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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!

 

Price Changes

It has been a very long time since we have changed the pricing on most of our garment/accessory type yarns. So…starting next Wednesday just about all of our garment yarns will be going up about 15% give or take a fudge here and there. We wouldn’t want to make things be 34.27 or some such nonsense. I like my numbers tidy where money is concerned. It makes thing easier to add them in my head.

And just because…. our super cute duo of the day. My friend Linda has two of the most dear grandchildren, Ty and Clara, they are just a joy!  Ty loves all things fiber arts related and I believe when he is just a little bit older is going to take the knitting world by storm. He calls me Tina Newton in the dearest way that just about does me in. Both Ty and Clara came to our dye day and played. Ty has been before and had a very clear and distinct vision for his yarn. He named them even!!  Mountain Rainbow and Midnight Sunset. See…he’s gifted! And his little sis Clara is no slouch either look at that pink she has there.  She calls her colorway Happy. Ty thought maybe Pink before you Wink would be good name for hers. It’s a great name and now, thanks to dear Ty and Clara, in the beginning of the Fall season, I am going to have to come up with a Pink before you Wink colorway!

Thank you Linda for sharing these two wonderful souls with me!!! xoxo

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Targhee Worsted

We were expecting our shipment of Targhee Worsted last week and just found out that the whole process has been delayed about 4 weeks (to mid-September) because they didn’t feel that clip was ready. We are still waiting on the final word.

Our Targhee yarns are ranched, processed and milled here in the US, which we are pretty thrilled about for many reasons. Since they are ranched in Montana, that makes them pretty local to us, which in turn makes the foot print of this yarn not too hard on our planet and also supports our economy and the US textile industry. Because there are not a whole lot of Targhee sheep being raised right now, it’s a bit of a limited commodity. We think this yarn is pretty fabulous and want to make sure those of you who want it can get it as soon as it waltzes in the door. So, we are leaving it up on the website for purchase. If you purchase the Targhee Worsted (we have plenty of Targhee Bulky by the way) your purchase holds yarn for you and as soon as our order arrives we will dye it up and ship it out. We are doing it this way to assure our customers, wholesale and retail, get their beloved Targhee and to show the ranchers and mill that we love what they are doing!

If you place an order that has other yarns with your Targhee order we will of course ship those out before the Targhee.

Our yarn stores – Twisted in Portland, Oregon and Eat, Sleep, Knit in Georgia – both carry our Targhee Worsted and might have some in stock.

If you have any questions please do contact us.

Of course, this comes at a time where we all want to knit the fabulous Safra Shawl by Susanna IC in the new Fall Twist Collective. Luckily for us, the designer did a version in our equally as wonderful Silky Victoria. The Silk Victoria is the one on the left in Afternoon Delight and the Targhee worsted wrap is in Pond Scum!!

Thank you Twist Collective and Susanna for such lovely designs and photographs!

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Annetarsia!

I LOVE this book!!

I also love Anne but I swear that does not play into how I feel about this book and what Anne has done to Intarsia knitting! I’ll never forget the first time Anne showed me her Intarsia magic. We were sitting on the stairs at Madrona and she whipped out her knitting and excitedly explained in great detail what she was doing. My mind was blown! Once I wrapped my head around it that is. I had felt this way once before when Cat showed me her first new sock construction.  Mind bent so far from norm and then blown!

If you love color work of any kind Anne’s book is a must. Even if you don’t Annetarsia might be just what you were waiting for to make the color work leap.

Annetarsia is a well thought out and implemented book chocked full of information that is well charted and explained.  I was thinking we should do a Blue Moon knit-a-long but then I would have to pick just one of the fun designs Anne has come up with. Maybe we should do a knit-a-long where we just pick one they do not have to be all the same project and knit!  What do you think? You game. If you are email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and we’ll send you a discount code and start a group KAL section section here on the blog!!

Thank you Anne for what is sure to many fun knit hours to come!!

The good ol’ summer time hues

What you see in the basket on our homepage is a just a few of the new colorways I’ve come up with for the end of summer, the quickly approaching fall season and lastly, new holiday hues. I have spent the past two months pouring my heart and soul into dye and then onto yarn and having a grand ol’ time doing so.

I have a few new  dye techniques I’ve come up with along with a series or two or three…brewing. I know…I’ve been hinting at a new series for awhile now. I don’t mean to be color coy I just want it to be exactly how I envision it in my head, to be as it is on the yarn.  One of these series I am so excited about I can barely stand it. It is the SCUM series. Yup, Pond Scum’s family has moved into town and there are one rowdy scumtastic bunch, just as you imagine they would be.  They will be making their debut around the 2nd week of August. So stay tuned!

Coming next week is the first 4 colorways in my Grimm series. I am thoroughly obsessed with Grimm. I came a little late to the party ( as usual) . Which means I got to watch the first two seasons at a reckless, only slightly obsessive, pace. Grimm is set in Portland which added even more depth to it and a whole lot of charm.  If you are also a Grimm fan let me know what you think. I think I hit the mark on this one. Also what Grimm type colorways would you like to see?

I’m considering watching it again in the next two weeks as I recover from my mastectomy. I have to watch it again now for research, right?

Yes, it is that time. I go in today for my bilateral. I feel like I am in as good a place as you can be with something like this and am ready to move on to whatever is next.  It’s been a whirlwind here getting ready for me to be out of the dye loop for two weeks or more but we are there!

I want to say a really big Thank you!  for all of the love and support. My heart has been overflowing with gratitude for it all.  My surgery is at 4:00 tomorrow so if you have your knitting and can knit a stitch or two in my direction I would love it!  xoxo

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Here’s the first Grimm color way.  Whatcha think?

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Barn Sale, Dye Day and Seasonal Hue Shift

I am having one of those days! Seriously, pissy as hell, mostly at anything technological. So… it’s probably a very bad time to write a blog post because we all know it will probably crash the system and then I will most probably cry.  I have some super wicked mojo where electronics are concerned but most especially computer related ones. All I have to do is walk by and things go wonky.  Nonetheless. I have  things to tell you and I know talking with you will make me feel better. I most certainly will not be bested by a machine even if it is smarter than I am and it totally is!

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Okay so first things first. A lot of you have asked if we are doing a Barn Sale  this summer and yes we are. We are doing it a little earlier and for one day instead of two because my surgery is scheduled for the end of July and I’m pretty sure August is going to be about recovery. So Saturday July 12th we are having our annual Barn Sale and Dye Day in Scappoose at Blue Moonland. Yay!!!  Sorry that the notice is kinda short. I have been waiting on  the surgery date.

We are starting the festivities at 9:00am and going until 6:00pm.  If you just want to come to the sale, play with chickens, have a picnic and take part in a scavenger hunt that’s sure to be a blast then you can just come. There is not a ton of parking so if you can carpool that would be all kinds of awesome.

If you want a place at one of the dye tables for painting some yarn or fiber we need you to sign up. We’ve learned a few lessons since we started doing these dye days. The biggest one is time! We have the day slotted out into four two hour slots and we can accommodate 11 people dyeing per slot for a grand total of 44 for the day. These spaces are just for the hand-paint part of things. We also have dipping in the indigo vat or use the drum carder and whatever other color fun we can come up with!

Debra, Becky, Sarah and I will be your dyers for the day. We will giving you the basics and holding your hand as you paint your yarn the colors you desire to create.  We suggest arriving a wee bit earlier than your scheduled time to pick out your bases.  For those of you coming at 9:00 you can arrive at 8:30 to pick our what you want to dye..

Just to be crystal clear this is not a formal dye class. We will be there to inform and guide you in anyway you need. We hope you will join us, it is great fun! The cost for this dye adventure is the 10.00 reigstration fee and the cost of the fibers and yarns you choose  to dye.

The 4 time slots on Saturday July 12th are:  9:00am to 11:00am, 11:00am to 1:00pm,  1:30pm to 3:30pm and the last slot is 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Okay so that is the Barn Sale and Dye Days

It’s also time to change things up colorwise. I want to add in some of our hot summer colors to honor the season and encourage the sunny days.

As usual here’s the list of colorways going off for a wee vacation. If there are any colorways you’d like to see back right now please let us know in the comments section to this post. We’ll be taking these down on June 24 and our summer hues will go up the next day.

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A last note for the members of the sock club. Remember that the 15% coupon code expires on the 15th of July and goes down to 10%.

Ok my knitterly friends thanks for listening!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Last day of Spinning Fibers Sale!

rp4rp3    Today is the last day of our spinning fibers sale! Tomorrow the prices will go back up the 15 % we took off for the sale plus a wee but more. We have not raised our spinning fiber prices in quite awhile so this is over due.

I hope everyone was able to get what their spinning hearts desired.

Here’s a few pics of what was ordered.

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A Spinning Sale!!

We are having a sale on all of our spinning fibers!!  Tour de Fleece is soon and we thought it would be nice to have a little sale for a few weeks. Also I promised Carrie!

So… starting today and going until the 17 of June all of our spinning fibers including our Sheep  2 Shoe Kits have been marked 15% of their regular price.

Also…we’ll be putting the next installment of the Rockin’ Whorl  Club up for sale later this week so look out for that! I’m so excited that we get to continue our spinning adventures every other month. I really look forward to them! I’ve already started scoping out some cool blends for our next go around.

After I talk to the surgeon later this week we’ll also be announcing when the Barn Sale and Dye Day is going to happen.

Okay Debra and Paula just walked in for afternoon meeting so off I go.

I hope they brought popsicles!

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You know you have a chicken problem when….

You know you have a chicken problem when….

the woman at the feed store rubs her hands together in delight when she sees you walk through the door.

you have a set up in the house and one in the dye barn and a special section in the coop for the various age range of  your chicks.

your friends start texting you for chick raising advise.

you have a chicken book lending library.

you yell that you are off to the store for chicken food and everyone yells back at you, No More Chicks!!

you don’t mind that the little darling perched on your shoulder just pooped all down your back.

and the list goes on and on.

Right now our problem seems to be naming them all. Which is really quite funny giving my penchant for naming.

A few week ago Charlotte and Becky requested these crazy feathery hens so I went and got 2 Polish chicks and we named them Becky and Charlotte. I mean they did request them so it seemed appropriate at the time.  I have to tell you it’s the best thing ever.  We put them in with Isabella and Rossellini ( I have a thing for Isabella and this means I can stand in the yarn and call for Isabella Rossellini and have chickens come running. ) and of course, immediately Becky and Charlotte started picking on the older chicks, which is all kinds of funny if you know them.  Anyway they all settle down into a happy mostly functional chick family.  We’ve raised quite a few chicks in the barn over the past three years (Has it really been three years? Hmm…)  but these two have captured the hearts of everyone. I’m not sure if it’s the names or that they are so very funny or maybe a little of both. What do you think?

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BC Don’t you just love the mohawk on Charlotte?!

And Becky’s has this Phyllis Diller thing going on that cracks me up every time I see her little face.

Look we still have 8 more to name .

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Life on the farm sure gets complicated!

Ok so I’ve been putting this next bit of news off because honestly,  it just gets weird telling people. I also wanted to have all the information, all my ducks in a row and be as ok with it all as I could be before I put it all the way out in the world.

And yes, I feel like leading with the chickens was helpful, at least to me. You know if you can’t laugh you might as well dig a hole and crawl in it!  And I ‘m sure as heel not digging a hole big enough to get in! Thank you Gran for that one.

In early March I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  As so very many of us know from personal experience cancer is a very, very scary word to hear. It is my second  time hearing it. I had kidney cancer 6 years ago so I have a little experience with it.  I kicked it then and am bound and determined to do the same now. My family has a history of breast cancer so I’ve known that this was a possibility for me.

It is a lump and lymph ( I’m considering a colorway) in my right breast that is almost 100% hormone positive which made me a prime candidate for enodcrine therapy, which I have been on for two months. I was scanned everywhere you can be scanned and it has not spread anywhere else! Yay!!  The endocrine therapy is working really well, all my numbers have dropped and it is so small they can barely find it!!  It was not small to begin with so this is fabulous news! Because of my family history and genetics I am opting for a complete bilateral mastectomy followed by chemo. Which means this is how I am spending my summer and why I cancelled sock camp.

I am feeling great! I have no side effects from the drug I am on, other than I have a megaton of energy, which is making my girls a little nuts. Of course there are hard scary moments but mostly I feel like we caught it early enough and I have a great team of Docs on my side and so very much love and support. I am hopeful and optimistic and I feel so very blessed by the people in my life.

Ok so we are over that hurdle! I swear one of the hardest parts of this for me has been the telling. I’m not quite sure why. So…now that we are over that hard part I will most definitely keep you up to date and in touch.

My friend Lisa thinks we need a Bye Bye Boobies send-off party.  I think she is right.  When I feel sad about the whole no boobs thing, which is not very often,I go to the barn and pick out colors for knit ones. I can’t decide at the moment if my favorite combo is grawk breast and pond scum nipple or pond scum breast and grawk nipple. Hmm….maybe one of each, since I will need a pair. Ooh… that’s it! I haven’t started knitting them yet maybe I will this weekend. Although I was thinking the first pair was gonna be from hand-spun. That sounds right doesn’t it?

Okay if I don’t go feed the dog soon she is going to jump out of her skin.

I leave you with a dew drenched poppy! xoxo

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