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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!

Because I can’t seem to stop and I see no reason to…

Just a few more color duos for our current Mystery Kal! If you want to get in on the fun we will promise shipping arrival if you order by end of business on the 17th. Yes, that is tomorrow!

Here’s my fave and the one I plan on doing no matter what Shannon says!

 

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Gnome on the Range meets KAPOW PaTina!  I’m in Love!! Look at the shimmer. This yarns shimmers it is so pretty and soft. Such a hand this one has.

 

MuddyAutumnBoysenberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little Muddy Autumn Rainbow action first with some Boysenberry

MuddyAutumnTardis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and then with Tardis Blue!

 

MuddyAutumnVineRipened

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and then if that weren’t enough a little Vine-Ripened Red take some of the mud off of our Autumn goddess!

The we have roaming around some…

FreeRangeWhat'saabbi

 

Free Ranging Chicken wondering What’saabi?

Roomwithnoboysenberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Room with No Roof and a little bright and Happy! Boysenberry .

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And for those of you wanted something a wee bit dark and sultry there’s our Grawk friend with H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta. A very Royal duo!

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Speaking of Her Royal Highness, she looks quite stunning sporting some EOS beside her, doesn’t she?

 

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I have a bit of a thing for our color way Antiquated System and I always want to put it with gold so I have down just that. Antiquated Chana Masala.  Yum!

 

If you need color help I’m your girl. Just yell…info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Happy Knitting!

 

Mystery KAL hue thoughts…

Today has been the best of days which is all kinds of awesome since tomorrow is chemo round 2.  Shannon came over and we played one of my favorite games, the colorway matchy-matchy game, for our super fun KAL. It was great for me to be with my color soulmate which is evidenced by all the greens. Believe it or not we even controlled ourselves. Lots and lots of oohs and aahs and talk about, isn’t that the best one, no this none is… .  We had all kinds of fun and also came up with really lovely pairings besides the ones I listed in the first blog post. I am going to put the photos of those first ten here and then, for the next few days,I will post the rest on Instagram and Twitter for you all to see.

Sound good?! There is already one up there. It’s called colorway duo of the day. I picked it out for my friend Anne.

Whenever there is this much color it’s hard to resist making a color wheel so we didn’t!

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See this? This my friends is an expert yarn fluffer!! It was great not to have to fluff my own yarn. ( Stopping now.)

 

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Shannon also tools pics so look for those on her blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright here we are!

YochroidShoqua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoqua and Ochroid

 

Yboysenberrywblues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Blues and Boysenberry

 

ysunsalKblue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate’s Blue and Sun Salutations

 

Yvineripeneptune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vine-Ripened Red and Neptune

 

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HRH and Hot Rod Red

 

ystumptownWHAT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stumptown Brown and What’saabi

 

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Vine-Ripened Red and Passive-Agressive Green

 

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Tardis Blue and Saffron Jungle

 

YochroidVviolet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ochroid and Vancouver Violet

 

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Pond Scum and Smoke on the Water

 

and….a few threesome if you were so inclined to add in a little more spice to your Mystery KAL!!

 

Shoquaochroidlime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limestone, Shoqua and Ochroid

 

StumpBoysenWhat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stumptown, Boysenberry and What’saabi

 

 

HRSHOQHRH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Rod Red, Shoqua and HRH Princess Violetta

 

hotrodsaffronochroid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and for Gail…Hot Rod Red, Ochroid and Vine-Ripened Red

Phew.

If none of these float your little color boat then please do email me info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I’ll make sure you and your door dreams are matched. I might go take a little nap now. xo

It’s a Mystery….

It’s a Knit-a-long…

It’s a Mystery KAL. Yay!!!   I am so very excited about this KAL. It’s been way too long since we had some serious mysterious fun and I do believe this shawlette is going to provide us with hours of color and textural goodness.

I’m so excited!  I’m excited because as I said it’s been too long but also because this KAL is with my dear friend and uber-talented designer Shannon Squire and if that was not enough uses our new Yaksi Fingering that all of you are going to fall head over shoulders for (It’s is a shawlette) .

You can go to RAV find more of the details on the pattern and needs and to purchase.
We’ve listed out a few color pairings here, and there will be photos of them listed on the blog next week, but if you’re dyeing (ha! see what we did there?!?) to get your yarn sooner, here they are. If you’re choosing your own, make sure there’s high contrast, because the Yaksi has a silver base, and darkens things considerably. As always and probably forever I am happy to help consult colors, just email me info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and put KALHUES in the subject line.

 

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Shoqua + Ochroid

Winter Blues + Boysenberry
Sun Salutation + Kate’s Blue

Vine-Ripened Red + Neptune

Tardis Blue + Saffron Jungle
HRH + Hot Rod Red
Stumptown Brown + Whatsaabi

Vine-Ripened Red + Passive-Aggressive Green

Ochroid + Vancouver Violet

Pond Scum + Smoke on the Water
Any Tipsy + Smoke on the Water

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Okay I think that is it for now.  I’m going to take my excited self to the barn to pick out colors.

I LOVE my job!!

and…Shannon

and… you!

Happy Thursday!!

Price Changes

It has been a very long time since we have changed the pricing on most of our garment/accessory type yarns. So…starting next Wednesday just about all of our garment yarns will be going up about 15% give or take a fudge here and there. We wouldn’t want to make things be 34.27 or some such nonsense. I like my numbers tidy where money is concerned. It makes thing easier to add them in my head.

And just because…. our super cute duo of the day. My friend Linda has two of the most dear grandchildren, Ty and Clara, they are just a joy!  Ty loves all things fiber arts related and I believe when he is just a little bit older is going to take the knitting world by storm. He calls me Tina Newton in the dearest way that just about does me in. Both Ty and Clara came to our dye day and played. Ty has been before and had a very clear and distinct vision for his yarn. He named them even!!  Mountain Rainbow and Midnight Sunset. See…he’s gifted! And his little sis Clara is no slouch either look at that pink she has there.  She calls her colorway Happy. Ty thought maybe Pink before you Wink would be good name for hers. It’s a great name and now, thanks to dear Ty and Clara, in the beginning of the Fall season, I am going to have to come up with a Pink before you Wink colorway!

Thank you Linda for sharing these two wonderful souls with me!!! xoxo

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Colorways coming down…

Hey all, here is that list of colorways that we are taking down in the next few days that I promised last Friday.  Sorry! Getting all my ducks and doc appts. lined up for the start of chemo has been kinda crazy! Ducks are so much easier to line up than doctors. ;0)

Ok without further ado here they are:

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If you have any favorite fall blue moon colorways you’d like to see back just let us know in the comments.

Annetarsia!

I LOVE this book!!

I also love Anne but I swear that does not play into how I feel about this book and what Anne has done to Intarsia knitting! I’ll never forget the first time Anne showed me her Intarsia magic. We were sitting on the stairs at Madrona and she whipped out her knitting and excitedly explained in great detail what she was doing. My mind was blown! Once I wrapped my head around it that is. I had felt this way once before when Cat showed me her first new sock construction.  Mind bent so far from norm and then blown!

If you love color work of any kind Anne’s book is a must. Even if you don’t Annetarsia might be just what you were waiting for to make the color work leap.

Annetarsia is a well thought out and implemented book chocked full of information that is well charted and explained.  I was thinking we should do a Blue Moon knit-a-long but then I would have to pick just one of the fun designs Anne has come up with. Maybe we should do a knit-a-long where we just pick one they do not have to be all the same project and knit!  What do you think? You game. If you are email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and we’ll send you a discount code and start a group KAL section section here on the blog!!

Thank you Anne for what is sure to many fun knit hours to come!!

All kinds of color fun!!

 

 

We had so much fun this weekend at our annual barn sale and dye day event.It was a beautiful day for it, if  a bit on the warm side. Thank you everyone who came and shared the day with us!!

 

 

Online Mill End Mystery Bag Sale!

Of course we are having an online Mill End Sale!

They are up on the website right now!

Details are right below, for those of you who are new to our Mystery Bags. I had a whole lot of fun putting these together!! I dyed a whole bunch of them as Rare Gems a few weeks ago and so quite a few of them  have a Rare Gem and then a regular colorway in the package. I love some of the combo’s so much it was exceptionally hard to leave them for you all. Feel the hue love, my friends!!

Years and years ago when I first started over-dyeing  I always had to let someone else rinse and hang them to dry. Otherwise I ended up with half of them in my stash which kinda defeats the purpose. I wasn’t even allowed in the barn while they were drying. I kid you not.  I swear that the barn sale we about 3 years ago was just my stash from all that Rare Gem hoarding. Yeah…the first step is seeing and admitting you have a problem,which is hard when your business is yarn and you have two big storage pods .

Now I’m really good at enjoying them as they come out of the pot without owning them for myself. It makes me feel good that they are off to knitterly homes that will love them as I do. However. the place I fall is in putting the Mystery Bags together. It takes me quite awhile to do because I have to ooh and aw over almost every one and take notes or pictures or both and then I can put them in the tubs to be shipped out to you. I’m so happy with the combo’s in this batch. I wish I had all day to take pictures of them all to show you.

Unfortunately I do not. I have quite the list of things to get done in the next 14 days before my surgery. And yes I am a bit nervous about it all, as it gets closer and closer.

I want to thank everyone who came out this past Saturday to the barn sale. It was truly wonderful to see so many happy familiar faces and have a visit . Thank you to those who made color with us!! So much fun. I’m going to post the  few pictures I have of our fun in the scrolly thing at the top of the blog.

Happy Tuesday!!

If you are new to our Mystery bags this is how it works:

We created our grab bags a few summers ago when we had a substantial mill end surplus. It was such a huge success, and loads of fun for us, that we decided to make it a summer tradition (as long as we have mill ends). The bags are still grouped by yarn size and is exclusively sock yarn. I’m your color grabber for these bags. I have so much fun putting all of these bags together choosing for the most colour joy. I have spent the past day filling the bags in a very thoughtful, hue inspired way. There are all kinds of color combos, who knows you might even get a Rare Gem! Some are seasonal hues, some bright and in your face, some dark, sexy and mysterious.

There’s no limit to wicked colour fun. I hope you enjoy getting them as much as I enjoy making them!

All of the Mystery Bags are made with our beloved Socks that Rock. We consider most of these skeins Mill Ends. Our Mill Ends are skeins that either have an under-plied section, a knot (or three), or a colour boo boo. We use these skeins all the time ourselves. There are really no huge flaws, we just feel that they are not up to our standards enough to charge our regular price.

Supplies are limited and these go very fast, especially the lightweight.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

Grab bag description:

2 skeins of Socks that Rock® mediumweight – Mill End Mystery Bag
100% Superwash Merino
405 yds / 370m, 6.0 oz / 170g (per skein)
$34.00 each

2 skeins of Socks that Rock® lightweight – Mill End Mystery Bag
100% Superwash Merino
2 Skeins at: 405 yds / 370m, 5.15 oz / 146g (per skein)
$30.00 each

 

A good way to start the week!