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So many good things!!

Okay I have a whole bunch of goodness to share with you so I am just going to jump right in.

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The Fall Twist Collective went live this week!!  Have you seen it? If you have not had a chance do yourself a favor and grab a refreshing beverage and sit down for a long perusal. We are lucky enough to have this classy and colorful hat and cowl set (Echinacea) designed  by none other than the ever so clever and talented Kate Gilbert herself. I was pretty tickled when she told me she was designing with our Cloud 9.

Also make sure not to miss Carrick, a cabled wonder by designer Kristin Eksuzian. A stunning statement of a sweater. I have to admit to being a little obsessed with that big cable.

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Farmer’s Market MKAL last clue is out and and look aren’t they pretty??

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I am so looking forward to seeing all of the color combo’s we came up as shawls instead of skeins!

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I hope everyone posts their shawl pics to instagram.
So far my favorite is still the one with Apron Strings, Fruity Loopies and Spawn of Scum. which I am sure comes as no surprise to anyone. Thank you Shannon for such a fun MKAL!! You rock!

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Such a light and graceful yarn. A fine two ply spun with luxurious Baby Alpaca and Cultivated Silk. I am not much of a lace knitter but this yarn makes me wish I was. I can just imagine how wonderful Lima Laci would not only look in a intricate lace pattern but also feel. 900 yds /4.25oz @ 29.00 We have a very limited amount so get it while you can!

Okay now for the queen of the yarn ball!! Meet my new yarn crush!!!

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Crackpaca!!!

45% Baby Alpaca / 45% Super Duper Fine Merino / 10 % Cultivated Silk

Now, I am not the biggest alpaca fan on planet. Which up until now is why Blue Moon had only offered one Alpaca blend yarn, our Peru. I do love our Peru. I love it because it is a good blend which I firmly believe is the magic for a good alpaca yarn. Well, the same folks that created our Peru have come up with a yarn that I seriously wanted to just call Crack, it is that wonderful… so after much hemming and hawing and a little input on instagram I’ve settled on Crackpaca! Because this is most definitely crack for knitters luckily there are no harmful side effects and as far as I know it is legal!

It’s equal parts baby alpaca and a superfine merino and this is what I think makes it so wonderful. The superfine aspect of the merino enhances the baby alpaca by adding in elasticity and buoyancy without taking away that ultra softness that we love alpaca for.

If that were not enough, let’s just add in a little cultivated silk to the mix – just enough for a little sheen and strength. And…because we can, let’s ply it a little tighter than we normally do on this type of yarn and make it a 2 ply. Can you see in the picture how it looks like little alpaca pearls.

So soft and light and buoyant.

When it waltzed in the door, I wanted to take all of the skeins and make a bed with them and then climb in. I still might.

I am super excited about a whole bunch of the yarns we have added to our line up in the past year and Crackpaca is definitely at the very top of that list.
We have it priced at $27.00 for the next little bit as an introductory, “Oh my goodness, you have to have this yarn” special.

When ordering please keep in mind that alpaca takes dye a little light than most fibers! That said, all three of the fibers in this blend take the dye differently giving us a bit of a subtle heather effect throughout. I didn’t really notice it until I started knitting with it.

Sigh! After I finish this post I have to go out in the over 90 degree heat and dye ( hehe) and all I want to do is sit someplace air conditioned and knit my lovely crackpaca!!

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One more thing I would like to touch on before I go is the Fall Sweater Challenge that the lovely folks at  The Buffalo Wool Co thought up. It’s basically a community knit-a-long involving designers, local yarns stores and yarn companies having some grand ol’ knit fun! There’s a few rules, points!!, prizes and discounts and all kinds of designs and in the end sweaters so really a big win!

We are one of the sponsors and quite honestly are still working out the details on our end. We are seeing which of our LYS’s wants to join in the fun and decided on designs and KALS and yarns and prizes.

So…stay tuned for sure. If you have any ideas of feedback for designs or yarns please let me know tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com. I will have more info next week so we can start our sweater adventure. You know what? It could be a Crackpaca sweater!!!!!!!!  Be still my heart.

Okay I am off to the barn to dye some speckley sparkley yarn!

Have a great weekend!

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End of Summer Sparkle and Delirium!

The yarn arrived! The sock club has shipped!! And…we are just about caught up on everything that this yarn shipping delay fiasco cost us and just in time fore heat wave. Holy moly it is not a good day to be a dyer today. So very hot!!!!

Just about the whole team arrived this am at 6:00. While for a few of us that is our regular start of the dye day,  to the rest of team blue moon it brought home the meaning of the crack of dawn. We compensated for this with cake for breakfast!!  On the upside it does mean we get to stop at 2:0o today and not steam set yarn when it is over 90 degree weather. Actually we could probably just lay it out in the sun and be good to go.

As you can see in the very bright header above, Shannon and I are hosting another KAL!! A super, sparkley, speckley, sock-anklet  knit-a-long no less. I know…we’ve been overcome by the speckle on the sparkle. I will stop, but please know, I could go on and on and on with the whole speckle~sparkle word play.

You can read all out the details in the post above. I can’t wait to see all kinds of sparkley speckled anklets walking around. I really want to knit a pair in Heckley Speckley because I have a bit of a colorway crush going for it but Shannon has beat me to the punch on that one. Instead I think I am going to try a getting a little Intro-Specktive.  ;0)

Or I will throw caution to the wind and Heckle Speckle to my heart content.

See?? It’s a skein of beauty!

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I have another color love affair going on right now too.

Meet Delirium!

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Delirium is a magical mercurial character and the youngest of the seven Endless from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Series.  I love her!!  She was born Delight and later transformed into Delirium. How poetic is that?! She is a colorful changeling with a prophetic tendency that often comes too late. She’ s a little scattered often dropping and later picking up the threads of a conversation. Her observations on life are seriously entertaining, offbeat and often inconsequential. She is a force unto herself and most of the Endless are fond of her and she them. She has a bit of a thing for Destruction which makes sense in the grand scheme of things.

I was asked earlier this year to come up with a colorway inspired by a graphic novel. I was pretty thrilled with this color inspiration. Of course I chose Sandman!  I decided to do a colorway based on Delirium for them. I was so possessed by creating Delirium that keeping with her changeling essence I made a few incarnations. The one I sent to JBW, I called, A Little Delirium which is a paler version of our Delirium. I am also in the process fine tuning one that is Delight before she was became her more delirious self. And yes, I do believe I am on my way to creating all of the Endless ones.

Right now our lovely friend Shannon is knitting a Wonder Shawl out of it and Solstice.

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So pretty! Can’t wait until she gets to the lacy part. Hurry up Shannon!

Okay I have got to make a run to the PO with the afternoon mailing before it is too late.

Our Specials are on for one more week folks! I really mean it this time. So get them while you can!

Yarns:
LaGrande
Seduction
Super Woobu-LITE

Rovings:
Targhee
Super Foot
Panda
Polwarth
Merino/Yak

I hope everyone has the best of weekends. I am headed to Coastal Yarns tomorrow morning with a whole bunch of yarn. So if you at the coast be sure to drop by!

Stay cool!

oh….I almost forgot!

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Super Speckley Sparkely KAL

 Make some fancy anklets with us!

Well, we’re doing it again – Shannon (Squire Designs) are teaming up for a great late-summer knitstravaganza. Such a great word!

 

A knit-a-long that is perfect for those in-between-other-projects knitting moments we all have or for that oh-my-I-can’t-think-about-anything-except-this-project week. However you twist it, we hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a great knit time!

 

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We are offering a 10% discount on Super Sparkle in any colorway. (We are partial to ALL OF THE SPECKLES right now, but any colorway works for this promotion.) You can use one of Shannon’s ankle sock patterns, so you can make yourself a pair (or three!) of fabulous socks for the fall. Just purchase any of her ankle sock patterns (including Sundae Socks, any of the Socks for Busy B’s patterns (Stolen Moments, Short Attention Span, and Smithy), OR the Socks for Busy B’s collection), and you’ll find a pdf marked “SSASKAL.” This pdf contains the discount code to use with us ~ bluemoonfiberarts.com. (If you’ve already purchased either Sundae Socks OR any of the Socks for Busy B’s socks, you’ll find the same pdf in the Ravelry pattern).

The Speckly Sparkly Ankle-y Sock-y KAL begins on Tuesday, August 23rd, and runs through Friday, September 30th. Anyone who has a finished Blue Moon yarn ankle sock project by the 30th is eligible for PRIZES!! (There may be extra-special prizes for sparkly socks finished by that date, as well, but you are welcome to use any of our Blue Moon sock yarns).

The KAL will be run on Shannon’s Ravelry page, and there will be a “what color are you using” thread for pre-KAL chatter, so head on over there and say hey, hey!

To be eligible for the prize drawings, you must create a project in Ravelry, uploading at least one photo, and tag your project with SSASKAL, so we can be sure to find it.

If you’re an Instagrammer, please use that hashtag over there, too, and tag both @bluemoonfiberarts and @shannonsq so we can drool over your projects!

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a whole lot of somethings

New color!!!!

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I am making all kinds of new colorways. Seriously inspired by the world around me and feeling the need to translate that into color on yarn.

See the name on the yarn tags?? ~ Tourmaline SunAngel ~  I think this might just be the best colorway name I ever heard! It’s a hummingbird name. Our Kalia found it. I am heavy in love with this colorway!

It’s been a bit of a week which makes it hard to carve out creative time. When one is stressed and problem solving it is hard to make the space you need to feel inspired and to listen to your creative voice. Lucky for me that I am an early bird and we all know what the early bird gets. Yup a big fat juicy worm of creativity. Okay that’s kind of gross but you know what I mean.

Let’s move  away from worms and back to color We are going to be adding new colorways next week. So that means some colorways that have been offered for awhile need to go to the spa for a rest. No worries they do not go away forever just for a little bit.

Below is a lost of the ones that will be coming down next week.

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We have a few Pokeman peeps among team Blue Moon so we are going to have a few Poke hues! Here is our first one.

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PokExplosion!!  Sarah ( our in house expert) insisted we needed a red, black and white so I added a little bit of a pikachu sprinkle on the white part.

I love it! Sarah says to please do as she asked and make the red, black and white one.

So my knitterly friends if you are poke obsessed and have any suggestions let me know! You can use the comments section of this post.

The new Star Trek movie is out so I am working on some trekkie hues.

I am teaching our first camp session tomorrow and am pretty excited!! There is still room if you want to join us. The other camp sessions are full and or filling fast. I might ad a few in October if you have something you’d like to see me offer let me know.

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Our roving sale is still going on! The Merino/Yak is correctly priced now!!

Fruity Loopies on roving is all kinds of fun!

And… the Speckles….so cool!

 

Here are the roving specials with a bit of a twist for this weekend only. If you order this weekend we will add to your order a 15 gram bundle of silk hankies dyed per your request. Just tell us the colorway you want in the notes section of your order and we will dye you a bundle and ship it with your roving!IMG_4974

100% Targhee

Super Foot

Panda.

Polwarth

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Also Special this weekend is our super duper luxurious Worthy Sport. I know!! Now we really do not have a lot of this so if you want it jump! Usually it is 64.00 a skein. We have done a switch on the numbers and made it 46.00. I wore a cowl out of our Worthy all during chemo and it was the softest most comforting thing!

Our Single Silk Targhee also on special for one more week!  I know I said one week but it just looks so pretty hanging from the rafters and you are all picking such pretty colors. This will be our last special pricing on this yarn since it is going into our LYS offerings.

Evidently having the barn sale and such in June threw some of you off. We do usually have it is August . It just worked better in June this year. Since some of you missed the sale I scrounged up a few more Mystery Mill End bags and they are up on the site this weekend also. I even marked them down a little more. We are trying to get the barn clean and organized for the upcoming season and for classes!

How are you doing on your knit-a-longs. I’ve seen some really pretty combo’s on the Farmer’s Market Shawl.

Cast on for Karen’s Letting the Light In!! started this week!!! Yay

Have a lovely weekend!

It’s cool and wet here but I think that is suppose to change.

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Summer Dye Camp!!!!!!!!!

Yes! Summer Dye Camp. I am pretty excited about this and will tell you all about it and Shannon’s new Busy Bees pattern and the roving special we are running.

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Every year we have our annual barn sale which a few years ago we added a dye play day component to.

It’s great fun!

However, it is not a class but more of dip your toes into the very edge of the dyeing experience. Each year I promise I will do more dye events and hold classes and well life has kind of gotten in the way of that happening. I have decided this is my summer to jump right into the dye vat and get this color party started!

Since it is summer and I do love camps and anything campy we are going to start a Blue Moon Dye Camp!!! Yay!!!

I love dyeing and color and fiber.

A part of that passion for me is the sharing of it (along with my knowledge and years of experience of all that is fiber and color) with other like-minded, possessed souls. I have really missed teaching quite a bit so I might be just a little excited!!!

As I was planning all of this and thinking of what I wanted to start with and how to make it all happen I decided to rustle up my trusty class/teaching notebook. In doing so, I realized  just how long I have been doing all of this. I had not really thought of it in awhile, but it has easily been 17 years and probably closer to 20, since I started this little color/fiber journey. It was a staggering realization.

So far I have 5 sessions with varying themes from dye basic and technique to gradients and shibori. You can read all about each of them in the dye descriptions on the camp page.

I did my level best to keep the cost as affordable possible, while also making sure I got paid. It turns out this a bit hard for me. Never in a million years would I have thought I undervalued myself, like never, ever. But… after everyone I ran all of this by kept coming back with the same feedback that ~ hey Tina, this is not enough~ and I kept getting all squirrelly, if finally hit me. At 59 it sure does looks like I might still have some self esteem issues to work through.  I know…go figure. I am sure a little color therapy will help!

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Waiting for a little color inspiration or divine intervention.

Waiting for a little color inspiration or divine intervention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you will join me on this new color adventure of ours!

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Shannon sent out the 1st hint on the Farmer’s Market MKAL this week and I see that a fair amount of you are casting on. I can’t wait to see all of the combo’s all knit up.

If you are a little late to the MKAL party we are doing our best to get you your yarns asap!! The coupon code for that is good until July 15th.

Shannon is up to a whole lot of knit goodness this summer. Have you seen her League of Busy Bees. If not you should totally check it out. It’s pretty wonderful and quite the deal. She just released another pattern for her Busy Bees in one of my favorites of our yarns  Yaksi Fingering. She also knit the sample in a color that she and I both have big love for Fruity Loopies.  I think Fruitly Loopies looks extra wonderful on our Yaksi Fingering. Since Yaksi starts out a little grey it deepens the effect of all of those super bright hues.

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The Wonder Shawl!

I do love a shawl that so beautifully shows off a colorway distinctly different stitch patterns. Thank you Shannon for another wonderful (hehe, pun intended) design!

Oh… almost forgot there is a discount code that Shannon gives you for our Yaksi when you purchase.

What colorway in Yaksi would you use?

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Remember that on July 15th the Rockin’ Sock Club coupon code changes from a 20 % discount to a 15% percent discount. You will find the code in the January dyer’s notes at the end.

We have a few prize winners from our last contest we have not heard from. If you could please email paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com

#1 Prize: Coloring Book
Winner hipknitta
#6 Prize: 1 skein of STRL Wonderful goodness
Winner: Joviv101
#8 Prize: Silk / Wool Scarf painted
name Annarch

Last but most certainly not least, in honor of Tour de Fleece, we have s free roving specials. We have also added a few new rovings to the line-up for awhile.

Here are the new ones:

100% Targhee, Super Foot and Panda. Super Foot and Panda are temporary visitors. Targhee is a permanent addition to our spinning offerings.  All of these are 27.00 for a 8 ounce hank!

We have also marked down our beloved Polwarth and  Merino/Yak to 27.oo for a few weeks.

Okay  I have to now go wrangle with Sears about a washer they sold me that does not work which means we have to use the one in the house to spin out all of the yarn. Yeah!!! I have spent a good part of the week dealing with this which is a little sad cause I was going to make new colorways. I have a Hamilton series brewing in my head and I need to get it onto yarn. Are you possessed by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton? I totally am.  Our whole family is actually and we are car singers so… . If you are one of the Hamilton possessed and you want to weigh in a colorway names and hues do let me know in the comments.

Have a lovely weekend!

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A bit of this and a bit of that…

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It is yet another stunningly beautiful day here in the Pacific Northwest! Just the right amount of sunshine, with a bit of a breeze. The kind of sunny days that you want to be walking in the park or hiking on the mountain or kayaking in the river or beach-combing or sitting on your back deck with a cup as the hummingbirds zoom by my head and the chickens serenade, writing a blog post!

As much as I love you guys, I do wish I was beach combing right now.

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Next week starts the first clue of Shannon’s farmer’s market MKAL.  Are we excited? I know I am!

IMG_4791 (1)It has been so much fun helping with colors and seeing what you all have come up with!

Two of my fav’s:

Top: Apron Strings, Whirly Whirleroo and Spawn of Scum

Side: Wonderful Goodness, Muddy Autumn Rainbow and Motley Hue

As of today we have shipped almost all the MKAL orders. Ones that have come in the last few days will do our very best to ship out on Tuesday.

The coupon code is good up until the 15th of July!

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Speaking of coupon codes…if you are one of our notorious sock knitting Rockin’ Sock Club members we sent out an email to everyone regarding the 20% deadline on your discount code on July 15th.  The code and info are in the January dyer’s notes! I’ll also post on the sock club blog today for everyone!

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As promised the Color Story and the Gradients are now offered in our Featherlight single fingering-weight goodness!! I will be adding all kinds of gradient choices here. I feel like this is a really good start! I will tell you gradients are quite the time consuming process. Luckily they are also fun!

Okay well I was going to talk a little bit about the dye classes I planning for this summer but I am running out of time. I will be putting up a schedule and more info next week on what I have been thinking of as Summer Color Camp or Come Dye with Me!!! If there is something you would like to play at with dye and color let me know in the comments section here.

Have a great weekend!

I will leave you with a cool shot of dye specks!

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Summer of Love!

Summer Solstice was this week which means it is now officially summer.

Yay!!  My favorite part of summer are the long light and warmth filled days.

Sunshine!!

That said, I have to say I have really been enjoying the mercurial weather pattern we have been experiencing here in the PNW. The rain showers here and there with sun breaks in between. The best of both I guess!

I walk by this willow so many times a day on my way back and forth from my home to the dye barn. Yesterday it was putting on quite the show! I walked by at just the perfect wet lit, luminescent raindrops moment!  Little jewel drops of light!

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Light!

You can’t create in the world of color or design without an appreciation and understanding of light.  Color is light!

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 Let the Light In

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Designed and knit by the lovely and talented Karen Alfke!

You can read all about our KAL on this page of the blog.

When Karen and were discussing all the wicked design collaboration fun we were going to have now that she had some time this was the firs thing to pop up!  We actually have had some version one way shape and then another of this on the back burner for a few years.  With all the stunning fabrics and great patterns and beautiful sun dresses what better time to have a knit-a-long for a light and lovely lacy mesh pop-over.

A perfect summer knit and top and a great way to ring in Summer

I love that this last KAL is about Letting the Light In!!

I have linked to Karen’s ravelry group where she will have all of the details on the pattern release, dates, how it all is going to work and the 15% discount code that we are offering. So check this Friday June 24th.

The code for the yarns. Laci and Silky Laci will be good starting June 24th. We have learned to give plenty of yarn buying, dyeing and shipping time!

We are introducing a new yarn with this KAL a silky version of our Laci!!

You are going to LOVE it!!

A note from your dyer (me): “We usually re-skeins our lace and garment yarns, especially those dyed as shaded solids, to show and highlight the shading. During a KAL, when we are dyeing in larger numbers than normal and getting them out in time for your cast-on date, we do not have the time to re-skein. So when you get your lovely skeins of Laci and Silky Laci, they may look a little blotchy. Those blotches are not a dye accident, but dye art!

Also, we ask you to please consider your yardage carefully and not err on the side of caution when ordering your yarn. Running out of yarn and needing more (from a new dye lot) is no one’s favorite thing. Two skeins will provide ample yardage for all;
you may even have enough left over to knit a shawl or scarf from the leftovers in the same Irish Mesh Lace pattern!”

I do hope you will join in the KAL fun. if you wanted you could even make a dress to go with it. We did!

Well Karen did anyway.

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My fabric is still sitting on the sewing machine. Right next to my knitting basket full of projects and my loom that is half warped. I do have plans!

I hope you join us!  If you have any questions please do let us know. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Summer Of Love

We are spreading LOVE all the ways we know how in our little woolly colorful part of the world.  Please stay tuned for a dye class schedule next week! ( I know!!!!!) If you could suggest a dye or color class from me what would it be??

Lots more colorful goodness, more kits, games and give-aways.

Oh speaking of give-aways we have not heard from all of you birthday contest winners. Please email us so we can get you your yarn and such.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

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Farmer’s Market KAL

It’s a Mystery Knit-a-long

with the oh so lovely and super fun Shannon Squire!!

with…our stunning new finger-weight single Featherlight

in all the colors!!!

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As we love to do we have teamed up with our buddy the lovely Shannon Squire for a  MYSTERY KNIT-A-LONG

Who does not love a mystery knit-a-long??!!  So very much knit suspense. I for one am all about knitting that comes with clues!

Our theme is the all the color and bounty of the summer that is inspired by our local Farmer’s Market finds. Shannon and I chosen 5 colorway grouping themes to start the color scheming yarn ball rolling. we have combined on of our BeSpeckled colorways and teamed  with a Shaded Solid and a Multi-colorway. I know… so much color fun to be had, it is a bit mind boggling. Below are picture of the five we put together. You can use those or you can put together your own trios of hue happiness. As always I am more than happy to help with this process.

We have Peachiness: Fuzzy Peach Specks, Peachy Keen, and Everyday Grey

Heirloom Tomato Jam: Heirloom Tomato JAM, On the Vine, and Vine Ripened Red

Summer Canning Apron:  Apron Strings, Fruity Loopies, and Spawn of Scum

Pick a Peck of Pickles: In a Pickle, Mossy Plaid PDX and Spinel

 Berry Berry Jam: Shaken not Stirred, Purple Rain, and HRH Princess Violetta.

You can change these trio’s by choosing a different shaded solid or multi-colorway or…as I mentioned earlier put you own together!

We ( me) love the choosing color part of knitting!!!

Do check out our instagram  for more pics on color trios!

 

Let the Light In ~ KAL!

Let the Light In

A delightful pop-over to add just a little something to all of those beautiful dresses everyone is sewing and wearing this summer.

Light and lacy!

designed by the clever and talented Karen Alfke.

 

 

 

 

 

Yes… Traveling Sweater, Karen Alfke, that one!

She’s back!! I am sure that Churchmouse was sad to see her go but we are super delighted and excited to have our friend back designing and yarn playing!

We thought what better way to celebrate our mutual happiness then with a knit-a-long!!

So welcome to our Blue Moon’s 3rd and final KAL of the summer and Karen’s 1st!

I love that this last KAL is about Letting the Light In!!

I have linked to Karen’s ravelry group where she will have all of the details on the pattern release, dates, how it all is going to work and the 15% discount code that we are offering. So check this Friday June 24th.

The code for the yarns. Laci and Silky Laci will be good starting June 24th. We have learned to give plenty of yarn buying, dyeing and shipping time!

We are introducing a new yarn with this KAL a silky version of our Laci!!

You are going to LOVE it!!

NOTE: Blue Moon usually re-skeins our lace and garment yarns especially those dyed as shaded solids. We do this to show and highlight the shading part of our solids.
During a KAL when the numbers of skeins we are dyeing are greater than normal with the addition of a cast-on deadline we do not have the time to re-skein.
So when you get your lovely Laci skein it might look a little blotchy. Those blotches are not a dye accident but are dye art!

We ask you to please consider your yardage carefully and err not the side of caution. Running out of yarn and needing more form another dye lots is no ones favorite thing!

Happy knit-a-longing!!

 

 

 

Slightly Flouncy by Shannon Squire

 

Slightly Flouncy by the lovely Shannon Squire is a delightfully, lovely and lacey bit of flounce!

Just enough warmth for those cooler summer evenings in the park or at the beach.

Knit in our shimmery light as air SilkMO