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Happy YARN Day!!

I LOVE yarn!!

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Seriously… like love it!

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Like pretty much everything about it…

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

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

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

We are going to start with some fun!!

Insta-Game ~ (Facebook)  with prizes!

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

We are also offering a YARN LOVE Discount

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

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

What is next weekend??

RHINEBECK!!

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

Everyone have loads of fun!!

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Shipping updates:

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

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

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

Out of the Hue will also ship next week!

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

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

Have a lovey weekend!!

Fall colors abound but October is PINK!!

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Look at that, October sure sneaked right in the back door didn’t it. I feel like I totally lost the last week of September. Where did it go?

Anyway since it is October and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As most of you know I am a breast cancer survivor. I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. I have friends who are survivors and ones whom I have lost. At this point in time I think that most of us have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. The strides that have been made in breast cancer research over the past few years are just astounding.

We are donating, as we do every October, 10% of sale to breast cancer research. I have creating a few new colorways in honor of all us breast cancer warriors! As I posted last week one of my best friends passed 5 years ago on September 26 so the F*CK Breast Cancer is especially for her!

There are also quite a few more very pink colorways on the website. One of my favorites is Tit4Tat.

Here are the links to these new colorways:

F*CK Breast Cancer

#survivor

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Updates:

Despite yarn delays and sickness we will have everyone that is part of the Carol Feller KAL their yarn by the end of this week!

All of the fibershare packages will be out on time!

RSC pattern  and dyer’s notes are up and the yarn will ship at the end of this week as will the Out of the Hue Club

We are waiting on bags and mugs which we expect this week. We expected the bags last week but they ran into a snag with a tag they needed to finish them.

Thank you so very much for all of your patience, understanding and sharing. So very many of you emailed and called with positive thoughts and kind words and you did this  very tired dyer’s heart good!

Oh and all of the Fair Isle books have shipped and the pdf links have been emailed!

We have to more KALS coming down the road pretty soon! One very Midwinter Moon Solstice KAL with Larissa Brown in November which this moonie is very excited about.

And another one that we are going to do with Qualyn (QUOE )which is the La Vie Boheme CAL~KAL. You can knit-a-long or crochet-a-long and make your very own winged shawl! we will have color combo’s for both of these KALS!! So look for them soon.

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oh and…if I will be at Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach the first weekend in November! I will be there for knit night on Friday and then all day Saturday with a trunk show, a yarn tasting and door prizes!! Oh we will have a special Stormy Weather Art Festival colorway!

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Updates…

Hey all…

It has been a week for most of us and as a sexual abuse survivor and a retired therapist who worked with survivors I am still reeling with all of this. As a self care measure for all of us I am not going to go into that right now.

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Wednesday the 26th marked five years since I lost my best friend to breast cancer. We had been thick as thieves since we met when we were 14 years old and her family moved up the street from mine. She was such a light in my life and in the world at large. Beauty, strength and wisdom and such a huge giving heart! Our connection was deep and true and our lives intersected and paralleled from the moment we set eyes on each other. We both moved to Portland Oregon after growing up on the East Coast. We had our first born 6 months a part and…ironically I was diagnosed with my breast cancer 6 months after she passed. So most definitely connected on a pretty significant level.  It is a loss I feel every single day but especially so this week.

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And.. because the powers that be have a wicked sense of humor, two of my dyers were out all week with some bug.  Leaving the dyeing to me and our brand new dyer, Lindsey!!  Before I go any further I want to thank Lindsey, Sarah and Kalia for seriously stepping up and helping do what needed to get done, above and beyond!

So I am just not feeling it right now and for that I am truly sorry. My uplift is seriously on the down low. So my dear fibery friends I am going to fill you in on where we are on orders and such.  Also, we’ll talk a little bit of some goodness coming up very soon!

Okay let’s start with orders and the Carol Feller KAL:

Unless something else goes down we should have all of the KAL yarn that has been ordered to date today shipped out by the end of next week. I cannot wait to see your sweaters!! So many lovey hues. As much as I am loving all the Green Wings I will say I am looking forward to seeing the ones in Motley Hue and Griege. Oh and Mermaid Tears!! My goodness.

Our CAKE DK and Silky Victoria is back in stock (yay!!!) and we have them dyed so they will be shipping out (if they have not already) early next week.

After this week we will be very close to current with online orders.

Because of the delays we’ve experienced we are just behind. We are working so very hard to get caught up and get things out at least close to what we promised. It is the end of September and we should be shipping out RSC and Out of the Hue.  They are both going to be a week late. Had this week gone as planned with a full team Blue Moon then things would be different but it did not.

I will be sending our group updates to the Sock Club , Out of the Hue Club and our Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio separately today or Monday. I teach all day tomorrow and am going to take this afternoon off for a little R&R with my son and his wife. ( Oh and there is still room in the class if you want to join us!)

Oh and before I forget. We are cancelling the Autumn Dye Day Event. Not enough people signed up to make it a feasible and affordable thing for us. Yes, a little disappointed!!

I want to thank every for your patience and grace!!

Seriously you are the very best!  I am not a fan of all of this! I like serving knitters to the best of our ability and this most certainly fits my vision of that!

Fun things coming our way!!

New colorways!! I am going to make this happen this week if I have to be the midnight dyer.

We have at least 2 KALs coming this Fall and Winter. One where we can knit our very own wings (dragon or bat)!!  And then a lovely lunar one with Larissa Brown.

I will be at Coastal Yarns the first weekend in November for Canon Beach’s Stormy Weather Art Festival. There will be a special colorway and knit to go with it!! We’ll have fun, games and door prizes! Also a trunk show and yarn tasting. All kinds of knit fun!

The Buffalo Wool Company will have our yarns at Rhinebeck so do look for them. And yes, of course there will be a special Blue Moon Rhinebeck colorway.

I am sure there is more that I am leaving out. I promised my son I would meet then at 3:00 so I need to get moving!

Happy knitting! Take care of your dear selves!

New Autumn Hues

Autumn is most definitely in the air now. It’s cooler most days and certainly so in the evening. The leaves are starting to turn and you can just smell that crisp note that says Autumn on the breezes. Also…there’s rain which I am thrilled to see and hear!

First I want to thank you for all of the great feedback on what I wrote about price increases and the changes in the wool industry. From all of the emails I received it seems like information that you would like more of so I will bee adding more of that kind of thing into my blog posts! I really appreciate you feedback and response. It’s hard to know who is interested and who is not. We are in a time where we are all super busy and distracted and we don’t read as much as we used to.

We spend a lot more time answering emails these days with questions or information that I have sent in a newsletter or put here on the blog and on facebook, instagram and RAV. I am not complaining about answering emails because I do love interacting with all of you. I love you guys! That said a few of the emails we get will start with something about how we did not put info out when we did.  If I had a wish it is that we read more so we were more informed!

Okay that is my Autumn wish. My blog post is short this week because I am trying to get order out as fast as we can and work on color club and sock club and clean the chicken coop and you get the gist!

I made new colorways!!!!

I am so in love with all of these new hues I would like to just sit and knit all weekend especially with Equinoxed!! Move over Pond Scum because there is a new colorway in town! Equinoxed just makes my muddy little heart sing!!

Clicking on these links will take you right to the colorways.

Ring of Fire  

Night Unicorn

Harvest Moon Dance

Grimm Reaper

Fall Back

Equinoxed

Easy Breezy Beautiful Colorway

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There will be more new colorways in the weeks to come. I am still fine tuning the Coven which are tinted greys and should be up sometime next week probably towards the end of the week.

I an also playing with a series of Black that have other subtle color notes in them. I know!!!!

So a confession and a question. I have discovered fantasy football!! ( That is the confession!) My son and daughter-in-law are into it. I spend most Sundays with them hanging out watching football and cooking. So when my DIL asked me to join her league I was thrilled and did so. I had been wanting to join what looked like all kinds of fun and you know what? It really is. I am thinking we might need a knitters league or two. Can you imagine? Maybe there already is.

So I am working on football team colors. I know there are football watching knitters and crocheters.My question is: Are you interested in football team themed colorways? If so which is your team? What would you like to see??

Oh so I am going to be sending out  a newsletter and few themed bulk emails this weekend so look for them they might have info in them you are looking for!

I am going to leave you with this exciting news! Save the date!! I am so excited about how my dear friend Ben is expanding the wonderful Stitches events to include more of our crafting interests!!

SAVE the DATE!!

And if you anywhere near SoCal in November you do not want to miss the goodness that is going to be Stitches SoCal. I am so excited!  There will be a stunning display of The Cherrywood Challenge Prince themed Quilts: The Tribute Tour

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All the things…

Oh my goodness there is so very much going on I do not quite know where to start. I feel a little bit like the white rabbit in Alice and Wonderland.

I know… let’s start with some good news. I think I mentioned to the sock club and maybe here too about the neighbor trouble I have been having with the people who live next door to me with whom I share a drive. It quite very intense over the past few months and honestly scary. I love here alone so… .

Anyway last weekend they put their house up for sale and it has sold!!! It sold in like 3 days which is kind of crazy for this neck of the woods.

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So I feel kind of like I have my own personal miracle. I have lived here for almost 20 years. I love it. It is my haven and I was honestly considering moving me and Blue Moon elsewhere it was so bad. So this is just the very very best thing and I am so grateful!! I hope they are happier in there new home.

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Our yarns are arriving and we are getting orders out! We are so very sorry for the delay but truly it was out of our control and we are doing our very best! I have been doing this for a long time and these things just happen. This is so much better than the time the sock yarn showed up and it was not my yarn and I had to send it back and cancel the shows we were going to. Oy!!  I was thinking the other day that I should pitch a yarn related sitcom based on what I have seen and experienced over these 18 years. Hell just the sock club and bank drama would be worth a few episodes.

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We have contacting all orders past our promised time frame. So if you have not heard from us we got junk mailed out. If you need your yarn asap let us know so we can see what we can do. Our supplier is working diligently to make this all better.

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I have added another DYE CAMP Session  for this fall so check that out! I might add another but I need to check my schedule. I am pretty booked out this fall.

I will be teaching a 2 day dye class at the Stitchin’ Post on September 7th and 8th. I am also giving a talk on the 6th about what inspires us. I’m honored and excited to be working with the lovely and talented ladies of the Stitchin’Post. I think there is still room if you want to immerse yourself in color for a few days in Sisters Oregon.

On the following weekend I will be at All Wound UP in Edmonds Washington on Saturday the 15th from 12:00 to 3:00. I will have a trunk show and a yarn tasting. I would love to see you and any show and tell you might have.

I told you…a lot of happenings!

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Autumn Dye Day Extravaganza!!!

We do love our Dye Day that we have with the barn sale!! A whole bunch of you have requested that we do more so… we have added and Autumn one!!!  I know. I’m so excited. I had so much fun at this last one I did not want it to end. I decided to have it October 20th which is a Saturday . I tis the weekend of Rhinebeck so those of us who cann’t attend Rhinebeck can console ourselves with a little color and yarn. Since it is my fav time of year we will have some hot cider and pumpkin type treats and will dress according for the season. We are a bunch of dye witches after all! So bring a picnic and come join us for the day. Maybe we can even bob for some apples!! I wish I had a corn maze!!! Anyway these fill up fast so do not wait!! Also this one registration fee is a wee bit more to cover costs that the barn sale aspect usually covers.

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You might notice that we have done a color shift! Yup We have have added HOLIDAY HUES for the next week. We’ve been getting a fair amount of requests so we have added quite a few in both the Multicolor and Bespeckled color categories!  All of which are returning hues! New ones will come a bit later. In a week we will take these down an put up our Autumn/Halloween line up. I would put a list of them here but I think they are pretty obvious by their names when you shop by Colorway! So many Gnome colorways for the holidays.

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Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quartely

Have you seen the new all about the Moon Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly?!! It is stunning. I want to knit just about everything in it! Truly!! I mean I am all about the moon especially this year so this just made my heart sing.  We’ve gotten quite a few requests for color suggestions for that STUNNING cardigan in the front cover. Ixchel by Catherine Clark ! So beautiful. I am working on color pairing suggestions right now. Also…I will finally be adding to the website that stunning yellow (Sunbeam) and a this blue black I have been trying to photograph for a month now so look for those this week!  Our yarns bases that I recommend based on the gauge they suggest are pretty much any of the fingering weight ones but most especially Cloud 9, La Luna Fingering, and Socks that Rock right off the top of my head.  I think I am going to knit mine in Ravenscroft and then go pale blue grey for the moons instead of the gold.  Still musing it over!

Okay I am sure there are things I am forgetting! We were short handed this week due to vacations and such. So I am spending this weekend playing catch-up.

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There is still room in our  Out of the Hue Color club!! And the last time I checked we were almost full up on our Moon Shadow Anniversary Package offerings so get them while you can!

 

 

We will be shipping both the sock club and the School of Yarn this week!! Okay going to post and send out newsletter which is at least a day late!

Oh I remembered!!

I uncovered about 60 skeins of TASY BOO so if you missed out first go around there are more and then…they will be gone.

Also if you are anywhere near The Fold in Marengo Illinois and have felt you miss out on our Annual Barn Sale well now is your chance! We have shipped her quite a bit of sale yarns for her Labor Day Sale which she is running right now. She will have these up this week and they will be there as long as they last. She also has quite a few other bargains going on!!  Also give Toni and Al a hug for me!!

Happy Knitting!!

May the Fourth Be With You!

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I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, nerd, geek, freak…whatever you want to call it. So this is one of my days! And add in the May release of the new movie that looks to be packed with all kinds of wonder. I’m so excited. Solo!!!! Seriously!!!  Okay so with all of this love it’s quite amazing that I do not have one Star Wars colorway, not a one my friends. What is with that. I think my love is so huge I’m a little afraid of not doing it justice and letting my Star War heroes down… maybe? I going with that, it feels right.  Obviously this needs to be rectified and equally as obvious is that I’m going to need some help. So my knitterly  friends who are maybe as Star War obsessed ( you know you are) as I am ~ let’s do this.

Please in the comments section here share with me one of your fav Star Wars movies, moments, heroes, villans….anything goes. I will need a description that shares what speaks to you so I can capture that in color with yarn. I would like to release these before the movie comes out so… we do not have a whole lot of time. ( I do not have a whole lot of time.) Actually…I just remembered I have done a Vader colorway! We will not discuss that this is the only one I have done. It says nothing about me at all! ( lol) It was for Eat Sleep Knit.  Anyway… .

Please share. If I pick yours to create you will get a skein of what we come up with together!! Yay!! I have a full dye staff now so this will happen!!! If you do not want to comment you can send me an email at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. Please title it Star Wars in the subject line of the email. Thanks for your creative input! I so appreciate it! I do love creating color together. If we could get these in by Wednesday of htis coming week that would be all kinds of awesome!

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Maryland Sheep and Wool is upon us. Who is going?? I so wish I was. One of these days! I have been getting photos of the booth all day. The Buffalo Wool Co and Toni have done an amazing job setting everything us an making the yarn we dyed look beautiful!!

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I could NOT love this more!! Toni and Ron and Theresa are some of the best people I know. So generous and kind and funny and kinda sassy and…the list goes on and on. What a power trio!! I am a lucky dyer indeed!

We sent so much wonderful yarn! I hope everyone has a wonderful show and all kinds of sheepy fun!

A few other tidbits!!

Price increase on the following as of next Friday May 11th.

Targhee Worsted:  36.00
Targhee Bulky:      36.00
Super Sparkle:       25.00
Tigger:                     25.00
Single Silk Targhee:   36.00
Super Targhee          30.00

RSC: My dear notorious friends if you have not downloaded or accessed your pattern from RAV you patter if you could please do so soon. We noticed that there was some browser issues with Firefox. I just downloaded it and  then hit the link and it all worked fine. Of course you can also use another browser.

School of Yarn: We have had some internet issues this week. Thank you Century Link. Don’t even get me started on this.  Anyway most of them shipped this week the rest will ship early nest week and you should all have your pdf’s!! Oh Silkworm!

I will be at Stash  on Corvalis next Saturday the 12th from noon until 4 with a small pop-up and some samples and my very opinionated self. I would LOVE to see you! Please come by and hang out and see what we are up to. If you have knits to share I would LOVE to see them!

Check out the top scroll bar for my not-so-secret anymore project I have been working on with oh, so creative and lovely Valori Wells!

Both of our beloved Blue Moon team goddesses Karen Alfke and Maggie Baird have birthdays this weekend! Maggie’s is today and Karen’s is on Sunday!!  Happiest of birthday dear lovely friends!!!

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Happy Birthday ladies!!! All love!!

A little lightness for Spring!

and a few peeps too!!

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Last year due to the wild fires and the wild life that was seeking other ground I lost my flock of chickens. Super sad! I decided to wait until this spring to replace them which is what we are in the process of doing. These are Copper Marans which lay beautiful dark brown eggs. Today I pick up a few more that lay blue and green eggs so that when they breed they make olive eggs!!! I know I just can’t resist the whole color thing no matter what.

These little babies are so sweet and cuddly.  And….they love wool!! Who knew?!

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The one in the right was obviously over come with her love or wool and let’s be real warmth that she just fell right to sleep!! So cute.  When I brought them into the barn yesterday it was all ooohs and ahhhs and squeals of delight. I think after the winter we’ve had here these babies are going to be some serious therapy for us all. I am just going to wanr you now there are going to be tons of pictures!! So be prepared.

It’s time to change up the colors. It’s actually past time but I wanted to make sure we were at least close to being caught up on orders before we made this change. This week we will be caught up!! At least that is the plan. I swear that if I was just starting a business and experienced the 6 to 8 months we’ve just had I would consider maybe not. However, I have been doing this a very very long time and am going with the whole do your very best and this too shall pass!!

So here’s a lit of the colorways that I put up this morning and ones I took down.

New colorways will be coming in the next few weeks so enjoy these lovelies until then. They are some of my favorites!

Colorways that we have brought for a visit:   Apron Strings, Awesomesauce, Bubble Guppies, Black to the Fuchsia, Boomerang, Briar Rose, Bubble Bliss, Carbon, Chapman Springs, Confetti, Dani-Kalia, Dilly Dilly, Fairgrounds, Forget me Knots, Handsome Man, Imbolc, Jumpin Jelly Beans, Koi Koi, Lake Crescent, Lavender Fields in the Mist, Mango Tango, Moon Jelly, Mystic Kelp, Peachy Keen, Peridot and Periwinkle, Petunia, Pink Granite, Princess Plummy, Seal Rock, Sherbet, Tea and Alchemy, Wanda, Xander

Colorwas we have taken down for a rest: Amelie, A Room with No Roof, Blue Brick Wall,, Bowies laughing gnome, Fungus Among Us, A Speck of Autumn, A Speck of Winter Solstice, Autumns UP, Baby its cold outside, Ghouls Just wanna Have Fun, Ginger Snap, Sugar Plum Fairy Dust, Winter Wonderland, XOXOXOXO, Welcome to the Jungle, Tina’s Silver Lining, Ginger Plumliscious, Figgy Pudding, Endora, Go Beavs!!, Grandma’s Groovy Sofa, Heirloomed, Hobbit Garden, Kiss the Girl, Holly Jolly, Maiai, Rey of Light, Plum Crazy, January One, Let it go. Let it Ho!

All kinds of wonderful Spring hues. If there is one of our Spring colorways that you’d liek to see come out the the spa let us know!

As I said we will be caught op on orders this week!

Thank you all so very very much for your understanding and patience!

Sock Club is shipping!!! The pattern page is up. Dyer’s Notes to follow on Monday along with the rest of the packages shipping out. We held some back at the request of our under staffed PO.

We will be closing down sock club sign-ups next Friday. So if you have been waiting until the very last moment we are there.

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Maryland Sheep and Wool is quickly approaching and boy do we have an exciting surprise for you!! I will fill you in on the details next week. Yes, I am taunting you maybe just a wee bit! Meanwhile this is the artwork they have chosen for the year so this is what our colorway will be based on. Actually this year there will be this special colorway and at least one Maryland themed one. I am from Maryland so am embracing my roots a bit. If you have thoughts I would love to hear them!!

Okay I am sure I am forgetting things but I know the newsletter has left and I want this up since I have not posted in awhile.

I took a few days off last week and part of this week and went to the home of my heart for some much needed regrouping and honestly sleeping.

A few pics:

Have a lovely weekend!!

Springing forward

Every night before I go to bed I make sure all the cats are in. My Phoebe is a very free spirit and likes to spend most of days outside. Since I live where she can do that safely I let her. So I open the door last night and am met with a joyful chorus of singing frogs from my pond. I have been waiting for this moment because it usually signals warmer temps and more signs of Spring. Also I just love the sound which is great because it gets super loud once they all get going and pretty much goes until til mid June when it quiets down quite a bit.

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Oh and looks like we’ll have ducklings too!

 

Other signs of approaching Springness is that our neighborhood owls start their whole mating ritual which is pretty loud and seriously frightened me the first time I saw and heard it. Lots of swooping and hooting (is it hooting?)

Mama deer is huge so I would imagine that very soon we will have little babies hopping around the back yard.

It is such a gift to live on a piece of land for a length of time, where one gets to watch the seasons change and get to all the little signs of each shift. I have been here for almost 20 years which is kind of hard to believe but nonetheless true. I love that I know all the other critters that I share this space with and am happy for their company. I find it ever so comforting and peaceful most of the time. The ravens have been especially vocal right now and are having a bit of a field day taunting the cats.

Anyway it is a little cold this morning but so very sunny. I think my cough is well enough that once it warms up a little, and I am done writing you, I could spend a little time in the sun absorbing some good ol’ Vitamin D.

I have some very exciting news which if you get our newsletter you already know. Our beloved Targhee Worsted is back in stock!!!! I am so very very happy.  That was a long three months. Also one thing to have this happen during spring or summer but right at peak sweater knitting time! Anyway…I a planning away.

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I feel like we should have a celebratory KAL!  Sounds like a good idea right? What do you think we should do? Choose a pattern we all knit or everyone choose their own pattern?? There are several new sweater patterns out right now that I am loving.  Hmm…

You know I have gotten quite a few emails from School of Yarn folks wanting some sweater knitting hand holding. Maybe we chooses an interesting yes basic pattern and do a KAL on the RAV group with Karen and Maggie as leads ( I have not mentioned this to them yet. ;0) ) .

Thoughts??

We are super busy playing catch up on orders. I feel like we have been doing this for awhile. I have been running Blue Moon for 18 years now and never have I experienced a season with so much illness. I got back from Stitches and both Maggie and I were sick.So 2 of of us down and out.  I have bronchitis cause it what happens every time I get a chest cold thanks to the side effects of the radiation treatment I went through for the breast cancer.

We sent out a few emails about this. If you have a knit deadline and need your order pronto please let us know. We will do out best to move it along.

I am truly sorry about the delays. It is not how I like things to run.  I love making knitters happy so this is super stressful. Please know we are doing out very best to get caught up!

We shipped School of Yarn yesterday and will have the pdf’s up early next week. We are considering making Semester #3 and every other month kind of thing. I think it is hard for us and you also to keep up with the whole once a month goal.

Sock Club ships out at the end of this month. We had quite a few computer glitches this year for some odd reason. I think we have most of them worked through.

We will be closing down sign-ups after the March shipment! So if you want to join the fun please sign up soon.

I was working on a Spring palette and some new themed colorways before the crud hit so will be getting back to those. If you have any color dreams let me know.

To all of you that supported the Rose City Yarn Crawl a big thanks!!!  Our local yarn stores are integral to our knit-community and they need our constant support as much as we need theirs.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

PS: I am still looking for another dyer. If you are interested let me know! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

 

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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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!!!