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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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Photo credit: January One (Cara Davis Conomos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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. I have been brainstorming how best to make this happen 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.

*  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 pre-order which will ship at the end of JULY>

  Pricing: 65.00

I am humbled by your support and love!!  Thank you!! And may the sock knitting force be with you.

 

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.

It’s a new yarn…

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Oh my goodness what a week. Do you ever have those weeks where nothing and I mean nothing turns out like you planned. I did this week. Well, actually let’s be real the late yarn shipment means this has been my reality for a while now. I just feel like this week upped the ante a bit.

I have finally sold the 2 huge storage pods that I bought the year of the first Sock Summit to store all the things we needed for that and also yarn. And as happens if you have a space things do come along to fill it. Easier to put things in the pods than decide what to do with them. Anyway long story short we do not need them anymore and I would like to have them not blocking my view on my wetland. So we are cleaning them out!

Oh my… such an undertaking, they are big pods. Yesterday we built a bonfire in the fire pit and burned leftover old RSC dyer’s notes and pattern pdf’s that we can’t sell. At first I felt sad as I watched all that work go up in smoke but then I had this wonderful moment where it felt like all of that wonderful color and knit energy and love was not boxed up in a pod but set free to fly away into the world to hopefully spark the imagination of some innocent soul who does not yet know the joy of knitting! So that’s what we did was set all of that creative and knit energy free. A beautiful thing really if you think about it!! We also roasted hot dogs for lunch and had s’mores, as ya do!

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So if you feel a little more knit energy in the air it was us!

LOOK!!!!!

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It’s a new yarn! Panda is the long lost cousin to our Woobu. A light and lovely 3 ply fingering-weight of a yarn with just enough bamboo to give us that silver hazey sheen we know and love so much! The addition of nylon adds a little strength and also some depth of color which I am enjoying. I was surprised at how lofty Panda is. I expected it to be a little more dense with not as much life to it but it has seriously surprised me. I can see Panda in all kinds of shawls, scarves and yes even sweaters! Also, I am so going to test it out as a sock yarn. We are offering Panda at an introductory price of 23.00.

Please let us know what you think and if you would like us to add this lovely yarn to our Blue Moon line-up. And who knows if we purchase enough maybe we can charm them into bringing back Woobu!

NOTE: There is no picture of Panda at the moment on the website. It would be the one you see here. We ran into some technical weirdness we are fixing.

Vancouver Shawl KAL!

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In keeping with putting good knit and yarn energy into the world no matter what Karen and I have decided that yes to a proper knit goodbye to our BFL Sport.

So…grab your yarn. In a few posts before this one you’ll find all of the info about our BFL Sport and Seduction yarn specials. You will also find color trio suggestions for this stunning shawl. I am so happy we are doing this. Celebrating the yarn itself ans one of my favorite ( and it turns out yours too) shawls designed by one of my favorite people!! Seriously could not be better. well of course unless BFL Sport was not going away. I guess that would make it better, wouldn’t it? Sigh.

Please oh please if you need color help ask me. I have had so much fun putting together trios for you. Send an email to info@ bluemoonfiberarts.com and put Vancouver Shawl in the subject line and then give me an idea of the color direction you want to go.

I feel a little sad for Seduction which is also a very nice yarn. I would feel a little left out if I was Seduction. So stay tuned. Hmm…

Have a great weekend.

on special: Seduction

Ah, knitters … we are so easily seduced by yarn, aren’t we?

In this case, it’s all in the name: Seduction is a glossy little temptress of a yarn, combining 50% merino for woolly softness with 50% Tencel for glorious sheen. It’s a combination that was bound to win you over… even before she was discounted at 20% off!

We’re sorry to see her go — but our loss could be your yarn collection’s gain. Time to let yourself be seduced by Seduction while there’s still some of her to go around!

Seduction is a true fingering-weight yarn, knitting up well in the 7 stitch per inch range and sporting 400 yards per skein. The gals in the dye barn would like you to know that the Tencel in here doesn’t fully absorb the dye, so you get some slightly muted hues — more than made up for by the shimmery gloss! So don’t expect these to be super-dark if you’re ordering a Raven or other black-based colorway. Like the Woobu of old, these will come up a bit lighter in tone on Seduction.

I got to play with my skein of “Lagoon” (I’m so into the greens lately!), and wanted to see what this glorious finewool/Tencel blend could bring to our projects.

Jagged Triangular Scarf SideFirst up, I wanted to find a pattern that helps y’all make the most of a skein or two. Michelle Krause’s ‘Jagged Triangular Scarf’ (free!) pattern has you weigh your skein before you begin, then start work at one edge and grow it towards the center. When you’ve used up half your yarn by weight (or perhaps just a smidge less), you start decreasing down to the other end! Clever. There’s lots of garter stitch here for easy knitting, and an 8-row increase-then-bind-off repeat that’s just enough to hold your interest through the long winter evenings ahead. This would make a fabulous little wardrobe boost for spring!

IMG_4040And as you can see, in Seduction it’s all kinds of glorious. I love the little petal-shaped edges, and the slipped-stitch selvages elevate garter stitch to an elegant new level.

But let’s say you want to take advantage of Seduction’s warm-weather properties: the Tencel that makes up half of this yarn is such a cool, smooth texture against the skin, it just begs to be knitted up by those of you in the Southern end of things! It also lends itself beautifully to lace and other openwork projects, since the Tencel will lay down so smoothly with blocking (while the Merino gives it the memory it needs to not bag out of shape).

CleverKnits’ ‘Bias’ pattern makes a scarf or shawl with a simple biased openwork pattern that’s a cinch to knit — and the designer gives you all the information you need to cast on more or fewer stitches to create the size you want (or your yarn allows).

IMG_4039I cast on 41 stitches to make the scarf size recommended, and am really enjoying the rhythm of the RS rows. (On the WS, you get what I call a ‘purl-side vacation’ — no pattern to memorize so you get to daydream a little!)

And if you weigh your skein before you start, then weigh it again after your 6-row garter-stitch edging before launching into the bias openwork stitch pattern, you’ll be able to make the absolute most of your skein(s) by stopping when you have just enough to knit that border again before binding off!

Warm-climate knitters, take note: Seduction could be your answer to handknit sock projects! A lot of knitters on Ravelry have used Seduction for warm-weather footwear, using patterns like Ann Budd’s ‘Seduction Socks’ and Cookie A’s ever-popular ‘Pomatomus’.

seductiontempestBEAUTYBut what’s got me hot to cast on Right!Now! is Ann Weaver’s ‘Tempest’ cardigan (from a ten-year-old issue of Knitty — ten years already!). There’s so much clever design in this pattern, I almost don’t know where to start. I love the two-color stripes, which let you play with Tina’s rich colorways in so many different combinations. But do you see what Ann’s done there at the waist? The stripes get narrower, giving the whole design an optical effect of hourglass that accentuates the waist in a flattering way — whether you feel like you have a waist or no!

I also love the dainty little buttons (14 of them!) that allow you to button this cardigan up strategically in the way that works best for you and your outfit. So much to love in one little cardi! And it’s knitted at a gauge of 20 sts =4″/10cm, so even though you’re using finer yarn, the knitting won’t take forever. Grab 2-3 skeins of each colorway in Seduction, and you’ll be sporting this hot little number come spring at your favorite neighborhood café!

No matter what size project you choose, you’ll enjoy the process of being seduced by Seduction. And when she’s gone, she’s gone, so get those orders in straight away!

Happy New Year and a Special Birthday!

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful, don’t forget to make some art ~ write or draw or build or sing or knit or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year you surprise yourself.

~ Neil Gaiman

I thought as a New Years message I would share with you the power of knitting and friendships.

January 1 is the beginning of the New Year a time most of us reflect on the past year. We look at what we have done or not done, what we have learned… and so on and then, we let go before we move on towards a new beginning (year). It’s really nice to have the chance for a fresh start that is marked by the New Year. Some of us do deep cleaning both externally and inside ourselves. With the best of intentions we make lists and promises and set goals.

Being of Irish descent one of the traditions I follow is the deep clean which really feels quite wonderful. Moving out all the bits and pieces of living that has collected through out the year that I don’t need. Making space for whatever comes my way in the upcoming year. There needs to be space for the fresh and new!

I also like to take time to reflect on the people in my life that I love and to make sure I have been a good friend to them and if there is anything I need to change to make sure they know and feel my love and support.

Which brings us to the other absolutely wonderful reason I look forward to and celebrate January 1st which is it’s my friend Cara aka @januaryone birthday.

I love Cara so much! She is such a wonderful human being and I feel so very lucky and honored to call her my friend. So celebrating her birthday seriously puts the icing on the cake that is January 1st!

Cara is one of those people where I just feel better knowing she is walking the planet along with me. Her being gives me strength and is all kinds of light and joyful. (She is going to red this and laugh but it is true Cara!)

Cara and I met years and years ago through….you guessed it! Knitting!! Socks that Rock to be specific. She was one of the first if not first people to join the sock club. I think maybe she was the first. So basically sock knitting and the Jaywalker sock pattern. Remember all those Jaywalkers we knit? Well I didn’t I was too busy dyeing the yarn. hehe

Cara and I have one of those friendships that stand the test of time. We gone from talking on the phone almost everyday to emails, texts, instagram love notes and chatting on the phone a few times a year. Every time I hear her voice on the phone it’s like no time at all has passed. It’s instant and wonderful!

There are quite a few big things in my life that she is a part of because of her support and love and…her willingness to talk and listen about color and yarn. There are not many people I feel I can really talk about color with that get it or me and Cara is one them and actually maybe the first. Cara is one of the bloggers that saved the sock club when the bank returned our $$ because they thought we were running a sock knitting scam.

I hope I have been at least half as good a friend as she has been to me!

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The picture here is of a tiara that I bought her for her birthday on in 2006. Yes, it has been that long!!

Cara, I love you so much and am so thrilled to celebrate your 49th birthday!! I am thinking we need to plan some color and knit craziness for 50 my friend. Maybe we should actually meet in real live person!!!

Love

tina

Color thoughts on the Vancouver Shawl in BFL Sport.

So…we’ve gotten a whole bunch of requests for some color combo ideas for the Vancouver Shawl  by Samantha Roshak that I posted about in our “bye bye BFL Sport” post on Saturday.

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So… here are some color thoughts and ideas!

First of all the three colors Sam used here are Manly Yes ( the MC Neutral)  and then two contrasting colors Saffron Jungle and My Blue Heaven. A stunning color combination!!

So what works best is a neutral-ish hue for the MC that will highlight the other two colorways.  I have a few pictures of one I put together this am but basically if you follow the neutral MC with contrasts CC you will be fine. the contrast can be in color as in blue and orange or can be in value or saturation.

I would not choose highly variegated colorways for this one or if you have your heart set on one for the 2 contrast then make sure the other contrast is a shaded solid so there is some balance.

Okay so here are a few I pulled off the dye skein sample wall.

In most of these ( #1,#3,#4,and #6) where there is a grey color I want that to be the MC . In #2 I want the MC to be Bittersweet and in #5 ~ I want the MC to be Once in a Blue Moon.

Okay now onto set #2

#6 MC is Bittersweet  , #7 MC Deep Unrelenting Grey, #8  I think you coud choose nay of these as the MC,

#9 MC Welcome to the Jungle, #10 MC Deep Unrelenting Grey, #11 MC either Deep Unrelenting Grey or Bittersweet, #12 MC is Green Wing please.

and our very last set.

Phew…

Oops looks like we misplaced #13 Oh well.

#14 MC Misty Day. Ok so I put Bittersweet in here because it’s what I have but other colors that would be awesome are Boysenberry or Cranberry Bogged!!

#15 MC Misty Day ,  #16 MC Smoke on Water,  #17 MC  Misty Day  Figgy Pudding be replace by Enchantress, Maroon 5,  Moontide  …

Okay … my friends I know we are missing blues and brighter hues, I used what I had on hand for photos. There is contrast ( a good amount)  in these trios, but not high contrast, so if you want something more let me know.  If there is nothing here that makes you happy email me. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

I will go through later and add trio choices just by colorway name.

Like…

Chana Masala, Manly Yes and Moontide

or

Maroon 5, Misty Day and Lake Crescent

or

Cranberry Bogged,  Everyday Grey and  Spruced or Electric Blue or a Yellow even…

Moldy Peaches, Bladderwrack on the Rocks and Blue is the New Black ( thank you Barbara)

or

Motley Hue, Maroon 5 and Magically Delicious

or

on special: BFL Sport and Seduction

Okay, so I do have a whole bunch to say, but I think I will write another post on New Year’s Eve with all of that in it.

Right now I would like to share a bit of a yarn love story with you. Yes…you will need a hanky! If you have been here with me for awhile you know I have a thing for longwools. I pretty much love everything about longwool breeds from their cute little faces framed with those long and lovely locks, to the stunning fiber and yarns that we create, and lastly all the knitwear we knitters make with them.

BFLFaceAs a spinner and yarn designer I love the silky smoothness as it slips through my fingers and twisted onto the bobbin. As a dyer… oh my, the saturation of hue you get with longwools in just stunning and the luminescence leaves this fiber fanatic weak in the knees. And then there is the knitting, crocheting and weaving of it!

I vividly remember the very first time I ever dyed a longwool fiber. Some lovely soul have gifted me with some Wensleydale top and locks. I think I had only been dyeing about a year or so at that point, so I was still learning a lot about dyeing different fiber types. I washed the locks and prepped my dye pot, and then when all was ready, I dumped them in. I could tell as soon as they hit the pot that they were different than the other fibers I had been dyeing. I stood there pretty much the whole time it took for the locks to absorb the color and exhaust the pot. I used a gold with some green flecks (‘Pond Scum’s great-grand color); I could see depths of shade I was not getting or seeing in some of the merinos I was dyeing. Which (I now know) is due to those larger scales that longwools have and the way those scales can reflect the light!

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So… fast forward a few years to when I have brought in Socks that Rock® and am considering another yarn base. Of course, I knew it had to be a longwool or some blend thereof. I was looking at and testing samples, but was not really thrilled with any of them — I was searching for a more rustic-looking yarn. And then I stumbled upon BFL SPORT and quite honestly it was love at first stitch.

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One of my most prized sweaters is knit our of BFL Sport by my friend Anna Zilboorg. I cherish it for many reasons ( Anna  knit it!!) but most definitely because of the yarn! Also a story for another time that I think I have not shared with you that I need to. 

So much loft our BFL SPORT has all the while also feeling seriously smooth and silky. I love the fabric it creates and was all set to have all the things knitted in it.  BFL SPORT has been part of the Blue Moon garment yarn line-up for longer than I can remember — at least 14 years. Which, in the life of a yarn base is quite a while. (You can feel where this is going now, can’t you?)

Yes, our lovely BFL SPORT is being discontinued. And yes it is very sad. It is being discontinued because it is not pulling its weight, meaning it does not sell as well as it used to or as we need it to. Making a yarn base from the sheep on up is timely and expensive (even more so these days). Which means if a yarn is not pulling its weight, then it needs to make way for one that will, to support the whole yarn-making and -selling chain.

Also one has to keep current with what the end user (knitter, crocheter, weaver) wants to use; and right now, that is pretty much only anything Merino and superwashed. I know there are those of us who love using other breeds and yarns that are not superwash-treated; but we are not in the majority right now.  Trends are one of the reasons a yarn is discontinued, but also it can be as simple as us not buying it up in the quantities it needs for the mill to keep spinning it.

In order to have a yarn base stick around it needs to be supported! Which means it needs designers to use it and knitters, crocheters and weavers to buy it and use and and talk about it and spread the word! So when you see one of us yarnies say a yarn is being shelved it is mostly because of usage. And you know, in the grand scheme of a growing and changing wool/yarn/knit industry there are changes that need to happen. Yarn-evolution!  I just think that I see a trend toward yarns that are easy care and homogenous — and that’s a trend I find concerning.

We are offering our wonderful BFL SPORT at a ‘goodbye and thank you for being wonderful’ discount while the supply lasts. So if you love this yarn, now is your chance  to stock up! Maybe we should have a “Tina’s Sweater” KAL to say goodbye to our BFL yarn friend.

I have changed the price of BFL SPORT  from  38.00 to $29.64

Seduction is also changed from 27.00 to $20.25

That means both are over 20% off!

We are also offering the same discount on our Seduction yarn for the same reason. I will be writing another blog post a little later in the week.

Below you will find all kinds of BFL SPORT love from Karen.

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Have you knitted with a luster longwool lately? There’s something truly special about the breeds of sheep that grow these long-staple fibers: Wensleydales, Cheviots, and Cotswolds can all trace their sheepy lineage back to the Leicesters. The Bluefaced Leicester grows the finest fleece of all the Leicesters, which means its fiber has a lustrous quality to it that almost makes it look like it’s been blended with silk. So you get all the benefit of woolly bounce with a sheen and shimmer that really sings!

BFL Sport hits that sweet spot between fingering- and DK-weights, and its lustrous loft means that you can knit all sorts of great patterns that would call for a fingering-weight knitted ‘open’ on larger needles – and that’s a huge range of great patterns these days!

Also, since Tina’s generous skeins clock in at a whopping 660+ yards each, you’ll only need one for a whole set of accessories, or two or three for a sweater. Throw in the discount, and you’ve got a 100% wool, breed-specific, hand-dyed unique garment for under or around $100! Win-win.

I did a few swatches just to see where this yummy yarn likes to live, gauge-wise. My little swatch friends were bouncy before blocking, and fluffy and well-behaved afterwards. My stitch gauge opened up just a bit, but my row gauge remained stable – all indications of a bouncy, reliable wool yarn. The washed swatches have a lovely fluffy halo to them – like a kitten, fresh out of the bath (minus the claw marks and drawn blood! swatching is SO much easier than bathing a cat!!).

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My fluffy little swatches were knitted in the colorway “Spruced”: bottom right was knitted on 3.5mm/US4 needles, and top left was knitted on 4mm/US6. Between these needle sizes, I’m getting fabric gauges from 23 to 21 stitches = 4″/10cm; perfect territory for all sorts of great garment patterns.

The fabric here has beautiful loft without being heavy, so we’ll be looking at patterns that don’t require a ton of drape. Instead, we’ll be looking for lightweight, wearable wonders to take advantage of BFL Sport’s next-to-skin-softness and slight silky sheen.
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The lightweight fluffiness of the swatch on the US6 had me thinking about Joji Locatelli’s “The Easy One” (right), originally written for Brooklyn Tweed Loft. For those of you who the lofty texture but would rather work with a worsted-spun yarn, BFL Sport would be a great candidate in this super-simple, sweatshirt-wearable design. And perhaps best of all, 2-4 skeins will cover sizes XS to 4XL!

No FrillsAt that same gauge (and similar simplicity), the “No Frills Cardigan” by PetiteKnit (left) would be a lightweight, three-season wonder! Knit from the top down with easy raglan shaping, you could be wearing this way before winter rolls over into spring. (Plus, who doesn’t love pockets? These set-in pockets look particularly enchanting.)

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Or, if a pert little cardigan is more what you’re after, “Waits” by Bristol Ivy (right) would take advantage of the firmer end of BFLS’ gauge range. Bouncy little garter-stitch edges would stay tidy wear after wear – this sweater would really hold its shape, and be super-packable because it would be so lightweight! Bust sizes from 37″ to 57″+ can be knitted from just 2–4 skeins of BFLS.

Want just a taste of BFL? Order up a single skein in that colorway that’s been driving you to distraction and whip up a “Boneyard Shawl” — STAT! (Awww — lookit that: Stephen West as a little lad, before his artsy Amsterdam reinvention!)

BoneyardGosh — now I’m even sorrier to see this lovely lustrous yarn friend go. Think I’ll order up a few skeins to make myself my own “Tina’s Sweater” — but in the meantime, I’ll be winding up my two skeins of “Spruced” to make my Waits cardigan … it’s been in the queue too long!

 

 

 

Okay I think that is good for now. I would like to say thank you and farewell to these two lovely yarns in a proper way with a KAL. So pick your pattern and stock up and we will set a date where we will all cast on and do a whole lotta sharing. Stay tuned for more details and Seduction pattern ideas. Karen is all escited about being the lead on this one!

Have a good weekend!