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Where does the time go?

I swear ir was just Monday. How in the hell is it Wednesday already?  I blame the time change. I mean it! The whole Falling back thing throws me into a tizzy that I do not feel I truly recover from until we change back in March. I’m a champ at the whole Springong forward like one of the peepers in our pond come March. No problem. Barely notice. Just feels like going back to my norm.

This craziness? This makes me want to sit in a corner with my tea and my knitting and not talk to people for the next 4 months.  So if you see me and I look like a bear that has been woken up way too early from her winter slumber, it’s cause I am.

Before we go any further  I hear this contest through some of us.  Remember it was a Halloween Contest where we are not only treating but….yes, tricking. We are a bunch of tricksters here!

The answers were that we changed Go Beavs to All Hallows Eve and then we changed it back again now that Halloween is over. And our Spirit friend is Casper the oh so friendly ghost.

Our grand prize winner is:  a-chan

Following suit after a-chan is: Janis and Pholly

Congratulations to all! If you could email with your choice and address info that would be awesome. It might take her a bit to answer you as we have been hit by the flu bug. Arghh!!!

I have been working on new colors for what this weeks. Debra says it has been weeks. I told her  that people keep getting in the way of my process. We have hired a few more worker bees so the barn is packed full and all those people around messes with my muse.  I learned a long time ago my muse likes her space and will not be constrained or rushed. She is a fickle beast and if she feels I am pushing or crowding her in any way, off she goes into the wilds until she feels good and ready.  Anyway,  Ms. Fickle and I are adjusting and I am pretty excited by some of the hues that are pouring forth. Some of them are really holiday oriented and others are just plain fun. I think there’s something for every one. As you all know, the way is works it here at Blue Moon to make room for the new some of our friends need to take a break for a wee bit.

Although we’ve all greatly enjoyed our chickens friends being able to roam about a bunch of them have to go back to the coop. Soo if want to grab them before they go your time is now.

The following list of colorways will head off to the spa on Monday. If there is something you’d like to see make a comeback let us know in the comments. If you’d like to plead a case for one of these lovelies to stay you can also do here in the comments.

Back to the dye pots with me!

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Trick or Treat?

Smell my feet give me something good to knit?! Does that work?  I think it does but it has been pointed out to me that I am free and easy with the essence of poetic license.


Happy Halloween all you ghouls and goblins. In honor of all that is Hallowed we have a few tricks up our sleeves. Just a few not many. It’s way too busy in the dye barn for too many. We  have added a dyer and a new production person. Welcome Sarah and ~ wait for it cause it’s really awesome ~ Teena Fay.  We’re pretty tickled!! We’ll see how the two Tina thing in the barn works out.

The poem below is your hint.  It’s a bit of a where’s the skein game. I think the poem is pretty clear so I am not going to give more clues because we know knitters are very very smart. I always think these games are going to take forever and we’ve been all sneaky and then one of you gets it in 5 minutes. Oh…although on the one you have to find it and guess it’s name. Ok that was probably too much.

Paula and I will keep posted on this all day and if it looks like it’s too hard we’ll give you more clues.

The first 3 knitters to get our two tricks wins a spooky skein of their choosing.

You can submit your thoughts here in the comments section. We fixed the problem we had during last weekend’s contest so it all works well and good. I had it tested a bunch to ensure this was true.  If you have any problems you can always email your guesses to us at We prefer the comment section though cause it’s more fun for us all.

Happy Halloween Have fun!!!



Chicken Colorway Contest Winners

First of all my humble apologies for the registering fiasco that happened with this contest. I am sorry there was frustration. These are supposed to be fun and games for us all. We are working on making word press and Gus, our new server, play nice together so this does not ever, ever happen again!!

Without further ado, our winners!!

Based on the time they came in whether here in comments or via email.


Melissa McKelvey




Peg Hosky

Here is the list of our chicken hues that are up on the site except… Paula forgot one.  ( I know right?) And the one that Paula forgot ( THE CLUCK CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT) scarletfever mentioned, so she gets an honorable mention skein for Blue Moon chicken colorway knowledge above and beyond  knitterly duty!

Bantam of the Opera
Broody Bantams
Count Cluckula
Dixie Chick
Doodle Doo
Free Range Chickens
Holiday Hen
Honey Cocka
Rhode Island Red
Rooster Rock

If all of you winners you email with your Socks that Rock weight and colorway choice and your address that would be just be clucky.

Thanks for playing!

All Hallowed Cluckers

So…it’s almost Halloween which is my all time favorite holiday. In honor of all that is spooky, creepy and fowl we thought it would be fun to add to the website –  for a limited time –  (November 1st) every single one of our chicken themed colorways. It’s been awhile since I’ve looked at them as a whole. There are quite a few.  I don’t think we have offered them as a flock before. As you can imagine, being the fan of all that’s fowl, I am pretty excited.

Paula and I decided we should also make it one of our contests.

Look it’s a chicken parade!



“We’re bawwk…. . Bawwk, Bawwk,  back for a spin around the Blue Moon garden of color.  Some of us haven’t been around for a very long time, can you find us?  We’re only here for a short time, take one or more of us home for your very own.”

The first five of you lovely knitters to name all of our chicken colorways get a skein of Socks that Rock in the weight of your choosing and the colorway of your choosing. Please post your your list here in the comments of this post.

Paula, Becky and I share the love of All Hallows Eve so for the whole next week until the 31st we’ll having some tricking and treating here on the blog. Do stay tuned.

Wait until you see what Paula has cooked up for us. It’s a hoot.

If you are attending the very last SOAR have a great time. If you see Toni Neil of The Fold giver her a fibery squeeze for me!

Also check out another colorway naming contest we have going with Knitty!

Ok off to carve a pumpkin!

NOTE: I am so very sorry to all of you who tried to set up a new user registration this morning and did not get the email confirmations.  We are still working out the kinks from the server migration earlier this week and evidently this is one of them. We disables the email confirmation for the weekend so you can just register now. If you tried this morning you will have to again later. If you emailed in your answers we will use those emails and they are time stamped so no worries. I really ma very sorry about the frustration this cause for anyone.


Sheep and Wool

As almost every knitter on the planet knows this weekend is the New York Sheep and Wool Festival which means hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of fiber folk will be descending into Rhinebeck New York for all kinds of wooly fun. I’m only slightly jealous. (yeah right?)

It’s been great fun hearing about everyone’s sweater projects.  I can’t wait to see pics of them all. This morning I watched Gale Zuckerman’s video of the pictures she’s taken over past few years of all the sweater glory at Rhinebeck.  If you have’t seen it it’s worth a watch. It’s quite wonderful.

As I mentioned last week we have a very special colorway that I created just for Rhinebeck this year. Little Bo Peep will be at The Fold’s booth(Building B booth 32/33 ) for as long as supplies last. Along with as much color wonder as we could cram into Toni’s trailer.  I do believe we sent her all of the new colors!  We are selling Little Bo Peep on the website this weekend in case Toni runs out and also, for those of us who can’t attend.

Toni has all kinds of fun and beautiful samples with her. One of the new ones is a shawl in our Marine Silk Sport that is particularly lovely.

Port Moody  by Sarah Hedges

In Marine Silk…Mustang Sally, PDX Rose City and Porcini













and in BFL Sport … In the Navy, Chillazin’ and Deep Unrelenting Grey ( I think)

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So very pretty!!

I love these color combination Sarah and Toni came up with.  Elegant and classy!

I hope everyone attending Rhinebeck has a grand ol’ time. For everyone else we’ll be running a special on Marine Silk Sport if you’d like to give Sarah’s Port Moody a knit. I love the name of this shawl so much.  It might be that I am living in a house brimming with young women at the moment that I feel like I’m moored at Port Moody.  The sale commences now and will go until Sunday night at midnight (Pacific time). For some strange reason, yet unknown reason, we could not get out coupon code system to work this morning so we just took the 10% off the regular price. So the discount has already been taken off. You don’t need to type in a code.

If we don’t have it offered in one of our colorways that your heart desires, do let us know. As always I am your color servant and am available to help you choose hues.

We successfully migrated all of our stuff to a new server.  A HUGE thanks to Narayan and the great folks at BlackMesh for making it so and to Jess and Paula for testing the knots out of it. Thanks guys!


It’s still a great shawl!


Back to business…

My goodness what a whirlwind of a few weeks it’s been.  In my experience this is always true about September. No matter how long or hard we prep for what we know is coming our way, it still seems to get the best of us. Maybe that’s just what September needs. Who knows.

Yesterday we got all of sock club out ( late. sorry! ) and most of what Toni needs for Rhinebeck ( right on time) out the door. I am sure the lovely folks at our local USPS were quite thrilled with us. (Note to self: Drop of baked goos at PO later today.)

Before I tell you all the goodness that is coming our way I’d like to say thank you.

We have been short handed for the past two weeks.  So… as we do here at Blue Moon, everyone chipped in to make sure this all worked. I got to rinse and hang yarn which is a job here I truly love. You’ve not truly lived until you are drenched, head to toe, in wooly vinegar water.

Thank you my dearest Team Blue Moon (Becky,Debra,Charlotte,Paula and Denise) for being the kind of team  that you are. Also thank you for putting up with my sadness.I know I have not been the best company lately.

I would also like to say thank you to my daughter Rabia for stepping in wherever, whenever and however I needed her in the past month. I don’t know what I would have done without her and at this point am thankful that I don’t need to know.

I would also like to say thank you to the wonder and loveliness that is Shannon, JJ and Jen for lending me their very capable helping hands and compassionate hearts. You are the best!

Lastly I would like to thank all of you that have sent me so very much love and support. I feel truly blessed by the people in my life which luckily for me includes knitters!


Ok…let’s talk about yarn and color and all that is coming down the road for us in the next little bit.

Rhinebeck ( New York Sheep and Wool ) is right around the corner and as usual Toni Neil of the Fold will have quite an array of our yarns and spinning fibers. Lots and lots of new colorways  and some old ones that we drug out the vault. There is also a brand new one just for Rhinebeck. I was so inspired by hues the graphic this year that I made a special 2013 Rhinbeck colorway. We are pretty tickled with it here and hope you will be too. My intention was to have  you all name it but… Paula came up with such a good name for it that I could not resist it.

Meet Little Bo Peep…



She has lost her sheep and does not know where to find them.  So we are sending her to Rhinebeck to find her flock.

Little Bo Peep will be with Toni Neil at the Fold booth with all kinds of goodies in Building B booth 32/33 .


We are very excited to be adding to our Blue Moon family of LYS’s this month Simply Socks Yarn Company!! I am very excited. I met Allison years ago at Sock Summit 2009. She was one of our generous sponsors. Allison and I hit it off immediately so I am especially happy that I get to work with some I respect as a business woman and enjoy as a person.  We’ve been having so much fun figuring out what she is going to carry and how.  I am sure we are going to cook up all kinds of knit fun.  As I type this what keeps running through my head is that line from spell-chant from the three witches in Macbeth, “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.”. Like I said, it’ll be great fun seeing what we pull out of our cauldrons.












Above in the rolling- click through (technical term) part of the blog are more pics and  a small bio about Allison and her team.

Welcome aboard Simply Socks!










We are staring our Holiday Knits Specials this weekend. We are starting with one of my absolute favorite yarns that we carry Luscious Single Silk ( LSS ).  So very, very soft. As much a pleasure to knit with as it is to wear.  You want this right next to your skin, especially around your neck. If I knit a quick gift ( bad planning on my part) LSS is my go to yarn. I have kit many a holiday gift with LSS. Starting this Thursday at midnight and going until Sunday at midnight LSS is 15% off.  You will need a coupon code to get that discount. The code is weheartlss  and there will be a place to type that in on your order when you get to the end of the form.

Our friends at Twisted PDX have generously offered a discount on some of their wonderful patterns that use LSS. These are a talented bunch of knitters and designers so don’t miss out on the opportunity on a great pattern yarn duo.

Their coupon code is also weheartlss which gives you a dollar off any of the following patterns until October 31st.

Thank you team Twisted!


PS: Oh my I almost forgot. Amy and Jillian have a surprise coming next week so be sure to look out for it. Should be around the 15th.


Sometimes we drop the ball…

Luckily for me most of then are yarn balls so nothing breaks.  Usually anyway.

I am sorry for disappearing. One of my dearest and oldest friends is loosing her battle with breast cancer. I am spending as much time with her as I can and when I’m not  it is still certainly where my head and heart is.

Paula mentioned to me about the contest winners this morning. I drew a complete and total blank. I know she wondered why I was just staring at her. I almost said to her. “oh hon you’ve been on vacation there’s no contest”.  I caught myself before I actually said it though which is lucky since she had the list of winners in her hand.

So without further ado our, “find the new hues” contest winners.

shannanstitches, Anna and Janis

Congratulations!!! You can contact Paula ( and she will hook you up with your prize.

Thank you to everyone who played.

Note: Gilly is Golly. Actually it should be Golly the Gilly . I’m ever so slightly addicted to the Monarch of the Glenn. Golly is the spitting image of my very scottish grandfather.

1. Chana Masala 2. Cranberry Bogged 3. Gilly ( also known as Golly) 4. Antiquated System 5. As High as an Elephant’s Eye 6. Broody Bantams 7. Dostoevsky’s Crocodile 8. Free Range Chickens 9. Gandalf the Grey 10. Gazing Ball 11. Go Beavs!! 12. Jingle 13. Lavender Fields in the Mist 14. Metaphysical Angst 15. Positive Energy 16. Slithy Toves 17. Tea and Alchemy 18. The Great Northwest 19. The Olive Pit 20. Ginger Plum-licious 21. Who’s the Pumpkin? 22. The Foliage is Falling 23. Lemon Pesto 24. Tomatillo 25. Ish Kabibble

All of the goodies we are taking to Oregon Flock and Fiber have been dyed and we are now working on what Toni Neil will have at Rhinebeck.  The rafters of the dye barn are loaded with beautiful drying hanks of woolly wonder.

We have a few new yarns stores we are adding to the Blue Moon family next month. I’ll tell you about them soon. Pretty excited!!

Be well. Hugs those you love and tell them you do!


New Fall Hues

…are up on the website right this very moment.  Actually they technically aren’t since I am writing this post at night while canning some premium smoky tomato jam. I’ve developed a bit of a thing for late night cooking and canning. It’s cooler, quiet and feels romantic in a back porch shelling peas with my gran while listening to the the crickets sing as the wind gently lifts the weeping bows on the willow kind of way. I have a glass of wine, my daughter, the frogs peeping away in the background and you. What could be better?












Tomorrow (now today) both this blog post and the new hues and a new home page will go up. If I’m lucky all synched as planned and close to when Knitty launches their Deep Fall issue. We’ll see how that all goes.

Anyway no matter how it all rolls I’m pretty thrilled with my oh, so colorful, first Fall group. I think I hit a pretty wide spectrum with this batch. Starting with all of our contest winners, even Positive Energy, then following the seasonal shift towards the crazy goodness of Autumn, a few chickens thrown in ‘cuz I can, and a holiday one just to keep us on our preholiday knitting toes. I had a rockin’ good time in the dye barn with these Fall hues. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

There are 25 of them ( I subtracted the 2 September sock club colorways we are putting up because they aren’t new to everyone). The first three knitters to list all 25 correctly here in the comments section of this post wins a skein of their choosing.

Those of you that have been patiently waiting for our BFL Fingering to be back in stock, it is here! It is here!! It is here!!!!  And yes, I do believe that does warrant 6 exclamation points. Thank you Jim for making this such a priority! We’ve planned this one right down to the wire. We have a lovely design by Shannon Squire that we’re featuring in the soon to be live Knitty Deep Fall issue.  It’s called Vernonia and I am head over heels in love with this shawl in all of it’s holiness.  I pestered poor Shannon so we could get it out for the Fall issue of Knitty and here we are. Happy dancing all around. When the stars align and everything comes together it is truly a beautiful thing.

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One other piece of news. This Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival will be the last one for Blue Moon. I’ve been easing out of  trade shows so I can concentrate on a few other areas for Blue Moon. It is not a decision that I have made lightly and is purely a business growth decision.  I will miss shows like Oregon Flock and Fiber but this is a really good move for us. We are opening more and more accounts with yarn stores and developing what I hope to be long term supportive and creative relationships that will last years and support us all.

Oregon Flock and Fiber holds a very special place in my heart since it was my first festival/trade show. It is hard and I am sure there will be tears (mine of course).  I am creating a colorway to commemorate this moment ( as I do). This will be a special colorway only available at OFFF on that weekend.  Sigh! Change is what makes the world go around!

As usual if there is anything special you’d like to see us bring do let us know and we’ll do our best. We will have all the new colorways in sock yarn and lots and lots of spinning fibers. It is how I started OFFF and I think it is a poetic full circle way to go. We hope to see you there.

To be very clear Blue Moon is only shifting gears and headed in another direction. We’ve been doing this, as quietly as possible, for almost a year now, so we didn’t rock too many boats.  Toni Neil of the Fold will still be taking our yarns to both Rhinebeck and Maryland Sheep and Wool for as long as she wants to do those shows.

One of these LYS relationships that we have added to our Blue Moon family and us to theirs, is, Shall We Knit in Waterloo, Ontario Canada! We are super excited to be working with Karen and her team of extraordinary knitters. We just sent them a whole bunch of Socks that Rocks and Some of our lace yarns Marine Silk and Worthy.

Speaking of a team of extraordinary knitters this weekend is the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Guild Fair!  Sylvie and her team at Lettuce Knit will be there with all kinds of goodies including our Socks that Rock and Twisted! Please do stop by and say hi if you are there.

Wow… that is a whole lot of goings on!  The jam is canned and is now setting. I am tired and those pesky little invisible no see’ums are biting. So I am going to say good night. This is the news from Blue Moon where the colors are inspired and the chickens are happy and … .

PS: We have a new member of the family. My dear friend Gail rescued a few abandoned kittens and my girls and I fell in love with this cutie. We are  still working on a name. We started with Watson moved to Nymphadora Tonks ( Tonks for short) and are now at TS Elliot ( Elli for short) . So … who knows.

Maybe just cutie pie.












If you are on the Olympic Peninsula and looking for something really fun to do try out the Jefferson County Farm Tour.  It is such a good time lots of wonderful people doing great things. There is all kinds of fiber related fun along with food related goodness. I am headed up there as soon as I can tear myself away from  her cute furry self!


What a week…

I do love the three day holiday weekends but…there’s nothing like  taking a day away, to throw a wrench in a work week. School also started this week which is a huge adjustment here because of the commute. All of this, is my way of saying, that this week has kicked my ass. I do feel like I finally got a handle on it last night which is the only reason I am sitting here chatting,even briefly, with you now.

I have been in the barn all week creating new colorways, finessing a few from the contest, and dyeing the hundreds of kits that you ordered this past weekend. You know I really love the color combo kits and am considering adding some gradients and other color combination kits to the website to stay. Interested?

New colorways will be going up next week. Included in these are our contest winners. Well… except for Positive Energy and on this one, I am completely stumped.

 Positive Energy by BonnieB

 I read this post yesterday while sitting with my Mom in the hospital. All I wanted to do was wrap her up in some “positive energy” to get through this. I thought that would be a good name, something warm and soothing all at the same time. 

See why I am stumped? Every single time I go to put color on a skein of yarn for this I’m paralyzed with doubt. I can tell you this is a very new feeling for me in relationship to color and I don’t like it. I do understand it though.  My doubt is around the subjectivity in relationship to color. What is warm and soothing to me might not be to Bonnie or her Mom. I love Pond Scum and I know for a fact there are not many that find that one warm or soothing. So…what I need is more information from Bonnie. I have emailed Bonnie with this question but am not getting a response ( spam filter maybe).  I am mentioning it here on the off chance that you will see this Bonnie and help a dyer out. I need a color range that is comforting to your mom or yourself. Blues? Greens?  Just a hint would help. Oh, please.

Okay Becky has been through here twice so time to get out to the barn. One of the things that made my week this week is this video.   I’m embarrassed by how many times I’ve watched this.

Have a great weekend!


Here’s a small tasting of the new hues coming next week.




A little of this and a little of that.

When I went out into the dye barn this morning, the first thing Paula said (after Good Morning…we are civil) was “Please, oh, please put that list of colorways you are taking down on the blog today.” I’m sorry to both you all and Paula. Truly, I meant to put it up on Tuesday, but this week has completely kicked my butt and gotten away from me.

I can’t believe it’s Thursday. What the hell happened to Wednesday?

I was also going to tell all the Rockin’ Whorlers when we were going we to ship (today), and we all see how well that went. I did send out a newsletter at the end of the week last week with the shipping information in it, but still…

So here I am with my list. This is a hard list for me to post.  I’m having deeply saturated psychological autumnal hues letting go issues. It isn’t pretty.  As I have most undoubtedly told you many times before, I love this season and all of its turning inward, transformational hues. Because of my autumnal obsession, we have a mega-ton of fall hues, all of which I adore.  We have far too many to offer them all at once — much less be able to add in new ones. So…I either have to get over my bad self and let a few rest or…wait, I think I might have an idea. What if we rotate through them all season?  What if we offer some for a few weeks and then change them up again?  Hmm…just ran this by the team, and they love this idea too. Yay!!

I’m loving this idea quite a bit.  A bit of a, “we can have our cake and eat too,” approach to our colorway offerings. Now, if my therapist were sitting here or reading this post, she would have a whole lot to say to me about my ability to let go and what lengths I’m will go to in order not to. Luckily for all of us, she is not sitting here, and if and when she reads this, it will be too late.

When we give this more thought, we’ll let you know our rotation plan/schedule. Until then, here are the colorways that are coming down on Tuesday for a few weeks.

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Remember how I told you we were knitting up a sample of Stephen’s Batad in our Marine Silk Fingering as an option to the Worthy?



It’s done!

Meet our very reluctant model, my lovely daughter Sophie.

…in Porcini and Spores. I like this one a lot, but now I want to see it with Porcini as the MC and Spores as the band.


BFL Fingering Update:  I talked to the mill today, and if all goes as planned, our BFL Fingering will be back in stock at the end of next week (unless I just jinxed it by telling you), which is perfect because Shannon has a lovely new design in it that I can’t wait to show you. Yes, this is a teaser!


Last but least, we are running a Labor Day Special this weekend. We are going to bring back our Trick or Treat and a few of our Winter Wonderland shaded solid kits. I’m going come up with a couple “news” in a few weeks but thought it would be fun to revisit these first.  This time they are 250 yd skeins instead of the 210 yd ones, but they are still priced the same so…a bit of a deal. These will be up as long as supplies last.

They are dyed to order, and, as with any special we run, these take us a bit longer due to volume of orders. We will do our very best to get them to you as soon as we can. I see them shipping around September 13th.

We’ll make these live  tomorrow, Friday the 30th, around noon Pacific time.


I have a friend coming, and we are going to go to Art in the Pearl. If you are local, this is a wonderful event in the Northwest park blocks in the Pearl District. So many talented artisans displaying and performing. Inspiring and fun.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


I leave you with a taste of our upcoming new colorways GO Beavs!!









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