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All the KALS and MS&W

I have a lot to tell you so I am just going to jump in!

It’s Spring and so it is that time of year again where our outdoor fiber festivals begin which means this weekend is The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival!!! 

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My buddy Toni Neil of the The Fold has a booth ( barn 3, booth 18)  chocked full of Blue Moon yarn. We sent here the new bases Cake and La Luna both. She has most of the Buffy colorways in Socks that Rock and in Super Sparkle and Yaksi Fingering with coordinating shaded solids in Cloud Nine in case you want to join our SLAY ME KAL!!

Stop by and say hi to Toni and her wonderful crew!! I am so very grateful to Toni for being Blue Moon’s absolutely wonderful rep at shows and most especially this one.

If you are not going to be at Maryland and are feeling a little low over it do not fret we have so much going on you will not feel left out.

Of course we have the SLAY ME Kal with Shannon that is going on. It has started but hey, it is never too late to join the fun.

I am so loving all of the Buffy combo’s. This Angelus one with the contrasting color in Robin’s Egg Blue – Cloud Nine just makes me happy!

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So Pretty!  I love this shawl Shannon. Buffy would be proud!!

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Speaking of KALS… . Twist Collective is on a Spring Hiatus and they are sponsoring a KAL. We are bug Twist Collective fans so we thought we would join the fun. The idea is you choose a favorite design from the magazine to knit, then to sign-up on their FB page and RAV group to join the collective fun. Oh and Kate has posted that their are prizes!! I think you have to post to facebook to be eligible for those.

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One of my all time favorite designs from Twist Collective is the stellar Celestarium by Audry Nicklin from the Winter 2012 issue and knit in our Seduction yarn in a Raven colorway. If you missed this piece of constellation knit wonder when it was first published than now you get another chance to knit and then wear this beauty of a shawl.

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We are offering a 25 % discount on Seduction and our La Luna Lace  for the month of May. The discount code is: springtwistalong  is in effect until June 1st.  What better time to knit the night sky than during the Spring and Summer when we are out enjoying it? Our very own Maggie will knit-a-long with whoever wants to joins the fun.

Photo Credit: Jane Heller

Okay…one more KAL to go for this post at least.

I am sure you’ve all seen that Joji  has a new MKAL coming up very very soon, Starting Point. We are a little late to the party but could not resist joining in the color combining fun. If you look in the header you will see a few of the color quintets we have put together. I think any of our fingering weight yarns would work but… really I like the idea of such a big piece like like this seems to be knit with our Featherlight yarn.

When ordering if you want your yarn asap please only order the yarn you need for this and you will get it sooner!  Oh, and if you have yarn you want to use in your stash and need help with color additions please let me know! info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

We have chosen a Barn Sale and Dye Day Date for those of you who’ve been asking. You are going to want to be at this one.

Barn Sale and Dye Day is  Saturday August 5th. If you want to dye  please sign up as soon as you can. the slots fill up very quickly.

Okay I think that is all for now. I have finally found all the dyers I need right now so our team is shaping up quite nicely. Once I get them all trained we will be planning all sorts of knit fun!!

Have a great weekend my knit friends!! When the world around us gets a little too much remember there is always knitting!

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A few good things….

Hey there,

It feels like a long time since I posted. I don’t think it actually has been it just feels that way. Life has been full and busy and a little crazy and when that is the case time seems to flow quite rapidly.

I have a lot to I want to talk about so I am going to jump right in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The barn is just humming along with all kinds of color joy. We are busy dyeing all of your beautiful color combo’s for the Buffy KAL. We’ve already shipped out some of the early bird orders and will be shipping more out tomorrow and Monday.  If you would like to join our slayer of a KAL there is still time. The 15% coupon code  ( which you get when you purchase the pattern) doesn’t expire until this weekend on the 22nd which gives us plenty of time to get you your yarn for Shannon’s May cast-on date.

I can’t tell  you how thrilled I am that you all love my Buffy colorways as much as I do. I love that some of you are ordering the whole set. I would too. I might be keep the set I used for the photos in a nice safe place where I can see them. I did the same thing with the Ravens. Actually I still have the original set of Ravens.

Anyway Shannon and her lovely husband Stefan took some seriously fun photos. I so wish I could have been in on that photo shoot!

So much fun and what a stunning and sassy shawl! Just perfect for a little late night slaying. Slay Me KAL pattern page.

If you need color choosing help you can look at what we have put together here on this post. Also you can email me at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com                                                    I am always happy to help with color choices.

Speaking of color. I’ve been getting a whole bunch of requests for color help for Andrea Mowry’s  lovely Fade knit series, So Faded and Find your Fade.  So I am going to put together a few color schemes so look for those next week.

Okay so I know I promised a Dye Class/Camp Schedule quite awhile ago. I am in the process. I just have some family stuff I need to work around so I have been trying to firm that up before posting dates.

We will be having our yearly Dye Days and Barn Sale in early August this year.

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In early July ( 6-9)  I will be on Bainbridge Island at the magical Islandwood with Lorilee Beltman teaching eco printing!!! I know. Pretty exciting.

You can read about all of fun and details  Knitting on a Lark retreat info here.

Here is my class description.

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Join me as we explore the magical alchemy that is color on fiber with plants. In this three-hour class we are going to be experimenting with Eco Printing, otherwise know as “botanical contact printing”.
Petals, berries, seeds, bark, leaves, roots and stems hold all sorts of color mysteries. We are going to explore these mysteries with some creative mordanting and a little steam on: a cotton hanky, a wool yarn blank and also a skein of silk blend yarn. I seriously can’t think of a better place to learn more about plant color and printing than on the island oasis that is Island Wood.
What you need for this class is a sense of adventure, a love of color and an apron or a t-shirt that you don’t mind getting messy. Dyeing is a creative messy business!
You will leave with a new appreciation of the plants and a hanky, yarn blank and skein as affirmation that you can knit and wear!  Since our time is going to be full of dyeing we will also provide you with a set with class notes.
Lorilee has all kinds of other knit fun planned. Plus great food and a cooking class and …s’mores in a stunning place with wonderful people!
I hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a wonderful time.
 Have a great weekend!
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merino madness

Can you feel it? Spring must have sprung! I know, because now I’m casting on ALL.THE.THINGS!

These two bouncy bits of deliciousness are keeping me company in my knitting corner today – so much squishy delicious merino in one place I can barely stand it!

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In the foreground is the full-on plump deliciousness of CAKE DK, on the needles as the tender beginnings of Hunter Hammersen’s Compunction mitts. (Those slipped stitches that look like diagonal twisted stitches? Genius!) Can’t wait to knit up the whole set, hat and mitts – and by then it will probably even be warm enough in this leftmost upper corner of the US to not need them for morning walks. Oh well; that’s a decent tradeoff for warm Springlike weather, eh?

And in the background? My first chance to take La Luna DK for an official spin! Tina and I prowled cowl patterns on Ravelry, and found a super-fun one to whip up as a sample for you lucky ducks going to Maryland Sheep & Wool next month! The colorway is “Calendula” and it’s the happiest of slap-happy yellowy-orange shades (and that’s saying a lot from this connoisseur of orange!).

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I gotta say, if April is still in lion mode where you are, you can beat the where-the-heck-is-Spring doldrums with some bouncy, plump, squishy merino. The only way to make it any better? YouTube videos of baby lambs. Because there’s no such thing as too much bouncy, happy merino-sheepyness!

Happy spring holiday weekend, everyone!

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Let Them Knit Cake

I don’t know about you, but I call a skein that’s been wound on a ball winder a “cake” of yarn. Often to giggles and smiles from knitters – and a few jokes about calories.

But now Tina’s done us one better: she’s given us not one, but TWO yarns called CAKE…!!

Only super-delicious merino could deserve such an appellation. This is bouncy, happy fiber at its yummiest best. Every time I think about ways to describe Cake Worsted and Cake DK, I come up with images of ultra-happy, puffy, clean things: like fluffy cosmetic puffs, or a baby’s head right after a bath, or fat ducklings waddling after their mamas.

Yup, they are that happy and bouncy.

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CAKE Worsted is a plump 4-ply (four plies, four candles – get it?!) that knits up like a dream in the light-worsted range. I did a series of swatches from a size US6 (4mm) to a US8 (5mm), and got great, balanced stitches throughout. On the smaller needle sizes, you get crisp stitch definition and fantastic snap-back, and a gauge around 20 sts x 31 rows per 4″/10cm. Great for pullovers and cardigans where you want a little body without a ton of weight. There’s so much buoyancy in here (hence the comparison to fluffy cotton balls)!

On the looser end of the worsted range, I was geting a more fluid fabric that still wasn’t sheer, and had great integrity for all that it was opened up. A US8 got me 17 sts x 27 rows – and a perfect fabric for open, drapey cardigans or fun accessories.

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Speaking of fun accessories, I couldn’t wait to cast on for a cozy cowl, and my internet buddy pariserlandluft fulfilled my wishes with a brand-new pattern, i_n_t_a.

Simple columns of twisted stitches on a field of reverse stockinette really let this yarn show off its great stitch definition. And it was such a pleasure and simple to knit that it was done nearly before I knew it! I would highly recommend this as a tasty way to try out CAKE Worsted. “Just a slice for me, thanks.” “Oh another? I couldn’t possibly… well, if you insist.”

Pert and springy on the needles, the fabric of this cowl just relaxed and softened with blocking. Now I can hardly bear to take it off (good thing April’s coming in like a lion as we speak! Winter woolies can’t go in the closet just yet.)

unnamed-4CAKE DK is a 3-ply, with a tiny bit more halo than the Worsted. It’s so drapey and soft, you’d think there’s some alpaca or other long-staple fiber in there. But its merino pedigree shines through when you knit it through its gauge range and block your swatches – pert and bouncy to start, your swatches will relax with blocking and just transition into the most gorgeous flowy-yet-reliable fabric imaginable.

I swatched it on a range of needles from US4 (3.5mm) to US7 (4.5mm), and the fabric is lovely throughout the range. Down on the smaller needle sizes, you’ll get a true DK gauge (22 sts in 4″/10cm) and a fabric that has integrity with flow – perfect for cardigans or pullovers. Opened up a bit, you can get close to a tight-light-worsted gauge (around 20.5 sts) with a ton of drape. I’m sure there are a few sweaters in the new Cocoknits Sweater Workshop that I just have to try in Cake DK. Or maybe the new Churchmouse Quintessential Cardigan…? As I told Tina after swatching both CAKES – this might just be my ultimate sweater yarn. (And that’s saying a lot – this girl loves her some sweaters!)

In the meantime, I’m taking the rest of this skein and casting on Hunter Hammersen’s Compunction mitts. All those great twisted/traveling stitches should knit up a dream!

No matter how you slice it, CAKE is a fantastic new range of yarns – I can’t wait for you all to serve yourself up a skein and eat … I mean knit it all up!

Dang. All this talk of CAKE got me so hungry, a girl had to go bake herself one to dig into while we cast on! unnamed-5

Happy birthday, CAKE!

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Slay me….

Okay for those of you that are not Buffy fans please know that at the end of this blog post there are other new colorways.

Now…for those of you that are Buffy (the Vampire Slayer)  fans then guess what? We are going to celebrate the 20 year Anniversary of Joss Whedon’s genius series full of wonderful characters and story as we do, with a ton of color and a knit-a-long.

I am seriously excited. I have been driving team Blue Moon nuts with all of my creative musings and tweaking. There was all kinds of creative questioning form me. Things like, “Oh no, this skein does not really do Spike justice. Do you think this skein looks like Spike? I do not think this skein looks like Spike. How am I going to make this look like Spike? Maybe I need a drink.” Or… “there is definitely not enough darkness in the dark side of Angel’s colorway and how do I make Giles a colorway that does him justice but it translate to shawl and is smart?” and on and on and on it went.

I stopped at 12 but I am totally adding to this because we need Cordelia and Faith and…oh my goodness how did I not do Faith this time around? You see how this has been.

Seriously fun and I have to say I am pretty tickled to have my very own Scooby Gang of yarn!

I want to know them all. I want Spike socks so bad that as soon as I am done with the picture taking I am balling up the skein, casting on and watching some Buffy.  I might have a thing for Spike!

Okay…I told you excited!!

When I realized in February that this year was the 20th Anniversary of  our beloved slayer, I asked another die-hard Buffy fan if she would like join me in a bit of a knit-homage to Buffy and of course, Shannon  said yes. And as it is with these things here we are!

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As I said Shannon and I decided to celebrate all of this evil goodness by doing what we do best: I design a bunch of Buffy-themed colorways, She designs a Buffy-inspired shawl.

We both are particularly tickled about the colorway that inspired the design and how we are using it. The same, Buffy-inspired colorway, two ways: one in Super Sparkle, one in Yaksi Fingering. The yarns take the dye in two very different, and delightful, ways. So we get to see how that plays out since the Yaksi starts out a greyish brown all colr we put on it it darker and a little muted. Shannon and I both have a little bit of a thing for Yaksi!

Our Slayer KAL begins May 1st, and the pattern will be released sometime before then. We are putting up the yarn for pre-sale now so we can all knit together this Spring as we re-watch Buffy (and Angel, don’t forget about Angel!).
Order by April 21st, and you get a 15% discount on all three skeins of the yarn. Discount information is included in the pdf you get when you purchase the pattern from Shannon as well as lots more information about the KAL.
You can find the info here on Shannon’s blog and the pattern page is here Rav page

We are not selling these as kits. This way you can choose the shaded solid that works best with whatever Buffy colorway/character you choose!

And when you order you order you Buffy character colorway in both Super Sparkle and Yaksi Fingering.

Below you will find all of the Buffy character-colorways! Starting this weekend I will be posting combinations to instagram.

As always if you need color help please do email me. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. I love to help with color choosing.

Here is my version of the Scooby Gang in all of their glory! I hope you like knitting with them as much as I like dreaming them up.

“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.” -Joss Whedon

Oh my goodness there are enough Buffy colorways for a throw!!!

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Other new colrways you will find on the website.

In the Multicolorway Category we have: Scumble Bumble, MurkyCHI and Leapfrog. All the rest of them are in the BeSpeckled cstegory.

Okay I am sure I left thing out but I need to post this before the newsletter goes out.

Have a great weekend!!

It’s sunny today. I hope it stays this way through the weekend.

all the sweaters!

If someone were to ask me what I’d knit if I could only knit one kind of project for the rest of my days, I’d say ‘sweaters!’ I love the scale of them – you really dig in and spend some time there, much like the big fat historical novels I like to read. And then you get to wear them out in the big, wide world, really representing this crazy wonderful craft of knitting.

And when a designer with a wicked fashion sense goes about making a system to create sweaters that are seamless, cleverly constructed and (be still my heart) top-down, there’s a lot to celebrate.

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Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits has done just that with her new Cocoknits Sweater Workshop, a book that’s chockablock with great techniques as well as many wearable silhouettes. The five sweater designs in there have options for different necklines, lengths, and so on – making eight distinct variations available for your knitting and wearing pleasure! Julie also adds a section on on styling and what sweater elements do visually to balance (or imbalance) body shapes, so you don’t spend time knitting one up and then get disappointed with how it looks on your particular body type. There’s so much in here, for newbie and advanced knitters alike!

The Cocoknits method begins with the back neck, then picks up for front shoulder tabs, and then works sleeves and fronts and back down together, to create one of the most painless set-in-sleeve knitting experiences you’re bound to encounter. I love how it packs all the interesting little fiddly bits into the beginning of a project, when you’re most likely to be super-engaged with it … and then at the end, you can just cruise down along the sleeves and body so that before you know it, you’ve bound off, woven in your ends and ready to wear your new sweater!

I spent a bunch of time this morning on the Blue Moon site, prowling for yarns suitable for each of the designs – I’m having a hard time limiting myself to the (first) two SQs I’ll need to knit pieces from this book in Tina’s yarns … oh, the possibilities!

(All images here courtesy of Cocoknits. Stunning photography and styling you can really imagine in your wardrobe – thanks, Julie!)

 

Let’s break it down, style by style.

Emma AEMMA version A (v-neck and long sleeves, shorter body). Julie’s got this one knitted up in a bulky-weight wool. With its open V-neck, it’s not bound to get too warm for everyday wear. Plus, all that skin at the neckline is great for balancing out larger busts. (Keeping the body length shorter up above the hips also means it can be good for those with more visual weight through the bottom – Julie’s tip would be to style it with darker pants to minimize your bottom half.)

Etarghee_bulky_skmma’s knitted gauge is 12 stitches and 18 rows = 4″/10cm, which means it would be an ideal candidate for Targhee Bulky. The loft and bounce in this yarn is phenomenal, as is the smooth stitch definition. You could slip into this for an entire Saturday of errands and movies and couch knitting and never want to take it off …! (Golly, that brick red with maybe some brown or charcoal wool trousers? Instant panache.)

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EMMA version C (C is for Cardigan!) looks like another daily driver – those deep cuffs at the wrist and pockets! Throw this on over a me-made tank top and you’re ready for knitting night at your LYS or a Netflix marathon of “The Crown”.

The other bonus: Targhee Bulky skeins boast a whopping 462 yards, so you’ll only need 2 or 3 skeins to make any of these versions, depending upon which size you choose. And since they’re top-down, you decide when to stop at the best length for your body type! The largest size might end up using up every little bit of that third skein, so commit to knitting up the body first so it can be just the right length, and divide up your remaining yarn by gram weight into two equal halves – one for each sleeve. Then you can knit up every single inch of your lovely Targhee Bulky!

I’m dreaming of one in Chana Masala. I know, right? chana_masala_cu

 

tallulahTALLULAH is an ingenious sleeveless garter-stitch cocoony cardigan thingy that I’m totally obsessed with now. The drop-shoulder silhouette means it balances out a larger bottom half well, and the fact that it’s split up the front, cardigan-style gives a great visual line up the body. This one should be flattering on so many of us – and with no sleeves, it should provide just enough warmth over dresses or blouses. You could totally rock this one in the office if you wanted to. Targhee Bulky is our hero here as well – can you imagine how classy this would look in Black Onyx?

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The book should be arriving at your LYSs soon, but if you just can’t wait another second, you can order the book directly from Cocoknits now.

I’ll be back next time with the rest of the silhouettes and some ideas for yummy Blue Moon yarns for them. Right now I gotta go – my cart is calling me!

 

 

 

A little lighthearted knit fun!

One of the parts of my job that I really, really, really love is creating themed colorways! I especially like doing so with the designers and stores we work with. Usually I get a theme form and maybe some photos or we come up with a theme together and then am asked to put my spin on it. It’s the translation and the challenge of it all that I so love. I do love me a good color challenge. Of course themes speak to me and are more fun than others. However there is always that challenge aspect that pulls me in right in and inspires me.

I am sure the over 11 years I’ve spent dreaming up themes and colorways for our notorious knitters in our Rockin’Sock Club kind of trained me for this kind of color work and play.

Here is a current list of the stores that I am working pretty intimately with on pretty large color projects.

For years I have designed colorways for Twisted in Portland for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. We plan on expanding that this year with some PDX themed one also.

I have created all kinds of club type kits for both Simply Socks Yarn Company and The Loopy Ewe. Most of these have been one-time-only hues only available for a very short period of time.

Last year I started working The Loopy Ewe on a once a month specific colorway based on Sheri Berger husband’s photography. He’s a brilliant photographer so it is all kinds of fun to go through his files and choose pics that bot Sheri and I are inspired by and then translate all that beauty onto yarn. We had so much fun we are doing it again this year. We are doing this again this year. So look for those colorways mid-month of the Loopy Ewe site.

We also work with Erin Walker and her ridiculously fun team at Eat Sleep Knit on their Yarnathon
Last year they had a space theme which was pretty great since I am a big Trekkie and Rd Who fan.
This year though has just been a blast because the theme is the game Candyland which was my favorite game as a child. We have come up with 9 count them…NINE special Candyland inspired hues. I did a ton of research on these. I used the older board that I was more familiar with for my inspiration and of course also tons of feedback from Emily Ann and the rest of the ESK team. Yes, as you can tell I am pretty excited! How could you not with characters like Lord Licorice and his bitter bats and Mr. Mint and of course his royal sweetness himself the Imperial Head Bonbon King of Candyland.
Here they are in all of there color glory!
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I cannot tell you just how tickled I am with these. The colors and the names and just every little thing about them. If you do not know about the Yarnathon do check it out it looks to be all kinds of fun. Look at the board they made!!
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So very much fun!!!!

Okay so that is it for now! I will do my very best to post here or on instagram when one of our stores has a colorway of ours to introduce.

Oh…almost forgot there is still time to join us for our themed color project the 12th year of the sock club for Sock Opera the Musical!

Knit on!!!

Snowpocaplyse and shipping updates!

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Guess who?!
Yup it’s me. I am alive. Although I have to tell you, it really does not feel that way. I have been sick since right after Christmas with what started out as the current viral thing going around but morphed into a wicked case of bronchitis. I am still wheezing (asthma) and coughing and it feels like I will never stop. My whole family got hit with this nasty bugger.
I had all of these great plans with my girls who were home for the holidays and to also do some planning for the upcoming year and New Year clean-out. None of that happened. We took turns taking care of each other and watched our comfort shows Gilmore Girls, Will and Grace and Parks and Rec. and I knit when I could.
It certainly was not what I had planned but at least we got to be together!

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And then there was the weather. Do you know that we here in Blue Moon land have had snow on the ground since around December 14th. I know! Crazy-pants! And not a small amount of snow either.
After the last dump last week we had about 3 feet of it. Frozen Solid!! I will tell you my friends that is a whole lot of snow. The Pacific Northwest is not really equipped to deal with this kind of winter. We lost power for a few days and it took a 2 days and a big ol tractor to dig us out.
Because of this we are a bit behind schedule. Team Blue Moon could not get here for most of last week and I was too sick to work. Most of us got to work today and it looks like there is going to be a warming trend (fingers crossed) to melt some of this and clear the roads and packed snow and ice.
I am very sorry about the delay! Please know we are doing our very best to get you your yarn!

Thank you for your patience!
Stay safe and warm!

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every little bit counts

It’s a new year, and if you’re like me, you’re filled with the enthusiasm and vigor that comes with new beginnings. It’s easy to get swept up in the energy and vow big things, like losing a lot of weight or decluttering your whole house, or knitting 12 pairs of socks this year. Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days to get it all RIGHT!

It’s also the perfect time to learn from any mistakes we might have made this last holiday season: did you (like me) overcommit to too many handknit presents and not get them done in time? Did you vow THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT and you won’t knit 46 presents in the last 6 weeks of the year…?

As much as I love the sweeping grand gestures of these first weeks of the year, let me insert a bit of quiet advice here. Those smart folks who study habits and resolutions and how efficient people get things done will tell you: it comes down to what you do Every. Day. The little, good-for-you habits that you tuck in to your day will determine who stands at the end of 2017 in front of your mirror. They don’t have to be big decisions – in fact, it might be more do-able if they’re small things. A salad for lunch every day. Brushing your teeth after lunch. Washing your face before bed. And knitting in the car.

No, let me explain! Not while driving, of course (we would never tell you to try something dangerous), but for taking advantage of all those in-between moments when you’re out and about. Quiet hours in your cozy spot at home, working away on a project may be fewer and farther between than you really want; but I guarantee you that there are moments in your day where you could squeeze in some stitches and make some progress on a little project.

For me, thaimg_6122t spot is in our truck. Boyhood and I like to save up our running-around errands (bank, hardware store, groceries) for days when we’re home together, and that’s when I pull out my secret weapon: the Car Sock Project. A skein of tempting sock yarn tucked into a project bag with its needles lives in a little cubby between the seats (props to Honda for building the Ridgeline around the Center Console Knitting Cubby™: they must have knitters on their design team!). This project doesn’t come back and forth with me – the secret is that it lives in the truck all the time. Yours could be in the glove box, or in the passenger footwell – just have it somewhere where you can reach for it in a spare moment. Stuck in line waiting for the Bainbridge ferry? (That’s a notorious knitting spot.) Does Coach need five more minutes with the kids at the end of practice? Take your time, Coach. I’m over here, working on socks.

Shown here in action is Socks That Rock™ on two 20″ circular needles; since our errands sometimes take us on the highway, high speed with circulars feels a bit safer than pointy DPNs. (Bonus: not having to worry about needing point protectors.)

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So knitworthy, he posts his new pairs with pride on Instagram right after putting them on!

A ten-minute junket to the grocery store here, a quick nip out to the Post Office there, and the sock just quietly grows and grows. In a few weeks or months, I’ll have the first sock done, all done with incidental time that would otherwise be lost. But for me the real kicker, the twist that makes my little January-of-fresh-starts heart go pitter-patter, is that these socks are part of my gift knitting for next year. Brother loves nothing more than a pair of handknit socks, so he gets a pair for his birthday in November, and another pair for Christmas. In years when I don’t plan well, that means 4 socks in 4 weeks – not a recipe for a stress-free holiday season.

I might just be giving myself a little cramp from patting myself on the back for starting his birthday pair this early, in this stealthy way. One set of errands at a time, I’ll get these done – doesn’t really matter how long it takes because I have until November! They’ll be done long before that, of course, at which point I’ll put the next pair in the truck. And off we go again, a little bit at a time – getting it done.

And if you have the great good fortune to sign up for the Rockin’ Sock Club, you’ll have a fresh, exciting skein in your mailbox every other month to play with! That sounds to me like the ideal way to squeeze in that extra bit of knitting fun into your day-to-day.

See you on the road, knitters!

It’s a New Year coming our way!

A new year…
A new day….
A new knit …

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Endings and beginnings! I think that most of us have our own little rituals that mark the end of the passing year and the ushering in of the new one!
I have a whole bunch of Irish coursing through my veins so I most definitely have a few of my own. Little things that make me feel like I have tidied up all the loose ends and works-in-progress for the year. I either work in those pesky loose ends or do some much needed ripping out. Like my gran, Winnie, I sweep out the last remnants of the ending year and whatever it brought my way in order to make room for the hope and dreams of the year to come. I light a few candles pour myself a glass of bubbly and dream and plan.
I don’t know about you but I am going to raise a glass to all of us for making it through 2016! Quite the year!

Before I go on about sock club sign-ups and such, I want to take a moment say a heart felt THANK YOU!! for being a ray of sunshine in our little Blue Moon world. You are the best! We love our knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters and feel honored to serve you in bright living color and warm woolly goodness! It is truly a pleasure that we are grateful for!
We wish you so much joy, peace, love and knitting in 2017.

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Since our RSC sign-ups start the first week in January part of my New Year ritual for the past 12 years involves prepping for the upcoming Rockin’ Sock Club year and also watching as my lovely Notorious bunch of knitters return for another year of knit fun. What better way to keep track of time than a stitch at a time that gives us wonderful socks.

We will have the magic sing-up button live on Monday the 2nd of January. We have some pretty exciting plans for the year with our super talented designers and design team. I think you’ll be thrilled. I know I am pretty flipping excited.
Sock Opera the Musical!
Yup…pretty excited!

Excitement for the coming year for Blue Moon is pretty high! We have so many wonderful KAL’s lined up for the year with seriously fun themes and talented designers. Our first KAL of the year is with our buddy Karen Alfke and is going to be a year long knit-a-long!! I know!

We have a few new bases coming in that I can barely wait to share with you. Oh my goodness!! You are going to LOVE these yarns!

We will be at Vogue Knitting LIVE in New York at the Feather Your Nest booth with lots and lots of yarn, some of which are out fabulous new bases which you are going to want to meet in person for a woolly squeeze! I made some special New York colorways that I am pretty tickled with. There will also be quite a few lovely knits design samples. Our buddy Shannon Squire will be helping Terri out in the booth and will have a whole bunch of her Blue Moon designs with her.
If you are Vogue do drop by and say hi to Terri and Shannon and peruse the goodies they have. There is a limited number of the New York colorway Specials so you might want to plan to stop by early so you don’t miss out!

One of the designs I am really excited to be sharing with you is the stunning cardigan, Tualatin by Emma Welford

There is a whole lot to love about this design. The cables…oh the cables and the detail on the back. I am smitten!!!
You will be able to see this beauty and in person at Vogue and Emma has been generous enough to give us a pattern discount!
Emma used our Targhee Worsted (Dakota) for her stunning design!!

Speaking of stunning we will also have this beauty on display by Carol Feller!

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Landscape Waves is one of my all time favorite sweaters!!

A whole lot of knit goodness and really that is just the beginning which is appropriate since it is just the beginning of the New Year!

Goodbye 2016!! I know you taught us a whole lot. I know I have learned a lot this year. There has been a whole lot of loss this year. As someone who has experienced great loss I will say that I will greatly miss those dear souls and I will carry them in my heart.

Peace and love to us all!!
xoxo