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IN TRIPLICATE

Inspiration. Creativity. Collaboration.

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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.

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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!

Happy Halloween!

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Our very own Witchy Poo not wasting any precious knitting time!!!

As I have said…we love to celebrate All Hallows Eve here in Blue Moon land. Usually it’s our Witchy Poo Becky who is our inspirational force. If you have met Becky you understand what I am saying here.  Well…Becky has a new playmate. Turn out our new team mate Kalia is as much of a prankster and lover of all that is Halloween as Becky. Becky is thrilled and they are wreaking havoc in the barn.

Yesterday we had a Halloween themed potluck for our lunch break.

So much fun and yum!

Speaking of fun, we still have a few of our Trick or Treat and Mystery Mill End Bags left if you missed those last weekend.

We are putting up more of our holiday hues next week (probably Wednesday) along with a few new ones. So look for these guys!

As much as I LOVE my homage to Frozen with our Let It Go colorway, I have to say I think my favorite of this bunch is Ten Lords A Leaping.  I knew it as soon as I had the dye on the skeins too.  I did my little happy dance and told it how special it was. That’s the trick in all of this, you know? Letting the yarn and colorways how wonderful they are. Happy yarn makes happy knitting!

In the header above you can read all about our next Big Ass Skein release!  Warm and toasty gorgeousness!

I hope everyone has a spooky and wickedly fun Halloween!

Be safe!

Trick or Treat…

smell my feet give me something good to…knit!!

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As you can see from the picture we have been busy pulling out all kinds of magic from our cauldron of color in honor of the approaching All Hallows Eve celebration. It has been quite spooktacular in the barn as of late with lots and lots of tricks and also a few treats!

Okay so here is what we have for your Halloween trick or treating!

* Remember a few years back we did actual Trick or Treat color themed bags? Well we have a few of those and are offering them for sale this weekend. There are not a ton of them so get them while you can! We are sending out a newsletter this afternoon and they will be live for sale then when you get it.

* We are also offering our Mystery Mill End Bags for sale again since the mystery of it all is a bit like trick or treating! Don’t worry no tricks, just the mystery of me picking your colors. I was putting these together last night and was thinking of how much fun I have making up these bags. It really is just the best color matchy/matchy game. I wait until everyone has gone for the day. I crank up the tunes and just have myself the best time. If it is late enough in the day I might even enjoy a cold beer while I pair up skeins.  I think it would make a great party game, for knitters of course. I also have these lovely moments as I choose a pairing, when I am remind of a friend, designer, or one of you dear knitters. I have them in my hand and I think to myself; well, wouldn’t Nathania just love all of these maroons and teals, and oh my,  this peach would just tickle Hazel to no end and these fall rusts and reds would make Gaily so very happy and this orange would have Lisa and Shannon both weak in the knees. It’s just lovely and one of the ways I feel like my job is a blessing. So many lovely people I am connected to through a shared love of yarn and color!

Happy sigh!

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These two made my heart sing! I still put them in a bag for shipping out on Tuesday which was super hard.

We have all three weights of sock yarn available and as with the Trick or Treat bags the numbers are limited so get your treat while they are hot so you do not end up being tricked by time. Time is a wicked trickster! These will also be live when the newsletter goes out thi afternoon.

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See this skein of beauty?

 

It is our SilkMo in Sadie Sue Tipsy. Stunning yes? And I will tell you so very soft and airy, a joy to knit with and wear or snuggle under.

 

I love our SilkMo!!! Because of this love I am on a bit of a mohair mission. I am starting this mission by running  a special on our SilkMo.  We sell it to you in a 3.75oz. /106g and 794yds / 726m skein. It comes to us twice that size! So for a limited time when you order SilkMo instead of getting the usual size skein you will receive a 1452 yd skein. So very much SilkMo…the things you’d could make!

I want a throw and am contemplating color for such a luxury. I am pretty hooked on Sadie Sue Tipsy at the moment but we’ll see.

What would you knit with all that lovely SilkMo?

Here are a few thoughts: Mohair Bias Loop from Churchmouse Also form Churchmouse their Simple Wrap and Afghan and Easy Fold Poncho.

Last Christmas my buddy Janet and I went a little pom- pom crazy. I might have used some SilkMo scraps for a few of them. They are the best ones!!!

I will post pictures of some of my favorite SilkMo hues to our instagram over the next week, so look for us there.

A note: We will not be re-skeining these huge hanks to mix up the color. It’s just too easy to break and none of us would want that.

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Here is a picture of Sadie Sue all mixed up in SilkMo and then as it is dyed in Socks that Rock.

If you have a mohair issue  then maybe you have not worked with the right blend. Silk and nylon soften mohair . You know what time it is? Time to, Let it go…let it go…. . ( Get it!)

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*The Rockin’ Whorl Club!

The next installment of the Rockin” Whorl Club is Live!  I know. I said I was done. I said I had no time and all that but, I just miss it too much. So here we are. I’m pretty excited about this next grouping. We are going to play with differing types of Superwash blends for spinning sock yarns. Don’t knit socks? No worries, there are also all kinds of other yarn types we can cover with these blends. So excited to explore this theme a little more. Last time I delved into sock yarn making, Socks that Rock was born.

I hope you’ll join me on this spinning adventure.

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*Last but not least a contest.

You know how I feel about stories. So I thought since it is Halloween and us witches here at Blue Moon do love a good ghost story I thought maybe we could have a tell your favorite scary ghost type Halloween story contest.

The contest will run until November 1st . Please post your stories in the comment section of this blog post. We will pick the top three ghostiest stories as winners. The prize will be a 20% off coupon code good until December 31st.

One thing…not too much straight up gore please. We are talking, around the campfire ghost stories.

A peak at our most critical judge/dyer taking a much needed knit break.

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I think that covers it for now. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Welcome to the flock….

Remember those three new yarns I mentioned that we were going to add to the website a few weeks ago? Well we have tested them every way we know how to test a yarn or fiber and have found them to be as awesome as we thought and hoped them to be.  We already have designs brewing in a them.

One of them might even be in the Winter Twist Collective issue.

Okay, so where to start? How about with the addition of our new BFL yarn.

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I think of this yarn as a more of a refined version of our rusticly woolen spun BFL Sport. I love Blue Faced Leicester! I like the staple length and the luster. As a dyer it is a dream to work with, it takes the dye all shiny and vibrant. So why not add in a little silk to soften things up a bit, put a semi-worsted spin on it, then add a single making a lovely round 3 ply yarn. No reason really.

I think the mill really got it right on this one. We are so please to add Silky BFK Sport to our Blue Faced Leicester flock of yarns! Thank you Jim!!! Yes….you were right.
Those of you who normally do not like long wool yarns because they might be a little bit itchy will be thrilled with out Silky BFL. It’s all in the spin!  I t is a dream to knit with all silky soft loft. Those stitches just bloom right into place.

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Next we have the seriously lofty and  delicious Gaea Fingering.

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I have been wanting to add in a fingering weight version of our Gaea for awhile now. So when I was presented with a stellar reason to this summer ( thank you Kate!) I gladly waltzed right through that door. Gaea Fingering is a 2ply version of our beloved Gaea which is made from 21.5 micron Certified Organic Merino from Argentina.  It’s combed in Germany and spun in the U.S., both mills certified organic.

I know we are all about the local right now and I agree but there is also something to be said for the global working together approach. I like that about these yarns.

It has a beautiful hand, all soft and airy with the superfine merino bounce we all love.

I see a wide range of applications for Gaea Fingering from lace to sweaters!  Since we are still waiting on our Marine Silk Fingering order from the mill I’m considering using the Gaea for  this….

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Carol Feller’s Diamante Center-Out Shawl for her new Short Row Knits book.  ( I want to knit everything in this book!) It won’t have the drape that the Marine Silk does but I think I might be okay with that!

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Okay now onto something brand spanking new – Cloud Nine.

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It’s hard to go wrong with the addition of cashmere. It’s possible. I’ve seen and felt it, but it is hard.  I have been dreaming of a well rounded cashmere blend yarn that would stretch over a few knit applications and I believe Cloud Nine is just that yarn. It’s that lovely blend of super soft cashmere, fine superwash merino and nylon, that we have all come to know and love and… it’s a 4 ply sport weight. Cloud Nine has stunning stitch definition and just enough bounce! Perfect for anything close to the skin so you can feel the softness and warmth. I want a Cloud Nine hat as soon as I can decide what colorway to dye it in maybe a cowl, and after that…a sweater.

Yes, a sweater! Joy of joys!

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So I was all prepped for this bog post with my swatches and they were even blocked. I know…  look at me. I grab them this morning to take their swatchy pictures and then I noticed I no longer had a Gaea Fingering swatch. I looked and looked and all the while Bruce the kitten is sitting on a kitchen chair with that smug cat attitude laced with guilt.  I figure that only she knows where that swatch is, and the shape it is in. After an unproductive stare down with her I sit myself down to knit another. About halfway in I am called to the barn for some sort of yarn emergency. When I return I met with my half done new swatch on the floor half unraveled and in the clutches of the aforementioned spawn of evil, Bruce the kitten.

It’s been a bit of a week here so I really just wanted to cry and then, I remembered it’s knitting and I love to knit. So I made a cup of my favorite tea and sat myself down to finish my sad little swatch. Up side is that Gaea holds up to kitten play pretty well!  It did give me a chuckle when I realized if I did not meet my swatching, blog posting deadline I could just put a note in the space where the swatch would be that basically said the kitten ate my homework (swatch).

Oh Bruce! (Otherwise known as the swatch monster.)

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Cute yes, but super evil!

Fall Color Change, Rhinbeck and New Yarns

I know. It has been awhile. I have no excuse really. Although, I have noticed that when I have a huge creative burst I tend to not be very chatty! So please excuse my creative absence.

I cannot believe that it is already October 9th. New York Sheep and Wool is next weekend and the holidays are following right behind it.

We have sent so very much yarn and fiber to Toni of The Fold for her booth at Rhinebeck. I have to tell you it was really hard to pack up  and send off these roving braids. I just wanted to sit myself down at my wheel and have a little spinfest!

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I made a special Rhinebeck colorway!  It’s name is Rhinebeck 2015.

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So stop by and see Toni and check out all the new hues in person!

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I also have been busy with some new yarn play! Swatch party!!!

swatchingAren’t they pretty? You are going to LOVE them! Soft, dreamy and silky and one them is just all kinds of cool! They are all kinds of weights too. we have a fingering-weight, a DK, a sport and a heavy worsted single!!! Exciting! we have some BFL and maybe some more Targhee and we’ll just throw a wee bit of cashmere and silk in because we can!

So stay tuned next week for more about those beauties.

Of course it is time to change colorways, as we do. Below is our list of ones there are taking a hiatus on Tuesday the 13th. We will put up new ones on the Friday the 16th so look for those and some of the new yarns too!

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Our buddy Shannon  has been very busy as of late! If you have not seen her Crimson and Clover in our Worthy Fingering well…here it is! So pretty!

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Crimson and Clover, over and over… .

Have a lovely knit filled and colorful weekend!

Big Ass Skein Society #4 PLUS new colorways

Today, Shannon released the fourth pattern in our Big Ass Skein Society collaboration, and it uses the new Super WooBu LITE to great effect. Zamora is a top-down shawl, in 2 different sizes: smaller and larger. The larger is shown using Afternoon Delight and the smaller in a new color, A Speck of Autumn.

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We’ve also got a bunch of fabulous new colors that have just hit the webstore:

One lone Shaded Solid: Royal Blue

And a whole gaggle of Multicolorways:

  • Bubble Bliss
  • Castiel
  • Crazy Stupid Skein of LOVE
  • Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Dani-Kalia
  • English Garden Memories
  • Fall Frolic
  • Feelin’ Good
  • Galactic Broccoli
  • Green Daze
  • Huegasmic
  • It’s a Supernatural thing!
  • Light at the end of the Tunnel
  • Lost Valley
  • Pumpkin Patched
  • Shabby Chic Oasis
  • Socktober
  • Splendor in the trees
  • Squashed
  • Tangled up in blues
  • The Earl of Purl
  • THE yellowed eyed demon

We’re hoping the new pattern AND the new colorways will help us all get through the dog days of Summer AND get us all ready for Fall, the knitter’s season!

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So much color! It was so interesting to work on our new fall colors last week. All I wanted to do was bright hues and the wilder the better.  So I realize that these maybe not your more traditional fall hues but it is still the end of summer with all kinds of heat and sunny days so we’ll go with transitional fall hues. Which leaves the door open for more later which is always good!

I love all of these so much I would like a few weeks off just to play with them. Lucky for me I am about to embark on a road trip to take my youngest to college in Pennsylvania and there are three of us that are driving so…KNITTING time!!! Yay!!

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I hope you enjoy knitting with these as much as I enjoyed creating them and naming them and photographing them and yes, we’ll just say it, loving them. Once in awhile when I do this new color way dance of mine, I am reminded of the first time I sold my yarn and colors. It felt a bit like I was putting my children out in the world. What if no one liked them? How would I feel? Did I want anyone else knitting them. Well I obviously got over that!! I love sharing them. It’s part of the joy of it all for me.

Which is interesting to think of this week as I prep to take my youngest off to college. Turning this precious soul over to the world at large.  I do feel like my kids are my very best work!

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On Monday you will be hearing from Shannon about the next installment of the Big Ass Skein Society. You are going to LOVE it!

So look out for that!

We also have a new yarn! It’s Woobu’s little sister. Super Woobu-LITE a light and lovely blend of super wash merino, bambu and nylon. It is the perfect summer knitting and wearing yarn. So light!

okay I have a lot more to say but my to do list for this trip is large and we are leaving tomorrow. yes I’m a little nervous!

Have a lovely weekend!

Colorway Story Winners!

Good Monday afternoon!!! I had morning there but it took way longer to get this post up than I anticipated. Probably because it is Monday. hehe

I hope we all have good weekends. I spent the weekend completely immersed in color so I am a pretty happy camper.

We have brand new colorways coming your way at the end of the week.  And yes some of them are our contest winners colorways!

I have to tell you a few of these were a little bit of a challenge for me but I think I did an okay job. I hope all the winners agree!

I am going to post the pics here for all to see. If you have not already done so could you winners please contact Paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com with your address so that she can get a skein of your special colorway in the mail to you.

I really hope you like them! Thanks so much for playing.

Below the pics is a list of colorways that are coming down on this week!

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Galactic Broccoli

 

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Bubble Bliss

 

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Tangled up in Blues

 

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Feelin’ Good

 

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Lost Valley

 

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Colorways that are coming down. If there ones you want to see on the website please let us know!

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Happy Monday!!!

 

Deconstructed & Once in a Blue Moon

First, real quickly, for those taking part in Sock Sniper, it starts tomorrow, and you all have a coupon code.

It’s always so interesting to see how folks work with our colorways. When local designer Katherine Leek approached me about breaking down some of our Multicolor Wave colorways into her lovely and super wearable Deconstructed shawlette, I was tickled. The pattern is the perfect blend of knitterly interest and mindless knit, and the color combinations are almost endless.

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So endless in fact that we had to limit it (and ourselves – do you know how fun it is to break down color ways into their composite parts? TOO MUCH FUN!)

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As Katherine herself says,

Have you ever looked at a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock and wanted to wear that skein? Exactly that skein. Well I have. Repeatedly and often. And thus Deconstructed came to be. A color block shawl that breaks BMFA’s incomparable colorways down into their basic components and then puts them back together in a wearable form. So you can wear that skeinExactly.

We’re starting with just a few deconstructed colorways, to whet your knitterly whistles:

Loch Ness (Spinel, Pond Scum & Everyday Grey)

Lucy (Stumptown Brown, Sky Blue & Spores)

Smokey Mountain Morn (Smoke on the Water, Everyday Grey & Fir-ever-green)

Scaponia (Jasper, Terracotta & Mulberry)

Skyrocketing Puddle Jumper (Chillaxin, Just Right Red & In the Navy)

Skyfall (Everyday Grey, Obsidian & Aquarius)

Crabby McHappypants (Pond Scum, Just Right Red & Chillaxin)

Lagoon (Black Onyx, In the Navy & Enchanted Forest)

Covelight (Jasper, Tanzanite & Meet Brown, Joe)

The shawlette is in Socks that Rock Lightweight, so hop on over to the website, grab three skeins, and get your needles ready. If there’s a color you’d like to see Deconstructed, send us an email and let us know. We’ll work our magic and deconstruct it…

AND, this is so much fun, you better keep your eyes peeled for even more deconstructed colorways.

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Also, did you know that tonight, there will be a Blue Moon? Like, a real, live, in-the-sky Blue Moon. Which works perfectly for our Barn Sale, since, you might have realized, we are all about the Blue Moon. And, much like a Blue Moon, a Barn Sale doesn’t happen every day.

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The BARN SALE hours are 9:00 to 5:00 tomorrow, Saturday August 1st at the BIG RED BARN in the land of Blue Moon (56587 Mollenhour Rd. Scappoose 97056).

Google us – their directions are great!

Once you are in Scappoose if you are coming from Portland then go through town until you hit the last light which is right after the fire station. That light is Scapposse-Vernonia HWY on your left. You will turn left onto Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy. and take is approx. 7.5 miles. 

 The next road you want is Chapman Rd. which you are turning left on. You can only turn left.

(DO NOT take the road before Chapman Rd which is Chapman Grange Rd – it is wrong and a very rural road.)

The next turn is also a left onto Mollenhour Rd which is the first street you will come to after you turn onto Chapman

Go up Mollenhour about an 1.8 of a mile . Our gravel drive which is on the right and marked by a piece of driftwood and green house number signs. 56587. Turn right here and follow it  all the way to where it dead ends into us.

Yay! You are here!