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Why lots are important.

Okay before we go into why lots are important. I have taken the colorways down I told you I would and put up some of our favorites. A few of these have not been up on the website for awhile. I’m pretty excited to see them.

So as I said in the last post we are having a contest of sorts. The first person that can list all of the colorways I just added wins a Rare Gem skein. You can email your guess to us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com .

Please put “Colorway Contest” in the subject line of your email. Thanks!

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We all know about dye lots and how important it is to order or purchase enough yarn for your project in the same lot, especially if you are knitting a garment. Well my knitting friends the same is true for yarn lots and here is why.

One LOT of yarn is basically 1 MILL RUN of that yarn. ONE MILL RUN LOT would be made from all the same wool/top and then spun at the same time and plied then also to the specs of that yarn.  Most mills will keep the singles and then ply the yarn as needed. Each time that happens it should be marked as a different lot since the ply could be different. You would think that it would not be different enough to matter but in fact it is. ( Ask me how I know?)

I will never, ever forget when my second big order of Socks that Rock walked in the door. I opened the box, pulled out the skeins buried my face in them and then gave them a squeeze. And to my surprise they felt a little different. The yarn was a little softer than the last shipment we had. I was like okay let’s see what it dyes like. It pretty much dyed the same but it was most definitely the tiniest bit softer with a fraction ( and I mean a fraction) less boing to it. I might have freaked out a wee bit. I called my supplier and told them they had it all wrong and what did they do and so on and so forth.

It was then that I got schooled on different LOTS and how wool is a living growing thing. While we do as much as we can to recreate a yarn to the specs we have for that yarn there is going to be some variation. It might be a variation that most are not going to notice but sometimes it can be a bit more. Which is why each new lot is tested when it walks in our door so we know what we are working with.

As most of you know we recently ran a super Special on our BFL Sport since it was being discontinued. We put a special pricing on it and also decided to a do a KAL with one of our favorite patterns. Midway through dyeing massive amounts of BFL we discovered that we were sent 2 differing lots that were not marked as such. yeah…

Now, the difference between the two was not great. And…unfortunately it was not a difference we could see before it was dyed. If we had an order with 1 skein of each of three differing colors you would not notice either. We had a lots of those orders because that was what the KAL called for. It was when we had a garments worth of the same color that the difference was visible. Say there were 5 skeins all dyed in one color. You could see that 3 were from one lot and 2 were from the other. Now let’s take a moment and think about that and what it might mean production wise on a yarn that was already discounted and we had a ton of orders for. Yeah…I might have shed a tear or two.  So… we took a minute to regroup and problem solve.

The difference was one lot was tighter plied than the other. The end gauge was the same so that was not an issue. Phew!!! The issue was that the color looked just a bit different. Which for sweater knitting is a problem. So we could not ship those out to you.

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(You see the difference both in the ply and the color yes?)

What we discovered was if we soaked the yarn, spun it out and then dried it we could see the difference between the lots before dyeing!!! Yay Kalia for coming up with that plan. While we were thrilled to have a plan it did add a whole other step to the process slowing everything down. Adding more labor also adds more cost. Adding another step that delays all orders not just the BFL also adds more customer service for us.

Why am I sharing this with you? I am not sharing to complain. Although, in all honest after the year we have had I did having my whining moment or two with a good friend and a bottle of wine. I have been in this industry for at least 20 years and know these things happen. I will say it does seem to be happening more and more lately. Also, if you run a small business you know that this kind of problem-solving rolling with the punches is just how things can go. Dyers are often the last process/person before it goes to your local yarn store and/or into your hands. Something that is interesting to consider in relationship to the end product and the controls we have.

I am sharing all this with you so we all have a better understanding of what goes into the making and dyeing of the yarn that we create with. There are many steps and people involved from shepherd to yarn store owner. I think it is important to know exactly what goes into what we are working with. When we pick up a skein of yarn off a shelf we are not really considering all that goes into bringing that skein to us.

Okay I have at least 5 more things to do today and it is already 2:00 so off I go.

Thanks for listening!

 

 

Color Change!

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Dancing Queen is our new colorway of the week!! I am not usually a jewel tone person but I am liking this one. I think it’s the undercoat of grey that we put on before the other colors. I think it gives a depth to the other colors that we would not get on a white base.

I’m feeling like it is time for a color shift so below you will find a list of the colorways that are coming down on Saturday and then I will put new ones up on Sunday.

And we are going to make a game ~contest out of it. I am not going to tell you the ones I am going to bring back just the ones I am taking down. So once I get them up I am going to give you until Tuesday night to guess the ones we put up. The first person that gets them all wins a Rare Gem Skein .

I always think these games are going to be hard and then you all prove me wrong. You can email your guesses to info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and please put the word contest in the subject line.

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If you have a colorway that we have not had up in awhile that you would like to see come out of the spa let us know.

We are closing the Out of the Hue Club this weekend for new sign-ups.

We will also be closing the Sock Club after this next shipment so if you have been waiting to sign up now is the time. You are not going to want to miss this year.

The yarn shipment we were expecting at the beginning of the week just showed up so we will be shipping a ton of yarn next week.Sigh!!

I will post again this weekend because I want to talk about the importance of yarn lots and what it means for us dyers especially in relations to garment yarn orders. I also have some thoughts on making yarn and crochet I want to share.

Tomorrow I have website meeting!! we are getting a new website!!!!!!! Yay!!!! So wish me luck. I am a little nervous.

Have a great Friday my friends!!

Oh….I almost forgot! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL YARN STORE!!!!!!!!

Pink Moss Moon and some deep yarn thoughts!

It’s the full moon this weekend (yesterday actually) which means it’s time for a new moon color for our Monthly Full Moon Collection. April’s full moon is often referred to as the pink moon, named for the pink moss phlox that are spring’s earliest flowers in the eastern US.

As I  was putting the chickens to rest Thursday evening I received a special gift from the moon that pretty much took my breath away.IMG_4461

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at how pink it is!! Actually you can;t see it here but there was a bit of a moon-bow. I have not seen one for quite awhile so I felt moon blessed. I dyes our pink moon and pale pink with a lovely blue green to represent the evergreen trees that the moon rises over before it lights up my front yard.

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I’m loving the pink and green together, such a nice Spring feel to it. And since I was having light Spring color thoughts I decided we needed an Easter color.

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Easter Parade!! Reminiscent of the egg hunts, bonnets, and parades of my childhood!!

So very Springy!

Are you ready for our next yarn base exploration?!

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In waltzes our lovely Silky Victoria.  My goodness, look at the ply and sheen on this beauty in our Elderberry Cordial colorway.

Silky Victoria, is a delicious light and lofty blend of South American Polwarth Wool and Tussah Silk. Silky Victoria is the 4th garment yarn base we added to our line. The 3rd one was called Victoria and was the same spin, ply and weight as this one but was 100% Polwarth and one of my favorite yarns. I love Polwarth second only to Targhee.

Similar to the Targhee breed, the Polwarth breed is a cross between a  longwool (Lincoln) and a shorter staple fine wool (Merino). Weighing in with 85% Polwarth and 15% Tussah Silk, our Silky Victoria has just enough silk to add strength, silky softness, a tiny bit of drape and last, but not least, luminosity. Look at the sheen. make sure you click on the picture here to make it a bigger so you can really see that shine. The silk adds to what the Polwarth brings to this fiber blend with is so much loft and elasticity which gives us great bounce back for ease and wonderful stitch definition.

Silky Victoria is such a great garment yarn. Why you ask? Well, because of everything I have just told you and… also, because that 15% silk on a sport-weight yarn makes it light enough for a year round sweater. Silk has that magical quality that cools and warms both. I know!! Pretty great.

Color-wise even though the silk is well blended in with the Polwarth before spinning is still gives us a depth to the color we would not otherwise experience.  Silk not only takes the dye/color differently than our wooly Polwarth friend it also reflects it more that our wool, even more silk magic! All of which gives our color quite a bit of depth and complexity.

Have you knit with our Silky Victoria? If not now is your chance. Our Silky Victoria Special starts now.

15% off with the coupon code: silkyvicrocks

Also…because we do like to have pattern support for our yarn and projects in mind we are going to host another KAL.

I have mentioned before Meaghan Schmaltz’s Everyday Cardigan. I seriously love this cardigan. It works well on all kinds of shapes and sizes. And not only does it look great it is also super cozy and…it flipping has pockets! Because it was introduced with all of the shows and yarn crawl I feel like it did not get the attention it deserved. So now we are going to highlight it with our Silky Victoria in a KAL.

Not only is Meaghan a talented and inspired designer she is also a tech editor so she knows her way around a pattern. It’s all in the details! Be sure to check size and yardage needs before purchasing your yarn!

Since our KALS tend to be popular and it takes us a bit to dye your yarn and get it to you so… we suggest you order it sooner rather than later. We will start the KAL the 2nd weekend in June which should give us plenty of time to get your yarn to you. Because most of you will ask what colorway Meaghan used it is Motley Hue and is stunning! We recommend using our shaded solids for this cardigan. Also the Ravens and Coven would work well. Even though I truly think Silky Victoria looks good in any of our colorways here are some of my favorites: Motley Hue, Ursula, Mermaid Tears, Spruced, Mica, Rose Quartz, Bleck, Forget Me Knot Blue, Blue the New Black, Midsummer’s Night… to name a few.

The 15% coupon will be good for the next week and then will move to 10% for another week.  I do hope you will join us. As I have said I learned a lot from our BFL Sport discontinuation and the special and KAL. So we are going to do our part to give as much support to the yarns bases we love so we can assure they are around for as long as we ant them to be.

So now the yarn ball is in your court my friends.

So…on theoff chance the KAL does not speak to you but you would still like the delve into out Silky Victoria yarn exploration Julie Knits in Paris just released a pattern for a lovely cardigan knit is a sport weight yarn.

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I have been having all sorts of chats and meetings with others on our industry about sustaining our industry and being stewards to insure the life and quality of those who make, dye, sell, design with and makes shows for us all to go. I will be writing a whole lot more about my thoughts and plans about the things like the Sustainable Stash and Yarn Stewardship so stay tuned

In the end though please know we all do what we do for you. Without our crocheters, spinners, felters, weavers, stitchers, knitters…we are nothing.  If our industry is lead by anyone it is by you.

Okay this is getting long so I should wind up.

oh I almost forgot… before I go we are going to also run fiber specials for our spinners this summer. So for the following week on Polwarth (yes there is a theme) will be on Special at 10% off. Coupon code is: spinpolwarth  Polwarth make a stunning yarn and takes the dye beautifully. It is one of my favorite blends to spin!!! Can you imagine spinning Polwarth in Coral Dreamer or Pink Moss Moon?!!!!

okay lovelies I hope you have a great weekend full of love and stitches.

I am going to leave you with this picture of  SilkMo dyed in our Coral Dreamer colorway. I am possessed with this!! Just possessed.

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Fowl Play Trio knit thoughts…

 

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Did you see the Chicken flavored trio  I put together?!! I am sooo in love with all of these colors. I think my favorite though is the egg colored yarn CHEEPer by the Dozen that looks like the eggs I collect from my lovely ladies everyday.

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Anyway I am pretty happy with all three of these beauties and have been planning this little trio for awhile. Once I saw the JAM PDX ladies Yarn Chicken pin I knew it was the perfect time. And… it’s Spring so what better time for a EGG ~ Chicken color celebration.

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I have a few thoughts as to what we could knit with these but I think my absolute favorite is

Random Act of Color Wrap by Amy Meeks and Debby Reece

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I love this shawl and it’s perfect for three colors that have some contrast in hue. I can so see it on our Fowl Play Trio can’t you? It’s perfect!

I also notice a few other three color shawls that our trio would be great in.

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a girl’s best friend by Isabell Kraemer

And what’s wonderful about knitting Isabell’s lovely shawl…  chicken colored poms!!!!  Baawk Baawk!!

But wait there’s more. Like…

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Merriwether by Rae Gronmark

So pretty!!

…one more.

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If you crochet and I so wish I was not crochet challenged cause I would so make this beauty!!

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You know what I would really like to do? I would like to crochet a granny square blanket out of all of the chicken colors. I’m kind of possessed with this thought! Now I just need to learn to crochet granny squares. Sigh. It’s not like I have not tried because I have. Ask Amy Singer she is one of many who have tried to teach me.

Okay so let’s make some Fowl Play shawls my friends!!!

Speaking of chickens I need to go put the girls in the coop for the night.

Sweet dreams!

 

New Color…and yarn things.

New Colors!!!

In honor of my current flock of chickens!! I have been wanting to create a colorway based on their eggs colors since they are so pretty. Last Spring thanks to Toni I now have Some Black Copper Marans . The Marans are the ones that they lay those deep red brown eggs that are so stunning!! I love them. And the hens themselves are just delightful. They are lovely and super friendly.

I am planning a fun special with these three beauties and a special pin to go with them so look for soon!

I have noticed that a fair amount of you are ordering yarn to knit  or crochet blankets so I am thinking we should do a summertime blanket along!! And ya know why?? Cause I seriously want to knit a chicken themed blanket with all of the chicken colorways and…I’m gonna need support. So maybe you would like to use some of your stash yarn to knit a blanky??

What do you think?

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A gradient blanket would be pretty too eh?? Ohhhhh …..wait a MOON blanket with all of the moon colorways or the ravens. Okay. I’m gonna need to give this a think.

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Out the Hue has shipped and the pdf’s will follow this evening!!

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School of Yarn Silk Road has also shipped and pdf’s to follow also. I seriously had fun making the special scrub to use while working with the hankies. The watercolor aspect of the color club was great fun also. I hope you all enjoy working with all of these tools as much as I did creating them!!

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Okay so do you see the difference between these two skeins of yarn? They are both BFL Sport. You see how one is plied looser than the other? Well they are from two differing lots from the mill. Lots are important not just in color but in yarns also and this is why. Especially when you are the dyer or the person ( knitting, crocheting and weaving ) it. Half way through our whole BFL special we got two different lots that were unmarked which makes our jobs seriously difficult. It’s one of the reasons getting all of this out to you took longer than anticipated. Also then the cost turns out to be more because of how labor intensive it becomes.

I’m not sharing this with you as a complaint but to educate as to what goes on for us hand dyers and small yarn companies and to the importance of lots!!!

Okay I am going to go run a few errands since I teach all day tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!!

Look for our Baawk Baawk Fun coming very soon!!

Our next full moon colorway is going to be PINK!

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Spring Fling SALE and La Luna LOVE!

SPRING FLING  (take the sting out of taxes) Stash Enhancement SALE!!

For 48 hourS: 20% off ALL yarns!!!

Coupon Code: springfling19  good now until Tuesday April 9th

Unless the powers that be have something up their sleeves that I am unaware of, we will be caught up on most of the things by the end of this coming week!! We shipped so much yarn out last week!!

And this week all of the Trio orders will be done and web caught up and the 2 clubs that we owe should be out by the end of the week. Yay!!!

So this SALE is a celebration of making it through all the drama that came our way over the past 8 months. Also, I am still working on buying a large stock of sock yarn so…. Stash enhance my dear knitting friends!!!

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It is our last weekend of our La Luna LOVE yarn appreciation Special and I have a few more thoughts and ideas to share with you.

One of the things I love about color and the dyeing of yarns that have silk blended in with the wool is how it takes the dye and displays the color. Because the silk is blended in with the wool the variation you see is subtle but it is still there. Often we won’t even notice it until we’ve knit with it. There is not a huge variation but enough to give the color a little extra depth which I think is way more interesting. Even if you dye it in one color  you are going to get some variation which means you won’t have a flat color but more of an alive interesting one.

And… if that were not enough. Since silk basically starts as a liquid it has that luminous reflective quality to it that is visually stimulating and adds yet another dimension to our color. Silk seriously is the gift that keeps on giving!! When you add in juts enough to utilize those qualities and at the same time supporting the Merino without taking any of it’s wonderfulness away well then, you have done your job!

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La Luna in my opinion is that perfect marriage of two fibers blend into one stellar yarn!!

In Wednesday I got a text from Karen with a pattern link in it. I get these texts quite often actually which is great otherwise there is just so much I would miss since I have made head in a dye pot most of the time. Now there’s an image!

The link was to the Olive Leaf Pullover by Ririko which is totally Karen’s type of knit and wear. As you can see it is a stunning pullover.

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I went to ravelry to check it out and kind of feel down the check out what’s new on rav rabbit hole. I found that there is also a Olive Leaf Cardigan by eri

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Don’t you just love the stitch pattern detail on these two beauties? The designers are friends who decided to take the same stitch patterns and then each design sweaters. So…Karen and I are going to follow there friends theme and she is going to know the pullover and I am going to try the cardigan. Right now we are debating colorways. We both want to use Bladderwrack ont he Rocks. Too funny!!!

I think I might go with this new grey I have been mulling over. We’ll see. So which would you knit and what color would you choose?

oh…before I forget the code is: lalunalove and is for 20% off any of the three weights of La Luna and is good until the 8th of April.

Okay I am off to work on the color club and School of Yarn and maybe take a walk.

Have a good weekend!!!

Yarn thoughts…

Okay so the title of this post is cracking me up. I mean really aren’t all of these blog posts of mine yarn thoughts. Before we go any further though LOOK!!!!! Pickled Eggs in Super Sparkle might be the best thing ever!!!

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I was supposed to post this earlier this week about our La Luna yarns and the special on them that we are running. However I had a few people out sick so I was in the barn all week and by the time I was done answering emails and such after dyeing all day I just did not have it to blog. So here we are. We will keep the Special up for another week since I dropped the yarn ball on my end of the bargain.

As a reminder the special is on all three weights of La Luna which means there is something for everyone. The coupon code is: lalunalove  which is good until next Sunday and is good for 20% off.

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Okay what is so great about La Luna. Well the first thing is that is a blend of silk and merino and not just any merino but a high grade fine merino. We love soft yarns and a fine merino makes a great soft yarn however that fineness also means that the if your yarn is not constructed well it will not wear well and could also pill and fuzz. Also the finer the yarn the smaller the scales and the scales are what dye adheres to so it also affects how it takes and keeps the color.  So let’s blend in some silk to give that fine merino a little more stability and strength and… a whole lot of shine. Always, in yarn construction it is about just the right amount of blending. How much silk is the right amount? You want to add just enough to support the merino which is what we have done with La Luna. And then we have spun and plied so it keeps it’s elasticity giving us great stitch definition. Also if knit more open just enough drape without slippage! All while retaining that softness!  A perfect blend of fibers spun to enhance their natural tendency’s!!

 

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I truly love this yarn. I thought my favorite of the weights was the fingering weight but right now I am knitting with the DK and seriously loving the the feel of it as I knit and the fabric it is creating. A fabric that has a silky softness, a nice amount of ease and is making my knitting just shine!! Look at that color!!

Both La Luna Lace and La Luna Fingering are on the heavier ends of those weight spectrums. I wanted a lace weight yarn that was a little heavier since some of us are a little hesitant about using true lace weights but do love those lace patterns.

Pattern ideas!

La Luna DK: Pretty much any pattern that uses DK weight yarn. Here are two current patterns in RVS top 20.

Pebbles by Padma R

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Across the Waters by Cynthia Cushing

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Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli

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LaLuna Lace: Again any pattern that calls for a heavy lace weight or a light fingering weight. What are you ideas?

Sprite’s Fen Shawl by Helen Stewart

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La Luna Fingering:

Barley Light by tincan knits

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These are just a few ideas. Really there are so many more. All three of these weights would make super cozy and wonderful hats. Do you know about Hats NOT Hate with Lion Brand and Brooklyn Boy Knits ?

Stand up to bullying! Knit a blue hate! Donate a Blue Hate! Post all over social media and spread the word and the vibe!! There’s plenty of time! La Luna would be the perfect yarn for blue hats! I am dyeing some Tardis Blue for my hats. Let’s have our won Team Blue Moon for Hats NOT Hate!!

Okay my friends the sun is shining and it is SUNDAY so I am going to spend sometime in the garden getting the indigo beds ready!

New Colors!!

Look!!! I made new colors! I know it’s been awhile since I have felt light enough to be color inspired. Getting caught up or close to it certainly helps. I am pretty excited about these.

I was really inspired by this months Super Worm Moon and not in a way I would’ve predicted. I actually was quite stumped as to translate a worm moon into a colorway for yarn and then add the fact that is was a super worm moon. So much pressure!! I think I got it though. The light purple with the brown and gold and then that dark blue black giving it that bruiser of a look. I am pretty smitten with this one. Which I think kind spiraled and reawakened my color mojo. I even created tow new colors to go with out Super Worm Moon to make another Moon Trio.  I don’t think you can see it from this picture but the Grounded colorway has streaks of that purple all throughout those browns and golds and then on the lighter end a more light purple skein (Andalusite) with those golds and browns streaked through it.

 

As much as I love my full moon wormy earthy hues. I think my favorite of this bunch is Pickled Eggs! My grandmother Winnie always had a jar or two of eggs pickling. She kept them on the attic stairs. They were bright and happy and absolutely delicious. She used beet juice in her picking so they were super bright and a little spicy (cayenne). They looked a lot like these beauties.

I know my skeins are a little pinker then the eggs in this picture but my grans were super pink so I went with what I my visual memory has and my taste buds too. Winnie like her cayenne. My hens are laying like crazy so maybe I need to make up a batch of pickled eggs. Yum!!!

And since I had the hot bright pink out I decided to play with some black and aqua and bam we have Chasing Flamingos which one of our facebook followers named. Such a great name! So thanks for the great name Sophia.

Which brings us to the Delta Blues. And again Winnie plays a small part in this one. Been missing my grandmother so I guess I am channeling her through color which she would love! I am working a lot more on layering colors to creating more complex hues with depth and surprises that you might only see once you start knitting. Grounded most definitely has some crazy layering of color ~ browns, gold, orange and purple. I know! Do you know how much purple and brown love each other?  So… much.

Which bring us to our last new colorway of the weekend Empyreal which means: of or relating to the sky or heavens ~ celestial. Our Cara named it since it is a colorway I made just for her and this crazy cool and stunning design she has been working on. If you have not seen it you are going to love it and be seriously impressed. She uses Socks that Rock Lightweight in Enchanted Forest and Empyreal. When Cara asked me to create this color she told me she wanted Enchanted Forest for the  forest canopy and then she needed that sky that we see through it. I love Cara quite a bit so I thought long and hard about what it needed to be. I am glad I did not rush the process because we are bot so very happy with how it all turned out and I so love the name she chose since it embodies what we were trying to create and is the perfect match for Enchanted Forest!! The pattern is called Sussurate and at this point in it’s creative life it is with the tech editor and test knitters.

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Are ya ready??? It’s amazing! I love it so very much and am so proud of my friend for designing her vision in stitches and in brioche no less!

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So much color!! It must be Spring!

Okay so a little news. We made serious headway this week and see light at the end of this tunnel so thank you so very very much for hanging in there with us.

We are almost done with all of the BFL Sport and and both sock club shipments. Dyeing all of that BFL was quite a job since they are 8 ounce skeins. Holy moly!! We are working on web orders and Our of the Hue color club along with our LYS orders.

If you have been waiting to purchase Seduction and Panda now is your time for on Monday we will be saying goodbye to both of these yarns. We are also just about out of BFL SPORT so that will also be coming down. Thank you all so very much for helping us give this yarn the send off it deserved. I can honestly say that other then when we were all knitting the Traveling Sweater with Woobu have we had such a successful garment yarn special. It has left me wondering if it was a combination of the pricing special and that the yarn was leaving or just that the yarn was leaving. I am on a mission to make sure we do not loose anymore of our beloved yarns so I am going to be more proactive in making sure we support them so the mill will keep making them for us. I will need you help so stay tuned my fiber loving friends.

Okay so I am posting this blog post and some of the new colorways are not quite up yet. That’s my next job.

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Super Worm Moon over Mt Hood!

even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone.  your light is extraordinary.

~ reminder

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 your light is extraordinary!

PS: In honor of our last super moon of the year we are offering all three of our La Luna yarns at 20% off for the next 4 days!

Code: lalunalove

Sunny Day….

sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet.

The air is sweet today! The sun is shining. There is not a cloud in the sky with the birds are singing and the frogs are peeping and the chickens are super happy as am I. Today it is so warm I can actually feel the sun on my skin ~ heaven! A very different picture than last weekend where is was super cold and snowy and it felt like winter would never ever leave.

So for those of you still with snow and winter there is hope!!  Sending some of these warm and sunny vibes your way.

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Spring has sprung! And I am feeling it are you?!

So stay tuned for new colorways in the next few weeks. I am also putting up more classes and fun crafty happenings. We want to expand our yearly dye day into something that happens once a month and involves other types of making. So my friends if there is something you would like us to offer or you would like to be a part of helping us create please let us know.  We are going to create a dye garden that we harvest and use. If you would like to be a part of that please do contact me. tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Community has always been seriously important to me. It’s one of the reasons I did events like Sock Camp and it is one the reasons I love to teach and honestly just do what I do. Creating for me is ALL about sharing there’s so much we have to teach each other. We all see things differently. Seeing and experiencing the world through someone else eyes and life experience makes us more whole within ourselves but also as a diverse loving people.

We are diligently working on catching up wit all the things and can actually see the light at the end of this tunnel. Thank you all so very much for standing by us with your compassion, notes ofe support and encouragement and patience! We have shipped the last 2018 RSC!! We are shipping the first one of 2019 this coming week. We are working on the color club and all of the web and store orders. All the things

We have shipped out over half of the BFL Sport yarn from the special. If you are part of the Vancouver Shawl KAL we are hoping to have everyone their yarn by the end of this week. Karen and I decided to make the cast on for this more fluid while everyone gets their yarn. Please do check out the Rav group to see what Karen has planned. If you have do not have a lot of experience with linen stitch please do check out the group on Ravelry. Karen is the linen stitch queen and is super helpful. I do remember a lot of you who ordered yarn for this shawl saying that you had put off knitting this because it felt like a lot and our intention with this KAL is to offer you that support no matter when we all start and finish! It’s all about the support. Oh and I soooooo love some of the color choices you all have made. We cannot wait to see all of these. I feel like we might need some sort of virtual fashion show when all of this is said and done.

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okay…well there is so much more but it is sunny and I want to absorb some more of this Vitamin D so I have it for the dye all the things week to come.

Love you guys! Love yourselves and each other!

Where we are…

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On most days I tend towards optimism even when the world keeps flinging stuff my way I will stand up brush myself off and keep fighting the good fight.  I think for the most part this is a good tendency to have in life. Riding the edge of that positivity is this thing that can get me into trouble though and that is the belief that anything is possible. A bit of a where there’s a will there is way kind of attitude. And ya know I will do my dead level best to meet these challenges with everything I have. Sometimes however, and this is seriously a hard one for me to admit, everything I have is not quite enough for the hand dealt or the odds are just a bit more that I have anticipated.

And this is where we are my yarn loving friends. We are at a place were we have all kinds of yarn commitments we are doing our dead level best to fill. Almost all of them are late due to the the mill late sock yarn fiasco. Yes, yarn is coming in but there is a lot to dye and we are not the biggest team. Also the weather has not really been very cooperative throwing snow and flooding our way. And…we are supposed to get more snow today so… .

We have clubs, web orders, LYS’s all waiting on yarn.  We are filling orders that are the oldest and ones that have deadlines. We have the Rose City Yarn Crawl that we have to get yarn to also and squeezing all of this in.

All of you are being seriously understanding knowing that this was something that we have no control over. That said waiting is hard and we all get to where we just want our dang yarn. I am in the dye barn dyeing and rinsing and all the yarn things and on the weekends doing my best to get caught up on everything else including keeping you all up to date which I have not been the best at the last weeks or so for which I apologize. The dates I have given for club deliveries we ones I honestly thought were doable.

So what does all of this mean. Well we got a ton of web orders out this week!! Yay!! We are shipping the last shipment of the RSC 2018 in groups so we can also fill other sock yarn obligations that are just as late if not later. We will be one week later than anticipated for the first 2019 shipment for the sock club. We are going to send out a surprise extra to the Out of the Hue club while we making hundreds of mini-skeins.

Because this is all coming to a head at once we are also behind on orders that do not involve the sock yarn. We have gotten out half of the BFL SPORT orders. Boy did so many of you take advantage of that. We have a lot left yet to dye and they are color trios so I think they are for the Vancouver Shawl KAL. Karen and I chatted and decided a safe date to move this to would be Mid-march so we can make sure everyone has their yarn. I think we are close to having sold all of the BFL Sport. I know… 500 hundred pounds of it.

okay I have changed the colorways on the website and added some of my favorite more bright and happy hues. I do not know about you but I am super sick of Winter!!

Okay… I could go on and on but I have been on this computer since 5 am and it is now 8 pm and my butt went numb hours ago. I did make an awesome quiche for dinner though. Trying to find ways to use the massive amount of eggs the hens are laying. So many eggs… wouldn’t be great if they laid skeins instead of eggs.

I know I keep saying this but it is true. I am so very grateful that you all are hanging in with us. I am humbled by your compassion and patience and honored to be a part of this community.

We really could use your help!! I have come up with a plan to make sure we are not ever in this position again.  You can read about it in the banner part of the blog above.

Thank you!!!