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Yarn thoughts…

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Pattern ideas!

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

Pebbles by Padma R

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Across the Waters by Cynthia Cushing

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Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli

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

Sprite’s Fen Shawl by Helen Stewart

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La Luna Fingering:

Barley Light by tincan knits

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

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

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

New Colors!!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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So much color!! It must be Spring!

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

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

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

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

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Super Worm Moon over Mt Hood!

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

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 your light is extraordinary!

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

Code: lalunalove

Sunny Day….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love you guys! Love yourselves and each other!

Sock that Rock*STAR Sponsorship

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Pricing: 65.00

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

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

Madrona Fiber Arts Festival and Winter!

Madrona Fiber Arts Festival is next weekend. If you have not heard it will be the last time this wonderful celebration of fiber arts will be happening. Suzanne and Corny have decided that they are ready to retire and move on.

I have heard that John Malarkey (weaver extraordinaire) is going to run some sort of fiber event at the sane time and in the same place. It will be interesting to see how that manifests.

I have loved being a part of Madrona and having such a wonderfully well run and loved fiber event so close to home. I have met so many great people and learned so much from the teachers, vendors, students and form Suzanne and how she ran Madrona. She has such a big heart and it shows in how people feel about Madrona.

I am sad at this ending but understand the need to move on. I made a special colorway based on the color of the Madrona tree that has been the logo for years now. I don’t mind telling you that it was not an easy one to translate on to yarn but I feel like I got it!  Whatcha think?

The Fiber Gallery will have our yarns as they have for the past few years. So do check out their booth!!

We have not one but two brand new designs from the oh so talented Meaghan Schmaltz ~The Unapologetic Knitter. She has designed a lovely everyday kind of cardigan all cozy and warm perfect for these snowy winter days we are having!

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The Everyday Cardigan by Meaghan Schmaltz knit in our Silky Victoria in the colorway Motley Huu

And… if that was not enough she’s also designed this lovely wrap, Back on Track Shawl, knit in both our soon to be discontinued BFL Sport ( colorway: Mica) and our Silky Victoria ( colorway: Cranberry Bogged).

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photo credits: Meaghan Schmaltz

The Fiber Gallery will have all these samples (and many more) with them so do check their booth out.

Meaghan has is kindly offering a 10% off discount on both patterns good Thursday February 14th until Sunday the 17th. Code is: TUKLUVSBMFA

Safe travels to all of you going. It looks like we are going to have some intense winter weather for the next week. We most definitely have our share here already which is going to make work this week a little challenging.

Shipping Update: We are still playing catch up. We’ve started shipping out the last shipment of the 2018 RSC and our online order for STRL including the Anniversary Trios. We are also working on the Color Club and the last skein of the School of Yarn. It’s a lot.

Our BFL Sport Special was a HUGE success and we are doing out very best dyeing these also as we catch on on previous orders now that we have the sock yarn coming in. It’s a whole lot of juggling, it makes my head hurt! I know I have said many times but I am going to say it again because it is true. All of us here at Blue Moon appreciate your support and patience but no one more than myself. It has been beyond stressful and quite honestly scary. Now that the yarn is flowing in it has put us in one dye crunch to catch up and stay current . So we are going to ask you to hang in with us for a wee but longer.

The Vancouver Shawl KAL will be at the end of February so we have time to get you your yarn. I am hoping that the weather does not change that but I will keep you posted.

I did something that I have wanted to do for awhile now in order to support more of my creative vision and self and to build on our Blue Moon community. Coloring inside and outside the lines!!!  Check it out! If have ideas about what you would like to see there please do let me know. The video aspect will be the most challenging for me on a personal level but I also think real fun!!!

A reminder of the specials that are going on right now.

BFL Sport: The price that you see on the website it the marked down price and we are almost out and when it is gone it is gone.

Seduction: Same is true with our Seduction yarn. Price marked is the sale price and it good while supplies last

Panda: Is a new yarn we are considering adding to our line of yarns. We are on the fence and are hoping for your input. The price you see is an introductory price.

Targhee Bulky: Unfortunately another yarn that is being discontinued by the mill. I know…it’s super sad. On this one there is a code to use. TGB19    15% off.

Okay that is all for now. I have get a newsletter out and shovel some snow.

Stay safe and warm.

Isn’t it awesome that we have wool and knitting!!

Blue Moon KonMari and yarn/shipping updates

Well, my friends, we have have one storage pod empty and the other half empty. Holy moly – what an undertaking. It’s amazing how much stuff can collect when you’re not looking. Hell, even if you are looking and are just busy. You know how it goes. “I’ll just put this here and then come back and sort it all out later when I have time.” hahaha.  And then the next thing you know, your closet is overflowing … or your bookshelves or both of your storage pods, as the case may be!

Anyway, if anything this Pod-KonMari process has been an interesting trip down memory lane. I am sorry to say we are not holding everything and thanking it.… well, maybe the knit samples. Oh my goodness.

Karen is here for the weekend so we can work on a bunch of Club and school stuff and do some planning. Last night we dug through four of those big Rubbermaid bins! And oh my goodness: the things we used to knit! I will post pictures over the next few weeks. It’s pretty interesting and was certainly entertaining after a pretty stressful week.

I have lots and lots and lots of socks! Some pairs and some singles and we are thinking up some de-stashing fun for those. So look on Instagram for our sock de-stash party.

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Of course we found more yarn for Mill End Mystery Grab Bags, so I have put a few more of those up for sale.

We also found a number of panels of grid-wall and extra hooks leftover from our Sock Summit days. We are selling those locally, since who needs 80 grid-wall slats? (80! I kid you not!) If you are local to the Portland area and interested, you can email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com for details.

Our BFL Sport Farewell Special is still running and lots of you are supporting our send-off, so thank you. It does make it a little more palatable (if no less sad). We are starting to run a little low, though, so if you have yet to order and would like to play along, now would be the time to do so. Samantha (the designer) is thrilled we are going to do a Vancouver Shawl KAL! And as ever, I am available for color consulting: send me an e-mail and we can chat color options!

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As I mentioned in the newsletter today, we will not be going to Stitches West this year. It’s a hard decision and not one we made lightly. I do know that we are not the only ones making this choice as hard as it is. I love Stitches West and being back there last year was all kinds of wonderful. And… I have pretty much been looking forward to this year’s show since the last one ended. However, with all of the yarn delays and being behind because of them, we decided it was best to sit this one out as we get caught up (and also ensure that we don’t get in this position again anytime soon!!)

YARN AND SHIPPING UPDATE

What is being held up by the Sock Yarn delay:

• Rockin’ Sock Club, School of Yarn and Out of the Hue Club.
• Any website orders that are for only Socks that Rock.
• If you placed a mixed order (Socks that Rock plus other bases), we are shipping out partial orders with the yarn we have available; the Socks that Rock will ship out separately.
• The Anniversary package was held up by the bags, and now that the bags are coming in, the yarn has become the issue! Of course it is. For those of you who are next in line for your Anniversary packages, we are offering other yarn base choices as substitutes for the Socks that Rock in your package. I am in the process of emailing those of you who are in the queue.

Mills are not the best at time frames or communication. We are passing along the information we get, as we get it. I expect to start seeing sock yarn this week.

Besides our Socks that Rock delay, I have some other yarn news to share to keep you in the loop and to also to share with you all where we find ourselves in the yarn industry right now.

As you may have noticed, Tigger is currently hidden on the website. We are almost out and the stock we do have on hand is dedicated to School of Yarn and a few LYS orders. As of right now, the news from the broker is that the mill that made Tigger won’t continue to do so. It is a high-energy cabled yarn, which is not the easiest to make to begin with. When you add in the factor that most of the mill equipment in this country is pretty old, that makes it even more challenging to make. We are looking at other sources and options and I will keep you posted on that.

Our lot of Single Silky Targhee is running a little low; we are trying to reorder that and coming up with the some of the same issues as with the Tigger. Oh, and did I mention that we are also running up against low amounts of Targhee wool in the States?

The mill that has been making our Silky Victoria has declined to do so. (Are you sensing a theme here, cause I certainly am.) So it will now be made elsewhere, but it takes time to get a yarn started at a new mill (lots of samples, testing and such). We have our needles crossed that this will be a seamless transition!

I believe that we are going to be seeing more and more of this mill-shuffling in the future; as a result, we will be having to plan farther and farther ahead than we have in quite a while (if ever).

COMMUNICATION AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

At the moment I am your lead in customer service (with Kalia as backup in shipping).

I am answering emails as soon as I can, usually within 24 hours unless they come in on the weekend. (Which a lot do, since most us all work during the week.) I do work through the weekend, but sometimes I won’t finish answering a weekend’s worth of e-mails until the beginning of the week.

I update this blog every weekend (there’s also a blog for the Rockin’ Sock Club, which gets updated less often, as necessary). Also once a week (usually on Fridays), I send out an e-mail newsletter through Constant Contact. The newsletter goes out to all our mailing lists every week; however, because these are bulk emails, it is possible that your firewalls see them as spam and aren’t letting them through on your end. It happens.

What I do see (by looking at the analytics on the back end here) is that while there are bounce-backs, a lot of people don’t click to open and read the newsletter. And hey – I understand why. As fiber-loving, creating people, we are inundated with email newsletters all the time. But if you’re looking for information about yarn status and general news about what’s going on over here, I am reaching out with this information in several ways – it’s in all those places for you to see, in addition to my being here on email.

We know a lot of you are on social media in all sorts of places these days; and thank you for sharing your love of Blue Moon there! But we need to remind you that Social Media is not someplace we can or will do customer service. There are just too many places to keep track of, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Ravelry. Some large companies employ one or more people just to monitor their social media feeds! And even then, the folks who work on all that would likely refer customer service questions back to the people who are next to the yarn, or on the computers with the orders, to answer specific questions.

For customer service questions and issues (order status, color questions, yarn updates), please communicate with us directly via e-mail. In an e-mail conversation, we can address your order questions and concerns directly and personally (in a way social media threads can’t support).

If you ever e-mail us and don’t get a reply in a day or two, please check to see that our replies aren’t getting filtered out or caught in your firewalls. When in doubt, try sending your e-mail again from another address (gmail addresses almost always get through!). We are doing our best to get you the information you want right away.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we get out footing back.

Have a great weekend!

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Giving thanks!!

On this day of feasting and giving thanks I am counting my blessings like the purls they truly are while remembering that this day also holds the shadows it was built upon.

So much love to all of you creative makers we are so very grateful for who you are, what you make and blessed to serve you in color and yarn!

We thought we’d show out gratitude this weekend of by offering  a 15% discount on all yarns and rovings! Good now until Tuesday the 27th! Code is: givingthanks18

We also have a few gifts for you. All orders that come in starting now and going until Tuesday November 27th will include both of these gifts!!

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The first one is 20 grams of dyed silk hankies for you to knit or spin with. You can knit right from the hankie and the fabric it creates is super soft, textured and just plain lovely! We will include directions on how to prep them for knitting! Your color will be a surprise and I promise they are all stunning!! You’ll love these. I have a hat I knit out of these that I wore during chemo. So soft and warm and great for a newly bald head or any head really!

The other gift is one of our Blue Moon Golden Tickets. These are discount tickets and they range in discount from 10% to 40%. We put them in an empty dye pot and choose randomly as we add a ticket to your order. These tickets are good for a 2 time use at any point in 2019!

Seasonal Colorway Shift!!!!!

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We’ve taken down for a rest some of our Autumn colorways and have added a few wintery and holiday ones. If there are any winter and holiday hues you would like to see that are not here please do let us know!!

We are shipping out tons of yarn today and tomorrow! I pick up more mugs for the Anniversary trio and we will be getting these out to0! One of our lovely mug makers had a family loss this weekend so if we could all take a moment to send her some love!

I got to spend the day with most of my family today which was heart warming and so rejuvenating I hope you all got to spend time with those you love. The holidays can be a hard and challenging time for some of us so keep your eyes ad ear open for someone who might need a lift in spirit!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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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!!

Wow!!

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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!