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Gemini Season!!

Hello dear ones!! Sorry that I missed a week or so there. To be honest I did not have a lot to say and have been basically living in the dye barn.

Hopefully that eases up a bit soon. Anyway I am getting it done and reconnecting with parts of my colorful creative self that I have not had access to in awhile. Also planning all kinds of fiber fun and watching the changes in our industry and across the world as this all changes things. I hope you are all well and being careful!! I know it is hard. Seriously this is challenging us all on levels that I don’t think we are even aware of.

So let’s dive right into some fun and things we have some control over like yarn and color and stitches! Well maybe yarn and color I feel like there are days where my stitches have a mind of their own.

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Don’t look now but it is a new yarn!!

Welcome MOXIE  one of our short-run-yarns which basically means “get it while you can” because once it is gone that is it! We are bringing MOXIE in right now because it’s a lovely yarn that we are getting at a fabulous price point which we can pass on to you our lovely knitters and crocheters! A little yarn gift for us all at 20.00 a skein eh?!  MOXIE is a silky soft 3 ply Merino with the addition of nylon which gives it such a stunning sheen. I seriously love how it takes the dye! I am going to have so much fun dyeing this. MOXIE would make stunning shawls since it’s going to have a nice drape. Also it is going to be a great yarn for knitting for our little ones. It’s loves to be speckled too so that is all kinds of fun.

So… it is a little less than a week away from someone’s birthday.  We started celebrating on Friday with giveaways on instagram and facebook so do check it out. I am going to have them all week! You do not want to miss out on the fun.  I do love giving!

Our current giveaway is this loveliness!

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The Pink skein is called PinkISH and I am working on getting that color with a few others added to the website. I am not a pink person but I so love this one.

As you know I usually make a special birthday colorway for myself. As I was mulling this over this year I had all kinds of ideas and colorful thoughts. I have been wanting to do more themed kits and the whole birthday astrology thing is intriguing to me and fun of course. So…this month starts our ~ “What’s Your Sign” ~ monthly astrologically inspired color kits.

I’m over my moon loving self excited.

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I’m seriously in love with what I created for Gemini. I hope you love it as much as I do. I made the picture big so all the layers of color. Especially in the darker of the two skeins. It’s a duo cause ya know Gemini are the twins!! I took some of my inspiration from my raven and crow friends. Gemini is an air sign so we do love our bird friends and I have a thing for Ravens as you know. I have been wanting to make my own heart raven for awhile and her she is. Be still my feathered heart!

It is the brightest Raven I have made. It is darker than this photo is showing but not my much. So fun! This Gemini kit is 2 skeins and you have different bases to choose from with Moxie being one of them.  I used the colors in the raven for the second skein also as a speckle and with not black over-wash. You can read all about these on their webpage!

I have another idea I am giving flight to this week so stay tuned for that also.  I was holding off on some of this since it has only been me here and I am a but behind on orders and sock club. That creative mojo is important to follow when it shows up. It’s a gift and I think we do not say not to gifts. It’s rude! (hehe)  Also we need momentum right now. Moving forward creates hope.

So what 2 color pattern would I knit with my Gemini color! Hmm….there are so many wonderful patterns to choose from. I am loving the patterns right now that are using lace weight mohair with another yarn and the mohair creates some lace so I would choose that kit and knit one of those patterns for sure.

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I am loving Larissa Brown’s Moongazing Shawl so I would probably choose that. Actually going to go buy it right now. I think I will dye me a kit and cast-on on my birthday.

Okay well I am going to sign off. I have to go rinse and hang yarn to dry and I have not made food today so there’s that and I always watch a movie my grandfather and I loved on Memorial Day weekend for him. I miss both him and my gran but there are times when I just wish I could sit and listen to his stories.

LOVE and so much strength to all and especially our essential workers, our health care workers and those who’ve been impacted so very hard by this virus.

Stay safe and well my friends!!!

Oh I almost forgot! Silly me. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all of my fellow Gemini’s. I know there are quite a few of us! xoxoxo

 

Mother’s Day

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Everything is blooming here! I finally ventured out for groceries and was stunned by all the color and loveliness. It was quite surreal actually to have been on my little island so long to have the world change so much.

It’s Mother’s Day today and maybe it’s all the time alone lately but both my mom and gran ( her mom) have been on my mind quite a bit more than usual. I miss them both and of course, especially this time of year. I never really thought about it but my grans and mom and a few of my aunts were all avid gardeners when spring hits and all the things start blooming I feel them more and miss them too.

For some strange reason the crab apple that I planted years and years ago that has pretty much done nothing to date is in full bloom!! It’s glorious. One of my favorite childhood memories besides hiding in the forsythia bushes at my gran’s house was playing under her crab apple tree and the super yummy jam she made with it. So good. It’s the reason I planted the tree was in her memory. So hopefully I will be making crab apple jelly sometime this summer. We shall see. I will keep you posted.

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Isn’t it pretty? I was so inspired by the lovely deep pink of the blossoms that I made a few new colorways.

Of course I did.

The blossoms look red in this picture but they are really a deep pink and so pretty. Ia m not much of a pink person but as you can see from the picture following this one I kind of went Pink  crazy!

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The middle one is the one for the blossoms and then I decided to take that pink and lighten it with some grey (one on the right) and then also add some yellow for an orangey pink. I love this trio and think I am going to have to knit a Winnie ( my gran)  shawl for myself.

I will have these shaded solids up sometime this week. I am taking today to clean my house it’s such a mess since I’ve been in the dye barn most of the time. My kitchen is an absolute nightmare.

I also get to celebrate Mother’s day with my crew this evening via zoom I think. We are having a cheese and Parcheesi party! Hehe! I love Parcheesi, it’s the only game I ever win. And here’s my contribution.

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I also have cheese but I just could not resist! I knew my son would love it.

I love being a mom. I miss my family so very much. There is so very much that is hard and horrifying about this pandemic but lately the isolation and not being with loved ones has been a lot. I try in those moments to be grateful that I have a roof over my head and people that I love that love me and that there are so many brave souls risking their lives for us all.

Okay well I am going to go clean the kitchen. Yikes!!

I did get quite a bit shipped out this week! I am doing my very best to get you your orders.If you have a deadline please do let me know!!!

My love and gratitude to you all. Thank you for the love notes in your orders and the postcards and emails of support. I am truly humbled and touched by each and everyone of you.

Oh if you missed seeing it here is the Flower Moon colorway and it is up on the website!

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Traveling Sweater KAL

In case you were wondering: it is Monday! (You’re welcome!)

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And what better way to brighten up a Monday than planning a knit-a-long? I know!! So exciting.

So we had all of these wonderful plans for 2020 since it is Blue Moon’s 20th year of being Blue Moon. As with most things right now, our plans have gotten a bit derailed. And to be completely honest, all of this kind of took the wind out of my creative sails. In reality I know it is not 2020’s fault that we are here but nonetheless, it’s hard not to harsh on 2020.

Anyway – we are moving along in our celebration of 20 years of spreading the love and joy of fiber, yarn, color and making!! 10 years ago Karen Alfke and I mused over a sweater design I had in my head and she went away and created a stunning design ~ The Traveling Sweater!!

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I loved the design, and it turned out that many of the rest of you did also. Oh my goodness, so much yarn went out into the world for knitting this sweater! Hell, a bunch of you knit it twice! (One intrepid knitter on Ravelry has made FOUR.) It was an amazing experience.

Karen and I had talked about a re-issue with upgrades and a possible KAL for a few years now. So what better time than Blue Moon’s 20th year and The Traveling Sweater’s 10th?

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Aria in “Phaedra.”

One of the reasons all of this works now is we have the right YARN!!! We originally used a yarn we called Woobu. It was a lovely merino and bamboo blend that held up well and also had this silvery sheen to it (thank you bamboo!). Our mill discontinued Woobu after a very long run; ever since then, we’ve been searching for a yarn replacement. Finally we have found one!

Aria is a stunning blend of 60% merino and 40% silk, which is spun oh-so-beautifully. I love this yarn so very much. It’s silky, smooth and soft while also being strong and energetic. [Karen says: “Hey! That’s how I want people to describe me!”] And… it has that silvery sheen which we have been looking for since Woobu went away. I will tell you that there was a fair amount of happy dancing in the dye barn when we saw how well this yarn dyed and knit. Be still, my yarn- and color-loving heart!  We are thrilled to add Aria to our stellar line-up of garment yarns in general — and specifically for the Traveling Sweater.

We could say that it’s sadly ironic that we are knitting a sweater called “the Traveling Sweater” at a time when so many of us are staying safe at home because of the pandemic. However, I choose to see it as knitting HOPE and dreaming of that time when we will be together, not just in spirit but back out in the world at our knit groups and festivals. There is always hope, and together we can knit that hope into reality.

Okay — so here are some specifics:
• Karen has the Tenth Anniversary edition of the pattern up on Ravelry here. There’s an automatic $1 discount running from now until after the cast-on date in mid-June to say thank you for all the love & support over these ten years!
• In the new edition of the pattern, you get an additional size (XS/S for all you petites!), a ton of schematics to help you visualize how it goes together, plus tutorials and photos and and… Plus, there’s a free companion PDF that outlines how you can make a version without the back ‘spine’ detail!

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• In the weeks leading up to the KAL Cast-On Party, we’ll chat here about yarn, colorways, dyeing Aria, swatching, blocking … all the topics you’ll want to know more about so you can cast on with confidence for this glorious piece. Also, Karen will be hosting the official KAL conversation and answering all of your questions in her group’s Traveling Sweater thread on Ravelry.
• Karen is also planning to put together YouTube tutorials (because online video tutorials are a knitters’ best friend, especially during pandemic lockdown!). Some of you may not know that Karen is not just a talented designer but also a teacher: she’s been teaching knitting for decades at big conferences like Stitches and Madrona Fiber Arts, as well as at shops like Churchmouse Yarns & Teas (where she used to be on the design team). Karen has also been my partner in our School of Yarn series over the past few years. She not only KNOWS knitting, she is so good at helping others learn and excel.

Now onto the dyeing and getting your yarn. Right now Eat Sleep Knit has quite a bit of Aria in stock, so you can shop there for instant gratification! And of course we are dyeing to order, as we do! We decided to set the cast-on date for June 19th so there will plenty of time for me to dye and ship you your yarn!! I will, however, ask you to choose your colors and place your orders sooner rather than later — this helps me order in enough yarn and then dye it and ship it to you! If you need color input please do let me know. I am more than happy to help at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. We are continuing our discount we have running right now through this time. Code is: supporteachother2020 and is good for 20% .

Karen says you will need 4 skeins for the new XS/S size, 4-5 skeins* for the M/L size (what used to be the smaller size on the original pattern), and 5 skeins for the XL size. (See the pattern page on Ravelry for measurements to help you choose your size). *An important FYI: the yardage for the M/L size is really close to 4 full skeins of Aria. If you want to do a bunch of extra swatching, or if you’re tall and love looong sleeves, you will want to get a 5th skein for insurance. This one was close enough that Karen wanted to give you the heads-up about that.

Okay, crew – ready, set: TRAVEL! We can’t wait to see what colorways you pick, and get us all underway on our trip toward hope and cameraderie.

By the end of this week I should be currentish up on most of the online orders. Phew!!!  Have I said how much I miss my team.

I will also be shipping the April spinning club. I will be sending out an email about sock club either today or tomorrow.

I hope you all are staying safe and well. I know this is a challenge on so many levels and in different ways for all of us. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers!  You are wonderful!! Take it one day at a time! Some days it is one moment at a time. I have had a few of those. We will get through this to a brighter more loving and inclusive place for all of us!!!

love!!

This and that and then, probably a little of those!

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Yup, this is how it is!  I would say that it’s been a week but when hasn’t it been so…there’s that. I had to venture out yesterday for supplies and it was pretty surreal. It had been a little over 4 weeks since I left here and it was just odd being out in the world. I am one of the over 60 crowd so I left early to take advantage of the less crowded shopping. On the positive side I got to see the morning unfold which was lovely. Everything is blooming. So much can happen in 4 weeks time but especially so in the Spring. Wow so much color everywhere, especially green. Oregon seriously rocks green in Spring. There are so many shades of green but I things my favorite is the bright tree leaf bud green. It’s the kind of green that vibrates with life force. I love it!

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And yes this does mean there will probably be more green colors coming your way. I love green! I remember quite awhile ago when I was inspired to do some new colors Debra very gently mentioned I might want to try other colors besides green. Whaaaat?? Oh Debra. I did though, because she was right. It has been awhile since I had a green phase so I’m going to immerse myself in green for a little while. Green is such a healing, calming hue ~ regenerative! 1647a76726e270e4e906e82fb9ab2a52

Wow, I had no idea when I sat down to write this morning that this is where we would end up. Since we are here if you have not heard Joni Mitchell’s song Little Green give it a listen.

” Just a little green lie the color when the spring is born.”

It’s one of my favorite songs of all time.

 

 

 

Okay let’s talk a little bit about knitting shall we?

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Photo credit: Boo Knits

Boo Knits Happy Talk Shawl

Isn’t this pretty? I do love a Boo Knits design. And I have been looking for something to use our SilkMO Lace with and there you have it. Also she is offering it as a free download right now which is super kind and generous! I’m thinking Featherlight and SilkMO Lace ormaybe Soft Rock instead of Featherlight. Hmm… . And it could be green!!!I am working on a grey with green tints to it and that would be stunning on the mohair. Okay…I have to dye!!! Since I am the lone dyer right now I do not have a lot of knitting time and then also my hands are older hands so I do have to rest them. Oh my don’t you love those points!!!

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Rayna by Noora Backlund

I am finding during this seriously stressful time in our lives and world that I need simple patterns that will still hold my interest. I think this is one of those patterns for what it is but also what it will do with color which always holds my interest.

Noora uses a fingering-weight yarn which our stashed are full to brimming with and pretty much any color is going to work.I would choose a mutli with just enough contrast but like I said anything will work. Noora’s pattern is also free at this moment. Please do remember the gift these designers are giving us and support them anyway you can

Photo Credit: Noora Backlund

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Twisted Slipster Blanket Shawl by Jen Toll Knits

I am adding this one in because it very pretty and I love the stitch and we need cozy comfort right now. It’s knit is worsted weight so pull out your Targhee Worsted!!! I would use a shaded solid so you can see those twisted slips!

Okay I think that is a fair amount of inspiration for us all.  I have to get back out to the dye barn to work on reeling and rinsing. The two r’s of fiber work. I am just cracking myself up here.

 

Photo credit: Jen Toll Knits

As I  have mentioned it is just me here and I am doing my best to get your yarn to you asap. If you need it sooner than later please let me know and again thank you all for the wonderful communication and sharing. You’re the best!!

Take care of yourselves and each other.

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I do have baby chicks on the way. We might need some hats!!

 

 

One day at a time.

Hello all…

How is everyone holding up? All of this is quite a bit to process for everyone but most certainly more for those working the front lines and for those who have lost their jobs. It’s a scary time and one that a lot of us have not come close to experiencing so our coping skills are being challenged.

I realized at the beginning of last week when I started to get panicky that I needed to adjust my way of thinking and being in this time period.

I live alone and my business is here with me. In many ways I am lucky and I know that. I try to step outside of that privilege as much as I can to help and support others.  I live where I work. My business is on the same piece of land as my home so I do not have to leave here to keep working. I am grateful for that!! However it does mean that I am the only one here and it’s a lot of work and work I have not done alone in a very long time.

If you know me you know I have very high expectations of myself. I often meet those expectations but I also know that sometimes my expectations are unreasonable. I realized when I had woke up with a panic attack last Monday that I needed to cut myself some slack. There’s no way I could meet the same timeline that a team of 5 women could. Yes I might have a superwoman complex. So I stopped myself from overworking and stressing about it all and then changing my mindset and I will tell you it has made all the difference. I look forward to going out to the barn to work instead of feeling overwhelmed by it all and because of that I also feel like I am getting more done and infusing it all with the love and joy I feel is so important. Like enjoying the color bubbles from mixing dye!

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And enjoying how the colors mix and shine of the Super Sparkle yarn before it all soaks into the yarn.

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That place where two colors meet and make another color or another shade of that color is one of the most magical and wonderful parts of being a dyer.

As far as jobs go mine is pretty awesome and I am fully aware of just how lucky I am!

 

So I guess this is my very round about way of saying that all of this that we are going through is seriously hard. It’s a lot to process and dealing with so we are going to need more patience and love with ourselves and each other to get through this. If you are sad or scared feel it, it’s okay and reach out. I was feeling a little sad this am so I called a friend and just hearing her voice helped me. And now I am writing to you which honestly ALWAYS makes me feel connected and joyful. We are in this together even if we are not physically together.

So what am I doing today? I am tagging and packing and shipping the orders I have ready.  Before I do that I will get the yarn I am going to dye today ready for dyeing. I prepped the dye for it last night before I went to bed. I don’t know why but I find working in the dye barn at night kind of magically delicious.

I am also writing this to you before I head out to get started. I also have to answer emails today print tags, order dye and talk to suppliers. I need to rinse what I dyed yesterday and hang it to dry and wash out the pots. Oh and I have to reel some yarn from cones to skeins, almost forgot. It’s cause it is my least favorite part of the job.

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I am going to pour myself another cup of coffee, feed the cats and Betty the chicken and head out to get things going.

I want to thank all of you for supporting Blue Moon.  Thank you to those who have been sending me pictures of what you are working on and also posting them to instagram and facebook.  I love it soooo very much. Oh and also for the love notes.

You are wonderful!!!!

Please know that I am working diligently to get you your yarn. If you need it sooner than later please let me know.

Please take care of yourselves!!

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And then there was one!

After 20 years I am back to the daily running Blue Moon all by myself at the moment. It’s been a long time since I did all the things all the time and I am not going to lie I’m a little tired. In the grand scheme of things I am lucky because I can work and my work keeps my mind occupied and my self busy creating beauty for others to create beauty out of. So I am counting myself blessed.

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I was dyeing web orders yesterday and infusing all the yarn with as much light and love as I could, of course along with all the color too! So today after I finish this it is back to dyeing and rinsing so I can ship tomorrow.

A lot of you have been either emailing or posting on instagram what you are working on. Thank you so very much it’s so great to see. I always enjoy seeing your projects but especially so now. I am pretty good at being alone but this is a little challenging. I miss my team. They are all healthy so yay! I hope you all are staying home if you can and being super careful!

One of the things I dyed this past week was an order for Loop London. The owner Susan ordered a lot of our older colorways so that was a fun trip down memory lane. One of my favorites was Mad REAL which is such a bright and happy hue.

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Isn’t pretty?!

Now there is a life affirming color, if I ever saw one. Big and bold.  I have put it along with quite a few other of our older colorways on the website for the next week or so. If there is an older colorway you’d like to see just let me know. infoa@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Also up on the website is our SilkMO Lace!!!  Because it is just me here I did not have time to add in all of the colorways. So you will see just the Snowflake colorway. How you order is to choose a colorway from the colorway search option. Then Select the Snowflake SilkMO Lace and once it is in your shopping cart then in the comments section let me know what colorway you want. Easy Peasy!! Please note that there are two yardage options. We are offering it in 300 yd skeins and 900 . Since a lot of us are carrying it with other yarns for garments I thought the bigger skeins would be helpful. The colorway shown below is: That 70’s skein

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Before I go any further we are for the time being continuing the 20% discount on all yarns. The code you need for that is: supporteachother2020 and it is good for multiple uses.

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One of our designers and friend is offering this lovely shawlette pattern free on RAV right now. Powell’s City of Books by Star Athean

She is offering this pattern in support of a Powells, a Portland treasure that has had to temporarily (we hope and pray) close it’s brick and mortar during this time. If you need books pleas consider buying online from them instead of you know who. It’s important we support small and locally owned business during this crisis we find ourselves in. We all have a skein of fingering-weight in our stash just begging to be this shawlette!

There are quite a few designers offering free patterns right now in order to spread the love. Which is super generous on their part. So a big thanks to all of them for their kindness and generosity.

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Oh my have yo seen this sweater? Oh KT this is right up your alley!

It’s Luna by Espcae Tricoter

So pretty knit with a light fingering-weight and a laceweight mohair held together!! Perfect for our Gaea Fingering and SilkMO Lace!! Also could use Soft Rock in place of the Gaea. So lovely!

 

Okay I have some other things but need to get to the barn to set up and this is also getting long so I will post again tomorrow!

Oh before I go though Blue Moon is looking for test and sample knitters. If you are interested please contact me at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and put sample knitter in the subject line.

Thank you!!!

Stay well and safe!

LOVE

Knit on!!

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
Elizabeth Zimmerman
We are all scared and worried and rightly so. There’s so much  unknown about this virus and that leaves us with little to now control which we human beings are very uncomfortable with.
Our best tool besides hand washing and social distancing is our craft whether it is knitting, spinning, weaving, crocheting, sewing… we create one stitch , one row, one seam, one thread at a time.
What a blessing!!!
We are so equipped for this moment in time.
We will get through this all together. We are each  and everyone one if us a stitch that makes up such a beautifully strong and resilient fabric. Our diversity is our strength!
Stay safe my lovelies and wash those hands.
Oh my goodness is anyone else surprised at the amount of times we touch our faces!
love!
tina

Soothing fiber thoughts!

Hello all…

How is everyone coping?  All of this is pretty intense and quite overwhelming.  As people who knit, crochet, weave and spin we certainly are equipped with the ability to pass the time in a soothing, creative way.  Which I think leaves us in a better place than most. A lot of us also have online social connections that keep us fed and happy. Thank you Ravelry!!

So many of our wonderful fun fiber events have been cancelled and we are all pretty disappointed. I am sorry for us all, attendees, teachers, vendors and the event coordinators. Let’s send all of them love and compassion.

All of the closures and quarantines that are necessary to keep this under control is most definitely going to be a financial hardship for may of us. I know that some super creative souls have put together a few online fun events to support the vendors and teachers. So be sure to watch out for those on instagram and Ravelry. I think basically we just all need to support each other anyway we can. This is going to impact all of us in one way or another and quite honestly, some more than others.

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I am going to do my best to post more here and on instagram to soothe and hopefully inspire. I would love to hear back from you also. Elizabeth Gilbert reminded me today of a practice I uses to do all the time that a therapist friend taught me.

It’s so helpful for times like these when there is so much unknown, which makes us worry and be anxious. So to help keep us in the moment and also to be grateful for every moment we go to our senses.

  You can do this anywhere you are. 

Look around you and then name 5 things that you can see, 4 things that you can hear, 3 things that you can feel, 2 things that you can smell, and 1 thing that you can taste. You have to pay attention to where you are in the moment in order to do this so it lands you smack dab in the middle of right now. It affords us the chance to see and feel where we are and to appreciate that. It slows us down and quiets our minds and regulates our breathing. Such a lovely way to be where we are now.

Okay let’s talk knitting and knit-a-longs!

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Orange Love Poncho by Gaye Glasspie

Today starts this KAL with the lovely Gaye Glasspie. If you do not follow her on social media you should she is a bright ray of sunshine. She is ggmadeit on instagram  And she LOVES orange. The KAL looks like all kinds of fun. I think we all have some yarn in our stash that we can use to knit this lovely poncho. Hey, some of us might even hace orange!  You can read all about the KAL here on RAV  

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Photo Credit: Casapinka

Olive Pink by Casapinka

This weekend Casapinka dropped a new pattern that she designed with Adelle of Lolabean Yarns for a pop up shop at a LYS that of course had to be cancelled. The yarn used on this one is finger-weight which I know we all have quite a bit of.

I am recommending our Featherlight for this project.

Color recommendations based on ones used are:

Snowflake, Spores or Mica, Winter Solstice and for the pink version Rosebud and for the Olive version Sabertooth Caterpillar.

If you want other color options please do ask me I love putting combo’s together.

Okay I have a lot more designs to share but am going to leave it at one more!

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Photo Credit: Susanne Somer

Hoodie Shawl Cardi by Susanne Somer

I so LOVE  a hoodie and this one with all of the combining of color options and then it’s extensive sizing… I am so wanting to cast this on. I would wear this ALL the time. I think in a Raven with a grey and maybe pond scum. My yarn recommendation for this would probably be our Socks that Rock. Yup I think so. Thank you Susanne for yet another wonderful design! So talented!!!

To spread the LOVE we are offering a 15% discount on all yarns for the next few days or so. supporteachother2020

Okay my lovelies I have to go finish spinning since my wheel is now fixed  and get notes fired off and then rinse some yarn out and…

Take care or your dear selves and each other. If you need and ear or shoulder I am here drop me a line. tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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Rose City Yarn Crawl

Rose City Yarn Crawl

March 5 – 8

Blue Moon will be at Twisted with special colors, designs and fun!!!

See you there!

Rose City Yarn Crawl and Leap Day!

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I have a lot of fun and colorful things to share but first a few things that happened this week that kind of put a wrench in things.  On Monday our website and email was down for over 24 hours. The company that hosts all of our online stuff had a whole data center go down. Yeah that was fun and nerve wracking! Also put us a bit behind on our customer service. Sorry! So then a few days later the shipping service we use also went down. It’s evidently a theme this week. Also down for a little over 24 hours. This one was a little more complicated though. They also did an upgrade that was not supposed to happen for awhile that we needed new shipping labels for. Which means we can’t ship until they arrive. I kid you not. I spent hours on the phone with many supervisors and you would think they would take a box to the PO just to shut me up but alas no, not so much.  Because of this we could not ship sock club as planned and all other orders are also waiting.  And yes I tried to get these elsewhere but of course they are the only ones who sell them. It’s been a frustrating week. I also have been trying to finish up spinning and have one wheel down and the other’s drive band snapped on me so it is just one of those moments where things go awry. Wonder if it has anything to do with it being Leap week! Hmmm….

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On the positive side of things I actually finished a knit. I know!!! Miracles do happen. It’s a marled cowl in our Featherlight. I wanted something that uses scraps. I love it!

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Okay so this coming week is ROSE CITY YARN CRAWL!!!!

I’m so excited! We’ve stocked Twisted with all kinds of colors and yarns and also the two colorways we did for them just for the crawl.

I am so thrilled with these two colorways. I think they are a great addition to our Blue Moon’s chicken line of colors and Twisted’s exclusive Blue Moon colors.

There are three lovely designs using our colorways! You can check them out here on Ravelry

Which came first? by Cheri Clark in both a wrap and cowl version! So pretty!

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Photo Credit: Cheri Clark

And for all of us crocheters  this stunning shawl Calliope’s Wings by Malaika Gabriel

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Photo Credit: Malaika Grabiel

There will be samples of these in the Special colors at Twisted!!

Stunning designs thank you to both Cheri and Malaika for creating these lovelies for us to knit and celebrate our fine feathered friends, our crawl, Twisted and our community!

ok I am off to run errands before it gets too crazy out there since it is Saturday!! Fingers crossed that nothing else goes down or breaks.

Take care!