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Madrona Fiber Arts Festival and Winter!

Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is next weekend. If you have not heard it will be the last time this wonderful celebration of fiber arts will be happening. Suzanne and Corny have decided that they are ready to retire and move on.

I have heard that John Malarkey (weaver extraordinaire) is going to run some sort of fiber event at the sane time and in the same place. It will be interesting to see how that manifests.

I have loved being a part of Madrona and having such a wonderfully well run and loved fiber event so close to home. I have met so many great people and learned so much from the teachers, vendors, students and form Suzanne and how she ran Madrona. She has such a big heart and it shows in how people feel about Madrona.

I am sad at this ending but understand the need to move on. I made a special colorway based on the color of the Madrona tree that has been the logo for years now. I don’t mind telling you that it was not an easy one to translate on to yarn but I feel like I got it!  Whatcha think?

The Fiber Gallery will have our yarns as they have for the past few years. So do check out their booth!!

We have not one but two brand new designs from the oh so talented Meaghan Schmaltz ~The Unapologetic Knitter. She has designed a lovely everyday kind of cardigan all cozy and warm perfect for these snowy winter days we are having!

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The Everyday Cardigan by Meaghan Schmaltz knit in our Silky Victoria in the colorway Motley Huu

And… if that was not enough she’s also designed this lovely wrap, Back on Track Shawl, knit in both our soon to be discontinued BFL Sport ( colorway: Mica) and our Silky Victoria ( colorway: Cranberry Bogged).

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photo credits: Meaghan Schmaltz

The Fiber Gallery will have all these samples (and many more) with them so do check their booth out.

Meaghan has is kindly offering a 10% off discount on both patterns good Thursday February 14th until Sunday the 17th. Code is: TUKLUVSBMFA

Safe travels to all of you going. It looks like we are going to have some intense winter weather for the next week. We most definitely have our share here already which is going to make work this week a little challenging.

Shipping Update: We are still playing catch up. We’ve started shipping out the last shipment of the 2018 RSC and our online order for STRL including the Anniversary Trios. We are also working on the Color Club and the last skein of the School of Yarn. It’s a lot.

Our BFL Sport Special was a HUGE success and we are doing out very best dyeing these also as we catch on on previous orders now that we have the sock yarn coming in. It’s a whole lot of juggling, it makes my head hurt! I know I have said many times but I am going to say it again because it is true. All of us here at Blue Moon appreciate your support and patience but no one more than myself. It has been beyond stressful and quite honestly scary. Now that the yarn is flowing in it has put us in one dye crunch to catch up and stay current . So we are going to ask you to hang in with us for a wee but longer.

The Vancouver Shawl KAL will be at the end of February so we have time to get you your yarn. I am hoping that the weather does not change that but I will keep you posted.

I did something that I have wanted to do for awhile now in order to support more of my creative vision and self and to build on our Blue Moon community. Coloring inside and outside the lines!!!  Check it out! If have ideas about what you would like to see there please do let me know. The video aspect will be the most challenging for me on a personal level but I also think real fun!!!

A reminder of the specials that are going on right now.

BFL Sport: The price that you see on the website it the marked down price and we are almost out and when it is gone it is gone.

Seduction: Same is true with our Seduction yarn. Price marked is the sale price and it good while supplies last

Panda: Is a new yarn we are considering adding to our line of yarns. We are on the fence and are hoping for your input. The price you see is an introductory price.

Targhee Bulky: Unfortunately another yarn that is being discontinued by the mill. I know…it’s super sad. On this one there is a code to use. TGB19    15% off.

Okay that is all for now. I have get a newsletter out and shovel some snow.

Stay safe and warm.

Isn’t it awesome that we have wool and knitting!!

Super Wolf Blood Moon

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So in 2018 we opened the year with a Super Blue Blood Wolf Moon which was quite the event! Well here we are again, starting 2019 with a Super Wolf Blood Moon. The only difference being that this super eclipse wolf moon is not a blue moon. It is a very special full moon though. It’s a total lunar eclipse happening the same time as a super moon which is when the moon is closest to the earth. That my friends is whole lot of lunar mojo and we haven’t even added in that it’s the wolf moon and blood moon. If I was this full moon I would be a little nervous about living up to all of this. I bet the moon does not have performance anxiety.

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Of course I have made a a couple of colorways in honor of all of this moon magic. It seems like I have not made new colorways in a bit and making these few made me so very happy!  One of the drawbacks to not having the sock yarn and the stress that has gone with it is the creating new hues. Anyway… of course I created a Super Wolf Blood Moon which was fun. Moon inspired colorways are ind fo my things right up there with chickens and pond scum. Oohhh one of the moon colorways this year must have pond scum in it.  I’m excited to see how it knits up.

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And then I also created a Wolf Moon colorway for January’s Full Moon!

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We will have both of these colorways up on the website later this week. I know… new techie was not able to get to it. In the mean time if you want to order these you can do so by ordering whatever base you want in another color ( I would choose a moon one just cause) and then int he comments section of you order tell us you want either Super Wolf Blood Moon or Wolf Moon or both!!

I am going to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years and it has just never worked out. There is a time and place and I feel like this is the year. So keep a look out for a moon colorway for each month this year. And if you have thoughts or ideas for them let me know you ideas. Our next one is February which I believe is the Cold Moon.

Did you know that there will not be another total lunar eclipse visible in the US until 2022. So enjoy this one. I know I am. I hope it is not cloudy or foggy this evening, a tall order for the Pacific Northwest in the winter.

One of my favorite poets passed away this week Mary Oliver. Mary Oliver is beloved and I am sire I am not the only one of us touched by her and her poems. One of her collections that really speaks to me is called The Twelve Moons. I know. I am nothing if not predictable. Anyway as we color our year in full moons I will share some of Mary’s poetic musing on each moon and life.Here is her poem Wolf Moon.

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Wolf Moon by Mary Oliver

Now is the season of hungry mice, cold rabbits,
lean owls hunkering with their lamp-eyes
in the leafless lanes in the needled dark;
now is the season when the kittle fox
comes to town in the blue valley of early morning;
now is the season of iron rivers, bloody crossings,
flaring winds, birds frozen in their tents of weeds,
their music spent and blown like smoke to the stone of the sky;
now is the season of the hunter Death;
with his belt of knives, his black snowshoes,
he means to cleanse the earth of fat;
his gray shadows are out and running – under
the moon, the pines, down snow-filled trails they carry
the red whips of their music, their footfalls quick as hammers,
from cabin to cabin, from bed to bed, from dreamer to dreamer.

We’ve added to the website our 4th Semester of School of Yarn ~ Silk Road! So check it out. We are going to journey back in time down that Silk Road and have a god long look at the culture that is silk! Our yarns are yummy and two of them are only available through the club right now. So if you ever wanted to learn more about silk and the best ways to knit with it then join Karen and I for this next fiber adventure.

Okay I am off to finish some sock yarn writing and knitting

Hope you are having a great weekend. Enjoy our Super Wolf Blood Moon!! It’s cloudy here so I am thinking it’s not in the stars to see it here tonight. A little sad.

on special: Seduction

Ah, knitters … we are so easily seduced by yarn, aren’t we?

In this case, it’s all in the name: Seduction is a glossy little temptress of a yarn, combining 50% merino for woolly softness with 50% Tencel for glorious sheen. It’s a combination that was bound to win you over… even before she was discounted at 20% off!

We’re sorry to see her go — but our loss could be your yarn collection’s gain. Time to let yourself be seduced by Seduction while there’s still some of her to go around!

Seduction is a true fingering-weight yarn, knitting up well in the 7 stitch per inch range and sporting 400 yards per skein. The gals in the dye barn would like you to know that the Tencel in here doesn’t fully absorb the dye, so you get some slightly muted hues — more than made up for by the shimmery gloss! So don’t expect these to be super-dark if you’re ordering a Raven or other black-based colorway. Like the Woobu of old, these will come up a bit lighter in tone on Seduction.

I got to play with my skein of “Lagoon” (I’m so into the greens lately!), and wanted to see what this glorious finewool/Tencel blend could bring to our projects.

Jagged Triangular Scarf SideFirst up, I wanted to find a pattern that helps y’all make the most of a skein or two. Michelle Krause’s ‘Jagged Triangular Scarf’ (free!) pattern has you weigh your skein before you begin, then start work at one edge and grow it towards the center. When you’ve used up half your yarn by weight (or perhaps just a smidge less), you start decreasing down to the other end! Clever. There’s lots of garter stitch here for easy knitting, and an 8-row increase-then-bind-off repeat that’s just enough to hold your interest through the long winter evenings ahead. This would make a fabulous little wardrobe boost for spring!

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But let’s say you want to take advantage of Seduction’s warm-weather properties: the Tencel that makes up half of this yarn is such a cool, smooth texture against the skin, it just begs to be knitted up by those of you in the Southern end of things! It also lends itself beautifully to lace and other openwork projects, since the Tencel will lay down so smoothly with blocking (while the Merino gives it the memory it needs to not bag out of shape).

CleverKnits’ ‘Bias’ pattern makes a scarf or shawl with a simple biased openwork pattern that’s a cinch to knit — and the designer gives you all the information you need to cast on more or fewer stitches to create the size you want (or your yarn allows).

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And if you weigh your skein before you start, then weigh it again after your 6-row garter-stitch edging before launching into the bias openwork stitch pattern, you’ll be able to make the absolute most of your skein(s) by stopping when you have just enough to knit that border again before binding off!

Warm-climate knitters, take note: Seduction could be your answer to handknit sock projects! A lot of knitters on Ravelry have used Seduction for warm-weather footwear, using patterns like Ann Budd’s ‘Seduction Socks’ and Cookie A’s ever-popular ‘Pomatomus’.

seductiontempestBEAUTYBut what’s got me hot to cast on Right!Now! is Ann Weaver’s ‘Tempest’ cardigan (from a ten-year-old issue of Knitty — ten years already!). There’s so much clever design in this pattern, I almost don’t know where to start. I love the two-color stripes, which let you play with Tina’s rich colorways in so many different combinations. But do you see what Ann’s done there at the waist? The stripes get narrower, giving the whole design an optical effect of hourglass that accentuates the waist in a flattering way — whether you feel like you have a waist or no!

I also love the dainty little buttons (14 of them!) that allow you to button this cardigan up strategically in the way that works best for you and your outfit. So much to love in one little cardi! And it’s knitted at a gauge of 20 sts =4″/10cm, so even though you’re using finer yarn, the knitting won’t take forever. Grab 2-3 skeins of each colorway in Seduction, and you’ll be sporting this hot little number come spring at your favorite neighborhood café!

No matter what size project you choose, you’ll enjoy the process of being seduced by Seduction. And when she’s gone, she’s gone, so get those orders in straight away!

Color thoughts on the Vancouver Shawl in BFL Sport.

So…we’ve gotten a whole bunch of requests for some color combo ideas for the Vancouver Shawl  by Samantha Roshak that I posted about in our “bye bye BFL Sport” post on Saturday.

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So… here are some color thoughts and ideas!

First of all the three colors Sam used here are Manly Yes ( the MC Neutral)  and then two contrasting colors Saffron Jungle and My Blue Heaven. A stunning color combination!!

So what works best is a neutral-ish hue for the MC that will highlight the other two colorways.  I have a few pictures of one I put together this am but basically if you follow the neutral MC with contrasts CC you will be fine. the contrast can be in color as in blue and orange or can be in value or saturation.

I would not choose highly variegated colorways for this one or if you have your heart set on one for the 2 contrast then make sure the other contrast is a shaded solid so there is some balance.

Okay so here are a few I pulled off the dye skein sample wall.

In most of these ( #1,#3,#4,and #6) where there is a grey color I want that to be the MC . In #2 I want the MC to be Bittersweet and in #5 ~ I want the MC to be Once in a Blue Moon.

Okay now onto set #2

#6 MC is Bittersweet  , #7 MC Deep Unrelenting Grey, #8  I think you coud choose nay of these as the MC,

#9 MC Welcome to the Jungle, #10 MC Deep Unrelenting Grey, #11 MC either Deep Unrelenting Grey or Bittersweet, #12 MC is Green Wing please.

and our very last set.

Phew…

Oops looks like we misplaced #13 Oh well.

#14 MC Misty Day. Ok so I put Bittersweet in here because it’s what I have but other colors that would be awesome are Boysenberry or Cranberry Bogged!!

#15 MC Misty Day ,  #16 MC Smoke on Water,  #17 MC  Misty Day  Figgy Pudding be replace by Enchantress, Maroon 5,  Moontide  …

Okay … my friends I know we are missing blues and brighter hues, I used what I had on hand for photos. There is contrast ( a good amount)  in these trios, but not high contrast, so if you want something more let me know.  If there is nothing here that makes you happy email me. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

I will go through later and add trio choices just by colorway name.

Like…

Chana Masala, Manly Yes and Moontide

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Maroon 5, Misty Day and Lake Crescent

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Cranberry Bogged,  Everyday Grey and  Spruced or Electric Blue or a Yellow even…

Moldy Peaches, Bladderwrack on the Rocks and Blue is the New Black ( thank you Barbara)

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Motley Hue, Maroon 5 and Magically Delicious

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on special: BFL Sport and Seduction

Okay, so I do have a whole bunch to say, but I think I will write another post on New Year’s Eve with all of that in it.

Right now I would like to share a bit of a yarn love story with you. Yes…you will need a hanky! If you have been here with me for awhile you know I have a thing for longwools. I pretty much love everything about longwool breeds from their cute little faces framed with those long and lovely locks, to the stunning fiber and yarns that we create, and lastly all the knitwear we knitters make with them.

BFLFaceAs a spinner and yarn designer I love the silky smoothness as it slips through my fingers and twisted onto the bobbin. As a dyer… oh my, the saturation of hue you get with longwools in just stunning and the luminescence leaves this fiber fanatic weak in the knees. And then there is the knitting, crocheting and weaving of it!

I vividly remember the very first time I ever dyed a longwool fiber. Some lovely soul have gifted me with some Wensleydale top and locks. I think I had only been dyeing about a year or so at that point, so I was still learning a lot about dyeing different fiber types. I washed the locks and prepped my dye pot, and then when all was ready, I dumped them in. I could tell as soon as they hit the pot that they were different than the other fibers I had been dyeing. I stood there pretty much the whole time it took for the locks to absorb the color and exhaust the pot. I used a gold with some green flecks (‘Pond Scum’s great-grand color); I could see depths of shade I was not getting or seeing in some of the merinos I was dyeing. Which (I now know) is due to those larger scales that longwools have and the way those scales can reflect the light!

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So… fast forward a few years to when I have brought in Socks that Rock® and am considering another yarn base. Of course, I knew it had to be a longwool or some blend thereof. I was looking at and testing samples, but was not really thrilled with any of them — I was searching for a more rustic-looking yarn. And then I stumbled upon BFL SPORT and quite honestly it was love at first stitch.

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One of my most prized sweaters is knit our of BFL Sport by my friend Anna Zilboorg. I cherish it for many reasons ( Anna  knit it!!) but most definitely because of the yarn! Also a story for another time that I think I have not shared with you that I need to. 

So much loft our BFL SPORT has all the while also feeling seriously smooth and silky. I love the fabric it creates and was all set to have all the things knitted in it.  BFL SPORT has been part of the Blue Moon garment yarn line-up for longer than I can remember — at least 14 years. Which, in the life of a yarn base is quite a while. (You can feel where this is going now, can’t you?)

Yes, our lovely BFL SPORT is being discontinued. And yes it is very sad. It is being discontinued because it is not pulling its weight, meaning it does not sell as well as it used to or as we need it to. Making a yarn base from the sheep on up is timely and expensive (even more so these days). Which means if a yarn is not pulling its weight, then it needs to make way for one that will, to support the whole yarn-making and -selling chain.

Also one has to keep current with what the end user (knitter, crocheter, weaver) wants to use; and right now, that is pretty much only anything Merino and superwashed. I know there are those of us who love using other breeds and yarns that are not superwash-treated; but we are not in the majority right now.  Trends are one of the reasons a yarn is discontinued, but also it can be as simple as us not buying it up in the quantities it needs for the mill to keep spinning it.

In order to have a yarn base stick around it needs to be supported! Which means it needs designers to use it and knitters, crocheters and weavers to buy it and use and and talk about it and spread the word! So when you see one of us yarnies say a yarn is being shelved it is mostly because of usage. And you know, in the grand scheme of a growing and changing wool/yarn/knit industry there are changes that need to happen. Yarn-evolution!  I just think that I see a trend toward yarns that are easy care and homogenous — and that’s a trend I find concerning.

We are offering our wonderful BFL SPORT at a ‘goodbye and thank you for being wonderful’ discount while the supply lasts. So if you love this yarn, now is your chance  to stock up! Maybe we should have a “Tina’s Sweater” KAL to say goodbye to our BFL yarn friend.

I have changed the price of BFL SPORT  from  38.00 to $29.64

Seduction is also changed from 27.00 to $20.25

That means both are over 20% off!

We are also offering the same discount on our Seduction yarn for the same reason. I will be writing another blog post a little later in the week.

Below you will find all kinds of BFL SPORT love from Karen.

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Have you knitted with a luster longwool lately? There’s something truly special about the breeds of sheep that grow these long-staple fibers: Wensleydales, Cheviots, and Cotswolds can all trace their sheepy lineage back to the Leicesters. The Bluefaced Leicester grows the finest fleece of all the Leicesters, which means its fiber has a lustrous quality to it that almost makes it look like it’s been blended with silk. So you get all the benefit of woolly bounce with a sheen and shimmer that really sings!

BFL Sport hits that sweet spot between fingering- and DK-weights, and its lustrous loft means that you can knit all sorts of great patterns that would call for a fingering-weight knitted ‘open’ on larger needles – and that’s a huge range of great patterns these days!

Also, since Tina’s generous skeins clock in at a whopping 660+ yards each, you’ll only need one for a whole set of accessories, or two or three for a sweater. Throw in the discount, and you’ve got a 100% wool, breed-specific, hand-dyed unique garment for under or around $100! Win-win.

I did a few swatches just to see where this yummy yarn likes to live, gauge-wise. My little swatch friends were bouncy before blocking, and fluffy and well-behaved afterwards. My stitch gauge opened up just a bit, but my row gauge remained stable – all indications of a bouncy, reliable wool yarn. The washed swatches have a lovely fluffy halo to them – like a kitten, fresh out of the bath (minus the claw marks and drawn blood! swatching is SO much easier than bathing a cat!!).

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My fluffy little swatches were knitted in the colorway “Spruced”: bottom right was knitted on 3.5mm/US4 needles, and top left was knitted on 4mm/US6. Between these needle sizes, I’m getting fabric gauges from 23 to 21 stitches = 4″/10cm; perfect territory for all sorts of great garment patterns.

The fabric here has beautiful loft without being heavy, so we’ll be looking at patterns that don’t require a ton of drape. Instead, we’ll be looking for lightweight, wearable wonders to take advantage of BFL Sport’s next-to-skin-softness and slight silky sheen.
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The lightweight fluffiness of the swatch on the US6 had me thinking about Joji Locatelli’s “The Easy One” (right), originally written for Brooklyn Tweed Loft. For those of you who the lofty texture but would rather work with a worsted-spun yarn, BFL Sport would be a great candidate in this super-simple, sweatshirt-wearable design. And perhaps best of all, 2-4 skeins will cover sizes XS to 4XL!

No FrillsAt that same gauge (and similar simplicity), the “No Frills Cardigan” by PetiteKnit (left) would be a lightweight, three-season wonder! Knit from the top down with easy raglan shaping, you could be wearing this way before winter rolls over into spring. (Plus, who doesn’t love pockets? These set-in pockets look particularly enchanting.)

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Or, if a pert little cardigan is more what you’re after, “Waits” by Bristol Ivy (right) would take advantage of the firmer end of BFLS’ gauge range. Bouncy little garter-stitch edges would stay tidy wear after wear – this sweater would really hold its shape, and be super-packable because it would be so lightweight! Bust sizes from 37″ to 57″+ can be knitted from just 2–4 skeins of BFLS.

Want just a taste of BFL? Order up a single skein in that colorway that’s been driving you to distraction and whip up a “Boneyard Shawl” — STAT! (Awww — lookit that: Stephen West as a little lad, before his artsy Amsterdam reinvention!)

BoneyardGosh — now I’m even sorrier to see this lovely lustrous yarn friend go. Think I’ll order up a few skeins to make myself my own “Tina’s Sweater” — but in the meantime, I’ll be winding up my two skeins of “Spruced” to make my Waits cardigan … it’s been in the queue too long!

 

 

 

Okay I think that is good for now. I would like to say thank you and farewell to these two lovely yarns in a proper way with a KAL. So pick your pattern and stock up and we will set a date where we will all cast on and do a whole lotta sharing. Stay tuned for more details and Seduction pattern ideas. Karen is all escited about being the lead on this one!

Have a good weekend!

Holiday Wishes

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Christmas 1961.

I am 4 years old which makes my sister 2.

I love this picture. It is one of my favorite holiday photos from when I was a wee one. Aren’t we cute? This totally captures both of our personalities.

Christmas was quite the production with lots and lots of family, food, music, and fun. We had a giant tree with loads and loads of decorations. Underneath the tree was a train and a little village scene that we were not suppose to play with but of course we totally did. My favorite place to be was under the Christmas tree, it just felt like the most magical of places. When I was real small I could squeeze all the way to the back where no one could fine me.  I often fell asleep back there.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what this holiday means to me at this moment in time in the world and in my life. In so doing I’ve been remembering what it was like as a child and what I loved and you know what? Nothing has really has changed, although I would be hard pressed to get under the tree much less hide in the back. I would totally be found!!

Sophie is here and is the kitchen baking. Rabia flew in this morning and is heading out with my son and his wife and pooch ( Narayan, Candice and Siena). We will be together doing the things that are our traditions that make this day magical and loving for us. It’s the love!! Always….the love.

I know that holidays can be hard for some of us. I also find them hard. I miss those that are no longer here with me. I count myself lucky that my kids come home for the holiday and I get to spend this time with them for I know it is a great gift.

I have felt very alone at times this year so I understand how hard that can be. If you feel alone and struggling right now my heart is with you. Here is my hand please do take it. I wish all of us that felt alone could be together.

Yarn, color and knitting stitch us together. We do have each other.

Thank you for being my fiber family!!

It’s been a year and you’ve been here with me and for that I am forever grateful.

love! love! love!

I wish you love! The more love we put out in the world the more it creates and comes back.

Cast on a love circle!

luxurious knits for #selfknitcare December Special!

Tina has not one, but TWO special yarns to tempt us with this second week of December #selfknitcare special! (coupon code at bottom of post!) A little Super soft DK love!

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Crackpaca just oozes luxury from every little pearl-like twist of its firm little double plies. With 45% baby alpaca for drape and softness, 40% Merino for superfine wooly wonderfulness, and 10% cultivated silk for a little glisten and gleam, it’s a tasty little morsel of a yarn.

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We promptly knit it up in Churchmouse’s free pattern, Vineyard Cowl, because all that sumptuous softness deserved to be right up against our necks! This little piece makes the most of a single (generous) skein, taking just 200+ yards. Heck – if you have friends with birthdays in January, or you’re getting together after the holidays for a delayed gift exchange, this pattern should be top of your list. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy snuggling up in this beauty come January!

The thing I really appreciate about how Tina designed Crackpaca is its total non-hairiness! Many alpaca yarns have some fibers that sproink out and poke you just a little bit; or they can look a little … shaggy. Not so Crackpaca! There’s something in the tightness of the ply, plus the addition of merino for softness and silk for sheen that makes Crackpaca read less … alpaca-y. (You know what I mean, right?)

So imagine my delight when one of my design crushes, Amy Cristoffers, released a new pullover pattern designed for alpaca-blend yarns: the Ryder Pullover.

IMG_7092_small2Here’s an easy, sumptuous funnel-neck sweater that you’d just want to cozy up in on a weekend and never leave. It’s got modern, deep ribbing at the cuffs and a high-yet-wide neckline that lets you snuggle into Crackpaca’s soft folds. Sizes range from 36″–55″, which would call for 4–7 skeins. I might plan to knit mine a bit oversized, just to be able to wear it over anything (especially pyjama pants!). And that rusty colorway in her original sweater has me dreaming of one in “Bitter Sweet.” Don’tcha think? bittersweet_sk

Or maybe big-and-boxy is your thing this Winter (all the better to hide the transgressions of the holidays!). I’m intrigued by “Smackover” by Samantha Stadter — looks like one to pop on and hide in until Spring comes around. Knit it up in a nice neutral like “Greige,” and you’ll be wearing it with everything!
fullsizeoutput_15a8_small2 Check out the other photos on Ravelry – there’s a cool center-front line of decreases that adds a spark of interest and makes for a neat ‘hang’ that takes it beyond the oversized, plain boxy-sweater look.

 

The cool thing about pairing these two yarns – Crackpaca and La Luna DK – this week is that the pattern choices are pretty interchangeable! I was looking for patterns that don’t knit this gauge too ‘open,’ because the silk component in these yarns might make for sloppy, unreliable fabric if knitted too loosely. But in a range of 23-20 sts/4″, a garment you make out of either of these luxurious lovelies should hold their shape through years of wear.

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I love the way La Luna‘s luster shows off depth of color! So let’s look at a few colorful projects that will let you blend and play with some of Tina’s rich colorways.

pb-13e739530f9ae855f87b33effc0bc8029efa31bf_myl-beat-var1-l_l_720x600First up is a bit of colorwork joy: Beat Sweater by Katrin Schneider. I love the geometric motifs across the shoulders and hips – what a fun way to combine two of your favorite colorways! Choose two Shaded Solids that really stand out from one another to maintain the visual impact of the simple lines in this one.

1-136Or go crazy with some Multicolor Waves and fade from one to the other in the Comfort Fade Cardi by none other than the Queen of Fade herself, Andrea Mowry. You get the fun of choosing four colors that relate to one another to create the ‘fading’ effect – I’m toying with going rich and bright with “Cables of Wrath“, “Black to the Fuchsia”, “#shepersisted”, and “Survivor”! (Go big or go home, right?)

But let’s say you had your heart set on a big, lustrous wrap out of La Luna (and why wouldn’t you, really?). Tina and I were both stopped in our tracks this weekend by the prospect of this bit of loveliness to swathe ourselves in:

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Egad, that lace! That texture! That shape! It’s Kempen by Katrin Schneider, and it is a glorious thing. Four skeins of La Luna will get you there – and it’s hard deciding whether you’d have more fun knitting it or wearing it!

Order your skeins of Crackpaca or La Luna DK this week with Tina’s generous code, and you’ll be casting on dreamily with pillows of lustrous loveliness in a few weeks, after the hustle and bustle is over. Enjoy!

Code is: selfknitcareDK  and is good for 15% now until  midnight December 15th!

Happy Knitting!!

Giving thanks!!

On this day of feasting and giving thanks I am counting my blessings like the purls they truly are while remembering that this day also holds the shadows it was built upon.

So much love to all of you creative makers we are so very grateful for who you are, what you make and blessed to serve you in color and yarn!

We thought we’d show out gratitude this weekend of by offering  a 15% discount on all yarns and rovings! Good now until Tuesday the 27th! Code is: givingthanks18

We also have a few gifts for you. All orders that come in starting now and going until Tuesday November 27th will include both of these gifts!!

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The first one is 20 grams of dyed silk hankies for you to knit or spin with. You can knit right from the hankie and the fabric it creates is super soft, textured and just plain lovely! We will include directions on how to prep them for knitting! Your color will be a surprise and I promise they are all stunning!! You’ll love these. I have a hat I knit out of these that I wore during chemo. So soft and warm and great for a newly bald head or any head really!

The other gift is one of our Blue Moon Golden Tickets. These are discount tickets and they range in discount from 10% to 40%. We put them in an empty dye pot and choose randomly as we add a ticket to your order. These tickets are good for a 2 time use at any point in 2019!

Seasonal Colorway Shift!!!!!

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We’ve taken down for a rest some of our Autumn colorways and have added a few wintery and holiday ones. If there are any winter and holiday hues you would like to see that are not here please do let us know!!

We are shipping out tons of yarn today and tomorrow! I pick up more mugs for the Anniversary trio and we will be getting these out to0! One of our lovely mug makers had a family loss this weekend so if we could all take a moment to send her some love!

I got to spend the day with most of my family today which was heart warming and so rejuvenating I hope you all got to spend time with those you love. The holidays can be a hard and challenging time for some of us so keep your eyes ad ear open for someone who might need a lift in spirit!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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The Coven!

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I am seriously possessed by color. I think about it all the time. Last year when we were dyeing massive amounts of shaded solids on our Cake DK base for Carol Feller’s Camira KAL I had a color idea. What sparked this idea was the amount of grey we were dyeing. So many knitters order grey!! And fair enough, its a great neutral and looks pretty great on most of us. I wear tons of grey with a little black thrown in for good measure. hehehe!

We have quite a few greys also, from our dark Deep Unrelenting Grey to our very, very pale Winter Solstice. I got to thinking how nice it would be to have greys that had just a hint ( tint ) of another color to them. Wouldn’t that just make the most stunning garment. The color would be mostly grey but with swirls of “other” color through the grey. Just enough color to be visible but not enough to take over where you could not see the grey. One of those fine color lines!

It’s taken almost a full year to make to where I was happy with that fine line! And I am. Also pretty excited to add to our coven! So why The Coven and wild witchy women? Well… first of all, I have a thing for magic and witches. My grandmother was the witchiest woman I knew so I can dedicating these to my Winnie. And yes, there will be a Winnie in our Coven I have just not settled on her tint yet. She would so love that I had not settled on her tint. I can hear her now…cackling away at the idea of making her a color. She had the best cackle ever! I think it was a combo of the Maxwell House all day long with a little Jack Daniels thrown in after 3 and the non filter Camel cigarettes. Boy do I miss her. Maybe a coffee colored tint. Hmm… .

Anyway…I see our Coven being good for just about any knitting whatsoever. Where I really see casting there subtle spells is in garments, especially. So many sweater patterns out there that these would be so beautiful. It’s almost like a, “you can have your cake and eat it too” moment. Since you can have your grey but with a little color peaking through. I’m pretty tickled with these. I hope you love them!

If you have any witch names or ideas I would love to hear them!

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Rhinebeck is here!!

The picture above is our annual Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. That colorway and so many more are there with the lovely and delightful Theresa and Ron Miskin at The Buffalo Wool Co. so do stop by.

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Carol Feller is dropping off her Tangential Blue Pullover for all to see and fondle and they have lots of Targhee Worsted!  Cast-on is next weekend!!

Their booth is over by the souvenir shop and 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the  cowgirl colorways I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns! So much goodness!  Everyone have fun!!!

For those of us with the Rhineck blues because we can’t make it there. We have The Coven and the Rhinebeck colorway is up on our website along with this new Halloween Color and a 10% discount that is good for the weekend! Just use code: rhinebeckblues18 when you check out! All loser case.

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Hocus Pocus!! It is the 25th Anniversary of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus so of course we had to celebrate that with a witchy tribute those wacky Sanderson sisters!!

Okay my lovelies I have to go pack and ship Moon Shadow Anniversary packages! Package up Our of the Hue and edit the last part and dye and clean the chicken coop and maybe the house a bit. Valla my very long haired Norwegian Forest cat is shedding and there are big clumps of cat hair everywhere!!!

I know I should not say this out loud because it will most probably jinx it but next week we are going to be caught up in a way that will let me sleep at night!!! Again thank you so much for your patience!! I have a lot to say about our industry changes that are happening and coming our way so stay tuned for that! What I can advise is that now is not the time for stash busting. It is the time for stash enhancing!

Oh I almost forgot! How could I forget! I met the new neighbors last night. I was driving down the drive and they had a fire going and were roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. I know. The have 2 adorable and friendly pooches and…( wait for it) she is a KNITTER!!! Yes!  Happy dancing!

They want fiber animals and we had a great chat and I am so very,very, very thankful!

Thank you for all the good vibes you sent my way!

 

Happy YARN Day!!

I LOVE yarn!!

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Seriously… like love it!

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Like pretty much everything about it…

I love designing yarns. I love spinning yarn. I love testing each new lot of yarn for consistency. I love reeling yarn. I love winding it into little balls or big cakes. I really love making yarn colorful by dyeing it.  I love all the weights and measure of yarn. I love getting to know all about a yarns story and what it wants to be. I love matching yarn to project. I love swatching! I really do love swatching to make sure I havethe right yarn and gauge for my project. I love that there is a worsted weight yarn and a worsted spun one. I love that a lot of yarn is twisted, a bit like me! I love the diversity of what we can use to create yarn. I really love wool yarn from all those lovely sheepies! I love the feel of yarn when I am making and wearing it. I  love really love the smell of it. I love the people I work with in the yarn industry. I love the mechanics of the yarn industry and it’s history. I love all the fiber artists I get to work with who also love yarn! I love that working with yarn and creating beauty is good for our brains, hearts and souls. I love that yarn brings us together ~ a stunning tapestry of  a community ~ loop by loop!!

All for which is really great to remember today on YARN Day and also, at a time when our industry and world is experiencing some trying times.

Today we are going to celebrate the love and yes, power of YARN!

We are going to start with some fun!!

Insta-Game ~ (Facebook)  with prizes!

I am going to post my little “what I love about yarn” paragraph to Instagram and would love for you to comment as to what you love about yarn!! I will randomly pick 10 of you who comment there with your “share yarn love” and send each a skein of Socks that Rock. Oh I will also post this to facebook so if you comment there it also counts toward being eligible for a prize.

We are also offering a YARN LOVE Discount

Starting right now (Saturday, October 13th) we are offering a 13% discount on All YARNS good until midnight Sunday (Pacific Time). Use the code: YARNLOVEDAY18 when you check out to get your discount!

I also would love to see what you are knitting with your Blue Moon yarns. If you could post a photo to instagram with the hastags #bluemoonfiberarts  and #yarnday so we all can see your creations that would be so wonderful. I can’t tell you how much it brightens our day when you share what you have made with us. After all you are why we do what we do. Otherwise we are just making and coloring yarn to hang in the barn and that is kinda silly!

What is next weekend??

RHINEBECK!!

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Here is this years Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. I chose to go Autumn hues this year. You can find this colorway along with other of our yarns and tons of samples (including Carol Fellers Tangential Blues pullover) at The Buffalo Wool Company’s booth. Their booth is over by the souvenir shop ans 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the colorway I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns!

Everyone have loads of fun!!

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Shipping updates:

All the Carol Feller KAL yarn that has been ordered has been dyed, dried and shipped!

We started shipping RSC ( sock club) on Friday and will continue on Monday!

Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio ~ Queen Bee promised the bags this week. After we ship those out we will let you know when the next batch goes.

Out of the Hue will also ship next week!

As I have said quite a bit during the past few months I am very grateful for you understanding and patience. I am doing my very best juggling dealing with all of the yarn stuff and communicating with you about where we are. We are a very small company and a little smaller than normal right now. So if you have not heard back from em right away it is not because I do not value you. It is seriously just juggling all the yarn balls and making it all work. I personally truly value each and every one of you. I love being a dyer but I also equally love serving you!!

Okay I am sure there is more but I need to go do some shipping!!

Have a lovey weekend!!