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and the winners are…

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

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


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

Again thank you all!


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

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



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



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

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



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



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



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



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



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


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

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


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



Christmas Balls:


Christmas Balls hanging in the Halls.

Which ones hang high and which ones hang low,

Come in and see how they flow.

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

They are all fun ones.

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

Christmas Balls!

Holiday Colorways

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

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

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

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

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

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



Returning Holiday Colorways:

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

Brand New Holiday Colorways:

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

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

Drum roll please…

Our  very smart and committed contest winners are:


2nd  YAY COLORS!      Jamie

3rd  CLUB COLORS      Hoosknitting

Congratulations!!! Please email and she will hook you up with your winnings.

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

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

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


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

How about you?

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


New Fall Hues

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












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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe just cutie pie.












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


A Mystery and a Race



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thank you to everyone who played along in our matchy matchy game, you’re all winners in my book!

I went through today and did a count and chose the the first four knitters to get the most number correct.  Sorry for the confusion on Saturdays’ post. I obviously did not think that one all the way through. Next time I will finish that cup of coffee before hitting the post button.  I chose our winners from everyone who guessed before the colorways were posted.

Our winners are… 

Anna > 8 correct matches.
 erb2007 > 8 correct matches.
 yarnderWoman  > 8 correct matches.
 Tru > 7 corect matches

( Thank you Janis for catching that my numbers were off. )

Congrats winners. if you email she’ll hook you up with you prize.

Here are our colorway names and the who, what, where, when, and why of them.

1. Sabertooth Caterpillar :  Rhonda and Heather came up with this one and I think it’s one of the best names ever. When I close my eyes and envision a Sabertooth Caterpillar I see a dirty green that camouflages well, unless of course, said Sabertooth Caterpillar is making it’s way across a sunny yellow pillow with hot pink stripes. And… we all know that Sabertooth’s are way to color conscious to get near hot pink wearing that green coat. Stealth and fabulous is our Sabertooth Caterpillar!
2. Mauvelous:  The absolutely only name for such a lovely Mauve!  End of story.
3. Pistachio:  I’ve almost named several of our green shaded solids Pistachio but they didn’t have exactly the right balance of yellow. They were always just a little too blue. Sad for them, really. I Love this green! Pistachio might be my second favorite green, right next to Pond Scum, as my first, of course.
4. Chillaxin’:  As calm and relaxing as a cool dip in a clear lake on a hot summer day. One calm and seriously cool blue.
5. Passive Aggressive Green: Kermit’s right, it’s not easy being green. I think green has always been just a wee bit envious of it’s blue counterpart. A green that edges towards blue or a blue that’s tinged with green…it’s a close call on this one. I do think green has come out the winner on this particular blue green struggle for hue dominance.
6. Big Brain Blue: I honestly don’t know. It’s just what popped in my head when I saw this blue on yarn. I’m wondering if I should be worried about it.
7. Strawberry Fields Forever: Is this red a true ripe and juicy strawberry red? Almost. It might be a day old strawberry red. When I see this red I hear John, Paul, George and Ringo offering to take me down to Strawberry Fields where nothing is real and there’s nothing to get hung about… .
8. Sea Foam Home:  On a very cloudy day on the Pacific Northwest Coast, a
waves swells and builds, then… right before it breaks onto the sand into foamy bubbly joy, there is this watery green.
9.  What’saaabi:  Have you ever bought wasaabi powder? You add water and get that hot nasal clearing yumminess. This green is that color. FYI: It will not clear your sinuses. Sorry!
10. Bladerunner: If a blade of grass could run really,really, super speedy fast, so fast that, it would break world records and maybe even sound barriers? Fast right? This is the color it would be.
11. Gourdy:  I’ve been trying to get this particular shade of pumpkin orange for a little while now. When I realized I had it I called all the barn chicks over to see.  Rhonda said as soon as she saw it that it looked like a Gourdy and it stuck.  I know pumpkins are not really gourds and mostly gourds are greens and browns. You have to admit, it looks like a Gourdy, doesn’t it?


After Sundown: A tropical sunset on yarn

Available now on Blue Moon!

For a few moments, every evening in Hawai’i, everything stops. Eyes turn toward the ocean, you can almost hear a collective sigh as the sun goes down. Often people will linger until the last bit of orange and pink has faded from the sky. Sunset here is magical, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. What most people miss though, is how absolutely spectacular the sky becomes after the brilliance of sunset has subsided.

When you look directly overhead the sky has become such a deep rich shade of blue, it’s almost indescribable. It’s like velvet. As your eyes follow the gradient down toward the horizon the changes are subtle, but absolutely astonishing. Deep velvety blue with the slightest hints of purple, changes into a rich royal blue, which fades quickly into the sweetest turquoise you’ve ever seen. Dots of warm oranges and golds start to appear in the blackened buildings, as lights come on for the evening. Like twinkling stars, for those of us who are earthbound.

If I were a hue, I would, without question or hesitation, be the evening sky in Hawai’i, just after sunset. 🙂

Nā poʻe o ka pō

People of the night.

This colorway description is from Contessa who was one of our three what hue are you colorway contest on the Rockin’ Sock Cub blog. It was great and challenging fun to create personally specific hues. This was the most challenging one for me.

Thank you Contessa! This colorway will be available for purchase soon on the Blue Moon site!

Congratulations to…

Grand Prize Winner> Sarah Diane

Our Five runners up> Disc, Theresa, AmyM, Nancy and Courtney.

We also hace two honorable mention prizes to> KT for waxing poetic, and Laura for being very observant.

If you all would please email us at with you choices and adresses Paula will happily put your yarn in the mail.

thanks for playing!

What’s New??

Do you know what is new on the website?  Today Monday January 12th.

Do ya?

We have new colorways, new patterns and new yarns. We also have a few returnees.

I could post a list of all these for you here, but what fun would that be?  Not so much, not for me anyway.

I think it would be much more fun if we maybe had a CONTEST.

So… let us have a contest.

The first knitter to list all the;

1. new colorways

2. patterns

3. yarns

4. and the 2 return colorways,

wins a skein of STR in each of the new colors.

There will be 5 runners up that each win a skein of their choosing. These will be chosen based on time received and number correct.

Put your guesses here in the comments. Please list them in one comment.

I will announce the winners on Friday 3:00 pst.




Color Contest Winners

Here is the list of colorways that I see in that oceany header photo:  Carbon, Pond Scum, Olivenite, Jade, Mossay, Kaw Kaw, Rose Quartz, Jasper, Little Bunny Foo Foo, Rauen, Obsidian, Socktopus, Downpour, Monsoon, Gypsum, Smoky Blue, Harlotty, Covelite, Petrified Wood, Quilla, Rooky, Typhoon me, Algae, Mochaberry, Mudslide, Pink Granite, Lunasea and actually all the Ravens are somewhere in there.

It was really cool to see what everyone else saw in this photo.

I am sure that there are quite a few I missed or that are kind of/sort of there.  Out of the 300 entires here are the 10 winners. I could not stick to just five winners.

Angela Saccenti

Debs Feldmann

Jennifer Davis

Joy Roelfs

Leslie Wong

MIchele Corbiel

Julie Bernhardt

Kristin May

Marie (red)

Kristin Perry

Congrats and please email your shipping info to and title it “Winner”. We will then ship you out your Rare Gem.

thanks for playing!!