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inspiration monday: color consolation

The third weekend of October is come and gone — which means that some of us (snif snif) didn’t get a chance to walk the avenues at Rhinebeck, aka the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival. (Which I recently had to describe to some non-knitters as: “Woodstock, for knitters. … but with more clothes.”)

Instead of wallowing in self-pity and consuming my body weight in Halloween candy, however, I’ve decided to console myself… with COLOR. Multi-color wraps, to be precise! Two delicious, calorie-free-yet-color-rich designs crossed my consciousness this last week, and I just want to soak up all the fantastic possible combinations!

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First up is Electra by the ever-talented Libby Jonson of Truly Myrtle. Let’s face it — it was already going to be great with that grey-on-green combination, amiright? But lace + slip stitches + big rectangle of cooshy goodness has gotta win the project trifecta.

Three skeins, one color each of Featherlight will have you sighing with joy, even if you were knitting with your eyes closed! (Which you won’t be, because seriously – have you seen how Featherlight takes colors?) And after all the pleasure of knitting it, you’ll love draping its light, flowing fabric around you on a crisp, pale winter’s day.

Since I can’t get the original colorway out of my mind, I’d go for Winter Solstice + Deep Unrelenting Grey + Mossay for mine.

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And as if that weren’t distracting enough, we’ve got another great textured wrap to tantalize you with — and this one lets you add in a FOURTH color! Meet Marya.

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Oh, the possibilities! I’m seeing speckles … are you?

Best of all, the lovely Ambah has left us a little note on the pattern page: “You may like to use partial or mini skeins for colours 2, 3, and 4. You’ll need 3 mini skeins each containing 134 yd/123 m for each colour you replace in this way.” And lookie here: Tina and the crew are now dyeing Featherlight MINIs with a generous 150 yards each – so you can play, play, play!

Pick your favorite solid in a full skein of Featherlight for the MC (I’m digging her dark groove here, so I might dive in with Obsidian or Black Onyx)…

 

… and then go a little crazy with some speckles from the new batch of Fall colors Tina put up last week.

Ginger Snap, Jeepers Creepers and Antiquated System

Ginger Snap, Jeepers Creepers and Antiquated System

Anyanka, Tree Toots and On a Lark

Anyanka, Tree Toots and On a Lark

The trees are telling us loud and clear this time of year: color can console!

Change!

Seems like there’s all  kinds of change in the wind these days. A natural progression with the shifting of the seasons.

I love the one we are in right now from the hot and bright run in ocean at the beach summer kind of energy to the more let’s sit by the fire, knit and listen to the rain with the hot beverage of you choice.  My friend Gail and celebrate this time of the year since it is her absolute favorite .

Here in Blue Moon land we celebrate this time of year with a color change since is kind of what we do. So we have put up some of my favorite colorways in line with the season and quicker that we’d like approaching holidays.

I love going meandering the colorway database (yup there is a colorway database) when it’s time to pick new colorways. It’s a super colorful trip down memory lane. I am reminding of the why and when and how I made each colorway and who for or with. I pour myself a glass of wine, sit down with my trusty laptop and visit with my color friends.

Here they are:

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Of course we will be adding brand new colors to this in the next few weeks!

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Knitters all over the planet are headed to New York right now because ….New York Sheep and Wool, lovingly  referred to as, Rhinebeck.  I have never been to Rhinebeck. I know…it’s  a bit ridiculous. My yarn is always there thanks to my dear friend and yarnie extraordinaire Toni Neil of the Fold.

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Toni has been traveling the country pulling her yarn-V doing  shows and events for what seems like forever.  I have been lucky enough that she has taken my yarn and fibers down all these exciting fiber trails with her.

I thank my lucky stars the day I called The Fold looking for these super special spindles made by Gabe that only Toni carried at the time. I bought two I think and still have them both! We became fast friends and have been so ever since.  I think we talked for like 30 minutes that first phone call.
Toni was one of the very first people to buy my roving and handspun which is what I did way…way…back then. That she believed in me and continues to do so has meant more to me than I have words to express.

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This weekend will be Toni’s last Rhinebeck! I know… . As she has said it is time to hang out and knit and spin. we are both getting rockers for the front porch. we might have to get and extra for Gail and Kaci too or they will be super jealous.

So please if you are at Rhinebeck stop by and say hi and give her a big ol hug. Give her one for me too.

Thank you Toni for all you have done for me and Blue Moon on this journey of ours! Can’t wait for the next chapter.

Thank you to Bill and Nan for loving Toni as much as I do!!!

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We are still recovering or at least trying to from whatever this bug  is that has laid us all out. I thought I would have a full team today and had three of them out so send healthy thoughts this way please!!

Also…get you flu shot!! We all wish we did.

Thank you so very much for all of your understanding and patience.

xoxoxo

Have a great weekend!

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Show season…

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Here is our new colorway for Rhinebeck ( New York Sheep and Wool). I create a new colorway every year and have for almost as long as my dear, dear friend Toni ( The Fold) has been packing up her trailer with our yarns and making the trek from her lovely shop in Marengo, Illinois to upstate New York.

Along with our Rhinebeck 2017 colorway Toni has all kinds of goodies with her this year including my newest yarn obsession our ever plump and luscious Plushy!! 

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… and a whole slew of our gradient kits!

Including our A Total Eclipse of the Sun Kit and a sample of Andea Mowry’s Find your Fade Shawl knit out of 2 of them.

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And then there is our brand new kit Stitch PINK!

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My hot pink color love song to all of the breast cancer warriors and the people who love them. We are donating 10% of sales to breast cancer research. Maggie and I are thinking of combining our Fade to Black kit with Stitch PINK for a magical kind of punkish grade!

You will also might find our “Don’t Rain on my Craft Parade” colorway if you get there early enough!

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If you heard the last Grocery Girls podcast you might remember Tracie defending one of our own whom had been treated unkindly.  We have all been there. I know I have. Anyway she ended with the statement, “Don’t rain on my craft parade!”  I love it!! Immediately messaged her to commiserate and tell her that I was so making her this colorway (she was thrilled) and here it is! And hey, … don’t flipping rain on our craft parade!

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Another show that is happening this weekend is The Woodstock Fleece Festival

The lovely Terri O’Brien of Feather Your Nest will be there with a bunch of our yarn and some really lovely samples all knit up!

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Like this stunning Veronika by Shannon Cook in our Targhee Worsted!

Terri also has Socks that Rock, Yaksi  and Crackpaca with so many wonderful project ideas and kits! Do stop by and say hi!

So it has been quite the few weeks here with super late yarn deliveries and then when the yarn got here team blue moon started dropping like flies with some awful plague. There were times when we were down to one dyer. It’s been crazy. We’re almost caught up too!

So frustrating!

Sock club will most definitely ship out next week. I think this might just be the latest we have ever been. I am so sorry and I really appreciate your understanding.

Oh… I almost forgot.

We added our second semester of School of Yarn!!!   Check it out!  Semester #2 is Merino Madness! We are so enjoying our little yarn school. I hope you are too!

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Have a lovely weekend!!

 

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Autumnal Shenanigans

Okay so I have maybe 30 minutes to write this blog post. If you know me at all you know just how funny that is. I told the barn girls if they interrupted me there would consequences. Not sure what…but hey, I’m creative. I’ll think of something.

How is it already the last weekend of September?? I swear September just flew by. I think it had something to do with  Carol’s Camira KAL and the massive amount of CAKE Worsted  we’ve been dyeing.
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 Cast on starts on October 7th, so we are close to the finish line on our part and then it is your turn. Casting on is so exciting!  We should have everything shipped out of here on Monday. Which is no small thing since during this time Sara had her baby and is on maternity leave and Brandy our shipping clerk left and… . Life just likes to challenge us, doesn’t it?! I am so excited to see how these all turn out. I love a whole lot about Autumn from the leaves turning and all the pumpkin goodies but the knitting and the KAL we do with Carol really is a highlight of the season.

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Because it is the last weekend in September and it is one of my favorite months, we are going to mark it by offering a discount code for a few of our bulkier yarns.

Sookie, Targhee Bulky, and Plushy: three lovely yarns for cozy knits.
(My current obsession, the plump and squeeze-worthy Plushy, makes the best hat I’ve ever worn! See?)
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You’ll want to use Sookie for something all up around your neck – and Churchmouse Yarns & Teas’ Last Minute Muffler pattern does the trick!
Photo credit Churchmouse Yarns & Teas via Ravelry

Photo credit Churchmouse Yarns & Teas via Ravelry

Targhee Bulky is just the right bit of soft-yet-rugged for great winter accessories, like Shannon Squire’s He Said, She Said Hats and Mitts!
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To celebrate the coming of Autumn and bulky-knitting season, take 15% off from today, September 29th, to October 1st! 
Code is BULKYSEPT17
Now’s a good time to stock up for that last minute holiday gift knitting!
It seems I am always late to the party on these MKALS, like the current WestKnits Speckle and Pop!  I think I have a pretty good excuse with the Camira KAL so… not going to feel too bad.  Oh my goodness we should totally do a Blue Moon Late to the Party KAL. hehehe
Anyway…I could not resist some color play. So here are some trios that will work very, very well with our color story kits. Featherlight being the yarn of choice!

Go take a look at the Color story kits and match one with one of these lovelies. I have to say the Magical Mystery Tour trio is making my color obsessed soul sing!!

Okay I have like 4 minutes left….

Yikes.

By request I have added another dye class.

Our School of Yarn has shipped!! We are leaving signups for this semester open for a while, so if you want to join the fun you still can!

Anna Zilboorg joined!!!!

We are having a Halloween STITCH and WITCHbring your witchy selves and come knit with us for the afternoon on  Saturday October 7th, 3 to 5 – get the location and other details on our FB group!


Oh and check us out on the latest Grocery Girls podcast.
And…time is up. I am sure there are typos!!
What is your favorite thing about Autumn?!
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inspiration monday: deep fall, big and small

Thank you, knitty.com for splitting up all the delicious Fall kniting goodies into two batches! More to go around, and more time to savor the decision of what to knit?

pistachioBEAUTYIf you’re hankering after a sweater’s worth of somethin’-somethin’, you’ll likely have your head turned by Carol Feller’s scrumptious Pistachio Saffron, a drapey, A-line-and-therefore-super-wearable bit of stripey goodness.

(Side note: ALL THE GRELLOW!)

The subtle sheen of Silky Victoria would be amazing in this sweater. Pick a Shaded Solid for the MC: you’ll need 2 skeins for all but the largest size (for the largest size, you’ll have enough left over from your third skein for a great accessory!). You’ll need just one skein of the CC for the contrasting stripey bits – and here’s a fun place to play with either Multicolor Waves or Speckles! Those small stripes look amazingly complex when several colors are allowed to play through them.

Oooh! What about Deep Unrelenting Grey with Swamp Fog?

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If your Fall knitting menu runs toward a tasty little nibble – more like an appetizer than a full meal, what about a delicious cowl? No better place to play with damn-fine, luxurious-around-your-neck fibers than a cowl. Nossir.
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I had my head turned by Alicorn (I’m a sucker for a fun-yet-easy stitch pattern in a drapey cowl). Julie Crawford nailed it with the photography, too: see? Everyone’s so HAPPY when they’re wearing a soft, luxurious cowl! (Think of all your happy loved ones come the holidays if you get your gift-knitting game on now… right?)

I’m pretty passionate about YAKSI Fingering – the depth of color that the ‘yakky brown’ adds to all of Tina’s already-amazing colorways … it’s just to-die-for yummy (or should that be “to-dye-for”?).

One skein does the trick! So the hard part will be deciding what color. If I can get myself out of my OchroidBladderwrack – Chana Masala groove, I’ll likely fall in another one with the great bluey-greens like Big Brain Blue and Grimm Green.

And if your palate runs to a little silk with your wool, consider La Luna Laceweight. Such luster, such silky deliciousness – it would pool around the wearer’s neck like nobody’s business. Once again, one skein does the trick!

A little bird told me that it SNOWED in Colorado yesterday. Deep Fall, indeed! And winter is coming …

Better get knitting! Thanks, Knitty, for another plate full of goodies.

All the things and new colors!!

I have just spent the whole morning trying to write so the first thing we are going to do before I am interrupted again which I fully expect to be is look at the new colorways!

I love them!!!

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… and more importantly Phoebe loves them. If Phoebe gives the her ~ I am gonna snuggle in this pile of woolly goodness ~ nap of approval I know I am on the right track! Oh Phoebe!

So this is our first foray into all that is autumnal color glory!  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for quite a bit more . There will be a Coven series!!! Stoked about this one and…I am venturing into some sporty colorways, specifically sport teams. My son and daughter-in-law have gotten me hooked so…touch down! So if you have a favorite sports team you’d like to see dyed into a skein of Blue Moon yarn let me know.

DISCOUNT COUPON CODES!!!

Today is the 15th of September which means if you are one of our lovey and notorious sock club members then this is the last day of the 20% off. It moves to 15% off. If you missed the newsletter we sent out about this and  the addition of 2nd time usage. The check the RSC blog!!

If you are one of our lovely RAV  Yarns that Rock  group members check out the group there’s some giveaways and a discount good for 10% off any of our yarns a couple of weeks.

And…for SOCKtober we have a discount code which you get form Carolina Fiber Girls when you sign up!!

  15% off   September 15 – Nov 1st

Good on:
Socks that Rock Lightweight
Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Super Sparkle
Seduction
Cloud 9
Superwash BFL Fingering
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Here are a few of the details of the fun that is the SOCKtober KAL:
SOCKtober is a month long knit along. For the entire month of October all we ( The Carolina Fiber Girls) work on and talk about is socks! Each yarn we knit and pattern we use is from one of the event sponsors. This gives our listeners a chance to discover a yarn they have never heard of or had the opportunity to try. This is also a wonderful opportunity to highlight up and coming designers as well as construction techniques people have not tried before. We feel this is a natural way to talk honestly about our sponsors and encourage our listeners to purchase from them. While the actual event is only during October, Ann and Janis are talking about their SOCKtober plans as soon as items begin to arrive.
 KAL RULES

Listeners will earn points for each pair of socks they finish.

The top 5 finishers will automatically earn a prize.
All prizes after that will be drawn randomly.
Points system based on a PAIR:
Shortie / Kid Socks (less than 50 grams) – 5 Points
      Socks (51-94 grams) – 10 Points
      Knee High / Leg Warmers (95+ grams) – 15 Points
       Use a Sponsors item – 5 Bonus Points
See knitting sock and points and prizes!!! Fun!!
SHIPPING on Camira KAL yarns! 
 
 By the end of next week everyone who has order to date ( today’s) should have their yarn. We had some we thought we could get out today but it is not dry. The weather finally changed!!! I think it wasn’t even 50 this morning. Yay!!
School of Yarn will ship out mid week next week. We’ve been waiting on one of the lovelies we are sending you!
I hope you are all as excited as we are. We are sending out an email today with information so please make sure we are in your address book so we do not get spammed out.
info@bluemoonfiberarts.com
So as I type all of this I see why the hell I am so very tired.  I think after team Blue moon heads home this afternoon it is me, the couch, a movie and a beer!
Okay last but most certainly not least.
This… creative goodness!
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Change Makers!
A beautiful collaboration of some of our favorite makers for makers. Inside you’ll find 5 knitting patterns with recipes & essays to inspire.
  ALL proceeds are donated to The National Women’s Law Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Thank you Marie Greene aka oliveknits for all of your hard work and letting us all play a part. Thank you Sarah for the lovely design in our Targhee Worsted.
Okay I am sure there is something I am missing or not doing justice to and for that I apologize.
Have a great weekend!

Inspiration Monday: new classic cowls

Happy Monday again! Hope you’re safe and dry, or cool and enjoying some fresh air wherever you are. Mother Nature’s been reminding us that she’s boss the last few weeks, hasn’t she? When she settles down a bit, we’ll be able to relax into Fall (or Spring, Down Under).

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the light is coming in at an angle, lighting up the tomato bushes and their bounty; you might notice that you need a little something around your neck for your morning walk. Good thing there is a fresh crop of patterns for us to choose from with the change of seasons! My pals at Churchmouse have just released a new set of Classics patterns, and I could hardly wait to share a few them with you.

Tapered CowlThe Tapered Cowl solves the problem of how to drape a tube around your neck artfully – here, there’s a larger number of stitches at the cast-on edge, which gradually decrease away as you head toward the neck. What you end up with is a graceful pool of soothing stockinette, framing your lovely face just so.

(Bonus: if the A/C kicks in right over your desk in the office, you can pull the larger portion down over your shoulders, eliminating the need for a cardigan slung over the back of your office chair!)

The pattern calls for sport-weight yarn knitted at 6 stitches to the inch, making for a solid-yet-drapey fabric. What a perfect opportunity to take advantage of Silky Victoria’s body and luster.

One skein is all you need for this beauty – that, and a few stitch markers to remind you to do the decreases every umpty-ump rounds. (Does anyone else find this kind of project ideal for visually-rich binge-worthy shows like Outlander and Wolf Hall? Knit knit knit for most of an episode, then pause – do the decrease round, pour another beverage, get a snack and – hit play again!)

I’m thinking a skein of “Say Nevermore” on Silky Victoria might be sneaking their way into my Blue Moon shopping cart this afternoon.

But here’s a heads-up: this pattern also works beautifully with finer yarns! The 6 stitch-to-the-inch gauge on US3 needles means you can ‘open up’ lace- or fingering-weight yarns … which was exactly what I had to do with those two skeins of Yaksi Fingering. Mmm! And just as soon as I bind that one off, I’m casting on again with two skeins of La Luna Lace in “Winter Solstice” for my mom’s Christmas present (yup, it’s that time, people!).

half & half worstedIf you’re looking for neckwear with some architectural interest, how about the Half & Half Cowl? Half of the knitting is done flat, before joining in the round to knit the second half circularly. This allows the flat half to splay open over your shoulders (great to tuck under your coat when it gets really cold later in the season!), while the circular portion cozies up around your neck and ears. It’s a lavish depth at 20″/51cm, so it’s a great way to feature a colorway you just adore. It makes the most of a full skein of Targhee Worsted, which is what I cast on in “Spruced” last weekend – what a bouncy, fun knit!

The pattern includes two cool geeky techniques: tubular cast-on and bind-off methods that have been worked over and streamlined so they’re less intimidating and more approachable (always a wonderful feature of Churchmouse patterns).

What I love about these two pieces is that they take prime knitting real estate – the area that frames your face – and give you tons of room to feature glorious yarns in beautiful colorways. I can’t think of a better way to feature some of the loveliness that rolls out of the barn at Blue Moon.

Happy casting on, everyone!

 

Camira KAL yarn update

First off I hope that where ever you on this disaster ridden planet of ours you are taking care!

We are still smokey here from the wildfires that have been raging on for most of the summer out here. we are up high so we’ve basically had smoky air since the beginning of July.

It’s a little worst right now because of the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge. A lot of you have asked so I just wanted to let you know we are good. There were a few days we had to shut down early from the smoke and heat and some of our people had to go home because they have asthma but we are still here and doing what we do.

We are heart broken.

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The Columbia Gorge is a magically beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest and most of us here have spent a lot of time hiking and enjoying all the wonder that is the Columbia Gorge. It’s one of those places that touches you so deeply that it leaves a mark. I know it has for me.

We will be working with and are donating to Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

 

If you are not already a member this is a good time to become a Friend of the Columbia Gorge. There are all kinds of ways we all can help and turn that heart break into positive loving action.

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Okay Camira KAL shipping info:

I am so glad Carol and I had the foresight to give plenty of time for the dyeing and shipping  of all this CAKE and Targhee for our KAL.  We just shipped out on Friday hundreds of skeins. we shipped most of the International ones since they take quite a bit longer and the rest will go out on Tuesday of next week.

If you ordered yarn from us from around the 19th of August until now we are just a bit behind our usual schedule. Unless the powers that be throw another challenge our way we should be caught up by the end of this coming week.

Thank you so very much for your patience!! I can’t wait to see all of these knit up into Camira’s!!

NOTE: All packages destined for Florida we are holding and contacting you to make sure you want them shipped. If you can and want to email us to let us know shipping info you can email us at orders@bluemoonfiberarts.com

If you want to join the KAL and have yet to order your yarn we gently ask that you do so soon or we can’t promise that it will get to you by cast-on date.

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As you can see I did not get the new colorways up as promised but will for sure next week.We have  SOCKtober coming our way next week.  How is it that time already I do not know but it is. If you are a sock knitter then and you have not experienced the SOCKtober fun then you should totally check it out! There a re special colorways ( we have a few) discounts, cool sock designs, points and prizes and just an all around good sock knitting time which is always fun!!  You can read all about it here on rav

I have a lot more to tell you but this is getting awfully long and I need to go dye some CAKE!

 

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I think we all can agree that life is weird right now. All kinds of natural disasters from hurricanes to wildfires and hell, why not throw an earthquake in just for shits and giggles. The tragedy that all of these events is leaving in their wake is staggering…. heartbreaking and mind boggling.

Anyone else have the feeling that mother nature is seriously pissed off. I feel like she might be trying to get rid of us. I think we might need to step up our game and show her that we are worthy of living on this planet.

I am a very firm believer that who you are and what you put out into the world is what you get back. I have experienced this time and time again for myself and witnessed it in the ones I love and the world at large. When we feel negative and angry and we put that energy out into the world often it is exactly what we get back in some form or another. And if you think about it fair enough. We should get back our own stuff.  After all it is ours we should be the ones to deal with it.

There’s a maelstrom of intolerance, fear and hatred in our world right now. In my experience the only way to stand up to these negative forces is with a positive force ~ love. Always come from love. Love is strong. Love breeds tolerance and compassion. Love spreads. Love is love and love wins!! Every little bit of light and love helps no matter how small it may seem.

Spread the love!

Check out our instagram feed for #spreadthelove posts! We’ll be offering specials and doing our very best to spread goodness into the world.

Oh I almost forgot. I do not think I put a deadline on the Hunter book giveaway. Which you can read all about in the previous blog post. If you want to enter to be eligible to win a copy of this treasure of sock knitting brilliance you have until the 15th of Sept.

Rockn’ Whorl clubbers you’re notes will be emailed on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend! Stay safe!

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Color shifting…

Well we are just about caught up from being completely and thoroughly eclipsed. I am over the moon thrilled that everyone loves it as much as I do.

Look Maggie is knitting a Find Your Fade with two of our Total Eclipse Featherlight Kits. She is just now getting into the darker parts.I can’t wait to see what it looks like when she gets the the total eclipse part of her fade! Pretty exciting!

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What are you going to knit with your ~ A Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ gradient kit? I am excited to see all of the knit-incarnations of our eclipse.

Okay enough eclipsing.

We are up to our ears in CAKE!! The CAKE puns and jokes  are also flying around the barn. I love me a good pun so I am finding it exceptionally entertaining. Both Maggie and I are punsters so we are torturing the rest of the team with all kinds of have you cake and… word play. I am so glad that we made sure we had plenty of dyeing time before the first KAL clue in early October.  Our colorway Chana Masala is feeling the love. See below in Carol’s Camira in all of it’s golden glory!!

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Even though we are up to our ears in CAKE goodness we still have plenty of yarn     and time so if you want to join was it sure to be a good knit time with all kinds of tip from a very talented and knowledgeable designer, Carol then sign up and pick a colorway and a base and place you order. The coupon code Carol has from us in good for either CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted both of these yarns would work well. The Targhee is a heartier yarn with a nice amount of ease and CAKE is a bit softer and loftier with is fine Merino-ness ~ both yarns are seriously round with some sexy stitch definition.

We are heading off into my favorite season, Autumn!!! That time of changing and deepening colors as all of the earth’s energy turns inward for the winter. I so inspired right now and busily making all kinds of new color schemes. We will be sharing them with you really soon. In the mean time we have added to the website Some of our favorite autumnal colorways with a few Halloween one thrown in just cause. Here is the list of the colorways we are adding. Oh and a few of you have been requesting our chicken colorways. So we’ve put a whole flock of them up.

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Here’s the list of colorways:

BeSpeckled:
A Speck of Autumn
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
Jeepers Creepers
Presto Pesto
Wonderful Goodness
Mulitcolorways:
Baby Zombie
Banded Agate
Black to the Fuchsia
Bantam of the Opera
Blue Moon River
Dreamweaver
Free Range Chickens
Chickabiddy
Cluckers
Cockeyed
Count Cluckula
Elphaba
Fall Frolic
Frankenhen
Fungus Among Us
Gail’s Autumn Joy
Green Daze
Go Beavs!
Henpecked
Huegasmic
I Mad heart EWE
Portland Timbers Rock
Pussy Broadway
Rooster Rock
Samhain
Sasswatch
Socktober
That 70’s Skein
The Cluck Chimes at Midnight
Thistle
Tidepooling
It’s a lot!  Look at that list of names. It’s like a story just waiting to be told.
Which makes me think it might be a good way to pick a luck knitter to get a copy of Hunter Hammersen’s new sock book!!!
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Yes we’ve got one to give-away.
So if you’d like a chance to win this chocked full of  brilliant and beautiful sock knitting book by Hunter then how about a story?!
Use the words from our colorway list above. I will read them all to team Blue Moon
(they love story time) and let them pick a fav for the win.  You can post it here int eh comments so we all can enjoy but if you would please also email it to me tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com so I have an email address for the winner. We often do these contests and I announce the winner here but don’t get a response.  So…ready set tell us a tale.
Last but certainly not least my dear, dear friend and fiber goddess, Toni Neil of The Fold is holding her annual Labor Day Sale this weekend so if you are anywhere near Marengo this weekend be sure to make time for a visit and some stash enhancing. She also has a few skein of the aforementioned Eclipse sock yarn and kits!!!  I will imagine that these will go pretty quickly!
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Have a wonderful weekend

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a_total_eclipse_of_the_sun_skKaren Alfke here, Roving Reporter for Blue Moon, taking over today’s blog onaccounta Tina’s been ECLIPSED. (And besides, she did it first.)

Y’all, the response to the A Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway and the gradient kit has been beyond wonderful. We all know, as knitters, how a project can capture where you were in a particular moment – and the orders pouring in for those projects you can forever associate with our total eclipse are beyond inspiring for Tina…

She asked me to tell you, onaccounta she’s a bit buried under yarn at the moment…?

(We would have taken a picture of her buried under a pile of yarn, but she’s moving too fast to get that shot.)

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In the meantime: did you feel that?

That little bit of crispness in the air?

(That may have only been perceptible in my little corner of the PacNW today, but dudes: FALL IS COMING.)

More of a promise than a curse to those of you suffering under August’s cruel temperatures – but I assure you (all GoT references aside): the change of seasons is coming faster than we knitters might think.

It’s time, people.

Time to get ON that Rhinebeck Sweater.
Yes, you heard it here: the Rhinebeck Countdown is ON.

JUST A LITTLE LESS THAN 2 MONTHS, people.

If your Rhinebeck Sweater has 1800 yards in it, that’s 1800÷57 = 50 yards a day (leaving you a few days for blocking and seaming, #yourewelcome).

Whether you’re planning on going and will wear your sweater proudly amongst the throng of those queuing for their cider doughnuts, or celebrating #virtualrhinebeck with me and Clara Parkes, IT’S TIME. Time to get swatching and get started with that knitting, because time’s a-wastin’!

Choose the safe route with a worsted-weight yarn like CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted… for the adventurous/brave/foolhardy among us, choose cables or texture or lace or some extra complexity that will take your project into ‘bravado’ category for those late-night-oh-my-gawd-i’ve-had-a-glass-of-wine-can-I-do-it sessions… or go safe with a straight-ahead stockinette project (like my Better-Than-Basic Pullover from last year; such a great daily-driver sweater!). Up to you.

What will you cast on to wear at Rhinebeck this year? Because it’s extra-important: this year, Tina’s planning to be at Rhinebeck. Yup. You heard it here first. You could walk up to our gal and fan-girl/guy all over her WEARING HER YARN. (Which is totally like the best thing EVER. Trust me.) Tina’s hoping to be in the booth with Toni of The Fold, with all sorts of yarny goodness.

So get cracking, peeps.

Oh, and if you want some support around your project, we have some exciting news: the great crew over at the Socks That Rawk! group have graciously agreed to become the Official Ravelry Group of Blue Moon Fiber Arts – so that’s the place where you can find all sorts of support about yarns, projects, chickens, or anything Blue-Moon related in the future. We’re about to start official threads for the School of Yarn (study groups!)! C’mon over and enjoy the fun.

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I’m on the home stretch of my Timely Cardigan, so if I count that as my #RhinebeckSweater I’m well ahead of the game … but as you can see, it’s pretty much “Blue Moon All The Time” on my needles around here!

(Lower left is my Guernsey Wrap in CAKE Worsted, which should be making its debut in the booth at Rhinebeck, knitting gods willing. Upper right is an Adama out of Plushy in Bladderwrack on the Rocks. Soo yummy! Must finish.) The Ochroid piece is a new design – coming soon, I hope!)