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New and pretty exciting things!

Hey everyone!

Yes, it’s been awhile!

I’ve had a bit of a shit hitting the fan kinda month. So much drama from a late April snow storm (feet of snow and now power), a propane leak, and electrical short (in same building at the same time), a clog in the septic system, and a few other less stop in tracks issues.  I know… it was a whole lot. At this moment in time though all are dealt with and  I am moving on. My hope is that it’s all out of the way at once but I know that the powers that be have one wicked and dark sense of humor so we’ll see.

Okay straight onto the exciting part of life. You know how I have been hinting at this exciting new yarn venture for almost a year now?  I tell you it’s coming soon and then it doesn’t and then it is but then it doesn’t?  Thank you powers that be!  I am also a firm believer in waiting for that right time and this happens to be that time. Also these things take time especially during a pandemic!

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See this? Isn’t it stunning?

Meet Aspen! Our first wonderfully woolen step into a more planet loving, community-building, yarn future. You are so going to love this!

Aspen comes in both Worsted and Sport (for now): it’s is a wonderfully soft and lofty 3-ply tweedy yarn! It’s made from a very special high quality luscious Merino (from Shaniko Wool Co. and Jeanne Carver), which is ranched and processed all here in the US. It’s completely traceable from ranch to dyer (Blue Moon) and compliant with the Responsible Wool Standards developed by the Textile Exchange. The Responsible Wool Standard ensures animal welfare, preserving land health, and ensures traceability. Blue Moon will be working on many more new yarns in partnership with Jeanne and Shaniko. Aspen also uses mostly black and brown repurposed acrylic/rayon nubs to create that lovely tweed effect. See? it’s worth wait right?

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Our Aspen yarns are the beginning of Blue Moon’s CSY Community Supported Yarn launch. It’s our goal to continue to supply high quality, well made, beautiful yarns for us all to create with while also supporting our beautiful planet and all the hard working souls along the wool chain that are invested in creating such wonderful yarn for us. I’ll be sending out a newsletter tomorrow with more details on how we see this all rolling out.

The initial plan was to be start out all of this goodness in a Master Class which we are going to offer. I felt like it would be more inclusive to make it accessible to you at different levels of involvement.  We are all different and some of us like all of the engagement and education and some of us want to be supportive and have yarn to hold, smell and knit! So we are doing both levels (both of which include yarn) within a Community Supported Yarn paradigm.

Why Community Supported? Because honestly in my experience the hand knit part of the textile industry already leans in that direction. I am big on community, ALL INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES that support and build to a greater good for everyone. The textile industry needs to make changes so that it supports everyone involved with a living wage, has animal welfare at it’s forefront, and addressed land health and restoration and affordability, to name just a few aspects. The Master Class part of this venture will include all the ways we should be thinking about our yarn purchases along with what is involved in the process so we are more informed and can make better choices for ourselves and the planet. We will have all kinds of fun and will share the yarn-making adventure with you ~ we will be creating at least two bases together!! Honestly this has been a dream of mine for quite awhile so I am over the moon excited to share all of this with you!

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One element of the CSY is we will be offering these yarns as pre-sales only, at least in the beginning. Stocks are limited with this first offering since it s new base and this will be true for most of these offerings.

We will be shipping from this first batch starting  June 10th. I am offering the color a special pallet for these lovelies. I might add a few more but this is what we are starting with. I have chosen lighter colors to highlight the tweedy aspect of Aspen.  I will tell you that right now besides the Winter Blue one and the Sage I think I am pretty smitten with the Natural one. It’s seriously stunning and so very lofty and soft. It feels a bit like cotton.

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Karen knit us this beautiful sample. She knit size 41-1/2 and it used 8 skeins. Called for 1600 yds.

The pattern is: Uniform Cardigan  by Carrie Bostick Hoge the book “Uniform”.  Available as a single download from Lovecraft.

I love this cardigan!! It comes in a worsted  and fingering weight version. It fits so well and looks great on all kinds of shapes and sizes!!! Way to go Carrie! Thank you for such a lovely design and a great pattern to follow. If you do not have this pattern already you are going to want it!

Oh I almost forgot! We will be naming all of these bases after trees as a bit of a homage to all plant life that keep our planet healthy despite us!

I will be sending out a newsletter in the next day or so with a lot more specifics about Aspen and our Master class which I will have up for sale by this weekend. Cross my twisted little heart!

To those of you that are part of the Socks that RockSTAR Sponsorship they are shipping this week!! Thank you so very much for you undyeing support! You are the best! All of you.

Thank you for listening!  I know things are hard and a bit scary right now but we need to keep on keeping on. Be that light for each other!  Thank you for being mine!!

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Can’t even….

Hey! I know it’s been awhile.  So since I am kinda stuck (snowed in) I thought an update would be good.

It’s Tuesday April 12 which is a bit surreal since this is what it looks like outside at the moment.

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I have over a foot of snow and it is still snowing. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning yesterday because it was freezing to find the power was out which seemed a bit odd for this time of year. Then I looked out the window and saw the massive amount of snow on the ground and still falling. In all honesty I kinda thought I was dreaming but no.I can’t tell you how much I wish I was dreaming.

I was without power for most of the day and… it is still snowing here. I can’t get out and USPS and UPS can’t get in so what was destined to ship early this week is not. I am still going to label all the things and get the packages ready for when I can get out and/or USPS can get in.

I will tell you it’s been a surreal few weeks here. For the first time in over 15 years I had a gas leak in the dye barn. Yeah kinda crazy. It took them a bit to find and fix it so that kept me out of the barn for about 5 days. When I finally could get back in I waltzed in with my morning brew all ready to rock and roll the dyeing for the day, hit the light switch and nothing! Yup no lights. I just stood there thinking you’ve got to be kidding me. what the hell is going on? I called my trusty electrician and they came out the next day which was quite the blessing in itself and fixed it. It was a short so think about that for a minute. An electrical short and gas leak at the same time. Yeah I am one lucky woman I think.

There was also a plumbing issue that resulted in a small flood in my back bathroom but that was an easy fix for me. If we run with the whole these kind of issues tend to come in threes then we should be done. Well once the snow clears I guess.

I did not see this one coming I am usually prepped for these kind of things but who expects a snow storm in Oregon in April? Certainly this dyer that is for sure. I feel for the folks that already had parts of their gardens in. I always wait until May since I am up in elevation and it still can get too chilly at night for little plants to thrive.

I was just thinking I have lived here for about 21 years and this is a first. All the things are budding and some are flowering. I have never seen the maples buds covered in snow. It is pretty. Hmm…

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In the grand scheme of life especially right now I am going to call it good. I am not having to feel my homeland. My city is not flooded or bombed and my family is intact. True blessings at the moment.

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Felix reminds me to chill out!

Below is my current favorite quote! Have a good week! Take care and stay safe and warm and loving!

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Happy New Year!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

So…I have been trying to post this basically since the first. Because of all the snow  and other winter weather issues it’s been touch and go with power and internet. I am trying to get this posted and emails answered as quickly as possible this am since the power has been flickering all morning!!

The snow is finally stopped and it’s warmed up quite a bit in the past day or so. Now we will have flooding and mudslides because the ground is saturated. Right now these is still snow on the ground here and the pond is almost int he front yard. I am goign to go get some sand bags later today just to keep my driveway in tact.

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So at least here 2022 is coming in with a bang! Although I will say that it is winter and well it’s pretty much just being winter. U do think that almost 3 feet of snow is a bit extreme but am going to roll with it since really what other choice is there.

Because of the power issues there’s been very little shipping out of here. That should change today. I have help coming this weekend so fingers crossed that the weather powers that be take a break for a few days.

Being stranded here during the holidays was not the best for my mental health so thank you to everyone who checked up on me! I am good!! As soon as I finish this I am out to immerse myself in color and yarn so yay!!!

I am going to leave you with Amanda Gorman’s poem for the New Year. I was trying desperately to find the words to express how I felt about this past year in a hopeful light while welcoming the new year bathed in that same aura. And truly even up to my hips in snow I do feel hopeful most days, even it’s a glimmer. Amanda so eloquently speaks to our hearts and souls acknowledging our collective pain and grief as she reminds us of our strength and resilience. I think I am going print it out and tape it where I can read it at least once a day. Thank you Amanda!!!

Okay l am off to reel, skein, soak, bundle, label, dye, steam, rinse, label, ship and love yarn for the day!!!!!!!

Take care and stay safe!!   Big LOVE!

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“New Day’s Lyric”

May this be the day
We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend,
Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,
Battered, we come to better.

Tethered by this year of yearning,
We are learning
That though we weren’t ready for this,
We have been readied by it.

Steadily we vow that no matter
How we are weighed down,
We must always pave a way forward.

This hope is our door, our portal.
Even if we never get back to normal,
Someday we can venture beyond it,
To leave the known and take the first steps.

So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,
Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,
Where we weren’t aware, we’re now awake;
Those moments we missed
Are now these moments we make,
The moments we meet,
And our hearts, once all together beaten,
Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,
For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,
But to take on
tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,
In a new day’s lyric,
In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year,
Be bold, sang Time,
For when you honor yesterday,
Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we’ve fought
Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one,
Come over, join this day just begun.

For wherever we come together,
We will forever overcome.

~ Amanda Gorman

New colors or ….

waltzing out of 2021 with a whole lotta of  colorful love LOVE notes!!!

Okay so this is a whole lot to get up on the website so some of these are not up yet. I am working on it. If you want to order and take advantage on the 15% Stash Enhancement Discount that is good for another 48 hours and you want one of these that is not on the website yet just order one that is and then in the notes section of your order let me know the colorway you do want!!

Easy Peasy!

I wanted to get these up here at least since I told a few of you I would!

The discount code is: stashme2021   and since I am still getting a few things caught up ( soooo close) I will not be starting on these orders until the end of January!

Okay look for a New Year message tomorrow!

Take care and be safe!

LOVE!!!!!!

Happy Holiday!!

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Look my Christmas cactus actually bloomed in December!!

 

 

 

 

Winter Solstice was what yesterday and already Winter is making its presence felt here in the Pacific Northwest. It looks like me might have a white Christmas this year. When I went to put the chickens to bed there was a very big wind blowing in some very cold air! We are supposed to get snow starting sometime on Friday. Which means I have a day to prep for maybe being snowed in for a bit. I was going to spend the holiday with my son and daughter-in-law but we’ll see.

Anyway …there are worse things than a quiet white Christmas during another pandemic surge. I hope everyone is staying safe during this time.

I had an unexpected surprise last week. My youngest ( the one in medical school) came to visit along with her fiance Nicole. I have not them in 3 years because of the whole medical school thing and the pandemic. I was such a joy! My heart is so very happy. They leave for DC at the crack of dawn tomorrow. Of course it’s just never long enough but  am so very grateful that I got to replenish my system with all that is my youngest!

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Luckily there were two kittens! Sophie took a shine to Fiona and Nicole to Felix.

So lots of kitten snuggles were had! Fiona is the by far the cuddliest cat I have ever had.

 

So it’s back to all the things I need to get done in the next few weeks. Because of this visit and a few other glitches there will be a bit of a delay in the last shipment of RSC. I am in the middle of dyeing it and was expecting more yarn which was delayed and will not be here until next week. Also the stitch markers were delayed so… . If I have learned anything the past two years it’s that you can certainly make a plan but right now there is a good chance you will have to adjust. Honestly I was surprised about the yarn since I have not had huge delays in the last few months. I will say that I am also a little concerned about the weather here next week. We’ll keep out fingers crossed that the power stays on.I am going to go ahead and send the dyer’s notes Friday so you will have those.

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I am going to go ahead and put the 2022 up for sale since I am getting a fair amount of requests which honestly is quite lovely. Thank you for believing in me!!

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I am also sending out the last of the Silk School notes and the Spinning Club along with the Targhee Info I promised for all of you that supported out Targhee Love program! I have dyed so very many skeins of Targhee Worsted. it’s a good thing I love this yarn. Haha

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This week we lost a stunning human being. Bell Hooks left this earthly realm. It is a great loss!! I learned so much of what I know about community and love from Bell Hooks. She was that rare combination of a brilliant mind, enlightened soul and a grand open heart which she shared with all of us. She will be missed greatly. I am so very grateful.  Thank you Bell! Rest in peace and love!

 

A few of my favorite Bell Hook quotes:

“The moment we choose love, we begin to move towards freedom,to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”

“But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”

“But love is really more of an interactive process. It’s about what we do not just what we feel. It’s a verb not a noun.”

“Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that she who we are and how we live in the world.”

Okay I could truly go on forever so will stop here.

I hope all of you have a peaceful loving holiday weekend. I know it can be a hard time. If you are feeling alone please do reach out. We truly are all in this together !!

Much love from me and my furry and feathered friends!!

odds and ends…

I took time off to go sit in my favorite coffee place to write you without the most adorable distractions! If you follow Blue Moon on instagram you have seen that I adopted two adorable kittens about a month ago. I have been riding this fine line of inviting more furry folks into my life. I was waiting for the right moment which came one morning when I decided to break out my warmer clothing and discovered mouse nesting material and a ton of cat food. Which means my current feline friend was seriously not doing her job. To be fair she pretty old but still. The next day I went and adopted a sibling pair ~ Fiona and Felix.IMG_9715IMG_9268

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are seriously distracting!!! Especially Felix who really loves the keyboard.  I would say that you will be seeing so many pictures of them but it is seriously difficult to photograph black cats. It’s almost impossible to get a good picture of Fiona.

Okay so my shoulder is better and I have some help this week so we going be dyeing a massive amount of Targhee Worsted.  As I said earlier if you have an order and it is for holiday knitting or another deadline please do let me know.  A lot of you have done so and it is appreciated!

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I still have a few RSC to ship for their 4th shipments.I have them here ready to go as of last week but the shipping software had a glitch and the person at Endicia made it worse so after 6 hours on the phone with them it’s almost there but not quite yet. I will ship it just wont then put that info back into the Blue Moon database with the tracking info and we really need it to do that little piece so we can keep track of it all. I called this am but there was not an available techie. And yes I am frustrated!!!

Speaking of sock club I will be sending out dyer’s notes this week. I have decided to keep sock club going. I just can’t not do it. It will be different because well… things are different.  So very different.

I will be shipping the last two sock club offerings together in December and then we will be done with the 2020-2021 Pandemic Rockin’s Sock Club. I am so looking forward to that moment when I ship out that last package! It’s going to feel so satisfying.

I will; be putting 2022 up for presale soon because I am getting lots of emails requests about it.  You will also be seeing that mysterious new project I have been teasing you with. I am so very excited about this one and I really wanted the timing to be right so I could give it the time and attention it deserves. Also wanted to be able to finish some of our other clubs and specials before working towards this one.

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With a little help from my friends…I am also revamping the barn to open it up for some community centered projects here in my lovely community.  Change is good and opening space for growth and more making and then being able to share it all! If you are local and are interested please do contact me. tinanewton@gmail.com

Indigo Fields

We are finally going to get the dye garden going. The beds are being prepped this week for massive amounts of indigo along with  quite a few other types of dye plants that will grow in the very damp but fertile hills of Scappoose. I am going to emphasize dye plants that are native to my area. Like I won’t even have to plant any nettle since there is much growing wild where I am. I have considered calling my place Nettle Bog Farm ~ the farm with a sting!

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I feel like there’s a lot more to tell you but I think this is probably  good for now. Thank you so very much for you patience with me and your support of Blue Moon. I am doing my very best to not let you all down!

Oh I did change up the colors on the website moving more towards winter and winter holidays. How are we here already?? I will have a few new colors soon. I have been making new colors but wanted to get more orders out before adding them. If there are colors you would like to see please do let me know!!

Okay back to the dye pots!!

Takc care dear ones and stay safe!

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Tuesday morning vibes

How is it already the end of October I do not know. Our wet season has started here which is a welcome relief  from the heat and no rain. I will admit that the grey is a little hard for some of us. I am one of those but I will happily deal with it in order to have the rain we need for all of our lush green goodness.

I am busily dyeing away on your orders and the clubs and making plans for this upcoming season and next year. If you have an order in that you need for HOLIDAY knitting please do let me know!!

I so appreciate those of you that are leaving notes on your orders as to whether it’s needed right away or is stash enhancement and Blue Moon support. You all are the best!

I think I mentioned a few times recently that I might have to raise prices soon since all the mills raised there and shipping costs are also up. I have been holding off ( I hate raising prices) however, I just got news that the propane prices are jumping pretty high and well, that’s the proverbial last straw. I do not have a choice I will have to up prices a bit. I am sorry I have been trying to keep prices as they are but this last puts it over the top. It will be across the board on all yarns and fibers. I will do my best to keep it reasonable for all of us!

Prices will stay as they are for the next two weeks and then the new ones will go live.

Also…the discounts that are out there are all coming to an end in the next month or so. So if you have not used them now is you chance.   thankyou21 for 15% is over on November 1st   ~  the sock club and spinning club ones also are good until the end of November and I will send a reminder this weekend on those. I strained my left shoulder this week so am doing a bunch of writing today to give it a break from the heavy lifting.  Those Targhee Worsted skeins and then the spinning club roving are super heavy and someone might have thought she was super woman and over staked the trays.

Speaking of Targhee Worsted look at this pile of Big Brain Blue that is shipping out on Monday. Big Brain Blue is one of my favorite blues and on Targhee oh my!!!

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It’s so pretty and this picture seriously does not do it justice. I almost never dye anything blue for myself but I might need some Big Brian Blue Targhee in my wardrobe. ok don’t laugh but…I have thinking of knitting myself a poncho. I get hot easily so a poncho is often better for me than a sweater. Wouldn’t that blue look great with all of the black and grey I wear. I think it would. Hmmm….. of course not until the shoulder heals al the way back.

Do any of you have a basic diagonal poncho pattern you like. I think if I am remembering correctly there is a really nice Churchmouse one. oh and since we are on color and Targhee. I made a special color for a friend. we were looking for a dirty pink color and while this might be darker than anticipated I absolutely love it.  I would wear this pink!! Here’s a picture of it with a skein of Pond Scum (the pond scum color is a little blown out.

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Isn’t it pretty? I was considering pairing it with the Pond Scum but I think Spawn of Scum would be better. Anyway because of ALL of the Targhee orders I am working on there’s so much lovely color in the barn. I will try to take more pics and post them on instagram. The light in the barn is a little weird but I can make it work.

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Hmmm….did I post here about the Gaea Fingering  and Silkmo Lace Project I am working on for me. At least right now it’s for me we’ll see. I have a friend who would love it to pieces and she always knits for me so we’ll see. Anyway I dyed the SilkMo first because I just know it would look really wonderful in the “My Euphoria” colorway and it really really does as you can see. It took me forever to photograph this. I just felt the photos never did justice to haw stunning it is.

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When I get more of the scarf knit I will post of picture. It’s really pretty. I am big on simple knits that let the yarn and color do the work. Simple and quite beautiful.

I am very happy with it.

I need to do more to promote our Gaea yarns especially the fingering-weight. It’s so lovely and quite the deal with each skein having over 1,000 yards in it. Hard to top that!!!

 

Okay well I actually started these on Sunday morning but got interrupted by friends coming to help with some reorganizing. So I should end here and get out to start my dye and ship day. I am working on sock yarn orders for the next few days since my shoulder is bothering me from all of the very heavy Targhee Worsted skeins. I might have over loaded the trays a bit to be more efficient forgetting that I do not have a 20 something year old body. lol

Hope you all are well and taking care!

oh and THANK YOU for all of your notes and sharing on grief and loss. I feel like maybe we need to be talking and sharing more about our losses and loves. So much loss in the past few years.

Big loving hugs to you all!!!

Oh…how could I forget!! Meet Fiona and Felix my two new buddies.

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A little fun!

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If you head over to the Blue Moon instagram account you will find a very fun Give Away!!!

Earlier in the week I was moved to share the color story of Fire on the Mountain and Muddy Autumn Rainbow. It was great fun to revisit that experience so I decided a Give Away with them as the hot color duo they so obviously are. Great fun!

What you have to do is comment on the post on Instagram and tag a fiber friend with which one of you is more of a Fire on the Mountain and which of you is more of a Muddy Autumn Rainbow.

Example Hey @redkaci I’m a Muddy Autumn Rainbow to your Fire on the Mountain! And they will respond with what they think and that is where the fun comes into paly!

You have to follow us on instagram to be eligible to be picked as a winner. I will pick 2 friend duos and each of you will get the a skein of Socks that Rock in the one you most vibe with.

See?  FUN. You should go read some of the comments so far. I had to clean the dye barn yesterday, not my favorite job! So all of the colorful friend comments has kept me thoroughly entertained and uplifted. I hope the same is true for everyone else.

Here is the color story of Fire on the Mountain and it’s sister color Muddy Autumn Rainbow.

I am an aging hippie chick. I love music and have been a deadhead (Grateful Dead fan) forever!! So…of course I would be inspired to create colorways inspired by my fav songs. My first one was of course Fire on the Mountain!!  I was so pleased with how it came it out. I felt like I captured the feeling of the song and time actually. And it has been one of our most popular colorways so yay!!!

Since it was so popular that meant dyeing it quite a bit. It’s actually still to this day very popular. I had dyed so many skeins I thought I could do it in my sleep but evidently not!! One day I was working on a few store orders ( hundreds of skeins) And I was kinda tired and maybe a tiny bit cranky. About 40 or so skeins in I realized I had mixed up the color sequence. Oh I was so pissed-off at myself. (I might have a tiny bit of a temper.)

So I took a few deep calming breaths and well it did not help. So I slapped both hands down my on the skeins and just swooshed all the color back and forth. I’m not going to lie it was pretty flipping satisfying. I  put it to steam and did not think anything of it. I just went on to finish the order.

Well… the next day when Rosie was rinsing the yarn she’s like holy cow Tina what the heck is this?  So I went over to investigate and found my rage skeins and they were stunning! I knew what it was right away and had a good chuckle. I told her what I had done and she said I sure hope you can repeat this. We had a good laugh. And you know I did not think I could repeat it. I did remember the color sequence goof so that was fine it was the rage swooshing I did not think I could do again without the rage aspect. It turns out i could. haha

I have to say Muddy Autumn Rainbow is one of my favorite colorways of mine. It also is one of our more popular colorways. I think they are pretty equal even though Fire on the Mountain was around for longer than Muddy Autumn. All of this has made me consider what other of my colorways would look good with a little depraveDyer cranky swoosh. Haha!!

So…which one are you? Are you Fire on the Mountain or a Muddy Autumn Rainbow?

I think I fluctuate between the two but feel I am more of a Muddy Autumn Rainbow hippie chick!!

Okay I am off to dye for the day.

I sent out a newsletter with updates. There is a  link to it in my profile on instagram. If you are not on the newsletter list you can also sing up there.

I added some fun to the website so check it out!!!

Hope you all are well!

Take care of your dear selves and stay safe!!

Once in a Blue Moon

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Our full moon this weekend is a rare Blue Moon one.  A Blue Moon is commonly defined as the second full moon in a month. Our last Blue Moon was in October 2020. A lesser known definition dating back to 1528 applies to the 3rd full moon of a season where there are 4 full moons. Generally, each season has three full moons. But this summer, which began June 20 and ends Sept. 22, has four full moons (June 24, July 23, Aug. 22 and Sept. 20). Seasonal Blue Moons are uncommon, occurring about once every two to three years. The last one rose on May 18, 2019, and the next one won’t shine until Aug. 19, 2024.

Truly a “Once in a Blue Moon” bit of lunar magic!

Quite awhile ago I did a special order for a colorway for a store and they ended up not making it (sad) so I have been sitting on these skeins until there seemed to be a place for them. I over-dyed them to create this truly ~ Once in a Blue Moon ~ colorway to celebrate Blue Sturgeon Moon.

So this is a truly limited Once in a Blue Moon offering. There are only 30 of these skeins in Socks that Rock Lightweight and once they are gone that is is for this special colorway!

Since they are limited I am not going to add them to the website as their own colorway. If you  would like to order one of these beauties. Order Socks that rock Lightweight in SNOWFLAKE and in the comments section let me know you would like Blue Strugeon Moon and I will get it out to you. These are all dyed and ready to roll!  I really love this colorway. The color concept is based on the silver pink of the Sturgeon ( This is the Sturgeon Moon) and dark blue for the night sky and also waters the Sturgeon resides in.

Our heat wave finally broke and I am hoping that is the last one for this summer.  So very hot and dry. So unlike our lush green Pacific Northwest.  There has been so much wildlife of all kinds at the water stations I have put out. Even the bugs were parched. My neighbors and I were wondering why the flies and such were so bad this year and I finally realized they weren’t it’s just we were seeing more of them because they were looking for water. Anyway I am grateful to be through that. Dyeing in that kind of heat is not fun. I changed my hours so I was dyeing before the crack of dawn or late at night. Was cracking myself up singing singing the Midnight Rambler song and changing it to the midnight dyer. hahaha….

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I want to Thank all of you that are supporting the Targhee Worsted LOVE campaign!! I also would like to remind you that these were not to be dyed or shipped until the middle to end of August. I have started on these. They are big bulky skeins so I do them early in the am before the sock yarns and such. It’s been so interesting to see what colors everyone chose. So much blue!!! Oh my goodness.  A lot of you put when you needed this by in the comments section of you notes so I am going by those . If you need it sooner than late please do let me know. I know also a fair amount of you used this as a stash build along with supporting out wonderful Targhee.

Sock Club is shipping now!! I will be sending a sock email out in a few days. I will be including all of the patterns and dyer’s notes again for those who can’t find those emails.

Last part of Silk Club has shipped with notes to follow this week once Karen looks them over. I was going to ship the last shipment of the spinning club but…and this is sad. I wanted to support a local while also giving you all a different experience. Unfortunately after dyeing and drying the fiber I noticed as I tried to bundle it that it was breaking. I know…I almost cried. Anyway long story short I am in the process of dyeing it all over again in another fiber. Live and learn I should have tested a bunch first. You often do not see these kinds of things until it’s processed.

The exciting new project I mentioned in May took a bit of a delay because the person I am working with had a family health issue. I will be announcing this in the next two weeks hopefully and I am so very excited. I have been wanting to work on this level for so long.

Before I head out to the barn I want to mention supply chain.  The pandemic has effected us all in so many different ways. Supply chain for our industry is one of them with delays in shipments and also a few quality issues. I am doing my very best to navigate these as we all are. Right now I am waiting on ink cartridges for my printer that prints the labels. I usually have it here in 3 days. I will not have it for 2 more weeks and I ordered it 4 weeks ago. So I am creatively labeling the colors on the yarn labels. You will see!!  It truly is a different world we find ourselves in.  We are all doing the best we can with what we are being dealt. I am doing my very best to meet each challenge I am presenting with optimism, grace and my wicked problem solving skills. I most definitely am an out-of-the-box thinker!! lol

Oh and all of you lovely  people who are including what you are making when you order—- THANK YOU!!! It’s a joy to know who and what I am dyeing for. As a lone worker still, it warms my heart. Like this blue ( Sapphire) went to a woman knitting a baby blanket for her first born. So lovely!!!

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I do love most parts of my job. Honestly though you guys are the best part. Otherwise it’s just creating into a void which does not appeal to me at all. I’m a people person!! I and good alone but I sharing with others ups the joy of and experience to a whole other level for me. I can hear all of my introvert friends groaning. lol

Oh one more thing before I head out. I just got new price list from all of my suppliers so…there’s a good chance I will have to increase pricing a bit in the next few weeks.

Okay I could keep going but the dye pots are calling.

Have a great day.

Choose love!!

PS: I found a case of Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for  Sock Knitters ( Book One) If you want one. I have a bout 20 of them.

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Blues…

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I am stopping here for a brief update. I will also be sending out the second edition of Blue Notes this week with a whole lot of yarn is both the internet and shipping system cooperate. It is seriously ridiculous at this point. One of the locals saw my post this Friday on instagram about no internet again and recommended Star Link so I am looking this as an option. Fingers crossed!!

My lovely daughter Rabia was here visiting!!!!!!! It’s the first time I have seen her in 2 years. We are a pretty tight family so this whole not seeing each other was a pretty big deal especially for her and I. I took some much needed time off to spend with here since in a few weeks she will be headed to Kyrgyzstan to teach at an International School there. Yeah!  She’s a child of the world I have known this since she was little so… . I am just happy I got to spend time with her before she heads out on this next adventure of hers. I am very excited for her. Luckily this gig pays to send her back once a year so yay!!!

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Because of her visit and the crazy heat wave I am not quite where I hoped to be but close. I am shipping all kinds of clubs and orders this week. It’s supposed to be hot but tolerable. So dyeing in the am and shipping and reeling in the afternoon. Where there’s a will there is a way eh. Oh… and before I forget we are pretty far from any fire as of this moment!!! Most of them are pretty far south of us. Thanks to all of you that have been checking in. We are good as of yet. It is super dry. Our thoughts and prayers to those that are affected by the fires in both the PNW, California and BC.

 

 

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I have left the Support Targhee Worsted Special up so if you have yet to order and thought it was no longer applicable it is. You can check the blog post before this for all of the details on what that is about. So much gratitude to all of you supporting this effort of ours to keep one of our beloved garment yarns!!! GO Targhee Worsted!! It’s 30% off and the code is TGWLOVE

I will put up a blog post later in the weeks with some of the other pattern suggestions for knitting with our Targhee Worsted!  It’s that time of year for sweater planning and honestly there is not better yarn for  sweaters that this!!!

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I got to do something last weekend that I have been wanting to do for quite awhile. My friend Kaci and went to a local farm ( Vibrant Valley Farm and played with fresh indigo harvesting and dyeing. SO. MUCH. FUN. It’s so cool. I have been with indigo for years but have never had the chance to play with fresh plants. I want to grow them so I wanted to experiment with them first and yes going to prep a large part of the garden for these. Below are a few pics of our day and I am going to upload a few videos to instagram so check there also. It’s been so long since I have done anything like this usually I am the teacher or leader it was so nice to play and actually hang out with fellow color, plant and fiber lovers. I will say though it’s also a little surreal to be with a group of people again. Thank you to Kara and Brittney for a wealth of information and a wonderfully blue day!

I love hands on and anything with messy color is my happy place. We harvested leaves and then put them in a bin added pickling salt and ripped them up. The salt was to extract the plant juices basically then we added in silk that had been soaked and just mashed the hell out of it. So pretty and fun. Because it’s fresh plant it retains more of it’s green hue which I love. We got to take home stems to graft which I have already done and have my own plants growing on the back deck. Luckily rabbits are not an indigo fan!!! Yay!! Oh shoot I don’t think I have a picture of one of the dry scarves. I will take one tomorrow in the light of day and add it in.

Okay I am going to go end here for now because it’s getting late and I still I have mini-skeins to wrap. My goal is bed by midnight!!!

Hope all of you are well and taking care and still staying safe.

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Onyx and Luna say G’night!