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A shawl and a sale.

It is a beautiful day here in the ever enchanting Pacific Northwest. I’ve been diligently whittling away at my to do list for the day but for the past few hours all I have wanted to do is go outside and soak all of the glorious sunshine this day is dishing up. Unfortunately I  promised myself that this crazy long to do list would be a thing of the past by the end of that day . I am on a mission to complete it.

I am sorry for my absence here. My life took a pretty dramatic turn about a month or so ago and I have been adjusting to it all. I’ll tell you all about later this weekend. Today is for sunshine and silk and a very pretty shawl that I LOVE and a sale!

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It feels like it’s time for a special, doesn’t it?  I was doing some sorting and organizing this past weekend (my best thinking task) and I came across my friend Sam’s Accumulate Shawlette that I just wear and wear and love  quite a bit.  I am sucker for holey knits, especially ones that have a rhyme or reason to them as Sam’s does. This shawl also holds a special place in my heart not only because it’s holey, or that Sam does, and she does, but also, because her design came from a skein of Silkie that she dyed in a dye class I taught. Sam is one of my favorite kind of students because she knows her own mind and speaks it!  I really like students that keep me on my toes.  Imagine my surprise and delight when Sam showed up for another class with this lovely shawl as her show’n tell. As a teacher  you want to see students take what you give them and make it their own.  I could not be more delighted with what Sam has created with all that what we explored together in dye class.

Since it is really and truly Spring here. It is. I kid you not.

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I want to have a little Spring Fling. So for a few weeks we have marked Silkie down from it’s regular $24.00 price to $18.00 plus Samantha has kindly offered us a discount of 15% on her lovely shawlette pattern, Accumulate. The code for you to use to redeem that is, LOVEBMFA .

We are going to run this special for a few weeks. If you would like color choosing help do not be shy I love to help with color choices. I think the paler more subdued ones are great in this piece but am really interested in seeing alternatives. A sultry raven one for evening might be fun. I can’t wait to see.  One of the best parts of color and knitting is to see all the different interpretations.

Accumulate

My very well worn and loved Silkie Accumulate is knit in Single Cell Dating Pool. I’m considering another one in Beach Glass, or…maybe Tomatillo, or…what about Orchid Queen? Oh dear. What’s a dyer to do? I’m in the barn all day tomorrow making new colors too so I can tell this is going to be a problem for me.

We will be adding some more colorways to Silkie tomorrow (Thursday).

Paula asked me to ask all of you Rockin’ Whorlers with any address changes to please email her those. You can email her directly Paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com

We have a few new exciting yarns coming soon so stay tuned!!

I hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

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I love this picture!

A little Spring color!

The end of February, that time where most of us have just had it with winter. We are beyond ready to see, feel, smell and hear, any sign that Spring is just around the bend.  With all of the flippin’ freezing cold temps, snow, and ice that mother nature has given us ~ and is still ~ we are even more in need of a reminder of the light ( not snow white light) that is at the end of this frosty tunnel!

In lieu of the bright green of crocuses and daffodils we wish were peaking through the snow, of that delightful trill of bird song we long to hear, and the whiff of growing things we imagine is on the breeze, we have our Spring color line-up. I went for bright and happy with an emphasis on blooming love. You’ll find the list of our Spring brightness below.

I posted of picture of Saltwater Taffy on facebook and asked for name suggestions for it. Thanks to everyone who submitted names! There were some really good names. Although I thought Saltwater Taffy was the best name for the colorway I had posted I did think some of the other names worked well for some of the other hues!! So thanks all for the naming help. I do love naming the colorways and it’s just as much fun to have you all play along.

AwesomeSauce

Cariblue

Coral’s Reef’er Madness

Honeybunch

Jellied

Jumping Jellybeans

KISS

Lady Grey

Lemonellow

Lil’ Sprout

Mermaid Tears

Orchid Queen

Petticoat Junction

Retro Chic(k)

Royal

Saltwater Taffy

Sassy Pants

Silence of the Baa Baas

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Sugarpie

Sweet Cheeks Mowgli

Sweet Tart

I hope you like them!!

 

We are hoping to get our BFL Fingering back in stock next week. BFL is in high demand these days and we all know what happens when this is true. Yes, $$ go up. The price we pay is going up enough that we have to raise the price we charge. So starting next Monday both BFL Fingering and BFL Superwash Fingering will be $23.00 a skein. Still not too shabby for 405 yards of blue face goodness!

We will be shipping the first installment of the Rockin’ Whorl club next week. I wish I could show you what the barn looks like with a few hundred 8oz. bundles of roving painted in the same colorway hanging form the rafters. It’s so pretty and happy! I keep making excuses to myself to take breaks from paper work and walk into the barn.

We are experimenting this year with letting a very few our our yarn stores carry our yarns online. We are a small group of women making all of this color and yarn happen. So we are taking the slow and steady approach to all of this so every one is served to the best of our ability. Next week Allison of Simply Socks will have some Blue Moon on her site for a awhile. Allison and I see this happening a few times a year on specific yarns and colorways. I’m excited and honestly a little scared! We are also adding more Yarns stores to our ever expanding family so do check the list on our website!

 

Okay, I should go since my to do list today is terrifying! I hope everyone has a warm and cozy weekend!

Happy Valentines Day!!

“All You Need Is Love”

 

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

 

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done

Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung

Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game

It’s easy

 

Nothing you can make that can’t be made

No one you can save that can’t be saved

Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time

It’s easy

 

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

 

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

 

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

 

Nothing you can know that isn’t known

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be

It’s easy

 

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

 

All you need is love (All together, now!)

All you need is love (Everybody!)

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Yee-hai! (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

 

Yesterday (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Oh yeah! (Love is all you need)

She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)

She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)

 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

So very much snow…

We’ve been closed since Friday due to WINTER!  I hope that by tomorrow it will have melted enough so that team Blue Moon can get here safe and sound.

Mother Nature sure is putting us all through our paces this year.

Hope everyone has been staying safe and warm!

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Drum roll please…

Our  very smart and committed contest winners are:

Ist  CLUB OCD PAYS OFF     Mya

2nd  YAY COLORS!      Jamie

3rd  CLUB COLORS      Hoosknitting

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

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

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

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

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

How about you?

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

 

YAKSI

This yarn is all kinds of wonderful. I could wax poetic about the lovely hand it has and how the only reason you want your knit experience to end is so you can wear it as close to your skin as you can get it. It’s so very soft, with loft from the yak and just enough strength from our silk friend. The best testimonial comes from the adorable Rachel one of Twisted PDX’s lovely worked bees (Twistedista’s) who did a test knit it for us. In her words: “This yarn is maybe one of the best things I’ve ever touched…”  When I brought in Twisted’s first order of YAKSI, I had to gently remind the staff that there was more where that came from or there would have been not a skein left for their customers. As a maker and seller of yarn this is the best testimonial. Colorwise, it’s an exciting dye for me because it starts all yakky brown and heathery before I add my color sense to it. So much fun.

We are offering YAKSI in 8 of our Shaded Solids to start with. 60% Wool/ 20% Yak/  20% Cultivated Silk

Our initial supply is limited so we are offering to you at a special “look we have a wonderful new yarn” price!

We think you’ll agree Rachel, Shannon, all the Twistedista’s and Team Blue Moonies that YAKSI is a must knit.

Tuin from Twist Collective

Its always exciting when a new Twist Collective gets released, and this issue is no different, full of beautiful patterns. Tori Seierstad has created a stunning colorwork yoked sweater named Tuin for Twist Collective, Winter 2013 from our soft and cozy Targhee Worsted yarn. You can find the downloadable pattern here: http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/component/content/article/136-shop/winter-2013-patterns/1637-tuin-by-tori-seierstad

Kate Gilbert from Twist collective had a particular delft blue in mind for this sweater, so I created just the right shaded solid color for her…and of course named it Kate’s Blue. The Jengu used as the contrast color is from our Spirits collection and is spirited from the color blue, so it is a very, very pale echo of the Kate’s Blue and they are lovely together. While we love this sweater in these original colors, there are lots of fun colorways that you could pair up to create your own special sweater. All photos from Twist Collective, by Linus Ouellet.

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Balas Ruby Raglan by Vera Sanon in Knitscene Spring 2014

Vera Sanon is a prolific designer of many elegant designs and this one is no different. A modern interpretation of a baseball tee with a lace bodice and luscious yarn, this pattern uses our Gaea Sport yarn made from 100% organic merino wool in Help Us Rhonda and Everyday Gray. You can find this pattern in the Spring 2014 issue of Knitscene magazine, out on newstands January 14th. All photos from Knitscene Magazine by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography.

Zaria by Shannon Squire

The newest Knitty has lots of lovely patterns, but the Zaria shawl is our favorites, and not just because it uses our Socks that Rock Mediumweight yarn! It was designed by one of our besties….Shannon Squire and is  a simple and yet interesting to knit asymetrical shawl that makes the most of a highly variegated colorway with a contrasting solid. You can find the free pattern here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw13/PATTzaria.php

Shannon knit the original in Mossley Manly with Pond Scum and also did another in Farmhouse with Sunstone. JJ has big plans to knit one in Tempest and Thraven. What about Antiquated System with Bleck, Bittersweet, or Spawn of Scum? Maybe Waltzing Lobelia and What’saabi, Marina, KMBFLA or HRH Princess of Purple Violetta is more to your liking? Smoky Mountain Morning with Single Cell Dating Pool, Pining 4 Ewe and Tempest would be elegant. Ginger Plum-licious with Spores, Smoke on the Water, Ochroid, Poupon, Help us Rhonda, or Cranberry Bogged would be fun to knit. How about Beach Glass with Hazy Shade of Blue, Shoqua, China Rose, or Sadie Sue? Possibly Grayple and Raspberry Mousse, Scum Bubbles, Ochroid, HRH Princess of Purple Violetta, Tina’s Silver Lining or Purple Phantom? I love to help people choose colors for their projects, so if none of these are quite what you are looking for, just send me an email at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com! All photos courtesy of Stefan Lombard, Shannon’s honey bunches.

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Sometimes we drop the ball…

Luckily for me most of then are yarn balls so nothing breaks.  Usually anyway.

I am sorry for disappearing. One of my dearest and oldest friends is loosing her battle with breast cancer. I am spending as much time with her as I can and when I’m not  it is still certainly where my head and heart is.

Paula mentioned to me about the contest winners this morning. I drew a complete and total blank. I know she wondered why I was just staring at her. I almost said to her. “oh hon you’ve been on vacation there’s no contest”.  I caught myself before I actually said it though which is lucky since she had the list of winners in her hand.

So without further ado our, “find the new hues” contest winners.

shannanstitches, Anna and Janis

Congratulations!!! You can contact Paula (paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com) and she will hook you up with your prize.

Thank you to everyone who played.

Note: Gilly is Golly. Actually it should be Golly the Gilly . I’m ever so slightly addicted to the Monarch of the Glenn. Golly is the spitting image of my very scottish grandfather.

1. Chana Masala 2. Cranberry Bogged 3. Gilly ( also known as Golly) 4. Antiquated System 5. As High as an Elephant’s Eye 6. Broody Bantams 7. Dostoevsky’s Crocodile 8. Free Range Chickens 9. Gandalf the Grey 10. Gazing Ball 11. Go Beavs!! 12. Jingle 13. Lavender Fields in the Mist 14. Metaphysical Angst 15. Positive Energy 16. Slithy Toves 17. Tea and Alchemy 18. The Great Northwest 19. The Olive Pit 20. Ginger Plum-licious 21. Who’s the Pumpkin? 22. The Foliage is Falling 23. Lemon Pesto 24. Tomatillo 25. Ish Kabibble

All of the goodies we are taking to Oregon Flock and Fiber have been dyed and we are now working on what Toni Neil will have at Rhinebeck.  The rafters of the dye barn are loaded with beautiful drying hanks of woolly wonder.

We have a few new yarns stores we are adding to the Blue Moon family next month. I’ll tell you about them soon. Pretty excited!!

Be well. Hugs those you love and tell them you do!