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A little thank you and some fun!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! it was small quiet and lovely here! Peaceful and fun, one of my favorite combo’s right now. Lot’s of puppy time with Siena who is growing by leaps and bounds and is probably one of the most affectionate dogs I have been around.  She loves to snuggle and loves laps which is going to be interesting soon since she’s a golden retriever and it looks like she is going to be a big one.  Look at those paws!

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Okay so we have a few exciting things I need to share with you besides puppy photos.

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Today is Black Friday and for a few years now I have been wanting to put our Ravens and Fledges on special for this day. Since you know… they are colors washed in black ( ravens ) and grey ( fledges ).

I thought it was not possible to discount colorways on our ancient beast of a website but it turns out it is! So thanks to a little push from Maggie  today ( Black Friday ) all of our Raven and Fledge colorways are discounted 10% in all bases!!

The code you need for this 10% discount is : BLACKFRIDAY17

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If you need a little tempting here is our Valkyrie Fledge one of my very favorite colorways knit in Plushy, one of my favorite yarns. (The pattern Maggie is knitting is The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn. ) All of the Raven colorways look great in pretty much all of our bases but I think they are especially wonderful for our garment yarns and make stunning sweaters!!

Which is great since one of the other specials is a new yarn. I kid you not!

Super Targhee is seriously sexy blend of super-wash Targhee ( 80%) and Tussah Silk (20%) in a round and lofty DK weight, 4 ply yarn.

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Super Targhee is a small run so when this lot is gone, it is gone!  We have about 400 pounds of it so it will go quick. I’m a big fan and those of you who have been wanting us to have a super wash garment yarn here is it is, if only for a short time.  Maggie has been swatching it and and we dyed up some in Heckley Speckley and she says she definitely is going to needs a few sweaters worth it is that lovely.

Our supplier has gifted us with quite the deal on this beauty and we are passing that along to you, our lovely knitters!

450 yd skeins for 26.00 a skein. Most DK yarns are come in 250 or so yd skeins and run that price or higher.  So quite the deal indeed!

In a land where I have knitting time I would knit all my family hats for  Christmas out of the Super Targhee wonder of a yarn. (Insert uproarious laughter here) We’ll see how that goes!

Here it is knit in a shaded solid with cables…

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…and then below is Maggies Heckley Speckley swatch. It’s hard to tell in pictures but that Tussah Silk really shimmers when it catches the light so I htink darker colorways will be stunning like maybe a raven. (see that)

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The other special we are running from today, the Friday that is Raven Black, until Cyber Monday is some Blue Moon Golden Ticket fun! I like this because no matter what you order you win! How it works is this: every order that is placed this from now until the end of Cyber Monday will get a golden ticket included in your package when we ship your yarn. The tickets will be fun and will have discounts on them running from 10% to 40%. Who know which one you will get which is exciting. A surprise! There will be a code on your ticket for that discount so you will need to keep it so you have it when you order next. The discount is good for a one time use on yarns anytime in the next 6 months.

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If you are looking for some quick, super fun and creative patterns for the holidays and all of this lovely yarn our buddy Shannon Squire is part of Ravelry’s Gift-A-Long

A whole lot of colorful woolly knit goodness to be had!

A few notes:

We are shipping out this week both the sock club and the school of yarn so if you have an address change please do let us know soon!!

We have shipped out the Rockin’ Whorl Club and the pdf’s will be coming on Monday! I love this color soooooo much!

When you order if you are ordering for holiday knitting if you cold let us know in the comments section of your order that would be great!

Last but not least THANK YOU!! You are the best and we are truly blessed to have you all in our lives!

Okay I am off to tag and ship and deliver yarn. I will leave you with this shot of Siena and one of her fav places to be, my feet.

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Just another day in Hueville.

You know it’s time to pull your head out of the dye pot and post a few pics or words on social media when your knitters start emailing to make sure you are ok.

I am fine! I promise.  Well… to be honest I am seriously tired and my body is not real thrilled with me at this moment but all is well.  Just super busy dyeing everyone’s yarn so you and our LYS’s can have it as soon as we can dye and dry it!

Which means my friends this post will be super short so I can head back out to the dye barn to rinse out yesterdays dye-fest and light the posts and get going with another day in Hueville.

Some fun color things:

Look at all of this Heckley Speckley goodness!

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I love how the dye plays out on the different bases. There are three bases here. Plushy, Super Sparkle and La Luna Lace. La Luna Lace is not superwashed treated like the other two and you can so see that difference here.

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Speckles hold more true on superwash treated yarns because they set almost as soon as they hit the yarn because of that nylon polymer coating.

You can try for the same effect on nonsuperwash yarns with heat and more acid but it still dissipates a bit. I appreciate the difference.

 

You can see it here even more distinctly. The La Luna is most definitely more muted. Now some of that is the silk but most of it is that superwash also gives a super saturated color effect!! I believe this colorway is Sunnydale.

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Speaking of super color…

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We’ve been dye testing neons this week for some upcoming colors and fun!

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That’s Maggie our dye test queen! We always test new batches of dye when they come in the door as we do with new lots of yarn to make sure they are what we ordered and they match the last batch or lot. Maggie loves this job which is all kinds of awesome because I most definitely do not!

We are working on all kinds of new colors and color themes and next years sock club and special colors for our LYS’s.

So if you have something you’d like to see us do or  color thoughts you’d like to share please do! Either here in the comments or you can email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

As we were putting a yarn shipment away this week I noticed we have quite the stock of Marine Silk Lace. At this point in the year we are trying to keep stocks low for inventory so…we are putting it on SPECIAL for 29.00 a skein which is about 20% of it’s usual 35.00. It truly is a lovely lace weight yarn so if you need a treat this is a good one! Such a soft, light and lofty yarn with the perfect amount of drape! oh…it also takes the dye in a dreamy muted way that shows the layers of a color.

Here it is in our Fir-Ever-Green colorway.

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School of Yarn

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The week after Thanksgiving we will be shipping out our last Targhee lesson of our first semester. That went fast and has been all kinds of fun. I hope you all are enjoying it as much as we are working on it. Truly a labor of love!! The only thing I feel sad about was that I have been so busy with the running and dyeing of things i have not had much of a chance to check in on our rav group. Luckily our swatch mistress and all around knit guru Karen has filled that role in a grand and graceful Karen way!

If you have been wishing you had purchased it or waiting to see what the fuss was all bout well now is you last chance to purchase semester #1 November 31st is the last day you will be able to purchase it.

Also on December 1st the second semester will from it’s current introductory pricing of $200.00 to $220.00

One of other things we have been working on is the closing of this year’s Rockin’ Sock Club and the planning of next years!!!!

It’s always sad for me to see a sock year end and I think this year I have found a way to process it for all of us so do check out the dyer’s notes!!

We will be shipping out the week after Thanksgiving. Yay!!! So much shipping!

I sent out an email yesterday to the club because we have most of our designers for the year on board. I will tell you that I am so very happy that we get to work with such talented designers.

Designers who are as serious about sock knitting as we are, like: Ann Budd, Hunter Hammersen, ErinB, Meaghan Schmaltz and our very own Karen Alfke just to name drop  a few.  There are a few more and a cloaked in mystery extra special surprise designer!!

Almost all of the patterns will be new and exclusive for a 3 month period so that worked really well!! Thanks for all of your feedback on making this change.

Wait until you see January’s colors. Oh my goodness!!!

Okay well it is now 7:30 and I hear the yarn calling my name. You all hear that too right??

Oh…almost forgot.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Knitting!!

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inspiration monday: festivus minus the frenzy

Here in the United States, turkeys everywhere are getting pretty nervous. Next week we sit down for our Thanksgiving (being a bit tardier than Our Cousins to the North on the gratitude front), and after that it’s just one big landslide down into The Holidays.

If you weren’t Little Miss/Mister Organized this year, here are some thoughts for what to put on your needles ASAP so you can give thoughtful, handmade gifts this year without losing your everluvvin’ MIND.

HATS!

Hats are a godsend to the gifting knitter: the sizing isn’t crazy-critical, it’s a fun way to use a bit of yarn to make a statement, and unlike sleeves and socks, they are a ONE-and-DONE gift. And let’s face it – no matter where you live, a hat can come in handy this time of year (even if only occasionally, for an hour – like for our friends in Florida and L.A.).

Hat patterns also span the spectrum of mindless (great for parties and gatherings of relatives) to entertainingly complex (for plane flights or distraction from those same relatives). Here are two of my ‘go-to’ patterns for myself and my knitworthy loved ones.

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One of my favorite, most-used patterns is Churchmouse Yarns & Teas’ Boyfriend Watch Cap. It has a pleasing thick gauge which knits up quickly and provides reassuring warmth while being stylishly unisex. And even better, it’s your excuse to use pleasing, plump PLUSHY!

Since each skein offers a generous 330 yards, if you get two skeins, you’ll have enough to make three Boyfriend Watch Caps. Two different colorways could give you one solid cap in each color, plus a striped or colorblocked third. Go crazy!

I’ve always been mad in love with ‘Manly Yes, But I Like It Too‘ – those browns and greys are welcome in so many wardrobes.

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And maybe zing things up with a skein of ‘Scumble Bumble’…? The simple construction of the hat would let Tina’s colorways be the star of the show.

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If you’re looking for a hat that gives back to you as well (in the form of entertaining knitting with cool texture), look no further than L’Arbre by Cirilia Rose.

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This was part of a 2015 Hatalong hosted over on Karen T’s wonderful Fringe Association blog. The pattern is from the fantastic and inspiring book Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads, but the Fringe blog kindly still hosts a link to try this pattern for free (which will only whet your appetite for the full book – you have been warned!).

I loved everything about this hat – the pattern was easy to follow, the texture interesting and motivating (and distracting!) to knit … and it’s one of my go-to hats to wear. You know how good it feels when you put a hat on and it just *fits*? This hat does it for me. (I’ve got a 21″, fairly standard-adult head; but if you were knitting this for someone with a bigger head, you could just add more depth to the hat.) The ‘Little Tree’ pattern is just 4 rounds tall, so it’s easy to add a repeat or two or three for additional depth.

Bonus: if you have a super-knitworthy person in mind, there are mitts to go with the hat!

I’m toying with the idea of knitting a second one for me, with mitts to go with. Perhaps I’ll put a skein of CAKE Worsted in my stocking – I’ll have to check with Tina to see if she thinks I’ve been naughty or nice this year.

This is one design where it’s worth sticking with Shaded Solids, to let the pattern play stand out. Oh, but the Raven Clan… they would be so beautiful here! Or the Spirits…! You may have to indulge in a few. You have folks to knit for, right? Perfect excuse.

Place your order for some Plushy or CAKE now, and you’ll get a lovely package in the mail from Blue Moon just in time to pop these on your needles, knit them up lickety-split, wrap ’em up and put them under the tree!

All the fun things!!

I have so many exciting things to share with you I am not quite sure where to start.

I know how about here?!

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We’re going to Stitches West!  We’ve decided we miss seeing all of you and the fun one can have at shows so we’ve decided to add in few throughout the year and we are starting with our dear friends at Stitches!! I am so excited to be a sponsor and the work with Benjamin and his wonderful team again. Thank you Ben for welcoming us back into the Stitches family! We are in the process of planning what to bring with us so if there is something you would like to see please do let us know.  we have three booths to fill. You can leave a note in the comments here or send us an email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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Recognize this? It’s our Fair Isling on Blue Moon pattern booklet. We are finally sending it off to our friends at Brown Printing here in Portland for a reprint. We are also formatting it for PDF downloads. You all have been asking for awhile and we happy to be in a place where we can make this happen.

We’ve put it up for PRESALE.  I expect it all to be ready in 3 to 4 weeks. We are offering two purchasing options.  The printed booklet and PDF and then just the PDF. It’ll will be nice to be able to offer these fun patterns again! Thank you for your continued interest.

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ROCKIN’ SOCK CLUB  2018!! 

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Roll on… roll on … for the Sock Knitting Magical Mystery Tour!

Can you believe it? It’s our 13th year of rockin’ the sock knitting. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 13 years. We have decided to celebrate with as super  a magical year we can imagine. We’ve made some changes that are new and are going to add back in some fun things we used to do as a community that I miss.

We are making it live for sale early next week!! As usual you can purchase gift certificates for the holidays, also  this year you can sign-up for 2018 in November before the holidays, instead of waiting until January.  See… shaking things up a bit! You can read all about the details on the Rockin’ Sock Club homepage and blog.

So many goings on! And…if all of this was not enough excitement I woke up to this midweek and was over the moon with joy!

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Did you see? Joji designed a shawl for each of the  grocerygirls!  Evidently Tracie asked her to design one for Jodi and then Joji surprised Tracie with one of her own and in our yarn no less. Well one of the yarns is ours. Socks that Rock Lightweight in my fav Heckley Speckley.  As I told Joji both shawls are quite lovely and I bought both patterns so I could knit them both. I am so touched and honored that our yarn is part of this knit~friendship~ lovefest!  One of the things about about being a dyer that just never gets old is seeing what you do being used in such creative and loving ways. I love it when I encounter a knitter or someone who is loved by a knitter who is where something knit from my yarn. I feel part of the big knit circle of life!

If you check the header you will see more patterns pics and a few color pairings in case you have to add this to your knit queue.

Knit friends are by far the best!

We shipped out School of Yarn this week and emailed the PDF’s.  Please let me know if you did not get the PDF email.

We are going to do another color change soon so if there are colorways up that you want now is the time!

I hope everyone had a good week!

Have a lovely weekend.

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Jodi and Tracie by Joji Locatelli

TRACIE!   color pairings here!!

Joji designed a shawl for each of the  grocerygirls!

Tracie asked Joji to design one for Jodi and then Joji surprised Tracie with one of her own and in our yarn no less.

Well…one of the yarns is ours. Socks that Rock Lightweight in the colorway of my heart Heckley Speckley.

As I told Joji both shawls are quite lovely and I bought both patterns so I could knit them both. I am so touched and honored that our yarn is part of this knit~friendship~ lovefest!

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Joji asked me to put a few pairings together so here they are! There are so many possible pairings so if none of these make your heart sing please let us know and we will help you find a pairing that will. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

If you want the a pairing like the one Joji gave Tracie then Heckley Speckely and Everyday Grey are your duo! If you want a darker grey to go with Heckley Speckley then try Deep Unrelenting Grey.

We did not its these up in order to give you choices! So you can order them as singles in the Socks that Rock Lightweight base which is what Joji used.

As much as I love Heckley Speckley and I really do! I think I am going to need to give the Total Eclipse of the Sun and Deep Unrelenting Grey a try. I’m a bit obsessed with it.

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All the single skeins….

All the single skeins…

Well not all of them,  just all the Single Silk Targhee single skeins!!

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I so love our Single Silk Targhee  so I am pretty thrilled that the weather has changed to cooler so I can knit all the things in heavier weight and warmer yarns. If you have not knit with this yarn yet believe me you are missing a wonderful knit experience. As most of you know I have a bit of a love affair with the bouncy and elastic wool that is Targhee. Add in a little bit of Tussah Silk and BAM!!  Super singles!

One of the magical things that happens when we dye our SST ( Single Silk Targhee) is that the heat and water from our process brings back some of that lovely crimp that Targhee is know for. Wool magic!!!  Also the dye process felts those single a bit which makes it so our lovely singles will not pill which is something we all worry about with singles that are not superwash treated!

Our Single Silk Targhee skeins are pretty large so you can get a fair amount of knitting out of one! Cowls and scarves and hat and mitts and sweaters even!!

So…because of my love and the turn of season weather and holiday knitting!

On Special from this very moment in time until All Hallow’s Eve (code expires November 1st). 10% off plus… a free pdf copy of our pattern LOOPHOLE (we will email you your pdf )

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Coupon Code is  SSTLOOPHOLE

 

 

 

 

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Now for a few updates:

Sock club has finally shipped!! Thank you so very much for your patience!

We are just about caught up with web orders!! Which I will tell you is not small thing. In all of the years that I have run this business never have we been hit so hard by an illness. There were days when there 2 of us. Crazypants!!  I told team Blue Moon this week that we should record the barn cause all you hear is coughing and nose blowing and sneezing.
Thank you all for your well wished and understanding. You’re the best!!

My goals for next week is to get sock club 2018 announced!

We are also going to do a pre-sale for a reprint of our Fair Isling on Blue moon patter book so look for that!!

And hopefully some new colorways!

Oh and we will be shipping out School of Yarn this week.

The sun is out this weekend so I am going to take a nice long walk in the great fall color that the Pacific Northwest is giving us this year. So stunning.

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Change!

Seems like there’s all  kinds of change in the wind these days. A natural progression with the shifting of the seasons.

I love the one we are in right now from the hot and bright run in ocean at the beach summer kind of energy to the more let’s sit by the fire, knit and listen to the rain with the hot beverage of you choice.  My friend Gail and celebrate this time of the year since it is her absolute favorite .

Here in Blue Moon land we celebrate this time of year with a color change since is kind of what we do. So we have put up some of my favorite colorways in line with the season and quicker that we’d like approaching holidays.

I love going meandering the colorway database (yup there is a colorway database) when it’s time to pick new colorways. It’s a super colorful trip down memory lane. I am reminding of the why and when and how I made each colorway and who for or with. I pour myself a glass of wine, sit down with my trusty laptop and visit with my color friends.

Here they are:

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Of course we will be adding brand new colors to this in the next few weeks!

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Knitters all over the planet are headed to New York right now because ….New York Sheep and Wool, lovingly  referred to as, Rhinebeck.  I have never been to Rhinebeck. I know…it’s  a bit ridiculous. My yarn is always there thanks to my dear friend and yarnie extraordinaire Toni Neil of the Fold.

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Toni has been traveling the country pulling her yarn-V doing  shows and events for what seems like forever.  I have been lucky enough that she has taken my yarn and fibers down all these exciting fiber trails with her.

I thank my lucky stars the day I called The Fold looking for these super special spindles made by Gabe that only Toni carried at the time. I bought two I think and still have them both! We became fast friends and have been so ever since.  I think we talked for like 30 minutes that first phone call.
Toni was one of the very first people to buy my roving and handspun which is what I did way…way…back then. That she believed in me and continues to do so has meant more to me than I have words to express.

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This weekend will be Toni’s last Rhinebeck! I know… . As she has said it is time to hang out and knit and spin. we are both getting rockers for the front porch. we might have to get and extra for Gail and Kaci too or they will be super jealous.

So please if you are at Rhinebeck stop by and say hi and give her a big ol hug. Give her one for me too.

Thank you Toni for all you have done for me and Blue Moon on this journey of ours! Can’t wait for the next chapter.

Thank you to Bill and Nan for loving Toni as much as I do!!!

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We are still recovering or at least trying to from whatever this bug  is that has laid us all out. I thought I would have a full team today and had three of them out so send healthy thoughts this way please!!

Also…get you flu shot!! We all wish we did.

Thank you so very much for all of your understanding and patience.

xoxoxo

Have a great weekend!

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Autumnal Shenanigans

Okay so I have maybe 30 minutes to write this blog post. If you know me at all you know just how funny that is. I told the barn girls if they interrupted me there would consequences. Not sure what…but hey, I’m creative. I’ll think of something.

How is it already the last weekend of September?? I swear September just flew by. I think it had something to do with  Carol’s Camira KAL and the massive amount of CAKE Worsted  we’ve been dyeing.
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 Cast on starts on October 7th, so we are close to the finish line on our part and then it is your turn. Casting on is so exciting!  We should have everything shipped out of here on Monday. Which is no small thing since during this time Sara had her baby and is on maternity leave and Brandy our shipping clerk left and… . Life just likes to challenge us, doesn’t it?! I am so excited to see how these all turn out. I love a whole lot about Autumn from the leaves turning and all the pumpkin goodies but the knitting and the KAL we do with Carol really is a highlight of the season.

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Because it is the last weekend in September and it is one of my favorite months, we are going to mark it by offering a discount code for a few of our bulkier yarns.

Sookie, Targhee Bulky, and Plushy: three lovely yarns for cozy knits.
(My current obsession, the plump and squeeze-worthy Plushy, makes the best hat I’ve ever worn! See?)
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You’ll want to use Sookie for something all up around your neck – and Churchmouse Yarns & Teas’ Last Minute Muffler pattern does the trick!
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Photo credit Churchmouse Yarns & Teas via Ravelry

Targhee Bulky is just the right bit of soft-yet-rugged for great winter accessories, like Shannon Squire’s He Said, She Said Hats and Mitts!
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To celebrate the coming of Autumn and bulky-knitting season, take 15% off from today, September 29th, to October 1st! 
Code is BULKYSEPT17
Now’s a good time to stock up for that last minute holiday gift knitting!
It seems I am always late to the party on these MKALS, like the current WestKnits Speckle and Pop!  I think I have a pretty good excuse with the Camira KAL so… not going to feel too bad.  Oh my goodness we should totally do a Blue Moon Late to the Party KAL. hehehe
Anyway…I could not resist some color play. So here are some trios that will work very, very well with our color story kits. Featherlight being the yarn of choice!

Go take a look at the Color story kits and match one with one of these lovelies. I have to say the Magical Mystery Tour trio is making my color obsessed soul sing!!

Okay I have like 4 minutes left….

Yikes.

By request I have added another dye class.

Our School of Yarn has shipped!! We are leaving signups for this semester open for a while, so if you want to join the fun you still can!

Anna Zilboorg joined!!!!

We are having a Halloween STITCH and WITCHbring your witchy selves and come knit with us for the afternoon on  Saturday October 7th, 3 to 5 – get the location and other details on our FB group!


Oh and check us out on the latest Grocery Girls podcast.
And…time is up. I am sure there are typos!!
What is your favorite thing about Autumn?!
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Color shifting…

Well we are just about caught up from being completely and thoroughly eclipsed. I am over the moon thrilled that everyone loves it as much as I do.

Look Maggie is knitting a Find Your Fade with two of our Total Eclipse Featherlight Kits. She is just now getting into the darker parts.I can’t wait to see what it looks like when she gets the the total eclipse part of her fade! Pretty exciting!

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What are you going to knit with your ~ A Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ gradient kit? I am excited to see all of the knit-incarnations of our eclipse.

Okay enough eclipsing.

We are up to our ears in CAKE!! The CAKE puns and jokes  are also flying around the barn. I love me a good pun so I am finding it exceptionally entertaining. Both Maggie and I are punsters so we are torturing the rest of the team with all kinds of have you cake and… word play. I am so glad that we made sure we had plenty of dyeing time before the first KAL clue in early October.  Our colorway Chana Masala is feeling the love. See below in Carol’s Camira in all of it’s golden glory!!

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Even though we are up to our ears in CAKE goodness we still have plenty of yarn     and time so if you want to join was it sure to be a good knit time with all kinds of tip from a very talented and knowledgeable designer, Carol then sign up and pick a colorway and a base and place you order. The coupon code Carol has from us in good for either CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted both of these yarns would work well. The Targhee is a heartier yarn with a nice amount of ease and CAKE is a bit softer and loftier with is fine Merino-ness ~ both yarns are seriously round with some sexy stitch definition.

We are heading off into my favorite season, Autumn!!! That time of changing and deepening colors as all of the earth’s energy turns inward for the winter. I so inspired right now and busily making all kinds of new color schemes. We will be sharing them with you really soon. In the mean time we have added to the website Some of our favorite autumnal colorways with a few Halloween one thrown in just cause. Here is the list of the colorways we are adding. Oh and a few of you have been requesting our chicken colorways. So we’ve put a whole flock of them up.

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Here’s the list of colorways:

BeSpeckled:
A Speck of Autumn
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Jeepers Creepers
Presto Pesto
Wonderful Goodness
Mulitcolorways:
Baby Zombie
Banded Agate
Black to the Fuchsia
Bantam of the Opera
Blue Moon River
Dreamweaver
Free Range Chickens
Chickabiddy
Cluckers
Cockeyed
Count Cluckula
Elphaba
Fall Frolic
Frankenhen
Fungus Among Us
Gail’s Autumn Joy
Green Daze
Go Beavs!
Henpecked
Huegasmic
I Mad heart EWE
Portland Timbers Rock
Pussy Broadway
Rooster Rock
Samhain
Sasswatch
Socktober
That 70’s Skein
The Cluck Chimes at Midnight
Thistle
Tidepooling
It’s a lot!  Look at that list of names. It’s like a story just waiting to be told.
Which makes me think it might be a good way to pick a luck knitter to get a copy of Hunter Hammersen’s new sock book!!!
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Yes we’ve got one to give-away.
So if you’d like a chance to win this chocked full of  brilliant and beautiful sock knitting book by Hunter then how about a story?!
Use the words from our colorway list above. I will read them all to team Blue Moon
(they love story time) and let them pick a fav for the win.  You can post it here int eh comments so we all can enjoy but if you would please also email it to me tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com so I have an email address for the winner. We often do these contests and I announce the winner here but don’t get a response.  So…ready set tell us a tale.
Last but certainly not least my dear, dear friend and fiber goddess, Toni Neil of The Fold is holding her annual Labor Day Sale this weekend so if you are anywhere near Marengo this weekend be sure to make time for a visit and some stash enhancing. She also has a few skein of the aforementioned Eclipse sock yarn and kits!!!  I will imagine that these will go pretty quickly!
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Have a wonderful weekend

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a_total_eclipse_of_the_sun_skKaren Alfke here, Roving Reporter for Blue Moon, taking over today’s blog onaccounta Tina’s been ECLIPSED. (And besides, she did it first.)

Y’all, the response to the A Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway and the gradient kit has been beyond wonderful. We all know, as knitters, how a project can capture where you were in a particular moment – and the orders pouring in for those projects you can forever associate with our total eclipse are beyond inspiring for Tina…

She asked me to tell you, onaccounta she’s a bit buried under yarn at the moment…?

(We would have taken a picture of her buried under a pile of yarn, but she’s moving too fast to get that shot.)

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In the meantime: did you feel that?

That little bit of crispness in the air?

(That may have only been perceptible in my little corner of the PacNW today, but dudes: FALL IS COMING.)

More of a promise than a curse to those of you suffering under August’s cruel temperatures – but I assure you (all GoT references aside): the change of seasons is coming faster than we knitters might think.

It’s time, people.

Time to get ON that Rhinebeck Sweater.
Yes, you heard it here: the Rhinebeck Countdown is ON.

JUST A LITTLE LESS THAN 2 MONTHS, people.

If your Rhinebeck Sweater has 1800 yards in it, that’s 1800÷57 = 50 yards a day (leaving you a few days for blocking and seaming, #yourewelcome).

Whether you’re planning on going and will wear your sweater proudly amongst the throng of those queuing for their cider doughnuts, or celebrating #virtualrhinebeck with me and Clara Parkes, IT’S TIME. Time to get swatching and get started with that knitting, because time’s a-wastin’!

Choose the safe route with a worsted-weight yarn like CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted… for the adventurous/brave/foolhardy among us, choose cables or texture or lace or some extra complexity that will take your project into ‘bravado’ category for those late-night-oh-my-gawd-i’ve-had-a-glass-of-wine-can-I-do-it sessions… or go safe with a straight-ahead stockinette project (like my Better-Than-Basic Pullover from last year; such a great daily-driver sweater!). Up to you.

What will you cast on to wear at Rhinebeck this year? Because it’s extra-important: this year, Tina’s planning to be at Rhinebeck. Yup. You heard it here first. You could walk up to our gal and fan-girl/guy all over her WEARING HER YARN. (Which is totally like the best thing EVER. Trust me.) Tina’s hoping to be in the booth with Toni of The Fold, with all sorts of yarny goodness.

So get cracking, peeps.

Oh, and if you want some support around your project, we have some exciting news: the great crew over at the Socks That Rawk! group have graciously agreed to become the Official Ravelry Group of Blue Moon Fiber Arts – so that’s the place where you can find all sorts of support about yarns, projects, chickens, or anything Blue-Moon related in the future. We’re about to start official threads for the School of Yarn (study groups!)! C’mon over and enjoy the fun.

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I’m on the home stretch of my Timely Cardigan, so if I count that as my #RhinebeckSweater I’m well ahead of the game … but as you can see, it’s pretty much “Blue Moon All The Time” on my needles around here!

(Lower left is my Guernsey Wrap in CAKE Worsted, which should be making its debut in the booth at Rhinebeck, knitting gods willing. Upper right is an Adama out of Plushy in Bladderwrack on the Rocks. Soo yummy! Must finish.) The Ochroid piece is a new design – coming soon, I hope!)