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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!
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!!
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!!
and a few peeps too!!
Last year due to the wild fires and the wild life that was seeking other ground I lost my flock of chickens. Super sad! I decided to wait until this spring to replace them which is what we are in the process of doing. These are Copper Marans which lay beautiful dark brown eggs. Today I pick up a few more that lay blue and green eggs so that when they breed they make olive eggs!!! I know I just can’t resist the whole color thing no matter what.
These little babies are so sweet and cuddly. And….they love wool!! Who knew?!
The one in the right was obviously over come with her love or wool and let’s be real warmth that she just fell right to sleep!! So cute. When I brought them into the barn yesterday it was all ooohs and ahhhs and squeals of delight. I think after the winter we’ve had here these babies are going to be some serious therapy for us all. I am just going to wanr you now there are going to be tons of pictures!! So be prepared.
It’s time to change up the colors. It’s actually past time but I wanted to make sure we were at least close to being caught up on orders before we made this change. This week we will be caught up!! At least that is the plan. I swear that if I was just starting a business and experienced the 6 to 8 months we’ve just had I would consider maybe not. However, I have been doing this a very very long time and am going with the whole do your very best and this too shall pass!!
So here’s a lit of the colorways that I put up this morning and ones I took down.
New colorways will be coming in the next few weeks so enjoy these lovelies until then. They are some of my favorites!
Colorways that we have brought for a visit: Apron Strings, Awesomesauce, Bubble Guppies, Black to the Fuchsia, Boomerang, Briar Rose, Bubble Bliss, Carbon, Chapman Springs, Confetti, Dani-Kalia, Dilly Dilly, Fairgrounds, Forget me Knots, Handsome Man, Imbolc, Jumpin Jelly Beans, Koi Koi, Lake Crescent, Lavender Fields in the Mist, Mango Tango, Moon Jelly, Mystic Kelp, Peachy Keen, Peridot and Periwinkle, Petunia, Pink Granite, Princess Plummy, Seal Rock, Sherbet, Tea and Alchemy, Wanda, Xander
All kinds of wonderful Spring hues. If there is one of our Spring colorways that you’d liek to see come out the the spa let us know!
As I said we will be caught op on orders this week!
Thank you all so very very much for your understanding and patience!
Sock Club is shipping!!! The pattern page is up. Dyer’s Notes to follow on Monday along with the rest of the packages shipping out. We held some back at the request of our under staffed PO.
We will be closing down sock club sign-ups next Friday. So if you have been waiting until the very last moment we are there.
Maryland Sheep and Wool is quickly approaching and boy do we have an exciting surprise for you!! I will fill you in on the details next week. Yes, I am taunting you maybe just a wee bit! Meanwhile this is the artwork they have chosen for the year so this is what our colorway will be based on. Actually this year there will be this special colorway and at least one Maryland themed one. I am from Maryland so am embracing my roots a bit. If you have thoughts I would love to hear them!!
Okay I am sure I am forgetting things but I know the newsletter has left and I want this up since I have not posted in awhile.
I took a few days off last week and part of this week and went to the home of my heart for some much needed regrouping and honestly sleeping.
A few pics:
Have a lovely weekend!!
Every night before I go to bed I make sure all the cats are in. My Phoebe is a very free spirit and likes to spend most of days outside. Since I live where she can do that safely I let her. So I open the door last night and am met with a joyful chorus of singing frogs from my pond. I have been waiting for this moment because it usually signals warmer temps and more signs of Spring. Also I just love the sound which is great because it gets super loud once they all get going and pretty much goes until til mid June when it quiets down quite a bit.
Oh and looks like we’ll have ducklings too!
Other signs of approaching Springness is that our neighborhood owls start their whole mating ritual which is pretty loud and seriously frightened me the first time I saw and heard it. Lots of swooping and hooting (is it hooting?)
Mama deer is huge so I would imagine that very soon we will have little babies hopping around the back yard.
It is such a gift to live on a piece of land for a length of time, where one gets to watch the seasons change and get to all the little signs of each shift. I have been here for almost 20 years which is kind of hard to believe but nonetheless true. I love that I know all the other critters that I share this space with and am happy for their company. I find it ever so comforting and peaceful most of the time. The ravens have been especially vocal right now and are having a bit of a field day taunting the cats.
Anyway it is a little cold this morning but so very sunny. I think my cough is well enough that once it warms up a little, and I am done writing you, I could spend a little time in the sun absorbing some good ol’ Vitamin D.
I have some very exciting news which if you get our newsletter you already know. Our beloved Targhee Worsted is back in stock!!!! I am so very very happy. That was a long three months. Also one thing to have this happen during spring or summer but right at peak sweater knitting time! Anyway…I a planning away.
I feel like we should have a celebratory KAL! Sounds like a good idea right? What do you think we should do? Choose a pattern we all knit or everyone choose their own pattern?? There are several new sweater patterns out right now that I am loving. Hmm…
You know I have gotten quite a few emails from School of Yarn folks wanting some sweater knitting hand holding. Maybe we chooses an interesting yes basic pattern and do a KAL on the RAV group with Karen and Maggie as leads ( I have not mentioned this to them yet. ;0) ) .
We are super busy playing catch up on orders. I feel like we have been doing this for awhile. I have been running Blue Moon for 18 years now and never have I experienced a season with so much illness. I got back from Stitches and both Maggie and I were sick.So 2 of of us down and out. I have bronchitis cause it what happens every time I get a chest cold thanks to the side effects of the radiation treatment I went through for the breast cancer.
We sent out a few emails about this. If you have a knit deadline and need your order pronto please let us know. We will do out best to move it along.
I am truly sorry about the delays. It is not how I like things to run. I love making knitters happy so this is super stressful. Please know we are doing out very best to get caught up!
We shipped School of Yarn yesterday and will have the pdf’s up early next week. We are considering making Semester #3 and every other month kind of thing. I think it is hard for us and you also to keep up with the whole once a month goal.
Sock Club ships out at the end of this month. We had quite a few computer glitches this year for some odd reason. I think we have most of them worked through.
We will be closing down sign-ups after the March shipment! So if you want to join the fun please sign up soon.
I was working on a Spring palette and some new themed colorways before the crud hit so will be getting back to those. If you have any color dreams let me know.
To all of you that supported the Rose City Yarn Crawl a big thanks!!! Our local yarn stores are integral to our knit-community and they need our constant support as much as we need theirs.
Have a lovely weekend my friends!
PS: I am still looking for another dyer. If you are interested let me know! email@example.com
Those lovely oil slick hues we find in the puddles we here in the Pacific Northwest are so familiar with. Portland Puddles
The sun rising and breaking through the fog and clouds to reflect over the the St. John’s Bridge into Multnomah Channel. Sunrise over Multnomah Channel
Knit up into 2 lovely designs!
Isn’t this lovely?!! Kat used our Sunrise over Multnomah Channel and three of our Shaded Solids. (Big Brain Blue, Saffron Jumgle and Spinel) I just love th wave edge don’t you?!
Anna used our Portland Puddles for this lovely net of a ladder. The bottom picture shows it in Smoke on the Water. I am not the best at crochet but this makes me want to give it a go again!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means we have Love on our minds and hopefully in our hearts!
Since our Blue Moon color filled hearts are kind of full to brimming with the love (obsession, let’s be real) of all that is Purple specifically Ultra Violet ~Purples.
I posted our first round of purple goodness to come from my Ultra violet experiments a few weeks ago and I will say that Harold’s Purple Crayon is by far the most popular with Enchantress running a close second!
But wait….there’s more!!
The first five are the new ones as of today. So very much purple.
As a colorist and dyer I pretty much love all the hues since they are basically the tools of my trade. As a person choosing colors to wear and surround myself with I can say that purple does not usually play into my color scheme of life. Unless it is deep and dark, like our Smoke on the Water. That said, some of these new violets and purples just make me so very happy! I would knit with all of them just for the joy of having those colors running through my fingers and building stitch by stitch onmy needles into fabric. Elderberry Cordial is most definitely something I would wear comfortably.
Violet and Purple are super popular colors. Violet is part of the visible light spectrum of color and purple comes from mixing blues and reds. Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum.
As far as creating color goes violet and purple are pretty interchangeable with a similar essence that is powerful, mystical and also peaceful, quite trio. Purple inspires creativity and deep thought which I am pretty sure is what appeals to me about it. Maybe I need to knit myself a purple dye hat. or dye my apron purple. Hmm… .
Okay some newsie bits.
Sock Club has shipped and pdf’s are up!
School of Yarn shipped yesterday!! We were waiting on the patches which we were assured would be here by the 7th which was later than promised and they did not show so we shipped. I am sorry! The patches will be in the next shipment. PDF email also has been sent!
We are working on all the orders and doing our very best to get them out! We do appreciate your patience. We had a full team of dyers for 4 out of the 5 days this week and I actually do not remember that last time that happened.
Like Emma Welford’s new pattern Polyhedra which will be released right in time for Madrona and Stitches West!
Okay I am back to the barn to rinse yarn and dye Rare Gems and do some shipping!
Have a great weekend.
Enjoy the Olympics