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Just a phase….

Who saw the eclipse??

I am sad to say that I did not. It was not for lack of trying though. When I saw that it was too cloudy here I got in the car in search for clear skies. Which if you think about the fact that I live in the Pacific Northwest, the land of perpetual cloud cover and grey skies! Needless to say I was not successful. So I went and got a latte and headed home to start my day.

What I did see was the stunningly bright and beautiful super-blue-moon rising.

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I stood in my front yard in front of the pond where the froggies have started their spring-is-coming song and watched that lunar light rise over the hill until the whole forest was bathed in moonlight.  Quite the magical moment! One which was pretty powerful for this witchy woman. Even the frogs thought so. As soon as the moon crested the horizon they were silent.

Do you know it has been 150 yrs since a lunar occurrence of this magnitude has happened? I know we were all super excited about the solar eclipse this summer (me too!!) but this super blue lunar one was quite the stellar experience!

Did you see that Karen published her Just a Phase scarf pattern this week?!!

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The way the pattern works with the eclipse colorways is so great!! Makes this dyer’s heart pretty flipping happy. This picture above and in Karen’s pattern is with the A Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway.

The picture below is the beginning of one that Maggie is knitting for Madrona and Stitches in the colorway, Dark Side of Blue Moon.

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Look!! It’s doing the same thing as its Solar counterpart.  I was hoping it would, since I dyed them with the same layout of where and how I put the colors, but was not absolutely sure. Gauge is quite the knit mistress and task master!

Most of the Lunar colorways will do this patterning. These three most definitely will:

Some of our other colorways on the website right now that should also play this way are:

Blue Brick Wall, Blue Moon Rising, A Total eclipse of the Sun, Dark Side of Blue Moon, Endora, Grayple, Scumble Bumble, Morticia, Smoky Mtn Morn, Gin Blossom, Delirium, Dark Side of Delirium, Blue Super Eclipsed Blood Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse, and maybe Don’t Rain on My Craft Parade.

So may possibilities with this one based on colorway and the stitch pattern combination that Karen created!

If I was the kind of person that did not run hot, I would knit one out of 3 skeins just cause I can! So cozy and warm.  When you purchase the pattern from Karen you get a discount code for Plushy from us which is good until the 7th of February!

So did you cast on any lunar knit magic?? I did. Not sure what will come of it but I did cast on! Be impressed! The yarn is La Luna DK and La Luna Lace. Both dye boo boo’s . The dark one is a Total Eclipse of the Sun that was not quite right and the lighter one I have no idea what it was supposed to be. I seriously love how the La Luna took the eclipse colorway!!

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If you have not read the Inspiration Monday post by Karen ( the one before this post) check it out!!  She is knitting Ysolda’s Stockbridge Cardi out of our Yaksi Fingering in Grimm Green and it is STUNNING!!!!!

We are huge fans of pretty much anything Ysolda designs! That said, there is just something about this cardi! Thank you Ysolda for constantly giving us such wonderful knits that always teach us and give a wonderful knit and wearing experience!

I have to go box up yarn to send to Taproot and load the car for a delivery to Twisted!

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We have send out the School of Yarn email with all of your PDFs!! Yarn will leave this coming week when the errant swag arrives!

Our first shipment of the year for RSC has made it out the door! We still have some Canadian and International to ship which will go out on Monday once our techie fixes a “thing”.

Dye classes for spring are up as requested!!

Okay posting now cause I do believe the newsletter has been mailed.

Have a great weekend.

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Anther day in hueville

Good morning dear knitters! It’s Saturday and my dear friend Karen is here and we have all kinds of fun planned. I have been looking forward to this visit for weeks and then…I woke up this am with a bit of a sore throat and the sniffles.

Ugh!!

So I am not a happy camper!  I have my tea and my ginseng and other such immune boosters and I am going to continue on as planned.

Did ya see the purples??

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It so funny this purple kick I am on. As a colorist of course I love all color since they are my medium of artistic expression. Personally purple is not my absolute favorite hue so this obsession is interesting. I got inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra-Violet. I like the shade of violet they are using but I truly think that the addition of ultra as part of the description might be the inspirational culprit here. What makes a color ultra?  How does one go abut making a color an ultra color?  Is an ultra color a super power color?

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So it’s a bit of a creative challenge and you know me… I do so love a creative challenge. Even if it is one that have totally made up based on my interpretation of a color description. It’s funny what inspires and challenges us.

Anyway here are a few of the colorways I have come up on my ultrafying color journey!! I have a bout 4 more that are shaded solids but I am tweaking them a bit so look for them next week. If you click on them and make them bigger you can see that some of them have a bit of a purple glow which is what I think might make a color just a little bit more.

My favorite of these is Echantress!!  Seriously sexy!! Although the vibrancy of Harold’s Purple Crayon  really makes me happy. I will keep you posted on my ultra color journey!

It is January 20th already. How?? So we are almost through our first month of our 18th year and almost at that super lunar wonderfulness!

What are you casting on with us on the 31st?  We have so very many options. You can just do your very own thing in any of our yarns and colorways!

You can join in on our lunar monthly KAL where we take that’s month colorways and do a block of the moth type thing. We have two ideas on this one. You could join in on the log cabin KAL with the MDK and Fringe  #fringeandfriendslogalong which looks to be all kinds of fun!! (Read more here from Karen) Or you can knit your very own square and at the end of the year you will have 13 blocks ( don’t forget that blue moon). to piece together for your very own lunar blanky. If you think about it what better way to cover oneself at night then with a woolly moon blanket.

Karen is going to join in on the log cabin fun and I think I am going to do a square a month because it truly appeals to me. Also it is about what my knit attention span is at the moment. You can choose you own pattern design for your square but I will post a few stitch pattern ideas that I think will go well with each months lunar hue.

One could also cast on the seriously wonderful scarf, Just a Phase! that Karen has designed us. It is written for three gauges Aran, Worsted and DK. She brought it with her this weekend so I could photograph it and OMG!!! you are so going to love this. You will be able to purchase said pattern on ravelry and pattern fish under akabini on the 30th of January.  You want this scarf!! It makes a statement and is one of the coziest things I have ever wrapped around my neck.

Yardage specs for Just a Phase:

Aran weight:  (Plushy) : 660 yds (604m)

DK Weight:  (CAKE DK or  La Luna DK or Crackpaca ) 900 yds ( 823m)

Worsted weight: (CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted) 825 yds (755m)

Check out our instagram feed for lots of pics on colors and designs!!

BFL Feature and SPECIAL!!!

Not that all of the above is not special but…  this week we are featuring our long time yarn bestie ~ BFL SPORT on special as part of our anniversary celebration of who we are and where we have been!!  Our BFL SPORT is the 2nd garment yarn that I added to our line of garment yarns.  I love Bluefaced Leicester!  As a dyer I am a fan of the way it takes the dye and color because of it’s long wool component. Then there is that little bit of drape it can have also due to it’s long-wool genetics. Bluefaced is a softer and bouncier long-wool especially if spun just right which I feel our BFL SPORT is. It has just enough twist to be durable and also lofty!

One of my absolute favorite sweaters was designed for me by my dear friend Anna Zilboorg. It’s called Tina’s Sweater and is knit with our BFL SPORT. It is the coziest sweater I own and has stood the test of time.  Tinas

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my other absolute favorite designs in our BFL SPORT is Vancouver by Samantha Roshak

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Also super cozy!! One of my all time favorite knits and wraps!

Our BFL Special will run until February 1st and is good for 15% of the Coupon Code: BFLSPORT18

Thank you to both Anna and Samantha for such a wonderful and integral part of Blue Moon!

Okay off to breakfast and what is sure to be a very Portland photo shoot!

Have a lovely weekend!!

off and running…

I do not know about you but my first week of 2018 has been pretty eventful. I started the week with a dental appt. which is a pretty terrifying experience for me. I had to have a crown. Which is what happens when you are scared to go to the dentist and you keep putting it off. I know better but there you have it.

I have found the very best dentist. Dr. Hura at Hillsboro Modern Dentistry. The whole office is just all kinds of awesome but he especially so. He is kind and gentle and explains things and gives me all the time I need.  I scheduled this for the beginning of the year because I pretty much didn’t have much of a choice and…it felt good to start the year being brave.

Okay so…we have Vogue Knitting LIVE next week which pretty much kicks off the 2018 show season for us fiber folk. I hope it warms up a little before the end of next week.

As I have mentioned Terri O’Brien of Feather Your Nest has a booth (798/710) and it will be chock full of Blue Moon yarny goodness and lots of lots of samples including:

Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook in our Targhee Worsted
Winter Honey and Sheltered  by Andrea Mowry in Targhee Worsted
The Traci Shawl by Joji Locatelli in Socks that Rock Lightweight (there will be kits)
Decemberist Shawl by Melanie Berg in Peru
Churchmouse Yarns Easy Folded Poncho in Peru
The Wooliers Swancho in Peru
Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry in our Featherlight Gradient Kits
Landscape Waves by Carol Feller in Targhee Worsted
Breathing Space by Veera Välimäki in Gaea Fingering
Off-Kilter Shawlette by Shannon Squire in Yaksi Fingering
The Wonder Shawl by Shannon Squire in Yaksi Fingering
and…all the socks!!! So very, very  many socks.
Also a special Vogue colorway!! Teri wanted me to create a colorway that was inspired by the Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon in Central Park.
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Imagine Strawberry Fields our homage to John Lennon and a little hope, peace and love!

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Sock Club Sign-ups are going strong!! It is so going to be a magical year! I made most of the colorways for the year and the 2 I did yesterday made everyone in the barn over joyed so… . I am pretty tickled! Check out the Rockin’ Sock Club blog for a fun game we have started for the year!

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oh and we will be shipping School of Yarn Semester #2 Merino Madness soon so if you want to be part of that first shipment now is the time to sign up!

Speaking of color….I made the very best purple yesterday!!

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Inspired by the 2018 Pantone color of the year Ultra-Violet I pretty happy with it. When the yarn dries I’ll post a picture on Instagram!!

Okay I have a kid who wants lunch and a movie with her mom so I am off for the day!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Make a joyful noise!

NOTE: Read carefully, for hidden in these words of mine this morning is a present you will find towards the end.
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(It’s amazing how many chicken themed ornaments we have. hmm…)

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I picked up number two daughter (Sophia, my youngest) from the airport yesterday and she and I pick up number one daughter (Rabia, my middle child and oldest girl) today!! I have not seem them both in far too long. As you can imagine my heart is pretty flipping full right now. We are a really tight family and having my two girls so far away is not the easiest! Luckily for this mother’s heart my number one and only son, Narayan is here in Portland with lovely wife, Candace and their pooches, Niki and Siena.

I am so looking forward to the time we have together and will cherish every single moment!

I love this holiday season! I love the merry making and crafty creating, all the yummy baking, the giving of love and presents, decorating everything I can with twinkle lights, singing in the barn as we dye your yarn, the winter briskness and longest night and the return of the light!

I know however that this is not the best season for all of us and honestly if any of my kids could not be here it would not be for me either. I have spent the better part of the last 6 months with some pretty intense empty nest loneliness and grief. Who knew?! I know, most of you know. I do not get lonely as a rule. I have a full to brimming life because of all of you (THANK YOU!!) and my friends, and seriously curious, creative mind. So this all hit me pretty hard and made me think a lot about how holidays are for those of us who for whatever reason cannot be with the ones we love and are loved by.

My worker bee Sierra, who is a sweetheart of a person,  and I were chatting about this and wondering what we can do to help. She has a neighbor who just lost her husband and she was wondering what she could do to reach out.. I told her that I thought just about anything that we can do for each other that is reaching out and showing that someone is there and cares lightens the alone feeling and sheds a little light and love!

As makers and creators we tend to spread a little love and light with every stitch of colorful woolly warmness that falls off of our needles I know in my heart that if most of us see a soul in need we respond with kindness and generosity. I know this from my own experience with our creative community. I also know when you are low and not at your best to reach out and say, “hey, I am having a hard time and could use a friendly smile or cup of tea or (fill in the blank)”.

So let us notice those around us and spread a little more light! I will be here with my family all weekend but I do have a computer and for some odd reason have been waking up at 3:00 am every single day!! I am here and will do my best to say hi if a friendly voice would help you! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com.  It’s not much, but it might be enough! I know it has been for me at times.

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It snowed a wee bit last night!

Well…I can tell you I was not really going here when I sat down this am to write you, which is one of the great things about writing. I was going to tell you all about how excited I am about the Raven gradients and all the goodness we can create with them and remind you School of Yarn fold that your coupon code expires at the end of the month.

School of Yarn discount code expires at the end of this month!!!

And…here is my little color brain’s current pride and joy! A Raven gradient kit in Valkyrie. I know!  Do you love it?? I seriously do and am going to ball one up and cast one some goodness this weekend because I just cannot flippin’ help myself. I just need to figure out what pattern I want to use. I think we are going to have to offer these gradients in larger and or different weight other than fingering weight sizes for sweaters. What do you think??

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So as a little holiday gift from us to you there is a coupon code for 10% off good until midnight on Christmas night. The first 4 letters in the code are all caps and the hints to what they are are below and the last part of the code is 2017

Here are you hints:

Hint #1 which is the first letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one and only son’s name.

Hint #2 which is the second letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one daughter’s name.

Hint #3 which is the third letter of the code: The 1st letter in number two daughter’s name.

Hint #4 which is the fourth letter of the code: The 1st letter in daughter-in-law’s name.

So the code is those 4 letters in caps followed by 2017 with no spaces in between!

Okay I have to get ready to go to the airport to pick up daughter!!!!

Take care of each other, stay warm and safe and loved!!

Peace and so much joy!!

Happy Saturday Knitters!!

I don’t know if you have noticed but we have made a small newsletter timing change. We are now sending the newsletter on Saturday morning instead of Friday afternoon. I hope this is as good for you as it is for me.

For me it means I have Friday to create the newsletter and get it to Jess and then I have Friday evening or Saturday morning before it flies out to you to write a blog post. Which means I end up writing it in bed on Saturday morning with a cup of tea and a cat or two to keep me company. It’s great! Gives me time to mull over the week we just worked through and look at what is coming in the next few weeks in a reasonably relaxed manner so I can then share it all with you, one of my favorite things. So…I get to enjoy one of my favorite things instead of rushing so it fits into a deadline.

 

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Speaking of deadlines, how’s the holiday knitting coming? We are doing our very best to get you your yarn as fast as we can dye it!!  A whole bunch of it will ship out of here today and on Monday. Yay!!!

Sock Club has shipped and the pdf’s are up!!

Rockin’ Whorl Club has shipped and pdf’s mailed out and on Monday we will ship out the School of yarn and… mail the pdf’s.

We were going to ship out the School of Yarn with the sock club but it would have made our tiny little post office cry. When I showed on on Wednesday and with some of the RSC packages and told them what was coming on Friday I thought Donna was going to cry right then and there. I couldn’t bury them on a Friday. They are already short handed and it is the holiday and holy moly I am so very glad I do not work for USPS!!  I need to remember in the next few weeks to show up with treats!! Show your mail carrier and UPS drivers a little extra love right now. After all they do bring us yarn!!

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This is the fifth of the trollies will filled on Friday!

We did some shawl modeling this week. It occurred to me that I never showed you the Find your Fade we made out of 2 of our A Total Eclipse of the Sun Featherlight Gradient Kits.

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It is pretty hard to get a great picture of how pretty and dramatic it is! I so love how this came out and am designing a few other gradient kits that have a similar effect.

Maggie finished knitting her, The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Knits 

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We are both a little obsessed with Plushy and Feldges right now so she knit this one with Plushy in Valkyrie Fledge.

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We are so obsessed that I have been inspired to create Raven Gradients!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I know…. So stay tuned next week for some of that action. I am so very very excited. I feel like the Raven series is on of my better creative moments as a colorist and I would like to revisit them and maybe create a few more!

Creating color! I have been in a bit of a new colorway slump lately which happens. Creativity is definitely an ebb and flow kind of thing. I have been a bit weighed down with all of the running of things and not as much of the creating. This week that all changed, thanks to that ebb and flow and to Emily at Eat Sleep Knit who is one of my color muses and my Maggie and well that right now is more flow than ebb in my life.

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New colorways!!

These three are probably my favorites of the new ones, although it does constantly change for me. The one on the far right makes so very very happy. This picture does not really do it justice.

What would you name these three colorways? They all need names and I have posted this picture to instagram and asked there so… if you are on instagram you can play along there. New colorways will be up next week! So look for them then.

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Super Targhee!  If you were afraid you missed the boat on this sweet deal of a yarn, you did not!! We still have some in stock! If you are not sure what you want it for well…we have a plan for January’s knitting for ourselves theme. (I know it’s called selfish kitting but I don’t like the negative that implies about knitting for ourselves)

Anyway we are going to do a KAL. The Timeless Sweater KAL that features timeless sweater patterns we all know and love and bucket list knits. Do you have a few of those in your queue?? I bet you do. A sweater that you’ve been wanting to knit just for you but for some reason have not quite gotten to. There are so many stunning sweater designs out there that stand the test of time and transcend design trends like Ysolda’s Pumpkin Ale or Veera’s Breathing Space or Joji’s Manzanilla or Carol’s Pistachio Saffron or Gurdrun’s Audrey in Unst the list goes on and on. I want all of these!! Don’t you?

Okay I think that might cover it for this week. I am going to go for a walk and do some holiday decorating, get groceries (cupboard is so very bare) , make a big pot of soup for the week and then sit and knit and probably hatch a plan.

What’s your plan for the day?

Happy knitting my friends!

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Inspiration Monday: Olson

For those of you knee-deep in holiday knitting angst, take heart … there’s great Selfish Sweater Knitting on the horizon. Just a few more weeks ’til the new year and your well-earned respite from gift making!julie-hoover-olson-600-2_small2

Anyone who hangs out to knit with me knows of my unabashed and unashamed love for Julie Hoover’s designs — always so classic and timeless, with that edge of interest that keeps you from feeling plain. She’s done quite a few great garments over the years for her own label, as well as collaborating with other companies now and again.

Olson is her latest, and of course it didn’t take five seconds for it to land in my pattern library: look at that drape! The easy, throw-it-on-over-anything shape … and that shoulder seam detail! I can’t even.

Knitters are in love with boxy, oversized sweaters right now, and it’s no wonder — they are the most forgiving of garments (handy at this time of year, when the sideboard groans with treats and celebrations fill every weekend with food-laden gatherings). No need to worry whether the cardigan will button over your food baby when it’s got such a broad, swingy profile through the hips.

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(When I get this knit up, I’ll have to spend more time leaning up against walls, thinking. It’s that kind of sweater.)

Julie’s sample, shown in the photos here, was worked up in a DK weight alpaca-silk blend, knitted quite open; so this is a great chance to explain the alchemy of yarn substitution. At first glance, you might look at the knitted gauge of 18 sts = 4″/10cm and assume she’d used a worsted-weight yarn (which usually has a gauge range of 18-20sts/4″). The soft swoop of the fabric in the photos tells a different story, however — this is clearly a drapier, more fluid fabric. For successful yarn substitution, it’s important to also look at the ‘ball-band gauge’ of the yarn used: in this case, it’s a DK (11wpi). (Nice of Ravelry to put that information right front and center on the pattern page!)

Fortunately for me, I had the chance to indulge in some instant gratification: my mighty Blue Moon stash offered up two great candidates for this drapey beauty! Interestingly enough, neither of them are blends — they are both single-fiber superheroes. Cake DK is a springy, sweet and plump merino beauty, and BFL Sport is a fuzzy, halo-y taste of the joys of Bluefaced Leicester.

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(‘Hang on, Karen,’ you say — ‘BFL Sport? I thought you said we needed DK!’) Technically, yes — the pattern calls for a 11 wpi yarn, but given the right fiber content and bounce and spring, you could work with a slightly finer yarn and get good results. I definitely felt like the BFL was swatchworthy. (You know, for science!)

And here are my happy swatches, after blocking and resting for a few days: Cake DK at top, in colorway “Spicy Plum,” and BFL Sport below in “Champlum.” (Total coincidence that I had these yarns in sympathetic colors to Julie’s pictured sample — inspiring, however!)

I wish I could have you all here next to me to feel these swatches — they are both so gloriously plump and fluffy, lightweight yet bouncy… they make me want to cast on right.this.second! The fiber subtleties come out when you have them next to each other like this: the Cake’s merino yields a smooth, soft fabric that just glides across your skin if you rub your face in it (oh, c’mon — you totally would!). I love the bounce and spin of the three plies, and the stitch picture is so tidy and happy! (I’m a sucker for a good merino. Tina knows this.)

The BFL Sport was a bit of a wild card, I’ll admit — I kinda swatched it on a self-made dare, because I have an SQ of it in Champlum and I would just loooove to have a sweater that color in my wardrobe. Could it work? Could it indeed! Despite the fact that it’s 12wpi (one more wrap per inch than the specified yarn weight), it’s holding up beautifully at the pattern gauge. It has a light, fluffy, slightly-fuzzy airiness to it that’s just enchanting. Not as regular and smooth as the merino, but slightly woolly in a way that still manages to be soft, soft, soft.

Interestingly enough, I needed to go up to a US8/5mm to get gauge for this pattern; but that’s not uncommon for me with Julie’s patterns (I suspect she’s a loose knitter, because she often calls for a needle size on her patterns that’s much smaller than what I end up using). Reason #6,432 to swatch, swatch, swatch! And because both of these yarns have quite a bit of bounce and snap-back, I’d recommend waiting a few days after your swatches have dried from their initial blocking to take a second, rested, measurement. Yarns bounce back! (And you wouldn’t want a sweater  you’d knitted to come out too small or too short after its first washing, would you?)

So lucky me — I’ll have my SQ of BFL Sport waiting under the tree for me on December 25, ready for a me-gifted cast-on party! What about you? What colorway will you choose for your cozy-over-pyjamas-or-your-party-dress Olson? 1320–1745 yards is what you’ll need, which translates into 2 or 3 skeins of either scrumptious yarn: a veritable bargain, considering either is just $35 per generous skein!

Happy sweater dreams, y’all. Hope all your holiday wishes will come true in the next few weeks!

A little thank you and some fun!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! it was small quiet and lovely here! Peaceful and fun, one of my favorite combo’s right now. Lot’s of puppy time with Siena who is growing by leaps and bounds and is probably one of the most affectionate dogs I have been around.  She loves to snuggle and loves laps which is going to be interesting soon since she’s a golden retriever and it looks like she is going to be a big one.  Look at those paws!

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Okay so we have a few exciting things I need to share with you besides puppy photos.

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Today is Black Friday and for a few years now I have been wanting to put our Ravens and Fledges on special for this day. Since you know… they are colors washed in black ( ravens ) and grey ( fledges ).

I thought it was not possible to discount colorways on our ancient beast of a website but it turns out it is! So thanks to a little push from Maggie  today ( Black Friday ) all of our Raven and Fledge colorways are discounted 10% in all bases!!

The code you need for this 10% discount is : BLACKFRIDAY17

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If you need a little tempting here is our Valkyrie Fledge one of my very favorite colorways knit in Plushy, one of my favorite yarns. (The pattern Maggie is knitting is The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn. ) All of the Raven colorways look great in pretty much all of our bases but I think they are especially wonderful for our garment yarns and make stunning sweaters!!

Which is great since one of the other specials is a new yarn. I kid you not!

Super Targhee is seriously sexy blend of super-wash Targhee ( 80%) and Tussah Silk (20%) in a round and lofty DK weight, 4 ply yarn.

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Super Targhee is a small run so when this lot is gone, it is gone!  We have about 400 pounds of it so it will go quick. I’m a big fan and those of you who have been wanting us to have a super wash garment yarn here is it is, if only for a short time.  Maggie has been swatching it and and we dyed up some in Heckley Speckley and she says she definitely is going to needs a few sweaters worth it is that lovely.

Our supplier has gifted us with quite the deal on this beauty and we are passing that along to you, our lovely knitters!

450 yd skeins for 26.00 a skein. Most DK yarns are come in 250 or so yd skeins and run that price or higher.  So quite the deal indeed!

In a land where I have knitting time I would knit all my family hats for  Christmas out of the Super Targhee wonder of a yarn. (Insert uproarious laughter here) We’ll see how that goes!

Here it is knit in a shaded solid with cables…

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…and then below is Maggies Heckley Speckley swatch. It’s hard to tell in pictures but that Tussah Silk really shimmers when it catches the light so I htink darker colorways will be stunning like maybe a raven. (see that)

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The other special we are running from today, the Friday that is Raven Black, until Cyber Monday is some Blue Moon Golden Ticket fun! I like this because no matter what you order you win! How it works is this: every order that is placed this from now until the end of Cyber Monday will get a golden ticket included in your package when we ship your yarn. The tickets will be fun and will have discounts on them running from 10% to 40%. Who know which one you will get which is exciting. A surprise! There will be a code on your ticket for that discount so you will need to keep it so you have it when you order next. The discount is good for a one time use on yarns anytime in the next 6 months.

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If you are looking for some quick, super fun and creative patterns for the holidays and all of this lovely yarn our buddy Shannon Squire is part of Ravelry’s Gift-A-Long

A whole lot of colorful woolly knit goodness to be had!

A few notes:

We are shipping out this week both the sock club and the school of yarn so if you have an address change please do let us know soon!!

We have shipped out the Rockin’ Whorl Club and the pdf’s will be coming on Monday! I love this color soooooo much!

When you order if you are ordering for holiday knitting if you cold let us know in the comments section of your order that would be great!

Last but not least THANK YOU!! You are the best and we are truly blessed to have you all in our lives!

Okay I am off to tag and ship and deliver yarn. I will leave you with this shot of Siena and one of her fav places to be, my feet.

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Just another day in Hueville.

You know it’s time to pull your head out of the dye pot and post a few pics or words on social media when your knitters start emailing to make sure you are ok.

I am fine! I promise.  Well… to be honest I am seriously tired and my body is not real thrilled with me at this moment but all is well.  Just super busy dyeing everyone’s yarn so you and our LYS’s can have it as soon as we can dye and dry it!

Which means my friends this post will be super short so I can head back out to the dye barn to rinse out yesterdays dye-fest and light the posts and get going with another day in Hueville.

Some fun color things:

Look at all of this Heckley Speckley goodness!

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I love how the dye plays out on the different bases. There are three bases here. Plushy, Super Sparkle and La Luna Lace. La Luna Lace is not superwashed treated like the other two and you can so see that difference here.

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Speckles hold more true on superwash treated yarns because they set almost as soon as they hit the yarn because of that nylon polymer coating.

You can try for the same effect on nonsuperwash yarns with heat and more acid but it still dissipates a bit. I appreciate the difference.

 

You can see it here even more distinctly. The La Luna is most definitely more muted. Now some of that is the silk but most of it is that superwash also gives a super saturated color effect!! I believe this colorway is Sunnydale.

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Speaking of super color…

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We’ve been dye testing neons this week for some upcoming colors and fun!

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That’s Maggie our dye test queen! We always test new batches of dye when they come in the door as we do with new lots of yarn to make sure they are what we ordered and they match the last batch or lot. Maggie loves this job which is all kinds of awesome because I most definitely do not!

We are working on all kinds of new colors and color themes and next years sock club and special colors for our LYS’s.

So if you have something you’d like to see us do or  color thoughts you’d like to share please do! Either here in the comments or you can email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

As we were putting a yarn shipment away this week I noticed we have quite the stock of Marine Silk Lace. At this point in the year we are trying to keep stocks low for inventory so…we are putting it on SPECIAL for 29.00 a skein which is about 20% of it’s usual 35.00. It truly is a lovely lace weight yarn so if you need a treat this is a good one! Such a soft, light and lofty yarn with the perfect amount of drape! oh…it also takes the dye in a dreamy muted way that shows the layers of a color.

Here it is in our Fir-Ever-Green colorway.

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School of Yarn

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The week after Thanksgiving we will be shipping out our last Targhee lesson of our first semester. That went fast and has been all kinds of fun. I hope you all are enjoying it as much as we are working on it. Truly a labor of love!! The only thing I feel sad about was that I have been so busy with the running and dyeing of things i have not had much of a chance to check in on our rav group. Luckily our swatch mistress and all around knit guru Karen has filled that role in a grand and graceful Karen way!

If you have been wishing you had purchased it or waiting to see what the fuss was all bout well now is you last chance to purchase semester #1 November 31st is the last day you will be able to purchase it.

Also on December 1st the second semester will from it’s current introductory pricing of $200.00 to $220.00

One of other things we have been working on is the closing of this year’s Rockin’ Sock Club and the planning of next years!!!!

It’s always sad for me to see a sock year end and I think this year I have found a way to process it for all of us so do check out the dyer’s notes!!

We will be shipping out the week after Thanksgiving. Yay!!! So much shipping!

I sent out an email yesterday to the club because we have most of our designers for the year on board. I will tell you that I am so very happy that we get to work with such talented designers.

Designers who are as serious about sock knitting as we are, like: Ann Budd, Hunter Hammersen, ErinB, Meaghan Schmaltz and our very own Karen Alfke just to name drop  a few.  There are a few more and a cloaked in mystery extra special surprise designer!!

Almost all of the patterns will be new and exclusive for a 3 month period so that worked really well!! Thanks for all of your feedback on making this change.

Wait until you see January’s colors. Oh my goodness!!!

Okay well it is now 7:30 and I hear the yarn calling my name. You all hear that too right??

Oh…almost forgot.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Knitting!!

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inspiration monday: festivus minus the frenzy

Here in the United States, turkeys everywhere are getting pretty nervous. Next week we sit down for our Thanksgiving (being a bit tardier than Our Cousins to the North on the gratitude front), and after that it’s just one big landslide down into The Holidays.

If you weren’t Little Miss/Mister Organized this year, here are some thoughts for what to put on your needles ASAP so you can give thoughtful, handmade gifts this year without losing your everluvvin’ MIND.

HATS!

Hats are a godsend to the gifting knitter: the sizing isn’t crazy-critical, it’s a fun way to use a bit of yarn to make a statement, and unlike sleeves and socks, they are a ONE-and-DONE gift. And let’s face it – no matter where you live, a hat can come in handy this time of year (even if only occasionally, for an hour – like for our friends in Florida and L.A.).

Hat patterns also span the spectrum of mindless (great for parties and gatherings of relatives) to entertainingly complex (for plane flights or distraction from those same relatives). Here are two of my ‘go-to’ patterns for myself and my knitworthy loved ones.

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One of my favorite, most-used patterns is Churchmouse Yarns & Teas’ Boyfriend Watch Cap. It has a pleasing thick gauge which knits up quickly and provides reassuring warmth while being stylishly unisex. And even better, it’s your excuse to use pleasing, plump PLUSHY!

Since each skein offers a generous 330 yards, if you get two skeins, you’ll have enough to make three Boyfriend Watch Caps. Two different colorways could give you one solid cap in each color, plus a striped or colorblocked third. Go crazy!

I’ve always been mad in love with ‘Manly Yes, But I Like It Too‘ – those browns and greys are welcome in so many wardrobes.

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And maybe zing things up with a skein of ‘Scumble Bumble’…? The simple construction of the hat would let Tina’s colorways be the star of the show.

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If you’re looking for a hat that gives back to you as well (in the form of entertaining knitting with cool texture), look no further than L’Arbre by Cirilia Rose.

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This was part of a 2015 Hatalong hosted over on Karen T’s wonderful Fringe Association blog. The pattern is from the fantastic and inspiring book Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads, but the Fringe blog kindly still hosts a link to try this pattern for free (which will only whet your appetite for the full book – you have been warned!).

I loved everything about this hat – the pattern was easy to follow, the texture interesting and motivating (and distracting!) to knit … and it’s one of my go-to hats to wear. You know how good it feels when you put a hat on and it just *fits*? This hat does it for me. (I’ve got a 21″, fairly standard-adult head; but if you were knitting this for someone with a bigger head, you could just add more depth to the hat.) The ‘Little Tree’ pattern is just 4 rounds tall, so it’s easy to add a repeat or two or three for additional depth.

Bonus: if you have a super-knitworthy person in mind, there are mitts to go with the hat!

I’m toying with the idea of knitting a second one for me, with mitts to go with. Perhaps I’ll put a skein of CAKE Worsted in my stocking – I’ll have to check with Tina to see if she thinks I’ve been naughty or nice this year.

This is one design where it’s worth sticking with Shaded Solids, to let the pattern play stand out. Oh, but the Raven Clan… they would be so beautiful here! Or the Spirits…! You may have to indulge in a few. You have folks to knit for, right? Perfect excuse.

Place your order for some Plushy or CAKE now, and you’ll get a lovely package in the mail from Blue Moon just in time to pop these on your needles, knit them up lickety-split, wrap ’em up and put them under the tree!

All the fun things!!

I have so many exciting things to share with you I am not quite sure where to start.

I know how about here?!

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We’re going to Stitches West!  We’ve decided we miss seeing all of you and the fun one can have at shows so we’ve decided to add in few throughout the year and we are starting with our dear friends at Stitches!! I am so excited to be a sponsor and the work with Benjamin and his wonderful team again. Thank you Ben for welcoming us back into the Stitches family! We are in the process of planning what to bring with us so if there is something you would like to see please do let us know.  we have three booths to fill. You can leave a note in the comments here or send us an email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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Recognize this? It’s our Fair Isling on Blue Moon pattern booklet. We are finally sending it off to our friends at Brown Printing here in Portland for a reprint. We are also formatting it for PDF downloads. You all have been asking for awhile and we happy to be in a place where we can make this happen.

We’ve put it up for PRESALE.  I expect it all to be ready in 3 to 4 weeks. We are offering two purchasing options.  The printed booklet and PDF and then just the PDF. It’ll will be nice to be able to offer these fun patterns again! Thank you for your continued interest.

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ROCKIN’ SOCK CLUB  2018!! 

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Roll on… roll on … for the Sock Knitting Magical Mystery Tour!

Can you believe it? It’s our 13th year of rockin’ the sock knitting. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 13 years. We have decided to celebrate with as super  a magical year we can imagine. We’ve made some changes that are new and are going to add back in some fun things we used to do as a community that I miss.

We are making it live for sale early next week!! As usual you can purchase gift certificates for the holidays, also  this year you can sign-up for 2018 in November before the holidays, instead of waiting until January.  See… shaking things up a bit! You can read all about the details on the Rockin’ Sock Club homepage and blog.

So many goings on! And…if all of this was not enough excitement I woke up to this midweek and was over the moon with joy!

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Did you see? Joji designed a shawl for each of the  grocerygirls!  Evidently Tracie asked her to design one for Jodi and then Joji surprised Tracie with one of her own and in our yarn no less. Well one of the yarns is ours. Socks that Rock Lightweight in my fav Heckley Speckley.  As I told Joji both shawls are quite lovely and I bought both patterns so I could knit them both. I am so touched and honored that our yarn is part of this knit~friendship~ lovefest!  One of the things about about being a dyer that just never gets old is seeing what you do being used in such creative and loving ways. I love it when I encounter a knitter or someone who is loved by a knitter who is where something knit from my yarn. I feel part of the big knit circle of life!

If you check the header you will see more patterns pics and a few color pairings in case you have to add this to your knit queue.

Knit friends are by far the best!

We shipped out School of Yarn this week and emailed the PDF’s.  Please let me know if you did not get the PDF email.

We are going to do another color change soon so if there are colorways up that you want now is the time!

I hope everyone had a good week!

Have a lovely weekend.

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