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Rose City Yarn Crawl!!!

When the sun rises here in Blue Moon-land it slowly climbs over the hills, breaking down and over into the fields and finally peaking through the tress, down the drive and right smack dab into the barn the two sets of double glass doors that are the front of the dye barn.

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As you an see it affords us with many lovely sunlit woolly moments that just warms the heart and inspires the soul!

Since we are speaking of inspiration and delight I spotted this on my walk yesterday. We are rich with pussy willows especially down my the river where I like to walk. It is that time of year wear for their fuzzy selves to shed their covers.  Luckily I happened upon these as they were still shedding their shells. Look at their little caps!!! So cute!

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Delightful!

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Is everyone getting excited for next weekend?? The Rose City Yarn Crawl Portland’s knit extravaganza is finally upon us! We have been dyeing so much yarn for Twisted  that we all have been wondering where the heck they are going to put it.  So when I showed up early this week with yet more yarn (and yet more today) and was met with boxes and boxes of Blue Moon yarn and lots of Twistedista’s unpacking and inventory it all I got a small glimpse of to the, hows and where. It was quite the sight I will tell you. It looked a lot like the dye barn had exploded on Twisted and in a way I guess it has. As you can see everyone was enlisted to help!

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I designed two colorways for Twisted inspired by this years theme ~ ” Oregon Grows Great Things”.

Leapin’ Lupines for all of the beautiful wild lupines that grow pretty much everywhere here. I know along Hwy 30 they are all along the roadside on the the sides of the hills. So pretty! One of my favorite flowers.

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

I do not think you can have a conversation about what Oregon grows without considering mosses and lichens, since they basically grow everywhere on just about everything here in this part of Oregon.  I secretly (and firmly) believe if one were to stand still long enough you would find yourself with a lovely green mossy coat. One of Portland’s other growing super powers is most definitely our hipster vibe which I translated into the plaid aspect of our colorway by how the colors play out when it crochets/knits up. All  of which gives us a Mossy Plaid Portland which makes this Oregonian’s heart sing green!

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed creating them. I love how well they worked in the two stunning that  Kat and Megan created.  I love both of these designs. Kat’s is quite elegant and if I were a lupine I would be feeling the love right now. Such a pretty lace panel.
I do not often say this but Megan’s shawl makes we wish I was a more talented crocheter because I would be starting to crochet one right now. So much fun.

 

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

 Oregon Lupine Shawl designed by Katherine Leek 

 

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Photo Credit: Rose City Yarn Crawl

Oregon Moss Shawl by Megan Parrish

 

SALE!!!!!!

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So after lots and lots of talking and some number crunching with have made the hard decision of saying goodbye to our light and lovely BFL Fingering. We love this yarn but it is not the easiest thing for the mill to do and well… sometimes you just have to let things go. Which we are choosing to do at this point time.

We have about 150 pounds left in stock which is a fair amount when you are a light and lofty fingering weight yarn. We have marked it down to form 23.50 to 13.50.  A pretty sweet deal. I know I am going to add a fair amount to my stash since it makes such a light and lovely shawl.

Do you remember the super fun KAL we did a few years ago with Star Athena’s Interval?

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Photo Credits: Star Athena

and then there’s the holey goodness that is Shannon’s  Vernonia

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Our BFL  sale will last as long as the yarn does.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.

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We have been having a little extra fun lately and I thought maybe you would like a glimpse into our super wooly and very colorful world.

The two sock club colorways Sprinkles and Shannanogins inspired us in many ways. I walked into the barn one afternoon and was met with  this!

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I knew  they were us to something because every time I walked in there was giggling and whispering.

So…we could not leave Sprinkles out of the fun. Seriously you don’t want colorway animosity. And  since my buddy Karen was here who is one of the designers for the January sock club of course we had to have cupcakes with some sprinkles on top! I mean really we are not heathens.

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Please be assured no cupcakes were harmed, they were consumed but not harmed!

So much fun!!

We also might have built a bit of a bit of a pyramid, a triangle really, with the Shannanogins colorway. Cause why wouldn’t you? You have to pile it anyway might as well be creative with it.

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And then there was Tutu Day! Thanks to Kalia wh0 is Blue Moon’s CFO (Chief Fun Officer) .

You can see from this picture why Kalia is our CFO. She’s a but of an imp!

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Shipping fairy Paula

Shipping fairy Paula

It’s amazing how much wearing a tutu to work changes your outlook and your day!

Two of our dye elves Jess and Aimee.

Two of our dye elves Jess and Aimee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandy and Kalia checking in yarn and making mini skeins.

Brandy and Kalia checking in yarn and making mini skeins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee and Kalia doing some skein aerobics. Don't worry it's a mill-end all skeins are treated with love and kindness!

Aimee and Kalia doing some skein aerobics. Don’t worry it’s a mill-end. All skeins are treated with love and kindness they so richly deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah and Kalia have all the yarn packed and leaving for the day. Brandy too but she is hiding.

Sara and Kalia have all the yarn packed and leaving for the day. Brandy too but she is hiding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah as our Love is a Battlefield colorway!

Sara as our Love is a Battlefield colorway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandy and Jess being their lovely selves!

Brandy and Jess being their lovely selves!

I have such a great team and this isn’t even all of them. Becky was out sick and Debra off having an adventure.

Know that you yarn is not only infused with color and all other wooly goodness but also a great deal of love and joy!

Have a great weekend.

A touch of Spring

It’s Friday!!

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend. I plan on hanging out with my good friend Sofa for some much needed quality knitting time while catching up on a few of my favorite shows. Sounds great doesn’t it?! I’m pretty excited about it.

One of the wonderful things about our contests is that throughout the week your comments pop up in my email. It feels like I get lovely notes from you during the day. It’s quite nice. There are some really great words here. Thank you so much for playing!

Our winner is: yarnslim  and her word is havering. If you could contact Paula@bluemoonfiberarts.com with your name and address she will get your book shipped right out to you

So many lovely words. We will have to do this again soon.  I think my favorites from your favorites are, gratitude and hebetude .

As you can see below we have new colorways up. I am adding to our watercolor/speckle/droplets line since it seems to be all the rage. It’s so funny to watch all of trends come and go when you have been in an industry for a long time. When I was first dyeing I did a bunch of these kind of colorways but there was more of an emphasis on wanting colorways that were more clearly defined and repeatable as much as possible so….you give the knitters what they want to knit with . It’s nice that we have come to a place where we are more understanding and appreciative of yarn and colorways that have variations within each lot and are special. Although I think they all are special. ( I so do not want to hurt any colorway’s feelings.)

I am playing with some differing dye techniques so stay tuned for all kinds of color play!

I am putting together some more color themed kits. I like to think of them as color stories. Every combination tells a story based on my inspiration or just how nice they look together.

I thought maybe you would like to play along. I think it is fun to see the differing interpretations of the theme since color is so subjective.

Here are pictures of  2 partial kits and their themes.  I kept the themes general so we had lots of creative space. Each kit will have a total of 5 skeins in it so you can pick 3 of our Shaded Solids to complete each kit and write what they are in the comments section of this post.

 

1. Love Rocks!!

Here’s is my take on Love Rocks: Lover’s Leap, Black Onyx, Ectoplasmosis, Psycho Barbie and Bleck.

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Now what is yours?

Below is a picture of the 2 colorways that are your jumping off point and are non-negotiable.

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Ectoplasmosis and Psycho Barbie

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2. A Touch of Spring

Here is my take on A Touch of Spring: Black Onyx, H.R.H. Princess Violetta, Love is a battlefield, Crabby Apple Green and Bleck.

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And again, below is a picture of the 2 colorways that are your jumping off point and are non-negotiable.

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Love is a Battlefield and Crabby Apple Green

So you get to choose three of our Shaded Solids that you think work with the colorways I have chose and put you choices in the comments section of this post and who knows maybe yours will be a kit too!

 New Spring Hues!

That 70’s Skein
Ah…. the 70’s! The 70’s were a time ripe with political activism and wide-open creativity. The 70’s gave us so much wonder like: pet rocks, mood rings, bean bag chairs, crystals, incense, disco, and lots of wild color. As soon as Brandy saw this skein hanging to dry she said, ”you know what that is, don’t you?” It’s That 70’s Skein! Which is really funny because Brandy was not around in the 70’s. However, she loved “That 70’s Show,” and that was her 70’s experience.

Ginger Spice
Remember The Spice Girls?  Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger and Posh.  Super sassy pop singers.
I have noticed that no matter where you are if Wannabe is playing, pretty much everyone is at the very least singing and most people are dancing too. Ginger Spice colorway is our first Homage to the Spice Girl’s colorway. I think next will be Sporty Spice. She was my fave.

“So, here’s a story from A to Z
You wanna get with me, you gotta listen carefully
We got Em in the place who likes it in your face
You got G like MC who likes it on a
Easy V doesn’t come for free, she’s a real lady
And as for me, ha you’ll see”

Wannabe ~ Spice Girls

Head over Heels
Head over Heels, the kind of love (colors) that knocks you off your feet, keeps your head spinning and your heart fluttering.

Cupid’s Dart
An arrow of love right smack dab to the heart, that is Cupid’s Dart. A little red for the heart and love, and green for the arrow since love is all about growing, and a wee but of spicy plum for that moment that love strikes!

Islands in the Stream
It was Dolly Parton’s birthday recently and I wanted to pay homage to her in color. Now the obvious choice would have been to choose her song, “A Coat of Many Colors” but… her duet with Kenny Rodgers on Islands in the Stream has a special place in my heart.  Thank you Dolly for all the great songs and for keeping it real!

Bubble Guppies
Evidently this is the name of a kids TV show. I was unaware such a show existed since my kids are all grown. I was just remembering all the guppies we had throughout the years in our aquarium. Also the sound of the filter forever blowing bubbles.

Rain Drops
It’s raining a lot right now I know…I live in the Pacific Northwest and that is kinds of its weather M.O.: cloud-filled grey skies leaking water. Usually our rain is a slow, seemingly-considered process which takes days and days of grey cloudy skies to bring forth a few drizzles of rain. So far this winter we have experienced some serious rain. So much water!! Which means I have have water on the brain, specifically rain. This colorway is what rain drop feels like to me.

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I have been playing dying in specks, drizzles and droplets. While I was making another colorway was it occurred to me that it would be super cute to have a minimalistic black dot colorway and then call it .com. So…here we are!

Heartache to Heartache
A whole bunch of red, pink, orange and plum droplets of color that reminds us that sometimes love can be a bit messy and also, maybe hurt a little.

Shamrock Shenanigans
Being of mostly Irish and Scottish ancestry I just can’t resist creating colorways to celebrate St. Patricks Day. Also, I just might have this thing for the color green. Maybe.

Dreamweaver

Dream weaver
I’ve just closed my eyes again
Climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Driver take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind
Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

Fly me high through the starry skies
Maybe to an astral plane
Cross the highways of fantasy
Help me to forget today’s pain

Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light

In 1976 Gary Wright wrote and sang Dream Weaver and it was a huge hit. Gary was inspired by the book, “Autobiography of a Yogi” that George Harrison gave to him. The idea of mind weaving dreams from Yogananda’s poem “God! God! God!” (same book), also inspired John Lennon, who considered himself a bit of a dream weaver.

I say…aren’t we all dream weavers and these are my dream weaving hues!

Supreme Black Dalek

I am very, very, vey excited about this colorway because it is the beginning of a series for us. I am a HUGE Dr. Who fan and I have been mulling over how best to colorfully express my deep and abiding love for all that is Dr. Who for awhile now.
I was perusing the web for Dr. Who-type information recently when I stumble across this: http://www.thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/dalek/types/
I know…so exciting.
I always wondered about the differing color significance of Daleks and now I know the whole hierarchy and their corresponding hues. Paula and I were pretty tickled by this discovery. We are the Dr. Who fans in Blue Moon land. So here is my first colorway homage to the Dr. and his exterminating Daleks.

Bet you thought this skein was about you.

One of the really interesting things about color creating for me is how differently we all interpret the same color. Color is so very subjective and I get to bear witness to that on a daily basis. I create new colors and as they hang to dry from the rafters all of team Blue Moon weighs in on their personal take of what that colorway says to them. Sometimes there is at least a general theme throughout, but most often the opinion could not be more varied. I actually love that everyone thinks a colorway is theirs. I think that is what you strive for when you create and share.

Love is a battlefield!

For Pat and Shannon!!

“We are young
Heartache to heartache we stand
No promises, no demands
Love is a battlefield

We are strong, no one can tell us we’re wrong
Searchin’ our hearts for so long
Both of us knowing
Love is a battlefield”

Pat Benatar

Debra’s Magic Blue
I was working on some new hues for one of our LYS’s. I had inspiration pages I was working from and needed a very specific blue. The blue was the focal point of this colorway so it had to be true. Debra was helping me out because we had a bit of a deadline. And after much trial and error we came of with this blue. A little royal and a little aqua and very magic!

Lime Jello
I swear that this is the exact color of the lime jello surprise my mother made for us when we were kids. I’m not quite sure about the surprise part, maybe it was the cool whip. Such a green!

Scarlette
I am a big fan of the “happy accident”. Quite a few of our colorways were us making hay out of a mistake. For example Muddy Autumn Rainbow started out as Fire on the Mountain. We had a dye recipe malfunction one day with our Scarlet dye. So I decided since we had this color to see if it would make a good addition to our red offerings and I do believe it does. So in waltzes our accidental femme fatale Scarlette!

The SUN is out!!!! It came out as I was writing this post.  I am going to  take break and go for a walk in the SUNSHINE!!!!!

Have a great weekend.

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.