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Gratitude and Holiday News!

I so love the quiet early mornings. Right before dawn, like and hour, when all that are home are still dreaming away all cozy in their beds and the world outside my window is just thinking about lighting the day. I especially love it during the holidays when my house is filled once again with my kids and the day ahead is sure to be filled with cooking, sharing, singing, maybe some pie baking dance moves and lots and lots of laughter.

If I could only choose one thing to be thankful for I would choose my family in a heart beat. I think most of us would. Luckily, my reasons to feel grateful do not end there. I have a pretty much never ending list to feel gratitude and thanks for. I am truly blessed.  Even last year when I was heavy into fighting breast cancer I felt so very blessed in so many ways. One of the things I learned from my cancer was that there is always, always a reason for gratitude.

So on this quiet morning before the coffee timer kicks in and the oven is lit for baking I wanted to take a moment to say a really huge THANK YOU to  you, our knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, dyers, makers who make it possible for us to do what we love to do and support our families while doing so. You are the very best!








We started a few weeks backs to runs specials. we are ding this for the holidays and to give back a little something to you our loyal fiber loving friends. Right now we have our SilkMO Special which you can read more about here and will run for another week. We had a Mill End Special which we all love. (Thank you for making our end of year inventory counting much better!)









Starting now we are offering our super luscious and bulky Sookie on sale until Tuesday, December 1st. If you have yet to try our Sookie now is the time. At 15% off it’s quite the steal.  And because of it’s bulky component an excellent last minute knitting project yarn. I am using it for cowls, mittens and hats. You want it close to your skin it is so soft and warm. A prefect winter knit and wear. It’s freezing here and I so wish I was done with the cowl I have on the needles. Discount code: SOOKIE2105








A lot of you have requested a return of our Winter Wonder bags. 

So here they are with a bit of a new twist in fiber and color. We are using a new yarn. Ranier made by my friend Jim and just so lovely! It’s DK weight superwash merino. It has a really good spin and ply on it, enhancing it’s natural elasticity. Each kits has 5 – 100 yd skeins all color themed for your holiday fun and knitting pleasure.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I did putting them together for you.

And….I have saved the very very best for last. Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I had some super exciting new yarns to introduce you to?


Introducing for a limited run!

Tigger Targhee and Single Silky Targhee.

YAY!!!! More Targhee!

While I talk the mill into making these in a more permanent way we have a limited amount of each of these. I have kept the pricing down as an introductory new yarn and holiday special.

I love all of the yarn we offer here at Blue Moon. I am telling you this so the other yarns will not feel jealous once I start talking about the wonderful attributes of these two.

I have to tell you I have not been as excited about a new yarn as I am about these two in quite awhile.

Okay let’s start with the Single Silky Targhee.











I’m more than a little in love with this yarn. It’s made from our lovey Targhee from Montana with the addition of just a bit ( 30%) of unbleached tussah silk .  Soft, silky with just the slightest bet of texture from that wonderful Targhee crimp. I have been knitting on it for a few weeks now and the only reason I stop knitting on it, is to switch to knit with the Tigger or Sookie so… . ( I know. I am lucky. )

I have about 160 skeins of this and they will go fast. So get it while you can and then keep your fingers crossed. Once you knit with it you are going to want a whole lot more of this dreamy yarn. All our testers on this yarn wanted at least a sweater’s quantity. I actually think I might dye myself a sweater’s worth before it is all gone.

Just in case! Or maybe that jinxes the process of getting it again. Hmm… . I’ll wait. Also that leaves more for you.

side note: As I sit here writing to you my girls are int he other room giggling. Sophie is home from college for the weekend and they have not seen each other since August. I just love that sound! It never ever gets old, does it?




Onto our Tigger Targhee. I will tell you right now that I am possessed by this yarn. I am sure at this point of all the people I work with are so over me telling them all about this yarn. That is, until they knit with it.

I have not been so enthralled by a yarn since we created Socks that Rock.

I know… . That is a big statement. Well here is why.


As I have said before, I fell in love with Targhee sheep and their wonderful wool years ago when I had loads of spinning time. It’s so lofty that you expect it to just float away and you want it to take you with it! It might not be super soft like a very fine merino, but in my opinion it’s just soft enough with more durability than an ultra fine fiber. It’s all in that crimp. The elasticity that Targhee brings to the table make its softness less slippery and more like a cloud. Well, at least what I imagine a cloud to be like.

Now,  take this elastic fiber and make it into a cabled yarn. A cabled fingering weight yarn, no less.  Why is it so great that it is a cabled yarn? I will tell you. A cabled yarn is taking two (or more) 2 ply yarns and then plying them back on themselves in the opposite direction ( of course). There are many reason to make a cabled yarn. One of those reasons is that is makes for a strong abrasion resistant yarn. Which makes it a really good type of yarn for sock knitting and is why we are exciting about Tigger.  We are also excited because it is 100% untreated ( not superwashed) Targhee.  Some knitters are not huge fans of superwash yarns or the process it involves so having an alternative is pretty exciting.

This super stretchy wonder of a yarn that makes me so happy.  The combination of the cable process and the crimp on Targhee is the perfect storm of a yarn! It feels as good to knit as it does to wear. I think the possibilities with our super-bounce, fun-fun-fun, Tigger Targhee are endless, just endless. Every single person I have given it to test knit with just loves it. I think you will too. We have tested it as a sock yarn. Yes, even with no superwash we think it is a good sock yarn because of the aforementioned cabled aspect. We have knit socks and washed them in a washer and dried them in a dryer and they faired well.

Now… would I do that all the time? No.  But then I do not do that with my superwash knits either. What it means is that they will wear well. And with all that stretch, they are super cozy.

I can’t wait to see what you think.  I hope you will give our Tigger a go and help me convince the mill to make this for us.

Phew that was a lot.

I am going to leave you with all of this a go start baking with my girls while we wait for my son and dil.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a great weekend.


PS: We still have room in the Rockin’ Whorl Club and the Rockin’ Sock Club will go up next week for gift certificate purchases.

Yarn and color = knit fun!

Wow!  This sure has been a week. I don’t know about you but I,for one, am pretty thrilled that it is Friday! We had a big storm and lost our internets for a whole day which really slows things down. It did mean I got to go to pdx and work at my favorite pub so that was fun.  So much wind and rain!

Okay so I have lot to tell you so I will just jump right in.

The new Winter Twist Collective is live. Have you seen it? There’s some pretty wonderful knits there so if you have not taken a gander the weekend is a good time to do so with a nice cup of the beverage of your coice and a quiet corner.  There are two designs using our yarns. One is a wickedly creative out of the box shawl by Lana Jois called KizzleKazzle,  I am so intrigued by. I find myself wanting to knit it just to see how it works. When Kate talked to me about supplying the yarn for this design she told me she thought that this was one of those knits that would bend our minds and inspire our creativity. Also they are stunning! I would like to feel that scarf wrapped around my neck in this cold weather. I bet it is super cozy since it is our Gaea Fingering. Which brings us to another cool aspect of this design. The shawl is knit in Gaea Sport and the scarf in Gaea Fingering. Yeah!! So the applications are endless for that stitch pattern.








I love a design that is not only beautiful and functional but also inspires! Thank you Lana and Kate for including us in this super fun project!




The second design is a striking raglan turtleneck called Spalle by Angela Hahn. Do you see the lines in this sweater. Stunning! In my opinion Spalle is a classic sweater and a good addition to our winter wardrobe and knit basket. I especially like that is is knit from the bottom up in the round in one piece. If I was a skier I would so be knitting this to wear on the slopes. Thank you Angela!


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A reminder: If you are planning to join the December 7th IN Triplicate KAL we need your yarn order  so we can get it to you in time! When you purchase the e-book from Lee, Shannon and Star there is a discount code good for 10% of you yarn purchase with us. Also the Loopy Ewe has a whole bunch of our Gaea Sport in stock so no waiting. Please note that the discount code is only good at Blue Moon! I think I am going to use green, yellow and white and knit gifts for my son and his wife. Those are the Timbers (soccer) colors and they are HUGE fans and…we are winning!! I think Timbers super hero mitts would be just thing thing!

Our SilkMO Special is going strong. I often wish our knitters could stand in the barn under all the yarn hanging to dry. It’s so pretty and just plain wonderful to be surrounding by color and texture in that way. This is especially true right now with all of the SilkMO hanging form the rafters. It’s like colorful fluffy clouds. We are having so much fun with this I think we will keep it going until after Thanksgiving.

I admit I am curious as to the plans for all of this mohair so please do share pictures with us when you are done with your projects!

Oh which reminds me I wanted to mention how wonderful your color choices for the Targhee Bulky for our BASS offerings, She Said, He Said are. Just yummy! I can’t wait to see them knit up.


See this?








This is Tofino by my buddy Kat Buckspan

I was in Twisted yesterday dropping off their yarn ( side note: Twisted is full of Blue Moon right now!) and Kat was there. We got to chatting, as we do, about this and that. I mentioned her cowl and how great it would look in our Sookie. She agreed! She also told me that it was an hour knit. Now…maybe that is true for her but I do not knit anything in an hour. I dyed some Sookie in Antiquated System yesterday and am going to knit Tofino this weekend. If in fact this is an hour or so knit, then I am golden for the holidays!

Look at it! It’s so pretty and fun!











Okay so this is turning into a super long blog post so I am going to sign off. First the RSC 2016 will be live next week for gift certificate purchases.

Also, I promised you new and exciting this week and it is there on the website but I am going to let you find it. I want to talk in great detail about these two new wonders and will do so on Monday. In the mean time you can see what you find!  A bit of a treasure hunt if you will.

Oh and I almost forgot.

Check out Churchmouse’s big reveal this weekend.  It’s pretty exciting!! Remember when I said I felt a bit like a dye spy recently with all of the secret colorway making. Well… this was one of my secret dye missions!

okay so before signing off please join me in welcoming to the Blue Moon family of Local Yarn Stores. We are thrilled to be working with these wonderful LYS’s!

The Purple Purl

Feather Your Nest


All Wound Up

Zeven Katten


Scared you didn’t I?

Sorry that it’s been awhile since I was here in any real sense. The last part of this round chemo got a bit rough especially with the holidays thrown into the mix. Good news though. Chemo is done!!! Yay!

Now I get 4 weeks off before I start my 6 weeks of radiation. I don’t mind telling you I need the break.  There are quite a few things I’m looking forward to now that I’m not on my cancer cell destroying healing cocktail and one of them is new colorway creating and knitting. I’ll tell you, one of the most frustrating parts of this last drug is that one of  the side effects is neuropathy in your fingers and toes which is painful, weird and makes knitting (the finger part not the toe part, hehe) not the wonderful stress reducing creative outlet that it usually is. Awful right? I don’t mind telling you that it took a bit to wrap my head around that one. I had a few chats with the powers-that-be about their wicked and seriously twisted sense of humor. Alas, as is true most times with powers-that-be, they were unimpressed.

So… since it’s going to take me a bit to create new hues for us all. We thought, while I am on my new hues mission, to first take down the holiday colorways on Tuesday the 20th and then… for all kinds of fun, to put up colorways we have not seen in awhile.  A bit of an oldies but goodies kind of thing!

We’ve had quite a few requests over the past few months for some of these colorways like Fluorite. Cobblestone County, Minestone and Carbon Dating, which is what inspired this idea. I’m pretty excited because some of these are on my personal favorites list.

I love, love, love Cobblestone County.  Oh, oh, and Marbles, don’t even get me started on Marbles, I was so completely obsessed with this colorway for so long it’s all I wanted to knit with. Oh and then there’s Mesa. Okay, you get the idea. I can see how this is going to roll for me though, Debra is going to have to hide yarn from me again. Oh well, there are worse things eh?

If there is a Blue Moon colorway you have not seen in a good long time then this is your chance. You can let us know by posting it in the comments section here.

If for some reason you did not get an email from us or see the RSC and Facebook posts I want to mention here that Rockin’ Sock Club sign-ups are live and still open. So if you want to get in on our 10th Anniversary sock knitting party you still have time.

We will be closing it down sooner than we have in the past few years so we have a bag count for Queen Bee Creations so don’t wait too long.

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I have been going through our sock club archives both digitally and knit-wise and it has been all kinds of fun to see where we’ve been, the fun we’ve had and the accomplishments we’ve made.



…and then there are the socks.

So very many socks!

Bins of socks.

It never fails every time I drag out the bin of socks the delightfully whimsical Dr Seuss’s, Fox in Socks starts to go through my head.  All those foxes in socks and chicks with bricks and of course Mr Knox sir with slow Joe Crow sewing Sue’s clothes and Sue sewing hose on slow Joe’s nose all while those silly tweetle beetles battle in puddles with paddles!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Barn Sale, Dye Day and Seasonal Hue Shift

I am having one of those days! Seriously, pissy as hell, mostly at anything technological. So… it’s probably a very bad time to write a blog post because we all know it will probably crash the system and then I will most probably cry.  I have some super wicked mojo where electronics are concerned but most especially computer related ones. All I have to do is walk by and things go wonky.  Nonetheless. I have  things to tell you and I know talking with you will make me feel better. I most certainly will not be bested by a machine even if it is smarter than I am and it totally is!













Okay so first things first. A lot of you have asked if we are doing a Barn Sale  this summer and yes we are. We are doing it a little earlier and for one day instead of two because my surgery is scheduled for the end of July and I’m pretty sure August is going to be about recovery. So Saturday July 12th we are having our annual Barn Sale and Dye Day in Scappoose at Blue Moonland. Yay!!!  Sorry that the notice is kinda short. I have been waiting on  the surgery date.

We are starting the festivities at 9:00am and going until 6:00pm.  If you just want to come to the sale, play with chickens, have a picnic and take part in a scavenger hunt that’s sure to be a blast then you can just come. There is not a ton of parking so if you can carpool that would be all kinds of awesome.

If you want a place at one of the dye tables for painting some yarn or fiber we need you to sign up. We’ve learned a few lessons since we started doing these dye days. The biggest one is time! We have the day slotted out into four two hour slots and we can accommodate 11 people dyeing per slot for a grand total of 44 for the day. These spaces are just for the hand-paint part of things. We also have dipping in the indigo vat or use the drum carder and whatever other color fun we can come up with!

Debra, Becky, Sarah and I will be your dyers for the day. We will giving you the basics and holding your hand as you paint your yarn the colors you desire to create.  We suggest arriving a wee bit earlier than your scheduled time to pick out your bases.  For those of you coming at 9:00 you can arrive at 8:30 to pick our what you want to dye..

Just to be crystal clear this is not a formal dye class. We will be there to inform and guide you in anyway you need. We hope you will join us, it is great fun! The cost for this dye adventure is the 10.00 reigstration fee and the cost of the fibers and yarns you choose  to dye.

The 4 time slots on Saturday July 12th are:  9:00am to 11:00am, 11:00am to 1:00pm,  1:30pm to 3:30pm and the last slot is 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Okay so that is the Barn Sale and Dye Days

It’s also time to change things up colorwise. I want to add in some of our hot summer colors to honor the season and encourage the sunny days.

As usual here’s the list of colorways going off for a wee vacation. If there are any colorways you’d like to see back right now please let us know in the comments section to this post. We’ll be taking these down on June 24 and our summer hues will go up the next day.

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A last note for the members of the sock club. Remember that the 15% coupon code expires on the 15th of July and goes down to 10%.

Ok my knitterly friends thanks for listening!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.


Drum roll please…

Our  very smart and committed contest winners are:


2nd  YAY COLORS!      Jamie

3rd  CLUB COLORS      Hoosknitting

Congratulations!!! Please email and she will hook you up with your winnings.

Thanks to all who played! It was a daunting task!

Mya, I am still awed by your submission. I should know better but there you have it. Dr. Mya you are a rock star!! I bow to your organizational powers!

A lesson to all of us. Sock club OCD does pay off!


I am working on new colors, new yarns and designs! The new colors you will see soon!

How about you?

What are you doing? What are you knitting? Spinning? Crocheting? Weaving? Cooking? Dreaming about?  We would like yo add a weekly segment here and on facebook of our knitters and what they are making. If you send us an email telling us a bit about what you are working on or are done with and a picture we will post it here and on facebook so we can spread a little more fiber love.


After Sundown: A tropical sunset on yarn

Available now on Blue Moon!

For a few moments, every evening in Hawai’i, everything stops. Eyes turn toward the ocean, you can almost hear a collective sigh as the sun goes down. Often people will linger until the last bit of orange and pink has faded from the sky. Sunset here is magical, there’s absolutely no doubt about it. What most people miss though, is how absolutely spectacular the sky becomes after the brilliance of sunset has subsided.

When you look directly overhead the sky has become such a deep rich shade of blue, it’s almost indescribable. It’s like velvet. As your eyes follow the gradient down toward the horizon the changes are subtle, but absolutely astonishing. Deep velvety blue with the slightest hints of purple, changes into a rich royal blue, which fades quickly into the sweetest turquoise you’ve ever seen. Dots of warm oranges and golds start to appear in the blackened buildings, as lights come on for the evening. Like twinkling stars, for those of us who are earthbound.

If I were a hue, I would, without question or hesitation, be the evening sky in Hawai’i, just after sunset. :)

Nā poʻe o ka pō

People of the night.

This colorway description is from Contessa who was one of our three what hue are you colorway contest on the Rockin’ Sock Cub blog. It was great and challenging fun to create personally specific hues. This was the most challenging one for me.

Thank you Contessa! This colorway will be available for purchase soon on the Blue Moon site!