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Hey there,

It feels like a long time since I posted. I don’t think it actually has been it just feels that way. Life has been full and busy and a little crazy and when that is the case time seems to flow quite rapidly.

I have a lot to I want to talk about so I am going to jump right in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The barn is just humming along with all kinds of color joy. We are busy dyeing all of your beautiful color combo’s for the Buffy KAL. We’ve already shipped out some of the early bird orders and will be shipping more out tomorrow and Monday.  If you would like to join our slayer of a KAL there is still time. The 15% coupon code  ( which you get when you purchase the pattern) doesn’t expire until this weekend on the 22nd which gives us plenty of time to get you your yarn for Shannon’s May cast-on date.

I can’t tell  you how thrilled I am that you all love my Buffy colorways as much as I do. I love that some of you are ordering the whole set. I would too. I might be keep the set I used for the photos in a nice safe place where I can see them. I did the same thing with the Ravens. Actually I still have the original set of Ravens.

Anyway Shannon and her lovely husband Stefan took some seriously fun photos. I so wish I could have been in on that photo shoot!

So much fun and what a stunning and sassy shawl! Just perfect for a little late night slaying. Slay Me KAL pattern page.

If you need color choosing help you can look at what we have put together here on this post. Also you can email me at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com                                                    I am always happy to help with color choices.

Speaking of color. I’ve been getting a whole bunch of requests for color help for Andrea Mowry’s  lovely Fade knit series, So Faded and Find your Fade.  So I am going to put together a few color schemes so look for those next week.

Okay so I know I promised a Dye Class/Camp Schedule quite awhile ago. I am in the process. I just have some family stuff I need to work around so I have been trying to firm that up before posting dates.

We will be having our yearly Dye Days and Barn Sale in early August this year.

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In early July ( 6-9)  I will be on Bainbridge Island at the magical Islandwood with Lorilee Beltman teaching eco printing!!! I know. Pretty exciting.

You can read about all of fun and details  Knitting on a Lark retreat info here.

Here is my class description.

Color Magic

Join me as we explore the magical alchemy that is color on fiber with plants. In this three-hour class we are going to be experimenting with Eco Printing, otherwise know as “botanical contact printing”.
Petals, berries, seeds, bark, leaves, roots and stems hold all sorts of color mysteries. We are going to explore these mysteries with some creative mordanting and a little steam on: a cotton hanky, a wool yarn blank and also a skein of silk blend yarn. I seriously can’t think of a better place to learn more about plant color and printing than on the island oasis that is Island Wood.
What you need for this class is a sense of adventure, a love of color and an apron or a t-shirt that you don’t mind getting messy. Dyeing is a creative messy business!
You will leave with a new appreciation of the plants and a hanky, yarn blank and skein as affirmation that you can knit and wear!  Since our time is going to be full of dyeing we will also provide you with a set with class notes.
Lorilee has all kinds of other knit fun planned. Plus great food and a cooking class and …s’mores in a stunning place with wonderful people!
I hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a wonderful time.
 Have a great weekend!
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merino madness

Can you feel it? Spring must have sprung! I know, because now I’m casting on ALL.THE.THINGS!

These two bouncy bits of deliciousness are keeping me company in my knitting corner today – so much squishy delicious merino in one place I can barely stand it!

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In the foreground is the full-on plump deliciousness of CAKE DK, on the needles as the tender beginnings of Hunter Hammersen’s Compunction mitts. (Those slipped stitches that look like diagonal twisted stitches? Genius!) Can’t wait to knit up the whole set, hat and mitts – and by then it will probably even be warm enough in this leftmost upper corner of the US to not need them for morning walks. Oh well; that’s a decent tradeoff for warm Springlike weather, eh?

And in the background? My first chance to take La Luna DK for an official spin! Tina and I prowled cowl patterns on Ravelry, and found a super-fun one to whip up as a sample for you lucky ducks going to Maryland Sheep & Wool next month! The colorway is “Calendula” and it’s the happiest of slap-happy yellowy-orange shades (and that’s saying a lot from this connoisseur of orange!).

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I gotta say, if April is still in lion mode where you are, you can beat the where-the-heck-is-Spring doldrums with some bouncy, plump, squishy merino. The only way to make it any better? YouTube videos of baby lambs. Because there’s no such thing as too much bouncy, happy merino-sheepyness!

Happy spring holiday weekend, everyone!

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Slay Me ~ Buffy KAL colorway pairings

Hello all!

As promised a few colorway pairing ideas for our Buffy knit-a-long.  Shannon and I spent the day today  playing matchy~matchy with skeins of yarn.  It is the best kind of game!

On the top row of each photo is our Buffy colorway in Super Sparkle and Yaksi Fingering-weight. Right underneath are the shaded solids we have carefully chosen that we feel make our Buffy colorways and Shannon’s design sparkle! Oh and the list of colorway names moves from the left to the right of the photo!

If none of these float your boat then please do email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I will do my very best to help you choose the colorway that makes you feel like the chosen one.

Click on each picture to make them bigger and see the color a little better.

Okay I am off to bed.

Sweet dreams are made of these…

Slay me….

Okay for those of you that are not Buffy fans please know that at the end of this blog post there are other new colorways.

Now…for those of you that are Buffy (the Vampire Slayer)  fans then guess what? We are going to celebrate the 20 year Anniversary of Joss Whedon’s genius series full of wonderful characters and story as we do, with a ton of color and a knit-a-long.

I am seriously excited. I have been driving team Blue Moon nuts with all of my creative musings and tweaking. There was all kinds of creative questioning form me. Things like, “Oh no, this skein does not really do Spike justice. Do you think this skein looks like Spike? I do not think this skein looks like Spike. How am I going to make this look like Spike? Maybe I need a drink.” Or… “there is definitely not enough darkness in the dark side of Angel’s colorway and how do I make Giles a colorway that does him justice but it translate to shawl and is smart?” and on and on and on it went.

I stopped at 12 but I am totally adding to this because we need Cordelia and Faith and…oh my goodness how did I not do Faith this time around? You see how this has been.

Seriously fun and I have to say I am pretty tickled to have my very own Scooby Gang of yarn!

I want to know them all. I want Spike socks so bad that as soon as I am done with the picture taking I am balling up the skein, casting on and watching some Buffy.  I might have a thing for Spike!

Okay…I told you excited!!

When I realized in February that this year was the 20th Anniversary of  our beloved slayer, I asked another die-hard Buffy fan if she would like join me in a bit of a knit-homage to Buffy and of course, Shannon  said yes. And as it is with these things here we are!

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As I said Shannon and I decided to celebrate all of this evil goodness by doing what we do best: I design a bunch of Buffy-themed colorways, She designs a Buffy-inspired shawl.

We both are particularly tickled about the colorway that inspired the design and how we are using it. The same, Buffy-inspired colorway, two ways: one in Super Sparkle, one in Yaksi Fingering. The yarns take the dye in two very different, and delightful, ways. So we get to see how that plays out since the Yaksi starts out a greyish brown all colr we put on it it darker and a little muted. Shannon and I both have a little bit of a thing for Yaksi!

Our Slayer KAL begins May 1st, and the pattern will be released sometime before then. We are putting up the yarn for pre-sale now so we can all knit together this Spring as we re-watch Buffy (and Angel, don’t forget about Angel!).
Order by April 21st, and you get a 15% discount on all three skeins of the yarn. Discount information is included in the pdf you get when you purchase the pattern from Shannon as well as lots more information about the KAL.
You can find the info here on Shannon’s blog and the pattern page is here Rav page

We are not selling these as kits. This way you can choose the shaded solid that works best with whatever Buffy colorway/character you choose!

And when you order you order you Buffy character colorway in both Super Sparkle and Yaksi Fingering.

Below you will find all of the Buffy character-colorways! Starting this weekend I will be posting combinations to instagram.

As always if you need color help please do email me. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. I love to help with color choosing.

Here is my version of the Scooby Gang in all of their glory! I hope you like knitting with them as much as I like dreaming them up.

“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” -Joss Whedon

Oh my goodness there are enough Buffy colorways for a throw!!!

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Other new colrways you will find on the website.

In the Multicolorway Category we have: Scumble Bumble, MurkyCHI and Leapfrog. All the rest of them are in the BeSpeckled cstegory.

Okay I am sure I left thing out but I need to post this before the newsletter goes out.

Have a great weekend!!

It’s sunny today. I hope it stays this way through the weekend.

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It’s Friday!!!!!  And….it’s sunny!!!

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Happy dancing in the barn for sunshine!

There is also a fair amount of happy dancing because our new yarns are here. We have been testing them, as we do, with color and stitches and needles and turkey basters (the dye part).

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La Luna is made from our good and steady friend the Merino sheep and not just any Merino sheep but an, oh so ultra-fine, super soft Merino with a micron count of 19. The only way I can envision finding a more magical fiber is if one were able to collect unicorn down under a full moon and not just any full moon but a full blue moon! Yup, that would be the only way.

Oh wait…let’s throw in a little Mulberry Silk cause why the hell not?! No reason not to and lots of reason to add in a little sheen and strength to that fine Merino.

A magical blend for sure! So much so that of course there had to be 3 different yarns, in 3 different weights. See why all the happy dancing.

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La Luna Lace ( Colorway: ChamPlum)

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La Luna Fingering ( Colorway: Lean Mean Aubergine)

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La Luna Dk  ( Colorway: Calendula)

The lace-weight is a 2 ply and is a bit heavier and tightly plied then mostly lace weight yarns.

Same is true for the 3 ply fingering weight version of La Luna. Tightly plied and just a bit heavier than the traditional fingering weight. Although as I type that I think that it is probably pretty comparable to Socks that Rock which definitely did not start out as a traditional fingering weight yarn.

I love the ply on all three of these yarns and the stitch definition it gives the fabric. The DK La Luna is just down right dreamy! These are from the same mill that spins Crackpaca! They do such a beautiful job.

We are offering all three of these beauties at an introductory 27.00 for a small window of time so more of us can give them a knit. We had them at the yarn tasting at Twisted last weekend as part of the Rose City Yarn Crawl and they were a big hit!

Along with new yarns we have been slowly adding new colors here and there. We have some new shaded solids that I am loving.

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Electric Blue, DesAqua, Lean Mean Aubergine and Calendula!

I am head over heels for the Calendula. We also have ChamPlum which is the color  the La Luna Lace is pictured in above.

As of this moment in time we are caught up on all website orders!!!!!!!!

Thanks to my team for just busting it out of here the past few weeks!

We are probably going to close sign-ups for the Rockin’ Sock Club for the year very soon. So if you want to be a part of the  Sock Opera madness this is last your chance.

To those of you requesting class info. I will be putting those up next week. I was not sure of my schedule so did not want to put up classes until I was sure I would be here.

Thank you so to all of you lovely knitters that came to see us at Twisted last weekend. We had so much fun and it was just really great to see all of you!

Oh I almost forgot…stay tuned next week for a big ol’ KAL announcement!

Have a lovely weekend!

Happy knitting my fiber loving friends…

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Rose City Yarn Crawl

Hey there! Remember me?
I know, it’s been awhile.
Life has been pretty intense in Blue Moonland trying to catch up on orders, stay sane (hahahaha) and stay ahead of whatever craziness Mother Nature has decided to throw our way. I can tell you I have lived here for almost 20 years and have never experienced a winter like this one, and you know what? I would really be okay with this all having been an anomaly. Fingers crossed.

So, first things first. We are just about caught up on orders. Yay!!!!
Thank you all so very much for your understanding and patience. I have said it before ~ Blue Moon has the most wonderful knitters!!!

Okay so next week is the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I know…how did that happen?

I am so excited! Are you excited?

So much yarn love and knit fun to be had.

We have worked with the Twistedista’s again this year on RCYC exclusive colorways created for the theme. This year’s theme Portland Pastimes was really fun to create colorways for. Twisted chose as their pastimes ~ “Standing in line for brunch.” and “Dressing to match your pet.”

I am so very tickled with the colorways and names we came up with for these two fun themes.

Of course, Standing in line for brunch had to be Breakfast Club!!! One of my all time favorite movies, so full of teenage angst. What’s not to love? Also, it could not be more Portland! I took hues from Bender, Claire, Andy, Allison and Brian’s wardrobe and them altogether for a very Portland Breakfast Club colorway! Don’t you think?
Look the perfect pairing!

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I truly love this cowl and think we might need a Breakfast Club Queuing KAL! Anyone game?

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Our next colorway was a bit harder to come up with. Dressing to match your pet. Hmmm…. I decided on speckles and because PDX does love it dogs I went canine instead of feline. Shh..don’t tell my cats!

Here we have for you knitting pleasure, Dress Like Your Pet! Brown and black speckles on white with some a little splash of Aqua because it’s Portland and we are all about the water here in the Pacific Northwest!

I love Megan’s design. I pretty much love everything Megan designs. I find her crochet intriguing enough to make me want to give it a go but, I know better. I have tried. I have a thing for granny squares so… so I have tried a square or 20. It’s not pretty. I am sad to say that my granny squares are not square and would put my granny to shame.
Anyway, I digress.

Here’s Fernhill Park by Megan Parrish
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Photo Credits for both of these to The Rose City Yarn Crawl

So pretty!!

Twisted will also have a whole bunch of Blue Moon knit samples including Emma Welford’s Tualatin and Carol Feller’s LUWAN !!

photo credit: Lindsey Topham

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Photo Credit: Joseph Feller

And…

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yarn Tasting,
Sock Show n’ Tell & Color Fortune Telling
with me
Saturday, March 4 from 10:00-4:00pm
Take a moment out of your hectic shopping schedule to stop in and say hi, maybe sample a yarn or two with Maggie and myself. We would so love to see you and your socks or anyone other blue moon knit show and tell you might have!! We will be bringing some new yarns for you to see and test and some new colorways too!! I am also going to wear my Color Witch hat for some fun and insightful color readings! Come see what the color cards have in to say!
We can do sock, knitter and dyer selfies if you like and just have a colorful time.

All Pop-Up Events will be held at the Twisted Annex – 2239 NE Broadway, a bright yellow building with turquoise trim diagonally across the street from Twisted’s main shop. Please be safe: We strongly recommend taking advantage of the signaled crosswalk at the intersection of NE Broadway and 24th when traveling between Twisted and our classroom annex.

So much….

Okay a few more things before I go outside and enjoy the actual sunshine that is out today. So strange yesterday there were snow flurries all day and today it’s sunshine!

Next week, Shannon Squire’s new Socks for Busy B’s 2 collection is hitting the streets, and Socks that Rock is playing a starring role! Three sock patterns, each one both toe-up AND cuff-down, in a wide range of sizes. PLUS, a bonus 2-week discount on your favorite sock yarns. Shannon will announce the collection on Instagram and her newsletter.

She might be using my new favorite colorway!

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Have a great weekend!

A little lighthearted knit fun!

One of the parts of my job that I really, really, really love is creating themed colorways! I especially like doing so with the designers and stores we work with. Usually I get a theme form and maybe some photos or we come up with a theme together and then am asked to put my spin on it. It’s the translation and the challenge of it all that I so love. I do love me a good color challenge. Of course themes speak to me and are more fun than others. However there is always that challenge aspect that pulls me in right in and inspires me.

I am sure the over 11 years I’ve spent dreaming up themes and colorways for our notorious knitters in our Rockin’Sock Club kind of trained me for this kind of color work and play.

Here is a current list of the stores that I am working pretty intimately with on pretty large color projects.

For years I have designed colorways for Twisted in Portland for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. We plan on expanding that this year with some PDX themed one also.

I have created all kinds of club type kits for both Simply Socks Yarn Company and The Loopy Ewe. Most of these have been one-time-only hues only available for a very short period of time.

Last year I started working The Loopy Ewe on a once a month specific colorway based on Sheri Berger husband’s photography. He’s a brilliant photographer so it is all kinds of fun to go through his files and choose pics that bot Sheri and I are inspired by and then translate all that beauty onto yarn. We had so much fun we are doing it again this year. We are doing this again this year. So look for those colorways mid-month of the Loopy Ewe site.

We also work with Erin Walker and her ridiculously fun team at Eat Sleep Knit on their Yarnathon
Last year they had a space theme which was pretty great since I am a big Trekkie and Rd Who fan.
This year though has just been a blast because the theme is the game Candyland which was my favorite game as a child. We have come up with 9 count them…NINE special Candyland inspired hues. I did a ton of research on these. I used the older board that I was more familiar with for my inspiration and of course also tons of feedback from Emily Ann and the rest of the ESK team. Yes, as you can tell I am pretty excited! How could you not with characters like Lord Licorice and his bitter bats and Mr. Mint and of course his royal sweetness himself the Imperial Head Bonbon King of Candyland.
Here they are in all of there color glory!
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I cannot tell you just how tickled I am with these. The colors and the names and just every little thing about them. If you do not know about the Yarnathon do check it out it looks to be all kinds of fun. Look at the board they made!!
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So very much fun!!!!

Okay so that is it for now! I will do my very best to post here or on instagram when one of our stores has a colorway of ours to introduce.

Oh…almost forgot there is still time to join us for our themed color project the 12th year of the sock club for Sock Opera the Musical!

Knit on!!!

Snowpocaplyse and shipping updates!

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Guess who?!
Yup it’s me. I am alive. Although I have to tell you, it really does not feel that way. I have been sick since right after Christmas with what started out as the current viral thing going around but morphed into a wicked case of bronchitis. I am still wheezing (asthma) and coughing and it feels like I will never stop. My whole family got hit with this nasty bugger.
I had all of these great plans with my girls who were home for the holidays and to also do some planning for the upcoming year and New Year clean-out. None of that happened. We took turns taking care of each other and watched our comfort shows Gilmore Girls, Will and Grace and Parks and Rec. and I knit when I could.
It certainly was not what I had planned but at least we got to be together!

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And then there was the weather. Do you know that we here in Blue Moon land have had snow on the ground since around December 14th. I know! Crazy-pants! And not a small amount of snow either.
After the last dump last week we had about 3 feet of it. Frozen Solid!! I will tell you my friends that is a whole lot of snow. The Pacific Northwest is not really equipped to deal with this kind of winter. We lost power for a few days and it took a 2 days and a big ol tractor to dig us out.
Because of this we are a bit behind schedule. Team Blue Moon could not get here for most of last week and I was too sick to work. Most of us got to work today and it looks like there is going to be a warming trend (fingers crossed) to melt some of this and clear the roads and packed snow and ice.
I am very sorry about the delay! Please know we are doing our very best to get you your yarn!

Thank you for your patience!
Stay safe and warm!

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It’s a New Year coming our way!

A new year…
A new day….
A new knit …

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Endings and beginnings! I think that most of us have our own little rituals that mark the end of the passing year and the ushering in of the new one!
I have a whole bunch of Irish coursing through my veins so I most definitely have a few of my own. Little things that make me feel like I have tidied up all the loose ends and works-in-progress for the year. I either work in those pesky loose ends or do some much needed ripping out. Like my gran, Winnie, I sweep out the last remnants of the ending year and whatever it brought my way in order to make room for the hope and dreams of the year to come. I light a few candles pour myself a glass of bubbly and dream and plan.
I don’t know about you but I am going to raise a glass to all of us for making it through 2016! Quite the year!

Before I go on about sock club sign-ups and such, I want to take a moment say a heart felt THANK YOU!! for being a ray of sunshine in our little Blue Moon world. You are the best! We love our knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters and feel honored to serve you in bright living color and warm woolly goodness! It is truly a pleasure that we are grateful for!
We wish you so much joy, peace, love and knitting in 2017.

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Since our RSC sign-ups start the first week in January part of my New Year ritual for the past 12 years involves prepping for the upcoming Rockin’ Sock Club year and also watching as my lovely Notorious bunch of knitters return for another year of knit fun. What better way to keep track of time than a stitch at a time that gives us wonderful socks.

We will have the magic sing-up button live on Monday the 2nd of January. We have some pretty exciting plans for the year with our super talented designers and design team. I think you’ll be thrilled. I know I am pretty flipping excited.
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Yup…pretty excited!

Excitement for the coming year for Blue Moon is pretty high! We have so many wonderful KAL’s lined up for the year with seriously fun themes and talented designers. Our first KAL of the year is with our buddy Karen Alfke and is going to be a year long knit-a-long!! I know!

We have a few new bases coming in that I can barely wait to share with you. Oh my goodness!! You are going to LOVE these yarns!

We will be at Vogue Knitting LIVE in New York at the Feather Your Nest booth with lots and lots of yarn, some of which are out fabulous new bases which you are going to want to meet in person for a woolly squeeze! I made some special New York colorways that I am pretty tickled with. There will also be quite a few lovely knits design samples. Our buddy Shannon Squire will be helping Terri out in the booth and will have a whole bunch of her Blue Moon designs with her.
If you are Vogue do drop by and say hi to Terri and Shannon and peruse the goodies they have. There is a limited number of the New York colorway Specials so you might want to plan to stop by early so you don’t miss out!

One of the designs I am really excited to be sharing with you is the stunning cardigan, Tualatin by Emma Welford

There is a whole lot to love about this design. The cables…oh the cables and the detail on the back. I am smitten!!!
You will be able to see this beauty and in person at Vogue and Emma has been generous enough to give us a pattern discount!
Emma used our Targhee Worsted (Dakota) for her stunning design!!

Speaking of stunning we will also have this beauty on display by Carol Feller!

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Landscape Waves is one of my all time favorite sweaters!!

A whole lot of knit goodness and really that is just the beginning which is appropriate since it is just the beginning of the New Year!

Goodbye 2016!! I know you taught us a whole lot. I know I have learned a lot this year. There has been a whole lot of loss this year. As someone who has experienced great loss I will say that I will greatly miss those dear souls and I will carry them in my heart.

Peace and love to us all!!
xoxo

Peace, love, and knitting!

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Love is the bridge between you and everything! rumi

There’s quite a few hours left to finish those last few rows, cast-off and work in those loose ends of your holiday knits parade. There’s also enough time cast-on and finish something smallish. Hope does spring eternal, especially knitting hopes!
I am actually casting on today for 2 gifts but I do not have to have them done until the end of next week so…yay!!!
My family celebrates Solstice and Christmas, one of my favorite times of the year.I love the peaceful aura that permeates this season. All the magical twinkling lights especially at night in the snow. I love the traditions and just having time with my family and friends.
This year has been very very different both for me and my whole family. I feel this is in part due to the loss of my mother right before Halloween. Loosing your mother is a big loss that takes a whole lot of time to get your head and heart around. A whole lot of my love of this holiday and the traditions that I have passed on to my family come from my mother.
I was thinking yesterday as I looked at the tree still all twined up on the front porch and the empty cookie tins and holiday decor that I was just way to busy with Blue Moon this year to get my act together. All the snow did not help matters either and then last night as I was doing some (almost last minute) shopping it hit me. It hit me in the wine aisle at Zupans, as I considered the wine to buy for our Christmas Eve mulled wine, that it was not that I was too busy or otherwise occupied with the everyday business of life. Nope, it’s just plain old grief that has held me back from my usual joyous celebration of this season.
So…today after I finish wishing you lovely knitters a lovely holiday. I am going to finish my coffee and honor my mom, who would so not be down with this lack of mine. No way, nothing kept Joan Hook from her holiday celebrationing. I am going to put on the my favorite holiday music and start some cookies baking. I gonna put up the Christmas Tree and spend three whole days not working and hanging out with my four favorite people on the planet! Oh…and I am going to knit and spin a little too. I have 2 projects patiently waiting for my attention.
I was going to tell you all about Vogue Knitting LIVE and how we have sent a whole lot of yarn to Feather Your Nest for their booth and about 2017 Sock club sign-ups which start on the 2nd of January and Emma’s stunning sweater but I think we will save that for next week.
I wish you all so very much love, light and hope! Love each other! Thank you for being such a richly textured and colorful part of my life! I feel truly blessed by each and everyone of you!
A few special notes of love to:
The Vancouver HandSpinners for knitting the yarn we donated to them for the homeless here in the Pacific Northwest and for the brave souls at Standing Rock.
Also, to all of you knitters who have purchased yarn for the Pussy Hat Project. Because of you Blue Moon is able to send a nice donation to the ACLU thanks to you!!
Sheri Berger of the Loopy Ewe, thank you for letting us donate yarn and be a part of your lovely holiday giving project.
I send to all of you for whom this season might not be the most wonderful a big hug.

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And lastly…chickens in the snow! Just cause.

xoxoxo