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Big Ass Skein Society

 

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What is a Big Ass Skein Society you ask?

Well let me tell you….
The Big Ass Skein Society is a creative collaboration between Blue Moon Fiber Arts and Shannon Squire Designs.

I love our big-ass skeins (I cannot lie). I also love Shannon’s designs. In turn Shannon also loves our Big Ass Skeins.  So… we decided what better way to celebrate this mutual love than to combine the two into a bi-monthly pattern, a discount-on-big-ass-skeins and color plotting thing. Great fun right?!

Actually this all started a few years ago when my buddy Karen Alfke and I were at her kitchen counter doing some serious design planning. At some point in our scheming Karen mentioned that she dreamed of a club that featured our big ass skeins. As soon as the words were out of her mouth she and I exchanged that look. You know the one. It’s the one that is usually followed by, “oh no we can’t. Oh yes we can. Oh hell, YES we can!!!” The one that in this case says, we needed some sort of big ass skein fun. Oh, and a plan.

Unfortunately for me, but not for Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, Karen is a very busy woman these days making wondrous things happen for them.  So (with Karen’s blessing) in waltzes Shannon and since, she also shares our love of the big ass skein and our sense of whimsy, off we go with our Big Ass Skein Society. Imagine… a society of knitters with an appreciation for a springy, cozy, soft, colorful, luxurious big ass skein of yarn. Oh Yeah! I do love a big ass skein of yarn.

So what do you get and how does it work?

• A brand-new pattern designed especially for one of BMFA’s ginormous skeins every other month for a year by the lovely Shannon Squire.

A coupon code for 10% off an order for the recommended yarn for that months design at our website, good for 2 whole months.

  • A community of like-minded individuals working on the same project around the same time frame at Shannon’s Ravelry group
  • Lots of knitting and color support.
  •  Pattern giveaways.
  • Contests.How do you become part of the Big Ass Skein Society?

    Just head over to Ravelry and purchase this Ebook. At this time, you’ll receive a one-page PDF with most of the same information you’re reading here and a few more details, like the discount information. The first pattern will be released on or around February 21st, and then every other month, from February through December, you’ll get another wonderful pattern, discount code and huge amounts of knit fun.

 

Other exciting news this week is that we have new color ways coming next week. We have brand new ones and some returning old friends.

Here is the list so you know who to look for.

Flip Flop
Fruity Loopies
Hoppipolla
Imbolc
Jello Melly
Kryptonite
Lucky Number 7
Madrona Madness
Papa Pooze
Pluviophile
Prism
Rocky World Again
Romancing the Stone
Ruby Tuesday
Sherbet 2.0
Sky Fall
Shibui
Silly Puttied
Swizzle Whizzle
Whirly Whirleroo
Slushie
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It’s supposed to be unseasonably warm and sunny here so I am going to take advantage of it and spend some time in my garden with my chickens.
If you are lucky enough to be at Madrona I hope you are all having a blast. Be sure to visit Mary and her staff at The Fiber Gallery booth. I sent her tons of lovely yarn. Also Tracy Irwin is do weaving demos in the pavilion and is using our Rustica.
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Madrona

Starting next week on Thursday the 12th, begins the Pacific Northwest’s knitter’s paradise , otherwise known as the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.  Knitters from all over the world will be descending upon the magical Hotel Murano in Tacoma Washington to have a grand ol’ knit time. I have to say that since Blue Moon stopped having a booth at shows this is the one I miss the most. I don’t really miss the work involved with the packing and unpacking but I really miss seeing everyone. I was going to come for the day but I just started radiation and I feel like I need to rest instead.

However, I will be there in a fibery way. We are sending quite a bit of yarn this year to The Fiber Gallery. So do check in with Mary at The Fiber Gallery’s booth. She will have a bunch of new colorways in Socks that Rock, one of which is our special Madrona colorway, Madrona Madness.  I love this colorway it is just so very happy and bright!

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Along with Socks that Rock Mary will have our Targhee Worsted, Silky Victoria, Woobu, Yaksi Fingering, Sookie and Rustica!! I don’t know how she is going to fit it all in her booth. Mary will also have both of Carol Feller’s sweaters, Capall Dubh and Landscape Waves along with designs from Shannon Squire and Karen Alfke. I am so lucky to get to work with suck talented designers as these three.

If you are a weaver or are interested in learning weaving Tracy Irwin will be in the rotunda with some looms spreading the weaving love. We have two beautiful scarves that my buddy Lisa Kobeck designed and wove for us in our Rustica yarn. They are so beautiful!! Mary will have one of those sample in her booth and Tracy will also have one with her along with what she has on her loom.

 

So even though I can’t be there in person I am sending a whole bunch of colorful wool love!!

I hope everyone has a grand time!

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Boo!

Scared you didn’t I?

Sorry that it’s been awhile since I was here in any real sense. The last part of this round chemo got a bit rough especially with the holidays thrown into the mix. Good news though. Chemo is done!!! Yay!

Now I get 4 weeks off before I start my 6 weeks of radiation. I don’t mind telling you I need the break.  There are quite a few things I’m looking forward to now that I’m not on my cancer cell destroying healing cocktail and one of them is new colorway creating and knitting. I’ll tell you, one of the most frustrating parts of this last drug is that one of  the side effects is neuropathy in your fingers and toes which is painful, weird and makes knitting (the finger part not the toe part, hehe) not the wonderful stress reducing creative outlet that it usually is. Awful right? I don’t mind telling you that it took a bit to wrap my head around that one. I had a few chats with the powers-that-be about their wicked and seriously twisted sense of humor. Alas, as is true most times with powers-that-be, they were unimpressed.

So… since it’s going to take me a bit to create new hues for us all. We thought, while I am on my new hues mission, to first take down the holiday colorways on Tuesday the 20th and then… for all kinds of fun, to put up colorways we have not seen in awhile.  A bit of an oldies but goodies kind of thing!

We’ve had quite a few requests over the past few months for some of these colorways like Fluorite. Cobblestone County, Minestone and Carbon Dating, which is what inspired this idea. I’m pretty excited because some of these are on my personal favorites list.

I love, love, love Cobblestone County.  Oh, oh, and Marbles, don’t even get me started on Marbles, I was so completely obsessed with this colorway for so long it’s all I wanted to knit with. Oh and then there’s Mesa. Okay, you get the idea. I can see how this is going to roll for me though, Debra is going to have to hide yarn from me again. Oh well, there are worse things eh?

If there is a Blue Moon colorway you have not seen in a good long time then this is your chance. You can let us know by posting it in the comments section here.

If for some reason you did not get an email from us or see the RSC and Facebook posts I want to mention here that Rockin’ Sock Club sign-ups are live and still open. So if you want to get in on our 10th Anniversary sock knitting party you still have time.

We will be closing it down sooner than we have in the past few years so we have a bag count for Queen Bee Creations so don’t wait too long.

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I have been going through our sock club archives both digitally and knit-wise and it has been all kinds of fun to see where we’ve been, the fun we’ve had and the accomplishments we’ve made.

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…and then there are the socks.

So very many socks!

Bins of socks.

It never fails every time I drag out the bin of socks the delightfully whimsical Dr Seuss’s, Fox in Socks starts to go through my head.  All those foxes in socks and chicks with bricks and of course Mr Knox sir with slow Joe Crow sewing Sue’s clothes and Sue sewing hose on slow Joe’s nose all while those silly tweetle beetles battle in puddles with paddles!

Have a lovely weekend!!

New designs!

A not so little Ditty!

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Seriously, when Shannon told me that she named this cowl Ditty I almost choked on my tea. Ditty is a stunning and cozy cowl knit out of our super soft and very bulky Sookie, so the chances of it being a little Ditty is pretty funny. A Ditty it is though.  I’m having a pretty heavy duty love affair with a few of our new yarns right now and Sookie is at the very top of the list.  It is sinfully soft and lofty. I just want to dump a few bales of it on the floor of the dye barn, curl up in it and take a very long cat nap. Once you start knitting with Sookie  you are not going to be able to stop. Really, I kid you not, one skein is not going to be enough. You will not be able to knit just one! Lucky for us that Ditty is a quick knit so you don’t have to knit just one.

Shannon’s Ditty is the perfect fun cozy quick Holiday knit. Anyone you gift this cozy cowl with will be thrilled and super warm all winter long. What better way to fight of the winter blues than with a not, so little, Ditty. You can purchase Shannon’s Ditty here!

Ditty Photo credit: Stefan Lombard

That is a whole lot of knit-love but wait…there’s more!

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As I am sure you’ve seen Twist Collective’s Winter Issue is live!  It is stunning. Absolutely every knit thing is wonderful. A round of appreciative knitterly applause to Kate Gilbert and her team for constantly going that extra step. Just when you think she cannot possible top herself she does! Thank you Kate for all of the hard work I know goes into each and every issue! You have our undying and also our dyed (in the wool) love.

Caldera  designed by one of Blue Moon’s dear friends, the talented and very clever Sandi Rosner, is a stunning pullover with exquisite detail work in the ribbing and what looks to be the coziest of button down cowl collars.  I love the detail on the ribbing and how flattering the shaping is. The colorway’s not to shabby either. Sandi used our luxurious Gaea in the colorway Blue for Ewe. Seeing Caldera in Blue for Ewe makes me wish I looked better in blues.  I was pretty excited when Sandi told me she was designing something for Twist with my Gaea and now that I have seen Caldera in all of her glory I am beyond thrilled. Hmmm…what color to dye to this lovely piece for me? Maybe Grimm Green? Adding a little green to blue usually works for me. Caldera Photo Credit: Jame Brittain

 Last but not least, have you seen our ad in this issue of Twist?

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It’s Carol Feller’s Landscape Waves in our Targhee Worsted in one of my very favorite color ways Spawn of Scum! Carol and I have similar tastes in color ways which is alway nice.  I have as much of a love affair going for this sweater as I do for Sookie. I love the cables and how they frame the rib and how it all comes together in this poem of a cardigan. You can purchase Carol pattern directly from her.

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A embarrassment of riches! I have to say all of this wonderful designs by these creative women feels a bit overwhelming. I don’t know how to choose, I love them all so much! Maybe, if I am a good little knitter, Santa will leave these under the tree for me ( they certainly will not fit in my stocking).

Thank you Shannon, Sandi and Carol for sharing your design talents with us! We are ever so grateful.

Speaking of gratitude, we here at Blue moon would like to say THANK YOU to all of you, knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers… who make it possible for us to do what we love!  Also a very special Thank you to our LYS’s who make up such an integral and fun branch of our Blue Moon family.

To our fibery, spinner friends, we are putting the next installment of the Rockin’ Whorl Spinning Club up for sale this week. Yes, just in time for holiday gift giving and receiving. I’m so very excited about this offering. There’s a blend I’ve been lusting after having for quite awhile now and a fiber that is a bit new to me and one that is an very dear old friend. I hope you’ll join me again as we explore these fiber types and spin our fiber tales!

Our holiday shipping deadlines:  Based on what we know of USPS holiday shipping madness, we kindly request you have your holiday dyeing needs to us by the 10th of December so we can make sure you have then in time for the holidays. Remember you can also purchase a Blue Moon gift certificate for the knitter you love!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating!

Landscape Waves

Landscape Waves By Carol Feller

I love this sweater. If we each had a special dream sweater I think this would be mine.  I love everything about it the wonderful chunky cables creating that lovely a-line and the cabled collar is pretty sexy too! The way all those cables frame and contrast the rib just makes my heart happy.

It’s not only beautiful it also looks super cozy and flattering.

I’m thrilled that Carol loves Blue Moon as much as we do her. A prefect pairing.

We finally have our beloved Targhee back in stock just in time for Landscape Waves knitting and a lovely new sweater to keep winter’s chill at bay.

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Photo credits: Joseph Heller

Some colorful socks…

Brought to us by Deborah Tomasello

In the mood for a little colorwork?

Well…Deborah has designed two colorful and fun sock patterns with our beloved Socks that Rock yarn.

 

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and Argylish

 

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Any feet would be thrilled to be adorned with these beauties!

Happy Knittng!

Off-Kilter Shawlette and Cowl

By Shannon Squire

Remember our mystery kal this fall with the talented Shannon Squire using our fabulous Yaksi Fingering? Now that the mystery has been revealed and most of us have our very own lovely Off-Kilter shawlette, Shannon has gone the extra mile and has added a cowl version, and has released these lovely patterns for us all to enjoy. So if you were not able to join us for the kal this fall you can still knit this lovely and fun pattern.

You can read more about Off- Kilter on Shannon’s blog.

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Shifting colorways…

Like shifting sands through the hourglass and, of course, the Days of our Lives – so… it’s time for our official fall and holiday colorway change.  As many of you have gently reminded us.  Thanks for that by the way. It’s good to know you are loved!

Our humble tonal apologies for our tardiness, we’ve been swamped with getting everyone their yarn for the two wonderful KAL’s we are lucky enough to be  part of with  Shannon Squire and Carol Feller!  Also… a myriad of LYS orders, so you can waltz into your fav local yarn store and fondle Blue Moon yarns in person! You can check our list of LYS’s here.  It’s a constantly evolving list so check it often.  If  you do not see your fav yarn store on our list please do drop us a line and let us know. Remember your local yarn store’s best asset is you! info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Okay without further ado our list of colorways that are headed off to the spa for a bit of a rehuevenation! These color ways will come down on Monday the 6th of October and the new ones will go up Friday the 10th.

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It’s pretty color happy place in the barn these days! Aren’t skeins sexy!

One last piece if you have yet to order your yarn for Carol’s KAL we request that you do so soon we have plenty of time to get it to you!   Thank you!

Happy Thursday!

Carol Feller KAL

We are pleased all the way down to our wool clad feet to announce another KAL. What better way to celebrate the onset of knit season then with not one but two KAL’s!! We’re pretty tickled.

We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite designers, the oh, so clever, creative and seriously skilled, Carol Feller.  I pretty much love every design that falls off Carol’s needles, so when she works that magic of hers with my yarn, I have to tell you I do a fair amount of happy dancing.  I think the feeling is mutual because after I sent her a box of yarn for inspiration I got the following email:

Tina,

I both hate you and love you in equal parts. The yarn is amazing and I love the colors. You’re making it really, really hard for me to finish my final book projects…

Carol

Carol, you made this depravedDyer’s sing!

Photo Credit: Joseph Heller

So here we are. Carol announced Capall Dubh KAL this weekend. The pattern is up for pre-sale now and once you purchase the pattern there is a coupon code you can use with us for a 10% discount off your yarn.

Go here to sign up on the RAV group.

You can find all the specs for the yarn on Carols pattern page so I won’t duplicate that here.

What I will tell you is how to use the coupon code, a little about the yarn and how it is dyed.

There is a coupon code box on the second page of our order form so you need to get to that page in order to enter your discount code. After that if you want to use a credit card it is pretty self explanatory. Where it get a little tricky is if you want to use your PayPal account.

In your shopping cart click on the “Go to Checkout” oval, DO NOT click on, go straight to PayPal.  Choose your shipping instructions and click on “Continue to Checkout” on page 2 of 3  -  Payment Information, enter your Discount Code in the Discount Coupon area. Hit enter.

From there, you will be instructed to enter your payment information, either put in your credit card info at that time or click the “Checkout with PayPal” option and click on Continue to Checkout option.

The system will then go to page 3 Order Confirmation page.  Hit “Confirm the Order” to be directed on to PayPal if that is your option.

If you have any trouble please do contact us for assistance.

I have a thing for Polwarth. I love to spin with and knit with it. When our Victoria ( 100% Polwarth yarn) sold out earlier this year and it took the mill a bit longer than we anticipated to get it back we opted to add in this silky  counterpart. 85% Polwarth and 15% Silk. Just enough silk to add sheen and a smidge of drape. It also soaks up color like the earth does after it’s first fall rain, which is what it is doing here right now! I have to say that right now I have a pretty big yarn crush on our Yaksi yarns but Silky Victoria might just be my new yarn love.

Our shaded solids are truly shaded with lighter bits here and there and darker bits throughout the skein. You can see this in Carol’s Capall Dubh. We chose Copperline because we both love that color and because I felt it would showcase this shading aspect of our shaded solids in a stunning way and, as you can see from Carol’s photos, it most certainly does. Below you will see a picture of a skein of our yarn as it looks right after it is dyed and then another re-skeined.  As a lot of  hand-dyer’s are in the practice of doing, we re-skein most of our garment yarn. We do this so the colors are more mixed and you can see more of what it is likely to look like knit up. Because this is a  KAL with a deadline and we want you all to have your yarn in plenty of time we are not going to have enough time to re-skein the hundreds and hundreds of skeins we are dyeing. So your skeins of Silky Victoria are going to arrive at your door step looking like their true shady self!

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m1I would like to remind all of us at this point that, as with all hand-painted or hand-dyed yarns, it is best to alternate your skeins as you knit for the best color dispersement, stunning garment and happy knitter!

For those of you waiting for more Fall and Holiday colorways we’ll be posting the ones we are taking down next week and probably putting up new ones the week of October 6th. We appreciate your patience!

Happy Knitting!

Because I can’t seem to stop and I see no reason to…

Just a few more color duos for our current Mystery Kal! If you want to get in on the fun we will promise shipping arrival if you order by end of business on the 17th. Yes, that is tomorrow!

Here’s my fave and the one I plan on doing no matter what Shannon says!

 

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Gnome on the Range meets KAPOW PaTina!  I’m in Love!! Look at the shimmer. This yarns shimmers it is so pretty and soft. Such a hand this one has.

 

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A little Muddy Autumn Rainbow action first with some Boysenberry

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…and then with Tardis Blue!

 

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and then if that weren’t enough a little Vine-Ripened Red take some of the mud off of our Autumn goddess!

The we have roaming around some…

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Free Ranging Chicken wondering What’saabi?

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A Room with No Roof and a little bright and Happy! Boysenberry .

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And for those of you wanted something a wee bit dark and sultry there’s our Grawk friend with H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta. A very Royal duo!

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Speaking of Her Royal Highness, she looks quite stunning sporting some EOS beside her, doesn’t she?

 

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I have a bit of a thing for our color way Antiquated System and I always want to put it with gold so I have down just that. Antiquated Chana Masala.  Yum!

 

If you need color help I’m your girl. Just yell…info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Happy Knitting!