Look what I did!! I am pretty tickled with these. As those of you who are in the sock club already know this has been the year of magic! One really cannot celebrate magic without paying homage to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy and all of the wonderful and not so great characters and their battle between good and evil. Honestly I was torn as to which way to go but then I thought about the houses and their colors and what they stood for and it just hit home (pun intended) for me.
The only drawback was the colors to the club are usually exclusive. So I checked with a whole bunch of the club members and they were of the mind that the fun and houses were more important to them than the exclusivity. So here they are for us all to enjoy!!
Which house are you?? I am Ravensclu but I have to say I seriously LOVE how the Hufflepurls color cam out. I think I am on a yellow kick lately.
I so want house socks!! I feel like someone (hint hint) needs to come up with a house sock pattern. What do you think? I love the idea!! Anyone game? Cristi???
Weekend Special And we are running a 9% off code this weekend to celebrate reaching our 9000 instagram follower reached on Friday!!! If you do not follow us please do. I post so very many color and yarn pics there you don’t want to miss those. Oh and chickens and kitties too.
Next weekend I will be at Coastal Yarns celebrating the Stormy Weather Arts Festival. Do come by and see us. I made a very special Stormy Weather colorway! We will have yarn tasting and trunk show and there will be prizes and we will be casting on a beautiful wavey cowl.
Rockin’ Sock Club has shipped! I am working on next years theme is you have ideas! You can send them directly to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of the Hue has shipped and email with pdf’s sent! I have to tell you planning and researching and writing all of this first shipment was one of the hardest things I have done. Kind of like the very first sock club shipment. Maybe because it is so much a part of my heart and soul? I Love the graphis that Karen came up with. yay Karen!!!!!
Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio 1st round of 50 is shipping now! I will be sending out a bilk email later today to everyone about a time line now that I have one from the Queen Bee. So make sure you look for that!
Web orders will be shipping the rest of the website orders up to 10 .14 early this week! As always if you have an order in and a deadline please do let us know. email@example.com
School of Yarn In a perfect world it ships out next week. However the yarn we are using was one of the ones we’ve been waiting on. It is here so we will get on it. So not this week but the following one.
On Tuesday we will be announcing a very fun and lunar MKAL we are doing with Larissa Brown, a lovey way to round up our lunar Anniversary year.
Okay I am sure there is more but I have dyeing to do this morning and I need to get on it!
Oh….I know!! Happy Tangential Blues CAST ON!!!!
I want to leave you with one last thought.
Remember to support the artists , designers, dyers and yarn stores you love. We all depend on each other!! Every time someone closes their doors I am reminded of this and hope I am not the next one. It seriously could happen to any of us.
Spread the love!!!
Build that stash!
Yarn prices are going to keep going up for awhile and dye prices are too since they come from China .
Okay this dyer is off to brighten the world with color. Off to the dye pots!
Have a great weekend!
I am seriously possessed by color. I think about it all the time. Last year when we were dyeing massive amounts of shaded solids on our Cake DK base for Carol Feller’s Camira KAL I had a color idea. What sparked this idea was the amount of grey we were dyeing. So many knitters order grey!! And fair enough, its a great neutral and looks pretty great on most of us. I wear tons of grey with a little black thrown in for good measure. hehehe!
We have quite a few greys also, from our dark Deep Unrelenting Grey to our very, very pale Winter Solstice. I got to thinking how nice it would be to have greys that had just a hint ( tint ) of another color to them. Wouldn’t that just make the most stunning garment. The color would be mostly grey but with swirls of “other” color through the grey. Just enough color to be visible but not enough to take over where you could not see the grey. One of those fine color lines!
It’s taken almost a full year to make to where I was happy with that fine line! And I am. Also pretty excited to add to our coven! So why The Coven and wild witchy women? Well… first of all, I have a thing for magic and witches. My grandmother was the witchiest woman I knew so I can dedicating these to my Winnie. And yes, there will be a Winnie in our Coven I have just not settled on her tint yet. She would so love that I had not settled on her tint. I can hear her now…cackling away at the idea of making her a color. She had the best cackle ever! I think it was a combo of the Maxwell House all day long with a little Jack Daniels thrown in after 3 and the non filter Camel cigarettes. Boy do I miss her. Maybe a coffee colored tint. Hmm… .
Anyway…I see our Coven being good for just about any knitting whatsoever. Where I really see casting there subtle spells is in garments, especially. So many sweater patterns out there that these would be so beautiful. It’s almost like a, “you can have your cake and eat it too” moment. Since you can have your grey but with a little color peaking through. I’m pretty tickled with these. I hope you love them!
If you have any witch names or ideas I would love to hear them!
Rhinebeck is here!!
The picture above is our annual Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. That colorway and so many more are there with the lovely and delightful Theresa and Ron Miskin at The Buffalo Wool Co. so do stop by.
Carol Feller is dropping off her Tangential Blue Pullover for all to see and fondle and they have lots of Targhee Worsted! Cast-on is next weekend!!
Their booth is over by the souvenir shop and 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the cowgirl colorways I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns! So much goodness! Everyone have fun!!!
For those of us with the Rhineck blues because we can’t make it there. We have The Coven and the Rhinebeck colorway is up on our website along with this new Halloween Color and a 10% discount that is good for the weekend! Just use code: rhinebeckblues18 when you check out! All loser case.
Hocus Pocus!! It is the 25th Anniversary of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus so of course we had to celebrate that with a witchy tribute those wacky Sanderson sisters!!
Okay my lovelies I have to go pack and ship Moon Shadow Anniversary packages! Package up Our of the Hue and edit the last part and dye and clean the chicken coop and maybe the house a bit. Valla my very long haired Norwegian Forest cat is shedding and there are big clumps of cat hair everywhere!!!
I know I should not say this out loud because it will most probably jinx it but next week we are going to be caught up in a way that will let me sleep at night!!! Again thank you so much for your patience!! I have a lot to say about our industry changes that are happening and coming our way so stay tuned for that! What I can advise is that now is not the time for stash busting. It is the time for stash enhancing!
Oh I almost forgot! How could I forget! I met the new neighbors last night. I was driving down the drive and they had a fire going and were roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. I know. The have 2 adorable and friendly pooches and…( wait for it) she is a KNITTER!!! Yes! Happy dancing!
They want fiber animals and we had a great chat and I am so very,very, very thankful!
Thank you for all the good vibes you sent my way!
I LOVE yarn!!
Seriously… like love it!
Like pretty much everything about it…
I love designing yarns. I love spinning yarn. I love testing each new lot of yarn for consistency. I love reeling yarn. I love winding it into little balls or big cakes. I really love making yarn colorful by dyeing it. I love all the weights and measure of yarn. I love getting to know all about a yarns story and what it wants to be. I love matching yarn to project. I love swatching! I really do love swatching to make sure I havethe right yarn and gauge for my project. I love that there is a worsted weight yarn and a worsted spun one. I love that a lot of yarn is twisted, a bit like me! I love the diversity of what we can use to create yarn. I really love wool yarn from all those lovely sheepies! I love the feel of yarn when I am making and wearing it. I love really love the smell of it. I love the people I work with in the yarn industry. I love the mechanics of the yarn industry and it’s history. I love all the fiber artists I get to work with who also love yarn! I love that working with yarn and creating beauty is good for our brains, hearts and souls. I love that yarn brings us together ~ a stunning tapestry of a community ~ loop by loop!!
All for which is really great to remember today on YARN Day and also, at a time when our industry and world is experiencing some trying times.
Today we are going to celebrate the love and yes, power of YARN!
We are going to start with some fun!!
Insta-Game ~ (Facebook) with prizes!
I am going to post my little “what I love about yarn” paragraph to Instagram and would love for you to comment as to what you love about yarn!! I will randomly pick 10 of you who comment there with your “share yarn love” and send each a skein of Socks that Rock. Oh I will also post this to facebook so if you comment there it also counts toward being eligible for a prize.
We are also offering a YARN LOVE Discount
Starting right now (Saturday, October 13th) we are offering a 13% discount on All YARNS good until midnight Sunday (Pacific Time). Use the code: YARNLOVEDAY18 when you check out to get your discount!
I also would love to see what you are knitting with your Blue Moon yarns. If you could post a photo to instagram with the hastags #bluemoonfiberarts and #yarnday so we all can see your creations that would be so wonderful. I can’t tell you how much it brightens our day when you share what you have made with us. After all you are why we do what we do. Otherwise we are just making and coloring yarn to hang in the barn and that is kinda silly!
What is next weekend??
Here is this years Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. I chose to go Autumn hues this year. You can find this colorway along with other of our yarns and tons of samples (including Carol Fellers Tangential Blues pullover) at The Buffalo Wool Company’s booth. Their booth is over by the souvenir shop ans 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the colorway I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns!
Everyone have loads of fun!!
All the Carol Feller KAL yarn that has been ordered has been dyed, dried and shipped!
We started shipping RSC ( sock club) on Friday and will continue on Monday!
Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio ~ Queen Bee promised the bags this week. After we ship those out we will let you know when the next batch goes.
Out of the Hue will also ship next week!
As I have said quite a bit during the past few months I am very grateful for you understanding and patience. I am doing my very best juggling dealing with all of the yarn stuff and communicating with you about where we are. We are a very small company and a little smaller than normal right now. So if you have not heard back from em right away it is not because I do not value you. It is seriously just juggling all the yarn balls and making it all work. I personally truly value each and every one of you. I love being a dyer but I also equally love serving you!!
Okay I am sure there is more but I need to go do some shipping!!
Have a lovey weekend!!
It has been a week for most of us and as a sexual abuse survivor and a retired therapist who worked with survivors I am still reeling with all of this. As a self care measure for all of us I am not going to go into that right now.
Wednesday the 26th marked five years since I lost my best friend to breast cancer. We had been thick as thieves since we met when we were 14 years old and her family moved up the street from mine. She was such a light in my life and in the world at large. Beauty, strength and wisdom and such a huge giving heart! Our connection was deep and true and our lives intersected and paralleled from the moment we set eyes on each other. We both moved to Portland Oregon after growing up on the East Coast. We had our first born 6 months a part and…ironically I was diagnosed with my breast cancer 6 months after she passed. So most definitely connected on a pretty significant level. It is a loss I feel every single day but especially so this week.
And.. because the powers that be have a wicked sense of humor, two of my dyers were out all week with some bug. Leaving the dyeing to me and our brand new dyer, Lindsey!! Before I go any further I want to thank Lindsey, Sarah and Kalia for seriously stepping up and helping do what needed to get done, above and beyond!
So I am just not feeling it right now and for that I am truly sorry. My uplift is seriously on the down low. So my dear fibery friends I am going to fill you in on where we are on orders and such. Also, we’ll talk a little bit of some goodness coming up very soon!
Okay let’s start with orders and the Carol Feller KAL:
Unless something else goes down we should have all of the KAL yarn that has been ordered to date today shipped out by the end of next week. I cannot wait to see your sweaters!! So many lovey hues. As much as I am loving all the Green Wings I will say I am looking forward to seeing the ones in Motley Hue and Griege. Oh and Mermaid Tears!! My goodness.
Our CAKE DK and Silky Victoria is back in stock (yay!!!) and we have them dyed so they will be shipping out (if they have not already) early next week.
After this week we will be very close to current with online orders.
Because of the delays we’ve experienced we are just behind. We are working so very hard to get caught up and get things out at least close to what we promised. It is the end of September and we should be shipping out RSC and Out of the Hue. They are both going to be a week late. Had this week gone as planned with a full team Blue Moon then things would be different but it did not.
I will be sending our group updates to the Sock Club , Out of the Hue Club and our Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio separately today or Monday. I teach all day tomorrow and am going to take this afternoon off for a little R&R with my son and his wife. ( Oh and there is still room in the class if you want to join us!)
Oh and before I forget. We are cancelling the Autumn Dye Day Event. Not enough people signed up to make it a feasible and affordable thing for us. Yes, a little disappointed!!
I want to thank every for your patience and grace!!
Seriously you are the very best! I am not a fan of all of this! I like serving knitters to the best of our ability and this most certainly fits my vision of that!
Fun things coming our way!!
New colorways!! I am going to make this happen this week if I have to be the midnight dyer.
We have at least 2 KALs coming this Fall and Winter. One where we can knit our very own wings (dragon or bat)!! And then a lovely lunar one with Larissa Brown.
I will be at Coastal Yarns the first weekend in November for Canon Beach’s Stormy Weather Art Festival. There will be a special colorway and knit to go with it!! We’ll have fun, games and door prizes! Also a trunk show and yarn tasting. All kinds of knit fun!
The Buffalo Wool Company will have our yarns at Rhinebeck so do look for them. And yes, of course there will be a special Blue Moon Rhinebeck colorway.
I am sure there is more that I am leaving out. I promised my son I would meet then at 3:00 so I need to get moving!
Happy knitting! Take care of your dear selves!
It’s a Total Lunar Eclipse today!! It is the second one this year! It is the second Blood Moon Eclipse this year and the longest lunar eclipse this century!
We are celebrating with a surprise 24 hour sale on ALL yarns! 15% off all day the 27th
The code to use is: totallunareclipse2
Since we are Blue Moon I feel like it is important to honor the moon in all of her celestial glory!! I made sure all of our moon colorways are up!
Happy Total Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon!!
Every night before I go to bed I make sure all the cats are in. My Phoebe is a very free spirit and likes to spend most of days outside. Since I live where she can do that safely I let her. So I open the door last night and am met with a joyful chorus of singing frogs from my pond. I have been waiting for this moment because it usually signals warmer temps and more signs of Spring. Also I just love the sound which is great because it gets super loud once they all get going and pretty much goes until til mid June when it quiets down quite a bit.
Oh and looks like we’ll have ducklings too!
Other signs of approaching Springness is that our neighborhood owls start their whole mating ritual which is pretty loud and seriously frightened me the first time I saw and heard it. Lots of swooping and hooting (is it hooting?)
Mama deer is huge so I would imagine that very soon we will have little babies hopping around the back yard.
It is such a gift to live on a piece of land for a length of time, where one gets to watch the seasons change and get to all the little signs of each shift. I have been here for almost 20 years which is kind of hard to believe but nonetheless true. I love that I know all the other critters that I share this space with and am happy for their company. I find it ever so comforting and peaceful most of the time. The ravens have been especially vocal right now and are having a bit of a field day taunting the cats.
Anyway it is a little cold this morning but so very sunny. I think my cough is well enough that once it warms up a little, and I am done writing you, I could spend a little time in the sun absorbing some good ol’ Vitamin D.
I have some very exciting news which if you get our newsletter you already know. Our beloved Targhee Worsted is back in stock!!!! I am so very very happy. That was a long three months. Also one thing to have this happen during spring or summer but right at peak sweater knitting time! Anyway…I a planning away.
I feel like we should have a celebratory KAL! Sounds like a good idea right? What do you think we should do? Choose a pattern we all knit or everyone choose their own pattern?? There are several new sweater patterns out right now that I am loving. Hmm…
You know I have gotten quite a few emails from School of Yarn folks wanting some sweater knitting hand holding. Maybe we chooses an interesting yes basic pattern and do a KAL on the RAV group with Karen and Maggie as leads ( I have not mentioned this to them yet. ;0) ) .
We are super busy playing catch up on orders. I feel like we have been doing this for awhile. I have been running Blue Moon for 18 years now and never have I experienced a season with so much illness. I got back from Stitches and both Maggie and I were sick.So 2 of of us down and out. I have bronchitis cause it what happens every time I get a chest cold thanks to the side effects of the radiation treatment I went through for the breast cancer.
We sent out a few emails about this. If you have a knit deadline and need your order pronto please let us know. We will do out best to move it along.
I am truly sorry about the delays. It is not how I like things to run. I love making knitters happy so this is super stressful. Please know we are doing out very best to get caught up!
We shipped School of Yarn yesterday and will have the pdf’s up early next week. We are considering making Semester #3 and every other month kind of thing. I think it is hard for us and you also to keep up with the whole once a month goal.
Sock Club ships out at the end of this month. We had quite a few computer glitches this year for some odd reason. I think we have most of them worked through.
We will be closing down sign-ups after the March shipment! So if you want to join the fun please sign up soon.
I was working on a Spring palette and some new themed colorways before the crud hit so will be getting back to those. If you have any color dreams let me know.
To all of you that supported the Rose City Yarn Crawl a big thanks!!! Our local yarn stores are integral to our knit-community and they need our constant support as much as we need theirs.
Have a lovely weekend my friends!
PS: I am still looking for another dyer. If you are interested let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Are y’all getting your yarn on?
I don’t know about you, but one of the highlights for me of attending big knitterly events like these is watching the glorous handknits sashay by. (Ya can’t help but sashay in a great handknit. Fact.)
It was all I could do as I stood in the Blue Moon booth in the Stitches West marketplace not to pounce upon all of you as you walked by in your sweaters and shawls and cardigans and scarves… I might have remembered (mostly) to ask for permission to give y’all my “knitter’s handshake”: a gentle petting of the sleeve/shawl with a bit of ‘ooh’ing and ‘aah’ing.
SO MANY pretty handknits!
The other liability of standing in an enclosed space, surrounded by all that Blue Moon fiber, is serious yarn lust. Alternating with color lust. I found myself positioned near the Yaksi much of the weekend – mostly because of my evangelical zeal for the fabric of my newly-finished Stockbridge sample. “FEEL THIS!”, I wanted to shout at every passer-by. (Mostly, I refrained from shouting.)
Such. Glorious. Fabric.
So now I want to knit pretty much with nothing else, ever.…
There’s something so compelling about what the oatmeal-colored base of Yaksi does to Tina’s colorways – it’s alchemy of the best sort. So all this is doing is taking my love of Ochroid, Chana Masala, and Antiquated System and fueling the flames.
I mean, I’d already played with putting them together in my Morphology cowl, so I should be moving on, right?
Nope, nope, and nope. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Wega by Sandra Kaufmann – sampled in a great set of colors perfectly attuned to the ochre-plus-greyish-blue theme my eyes are already in love with:
That colorwork, moving effortlessly across the torso and arms! The rounded hem, so flattering for so many of us! That bold motif with the delicate peerie above it! le swoon.
My queue is basically in disarray after the inspiration overload of the past few weeks. And to add to the craziness, Miss Maggie and I were crushing so hard on the Breathing Space sample we had in the booth that we might have committed to a Breathing Space KAL coming up (just as soon as I can commit to colors). The Gaea Fingering is soooo soft and fluffy – so different from Yaksi, and yet so delicious. Anyone want to join us? I’ll put out the word on the Ravelry group soon, so we can discuss colorways and get our yarn coming!
Two yarn crushes, two tempting sweaters… such fabulous problems to have.
Happy Monday, y’all!
It’s a particularly happy Monday here in my world, because I have carte blanche to knit a brand-spanking-new pattern with of one of the most divinely delicious yarns in the whole entire dang world.
I have a particular susceptibility to Little Cardigans — they’re basically my wardrobe Kryptonite. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, you never have weather that doesn’t call for A Little Cardigan. Rain? Fog? Damp? Sleet? It’s always handy to have one around to throw on. Plus, they’re the perfect thing to jazz up any underlayer, from a plain T-shirt to a me-made tunic in a cute print fabric. And – extra special bonus – no matter where you go in A Little Cardigan, you get to represent all of us as knitters.
So color me super-happy when Ysolda released Stockbridge: it’s pretty much the trifecta of cardis. Fingering-weight yarn: check. Knitted at a gauge that lets me finish it in this lifetime: check. Perfect excuse for super-cute buttons: check.
And color me even happier when Tina and Maggie chose “Grimm Green” for my colorway. (If left to my own devices, I might have picked YetAnotherGrey, but Tina intervened.) And Yaksi for my yarn … swoon.
Yaksi has a slightly toasted-oatmeal-y undertone to the base yarn, thanks to the yak fiber – so there’s color alchemy that happens when you order a colorway dyed onto this base. You get a rich, mellow warmth to the color that’s hard to describe… and when you’re staring at a color that’s so close to the middle between blue and green that you can’t hardly tell where one stops and the other starts, that’s pretty magical.
How much am I loving this knit? Here’s the tell: I swatched right when I got home from BlueMoonLand on the 23rd, swatched again on a larger needle to get gauge, blocked and dried those swatches – and cast on Friday morning. It’s now Monday, and I just had to wind my second skein, which means I’m officially more than a quarter of the way done with this sweater! Which makes me kind of wistful, actually. (Do you ever knit projects that you can’t bear to finish?)
Right now, it’s Monday afternoon and the rain is thrumming on the roof. If I play my cards right, I can brew another cup of tea, sneak away from my other responsibilities (new patterns? whaat?) and bliss out for just a few more minutes.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be up here in the corner, purring over my yarn!
Oh, and if you want to purr yourself, come find me at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in a few weeks. I’ll be wandering the Market Friday through Sunday, and if I continue at this pace, I’ll be wearing my Stockbridge! Don’t be shy – c’mon up and ask to give me what I call a “Knitter’s Handshake.” (That’s where you lightly rub the recipient’s sweater sleeve and say “oooh.”)
Not coming to Madrona? Stockbridge and I will be happily ensconced in the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA the weekend after! We’ll have two booths of just the most delicious and tempting yarns and samples you ever did see … come say hi! (And if you bring chocolate, you’ll be our saving angels.)
May you all enjoy a few happy knitting moments today.
Boy, it’s a big month filled with lunacy over here in Camp Blue Moon… Blood Moons, Blue Moons, new colorways and all sorts of lunar madness!
The other week I was inspired by the #fringeandfriendslogalong and started a blanket for our little room up in the mountains:
But now Tina’s all on fire with new moon-y colorways, and we got to thinkin’… wouldn’t these progressive lunar phase colorways just make the most GORGEOUS Log Cabin blankets?
The Fringe Association Log-Cabin-along is a gently-organized free-for-all of Log Cabining: do you want to make a blanket? a coat? a pair of handwarmers? Yarn, colors, and scale of knitting is up to you: folks out there are doing all sorts of great stuff and tagging it with the #fringeandfriendslogalong hashtag. Post pictures of your progress on Instagram or Facebook or Ravelry… wherever your social media happy place(s) is/are!
Personally, I can’t wait to hang out down at BlueMoonLand this weekend and cast on a Lunar Madness blanket with these beauties. I’d start with the boldest, reddest color for the center square and then work out to grey from there. There are 4 colorways pictured above, so I might throw in a fifth so that my Log Cabin strips don’t stack up with one color on each side… or I might work from reddest to greyest and then back out again. So many possibilities!
Go check out the Fringe Association blog for all the details and then just see if you can resist the urge to cast on for your own moony project.…
Phases of the Moon blankets, here we come!