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Really random Friday.

Today is all random bits and pieces which as I type that strikes me as a good name for a colorway.

First yes, the website was down for a bit this am. There was some glitch with varnish and the server which I do not understand. All is well now and nothing was compromised! It was a bit nerve wracking though.

Okay let’s start with a contest of sorts.

Have you seen Hunter Hammersom’s new book?

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I love her concept, fine things for plain occasions and every single design in this book are most certainly fine. All kinds of knit class!

Since we supplied yarn for one of the designs…

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Hunter was kind enough to send us a an extra book for you our knitters. So if you leave a comment on this blog post then we will randomly choose among the comments for a winner. What should the comment be about? hmm…

I know how about your favorite word. What is your favorite (non-curse) word?  You do not have to explain your reason but you can if you are so inclined.  I always love reading the why of things. Now I will be spending all day considering my favorite word. Do I choose for meaning or sound or how it is spelled or it’s root or… . Oh dear.

We will choose our winner next Friday the 22nd.

A little hue news:

We have in fact sent the the holiday colorways off to the spa for a rest. What we have put up is a bit of a celebration of Love, in color, Blue Moon style!!

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A little peak at the new colors to come next week.

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We are almost caught up from the weather and holidays and really appreciate you patience!

Believe it or not we are not too far away from the end of January and the first sock club shipment of 2016. If you want to be a part of that shipment we need your order soon please.

I can’t wait for you to see what we have cooked up for you this year. You would think that after 10 years I would not get this excited but I do.

Okay I think that covers it for random Blue Moon news bits.

I am off today to go pot shopping. ( It never gets old) Steamer pots!!! hehehe

One last but most assuredly not least things before I go. I just want to say just how sad I am over the loss of two beautiful and talented souls this week.  I feel like I was still reeling from announcement about David Bowie’s passing when we got the news about Alan Rickman.

I will really miss both of these men walking their paths, living their lives and gracing us with their talents. I feel blessed that I got to inhabit the world around the same time as they did.

*******Have a great weekend my friends!  I am going to knit and spin and drink tea and watch Harry Potter.

Rockin’ Sock Club Sign-ups are LIVE!!!

Oh my goodness what a few weeks it has been. The holidays make everything and everyone a little more busy than usual.  Throw a wee bit of winter weather shenanigans into the mix and well… you know how that goes.   Since Blue Moon is up high in the hills of Scappoose (Coast Range foot hills) we get a bit more “winter” than our Portland friends.  So we have most certainly had more than our share of snow and ice and I have a feeling that Mother Nature is not quite done with us yet. The positive side of all of this cold is that we did get a White Christmas, and now there is a snow pack on the mountains, and all of this cold will insure a less buggy summer.  Right?!

What all of this means for you, our lovely knitters, is that we have been closed a few days that we did not plan on being closed due to, what we are referring to as, extreme weather. It might not be extreme for other areas of the world but for our little corner it sure is.

If you have placed an order in the last 2 weeks I promise you we are working on it!!! It just might take us a little longer due to holiday closures and then the unplanned weather ones. If you have a deadline please do let us know and we will do our best to get you, your order as soon as possible.  We really appreciate your understanding and patience.

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Our Phoebe is a snow kitty. She loves it!

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It’s January which means the Rockin’ Sock Club 2016 is LIVE for sign-ups.  We (especially the me of we) are always pretty excited this time of year. Last year was out 10th Anniversary and I’ll tell you I was a little nervous about following such a milestone. I thought is was going to be hard but you know what? It isn’t at all!  What it is actually is, super exciting! We’ve made a few changes that will open things up for us to be a lot more creative with colorways and yarn amounts which then in turns gives us more creative space for our designs.  I am just thrilled!

So thrilled in fact that we are starting the year with our first game of sorts.

As my favorite Doctor  (Dr. Seuss) says, “Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Our sign-up fun and games!

If you sign-up before:
  January 6th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 1 lucky NSK to win a free membership. (Yes, we will just reimburse you.)
  January 12th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 2 lucky NSK’s to win a chance to work with me, your depraveDyer on colorway creation.
  January 20th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 3 lucky NSK to win a one of our lovely colorway travel mugs
  January 25th we will randomly choose from all of those sign-ups, 4 lucky NSK’s to win a stunning calendar By our very own Gail Marracci  

NOTE: If you want to get in on the first drawing you have the day today to do so!

I know…great fun!

We humbly ask that you please make sure that when you sign up you are using your Rockin’ Sock Club username and password and NOT your Blue Moon one. If you have a gift certificate we ask that you carefully read the redeeming instructions before proceeding. If you have any trouble please do contact us at sockclub@bluemoonfiberarts.com

A little hue news!

Our holiday colorways are coming down for sure this week. Probably tomorrow! If there is a Blue Moon colorway you’d like to see return please do let us know in the comments section of this post.

We will be adding brand new colorways in few weeks, in the meantime, we are bring back some of our favorites from the spa!

Happy Knitting!

Stay warm ( thank you wool!) and safe!

Happy New Year!!

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After my girls went to bed last night I sat here with a few candles and a glass of wine and ruminated about all that was 2015  has been.  I mused over the good times like our epic road trip this summer taking Sophie to college and the more challenging ones like radiation and empty nest.

What a year it has been. So much change, healing and growth all surrounded and nurtured by a stunning amount of  love.

Of course the biggest thing for me on a personal level was the whole fighting breast cancer thing. It has been quite the journey and as I sit here barely on the other side of it I am so very grateful. I am grateful to be here to welcome in 2016 with a great deal of hope and love!

I was at Twisted this week to pick up something and as I was leaving there was a woman sitting and spinning away on her Jensen Tina 2. I smiled at her and she smiled so big and beautiful back at me that I went over to chat and see what she was up to. She was familiar to me but I am just awful with the whole name remembering thing so… . We chatted about her Jensen and spinning and that the shawl she was wearing was spun from some of my fiber and just had the loveliest chat.  As I was leaving she said to me that she was so very glad to see me out and about and looking so well. I thanked her and told her I was doing very very well and she said that she hoped I knew just how many people were praying, sending love and just rooting for me and I’ll tell you I almost cried then and there because I do know. I know with every cancer free fiber of my being.

It was good to be reminded and she did remind me as I was quickly breezing through that day trying to complete my end of year to do list.  She gave me the opportunity to slow down, remember and feel the grace and love.

As quite a few people I know do, I like to pick a word for the New Year that is the focal point out of which all else flows, the year’s spirit. Last year my word was gratitude and I have to tell you it not only served me well, it saved me.

I think 2016′s word is compassion.

Compassion not just for others but for ourselves. Starting with a little self love and tolerance and then working out from there. What would it be like if all of our actions and encounters were laced with compassion? What happens when someone shows you kindness? It’s contagious. When we are shown compassion we tend to then turn right around and share it. Spread the love!

In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” Buddha

Thank you for being a part of my journey. I am delighted and ever so grateful to be a part of yours.

Happy New Year!!!

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What’s your word going to be this year?

Merry Making in the rain!!

Oh my goodness so much water. Water still falling from the sky, water on roads, in yards, fields, peoples homes and city streets. The running joke in the dye barn is that we should maybe start building a boat. A big one.

I hope everyone is making good choices and staying safe!

So far the creek here is raging but still is not on the road and our pond is not in the front yard and tress are where they should be. Fingers crossed that this lets up soon!

Since it is super yucky outside we are inside keeping dry and warm the best way we know how with wool!

Haiku Contest:

Before we go any further our haiku winner is Yvonne. It was the knitting ninja that put this one over the top for us!

Thanks to everyone who played along. All of them were great! It was a hard choice. Yvonne if you could email us we will set you up with your prize. info@bluemoonfiberarts.com

Yvonne:

Knitting ninjas know

The echo of a short row

Caresses our curves

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I got to play packager and shipping clerk this week since Paula was stranded for a day by road closures. I love packaging up all the orders and sending them out. I like seeing what everyone ordered and seeing familiar names and writing little love notes. So much fun. There was a whole lot of Single Silk Targhee leaving for their new homes. These two H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta’s are just too pretty not to share. It was hard to ship these out. I’m am not a person who wears purple but this made me happy. I just wanted to sit down and start knitting. Well, after petting ti for awhile.

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I also got to pack up our Winter Wonder Bags. So…much fun.  I really, really love the Elfin Greens quite a bit but then this lover of all things green would.

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Sookie dyed in Hangin” with my Gnomies colorway!

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We are launching our last offering of our Big Ass Skein Club today.  I have been looking forward to this one all year because it uses one of my favorite yarns of ours, Sookie. I do love a nice bulky yarn and am also partial to singles add in the super softness that this merino is and you have a trifecta of wooley goodness. Also…such quick knitting!

Shannon has designed for us a slipper and hat combo. we were going to just offer slippers but there was so much yardage left we decided the slippers needed a hat buddy.

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Strange Jewels Hat & Slippers, inspired by Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Big Magic: “One of the oldest and most generous tricks that the universe plays on human beings is to bury strange jewels within us all, and then stand back to see if we can ever find them.”

Thank you Shannon for all of the design Magic you gave us this year for our Big Ass Skein Society! You are one of my most favorite strange jewels. I think we are going to need a strange jewel colorway yes?

Okay my lovelies it is off to the barn with me.

A few things to remember:

Rockin’ Sock Club 2016 Gift Certificate purchase ability is live.

A Blue Moon gift certificate is a great way to make a knitter you love happy!

We still have room in the Rockin’ Whorl Club and will be shipping the first installment of this group of three at the end of December so… if you want in the time is now.

Sock club members your discount code expires in December 31st. Read the dyer’s notes if you did not receive our email on this. The code is in the dyer’s notes!

BASS members your discount codes will expire on January 31st

And …we hope to see you for PomPom making merriment on the  Saturday the 19th of December.

Stay dry. Stay safe.

Blue Moon Winter Solstice Holiday PomPom Extravaganza

We invite you to us at the barn on Saturday, December 19th, for a fun, food and fiber-filled holiday party! What better way to celebrate the return of the light than making pom poms, sampling all kinds of yarn type goodness which just might include ( it does)  a very special holiday color available on our Cloud 9 base.

Pom pom creating takes on a whole new dimension when you have so many different yarn types and hues to choose from.

Please RSVP over on Facebook, and make sure to bring your favorite holiday cookies or snack to share AND an assortment of needles! If you already have a pom pom makers please bring that also.

So much fun!

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Short Row Knits

Short Row Knits, Carol Feller’s latest book, is one of those pieces that is truly multi-faceted. It’s gorgeous in and of itself, as a book to flip through, to take inspiration from, to just simply enjoy. It’s chock-full of “need-wants,” meaning patterns you need and want to make. There isn’t one pattern in this book that wouldn’t make a knitter happy to create or wear or gift. Then there’s the fact that it’s a very comprehensive reference book on short rows. Anything and everything you’d want to know about short rows: the many ways to create them; the myriad uses for them; how to use them to create better-fitting garments. This book will help you be a better knitter. Bold statement, but methinks a very true one.

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And, if that’s not enough, Carol used our yarns to create not one, but two stunning pieces.

The first one is Diamante, in our Marine Silk Fingering.

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Diamante is constructed from the center out, using short rows to create “wings” which curve naturally over the shoulders. It’s got gorgeous drape, as you can see, and wears very well.

Tamarindo is a sweater made in Laci. Oh, Laci. Such a gorgeous, soft, perfect lace-weight yarn. Carol calls this her Raglan Waterfall Cardigan, and you can definitely see why once you’ve seen the photos.

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Tamarindo is both a throw-on-over-anything cardigan AND a dressy cover-up. You can wear it draped open, or held together with one of the shawl pins in your collection (you know you have one, and if you don’t, you know you want one!)

Both of these pieces, and the other eighteen, are stunning, classic, knittable AND wearable. Just the kind of projects knitters actually want to make. We are honored to be a part of this collection, and hope you all fall madly in love, too.

To help your love affair along, we are giving away a copy of the book, PLUS two skeins of Marine Silk Fingering in the winner’s choice of colors. How to win? Just leave a comment on this post, with a haiku that has to do with short rows.

But why a haiku?
Short Rows are the haiku of
the great knitting world.

Now, we KNOW you can do better than that! Show us. We’ll take comments until Friday, December 11th.

PHOTO CREDIT for Short Row Knits stunning photography goes to Carol’s husband Joseph Feller

While you’re marking down the contest deadline on your calendar, if you are local, make sure to block out Saturday, December 19th, from 1-4pm. We’re having a party here at the barn – our Blue Moon Winter Solstice Holiday PomPom Extravaganza! More details (and a Facebook event where you can RSVP) will follow, but know that there will be pompom making, yarn tasting, and a special colorway available on the Cloud 9 base.

Gratitude and Holiday News!

I so love the quiet early mornings. Right before dawn, like and hour, when all that are home are still dreaming away all cozy in their beds and the world outside my window is just thinking about lighting the day. I especially love it during the holidays when my house is filled once again with my kids and the day ahead is sure to be filled with cooking, sharing, singing, maybe some pie baking dance moves and lots and lots of laughter.

If I could only choose one thing to be thankful for I would choose my family in a heart beat. I think most of us would. Luckily, my reasons to feel grateful do not end there. I have a pretty much never ending list to feel gratitude and thanks for. I am truly blessed.  Even last year when I was heavy into fighting breast cancer I felt so very blessed in so many ways. One of the things I learned from my cancer was that there is always, always a reason for gratitude.

So on this quiet morning before the coffee timer kicks in and the oven is lit for baking I wanted to take a moment to say a really huge THANK YOU to  you, our knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, dyers, makers who make it possible for us to do what we love to do and support our families while doing so. You are the very best!

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We started a few weeks backs to runs specials. we are ding this for the holidays and to give back a little something to you our loyal fiber loving friends. Right now we have our SilkMO Special which you can read more about here and will run for another week. We had a Mill End Special which we all love. (Thank you for making our end of year inventory counting much better!)

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Starting now we are offering our super luscious and bulky Sookie on sale until Tuesday, December 1st. If you have yet to try our Sookie now is the time. At 15% off it’s quite the steal.  And because of it’s bulky component an excellent last minute knitting project yarn. I am using it for cowls, mittens and hats. You want it close to your skin it is so soft and warm. A prefect winter knit and wear. It’s freezing here and I so wish I was done with the cowl I have on the needles. Discount code: SOOKIE2105

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A lot of you have requested a return of our Winter Wonder bags. 

So here they are with a bit of a new twist in fiber and color. We are using a new yarn. Ranier made by my friend Jim and just so lovely! It’s DK weight superwash merino. It has a really good spin and ply on it, enhancing it’s natural elasticity. Each kits has 5 – 100 yd skeins all color themed for your holiday fun and knitting pleasure.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I did putting them together for you.

And….I have saved the very very best for last. Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I had some super exciting new yarns to introduce you to?

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Introducing for a limited run!

Tigger Targhee and Single Silky Targhee.

YAY!!!! More Targhee!

While I talk the mill into making these in a more permanent way we have a limited amount of each of these. I have kept the pricing down as an introductory new yarn and holiday special.

I love all of the yarn we offer here at Blue Moon. I am telling you this so the other yarns will not feel jealous once I start talking about the wonderful attributes of these two.

I have to tell you I have not been as excited about a new yarn as I am about these two in quite awhile.

Okay let’s start with the Single Silky Targhee.

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I’m more than a little in love with this yarn. It’s made from our lovey Targhee from Montana with the addition of just a bit ( 30%) of unbleached tussah silk .  Soft, silky with just the slightest bet of texture from that wonderful Targhee crimp. I have been knitting on it for a few weeks now and the only reason I stop knitting on it, is to switch to knit with the Tigger or Sookie so… . ( I know. I am lucky. )

I have about 160 skeins of this and they will go fast. So get it while you can and then keep your fingers crossed. Once you knit with it you are going to want a whole lot more of this dreamy yarn. All our testers on this yarn wanted at least a sweater’s quantity. I actually think I might dye myself a sweater’s worth before it is all gone.

Just in case! Or maybe that jinxes the process of getting it again. Hmm… . I’ll wait. Also that leaves more for you.

side note: As I sit here writing to you my girls are int he other room giggling. Sophie is home from college for the weekend and they have not seen each other since August. I just love that sound! It never ever gets old, does it?

Okay….

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Onto our Tigger Targhee. I will tell you right now that I am possessed by this yarn. I am sure at this point of all the people I work with are so over me telling them all about this yarn. That is, until they knit with it.

I have not been so enthralled by a yarn since we created Socks that Rock.

I know… . That is a big statement. Well here is why.

 

As I have said before, I fell in love with Targhee sheep and their wonderful wool years ago when I had loads of spinning time. It’s so lofty that you expect it to just float away and you want it to take you with it! It might not be super soft like a very fine merino, but in my opinion it’s just soft enough with more durability than an ultra fine fiber. It’s all in that crimp. The elasticity that Targhee brings to the table make its softness less slippery and more like a cloud. Well, at least what I imagine a cloud to be like.

Now,  take this elastic fiber and make it into a cabled yarn. A cabled fingering weight yarn, no less.  Why is it so great that it is a cabled yarn? I will tell you. A cabled yarn is taking two (or more) 2 ply yarns and then plying them back on themselves in the opposite direction ( of course). There are many reason to make a cabled yarn. One of those reasons is that is makes for a strong abrasion resistant yarn. Which makes it a really good type of yarn for sock knitting and is why we are exciting about Tigger.  We are also excited because it is 100% untreated ( not superwashed) Targhee.  Some knitters are not huge fans of superwash yarns or the process it involves so having an alternative is pretty exciting.

This super stretchy wonder of a yarn that makes me so happy.  The combination of the cable process and the crimp on Targhee is the perfect storm of a yarn! It feels as good to knit as it does to wear. I think the possibilities with our super-bounce, fun-fun-fun, Tigger Targhee are endless, just endless. Every single person I have given it to test knit with just loves it. I think you will too. We have tested it as a sock yarn. Yes, even with no superwash we think it is a good sock yarn because of the aforementioned cabled aspect. We have knit socks and washed them in a washer and dried them in a dryer and they faired well.

Now… would I do that all the time? No.  But then I do not do that with my superwash knits either. What it means is that they will wear well. And with all that stretch, they are super cozy.

I can’t wait to see what you think.  I hope you will give our Tigger a go and help me convince the mill to make this for us.

Phew that was a lot.

I am going to leave you with all of this a go start baking with my girls while we wait for my son and dil.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and a great weekend.

LOVE!

PS: We still have room in the Rockin’ Whorl Club and the Rockin’ Sock Club will go up next week for gift certificate purchases.

Yarn and color = knit fun!

Wow!  This sure has been a week. I don’t know about you but I,for one, am pretty thrilled that it is Friday! We had a big storm and lost our internets for a whole day which really slows things down. It did mean I got to go to pdx and work at my favorite pub so that was fun.  So much wind and rain!

Okay so I have lot to tell you so I will just jump right in.

The new Winter Twist Collective is live. Have you seen it? There’s some pretty wonderful knits there so if you have not taken a gander the weekend is a good time to do so with a nice cup of the beverage of your coice and a quiet corner.  There are two designs using our yarns. One is a wickedly creative out of the box shawl by Lana Jois called KizzleKazzle,  I am so intrigued by. I find myself wanting to knit it just to see how it works. When Kate talked to me about supplying the yarn for this design she told me she thought that this was one of those knits that would bend our minds and inspire our creativity. Also they are stunning! I would like to feel that scarf wrapped around my neck in this cold weather. I bet it is super cozy since it is our Gaea Fingering. Which brings us to another cool aspect of this design. The shawl is knit in Gaea Sport and the scarf in Gaea Fingering. Yeah!! So the applications are endless for that stitch pattern.

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I love a design that is not only beautiful and functional but also inspires! Thank you Lana and Kate for including us in this super fun project!

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The second design is a striking raglan turtleneck called Spalle by Angela Hahn. Do you see the lines in this sweater. Stunning! In my opinion Spalle is a classic sweater and a good addition to our winter wardrobe and knit basket. I especially like that is is knit from the bottom up in the round in one piece. If I was a skier I would so be knitting this to wear on the slopes. Thank you Angela!

 

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A reminder: If you are planning to join the December 7th IN Triplicate KAL we need your yarn order  so we can get it to you in time! When you purchase the e-book from Lee, Shannon and Star there is a discount code good for 10% of you yarn purchase with us. Also the Loopy Ewe has a whole bunch of our Gaea Sport in stock so no waiting. Please note that the discount code is only good at Blue Moon! I think I am going to use green, yellow and white and knit gifts for my son and his wife. Those are the Timbers (soccer) colors and they are HUGE fans and…we are winning!! I think Timbers super hero mitts would be just thing thing!

Our SilkMO Special is going strong. I often wish our knitters could stand in the barn under all the yarn hanging to dry. It’s so pretty and just plain wonderful to be surrounding by color and texture in that way. This is especially true right now with all of the SilkMO hanging form the rafters. It’s like colorful fluffy clouds. We are having so much fun with this I think we will keep it going until after Thanksgiving.

I admit I am curious as to the plans for all of this mohair so please do share pictures with us when you are done with your projects!

Oh which reminds me I wanted to mention how wonderful your color choices for the Targhee Bulky for our BASS offerings, She Said, He Said are. Just yummy! I can’t wait to see them knit up.

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See this?

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This is Tofino by my buddy Kat Buckspan

I was in Twisted yesterday dropping off their yarn ( side note: Twisted is full of Blue Moon right now!) and Kat was there. We got to chatting, as we do, about this and that. I mentioned her cowl and how great it would look in our Sookie. She agreed! She also told me that it was an hour knit. Now…maybe that is true for her but I do not knit anything in an hour. I dyed some Sookie in Antiquated System yesterday and am going to knit Tofino this weekend. If in fact this is an hour or so knit, then I am golden for the holidays!

Look at it! It’s so pretty and fun!

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Okay so this is turning into a super long blog post so I am going to sign off. First the RSC 2016 will be live next week for gift certificate purchases.

Also, I promised you new and exciting this week and it is there on the website but I am going to let you find it. I want to talk in great detail about these two new wonders and will do so on Monday. In the mean time you can see what you find!  A bit of a treasure hunt if you will.

Oh and I almost forgot.

Check out Churchmouse’s big reveal this weekend.  It’s pretty exciting!! Remember when I said I felt a bit like a dye spy recently with all of the secret colorway making. Well… this was one of my secret dye missions!

okay so before signing off please join me in welcoming to the Blue Moon family of Local Yarn Stores. We are thrilled to be working with these wonderful LYS’s!

The Purple Purl

Feather Your Nest

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All Wound Up

Zeven Katten

IN TRIPLICATE

Inspiration. Creativity. Collaboration.

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Photo Credit: Lee Meredith

When your work is envisioning and creating yarns and ways to color them, what you hope and dream is that what you do speaks to others. Speaks to them in such a way as to inspire in them that same need to create what is in their hearts and imaginations.

So when Lee Meredith, Star Athena, and Shannon Squire approached me about collaborating on this collection, I was over the moon thrilled. I love working with these three Portland knitwear designers. All three were Rockin’ Sock Club designers this year. I’ve worked with Shannon and Star for years and always wanted to work with Lee so…as I said, thrilled!  They are all great designers with completely different design sensibilities. I couldn’t wait to see what they each would create.

Look at what they came up with!

IN TRIPLICATE!

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Nine super-cool and fun patterns that’s what they came up with.

Aren’t they wonderful?!

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I want to knit them all. We will totally be needing many more knit hours added to our days. Especially since there is a KAL in December! When you purchase the ebook there is also a 10% discount code from us for your Gaea.

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Our Gaea Sport inspired the heck out of these ladies, and the three colors we all decided upon are divine together: Lover’s Leap, a HAWT pink, Ochroid, a burnished gold, and Mica, a super sultry silvery tan neutral.  The four of us had a crazy amount of fun putting all kinds of color combo’s together on Shannon’s back deck this summer. I have pictures of them all and some I put together below.

If you do not see a trio of  hues here that makes your heart sing please do email me at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com and I will help you choose something that does.

Let’s talk color.

Just about all the holiday colorways are all up as are the 5 new ones!

My favorite of the new ones has to be 10 Lords a Leaping. Although, I am also pretty fond of Let it go… .

We are adding a bunch of our multi-colrways to our SilkMo offerings during this SilkMo Special (which is still going on). I think we will keep it going for another week or so. Our techie will have those up tonight along with additional color choices for the Targhee Bulky for those of you wanting to order for this months BASS offering, He Said, She Said by the lovely, Shannon Squire. So look for those to be on the website after this evening.

Since we are making our holiday knitting lists and schedules and shopping around for what we need I wanted to mention that if you are looking for a nice neutral or more subdued hues for those people in your life that are not about the bright or the high contrast then do check out what we have sent Simply Socks in the past few months.

In response to requests for more sedate colors from her knitters, Allison of Simply Socks Yarn Company, asked me to come up with a few colorways for her. I’ve created six for her so far and just shipped out the last two on Wednesday so she should have them now. Yup I just looked and they are already up on the website! I think of the six I like these last two the very best.

Sub-Dude and Stone Smoked Porter

The four other hues are below. We had fun, as we do, with the naming. Even though these are not by any means “manly” colors since we do not define color that way at Blue Moon. I did push the envelope a bit with the naming, just because it was too tempting not too. A bit of tongue in cheek if you will.

Since I wear mostly brown, black and greys, these are, in fact, my kind of hues! I know I would love socks  or a scarf or hat or gloves… in any of these colorways.  In fact…do you think she would think it weird if I ordered a skein?

Tobacco Road, Lumber Jack, Super Manly and Something Manly.

 

We have some pretty exciting knit happenings coming your way in the next few weeks so do stay tuned!

For those that are asking, the 2016 Sock Club will be up for gift certificate buying within the next few weeks.

If you are a member now check out the RSC blog and tell me some of your favorite things!

Have a lovely weekend!