow clears I guess.

I did not see this one coming I am usually prepped for these kind of things but who expects a snow storm in Oregon in April? Certainly this dyer that is for sure. I feel for the folks that already had parts of their gardens in. I always wait until May since I am up in elevation and it still can get too chilly at night for little plants to thrive.

I was just thinking I have lived here for about 21 years and this is a first. All the things are budding and some are flowering. I have never seen the maples buds covered in snow. It is pretty. Hmm…

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In the grand scheme of life especially right now I am going to call it good. I am not having to feel my homeland. My city is not flooded or bombed and my family is intact. True blessings at the moment.

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Felix reminds me to chill out!

Below is my current favorite quote! Have a good week! Take care and stay safe and warm and loving!

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Happy New Year!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

So…I have been trying to post this basically since the first. Because of all the snow  and other winter weather issues it’s been touch and go with power and internet. I am trying to get this posted and emails answered as quickly as possible this am since the power has been flickering all morning!!

The snow is finally stopped and it’s warmed up quite a bit in the past day or so. Now we will have flooding and mudslides because the ground is saturated. Right now these is still snow on the ground here and the pond is almost int he front yard. I am goign to go get some sand bags later today just to keep my driveway in tact.

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So at least here 2022 is coming in with a bang! Although I will say that it is winter and well it’s pretty much just being winter. U do think that almost 3 feet of snow is a bit extreme but am going to roll with it since really what other choice is there.

Because of the power issues there’s been very little shipping out of here. That should change today. I have help coming this weekend so fingers crossed that the weather powers that be take a break for a few days.

Being stranded here during the holidays was not the best for my mental health so thank you to everyone who checked up on me! I am good!! As soon as I finish this I am out to immerse myself in color and yarn so yay!!!

I am going to leave you with Amanda Gorman’s poem for the New Year. I was trying desperately to find the words to express how I felt about this past year in a hopeful light while welcoming the new year bathed in that same aura. And truly even up to my hips in snow I do feel hopeful most days, even it’s a glimmer. Amanda so eloquently speaks to our hearts and souls acknowledging our collective pain and grief as she reminds us of our strength and resilience. I think I am going print it out and tape it where I can read it at least once a day. Thank you Amanda!!!

Okay l am off to reel, skein, soak, bundle, label, dye, steam, rinse, label, ship and love yarn for the day!!!!!!!

Take care and stay safe!!   Big LOVE!

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“New Day’s Lyric”

May this be the day
We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend,
Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,
Battered, we come to better.

Tethered by this year of yearning,
We are learning
That though we weren’t ready for this,
We have been readied by it.

Steadily we vow that no matter
How we are weighed down,
We must always pave a way forward.

This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.

So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,
Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,
Where we weren’t aware, we’re now awake;
Those moments we missed
Are now these moments we make,
The moments we meet,
And our hearts, once all together beaten,
Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,
For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,
But to take on
tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,
In a new day’s lyric,
In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year,
Be bold, sang Time,
For when you honor yesterday,
Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we’ve fought
Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one,
Come over, join this day just begun.

For wherever we come together,
We will forever overcome.

~ Amanda Gorman

New colors or ….

waltzing out of 2021 with a whole lotta of  colorful love LOVE notes!!!

Okay so this is a whole lot to get up on the website so some of these are not up yet. I am working on it. If you want to order and take advantage on the 15% Stash Enhancement Discount that is good for another 48 hours and you want one of these that is not on the website yet just order one that is and then in the notes section of your order let me know the colorway you do want!!

Easy Peasy!

I wanted to get these up here at least since I told a few of you I would!

The discount code is: stashme2021   and since I am still getting a few things caught up ( soooo close) I will not be starting on these orders until the end of January!

Okay look for a New Year message tomorrow!

Take care and be safe!

LOVE!!!!!!

Happy Holiday!!

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Look my Christmas cactus actually bloomed in December!!

 

 

 

 

Winter Solstice was what yesterday and already Winter is making its presence felt here in the Pacific Northwest. It looks like me might have a white Christmas this year. When I went to put the chickens to bed there was a very big wind blowing in some very cold air! We are supposed to get snow starting sometime on Friday. Which means I have a day to prep for maybe being snowed in for a bit. I was going to spend the holiday with my son and daughter-in-law but we’ll see.

Anyway …there are worse things than a quiet white Christmas during another pandemic surge. I hope everyone is staying safe during this time.

I had an unexpected surprise last week. My youngest ( the one in medical school) came to visit along with her fiance Nicole. I have not them in 3 years because of the whole medical school thing and the pandemic. I was such a joy! My heart is so very happy. They leave for DC at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Of course it’s just never long enough but  am so very grateful that I got to replenish my system with all that is my youngest!

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Luckily there were two kittens! Sophie took a shine to Fiona and Nicole to Felix.

So lots of kitten snuggles were had! Fiona is the by far the cuddliest cat I have ever had.

 

So it’s back to all the things I need to get done in the next few weeks. Because of this visit and a few other glitches there will be a bit of a delay in the last shipment of RSC. I am in the middle of dyeing it and was expecting more yarn which was delayed and will not be here until next week. Also the stitch markers were delayed so… . If I have learned anything the past two years it’s that you can certainly make a plan but right now there is a good chance you will have to adjust. Honestly I was surprised about the yarn since I have not had huge delays in the last few months. I will say that I am also a little concerned about the weather here next week. We’ll keep out fingers crossed that the power stays on.I am going to go ahead and send the dyer’s notes Friday so you will have those.

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I am going to go ahead and put the 2022 up for sale since I am getting a fair amount of requests which honestly is quite lovely. Thank you for believing in me!!

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I am also sending out the last of the Silk School notes and the Spinning Club along with the Targhee Info I promised for all of you that supported out Targhee Love program! I have dyed so very many skeins of Targhee Worsted. it’s a good thing I love this yarn. Haha

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This week we lost a stunning human being. Bell Hooks left this earthly realm. It is a great loss!! I learned so much of what I know about community and love from Bell Hooks. She was that rare combination of a brilliant mind, enlightened soul and a grand open heart which she shared with all of us. She will be missed greatly. I am so very grateful.  Thank you Bell! Rest in peace and love!

 

A few of my favorite Bell Hook quotes:

“The moment we choose love, we begin to move towards freedom,to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”

“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”

“But love is really more of an interactive process. It’s about what we do not just what we feel. It’s a verb not a noun.”

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that she who we are and how we live in the world.”

Okay I could truly go on forever so will stop here.

I hope all of you have a peaceful loving holiday weekend. I know it can be a hard time. If you are feeling alone please do reach out. We truly are all in this together !!

Much love from me and my furry and feathered friends!!

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

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We had a Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus this week. I did not get to see it here because of CLOUDS!! I could feel it for sure just not see it. I have seen quite a few so I do know how beautiful even a partial one can be as this one was. Although I do believe it was almost a full percentage-wise.

I have not done all of the moons this year for many reasons but I was seriously inspired by this one so thought I would give it a go and I am really glad I did. The pictures do not so it justice. The dark red end has all kinds of color in it. I throw some grey over it and then a little of the golden hue too. It’s so pretty but nothing you can catch with a picture. I loved it so much that I am doing a whole skein that way. I get to rinse it tomorrow to see how it turned out.

I really do love creating full moon colorways every month but …it’s  a lot. I was thinking of maybe in 2020 all the new ones would be good for the next lunar cycle only. What do you think? Rhonda and I were thinking with the ones we already have it would be fun to do some sort of moon blanket. I know I would love one. I think we played with this idea early in 2020 and then “you know what” happened.

Before I forget and I will. I have full moon brain this week. There is an instagram little game up right how that goes until Monday evening. You could win one of these skeins and all you have to do it tag a friend and send a love note! It’s quite lovely actually. I’ve been trying to do a bunch of writing today and have been in and out of insta reading everyone love notes. It’s made my day ~ all that love!

The barn is full to brimming with drying Targhee Worsted! Smells very sheepy. Most are shaded solids and I have to say it’s quite stunning. Some of my favorite so far are Big Brain Blue ( stunning on the Targhee) , Spruced, Greige, any of the Ravens, Lean Mean Aubergine, Maroon 5, Pining 4 Ewe and my absolute favorite Moontide. And there is that moon again. Hehe

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My Gaea Fingering and SilkMo Lace project is moving along!!

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I am loving this!! I only have two issues. Knitting with kittens is pretty challenging. Knitting laceweight mohair with kittens…hahahahaha!!! I’m an idiot.

My other issue is that it’s been awhile since I knit with such a slippery yarn so it’s just going a little slower that usual. I am practicing being Zen about it. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes. So far so good!

Isn’t is pretty? I am so in love with My Euphoria colorway I just want to dye everything in it. I will wait until I get this done. Believe it or not I am a one project at a time kinda knitter. Surprised aren’t you. I have yarn test swatches always going  but I don’t think they count. I do not have a ton of knit time so it’s one at time for me. Otherwise I stress and i have plenty of that without adding knitting stress to the list.

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The full moon brought a cold spell with it which gave us our first frost of the year. It might have been freezing cold but it was also quite beautiful. The bunnies absolutely love the cold so they were super hoppy (get it?!)  I am from the East Coast so I do appreciate cold and clear when it happens here.

I am working on some new shaded solids. I want to round things out a bit so if there is something you would like to se that you feel is missing please do let me know! I do know that I am heavy on the greens!

Okay off to finish up Dyer’s notes and work on Blue Notes. So much writing!!! Who knew there would be so much writing with dyeing.

Have a good weekend

Take care, stay safe and love each other!!

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odds and ends…

I took time off to go sit in my favorite coffee place to write you without the most adorable distractions! If you follow Blue Moon on instagram you have seen that I adopted two adorable kittens about a month ago. I have been riding this fine line of inviting more furry folks into my life. I was waiting for the right moment which came one morning when I decided to break out my warmer clothing and discovered mouse nesting material and a ton of cat food. Which means my current feline friend was seriously not doing her job. To be fair she pretty old but still. The next day I went and adopted a sibling pair ~ Fiona and Felix.IMG_9715IMG_9268

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are seriously distracting!!! Especially Felix who really loves the keyboard.  I would say that you will be seeing so many pictures of them but it is seriously difficult to photograph black cats. It’s almost impossible to get a good picture of Fiona.

Okay so my shoulder is better and I have some help this week so we going be dyeing a massive amount of Targhee Worsted.  As I said earlier if you have an order and it is for holiday knitting or another deadline please do let me know.  A lot of you have done so and it is appreciated!

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I still have a few RSC to ship for their 4th shipments.I have them here ready to go as of last week but the shipping software had a glitch and the person at Endicia made it worse so after 6 hours on the phone with them it’s almost there but not quite yet. I will ship it just wont then put that info back into the Blue Moon database with the tracking info and we really need it to do that little piece so we can keep track of it all. I called this am but there was not an available techie. And yes I am frustrated!!!

Speaking of sock club I will be sending out dyer’s notes this week. I have decided to keep sock club going. I just can’t not do it. It will be different because well… things are different.  So very different.

I will be shipping the last two sock club offerings together in December and then we will be done with the 2020-2021 Pandemic Rockin’s Sock Club. I am so looking forward to that moment when I ship out that last package! It’s going to feel so satisfying.

I will; be putting 2022 up for presale soon because I am getting lots of emails requests about it.  You will also be seeing that mysterious new project I have been teasing you with. I am so very excited about this one and I really wanted the timing to be right so I could give it the time and attention it deserves. Also wanted to be able to finish some of our other clubs and specials before working towards this one.

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With a little help from my friends…I am also revamping the barn to open it up for some community centered projects here in my lovely community.  Change is good and opening space for growth and more making and then being able to share it all! If you are local and are interested please do contact me. tinanewton@gmail.com

Indigo Fields

We are finally going to get the dye garden going. The beds are being prepped this week for massive amounts of indigo along with  quite a few other types of dye plants that will grow in the very damp but fertile hills of Scappoose. I am going to emphasize dye plants that are native to my area. Like I won’t even have to plant any nettle since there is much growing wild where I am. I have considered calling my place Nettle Bog Farm ~ the farm with a sting!

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I feel like there’s a lot more to tell you but I think this is probably  good for now. Thank you so very much for you patience with me and your support of Blue Moon. I am doing my very best to not let you all down!

Oh I did change up the colors on the website moving more towards winter and winter holidays. How are we here already?? I will have a few new colors soon. I have been making new colors but wanted to get more orders out before adding them. If there are colors you would like to see please do let me know!!

Okay back to the dye pots!!

Takc care dear ones and stay safe!

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