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GGG! Gratitude and Gilmore Girls.

FullSizeRender“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” Albert Schweitzer

One of the biggest gifts that cancer has given me is the act of working on being grateful everyday. I am a work in progress which is why I say I work on it everyday. Some days it is easier to do than others. The days and times that it is the hardest are the places I learn the most and experience the deepest peace, love and happiness.

When we feel it is the darkest is the time where we need to be as grateful for every single moment. In my experience gratitude lights up the darkness!

I have a whole lot to be grateful for in my life. One of those things is that I get to do what I love and to serve fiber and color lovers like yourselves which is a great gift!!

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!!


You are the best and I love being a part of your lives and having you be part of mine!

I am so very, very grateful!!!

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I know that a whole lot of us are seriously excited for the Netflix Gilmore Girls reunion shows this weekend! I really am. I have lost count of how many times I have watched this lovely small town quirky show with my girls. It is our feel good go to show. How many of us would love to live in Stars Hollow??
Of course I had to come up with a few colorways to commemorate this event. There are so many colorway possibilities. I chose 3 of my favorite aspects of the show.

Starting from the left of the photo and working to the right we have: Luke’s, Stars Hollow and ” I Smell SNOW!!

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We have 15 sets of this lovely stitch markers from ~ A needle Runs Through It ~ that we are going to give away this weekend.
We are going to draw 15 knitters from all who order this weekend starting today (Friday) at noon and going until Monday at noon both Pacific time.
What we would LOVE for you to do is in the notes section of your order tell us who your favorite character is. You can also tell us why but you don’t have to. We will randomly choose from those orders and send the stitch markers out when your order is ready!

Also, if a dyer was going to make more Gilmore Girl colorways what would you like to see? I would love it if you put your suggestions in the comments section of this post. Please be as descriptive as possible. It can be a character or a place or a moment. Anything Gilmore Girls!

Okay I have to go help Maggie finish dyeing. It is just the two of us today.

Before I go I would like to point out the blog post before this one by our friend Karen Alfke. She will be posting about once a week about knit goodness that she has cooked up or found on the interwebs with our yarns.
Thank you Karen for being our knitter in the field!!

I am going to dye some Sookie in ” I Smell SNOW!! And knit a special Stars Hollow super duper cozy cowl!!

What cowls are you knitting???

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Cowls Gone Wild!!

Our new colorways are live as promised!
There are fifteen of them. I know!

Here they are in all their glory. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I do creating them! I enjoy creating them quite a bit!

Our lovely friend Karen Alfke has been doing some Cowl knitting as part of our Holiday Cowlathon.
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Our Targhee Bulky in our colorway, In the Navy. Pattern: Blue Plaid by Alicia Plummer

US9/5.5mm needles, with US8/5mm for ribbed edgings

Karen’s knit-notes: Loved the soft ‘sproing’ of the Targhee Bulky for this one! Targhee holds the stitch definition so nicely – the ridges of garter really stand out. This generous cowl can be worn draped open to make a dramatic statement over a coat, or doubled up around the neck for cozy warmth. A super-fun knit: the 12 rounds of just knits and purls keep your interest while you’re knitting. And the finished piece would make a great gift for a worthy recipient.

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Vineyard Cowl by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Knit in our super yummy Crackpaca in the colorway Big Brain Blue

Karen’s knit-notes: This is just about the coziest cowl I’ve ever knitted – I don’t want to take it off, even indoors! It’s a great way to get a taste of Crackpaca. And the stitch pattern is wicked fun – a 4-round repeat that you just won’t want to put down.

It looks like little mock cables, but it’s all done with increases & decreases and lifting stitches over, so no need for a cable needle! At around 200 yards per cowl, so you could knit several for gifts. I’ve known knitters who have made multiples already this Fall (they’re ahead of the game for the holidays for sure!)

Starting today and going until next Friday we are offering out Targhee Bulky and Crackpaca at a 10% off the regular price discount.
The discount code is: cowlsgonewild2
There will be a discount code box on your order from when you go to check out!

If you missed the details of our Holiday Cowlathon here they are from my last blog post.
Cowls are wonderful winter wardrobe enhancers and warmers! As knitter’s they are usually a pretty quick knit which makes them seriously great for holiday knitting and gift giving.
Add in with great patterns and the perfect yarn and color combination you have a recipe for joy.

We are going to make suggestions every week for cowl patterns we love with yarn suggestions we think would be wonderful combinations with said patterns. Of course will have some discounts and colorway ideas. Since we (me) always have colorway ideas!!

Really you can knit whatever pattern you like as long as it is a cowl knit in a Blue Moon yarn. We ask that after your cowl is knit that you post a picture of it on instagram and tag us @bluemoonfiberarts and the designer of the cowl. Also please use the following hashtags #holidaycowlathon #bluemoonfiberarts so we can all share in the fun.

Here are the cowlcentives:
Knit and instagram
1 cowl you receive a 5% discount code
2 cowls gets you a 10% discount coed
3 cowls gets you a 15% discount code
and 4 cowls gets you a 20% discount code

Discount codes will be sent out at the end of December and are good until April 1st.

Okay my dear, dear knitting friends, take care, be good to each other and have a good weekend.

Color and cowls!

I have been a little possessed by cowls lately! I blame our Single Silk Targhee and our Crackpaca which I feel is only fair since they are both the cozy kind of yarn you want to snuggle up into! So soft and cozy that you want them around your neck when those cold winter winds start to blow! At least I do. I am so in love with our Loophole Cowl that I wear the sample around the house on those mornings when there is still a bit of a chill in the air.

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Maggie and I were chatting in the barn this week about holiday knitting and cowls and life. I was thinking we should have a Blue Moon Holiday Cowlathon! Right?!

Then Maggie and I looked at each other and both wondered out-loud, at the same time, what that would look like exactly.
Ideas like these do run rampant in the dye barn in the wee hours (6:00 am) of the morning. It’s later in the day when we are fully awake and caffeinated that we get down to the knitty gritty ~ we need a plan ~ aspect of our early morning musings.

So here’s the plan, as we have it so far. It might evolve a little more but this is a good beginning!

Cowls are wonderful winter wardrobe enhancers and warmers! As knitter’s they are usually a pretty quick knit which makes them seriously great for holiday knitting and gift giving.
Add in with great patterns and the perfect yarn and color combination you have a recipe for joy.

We are going to make suggestions every week for cowl patterns we love with yarn suggestions we think would be wonderful combinations with said patterns. Of course will have some discounts and colorway ideas. Since we (me) always have colorway ideas!!

Really you can knit whatever pattern you like as long as it is a cowl knit in a Blue Moon yarn. We ask that after your cowl is knit that you post a picture of it on instagram and tag us @bluemoonfiberarts and the designer of the cowl. Also please use the following hashtags #holidaycowlathon #bluemoonfiberarts so we can all share in the fun.

Here are the cowlcentives:
If you knit and instagram
1 cowl you receive a 5% discount code
2 cowls gets you a 10% discount coed
3 cowls gets you a 15% discount code
and 4 cowls gets you a 20% discount code

Discount codes will be sent out at the end of December and are good until April 1st.

The yarns we have on discount right now are Featherlight and Silky BFL! (Price listed right now is the sale price)

Our cowl pattern suggestions for the week are:
Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland

Textural Healing Cowl by Shannon Squire

Ghazal Cowl by Katherine Leek

There we go…a good beginning!

Have a lovely weekend!

Christmas colors at Blue Moon

The sun (yay!!) is peaking through the trees this morning which it has not done here in about a week so I am feeling the Friday love this morning!!

We have done our colorway change and put up a whole bunch of our holiday colorways. I really love this aspect of a colorway change. Making new colorways is all kinds of fun but I also really enjoy revisiting older ones or ones we offer only once a year which is the case with holiday ones.

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A little Rudolph’s Revenge!

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…and one of my favorites Ginger’s Gnome Home!

If there is a holiday colorway you would like to see return that is not on the website right now please do let us know!!

I can not wait to dye a some of these up in our new yarn bases like Crackpaca and Super Sparkle. Oh…and Single Silk Targhee!!

Christmas cowls!!! If I had the time I would so knit all of my loved ones a cowl in either our Single Silk Targhee or Crackpaca.

Our KALS start really soon and we have been busting out the Single Silk Targhee and Spell Shawl Kits. We have shipped out the bulk of these orders and working on the rest which will ship out today and on Monday!

I have thinking it would be fun to play a few games/contests and I have really been wanting to do an instagram contest.
We were thinking it might fun for us to post a picture a week of an older colorway and have you guys guess what it is.

The first person to guess and respond on our instagram feed where the picture is, gets a skein of that colorway in Socks that Rock Lightweight!

Please use the following hashtags: #bluemoonfiberarts #whatsthatcolorway

We will start this contest on Monday. I will post the first picture then. Our instagram feed is

Okay I have such a seriously full day today I do not know How I am going to squeeze it in.

I am working on new holiday colorways. So if there is something you’d like s to see us do. Write a description in the comments section of this post please and I will do mt very best!

Have the loveliest of weekends my friends!

Seasonal shift in color, knitting and time…

I fully intended to have this done by now but this day totally got away from me, as they sometimes do. Such a full few weeks. I am so happy that it is Friday. I plan on spending a whole lot of time with my couch and some knitting!

Okay first things first, it is time for a seasonal color shift. We need to make room for holiday colors both our old friends and some new ones!!

Below is a list of the colorways that are going off to Hue-Spa for a respite. If there are any colorways you’d like to see return, especially holiday ones, please leave a comment on this post and we will do our best to add it in to the line-up.

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We have so very many holiday colorways.So many that I don;t think I even know them all. Maybe you’d like to help me compile a list? We could do it in the comments here.

I want to say a big ol’ thank you to all of our Sock club members for your patience with this very late shipment. We started referring to it here and the never-ending-shipment. It has all shipped!
Speaking of shipping, we did get a little bogged down with the KAL orders and then add in the illness that hit us like a ton of bricks, having someone on vacation and then that wicked wind storm which took out our power. Well… . We shipped so many packages out this week and the rest will leave here on Monday and Tuesday. In plenty of time for all KALS!!!

Thank you for your patience!!!

As always it was really wonderful to see all of the different colorways everyone chose for their Luwan sweater. I can’t wait to see them when you are all finished knitting them. I am really excited to see the Flamingo Feet one!! I know… right??

It’s not too late to join Carol’s KAL!! We will do our very best to get you your yarn as close to the 5th as possible. Unless you are international.

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Our other KAL is Shannon’s Spell Shawl!! I’m pretty smitten with this shawl and our charmed kits. I have spent the past three days dyeing kits. So much fun. Shannon and I even came up with a spell that will be in your package, besides the color one of course.

I really, really want to join this KAL so much. It appeals to me in so many ways. Now I just have to choose a kit. Maybe one of these two?

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Always my problem. So many colors and so little time!!!

Ok it is getting late and I really need to get this posted.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! I am going to take a long walk and enjoy the amazing colors our trees are giving us right now!

So very many things….

It’s Thursday evening and I am writing this before I head to bed because we are in the middle of a big storm and the power is going to go out as it does and I want you to know about all the goodness!

Okay so first let’s talk about New York Sheep and Wool Festival lovingly refered to as Rhinebeck by most of us and Woodstock Fleece Festival in Ontario.

See these three lovely souls?

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That is Nan, Bill and Toni who will be at The Fold’s (Booth 32, 33, Bldg B) with all kinds of Blue Moon goodness! Please do stop by and say hi and maybe bestow a nice warm and wooly hug! Shannon’s Spell Shawl (Which you can read more about and see kit pics in the header post above.) and our charmed gradient kits are there along with our new cowl, Loophole!! Maggie and I cooked up a wonderful scarf/cowl duo in Single Silk Targhee in my current favorite colorway Heckley Speckley. Such a fun knit and the coziest cowl. We’ve been fighting over it in the barn.

Toni also has our Rhinebeck colorway!! along with all of our Targhee yarns including our fab new sock yarn Tigger Targhee!

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Isn’t pretty! Toni and I got to create this one together when she was here a few weeks ago so it is super special!
And yes,for those of us that are not at Rhinebeck you can get it here on the website as promised.

Knit Season means show season and this weekend there is also the Woodstock Fleece Festival in Ontario.Terri at Feather Your Nest will be there with a whole bunch of Blue Moon goodness including Socks that Rock, Tigger Targhee and Single Silk Targhee … .

I hope everyone who is attending these wonderful shows had a grand time!

Here are a few pics of LOOPHOLE as a cowl.The scarf pics did not turn out so well so I am re-shooting once this storm lets up a bit.The pattern will be on the website sometime this Friday.

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It was great fun working on this design with Maggie so I think we will be doing a bit more.

I do hope you will join us for what is most definitely a charmed KAL, Shannon’s Spell Shawl. We both a kind of witchy and might have a thing for All Hallow”s Eve so brewing up our color spells and charmed stitches was just too much fun. The texture on this shawl is seriously wonderful. I love our Featherlight yarn quite a bit but had never felt or seen it knit double. Oh my goodness!! I think we are all going to want to knit this in a few color spells. I know desperatley want to cast on one in Fangorn Forest and Expecto Arum and maybe also Tasseomancy.
So many knit wants and so little time.

Okay well I am sure I am forgetting something. It has been quite the week!

Spell Shawl KAL

Are you looking for an excuse to get your hands on a Gradient Set of Featherlight? If so, your wishes have been granted, my friends – Shannon and I have cooked up a potion you won’t be able to resist – the Spell Shawl.

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Shannon’s version uses the new gradient set Halloween Town, and we are dy(e)ing (see what we did there?) to see this shawl knit up in ALL of the color sets we put together. Seriously, folks, 900 yards never did knit up so fast, because you’re doubling your yarn the whole way through!

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The gradients shift in such a lovely way in this easy yet super-fun-to-knit shawl. The best part? If you purchase Shannon’s pattern, you’ll get a 15% discount code (there’s a separate pdf in the pattern files) for a gradient set of your very own! And, we’re going to have a KAL that begins on, fittingly enough, Halloween. Head to Shannon’s Ravelry group to join the KAL. In other words…

In order to make
a shawl that’s great
gather your tools.
Don’t be a fool…
order a kit.
And never quit
until you’re done.
But have some fun
for this shawl is rad…
and you’ll be sad
if you miss out on this
and all the bliss
from making a shawl
to wear all fall.

Who’s in?

Autumn KALS are here!!!!!!!

I so look forward to our Autumn KALS especially since we started working with the ever so creative, queen of the short row, Carol Feller! As I am sure I have said before I pretty much love just about everything that comes off Carol’s needles and am thrilled that she loves to work with my yarn!

As soon as I held our Single Silk Targhee in my hands, when it waltzed in the dye barn door last fall, I knew I wanted to send it to Carol to see what kind of sweater goodness she would dream up.

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Photo Credit: Joseph Feller

It’s a dream alright! Luwan  is a super textured pull-over with some really graceful sloping lines ( thank you short rows) that is going to be such a wonderful everyday kind of sweater!  Our Single Silk Targhee adds the extra cozy factor to Luwan. I know some of us are a little wary of knitting garments out of singles because of the pilling aspect. Well, my knitterly friends that is why we made this one out of Targhee which is soft but not too fine and silk. Targhee is a bit more durable that an fine merino and with the added silk you have a match made in fiber heaven. When we wash and dye it we full it a bit to add even more durability for and softness for wearing. You want this next to your skin!!! Because the Targhee has a bit more crimp and elasticity to it also makes Single Silk Targhee a single among singles!

Carol was a little concerned about the singleness of our yarn so she gave her swatch to her boys to abuse and it passed their tests with flying colors!!

I hope you will join us in what s sure to be a fun knit and a lovely wear! Because of all the texture Luwan will look good in just about any colorway we have even BeSpeckled ones! Please, oh please, someone knit a Heckley Speckley one.

When you purchase the pattern from Carol she has a discount code that is good for 10% off Single Silk Targhee and Targhee Worsted.

Since they are the same gauge we have added Targhee Worsted to the discount and knit option for this sweater for those of you that feel the need for a plied yarn.

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All that texture! So yummy!! Carol knit her Luwan in our Deep Unrelenting Grey!  What are you going to knit yours out of??

That is a whole lot of KAL joy but it is not all we have!

My buddy Shannon and I have been brewing up a little color spell for you knit pleasure in honer of Autumn, All Hallows Eve and our super sassy witchy selves!

Here’s a very small peek at Shannon’s Spell Shawl and the pile of kits I am putting together for it! You are so going to love this one! Also a whole lot of texture and using our lovely Featherlight! Another super wonderful single!  I sense a theme!!!

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We will be casting our colorful spell on Wednesday October 12th!!!

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I am really going to need a few more hours in the day!!!!

Okay before I go take boxes to the PO I wanted to mention that we are hiring. If you are interested in working with and awesme team creating all kinds of goodness send us an email at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I ‘ll send you the details!

Have a lovely weekend. Some of you I will see on Sunday at the dye cauldron here in Blue Moon land!!!

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Fall has arrived!!! New Colors and other goodness.

I have been having ever so much fun making new Fallish colorways. Autumn is my season. I love every little thing about it, from the bountiful harvest to the falling of the leaves with all of the colorful changes in between!

Also, being the witchy type of woman that I most certainly am, one of my favorite holidays is part of this season ~ Halloween!!

So I have been at my cauldron of color creating all sorts of hue potions for us to play with. I’m pretty excited about some of these so I hope you like them!

Meet my new color besties…

I will most undoubtedly be adding to this within the next few weeks. We have Hanksgiving and Spooky Specks and I have a Coven series of tinted greys I am working on. So stayed tune for more colors from the crypt.

I am also working on a super fun super simple scarf/cowl design with one of my dyer’s Maggie. We will release this pattern withing the next few weeks. Just in time for Rhinebeck and Holiday knitting. Here’s a sneak peak of the cip (cowl in progress) chilling with some pumpkins. The colorway is Heckley Speckley and the yarn is none other than the super fabulous, serious yummy, Single Silk Targhee.  What better way to enjoy an afternoon than to knit with one of your favorite yarns ( don’t want to make the other yarns jealous) in on of your current favorite colorways.

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Don’t tell the other colorways but I do not think I have loved a colorway as I do Heckley Speckley since Pond Scum. I want to dye all the yarns and fibers in it. It is really beautiful on Crackpaca too.

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We just took this bundle of goodness to Twisted. All kinds of colors of Crackpaca and Super Sparkle. So if you are here for Oregon Flock and Fiber and have not had your fiber fill stop by and get your Sparkle on and squeeze some Crackpaca.

Loopy Ewe is also now carrying Crackpaca!!

My good friend Toni Neil of The Fold is here visiting this weekend and we plan on hitting OFFF on Saturday. Hope it does not rain too hard!! I need to see some fiber friends and pet some sheep and hold a bunny or two!

Toni and I are working on all of our Rhinebeck offerings so if there is something special you’d like to see let me know. Today we are going to make the Special Rhinebeck 2016 colorway which we have never had the chance to do together.

As promised I have added a few new Dye Camp sessions to our roster. I am loving getting back into teaching and plan on doing a whole lot more. So if there is any color or dye theme you would like to see let me know.

I also put up our next Rockin’ Whorl Club offerings. We are going to play with long wools and mohair. Since Wensleydale was my first ever fiber crush ( obsession) I have over the years developed quite an appreciation for the long wools breeds. I hope you will join me as we explore all the history of these breeds and how best to process, dye, spin and knit or weave with them.

Okay I am off to the dye barn to dye all the yarn! To make new seasonal color story and gradient kits ( we might have a KAL with Miss Shannon with these soon) and to tint me some witchy greys!

This dyer is on fire!!!

Have a great weekend!

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A week and then some!

This week did not have the best start for me.

You know when you’ve made all kinds of awesome plans and… it’s a three day weekend, and one of your besties is coming for a long visit, and you are going to one of your favorite events of the season Art in the Pearl, and you are so excited and have been looking forward to it for months. You know that kind of excitement?! You know what happens next right? Big fat buckets of rain kind of thunderstorm on my parade. I woke up Saturday morning with a very painful, red and hot arm (the one they took all the lymph out of) . I had cellulitus!! Argh!!!! Turns out when you have lymphedema like I do, you are more susceptible. Sigh. Sick as the proverbial dog. Luckily for me my oh so wonderful buddy was here. She took such good care of me.  (Thank you Karen!!)  I don’t know what I would have done without her. I have not been that sick in awhile.

So it has colored my week a little as far as energy goes. The antibiotic has worked wonders though and I am almost as good as I was last Friday! Pretty surreal.

One of the things I was going to do last weekend was make new colors. So that is why there are no new colors this week. Sorry!

I am working on them this weekend so they should be ready to go next week.

In the meantime look at this Heirloom Tomato Jam on our Panda top. It looks good enough to eat doesn’t it?

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Spinzilla is quickly approaching so if you have not already stocked up we have an offer for you. 10% off any of our spinning fibers from now onto October 3rd.

The code is spinzilla2016

Speckles on roving are seriously wonderful!!! So pretty! When my arm is all better I am going to dye myself some Heckley Speckley in our yak blend or maybe the BFL Mix. Hm… .

Socktober!!!

One of the other fun Knit-a-long events of the season is Socktober. I showed you our Witchypoo and Socktberfest colorways in last week blog post.  Our very own long time sock club member, RAV gorup moderator and all around lovely knitter, Crist Payne (turtlegirl76) is designing a pattern for the Socktober fun and games.

Here is an in progress picture with it knit in Socktoberfest.

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She is calling it her Slip Stripe Sock. I love that slipped stitch on the side of the rib!!! I can’t wait to see it in Witchypoo Rides Again!

Speaking of the sock club we are at one of our  discount deadlines. If you have not used you discount code for the year the 15% part of it expires on the 15th of September. The code is the in the January dyer’s notes.

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This lovely photo is courtesy of Terri O’Brien who owns Feather Your Nest in Sarnia Ontario. She has a thing, as do I, for our Targhee Worsted. The colorway she is using is Blackbird. Terri will be at the Kitchener Waterloo Knitter’s Fair this Saturday and she will have some of our yarns with her, including the Targhee.

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I will leave you with this oh so charming thought for the day.

Karen is knitting a cowl out of our Crackpaca. She posted this picture and description on her instagram feed the other day. She had me at kittens and puppies but then the making smores with them in your lap? Perfection!

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