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New!!!!

Hello!!

I know it’s been awhile. I really had nothing new to report and had my head, heart and soul in the dye pot getting all the things dyed so we could get you your yarn.

Also we’ve been interviewing for new dyers. And…are you ready? It’s good!! We hired one this week and probably will hire another next week. I know!!!! So much happy dancing in the barn I will tell you.

We are over the moon thrilled.

I will share more as we get to know our new team members. I can’t tell you how happy I am. It most definitely has been a summer.

Okay so we have new colorways!! The end if Summer moving into Autumn is my all time favorite time of the year. So much color and some of my favorite types of color. So rich and with layers upon layers and then there is all of those down and dirty colors. My color happy place for sure so look for more and more new colors as we move into Autumn.

Some of the new colors I made are for the winners of the instagram contest we held. So much fun making color based on an image or someone else’s inspiration. I think I did pretty well. I still have one more to go. I made it but am unhappy with it so it is back to the dye pot. Here are the ones I did and they are up on the website right now.

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There are a few other new colorways also!

It is also time for our seasonal color shift!

So I am in the process of taking some of our brighter summer hues down and adding in our Autumn ones. If there is one of our colorways you would like to see make a come back please do let us know!

Shipping updates:

We are getting seriously close to being caught up to our 15 business day promise on web orders!

Knock on wood. Goddess forbid we to tempt fate in any way whatsoever!!

We will be shipping out the 2nd installment of the silk School of Yarn. The last installment of the color club will follow right behind that as will the next sock club shipment which will have us all caught up there.

We are waiting on a few things from the mill like our Superfoot roving and Single Silk Targhee.

Soft Rock is back in stock. Yay!!!

Please do email info@bluemoonfiberarts.com if you have any questions or concerns. We have sent out bulk emails but we do get fire-walled and spammed out when we do that.

okay I think that is all for now.

On a personal note my little Bruce friend is no longer with us. Since I have shared with you our experiences together I thought I would share this too.

Bruce and I had a very special bond. Except for my dog Luna that I had in my twentys I have not experienced one like this since then so I am pretty bereft. I will miss her tons and so appreciate all the support I have been given!

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Have a great weekend my fiber loving, stitch making friends!

You are all so very wonderful!

Barn Sale !!!!!! Saturday August 3rd 9 to 5

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We are sooo looking forward to seeing everyone. You know it’s so funny every year I go through this thing where I panic thinking we do not have enough sale yarn. The the week before the sale we start pulling it out of the storage and sorting through it for pricing and hanging up and… then team Blue Moon laughs at me. Because in fact, we have plenty of sale yarn!

And this year I am de-stashing! So there will be all kinds of yarns some even that are not ours.  Books and maybe a spinning wheel or 2.

I know!!!

So very many pretties! We can’t wait to see you all!

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Okay a few things.

If you are dyeing please either bring an apron or dress in clothes you do not mind getting dye on.

Please come 20 minutes before your scheduled time so you can pick the yarn you are dyeing and we can get it soaking.

Stash enhancers if you can bring your own bags we would be ever so grateful.

Thanks!

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Below you will find the directions.  We ask that when you are coming down our gravel drive that you go very very slowly. Like 10 miles an hour slow.

We are at the end of that gravel drive so please go all the way down and DO NOT stop at the house  with the big tan barn that is on the right.

Go down to the big RED barn!! We will be out directing traffic in the am when it is the busiest.

Carpool if you can. The weather is going to be lovely so if you want to bring a picnic we have a lovely back yarn behind the barn.

okay I think that covers it!

Here are the directions:

56587 Mollenhour Scappoose Oregon 97056
Google maps works pretty well.
Cell service gets kind of sketchy once you head up the hill.

If you are coming from Portland or Vancouver you want I-405 to US 30 West
towards St.Helens
You will be on this for about 14 miles.
You are going to drive all the way through Scappoose to the end of town.
Right after the fire station is the last traffic light which is
Scappoose-Vernonia Highway
You are going to turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy
Go about 7 miles up. It’s a pretty and curvy drive!
Turn left onto Chapman Road
Go about quarter of a mile and then turn left onto Mollenhour Road
Go about an eighth of a mile and  our gravel drive is right after a row of
mailboxes where the 1st one has 56587 on it.
Also…there’s a huge piece of driftwood with a green house number sign on
it.
The gravel road dead ends into Blue Moon. So drive all the way down.

Note: Before Chapman Road there is a Chapman Grange Road. You DO NOT want that one!

Okay see you very,very soon!!!

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The Blue Moon Experience

When we have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the tools of our craft we are more successful in our making which in turn nourishes our self-esteem empowering us to create like we have never created before.

The Blue Moon Experience is a video platform for us to share with you all we do and what we know. I love the name because it encompasses me sharing my experience and creating an experience for us all.  We are starting off with a monthly experience called Essentials that is themed. You will get a 30 minute video you can watch whenever you like. There will also be a Live Q&A every month that goes into more detail and gives you the opportunity to ask questions and..get answers. I’m super excited about this part since it gives me more of a connection with you. It’s one of the things I have been missing since I stopped doing the shows. My people!

And then there’s the Courses…I so love teaching! it was actually a surprise for me how much I love it. I learned this at the first Sock Camp and have been teaching in one way or another ever since. And since not everyone can get to the hills of  Scappoose Oregon to take classes then doing more in-depth video courses is the next logical step so that is what we are doing.

Once we get this part launched we will be adding in other levels and also components. We will also be have discussions with all kinds of wonderful people from our industry including folks you usually do no get to hear from like ranchers, mill workers, brokers, events leaders to name a few. We are calling this YARN VOICES!  So much goes into the skein of yarn you are using I think it’s important to understand that and to connect with it. I am lucky because I get tot work with such a wide range of people with such expertise and I am so thrilled to be able to share this and connect us all a little more.

I am very, very, excited about this and also as I mentioned earlier slightly terrified. I am very comfortable teaching and even talking to large groups but the video aspect brings up all kinds of emotional debris from my childhood. I experienced a fair amount of child abuse and one of the internal decisions I made was if you are not seen or heard than there is less chance you will be hurt so this one has raised it’s head for me to deal with and I am. Any chance we have to rid ourselves of baggage that no longer serves us and keep us from being all that we can be is a great day.

If there are any topics you would like me to cover I would LOVE to hear from you. We’ve done our best to keep this affordable so it is accessible while making sure we also make a living wage. Do let us know if you have any questions. info@thebluemoonexperience.com

I am partnering with a wonderful woman for this new blue moon venture!

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Isabeau Maxwell and she does all the stuff I do not like doing or have the time so…the best kind of partnership. So please welcome Isabeau to our lovely Blue Moon family everyone. You are going to love her as much as I do. I am so grateful to Beau for helping me manifest this dream. I could not have done this without her!!

Dreams do come true!!

hey all…

So do you remember a few weeks ago when I said I was working on something exciting that was also a bit of a personal challenge for me?

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If you did not read it here it is:

The Blue Moon Experience is a video platform for us to share with you all we do and what we know. I love the name because it encompasses me sharing my experience and creating an experience for us all.  We are starting off with a monthly experience called Essentials that is themed. You will get a 30 minute video you can watch whenever you like. There will also be a Live Q&A every month that goes into more detail and gives you the opportunity to ask questions and..get answers. I’m super excited about this part since it gives me more of a connection with you. It’s one of the things I have been missing since I stopped doing the shows. My people!

And then there’s the Courses…I so love teaching! it was actually a surprise for me how much I love it. I learned this at the first Sock Camp and have been teaching in one way or another ever since. And since not everyone can get to the hills of  Scappoose Oregon to take classes then doing more in-depth video courses is the next logical step so that is what we are doing.

Once we get this part launched we will be adding in other levels and also components. We will also be have discussions with all kinds of wonderful people from our industry including folks you usually do no get to hear from like ranchers, mill workers, brokers, events leaders to name a few. We are calling this YARN VOICES!  So much goes into the skein of yarn you are using I think it’s important to understand that and to connect with it. I am lucky because I get tot work with such a wide range of people with such expertise and I am so thrilled to be able to share this and connect us all a little more.

I am very, very, excited about this and also as I mentioned earlier slightly terrified. I am very comfortable teaching and even talking to large groups but the video aspect brings up all kinds of emotional debris from my childhood. I experienced a fair amount of child abuse and one of the internal decisions I made was if you are not seen or heard than there is less chance you will be hurt so this one has raised it’s head for me to deal with and I am. Any chance we have to rid ourselves of baggage that no longer serves us and keep us from being all that we can be is a great day.

If there are any topics you would like me to cover I would LOVE to hear from you. We’ve done our best to keep this affordable so it is accessible while making sure we also make a living wage. Do let us know if you have any questions. info@thebluemoonexperience.com

I am partnering with a wonderful woman for this new blue moon venture!

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Isabeau Maxwell and she does all the stuff I do not like doing or have the time so…the best kind of partnership. So please welcome Isabeau to our lovely Blue Moon family everyone. You are going to love her as much as I do. I am so grateful to Beau for helping me manifest this dream.

All of which leads me to this moment…we are launching The Blue Moon Experience today!!!!!!!!!

I know….

I hope you’ll join me. You are my people and I honestly feel that besides that whole dyeing yarn for you to knit/crochet/spin/weave/felt thing we do that this is such a wonderful way for me to serve you and expand our community.

 

Strawberry Moon!

Another full moon is upon us. Oh my goodness how is it already the middle of June already. My how time flies when you are down a dyer or two? Okay our new worker bee waltzes in the door on Monday so I am one happy camper. I can’t tell you how excited I am. Juggling too many yarn balls at the moment!

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June’s full moon is called the Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time when the strawberries were ripe for picking.  So…of course,  I went with a nice strawberry red with a touch of spearmint green amid a dusky dark sky. i had fun creating this colorway. I made a brand new red and green to make this one happen! So look for those soon. I am working on some new shaded solids that I am pretty excited about. I made this new green that just makes my green loving heart overjoyed.

I’ve been wanting to add to our shaded solid colors for awhile now. Sometimes we need a little push and the Cara’s Susurrate Shawl is just the push I needed. When I was putting color combo’s together I found that there was colors I was missing so… of to the dye pot to make that happen.

Here are a few of the color combo’s I have put together so far for Susurrate. If you need help choosing please do email me. I will remind everyone to order sooner than later. Also contrast on these is important otherwise that stunning pattern will no be visible and you want to see all of that leafy/vine brioche goodness.

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In the Garden Armwarmers By Angela Westover

Have you seen this wonderful mitts? I saw them on instagram and then Angela contacted me with the link to the pattern. As someone who fluctuates in body temperature I love the long arms on these.  Also they really show off the colorways, especially the speckles. She used Sock that Rock Lightweight.

So pretty. If you are starting your holiday knitting I think these would be all kinds of an awesome gift. I think these are one of those patterns we knit over and over again!

Okay remember that there is a 15% percent discount for the Susurrate Shawl . The code is: susurrate19

Also… our mill has found more of our beloved BFL Sport so I have made it available on the website again. I think there are a hundred or so skeins so if you missed out the first time now is your absolutely last shot and we are lucky to have it!

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Okay dear ones I am off to send you a newsletter and then off to my sons for the first evening off in quite awhile.

We shipped lots and lots of yarn out this week. Color club will go out next week. The color club is the most time consuming to prep and dye and being short staffed has extended that. We shipped more of the sock club and will get more out this week.

As I have mentioned if you have a deadline please do let us know so we can best serve everyone. Thank you for your patience!! Love you all!!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all you wonderful dads!! We have a 15% discount for all of you fiber loving dads!!

Coupon code: dadsrock19

Susurrate Shawl

The story of a shawl and the birth of a designer!!

A little over a year ago I got an email from my dear friend Cara ( aka January One) asking me if I was interested in working with her on a design she was had a vision for that she was slightly obsessed with. I am pretty much always game to work on pretty much anything with Cara. I believe in her and we usually have all kinds of fun! Also… I was super intrigued by what she sent me in her email.

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“So I’m trying my hand at designing a brioche shawl. I’ve had this idea in my head for forever and I can’t get it out so I’m putting it to needles and yarn. I’m attaching a picture of what I have so far. I’m using the leftovers from my eyeball shawl. My idea is that it’s a tree, with branches at the top that flow into big leaves then smaller leaves which flows into flowers and buds at the bottom and then a flower-ish border.If you like what I have so far, want to talk about yarn? I want to use lightweight. ❤️❤️❤️❤️”

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I was interested. No, that’s not correct, I was hooked. I mean look at that initial photo. Also I know my friend and I knew she would knit her vision into a stunning reality so…of she went.

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And Susurrate was born!

I received the first swatch picture in the middle on May and then this finished one on July 3rd. Now it does not look like it in this picture but susurrate is not a small shawl. It uses close to 1620 yards of Sock that Rock Lightweight. And that my friends is a lot of stitches to put together to match a vision. I loved being a part of this process with her, hearing her ideas, thoughts and the challenges. Watching her find what worked and what did not and then how to implement it all. I know from my own creative process that matching your vision to reality is not always an simple or easy process. It takes perseverance, a good deal of patience and often thinking outside of the box. I know for me I will not let go until I know I have achieved exactly what I had in mind. Often (at least for me) that takes going the extra stitch with a fair amount of ripping back and maybe even walking away to gain some perspective. It often means we have to challenge ourselves to step outside of our comfort zone and knowledge base. Take a look at this design and imagine writing the pattern for this.

Based on everything Cara shared with me about her vision and inspiration ( her dear grandmother) I feel like she knocked this out of the park! I am so very proud and excited for my friend.

I was stunned speechless when I saw that first picture of the finished piece. I knew she  would create something wonderful. I did not doubt it for one second. That said the reality of it is breathtakingly magnificent.

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Photo Credits to Gale Zucker

Cara, thank you for letting me be a small part of your process. I am thrilled I got to witness all of this creative goodness from the beginning! I can’t wait to see all of the color variations of Susurrate we all knit up!

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Enchanted Forest and Empyreal are the colors shown here

We are doing a KAL!! Of course with such and epic knit wonder the needs to be a knit-a-long! Check out Cara’s rav page for the details. The KAL starts on July 19th . We wanted plenty of time for us to get your yarn to you.

We are running a 15% discount until the KAL starts. The coupon code is: susurrate19

We recommend you order your yarn asap!!

You need a fair amount of contrast between the two colors you choose.

Also  please read what Cara writes about yarn usage. Cara used  4 skeins of Socks that Rock Lightweight but did not have a lot left (hardly any) and had already done the swatching so this does not leave a lot of room for swatching so… please keep that in mind.As always I am available for color help selection.

Here are a few. I am going to pick a speckled or multicolorway and then list a few shaded solids that go with, that give what I think is a good amount of contrast to highlight Cara’s tree pattern.

Chintz and Giggles:  Aquarius  * Cariblue * Bluebird of Happiness * Coral * Ophelia * Lover’s Leap * Pistachio * Everyday Grey * Rosebud * Lean Mean Aubergine * Maroon 5 *  There are a whole ot of shaded solids that will work with this on it really is what floats your boat and has enough contrast!

Oola Pikka :  KMBFLA * Bladerunner * Bleck * Ophelia * Smoke on the Water * Pistachio * Copperline * Oscar’s Grouchy Green * Spruced

Plumpy Sun Angle:  Aquarius * Blue Bird of Happiness * Coral Queen * Harold Purple Crayon * Lean Mean Aubergine * Boysenberry * Green Wing * Electric Blue * Chillaxin * Motley Hue * Marron 5 * Forget Me Not Blue * Sun Salutations

Phaedra: Coral Queen * Robin’s Egg Blue * Shoqua * Maroon 5 * Moldy Peaches

Okay more to come…

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I need to post this.

We are dyeing and shipping as fast as we can!! Our new dyer shows up at the end of the week !!! Yay!!  I can’t tell you how excited we are.

I am so grateful to Kalia, Sarah and Crystal for being a true team!

 

All the things…

Happy Sunday!

I spent yesterday teaching all dyeing, color, and all about yarns and fiber. It was a really wonderful class where everyone was curious and intrigued by what it takes to color fiber and yarn and all the ins and out and why and hows.

I feel so lucky that I get to teach and share what I know. So much stimulating discussion and fiber fun! I think my favorite part is that the space I make allows people to create and I get to be a part of that creativity and joy.

Color makes people happy and coloring yarn really makes yarn loving fiber artists happy. It was a busy week this week playing catch up and Desiree was out sick most of the week so that made more work for me so to be honest I was not really looking forward to working Saturday too. But…15 minutes and I have forgotten all of that and off we go on our dye journey of the day.

Everyone created stunning skeins of yarn and walked away happy and hopefully a little more color confident and empowered.

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Lots and lots of color!  There’s still room in the rest of our dye classes for the summer if you’d like to join me for color and fiber exploration. Also if there is a class you like so see me teach please do let me know.

And…since we are talking fiber and color!

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I’ve been thinking about our spinning club for awhile now and how I miss sharing the yarn making and fiber dyeing joy. So…I am re-inventing our Rockin’ Whorl Club by adding other fiber/spinning experts to be a part of our learning journey.  I know…it’s a good idea isn’t it. We get to experience different takes on spinning and yarn making. Diverse perspectives always good! Our first theme is color!!

I hope you’ll join us as the spinning wheel turns on our new fiber adventure!!

Okay my lovelies I will post more tomorrow but I need to go meet Karen and get some fresh air before Monday hits tomorrow!!

 

Why lots are important.

Okay before we go into why lots are important. I have taken the colorways down I told you I would and put up some of our favorites. A few of these have not been up on the website for awhile. I’m pretty excited to see them.

So as I said in the last post we are having a contest of sorts. The first person that can list all of the colorways I just added wins a Rare Gem skein. You can email your guess to us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com .

Please put “Colorway Contest” in the subject line of your email. Thanks!

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We all know about dye lots and how important it is to order or purchase enough yarn for your project in the same lot, especially if you are knitting a garment. Well my knitting friends the same is true for yarn lots and here is why.

One LOT of yarn is basically 1 MILL RUN of that yarn. ONE MILL RUN LOT would be made from all the same wool/top and then spun at the same time and plied then also to the specs of that yarn.  Most mills will keep the singles and then ply the yarn as needed. Each time that happens it should be marked as a different lot since the ply could be different. You would think that it would not be different enough to matter but in fact it is. ( Ask me how I know?)

I will never, ever forget when my second big order of Socks that Rock walked in the door. I opened the box, pulled out the skeins buried my face in them and then gave them a squeeze. And to my surprise they felt a little different. The yarn was a little softer than the last shipment we had. I was like okay let’s see what it dyes like. It pretty much dyed the same but it was most definitely the tiniest bit softer with a fraction ( and I mean a fraction) less boing to it. I might have freaked out a wee bit. I called my supplier and told them they had it all wrong and what did they do and so on and so forth.

It was then that I got schooled on different LOTS and how wool is a living growing thing. While we do as much as we can to recreate a yarn to the specs we have for that yarn there is going to be some variation. It might be a variation that most are not going to notice but sometimes it can be a bit more. Which is why each new lot is tested when it walks in our door so we know what we are working with.

As most of you know we recently ran a super Special on our BFL Sport since it was being discontinued. We put a special pricing on it and also decided to a do a KAL with one of our favorite patterns. Midway through dyeing massive amounts of BFL we discovered that we were sent 2 differing lots that were not marked as such. yeah…

Now, the difference between the two was not great. And…unfortunately it was not a difference we could see before it was dyed. If we had an order with 1 skein of each of three differing colors you would not notice either. We had a lots of those orders because that was what the KAL called for. It was when we had a garments worth of the same color that the difference was visible. Say there were 5 skeins all dyed in one color. You could see that 3 were from one lot and 2 were from the other. Now let’s take a moment and think about that and what it might mean production wise on a yarn that was already discounted and we had a ton of orders for. Yeah…I might have shed a tear or two.  So… we took a minute to regroup and problem solve.

The difference was one lot was tighter plied than the other. The end gauge was the same so that was not an issue. Phew!!! The issue was that the color looked just a bit different. Which for sweater knitting is a problem. So we could not ship those out to you.

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(You see the difference both in the ply and the color yes?)

What we discovered was if we soaked the yarn, spun it out and then dried it we could see the difference between the lots before dyeing!!! Yay Kalia for coming up with that plan. While we were thrilled to have a plan it did add a whole other step to the process slowing everything down. Adding more labor also adds more cost. Adding another step that delays all orders not just the BFL also adds more customer service for us.

Why am I sharing this with you? I am not sharing to complain. Although, in all honest after the year we have had I did having my whining moment or two with a good friend and a bottle of wine. I have been in this industry for at least 20 years and know these things happen. I will say it does seem to be happening more and more lately. Also, if you run a small business you know that this kind of problem-solving rolling with the punches is just how things can go. Dyers are often the last process/person before it goes to your local yarn store and/or into your hands. Something that is interesting to consider in relationship to the end product and the controls we have.

I am sharing all this with you so we all have a better understanding of what goes into the making and dyeing of the yarn that we create with. There are many steps and people involved from shepherd to yarn store owner. I think it is important to know exactly what goes into what we are working with. When we pick up a skein of yarn off a shelf we are not really considering all that goes into bringing that skein to us.

Okay I have at least 5 more things to do today and it is already 2:00 so off I go.

Thanks for listening!

 

 

Pink Moss Moon and some deep yarn thoughts!

It’s the full moon this weekend (yesterday actually) which means it’s time for a new moon color for our Monthly Full Moon Collection. April’s full moon is often referred to as the pink moon, named for the pink moss phlox that are spring’s earliest flowers in the eastern US.

As I  was putting the chickens to rest Thursday evening I received a special gift from the moon that pretty much took my breath away.IMG_4461

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at how pink it is!! Actually you can;t see it here but there was a bit of a moon-bow. I have not seen one for quite awhile so I felt moon blessed. I dyes our pink moon and pale pink with a lovely blue green to represent the evergreen trees that the moon rises over before it lights up my front yard.

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I’m loving the pink and green together, such a nice Spring feel to it. And since I was having light Spring color thoughts I decided we needed an Easter color.

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Easter Parade!! Reminiscent of the egg hunts, bonnets, and parades of my childhood!!

So very Springy!

Are you ready for our next yarn base exploration?!

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In waltzes our lovely Silky Victoria.  My goodness, look at the ply and sheen on this beauty in our Elderberry Cordial colorway.

Silky Victoria, is a delicious light and lofty blend of South American Polwarth Wool and Tussah Silk. Silky Victoria is the 4th garment yarn base we added to our line. The 3rd one was called Victoria and was the same spin, ply and weight as this one but was 100% Polwarth and one of my favorite yarns. I love Polwarth second only to Targhee.

Similar to the Targhee breed, the Polwarth breed is a cross between a  longwool (Lincoln) and a shorter staple fine wool (Merino). Weighing in with 85% Polwarth and 15% Tussah Silk, our Silky Victoria has just enough silk to add strength, silky softness, a tiny bit of drape and last, but not least, luminosity. Look at the sheen. make sure you click on the picture here to make it a bigger so you can really see that shine. The silk adds to what the Polwarth brings to this fiber blend with is so much loft and elasticity which gives us great bounce back for ease and wonderful stitch definition.

Silky Victoria is such a great garment yarn. Why you ask? Well, because of everything I have just told you and… also, because that 15% silk on a sport-weight yarn makes it light enough for a year round sweater. Silk has that magical quality that cools and warms both. I know!! Pretty great.

Color-wise even though the silk is well blended in with the Polwarth before spinning is still gives us a depth to the color we would not otherwise experience.  Silk not only takes the dye/color differently than our wooly Polwarth friend it also reflects it more that our wool, even more silk magic! All of which gives our color quite a bit of depth and complexity.

Have you knit with our Silky Victoria? If not now is your chance. Our Silky Victoria Special starts now.

15% off with the coupon code: silkyvicrocks

Also…because we do like to have pattern support for our yarn and projects in mind we are going to host another KAL.

I have mentioned before Meaghan Schmaltz’s Everyday Cardigan. I seriously love this cardigan. It works well on all kinds of shapes and sizes. And not only does it look great it is also super cozy and…it flipping has pockets! Because it was introduced with all of the shows and yarn crawl I feel like it did not get the attention it deserved. So now we are going to highlight it with our Silky Victoria in a KAL.

Not only is Meaghan a talented and inspired designer she is also a tech editor so she knows her way around a pattern. It’s all in the details! Be sure to check size and yardage needs before purchasing your yarn!

Since our KALS tend to be popular and it takes us a bit to dye your yarn and get it to you so… we suggest you order it sooner rather than later. We will start the KAL the 2nd weekend in June which should give us plenty of time to get your yarn to you. Because most of you will ask what colorway Meaghan used it is Motley Hue and is stunning! We recommend using our shaded solids for this cardigan. Also the Ravens and Coven would work well. Even though I truly think Silky Victoria looks good in any of our colorways here are some of my favorites: Motley Hue, Ursula, Mermaid Tears, Spruced, Mica, Rose Quartz, Bleck, Forget Me Knot Blue, Blue the New Black, Midsummer’s Night… to name a few.

The 15% coupon will be good for the next week and then will move to 10% for another week.  I do hope you will join us. As I have said I learned a lot from our BFL Sport discontinuation and the special and KAL. So we are going to do our part to give as much support to the yarns bases we love so we can assure they are around for as long as we ant them to be.

So now the yarn ball is in your court my friends.

So…on theoff chance the KAL does not speak to you but you would still like the delve into out Silky Victoria yarn exploration Julie Knits in Paris just released a pattern for a lovely cardigan knit is a sport weight yarn.

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I have been having all sorts of chats and meetings with others on our industry about sustaining our industry and being stewards to insure the life and quality of those who make, dye, sell, design with and makes shows for us all to go. I will be writing a whole lot more about my thoughts and plans about the things like the Sustainable Stash and Yarn Stewardship so stay tuned

In the end though please know we all do what we do for you. Without our crocheters, spinners, felters, weavers, stitchers, knitters…we are nothing.  If our industry is lead by anyone it is by you.

Okay this is getting long so I should wind up.

oh I almost forgot… before I go we are going to also run fiber specials for our spinners this summer. So for the following week on Polwarth (yes there is a theme) will be on Special at 10% off. Coupon code is: spinpolwarth  Polwarth make a stunning yarn and takes the dye beautifully. It is one of my favorite blends to spin!!! Can you imagine spinning Polwarth in Coral Dreamer or Pink Moss Moon?!!!!

okay lovelies I hope you have a great weekend full of love and stitches.

I am going to leave you with this picture of  SilkMo dyed in our Coral Dreamer colorway. I am possessed with this!! Just possessed.

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Fowl Play Trio knit thoughts…

 

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Did you see the Chicken flavored trio  I put together?!! I am sooo in love with all of these colors. I think my favorite though is the egg colored yarn CHEEPer by the Dozen that looks like the eggs I collect from my lovely ladies everyday.

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Anyway I am pretty happy with all three of these beauties and have been planning this little trio for awhile. Once I saw the JAM PDX ladies Yarn Chicken pin I knew it was the perfect time. And… it’s Spring so what better time for a EGG ~ Chicken color celebration.

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I have a few thoughts as to what we could knit with these but I think my absolute favorite is

Random Act of Color Wrap by Amy Meeks and Debby Reece

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I love this shawl and it’s perfect for three colors that have some contrast in hue. I can so see it on our Fowl Play Trio can’t you? It’s perfect!

I also notice a few other three color shawls that our trio would be great in.

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a girl’s best friend by Isabell Kraemer

And what’s wonderful about knitting Isabell’s lovely shawl…  chicken colored poms!!!!  Baawk Baawk!!

But wait there’s more. Like…

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Merriwether by Rae Gronmark

So pretty!!

…one more.

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If you crochet and I so wish I was not crochet challenged cause I would so make this beauty!!

Lost in Time by Johanna Lindahl

You know what I would really like to do? I would like to crochet a granny square blanket out of all of the chicken colors. I’m kind of possessed with this thought! Now I just need to learn to crochet granny squares. Sigh. It’s not like I have not tried because I have. Ask Amy Singer she is one of many who have tried to teach me.

Okay so let’s make some Fowl Play shawls my friends!!!

Speaking of chickens I need to go put the girls in the coop for the night.

Sweet dreams!