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Color dreams do come true!!

Introducing Marmalade Dreams!! Valor Wells, stunning Spring Summer Collection

and also… the collaboration between her and Blue Moon to introduce yarns that have been dyed to match her palette and pattern design!!!!

 

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So… I have been dreaming for awhile (years) of creating color schemes based of fabric designer launches. There are so many fabric designers whose work I love and respect. I have always thought that dyeing yarn to within the palette and pattern scheme would be a great cross platform design opportunity for us knitters, crocheters, weavers, quilters and sewists.  There just seemed to me to be such a rich and varied canvas to work within. I mentioned this idea of mine in February of this year to the oh so talented Valori Wells ( such a creative and talented designer) in Sisters Oregon ( yes, THAT Valori Wells!!! )

 

 

Anyway she was as over the moon about this concept as I was and it was something she had also dreamed of.

Creative dreamers do find each other!

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Anyway this Spring and this lovely collection mark her 40th collection!! I know…amazing! I am thrilled to be working with Valori on this project. It is still a work- in -progress. We are swatching and adjusting color, naming them and all the good things!  Valori will have it for sale at her store Stitchin’ Post in Sisters Oregon. If you are one of my yarns stores you can purchase these and we will most likely also be selling it! We will be at Quilt Market in May here in Portland with it! Yay!!!!

Okay stay tuned, there will be so very much more!

I need to post this an go feed the dog or she is going to burst something and then I am going to have to clean it up.

Valori I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity to work with you!

Truly a dream come true!!

Also I feel like I have made a lifelong friend which I so cherish!

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May the Fourth Be With You!

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I am a HUGE Star Wars fan, nerd, geek, freak…whatever you want to call it. So this is one of my days! And add in the May release of the new movie that looks to be packed with all kinds of wonder. I’m so excited. Solo!!!! Seriously!!!  Okay so with all of this love it’s quite amazing that I do not have one Star Wars colorway, not a one my friends. What is with that. I think my love is so huge I’m a little afraid of not doing it justice and letting my Star War heroes down… maybe? I going with that, it feels right.  Obviously this needs to be rectified and equally as obvious is that I’m going to need some help. So my knitterly  friends who are maybe as Star War obsessed ( you know you are) as I am ~ let’s do this.

Please in the comments section here share with me one of your fav Star Wars movies, moments, heroes, villans….anything goes. I will need a description that shares what speaks to you so I can capture that in color with yarn. I would like to release these before the movie comes out so… we do not have a whole lot of time. ( I do not have a whole lot of time.) Actually…I just remembered I have done a Vader colorway! We will not discuss that this is the only one I have done. It says nothing about me at all! ( lol) It was for Eat Sleep Knit.  Anyway… .

Please share. If I pick yours to create you will get a skein of what we come up with together!! Yay!! I have a full dye staff now so this will happen!!! If you do not want to comment you can send me an email at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. Please title it Star Wars in the subject line of the email. Thanks for your creative input! I so appreciate it! I do love creating color together. If we could get these in by Wednesday of htis coming week that would be all kinds of awesome!

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Maryland Sheep and Wool is upon us. Who is going?? I so wish I was. One of these days! I have been getting photos of the booth all day. The Buffalo Wool Co and Toni have done an amazing job setting everything us an making the yarn we dyed look beautiful!!

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I could NOT love this more!! Toni and Ron and Theresa are some of the best people I know. So generous and kind and funny and kinda sassy and…the list goes on and on. What a power trio!! I am a lucky dyer indeed!

We sent so much wonderful yarn! I hope everyone has a wonderful show and all kinds of sheepy fun!

A few other tidbits!!

Price increase on the following as of next Friday May 11th.

Targhee Worsted:  36.00
Targhee Bulky:      36.00
Super Sparkle:       25.00
Tigger:                     25.00
Single Silk Targhee:   36.00
Super Targhee          30.00

RSC: My dear notorious friends if you have not downloaded or accessed your pattern from RAV you patter if you could please do so soon. We noticed that there was some browser issues with Firefox. I just downloaded it and  then hit the link and it all worked fine. Of course you can also use another browser.

School of Yarn: We have had some internet issues this week. Thank you Century Link. Don’t even get me started on this.  Anyway most of them shipped this week the rest will ship early nest week and you should all have your pdf’s!! Oh Silkworm!

I will be at Stash  on Corvalis next Saturday the 12th from noon until 4 with a small pop-up and some samples and my very opinionated self. I would LOVE to see you! Please come by and hang out and see what we are up to. If you have knits to share I would LOVE to see them!

Check out the top scroll bar for my not-so-secret anymore project I have been working on with oh, so creative and lovely Valori Wells!

Both of our beloved Blue Moon team goddesses Karen Alfke and Maggie Baird have birthdays this weekend! Maggie’s is today and Karen’s is on Sunday!!  Happiest of birthday dear lovely friends!!!

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Happy Birthday ladies!!! All love!!

Bye Bye April ….

Happy Saturday!! I was so glad to see this weekend. It was a full and seriously productive week and I am a wee bit tired!

Ron and Theresa have all the yarn we dyed for Maryland Sheep and Wool and will be heading that way on Monday!

We’ve sent some serious color and fiber goodness for you! All of our new colors in Socks that Rock Medium-weight and our new and exciting new base Soft Rock!! Soft Rock is a 2 ply light fingering weight using the same base that we make our Sock that Rock yarns out of. We wanted a lighter yarn with same STR fiber goodness for our shawls, cowls, hats, wraps and such. It has that elasticity that we love in our Socks that Rock with a lighter hand! I’m in love. This is our first batch, so… it is not huge. Because of this  we have a limited number of skeins so we’ve chosen carefully how we are introducing it to the knit world! Since Maryland Sheep and Wool was one of the first places we introduced Socks that Rock I thought what better place have our Soft Rock make it’s entry!

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Our Maryland Rainbow Sheep colorway!! Be sure to get to the Buffalo Wool Co booth early to get one of these lovelies! We also made some fun colorways celebrating our new partnership with Ron and Theresa so look for those! Even Cowgirls get the Blues and Buffalo Blue and then of course the dyeing we did on 2 of their lovely yarns, Tracks and Prairie celebrating two strong women in history. Wild Horse Annie and Dr Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Here is the Map that shows you where The Buffalo Wool Co. booth!

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Bye Bye April  Lu Luna Special!!

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What better way to usher out April and welcome May than with a special. Until May 1st we are offering our 3 weights of lovely lovely La Luna at 15 % off. Coupon Code is: byebyeapril18

The shawl pictured above is: Londoner by Justina Lorkowski in our La Luna Lace using our Rooky Fledge colorway

If you have not seen our new Fadient kits check them out! Ia m so thrilled with these!

Well the sun just came out so I am going to go for a walk before the rain sets in. Have a great weekend my lovely knitting friends!

Oh and to all of you that supported your LYS last weekend thank you. It was great to see so many of you at Twisted!

 

Support Your Local Yarn Store!!

Support Your Local Yarn Store!!

Please join us on Saturday April 21 at Twisted for all kinds of fiber goodness!  Jared Flood and I will both be there with yarn chats about sustainability, commuKnitty and why our local yarns stores are so crucial to us all!

It all starts around 1:30 .

Check out the Twisted website for more details!

As you can see we have a very special colorway to honor and celebrate our LYS’s!

We are also soft launching a new yarn base ~ Soft Rock!

Soft Rock is a  2 ply light fingering weight  version of our beloved Socks that Rock.                                             I wanted a yarn that was as wonderful but a little lighter with a little less of a twist for shawls and such. A bit of a Socks that Rock but not for socks. I love Soft Rock a whole lot and I think you will too. We will also be introducing it at Maryland Sheep and Wool so if you are there be sure to grab a skein!

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New colors… and a few Fadients!

New colors are up!!!

And…not even all of them are yet.  I’ve got a few more that we will add in the next few weeks here and there.  I’m in one of those super inspired and creative places where it’s just pouring our of me. I have a few series I am working on, a collaboration with a fabric designer, special colors for special events and a few new techniques I am playing with.  I am having a blast!!

Okay so here are the new ones. They are mostly speckled or watercolor droplet type colorways. I am pretty smitten with a few of these but the ones that are making me so happy I can barely contain myself are additions to the Heckley Speckley theme!! I know!!!!!!!! So exciting.

I love Heckley Speckley as deep and obsessively as I do Pond Scum. It does tend towards the scummier side of color which is my happy place. So I decided to play more in this speckley scummy end of color. Also I get so very many requests for fades/gradients using my beloved scummy friend I decided what the heckley (lol)  I’ll just make one. So I did!!

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From the dark end to the lighter end we have:  Smoke on the Water ~ Scumberry Pie ~ Heckle & Jeckle Heckley Speckley and Heckle the Jekyll!

And I could not love it more!!! Seriously possessed! I want to knit all the faded patterns out there in this one. What I think I will do though is knit Joji’s new KAL Fading Point. It’s big which means I can wrap myself up all cozy in Heckley Speckley scummy goodness.

I have also put together a few more fade groupings and am working a couple more. If you you have any fade withes let me know. We are calling them FADIENTS!

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Dark to light we have: Ultra-Violet ~ Romancing the Stone ~ Love Shack ~ Dragonfruit Loops and Artic Puffin

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Smoke on the Water ~ Hoodoo Voodoo ~ Mardi Gras ~ I Made it to 60 Bitches and Elixir of Love

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Green Wing ~ Sweet Dreams ~ Kikki’s Aurora ~ Oola Pikka  and Dream Walker

I also really like this one with Smoke on the Water as the darkest colorway!

You can order these groupings in any base you want for whatever fading you are planning on knitting by colorway. We are planning at some point in the near future to offer them as actual Fadient Kits but are still working on the specifics and the tech end for the website.

So next Saturday is  Support Your Local Yarn Store Day!

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I will be at Twisted most of the day! I will bring a special colorway!

Emily will have door prizes. Both Emily will be giving talks about our knit community.  I sharing stories of my experience of our close-knit community and the important role my LYS  played in my life! Come share your stories with us!! Stay tuned for time!!

 

Springing forward

Every night before I go to bed I make sure all the cats are in. My Phoebe is a very free spirit and likes to spend most of days outside. Since I live where she can do that safely I let her. So I open the door last night and am met with a joyful chorus of singing frogs from my pond. I have been waiting for this moment because it usually signals warmer temps and more signs of Spring. Also I just love the sound which is great because it gets super loud once they all get going and pretty much goes until til mid June when it quiets down quite a bit.

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Oh and looks like we’ll have ducklings too!

 

Other signs of approaching Springness is that our neighborhood owls start their whole mating ritual which is pretty loud and seriously frightened me the first time I saw and heard it. Lots of swooping and hooting (is it hooting?)

Mama deer is huge so I would imagine that very soon we will have little babies hopping around the back yard.

It is such a gift to live on a piece of land for a length of time, where one gets to watch the seasons change and get to all the little signs of each shift. I have been here for almost 20 years which is kind of hard to believe but nonetheless true. I love that I know all the other critters that I share this space with and am happy for their company. I find it ever so comforting and peaceful most of the time. The ravens have been especially vocal right now and are having a bit of a field day taunting the cats.

Anyway it is a little cold this morning but so very sunny. I think my cough is well enough that once it warms up a little, and I am done writing you, I could spend a little time in the sun absorbing some good ol’ Vitamin D.

I have some very exciting news which if you get our newsletter you already know. Our beloved Targhee Worsted is back in stock!!!! I am so very very happy.  That was a long three months. Also one thing to have this happen during spring or summer but right at peak sweater knitting time! Anyway…I a planning away.

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I feel like we should have a celebratory KAL!  Sounds like a good idea right? What do you think we should do? Choose a pattern we all knit or everyone choose their own pattern?? There are several new sweater patterns out right now that I am loving.  Hmm…

You know I have gotten quite a few emails from School of Yarn folks wanting some sweater knitting hand holding. Maybe we chooses an interesting yes basic pattern and do a KAL on the RAV group with Karen and Maggie as leads ( I have not mentioned this to them yet. ;0) ) .

Thoughts??

We are super busy playing catch up on orders. I feel like we have been doing this for awhile. I have been running Blue Moon for 18 years now and never have I experienced a season with so much illness. I got back from Stitches and both Maggie and I were sick.So 2 of of us down and out.  I have bronchitis cause it what happens every time I get a chest cold thanks to the side effects of the radiation treatment I went through for the breast cancer.

We sent out a few emails about this. If you have a knit deadline and need your order pronto please let us know. We will do out best to move it along.

I am truly sorry about the delays. It is not how I like things to run.  I love making knitters happy so this is super stressful. Please know we are doing out very best to get caught up!

We shipped School of Yarn yesterday and will have the pdf’s up early next week. We are considering making Semester #3 and every other month kind of thing. I think it is hard for us and you also to keep up with the whole once a month goal.

Sock Club ships out at the end of this month. We had quite a few computer glitches this year for some odd reason. I think we have most of them worked through.

We will be closing down sign-ups after the March shipment! So if you want to join the fun please sign up soon.

I was working on a Spring palette and some new themed colorways before the crud hit so will be getting back to those. If you have any color dreams let me know.

To all of you that supported the Rose City Yarn Crawl a big thanks!!!  Our local yarn stores are integral to our knit-community and they need our constant support as much as we need theirs.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

PS: I am still looking for another dyer. If you are interested let me know! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

 

inspiration monday: springing into color(s)

Hi gang!

Phew – what a whirlwind few weeks these have been! We’re deep in the throes of Knitting Get-Together Season, what with Madrona Fiber Arts and Stitches West and Hill Country Weavers retreat and and…

Are y’all getting your yarn on?

I don’t know about you, but one of the highlights for me of attending big knitterly events like these is watching the glorous handknits sashay by. (Ya can’t help but sashay in a great handknit. Fact.)

It was all I could do as I stood in the Blue Moon booth in the Stitches West marketplace not to pounce upon all of you as you walked by in your sweaters and shawls and cardigans and scarves… I might have remembered (mostly) to ask for permission to give y’all my “knitter’s handshake”: a gentle petting of the sleeve/shawl with a bit of ‘ooh’ing and ‘aah’ing.

SO MANY pretty handknits!

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Such. Glorious. Fabric.

So now I want to knit pretty much with nothing else, ever.…

There’s something so compelling about what the oatmeal-colored base of Yaksi does to Tina’s colorways – it’s alchemy of the best sort. So all this is doing is taking my love of Ochroid, Chana Masala, and Antiquated System and fueling the flames.

I mean, I’d already played with putting them together in my Morphology cowl, so I should be moving on, right?

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Nope, nope, and nope. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Wega by Sandra Kaufmann – sampled in a great set of colors perfectly attuned to the ochre-plus-greyish-blue theme my eyes are already in love with:

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That colorwork, moving effortlessly across the torso and arms! The rounded hem, so flattering for so many of us! That bold motif with the delicate peerie above it! le swoon.

My queue is basically in disarray after the inspiration overload of the past few weeks. And to add to the craziness, Miss Maggie and I were crushing so hard on the Breathing Space sample we had in the booth that we might have committed to a Breathing Space KAL coming up (just as soon as I can commit to colors). The Gaea Fingering is soooo soft and fluffy – so different from Yaksi, and yet so delicious. Anyone want to join us? I’ll put out the word on the Ravelry group soon, so we can discuss colorways and get our yarn coming!

Two yarn crushes, two tempting sweaters… such fabulous problems to have.

Afterthoughts

Well… Madrona is all said and done and we are back from Stitches and are smack dab in the middle of the Rose City yarn Crawl.

Yarn ~ Knit ~ Social ~ Immersion Winter 2018

Believe it or not this was my first Stitches event. I know!!

Crazy right?!

In the past I never went myself but I sent my yarn and wonderful souls to sell it!  I hace to tell you that I loved every minute of it. I guess I might miss doing shows. It’s super hard work because it is a lot of prep and set-up in a short amount of time. It’s a bit like a marathon. Karen even packed us all kinds of marathon type snacks most of which did not get eaten because Leslie brought us pastries. And as we all know pastries win.

Even though the work is a bit physically grueling and maybe a little stressful at times it’s all kinds of rewarding on so many levels. The very best part for me is meeting all of the knitters and getting to see what everyone is working on and hear their stories and usually get a hug. I also got to see so very many fiber friends I have not seen in way too long and to meet in person some I have been working with for awhile now but never met.

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Look it’s JC and Lorilee!!

I got to meet our super talented and speedy and lovely sock club test knitter Heather!!

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I also got to meet some of the LYS owners that carry our yarn. Unfortunately I do not have pics of them.  Allison of ImagiKnit in CA and Karen of COZY in Eugene.

Besides my lovely booth mates Karen and Maggie who went above and beyond I got to spend a whole lot of time with tow of my favorite people. Marisol and Leslie!!!!!

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We had way too much fun selling yarn! Thank you both for all of your help and love!!!

We were across the isle from the XRX booth which was run by the oh so lovely and wonderful Nathania!! It was so wonderful to look up and see that smiling living face all weekend. I can’t even!

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Nathania is on the left with my dear buddy Anna in the middle. Nathania and I share a deep love for Anna Z!!

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And I got to see my Anna.  As you can see from this photo she made a new friend at Stitches this year. I have to say out of all of the wonderful moments this one might be my favorite. A knitter mom and her two lovely children strolled by ( kids in a stroller ) and both kids were cuddling on critters that mom had knit them. This rolly polly bug was the fav. Anne zoomed in on it like a long lost friend. So sweet. So… Nathania got the book with the pattern and I am going to dye the yarn and send it to her to knit Anna her very own rolly polly snuggle buddy.

We saw so very many stunning knits in our yarn. Thank you all for coming by to support us and to share your knits with us. So very many Camira’s It was so great to see each and every one of them.

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Aren’t these stunning! So bright and beautiful. Truly impressed with Tami’s planned pooling crochet!!

Such a great show! The wonderful hard working folks at Stitches put on a great show. As someone who has run a few events, I know it is not the easiest thing to do. One has to constantly rise to the challenge of dealing with so very many people and things going on at the same time and problem solving and juggling to make it all look smooth and effortless. It’s a lot and that does not count all of the hard work and preparation that goes into running shows at this scale. Benjamin’s crew is kind, generous, seriously helpful and effective. I think the best way to tell if something is being organized and run well is by the energy you feel when you are there. The energy at Stitches West 2018 was full of creative happiness and was seriously contagious.

It’s a great community!

And a whole lot of good well-knit vibes!!

Okay I am going to post this cause I am running out of steam. Have a bit of a head cold and my brain is a bit fuzzy!

Oh….

Almost forgot! 2 new colorways!!

Both of these colorways are happy colorway accidents! Dye Dreamer was supposed to be Morticia and Party in a Skein was a take on Lunacy gone awry.

I love them both but Party in a Skein is my current favorite.

Have a great weekend!!  If you are crawling have ever so much fun!

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Rose City Yarn Crawl Waterway colors & designs @ Twisted!

 

Those lovely oil slick hues we find in the puddles we here in the Pacific Northwest are so familiar with. Portland Puddles

The sun rising and breaking through the fog and clouds to reflect over the the St. John’s Bridge into Multnomah Channel. Sunrise over Multnomah Channel

 

 

 

Knit up into 2 lovely designs!

Waterside Shawl by Kat Archer

Isn’t this lovely?!! Kat used our Sunrise over Multnomah Channel and three of our Shaded Solids. (Big Brain Blue, Saffron Jumgle and Spinel) I just love th wave edge don’t you?!

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Fish Ladder Cowl by Anna Leander

Anna used our Portland Puddles for this lovely net of a ladder. The bottom picture shows it in Smoke on the Water. I am not the best at crochet but this makes me want to give it a go again!

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Lunar madness…

Yeah I might be a little obsessed with all things lunar right now. Honestly it’s not a new thing for me. My first pet that I got to actually name all by myself I called Luna and basically my love affair with the moon has gone on from there.

So it just makes sense that starting a new year that is an pretty big anniversary year for us with a blue moon ~ that is a total lunar eclipse ~ a super moon and a blood moon would have me a bit inspired. We are calling it lunar madness in the barn!

Anyway I have been making so very many colorways which I will release through out the years as promised but this month is going to be heavy with them as I think it should with all of this lunar magic!

 

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So here is what I’ve been working on. So far there are 4 of them. Starting at the bottom with the first one which is mostly shades of greys with light pops of speckles. That was is called Lunacy since full moons do tend to makes us all little free wheelin’ shall we say. Then we have the colorway I tried to fit all of the super blue blood eclipseness into. Of course it is called, Blue Super Eclipsed Blood Moon ( say that fast) . It was no small thing to get some of the phasing from dark to light and a little blue and then at dark blood moon color that happens with ths type of eclipse. I have seen one or two of these and they are stunningly impressive and…you do not need glasses to watch it.

Okay the third colorway in is called Total Lunar Eclipse and looks like the eclipse picture here. It’s very pretty and because of how the black and dark red and gold specks looked together I decided to go even darker  with yet a another colorway and made the Dark Side of the Blue Moon. I love them all but this one has so much in it that you are just not going to see until you knit it up. I am going to dye a it in Plushy and start knitting as soon as I can!!

We are planning a cast on party for January 31st. We have a pattern that Karen Alfke designed that will be out very soon. She has knit the prototype in Plushy in our Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway and it is stunning!! Some of our Lunar ones will do  display much the same!

Here is it blocking in at 6 feet long. I know…move over Lenny Kravitz here comes Karen Alfke and her Just a Phase of a scarf!

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It’s super cool and who knows what this gem of a pattern will do with all of this colorful lunar madness of ours!!

This scarf took 2 skeins of Plushy. The pattern will also be graded for DK and Worsted weight yarns. I am totally using Plushy and might even be tempted to use 3 skeins and show Lenny what’s what!

These colorways will be up at some point today. Saturday Jan 13th! Our techis is a little swamped with life right now!

I also have another color obsession I am working on!

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So stay tuned for some very violet inspired hues!!

I do hope you will join us in for our Lunar Madness Cast-On Party!

Be sure to read Karen’s Inspiration Monday for a year long KAL involving all 13 lunat colorway this year.

Also…. Sock Club!!!

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Have a great weekend dear knitters!!

xoxo