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Big Ass Skein Society #4 PLUS new colorways

Today, Shannon released the fourth pattern in our Big Ass Skein Society collaboration, and it uses the new Super WooBu LITE to great effect. Zamora is a top-down shawl, in 2 different sizes: smaller and larger. The larger is shown using Afternoon Delight and the smaller in a new color, A Speck of Autumn.

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We’ve also got a bunch of fabulous new colors that have just hit the webstore:

One lone Shaded Solid: Royal Blue

And a whole gaggle of Multicolorways:

  • Bubble Bliss
  • Castiel
  • Crazy Stupid Skein of LOVE
  • Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Dani-Kalia
  • English Garden Memories
  • Fall Frolic
  • Feelin’ Good
  • Galactic Broccoli
  • Green Daze
  • Huegasmic
  • It’s a Supernatural thing!
  • Light at the end of the Tunnel
  • Lost Valley
  • Pumpkin Patched
  • Shabby Chic Oasis
  • Socktober
  • Splendor in the trees
  • Squashed
  • Tangled up in blues
  • The Earl of Purl
  • THE yellowed eyed demon

We’re hoping the new pattern AND the new colorways will help us all get through the dog days of Summer AND get us all ready for Fall, the knitter’s season!

Deconstructed & Once in a Blue Moon

First, real quickly, for those taking part in Sock Sniper, it starts tomorrow, and you all have a coupon code.

It’s always so interesting to see how folks work with our colorways. When local designer Katherine Leek approached me about breaking down some of our Multicolor Wave colorways into her lovely and super wearable Deconstructed shawlette, I was tickled. The pattern is the perfect blend of knitterly interest and mindless knit, and the color combinations are almost endless.

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So endless in fact that we had to limit it (and ourselves – do you know how fun it is to break down color ways into their composite parts? TOO MUCH FUN!)

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As Katherine herself says,

Have you ever looked at a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock and wanted to wear that skein? Exactly that skein. Well I have. Repeatedly and often. And thus Deconstructed came to be. A color block shawl that breaks BMFA’s incomparable colorways down into their basic components and then puts them back together in a wearable form. So you can wear that skeinExactly.

We’re starting with just a few deconstructed colorways, to whet your knitterly whistles:

Loch Ness (Spinel, Pond Scum & Everyday Grey)

Lucy (Stumptown Brown, Sky Blue & Spores)

Smokey Mountain Morn (Smoke on the Water, Everyday Grey & Fir-ever-green)

Scaponia (Jasper, Terracotta & Mulberry)

Skyrocketing Puddle Jumper (Chillaxin, Just Right Red & In the Navy)

Skyfall (Everyday Grey, Obsidian & Aquarius)

Crabby McHappypants (Pond Scum, Just Right Red & Chillaxin)

Lagoon (Black Onyx, In the Navy & Enchanted Forest)

Covelight (Jasper, Tanzanite & Meet Brown, Joe)

The shawlette is in Socks that Rock Lightweight, so hop on over to the website, grab three skeins, and get your needles ready. If there’s a color you’d like to see Deconstructed, send us an email and let us know. We’ll work our magic and deconstruct it…

AND, this is so much fun, you better keep your eyes peeled for even more deconstructed colorways.

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Also, did you know that tonight, there will be a Blue Moon? Like, a real, live, in-the-sky Blue Moon. Which works perfectly for our Barn Sale, since, you might have realized, we are all about the Blue Moon. And, much like a Blue Moon, a Barn Sale doesn’t happen every day.

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The BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 tomorrow, Saturday August 1st at the BIG RED BARN in the land of Blue Moon (56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056).

Google us – their directions are great!

Once you are in Scappoose if you are coming from Portland then go through town until you hit the last light which is right after the fire station. That light is Scapposse-Vernonia HWY on your left. You will turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy. and take is approx. 7.5 miles. 

 The next road you want is Chapman Rd. which you are turning left on. You can only turn left.

(DO NOT take the road before Chapman Rd which is Chapman Grange Rd – it is wrong and a very rural road.)

The next turn is also a left onto Mollenhour Rd which is the first street you will come to after you turn onto Chapman

Go up Mollenhour about an 1.8 of a mile . Our gravel drive which is on the right and marked by a piece of driftwood and green house number signs. 56587. Turn right here and follow it  all the way to where it dead ends into us.

Yay! You are here!

Rare Gems

I was in the storage pod a few weeks back looking for samples. I noticed that there were quite a few boxes of yarn in need of over-dyeing.  As most of you know anytime one of our colorways does not meet our rigid colorway standard ( A Farmhouse colorway needs to look like a Farmhouse colorway!) we hold them back and once we have enough of them we over-dye them to our hearts content. Well… I do and this time my daughter, Sophie, played along with me for awhile. What comes from all this double duty of color on yarn are some pretty extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, colorways.

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I love them!  I love everything about our Rare Gems!

I love dyeing them. I love rinsing them and hanging them to dry. I love winding them into balls. And… I love knitting them! Putting the dye on then, watching it react with the colors already there, making new hues and all kinds of subtle and not so subtle shading.  Magic! Just magic!

I love rinsing them out and seeing how all of that depth and layers of color turned out and then yet again when it is drying.  We have a few rules in the barn in relationship to me and our Rare Gems because… I just might have a teeny tiny problem in this area. I am allowed to look all I want but if I want any of them to be mine then Debra and Paula and I have to confer. It’s fair. Otherwise one of those big ol’ storage pods we have would be full of my Rare Gem stash and I just can’t be that person. Also, there would not be any for you guys and that is not fair.  At one point, a few years ago, I will cop to having quite a few rubber maid bins full of them but, I let go and sold most of them at the last Barn Sale.

We will put these Rare Gems up for sale this afternoon (Friday, June 10th) around 1:00pm our time . The last time we did this they were gone in about a few hours so… .

Yes they do cost a teeny bit more because of the whole twice dyed, more work, thing!

I think that is all you need to know and some that you don’t on the Rare Gem front now onto our lovely color stories!

Thank you so much for your color stories I am honored and humbled by them!  I am mulling them over and will be working on them in the next few weeks. We have lots of vacations this month and I am the fill in, so busy, busy me. This week I am Becky ( dyer) next week I am Paula ( shipping and customer service) and then the following week I am Debra (dyer and production mgr) .  I know… it’ a damn good thing I am a mercurial Gemini!  If you can be patient with me that would be all kinds of awesome!

Next Friday we are taking down the list below of Summertime colorways so we can add more, some of which are brand new! Yay!

As always if there is one of our colorways you would like to see then let us know in the comments section.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I have been soaking up all the vitamin D I can. Lots of walking and playing in the garden.

Summertime colorways coming down Friday July 17th:

Afternoon Delight

Baby Mama

Algae

Bait-a

Beached

Boobie 1

Braun’s Woods

Citrine

Clare de Lune

Confetti

Coral’s Reefer Madness

Firebird

Flashmobbin’

Gastropod Shuffle

Hot Lips

Lady Edith

Lunasea

Maia

Pebble Beach

Rhodonite

Sassmaster Skein

Shibui

Socktopus

Sunkissed Sands

Tide Pool

Tinks Toots

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!

Big Ass Skein Society

 

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What is a Big Ass Skein Society you ask?

Well let me tell you….
The Big Ass Skein Society is a creative collaboration between Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Shannon Squire Designs.

I love our big-ass skeins (I cannot lie). I also love Shannon’s designs. In turn Shannon also loves our Big Ass Skeins.  So… we decided what better way to celebrate this mutual love than to combine the two into a bi-monthly pattern, a discount-on-big-ass-skeins and color plotting thing. Great fun right?!

Actually this all started a few years ago when my buddy Karen Alfke and I were at her kitchen counter doing some serious design planning. At some point in our scheming Karen mentioned that she dreamed of a club that featured our big ass skeins. As soon as the words were out of her mouth she and I exchanged that look. You know the one. It’s the one that is usually followed by, “oh no we can’t. Oh yes we can. Oh hell, YES we can!!!” The one that in this case says, we needed some sort of big ass skein fun. Oh, and a plan.

Unfortunately for me, but not for Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, Karen is a very busy woman these days making wondrous things happen for them.  So (with Karen’s blessing) in waltzes Shannon and since, she also shares our love of the big ass skein and our sense of whimsy, off we go with our Big Ass Skein Society. Imagine… a society of knitters with an appreciation for a springy, cozy, soft, colorful, luxurious big ass skein of yarn. Oh Yeah! I do love a big ass skein of yarn.

So what do you get and how does it work?

• A brand-new pattern designed especially for one of BMFA’s ginormous skeins every other month for a year by the lovely Shannon Squire.

A coupon code for 10% off an order for the recommended yarn for that months design at our website, good for 2 whole months.

  • A community of like-minded individuals working on the same project around the same time frame at Shannon’s Ravelry group
  • Lots of knitting and color support.
  •  Pattern giveaways.
  • Contests.How do you become part of the Big Ass Skein Society?

    Just head over to Ravelry and purchase this Ebook. At this time, you’ll receive a one-page PDF with most of the same information you’re reading here and a few more details, like the discount information. The first pattern will be released on or around February 21st, and then every other month, from February through December, you’ll get another wonderful pattern, discount code and huge amounts of knit fun.

 

Other exciting news this week is that we have new color ways coming next week. We have brand new ones and some returning old friends.

Here is the list so you know who to look for.

Flip Flop
Fruity Loopies
Hoppipolla
Imbolc
Jello Melly
Kryptonite
Lucky Number 7
Madrona Madness
Papa Pooze
Pluviophile
Prism
Rocky World Again
Romancing the Stone
Ruby Tuesday
Sherbet 2.0
Sky Fall
Shibui
Silly Puttied
Swizzle Whizzle
Whirly Whirleroo
Slushie
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It’s supposed to be unseasonably warm and sunny here so I am going to take advantage of it and spend some time in my garden with my chickens.
If you are lucky enough to be at Madrona I hope you are all having a blast. Be sure to visit Mary and her staff at The Fiber Gallery booth. I sent her tons of lovely yarn. Also Tracy Irwin is do weaving demos in the pavilion and is using our Rustica.
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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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