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MidWinter Moon MKAL

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  Welcome to our MidWinter Moon Mystery Knit-a-long with the creative and talented Larissa Brown 
What a lunar year we’ve had; one filled with all kinds of lunar magic, beginning with a Super Total Lunar Eclipsed Blue Moon as the second Blue Moon of the year… and we hadn’t even left January! We are closing out the year with an equally magical celestial event: our last full moon of the year will happen on the Winter Solstice! So while our days are darkening into the longest night of the year, our moon is waxing full and shedding a little light into that darkness!
This wrap – delivered in four weekly clues – will reflect and celebrate the exchange of dark and light. Clue #1 drops December 7th, in time for you to knit exactly half your wrap by the Winter Solstice. Colors and patterns will span from dark night sky or winter sea to pale moon, expressing the meaning of deep winter for each of us and the promise of coming spring. A Solstice color between the two gives light to the darkness, like luminaria lighting a night path, candles in midwinter, the Northern Lights, or sunrise as the days gradually lengthen.
The form will be mysterious, a joy to knit, and beautiful to wear, at a size that fits in with holiday crafting – not a shawlette, but not as big as a “shlanket.” Expect a doable amount of knitting per week, and a skill level suitable for a beginner-with-a-friend, or beginner-with-help from your lovely LYS.
I love the idea of knitting the light into the darkness stitch by stitch. What an uplifting and beautiful way to celebrate the this Winter Solstice’s Full Moon and shine a little light out into the world!
We’ve come up with kits based on Larissa’s design and the moons of the year. Most cultures have names for the full moons in each month, so we’ve themed out kits based on some of those moons and the colors they inspired.
Each kit includes a trio of Sock that Rock Lightweight skeins in a light (or bright)-to-dark color sequence so we can gradually work our way back to the light. A coupon code for 10% off is good from now until November 14th. We have a short window of time to get you your kits for cast-on on December 7th, so the sooner you order the better! If you order after the 15th, we will still do our very best to get it to you on time but we can’t guarantee it. We have also come up with a few kits that are exclusive to Twisted, so be sure to check those out too!
I am so over my lunar-obsessed self about this MKAL. I have found a kindred moon spirit in Larissa and it has just been all kinds of fun dreaming this all up with her and Emily at Twisted.
I hope you’ll join us as we knit a little light into the world!
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Magical Houses

Look what I did!!  I am pretty tickled with these. As those of you who are in the sock club already know this has been the year of magic!  One really cannot celebrate magic without paying homage to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy and all of the wonderful and not so great characters and their battle between good and evil. Honestly I was torn as to which way to go but then I thought about the houses and their colors and what they stood for and  it just hit home (pun intended) for me.

The only drawback was the colors to the club are usually exclusive. So I checked with a whole bunch of the club members and they were of the mind that the fun and houses were more important to them than the exclusivity. So here they are for us all to enjoy!!

Which house are you?? I am Ravensclu but I have to say I seriously LOVE how the Hufflepurls color cam out. I think I am on a yellow kick lately.

I so want house socks!! I feel like someone (hint hint) needs to come up with a house sock pattern. What do you think? I love the idea!! Anyone game? Cristi???

Weekend Special And we are running a 9% off code this weekend to celebrate reaching our 9000 instagram follower reached on Friday!!! If you do not follow us please do. I post so very many color and yarn pics there you don’t want to miss those. Oh and chickens and kitties too.

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Next weekend I will be at Coastal Yarns celebrating the Stormy Weather Arts Festival. Do come by and see us. I made a very special Stormy Weather colorway! We will have yarn tasting and trunk show and there will be prizes and we will be casting on a beautiful wavey cowl.

Shipping updates:

Rockin’ Sock Club has shipped! I am working on next years theme is you have ideas! You can send them directly to me: tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Out of the Hue has shipped and email with pdf’s sent! I have to tell you planning and researching and writing all of this first shipment was one of the hardest things I have done. Kind of like the very first sock club shipment. Maybe because it is so much a part of my heart and soul? I Love the graphis that Karen came up with. yay Karen!!!!!

Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio 1st round of 50 is shipping now!  I will be sending out a bilk email later today to everyone about a time line now that I have one from the Queen Bee. So make sure you look for that!

Web orders will be shipping the rest of the website orders up to 10 .14 early this week! As always if you have an order in and a deadline please do let us know. orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com

School of Yarn In a perfect world it ships out next week.  However the yarn we are using was one of the ones we’ve been waiting on. It is here so we will get on it. So not this week but the following one.

On Tuesday we will be announcing a very fun and lunar MKAL we are doing with Larissa Brown, a lovey way to round up our lunar Anniversary year.

Okay I am sure there is more but I have dyeing to do this morning and I need to get on it!

Oh….I know!! Happy Tangential Blues CAST ON!!!!

I want to leave you with one last thought.

Remember to support the artists , designers, dyers and yarn stores you love.  We all depend on each other!! Every time someone closes their doors I am reminded of this and hope I am not the next one. It seriously could happen to any of us.

Spread the love!!!

Build that stash!

Yarn prices are going to keep going up for awhile and dye prices are too since they come from China .

Okay this dyer is off to brighten the world with color. Off to the dye pots!

Have a great weekend!

LOVE!

The Coven!

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I am seriously possessed by color. I think about it all the time. Last year when we were dyeing massive amounts of shaded solids on our Cake DK base for Carol Feller’s Camira KAL I had a color idea. What sparked this idea was the amount of grey we were dyeing. So many knitters order grey!! And fair enough, its a great neutral and looks pretty great on most of us. I wear tons of grey with a little black thrown in for good measure. hehehe!

We have quite a few greys also, from our dark Deep Unrelenting Grey to our very, very pale Winter Solstice. I got to thinking how nice it would be to have greys that had just a hint ( tint ) of another color to them. Wouldn’t that just make the most stunning garment. The color would be mostly grey but with swirls of “other” color through the grey. Just enough color to be visible but not enough to take over where you could not see the grey. One of those fine color lines!

It’s taken almost a full year to make to where I was happy with that fine line! And I am. Also pretty excited to add to our coven! So why The Coven and wild witchy women? Well… first of all, I have a thing for magic and witches. My grandmother was the witchiest woman I knew so I can dedicating these to my Winnie. And yes, there will be a Winnie in our Coven I have just not settled on her tint yet. She would so love that I had not settled on her tint. I can hear her now…cackling away at the idea of making her a color. She had the best cackle ever! I think it was a combo of the Maxwell House all day long with a little Jack Daniels thrown in after 3 and the non filter Camel cigarettes. Boy do I miss her. Maybe a coffee colored tint. Hmm… .

Anyway…I see our Coven being good for just about any knitting whatsoever. Where I really see casting there subtle spells is in garments, especially. So many sweater patterns out there that these would be so beautiful. It’s almost like a, “you can have your cake and eat it too” moment. Since you can have your grey but with a little color peaking through. I’m pretty tickled with these. I hope you love them!

If you have any witch names or ideas I would love to hear them!

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Rhinebeck is here!!

The picture above is our annual Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. That colorway and so many more are there with the lovely and delightful Theresa and Ron Miskin at The Buffalo Wool Co. so do stop by.

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Carol Feller is dropping off her Tangential Blue Pullover for all to see and fondle and they have lots of Targhee Worsted!  Cast-on is next weekend!!

Their booth is over by the souvenir shop and 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the  cowgirl colorways I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns! So much goodness!  Everyone have fun!!!

For those of us with the Rhineck blues because we can’t make it there. We have The Coven and the Rhinebeck colorway is up on our website along with this new Halloween Color and a 10% discount that is good for the weekend! Just use code: rhinebeckblues18 when you check out! All loser case.

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Hocus Pocus!! It is the 25th Anniversary of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus so of course we had to celebrate that with a witchy tribute those wacky Sanderson sisters!!

Okay my lovelies I have to go pack and ship Moon Shadow Anniversary packages! Package up Our of the Hue and edit the last part and dye and clean the chicken coop and maybe the house a bit. Valla my very long haired Norwegian Forest cat is shedding and there are big clumps of cat hair everywhere!!!

I know I should not say this out loud because it will most probably jinx it but next week we are going to be caught up in a way that will let me sleep at night!!! Again thank you so much for your patience!! I have a lot to say about our industry changes that are happening and coming our way so stay tuned for that! What I can advise is that now is not the time for stash busting. It is the time for stash enhancing!

Oh I almost forgot! How could I forget! I met the new neighbors last night. I was driving down the drive and they had a fire going and were roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. I know. The have 2 adorable and friendly pooches and…( wait for it) she is a KNITTER!!! Yes!  Happy dancing!

They want fiber animals and we had a great chat and I am so very,very, very thankful!

Thank you for all the good vibes you sent my way!

 

Happy YARN Day!!

I LOVE yarn!!

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Seriously… like love it!

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Like pretty much everything about it…

I love designing yarns. I love spinning yarn. I love testing each new lot of yarn for consistency. I love reeling yarn. I love winding it into little balls or big cakes. I really love making yarn colorful by dyeing it.  I love all the weights and measure of yarn. I love getting to know all about a yarns story and what it wants to be. I love matching yarn to project. I love swatching! I really do love swatching to make sure I havethe right yarn and gauge for my project. I love that there is a worsted weight yarn and a worsted spun one. I love that a lot of yarn is twisted, a bit like me! I love the diversity of what we can use to create yarn. I really love wool yarn from all those lovely sheepies! I love the feel of yarn when I am making and wearing it. I  love really love the smell of it. I love the people I work with in the yarn industry. I love the mechanics of the yarn industry and it’s history. I love all the fiber artists I get to work with who also love yarn! I love that working with yarn and creating beauty is good for our brains, hearts and souls. I love that yarn brings us together ~ a stunning tapestry of  a community ~ loop by loop!!

All for which is really great to remember today on YARN Day and also, at a time when our industry and world is experiencing some trying times.

Today we are going to celebrate the love and yes, power of YARN!

We are going to start with some fun!!

Insta-Game ~ (Facebook)  with prizes!

I am going to post my little “what I love about yarn” paragraph to Instagram and would love for you to comment as to what you love about yarn!! I will randomly pick 10 of you who comment there with your “share yarn love” and send each a skein of Socks that Rock. Oh I will also post this to facebook so if you comment there it also counts toward being eligible for a prize.

We are also offering a YARN LOVE Discount

Starting right now (Saturday, October 13th) we are offering a 13% discount on All YARNS good until midnight Sunday (Pacific Time). Use the code: YARNLOVEDAY18 when you check out to get your discount!

I also would love to see what you are knitting with your Blue Moon yarns. If you could post a photo to instagram with the hastags #bluemoonfiberarts  and #yarnday so we all can see your creations that would be so wonderful. I can’t tell you how much it brightens our day when you share what you have made with us. After all you are why we do what we do. Otherwise we are just making and coloring yarn to hang in the barn and that is kinda silly!

What is next weekend??

RHINEBECK!!

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Here is this years Rhinebeck 2018 colorway. I chose to go Autumn hues this year. You can find this colorway along with other of our yarns and tons of samples (including Carol Fellers Tangential Blues pullover) at The Buffalo Wool Company’s booth. Their booth is over by the souvenir shop ans 2 story barn. 22D/OD22-01 Also seriously check out their socks and the colorway I dyed for them on 2 of their lovely yarns!

Everyone have loads of fun!!

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Shipping updates:

All the Carol Feller KAL yarn that has been ordered has been dyed, dried and shipped!

We started shipping RSC ( sock club) on Friday and will continue on Monday!

Moon Shadow Anniversary Trio ~ Queen Bee promised the bags this week. After we ship those out we will let you know when the next batch goes.

Out of the Hue will also ship next week!

As I have said quite a bit during the past few months I am very grateful for you understanding and patience. I am doing my very best juggling dealing with all of the yarn stuff and communicating with you about where we are. We are a very small company and a little smaller than normal right now. So if you have not heard back from em right away it is not because I do not value you. It is seriously just juggling all the yarn balls and making it all work. I personally truly value each and every one of you. I love being a dyer but I also equally love serving you!!

Okay I am sure there is more but I need to go do some shipping!!

Have a lovey weekend!!

Fall colors abound but October is PINK!!

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Look at that, October sure sneaked right in the back door didn’t it. I feel like I totally lost the last week of September. Where did it go?

Anyway since it is October and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As most of you know I am a breast cancer survivor. I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. I have friends who are survivors and ones whom I have lost. At this point in time I think that most of us have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. The strides that have been made in breast cancer research over the past few years are just astounding.

We are donating, as we do every October, 10% of sale to breast cancer research. I have creating a few new colorways in honor of all us breast cancer warriors! As I posted last week one of my best friends passed 5 years ago on September 26 so the F*CK Breast Cancer is especially for her!

There are also quite a few more very pink colorways on the website. One of my favorites is Tit4Tat.

Here are the links to these new colorways:

F*CK Breast Cancer

#survivor

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Updates:

Despite yarn delays and sickness we will have everyone that is part of the Carol Feller KAL their yarn by the end of this week!

All of the fibershare packages will be out on time!

RSC pattern  and dyer’s notes are up and the yarn will ship at the end of this week as will the Out of the Hue Club

We are waiting on bags and mugs which we expect this week. We expected the bags last week but they ran into a snag with a tag they needed to finish them.

Thank you so very much for all of your patience, understanding and sharing. So very many of you emailed and called with positive thoughts and kind words and you did this  very tired dyer’s heart good!

Oh and all of the Fair Isle books have shipped and the pdf links have been emailed!

We have to more KALS coming down the road pretty soon! One very Midwinter Moon Solstice KAL with Larissa Brown in November which this moonie is very excited about.

And another one that we are going to do with Qualyn (QUOE )which is the La Vie Boheme CAL~KAL. You can knit-a-long or crochet-a-long and make your very own winged shawl! we will have color combo’s for both of these KALS!! So look for them soon.

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oh and…if I will be at Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach the first weekend in November! I will be there for knit night on Friday and then all day Saturday with a trunk show, a yarn tasting and door prizes!! Oh we will have a special Stormy Weather Art Festival colorway!

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The cost of craft happiness

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If you have been reading my blog and newsletters recently or been at one of my lecture/storytelling events, then you’ve probably heard me talk about the changes in our little part of the textile industry. Growth and change are an inevitable and necessary part of life. Since I have been part of this industry of ours for almost 20 years, I have witnessed all kinds of changes. Hell – when I started we were seriously into fun fur, and there were basically a handful of hand dyers and no Ravelry!

Today we’re going to talk about the cost of wool and yarn. I remember way back when I bought my first pound (not ounces but a full-on pound) of fiber; and then not a year later, my very first kilo. I have to tell you I felt like such a grown-up crafty woman when I ordered that first kilo. I was pretty proud of myself.

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At that point in time there was a very, very large surplus of Merino top – mostly in Australia – and we worked from that supply for a good long time with very few (and very small) price increases. Those price increases were usually due to trends in the industry and/or changes in the exchange rate of the dollar. Other contributing factors were of course disease and weather: drought is the biggest factor that affects a sheep’s well being and therefore its wool production. Drought has most definitely played a heavy hand in our wool surplus and pricing and that is something we are experiencing right now.

I shared with you at the end of last summer how wool ( especially Merino) prices were going up 20% all in one go, which was something I have never experienced in my years of making and dyeing yarn. I raised prices a wee bit last Fall but mostly tried to eat those costs, as did my suppliers and brokers, in the hopes that things would change for the better. Well, my fiber-loving friends, they are changing, but unfortunately not really for the better. Australia is experiencing a drought which means a shortage of wool. The one bright light for us here in the US is that the dollar is doing well in that part of the world; otherwise our price increase for top would be over 20%.  One of my brokers said it would be 40% which is a staggering thought.  I KNOW!!

Domestic wool pricing is also rising for some of the same weather reasons (including fire) and also demand. The demand right now for domestic and local fiber is higher than it has ever been, which of course also contributes to price increases. Mills in this country are also working at better wages for mill workers (which have historically been awful) and upgrading their equipment. Which is a good thing and certainly something we want to support.

There is more of a demand for wool right now than there pretty much has ever been in the history of our industry. While a thriving and growing industry is a good thing there needs to be a balance between supply and demand and right now there is not. I could go into a lot more detail about the why and how of it all but this is getting to be quite the blog post already so maybe another time. I can talk about this more – if you are interested just let me know. What this all means is you are going to see some pretty dramatic price increases this year. We have not even looked at the whole tariff thing and how that is going to effect availability and pricing in the craft industry at large.

After spending a whole lot of time on the phone with our brokers, suppliers and mills we I have some to the conclusion that I need to raise our prices.  I like to keep things as affordable as possible for us all! However based on the price increases we are experiencing both in wool (Merino), silk, and yak it is just not sustainable to not have a substantial increase.

And while this price increase is probably one of the bigger jumps we have ever made, I have run it by quite few folks in the industry (including a bunch of our LYS’s) and they all agree that we were already on the low end of the pricing spectrum especially for our big ass skeins.The biggest increase are on our big skeins and even then if you look at the weight and yardage it is still a deal since most of our big skeins (weighing in at 8-9 oz) have close to 700 yds in them for around US$40.00, which for all of that is still a very good price. To give you a different perspective, if you broke that skein into 4 ounces and 300 to 400yds each, they would be US$20.00; most hand-dyed skeins of yarn on the market with that weight and yardage are at least US$26.00.

Please know this is not something any of us take lightly – from rancher to LYS owner.  After all, this is our livelihood and something we are pretty passionate about. A skein of yarn supports so very many wonderful folks and animals in the circle of wool life! So with each project you cast on, think about all the great wool producers – from sheep to ranchers to mill workers to dyers to LYS owners – you are supporting with your dollars!

Our prices will be changing on September 14th so you have time to stock up at current prices if you like. (Time to get that Fall/Rhinebeck project going!)

Thank you for listening and for your support!

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Shipping update:

Sock Club shipped last week as did The School of Yarn. We are  diligently working on the KAL orders and all of the August orders that came in with them. Yarn is showing up!!!!

For years now I have heard your stories of stalking the postal carriers for your Blue Moon packages. Luckily for me I have had the same UPS and USPS worker bees (Connie and Jeff) for years so they know me. The stalking here for our yarn and fiber is real!! Every time any delivery truck drives up I run out to greet them with fingers crossed. If all they have is office supplies it is very disappointing. Anyway I do see the light at the end of this one. And I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your patience and understanding. I know that a price increase is probably not the best reward but think of it as your part in sustaining our hand (knit, crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing…) community and industry. We all depend on each other. It’s one of the reasons I do not feel like I an independent artisan; I feel like I am a community one. It seriously takes a village to make yarn! I feel so very blessed and lucky to be part of such a community.

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Karen and I are working on our first shipment of our Out of the Hue color club and oh my goodness this is going to be all kinds of fun!! So much color joy! We are going to have all kinds of fun. Primary, secondary and tertiary fun. LOL!

Shadey and tonal fun too! Shadey fun is the best kind. Okay I’ll stop. It’s a little late and it has been on long day with lots of math and weights and measures.

Before I go though, Team Blue Moon and I have decided that our October Dye Day Extravaganza is going to be very Halloween themed. We are so dressing up and will have all kinds of tricks and treats! You do not want to miss this dye day!

 

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It’s September!!!

Autumn is in the air. You can smell it alongside the lingering smoke most days. It’s getting cooler and today it is even a little overcast. You can tell the true Pacific Northwesterners by their glee when the clouds roll in after such a long sunny, warm spell.

I am a fan of sun, but this summer has been a bit much even for me. So I am thrilled to see the clouds in the sky, feel the chill in the air (sweater time!!) and smell the turning of the leaves.

It is Labor Day weekend!! Which means it is Art in the Pearl here in Portland – one of my favorite art and craftsy things to do here in PDX. If you are in the area I highly recommend going. My bestie Karen is here and as soon as I post this we are headed out to spend the day there!!!!!!!!!!

Okay so we have finally shipped out Sock Club!! Man, that was painful. After we finally got all of the yarn and got it dyed our shipping software stopped working on our computer and we had to troubleshoot it and fix it. And of course this meant an computer upgrade. Yeah!  Seriously… some days.

Anyway it is out and I cannot thank you enough for your patience!! School of Yarn has also shipped and the PDFs have been emailed to you. We are finally making some headway on orders!! The yarn we have been waiting on is trickling in. Yay!!

As a HUGE thank you for your patience and understanding we have a 15% off discount code good until the end of the year. It is: THANKYOU18 and is all caps (case-sensitive). There are times when things are just out of our control and we try to do our very best to navigate those challenges as best we can. We so appreciate your patience!! It looks like things are slowly but surely getting resolved with our incoming shipments!

So we have put up Holiday colorways temporarily! They have been up for about a week; we will leave them up until Monday morning, so if you need to stock up now is your chance!! On Monday I will take them down and put up all the lovely Fall colors! If there are any of our Fall colorways you’d like to see return please let us know.

New Hues!!!

I have been working on these 4 colorways for what seems to me to be months. I have tweaked them this way and that to get the perfect shade, tone and saturation and…to be able to photograph them. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to photograph that Blue is the New Black. Oh my – so very frustrating. All it ever did was grey out and you could not see the blue part. And then there is that neon yellow… now that was a challenge. It is so very very bright and so very very yellow.  Sun Beam is the colorway I have been talking about hanging from the rafters in the barn. It is stunning and happy, and I kind of want to paint my kitchen this colorway.

I am going to dye myself up Some Cloud 9 in Blue is the New Black  and  Once in a Blue Moon to knit this beauty! Ixchel by Catherine Clark

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Don’t ya think? I am so tickled by this I can hardly stand it! My very own Once in a Blue Moon Sweater in a very lunar Anniversary year.

Perfection!

Okay now I need to run off so we can make it for the Belly Dancer Parade!

If you are anywhere near Toni and The Fold in Marengo Illinois, she is having a stellar Labor Day Sale and has a ton of Blue Moon Specials we have sent her so…check it out!!!

Have a lovely weekend and be safe!

All the things…

Oh my goodness there is so very much going on I do not quite know where to start. I feel a little bit like the white rabbit in Alice and Wonderland.

I know… let’s start with some good news. I think I mentioned to the sock club and maybe here too about the neighbor trouble I have been having with the people who live next door to me with whom I share a drive. It quite very intense over the past few months and honestly scary. I love here alone so… .

Anyway last weekend they put their house up for sale and it has sold!!! It sold in like 3 days which is kind of crazy for this neck of the woods.

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So I feel kind of like I have my own personal miracle. I have lived here for almost 20 years. I love it. It is my haven and I was honestly considering moving me and Blue Moon elsewhere it was so bad. So this is just the very very best thing and I am so grateful!! I hope they are happier in there new home.

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Our yarns are arriving and we are getting orders out! We are so very sorry for the delay but truly it was out of our control and we are doing our very best! I have been doing this for a long time and these things just happen. This is so much better than the time the sock yarn showed up and it was not my yarn and I had to send it back and cancel the shows we were going to. Oy!!  I was thinking the other day that I should pitch a yarn related sitcom based on what I have seen and experienced over these 18 years. Hell just the sock club and bank drama would be worth a few episodes.

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We have contacting all orders past our promised time frame. So if you have not heard from us we got junk mailed out. If you need your yarn asap let us know so we can see what we can do. Our supplier is working diligently to make this all better.

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I have added another DYE CAMP Session  for this fall so check that out! I might add another but I need to check my schedule. I am pretty booked out this fall.

I will be teaching a 2 day dye class at the Stitchin’ Post on September 7th and 8th. I am also giving a talk on the 6th about what inspires us. I’m honored and excited to be working with the lovely and talented ladies of the Stitchin’Post. I think there is still room if you want to immerse yourself in color for a few days in Sisters Oregon.

On the following weekend I will be at All Wound UP in Edmonds Washington on Saturday the 15th from 12:00 to 3:00. I will have a trunk show and a yarn tasting. I would love to see you and any show and tell you might have.

I told you…a lot of happenings!

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Autumn Dye Day Extravaganza!!!

We do love our Dye Day that we have with the barn sale!! A whole bunch of you have requested that we do more so… we have added and Autumn one!!!  I know. I’m so excited. I had so much fun at this last one I did not want it to end. I decided to have it October 20th which is a Saturday . I tis the weekend of Rhinebeck so those of us who cann’t attend Rhinebeck can console ourselves with a little color and yarn. Since it is my fav time of year we will have some hot cider and pumpkin type treats and will dress according for the season. We are a bunch of dye witches after all! So bring a picnic and come join us for the day. Maybe we can even bob for some apples!! I wish I had a corn maze!!! Anyway these fill up fast so do not wait!! Also this one registration fee is a wee bit more to cover costs that the barn sale aspect usually covers.

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You might notice that we have done a color shift! Yup We have have added HOLIDAY HUES for the next week. We’ve been getting a fair amount of requests so we have added quite a few in both the Multicolor and Bespeckled color categories!  All of which are returning hues! New ones will come a bit later. In a week we will take these down an put up our Autumn/Halloween line up. I would put a list of them here but I think they are pretty obvious by their names when you shop by Colorway! So many Gnome colorways for the holidays.

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Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quartely

Have you seen the new all about the Moon Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly?!! It is stunning. I want to knit just about everything in it! Truly!! I mean I am all about the moon especially this year so this just made my heart sing.  We’ve gotten quite a few requests for color suggestions for that STUNNING cardigan in the front cover. Ixchel by Catherine Clark ! So beautiful. I am working on color pairing suggestions right now. Also…I will finally be adding to the website that stunning yellow (Sunbeam) and a this blue black I have been trying to photograph for a month now so look for those this week!  Our yarns bases that I recommend based on the gauge they suggest are pretty much any of the fingering weight ones but most especially Cloud 9, La Luna Fingering, and Socks that Rock right off the top of my head.  I think I am going to knit mine in Ravenscroft and then go pale blue grey for the moons instead of the gold.  Still musing it over!

Okay I am sure there are things I am forgetting! We were short handed this week due to vacations and such. So I am spending this weekend playing catch-up.

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There is still room in our  Out of the Hue Color club!! And the last time I checked we were almost full up on our Moon Shadow Anniversary Package offerings so get them while you can!

 

 

We will be shipping both the sock club and the School of Yarn this week!! Okay going to post and send out newsletter which is at least a day late!

Oh I remembered!!

I uncovered about 60 skeins of TASY BOO so if you missed out first go around there are more and then…they will be gone.

Also if you are anywhere near The Fold in Marengo Illinois and have felt you miss out on our Annual Barn Sale well now is your chance! We have shipped her quite a bit of sale yarns for her Labor Day Sale which she is running right now. She will have these up this week and they will be there as long as they last. She also has quite a few other bargains going on!!  Also give Toni and Al a hug for me!!

Happy Knitting!!

Carol Feller KAL and 18th Anniversary Lunar Celebration!

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It’s August which means it’s time to announce our Fall Knit-a-long with the lovely and talented Carol Feller!
Most of us are still in the grips of a pretty epic summer heat wave. However, you can smell an ever so light hint of Autumn in the air, especially in the mornings. And yesterday there was even some low lying fall by the river here in Scappoose. At first I thought it was smoke from all of the fires but nope it was some lovely misty fog!
This year Carol has designed a beautiful pullover for us! The perfect cozy everyday wear around the house or hiking in the woods or running errands or sitting by a campfire. It’s a beautiful design that looks like a fun knit which are my favorites!
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I think Tangential Blues is a beautiful and cozy addition to our winter wardrobes. A timeless pullover that is worked from the top down with raglan shoulder shaping, a delicate twisted stitch cable down the front and also down the sleeves. There’s a lovely gentle curve along the back hem created with short rows. Doesn’t it look cozy! And look how great it looks with jeans!! Also that ribbed yoke also makes a nice statement! I see this sweater looking good on so many of us! I just love the cable detail on the sleeves!
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Carol and I chose one of both of our favorite yarns Targhee Worsted for this design. If you have not worked with our Targhee yarns you are in for a treat. Once you cast on that first stitch you will be in love with the lofty goodness that is Targhee!!!
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Photo Credits: Joseph Feller
When you buy the pattern, Carol will send you a discount code from us good for 15% off our beloved Targhee Worsted.  Right now Carol is also offering a discount of 10% on the pattern! So double discount goodness!
If you have never been a part of one of Carol’s KAL I highly recommend it. I lover her designs and her editing is hands down some of the best in our industry. One of my favorite parts of Carol’s KAL experience is that she is right there with you. She has tutorial videos and is so engaged and responsive and just plain fun! If you need color guidance in choosing colors please do not hesitate to ask! info@bluemoonfiberarts.com
Something super special!!
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Moon Shadow!!!
I really wanted a special commemorative package of crafty color goodness to celebrate 18 years of being Blue Moon! And as I said at the beginning of the lunar eventful year of 2018 we were going to squeeze as much fun in as we could. We have with some great new lunar hues and quite a few specials and the birth of our color club!!!
This trio of dark moody green blue black wonder has my heart! It really does. I have so loved working on this! I get to team up with tow of my absolute fav creatives the lovely ladies of JaMPdx and Queen Bee Creations.
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It all started with an idea and a seriously sexy glaze color that Jenn and Meghan were playing with. I fell head over heals in love with it’s sultry green grey goodness. It might even replace pond scum as the color of mu heart. No wait… that can’t be. I do love it that much. And then Rebecca at Queen Bee just happened to have the perfect waxed canvas to go with so all we needed was a colorway!!!!!
So here is our Moon Shadow. I really wanted to do a Moon Shadow colorway for this year and I feel these hues just fit perfectly.  The bag is going to have an aqua stitched moon on it too!!!Because ya know! Blue Moon!
I know…so excited.
Okay so we will need to limit these so get in while you can. And since it not only involves dyeing but making and glazing mugs and sewing bags these are pre-orders. We will be doing a revolving shipping process and will have them out in batches on late August, September and October.
So you get a stunning moon mug, a great project bag and a skein of Socks that Rock Lightweight in our Moon Shadow colorway! ( and a small surprise in the bag!)
Happy Anniversary to us all!
Blue Moon would be absolutely nothing without every single one of you!!! I am so lucky and grateful and feel blessed to have been able to do what I love and serve such a lovely creative community of people!
Thank you so very much!!
Today is a new moon. It is a super new moon! So enjoy….

Barn Sale & Dye Day!!

One more day until the fun begins!!!

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So excited to see 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 pod 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 destashing! There might have been a bin or two of rare gems I was hiding away so… .

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

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!

See you soon!barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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