Posts from the ‘KAL’ Category
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!!
Okay it’s going to be a little hard, because I am over the moon excited but before I share all about our color club I am going to take care of a little order update business. Also there are some happenings that are just around the corner which is hard to believe but nonetheless true!
We got a little bogged down with orders and are doing our very best to get caught up which we almost are!! Thank you for your patience! As happens we had a mill order delay on our sock yarn which totally messes things up and stresses me out to no end! Added to that a bunch of my team were out sick, again. I know… it does seem to be happening a lot. I have a theory about this. Team Blue Moon is composed of a bunch of moms of young children right now. This is a new thing for many years we were a team of women with grown children. Anyway I am thinking this explains the illnesses. I am probably over sharing here but I have been trying to figure out the why of all of the illness and wondering if maybe Columbia County had an issue of some sort. So this is where we are. Where I believe we have fallen down on our usual good customer service is in communicating this to you and for that I apologize!! I am working on a new system where this is better.
I have noticed that some of your emails are not getting to us at email@example.com and maybe firstname.lastname@example.org and I am looking into this. One of the other things things that happens is that in our order system we have a way to go into your order and email you from there if there is an issue. In the past this has worked just fine but I am of thinking that some of these are not getting through. So we are also trouble shooting this.
I just want you to know that you are so very important to us and I am trying to figure out some of this technical communication road blocks. I am by far not a techie so… . While I sort through this you can always reach out to me at email@example.com
We shipped out a massive amount of yarn on Friday and the same will be true next week. Please know that I really appreciate your patience and feed back also!! You are why I do what I do!
Tits Collective yarn is part of what is shipping out!! We are still taking order if you want that colorway before the end of July! It is such a fun colorway to dye.Oh my goodness. I am spinning it too and it is so much fun to spin. So warm, bright and happy! Great color therapy spinning!
I am supposed to have a pound of this done by the end of Tour de Fleece but I do not thnk I am going to meet that goal. I am halfway there so… we’ll see.
For the 16 of you that are ever so patiently waiting for the Fair Isling on Blue Moon it is at the printers this coming week and the pdf is being formatted so. Also lesson learned!! Check files yourself first!!! I am printing a bunch so once it is all done will put it back up for sale for those who are interested. All of this has given me an even more of an appreciation and respect for tech editors and layout. I am sorry this has been such a wait!
The ever so lovely Theresa and Ron Miskin of The Bufflao Wool Company will have a bunch of our yarn. Here is the a link to the Market floor map so you can find them! They will have a bunch of new colorways that we do not even have up yet!! So if you are going be sure to stop by and say hi and check out the color, the yarn and lovely samples!!
In the past 6 to8 months we have said a sad good bye to some of our LYS’s and also welcomed a few more to our team So do check out who and where our yarn is so you can see it in person and support these lovey yarn shops.
Wow that was quite a lot. I think I am going to put the color club info on the top banner so it will live there for awhile and also we can look at the lovely graphic that Maggie created for it!
I want you to know that I am so very grateful for each and everyone one of you and feel blessed that I can serve you in color and yarn. It has most definitely been a year of challenges. I do see the light at the end of this tunnel so feel like we are just about over this hump. ( knock on wood)
Thank you all so very, very much for hanging in there with me!! You are my rainbow!
Happy Saturday morning!!!
It’s a stunning day out already. The sun is peaking through the curtain and there is a lovely breeze which I hope lasts throughout the day, since I believe it is supposed to reach 95 today.
Today is my son and daughter-in-law’s 5th wedding anniversary!!! So we are celebrating which will be all kinds of fun. 5 years!! It feels like just yesterday that we were planning their wedding and at the same time like she has been part of our family forever! So much love!!
Aren’t they adorable!
It has been a weird week here in Blue Moon land! You know those days where no matter which way you turn you are met with an obstacle? So for every step you try to take in order to do so you have to clear the pile of bricks in your way!! Yeah that.
Tuesday was madness. Went to bank where they were have trouble with their computer system so it took forever making me late for an appt. Went to USP where their computer system was down. Luckily I have a shipping system so I went back to Blue Moon and made the label and then later that afternoon took packages to PO where they were still having issues. Decided I should get gas since my tank was low and once filled it would not start. Yup!! New car too! It finally started and this is the 2nd time this has happened so I went right to Toyota where they said they needed to keep it. So they got me a rental or at least tried to. Twenty five minutes later after having no cars, then finding one (but not the key to go with it) and yet another computer issue and then a printer issue and wait there’s more, dropping the keys under the car ~ I left Broadway Toyota. I sat in the rental for a few seconds and decided I deserved a cool beverage. So went to McMennamins on 23rd and ordered my favorite cider and guess what? Yup they were out.
Yeah! Now I know in the grand scheme of life (especially these days) that these are definitely first world problems and not life altering or damaging. It was pretty surreal though and towards then end just kind of hysterical!
I have my car back. They do not know what is wrong and want me to bring it back to them when the gas tank is low so they can go with me to see what happens. I kid you not!
Anyway that is how this week has been and finally I just decided to go with the flow because why fight it. Maybe mercury is like upside down retrograding or something.Whatever it is computer systems are not fairing well.
okay let’s talk yarn!
Isn’t it pretty?! It’s called TASY BOO!! The TASY was the mills abbreviation for Tina’s Alpaca Sock Yarn. (60% Superwash Merino/30% Baby Alpaca/ 10% Nylon ) The Boo I have no idea about, maybe mill naming shenanigans which I totally get and am amused enough to keep the name.
Anyway… it’s quite a lovely yarn but just not one we want to introduce into our line-up right now so we are offering it to you as one of our summertime short runs! We probably have about 180 skeins so it will go pretty dang fast at 20.00 a skein!! (and if you use your RSC discount even less than that).
It knits up as quite a lovely fabric at a DK weight so you can use it for garments, shawls, cowls… . Keep in mind though that the 30% Alpaca effects how the color looks. Alpaca mutes color a bit so a little lighter and dreamier is how I look at it. So very soft in feel and hue!
Okay onto some super fun knits.
I was at Coastal Yarns at Canon Beach last weekend for a short visit and saw this stunning Rose Candy Cowl by Martina Behm in our A Total Eclipse of the Sun and Shadow. Look at those stripes!! Super sexy!! I love that design of this cowl anyway but especially with this lovely color.
And look at this dynamic knit duo knit in our Plushy!! I think the colorway is Total Lunar Eclipse. I know I should know all my colorways on sight! I wish you could feel them. So flipping cozy!!
Okay my lovely knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers… I am going to post this! Have a great weekend!
Be kind to yourselves and each other!
RSC members please remember your 20% moves to 15% on the 16th which is Monday!
So I am awake extra early to write this today because my daughter is visiting and this is our last day together.
Right away I want to say thank you to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and to buy yarn! It was so great seeing everyone.
I got to meet a new friend too!!
and Toni scored some amazing fleeces!! This Corriedale is just stunning! Look at those locks and that crimp. Be still my fiber loving heart!
It seemed to me that fun was had by all. As vendors we loved the new venue! It did not seem as well intended as they hopes but I think that is to be expected with any change and this was a new venue and a new date. I hope everyone comes next year! As we have seen of late if we do not support out local yarn stores and events then the next thing we know they are closing there doors!!! It’s so very important to keep our community places alive and kicking!
This is also true for the yarn bases you love. When we discontinued Woobu and LSS recently a fair number of you were not so happy. I totally understand! I was sad too. Woobu was the first garment yarn that I carried so I was especially sad over that one. Yarns are discontinued for a few reasons but the biggest one is sales. If the yarn is not selling than it stands to reason that you move it out to make room for one that will since we are kind of in the business of selling yarn. I have let go of a few yarns based on construction weirdness but mostly it is because the popularity is not there.
So… my knitterly friends here are the yarns I am considering moving out. I am telling you this to give you the opportunity to change that if these yarns are important to your knit life. Most of the folks who were sad to see Woobu go said it was their favorite yarn and such but when I looked up accounts it had been years since they bought any. It made me think that if you knew what was going on and what I was thinking then it gave you all an chance to change it if it was important to you!!
Okay so here are the yarns that we are considering. If you love them show them your support!! I would also love to hear from you wither here in the comments or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the Marine Silks ( Lace, Fingering and Sport )
Superwash BFL Fingering
I have added some roving and our Silky Laci to the offerings in out #titsoutcollective offerings. So far we have raised over almost 600.00 for RAICES!! Yay!! Thank you all so very much! I will be dyeing these up this week and shipping them out soon!! Let’s see if we can hit $1,000 I bet we can!!
I am going to join the the tour de fleece action and spin up a pound and then auction it off and donate that money too!! Believe it or not it is my 1st tour de fleece so…I am pretty tickled and a little nervous!
If you are in the greater Portland area Thursday between 5 and and 7 do stop by at Twisted for our knit happy hour. It’s turning in to such a fun knit time. This week I am going to talk about yarn construction and weights!
It’s so fun to see what everyone is working on. There is also Blue Moon tasting yarns for you to knit on which is a great way to test yarns of ours that maybe you have not gotten a chance to try!
Sheri is doing Ysolda’s MKAL and it looks so wonderful I am thinking of joining the fun. My knit time is not high so it might take me a bit but I just do not think I can resist!! Twisted has kits I put together just for this and I also dropped off a whole bunch of Soft Rock at Coastal Yarns in Canon Beach yesterday !!
Okay my lovelies! Have a wonderful weekend!!
Summer Solstice was this week so it is officially summer which is great since it was in the 90’s here. So…
I feel like we have all kinds of fun planned this summer so I am just going to tell you all about it in this post in an attempt to get my head around it all.
As we have done the past few summers we will be running weekly specials so do keep an eye out for the newsletters because they will have that information in them.
Starting today Yaksi Fingering and La Luna Fingering are 15% off until June 31st. The coupon code you need for that is: birmingham18
Why have we chose those 2 yarns to put on special??
Photo Credit: Nona Davenport
A stunningly diverse cowl!! Brioche creates such a stunning fabric and a cozy one too. I am smitten with Nona’s design and will probably knit a solid one in Yaksi and a 2 color in La Luna. Oh my goodness what colors would you choose? Doesn’t this look like a fun knit?!
Also it would fit right into the other summer fun we have planned that actually starts today!!!
Yes!!! BINGO! Single Skein Bingo.
All the single skeins! All the single skeins!
We wanted a Summer knit-a-long that was a little different. A KAL that had some challenges and gave us a little project freedom but also had continuity. And of course it needs to be fun!! I think we hit all those markers! We will run specials all summer to coincide with our Bingo fun. Nona’s cowl would qualify for brioche, and if brioche is a new skill for you that one, if Nona i a new designer to you then there’s that one and the the high contrast one also! So much fun!!! And the prizes aren’t to shabby either! So check it out!!!
Click on this link for all of the details! BMFA Single Skein Bingo
And…if you purchase yarn for this project during the next 5 days we are donating 10% of ALL sales to RAICES (The Refugee & Immigration Center for Education & Legal Services)
It might not seem like a lot but I am a firm believer in ever little bit helps! Whatever little bit we can do to help reunite these families. Thank you!
Who’s going to Black Sheep this year? We are !!!! We have not been for the past 3 years and I am pretty excited! You can tell by all of the exclamation points. My good buddy Toni (of THE FOLD ) will be there with me. We have are bringing loads of yarn and spinning fiber! So if you are going to be there do look us up! We are booth: 05 & 06
What is happening in our RAV group?!
There is still plenty of time to join in the spinning fun that is Tour de Fleece!!
Maggie also has a Stripe FLASH KAL going if you are into stripes and honestly who is not? Anything with stripes for heat to toe!!
So very much and quite honestly that is not all of it! Blue Moon will be represented at Stitches Midwest. The ever delightful Ron and Theresa Miskin of The Buffalo Wool Company will have a whole bunch or our yarns!! Yay!
Okay I am going to sign off now so I can feed and walk the dog and prep for dye class tomorrow!
I’ll still have openings if you’d like to have a colorful good time and learn to dye yarn and work with color!
Have a lovely weekend!!
So… I actually considered just rolling over in bed this morning and going back to sleep and not writing a blog post. It has been that kind of week.
We had a forest fire up here that was three miles away and consumed 50 acres before they got it contained. Scary! ( Thank you to all of the fire people and forest service who battled this fire.) One of our own beloved team members had a seizure at work which was also scary and challenging. She is fine now!! And then my heart and thoughts have been heavy around the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and all of us who battle with depression and mental illness. So…I changed my mind got out of bed, grabbed my laptop, made a cup of tea and here I am ready to share some thoughts on depression based on my own experience as a mental health care worker and a person who has lived with depression in my life. I have a scar on my wrist that is a constant reminder.
I believe one of the things that we are discovering as a society is that one of that the deadliest things is our SILENCE. We are most definitely finding our voices. I certainly celebrate us speaking our truths and being who we authentically are and accepting each other as such.
As a survivor of sexual assault as a young woman ~ both physical and emotional abuse from both of my alcoholic parents ~ I know the tendency toward self blame and shame and what it does to your, heart, soul and psyche. I also know the absolute healing power of finding my voice (conquering my fears) owning my truth and then, speaking it!
I know for myself and my struggles with depression that isolation makes everything worse and of course what do we all do?
We isolate ourselves.
We do not share.
We do not listen or see the signs in those around us. A part of that silence is due to the very nature of depression but a bigger part is the stigma our society has on mental health. There’s so much stigma around mental illness and specifically depression. Illness is illness no matter what it is or where it is in our bodies!
Life is chocked full of all kinds of highs and lows it’s the nature of the beast. Happiness is not the only state of being and certainly not one we all experience all the time. Any one of us can get stuck and in a low loop and have a hard time climbing out all by ourselves. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone of felt safe and comfortable enough so that we could say, “hey, I think I’m in trouble here” and I could use some help. Imagine if we completely changed how we looked at mental illness and we saw it as we do say… heart disease or cancer even.
I’ve had both cancer and depression and I can say that I did not hesitate at all in getting help and treatment for cancer. However with depression I felt like somehow I was a failure, like I was letting those around me down and I was positive that I did not deserve to be here much less have help and lastly that everyone would be better off if I was no longer here. It took every ounce of courage I had to say ~ I need help!
I thought cancer was my hardest battle but it was not, depression was and is. There are all kinds of reasons for depression, types of depression and illnesses that depression is part of and… as there all kinds of ways to treat it.
In my opinion our first and biggest step is actually in the acceptance and then treatment of mental health/illness as we do all other parts of our health and well being.
Our world right now is kind of a hard place and I think we are all struggling a bit with finding light, hope, peace, joy, love and maybe just plain ol’ well being.
We need to take better care of each other! What else is this all about?
We are in this together after all.
Rest in Peace Kate and Antony! I am sorry we let you down. My hope is that we as a whole world will be moved towards change.
One of the things in life that brings me joy is cooking. I love to cook! I also am curiously fascinated by our world and the cultural diversity it holds. He also taught me about respecting and honing my craft and not just in cooking but in being a dyer, yarn maker and knitter. I will seriously miss Anthony Bourdain’s in that world. He most definitely it a better place and I hope he knew that on some level.
It might seem like a small thing but tell those you love that they matter to you. You just never know what kind of power that holds.
Thanks for listening!
You most definitely matter to me!!
Well…time has done that thing that it does so very well and has flown by. Next week is my birthday and since the whole ~ I made it through cancer thing ~ I am a firm believer in celebrating every single year I am here! So… my lovely knitting friends this is what 61 years on the planet feels like to me in color on yarn!!
“It’s my party and I’ll dye what I want to!”
It’s bright and happy and fun!!
All three things I am looking to add more of into my life this year!! It has speckles and droplets and then slashes of color through out with just enough white space to showcase it all!! I am pretty tickle with it! I am balling up a skein to take with my to Port Townsend this weekend for my birthday vacation with my buddies and the ocean!! ( Excited!!)
We are also celebrating with a SALE!!
All yarns and roving from this very moment until midnight Pacific time on the 30th will be 15% off!!!
You will need the following code to get the discount: tinasbdaybash18
One of the best ever birthday presents is the release for this movie this weekend!! So excited!! And as promised! Your SOLO colorways! I started our Star Wars color tribute with the theme of this story since it is a prequel! It was a bit of a challenge. It’s truly not that easy to dye a skein of yarn to look like a space ship.
I have been trying to pick a favorite and I fluctuate between Chewie and the Falcon but also Lando… . I love that little bit of bright yellow popping out of all of those darker saturated hues! Stay tuned for lots more Star Wars themed colorways.
Our contest winner are: Alice, Karen, KT34, Leann and Kellie. We will be emailing you next week for address verification. Or if you like you can email us @email@example.com
Okay so a few more things we have going!
Soft Rock is a light fingering-weight 2 ply yarn made from the same fiber base that we use for our beloved Socks that Rock yarns! Our goal was a yarn that had a lot of the wonderful attributes of our signature sock yarn, but with a little less of a twist and a little more drape. Since our goal with Soft Rock is not a sock yarn, we can lighten up on the the twist of the ply which gives us a more relaxed yarn for shawls and cowls and such!! Soft Rock still has a nice elasticity and also rocks, just not for socks!!
Tour de Sock starts on June first and we are part of that fun again this year! Yay!!! Here is our new colorway for this year.
We are also going to be participating in Tour de Fleece with a coupon code and all. Maggie is setting up a group.
A few other things….
If you are waiting on an order it will ship early next week!
We will be shipping Sock Club at the end of next week! So if you have address changes please do let us know!
Sign-ups for School of Yarn are still open!!!
We will shipping off the Merino patches today or Tuesday for this last semester!
Okay so I know I have more but this is the most important and I now have a few more additions to my list before I can leave here.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Check out my instagram feed more ocean pics this weekend!
New colors are up!!!
And…not even all of them are yet. I’ve got a few more that we will add in the next few weeks here and there. I’m in one of those super inspired and creative places where it’s just pouring our of me. I have a few series I am working on, a collaboration with a fabric designer, special colors for special events and a few new techniques I am playing with. I am having a blast!!
Okay so here are the new ones. They are mostly speckled or watercolor droplet type colorways. I am pretty smitten with a few of these but the ones that are making me so happy I can barely contain myself are additions to the Heckley Speckley theme!! I know!!!!!!!! So exciting.
I love Heckley Speckley as deep and obsessively as I do Pond Scum. It does tend towards the scummier side of color which is my happy place. So I decided to play more in this speckley scummy end of color. Also I get so very many requests for fades/gradients using my beloved scummy friend I decided what the heckley (lol) I’ll just make one. So I did!!
From the dark end to the lighter end we have: Smoke on the Water ~ Scumberry Pie ~ Heckle & Jeckle Heckley Speckley and Heckle the Jekyll!
And I could not love it more!!! Seriously possessed! I want to knit all the faded patterns out there in this one. What I think I will do though is knit Joji’s new KAL Fading Point. It’s big which means I can wrap myself up all cozy in Heckley Speckley scummy goodness.
I have also put together a few more fade groupings and am working a couple more. If you you have any fade withes let me know. We are calling them FADIENTS!
Dark to light we have: Ultra-Violet ~ Romancing the Stone ~ Love Shack ~ Dragonfruit Loops and Artic Puffin
Smoke on the Water ~ Hoodoo Voodoo ~ Mardi Gras ~ I Made it to 60 Bitches and Elixir of Love
Green Wing ~ Sweet Dreams ~ Kikki’s Aurora ~ Oola Pikka and Dream Walker
I also really like this one with Smoke on the Water as the darkest colorway!
You can order these groupings in any base you want for whatever fading you are planning on knitting by colorway. We are planning at some point in the near future to offer them as actual Fadient Kits but are still working on the specifics and the tech end for the website.
So next Saturday is Support Your Local Yarn Store Day!
I will be at Twisted most of the day! I will bring a special colorway!
Emily will have door prizes. Both Emily will be giving talks about our knit community. I sharing stories of my experience of our close-knit community and the important role my LYS played in my life! Come share your stories with us!! Stay tuned for time!!
and a few peeps too!!
Last year due to the wild fires and the wild life that was seeking other ground I lost my flock of chickens. Super sad! I decided to wait until this spring to replace them which is what we are in the process of doing. These are Copper Marans which lay beautiful dark brown eggs. Today I pick up a few more that lay blue and green eggs so that when they breed they make olive eggs!!! I know I just can’t resist the whole color thing no matter what.
These little babies are so sweet and cuddly. And….they love wool!! Who knew?!
The one in the right was obviously over come with her love or wool and let’s be real warmth that she just fell right to sleep!! So cute. When I brought them into the barn yesterday it was all ooohs and ahhhs and squeals of delight. I think after the winter we’ve had here these babies are going to be some serious therapy for us all. I am just going to wanr you now there are going to be tons of pictures!! So be prepared.
It’s time to change up the colors. It’s actually past time but I wanted to make sure we were at least close to being caught up on orders before we made this change. This week we will be caught up!! At least that is the plan. I swear that if I was just starting a business and experienced the 6 to 8 months we’ve just had I would consider maybe not. However, I have been doing this a very very long time and am going with the whole do your very best and this too shall pass!!
So here’s a lit of the colorways that I put up this morning and ones I took down.
New colorways will be coming in the next few weeks so enjoy these lovelies until then. They are some of my favorites!
Colorways that we have brought for a visit: Apron Strings, Awesomesauce, Bubble Guppies, Black to the Fuchsia, Boomerang, Briar Rose, Bubble Bliss, Carbon, Chapman Springs, Confetti, Dani-Kalia, Dilly Dilly, Fairgrounds, Forget me Knots, Handsome Man, Imbolc, Jumpin Jelly Beans, Koi Koi, Lake Crescent, Lavender Fields in the Mist, Mango Tango, Moon Jelly, Mystic Kelp, Peachy Keen, Peridot and Periwinkle, Petunia, Pink Granite, Princess Plummy, Seal Rock, Sherbet, Tea and Alchemy, Wanda, Xander
All kinds of wonderful Spring hues. If there is one of our Spring colorways that you’d liek to see come out the the spa let us know!
As I said we will be caught op on orders this week!
Thank you all so very very much for your understanding and patience!
Sock Club is shipping!!! The pattern page is up. Dyer’s Notes to follow on Monday along with the rest of the packages shipping out. We held some back at the request of our under staffed PO.
We will be closing down sock club sign-ups next Friday. So if you have been waiting until the very last moment we are there.
Maryland Sheep and Wool is quickly approaching and boy do we have an exciting surprise for you!! I will fill you in on the details next week. Yes, I am taunting you maybe just a wee bit! Meanwhile this is the artwork they have chosen for the year so this is what our colorway will be based on. Actually this year there will be this special colorway and at least one Maryland themed one. I am from Maryland so am embracing my roots a bit. If you have thoughts I would love to hear them!!
Okay I am sure I am forgetting things but I know the newsletter has left and I want this up since I have not posted in awhile.
I took a few days off last week and part of this week and went to the home of my heart for some much needed regrouping and honestly sleeping.
A few pics:
Have a lovely weekend!!