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As the wheel turns…

I am spinning hence the name of this blog. We also have been dyeing a fair amount of roving the past month more that we have in awhile. So obviously I am not the only one spinning. I have noticed this the past couple of summers. I find it odd that we spin more in the summer. I am pretty sure it is because of Tour de Fleece and Spinzilla so obviously we need to spin-a-longs for the cooler months of the year. Who wants organize one??

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The rafters are full! I have to say my favorite one though is this one.

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Targhee roving in my ” I made it yo 60 bitches” colorway. These are all for a customer so they are shipping out. I was seriously inspired to dye a hank or two for me to spin into yarn. Can you imagine?? Be still my color and fiber loving heart. I hope everyone that is part of the Tour de Fleece is having fun.

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I’ve had Targhee on the brain lately. Partially due to all of the fiber dyeing and partially to some research I am doing for School of Yarn and our Blue Moon Experience and there maybe even a new yarn. (hint hint) Also it has been a cool summer here it the Pacific Northwest so I am thinking of sweaters for the Fall and Winter months. All of which made me remember we were doing yarn studies so …welcome to our Targhee Worsted Appreciation Special!!!

Our Targhee Worsted is my go to sweater yarn.

And here is why… it’s is constructed with 3 lofty singles, spun a little snug. These singles are then plied together with enough of a twist to compensate for the snug spin, giving us a nice, round yarn with loft. Because of the elasticity we were talking about earlier and the durability, you can put more of a twist on the spin of Targhee. Elasticity is the key factor to how much spin and twist you can use, especially with our finer fibers. You do not want to put undue stress on the fibers or the yarn will not hold up; more importantly, it will not make a good, balanced yarn. You also do not want to put too tight a spin on the singles without compensating for it in the twist of the ply because you compact those fibers even more… and what does that do? Well, I will tell you it takes out some of that airiness and the loft. Now who wants that? I know I do not.

Our Targhee Worsted is one of my favorite yarns. It is my “If-I-were-on-a-desert- island -what-would-I-want” kind of yarn. My love for Targhee runs deep and true because it has many properties that I love.

One of those properties is that it has just the right amount of softness for me. I do not need an ultra-soft Merino. I like my fibers and yarns with a little more sub- stance and a bit of character. I am also hard on the things I wear, so I need a pretty forgiving yarn: a yarn that is either durable because of the fiber content or because of the yarn construction. Our Targhee Worsted has both.

I love a rounded yarn, especially one with a little give, because it creates such nice stitch definition. Knitting with a well-rounded yarn is such a pleasure: the yarn just slips into that stitch space like it is coming home! The definition that a round- ed yarn gives to the knitting enhances not only the the stitches in the stitch pattern but the lines of the overall design as well.

One of the reasons we are doing these yarn focuses with deep discounts it to make sure we support the yarns we love to make sure they are still accessible to us all.

We are offering a 20% discount starting today. The code you need is TGW19

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As most of you know I have a thing for pretty much anything that Carol Feller designs. Her Wragby Cardigan is one I have wanted to knit for awhile now. I am a sucker for variation in textures, especially simple ones and this is certainly one of those. Can’t you see it in Targhee Worsted with it’s stunning stitch definition?

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If Andrea Mowry’s Weekender is on your to-knit list then …here it is in our Targhee Worsted in our colorway Blecker. So pretty, super cozy and again with the stitch definition.

Stay tuned this week. I will post some Targhee tales and more pattern ideas. Also look at instagram for those too. Maybe I can get Karen to chime in. she has knit quite a few sweaters out of our Targhee friend.

okay…that’s a lot eh?

A blue news things:

I am sorry to say that the person we hired to be our new dyer did now work out.  So…we are looking again.

We are again waiting on an expected and late sock yarn shipment.

Roving club shipped out yesterday and we will have the dyers/spinners notes to you in a few days

Karen and I are finishing Our of the Hue notes and homework so you will be getting those also.

If you are in any of our clubs and are not getting the emails with the pdfs please do let us know so we can look into it. Also please know that if you unsubscribe form our constant contact page and are in one of our clubs then we need you to resubscribe so we can get you the pdfs.

oh…Cara has pushed the date for her cast-on for the Surrate Shawl to August 1st!!

okay I think that is it for now.

I leave you with Bruce and Rachel. Rachel the hen likes to mess around with Bruce, especially her tail when she is trying to nap, as you can see.

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Have a lovely weekend

 

Once upon a blue moon…

It’s been a very interesting week here. Our new dyer is here and I am busy training her which is no small thing.  Can you imagine?! heheh She is doing great!! So we are pretty thrilled. Crystal (our other dyer) took some much needed time off this week so we were still short a pair of color applying  hands but we are getting there.

I was hoping to get the color club out on Friday but we did not quite get finished so that will go out on Tuesday or Wednesday this week. yay!!!

We are still shipping sock club and as soon as it is all out will move onto to the June one. I am determined to get caught up. Our sock yarn is still shipping here in bits and pieces which also should change soon. Changing mills is no small thing!

I will be sending emails out to all of the clubs and groups this weekend with updates.

In the middle of all this we are working on a new website for both Blue Moon and the Sock Club and an exciting new venture. The website upgrade has been the works for awhile and I just can’t put it off any longer no matter how many hours there are in the day. If there is anything you would like to see in a new website please do let us know. Now is the time!!!

Our new venture is pretty exciting and slightly terrifying. I think most of you know I am pretty passionate about what I do and after 20 years in this industry have a fair amount of experience and also an interesting perspective. I love sharing all of this and teaching which is why there is a sock club, school of yarn, spinning club and color club. Truly I love sharing all of this so much and truly what I do would not feel complete without that aspect. I do not enjoy working in  avoid and I find the sharing creates a community that I so enjoy and think you do also.

One of the things I know that has been missing from what Blue Moon does is a more in person component which we can get with videos. So my dear fiber loving friends I am dealing with my pretty extreme fear and next week we will be launching …

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The Blue Moon Experience is a video platform for us to share with you all we do and what we know. We are starting off with a monthly experience that is themed. You will get a 30 minute video you can watch whenever you like and then also we will do a live one that goes into more detail and gives you the opportunity to ask questions.

Once we get this part launched we will be adding in other levels and also components for the clubs!!! We will also be have discussions with all kinds of folk from our industry including folks you usually do no get to hear from like ranchers, mill workers, brokers, events leaders to name a few.

I know!!!

I am very, very, excited about this and also as I mentioned earlier slightly terrified. I am very comfortable teaching and even talking to large groups but the video aspect brings up all kinds of emotional debris from my childhood. I experienced a fair amount of child abuse and one of the internal decisions I made was if you are not seen or heard than there is less chance you will be hurt so this one has raised it’s head for me to deal with and I am. Any chance we have to rid ourselves of baggage that no longer serves us and keep us from being all that we can be is a great day.

If there are any topics you would like me to cover I would LOVE to hear from you. I am partnering with a wonderful person for this new adventure! Isabeau Maxwell and she does all the stuff I do not like doing or have the time so…the best kind of partnership.So welcome Isabeau to our lovely Blue Moon family everyone. You are going to love her!

Ok some bits and pieces. We have six of our Moon Shadow Anniversary offerings leftover. If you are interested in one of these email us at orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com and we will set you up. (126.00 plus shipping) Like I said we only have six. After these are gone there will be no more. I have considered asking Queen Bee to make us a bigger project bag with the same look as these. What do you think?? Or maybe a paler canvas bag with a rainbow of moons on it?? Hmm… . There really is nothing better than a Queen Bee bag! I so lover their work.

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I am going to be sending out an email to all of you that contributed to our  Socks that Rock*STAR sponsorship program but am putting this here also in case emails do not reach everyone. As with all the things we are doing these will be shipping out later than planned, probably by 3 weeks.  So…if you’ve yet to sign up to be a sponsor you still can. You can read more about what the sponsorship entails and how it helps us with the mill you can read it here. I can’t tell you how much your support means to us.

I am a silver lining kind of person. Although this year it’s been a little challenging to find that lining and when I did it needed a little polishing. All of this gave me the chance to communicate a lot with you by phone or email and it has been so very wonderful. I have been humbled and lifted up so much by your compassion, understanding, patience and belief in what we do. I have walked away from phone calls or email exchanged with tears of appreciation and such a full heart. And actually the last piece of incentive I needed to make the Blue Moon Experience happen.

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This makes me so very happy!! We have a tone of spinning fibers in stock by the way! Also Spinning Club will ship out at the end of next week. Well….unless….something unforeseen happens. Finger crossed my friends!!

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And lastly what do you think about a long KAL. A blanket KAL/CAL . I have been wanting to do this for awhile and think I have even mentioned it a time or two. I think we are going to team up with a  a couple of our LYS’s to make this happen. We  are knitting very large shawls why not take it a stitch further? So many possibilities. And what a great stash buster!!

Thoughts??

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Strawberry Moon!

Another full moon is upon us. Oh my goodness how is it already the middle of June already. My how time flies when you are down a dyer or two? Okay our new worker bee waltzes in the door on Monday so I am one happy camper. I can’t tell you how excited I am. Juggling too many yarn balls at the moment!

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June’s full moon is called the Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time when the strawberries were ripe for picking.  So…of course,  I went with a nice strawberry red with a touch of spearmint green amid a dusky dark sky. i had fun creating this colorway. I made a brand new red and green to make this one happen! So look for those soon. I am working on some new shaded solids that I am pretty excited about. I made this new green that just makes my green loving heart overjoyed.

I’ve been wanting to add to our shaded solid colors for awhile now. Sometimes we need a little push and the Cara’s Susurrate Shawl is just the push I needed. When I was putting color combo’s together I found that there was colors I was missing so… of to the dye pot to make that happen.

Here are a few of the color combo’s I have put together so far for Susurrate. If you need help choosing please do email me. I will remind everyone to order sooner than later. Also contrast on these is important otherwise that stunning pattern will no be visible and you want to see all of that leafy/vine brioche goodness.

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In the Garden Armwarmers By Angela Westover

Have you seen this wonderful mitts? I saw them on instagram and then Angela contacted me with the link to the pattern. As someone who fluctuates in body temperature I love the long arms on these.  Also they really show off the colorways, especially the speckles. She used Sock that Rock Lightweight.

So pretty. If you are starting your holiday knitting I think these would be all kinds of an awesome gift. I think these are one of those patterns we knit over and over again!

Okay remember that there is a 15% percent discount for the Susurrate Shawl . The code is: susurrate19

Also… our mill has found more of our beloved BFL Sport so I have made it available on the website again. I think there are a hundred or so skeins so if you missed out the first time now is your absolutely last shot and we are lucky to have it!

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Okay dear ones I am off to send you a newsletter and then off to my sons for the first evening off in quite awhile.

We shipped lots and lots of yarn out this week. Color club will go out next week. The color club is the most time consuming to prep and dye and being short staffed has extended that. We shipped more of the sock club and will get more out this week.

As I have mentioned if you have a deadline please do let us know so we can best serve everyone. Thank you for your patience!! Love you all!!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all you wonderful dads!! We have a 15% discount for all of you fiber loving dads!!

Coupon code: dadsrock19

Susurrate Shawl

The story of a shawl and the birth of a designer!!

A little over a year ago I got an email from my dear friend Cara ( aka January One) asking me if I was interested in working with her on a design she was had a vision for that she was slightly obsessed with. I am pretty much always game to work on pretty much anything with Cara. I believe in her and we usually have all kinds of fun! Also… I was super intrigued by what she sent me in her email.

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“So I’m trying my hand at designing a brioche shawl. I’ve had this idea in my head for forever and I can’t get it out so I’m putting it to needles and yarn. I’m attaching a picture of what I have so far. I’m using the leftovers from my eyeball shawl. My idea is that it’s a tree, with branches at the top that flow into big leaves then smaller leaves which flows into flowers and buds at the bottom and then a flower-ish border.If you like what I have so far, want to talk about yarn? I want to use lightweight. ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

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I was interested. No, that’s not correct, I was hooked. I mean look at that initial photo. Also I know my friend and I knew she would knit her vision into a stunning reality so…of she went.

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And Susurrate was born!

I received the first swatch picture in the middle on May and then this finished one on July 3rd. Now it does not look like it in this picture but susurrate is not a small shawl. It uses close to 1620 yards of Sock that Rock Lightweight. And that my friends is a lot of stitches to put together to match a vision. I loved being a part of this process with her, hearing her ideas, thoughts and the challenges. Watching her find what worked and what did not and then how to implement it all. I know from my own creative process that matching your vision to reality is not always an simple or easy process. It takes perseverance, a good deal of patience and often thinking outside of the box. I know for me I will not let go until I know I have achieved exactly what I had in mind. Often (at least for me) that takes going the extra stitch with a fair amount of ripping back and maybe even walking away to gain some perspective. It often means we have to challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone and knowledge base. Take a look at this design and imagine writing the pattern for this.

Based on everything Cara shared with me about her vision and inspiration ( her dear grandmother) I feel like she knocked this out of the park! I am so very proud and excited for my friend.

I was stunned speechless when I saw that first picture of the finished piece. I knew she  would create something wonderful. I did not doubt it for one second. That said the reality of it is breathtakingly magnificent.

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Photo Credits to Gale Zucker

Cara, thank you for letting me be a small part of your process. I am thrilled I got to witness all of this creative goodness from the beginning! I can’t wait to see all of the color variations of Susurrate we all knit up!

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Enchanted Forest and Empyreal are the colors shown here

We are doing a KAL!! Of course with such and epic knit wonder the needs to be a knit-a-long! Check out Cara’s rav page for the details. The KAL starts on July 19th . We wanted plenty of time for us to get your yarn to you.

We are running a 15% discount until the KAL starts. The coupon code is: susurrate19

We recommend you order your yarn asap!!

You need a fair amount of contrast between the two colors you choose.

Also  please read what Cara writes about yarn usage. Cara used  4 skeins of Socks that Rock Lightweight but did not have a lot left (hardly any) and had already done the swatching so this does not leave a lot of room for swatching so… please keep that in mind.As always I am available for color help selection.

Here are a few. I am going to pick a speckled or multicolorway and then list a few shaded solids that go with, that give what I think is a good amount of contrast to highlight Cara’s tree pattern.

Chintz and Giggles:  Aquarius  * Cariblue * Bluebird of Happiness * Coral * Ophelia * Lover’s Leap * Pistachio * Everyday Grey * Rosebud * Lean Mean Aubergine * Maroon 5 *  There are a whole ot of shaded solids that will work with this on it really is what floats your boat and has enough contrast!

Oola Pikka :  KMBFLA * Bladerunner * Bleck * Ophelia * Smoke on the Water * Pistachio * Copperline * Oscar’s Grouchy Green * Spruced

Plumpy Sun Angle:  Aquarius * Blue Bird of Happiness * Coral Queen * Harold Purple Crayon * Lean Mean Aubergine * Boysenberry * Green Wing * Electric Blue * Chillaxin * Motley Hue * Marron 5 * Forget Me Not Blue * Sun Salutations

Phaedra: Coral Queen * Robin’s Egg Blue * Shoqua * Maroon 5 * Moldy Peaches

Okay more to come…

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I need to post this.

We are dyeing and shipping as fast as we can!! Our new dyer shows up at the end of the week !!! Yay!!  I can’t tell you how excited we are.

I am so grateful to Kalia, Sarah and Crystal for being a true team!

 

Birthday Celebrations Phase #2 ~ Day #1

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Since we did not get to really celebrate last week we are extending things into this week.

The coupon code is still good and will be all week!!

15% of all yarns! CODE is:  birtdaystashparty

Our first fun game/contest is on instagram

We would like you to post a picture that you would like us to make into a colorway. You can put a description with it if you like telling us it’s story or just post the picture.

Please use the hashtags #bluemoonfiberarts and #colorwayphotocontest. Also if you do not already follow us it would be helpful if you did.

We will pick 5 pictures ( which will be super hard) I will create the colorways and each of the winners gets a skein of their colorway as a prize!!!!

So much fun.

Okay…see you on instagram!!

Happy Monday!!!!

Birthday week went wonky!

okay so last week is a vague memory. I had all these grand plans for games and contests and well…none of that happened. As most of you know we are down a dyer which leaves us with one besides me. And that one (Crystal) was sick all week so…that left me. Yuppers!

Now Kalia and Sarah did their best to help and they did awesome jobs helping out. I am so very grateful for the both of them, they are such team players!!!

As I said last week I have hired a new dyer but she will not be here for another week so please bear with us.  I am a firm believer in making the best of what we are given in life. It is all about our attitudes. I know it is corny as hell but it’s true when life gives you lemons then you squeeze every last drop of juice out of those little suckers and make the drink of your choice. Because you are probably going to need the sustenance to rise to the challenge you have been given.

So we are rising to this latest challenge and doing our very best to get your yarn as fast as we can dye it. I am also trying my best to keep up on emails.

I seriously appreciate your compassion and patience!

I am hoping to get some of those fun and games this week. And I’ll extend the birthday discount code for another week.

CODE: birthdaystashparty  15% off all yarns  

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So one of the contests I want to do is a instagram photo colorway contest. You post a picture to instagram that you would like to see made into a colorway. Use the hashtags #bluemoonfiberarts  #colorwayphotocontest . Team Blue Moon will choose 5 of the pictures to make into colorways and then those people win a skein of their colorway!!!!!! Be sure to use the hashtags and then also tag us @bluemoonfiberarts so we can see your pics.

okay I need to go to bed.

 

Birthday Week!!!

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Life has been so busy and intense I was just going to skip anything birthday related. And then I was reminded that I am blessed to be here to celebrate getting a year older so here we are. Also for the first time in my 62 years waltzing the planet I have a friend who shares this day with me. I know!! Crystal Rose who right now is the only Blue Moon dyer besides yours truly was also was born on May 29th. Oh my goodness now that I actually type that, it’s pretty funny both (and the only) Blue Moon dyers right now are both Gemini’s.

Okay I could go on and on with duo puns but we’ll move on.

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Gemini Queens

Crystal and I decided we would come up with a Gemini colorway together. We both LOVE green and are pretty fond of our new Forget Me Not Blue shaded solid with it’s hints of periwinkle and greens. We made a new green just for this colorway. Emerald City green is vibrant and lovely and the perfect companion to Forget Me Not Blue. Do you see how when that green lightens it turns a lovely spearmint color. Move over Pond Scum cause there is a seriously sexy green in town.

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Since my birthday colorways are usually very bright and colorful I also did another birthday colorway that basically has ALL of the colors in it. Seriously so very many colors. Look at them all.

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#happybirthday is a colorway that says hey I am 62 and… I have met all the challenges sent my way this year with strength, perseverance and grace.  I celebrate all of life!!

We usually offer birthday specials and games for about a week. I also considered not doing this since we are short handed and a wee bit behind. Again I think celebrating an projecting the positive is always the way to go!!!

So for the next few days we are offering a 15% birthday special on all yarns. Let’s call is a Birthday Stash Enhancement Party!! So if you order yarn that you have a deadline on please let us know when you order it.

Coupon code is: birthdaystashparty

We should be through all of this soon. I hired a new dyer on Friday but she can’t start right away. Oh… in case some of you do not know we had one of our dyers leave unexpectedly which has made us seriously short handed. Also she had been out a lot before she left so her absence had already impacted things.

Anyway I am so very excited about the woman we have hired to join our team. We have sent loads of emails out about your orders and have shipped tons of yarn. Our latest shipment of sock yarn is here so more will go our including clubs and such.

Check out instagram for some birthday fun and games!! And check back here all week.  We are going to do a photo colorway contest on instagram which should be all kinds of fun.

All orders placed until May 30th will be shipped out with a little surprise.

If you feel like sharing what is your best birthday story I would so love to hear it.

Thank you for sharing your fiber lives with me!

You are such a gift!!!

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Blue Flower Moon & YAK is back!!!!!!!

YAK is Back!!!

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Our original sport weight Yaksi is back!!

It’s taken a few years but persistence and patience have paid off and here we are. I am so very very happy that this yummy yarn that we love is back. Especially at a this point in time when we have had to say goodbye of some of our other yarn loves. I so love this yarn. I love how soft it is and how it knits up and the fabric it makes but one of my absolute favorite things about it is how it takes the dye. Since it starts out a creamy oatmeal color  from the YAK fiber and a little from the Tussah silk.  As you can see from the photo it deepens the color and adds a bit of a heather aspect ~ so very rich!!

We are offering it at a little bit of a discount for the first few weeks. So don’t wait to give this lovely yarn a try!! I am in the middle of adding colors to the offerings so if you have a color that is not there that you want to see let me know. We are going to offer it mostly in Shaded Solids.  I would not recommend Speckles for this one!

Hey do you know what today is besides Saturday?! It is our May Full Moon and it is a Blue Moon and…not a traditional one. Usually we think of a Blue Moon as the second full moon in a month and this one is not that. However there can be a seasonal Blue Moon which is 4 full moons in a season which is 3 months period which is what this. It’s quite fascinating and if you are interested there’s more here. May Blue Moon.

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Full Flower Blue Moon!!  Our May colorway in homage to our Full Moons. A very floral full moon colorway. (Get it?)

Okay me dear friends I am off to the barn for a weekend of dyeing.  We have been down a dyer for almost two weeks now which as most of you know has put us behind yet again. I am bound and determined to get out of this so it’s a weekend in the barn as a solo dyer. It’s actually how I started all of this so… .

Did you all see the stash enhancing dye day class we have coming up. We all have skeins in our stash that maybe caught our eye at one time or another but now maybe they do not speak to us as much. So this is a great chance to make this skeins somethings that makes our hearts sing and our want to knit it. It is sure to be a great time. Dyeing is ALL kinds of fun. You will also learn dye basics and be the dyer that revitalized your stash. How sustainable of you!!

Oh and did you know that the 23rd of May is Drinking with Chickens Day??

yeah… I kid you not!!

Have a great weekend!

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Mothers

Okay guys this is going to be a long one so pour yourself a beverage and settle in.

First of all an orders, clubs and shipping check in.

We are a little behind on our 15 business day promise on some of the orders still . Yes we are waiting for yarn which will be here this week. If we have part of your order done we are shipping that so that you have something! If you have a deadline please do let us know.

I do send emails but we are getting caught in firewalls I think. Some get through and some do not. We are changing things up so bear with us. Working on a brand new website right now!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, way past time for this one.

We also were hit by some stomach thing that pretty much knocked us all out, even me. It was bad! I will spare you the details. I have been a little concerned about the amount of sickness we’ve experienced in the past year but then I remembered that this team of mine has little ones and well… .

RSC also is a week later than I promised because of all of this.

Soft rock is out of stock until the middle of July and we had no notification of this!

Karen is in the middle of a move. I big one! So we are going to move the Silky Victoria/Everyday Cardigan  KAL  to my birthday week. I actually wish I had thought of this earlier. I love the idea of a KAl on my birthday!!!!! Also all of those Silky Victoria orders will come with some silk hankies so we can all knit or crochet a little silk scarf to go with our cardigans. I was dyeing some hankies for a store order and thought it would be a lovely addition to our Silky Victoria experience. I am also on a “knit or crochet silk hankies” mission, like hard core to you are forewarned.

I mentioned the new website. It’s a lot of work and a bunch of it is work I have to do because I’m doing the photo work. I want this one to be so much better and more visible. They are going to look like this.

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So you will have the way it was dyed next to it re-skeined with the colors dispersed so you have an idea as to how they will knit up. I am also your customer service person right now so please bear with me. I am not ignoring you! I’m just wearing many hats!!

MOTHER’S DAY!!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. I know we all experience this day differently. I know for myself I feel the grief because my mom is no longer here. Our relationship was not and easy one so my grief is complicated. The on the other side is I am the mother to three beautiful souls that I love so very much. Being a mother has been the best part of my life. I just loved pretty much everything about it up. well that is not quite true. My girls are both living on the east coast right now and it is way too far away.

I miss them so very much!! I know the whole idea is they grow up and move out into the world and I could not be prouder of all three of them. Just wishing they were closer to Scappoose!!

Today my youngest graduates from college and moves onto medical school.

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Her brother and I could not be there. However her sister took the train down from New York to be with her and we watched it on you tube and group texted while we watched. Certainly not the same as being there but still good.

My girls today celebrating this milestone together!

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and here’s my son and daughter-in-law!

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and their pooches!

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So dear ones I hope your day tomorrow is full of love and that what ever mother loss you experience is bearable. Please do know you are not alone.

I know some of you are waiting on yarn (it is coming!!)  but…I can’t let the day go without a Mother’s Day gift from Blue Moon to you.

So we are offering a Mother’s Day 10% on all yarns this moment until midnight on Monday the 13th and… whiles supplies last any order over 60.00 get one of these YARN CHICKEN PINS from JAM PDX.

COUPON CODE: MOTHERSROCK19

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We have 60 so once they are gone they are gone!!!

Consider this a Mother’s Day Stash Enhancement moment!! If you need to have a yarn plan in mind I want to start a blanket project KAL . A KAL that goes for the rest of the year, after all it is a blanket!  Knit or crochet. I am going to crochet one. I know… . It’s no small thing because I can’t really crochet so this will be an expanding my horizons moment. I am determined. I love crochet and have quite a thing for the granny square so I am going to conquer this one.  I might need help. At the very least some hand holding.

Treat yourself or your mom or both!! You can get something to knit for your mom and surprise her on  a day when she needs it.

I love those moments don’t you?

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Have a beautiful day!!!

Why lots are important.

Okay before we go into why lots are important. I have taken the colorways down I told you I would and put up some of our favorites. A few of these have not been up on the website for awhile. I’m pretty excited to see them.

So as I said in the last post we are having a contest of sorts. The first person that can list all of the colorways I just added wins a Rare Gem skein. You can email your guess to us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com .

Please put “Colorway Contest” in the subject line of your email. Thanks!

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We all know about dye lots and how important it is to order or purchase enough yarn for your project in the same lot, especially if you are knitting a garment. Well my knitting friends the same is true for yarn lots and here is why.

One LOT of yarn is basically 1 MILL RUN of that yarn. ONE MILL RUN LOT would be made from all the same wool/top and then spun at the same time and plied then also to the specs of that yarn.  Most mills will keep the singles and then ply the yarn as needed. Each time that happens it should be marked as a different lot since the ply could be different. You would think that it would not be different enough to matter but in fact it is. ( Ask me how I know?)

I will never, ever forget when my second big order of Socks that Rock walked in the door. I opened the box, pulled out the skeins buried my face in them and then gave them a squeeze. And to my surprise they felt a little different. The yarn was a little softer than the last shipment we had. I was like okay let’s see what it dyes like. It pretty much dyed the same but it was most definitely the tiniest bit softer with a fraction ( and I mean a fraction) less boing to it. I might have freaked out a wee bit. I called my supplier and told them they had it all wrong and what did they do and so on and so forth.

It was then that I got schooled on different LOTS and how wool is a living growing thing. While we do as much as we can to recreate a yarn to the specs we have for that yarn there is going to be some variation. It might be a variation that most are not going to notice but sometimes it can be a bit more. Which is why each new lot is tested when it walks in our door so we know what we are working with.

As most of you know we recently ran a super Special on our BFL Sport since it was being discontinued. We put a special pricing on it and also decided to a do a KAL with one of our favorite patterns. Midway through dyeing massive amounts of BFL we discovered that we were sent 2 differing lots that were not marked as such. yeah…

Now, the difference between the two was not great. And…unfortunately it was not a difference we could see before it was dyed. If we had an order with 1 skein of each of three differing colors you would not notice either. We had a lots of those orders because that was what the KAL called for. It was when we had a garments worth of the same color that the difference was visible. Say there were 5 skeins all dyed in one color. You could see that 3 were from one lot and 2 were from the other. Now let’s take a moment and think about that and what it might mean production wise on a yarn that was already discounted and we had a ton of orders for. Yeah…I might have shed a tear or two.  So… we took a minute to regroup and problem solve.

The difference was one lot was tighter plied than the other. The end gauge was the same so that was not an issue. Phew!!! The issue was that the color looked just a bit different. Which for sweater knitting is a problem. So we could not ship those out to you.

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(You see the difference both in the ply and the color yes?)

What we discovered was if we soaked the yarn, spun it out and then dried it we could see the difference between the lots before dyeing!!! Yay Kalia for coming up with that plan. While we were thrilled to have a plan it did add a whole other step to the process slowing everything down. Adding more labor also adds more cost. Adding another step that delays all orders not just the BFL also adds more customer service for us.

Why am I sharing this with you? I am not sharing to complain. Although, in all honest after the year we have had I did having my whining moment or two with a good friend and a bottle of wine. I have been in this industry for at least 20 years and know these things happen. I will say it does seem to be happening more and more lately. Also, if you run a small business you know that this kind of problem-solving rolling with the punches is just how things can go. Dyers are often the last process/person before it goes to your local yarn store and/or into your hands. Something that is interesting to consider in relationship to the end product and the controls we have.

I am sharing all this with you so we all have a better understanding of what goes into the making and dyeing of the yarn that we create with. There are many steps and people involved from shepherd to yarn store owner. I think it is important to know exactly what goes into what we are working with. When we pick up a skein of yarn off a shelf we are not really considering all that goes into bringing that skein to us.

Okay I have at least 5 more things to do today and it is already 2:00 so off I go.

Thanks for listening!