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Mornings in Paris

Isn’t this a beautiful shawl?!

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It’s Mornings in Paris designed by Angela Baldi

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Angela submitted this design to us in a call for submission for the sock club. We thought it would look beautiful in a shaded solid and did not have plans to send out a shaded solid for that month of the club. So we asked her if she wanted to work together on something fun with this design and she did. We decided on Yaksi Fingering as the yarn based because of the drape and well,  it is just an exquisite yarn, especially for shawls. There are two sizes for you to choose from ( We do love to have choices) the smaller shawlette takes one skein and the larger Shawl takes two. For what it is worth, my two cents is that you are going to want to knit the larger one. It’s just so pretty. The larger Mornings in Paris is knit in The New Color of Love and the smaller on is knit in Help US Rhonda.

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Angela has a KAL that starts on June 10 and a rav group to support it. We have supplied a discount for Yaksi Fingering for the KAL . 

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I think Mornings in Paris is not only a wonderful Summer knit, just the kind to hold our attention but not too much to distract us from boating on the bay, but also a great summer shawl to wear around town when those cooler ocean breezes blow in.

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Thanks Angela for a stunning design and for a fun summertime knit.

Another week flies by or time flies when you’re dyeing yarn!

It’s Friday already. How does that happen? It seems like just yesterday it was Monday and then boom, here we are at Friday.

Since it means I have another week of radiation under my belt with only 8 more treatments to go I will say, Hi-dee-ho Friday so very good to see you and move on.

We have been very busy little dyers prepping Twisted for the Rose City Yarn Crawl and also dyeing all the BFL Sport ordered for the Big Ass Skein Club, plus a few LYS orders thrown in for good measure.  So much BFL and LSS!!  The Lan Su colorway I created for Twisted for our beloved RCYC is so pretty in the LSS, especially when there’s almost 100 skeins of it hanging gracing the rafters in the dye barn.  I want to put it all in a big pile and crawl into and take a dreamy nap.

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Twisted is seriously stocked with Blue Moon yarns and color for the crawl. The two colorways I created are Lan Su in honor of our magical Chinese Garden and Saturday Market.  I had so much fun coming up with these two colorways. Saturday Market was easy peasy I just went with bright, happy with a smidge of hippie and a dash of rainbow. A little tie dye inspiration. I love Yasgur’s Farm Market Bag that Megan Parrish designed. It’s the perfect compliment to my Saturday Market colorway and to our local craft and farmer’s markets, especially our Saturday Market.

And then there’s Lan Su Garden Cowl by Katherine Leek which is so very pretty. I think everyone is going to want to knit themselves at least one of these. I definitely want one in the Lan Su colorway.  Then again I also might want a blanket with LSS or Sookie in the Lan Su colorway with it’s depth of watery hues.

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On Sunday March 8th, the last day of the crawl, Blue Moon will have a trunk show at Twisted with all of our most recent designs and, also, some of our long standing most popular. We are lucky enough to have our 2 designs by Carol Feller from this past Fall, Capall Dubh and Landscape Waves. So if you want a gander at those they will be there in all of their knit glory.

I hope everyone has an absolute blast!! We are so lucky to have such a fun and well organized yarn crawl. I think we all should take a moment to appreciate and even thank those who work so hard to make this happen fr us. As someone who has organized big things I know a whole lot of work is involved.

 

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As I said earlier we dyed the first round of BFL orders for The Big Ass Skein Society! Those will be shipping out on Monday and Tuesday. I can’t wait to see all of these colorways knit up into that beautiful shawl, Vesna that Shannon designed.

One of the best parts of these knit-a-longs is seeing how all the colors knit in one pattern. I walk in the barn and look at them all hanging there and think to myself ( but often out loud) “Wow I never thought of that colorway for this.”  over and over and over. I am sure everyone else in the barn gets sick of this but for me it is constant wonder and magic.

One other thing before I head off to check on the baby chicks the Rockin’ Whorl Club will ship out on Monday. Sorry for the 2 day delay. I forgot there were not 31 days in this month and evidently right now I really need my months to have 31 days in them. I promise it is worth the wait. I love this color and fiber combo so much that it kind of makes me weak in the knees.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I plan on not getting up at 5:00 am and maybe catching up on Grimm!

BASS Update

I’m so excited because today is the first pattern release for the Big Ass Skein Society. There’s a couple of things I would like to mention.

First is the coupon code. It is valid until April 21st, 2015. The way you get the code is from Shannon. It will be with the pdf downloads tomorrow. Now onto redeeming the code. There’s a coupon code box on the Blue Moon order form. When you go to order your yarn please make sure you type in the code in that little box to get your 10% off. If you forget you can email is at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and we will help you.

Now a little about the yarn. All of our yarns are individually hand-painted to order just for you. Usually we re-skein our garment yarns so they look all pretty like they will when they are knit up before shipping them out. However, because of the volume of orders during knit-a-longs we do not re-skein your yarn in order to get everyone can get their orders in a timely fashion. What this means is that some colors may appear splotchy in the skein, but as you see from the photos of finished objects, that is what makes the shaded variation in hue throughout the skein. The dark and light splotchy places are intentional.

Debra, Shannon and I compiled a list of colors we recommend for this project, but, as Shannon likes to say, you are the boss of your knitting, and you can do whatever your knitterly heart desires. The world is your rainbow! Below is our list of recommended colors.

Don’t forget to head on over to Shannon’s Ravelry group for information on knit-a-longs, contests, pattern support and community!

True Blood Red, Pistachio, Sea Foam Home, Buttah, Passive Aggressive Green, Meet Brown Joe,
Saffron Jungle, Manly Yes, Everyday Grey, Bleck, Winter Solstice, Porcini, KMBFLA, Nyame,
Jade, Ochroid, 24 Karat, Spinel, Cariblue, Midsummer’s Night, Spores, Boysenberry… and of course, Pond Scum!!! So many colors, Ravens and Spirits too.

Have a lovely weekend!

Madrona

Starting next week on Thursday the 12th, begins the Pacific Northwest’s knitter’s paradise , otherwise known as the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.  Knitters from all over the world will be descending upon the magical Hotel Murano in Tacoma Washington to have a grand ol’ knit time. I have to say that since Blue Moon stopped having a booth at shows this is the one I miss the most. I don’t really miss the work involved with the packing and unpacking but I really miss seeing everyone. I was going to come for the day but I just started radiation and I feel like I need to rest instead.

However, I will be there in a fibery way. We are sending quite a bit of yarn this year to The Fiber Gallery. So do check in with Mary at The Fiber Gallery’s booth. She will have a bunch of new colorways in Socks that Rock, one of which is our special Madrona colorway, Madrona Madness.  I love this colorway it is just so very happy and bright!

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Along with Socks that Rock Mary will have our Targhee Worsted, Silky Victoria, Woobu, Yaksi Fingering, Sookie and Rustica!! I don’t know how she is going to fit it all in her booth. Mary will also have both of Carol Feller’s sweaters, Capall Dubh and Landscape Waves along with designs from Shannon Squire and Karen Alfke. I am so lucky to get to work with suck talented designers as these three.

If you are a weaver or are interested in learning weaving Tracy Irwin will be in the rotunda with some looms spreading the weaving love. We have two beautiful scarves that my buddy Lisa Kobeck designed and wove for us in our Rustica yarn. They are so beautiful!! Mary will have one of those sample in her booth and Tracy will also have one with her along with what she has on her loom.

 

So even though I can’t be there in person I am sending a whole bunch of colorful wool love!!

I hope everyone has a grand time!

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Boo!

Scared you didn’t I?

Sorry that it’s been awhile since I was here in any real sense. The last part of this round chemo got a bit rough especially with the holidays thrown into the mix. Good news though. Chemo is done!!! Yay!

Now I get 4 weeks off before I start my 6 weeks of radiation. I don’t mind telling you I need the break.  There are quite a few things I’m looking forward to now that I’m not on my cancer cell destroying healing cocktail and one of them is new colorway creating and knitting. I’ll tell you, one of the most frustrating parts of this last drug is that one of  the side effects is neuropathy in your fingers and toes which is painful, weird and makes knitting (the finger part not the toe part, hehe) not the wonderful stress reducing creative outlet that it usually is. Awful right? I don’t mind telling you that it took a bit to wrap my head around that one. I had a few chats with the powers-that-be about their wicked and seriously twisted sense of humor. Alas, as is true most times with powers-that-be, they were unimpressed.

So… since it’s going to take me a bit to create new hues for us all. We thought, while I am on my new hues mission, to first take down the holiday colorways on Tuesday the 20th and then… for all kinds of fun, to put up colorways we have not seen in awhile.  A bit of an oldies but goodies kind of thing!

We’ve had quite a few requests over the past few months for some of these colorways like Fluorite. Cobblestone County, Minestone and Carbon Dating, which is what inspired this idea. I’m pretty excited because some of these are on my personal favorites list.

I love, love, love Cobblestone County.  Oh, oh, and Marbles, don’t even get me started on Marbles, I was so completely obsessed with this colorway for so long it’s all I wanted to knit with. Oh and then there’s Mesa. Okay, you get the idea. I can see how this is going to roll for me though, Debra is going to have to hide yarn from me again. Oh well, there are worse things eh?

If there is a Blue Moon colorway you have not seen in a good long time then this is your chance. You can let us know by posting it in the comments section here.

If for some reason you did not get an email from us or see the RSC and Facebook posts I want to mention here that Rockin’ Sock Club sign-ups are live and still open. So if you want to get in on our 10th Anniversary sock knitting party you still have time.

We will be closing it down sooner than we have in the past few years so we have a bag count for Queen Bee Creations so don’t wait too long.

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I have been going through our sock club archives both digitally and knit-wise and it has been all kinds of fun to see where we’ve been, the fun we’ve had and the accomplishments we’ve made.

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…and then there are the socks.

So very many socks!

Bins of socks.

It never fails every time I drag out the bin of socks the delightfully whimsical Dr Seuss’s, Fox in Socks starts to go through my head.  All those foxes in socks and chicks with bricks and of course Mr Knox sir with slow Joe Crow sewing Sue’s clothes and Sue sewing hose on slow Joe’s nose all while those silly tweetle beetles battle in puddles with paddles!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Happy! Merry!

Merry Christmas!

We here in the land of stitches, yarn, fiber, color and chickens wish you all the happiest, peaceful and love-filled of holidays!

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New designs!

A not so little Ditty!

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Seriously, when Shannon told me that she named this cowl Ditty I almost choked on my tea. Ditty is a stunning and cozy cowl knit out of our super soft and very bulky Sookie, so the chances of it being a little Ditty is pretty funny. A Ditty it is though.  I’m having a pretty heavy duty love affair with a few of our new yarns right now and Sookie is at the very top of the list.  It is sinfully soft and lofty. I just want to dump a few bales of it on the floor of the dye barn, curl up in it and take a very long cat nap. Once you start knitting with Sookie  you are not going to be able to stop. Really, I kid you not, one skein is not going to be enough. You will not be able to knit just one! Lucky for us that Ditty is a quick knit so you don’t have to knit just one.

Shannon’s Ditty is the perfect fun cozy quick Holiday knit. Anyone you gift this cozy cowl with will be thrilled and super warm all winter long. What better way to fight of the winter blues than with a not, so little, Ditty. You can purchase Shannon’s Ditty here!

Ditty Photo credit: Stefan Lombard

That is a whole lot of knit-love but wait…there’s more!

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As I am sure you’ve seen Twist Collective’s Winter Issue is live!  It is stunning. Absolutely every knit thing is wonderful. A round of appreciative knitterly applause to Kate Gilbert and her team for constantly going that extra step. Just when you think she cannot possible top herself she does! Thank you Kate for all of the hard work I know goes into each and every issue! You have our undying and also our dyed (in the wool) love.

Caldera  designed by one of Blue Moon’s dear friends, the talented and very clever Sandi Rosner, is a stunning pullover with exquisite detail work in the ribbing and what looks to be the coziest of button down cowl collars.  I love the detail on the ribbing and how flattering the shaping is. The colorway’s not to shabby either. Sandi used our luxurious Gaea in the colorway Blue for Ewe. Seeing Caldera in Blue for Ewe makes me wish I looked better in blues.  I was pretty excited when Sandi told me she was designing something for Twist with my Gaea and now that I have seen Caldera in all of her glory I am beyond thrilled. Hmmm…what color to dye to this lovely piece for me? Maybe Grimm Green? Adding a little green to blue usually works for me. Caldera Photo Credit: Jame Brittain

 Last but not least, have you seen our ad in this issue of Twist?

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It’s Carol Feller’s Landscape Waves in our Targhee Worsted in one of my very favorite color ways Spawn of Scum! Carol and I have similar tastes in color ways which is alway nice.  I have as much of a love affair going for this sweater as I do for Sookie. I love the cables and how they frame the rib and how it all comes together in this poem of a cardigan. You can purchase Carol pattern directly from her.

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Landscape Waves Photo Credit: Joseph Feller

A embarrassment of riches! I have to say all of this wonderful designs by these creative women feels a bit overwhelming. I don’t know how to choose, I love them all so much! Maybe, if I am a good little knitter, Santa will leave these under the tree for me ( they certainly will not fit in my stocking).

Thank you Shannon, Sandi and Carol for sharing your design talents with us! We are ever so grateful.

Speaking of gratitude, we here at Blue moon would like to say THANK YOU to all of you, knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers… who make it possible for us to do what we love!  Also a very special Thank you to our LYS’s who make up such an integral and fun branch of our Blue Moon family.

To our fibery, spinner friends, we are putting the next installment of the Rockin’ Whorl Spinning Club up for sale this week. Yes, just in time for holiday gift giving and receiving. I’m so very excited about this offering. There’s a blend I’ve been lusting after having for quite awhile now and a fiber that is a bit new to me and one that is an very dear old friend. I hope you’ll join me again as we explore these fiber types and spin our fiber tales!

Our holiday shipping deadlines:  Based on what we know of USPS holiday shipping madness, we kindly request you have your holiday dyeing needs to us by the 10th of December so we can make sure you have then in time for the holidays. Remember you can also purchase a Blue Moon gift certificate for the knitter you love!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating!

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 paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com 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!

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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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!!

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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.

Shifting colorways…

Like shifting sands through the hourglass and, of course, the Days of our Lives – so… it’s time for our official fall and holiday colorway change.  As many of you have gently reminded us.  Thanks for that by the way. It’s good to know you are loved!

Our humble tonal apologies for our tardiness, we’ve been swamped with getting everyone their yarn for the two wonderful KAL’s we are lucky enough to be  part of with  Shannon Squire and Carol Feller!  Also… a myriad of LYS orders, so you can waltz into your fav local yarn store and fondle Blue Moon yarns in person! You can check our list of LYS’s here.  It’s a constantly evolving list so check it often.  If  you do not see your fav yarn store on our list please do drop us a line and let us know. Remember your local yarn store’s best asset is you! info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Okay without further ado our list of colorways that are headed off to the spa for a bit of a rehuevenation! These color ways will come down on Monday the 6th of October and the new ones will go up Friday the 10th.

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It’s pretty color happy place in the barn these days! Aren’t skeins sexy!

One last piece if you have yet to order your yarn for Carol’s KAL we request that you do so soon we have plenty of time to get it to you!   Thank you!

Happy Thursday!