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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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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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A collection and a obsession

See these?

 

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Aren’t they pretty?

I love them, every last one of them.  Which is a bit odd really, because red and I have a bit of a love hate thing going on that dates all the way back to my childhood and my mothers obsession with it. It’s taken me years to get over all of the red carpets, drapes, couches, cars, walls… that mom decorated hers and our lives with. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of making friends with it considering the chroma-torture I put up with as a child.

One of the ways I have been able to do this is through the eyes of those I love, who also love red. Through my ~ dyeing/color creating ~ life, these friends have taken my hand and shown me the rosy light of day. Gail helped me tremendously and most of my early red colorways were with her in mind. Recently my friend Marisol has waltzed in with her joie de vivre, tilting and tinting my color sense with her passion for shoes, most especially Fluevogs. She asked me to create some colorways for the a gathering she is hosting at the San Francisco store.  I thought this sounded like all kinds of fun and off we went. I took my inspiration from the Fluevog Spring/Summer Collection.  Once we got started it was hard to stop.  We involved the Ravelry Vog knitters and made a naming game out of it all. Great fun!!

So I started with the red and kind of got lost. It’s a warm ripe tomato red that makes my heart sing. I want to put it with everything but most especially blues, dark blues, green blues, tints and shades. Red and blue is a pretty traditional approach for me. So when I needed my tomato friend a little cooler for the Blue Box Fever colorway the Rav group wanted I might have been a little pissy over the lack of challenge. Just a little!!  I  blued her up a bit and put her with a very turquoise blue and BAM! I love it. All of these colorways just make me happy.  I hope they make you all happy to. Marisol thank you for asking me to do this with you, for sharing your passion, taking me to the Fluevog store when Sophie and I were visiting and just being you!

Oh and mom, I might just get it a little more now. After all I do have a pond scum bathroom!!

There are bunch of new colors up besides the ones inspired by Marisol and her Vogs.

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Afternoon Delight
Black to the Fuschia
Death by Puree
Flying Monkeys Revenge
Gnome on the Range
Juice Me!
Marisol’s Flue
A room without a Roof
Sail Away !
SassMaster Skein
Skyrocketing Puddle Jumper

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Aquarius
Crabby Apple Green
TIT for TAT
Vine Ripened Red
Violet’s Blues
Walkin’ the Dog

FleuVog Inspired Collection

It’s a collection, not an obsession                                                                                                           FlueMarket*Find                                                                                                                                                                        Blue Box Fever
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Afternoon Delight                                                                                                                                                Vine Ripened Red                                                                                                                                        SassMaster Skein                                                                                                                                   Skyrocketing Puddle Jumper!

Check it out!! Guess who’s selling our yarn in their online store now too!!   Twisted PDX 

We are thrilled!!!

Have a bright and happy weekend!!

 

 

Hazelwood by Shannon Squire

Hazelwood, as seen in our Twist Collective ad this Spring! Designed by the delightful, cute, spunky and ever so talented Shannon Squire!  Hazelwood is knit in our BFL Sport one of my favorite garment yarns here at Blue Moon. I love the soft airiness of this yarn.

Don’t even get me started on the way it loves to be dyed. So pretty!

Hazelwood is the prefect romp around town sweater. It looks and feels good in all of it’s stripey coordinating goodness! I’m super excited to see all of the color combinations everyone comes up with for this sweater.

If you are anywhere near~Twisted PDX, The Fold, Natural Stitches ,The Fiber Gallery ~ you can see our BFL SPORT close up and in person.

As always if you need color selection help please do not hesitate to ask.

Hazelwood pattern (pre-sale)  is available on Ravelry

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A shawl and a sale.

It is a beautiful day here in the ever enchanting Pacific Northwest. I’ve been diligently whittling away at my to do list for the day but for the past few hours all I have wanted to do is go outside and soak all of the glorious sunshine this day is dishing up. Unfortunately I  promised myself that this crazy long to do list would be a thing of the past by the end of that day . I am on a mission to complete it.

I am sorry for my absence here. My life took a pretty dramatic turn about a month or so ago and I have been adjusting to it all. I’ll tell you all about later this weekend. Today is for sunshine and silk and a very pretty shawl that I LOVE and a sale!

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It feels like it’s time for a special, doesn’t it?  I was doing some sorting and organizing this past weekend (my best thinking task) and I came across my friend Sam’s Accumulate Shawlette that I just wear and wear and love  quite a bit.  I am sucker for holey knits, especially ones that have a rhyme or reason to them as Sam’s does. This shawl also holds a special place in my heart not only because it’s holey, or that Sam does, and she does, but also, because her design came from a skein of Silkie that she dyed in a dye class I taught. Sam is one of my favorite kind of students because she knows her own mind and speaks it!  I really like students that keep me on my toes.  Imagine my surprise and delight when Sam showed up for another class with this lovely shawl as her show’n tell. As a teacher  you want to see students take what you give them and make it their own.  I could not be more delighted with what Sam has created with all that what we explored together in dye class.

Since it is really and truly Spring here. It is. I kid you not.

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I want to have a little Spring Fling. So for a few weeks we have marked Silkie down from it’s regular $24.00 price to $18.00 plus Samantha has kindly offered us a discount of 15% on her lovely shawlette pattern, Accumulate. The code for you to use to redeem that is, LOVEBMFA .

We are going to run this special for a few weeks. If you would like color choosing help do not be shy I love to help with color choices. I think the paler more subdued ones are great in this piece but am really interested in seeing alternatives. A sultry raven one for evening might be fun. I can’t wait to see.  One of the best parts of color and knitting is to see all the different interpretations.

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My very well worn and loved Silkie Accumulate is knit in Single Cell Dating Pool. I’m considering another one in Beach Glass, or…maybe Tomatillo, or…what about Orchid Queen? Oh dear. What’s a dyer to do? I’m in the barn all day tomorrow making new colors too so I can tell this is going to be a problem for me.

We will be adding some more colorways to Silkie tomorrow (Thursday).

Paula asked me to ask all of you Rockin’ Whorlers with any address changes to please email her those. You can email her directly Paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com

We have a few new exciting yarns coming soon so stay tuned!!

I hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

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I love this picture!

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I feel a little like the white rabbit this morning running around feeling like I’m most definitely going to be late for a very important date. So this is going to be short and sweet!

The February shipment of the Rockin’ Whorl Club shipped out yesterday. Phew! So ti should be showing up in your mail boxes very soonish! I hope you like it.

We have our new colors up on the website and tickling into our stores so do check them out in person!

I will be at Twisted today with all kinds of knit loveliness and myself. Twisted is jam packed with yarn and fun. I would love to see you!

If for some reason you do not know about the absolutely fabulous Rose City Yarn Crawl you really need to check it out.  So much fiber fun everywhere in the greater Portland area!

Alright I think that is all. It’s a beautiful sunny day today and I am looking forward to being out in it !!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Valentines Day!!

“All You Need Is Love”

 

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

 

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done

Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung

Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game

It’s easy

 

Nothing you can make that can’t be made

No one you can save that can’t be saved

Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time

It’s easy

 

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

 

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

Love, love, love

 

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

 

Nothing you can know that isn’t known

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be

It’s easy

 

All you need is love

All you need is love

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

 

All you need is love (All together, now!)

All you need is love (Everybody!)

All you need is love, love

Love is all you need

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Yee-hai! (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

 

Yesterday (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Love is all you need (Love is all you need)

Oh yeah! (Love is all you need)

She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)

She loves you, yeah yeah yeah (Love is all you need)

 

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

A few things…

It’s getting late but it was my intention to post this morning and I am determined to not let this all go another day.  Paula is out sick, so I got to play at being Paula today. Actually I did on Monday too. Just between you and me I think this will be true for the rest of the week, so bear with us. I talked with her this evening and she sounded awful. Poor baby!!  Let’s all send her some get well vibes. It sucks to be sick.

It seems to me that there has been a lot more sick this year. Every time I turn around there’s another bug or two making the rounds. I wonder… maybe it’s the cold. Who knows? What I do know is that when you are a small business having even one person out sick is a stress and usually it does not stop there, it makes the rounds.  We’ve gotten to the point this year that if one of us so much as sneezes we break out all of our remedies and wipe the place down. It’s quite a sight really. Before I sat at Paula’s desk to work this morning I asked Denise where the disinfectant was and she said not to worry they already wiped it down. I love practical women!

So my dear Paula take care of yourself, rest and get better. We miss you tons. I will try my best do do your job as competently and graciously as you do! ( I can hear you laughing.)

Okay now for our latest news!

Madrona is right around the corner and even though we are not going to have a Blue Moon booth, we are very pleased to announce that one of our new LYS’s, The Fiber Gallery, is going to have a nice selection of our yarns, including a ton of Socks that Rock in some  hot new spring colorways!!  We hope you will stop by and welcome the Fiber Gallery to the Blue Moon LYS family!!   I hope everyone has a grand time. Have a little extra fun for me I will miss seeing all the wonderful knitters that I love.

Speaking of new additions to our LYS team, I have a few more to mention Please welcome in Vancouver B. C. Maiwa a store full of all kinds of wonder. Maiwa is our first not just yarn store.  Do check out their website and see all the treasure and beauty they offer, especially the Symposium they put on every year that is overflowing with talented artisans from all over the planet.

Last, but most certainly not least is (Are you ready because it’s pretty exciting?) our very first European LYS,  L’OisiveThé, Salon de Thé in Paris.   We have spread our wings, flown to Paris and straight into one of the loveliest yarn stores on the planet.  Thank you Kate for calling this summer and gently suggesting (telling) me I had to put my yarn here. I’m delighted and hope Aimee is too!  Look for L’OisiveThé  and Socks that Rock at stand  B8.3  at L’Aiguille en Fête 2014 this next week.

We will be adding LYS’s  more and more so if you have a local yarn store you’d like to see our yarn in please do drop me a line at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

I spent the weekend in the barn cooking up all sorts of new colorways and design ideas! I can’t wait to show you! I was hoping to so do this week but it might have to wait til Paula is back next week. I’ll post a picture of the whole lot tomorrow!

Ok I am going to give this a look over for typos. I’m as good at typos as I am at color!

Sweet dreams!