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Camira KAL yarn update

First off I hope that where ever you on this disaster ridden planet of ours you are taking care!

We are still smokey here from the wildfires that have been raging on for most of the summer out here. we are up high so we’ve basically had smoky air since the beginning of July.

It’s a little worst right now because of the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge. A lot of you have asked so I just wanted to let you know we are good. There were a few days we had to shut down early from the smoke and heat and some of our people had to go home because they have asthma but we are still here and doing what we do.

We are heart broken.

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The Columbia Gorge is a magically beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest and most of us here have spent a lot of time hiking and enjoying all the wonder that is the Columbia Gorge. It’s one of those places that touches you so deeply that it leaves a mark. I know it has for me.

We will be working with and are donating to Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

 

If you are not already a member this is a good time to become a Friend of the Columbia Gorge. There are all kinds of ways we all can help and turn that heart break into positive loving action.

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Okay Camira KAL shipping info:

I am so glad Carol and I had the foresight to give plenty of time for the dyeing and shipping  of all this CAKE and Targhee for our KAL.  We just shipped out on Friday hundreds of skeins. we shipped most of the International ones since they take quite a bit longer and the rest will go out on Tuesday of next week.

If you ordered yarn from us from around the 19th of August until now we are just a bit behind our usual schedule. Unless the powers that be throw another challenge our way we should be caught up by the end of this coming week.

Thank you so very much for your patience!! I can’t wait to see all of these knit up into Camira’s!!

NOTE: All packages destined for Florida we are holding and contacting you to make sure you want them shipped. If you can and want to email us to let us know shipping info you can email us at orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com

If you want to join the KAL and have yet to order your yarn we gently ask that you do so soon or we can’t promise that it will get to you by cast-on date.

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As you can see I did not get the new colorways up as promised but will for sure next week.We have  SOCKtober coming our way next week.  How is it that time already I do not know but it is. If you are a sock knitter then and you have not experienced the SOCKtober fun then you should totally check it out! There a re special colorways ( we have a few) discounts, cool sock designs, points and prizes and just an all around good sock knitting time which is always fun!!  You can read all about it here on rav

I have a lot more to tell you but this is getting awfully long and I need to go dye some CAKE!

 

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I think we all can agree that life is weird right now. All kinds of natural disasters from hurricanes to wildfires and hell, why not throw an earthquake in just for shits and giggles. The tragedy that all of these events is leaving in their wake is staggering…. heartbreaking and mind boggling.

Anyone else have the feeling that mother nature is seriously pissed off. I feel like she might be trying to get rid of us. I think we might need to step up our game and show her that we are worthy of living on this planet.

I am a very firm believer that who you are and what you put out into the world is what you get back. I have experienced this time and time again for myself and witnessed it in the ones I love and the world at large. When we feel negative and angry and we put that energy out into the world often it is exactly what we get back in some form or another. And if you think about it fair enough. We should get back our own stuff.  After all it is ours we should be the ones to deal with it.

There’s a maelstrom of intolerance, fear and hatred in our world right now. In my experience the only way to stand up to these negative forces is with a positive force ~ love. Always come from love. Love is strong. Love breeds tolerance and compassion. Love spreads. Love is love and love wins!! Every little bit of light and love helps no matter how small it may seem.

Spread the love!

Check out our instagram feed for #spreadthelove posts! We’ll be offering specials and doing our very best to spread goodness into the world.

Oh I almost forgot. I do not think I put a deadline on the Hunter book giveaway. Which you can read all about in the previous blog post. If you want to enter to be eligible to win a copy of this treasure of sock knitting brilliance you have until the 15th of Sept.

Rockn’ Whorl clubbers you’re notes will be emailed on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend! Stay safe!

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Color shifting…

Well we are just about caught up from being completely and thoroughly eclipsed. I am over the moon thrilled that everyone loves it as much as I do.

Look Maggie is knitting a Find Your Fade with two of our Total Eclipse Featherlight Kits. She is just now getting into the darker parts.I can’t wait to see what it looks like when she gets the the total eclipse part of her fade! Pretty exciting!

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What are you going to knit with your ~ A Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ gradient kit? I am excited to see all of the knit-incarnations of our eclipse.

Okay enough eclipsing.

We are up to our ears in CAKE!! The CAKE puns and jokes  are also flying around the barn. I love me a good pun so I am finding it exceptionally entertaining. Both Maggie and I are punsters so we are torturing the rest of the team with all kinds of have you cake and… word play. I am so glad that we made sure we had plenty of dyeing time before the first KAL clue in early October.  Our colorway Chana Masala is feeling the love. See below in Carol’s Camira in all of it’s golden glory!!

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Even though we are up to our ears in CAKE goodness we still have plenty of yarn     and time so if you want to join was it sure to be a good knit time with all kinds of tip from a very talented and knowledgeable designer, Carol then sign up and pick a colorway and a base and place you order. The coupon code Carol has from us in good for either CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted both of these yarns would work well. The Targhee is a heartier yarn with a nice amount of ease and CAKE is a bit softer and loftier with is fine Merino-ness ~ both yarns are seriously round with some sexy stitch definition.

We are heading off into my favorite season, Autumn!!! That time of changing and deepening colors as all of the earth’s energy turns inward for the winter. I so inspired right now and busily making all kinds of new color schemes. We will be sharing them with you really soon. In the mean time we have added to the website Some of our favorite autumnal colorways with a few Halloween one thrown in just cause. Here is the list of the colorways we are adding. Oh and a few of you have been requesting our chicken colorways. So we’ve put a whole flock of them up.

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Here’s the list of colorways:

BeSpeckled:
A Speck of Autumn
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Jeepers Creepers
Presto Pesto
Wonderful Goodness
Mulitcolorways:
Baby Zombie
Banded Agate
Black to the Fuchsia
Bantam of the Opera
Blue Moon River
Dreamweaver
Free Range Chickens
Chickabiddy
Cluckers
Cockeyed
Count Cluckula
Elphaba
Fall Frolic
Frankenhen
Fungus Among Us
Gail’s Autumn Joy
Green Daze
Go Beavs!
Henpecked
Huegasmic
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Portland Timbers Rock
Pussy Broadway
Rooster Rock
Samhain
Sasswatch
Socktober
That 70’s Skein
The Cluck Chimes at Midnight
Thistle
Tidepooling
It’s a lot!  Look at that list of names. It’s like a story just waiting to be told.
Which makes me think it might be a good way to pick a luck knitter to get a copy of Hunter Hammersen’s new sock book!!!
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Yes we’ve got one to give-away.
So if you’d like a chance to win this chocked full of  brilliant and beautiful sock knitting book by Hunter then how about a story?!
Use the words from our colorway list above. I will read them all to team Blue Moon
(they love story time) and let them pick a fav for the win.  You can post it here int eh comments so we all can enjoy but if you would please also email it to me tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com so I have an email address for the winner. We often do these contests and I announce the winner here but don’t get a response.  So…ready set tell us a tale.
Last but certainly not least my dear, dear friend and fiber goddess, Toni Neil of The Fold is holding her annual Labor Day Sale this weekend so if you are anywhere near Marengo this weekend be sure to make time for a visit and some stash enhancing. She also has a few skein of the aforementioned Eclipse sock yarn and kits!!!  I will imagine that these will go pretty quickly!
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Have a wonderful weekend

KAL’S , School of Yarn, Eclipse, and a new sock pattern book!!!

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Nothing says Total Solar Eclipse like yarn and cupcakes!

As I told you last week KPTV was out here and interviewed me about our eclipse colorway, what inspires me to create a colorway like this one and then, a little bit more about our process knitting and the bigger picture that such an event represents. Well… as you can see a whole bunch of that they cut out as they tend to do.

All in all… kind of cool though! My kids were proud which just never gets old. We got a little more about yarn and knitting out into the world at large and really impressed one reporter. I think I will knit her a scarf out of our Total Eclipse. Also… I love it that it is a dyer and a baker!

Blue moon also made a brief appearance on the Grocery Girls podcast episide 44 this week thanks to Terri O’Brien who owns Feather Your Nest in Sarnia !! Terri is a gem and I am thrilled that she is one of our Local Yarn Stores!  We are a bout 1 hour and 15 minutes in.  Here is the link to their youtube page.

Thank you Grocery Girls and Terri for the shout out!

Speaking of our local yarns stores we have extended our introductory discount on our School of Yarn for another week because some of them want to join in on the fun!!! So if you were sad because you thought you missed out on the discount there is still time!

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Hunter’s new sock book, Silk Road 2 Socks is almost out!! Just a few more days! I am so very excited. I pretty much love everything Hunter designs but most especially her socks. I love how her mind works!

Look at these beauties!!

Kazak inspired by the patterning in Oriental rugs.  So wonderful! Pre-orders on Silk Road start at noon on the 23rd.  We are brainstorming some fun give away once she launches!

All pictures are courtesy of Hunter Hammersen!

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And just when you think knitting could not get any more exciting or creative… I give you the lovely and talented Carol Feller!

Yay!!! It is finally time for the pre-sales on our Annual Fall Sweater KAL with Carol Feller.

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Camira a beautifully textured and and timeless cardigan knit in our CAKE Worsted in the Chana Masala colorway.

I am intrigued by the construction which starts on the back panel, then out towards the sleeves… then  you work the body down from the top. Carol says the bonus is you finish the sleeves first. See? Intriguing. We are offering a 15% discount code good for both our CAKE Worsted and Targhee Worsted both of which would work for this lovey cardi. Carol will send you the code when you purchase the pattern along with a supportive and informative rav forum.  Tomorrow Carol will have a live Q&A on instagram. So check that out @carol.feller

KAL Timing
Clue 1: 7th of October, 2017
Clue 2: 14th of October, 2017
Clue 3: 28th of October, 2017
Clue 4: 11th of November, 2017

Raffle: 25th of November, 2017 – Raffle drawing for the grand prize on ravelry, open to all completed projects with photos in the FO thread.

All kinds of knit joy!

Thank you Carol!!!

Photo credit goes to Joseph Feller.

Okay my lovelies, please take care!  Be the love you want to see in the world. If you are in an total eclipse zone be careful! Oregon is going to be so very full. I am going to spend a lot of time dyeing and shipping eclipse this weekend.

Thank you for your support!

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One of those lovely circles of life!

Good Monday morning to you!!

So… I am going to hi-jack Karen’s Inspiration Monday today. I have not even told her I was doing this. So it’s going to be as much of a surprise to her, as it is to you, and quite honestly me too. (I promise she will be back next week!!)

Mondays are not my absolute favorite day of the week. Mostly because of the adjustment from weekend to work week. I’m pretty sure most of us feel this way. Also, it’s just usually pretty crazy here on Monday. This Monday is different because I gave team Blue Moon the day off since they worked the barn sale on Saturday. Which means it is delightfully quiet here this morning and I get to move at a slower pace. Heck, I even slept in!

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I wanted to take advantage of this quiet Monday morning moment to share a bit about how personal inspiration can be and send out a big ginormous thank you from my creative heart to yours!

 

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I love our barn sale and dye day event. I love it because I get to hang out and share with all of you!         Since we have not been doing shows for the past few years I do not get as much of an opportunity to visit with you all as I used to. So, really this is the one time a year I am assured of time with my people. I get to see your dear smiling faces and get hugs and hear your laughter and see what you are knitting and catch up with what you are up to and hear your stories. Seriously, such a wonderful time that is deeply important to me.

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It’s also good for team blue moon to meet interact with the knitters they serve and hear and see how the work they do is used and appreciated. I have pretty high standards that I try to keep us all to here and I think it’s helpful and rewarding for the team to see and hear what a difference it makes to you all.

And… then there is what my soul gets from you that nourishes and inspires. I’m gonna call it the inspiration circle of life.

The absolute best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to make people happy. I love the dyeing and color and fiber and knitting and spinning ….all of it.  However what keeps me going and helps me roll out of bed at the crack of dawn every morning is knowing that what I create and share in some way speaks to you enough to inspire your creativity, which hopefully feeds your soul and makes you happy.

It’s a powerful thing and a gift, which I am truly grateful for!!!

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When I get to see, feel and hear about how you have been inspired by a yarn or a colorway or a series of them and what you have made and how you feel about what you have made with my yarns and colors, I am truly humbled and touched!  I am often so moved that I am left speechless which as most of you know is a pretty rare event.

I am also inspired. Your thoughts, stories and feedback show me that what I am doing works and matters. I walk away from every single time with a very full heart, the validation of a job done well and a renewal of creative confidence and perspective.

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So…my dear fibery friends, to all of you that shared with me this weekend thank you so much!                       I can’t tell you how much I needed  to see, hear and feel  your part of our creative relationship. We all have our insecurities or low moments. I know for me I get stuck in the everyday running of blue moon and it can dampen my creative spirit. Which then in turn leads to all kinds of weird self-questioning of myself as an artist and creative person.

It is so important to let people know when and how they have touched your life. keep that circle of inspiration and creativity and love going!

Have a great week!

xoxo

 

A Total Eclipse of the Sun!

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A Total Eclipse of the Sun!!
On August 21st there is a Total Eclipse of the Sun which hasn’t happened very often and certainly hasn’t in this way, with the sun is rising over our wild and wonderful Pacific Ocean. It is a good time to be an Oregonian!
Since the best place to see it is on the Oregon Coast. It’s pretty exciting! I wish I was going to be at the coast to see it but not willing to sit in traffic for days!!
Of course Blue Moon needs to document such a momentous occasion with a colorway. How could we not?!!
Starting at one part of the skein is sunny bright and then sky blue and then we slowly getting darker and darker with less and less sunlight and more moon shadow ending with that very small ring of  endless light.
I think this is just might be my new favorite colorway!!
So much so in fact that I decided to make it into a gradient kit!!
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and then I also dyed it in Super Sparkle cause duh!!!!
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I love everything about this and if I didn’t have the Barn Sale and Dye Days to morrow I would curl up in a chair by a fan and knit!!!!!!
 We spent all day today prepping the barn for our Barn Sale and Dye Day. It’s a great excuse to do a deep clean so that is done for a little while.  All of the sale yarns are hung. I find this the hardest part, especially the Rare Gem wall.
Oh my… all the colors. I told Sarah she was in charge of not letting me get anywhere near them. She is very pregnant and stern so I think I’m safe.
I started the indigo vat and have the dye tables all set up! We are raring to go.
All we need is you!
Here are the directions again:

BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday August 5th @ the big red barn in the land of Blue Moon 56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056

Directions!

If you are coming from Portland or Vancouver you want I-405 to US 30 West towards St.Helens
You will be on this for about 14 miles.
You are going to drive all the way through Scappoose to the end of town.
Right after the fire station is the last traffic light which is Scappoose-Vernonia Highway
You are going to turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy
Go about 7 miles up. It’s a pretty and curvy drive!
Turn left onto Chapman Road
Go about quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Mollenhour Road
Go about an eighth of a mile and  our gravel drive is right after a row of mailboxes where the 1st one has 56587 on it.
Also…there’s a huge piece of driftwood with a green house number sign on it.
The gravel road dead ends into Blue Moon. So drive all the way down.

Note: Before Chapman Road there is a Chapman Grange Road. You DO NOT want that one!!

Also please do come all the way down to us. We have parking and will direct you.If you want to carpool that is awesome. Please do not park on our neighbors land. Thank you!

Okay I am off to make signs and dinner!!

Have a lovely weekend!!

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Blue Moon at Coastal Yarns!

 

Saturday August 12th

Trunk Show and Yarn Tasting

12:00 to 4:00

 

 

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On Saturday August 12th I will be at Coastal with all kinds of Blue Moon knit samples.

There will also be a yarn tasting with a bunch of our new yarns!!

And…if that were not enough knit fun I will also have a brand new Eclipse colorway!

I would love to see you and your Blue Moon knits. I love show and tell.

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School of Yarn!!!

okay first things first!

I just walked out to the dye barn full of women to check on a few things. All of the dyer’s asked about our lone hen who has been sitting on a few eggs trying to repopulate our flock all by her lonesome. So…not one to ignore a cosmic hint, I thought why not go check on her and see what is what.

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Baby chicks!!! I could hear the peeping as I approached the coop. So adorable. A good day!

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and then there is this!

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I almost do not have the words to express how excited I am about this new venture of ours! I have been wanting to do something like this for quite awhile and either I did not have the time or the energy or the team. There is a time and place for everything right? Well, it seems the time is now. The stars have finally aligned to shine their blessing on our little School of Yarn!!

Truly, I could not be happier.

First of all I get to work with two of my favorite people Karen Alfke and Maggie Baird on a project that we all feel passionate about. Both of these women bring years of knowledge and experience that are the perfect balance to my own.

There are a few things in this world that I feel like I am really good at and one of them is yarn. I know yarn!  And… I love it! I love everything about yarn from sheep to sock, silkworm to shawl.  I’ve been working with yarn as a dyer for about 18 years now and still… every single morning I walk out into that dye barn and breath in all the wool and vinegar fumes and my heart expands with it all and I know… I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

Actually, it is one of the better parts of my day before the business of running a dye/yarn company hits the fan. I am usually the only one there (butt-crack of dawn!!) for a good hour or so.  It’s just me and my yarn. There is yarn hanging from the rafters and drying in the breeze from the fans and there’s color just about everywhere. I say hi to my skeiny friends and start the water running for all the washing and soaking of the yarns we are going to dye that day. Not a bad way to start the day!

Okay, so I am running out of time and quite honestly steam and believe it or not, words. It’s been a few weeks of writing which is not my best thing, so it takes a bit more out of me then say, dyeing does! As with the sock club, which is 12 years old this year, and with Blue Moon, I believe that expanding our knowledge base and building and appreciating our community betters us individually and as a whole and this is also our goal with our little School of Yarn.

I do hope you will join us on this new adventure of ours.

As always if you have any questions please email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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Don’t forget that next weekend is the Barn Sale and Dye Day event here in Blue Moonland. The Dye Day part is full. We will have an indigo vat going which anyone is welcome to use.

BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday August 5th @ the big red barn in the land of Blue Moon 56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056

Directions!

If you are coming from Portland or Vancouver you want I-405 to US 30 West towards St.Helens
You will be on this for about 14 miles.
You are going to drive all the way through Scappoose to the end of town.
Right after the fire station is the last traffic light which is Scappoose-Vernonia Highway
You are going to turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy
Go about 7 miles up. It’s a pretty and curvy drive!
Turn left onto Chapman Road
Go about quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Mollenhour Road
Go about an eighth of a mile and  our gravel drive is right after a row of mailboxes where the 1st one has 56587 on it.
Also…there’s a huge piece of driftwood with a green house number sign on it.
The gravel road dead ends into Blue Moon. So drive all the way down.

Note: Before Chapman Road there is a Chapman Grange Road. You DO NOT want that one!!

Also please do come all the way down to us. We have parking and will direct you. If you want to carpool that is awesome. Please do not park on our neighbors land. Thank you!

Speaking of events…on August 12th I will be at Coastal Yarns in Canon Beach with a trunk show and yarn tasting and an Eclipse colorway.

I would love to see you!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Ooops almost forgot.

We are in the process of shipping out the birthday prize winners!! yay!!!

Thank you all for playing!

And the winners of Kyle’s lovely book, Urban Knits are:

violetdale and amelie

If you both could email us with you address we can get those out to you.

all the knits…and a few other things

Okay, so it is Friday and if you were sitting here with me you would hear the generator humming (dull roar actually) away, diligently keeping our little dye company going.

It worked!!

They did turn the power off all week long from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. We worked in shifts because there is only so much of our operation a generator can manage. We did not run out of propane or patience. Although there were moments when I was seriously worried about the patience. Like yesterday when I was picking up yarn and the water guy who was resealing our holding tank said he needed to come now and that meant no water.

It felt a bit like the powers-that-be were trying to see what exactly they could throw our way that would make us stop. Turns out we are a resourceful bunch and not much stops us. Well there was that 3 feet of snow but I feel like that is fair. I am super proud of my team!

I am also really looking forward to next week when I do not have to go out to the barn before the crack of dawn to fill everything with hot water and make all the dye for the day and then be on call for 2 shifts of worker bees.

I might just sleep all weekend!!

I am still working on new colorways! I know… I promise next week! Right now there is a new one up that I created for Lorilee Beltman’s ~ On a Lark Retreat ~ that I taught at last weekend. Such a great time. I love teaching  so that part is always fun.  Lorilee held her retreat at the oh so lovely Island Wood on Bainbridge Island and she really creates a great space for knitters. So much fun and learning and relaxing and knitting was had by all. And what a wonderful group of knitters!! Oh my goodness.  I hope she invites me back to teach again next year.

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The color way is called, On a Lark!! I love how it turned out, don’t you? I took the inspiration from Lorilee’s artwork for the retreat. It’s looks really pretty all knit up too!

As I said in the newsletter we just sent out there are so many wonderful designs to knit these days. I wanted to take a moment and tell you about some of the talented folks I get to work with.

Nona Davenport owns All Wound Up Yarn shop with her mom Leslie. They are lovely!! Nona designs! She designs for our sock club this year. In honor of their shops 2nd anniversary I made them a special colorway and Nona designed Firmament, a super cute anklet sock and then Malaika Gabriel designed a cute crochet shawlette called Waxing Moon. So much lavender knit goodness!

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And then there is this lovely piece Cumulus that Nona designed using our Silk Victoria!

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Photo credits: Nona Davenport

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A New Spin on Color by Alanna Wilcox  (aka spinnybuns)

Alanna contacted me lat year about using some of my fiber for teaching and then, also this book.  It’s a lovely book from an experienced spinner and teacher. We are offering a 10% discount on fiber to anyone who purchases her book either in print or pdf download. She has the discount code info and will give it to you when you buy the book which I highly recommend!

Since we are on the subject of wonderful books I have another to recommend and a giveaway!

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The Urban Knit Collection by the oh, so lovely and talented Kyle Kunnecke

This book has been out for a little while but we recently just received from Interweave a few copies to give-away.  I thought since Kyle is moving from the bay area to Seattle what better way to celebrate.  I love Kyle’s design ascetic. He is a color-work magician and we love working with him! Hopefully since he will be closer we will get to work with him more!

I have 2 books. If you would like to win one then place a comment in this post and we will randomly pick two lucky knitters!

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Before I sign off to go for a much needed walk I want to remind all of my Notorious Sock Knitters that their 20& discount code changes to 15% tomorrow.

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Also Plushy is still on special for another week!!! Get it while you can at this price. Believe me you so WANT to knit all the things with this yarn, at least all the worsted weight things!

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I have heard you and our next 3 offerings for the Rockin’ Whorl Club are live!! Sorry it took so long!

Check our facebook group!

Where we are slowly but surely starting our holiday gift knitting support group!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Happy knitting!!

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Notes from the ledge…

I am having one of those weeks. You know the ones where the shit just keeps hitting the proverbial fan and you are still reeling from one disaster when another problem arises and needs your attention and only your attention only right now!!!  I am most definitely having one of those months, with this week being seriously the most dramatic and kind of surreal to be honest.

It started on Sunday when I spilled a cup of water on my laptop. Yeah!!!  Of course it stopped working and I had a moment that I am not real proud of.

My son the techie told me to turn it off and teepee it and let it sit for 48 hours and then we would see. Then, in a vain effort to talk me off the emotional ledge I was teetering on, he told me not to work cause he had a ThinkPad I could borrow. So funny. I am a Mac user – it is all I have ever used. That is not a trick that this old dog is capable of learning. I was pretty touched that my son thought I could, though.

Okay so in waltzes Monday and I am trying to get stuff done with no laptop.  The phone rings and it is our electric company, Western Oregon Electric Cooperative, with a taped message informing me that July 10th to 15th from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm they are shutting off the power so they can work on the substation.  What the hell!!! So I call to verify and sure enough that is what they are doing and we have no recourse. Just slam, bam no power ma’am. I suggested that they might want to take the word ‘cooperative’ out of their business name.

If we were not the creative, problem solving souls that we are this would shut us down for the week. However we are creative and there are generators and we are going to work in shifts so we do not put too much of a load on the generator. Yay team Blue Moon!!! Such rock stars, these women I work with.

Okay, so we are feeling a little more optimistic and like we might have that covered. (We’ll see how the generator holds up.) Then lo and behold our work horse Dell laser printer dies. It dies DEAD!! Yup. And you know I can’t even complain, because that thing has worked its arse off for us for about 10 years. It’s just the timing of it all, right? Almost like someone does not want us to dye yarn for knitters. It’s really starting to feel that way.

We use this printer to print our yarn labels and all kinds of other very necessary things. I am waiting to hear from the repair guy on a printer they might have we can buy or use. I am hoping I hear from him before I leave here at noon today to go teach a dye day at Lorilee Beltman’s On a Lark Knitting Retreat.  I know…that stars are obviously aligned for some wickedly weird happenings.

Underlying all of this running-a-yarn-business drama is some personal stuff that has me at the very least distracted.

I feel like I am leaving something out but  I need to get to the fun exciting part of what I have to tell you today. Fingers crossed that the force is with us and our generator next week!

Look: we have a new yarn!!!

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PLUSHY!!!  Three plies of 100%  superwashed 20 micron worsted weight Merino goodness!! There is a whole lot to love about this yarn. It is squishy and soft and lofty and elastic… . The stitch definition will bring a tear to your eyes.  I see all the knits with Plushy.
100% SW 20.5 micron Merino – 3 ply
Length: 330 yds / 301 m
Weight: 9.5 oz / 270 g
Gauge: 16 to 20 sts / 4 inches (10cm), US 7 -9 needles (4.5 – 5.5mm)

Plushy will be priced at $27.00. Right now we are offering it at $22.00 so we can all get our holiday knit on. Maggie and I are so going to knit sweaters and blankets out of Plushy! We were hatching a plan yesterday. We are adding it into our line-up now since we are starting our Holiday Gift Knitting KAL on our new Facebook page this weekend. We are starting at the top with… hats!!!

We have added in 5 of our favorite holiday colorways to the website, rotating these in and out until we add them all back in the fall. Can you you find them all?

Another special we are running this weekend (or until we run out of yarn!) is on our beloved Marine Silk Fingering. (I might have found an extra box or two in the storage pod.)  20% off  and the coupon code is:  MSF2017

I have a shawlette out of this yarn that is one of my favorites to wear just because it feels so very nice. All that silky shimmer makes it looks pretty wonderful too. Oh.. and the drape: my, oh my!!!

Here are just few lovely shawls folks on Ravelry have knit with our Marine Silk Fingering:

AnnaW’s Spotlight:

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mmhiscox’s Shiver (with notes about how she squeaked it out of one skein):

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And have you seen all the beautiful Reynas on Ravelry? Noora Laivola designed it to make the most of 400+ yards (so one skein) of fingering-weight deliciousness like our Marine Silk Fingering… and to show off gorgeous multicolor colorways as well! Sounds like a win-win.

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Okay a few things before I dash off to pack the car and head out to Bainbridge to set up for tomorrow’s class.

• The Rockin’ Whorl Club next phase goes up for sale next week!!

• We are working on getting out all the yarn gifts and such that you won for my birthday fun and games. We have not forgotten.

• Also check out our new group on Facebook – we plan on having all sorts of  colorful knit fun there!!

I am sure there is more I had to share but the ticking of the clock is getting louder so I am going to go pack the car…  Have a lovely weekend!
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Friday!!!

Oh my goodness but it has been a week! So much drama.

I am most definitely looking forward to a quiet and peaceful weekend playing catch up and sitting and knitting.  Maybe a walk or two along the river and some gardening but other than that it’s me and my knitting and a movie.

I was hoping to have wip pics of my Breezy Cabana shawl but my skein of Heckley Speckley mysteriously disappeared and I had to dye another one and I got busy and forgot to dye another one and I did not want to start until I saw those two colors together so here we are.

Here’s is my wip shot, my skein of Grawk patiently waiting for it’s hue date who is super late to the cast-on party. It’s darker than this picture is leading us to believe!IMG_2127 (1)

Ain’t no party like a cast-on party! ( Like I said, it’s been a week!)

Okay so this week because it is the 4th of July and we’ve put our Super Sparkle on special for a few days. 15% off from now until July 5.

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So get you sparkle on!! Coupon code is in fact:  getyoursparkleonjuly4

You might want to stock up on your favorite colors. We are going to be starting our holiday gift knitting support group in the next week or so. What says ” Happy Holidays” and rings in a new year better than a bit of sparkle. Not much really!!

Since we are talking about specials this is the last day to sign up for sock club if you are interested.

Also for all of you  already in the sock club the 20% part of the discount turns to 15% on the 15th of July so if you want that extra 5% discount now is your time!

Our Tour de Sock coupon code also expires this weekend.

I am making lots and lots of new colorways. Some for the sock club so you can’t see those some for stores and even working on the Rose City Yarn Crawl colorways for Twisted! Portland Waterways is the theme and I am having a tone of fun transposing that to yarn.

Here’s one of the new colorways that will be coming your way soon! It needs a name. Thoughts??

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See this lovely grouping of colorways?

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I am currently possessed by them. Seriously so. They are not my usual personal comfort colors but they just make me happy. So.., I think I am going to knit them for someone I know that will love them ever so much which kind of makes this a twice the love project.

I do think I will take our that extra sold peach on the end. It’s not really needed. So from left to right we have, ummm…. Sun Spots, Wallflower, Razzle Dazzle, #shepersisted, Bet you thought this skein was about you., Goodby Kitty and Baby it’s cold outside.   This should be all kinds of fun!

Okay my knitterly friends stay tuned for we have some wicked cools plans coming your way!

Oh…and check out our Inspiration Monday blog post by the lovely Karen Alfke!

Be safe and have a lovely weekend!

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