Posts from the ‘Local Yarn Stores’ Category
It’s a Total Lunar Eclipse today!! It is the second one this year! It is the second Blood Moon Eclipse this year and the longest lunar eclipse this century!
We are celebrating with a surprise 24 hour sale on ALL yarns! 15% off all day the 27th
The code to use is: totallunareclipse2
Since we are Blue Moon I feel like it is important to honor the moon in all of her celestial glory!! I made sure all of our moon colorways are up!
Happy Total Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon!!
Okay it’s going to be a little hard, because I am over the moon excited but before I share all about our color club I am going to take care of a little order update business. Also there are some happenings that are just around the corner which is hard to believe but nonetheless true!
We got a little bogged down with orders and are doing our very best to get caught up which we almost are!! Thank you for your patience! As happens we had a mill order delay on our sock yarn which totally messes things up and stresses me out to no end! Added to that a bunch of my team were out sick, again. I know… it does seem to be happening a lot. I have a theory about this. Team Blue Moon is composed of a bunch of moms of young children right now. This is a new thing for many years we were a team of women with grown children. Anyway I am thinking this explains the illnesses. I am probably over sharing here but I have been trying to figure out the why of all of the illness and wondering if maybe Columbia County had an issue of some sort. So this is where we are. Where I believe we have fallen down on our usual good customer service is in communicating this to you and for that I apologize!! I am working on a new system where this is better.
I have noticed that some of your emails are not getting to us at email@example.com and maybe firstname.lastname@example.org and I am looking into this. One of the other things things that happens is that in our order system we have a way to go into your order and email you from there if there is an issue. In the past this has worked just fine but I am of thinking that some of these are not getting through. So we are also trouble shooting this.
I just want you to know that you are so very important to us and I am trying to figure out some of this technical communication road blocks. I am by far not a techie so… . While I sort through this you can always reach out to me at email@example.com
We shipped out a massive amount of yarn on Friday and the same will be true next week. Please know that I really appreciate your patience and feed back also!! You are why I do what I do!
Tits Collective yarn is part of what is shipping out!! We are still taking order if you want that colorway before the end of July! It is such a fun colorway to dye.Oh my goodness. I am spinning it too and it is so much fun to spin. So warm, bright and happy! Great color therapy spinning!
I am supposed to have a pound of this done by the end of Tour de Fleece but I do not thnk I am going to meet that goal. I am halfway there so… we’ll see.
For the 16 of you that are ever so patiently waiting for the Fair Isling on Blue Moon it is at the printers this coming week and the pdf is being formatted so. Also lesson learned!! Check files yourself first!!! I am printing a bunch so once it is all done will put it back up for sale for those who are interested. All of this has given me an even more of an appreciation and respect for tech editors and layout. I am sorry this has been such a wait!
The ever so lovely Theresa and Ron Miskin of The Bufflao Wool Company will have a bunch of our yarn. Here is the a link to the Market floor map so you can find them! They will have a bunch of new colorways that we do not even have up yet!! So if you are going be sure to stop by and say hi and check out the color, the yarn and lovely samples!!
In the past 6 to8 months we have said a sad good bye to some of our LYS’s and also welcomed a few more to our team So do check out who and where our yarn is so you can see it in person and support these lovey yarn shops.
Wow that was quite a lot. I think I am going to put the color club info on the top banner so it will live there for awhile and also we can look at the lovely graphic that Maggie created for it!
I want you to know that I am so very grateful for each and everyone one of you and feel blessed that I can serve you in color and yarn. It has most definitely been a year of challenges. I do see the light at the end of this tunnel so feel like we are just about over this hump. ( knock on wood)
Thank you all so very, very much for hanging in there with me!! You are my rainbow!
Happy Saturday morning!!!
It’s a stunning day out already. The sun is peaking through the curtain and there is a lovely breeze which I hope lasts throughout the day, since I believe it is supposed to reach 95 today.
Today is my son and daughter-in-law’s 5th wedding anniversary!!! So we are celebrating which will be all kinds of fun. 5 years!! It feels like just yesterday that we were planning their wedding and at the same time like she has been part of our family forever! So much love!!
Aren’t they adorable!
It has been a weird week here in Blue Moon land! You know those days where no matter which way you turn you are met with an obstacle? So for every step you try to take in order to do so you have to clear the pile of bricks in your way!! Yeah that.
Tuesday was madness. Went to bank where they were have trouble with their computer system so it took forever making me late for an appt. Went to USP where their computer system was down. Luckily I have a shipping system so I went back to Blue Moon and made the label and then later that afternoon took packages to PO where they were still having issues. Decided I should get gas since my tank was low and once filled it would not start. Yup!! New car too! It finally started and this is the 2nd time this has happened so I went right to Toyota where they said they needed to keep it. So they got me a rental or at least tried to. Twenty five minutes later after having no cars, then finding one (but not the key to go with it) and yet another computer issue and then a printer issue and wait there’s more, dropping the keys under the car ~ I left Broadway Toyota. I sat in the rental for a few seconds and decided I deserved a cool beverage. So went to McMennamins on 23rd and ordered my favorite cider and guess what? Yup they were out.
Yeah! Now I know in the grand scheme of life (especially these days) that these are definitely first world problems and not life altering or damaging. It was pretty surreal though and towards then end just kind of hysterical!
I have my car back. They do not know what is wrong and want me to bring it back to them when the gas tank is low so they can go with me to see what happens. I kid you not!
Anyway that is how this week has been and finally I just decided to go with the flow because why fight it. Maybe mercury is like upside down retrograding or something.Whatever it is computer systems are not fairing well.
okay let’s talk yarn!
Isn’t it pretty?! It’s called TASY BOO!! The TASY was the mills abbreviation for Tina’s Alpaca Sock Yarn. (60% Superwash Merino/30% Baby Alpaca/ 10% Nylon ) The Boo I have no idea about, maybe mill naming shenanigans which I totally get and am amused enough to keep the name.
Anyway… it’s quite a lovely yarn but just not one we want to introduce into our line-up right now so we are offering it to you as one of our summertime short runs! We probably have about 180 skeins so it will go pretty dang fast at 20.00 a skein!! (and if you use your RSC discount even less than that).
It knits up as quite a lovely fabric at a DK weight so you can use it for garments, shawls, cowls… . Keep in mind though that the 30% Alpaca effects how the color looks. Alpaca mutes color a bit so a little lighter and dreamier is how I look at it. So very soft in feel and hue!
Okay onto some super fun knits.
I was at Coastal Yarns at Canon Beach last weekend for a short visit and saw this stunning Rose Candy Cowl by Martina Behm in our A Total Eclipse of the Sun and Shadow. Look at those stripes!! Super sexy!! I love that design of this cowl anyway but especially with this lovely color.
And look at this dynamic knit duo knit in our Plushy!! I think the colorway is Total Lunar Eclipse. I know I should know all my colorways on sight! I wish you could feel them. So flipping cozy!!
Okay my lovely knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers… I am going to post this! Have a great weekend!
Be kind to yourselves and each other!
RSC members please remember your 20% moves to 15% on the 16th which is Monday!
So I am awake extra early to write this today because my daughter is visiting and this is our last day together.
Right away I want to say thank you to everyone who came by the booth to say hi and to buy yarn! It was so great seeing everyone.
I got to meet a new friend too!!
and Toni scored some amazing fleeces!! This Corriedale is just stunning! Look at those locks and that crimp. Be still my fiber loving heart!
It seemed to me that fun was had by all. As vendors we loved the new venue! It did not seem as well intended as they hopes but I think that is to be expected with any change and this was a new venue and a new date. I hope everyone comes next year! As we have seen of late if we do not support out local yarn stores and events then the next thing we know they are closing there doors!!! It’s so very important to keep our community places alive and kicking!
This is also true for the yarn bases you love. When we discontinued Woobu and LSS recently a fair number of you were not so happy. I totally understand! I was sad too. Woobu was the first garment yarn that I carried so I was especially sad over that one. Yarns are discontinued for a few reasons but the biggest one is sales. If the yarn is not selling than it stands to reason that you move it out to make room for one that will since we are kind of in the business of selling yarn. I have let go of a few yarns based on construction weirdness but mostly it is because the popularity is not there.
So… my knitterly friends here are the yarns I am considering moving out. I am telling you this to give you the opportunity to change that if these yarns are important to your knit life. Most of the folks who were sad to see Woobu go said it was their favorite yarn and such but when I looked up accounts it had been years since they bought any. It made me think that if you knew what was going on and what I was thinking then it gave you all an chance to change it if it was important to you!!
Okay so here are the yarns that we are considering. If you love them show them your support!! I would also love to hear from you wither here in the comments or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All of the Marine Silks ( Lace, Fingering and Sport )
Superwash BFL Fingering
I have added some roving and our Silky Laci to the offerings in out #titsoutcollective offerings. So far we have raised over almost 600.00 for RAICES!! Yay!! Thank you all so very much! I will be dyeing these up this week and shipping them out soon!! Let’s see if we can hit $1,000 I bet we can!!
I am going to join the the tour de fleece action and spin up a pound and then auction it off and donate that money too!! Believe it or not it is my 1st tour de fleece so…I am pretty tickled and a little nervous!
If you are in the greater Portland area Thursday between 5 and and 7 do stop by at Twisted for our knit happy hour. It’s turning in to such a fun knit time. This week I am going to talk about yarn construction and weights!
It’s so fun to see what everyone is working on. There is also Blue Moon tasting yarns for you to knit on which is a great way to test yarns of ours that maybe you have not gotten a chance to try!
Sheri is doing Ysolda’s MKAL and it looks so wonderful I am thinking of joining the fun. My knit time is not high so it might take me a bit but I just do not think I can resist!! Twisted has kits I put together just for this and I also dropped off a whole bunch of Soft Rock at Coastal Yarns in Canon Beach yesterday !!
Okay my lovelies! Have a wonderful weekend!!
I took 7 whole days in a row off!! I know…. craziness!! It was so wonderful. I have been trying to take more time off and get away and do things I love to do that feed my heart and soul and my creativity. What better excuse than to take some time then a birthday! It was my 61st birthday on last Tuesday. So I spent with two of my best friends where they live, which just happens to be one of my favorite places on the planet. It was all kinds of loveliness.
The weather was beautiful all sunny but not too warm which lead to lots of beach walks which are my favorite kind of walking. It was a full moon on my birthday so that meant the tides were super low. Low tide means lots of crazy cool tide pool action and seaweed beds and rocks and otters and herons and … . To say it is my happy place is an understatement. I feel the most me when I am near the ocean. I am rejuvenated ~ inspired ~ uplifted ~ relaxed ~ connected andjust plain ol’ happy!
Birthday full moon!!
I might have a tiny little sea weed obsession.
I did say obsession!!
I am so fascinated by all the colors and textures and what is living in those beds. The colors in sea weed are some of my favorites with so much depth and richness. I also love those dry kind of dead hues. T And… those textures and patterns are crazy, so varied. Nature is the best lesson in diversity that we have. What do you see in those textures? I see lace and cables and bobbles and brioche and fringes and on and on. One of my creative dreams is to design a series of colors and then the patterns to go with them. Might be the time to jump on this one! Look at all of this color and texture. Mother Nature is a flipping genius!
And while I was feeling so inspired look what I did.
I actually knit.
La Luna DK and Lace in dye boo-boo’s) which will be my cowl for next winter.
I cast-on not one but two projects. Scandalous!! I can’t tell you the last time that happened. I am a serious monogamous knitter it is one at a time for me or I feel overwhelmed and pressured and I have enough of that in my life. I do not need it from my knitting.
Socks that Rock in the colorway I made for my birthday ~ “It’s my party and I’ll dye if I want to!” ~ I am making my self a pair of socks!
Afternoons on the deck sipping refreshing beverages, knitting, chatting and having just too much fun! Now I just have to find a way to keep that energy going while I am at home and working. I get so bogged down in the everyday aspect of making a small business run that at the end of the day I am done. I often grab something to eat while answering emails with my favorite cooking shows are playing in the background and I often fall asleep on the couch as I am typing.
So this year I am working on more balance in my life. How do you achieve balance in your life? I feel like this is something Oprah knows! lol
Karen and I also sewed as we do when we are together. I am a slow mover on this one. Mostly fear of screwing it all up!!
Karen is seriously a talented sewist and as you can see seriously committed to her craft! We made dresses!
So … an amazing birthday, good times with dear friends and a good reboot!!
I am back and getting into the swing of things.
THANK YOU ALL for all of the lovely birthday wishes!! You made my heart sing! I am so lucky to be part of such a community!
We are in the process of shipping May sock club! I think this one is going to be one of my favorites. Pattern pages are up. Dyer’s Notes will be there on Monday. The rest of the packages ship out on Monday also!
If you are planning on joining us in the School of Yarn 3rd semester please join soon as we have to order all of the goodies!
I am putting up new Dye Camp classes today . Is there anything you would like me to teach?!! I would like to change things up a bit and also would like to hear from you as to what you would like.
So much knit and spinning fun with prizes, discounts, and crafting!!
Our Tour de Sock 2018 colorway! Registration for Tour de Sock started yesterday so now’s the time!! Knit socks and support a worthy cause all at the same time!
Okay my friends I need to move on to my next task!
Have a great weekend!!
Well…time has done that thing that it does so very well and has flown by. Next week is my birthday and since the whole ~ I made it through cancer thing ~ I am a firm believer in celebrating every single year I am here! So… my lovely knitting friends this is what 61 years on the planet feels like to me in color on yarn!!
“It’s my party and I’ll dye what I want to!”
It’s bright and happy and fun!!
All three things I am looking to add more of into my life this year!! It has speckles and droplets and then slashes of color through out with just enough white space to showcase it all!! I am pretty tickle with it! I am balling up a skein to take with my to Port Townsend this weekend for my birthday vacation with my buddies and the ocean!! ( Excited!!)
We are also celebrating with a SALE!!
All yarns and roving from this very moment until midnight Pacific time on the 30th will be 15% off!!!
You will need the following code to get the discount: tinasbdaybash18
One of the best ever birthday presents is the release for this movie this weekend!! So excited!! And as promised! Your SOLO colorways! I started our Star Wars color tribute with the theme of this story since it is a prequel! It was a bit of a challenge. It’s truly not that easy to dye a skein of yarn to look like a space ship.
I have been trying to pick a favorite and I fluctuate between Chewie and the Falcon but also Lando… . I love that little bit of bright yellow popping out of all of those darker saturated hues! Stay tuned for lots more Star Wars themed colorways.
Our contest winner are: Alice, Karen, KT34, Leann and Kellie. We will be emailing you next week for address verification. Or if you like you can email us @email@example.com
Okay so a few more things we have going!
Soft Rock is a light fingering-weight 2 ply yarn made from the same fiber base that we use for our beloved Socks that Rock yarns! Our goal was a yarn that had a lot of the wonderful attributes of our signature sock yarn, but with a little less of a twist and a little more drape. Since our goal with Soft Rock is not a sock yarn, we can lighten up on the the twist of the ply which gives us a more relaxed yarn for shawls and cowls and such!! Soft Rock still has a nice elasticity and also rocks, just not for socks!!
Tour de Sock starts on June first and we are part of that fun again this year! Yay!!! Here is our new colorway for this year.
We are also going to be participating in Tour de Fleece with a coupon code and all. Maggie is setting up a group.
A few other things….
If you are waiting on an order it will ship early next week!
We will be shipping Sock Club at the end of next week! So if you have address changes please do let us know!
Sign-ups for School of Yarn are still open!!!
We will shipping off the Merino patches today or Tuesday for this last semester!
Okay so I know I have more but this is the most important and I now have a few more additions to my list before I can leave here.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Check out my instagram feed more ocean pics this weekend!
I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, nerd, geek, freak…whatever you want to call it. So this is one of my days! And add in the May release of the new movie that looks to be packed with all kinds of wonder. I’m so excited. Solo!!!! Seriously!!! Okay so with all of this love it’s quite amazing that I do not have one Star Wars colorway, not a one my friends. What is with that. I think my love is so huge I’m a little afraid of not doing it justice and letting my Star War heroes down… maybe? I going with that, it feels right. Obviously this needs to be rectified and equally as obvious is that I’m going to need some help. So my knitterly friends who are maybe as Star War obsessed ( you know you are) as I am ~ let’s do this.
Please in the comments section here share with me one of your fav Star Wars movies, moments, heroes, villans….anything goes. I will need a description that shares what speaks to you so I can capture that in color with yarn. I would like to release these before the movie comes out so… we do not have a whole lot of time. ( I do not have a whole lot of time.) Actually…I just remembered I have done a Vader colorway! We will not discuss that this is the only one I have done. It says nothing about me at all! ( lol) It was for Eat Sleep Knit. Anyway… .
Please share. If I pick yours to create you will get a skein of what we come up with together!! Yay!! I have a full dye staff now so this will happen!!! If you do not want to comment you can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title it Star Wars in the subject line of the email. Thanks for your creative input! I so appreciate it! I do love creating color together. If we could get these in by Wednesday of htis coming week that would be all kinds of awesome!
Maryland Sheep and Wool is upon us. Who is going?? I so wish I was. One of these days! I have been getting photos of the booth all day. The Buffalo Wool Co and Toni have done an amazing job setting everything us an making the yarn we dyed look beautiful!!
I could NOT love this more!! Toni and Ron and Theresa are some of the best people I know. So generous and kind and funny and kinda sassy and…the list goes on and on. What a power trio!! I am a lucky dyer indeed!
We sent so much wonderful yarn! I hope everyone has a wonderful show and all kinds of sheepy fun!
A few other tidbits!!
Price increase on the following as of next Friday May 11th.
Targhee Worsted: 36.00
Targhee Bulky: 36.00
Super Sparkle: 25.00
Single Silk Targhee: 36.00
Super Targhee 30.00
RSC: My dear notorious friends if you have not downloaded or accessed your pattern from RAV you patter if you could please do so soon. We noticed that there was some browser issues with Firefox. I just downloaded it and then hit the link and it all worked fine. Of course you can also use another browser.
School of Yarn: We have had some internet issues this week. Thank you Century Link. Don’t even get me started on this. Anyway most of them shipped this week the rest will ship early nest week and you should all have your pdf’s!! Oh Silkworm!
I will be at Stash on Corvalis next Saturday the 12th from noon until 4 with a small pop-up and some samples and my very opinionated self. I would LOVE to see you! Please come by and hang out and see what we are up to. If you have knits to share I would LOVE to see them!
Check out the top scroll bar for my not-so-secret anymore project I have been working on with oh, so creative and lovely Valori Wells!
Both of our beloved Blue Moon team goddesses Karen Alfke and Maggie Baird have birthdays this weekend! Maggie’s is today and Karen’s is on Sunday!! Happiest of birthday dear lovely friends!!!
Happy Birthday ladies!!! All love!!
Happy Saturday!! I was so glad to see this weekend. It was a full and seriously productive week and I am a wee bit tired!
Ron and Theresa have all the yarn we dyed for Maryland Sheep and Wool and will be heading that way on Monday!
We’ve sent some serious color and fiber goodness for you! All of our new colors in Socks that Rock Medium-weight and our new and exciting new base Soft Rock!! Soft Rock is a 2 ply light fingering weight using the same base that we make our Sock that Rock yarns out of. We wanted a lighter yarn with same STR fiber goodness for our shawls, cowls, hats, wraps and such. It has that elasticity that we love in our Socks that Rock with a lighter hand! I’m in love. This is our first batch, so… it is not huge. Because of this we have a limited number of skeins so we’ve chosen carefully how we are introducing it to the knit world! Since Maryland Sheep and Wool was one of the first places we introduced Socks that Rock I thought what better place have our Soft Rock make it’s entry!
Our Maryland Rainbow Sheep colorway!! Be sure to get to the Buffalo Wool Co booth early to get one of these lovelies! We also made some fun colorways celebrating our new partnership with Ron and Theresa so look for those! Even Cowgirls get the Blues and Buffalo Blue and then of course the dyeing we did on 2 of their lovely yarns, Tracks and Prairie celebrating two strong women in history. Wild Horse Annie and Dr Rebecca Lee Crumpler
Here is the Map that shows you where The Buffalo Wool Co. booth!
Bye Bye April Lu Luna Special!!
What better way to usher out April and welcome May than with a special. Until May 1st we are offering our 3 weights of lovely lovely La Luna at 15 % off. Coupon Code is: byebyeapril18
The shawl pictured above is: Londoner by Justina Lorkowski in our La Luna Lace using our Rooky Fledge colorway
If you have not seen our new Fadient kits check them out! Ia m so thrilled with these!
Well the sun just came out so I am going to go for a walk before the rain sets in. Have a great weekend my lovely knitting friends!
Oh and to all of you that supported your LYS last weekend thank you. It was great to see so many of you at Twisted!
New colors are up!!!
And…not even all of them are yet. I’ve got a few more that we will add in the next few weeks here and there. I’m in one of those super inspired and creative places where it’s just pouring our of me. I have a few series I am working on, a collaboration with a fabric designer, special colors for special events and a few new techniques I am playing with. I am having a blast!!
Okay so here are the new ones. They are mostly speckled or watercolor droplet type colorways. I am pretty smitten with a few of these but the ones that are making me so happy I can barely contain myself are additions to the Heckley Speckley theme!! I know!!!!!!!! So exciting.
I love Heckley Speckley as deep and obsessively as I do Pond Scum. It does tend towards the scummier side of color which is my happy place. So I decided to play more in this speckley scummy end of color. Also I get so very many requests for fades/gradients using my beloved scummy friend I decided what the heckley (lol) I’ll just make one. So I did!!
From the dark end to the lighter end we have: Smoke on the Water ~ Scumberry Pie ~ Heckle & Jeckle Heckley Speckley and Heckle the Jekyll!
And I could not love it more!!! Seriously possessed! I want to knit all the faded patterns out there in this one. What I think I will do though is knit Joji’s new KAL Fading Point. It’s big which means I can wrap myself up all cozy in Heckley Speckley scummy goodness.
I have also put together a few more fade groupings and am working a couple more. If you you have any fade withes let me know. We are calling them FADIENTS!
Dark to light we have: Ultra-Violet ~ Romancing the Stone ~ Love Shack ~ Dragonfruit Loops and Artic Puffin
Smoke on the Water ~ Hoodoo Voodoo ~ Mardi Gras ~ I Made it to 60 Bitches and Elixir of Love
Green Wing ~ Sweet Dreams ~ Kikki’s Aurora ~ Oola Pikka and Dream Walker
I also really like this one with Smoke on the Water as the darkest colorway!
You can order these groupings in any base you want for whatever fading you are planning on knitting by colorway. We are planning at some point in the near future to offer them as actual Fadient Kits but are still working on the specifics and the tech end for the website.
So next Saturday is Support Your Local Yarn Store Day!
I will be at Twisted most of the day! I will bring a special colorway!
Emily will have door prizes. Both Emily will be giving talks about our knit community. I sharing stories of my experience of our close-knit community and the important role my LYS played in my life! Come share your stories with us!! Stay tuned for time!!