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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!

IMG_2092The other liability of standing in an enclosed space, surrounded by all that Blue Moon fiber, is serious yarn lust. Alternating with color lust. I found myself positioned near the Yaksi much of the weekend – mostly because of my evangelical zeal for the fabric of my newly-finished Stockbridge sample. “FEEL THIS!”, I wanted to shout at every passer-by. (Mostly, I refrained from shouting.)

 

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

A new year, new color and anniversary!

I do not remember when I have been this excited to welcome in a New Year! Partially because 2017 has been one seriously tough year so I am pretty happy to see it end!! I know I am not alone in this experience and feeling. Sorry 2017 but truly you’ve been a bit of a bitch. I will thank you however for constantly teaching me to be in the moment, take one step at a time and to look for the light and love no matter what!

One of the many reasons I am excited to usher in 2018 is that Blue Moon is 18 this year! I know!! And seriously 18 years of doing anything is a long time and something that should be commemorated and in this case celebrated. Which we plan to do in spades! Starting with the serious moon magic that the celestial powers that be are giving us.

We are ushering in 2018 with a Super Full Moon that is called the Wolf Moon and if that were not enough another Full moon on January 30 that is also a super moon and a Lunar Eclipse. A seriously good omen for a new year I think.

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Since we are all about the moon, especially a blue one, we are riding this magical celestial waves of wonder into our anniversary celebration year. Every month we are going to have at least one new Lunar colorway of some sort. We are starting with these two lovelies for our first full moon of the month. Once in A Blue Moon is all pale moon grey and cool blue for our winter moon ( I can’t wait to dye Once in a Blue Moon in Super Sparkle. Oh my!). Blue Moon Rising is a howling hue that rises out of the night and illuminates the darkness! (There will also be some sort of Total Lunar Eclipse Blue Super Moon color translation later in the month!) Along with your colorway you will get a Moon Note. A bit like a tarot card of sorts.

One of my very favorite songs of all time is Once in a Very Blue Moon by Patrick Alger and sung by the lovely Nanci Griffith.

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this years Sock Club, our Magical Mystery Tour. We have changed things up quite a bit and it is looking to be a stellar 13th year of sock knitting! Sign-ups are open and we would LOVE to have you join us for all of the knit fun we have planned. We are starting the year of with a very bright and sparkley splash! I mean really if you have the chance to start a new year with a bright sparkley splash why wouldn’t you.

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Are you going to Vogue Knitting LIVE?? If so be sure to check out all of the goodness we have sent Terri O’Brien at FEATHER YOUR NEST Oh my!! I wish I could be there to see! Although it was all hanging from the rafters here for quite awhile. When I have her booth number I will post it. There is a special colorway, gradient kits, kits for The Tracey and Jodi shawls and all kinds of lovely samples! So fun!!

Okay dear knitters I am going to spend the day with my daughter who goes back to New York tomorrow.

Thank you so very much for being our knitters!! You are the very best and we are so grateful to have you in our lives!

Be safe ushering in this New Year!!

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Make a joyful noise!

NOTE: Read carefully, for hidden in these words of mine this morning is a present you will find towards the end.
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(It’s amazing how many chicken themed ornaments we have. hmm…)

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I picked up number two daughter (Sophia, my youngest) from the airport yesterday and she and I pick up number one daughter (Rabia, my middle child and oldest girl) today!! I have not seem them both in far too long. As you can imagine my heart is pretty flipping full right now. We are a really tight family and having my two girls so far away is not the easiest! Luckily for this mother’s heart my number one and only son, Narayan is here in Portland with lovely wife, Candace and their pooches, Niki and Siena.

I am so looking forward to the time we have together and will cherish every single moment!

I love this holiday season! I love the merry making and crafty creating, all the yummy baking, the giving of love and presents, decorating everything I can with twinkle lights, singing in the barn as we dye your yarn, the winter briskness and longest night and the return of the light!

I know however that this is not the best season for all of us and honestly if any of my kids could not be here it would not be for me either. I have spent the better part of the last 6 months with some pretty intense empty nest loneliness and grief. Who knew?! I know, most of you know. I do not get lonely as a rule. I have a full to brimming life because of all of you (THANK YOU!!) and my friends, and seriously curious, creative mind. So this all hit me pretty hard and made me think a lot about how holidays are for those of us who for whatever reason cannot be with the ones we love and are loved by.

My worker bee Sierra, who is a sweetheart of a person,  and I were chatting about this and wondering what we can do to help. She has a neighbor who just lost her husband and she was wondering what she could do to reach out.. I told her that I thought just about anything that we can do for each other that is reaching out and showing that someone is there and cares lightens the alone feeling and sheds a little light and love!

As makers and creators we tend to spread a little love and light with every stitch of colorful woolly warmness that falls off of our needles I know in my heart that if most of us see a soul in need we respond with kindness and generosity. I know this from my own experience with our creative community. I also know when you are low and not at your best to reach out and say, “hey, I am having a hard time and could use a friendly smile or cup of tea or (fill in the blank)”.

So let us notice those around us and spread a little more light! I will be here with my family all weekend but I do have a computer and for some odd reason have been waking up at 3:00 am every single day!! I am here and will do my best to say hi if a friendly voice would help you! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com.  It’s not much, but it might be enough! I know it has been for me at times.

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It snowed a wee bit last night!

Well…I can tell you I was not really going here when I sat down this am to write you, which is one of the great things about writing. I was going to tell you all about how excited I am about the Raven gradients and all the goodness we can create with them and remind you School of Yarn fold that your coupon code expires at the end of the month.

School of Yarn discount code expires at the end of this month!!!

And…here is my little color brain’s current pride and joy! A Raven gradient kit in Valkyrie. I know!  Do you love it?? I seriously do and am going to ball one up and cast one some goodness this weekend because I just cannot flippin’ help myself. I just need to figure out what pattern I want to use. I think we are going to have to offer these gradients in larger and or different weight other than fingering weight sizes for sweaters. What do you think??

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So as a little holiday gift from us to you there is a coupon code for 10% off good until midnight on Christmas night. The first 4 letters in the code are all caps and the hints to what they are are below and the last part of the code is 2017

Here are you hints:

Hint #1 which is the first letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one and only son’s name.

Hint #2 which is the second letter of the code: The 1st letter in number one daughter’s name.

Hint #3 which is the third letter of the code: The 1st letter in number two daughter’s name.

Hint #4 which is the fourth letter of the code: The 1st letter in daughter-in-law’s name.

So the code is those 4 letters in caps followed by 2017 with no spaces in between!

Okay I have to get ready to go to the airport to pick up daughter!!!!

Take care of each other, stay warm and safe and loved!!

Peace and so much joy!!

New colorways are LIVE!!

I am pretty smitten with most of these but I have to say Welcome to the Jungle and Grandma’s Groovy Sofa are my favs right now. As Debra has pointed out to me on many occasions I am prone toward color crushes that are as fluid as the tide!

I have been on a bit of a color making hiatus until about a week ago. I just was not real inspired. It happens. I was not worried. A little sad maybe but not worried. Creativity is not something that works on a time schedule at least it does not for me. I need to be inspired and have the space in my psyche to let the creative spirit or muse flow and that has just not been the case. Sometimes the running of the business aspect of Blue Moon does affect my color making mojo!! Maggie has been spurring me on and that support and light sure does make a difference.

We do have a few more new ones that we will probably add next week. We’ll see how things go. I am working on Raven gradient kits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See all of those exclamation points?! I am that excited about these. Like over the moon and back excited.

I have started with Valkyrie since it is a favorite. If my last dye test yesterday comes out then we have a winner (and I think it will)!! The art of making gradients is how much of a color shift between each grade is enough to be visible but not so much that it is not cohesive as a whole. I tend toward a smooth subtle transition. These will be a little different because of the layers of color in the Ravens and how I am choosing where and how in those layers to adjust the color so it grades.

Thanks to everyone on Instagram who suggested names! I loved them as you can see and used four of them to name these lovelies. Grandma’s Groovy Sofa is one of the best colorway names ever and…it did not occur to me at the time but totally looks like the sofa my gran Winnie had for years. Too funny.

Okay so a little business we are dyeing and shipping massive amounts of Super Targhee and still have some left if you want some. Oh my goodness it LOVES the dye and takes color so well that it makes me sad that when it si gone then that it the end of it all.

We have shipped both last shipment of the year of the sock club and the last of the first semester of school of yarn!  It’s what happens at the end of the year, the end of things.

Karen is here this weekend and her and Maggie and I are madly planning out the school of yarn year and the sock club year and all kinds of other wonderful goodness.

Like…

2018 is Blue Moon’s 18th Anniversary!! I know right?!

And…if that were not cool enough and for me it is. On January 31st we have the third supermoon in a row, the second one of the year which makes it a blue moon and…it is a flipping lunar eclipse. So I am thinking that is some pretty wicked magic for our Anniversary year and we are going to ride that wave with all sorts of fiber and color fun all year long!

Okay this is getting long and I have to go feed Karen and do something with this hair of mine.

Rockin’ Sock Club 2018 and School of Yarn are both great holiday gifts that keep on giving throughout the year.

We also have Blue Moon Gift Certificates!

I feel like there are things I am forgetting to tell you but for the life of me cannot think of what they are so stay tuned!

Have a lovely weekend my friends!!

Inspiration Monday: Olson

For those of you knee-deep in holiday knitting angst, take heart … there’s great Selfish Sweater Knitting on the horizon. Just a few more weeks ’til the new year and your well-earned respite from gift making!julie-hoover-olson-600-2_small2

Anyone who hangs out to knit with me knows of my unabashed and unashamed love for Julie Hoover’s designs — always so classic and timeless, with that edge of interest that keeps you from feeling plain. She’s done quite a few great garments over the years for her own label, as well as collaborating with other companies now and again.

Olson is her latest, and of course it didn’t take five seconds for it to land in my pattern library: look at that drape! The easy, throw-it-on-over-anything shape … and that shoulder seam detail! I can’t even.

Knitters are in love with boxy, oversized sweaters right now, and it’s no wonder — they are the most forgiving of garments (handy at this time of year, when the sideboard groans with treats and celebrations fill every weekend with food-laden gatherings). No need to worry whether the cardigan will button over your food baby when it’s got such a broad, swingy profile through the hips.

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(When I get this knit up, I’ll have to spend more time leaning up against walls, thinking. It’s that kind of sweater.)

Julie’s sample, shown in the photos here, was worked up in a DK weight alpaca-silk blend, knitted quite open; so this is a great chance to explain the alchemy of yarn substitution. At first glance, you might look at the knitted gauge of 18 sts = 4″/10cm and assume she’d used a worsted-weight yarn (which usually has a gauge range of 18-20sts/4″). The soft swoop of the fabric in the photos tells a different story, however — this is clearly a drapier, more fluid fabric. For successful yarn substitution, it’s important to also look at the ‘ball-band gauge’ of the yarn used: in this case, it’s a DK (11wpi). (Nice of Ravelry to put that information right front and center on the pattern page!)

Fortunately for me, I had the chance to indulge in some instant gratification: my mighty Blue Moon stash offered up two great candidates for this drapey beauty! Interestingly enough, neither of them are blends — they are both single-fiber superheroes. Cake DK is a springy, sweet and plump merino beauty, and BFL Sport is a fuzzy, halo-y taste of the joys of Bluefaced Leicester.

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(‘Hang on, Karen,’ you say — ‘BFL Sport? I thought you said we needed DK!’) Technically, yes — the pattern calls for a 11 wpi yarn, but given the right fiber content and bounce and spring, you could work with a slightly finer yarn and get good results. I definitely felt like the BFL was swatchworthy. (You know, for science!)

And here are my happy swatches, after blocking and resting for a few days: Cake DK at top, in colorway “Spicy Plum,” and BFL Sport below in “Champlum.” (Total coincidence that I had these yarns in sympathetic colors to Julie’s pictured sample — inspiring, however!)

I wish I could have you all here next to me to feel these swatches — they are both so gloriously plump and fluffy, lightweight yet bouncy… they make me want to cast on right.this.second! The fiber subtleties come out when you have them next to each other like this: the Cake’s merino yields a smooth, soft fabric that just glides across your skin if you rub your face in it (oh, c’mon — you totally would!). I love the bounce and spin of the three plies, and the stitch picture is so tidy and happy! (I’m a sucker for a good merino. Tina knows this.)

The BFL Sport was a bit of a wild card, I’ll admit — I kinda swatched it on a self-made dare, because I have an SQ of it in Champlum and I would just loooove to have a sweater that color in my wardrobe. Could it work? Could it indeed! Despite the fact that it’s 12wpi (one more wrap per inch than the specified yarn weight), it’s holding up beautifully at the pattern gauge. It has a light, fluffy, slightly-fuzzy airiness to it that’s just enchanting. Not as regular and smooth as the merino, but slightly woolly in a way that still manages to be soft, soft, soft.

Interestingly enough, I needed to go up to a US8/5mm to get gauge for this pattern; but that’s not uncommon for me with Julie’s patterns (I suspect she’s a loose knitter, because she often calls for a needle size on her patterns that’s much smaller than what I end up using). Reason #6,432 to swatch, swatch, swatch! And because both of these yarns have quite a bit of bounce and snap-back, I’d recommend waiting a few days after your swatches have dried from their initial blocking to take a second, rested, measurement. Yarns bounce back! (And you wouldn’t want a sweater  you’d knitted to come out too small or too short after its first washing, would you?)

So lucky me — I’ll have my SQ of BFL Sport waiting under the tree for me on December 25, ready for a me-gifted cast-on party! What about you? What colorway will you choose for your cozy-over-pyjamas-or-your-party-dress Olson? 1320–1745 yards is what you’ll need, which translates into 2 or 3 skeins of either scrumptious yarn: a veritable bargain, considering either is just $35 per generous skein!

Happy sweater dreams, y’all. Hope all your holiday wishes will come true in the next few weeks!

A little thank you and some fun!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday! it was small quiet and lovely here! Peaceful and fun, one of my favorite combo’s right now. Lot’s of puppy time with Siena who is growing by leaps and bounds and is probably one of the most affectionate dogs I have been around.  She loves to snuggle and loves laps which is going to be interesting soon since she’s a golden retriever and it looks like she is going to be a big one.  Look at those paws!

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Okay so we have a few exciting things I need to share with you besides puppy photos.

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Today is Black Friday and for a few years now I have been wanting to put our Ravens and Fledges on special for this day. Since you know… they are colors washed in black ( ravens ) and grey ( fledges ).

I thought it was not possible to discount colorways on our ancient beast of a website but it turns out it is! So thanks to a little push from Maggie  today ( Black Friday ) all of our Raven and Fledge colorways are discounted 10% in all bases!!

The code you need for this 10% discount is : BLACKFRIDAY17

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If you need a little tempting here is our Valkyrie Fledge one of my very favorite colorways knit in Plushy, one of my favorite yarns. (The pattern Maggie is knitting is The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn. ) All of the Raven colorways look great in pretty much all of our bases but I think they are especially wonderful for our garment yarns and make stunning sweaters!!

Which is great since one of the other specials is a new yarn. I kid you not!

Super Targhee is seriously sexy blend of super-wash Targhee ( 80%) and Tussah Silk (20%) in a round and lofty DK weight, 4 ply yarn.

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Super Targhee is a small run so when this lot is gone, it is gone!  We have about 400 pounds of it so it will go quick. I’m a big fan and those of you who have been wanting us to have a super wash garment yarn here is it is, if only for a short time.  Maggie has been swatching it and and we dyed up some in Heckley Speckley and she says she definitely is going to needs a few sweaters worth it is that lovely.

Our supplier has gifted us with quite the deal on this beauty and we are passing that along to you, our lovely knitters!

450 yd skeins for 26.00 a skein. Most DK yarns are come in 250 or so yd skeins and run that price or higher.  So quite the deal indeed!

In a land where I have knitting time I would knit all my family hats for  Christmas out of the Super Targhee wonder of a yarn. (Insert uproarious laughter here) We’ll see how that goes!

Here it is knit in a shaded solid with cables…

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…and then below is Maggies Heckley Speckley swatch. It’s hard to tell in pictures but that Tussah Silk really shimmers when it catches the light so I htink darker colorways will be stunning like maybe a raven. (see that)

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The other special we are running from today, the Friday that is Raven Black, until Cyber Monday is some Blue Moon Golden Ticket fun! I like this because no matter what you order you win! How it works is this: every order that is placed this from now until the end of Cyber Monday will get a golden ticket included in your package when we ship your yarn. The tickets will be fun and will have discounts on them running from 10% to 40%. Who know which one you will get which is exciting. A surprise! There will be a code on your ticket for that discount so you will need to keep it so you have it when you order next. The discount is good for a one time use on yarns anytime in the next 6 months.

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If you are looking for some quick, super fun and creative patterns for the holidays and all of this lovely yarn our buddy Shannon Squire is part of Ravelry’s Gift-A-Long

A whole lot of colorful woolly knit goodness to be had!

A few notes:

We are shipping out this week both the sock club and the school of yarn so if you have an address change please do let us know soon!!

We have shipped out the Rockin’ Whorl Club and the pdf’s will be coming on Monday! I love this color soooooo much!

When you order if you are ordering for holiday knitting if you cold let us know in the comments section of your order that would be great!

Last but not least THANK YOU!! You are the best and we are truly blessed to have you all in our lives!

Okay I am off to tag and ship and deliver yarn. I will leave you with this shot of Siena and one of her fav places to be, my feet.

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