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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!

 

New Color…and yarn things.

New Colors!!!

In honor of my current flock of chickens!! I have been wanting to create a colorway based on their eggs colors since they are so pretty. Last Spring thanks to Toni I now have Some Black Copper Marans . The Marans are the ones that they lay those deep red brown eggs that are so stunning!! I love them. And the hens themselves are just delightful. They are lovely and super friendly.

I am planning a fun special with these three beauties and a special pin to go with them so look for soon!

I have noticed that a fair amount of you are ordering yarn to knit  or crochet blankets so I am thinking we should do a summertime blanket along!! And ya know why?? Cause I seriously want to knit a chicken themed blanket with all of the chicken colorways and…I’m gonna need support. So maybe you would like to use some of your stash yarn to knit a blanky??

What do you think?

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A gradient blanket would be pretty too eh?? Ohhhhh …..wait a MOON blanket with all of the moon colorways or the ravens. Okay. I’m gonna need to give this a think.

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Out the Hue has shipped and the pdf’s will follow this evening!!

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School of Yarn Silk Road has also shipped and pdf’s to follow also. I seriously had fun making the special scrub to use while working with the hankies. The watercolor aspect of the color club was great fun also. I hope you all enjoy working with all of these tools as much as I did creating them!!

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Okay so do you see the difference between these two skeins of yarn? They are both BFL Sport. You see how one is plied looser than the other? Well they are from two differing lots from the mill. Lots are important not just in color but in yarns also and this is why. Especially when you are the dyer or the person ( knitting, crocheting and weaving ) it. Half way through our whole BFL special we got two different lots that were unmarked which makes our jobs seriously difficult. It’s one of the reasons getting all of this out to you took longer than anticipated. Also then the cost turns out to be more because of how labor intensive it becomes.

I’m not sharing this with you as a complaint but to educate as to what goes on for us hand dyers and small yarn companies and to the importance of lots!!!

Okay I am going to go run a few errands since I teach all day tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!!

Look for our Baawk Baawk Fun coming very soon!!

Our next full moon colorway is going to be PINK!

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Spring Fling SALE and La Luna LOVE!

SPRING FLING  (take the sting out of taxes) Stash Enhancement SALE!!

For 48 hourS: 20% off ALL yarns!!!

Coupon Code: springfling19  good now until Tuesday April 9th

Unless the powers that be have something up their sleeves that I am unaware of, we will be caught up on most of the things by the end of this coming week!! We shipped so much yarn out last week!!

And this week all of the Trio orders will be done and web caught up and the 2 clubs that we owe should be out by the end of the week. Yay!!!

So this SALE is a celebration of making it through all the drama that came our way over the past 8 months. Also, I am still working on buying a large stock of sock yarn so…. Stash enhance my dear knitting friends!!!

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It is our last weekend of our La Luna LOVE yarn appreciation Special and I have a few more thoughts and ideas to share with you.

One of the things I love about color and the dyeing of yarns that have silk blended in with the wool is how it takes the dye and displays the color. Because the silk is blended in with the wool the variation you see is subtle but it is still there. Often we won’t even notice it until we’ve knit with it. There is not a huge variation but enough to give the color a little extra depth which I think is way more interesting. Even if you dye it in one color  you are going to get some variation which means you won’t have a flat color but more of an alive interesting one.

And… if that were not enough. Since silk basically starts as a liquid it has that luminous reflective quality to it that is visually stimulating and adds yet another dimension to our color. Silk seriously is the gift that keeps on giving!! When you add in juts enough to utilize those qualities and at the same time supporting the Merino without taking any of it’s wonderfulness away well then, you have done your job!

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La Luna in my opinion is that perfect marriage of two fibers blend into one stellar yarn!!

In Wednesday I got a text from Karen with a pattern link in it. I get these texts quite often actually which is great otherwise there is just so much I would miss since I have made head in a dye pot most of the time. Now there’s an image!

The link was to the Olive Leaf Pullover by Ririko which is totally Karen’s type of knit and wear. As you can see it is a stunning pullover.

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I went to ravelry to check it out and kind of feel down the check out what’s new on rav rabbit hole. I found that there is also a Olive Leaf Cardigan by eri

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Don’t you just love the stitch pattern detail on these two beauties? The designers are friends who decided to take the same stitch patterns and then each design sweaters. So…Karen and I are going to follow there friends theme and she is going to know the pullover and I am going to try the cardigan. Right now we are debating colorways. We both want to use Bladderwrack ont he Rocks. Too funny!!!

I think I might go with this new grey I have been mulling over. We’ll see. So which would you knit and what color would you choose?

oh…before I forget the code is: lalunalove and is for 20% off any of the three weights of La Luna and is good until the 8th of April.

Okay I am off to work on the color club and School of Yarn and maybe take a walk.

Have a good weekend!!!

New Colors!!

Look!!! I made new colors! I know it’s been awhile since I have felt light enough to be color inspired. Getting caught up or close to it certainly helps. I am pretty excited about these.

I was really inspired by this months Super Worm Moon and not in a way I would’ve predicted. I actually was quite stumped as to translate a worm moon into a colorway for yarn and then add the fact that is was a super worm moon. So much pressure!! I think I got it though. The light purple with the brown and gold and then that dark blue black giving it that bruiser of a look. I am pretty smitten with this one. Which I think kind spiraled and reawakened my color mojo. I even created tow new colors to go with out Super Worm Moon to make another Moon Trio.  I don’t think you can see it from this picture but the Grounded colorway has streaks of that purple all throughout those browns and golds and then on the lighter end a more light purple skein (Andalusite) with those golds and browns streaked through it.

 

As much as I love my full moon wormy earthy hues. I think my favorite of this bunch is Pickled Eggs! My grandmother Winnie always had a jar or two of eggs pickling. She kept them on the attic stairs. They were bright and happy and absolutely delicious. She used beet juice in her picking so they were super bright and a little spicy (cayenne). They looked a lot like these beauties.

I know my skeins are a little pinker then the eggs in this picture but my grans were super pink so I went with what I my visual memory has and my taste buds too. Winnie like her cayenne. My hens are laying like crazy so maybe I need to make up a batch of pickled eggs. Yum!!!

And since I had the hot bright pink out I decided to play with some black and aqua and bam we have Chasing Flamingos which one of our facebook followers named. Such a great name! So thanks for the great name Sophia.

Which brings us to the Delta Blues. And again Winnie plays a small part in this one. Been missing my grandmother so I guess I am channeling her through color which she would love! I am working a lot more on layering colors to creating more complex hues with depth and surprises that you might only see once you start knitting. Grounded most definitely has some crazy layering of color ~ browns, gold, orange and purple. I know! Do you know how much purple and brown love each other?  So… much.

Which bring us to our last new colorway of the weekend Empyreal which means: of or relating to the sky or heavens ~ celestial. Our Cara named it since it is a colorway I made just for her and this crazy cool and stunning design she has been working on. If you have not seen it you are going to love it and be seriously impressed. She uses Socks that Rock Lightweight in Enchanted Forest and Empyreal. When Cara asked me to create this color she told me she wanted Enchanted Forest for the  forest canopy and then she needed that sky that we see through it. I love Cara quite a bit so I thought long and hard about what it needed to be. I am glad I did not rush the process because we are bot so very happy with how it all turned out and I so love the name she chose since it embodies what we were trying to create and is the perfect match for Enchanted Forest!! The pattern is called Sussurate and at this point in it’s creative life it is with the tech editor and test knitters.

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Are ya ready??? It’s amazing! I love it so very much and am so proud of my friend for designing her vision in stitches and in brioche no less!

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So much color!! It must be Spring!

Okay so a little news. We made serious headway this week and see light at the end of this tunnel so thank you so very very much for hanging in there with us.

We are almost done with all of the BFL Sport and and both sock club shipments. Dyeing all of that BFL was quite a job since they are 8 ounce skeins. Holy moly!! We are working on web orders and Our of the Hue color club along with our LYS orders.

If you have been waiting to purchase Seduction and Panda now is your time for on Monday we will be saying goodbye to both of these yarns. We are also just about out of BFL SPORT so that will also be coming down. Thank you all so very much for helping us give this yarn the send off it deserved. I can honestly say that other then when we were all knitting the Traveling Sweater with Woobu have we had such a successful garment yarn special. It has left me wondering if it was a combination of the pricing special and that the yarn was leaving or just that the yarn was leaving. I am on a mission to make sure we do not loose anymore of our beloved yarns so I am going to be more proactive in making sure we support them so the mill will keep making them for us. I will need you help so stay tuned my fiber loving friends.

Okay so I am posting this blog post and some of the new colorways are not quite up yet. That’s my next job.

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Super Worm Moon over Mt Hood!

even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone.  your light is extraordinary.

~ reminder

nayyirah.waheed

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 your light is extraordinary!

PS: In honor of our last super moon of the year we are offering all three of our La Luna yarns at 20% off for the next 4 days!

Code: lalunalove

Sock that Rock*STAR Sponsorship

 

We are grateful for your constant support in choosing Socks that Rock as your sock knitting yarn of choice which warms our hearts with gratitude!
You all are rock stars in our book!! We could use your help! By becoming a sponsor you officially become a Socks that Rock*STAR!

 

As most of you are aware over the past year we’ve dealt with massive yarn delays with pretty much all of our suppliers with the most serious being the latest fiasco with our Socks that Rock. Blue Moon has experienced some amazing love and support from our very loyal and supportive knitters during this time.
You all have been extremely patient, understanding and kind during what has been one of the most trying times Blue Moon has experienced. Right up there with the whole sock club and bank returning everyone’s money kind of stressful. We consider ourselves lucky and grateful that you are our knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers… .
Since it’s obvious our industry is changing ~ mills are closing and wool supplies are in question ~ we are looking to problem-solve this issue. In order to assure that we are not in this position again Blue Moon is going to purchase a very large inventory of Socks that Rock in all of the weights. Doing so not only gives us a stockpile but also stimulates the mill to produce more consistently. It also covers us for any more mill errors. Of course in order make this happen it takes quite a bit of funds. I have been brainstorming how best to raise these funds besides going into debt or raising prices which brings us here, our community and an idea ~ Socks that Rock STAR Sponsorship.

One of the hardest things for me in life is asking for help which is odd since I love to help, you would think they go hand and hand and yet.  What I know is that the almost 20 yrs of being Blue Moon we have created and been part of a wonderful community of fiber loving folk that have often left me speechless by the love and support shared.  So based on my experience of this stunning community, what I know and what I have seen, heard and felt recently of how much we all love Socks that Rock and how sad we all are when it is not readily and consistently available, here’s my idea. I am asking you to help Blue Moon gain control over our beloved sock yarn which assures it will always be here when we all want it and at a price we can afford.

I know the power we all are together. I have been so lucky and blessed with our community.  I saw it first hand years ago after the bank returned everyone’s money for the sock club because they thought we were running a sock knitting scam. I saw it, heard it and felt it when everyone signed back up and showed up at all of our shows for over a year with cash. One of the most loving and humbling experiences of my life.  So… my dear yarn loving friends let’s stock pile some yarn! Hmm…maybe I need to keep one of the pods.

  Sponsorship:
Besides your constant support in choosing Socks that Rock as your sock knitting yarn of choice which warms our hearts with gratitude!
You all are rock stars in our book!! By becoming a sponsor you officially become a Socks that Rock*STAR!
What you will receive for your sponsorship funds.

*  1 skein of Socks that Rock in a one time very special Socks that Rock STAR colorway!
*  A cool and creative pin that tells all  the world of your Sock that Rock STAR status.
*  A sticker with catchy slogan on it that you can put wherever you sock knitting heart desires.

   * Your name on a Sponsorship Socks that Rock STAR page on the website & a button to put on social media that shows you are a Socks that Rock*STAR sponsor.
* Our un-dyeing gratitude! Seriously!!!

Your Socks that Rock STAR sponsorship is a fundraising pre-order which will ship in the beginning of June that way you will have the yarn from the lot you are supporting!!!

  Pricing: 65.00

I am humbled by your support and love!!  Thank you.

If you want to be more involved check out my Blue Moon Patreon page.

New Color!!

I know…it has been awhile since I have added new colorways but it is past time so here we are. There are a few reasons for the lack of new hue. One is that since so many of you are so very patiently waiting on yarn I just felt like it was maybe a bit inappropriate. I know… I think that one might be me. A few of you have assured me that it is.

Another more practical reason has been that the stress of all of that has left me not real inspired to create new color until recently. And yet another practical reason was the loss of my web techie. I have decided to add the website upkeep to my job list and that is a pretty big learning curve for me (huge!!!) . Anyway I did it!!! Be impressed.  Also if you catch any errors and we all know there will be some please do be gentle!

Learning new things is good especially ones that are maybe not in our usual wheelhouse. It’s good for the brain at least that is what I am going with right now. Anyway I am adding new colors this weekend as fast as I can. I might now get them up in all of the bases right away so if you see one and it is not offered in the base you want let us know.

A lot of these new colors are moon related. I am determined to create a colorway for each of the months this year and so far so good. I have to say that so far in all of my moon hue creations the hardest one so far is the one I just did ~ February’s Snow Moon. I mean lots of white and sky color was not sounding too special to me but then I came across a picture on the full moon over snow and the reflection of the sky onto the snow and that really spoke to me so that is what I have done with this colorway. One side of the skein mirrors the other one but is the lighter reflection of the sky. I think it’s really pretty and can’t wait to see how it knits up! I hope you like it.

What should we do with all of these moon themed colors? A moon blanket maybe? Would love yo hear what you think.

Okay so a bit of a catch up on our dyeing and shipping.

As I said last week we are doing our best to keep everyone happy since the sock yarn is such a part of all that we do. Because the yarn is walking in at one of the busiest times of the year I am going to say this is super challenging. Please please know we are doing our very best to get your yarn to you!

For those of you that have taken advantage of our specials for stash enhancement we so appreciate your emails letting us know that you are not in a hurry!

I know we have pushed back the Vancouver Shawl KAL until the end of February I think we need to move it into March. I really want to do it justice and have it be fun for us all. It’s so very special!! I truly did not expect so many people to order so much!! So thank you for that.  I think we need to figure out ways to make this an ongoing thing for bases we love so they do not go away!! Karen will be here this evening and we will talk about a new date!

Team Blue Moon did loose most of last week due to the massive amount of snow we got and then two inches of rain on top of it in a very small window of time. We are still dealing with high water and mudslide issues. Which of course effects our timeline both in being here to work and holding up shipments we are expecting in and trying to get out. I’m gonna tell you it has been a bit scary. I have lived out here for 20 years I have not experienced anything like what we saw here last week. Almost all roads had running water on them. We still have places that are closed and the USPS and UPS is not delivering to. Yeah it is a lot.

One last thing before I get back to adding color.

I am sure most of you have heard that one of our oldest US mills is closing. Jagger is closing down a large portion of it’s production. Scaling down quite a bit and out sourcing Jagger Spun. You can read all about it here. Jagger has made a bunch of our yarns including Tigger. I have quite bit of info and thoughts about this to share with you but this post is already pretty long so I will sometime this week. It’s quite sad this one.

Okay I am going to continue to add in these lovely hues. And dream up some more new ones. What would you like to see? Any new colors you would like to see from me? I’m also going to put of some of our more Spring colorways. I do not know about you all but I sure am ready for some Spring.

Diversity and shipping updates.

Yarn is here and still arriving!!

Until the we opened the first box of Socks that Rock®, I did not realize how much Team Blue Moon and I had been holding our collective breaths. And fair – it’s been a long time coming; and it is not only our bread-and-butter yarn but basically our BFF yarn.

Once we had the bin filled with skeins, I wanted to crawl in and take a nap in it. I have not slept very well while all of this has been going down. It’s been stressful!

Anyway… we are dyeing  and processing it as fast as we can.  And there are quite a few of you waiting, so we will be balancing all of that so we can keep everyone happy. We have Sock Club, Color Club, online orders, wholesale orders, School of Yarn, MKAL orders, Trios, BFL Sport send-off … all waiting on this yummy stuff. And because the powers that be are seriously perverse, of course it is supposed to snow this week. Yeah!! As we have said all through this little yarn drama of ours we appreciate you patience and support! We do have the best knitters and crocheters and weavers and spinners and… we know it!!

If you are waiting on an order and you have a deadline please do let us know. We seriously are doing our very best to get everyone their yarn.

I also want to take a moment to thank everyone who has shown the BFL Sport some love!! We have hundreds of orders for it and are diligently working on them. Based on the amounts that are still coming in and what we have yet to dye and ship (along with the late sock yarn), I think we need to push back the Vancouver KAL back a bit. So in order to ensure that everyone has their yarn before the official start, I would like to move it to the last week in February.

It turns out we have one more yarn for which this will be its last season: our Targhee Bulky is not selling as well as the mill would like it to move. I know… I have no words. I do think all of this is a lesson in supporting the yarns you love as well as also diversity in wool and yarns. We are seeing more and more breed-specific wool out there on the market, which is great and exciting, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of superwashed Merino yarns out there right now. Diversity is so important in wool (and in life)! Now, I sell Merino yarns that are superwashed, and they have their place, but they are not all there is. I feel like it would be a shame to limit ourselves to just using those yarns; we miss out on so much when we limit our world.

Sorry– I do not mean to be so preachy, but I am just a bit disheartened by the narrow vision in wool, yarn, and life right now.

I have not said a lot on social media about the very important discussion and work going on in the fiber community about racism, inclusion, diversity and white privilege. I have not said anything because I was listening, learning and considering. I was looking within myself at my own whiteness and the privilege that has come with that. My silence has more to do with my own personal struggles over the last year than anything else. I am not saying this as an excuse; just sharing where I am. Honestly, I also did not just want to just put words out there but wanted to think about my place and how Blue Moon could be more inclusive in action.

As a white woman over 60 who has lived with the privileges that come with this status, I want to say that I (and therefore Blue Moon) not only supports diversity but celebrates it! We will do whatever work we need to do to be more sensitive and inclusive to BIPOC  fiber artists in our community and the world at large. I am disheartened by the hate and intolerance in the world and I think it is so important to work together for greater understanding. All people ~ no matter what color your skin is or where you are from or how you identify or how old you are or abled or your sexually orientation ~ you are welcomed here!

I want to acknowledge and thank all of the brave BIPOC  knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, dyers, designers… who have stood up and spoken out, sharing themselves and their stories and being so very patient and kind. I am sure it has not been easy and I appreciate you and the work you are leading this community to do.

Thank you!!  I have heard and am listening. I will speak up when I witness racial injustice and will be looking for it in myself.

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Blue Moon is looking for design partnerships for the next few years in knitting, crochet, weaving and spinning. If you are interested in working with us please contact me at tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com. (Please be patient with replies, though – I am buried right now so it might take me a few days to get back to you.)

It is going to snow. Dang it! So I need to wrap up this blog post and get busy with yarn.

We are offering Targhee Bulky at a special price. 20% off it’s regular price.   You will need a code and that code is TGB19

Please know that right now orders placed will take a bit longer than normal for us to process so if you have a deadline please do let us know.

oh and I almost forgot. We found more yarn for the Mystery bags so there are up for sale. Last pod is empty so I am pretty sure this is going to be it for these. I know I said that last time so…who knows!

Stay safe and warm.