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Fowl Play Trio knit thoughts…

 

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Did you see the Chicken flavored trio  I put together?!! I am sooo in love with all of these colors. I think my favorite though is the egg colored yarn CHEEPer by the Dozen that looks like the eggs I collect from my lovely ladies everyday.

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Anyway I am pretty happy with all three of these beauties and have been planning this little trio for awhile. Once I saw the JAM PDX ladies Yarn Chicken pin I knew it was the perfect time. And… it’s Spring so what better time for a EGG ~ Chicken color celebration.

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I have a few thoughts as to what we could knit with these but I think my absolute favorite is

Random Act of Color Wrap by Amy Meeks and Debby Reece

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I love this shawl and it’s perfect for three colors that have some contrast in hue. I can so see it on our Fowl Play Trio can’t you? It’s perfect!

I also notice a few other three color shawls that our trio would be great in.

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a girl’s best friend by Isabell Kraemer

And what’s wonderful about knitting Isabell’s lovely shawl…  chicken colored poms!!!!  Baawk Baawk!!

But wait there’s more. Like…

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Merriwether by Rae Gronmark

So pretty!!

…one more.

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If you crochet and I so wish I was not crochet challenged cause I would so make this beauty!!

Lost in Time by Johanna Lindahl

You know what I would really like to do? I would like to crochet a granny square blanket out of all of the chicken colors. I’m kind of possessed with this thought! Now I just need to learn to crochet granny squares. Sigh. It’s not like I have not tried because I have. Ask Amy Singer she is one of many who have tried to teach me.

Okay so let’s make some Fowl Play shawls my friends!!!

Speaking of chickens I need to go put the girls in the coop for the night.

Sweet dreams!

 

New Color…and yarn things.

New Colors!!!

In honor of my current flock of chickens!! I have been wanting to create a colorway based on their eggs colors since they are so pretty. Last Spring thanks to Toni I now have Some Black Copper Marans . The Marans are the ones that they lay those deep red brown eggs that are so stunning!! I love them. And the hens themselves are just delightful. They are lovely and super friendly.

I am planning a fun special with these three beauties and a special pin to go with them so look for soon!

I have noticed that a fair amount of you are ordering yarn to knit  or crochet blankets so I am thinking we should do a summertime blanket along!! And ya know why?? Cause I seriously want to knit a chicken themed blanket with all of the chicken colorways and…I’m gonna need support. So maybe you would like to use some of your stash yarn to knit a blanky??

What do you think?

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A gradient blanket would be pretty too eh?? Ohhhhh …..wait a MOON blanket with all of the moon colorways or the ravens. Okay. I’m gonna need to give this a think.

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Out the Hue has shipped and the pdf’s will follow this evening!!

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School of Yarn Silk Road has also shipped and pdf’s to follow also. I seriously had fun making the special scrub to use while working with the hankies. The watercolor aspect of the color club was great fun also. I hope you all enjoy working with all of these tools as much as I did creating them!!

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Okay so do you see the difference between these two skeins of yarn? They are both BFL Sport. You see how one is plied looser than the other? Well they are from two differing lots from the mill. Lots are important not just in color but in yarns also and this is why. Especially when you are the dyer or the person ( knitting, crocheting and weaving ) it. Half way through our whole BFL special we got two different lots that were unmarked which makes our jobs seriously difficult. It’s one of the reasons getting all of this out to you took longer than anticipated. Also then the cost turns out to be more because of how labor intensive it becomes.

I’m not sharing this with you as a complaint but to educate as to what goes on for us hand dyers and small yarn companies and to the importance of lots!!!

Okay I am going to go run a few errands since I teach all day tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!!

Look for our Baawk Baawk Fun coming very soon!!

Our next full moon colorway is going to be PINK!

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Spring Fling SALE and La Luna LOVE!

SPRING FLING  (take the sting out of taxes) Stash Enhancement SALE!!

For 48 hourS: 20% off ALL yarns!!!

Coupon Code: springfling19  good now until Tuesday April 9th

Unless the powers that be have something up their sleeves that I am unaware of, we will be caught up on most of the things by the end of this coming week!! We shipped so much yarn out last week!!

And this week all of the Trio orders will be done and web caught up and the 2 clubs that we owe should be out by the end of the week. Yay!!!

So this SALE is a celebration of making it through all the drama that came our way over the past 8 months. Also, I am still working on buying a large stock of sock yarn so…. Stash enhance my dear knitting friends!!!

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It is our last weekend of our La Luna LOVE yarn appreciation Special and I have a few more thoughts and ideas to share with you.

One of the things I love about color and the dyeing of yarns that have silk blended in with the wool is how it takes the dye and displays the color. Because the silk is blended in with the wool the variation you see is subtle but it is still there. Often we won’t even notice it until we’ve knit with it. There is not a huge variation but enough to give the color a little extra depth which I think is way more interesting. Even if you dye it in one color  you are going to get some variation which means you won’t have a flat color but more of an alive interesting one.

And… if that were not enough. Since silk basically starts as a liquid it has that luminous reflective quality to it that is visually stimulating and adds yet another dimension to our color. Silk seriously is the gift that keeps on giving!! When you add in juts enough to utilize those qualities and at the same time supporting the Merino without taking any of it’s wonderfulness away well then, you have done your job!

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La Luna in my opinion is that perfect marriage of two fibers blend into one stellar yarn!!

In Wednesday I got a text from Karen with a pattern link in it. I get these texts quite often actually which is great otherwise there is just so much I would miss since I have made head in a dye pot most of the time. Now there’s an image!

The link was to the Olive Leaf Pullover by Ririko which is totally Karen’s type of knit and wear. As you can see it is a stunning pullover.

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I went to ravelry to check it out and kind of feel down the check out what’s new on rav rabbit hole. I found that there is also a Olive Leaf Cardigan by eri

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Don’t you just love the stitch pattern detail on these two beauties? The designers are friends who decided to take the same stitch patterns and then each design sweaters. So…Karen and I are going to follow there friends theme and she is going to know the pullover and I am going to try the cardigan. Right now we are debating colorways. We both want to use Bladderwrack ont he Rocks. Too funny!!!

I think I might go with this new grey I have been mulling over. We’ll see. So which would you knit and what color would you choose?

oh…before I forget the code is: lalunalove and is for 20% off any of the three weights of La Luna and is good until the 8th of April.

Okay I am off to work on the color club and School of Yarn and maybe take a walk.

Have a good weekend!!!

Yarn thoughts…

Okay so the title of this post is cracking me up. I mean really aren’t all of these blog posts of mine yarn thoughts. Before we go any further though LOOK!!!!! Pickled Eggs in Super Sparkle might be the best thing ever!!!

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I was supposed to post this earlier this week about our La Luna yarns and the special on them that we are running. However I had a few people out sick so I was in the barn all week and by the time I was done answering emails and such after dyeing all day I just did not have it to blog. So here we are. We will keep the Special up for another week since I dropped the yarn ball on my end of the bargain.

As a reminder the special is on all three weights of La Luna which means there is something for everyone. The coupon code is: lalunalove  which is good until next Sunday and is good for 20% off.

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Okay what is so great about La Luna. Well the first thing is that is a blend of silk and merino and not just any merino but a high grade fine merino. We love soft yarns and a fine merino makes a great soft yarn however that fineness also means that the if your yarn is not constructed well it will not wear well and could also pill and fuzz. Also the finer the yarn the smaller the scales and the scales are what dye adheres to so it also affects how it takes and keeps the color.  So let’s blend in some silk to give that fine merino a little more stability and strength and… a whole lot of shine. Always, in yarn construction it is about just the right amount of blending. How much silk is the right amount? You want to add just enough to support the merino which is what we have done with La Luna. And then we have spun and plied so it keeps it’s elasticity giving us great stitch definition. Also if knit more open just enough drape without slippage! All while retaining that softness!  A perfect blend of fibers spun to enhance their natural tendency’s!!

 

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I truly love this yarn. I thought my favorite of the weights was the fingering weight but right now I am knitting with the DK and seriously loving the the feel of it as I knit and the fabric it is creating. A fabric that has a silky softness, a nice amount of ease and is making my knitting just shine!! Look at that color!!

Both La Luna Lace and La Luna Fingering are on the heavier ends of those weight spectrums. I wanted a lace weight yarn that was a little heavier since some of us are a little hesitant about using true lace weights but do love those lace patterns.

Pattern ideas!

La Luna DK: Pretty much any pattern that uses DK weight yarn. Here are two current patterns in RVS top 20.

Pebbles by Padma R

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Across the Waters by Cynthia Cushing

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Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli

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LaLuna Lace: Again any pattern that calls for a heavy lace weight or a light fingering weight. What are you ideas?

Sprite’s Fen Shawl by Helen Stewart

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La Luna Fingering:

Barley Light by tincan knits

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These are just a few ideas. Really there are so many more. All three of these weights would make super cozy and wonderful hats. Do you know about Hats NOT Hate with Lion Brand and Brooklyn Boy Knits ?

Stand up to bullying! Knit a blue hate! Donate a Blue Hate! Post all over social media and spread the word and the vibe!! There’s plenty of time! La Luna would be the perfect yarn for blue hats! I am dyeing some Tardis Blue for my hats. Let’s have our won Team Blue Moon for Hats NOT Hate!!

Okay my friends the sun is shining and it is SUNDAY so I am going to spend sometime in the garden getting the indigo beds ready!

New Colors!!

Look!!! I made new colors! I know it’s been awhile since I have felt light enough to be color inspired. Getting caught up or close to it certainly helps. I am pretty excited about these.

I was really inspired by this months Super Worm Moon and not in a way I would’ve predicted. I actually was quite stumped as to translate a worm moon into a colorway for yarn and then add the fact that is was a super worm moon. So much pressure!! I think I got it though. The light purple with the brown and gold and then that dark blue black giving it that bruiser of a look. I am pretty smitten with this one. Which I think kind spiraled and reawakened my color mojo. I even created tow new colors to go with out Super Worm Moon to make another Moon Trio.  I don’t think you can see it from this picture but the Grounded colorway has streaks of that purple all throughout those browns and golds and then on the lighter end a more light purple skein (Andalusite) with those golds and browns streaked through it.

 

As much as I love my full moon wormy earthy hues. I think my favorite of this bunch is Pickled Eggs! My grandmother Winnie always had a jar or two of eggs pickling. She kept them on the attic stairs. They were bright and happy and absolutely delicious. She used beet juice in her picking so they were super bright and a little spicy (cayenne). They looked a lot like these beauties.

I know my skeins are a little pinker then the eggs in this picture but my grans were super pink so I went with what I my visual memory has and my taste buds too. Winnie like her cayenne. My hens are laying like crazy so maybe I need to make up a batch of pickled eggs. Yum!!!

And since I had the hot bright pink out I decided to play with some black and aqua and bam we have Chasing Flamingos which one of our facebook followers named. Such a great name! So thanks for the great name Sophia.

Which brings us to the Delta Blues. And again Winnie plays a small part in this one. Been missing my grandmother so I guess I am channeling her through color which she would love! I am working a lot more on layering colors to creating more complex hues with depth and surprises that you might only see once you start knitting. Grounded most definitely has some crazy layering of color ~ browns, gold, orange and purple. I know! Do you know how much purple and brown love each other?  So… much.

Which bring us to our last new colorway of the weekend Empyreal which means: of or relating to the sky or heavens ~ celestial. Our Cara named it since it is a colorway I made just for her and this crazy cool and stunning design she has been working on. If you have not seen it you are going to love it and be seriously impressed. She uses Socks that Rock Lightweight in Enchanted Forest and Empyreal. When Cara asked me to create this color she told me she wanted Enchanted Forest for the  forest canopy and then she needed that sky that we see through it. I love Cara quite a bit so I thought long and hard about what it needed to be. I am glad I did not rush the process because we are bot so very happy with how it all turned out and I so love the name she chose since it embodies what we were trying to create and is the perfect match for Enchanted Forest!! The pattern is called Sussurate and at this point in it’s creative life it is with the tech editor and test knitters.

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Are ya ready??? It’s amazing! I love it so very much and am so proud of my friend for designing her vision in stitches and in brioche no less!

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Photo credit: January One (Cara Davis Conomos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much color!! It must be Spring!

Okay so a little news. We made serious headway this week and see light at the end of this tunnel so thank you so very very much for hanging in there with us.

We are almost done with all of the BFL Sport and and both sock club shipments. Dyeing all of that BFL was quite a job since they are 8 ounce skeins. Holy moly!! We are working on web orders and Our of the Hue color club along with our LYS orders.

If you have been waiting to purchase Seduction and Panda now is your time for on Monday we will be saying goodbye to both of these yarns. We are also just about out of BFL SPORT so that will also be coming down. Thank you all so very much for helping us give this yarn the send off it deserved. I can honestly say that other then when we were all knitting the Traveling Sweater with Woobu have we had such a successful garment yarn special. It has left me wondering if it was a combination of the pricing special and that the yarn was leaving or just that the yarn was leaving. I am on a mission to make sure we do not loose anymore of our beloved yarns so I am going to be more proactive in making sure we support them so the mill will keep making them for us. I will need you help so stay tuned my fiber loving friends.

Okay so I am posting this blog post and some of the new colorways are not quite up yet. That’s my next job.

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Super Worm Moon over Mt Hood!

even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone.  your light is extraordinary.

~ reminder

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 your light is extraordinary!

PS: In honor of our last super moon of the year we are offering all three of our La Luna yarns at 20% off for the next 4 days!

Code: lalunalove

Sunny Day….

sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet.

The air is sweet today! The sun is shining. There is not a cloud in the sky with the birds are singing and the frogs are peeping and the chickens are super happy as am I. Today it is so warm I can actually feel the sun on my skin ~ heaven! A very different picture than last weekend where is was super cold and snowy and it felt like winter would never ever leave.

So for those of you still with snow and winter there is hope!!  Sending some of these warm and sunny vibes your way.

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Spring has sprung! And I am feeling it are you?!

So stay tuned for new colorways in the next few weeks. I am also putting up more classes and fun crafty happenings. We want to expand our yearly dye day into something that happens once a month and involves other types of making. So my friends if there is something you would like us to offer or you would like to be a part of helping us create please let us know.  We are going to create a dye garden that we harvest and use. If you would like to be a part of that please do contact me. tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Community has always been seriously important to me. It’s one of the reasons I did events like Sock Camp and it is one the reasons I love to teach and honestly just do what I do. Creating for me is ALL about sharing there’s so much we have to teach each other. We all see things differently. Seeing and experiencing the world through someone else eyes and life experience makes us more whole within ourselves but also as a diverse loving people.

We are diligently working on catching up wit all the things and can actually see the light at the end of this tunnel. Thank you all so very much for standing by us with your compassion, notes ofe support and encouragement and patience! We have shipped the last 2018 RSC!! We are shipping the first one of 2019 this coming week. We are working on the color club and all of the web and store orders. All the things

We have shipped out over half of the BFL Sport yarn from the special. If you are part of the Vancouver Shawl KAL we are hoping to have everyone their yarn by the end of this week. Karen and I decided to make the cast on for this more fluid while everyone gets their yarn. Please do check out the Rav group to see what Karen has planned. If you have do not have a lot of experience with linen stitch please do check out the group on Ravelry. Karen is the linen stitch queen and is super helpful. I do remember a lot of you who ordered yarn for this shawl saying that you had put off knitting this because it felt like a lot and our intention with this KAL is to offer you that support no matter when we all start and finish! It’s all about the support. Oh and I soooooo love some of the color choices you all have made. We cannot wait to see all of these. I feel like we might need some sort of virtual fashion show when all of this is said and done.

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okay…well there is so much more but it is sunny and I want to absorb some more of this Vitamin D so I have it for the dye all the things week to come.

Love you guys! Love yourselves and each other!

Sock that Rock*STAR Sponsorship

 

We are grateful for your constant support in choosing Socks that Rock as your sock knitting yarn of choice which warms our hearts with gratitude!
You all are rock stars in our book!! We could use your help! By becoming a sponsor you officially become a Socks that Rock*STAR!

 

As most of you are aware over the past year we’ve dealt with massive yarn delays with pretty much all of our suppliers with the most serious being the latest fiasco with our Socks that Rock. Blue Moon has experienced some amazing love and support from our very loyal and supportive knitters during this time.
You all have been extremely patient, understanding and kind during what has been one of the most trying times Blue Moon has experienced. Right up there with the whole sock club and bank returning everyone’s money kind of stressful. We consider ourselves lucky and grateful that you are our knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers… .
Since it’s obvious our industry is changing ~ mills are closing and wool supplies are in question ~ we are looking to problem-solve this issue. In order to assure that we are not in this position again Blue Moon is going to purchase a very large inventory of Socks that Rock in all of the weights. Doing so not only gives us a stockpile but also stimulates the mill to produce more consistently. It also covers us for any more mill errors. Of course in order make this happen it takes quite a bit of funds. I have been brainstorming how best to raise these funds besides going into debt or raising prices which brings us here, our community and an idea ~ Socks that Rock STAR Sponsorship.

One of the hardest things for me in life is asking for help which is odd since I love to help, you would think they go hand and hand and yet.  What I know is that the almost 20 yrs of being Blue Moon we have created and been part of a wonderful community of fiber loving folk that have often left me speechless by the love and support shared.  So based on my experience of this stunning community, what I know and what I have seen, heard and felt recently of how much we all love Socks that Rock and how sad we all are when it is not readily and consistently available, here’s my idea. I am asking you to help Blue Moon gain control over our beloved sock yarn which assures it will always be here when we all want it and at a price we can afford.

I know the power we all are together. I have been so lucky and blessed with our community.  I saw it first hand years ago after the bank returned everyone’s money for the sock club because they thought we were running a sock knitting scam. I saw it, heard it and felt it when everyone signed back up and showed up at all of our shows for over a year with cash. One of the most loving and humbling experiences of my life.  So… my dear yarn loving friends let’s stock pile some yarn! Hmm…maybe I need to keep one of the pods.

  Sponsorship:
Besides your constant support in choosing Socks that Rock as your sock knitting yarn of choice which warms our hearts with gratitude!
You all are rock stars in our book!! By becoming a sponsor you officially become a Socks that Rock*STAR!
What you will receive for your sponsorship funds.

*  1 skein of Socks that Rock in a one time very special Socks that Rock STAR colorway!
*  A cool and creative pin that tells all  the world of your Sock that Rock STAR status.
*  A sticker with catchy slogan on it that you can put wherever you sock knitting heart desires.

   * Your name on a Sponsorship Socks that Rock STAR page on the website & a button to put on social media that shows you are a Socks that Rock*STAR sponsor.
* Our un-dyeing gratitude! Seriously!!!

Your Socks that Rock STAR sponsorship is a fundraising pre-order which will ship in the beginning of June that way you will have the yarn from the lot you are supporting!!!

  Pricing: 65.00

I am humbled by your support and love!!  Thank you.

If you want to be more involved check out my Blue Moon Patreon page.

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!

IMG_4040And as you can see, in Seduction it’s all kinds of glorious. I love the little petal-shaped edges, and the slipped-stitch selvages elevate garter stitch to an elegant new level.

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).

IMG_4039I cast on 41 stitches to make the scarf size recommended, and am really enjoying the rhythm of the RS rows. (On the WS, you get what I call a ‘purl-side vacation’ — no pattern to memorize so you get to daydream a little!)

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!