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summer yarns, knits and color

I have spent a good part of the week really getting to know our new colorways.  I have been typing them up into the magic Blue Moon colorway recipe database. After they are all filed in their appropriate color category folders I print off a copy for each of the dyers and then, I teach them how to dye it. I also tag a sample of each one for our sample wall. I also photograph them for the website and anything else I feel is needed. It’s a lot so I know them real well when I am done. I have to tell you I am pretty thrilled with this last batch of hues. So much so that all I want to do is sit on the back deck with a refreshing beverage and knit each and everyone of them. I mean really I should cause then there would be a swatch sample! It’s my job! I have to knit them all.

Well… it is my plan to get some knitting time in this weekend so we will see how well that goes. Both of my girls head back to school this month. Sophie leaves on Tuesday which is way too soon and Rabia leaves at the end of August for grad school at Columbia. Exciting!!! Lots of change for the Newton clan.

I will be an empty nest mom for the first time ever. I firmly believe that this means I will get a ton more done. I am a little worried that this a delusion. I already have visitors lined up well into November. So…as I said we will see!

The opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics is today! Yay!! This also means the Ravellenics is under way also.  I hope all goes well for everyone participating and we all meet our goals.  I love the Opening Ceremonies!!










As I said last week this summer has gotten away from me so all of this was here before I realized it. I still made a colorway cause I’ve had this one in my head fro awhile now. I am calling it Rings of Glory based on the Olympic Rings.  It has stripes of colors that mimic the rings and some speckles too, cause why not!

We have dyed some in the three yarns we have on sale right now so if you order those we can get them out to you asap!!

Yes we have not one or even two but three yarns on special right now!

We still are running the LaGrande short run special which is quite the deal. 15.00 for a  lovely 3-ply super soft 100% Merino (superwashed). I’m a little sad that this is a short run I like it so much. Which you have probably noticed since I keep saying this is the last week and then here we are.

We have marked down both Seduction and Super Woobu-LITE  both of which are excellent summery yarns. Light and lofty with nice drape! One of my favorite pairs of summertime socks is a pair of Pond Scum footies out of Seduction. They wear well, are super cozy and not too hot!

Oh and Speaking of light and airy yarns have you seen this lovely design from Nona Davenport. Nona and her mom Leslie own All Wound Up in Edmonds Washington.




Photo Credits: Nona Davenport

Foxy Ladies Wrap in our Woobu in the colorway Aquarius. Nona designed this pattern for All Wound Up Yarn shop’s first anniversary. I like this wrap because it plays with the color and yarn well and it features an easy to memorize lace pattern which is knit on the bias, giving it a fun and interesting trapezoidal shape. And really who does not enjoy a knit trapezoid!


So pretty!!!

As are these super fun socks!!!





Lion Tamers by designed by Rebecca Williamson

Don’t these look like a fun knit?!! Okay so who can guess the colorways she used? I love this color combo quite a bit, they highlight each other well.

Rebecca has offered a copy of the pattern to the first person who guesses the thwo colorways she used. Thank you Rebecca!!

Dye Camp

I have added two more Dye Camp Sessions!!! So what was a summer Camp is now just a Camp. If there is anything dye/colorwise you would like to see me offer please do let me know.  I think the next one I add will be lichen dyeing and then maybe some fabric printing. Great fun!

So Shannon and I are missing each other which means we need another KAL!!

Well, we’re doing it again – the two of us are teaming up for a great late-summer knitstravaganza, and this one is perfect for those in-between-other-projects knitting moments we all have. OR for that oh-my-I-can’t-think-about-anything-except-this-project weeks. However you want to do it, please join us for the…











Blue Moon will be offering a 10% discount on Super Sparkle, starting on the 9th of August, in any colorway ~ we are partial to ALL OF THE SPECKLES right now, but any colorway works for this promotion ~ so you can make yourself a pair (or three!) of ankle socks for the fall!

Stay tuned for more details on how this is all going to work on Monday August 8th!! Check our Shannon’s Rav page for details on Monday!

okay that is a whole lot for one blog post!

I hope you all have a lovey weekend full of the things that make you happy!



New Colorways are LIVE!!!

Our new colorways are all up on the website as I type this. There are 15 of them total. Some of them are BeSpeckled and some are Multicolors. I am feeling really inspired right now so I have quite a few more coming but my lovely  production dyer team request that they do not have to learn 20 new recipes all at once so… . It is a lot!

I have to say I am experiencing a fair amount of love for some of these.I am so tickled with Heckley Speckley that I can barely contain myself. It’s a little Antiquated System meets Sea Scum Run for a brew with a splash of Spicy Plum. I knew as soon as I sprinkled the dye powder on it that It was going to be one of my top 10 color loves. I will need you to keep this a secret between you and me so the other colorways don’t get jealous. The last thing I need is a hues hurt feelings causing tension in the barn.

One of the other new colorways I made this past weekend in Blue Moon’s very first Dye Camp Session. We made great colors together and had all kinds of fun. I was a little nervous since it has been awhile so was happy that the class was just the perfect size and group for getting my hands back in to the teaching  dye cauldron. Intro-Speck (Thank you Linda for the great name!)  I made by showing layering color and saturation techniques. I knew as soon as I was done that this had to be a colorway, they all agreed! So here they are.

Not too shabby eh? Do you see the Flamingo Feet there?? I found this picture of Flamingo feet (and legs too) and was smitten so of course it had to be a colorway. Check out my instagram feed to see them together. I even put little black dots for their black toenails. Some days my job is just way too much fun.

Oh…I almost forgot then there is Tourmaline SunAngel that is all kinds of wonderful but most especially so on Single Silk Targhee and Featherlight and Sparkle. Oh my on Sparkle it’s to dye for!

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Okay…I’ll stop. I need to get this up so I can get out to the barn to help dye now that the sock yarn is showing up.

Orders Update: yeah so one of our shipments of lightweight that we were expecting to fill orders and dye for sock club did not show up. Yeah the mill lost the order or something they can’t really explain. Yeah slightly stressful. Anyway it is showing up now and we are dyeing out little hearts out!! We are sorry for the delay! I am planning on working all weekend to play catch up. We  appreciate your patience and understanding. Also why does this kind of thing always happen in the middle of a sale??

A little secret….because it has been crazy busy with this mill thing. I have not had a chance to change our yarn and roving specials. So they are still on special and will be at least for this weekend. Enjoy!

Shhh…. don’t tell the boss.

Okay off to dye massive amounts of sock yarn!!!

Stay cool!!

Have a fabulous weekend.


a whole lot of somethings

New color!!!!

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I am making all kinds of new colorways. Seriously inspired by the world around me and feeling the need to translate that into color on yarn.

See the name on the yarn tags?? ~ Tourmaline SunAngel ~  I think this might just be the best colorway name I ever heard! It’s a hummingbird name. Our Kalia found it. I am heavy in love with this colorway!

It’s been a bit of a week which makes it hard to carve out creative time. When one is stressed and problem solving it is hard to make the space you need to feel inspired and to listen to your creative voice. Lucky for me that I am an early bird and we all know what the early bird gets. Yup a big fat juicy worm of creativity. Okay that’s kind of gross but you know what I mean.

Let’s move  away from worms and back to color We are going to be adding new colorways next week. So that means some colorways that have been offered for awhile need to go to the spa for a rest. No worries they do not go away forever just for a little bit.

Below is a lost of the ones that will be coming down next week.

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We have a few Pokeman peeps among team Blue Moon so we are going to have a few Poke hues! Here is our first one.

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PokExplosion!!  Sarah ( our in house expert) insisted we needed a red, black and white so I added a little bit of a pikachu sprinkle on the white part.

I love it! Sarah says to please do as she asked and make the red, black and white one.

So my knitterly friends if you are poke obsessed and have any suggestions let me know! You can use the comments section of this post.

The new Star Trek movie is out so I am working on some trekkie hues.

I am teaching our first camp session tomorrow and am pretty excited!! There is still room if you want to join us. The other camp sessions are full and or filling fast. I might ad a few in October if you have something you’d like to see me offer let me know.



Our roving sale is still going on! The Merino/Yak is correctly priced now!!

Fruity Loopies on roving is all kinds of fun!

And… the Speckles….so cool!


Here are the roving specials with a bit of a twist for this weekend only. If you order this weekend we will add to your order a 15 gram bundle of silk hankies dyed per your request. Just tell us the colorway you want in the notes section of your order and we will dye you a bundle and ship it with your roving!IMG_4974

100% Targhee

Super Foot



Merino Yak



Also Special this weekend is our super duper luxurious Worthy Sport. I know!! Now we really do not have a lot of this so if you want it jump! Usually it is 64.00 a skein. We have done a switch on the numbers and made it 46.00. I wore a cowl out of our Worthy all during chemo and it was the softest most comforting thing!

Our Single Silk Targhee also on special for one more week!  I know I said one week but it just looks so pretty hanging from the rafters and you are all picking such pretty colors. This will be our last special pricing on this yarn since it is going into our LYS offerings.

Evidently having the barn sale and such in June threw some of you off. We do usually have it is August . It just worked better in June this year. Since some of you missed the sale I scrounged up a few more Mystery Mill End bags and they are up on the site this weekend also. I even marked them down a little more. We are trying to get the barn clean and organized for the upcoming season and for classes!

How are you doing on your knit-a-longs. I’ve seen some really pretty combo’s on the Farmer’s Market Shawl.

Cast on for Karen’s Letting the Light In!! started this week!!! Yay

Have a lovely weekend!

It’s cool and wet here but I think that is suppose to change.


A bit of this and a bit of that…

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It is yet another stunningly beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest! Just the right amount of sunshine, with a bit of a breeze. The kind of sunny days that you want to be walking in the park or hiking on the mountain or kayaking in the river or beach-combing or sitting on your back deck with a cup as the hummingbirds zoom by my head and the chickens serenade, writing a blog post!

As much as I love you guys, I do wish I was beach combing right now.

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Next week starts the first clue of Shannon’s farmer’s market MKAL.  Are we excited? I know I am!

IMG_4791 (1)It has been so much fun helping with colors and seeing what you all have come up with!

Two of my fav’s:

Top: Apron Strings, Whirly Whirleroo and Spawn of Scum

Side: Wonderful Goodness, Muddy Autumn Rainbow and Motley Hue

As of today we have shipped almost all the MKAL orders. Ones that have come in the last few days will do our very best to ship out on Tuesday.

The coupon code is good up until the 15th of July!


Speaking of coupon codes…if you are one of our notorious sock knitting Rockin’ Sock Club members we sent out an email to everyone regarding the 20% deadline on your discount code on July 15th.  The code and info are in the January dyer’s notes! I’ll also post on the sock club blog today for everyone!

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As promised the Color Story and the Gradients are now offered in our Featherlight single fingering-weight goodness!! I will be adding all kinds of gradient choices here. I feel like this is a really good start! I will tell you gradients are quite the time consuming process. Luckily they are also fun!

Okay well I was going to talk a little bit about the dye classes I planning for this summer but I am running out of time. I will be putting up a schedule and more info next week on what I have been thinking of as Summer Color Camp or Come Dye with Me!!! If there is something you would like to play at with dye and color let me know in the comments section here.

Have a great weekend!

I will leave you with a cool shot of dye specks!

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It’s my BIRTHDAY and I’ll dye what I want to….

dye what I want too….

dye what I want too…!

It’s my birthday this weekend and I feel the need for an all out celebration of life this year  mostly because I am still here to have a birthday.  Also because I am turning 59 and well…it all feels significant!

So we are going to have some fun!

Before we get going with all the birthday fun and games I want to say, I AM SO GRATEFUL to be here!  Thank you powers that be! Thank you dear friends and family and thank you wonderful knitting family! I am truly blessed.


Hello 59, I am so flippin’ glad to see you!








Okay let’s party!

We are going to celebrate all week long from this Friday to next because I can’t contain all of this joy into one day or even a three day weekend.

Of course, right off the bat, I made a special colorway to celebrate the moment, since it’s kind of what I do. I made super special birthday speckles.












I started with my best color friend pond scum and made little drops of scummy goodness all over the place, then I grabbed some sassy rhodamine to spice the pond up a little bit and then, worked out from there with whatever struck my twisted little color loving fancy. I wanted it to feel like a ~ party in a skein ~ and I think it does. I am going to cast on some birthday socks sometime this weekend.

In keeping with the “It’s my birthday and I’ll dye what I want to” theme, we have put up on the Blue Moon website for this week only, most of my very, very favorite colorways. I will tell you it was hard to choose and I know I probably hurt a hue or two’s feelings by leaving them out but there are only so many dyeing hours in the day.

Maybe our first contest should be what do you think my top ten favorite colorways are? hmm… I’ll think on that while I tell you what else we have planned.

See these beauties???








I have brought in another of the short run yarns I promised this year, specially priced for your knitting pleasure.  This one is a lovely superfine, superwash merino. La Grande is seriously soft and lofty. I can see this yarn in so many applications from scarves to sweaters but most especially baby knitting!! So, so soft!  We got quite the deal on this one and of course are passing that price on to you at 15.00 a skein!


What’s a birthday without presents? Starting right this very moment there will be a give away of some sort everyday until (and including)  Friday June 3rd. So stay tuned for ~ Birthday Give Away Shenanigans ~ which will range from easy-peasy to hoop-jumping-hard.

Today we are gong to start off on the easy-peasy side of the spectrum which also just happens to be one of my  one of my favorites.

In the comment section of this post please tell me what you favorite color is and why.  It does not have to be a lot of information, it can be as simple as how you feel you look in it or how it makes you feel to be surrounded by it or it is the color of your favorite flower.  I will choose one of your comments and you will win 2 of my fav, fun coloring books!!

Mason Dixie Knitting and Cotton and Steel.









Okay that’s enough birthday excitement for the today.  I have to get back out to the barn to work on some super secret colorways. Some days I feel like a little bit like and undercover dyer! The dye spy? Hmm…


All of you waiting to hear about the availability more of the Santa Rosa KAL Marine Silk Kits I am sorry for the delay. I do not want to put more up for sale quite yet. If you are interested you can drop us an email and we can put you on a wait list.  Thank you for your patience!!!

Congrats to joogle for for winning in the fav song contest. Please contact and she will hook you up with your book and yarn!

okay off to the barn to make a little more color magic a s a 58 yr old. mwahahaha!

Happy Friday!!!

Random acts of knitness.

Random act of knitness #1!

Maryland Sheep and Wool is next weekend! we have sent a massive amount of yarn to Toni of The Fold. We sent new colors and new yarns along with tons of sock yarn and roving and Rare Gems and … . Seriously I do not know where she is going to put it all!  Toni will also have  stunning knit samples from both Carol Feller and Shannon Squire. Carol and Shannon were both generous enough to offer pattern discounts with your yarn purchase and Toni has all of that information.










Both of these beauties will be at Toni’s booth!

The only thing that that is Blue Moon that Toni will not have there is me. One of these days!

Toni will be in barn 3 booth 18 Right across form the t-shirt concession.


Random act of knitness #2

Sunday May 1st the Tour de Sock sign-ups begin. Yay!! Also… on a separate note how is it already May?

Below is our 2016 Tour de Sock colorway offering. I wanted to do something a little different  this year. So… little drops of dye in all the tour colors marching down the skein. Just enough color change! I can’t wait to see this knit in all sorts of patterns!











You’ll find the all of the discount information on the Tour de Sock page once you sign-up. We’ve shaken things up a bit this year by offering the discount for all of our fingering weight yarn bases used for sock knitting, not just Sock that Rock, and for the first 5 days the discount is 15% !!!! On May 6th it goes down 10%.

Random act of knitness # 3

What better time to introduce a few new colors!!!

My favorite of these is of course Dearly Beloved… .

Random act of knitness #4

Since it is almost Mother’s Day and we usually do offer a little something special we have scoured the pod and come of with some Mill End Mystery Bags!

They are up in Socks that Rock lightweight and mediumweight while our supply lasts!

Random act of knitness #5

We have the first of our summer KAL series upon us. We are working with the supremely talented Carol Feller. I love working with Carol and am really looking forward to everyone’s color choices and end knit.Stay tune on Tuesday for that announcement from her and us!

I am in the dye barn a whole lot right now working on all kinds of color fun!  I am going to post this and head right back out to the barn to do some grading. So much fun!!!!

Have a great weekend my dear knitters. my youngest is coming home from college on Saturday for the summer so I am pretty excited for this weekend.


and the winners are…

I start my day early usually a little before 5 am.  I know… sometimes it’s a little brutal ~ like today.  I am a morning person so most days it works for me.

However today was a little rough.  Out of bed I got myself, straight to the coffee pot and out to the barn to prep for the days dyeing. While I was waiting for the tubs and sinks to fill with wool washing and soaking water I decided to console myself with a little color. I am a huge Prince fan and his death yesterday left me reeling a bit.

So I broke out the dye and a few skeins of yarn and did a little grief dyeing.

A little Raspberry Beret sitting in a Little Red Corvette all drenched in Purple Rain, as the Dove Cry!












Okay…before I announce our winners I have a few bits and pieces of news. The first is we have finally decided on a date for our DYE DAY  and BARN SALE!!









Saturday June 11th is the big day!
It is such a fun day of playing with color and all kinds of yarn and fibers we do hope you will join us.








Here are the details:

We have yarn bases and roving you can purchase to dye and we will be on hand to guide you in your dye journey for the day. You’ll hand-paint and also have access to an indigo vat for dipping and any other color fun we can cook up. We have a wicked new drum carder, so if you are a spinner you can make yourself a batt or two. .

In order to accommodate everyone in a way that assures the most positive experience for us all, we take reservations for the dye aspect of our day. The reservations are $15.00 which holds your spot and goes toward the cost of the day. Each time slot is 2 hours long, a good amount of time for a hand-painting experience. We will be there to give you the basics and to hold your hand as you bring your color vision to life on yarn (or roving). If you feel like you need more than two hours for your hand-painting experience please do sign up for more than one slot.

There are 4 time slots on Saturday June 11th:  9:00am to 11:00am, 11:00am to 1:00pm, 1:30pm to 3:30pm and the last slot is 3:30pm to 5:30pm. Please arrive early to pick out what you want to dye. Those of you with the 9:00 am slot can come at 8:30 to pick your yarn.

If you are coming just for the Barn Sale you do not need reservations. However, yarn leaves here pretty fast so come early!

BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 on Saturday June 11th @ the big red barn in the land of Blue Moon 56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056 

We will post directions on the blog the week before the sale.











The next 3 offerings of the Rockin’ whorl Club are LIVE!!  As I mentioned last week we will be blending our little spinning hearts out.  You can read all about the details on the spinning club page of the website. You will see that one of the offerings is batts!! One can’t really explore blending without considering batts!  Just a heads up we will be limiting sign-ups because of the making of the batts. We are going to have so much fun!


Okay so now without further ado the winners of our sweet story contest.  Choosing these is always hard for me but this time even more so because some of the colorways would look the same because of all the berry pie/cobbler stories. Obviously we all have similar pie memories and loves!

Thank you all so very much for sharing your stories with us all. I loved each and every one!!

1. LeAnn for her Blackberry Birthday

2. liselov for a great story and seriously for an obviously great love for your husband and he for you! Also cause I really want to make a frozen flower filled ice colorway and… maybe a broccoli crispie treats colorway.

3. janewolfe for her first date Baskin Robbins, Jamoca Almond Fudge story.

4. Meglette for her Chukar Cherry Cheescake story. I have a weakness for cheesecake and seriously want a slice ( or two) of this one!

Please email for your prize skein once I get these colorways created. Should be about 2 weeks.

I think that cover things for now! We have gotten all of your  Featherlight and Super Sparkle yarn dyed and most if it shipped out. In hind-sight I so wish I had called this yarn BLING! And yes, I am possessed by the sparkle. If you were in the barn with it all hanging around you, you would so understand.











Have a lovely weekend!

A few new things that are exciting!

Happy Friday!!!

We have a few new and exciting yarns and color type goodness that I hope make your Friday even happier!

New Yarns!! Wouldn’t be great if every time we had a new yarn we had a yarn party?!

Let me introduce you to our two new fingering-weight yarns, Featherlight and Super Sparkle! 








Aren’t they pretty!








I have to say I am not usually one for sparkley bits in my knitting but I find the silver lurex in our Super Sparkle intriguing on a few levels. I am easily amused and maybe slightly color obsessed so it is just all kinds of fun to see my colorways with the added silver sparkle. It will never get old!

I love that the lurex is plied into the yarn so it does not really affect the over all feel of the yarn, it just gives it that little extra added something. My grandmother would’ve called it pizzazz. I think pizzazz describes it perfectly! Hmm…maybe should’ve names it pizzazz. Well dang!

Super Sparkle’s woolly bits are superwash merino spun with a fair amount of elasticity! Which makes it good for just about any knitting you so desire. We have knit it both tight enough for socks and loose enough for lace and it handles both like a yarn super star. Just enough elasticity for the tighter gauge we want for socks, hats or mittens while also having some draping qualities that we wants for open work.








And if that weren’t enough yarn goodness for one day in waltzes, oh wait… floats Featherlight, our new fingering-weight single.  I have been looking for a really nice fingering-weight single for awhile now and am pretty picky about the qualities I feel like it should possess.  One of those was that I really, really, really wanted it to be Targhee wool  (yes I do have a Targhee problem) and not merino. I was going to hold out for the Targhee but this yarn ~ this yarn, is seriously wonderful. I have fallen for it pretty hard, so here we are.  Please do not tell Targhee on me.











I feel like a really good single has to have just the right amount of spin on it to keep it’s integrity during, processing, dyeing, knitting and then wearing while also having loftiness. As it’s name suggests, Featherlight is so very light. So lofty! So far it has passed all of our integrity tests while retaining it’s uplifting qualities. We are pretty thrilled. I got to be the test knitter and I have to say knitting with Featherlight is a super dreamy experience

We are so very excited about these two beauties that we decided to offer them for a very short window of time at a ~ Share the woolly goodness love introductory price!!!! Yay!

Both of these yarn will retail around 24.00. So it’s quite the deal and will only last a week or so don’t miss out!

I guess this is kind of a yarn party!!


I have finally put together some more Color Stories Color-work bags to add to all of this knit happiness.  I love putting these together and will be adding more in as I am inspired to do so. Next there will be some gradients. If there is ever anything you want to see in these color combo kits, color-wise or theme related then please do let me know.


It’s been a busy week!

We just shipped the March Rockin” Sock Club shipment. So next week we will shutting down sign-ups. If you still want in now is your last chance for all of the sock knitting goodness we have planned for 2016.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Happy Knitting!

In like a lion with a lamb goodness!!

It’s finally yarn crawl weekend!!!!

There’s so much going on in the next few weeks, it makes this dyer’s head spin.

Okay first let’s talk about our little BFL Fingering Sale. So we sold 800 skeins of it last weekend when we marked it down. In case you didn’t know…that’s a mega -****- ton of yarn to dye. So it might take us a little longer than usual to dye it all up.

It is super pretty hanging from the rafters, in all of it’s light and airy goodness. I truly am going to be sad to say goodbye to this yarn.

Oh well… when a door closes another one opens right? And that is so true here. Remember the small lot of Single Silk Targhee we had before Christmas that I was trying to convince the mill to make for us? Guess what? THEY ARE!!!  Hopefully it will be here in April. I am so very excited. We are going to create such wonderful knit goodness with this yarn.


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Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this month. Since they have been one of our flagship yarns stores and we love them tons we have created a super special colorway to commemorate this occasion.

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Coastal Sunset Celebration

I’m pretty tickled with how this colorway came out. when you open the skein you have the end of the sunset when it is all dusky and mysterious. The blue-green oceany depths with the setting sun hues as they play out over the sand on one end of the skein and the sky on the other end of the skein. Yeah…pretty charmed.

we have teamed up with our buddy Shannon who designed a lovely shawlette and cowl combo that takes our Coastal Sunset to the next level!










Photo Credit: Stefan Lombard

Footprints in the sand gradually making their way into the waves. You can almost feel the ocean lapping at your toes.

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Shannon and Sherry have a KAL planned so be sure to check that out and all the other fun the wonderful team at Coastal has planned for the month!


See all of this peachy goodness!

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Well we have these and a few more so you know what that means? We need to send some of the colorways up on the website off to the spa. Here is list of the ones that we are sending off next week. So, if you need to add some to your stash now is the time!

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We shipped out the Rockin’ Whorl Club yesterday and we sent out the email with the Dyer’s Notes too.

I told you there was a lot going on.

Happy knitting!!!

Rose City Yarn Crawl!!!

When the sun rises here in Blue Moon-land it slowly climbs over the hills, breaking down and over into the fields and finally peaking through the tress, down the drive and right smack dab into the barn the two sets of double glass doors that are the front of the dye barn.











As you an see it affords us with many lovely sunlit woolly moments that just warms the heart and inspires the soul!

Since we are speaking of inspiration and delight I spotted this on my walk yesterday. We are rich with pussy willows especially down my the river where I like to walk. It is that time of year wear for their fuzzy selves to shed their covers.  Luckily I happened upon these as they were still shedding their shells. Look at their little caps!!! So cute!










Is everyone getting excited for next weekend?? The Rose City Yarn Crawl Portland’s knit extravaganza is finally upon us! We have been dyeing so much yarn for Twisted  that we all have been wondering where the heck they are going to put it.  So when I showed up early this week with yet more yarn (and yet more today) and was met with boxes and boxes of Blue Moon yarn and lots of Twistedista’s unpacking and inventory it all I got a small glimpse of to the, hows and where. It was quite the sight I will tell you. It looked a lot like the dye barn had exploded on Twisted and in a way I guess it has. As you can see everyone was enlisted to help!











I designed two colorways for Twisted inspired by this years theme ~ ” Oregon Grows Great Things”.

Leapin’ Lupines for all of the beautiful wild lupines that grow pretty much everywhere here. I know along Hwy 30 they are all along the roadside on the the sides of the hills. So pretty! One of my favorite flowers.











Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

I do not think you can have a conversation about what Oregon grows without considering mosses and lichens, since they basically grow everywhere on just about everything here in this part of Oregon.  I secretly (and firmly) believe if one were to stand still long enough you would find yourself with a lovely green mossy coat. One of Portland’s other growing super powers is most definitely our hipster vibe which I translated into the plaid aspect of our colorway by how the colors play out when it crochets/knits up. All  of which gives us a Mossy Plaid Portland which makes this Oregonian’s heart sing green!








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I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I love how well they worked in the two stunning that  Kat and Megan created.  I love both of these designs. Kat’s is quite elegant and if I were a lupine I would be feeling the love right now. Such a pretty lace panel.
I do not often say this but Megan’s shawl makes we wish I was a more talented crocheter because I would be starting to crochet one right now. So much fun.









Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

 Oregon Lupine Shawl designed by Katherine Leek 












Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

Oregon Moss Shawl by Megan Parrish










So after lots and lots of talking and some number crunching with have made the hard decision of saying goodbye to our light and lovely BFL Fingering. We love this yarn but it is not the easiest thing for the mill to do and well… sometimes you just have to let things go. Which we are choosing to do at this point time.

We have about 150 pounds left in stock which is a fair amount when you are a light and lofty fingering weight yarn. We have marked it down to form 23.50 to 13.50.  A pretty sweet deal. I know I am going to add a fair amount to my stash since it makes such a light and lovely shawl.

Do you remember the super fun KAL we did a few years ago with Star Athena’s Interval?








Photo Credits: Star Athena

and then there’s the holey goodness that is Shannon’s  Vernonia


















Our BFL  sale will last as long as the yarn does.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.