We here in the land of stitches, yarn, fiber, color and chickens wish you all the happiest, peaceful and love-filled of holidays!
We here in the land of stitches, yarn, fiber, color and chickens wish you all the happiest, peaceful and love-filled of holidays!
A not so little Ditty!
Seriously, when Shannon told me that she named this cowl Ditty I almost choked on my tea. Ditty is a stunning and cozy cowl knit out of our super soft and very bulky Sookie, so the chances of it being a little Ditty is pretty funny. A Ditty it is though. I’m having a pretty heavy duty love affair with a few of our new yarns right now and Sookie is at the very top of the list. It is sinfully soft and lofty. I just want to dump a few bales of it on the floor of the dye barn, curl up in it and take a very long cat nap. Once you start knitting with Sookie you are not going to be able to stop. Really, I kid you not, one skein is not going to be enough. You will not be able to knit just one! Lucky for us that Ditty is a quick knit so you don’t have to knit just one.
Shannon’s Ditty is the perfect fun cozy quick Holiday knit. Anyone you gift this cozy cowl with will be thrilled and super warm all winter long. What better way to fight of the winter blues than with a not, so little, Ditty. You can purchase Shannon’s Ditty here!
Ditty Photo credit: Stefan Lombard
That is a whole lot of knit-love but wait…there’s more!
As I am sure you’ve seen Twist Collective’s Winter Issue is live! It is stunning. Absolutely every knit thing is wonderful. A round of appreciative knitterly applause to Kate Gilbert and her team for constantly going that extra step. Just when you think she cannot possible top herself she does! Thank you Kate for all of the hard work I know goes into each and every issue! You have our undying and also our dyed (in the wool) love.
Caldera designed by one of Blue Moon’s dear friends, the talented and very clever Sandi Rosner, is a stunning pullover with exquisite detail work in the ribbing and what looks to be the coziest of button down cowl collars. I love the detail on the ribbing and how flattering the shaping is. The colorway’s not to shabby either. Sandi used our luxurious Gaea in the colorway Blue for Ewe. Seeing Caldera in Blue for Ewe makes me wish I looked better in blues. I was pretty excited when Sandi told me she was designing something for Twist with my Gaea and now that I have seen Caldera in all of her glory I am beyond thrilled. Hmmm…what color to dye to this lovely piece for me? Maybe Grimm Green? Adding a little green to blue usually works for me. Caldera Photo Credit: Jame Brittain
Last but not least, have you seen our ad in this issue of Twist?
It’s Carol Feller’s Landscape Waves in our Targhee Worsted in one of my very favorite color ways Spawn of Scum! Carol and I have similar tastes in color ways which is alway nice. I have as much of a love affair going for this sweater as I do for Sookie. I love the cables and how they frame the rib and how it all comes together in this poem of a cardigan. You can purchase Carol pattern directly from her.
Landscape Waves Photo Credit: Joseph Feller
A embarrassment of riches! I have to say all of this wonderful designs by these creative women feels a bit overwhelming. I don’t know how to choose, I love them all so much! Maybe, if I am a good little knitter, Santa will leave these under the tree for me ( they certainly will not fit in my stocking).
Thank you Shannon, Sandi and Carol for sharing your design talents with us! We are ever so grateful.
Speaking of gratitude, we here at Blue moon would like to say THANK YOU to all of you, knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers… who make it possible for us to do what we love! Also a very special Thank you to our LYS’s who make up such an integral and fun branch of our Blue Moon family.
To our fibery, spinner friends, we are putting the next installment of the Rockin’ Whorl Spinning Club up for sale this week. Yes, just in time for holiday gift giving and receiving. I’m so very excited about this offering. There’s a blend I’ve been lusting after having for quite awhile now and a fiber that is a bit new to me and one that is an very dear old friend. I hope you’ll join me again as we explore these fiber types and spin our fiber tales!
Our holiday shipping deadlines: Based on what we know of USPS holiday shipping madness, we kindly request you have your holiday dyeing needs to us by the 10th of December so we can make sure you have then in time for the holidays. Remember you can also purchase a Blue Moon gift certificate for the knitter you love!
Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating!
I hate to admit this but I have spent a few days stressing a bit over the fact that there were going to be a few people who won more than once. Finally after talking with Paula and Debra I came to the conclusion that sometimes the rules gotta change and since it is my contest and I made the rules, well dang it, I am going to ( take a deep breath, it’s pretty radical) change my own rules on this contest. What this means is there are a few knitters who won more than once, they won twice. Excuse me a minute while I take stock and make sure the world, as I know it, did not end. Phew!
I want to thank everyone who played in our little describe that colorway contest. You are all very creative! I always wish everyone could win. Paula always assures me that we cannot afford that one! I have to say after I read all of these Gnome related stories I was left with a question. If you were a gnome what kind of gnome would you be? I think I would be a forest gnome with mushrooms and lichen growing on me. I obviously have gnomes on the brain.
Here is a list of the people and their colorway verses we chose. In a few days we will have your colorway description up on the website. We would like to give you credit when we do. If when you email firstname.lastname@example.org to collect your prize, you could please include your name and which colorway(s) you waxed poetic about and then, of course, your address so we can ship you your yarn, that would be ever so helpful.
Again thank you all!
Fleece Navidad : It’s a little known fact that sheep flock together on December 24th at the stroke of midnight and dance the merino to a colorful Latin beat. It’s exhilarating and sensual, an explosion of color and bleating. There isn’t a ewe out these that doesn’t look forward to Fleece Navidad.
Gnome of Christmas Present: is a lot like a majestic giant clad in royal robes,sittingatop a throne made of a gourmet feast. His generosity, goodwill and celebration (with a smidge of euphoric joy) abounds, alas, he can stay for only a short time.
Rainbow Reindeer: What? You didn’t know the reindeer sometimes steel away in the long nights before or after the holidays for a few extra reindeer games? The current craze is to go dancing among the rainbows and northern lights, and even the most conservative of the group are seen coming home with a few strands of luscious rainbow fibers tangled in their antlers. Rainbow Reindeer…you speak to my wild side.
Hangin’ with my Gnomies: There’s people parties and then there’s our gnome gatherings. When we get together we let all our colors out. It’s pure happiness hidden in the corner of your garden, under all the colorful flowers, between sprigs of clover.Toadstools as barstools. Fun until dawn.
Gnome de Plume: Lest you think every gnome is the same…at first glance he seems the same as all of the others, then he turns his heel and you notice a little sprig in his hat, his pants are pulled up slightly and you see the socks! This gnome makes a statement in sublte ways.
The Longest Night: Veils of the Aurora Borealis ripple across the Solstice sky. Sometimes the longest night is still too short.
Penguins on Ice: The blue of an ice floe echoes through the white ice warmed by the black and orange of the intrepid penguins, defying logic with their wobbly walk across the ice.
Bob (the Gnome) Sledder: A twinkling blue eyed gnome dressed in a costume in shades of red and green hops on a sled, skids across ice so cold it’s blue, laughing all the way.
The Angry Elf: Geoffrey, is green with envy because is elf buddies never share their knitting toys with him. He wants a set of candy cane stitch markers to use! His rosy fury can be quelled with a bit of kindness and a cup of cocoa with marshmallows.
Holly no Berry: Foilage green – Christmas Greens, droplets of blue water – but…NO FRUIT!
Bowies Laughing Gnome: “Hello, can I speak with Miss Appropriation?” “Uhm…I think you have the wrong number, may I ask who’s calling?” Giggling on the other end of the phone. “It’ s Johnny Rotten,” more giggling and the line goes dead. Imagine David Bowie having a legion of stage gnomes going on break from setting up the sound equipment,lights and smoke machines, to prank call kids with impersonations of British band members.
Gnome for the Holiday: A picture perfect garden creature holiday, with the lovable garden gnome rocking in a chair set next to the fire knitting up a fabulous pair of socks for the garden fairy. There’s the smell of gingerbread in the air, the frog is explaining why the young bucks are not allowed to decorate their horns with lights, and the toad stools are having a lively discussion on the best way to bake a good pie crust.
Hearth and Gnome: He is dazzled by the dancing blue, purple and red flames that skitter across the Yule logs. Hearth and Gnome is in complete harmony.
Christmas Balls hanging in the Halls.
Which ones hang high and which ones hang low,
Come in and see how they flow.
Big ones, small ones, bright ones and dull ones,
They are all fun ones.
Come on in to these halls and see our oh, so colorful
As promised our Holiday colorways are now up on the website. There are quite a few of them so I have listed them here, as our returning colorways and then the brand spanking new ones.
Our new colorways are inspired by Gnomes!! All kinds of Gnomes. I hope you enjoy knitting with them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I tried to pick out a favorite among the new ones yesterday and I just could not. Although I have to say I am partial to Hangin’ with my Gnomies, but then there’s Penguins on Ice or good ol’ Bob (the gnome) sledder. So many choices… .
You know… we’ve not had a color way related contest in quite awhile. Wouldn’t it be fun to have one with our new Holiday hues? How about this? Since I’ve already come up with them and named them your job is to write a description based on the picture of the colorway and it’s name. You can write a description for just the one that speaks to you the most or, if you are so inspired, you can write a description for the whole lot if you like. For each description we choose, the person who wrote it, will receive that colorway in a skein of Socks that Rock as their prize. Please leave all of your descriptions here in the comments section of this blog post so we all can read them. (This is going to be fun!!) In the name of fairness and so everyone has a chance at winning, each person can only win once even if you submit more than one description.
Just to make it extra fun your word count limit per description is 75 words, so choose them well!
You have until Halloween to submit your description. I will announce the winners on November 5th.
I’m excited! I love our colorway contests!!
Very Important Note! Those of you who still want to part of Carol Feller’s Capall Dubh KAL we need your order by Friday the 10th of October in order to get you your yarn in time for the first clue at the end of October.
Like shifting sands through the hourglass and, of course, the Days of our Lives – so… it’s time for our official fall and holiday colorway change. As many of you have gently reminded us. Thanks for that by the way. It’s good to know you are loved!
Our humble tonal apologies for our tardiness, we’ve been swamped with getting everyone their yarn for the two wonderful KAL’s we are lucky enough to be part of with Shannon Squire and Carol Feller! Also… a myriad of LYS orders, so you can waltz into your fav local yarn store and fondle Blue Moon yarns in person! You can check our list of LYS’s here. It’s a constantly evolving list so check it often. If you do not see your fav yarn store on our list please do drop us a line and let us know. Remember your local yarn store’s best asset is you! email@example.com
Okay without further ado our list of colorways that are headed off to the spa for a bit of a rehuevenation! These color ways will come down on Monday the 6th of October and the new ones will go up Friday the 10th.
It’s pretty color happy place in the barn these days! Aren’t skeins sexy!
One last piece if you have yet to order your yarn for Carol’s KAL we request that you do so soon we have plenty of time to get it to you! Thank you!
We are pleased all the way down to our wool clad feet to announce another KAL. What better way to celebrate the onset of knit season then with not one but two KAL’s!! We’re pretty tickled.
We’ve teamed up with one of our favorite designers, the oh, so clever, creative and seriously skilled, Carol Feller. I pretty much love every design that falls off Carol’s needles, so when she works that magic of hers with my yarn, I have to tell you I do a fair amount of happy dancing. I think the feeling is mutual because after I sent her a box of yarn for inspiration I got the following email:
I both hate you and love you in equal parts. The yarn is amazing and I love the colors. You’re making it really, really hard for me to finish my final book projects…
Carol, you made this depravedDyer’s sing!
Photo Credit: Joseph Heller
So here we are. Carol announced Capall Dubh KAL this weekend. The pattern is up for pre-sale now and once you purchase the pattern there is a coupon code you can use with us for a 10% discount off your yarn.
Go here to sign up on the RAV group.
You can find all the specs for the yarn on Carols pattern page so I won’t duplicate that here.
What I will tell you is how to use the coupon code, a little about the yarn and how it is dyed.
There is a coupon code box on the second page of our order form so you need to get to that page in order to enter your discount code. After that if you want to use a credit card it is pretty self explanatory. Where it get a little tricky is if you want to use your PayPal account.
In your shopping cart click on the “Go to Checkout” oval, DO NOT click on, go straight to PayPal. Choose your shipping instructions and click on “Continue to Checkout” on page 2 of 3 - Payment Information, enter your Discount Code in the Discount Coupon area. Hit enter.
From there, you will be instructed to enter your payment information, either put in your credit card info at that time or click the “Checkout with PayPal” option and click on Continue to Checkout option.
The system will then go to page 3 Order Confirmation page. Hit “Confirm the Order” to be directed on to PayPal if that is your option.
If you have any trouble please do contact us for assistance.
I have a thing for Polwarth. I love to spin with and knit with it. When our Victoria ( 100% Polwarth yarn) sold out earlier this year and it took the mill a bit longer than we anticipated to get it back we opted to add in this silky counterpart. 85% Polwarth and 15% Silk. Just enough silk to add sheen and a smidge of drape. It also soaks up color like the earth does after it’s first fall rain, which is what it is doing here right now! I have to say that right now I have a pretty big yarn crush on our Yaksi yarns but Silky Victoria might just be my new yarn love.
Our shaded solids are truly shaded with lighter bits here and there and darker bits throughout the skein. You can see this in Carol’s Capall Dubh. We chose Copperline because we both love that color and because I felt it would showcase this shading aspect of our shaded solids in a stunning way and, as you can see from Carol’s photos, it most certainly does. Below you will see a picture of a skein of our yarn as it looks right after it is dyed and then another re-skeined. As a lot of hand-dyer’s are in the practice of doing, we re-skein most of our garment yarn. We do this so the colors are more mixed and you can see more of what it is likely to look like knit up. Because this is a KAL with a deadline and we want you all to have your yarn in plenty of time we are not going to have enough time to re-skein the hundreds and hundreds of skeins we are dyeing. So your skeins of Silky Victoria are going to arrive at your door step looking like their true shady self!
I would like to remind all of us at this point that, as with all hand-painted or hand-dyed yarns, it is best to alternate your skeins as you knit for the best color dispersement, stunning garment and happy knitter!
For those of you waiting for more Fall and Holiday colorways we’ll be posting the ones we are taking down next week and probably putting up new ones the week of October 6th. We appreciate your patience!
Just a few more color duos for our current Mystery Kal! If you want to get in on the fun we will promise shipping arrival if you order by end of business on the 17th. Yes, that is tomorrow!
Here’s my fave and the one I plan on doing no matter what Shannon says!
Gnome on the Range meets KAPOW PaTina! I’m in Love!! Look at the shimmer. This yarns shimmers it is so pretty and soft. Such a hand this one has.
A little Muddy Autumn Rainbow action first with some Boysenberry
…and then with Tardis Blue!
and then if that weren’t enough a little Vine-Ripened Red take some of the mud off of our Autumn goddess!
The we have roaming around some…
Free Ranging Chicken wondering What’saabi?
A Room with No Roof and a little bright and Happy! Boysenberry .
And for those of you wanted something a wee bit dark and sultry there’s our Grawk friend with H.R.H. Crown Princess Violetta. A very Royal duo!
Speaking of Her Royal Highness, she looks quite stunning sporting some EOS beside her, doesn’t she?
I have a bit of a thing for our color way Antiquated System and I always want to put it with gold so I have down just that. Antiquated Chana Masala. Yum!
If you need color help I’m your girl. Just yell…firstname.lastname@example.org
Today has been the best of days which is all kinds of awesome since tomorrow is chemo round 2. Shannon came over and we played one of my favorite games, the colorway matchy-matchy game, for our super fun KAL. It was great for me to be with my color soulmate which is evidenced by all the greens. Believe it or not we even controlled ourselves. Lots and lots of oohs and aahs and talk about, isn’t that the best one, no this none is… . We had all kinds of fun and also came up with really lovely pairings besides the ones I listed in the first blog post. I am going to put the photos of those first ten here and then, for the next few days,I will post the rest on Instagram and Twitter for you all to see.
Sound good?! There is already one up there. It’s called colorway duo of the day. I picked it out for my friend Anne.
Whenever there is this much color it’s hard to resist making a color wheel so we didn’t!
See this? This my friends is an expert yarn fluffer!! It was great not to have to fluff my own yarn. ( Stopping now.)
Alright here we are!
Shoqua and Ochroid
Winter Blues and Boysenberry
Kate’s Blue and Sun Salutations
Vine-Ripened Red and Neptune
HRH and Hot Rod Red
Stumptown Brown and What’saabi
Vine-Ripened Red and Passive-Agressive Green
Tardis Blue and Saffron Jungle
Ochroid and Vancouver Violet
Pond Scum and Smoke on the Water
and….a few threesome if you were so inclined to add in a little more spice to your Mystery KAL!!
Limestone, Shoqua and Ochroid
Stumptown, Boysenberry and What’saabi
Hot Rod Red, Shoqua and HRH Princess Violetta
and for Gail…Hot Rod Red, Ochroid and Vine-Ripened Red
If none of these float your little color boat then please do email me email@example.com and I’ll make sure you and your door dreams are matched. I might go take a little nap now. xo
It’s a Knit-a-long…
It’s a Mystery KAL. Yay!!! I am so very excited about this KAL. It’s been way too long since we had some serious mysterious fun and I do believe this shawlette is going to provide us with hours of color and textural goodness.
I’m so excited! I’m excited because as I said it’s been too long but also because this KAL is with my dear friend and uber-talented designer Shannon Squire and if that was not enough uses our new Yaksi Fingering that all of you are going to fall head over shoulders for (It’s is a shawlette) .
You can go to RAV find more of the details on the pattern and needs and to purchase.
We’ve listed out a few color pairings here, and there will be photos of them listed on the blog next week, but if you’re dyeing (ha! see what we did there?!?) to get your yarn sooner, here they are. If you’re choosing your own, make sure there’s high contrast, because the Yaksi has a silver base, and darkens things considerably. As always and probably forever I am happy to help consult colors, just email me firstname.lastname@example.org and put KALHUES in the subject line.
Shoqua + Ochroid
Winter Blues + Boysenberry
Sun Salutation + Kate’s Blue
Vine-Ripened Red + Neptune
Tardis Blue + Saffron Jungle
HRH + Hot Rod Red
Stumptown Brown + Whatsaabi
Vine-Ripened Red + Passive-Aggressive Green
Ochroid + Vancouver Violet
Pond Scum + Smoke on the Water
Any Tipsy + Smoke on the Water
Okay I think that is it for now. I’m going to take my excited self to the barn to pick out colors.
I LOVE my job!!
It has been a very long time since we have changed the pricing on most of our garment/accessory type yarns. So…starting next Wednesday just about all of our garment yarns will be going up about 15% give or take a fudge here and there. We wouldn’t want to make things be 34.27 or some such nonsense. I like my numbers tidy where money is concerned. It makes thing easier to add them in my head.
And just because…. our super cute duo of the day. My friend Linda has two of the most dear grandchildren, Ty and Clara, they are just a joy! Ty loves all things fiber arts related and I believe when he is just a little bit older is going to take the knitting world by storm. He calls me Tina Newton in the dearest way that just about does me in. Both Ty and Clara came to our dye day and played. Ty has been before and had a very clear and distinct vision for his yarn. He named them even!! Mountain Rainbow and Midnight Sunset. See…he’s gifted! And his little sis Clara is no slouch either look at that pink she has there. She calls her colorway Happy. Ty thought maybe Pink before you Wink would be good name for hers. It’s a great name and now, thanks to dear Ty and Clara, in the beginning of the Fall season, I am going to have to come up with a Pink before you Wink colorway!
Thank you Linda for sharing these two wonderful souls with me!!! xoxo