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A few good things….

Hey there,

It feels like a long time since I posted. I don’t think it actually has been it just feels that way. Life has been full and busy and a little crazy and when that is the case time seems to flow quite rapidly.

I have a lot to I want to talk about so I am going to jump right in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The barn is just humming along with all kinds of color joy. We are busy dyeing all of your beautiful color combo’s for the Buffy KAL. We’ve already shipped out some of the early bird orders and will be shipping more out tomorrow and Monday.  If you would like to join our slayer of a KAL there is still time. The 15% coupon code  ( which you get when you purchase the pattern) doesn’t expire until this weekend on the 22nd which gives us plenty of time to get you your yarn for Shannon’s May cast-on date.

I can’t tell  you how thrilled I am that you all love my Buffy colorways as much as I do. I love that some of you are ordering the whole set. I would too. I might be keep the set I used for the photos in a nice safe place where I can see them. I did the same thing with the Ravens. Actually I still have the original set of Ravens.

Anyway Shannon and her lovely husband Stefan took some seriously fun photos. I so wish I could have been in on that photo shoot!

So much fun and what a stunning and sassy shawl! Just perfect for a little late night slaying. Slay Me KAL pattern page.

If you need color choosing help you can look at what we have put together here on this post. Also you can email me at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com                                                    I am always happy to help with color choices.

Speaking of color. I’ve been getting a whole bunch of requests for color help for Andrea Mowry’s  lovely Fade knit series, So Faded and Find your Fade.  So I am going to put together a few color schemes so look for those next week.

Okay so I know I promised a Dye Class/Camp Schedule quite awhile ago. I am in the process. I just have some family stuff I need to work around so I have been trying to firm that up before posting dates.

We will be having our yearly Dye Days and Barn Sale in early August this year.

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In early July ( 6-9)  I will be on Bainbridge Island at the magical Islandwood with Lorilee Beltman teaching eco printing!!! I know. Pretty exciting.

You can read about all of fun and details  Knitting on a Lark retreat info here.

Here is my class description.

Color Magic

Join me as we explore the magical alchemy that is color on fiber with plants. In this three-hour class we are going to be experimenting with Eco Printing, otherwise know as “botanical contact printing”.
Petals, berries, seeds, bark, leaves, roots and stems hold all sorts of color mysteries. We are going to explore these mysteries with some creative mordanting and a little steam on: a cotton hanky, a wool yarn blank and also a skein of silk blend yarn. I seriously can’t think of a better place to learn more about plant color and printing than on the island oasis that is Island Wood.
What you need for this class is a sense of adventure, a love of color and an apron or a t-shirt that you don’t mind getting messy. Dyeing is a creative messy business!
You will leave with a new appreciation of the plants and a hanky, yarn blank and skein as affirmation that you can knit and wear!  Since our time is going to be full of dyeing we will also provide you with a set with class notes.
Lorilee has all kinds of other knit fun planned. Plus great food and a cooking class and …s’mores in a stunning place with wonderful people!
I hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a wonderful time.
 Have a great weekend!
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merino madness

Can you feel it? Spring must have sprung! I know, because now I’m casting on ALL.THE.THINGS!

These two bouncy bits of deliciousness are keeping me company in my knitting corner today – so much squishy delicious merino in one place I can barely stand it!

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In the foreground is the full-on plump deliciousness of CAKE DK, on the needles as the tender beginnings of Hunter Hammersen’s Compunction mitts. (Those slipped stitches that look like diagonal twisted stitches? Genius!) Can’t wait to knit up the whole set, hat and mitts – and by then it will probably even be warm enough in this leftmost upper corner of the US to not need them for morning walks. Oh well; that’s a decent tradeoff for warm Springlike weather, eh?

And in the background? My first chance to take La Luna DK for an official spin! Tina and I prowled cowl patterns on Ravelry, and found a super-fun one to whip up as a sample for you lucky ducks going to Maryland Sheep & Wool next month! The colorway is “Calendula” and it’s the happiest of slap-happy yellowy-orange shades (and that’s saying a lot from this connoisseur of orange!).

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I gotta say, if April is still in lion mode where you are, you can beat the where-the-heck-is-Spring doldrums with some bouncy, plump, squishy merino. The only way to make it any better? YouTube videos of baby lambs. Because there’s no such thing as too much bouncy, happy merino-sheepyness!

Happy spring holiday weekend, everyone!

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Slay Me ~ Buffy KAL colorway pairings

Hello all!

As promised a few colorway pairing ideas for our Buffy knit-a-long.  Shannon and I spent the day today  playing matchy~matchy with skeins of yarn.  It is the best kind of game!

On the top row of each photo is our Buffy colorway in Super Sparkle and Yaksi Fingering-weight. Right underneath are the shaded solids we have carefully chosen that we feel make our Buffy colorways and Shannon’s design sparkle! Oh and the list of colorway names moves from the left to the right of the photo!

If none of these float your boat then please do email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I will do my very best to help you choose the colorway that makes you feel like the chosen one.

Click on each picture to make them bigger and see the color a little better.

Okay I am off to bed.

Sweet dreams are made of these…

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Hey there! Remember me?
I know, it’s been awhile.
Life has been pretty intense in Blue Moonland trying to catch up on orders, stay sane (hahahaha) and stay ahead of whatever craziness Mother Nature has decided to throw our way. I can tell you I have lived here for almost 20 years and have never experienced a winter like this one, and you know what? I would really be okay with this all having been an anomaly. Fingers crossed.

So, first things first. We are just about caught up on orders. Yay!!!!
Thank you all so very much for your understanding and patience. I have said it before ~ Blue Moon has the most wonderful knitters!!!

Okay so next week is the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I know…how did that happen?

I am so excited! Are you excited?

So much yarn love and knit fun to be had.

We have worked with the Twistedista’s again this year on RCYC exclusive colorways created for the theme. This year’s theme Portland Pastimes was really fun to create colorways for. Twisted chose as their pastimes ~ “Standing in line for brunch.” and “Dressing to match your pet.”

I am so very tickled with the colorways and names we came up with for these two fun themes.

Of course, Standing in line for brunch had to be Breakfast Club!!! One of my all time favorite movies, so full of teenage angst. What’s not to love? Also, it could not be more Portland! I took hues from Bender, Claire, Andy, Allison and Brian’s wardrobe and them altogether for a very Portland Breakfast Club colorway! Don’t you think?
Look the perfect pairing!

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I truly love this cowl and think we might need a Breakfast Club Queuing KAL! Anyone game?

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Our next colorway was a bit harder to come up with. Dressing to match your pet. Hmmm…. I decided on speckles and because PDX does love it dogs I went canine instead of feline. Shh..don’t tell my cats!

Here we have for you knitting pleasure, Dress Like Your Pet! Brown and black speckles on white with some a little splash of Aqua because it’s Portland and we are all about the water here in the Pacific Northwest!

I love Megan’s design. I pretty much love everything Megan designs. I find her crochet intriguing enough to make me want to give it a go but, I know better. I have tried. I have a thing for granny squares so… so I have tried a square or 20. It’s not pretty. I am sad to say that my granny squares are not square and would put my granny to shame.
Anyway, I digress.

Here’s Fernhill Park by Megan Parrish
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Photo Credits for both of these to The Rose City Yarn Crawl

So pretty!!

Twisted will also have a whole bunch of Blue Moon knit samples including Emma Welford’s Tualatin and Carol Feller’s LUWAN !!

photo credit: Lindsey Topham

photo credit: Lindsey Topham

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Blue Moon Fiber Arts Yarn Tasting,
Sock Show n’ Tell & Color Fortune Telling
with me
Saturday, March 4 from 10:00-4:00pm
Take a moment out of your hectic shopping schedule to stop in and say hi, maybe sample a yarn or two with Maggie and myself. We would so love to see you and your socks or anyone other blue moon knit show and tell you might have!! We will be bringing some new yarns for you to see and test and some new colorways too!! I am also going to wear my Color Witch hat for some fun and insightful color readings! Come see what the color cards have in to say!
We can do sock, knitter and dyer selfies if you like and just have a colorful time.

All Pop-Up Events will be held at the Twisted Annex – 2239 NE Broadway, a bright yellow building with turquoise trim diagonally across the street from Twisted’s main shop. Please be safe: We strongly recommend taking advantage of the signaled crosswalk at the intersection of NE Broadway and 24th when traveling between Twisted and our classroom annex.

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Okay a few more things before I go outside and enjoy the actual sunshine that is out today. So strange yesterday there were snow flurries all day and today it’s sunshine!

Next week, Shannon Squire’s new Socks for Busy B’s 2 collection is hitting the streets, and Socks that Rock is playing a starring role! Three sock patterns, each one both toe-up AND cuff-down, in a wide range of sizes. PLUS, a bonus 2-week discount on your favorite sock yarns. Shannon will announce the collection on Instagram and her newsletter.

She might be using my new favorite colorway!

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Have a great weekend!

A little lighthearted knit fun!

One of the parts of my job that I really, really, really love is creating themed colorways! I especially like doing so with the designers and stores we work with. Usually I get a theme form and maybe some photos or we come up with a theme together and then am asked to put my spin on it. It’s the translation and the challenge of it all that I so love. I do love me a good color challenge. Of course themes speak to me and are more fun than others. However there is always that challenge aspect that pulls me in right in and inspires me.

I am sure the over 11 years I’ve spent dreaming up themes and colorways for our notorious knitters in our Rockin’Sock Club kind of trained me for this kind of color work and play.

Here is a current list of the stores that I am working pretty intimately with on pretty large color projects.

For years I have designed colorways for Twisted in Portland for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. We plan on expanding that this year with some PDX themed one also.

I have created all kinds of club type kits for both Simply Socks Yarn Company and The Loopy Ewe. Most of these have been one-time-only hues only available for a very short period of time.

Last year I started working The Loopy Ewe on a once a month specific colorway based on Sheri Berger husband’s photography. He’s a brilliant photographer so it is all kinds of fun to go through his files and choose pics that bot Sheri and I are inspired by and then translate all that beauty onto yarn. We had so much fun we are doing it again this year. We are doing this again this year. So look for those colorways mid-month of the Loopy Ewe site.

We also work with Erin Walker and her ridiculously fun team at Eat Sleep Knit on their Yarnathon
Last year they had a space theme which was pretty great since I am a big Trekkie and Rd Who fan.
This year though has just been a blast because the theme is the game Candyland which was my favorite game as a child. We have come up with 9 count them…NINE special Candyland inspired hues. I did a ton of research on these. I used the older board that I was more familiar with for my inspiration and of course also tons of feedback from Emily Ann and the rest of the ESK team. Yes, as you can tell I am pretty excited! How could you not with characters like Lord Licorice and his bitter bats and Mr. Mint and of course his royal sweetness himself the Imperial Head Bonbon King of Candyland.
Here they are in all of there color glory!
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I cannot tell you just how tickled I am with these. The colors and the names and just every little thing about them. If you do not know about the Yarnathon do check it out it looks to be all kinds of fun. Look at the board they made!!
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So very much fun!!!!

Okay so that is it for now! I will do my very best to post here or on instagram when one of our stores has a colorway of ours to introduce.

Oh…almost forgot there is still time to join us for our themed color project the 12th year of the sock club for Sock Opera the Musical!

Knit on!!!

Cowls Gone Wild!!

Our new colorways are live as promised!
There are fifteen of them. I know!

Here they are in all their glory. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I do creating them! I enjoy creating them quite a bit!

Our lovely friend Karen Alfke has been doing some Cowl knitting as part of our Holiday Cowlathon.
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Our Targhee Bulky in our colorway, In the Navy. Pattern: Blue Plaid by Alicia Plummer

US9/5.5mm needles, with US8/5mm for ribbed edgings

Karen’s knit-notes: Loved the soft ‘sproing’ of the Targhee Bulky for this one! Targhee holds the stitch definition so nicely – the ridges of garter really stand out. This generous cowl can be worn draped open to make a dramatic statement over a coat, or doubled up around the neck for cozy warmth. A super-fun knit: the 12 rounds of just knits and purls keep your interest while you’re knitting. And the finished piece would make a great gift for a worthy recipient.

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Vineyard Cowl by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Knit in our super yummy Crackpaca in the colorway Big Brain Blue

Karen’s knit-notes: This is just about the coziest cowl I’ve ever knitted – I don’t want to take it off, even indoors! It’s a great way to get a taste of Crackpaca. And the stitch pattern is wicked fun – a 4-round repeat that you just won’t want to put down.

It looks like little mock cables, but it’s all done with increases & decreases and lifting stitches over, so no need for a cable needle! At around 200 yards per cowl, so you could knit several for gifts. I’ve known knitters who have made multiples already this Fall (they’re ahead of the game for the holidays for sure!)

Starting today and going until next Friday we are offering out Targhee Bulky and Crackpaca at a 10% off the regular price discount.
The discount code is: cowlsgonewild2
There will be a discount code box on your order from when you go to check out!

If you missed the details of our Holiday Cowlathon here they are from my last blog post.
Cowls are wonderful winter wardrobe enhancers and warmers! As knitter’s they are usually a pretty quick knit which makes them seriously great for holiday knitting and gift giving.
Add in with great patterns and the perfect yarn and color combination you have a recipe for joy.

We are going to make suggestions every week for cowl patterns we love with yarn suggestions we think would be wonderful combinations with said patterns. Of course will have some discounts and colorway ideas. Since we (me) always have colorway ideas!!

Really you can knit whatever pattern you like as long as it is a cowl knit in a Blue Moon yarn. We ask that after your cowl is knit that you post a picture of it on instagram and tag us @bluemoonfiberarts and the designer of the cowl. Also please use the following hashtags #holidaycowlathon #bluemoonfiberarts so we can all share in the fun.

Here are the cowlcentives:
Knit and instagram
1 cowl you receive a 5% discount code
2 cowls gets you a 10% discount coed
3 cowls gets you a 15% discount code
and 4 cowls gets you a 20% discount code

Discount codes will be sent out at the end of December and are good until April 1st.

Okay my dear, dear knitting friends, take care, be good to each other and have a good weekend.

Color and cowls!

I have been a little possessed by cowls lately! I blame our Single Silk Targhee and our Crackpaca which I feel is only fair since they are both the cozy kind of yarn you want to snuggle up into! So soft and cozy that you want them around your neck when those cold winter winds start to blow! At least I do. I am so in love with our Loophole Cowl that I wear the sample around the house on those mornings when there is still a bit of a chill in the air.

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Maggie and I were chatting in the barn this week about holiday knitting and cowls and life. I was thinking we should have a Blue Moon Holiday Cowlathon! Right?!

Then Maggie and I looked at each other and both wondered out-loud, at the same time, what that would look like exactly.
Ideas like these do run rampant in the dye barn in the wee hours (6:00 am) of the morning. It’s later in the day when we are fully awake and caffeinated that we get down to the knitty gritty ~ we need a plan ~ aspect of our early morning musings.

So here’s the plan, as we have it so far. It might evolve a little more but this is a good beginning!

Cowls are wonderful winter wardrobe enhancers and warmers! As knitter’s they are usually a pretty quick knit which makes them seriously great for holiday knitting and gift giving.
Add in with great patterns and the perfect yarn and color combination you have a recipe for joy.

We are going to make suggestions every week for cowl patterns we love with yarn suggestions we think would be wonderful combinations with said patterns. Of course will have some discounts and colorway ideas. Since we (me) always have colorway ideas!!

Really you can knit whatever pattern you like as long as it is a cowl knit in a Blue Moon yarn. We ask that after your cowl is knit that you post a picture of it on instagram and tag us @bluemoonfiberarts and the designer of the cowl. Also please use the following hashtags #holidaycowlathon #bluemoonfiberarts so we can all share in the fun.

Here are the cowlcentives:
If you knit and instagram
1 cowl you receive a 5% discount code
2 cowls gets you a 10% discount coed
3 cowls gets you a 15% discount code
and 4 cowls gets you a 20% discount code

Discount codes will be sent out at the end of December and are good until April 1st.

The yarns we have on discount right now are Featherlight and Silky BFL! (Price listed right now is the sale price)

Our cowl pattern suggestions for the week are:
Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland

Textural Healing Cowl by Shannon Squire

Ghazal Cowl by Katherine Leek

There we go…a good beginning!

Have a lovely weekend!

Seasonal shift in color, knitting and time…

I fully intended to have this done by now but this day totally got away from me, as they sometimes do. Such a full few weeks. I am so happy that it is Friday. I plan on spending a whole lot of time with my couch and some knitting!

Okay first things first, it is time for a seasonal color shift. We need to make room for holiday colors both our old friends and some new ones!!

Below is a list of the colorways that are going off to Hue-Spa for a respite. If there are any colorways you’d like to see return, especially holiday ones, please leave a comment on this post and we will do our best to add it in to the line-up.

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We have so very many holiday colorways.So many that I don;t think I even know them all. Maybe you’d like to help me compile a list? We could do it in the comments here.

I want to say a big ol’ thank you to all of our Sock club members for your patience with this very late shipment. We started referring to it here and the never-ending-shipment. It has all shipped!
Speaking of shipping, we did get a little bogged down with the KAL orders and then add in the illness that hit us like a ton of bricks, having someone on vacation and then that wicked wind storm which took out our power. Well… . We shipped so many packages out this week and the rest will leave here on Monday and Tuesday. In plenty of time for all KALS!!!

Thank you for your patience!!!

As always it was really wonderful to see all of the different colorways everyone chose for their Luwan sweater. I can’t wait to see them when you are all finished knitting them. I am really excited to see the Flamingo Feet one!! I know… right??

It’s not too late to join Carol’s KAL!! We will do our very best to get you your yarn as close to the 5th as possible. Unless you are international.

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Our other KAL is Shannon’s Spell Shawl!! I’m pretty smitten with this shawl and our charmed kits. I have spent the past three days dyeing kits. So much fun. Shannon and I even came up with a spell that will be in your package, besides the color one of course.

I really, really want to join this KAL so much. It appeals to me in so many ways. Now I just have to choose a kit. Maybe one of these two?

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Always my problem. So many colors and so little time!!!

Ok it is getting late and I really need to get this posted.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! I am going to take a long walk and enjoy the amazing colors our trees are giving us right now!

So very many things….

It’s Thursday evening and I am writing this before I head to bed because we are in the middle of a big storm and the power is going to go out as it does and I want you to know about all the goodness!

Okay so first let’s talk about New York Sheep and Wool Festival lovingly refered to as Rhinebeck by most of us and Woodstock Fleece Festival in Ontario.

See these three lovely souls?

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That is Nan, Bill and Toni who will be at The Fold’s (Booth 32, 33, Bldg B) with all kinds of Blue Moon goodness! Please do stop by and say hi and maybe bestow a nice warm and wooly hug! Shannon’s Spell Shawl (Which you can read more about and see kit pics in the header post above.) and our charmed gradient kits are there along with our new cowl, Loophole!! Maggie and I cooked up a wonderful scarf/cowl duo in Single Silk Targhee in my current favorite colorway Heckley Speckley. Such a fun knit and the coziest cowl. We’ve been fighting over it in the barn.

Toni also has our Rhinebeck colorway!! along with all of our Targhee yarns including our fab new sock yarn Tigger Targhee!

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Isn’t pretty! Toni and I got to create this one together when she was here a few weeks ago so it is super special!
And yes,for those of us that are not at Rhinebeck you can get it here on the website as promised.

Knit Season means show season and this weekend there is also the Woodstock Fleece Festival in Ontario.Terri at Feather Your Nest will be there with a whole bunch of Blue Moon goodness including Socks that Rock, Tigger Targhee and Single Silk Targhee … .

I hope everyone who is attending these wonderful shows had a grand time!

Here are a few pics of LOOPHOLE as a cowl.The scarf pics did not turn out so well so I am re-shooting once this storm lets up a bit.The pattern will be on the website sometime this Friday.

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It was great fun working on this design with Maggie so I think we will be doing a bit more.

I do hope you will join us for what is most definitely a charmed KAL, Shannon’s Spell Shawl. We both a kind of witchy and might have a thing for All Hallow”s Eve so brewing up our color spells and charmed stitches was just too much fun. The texture on this shawl is seriously wonderful. I love our Featherlight yarn quite a bit but had never felt or seen it knit double. Oh my goodness!! I think we are all going to want to knit this in a few color spells. I know desperatley want to cast on one in Fangorn Forest and Expecto Arum and maybe also Tasseomancy.
So many knit wants and so little time.

Okay well I am sure I am forgetting something. It has been quite the week!

Autumn KALS are here!!!!!!!

I so look forward to our Autumn KALS especially since we started working with the ever so creative, queen of the short row, Carol Feller! As I am sure I have said before I pretty much love just about everything that comes off Carol’s needles and am thrilled that she loves to work with my yarn!

As soon as I held our Single Silk Targhee in my hands, when it waltzed in the dye barn door last fall, I knew I wanted to send it to Carol to see what kind of sweater goodness she would dream up.

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Photo Credit: Joseph Feller

It’s a dream alright! Luwan  is a super textured pull-over with some really graceful sloping lines ( thank you short rows) that is going to be such a wonderful everyday kind of sweater!  Our Single Silk Targhee adds the extra cozy factor to Luwan. I know some of us are a little wary of knitting garments out of singles because of the pilling aspect. Well, my knitterly friends that is why we made this one out of Targhee which is soft but not too fine and silk. Targhee is a bit more durable that an fine merino and with the added silk you have a match made in fiber heaven. When we wash and dye it we full it a bit to add even more durability for and softness for wearing. You want this next to your skin!!! Because the Targhee has a bit more crimp and elasticity to it also makes Single Silk Targhee a single among singles!

Carol was a little concerned about the singleness of our yarn so she gave her swatch to her boys to abuse and it passed their tests with flying colors!!

I hope you will join us in what s sure to be a fun knit and a lovely wear! Because of all the texture Luwan will look good in just about any colorway we have even BeSpeckled ones! Please, oh please, someone knit a Heckley Speckley one.

When you purchase the pattern from Carol she has a discount code that is good for 10% off Single Silk Targhee and Targhee Worsted.

Since they are the same gauge we have added Targhee Worsted to the discount and knit option for this sweater for those of you that feel the need for a plied yarn.

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All that texture! So yummy!! Carol knit her Luwan in our Deep Unrelenting Grey!  What are you going to knit yours out of??

That is a whole lot of KAL joy but it is not all we have!

My buddy Shannon and I have been brewing up a little color spell for you knit pleasure in honer of Autumn, All Hallows Eve and our super sassy witchy selves!

Here’s a very small peek at Shannon’s Spell Shawl and the pile of kits I am putting together for it! You are so going to love this one! Also a whole lot of texture and using our lovely Featherlight! Another super wonderful single!  I sense a theme!!!

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We will be casting our colorful spell on Wednesday October 12th!!!

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I am really going to need a few more hours in the day!!!!

Okay before I go take boxes to the PO I wanted to mention that we are hiring. If you are interested in working with and awesme team creating all kinds of goodness send us an email at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I ‘ll send you the details!

Have a lovely weekend. Some of you I will see on Sunday at the dye cauldron here in Blue Moon land!!!

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