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All the things and new colors!!

I have just spent the whole morning trying to write so the first thing we are going to do before I am interrupted again which I fully expect to be is look at the new colorways!

I love them!!!

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… and more importantly Phoebe loves them. If Phoebe gives the her ~ I am gonna snuggle in this pile of woolly goodness ~ nap of approval I know I am on the right track! Oh Phoebe!

So this is our first foray into all that is autumnal color glory!  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for quite a bit more . There will be a Coven series!!! Stoked about this one and…I am venturing into some sporty colorways, specifically sport teams. My son and daughter-in-law have gotten me hooked so…touch down! So if you have a favorite sports team you’d like to see dyed into a skein of Blue Moon yarn let me know.

DISCOUNT COUPON CODES!!!

Today is the 15th of September which means if you are one of our lovey and notorious sock club members then this is the last day of the 20% off. It moves to 15% off. If you missed the newsletter we sent out about this and  the addition of 2nd time usage. The check the RSC blog!!

If you are one of our lovely RAV  Yarns that Rock  group members check out the group there’s some giveaways and a discount good for 10% off any of our yarns a couple of weeks.

And…for SOCKtober we have a discount code which you get form Carolina Fiber Girls when you sign up!!

  15% off   September 15 – Nov 1st

Good on:
Socks that Rock Lightweight
Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Super Sparkle
Seduction
Cloud 9
Superwash BFL Fingering
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Here are a few of the details of the fun that is the SOCKtober KAL:
SOCKtober is a month long knit along. For the entire month of October all we ( The Carolina Fiber Girls) work on and talk about is socks! Each yarn we knit and pattern we use is from one of the event sponsors. This gives our listeners a chance to discover a yarn they have never heard of or had the opportunity to try. This is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight up and coming designers as well as construction techniques people have not tried before. We feel this is a natural way to talk honestly about our sponsors and encourage our listeners to purchase from them. While the actual event is only during October, Ann and Janis are talking about their SOCKtober plans as soon as items begin to arrive.
 KAL RULES

Listeners will earn points for each pair of socks they finish.

The top 5 finishers will automatically earn a prize.
All prizes after that will be drawn randomly.
Points system based on a PAIR:
Shortie / Kid Socks (less than 50 grams) – 5 Points
      Socks (51-94 grams) – 10 Points
      Knee High / Leg Warmers (95+ grams) – 15 Points
       Use a Sponsors item – 5 Bonus Points
See knitting sock and points and prizes!!! Fun!!
SHIPPING on Camira KAL yarns! 
 
 By the end of next week everyone who has order to date ( today’s) should have their yarn. We had some we thought we could get out today but it is not dry. The weather finally changed!!! I think it wasn’t even 50 this morning. Yay!!
School of Yarn will ship out mid week next week. We’ve been waiting on one of the lovelies we are sending you!
I hope you are all as excited as we are. We are sending out an email today with information so please make sure we are in your address book so we do not get spammed out.
info@bluemoonfiberarts.com
So as I type all of this I see why the hell I am so very tired.  I think after team Blue moon heads home this afternoon it is me, the couch, a movie and a beer!
Okay last but most certainly not least.
This… creative goodness!
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Change Makers!
A beautiful collaboration of some of our favorite makers for makers. Inside you’ll find 5 knitting patterns with recipes & essays to inspire.
  ALL proceeds are donated to The National Women’s Law Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Thank you Marie Greene aka oliveknits for all of your hard work and letting us all play a part. Thank you Sarah for the lovely design in our Targhee Worsted.
Okay I am sure there is something I am missing or not doing justice to and for that I apologize.
Have a great weekend!

Color shifting…

Well we are just about caught up from being completely and thoroughly eclipsed. I am over the moon thrilled that everyone loves it as much as I do.

Look Maggie is knitting a Find Your Fade with two of our Total Eclipse Featherlight Kits. She is just now getting into the darker parts.I can’t wait to see what it looks like when she gets the the total eclipse part of her fade! Pretty exciting!

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What are you going to knit with your ~ A Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ gradient kit? I am excited to see all of the knit-incarnations of our eclipse.

Okay enough eclipsing.

We are up to our ears in CAKE!! The CAKE puns and jokes  are also flying around the barn. I love me a good pun so I am finding it exceptionally entertaining. Both Maggie and I are punsters so we are torturing the rest of the team with all kinds of have you cake and… word play. I am so glad that we made sure we had plenty of dyeing time before the first KAL clue in early October.  Our colorway Chana Masala is feeling the love. See below in Carol’s Camira in all of it’s golden glory!!

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Even though we are up to our ears in CAKE goodness we still have plenty of yarn     and time so if you want to join was it sure to be a good knit time with all kinds of tip from a very talented and knowledgeable designer, Carol then sign up and pick a colorway and a base and place you order. The coupon code Carol has from us in good for either CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted both of these yarns would work well. The Targhee is a heartier yarn with a nice amount of ease and CAKE is a bit softer and loftier with is fine Merino-ness ~ both yarns are seriously round with some sexy stitch definition.

We are heading off into my favorite season, Autumn!!! That time of changing and deepening colors as all of the earth’s energy turns inward for the winter. I so inspired right now and busily making all kinds of new color schemes. We will be sharing them with you really soon. In the mean time we have added to the website Some of our favorite autumnal colorways with a few Halloween one thrown in just cause. Here is the list of the colorways we are adding. Oh and a few of you have been requesting our chicken colorways. So we’ve put a whole flock of them up.

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Here’s the list of colorways:

BeSpeckled:
A Speck of Autumn
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Jeepers Creepers
Presto Pesto
Wonderful Goodness
Mulitcolorways:
Baby Zombie
Banded Agate
Black to the Fuchsia
Bantam of the Opera
Blue Moon River
Dreamweaver
Free Range Chickens
Chickabiddy
Cluckers
Cockeyed
Count Cluckula
Elphaba
Fall Frolic
Frankenhen
Fungus Among Us
Gail’s Autumn Joy
Green Daze
Go Beavs!
Henpecked
Huegasmic
I Mad heart EWE
Portland Timbers Rock
Pussy Broadway
Rooster Rock
Samhain
Sasswatch
Socktober
That 70’s Skein
The Cluck Chimes at Midnight
Thistle
Tidepooling
It’s a lot!  Look at that list of names. It’s like a story just waiting to be told.
Which makes me think it might be a good way to pick a luck knitter to get a copy of Hunter Hammersen’s new sock book!!!
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Yes we’ve got one to give-away.
So if you’d like a chance to win this chocked full of  brilliant and beautiful sock knitting book by Hunter then how about a story?!
Use the words from our colorway list above. I will read them all to team Blue Moon
(they love story time) and let them pick a fav for the win.  You can post it here int eh comments so we all can enjoy but if you would please also email it to me tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com so I have an email address for the winner. We often do these contests and I announce the winner here but don’t get a response.  So…ready set tell us a tale.
Last but certainly not least my dear, dear friend and fiber goddess, Toni Neil of The Fold is holding her annual Labor Day Sale this weekend so if you are anywhere near Marengo this weekend be sure to make time for a visit and some stash enhancing. She also has a few skein of the aforementioned Eclipse sock yarn and kits!!!  I will imagine that these will go pretty quickly!
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Have a wonderful weekend

Inspiration Monday: Round and Round in Circles

As I sit and write this in my little corner of the Pacific Northwest, the moon is finishing its valiant trip across the sun, and things are slowly getting brighter and brighter. That’s a nice image to start the week with, eh?

Sketchbook ShawlAmidst all the hullaballo about the eclipse, I haven’t stopped thinking about the quiet brightness of Suvi Simola’s Sketchbook Shawl. This beautiful, quiet design had been on the docket for last week’s Inspiration Monday until Eclipse Madness took over.

I can’t decide if it’s the sweet regularity of the yarnover lace pattern, or the simple geometry of the thing, but I’ve been a bit obsessed to cast one of these on…

I know a lot of us are fans of Blue Moon because of Tina’s masterful use of color – and the Multicolor Wave colorways are eye candy for any day of the week – but let me make an argument for the quieter side of the palette: the Spirits. “Wraithlike tints,” the Spirits are colors taken all the way to their essence; Tina says they are like homeopathy for color.

Seen side by side on their web page, you can tell the different tints apart – but get them alone and they register as a quiet version of white or off-white. I have some Jengu in La Luna Lace that’s quietly calling me to cast it on for one of these Sketchbook Shawls.unnamed

Jengu is ‘spirited from the color blue,’ and named after a mermaid-type spirit who inhabits the waterways in Cameroon and is the bearer of good fortune and healing powers to all they encounter. Sounds like an ideal Spirit to call forth in a pretty, lightweight wrap!

Two skeins and several weeks of calm-yet-entertaining knitting later, you’ll have your own Spirit to wrap yourself up in. And no matter where you live, there’s some weather coming up that would be ideal for a lightweight shawl like this over your shoulders.

In the meantime, in honor of the light returning from behind the moon, we’ll leave you with an inspiring quote from Paulo Coelho:

“You are the light of the world. Shine, and the darkness will disappear.”

KAL’S , School of Yarn, Eclipse, and a new sock pattern book!!!

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Nothing says Total Solar Eclipse like yarn and cupcakes!

As I told you last week KPTV was out here and interviewed me about our eclipse colorway, what inspires me to create a colorway like this one and then, a little bit more about our process knitting and the bigger picture that such an event represents. Well… as you can see a whole bunch of that they cut out as they tend to do.

All in all… kind of cool though! My kids were proud which just never gets old. We got a little more about yarn and knitting out into the world at large and really impressed one reporter. I think I will knit her a scarf out of our Total Eclipse. Also… I love it that it is a dyer and a baker!

Blue moon also made a brief appearance on the Grocery Girls podcast episide 44 this week thanks to Terri O’Brien who owns Feather Your Nest in Sarnia !! Terri is a gem and I am thrilled that she is one of our Local Yarn Stores!  We are a bout 1 hour and 15 minutes in.  Here is the link to their youtube page.

Thank you Grocery Girls and Terri for the shout out!

Speaking of our local yarns stores we have extended our introductory discount on our School of Yarn for another week because some of them want to join in on the fun!!! So if you were sad because you thought you missed out on the discount there is still time!

See this?!

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Hunter’s new sock book, Silk Road 2 Socks is almost out!! Just a few more days! I am so very excited. I pretty much love everything Hunter designs but most especially her socks. I love how her mind works!

Look at these beauties!!

Kazak inspired by the patterning in Oriental rugs.  So wonderful! Pre-orders on Silk Road start at noon on the 23rd.  We are brainstorming some fun give away once she launches!

All pictures are courtesy of Hunter Hammersen!

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And just when you think knitting could not get any more exciting or creative… I give you the lovely and talented Carol Feller!

Yay!!! It is finally time for the pre-sales on our Annual Fall Sweater KAL with Carol Feller.

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Camira a beautifully textured and and timeless cardigan knit in our CAKE Worsted in the Chana Masala colorway.

I am intrigued by the construction which starts on the back panel, then out towards the sleeves… then  you work the body down from the top. Carol says the bonus is you finish the sleeves first. See? Intriguing. We are offering a 15% discount code good for both our CAKE Worsted and Targhee Worsted both of which would work for this lovey cardi. Carol will send you the code when you purchase the pattern along with a supportive and informative rav forum.  Tomorrow Carol will have a live Q&A on instagram. So check that out @carol.feller

KAL Timing
Clue 1: 7th of October, 2017
Clue 2: 14th of October, 2017
Clue 3: 28th of October, 2017
Clue 4: 11th of November, 2017

Raffle: 25th of November, 2017 – Raffle drawing for the grand prize on ravelry, open to all completed projects with photos in the FO thread.

All kinds of knit joy!

Thank you Carol!!!

Photo credit goes to Joseph Feller.

Okay my lovelies, please take care!  Be the love you want to see in the world. If you are in an total eclipse zone be careful! Oregon is going to be so very full. I am going to spend a lot of time dyeing and shipping eclipse this weekend.

Thank you for your support!

xoxo

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inspiration Monday: Eclipsed

Happy Monday, y’all!

If you’re joining us from the Northern Hemisphere (and not under a rock or otherwised disengaged from the internet), you know full well that the big ol’ sun is gonna play hide-and-seek with us a week from today in the form of a total eclipse.

Tina and the Blue Moon Barn Gals are going to be just about in alignment to see it in its totality, since Mister Sun has had the great good graces to start his run over on the coast of Oregon. So what’s the best way for Blue Moon to celebrate this unusual celestial oddity? Why, a colorway, of course!

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Meet A Total Eclipse of the Sun – a glorious shift from buttery, sunny yellow through the turquoise of the daytime sky, all the way to the unusual sudden grey darkness that will take over for two minutes. All in one skein! (And you don’t even need special glasses to knit with it.)

So what to do what to do with this special colorway? Because of course we knitters want to commemorate this once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime event with knitting, right?

eclipse cowlYou could go thematic and knit up an Eclipse Cowl: a sweet free pattern with a pretty texture stitch that would show up beautifully in Featherlight or La Luna Lace.

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Or you could go gradient in the short-row garter loveliness that is this Eclipse – thanks to Tina’s Featherlight Gradient Kit which includes 6 skeins of Featherlight in shades from totality-grey to sunny-sky yellow!

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1230 yards of fingering-weight fun, and a lot of garter stitch punctuated by eyelets; there are 900 yards in the kit, so you could choose a companion shaded solid for the eyelet rows – there’s a certain symmetry in that, right?  I’ve got my (eclipse-glasses-covered) eye on 24Karat or Chillaxin.

But whatever you’re knitting, make sure to drop everything tomorrow (Tuesday) and find the segment that a local Portland TV station filmed WITH TINA about this colorway! I’m gonna google it first thing.

Don’t forget to wear your eclipse-viewing glasses next week, y’all! Safety first: as knitters, we need dem eyes.

 

A Total Eclipse of the Sun!

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A Total Eclipse of the Sun!!
On August 21st there is a Total Eclipse of the Sun which hasn’t happened very often and certainly hasn’t in this way, with the sun is rising over our wild and wonderful Pacific Ocean. It is a good time to be an Oregonian!
Since the best place to see it is on the Oregon Coast. It’s pretty exciting! I wish I was going to be at the coast to see it but not willing to sit in traffic for days!!
Of course Blue Moon needs to document such a momentous occasion with a colorway. How could we not?!!
Starting at one part of the skein is sunny bright and then sky blue and then we slowly getting darker and darker with less and less sunlight and more moon shadow ending with that very small ring of  endless light.
I think this is just might be my new favorite colorway!!
So much so in fact that I decided to make it into a gradient kit!!
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and then I also dyed it in Super Sparkle cause duh!!!!
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I love everything about this and if I didn’t have the Barn Sale and Dye Days to morrow I would curl up in a chair by a fan and knit!!!!!!
 We spent all day today prepping the barn for our Barn Sale and Dye Day. It’s a great excuse to do a deep clean so that is done for a little while.  All of the sale yarns are hung. I find this the hardest part, especially the Rare Gem wall.
Oh my… all the colors. I told Sarah she was in charge of not letting me get anywhere near them. She is very pregnant and stern so I think I’m safe.
I started the indigo vat and have the dye tables all set up! We are raring to go.
All we need is you!
Here are the directions again:

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

Directions!

If you are coming from Portland or Vancouver you want I-405 to US 30 West towards St.Helens
You will be on this for about 14 miles.
You are going to drive all the way through Scappoose to the end of town.
Right after the fire station is the last traffic light which is Scappoose-Vernonia Highway
You are going to turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy
Go about 7 miles up. It’s a pretty and curvy drive!
Turn left onto Chapman Road
Go about quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Mollenhour Road
Go about an eighth of a mile and  our gravel drive is right after a row of mailboxes where the 1st one has 56587 on it.
Also…there’s a huge piece of driftwood with a green house number sign on it.
The gravel road dead ends into Blue Moon. So drive all the way down.

Note: Before Chapman Road there is a Chapman Grange Road. You DO NOT want that one!!

Also please do come all the way down to us. We have parking and will direct you.If you want to carpool that is awesome. Please do not park on our neighbors land. Thank you!

Okay I am off to make signs and dinner!!

Have a lovely weekend!!

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Inspiration Monday: Moth-rah!*

MothCozyIt’s hot out, isn’t it? And here we are, on the last Inspiration Monday in July … is it cruel to post pictures of cozy, cocoony sweaters?

No, it’s not – it’s a knitter’s optimistic gesture, a reminder to all of us sweltering and melting in the summer sun that the time will come to wrap ourselves in woolens again, and drink our tea hot instead of iced. Winter is coming, my friends. Hang tight.

And when that time comes, you’ll want a new sweater to wrap yourself up in, right? You’ll want to be packing up your brand-new, fresh-off-the-needles Moth Cardigan into your suitcase to take to Rhinebeck. You’ll want to be wearing it as you queue up for your cider doughnuts and choose your favorite knit-themed mug from one of the stalls. And you’ll really want to be wearing it when – oh look! Is that Amy Christoffers walking toward you?

(These are my fantasies. You’re very welcome to share them.)

So it’s time to get one of these on the needles, STAT – if only as a way to take back some control over summer (which is bringing 110-plus-degree weather to the gals at Blue Moon. Send them strength as they stand over steaming dye pots this week!). Cast on a Moth Cardigan now, because that much Fisherman’s Rib is a deliberate business, and you won’t want to rush through the pleasure of knitting it by October.

Time to choose the perfect yarn, then – look no further than Silky Victoria. Long-and-fine-wool Polwarth is blended with a hint of silk for sheen and luster to show off the rich texture of the Fisherman’s Rib. And each generous skein comes with 695 yards of knitting potential, so the first two sizes can be worked from just two skeins ($72!). That’s a lot of knitting pleasure for way under a hundred bucks. For the largest size, you’ll want a third skein, but you’ll have a bunch left over for a few great accessories (holiday gifts or donations, anyone?).

The color of Amy’s sample piece left me inspired to choose a colorway that’s got all my favorite Fall colors all wrapped into one: dusty plums, faded greens, some woody tan and quiet greys … which of course means none other than Heckley Speckley:

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When dyed onto a silk blend, the fabulous scummy-plummy colors on Heckley Speckley come out a bit muted (remember my SilkMo Alexandra’s Airplane Scarf?), a nice choice for this oversized, cozy cardigan.

So by all means, brew your iced tea to get through this sweltering week … but keep an eye on the prize: a new fall (Rhinebeck?) sweater!

* Moth-rah? Mothra!

School of Yarn!!!

okay first things first!

I just walked out to the dye barn full of women to check on a few things. All of the dyer’s asked about our lone hen who has been sitting on a few eggs trying to repopulate our flock all by her lonesome. So…not one to ignore a cosmic hint, I thought why not go check on her and see what is what.

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Baby chicks!!! I could hear the peeping as I approached the coop. So adorable. A good day!

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and then there is this!

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I almost do not have the words to express how excited I am about this new venture of ours! I have been wanting to do something like this for quite awhile and either I did not have the time or the energy or the team. There is a time and place for everything right? Well, it seems the time is now. The stars have finally aligned to shine their blessing on our little School of Yarn!!

Truly, I could not be happier.

First of all I get to work with two of my favorite people Karen Alfke and Maggie Baird on a project that we all feel passionate about. Both of these women bring years of knowledge and experience that are the perfect balance to my own.

There are a few things in this world that I feel like I am really good at and one of them is yarn. I know yarn!  And… I love it! I love everything about yarn from sheep to sock, silkworm to shawl.  I’ve been working with yarn as a dyer for about 18 years now and still… every single morning I walk out into that dye barn and breath in all the wool and vinegar fumes and my heart expands with it all and I know… I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

Actually, it is one of the better parts of my day before the business of running a dye/yarn company hits the fan. I am usually the only one there (butt-crack of dawn!!) for a good hour or so.  It’s just me and my yarn. There is yarn hanging from the rafters and drying in the breeze from the fans and there’s color just about everywhere. I say hi to my skeiny friends and start the water running for all the washing and soaking of the yarns we are going to dye that day. Not a bad way to start the day!

Okay, so I am running out of time and quite honestly steam and believe it or not, words. It’s been a few weeks of writing which is not my best thing, so it takes a bit more out of me then say, dyeing does! As with the sock club, which is 12 years old this year, and with Blue Moon, I believe that expanding our knowledge base and building and appreciating our community betters us individually and as a whole and this is also our goal with our little School of Yarn.

I do hope you will join us on this new adventure of ours.

As always if you have any questions please email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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Don’t forget that next weekend is the Barn Sale and Dye Day event here in Blue Moonland. The Dye Day part is full. We will have an indigo vat going which anyone is welcome to use.

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

Directions!

If you are coming from Portland or Vancouver you want I-405 to US 30 West towards St.Helens
You will be on this for about 14 miles.
You are going to drive all the way through Scappoose to the end of town.
Right after the fire station is the last traffic light which is Scappoose-Vernonia Highway
You are going to turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy
Go about 7 miles up. It’s a pretty and curvy drive!
Turn left onto Chapman Road
Go about quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Mollenhour Road
Go about an eighth of a mile and  our gravel drive is right after a row of mailboxes where the 1st one has 56587 on it.
Also…there’s a huge piece of driftwood with a green house number sign on it.
The gravel road dead ends into Blue Moon. So drive all the way down.

Note: Before Chapman Road there is a Chapman Grange Road. You DO NOT want that one!!

Also please do come all the way down to us. We have parking and will direct you. If you want to carpool that is awesome. Please do not park on our neighbors land. Thank you!

Speaking of events…on August 12th I will be at Coastal Yarns in Canon Beach with a trunk show and yarn tasting and an Eclipse colorway.

I would love to see you!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Ooops almost forgot.

We are in the process of shipping out the birthday prize winners!! yay!!!

Thank you all for playing!

And the winners of Kyle’s lovely book, Urban Knits are:

violetdale and amelie

If you both could email us with you address we can get those out to you.

inspiration Monday: scowl, and the world scowls with you…

[Apologies for the late, after-Monday post, y’all. The blog scheduler burped! If you needed a do-over for Monday, here’s your permission. Happy Monday (again)!]

I have a new obsession: shawl/cowl hybrids, affectionately known ’round here now as ‘scowls.’ Specifically, the brain children of Hilary Smith Callis, aka The Yarniad: three of her patterns slam-dunked into my Ravelry library last week, all for this great new-to-me shape. Basically, these pieces start out flat, like the beginning of a triangular shawl; but after a few rows, you join to work them in the round, and the front ends up sumptuously longer than the back.

Let’s start with Starshower:

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All that great texture and lace, front-and-center under your pretty face, right where you want people to notice it. But unlike larger shaped shawls, which you have to re-tie periodically (and if you live in a windy spot like I do, ‘periodically’ means ‘every five minutes’), this scowl shape just pops over your head and never unwinds itself!

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See? Less in the back, more in the front! So you can squoosh this up under your coat without feeling like Quasimodo, all hunched up with too much material back there where no one can admire it.

I love love love a great openwork texture married to a bit of garter stitch – such a great way to showcase pretty yarns without making things too busy.

Starshower was designed with sparkle in mind, so it’s a good thing Tina’s got shiny toys for us –in Super Sparkle, that is! And lookie there: Starshower needs 400 yards for all the scrumptious, sparkly goodness, and Super Sparkle provides… imagine that – 400 yards exactly!

If you’ve got any last summer road trips planned before the back-to-school onslaught, this would make a great one-skein-takealong. Wind up your skein before you leave, print out your pattern, grab your needles and pop it in a cute project bag so you’ll be set for hours of entertainment. With sparkle!

Want something on slightly larger needles? How about Dewberry:

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and Adama:

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… aran-weight near-instant-gratification knits that might just jump off your needles in a weekend. Dewberry calls for 200 yards of a worsted- or aran-weight yarn (exact gauge not being critical, you can swatch with a needle size that gives your chosen yarn some nice drape). When Tina announced the launch of Plushy this last week (at its generous introductory price of $5 off per skein!), I knew it had to become my first Dewberry. The shaded solids that came out of the barn this week (immortalized in Tina’s photo on Instagram) nearly made a thief of me. (Knowing how sad that knitter would be if her order was delayed was pretty much the only thing that kept me on the straight and narrow around that skein of Bladderwrack on the Rocks!)

Adama calls for 300 yards, which must mean it’s just a bit more lavish – but either way, you’ll have enough in one skein of Plushy (ONE SKEIN!) to make either scowl. Just a little over $20 and hours of knitting pleasure could be yours, not to mention snuggle time around your neck when you wear it.

Thank you, Hilary, for my new obsession! I’m off to cast on this skein of Super Sparkle for my very own Starshower (perhaps I’ll finish in time for the eclipse?).

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This week’s quote, to get you thinking:

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” – Karim Seddiki

New Summer Hues!!!

What could be better than a bit of color and whimsy on a bright and shiny summer’s day!

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I’m pretty smitten with this whole group of colorways but most especially these three! Octopus’s Garden, Pixie Dust & Unicorn Farts and Chintz & Giggles. They just make me happy.

About as happy as those hues make me feel, this trio of Plushy does so even more. Which is a little odd since I am not exactly a pink person.

From left to right we have Goodby Kitty, Baby, it’s cold out. and Cariblue.

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…and then there is this trio of shaded solid goodness!!

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Again…form left to right: Tempest, Bladderwrack on the Rocks and Jasper.  I am so knitting a sweater with Plushy in Bladderwrack on the Rocks and maybe a lap blanky for when the Pacific Northwest wet and cold winter hits.

 

I can not sing the praises of this yarn loud enough! It takes the dye really well so the color is extraordinary. And the ply on this puppy is just snug enough to keep its elastic quality but not too tight to make it heavy. The stitch definition is simply AMAZING!! And it is just super cozy.And since it is worsted weight it is the perfect yarn for holiday present knitting.

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Last week I mentioned our facebook group and how we were going to start our holiday knitting. Maggie is going to be your hostess with the most-ess and our first project is a hat in of course, Plushy.  We contacted Alex Tinsley to see if she was interested in us using some of her hat patterns and she is. She is going to knit Fructose and is using Plushy in Smoke on the Water. Check out the facebook group page for details!

We are diligently working to get orders out! The week long power outage did set us back a little bit.

It is so beautiful out I am going to post this and go for a walk to enjoy the rest of this day.

I get to teach dyeing tomorrow so I am pretty excited!!

PS: I am aware that the picture of Pixie Dust and Unicorn Farts looks different that the instagram video. It was hard to get a good picture to day and I will try again tomorrow. I promise it is the same colorway. Cross my heart and hope to dye! ;0)

Have a lovely weekend!

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