Photo Credits: Lee Meredith
Today is all random bits and pieces which as I type that strikes me as a good name for a colorway.
First yes, the website was down for a bit this am. There was some glitch with varnish and the server which I do not understand. All is well now and nothing was compromised! It was a bit nerve wracking though.
Okay let’s start with a contest of sorts.
Have you seen Hunter Hammersom’s new book?
I love her concept, fine things for plain occasions and every single design in this book are most certainly fine. All kinds of knit class!
Since we supplied yarn for one of the designs…
Hunter was kind enough to send us a an extra book for you our knitters. So if you leave a comment on this blog post then we will randomly choose among the comments for a winner. What should the comment be about? hmm…
I know how about your favorite word. What is your favorite (non-curse) word? You do not have to explain your reason but you can if you are so inclined. I always love reading the why of things. Now I will be spending all day considering my favorite word. Do I choose for meaning or sound or how it is spelled or it’s root or… . Oh dear.
We will choose our winner next Friday the 22nd.
A little hue news:
We have in fact sent the the holiday colorways off to the spa for a rest. What we have put up is a bit of a celebration of Love, in color, Blue Moon style!!
A little peak at the new colors to come next week.
We are almost caught up from the weather and holidays and really appreciate you patience!
Believe it or not we are not too far away from the end of January and the first sock club shipment of 2016. If you want to be a part of that shipment we need your order soon please.
I can’t wait for you to see what we have cooked up for you this year. You would think that after 10 years I would not get this excited but I do.
Okay I think that covers it for random Blue Moon news bits.
I am off today to go pot shopping. ( It never gets old) Steamer pots!!! hehehe
One last but most assuredly not least things before I go. I just want to say just how sad I am over the loss of two beautiful and talented souls this week. I feel like I was still reeling from announcement about David Bowie’s passing when we got the news about Alan Rickman.
I will really miss both of these men walking their paths, living their lives and gracing us with their talents. I feel blessed that I got to inhabit the world around the same time as they did.
*******Have a great weekend my friends! I am going to knit and spin and drink tea and watch Harry Potter.
Oh my goodness what a few weeks it has been. The holidays make everything and everyone a little more busy than usual. Throw a wee bit of winter weather shenanigans into the mix and well… you know how that goes. Since Blue Moon is up high in the hills of Scappoose (Coast Range foot hills) we get a bit more “winter” than our Portland friends. So we have most certainly had more than our share of snow and ice and I have a feeling that Mother Nature is not quite done with us yet. The positive side of all of this cold is that we did get a White Christmas, and now there is a snow pack on the mountains, and all of this cold will insure a less buggy summer. Right?!
What all of this means for you, our lovely knitters, is that we have been closed a few days that we did not plan on being closed due to, what we are referring to as, extreme weather. It might not be extreme for other areas of the world but for our little corner it sure is.
If you have placed an order in the last 2 weeks I promise you we are working on it!!! It just might take us a little longer due to holiday closures and then the unplanned weather ones. If you have a deadline please do let us know and we will do our best to get you, your order as soon as possible. We really appreciate your understanding and patience.
Our Phoebe is a snow kitty. She loves it!
It’s January which means the Rockin’ Sock Club 2016 is LIVE for sign-ups. We (especially the me of we) are always pretty excited this time of year. Last year was out 10th Anniversary and I’ll tell you I was a little nervous about following such a milestone. I thought is was going to be hard but you know what? It isn’t at all! What it is actually is, super exciting! We’ve made a few changes that will open things up for us to be a lot more creative with colorways and yarn amounts which then in turns gives us more creative space for our designs. I am just thrilled!
So thrilled in fact that we are starting the year with our first game of sorts.
As my favorite Doctor (Dr. Seuss) says, “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Our sign-up fun and games!
If you sign-up before:
January 6th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 1 lucky NSK to win a free membership. (Yes, we will just reimburse you.)
January 12th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 2 lucky NSK’s to win a chance to work with me, your depraveDyer on colorway creation.
January 20th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 3 lucky NSK to win a one of our lovely colorway travel mugs
January 25th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 4 lucky NSK’s to win a stunning calendar By our very own Gail Marracci
NOTE: If you want to get in on the first drawing you have the day today to do so!
I know…great fun!
We humbly ask that you please make sure that when you sign up you are using your Rockin’ Sock Club username and password and NOT your Blue Moon one. If you have a gift certificate we ask that you carefully read the redeeming instructions before proceeding. If you have any trouble please do contact us at email@example.com
A little hue news!
Our holiday colorways are coming down for sure this week. Probably tomorrow! If there is a Blue Moon colorway you’d like to see return please do let us know in the comments section of this post.
We will be adding brand new colorways in few weeks, in the meantime, we are bring back some of our favorites from the spa!
Stay warm ( thank you wool!) and safe!
Oh my goodness so much water. Water still falling from the sky, water on roads, in yards, fields, peoples homes and city streets. The running joke in the dye barn is that we should maybe start building a boat. A big one.
I hope everyone is making good choices and staying safe!
So far the creek here is raging but still is not on the road and our pond is not in the front yard and tress are where they should be. Fingers crossed that this lets up soon!
Since it is super yucky outside we are inside keeping dry and warm the best way we know how with wool!
Before we go any further our haiku winner is Yvonne. It was the knitting ninja that put this one over the top for us!
Thanks to everyone who played along. All of them were great! It was a hard choice. Yvonne if you could email us we will set you up with your prize. firstname.lastname@example.org
Knitting ninjas know
The echo of a short row
Caresses our curves
I got to play packager and shipping clerk this week since Paula was stranded for a day by road closures. I love packaging up all the orders and sending them out. I like seeing what everyone ordered and seeing familiar names and writing little love notes. So much fun. There was a whole lot of Single Silk Targhee leaving for their new homes. These two H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta’s are just too pretty not to share. It was hard to ship these out. I’m am not a person who wears purple but this made me happy. I just wanted to sit down and start knitting. Well, after petting ti for awhile.
I also got to pack up our Winter Wonder Bags. So…much fun. I really, really love the Elfin Greens quite a bit but then this lover of all things green would.
Sookie dyed in Hangin” with my Gnomies colorway!
We are launching our last offering of our Big Ass Skein Club today. I have been looking forward to this one all year because it uses one of my favorite yarns of ours, Sookie. I do love a nice bulky yarn and am also partial to singles add in the super softness that this merino is and you have a trifecta of wooley goodness. Also…such quick knitting!
Shannon has designed for us a slipper and hat combo. we were going to just offer slippers but there was so much yardage left we decided the slippers needed a hat buddy.
Strange Jewels Hat & Slippers, inspired by Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Big Magic: “One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them.”
Thank you Shannon for all of the design Magic you gave us this year for our Big Ass Skein Society! You are one of my most favorite strange jewels. I think we are going to need a strange jewel colorway yes?
Okay my lovelies it is off to the barn with me.
A few things to remember:
Rockin’ Sock Club 2016 Gift Certificate purchase ability is live.
A Blue Moon gift certificate is a great way to make a knitter you love happy!
We still have room in the Rockin’ Whorl Club and will be shipping the first installment of this group of three at the end of December so… if you want in the time is now.
Sock club members your discount code expires in December 31st. Read the dyer’s notes if you did not receive our email on this. The code is in the dyer’s notes!
BASS members your discount codes will expire on January 31st
And …we hope to see you for PomPom making merriment on the Saturday the 19th of December.
Stay dry. Stay safe.
Wow! This sure has been a week. I don’t know about you but I,for one, am pretty thrilled that it is Friday! We had a big storm and lost our internets for a whole day which really slows things down. It did mean I got to go to pdx and work at my favorite pub so that was fun. So much wind and rain!
Okay so I have lot to tell you so I will just jump right in.
The new Winter Twist Collective is live. Have you seen it? There’s some pretty wonderful knits there so if you have not taken a gander the weekend is a good time to do so with a nice cup of the beverage of your coice and a quiet corner. There are two designs using our yarns. One is a wickedly creative out of the box shawl by Lana Jois called KizzleKazzle, I am so intrigued by. I find myself wanting to knit it just to see how it works. When Kate talked to me about supplying the yarn for this design she told me she thought that this was one of those knits that would bend our minds and inspire our creativity. Also they are stunning! I would like to feel that scarf wrapped around my neck in this cold weather. I bet it is super cozy since it is our Gaea Fingering. Which brings us to another cool aspect of this design. The shawl is knit in Gaea Sport and the scarf in Gaea Fingering. Yeah!! So the applications are endless for that stitch pattern.
I love a design that is not only beautiful and functional but also inspires! Thank you Lana and Kate for including us in this super fun project!
The second design is a striking raglan turtleneck called Spalle by Angela Hahn. Do you see the lines in this sweater. Stunning! In my opinion Spalle is a classic sweater and a good addition to our winter wardrobe and knit basket. I especially like that is is knit from the bottom up in the round in one piece. If I was a skier I would so be knitting this to wear on the slopes. Thank you Angela!
A reminder: If you are planning to join the December 7th IN Triplicate KAL we need your yarn order so we can get it to you in time! When you purchase the e-book from Lee, Shannon and Star there is a discount code good for 10% of you yarn purchase with us. Also the Loopy Ewe has a whole bunch of our Gaea Sport in stock so no waiting. Please note that the discount code is only good at Blue Moon! I think I am going to use green, yellow and white and knit gifts for my son and his wife. Those are the Timbers (soccer) colors and they are HUGE fans and…we are winning!! I think Timbers super hero mitts would be just thing thing!
Our SilkMO Special is going strong. I often wish our knitters could stand in the barn under all the yarn hanging to dry. It’s so pretty and just plain wonderful to be surrounding by color and texture in that way. This is especially true right now with all of the SilkMO hanging form the rafters. It’s like colorful fluffy clouds. We are having so much fun with this I think we will keep it going until after Thanksgiving.
I admit I am curious as to the plans for all of this mohair so please do share pictures with us when you are done with your projects!
Oh which reminds me I wanted to mention how wonderful your color choices for the Targhee Bulky for our BASS offerings, She Said, He Said are. Just yummy! I can’t wait to see them knit up.
This is Tofino by my buddy Kat Buckspan
I was in Twisted yesterday dropping off their yarn ( side note: Twisted is full of Blue Moon right now!) and Kat was there. We got to chatting, as we do, about this and that. I mentioned her cowl and how great it would look in our Sookie. She agreed! She also told me that it was an hour knit. Now…maybe that is true for her but I do not knit anything in an hour. I dyed some Sookie in Antiquated System yesterday and am going to knit Tofino this weekend. If in fact this is an hour or so knit, then I am golden for the holidays!
Look at it! It’s so pretty and fun!
Okay so this is turning into a super long blog post so I am going to sign off. First the RSC 2016 will be live next week for gift certificate purchases.
Also, I promised you new and exciting this week and it is there on the website but I am going to let you find it. I want to talk in great detail about these two new wonders and will do so on Monday. In the mean time you can see what you find! A bit of a treasure hunt if you will.
Oh and I almost forgot.
Check out Churchmouse’s big reveal this weekend. It’s pretty exciting!! Remember when I said I felt a bit like a dye spy recently with all of the secret colorway making. Well… this was one of my secret dye missions!
okay so before signing off please join me in welcoming to the Blue Moon family of Local Yarn Stores. We are thrilled to be working with these wonderful LYS’s!
Photo Credit: Lee Meredith
When your work is envisioning and creating yarns and ways to color them, what you hope and dream is that what you do speaks to others. Speaks to them in such a way as to inspire in them that same need to create what is in their hearts and imaginations.
So when Lee Meredith, Star Athena, and Shannon Squire approached me about collaborating on this collection, I was over the moon thrilled. I love working with these three Portland knitwear designers. All three were Rockin’ Sock Club designers this year. I’ve worked with Shannon and Star for years and always wanted to work with Lee so…as I said, thrilled! They are all great designers with completely different design sensibilities. I couldn’t wait to see what they each would create.
Look at what they came up with!
Photo Credit: Lee Meredith
Nine super-cool and fun patterns that’s what they came up with.
Aren’t they wonderful?!
I want to knit them all. We will totally be needing many more knit hours added to our days. Especially since there is a KAL in December! When you purchase the ebook there is also a 10% discount code from us for your Gaea.
Our Gaea Sport inspired the heck out of these ladies, and the three colors we all decided upon are divine together: Lover’s Leap, a HAWT pink, Ochroid, a burnished gold, and Mica, a super sultry silvery tan neutral. The four of us had a crazy amount of fun putting all kinds of color combo’s together on Shannon’s back deck this summer. I have pictures of them all and some I put together below.
If you do not see a trio of hues here that makes your heart sing please do email me at email@example.com and I will help you choose something that does.
Just about all the holiday colorways are all up as are the 5 new ones!
My favorite of the new ones has to be 10 Lords a Leaping. Although, I am also pretty fond of Let it go… .
We are adding a bunch of our multi-colrways to our SilkMo offerings during this SilkMo Special (which is still going on). I think we will keep it going for another week or so. Our techie will have those up tonight along with additional color choices for the Targhee Bulky for those of you wanting to order for this months BASS offering, He Said, She Said by the lovely, Shannon Squire. So look for those to be on the website after this evening.
Since we are making our holiday knitting lists and schedules and shopping around for what we need I wanted to mention that if you are looking for a nice neutral or more subdued hues for those people in your life that are not about the bright or the high contrast then do check out what we have sent Simply Socks in the past few months.
In response to requests for more sedate colors from her knitters, Allison of Simply Socks Yarn Company, asked me to come up with a few colorways for her. I’ve created six for her so far and just shipped out the last two on Wednesday so she should have them now. Yup I just looked and they are already up on the website! I think of the six I like these last two the very best.
The four other hues are below. We had fun, as we do, with the naming. Even though these are not by any means “manly” colors since we do not define color that way at Blue Moon. I did push the envelope a bit with the naming, just because it was too tempting not too. A bit of tongue in cheek if you will.
Since I wear mostly brown, black and greys, these are, in fact, my kind of hues! I know I would love socks or a scarf or hat or gloves… in any of these colorways. In fact…do you think she would think it weird if I ordered a skein?
We have some pretty exciting knit happenings coming your way in the next few weeks so do stay tuned!
For those that are asking, the 2016 Sock Club will be up for gift certificate buying within the next few weeks.
If you are a member now check out the RSC blog and tell me some of your favorite things!
Have a lovely weekend!
Just in time for holiday knitting a lovely compilation of hats, mitts and cowls to keep us all toasty warm, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us this winter!
Welcome to the next to last addition of the Big Ass Skein Society for 2015. Shannon has out done herself this time. There’s a whole lot to love about, She Said and He Said, not the least of which is the pom-pom on top of that She hat. I do love me a good pom-pom!
The whole idea of the Big Ass Skein Society was to show just how much you can get out of one of our big ass skeins. What better way to showcase this then with a hat,mitt and cowl trio! We chose two of my favorite colorways for this design ~ A Fungus Among Us, and My Blue Heaven. What’s really wonderful, as you can see from these lovely pictures that Shannon and Stefan took, is that either one of those colorways could be used for either the He or She version.
I love both stitch patterns almost equally. I think the She Said one especially speaks to me and most definitely in those mitts.
Our Targhee Bulky is so squishy and warm. I can easily see these as a favorite winter wear! And…because it is a bulky yarn, it’s a quick knit for the season that is upon us, the holiday knit-a-thon.
I’m thinking of a matching set for my son and his wife in Go Beavs and our new Timber’s colorway (coming soon to a website near you).
Thank you Shannon for such lovely and timely designs! Also to you and your lovely husband for being so very wonderful and quite adorable! xoxo
Note: If there is a colorway you’d like to order this in that you do not see on the website please do let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
smell my feet give me something good to…knit!!
As you can see from the picture we have been busy pulling out all kinds of magic from our cauldron of color in honor of the approaching All Hallows Eve celebration. It has been quite spooktacular in the barn as of late with lots and lots of tricks and also a few treats!
Okay so here is what we have for your Halloween trick or treating!
* Remember a few years back we did actual Trick or Treat color themed bags? Well we have a few of those and are offering them for sale this weekend. There are not a ton of them so get them while you can! We are sending out a newsletter this afternoon and they will be live for sale then when you get it.
* We are also offering our Mystery Mill End Bags for sale again since the mystery of it all is a bit like trick or treating! Don’t worry no tricks, just the mystery of me picking your colors. I was putting these together last night and was thinking of how much fun I have making up these bags. It really is just the best color matchy/matchy game. I wait until everyone has gone for the day. I crank up the tunes and just have myself the best time. If it is late enough in the day I might even enjoy a cold beer while I pair up skeins. I think it would make a great party game, for knitters of course. I also have these lovely moments as I choose a pairing, when I am remind of a friend, designer, or one of you dear knitters. I have them in my hand and I think to myself; well, wouldn’t Nathania just love all of these maroons and teals, and oh my, this peach would just tickle Hazel to no end and these fall rusts and reds would make Gaily so very happy and this orange would have Lisa and Shannon both weak in the knees. It’s just lovely and one of the ways I feel like my job is a blessing. So many lovely people I am connected to through a shared love of yarn and color!
These two made my heart sing! I still put them in a bag for shipping out on Tuesday which was super hard.
We have all three weights of sock yarn available and as with the Trick or Treat bags the numbers are limited so get your treat while they are hot so you do not end up being tricked by time. Time is a wicked trickster! These will also be live when the newsletter goes out thi afternoon.
See this skein of beauty?
It is our SilkMo in Sadie Sue Tipsy. Stunning yes? And I will tell you so very soft and airy, a joy to knit with and wear or snuggle under.
I love our SilkMo!!! Because of this love I am on a bit of a mohair mission. I am starting this mission by running a special on our SilkMo. We sell it to you in a 3.75oz. /106g and 794yds / 726m skein. It comes to us twice that size! So for a limited time when you order SilkMo instead of getting the usual size skein you will receive a 1452 yd skein. So very much SilkMo…the things you’d could make!
I want a throw and am contemplating color for such a luxury. I am pretty hooked on Sadie Sue Tipsy at the moment but we’ll see.
What would you knit with all that lovely SilkMo?
Last Christmas my buddy Janet and I went a little pom- pom crazy. I might have used some SilkMo scraps for a few of them. They are the best ones!!!
I will post pictures of some of my favorite SilkMo hues to our instagram over the next week, so look for us there.
A note: We will not be re-skeining these huge hanks to mix up the color. It’s just too easy to break and none of us would want that.
Here is a picture of Sadie Sue all mixed up in SilkMo and then as it is dyed in Socks that Rock.
If you have a mohair issue then maybe you have not worked with the right blend. Silk and nylon soften mohair . You know what time it is? Time to, Let it go…let it go…. . ( Get it!)
The next installment of the Rockin” Whorl Club is Live! I know. I said I was done. I said I had no time and all that but, I just miss it too much. So here we are. I’m pretty excited about this next grouping. We are going to play with differing types of Superwash blends for spinning sock yarns. Don’t knit socks? No worries, there are also all kinds of other yarn types we can cover with these blends. So excited to explore this theme a little more. Last time I delved into sock yarn making, Socks that Rock was born.
I hope you’ll join me on this spinning adventure.
*Last but not least a contest.
You know how I feel about stories. So I thought since it is Halloween and us witches here at Blue Moon do love a good ghost story I thought maybe we could have a tell your favorite scary ghost type Halloween story contest.
The contest will run until November 1st . Please post your stories in the comment section of this blog post. We will pick the top three ghostiest stories as winners. The prize will be a 20% off coupon code good until December 31st.
One thing…not too much straight up gore please. We are talking, around the campfire ghost stories.
A peak at our most critical judge/dyer taking a much needed knit break.
I think that covers it for now. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
Remember those three new yarns I mentioned that we were going to add to the website a few weeks ago? Well we have tested them every way we know how to test a yarn or fiber and have found them to be as awesome as we thought and hoped them to be. We already have designs brewing in a them.
One of them might even be in the Winter Twist Collective issue.
Okay, so where to start? How about with the addition of our new BFL yarn.
I think of this yarn as a more of a refined version of our rusticly woolen spun BFL Sport. I love Blue Faced Leicester! I like the staple length and the luster. As a dyer it is a dream to work with, it takes the dye all shiny and vibrant. So why not add in a little silk to soften things up a bit, put a semi-worsted spin on it, then add a single making a lovely round 3 ply yarn. No reason really.
I think the mill really got it right on this one. We are so please to add Silky BFK Sport to our Blue Faced Leicester flock of yarns! Thank you Jim!!! Yes….you were right.
Those of you who normally do not like long wool yarns because they might be a little bit itchy will be thrilled with out Silky BFL. It’s all in the spin! I t is a dream to knit with all silky soft loft. Those stitches just bloom right into place.
Next we have the seriously lofty and delicious Gaea Fingering.
I have been wanting to add in a fingering weight version of our Gaea for awhile now. So when I was presented with a stellar reason to this summer ( thank you Kate!) I gladly waltzed right through that door. Gaea Fingering is a 2ply version of our beloved Gaea which is made from 21.5 micron Certified Organic Merino from Argentina. It’s combed in Germany and spun in the U.S., both mills certified organic.
I know we are all about the local right now and I agree but there is also something to be said for the global working together approach. I like that about these yarns.
It has a beautiful hand, all soft and airy with the superfine merino bounce we all love.
I see a wide range of applications for Gaea Fingering from lace to sweaters! Since we are still waiting on our Marine Silk Fingering order from the mill I’m considering using the Gaea for this….
Carol Feller’s Diamante Center-Out Shawl for her new Short Row Knits book. ( I want to knit everything in this book!) It won’t have the drape that the Marine Silk does but I think I might be okay with that!
Okay now onto something brand spanking new – Cloud Nine.
It’s hard to go wrong with the addition of cashmere. It’s possible. I’ve seen and felt it, but it is hard. I have been dreaming of a well rounded cashmere blend yarn that would stretch over a few knit applications and I believe Cloud Nine is just that yarn. It’s that lovely blend of super soft cashmere, fine superwash merino and nylon, that we have all come to know and love and… it’s a 4 ply sport weight. Cloud Nine has stunning stitch definition and just enough bounce! Perfect for anything close to the skin so you can feel the softness and warmth. I want a Cloud Nine hat as soon as I can decide what colorway to dye it in maybe a cowl, and after that…a sweater.
Yes, a sweater! Joy of joys!
So I was all prepped for this bog post with my swatches and they were even blocked. I know… look at me. I grab them this morning to take their swatchy pictures and then I noticed I no longer had a Gaea Fingering swatch. I looked and looked and all the while Bruce the kitten is sitting on a kitchen chair with that smug cat attitude laced with guilt. I figure that only she knows where that swatch is, and the shape it is in. After an unproductive stare down with her I sit myself down to knit another. About halfway in I am called to the barn for some sort of yarn emergency. When I return I met with my half done new swatch on the floor half unraveled and in the clutches of the aforementioned spawn of evil, Bruce the kitten.
It’s been a bit of a week here so I really just wanted to cry and then, I remembered it’s knitting and I love to knit. So I made a cup of my favorite tea and sat myself down to finish my sad little swatch. Up side is that Gaea holds up to kitten play pretty well! It did give me a chuckle when I realized if I did not meet my swatching, blog posting deadline I could just put a note in the space where the swatch would be that basically said the kitten ate my homework (swatch).
Oh Bruce! (Otherwise known as the swatch monster.)
Cute yes, but super evil!