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Springing forward

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.

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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!


inspiration monday: springing into color(s)

Hi gang!

Phew – what a whirlwind few weeks these have been! We’re deep in the throes of Knitting Get-Together Season, what with Madrona Fiber Arts and Stitches West and Hill Country Weavers retreat and and…

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!

IMG_2092The 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.

Love is…


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means we have Love on our minds and hopefully in our hearts!

Since our Blue Moon color filled hearts are kind of full to brimming with the love (obsession, let’s be real) of all that is Purple specifically Ultra Violet ~Purples.

I posted our first round of  purple goodness to come from my Ultra violet experiments a few weeks ago and I will say that Harold’s Purple Crayon is by far the most popular with Enchantress running a close second!

But wait….there’s more!!

The first five are the new ones as of today.  So very much purple.

As a colorist and dyer I pretty much love all the hues since they are basically the tools of my trade. As a person choosing colors to wear and surround myself with I can say that purple does not usually play into my color scheme of life. Unless it is deep and dark, like our Smoke on the Water. That said, some of these new violets and purples just make me so very happy! I would knit with all of them just for the joy of having those colors running through my fingers and building stitch by stitch onmy needles into fabric. Elderberry Cordial is most definitely something I would wear comfortably.

Violet and Purple are super popular colors. Violet is part of the visible light spectrum of color and purple comes from mixing blues and reds. Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum.

As far as creating color goes violet and purple are pretty interchangeable with a similar essence that is powerful, mystical and also peaceful, quite trio. Purple inspires creativity and deep thought which I am pretty sure is what appeals to me about it. Maybe I need to knit myself a purple dye hat. or dye my apron purple. Hmm… .

Okay some newsie bits.

Sock Club has shipped and pdf’s are up!

School of Yarn shipped yesterday!! We were waiting on the patches which we were assured would be here by the 7th which was later than promised and they did not show so we shipped. I am sorry! The patches will be in the next shipment. PDF email also has been sent!

We are working on all the orders and doing our very best to get them out! We do appreciate your patience. We had a full team of dyers for 4 out of the 5 days this week and I actually do not remember that last time that happened.

If you are going to be at Madrona next weekend stop by The Fiber Gallery’s booth to see the Blue Moon yarns and samples they have.

Like Emma Welford’s new pattern Polyhedra which will be released right in time for Madrona and Stitches West!











Okay I am back to the barn to rinse yarn and dye Rare Gems and do some shipping!

Have a great weekend.

Enjoy the Olympics

Just a phase….

Who saw the eclipse??

I am sad to say that I did not. It was not for lack of trying though. When I saw that it was too cloudy here I got in the car in search for clear skies. Which if you think about the fact that I live in the Pacific Northwest, the land of perpetual cloud cover and grey skies! Needless to say I was not successful. So I went and got a latte and headed home to start my day.

What I did see was the stunningly bright and beautiful super-blue-moon rising.











I stood in my front yard in front of the pond where the froggies have started their spring-is-coming song and watched that lunar light rise over the hill until the whole forest was bathed in moonlight.  Quite the magical moment! One which was pretty powerful for this witchy woman. Even the frogs thought so. As soon as the moon crested the horizon they were silent.

Do you know it has been 150 yrs since a lunar occurrence of this magnitude has happened? I know we were all super excited about the solar eclipse this summer (me too!!) but this super blue lunar one was quite the stellar experience!

Did you see that Karen published her Just a Phase scarf pattern this week?!!










The way the pattern works with the eclipse colorways is so great!! Makes this dyer’s heart pretty flipping happy. This picture above and in Karen’s pattern is with the A Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway.

The picture below is the beginning of one that Maggie is knitting for Madrona and Stitches in the colorway, Dark Side of Blue Moon.

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Look!! It’s doing the same thing as its Solar counterpart.  I was hoping it would, since I dyed them with the same layout of where and how I put the colors, but was not absolutely sure. Gauge is quite the knit mistress and task master!

Most of the Lunar colorways will do this patterning. These three most definitely will:

Some of our other colorways on the website right now that should also play this way are:

Blue Brick Wall, Blue Moon Rising, A Total eclipse of the Sun, Dark Side of Blue Moon, Endora, Grayple, Scumble Bumble, Morticia, Smoky Mtn Morn, Gin Blossom, Delirium, Dark Side of Delirium, Blue Super Eclipsed Blood Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse, and maybe Don’t Rain on My Craft Parade.

So may possibilities with this one based on colorway and the stitch pattern combination that Karen created!

If I was the kind of person that did not run hot, I would knit one out of 3 skeins just cause I can! So cozy and warm.  When you purchase the pattern from Karen you get a discount code for Plushy from us which is good until the 7th of February!

So did you cast on any lunar knit magic?? I did. Not sure what will come of it but I did cast on! Be impressed! The yarn is La Luna DK and La Luna Lace. Both dye boo boo’s . The dark one is a Total Eclipse of the Sun that was not quite right and the lighter one I have no idea what it was supposed to be. I seriously love how the La Luna took the eclipse colorway!!










If you have not read the Inspiration Monday post by Karen ( the one before this post) check it out!!  She is knitting Ysolda’s Stockbridge Cardi out of our Yaksi Fingering in Grimm Green and it is STUNNING!!!!!

We are huge fans of pretty much anything Ysolda designs! That said, there is just something about this cardi! Thank you Ysolda for constantly giving us such wonderful knits that always teach us and give a wonderful knit and wearing experience!

I have to go box up yarn to send to Taproot and load the car for a delivery to Twisted!










We have send out the School of Yarn email with all of your PDFs!! Yarn will leave this coming week when the errant swag arrives!

Our first shipment of the year for RSC has made it out the door! We still have some Canadian and International to ship which will go out on Monday once our techie fixes a “thing”.

Dye classes for spring are up as requested!!

Okay posting now cause I do believe the newsletter has been mailed.

Have a great weekend.

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Anther day in hueville

Good morning dear knitters! It’s Saturday and my dear friend Karen is here and we have all kinds of fun planned. I have been looking forward to this visit for weeks and then…I woke up this am with a bit of a sore throat and the sniffles.


So I am not a happy camper!  I have my tea and my ginseng and other such immune boosters and I am going to continue on as planned.

Did ya see the purples??










It so funny this purple kick I am on. As a colorist of course I love all color since they are my medium of artistic expression. Personally purple is not my absolute favorite hue so this obsession is interesting. I got inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra-Violet. I like the shade of violet they are using but I truly think that the addition of ultra as part of the description might be the inspirational culprit here. What makes a color ultra?  How does one go abut making a color an ultra color?  Is an ultra color a super power color?










So it’s a bit of a creative challenge and you know me… I do so love a creative challenge. Even if it is one that have totally made up based on my interpretation of a color description. It’s funny what inspires and challenges us.

Anyway here are a few of the colorways I have come up on my ultrafying color journey!! I have a bout 4 more that are shaded solids but I am tweaking them a bit so look for them next week. If you click on them and make them bigger you can see that some of them have a bit of a purple glow which is what I think might make a color just a little bit more.

My favorite of these is Echantress!!  Seriously sexy!! Although the vibrancy of Harold’s Purple Crayon  really makes me happy. I will keep you posted on my ultra color journey!

It is January 20th already. How?? So we are almost through our first month of our 18th year and almost at that super lunar wonderfulness!

What are you casting on with us on the 31st?  We have so very many options. You can just do your very own thing in any of our yarns and colorways!

You can join in on our lunar monthly KAL where we take that’s month colorways and do a block of the moth type thing. We have two ideas on this one. You could join in on the log cabin KAL with the MDK and Fringe  #fringeandfriendslogalong which looks to be all kinds of fun!! (Read more here from Karen) Or you can knit your very own square and at the end of the year you will have 13 blocks ( don’t forget that blue moon). to piece together for your very own lunar blanky. If you think about it what better way to cover oneself at night then with a woolly moon blanket.

Karen is going to join in on the log cabin fun and I think I am going to do a square a month because it truly appeals to me. Also it is about what my knit attention span is at the moment. You can choose you own pattern design for your square but I will post a few stitch pattern ideas that I think will go well with each months lunar hue.

One could also cast on the seriously wonderful scarf, Just a Phase! that Karen has designed us. It is written for three gauges Aran, Worsted and DK. She brought it with her this weekend so I could photograph it and OMG!!! you are so going to love this. You will be able to purchase said pattern on ravelry and pattern fish under akabini on the 30th of January.  You want this scarf!! It makes a statement and is one of the coziest things I have ever wrapped around my neck.

Yardage specs for Just a Phase:

Aran weight:  (Plushy) : 660 yds (604m)

DK Weight:  (CAKE DK or  La Luna DK or Crackpaca ) 900 yds ( 823m)

Worsted weight: (CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted) 825 yds (755m)

Check out our instagram feed for lots of pics on colors and designs!!

BFL Feature and SPECIAL!!!

Not that all of the above is not special but…  this week we are featuring our long time yarn bestie ~ BFL SPORT on special as part of our anniversary celebration of who we are and where we have been!!  Our BFL SPORT is the 2nd garment yarn that I added to our line of garment yarns.  I love Bluefaced Leicester!  As a dyer I am a fan of the way it takes the dye and color because of it’s long wool component. Then there is that little bit of drape it can have also due to it’s long-wool genetics. Bluefaced is a softer and bouncier long-wool especially if spun just right which I feel our BFL SPORT is. It has just enough twist to be durable and also lofty!

One of my absolute favorite sweaters was designed for me by my dear friend Anna Zilboorg. It’s called Tina’s Sweater and is knit with our BFL SPORT. It is the coziest sweater I own and has stood the test of time.  Tinas







One of my other absolute favorite designs in our BFL SPORT is Vancouver by Samantha Roshak










Also super cozy!! One of my all time favorite knits and wraps!

Our BFL Special will run until February 1st and is good for 15% of the Coupon Code: BFLSPORT18

Thank you to both Anna and Samantha for such a wonderful and integral part of Blue Moon!

Okay off to breakfast and what is sure to be a very Portland photo shoot!

Have a lovely weekend!!

off and running…

I do not know about you but my first week of 2018 has been pretty eventful. I started the week with a dental appt. which is a pretty terrifying experience for me. I had to have a crown. Which is what happens when you are scared to go to the dentist and you keep putting it off. I know better but there you have it.

I have found the very best dentist. Dr. Hura at Hillsboro Modern Dentistry. The whole office is just all kinds of awesome but he especially so. He is kind and gentle and explains things and gives me all the time I need.  I scheduled this for the beginning of the year because I pretty much didn’t have much of a choice and…it felt good to start the year being brave.

Okay so…we have Vogue Knitting LIVE next week which pretty much kicks off the 2018 show season for us fiber folk. I hope it warms up a little before the end of next week.

As I have mentioned Terri O’Brien of Feather Your Nest has a booth (798/710) and it will be chock full of Blue Moon yarny goodness and lots of lots of samples including:

Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook in our Targhee Worsted
Winter Honey and Sheltered  by Andrea Mowry in Targhee Worsted
The Traci Shawl by Joji Locatelli in Socks that Rock Lightweight (there will be kits)
Decemberist Shawl by Melanie Berg in Peru
Churchmouse Yarns Easy Folded Poncho in Peru
The Wooliers Swancho in Peru
Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry in our Featherlight Gradient Kits
Landscape Waves by Carol Feller in Targhee Worsted
Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki in Gaea Fingering
Off-Kilter Shawlette by Shannon Squire in Yaksi Fingering
The Wonder Shawl by Shannon Squire in Yaksi Fingering
and…all the socks!!! So very, very  many socks.
Also a special Vogue colorway!! Teri wanted me to create a colorway that was inspired by the Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon in Central Park.
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Imagine Strawberry Fields our homage to John Lennon and a little hope, peace and love!


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Sock Club Sign-ups are going strong!! It is so going to be a magical year! I made most of the colorways for the year and the 2 I did yesterday made everyone in the barn over joyed so… . I am pretty tickled! Check out the Rockin’ Sock Club blog for a fun game we have started for the year!


oh and we will be shipping School of Yarn Semester #2 Merino Madness soon so if you want to be part of that first shipment now is the time to sign up!

Speaking of color….I made the very best purple yesterday!!










Inspired by the 2018 Pantone color of the year Ultra-Violet I pretty happy with it. When the yarn dries I’ll post a picture on Instagram!!

Okay I have a kid who wants lunch and a movie with her mom so I am off for the day!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

A new year, new color and anniversary!

I do not remember when I have been this excited to welcome in a New Year! Partially because 2017 has been one seriously tough year so I am pretty happy to see it end!! I know I am not alone in this experience and feeling. Sorry 2017 but truly you’ve been a bit of a bitch. I will thank you however for constantly teaching me to be in the moment, take one step at a time and to look for the light and love no matter what!

One of the many reasons I am excited to usher in 2018 is that Blue Moon is 18 this year! I know!! And seriously 18 years of doing anything is a long time and something that should be commemorated and in this case celebrated. Which we plan to do in spades! Starting with the serious moon magic that the celestial powers that be are giving us.

We are ushering in 2018 with a Super Full Moon that is called the Wolf Moon and if that were not enough another Full moon on January 30 that is also a super moon and a Lunar Eclipse. A seriously good omen for a new year I think.

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Since we are all about the moon, especially a blue one, we are riding this magical celestial waves of wonder into our anniversary celebration year. Every month we are going to have at least one new Lunar colorway of some sort. We are starting with these two lovelies for our first full moon of the month. Once in A Blue Moon is all pale moon grey and cool blue for our winter moon ( I can’t wait to dye Once in a Blue Moon in Super Sparkle. Oh my!). Blue Moon Rising is a howling hue that rises out of the night and illuminates the darkness! (There will also be some sort of Total Lunar Eclipse Blue Super Moon color translation later in the month!) Along with your colorway you will get a Moon Note. A bit like a tarot card of sorts.

One of my very favorite songs of all time is Once in a Very Blue Moon by Patrick Alger and sung by the lovely Nanci Griffith.


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this years Sock Club, our Magical Mystery Tour. We have changed things up quite a bit and it is looking to be a stellar 13th year of sock knitting! Sign-ups are open and we would LOVE to have you join us for all of the knit fun we have planned. We are starting the year of with a very bright and sparkley splash! I mean really if you have the chance to start a new year with a bright sparkley splash why wouldn’t you.

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Are you going to Vogue Knitting LIVE?? If so be sure to check out all of the goodness we have sent Terri O’Brien at FEATHER YOUR NEST Oh my!! I wish I could be there to see! Although it was all hanging from the rafters here for quite awhile. When I have her booth number I will post it. There is a special colorway, gradient kits, kits for The Tracey and Jodi shawls and all kinds of lovely samples! So fun!!

Okay dear knitters I am going to spend the day with my daughter who goes back to New York tomorrow.

Thank you so very much for being our knitters!! You are the very best and we are so grateful to have you in our lives!

Be safe ushering in this New Year!!



Make a joyful noise!

NOTE: Read carefully, for hidden in these words of mine this morning is a present you will find towards the end.
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(It’s amazing how many chicken themed ornaments we have. hmm…)


I picked up number two daughter (Sophia, my youngest) from the airport yesterday and she and I pick up number one daughter (Rabia, my middle child and oldest girl) today!! I have not seem them both in far too long. As you can imagine my heart is pretty flipping full right now. We are a really tight family and having my two girls so far away is not the easiest! Luckily for this mother’s heart my number one and only son, Narayan is here in Portland with lovely wife, Candace and their pooches, Niki and Siena.

I am so looking forward to the time we have together and will cherish every single moment!

I love this holiday season! I love the merry making and crafty creating, all the yummy baking, the giving of love and presents, decorating everything I can with twinkle lights, singing in the barn as we dye your yarn, the winter briskness and longest night and the return of the light!

I know however that this is not the best season for all of us and honestly if any of my kids could not be here it would not be for me either. I have spent the better part of the last 6 months with some pretty intense empty nest loneliness and grief. Who knew?! I know, most of you know. I do not get lonely as a rule. I have a full to brimming life because of all of you (THANK YOU!!) and my friends, and seriously curious, creative mind. So this all hit me pretty hard and made me think a lot about how holidays are for those of us who for whatever reason cannot be with the ones we love and are loved by.

My worker bee Sierra, who is a sweetheart of a person,  and I were chatting about this and wondering what we can do to help. She has a neighbor who just lost her husband and she was wondering what she could do to reach out.. I told her that I thought just about anything that we can do for each other that is reaching out and showing that someone is there and cares lightens the alone feeling and sheds a little light and love!

As makers and creators we tend to spread a little love and light with every stitch of colorful woolly warmness that falls off of our needles I know in my heart that if most of us see a soul in need we respond with kindness and generosity. I know this from my own experience with our creative community. I also know when you are low and not at your best to reach out and say, “hey, I am having a hard time and could use a friendly smile or cup of tea or (fill in the blank)”.

So let us notice those around us and spread a little more light! I will be here with my family all weekend but I do have a computer and for some odd reason have been waking up at 3:00 am every single day!! I am here and will do my best to say hi if a friendly voice would help you!  It’s not much, but it might be enough! I know it has been for me at times.










It snowed a wee bit last night!

Well…I can tell you I was not really going here when I sat down this am to write you, which is one of the great things about writing. I was going to tell you all about how excited I am about the Raven gradients and all the goodness we can create with them and remind you School of Yarn fold that your coupon code expires at the end of the month.

School of Yarn discount code expires at the end of this month!!!

And…here is my little color brain’s current pride and joy! A Raven gradient kit in Valkyrie. I know!  Do you love it?? I seriously do and am going to ball one up and cast one some goodness this weekend because I just cannot flippin’ help myself. I just need to figure out what pattern I want to use. I think we are going to have to offer these gradients in larger and or different weight other than fingering weight sizes for sweaters. What do you think??

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So as a little holiday gift from us to you there is a coupon code for 10% off good until midnight on Christmas night. The first 4 letters in the code are all caps and the hints to what they are are below and the last part of the code is 2017

Here are you hints:

Hint #1 which is the first letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one and only son’s name.

Hint #2 which is the second letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one daughter’s name.

Hint #3 which is the third letter of the code: The 1st letter in number two daughter’s name.

Hint #4 which is the fourth letter of the code: The 1st letter in daughter-in-law’s name.

So the code is those 4 letters in caps followed by 2017 with no spaces in between!

Okay I have to get ready to go to the airport to pick up daughter!!!!

Take care of each other, stay warm and safe and loved!!

Peace and so much joy!!

Winter is for wonder and wool!

It is super cold here!! Freezing cold. The ponds all have a thin layer of ice on them and everything is covered with frost. It looks like we live in the land of the frost giants. It’s quite magical.








Perfect sitting by the fire with a hot cup of tea and one’s knitting weather!

One of the most beautiful moments of my day is when I head out to the dye barn in the wee hours of the morning to get set up for our dye day. Last week was all clear skies and the moon was a crescent with an ethereal halo and so many stars. Stunning. Just stunning and so very peaceful which is a great way to start a day. I have tried to capture a picture but it is just so dark and I just can’t seem to capture that moment in a photo to share. I guess some moments are meant to be in and not captured.








Last weekend Karen and Maggie and I did all kinds of hatching of plans for the the wonder that we feel 2018 holds. Our 18th Anniversary!! The 13th year of the Rockin’ Sock Club, our 2nd Semester of School of Yarn, getting a little bit back into the show circuit and let us not forget our special magical anniversary Super-Eclipse Blue Moon on the 31st of January!! I can’t help but feel that somehow all of the moon magic is for us! Also…it’s 2018 and our 18th year being Blue Moon! I’m thinking it’s going to be a magical kind of year!

And you would think that we knew about all of this blue moon magic when we chose out Magical Mystery Tour theme for the sock club but we didn’t. I know…go figure. One of you brought it to our attention which I just love!!! Thank you Phaedra!!

Our first sock club design and colorways are so wonderful, bright, sparkly and joyful. I want to share them with you so badly that it hurts a little. Oh my. A spectacular start to the year for sure! So very, very excited and cannot wait for you all to see.

And then there is the second semester of our School of Yarn. Honestly I was not quite as excited about my Merino research as the Targhee (We all know how I feel about Targhee so I feel like that’s fair.) but I have to say I am so loving what I am learning and how all of this is rounding out my own knowledge. I might be a wool science and history nerd. The history of Merino and how it plays out and basically created the wool industry is seriously fascinating. This is my current stack of reading materials.



See?! Super wool nerd.

Anyway I’m pretty excited to share all of this with you and my chats with a few of our industry stewards. Oh and the colors I made for this one make all three of us happy so I am pretty sure you will love them. They are very Ultra-Royal. (hint hint)


If you want to jump on the Super Targhee train I highly recommend it! We still have some left before Maggie, Karen and I dye the rest for ourselves. lol

I mentioned in the fall that we would be seeing an across the board price increase in wool prices especially Merino. We have already experienced some that we have just absorbed as we do to some extent. We are about to get another one and this one we will have to pass some on to you as much as I hate to. So we will be doing this at the beginning of the year as I mentioned when I first told you. We might try an incremental approach (still waiting on some of our prices) like do an increase now and one a little later instead of a big one. Anyway if you want to stash enhance now is the time my wool loving friends! Especially if you have discount codes from us you have yet to use.

So are you caught up on your holiday knitting or madly knitting into the wee hours of the morning to get it all done? What are you knitting on that you love!! Anything planned for yourself?

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Here is my hopeful knit plan for the weekend. We’ll see how it goes.


I have been toying with the idea of a color club type thing for a few years now and pretty much have what I want to do in mind.  If I did a color club where we just immersed ourselves in everything and anything to do about color form theory to mood to dyes ( natural and synthetic) to history and all of the wheres and hows what would you like to see?? You can comment here or email me if you like

Okay it is time to do some shipping and errand running! I’m a little wary of the errand running this close to Christmas.

I leave you with some Super Targhee DK knit thoughts from Maggie.

Kalaloch by Andrea Rangel

Adventurous by Joji Locatelli

Capall Dubh by Carol Feller

Pretty Little Plie by Veer Välimäki

Campside Cardi by Amanda Plummer

Happy Saturday Knitters!!

I don’t know if you have noticed but we have made a small newsletter timing change. We are now sending the newsletter on Saturday morning instead of Friday afternoon. I hope this is as good for you as it is for me.

For me it means I have Friday to create the newsletter and get it to Jess and then I have Friday evening or Saturday morning before it flies out to you to write a blog post. Which means I end up writing it in bed on Saturday morning with a cup of tea and a cat or two to keep me company. It’s great! Gives me time to mull over the week we just worked through and look at what is coming in the next few weeks in a reasonably relaxed manner so I can then share it all with you, one of my favorite things. So…I get to enjoy one of my favorite things instead of rushing so it fits into a deadline.











Speaking of deadlines, how’s the holiday knitting coming? We are doing our very best to get you your yarn as fast as we can dye it!!  A whole bunch of it will ship out of here today and on Monday. Yay!!!

Sock Club has shipped and the pdf’s are up!!

Rockin’ Whorl Club has shipped and pdf’s mailed out and on Monday we will ship out the School of yarn and… mail the pdf’s.

We were going to ship out the School of Yarn with the sock club but it would have made our tiny little post office cry. When I showed on on Wednesday and with some of the RSC packages and told them what was coming on Friday I thought Donna was going to cry right then and there. I couldn’t bury them on a Friday. They are already short handed and it is the holiday and holy moly I am so very glad I do not work for USPS!!  I need to remember in the next few weeks to show up with treats!! Show your mail carrier and UPS drivers a little extra love right now. After all they do bring us yarn!!










This is the fifth of the trollies will filled on Friday!

We did some shawl modeling this week. It occurred to me that I never showed you the Find your Fade we made out of 2 of our A Total Eclipse of the Sun Featherlight Gradient Kits.




It is pretty hard to get a great picture of how pretty and dramatic it is! I so love how this came out and am designing a few other gradient kits that have a similar effect.

Maggie finished knitting her, The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Knits 











We are both a little obsessed with Plushy and Feldges right now so she knit this one with Plushy in Valkyrie Fledge.












We are so obsessed that I have been inspired to create Raven Gradients!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I know…. So stay tuned next week for some of that action. I am so very very excited. I feel like the Raven series is on of my better creative moments as a colorist and I would like to revisit them and maybe create a few more!

Creating color! I have been in a bit of a new colorway slump lately which happens. Creativity is definitely an ebb and flow kind of thing. I have been a bit weighed down with all of the running of things and not as much of the creating. This week that all changed, thanks to that ebb and flow and to Emily at Eat Sleep Knit who is one of my color muses and my Maggie and well that right now is more flow than ebb in my life.









New colorways!!

These three are probably my favorites of the new ones, although it does constantly change for me. The one on the far right makes so very very happy. This picture does not really do it justice.

What would you name these three colorways? They all need names and I have posted this picture to instagram and asked there so… if you are on instagram you can play along there. New colorways will be up next week! So look for them then.

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Super Targhee!  If you were afraid you missed the boat on this sweet deal of a yarn, you did not!! We still have some in stock! If you are not sure what you want it for well…we have a plan for January’s knitting for ourselves theme. (I know it’s called selfish kitting but I don’t like the negative that implies about knitting for ourselves)

Anyway we are going to do a KAL. The Timeless Sweater KAL that features timeless sweater patterns we all know and love and bucket list knits. Do you have a few of those in your queue?? I bet you do. A sweater that you’ve been wanting to knit just for you but for some reason have not quite gotten to. There are so many stunning sweater designs out there that stand the test of time and transcend design trends like Ysolda’s Pumpkin Ale or Veera’s Breathing Space or Joji’s Manzanilla or Carol’s Pistachio Saffron or Gurdrun’s Audrey in Unst the list goes on and on. I want all of these!! Don’t you?

Okay I think that might cover it for this week. I am going to go for a walk and do some holiday decorating, get groceries (cupboard is so very bare) , make a big pot of soup for the week and then sit and knit and probably hatch a plan.

What’s your plan for the day?

Happy knitting my friends!