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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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Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quarterly

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!

 Hello!!
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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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!

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Out of the Hue

Look! It’s a Color Club!!

It’s about time right?! I mean we started the first ever sock knitting club which is still going strong 13 years later and and have run a spinning club for a few years and now have our very own School of Yarn.  We do not want color to think it is not important to us since  we are kind of color obsessed! In the best way of course!

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I have been wanting to do this for years now and just could not wrap my head around how I would structure it all in a way where it was super fun and educational. You know when a thing is so very important to you, like part of your essence important and you want to do right by it? Well that is what I think kept getting in my way of making this color-filled dream on mine a reality. And then there was that whole time thing.

I have been working with color and fiber for over 20 years now so I do think now is the time. Also I think we all might need some intensive color immersion therapy. I know I do!

We are going to have so very much fun. I am so excited!!

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As I say when I teach dye class, the only limit here is the one we put on ourselves and I plan on taking all limits off!!

So as you can see we are starting with color theory and then moving on from there to saturated color by color studies chocked as full of color wonder as we can!! Like…  the wave lengths of a color, how we perceive color, the psychology of color (how it makes us feel and why) history of color (pigments, dye both chemical and natural) and also it’s chemistry, social and cultural aspects, diversity, design, fashion, art and dyeing!

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Lots of color stories!!  We will take all of this info and play with it in relationship to what we do with yarn, fiber, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving and yes, even sewing!  There will  color play and experimenting!You will build your very own color stories.

Projects galore!

Oh and there will be puns. Hue just lends itself to puns.

We named our club Out of the Hue as a take on the saying Out of the Blue since we are Blue Moon Fiber Arts and I do love a good play on words! Also it’s a bit like pulling all of this joy out of the color universe!

Last Fall when we started the School of Yarn quite a few of you said if I ever did a color club you would be thrilled.  Here we are!!

“Each individual color is a universe unto itself.” Johannes Itten

If you have any questions please let me know!!

PS: The shipping weight and price is for all three shipments.

Yours in color!

Catching up!!

Okay it’s going to be a little hard, because I am over the moon excited but before I share all about our color club I am going to take care of a little order update business. Also there are some happenings that are just around the corner which is hard to believe but nonetheless true!

We got a little bogged down with orders and are doing our very best to get caught up which we almost are!! Thank you for your patience! As happens we had a mill order delay on our sock yarn which totally messes things up and stresses me out to no end! Added to that a bunch of my team were out sick, again.  I know… it does seem to be happening a lot.  I have a theory about this. Team Blue Moon is composed of a bunch of moms of young children right now. This is a new thing for many years  we were a team of women with grown children. Anyway I am thinking this explains the illnesses. I am probably over sharing here but I have been trying to figure out the why of all of the illness and wondering if maybe Columbia County had an issue of some sort. So  this is where we are. Where I believe we have fallen down on our usual good customer service is in communicating this to you and for that I apologize!! I am working on a new system where this is better.

I have noticed that some of your emails are not getting to us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com  and maybe orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I am looking into this. One of the other things things that happens is that in our order system we have a way to go into your order and email you from there if there is an issue. In the past this has worked just fine but I am of thinking that some of these are not getting through. So we are also trouble shooting this.

I just want you to know that you are so very important to us and I am trying to figure out some of this technical communication road blocks. I am by far not a techie so… . While I sort through this you can always reach out to me at tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

We shipped out a massive amount of yarn on Friday and the same will be true next week. Please know that I really appreciate your patience and feed back also!! You are why I do what I do!

Tits Collective yarn is part of what is shipping out!! We are still taking order if you want that colorway before the end of July! It is such a fun colorway to dye.Oh my goodness. I am spinning it too and it is so much fun to spin. So warm, bright and happy! Great color therapy spinning!

See….

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I am supposed to have a pound of this done by the end of Tour de Fleece but I do not thnk I am going to meet that goal. I am halfway there so… we’ll see.

For the 16 of you that are ever so patiently waiting for the Fair Isling on Blue Moon it is at the printers this coming week and the pdf is being formatted so.  Also lesson learned!! Check files yourself first!!! I am printing a bunch so once it is all done will put it back up for sale for those who are interested. All of this has given me an even more of an appreciation and respect for tech editors and layout. I am sorry this has been such a wait!

Around the corner is Stitches Midwest and the our annual Barn Sale and Dye Day!!!

The ever so lovely Theresa and Ron Miskin of The Bufflao Wool Company will have a bunch of our yarn. Here is the a link to the Market floor map so you can find them! They will have a bunch of new colorways that we do not even have up yet!! So if you are going be sure to stop by and say hi and check out the color, the yarn and  lovely samples!!

In the past 6 to8 months we have said a sad good bye to some of our LYS’s and also welcomed a few more to our team So do check out who and where our yarn is so you can see it in person and support these lovey yarn shops.

Wow that was quite a lot. I think I am going to put the color club info on the top banner so it will live there for awhile and also we can look at the lovely graphic that Maggie created for it!

I want you to know that I am so very grateful for each and everyone one of you and feel blessed that I can serve you in color and yarn. It has most definitely been a year of challenges.  I do see the light at the end of this tunnel so feel like we are just about over this hump. ( knock on wood)

Thank you all so very, very much for hanging in there with me!!  You are my rainbow!

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Short Run Special

Happy Saturday morning!!!

It’s a stunning day out already. The sun is peaking through the curtain and there is a lovely breeze which I hope lasts throughout the day, since I believe it is supposed to reach 95 today.

Today is my son and daughter-in-law’s 5th wedding anniversary!!! So we are celebrating which will be all kinds of fun. 5 years!! It feels like just yesterday that we were planning their wedding and at the same time like she has been part of our family forever!  So much love!!

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Aren’t they adorable!

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It has been a weird week here in Blue Moon land! You know those days where no matter which way you turn you are met with an obstacle? So for every step you try to take in order to do so you have to clear the pile of bricks in your way!! Yeah that.

Tuesday was madness. Went to bank where they were have trouble with their computer system so it took forever making me late for an appt. Went to USP where their computer system was down. Luckily I have a shipping system so I went back to Blue Moon and made the label and then later that afternoon took packages to PO where they were still having issues. Decided I should get gas since my tank was low and once filled it would not start. Yup!! New car too! It finally started and this is the 2nd time this has happened so I went right to Toyota where they said they needed to keep it. So they got me a rental or at least tried to. Twenty five minutes later after having no cars, then finding one (but not the key to go with it) and yet another computer issue and then a printer issue and wait there’s more, dropping the keys under the car ~ I left Broadway Toyota. I sat in the rental for a few seconds and decided I deserved a cool beverage. So went to McMennamins on 23rd and ordered my favorite cider and guess what? Yup they were out.

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Yeah! Now I know in the grand scheme of life (especially these days) that these are definitely first world problems and not life altering or damaging. It was pretty surreal though and towards then end just kind of hysterical!

I have my car back. They do not know what is wrong and want me to bring it back to them when the gas tank is low so they can go with me to see what happens. I kid you not!

Anyway that is how this week has been and finally I just decided to go with the flow because why fight it. Maybe mercury is like upside down retrograding or something.Whatever it is computer systems are not fairing well.

okay let’s talk yarn!

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Isn’t it pretty?!  It’s called TASY BOO!!  The TASY was the mills abbreviation for Tina’s Alpaca Sock Yarn. (60% Superwash Merino/30% Baby Alpaca/ 10% Nylon ) The Boo I have no idea about, maybe mill naming shenanigans which I totally get and am amused enough to keep the name.

Anyway… it’s quite a lovely yarn but just not one we want to introduce into our line-up right now so we are offering it to you as one of our summertime short runs! We probably have about 180 skeins so it will go pretty dang fast at 20.00 a skein!!  (and if you use your RSC discount even less than that).

It knits up as quite a lovely fabric at a DK weight so you can use it for garments, shawls, cowls… . Keep in mind though that the 30% Alpaca effects how the color looks. Alpaca mutes color a bit so a little lighter and dreamier is how I look at it. So very soft in feel and hue!

Okay onto some super fun knits.

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I was at Coastal Yarns at Canon Beach last weekend for a short visit and saw this stunning Rose Candy Cowl by Martina Behm in our A Total Eclipse of the Sun and Shadow. Look at those stripes!! Super sexy!! I love that design of this cowl anyway but especially with this lovely color.

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And look at this dynamic knit duo knit in our Plushy!! I think the colorway is Total Lunar Eclipse. I know I should know all my colorways on sight! I wish you could feel them. So flipping cozy!!

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho

Graham Hat by Jennifer Adams

 

Okay my lovely knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers… I am going to post this! Have a great weekend!

Be kind to yourselves and each other!

RSC members please remember your 20% moves to 15% on the 16th which is Monday!

Happy knitting!

creative activism #titsoutcollective

As I have said many, many times, one of my favorite things about my job is the community that surrounds the fiber industry, especially knitting, but truly the whole big ball of yarny folks!

I have been blessed enough to have experienced both the giving and receiving end of our creatively diverse and magnanimous group of fiber-obsessed humans. I’ve been a part of raising loads of money for Doctors Without Borders and organizing fun events where we broke a world record and just had a grand sock knitting good time. I watched over 2,000 of you re-sign up for our sock club when the merchant service company returned your money because they thought we were running a sock knitting scam. All of which happened because of the one-stitch-at-a-time tight-knit community that we are!! It’s a truly beautiful thing!

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So…when Countess Ablaze put out her call to action last week (I think it was last week. It’s all been a bit of a blur), I was thrilled to join ranks and add in my color voice to the over 250 dyers, designers and makers who are creating and donating and just being the colorful community we are. Also, how could I not be a part of something as wonderful as a #titsoutcollective ?

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If you do not know the whole story of behind “If I want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out” and “Shit Tea and Tray Bake” then you can read about it all on her blog. Basically, she created these two colors in response to misogyny and marginalization. And she donated a percentage of the sales to help and empower women.

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Recently it cane to her attention that one of our very own had taken liberties which her colorway. In response to this, Countess has asked all of us to create our very own version of  “If I want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out” using the colors she used but in our own style with our own creative spin on it.  We are all launching at the same time and donating to a charity of our choice.

I am a huge fan of the Countess’ whole ‘making lemonade out of lemons and then feeding the masses’ approach to these challenges! Taking the high road is not often the easiest path, but it is the most beneficial.  Also, at this point in time in our society, bringing people together in any way is a good thing!

A great big round of knitterly applause to Countess Ablaze for turning this whole copying thing right around with such a positive spin and outcome!!

So… my colorway take on all of this is: “If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out ” is: “You’ve Been BREASTED!”

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I made it big, bold and bright (as I like to do)! I wanted as saturated and bright as I could get without losing any of the colors! I love the orange in this!

We are offering our “You’ve Been Breasted” colorway in the following bases (All three bases of Sock that Rock, Super Sparkle, Featherlight, Plushy and Cloud 9) for the month of July (starting Sunday morning July 1st) and we are donating $5.00 per skein to RAICES  to help reunite children with their families. There’s a slight chance we might bring this colorway back for Breast Cancer Awareness month and donate then too but honestly I just don’t know.

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I seriously LOVE this colorway (that orange and hot pink)!!! I think we are going to knit a pair of titties with tassels for the Countess and send them off to her.

Okay, I have to sign off and go pick up Toni from the airport and start packing the car for Black Sheep!!  Yay!! So excited! Can’t wait to see you all.

Remember, Sock Club members, your discount changes on the 15th of July!

There is still room in the School of Yarn!!

Have a great weekend!

Happy Summer!!!

Summer Solstice was this week so it is officially summer which is great since it was in the 90’s here. So…

I feel like we have all kinds of fun planned this summer so I am just going to tell you all about it in this post in an attempt to get my head around it all.

As we have done the past few summers we will be running weekly specials so do keep an eye out for the newsletters because they will have that information in them.

Starting today Yaksi Fingering and La Luna Fingering are 15% off until June 31st.  The coupon code you need for that is: birmingham18

Why have we chose those 2 yarns to put on special??

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Photo Credit: Nona Davenport

Birmingham by Nona Davenport

A stunningly diverse cowl!! Brioche creates such a stunning fabric and a cozy one too. I am smitten with Nona’s design and will probably knit a solid one in Yaksi  and a 2 color in La Luna. Oh my goodness what colors would you choose? Doesn’t this look like a fun knit?!

Also it would fit right into the other summer fun we have planned that actually starts today!!!

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Yes!!! BINGO! Single Skein Bingo.

All the single skeins! All the single skeins!

We wanted a Summer knit-a-long that was a little different. A KAL that had some challenges and gave us a little project freedom but also had continuity. And of course it needs to be fun!! I think we hit all those markers! We will run specials all summer to coincide with our Bingo fun. Nona’s cowl would qualify for brioche, and if brioche is a new skill for you that one, if Nona i a new designer to you then there’s that one and the the high contrast one also! So much fun!!! And the prizes aren’t to shabby either! So check it out!!!

Click on this link for all of the details!   BMFA Single Skein Bingo

And…if you purchase yarn for this project during the next 5 days we are donating 10% of ALL sales to RAICES  (The Refugee & Immigration Center for Education & Legal Services)  

It might not seem like a lot but I am a firm believer in ever little bit helps! Whatever little bit we can do to help reunite these families.  Thank you!

 

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Who’s going to Black Sheep this year?  We are !!!! We have not been for the past 3 years and I am pretty excited!  You can tell by all of the exclamation points. My good buddy Toni (of THE FOLD ) will be there with me. We have are bringing loads of yarn and spinning fiber! So if you are going to be there do look us up!  We are booth: 05 & 06

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What is happening in our RAV group?!

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There is still plenty of time to join in the spinning fun that is Tour de Fleece!!

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Maggie also has a Stripe FLASH KAL going if you are into stripes and honestly who is not? Anything with stripes for heat to toe!!

So very much and quite honestly that is not all of it!  Blue Moon will be represented at Stitches Midwest. The ever delightful Ron and Theresa Miskin of The Buffalo Wool Company will have a whole bunch or our yarns!! Yay!

Okay I am going to sign off now so I can feed and walk the dog and prep for dye class tomorrow!

I’ll still have openings if you’d like to have a colorful good time and learn to dye yarn and work with color!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Rare Gems!!

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Rare Gems!!!

You know I can’t remember the last time we offered Rare Gems on the website.  So here we are with a little over 100 of them so if you want them I recommend ordering them sooner than later.

So…I have been playing with some neon colors and we will be adding them real soon. We’ve already put a few up, Peepers and Coral Bells to name a couple!

So one of the wonderful things about my job as dyer of fibers is seeing all of the colorways on the different bases. So when you order a colorway on one of our bases we have not seen it on it’s a bit like a birthday present. One of you brave and creative souls ordered out new neon Coral Bells on SilkMo. And OMG we all lost it over this. Maggie was hooked and so we dyed some for her to design something crazy fun with!

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Crazy right?!!  I am not a Coral fan but this? Holy Moly.  And seriously this picture does not do it justice. So very bright, like blindingly so.

I can’t wait to see what Maggie comes up with. I think we are going to put it with a fingering weight grey/green we are working on for Halloween!!

Our SilkMo is so wonderful. It’s soft and not itchy and is such a steal and 32.00 for almost 1600 yards. Crazy right?!!!

I’m gonna dye some in Peepers and see what I can come up with. Maybe we need a SilkMo design contest. Would you be game?

Okay so there are 2 wonderful MKALS that are coming up soonish both of which call for 3 skein color combo’s so of course we have come up with a few of our own! Thanks to those of you who requested we do this!

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Ysolda’s Gloamin-tide

You can order these by colorway in any of our fingering-weight bases. I recommend Featherlight and Soft Rock and Socks that Rock Lightweight.

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Another KAL that seems to have grabbed our attention is Marie Greene’s Beekeeper Cardigan 4 day knit a sweater challenge

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Photo Credits: Marie Greene

It’s super pretty. If you have yet to join this challenge and are looking for yarn may I recommend  our Silky Victoria and CAKE DK!!

Our lovey LYS’s  Eat Sleep Knit and Twisted Yarn Shop are both pretty well stock in these bases with lovely colors!! I am so excited to watch this challenge play out. A sweater in 4 days… .

Keep in mind that we still have both the Tour de Sock and Tour de Fleece going on!

Like I said last week… ALL the KALS!   Which have yo signed up for?!

On Monday we will be up to date with dyeing and shipping so order away and we will do our very best to get you your yarn for a timely cast-on!!!

There is still room and time to sing up for School of Yarn and learn all about the what and why of the yarns you are using!!!

Wow!!!

That is so very much knitting and I am kind of exhausted just talking about it.

Okay me dear, dear knitting friends have a lovely weekend!!

Also with all of the yarn stores and companies closing please do remember how important it is to support those stores and companies you love and depend on. we really are nothing without you!!

xoxo

PS: I almost forgot. Actually I did forget. Stitchin’ Post has the whole Marmalade Dreams color series in stock in soft rock!!!

Check it out!

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