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New designs!

A not so little Ditty!

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

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

Ditty Photo credit: Stefan Lombard

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

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

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

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

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

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Landscape Waves Photo Credit: Joseph Feller

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating!

Landscape Waves

Landscape Waves By Carol Feller

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

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

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

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

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Photo credits: Joseph Heller

Some colorful socks…

Brought to us by Deborah Tomasello

In the mood for a little colorwork?

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

 

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and Argylish

 

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

Happy Knittng!

Off-Kilter Shawlette and Cowl

By Shannon Squire

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

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

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Shifting colorways…

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Thursday!

Carol Feller KAL

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

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

Tina,

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

Carol

Carol, you made this depravedDyer’s sing!

Photo Credit: Joseph Heller

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

Go here to sign up on the RAV group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Knitting!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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A little Muddy Autumn Rainbow action first with some Boysenberry

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…and then with Tardis Blue!

 

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

The we have roaming around some…

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Free Ranging Chicken wondering What’saabi?

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Happy Knitting!

 

Price Changes

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

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

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

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Targhee Worsted

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

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

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

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

If you have any questions please do contact us.

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

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

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Annetarsia!

I LOVE this book!!

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

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

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

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