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Bye Bye April ….

Happy Saturday!! I was so glad to see this weekend. It was a full and seriously productive week and I am a wee bit tired!

Ron and Theresa have all the yarn we dyed for Maryland Sheep and Wool and will be heading that way on Monday!

We’ve sent some serious color and fiber goodness for you! All of our new colors in Socks that Rock Medium-weight and our new and exciting new base Soft Rock!! Soft Rock is a 2 ply light fingering weight using the same base that we make our Sock that Rock yarns out of. We wanted a lighter yarn with same STR fiber goodness for our shawls, cowls, hats, wraps and such. It has that elasticity that we love in our Socks that Rock with a lighter hand! I’m in love. This is our first batch, so… it is not huge. Because of this  we have a limited number of skeins so we’ve chosen carefully how we are introducing it to the knit world! Since Maryland Sheep and Wool was one of the first places we introduced Socks that Rock I thought what better place have our Soft Rock make it’s entry!

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Our Maryland Rainbow Sheep colorway!! Be sure to get to the Buffalo Wool Co booth early to get one of these lovelies! We also made some fun colorways celebrating our new partnership with Ron and Theresa so look for those! Even Cowgirls get the Blues and Buffalo Blue and then of course the dyeing we did on 2 of their lovely yarns, Tracks and Prairie celebrating two strong women in history. Wild Horse Annie and Dr Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Here is the Map that shows you where The Buffalo Wool Co. booth!

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Bye Bye April  Lu Luna Special!!

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What better way to usher out April and welcome May than with a special. Until May 1st we are offering our 3 weights of lovely lovely La Luna at 15 % off. Coupon Code is: byebyeapril18

The shawl pictured above is: Londoner by Justina Lorkowski in our La Luna Lace using our Rooky Fledge colorway

If you have not seen our new Fadient kits check them out! Ia m so thrilled with these!

Well the sun just came out so I am going to go for a walk before the rain sets in. Have a great weekend my lovely knitting friends!

Oh and to all of you that supported your LYS last weekend thank you. It was great to see so many of you at Twisted!

 

New colors… and a few Fadients!

New colors are up!!!

And…not even all of them are yet.  I’ve got a few more that we will add in the next few weeks here and there.  I’m in one of those super inspired and creative places where it’s just pouring our of me. I have a few series I am working on, a collaboration with a fabric designer, special colors for special events and a few new techniques I am playing with.  I am having a blast!!

Okay so here are the new ones. They are mostly speckled or watercolor droplet type colorways. I am pretty smitten with a few of these but the ones that are making me so happy I can barely contain myself are additions to the Heckley Speckley theme!! I know!!!!!!!! So exciting.

I love Heckley Speckley as deep and obsessively as I do Pond Scum. It does tend towards the scummier side of color which is my happy place. So I decided to play more in this speckley scummy end of color. Also I get so very many requests for fades/gradients using my beloved scummy friend I decided what the heckley (lol)  I’ll just make one. So I did!!

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From the dark end to the lighter end we have:  Smoke on the Water ~ Scumberry Pie ~ Heckle & Jeckle Heckley Speckley and Heckle the Jekyll!

And I could not love it more!!! Seriously possessed! I want to knit all the faded patterns out there in this one. What I think I will do though is knit Joji’s new KAL Fading Point. It’s big which means I can wrap myself up all cozy in Heckley Speckley scummy goodness.

I have also put together a few more fade groupings and am working a couple more. If you you have any fade withes let me know. We are calling them FADIENTS!

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Dark to light we have: Ultra-Violet ~ Romancing the Stone ~ Love Shack ~ Dragonfruit Loops and Artic Puffin

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Smoke on the Water ~ Hoodoo Voodoo ~ Mardi Gras ~ I Made it to 60 Bitches and Elixir of Love

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Green Wing ~ Sweet Dreams ~ Kikki’s Aurora ~ Oola Pikka  and Dream Walker

I also really like this one with Smoke on the Water as the darkest colorway!

You can order these groupings in any base you want for whatever fading you are planning on knitting by colorway. We are planning at some point in the near future to offer them as actual Fadient Kits but are still working on the specifics and the tech end for the website.

So next Saturday is  Support Your Local Yarn Store Day!

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I will be at Twisted most of the day! I will bring a special colorway!

Emily will have door prizes. Both Emily will be giving talks about our knit community.  I sharing stories of my experience of our close-knit community and the important role my LYS  played in my life! Come share your stories with us!! Stay tuned for time!!

 

A little lightness for Spring!

and a few peeps too!!

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Last year due to the wild fires and the wild life that was seeking other ground I lost my flock of chickens. Super sad! I decided to wait until this spring to replace them which is what we are in the process of doing. These are Copper Marans which lay beautiful dark brown eggs. Today I pick up a few more that lay blue and green eggs so that when they breed they make olive eggs!!! I know I just can’t resist the whole color thing no matter what.

These little babies are so sweet and cuddly.  And….they love wool!! Who knew?!

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The one in the right was obviously over come with her love or wool and let’s be real warmth that she just fell right to sleep!! So cute.  When I brought them into the barn yesterday it was all ooohs and ahhhs and squeals of delight. I think after the winter we’ve had here these babies are going to be some serious therapy for us all. I am just going to wanr you now there are going to be tons of pictures!! So be prepared.

It’s time to change up the colors. It’s actually past time but I wanted to make sure we were at least close to being caught up on orders before we made this change. This week we will be caught up!! At least that is the plan. I swear that if I was just starting a business and experienced the 6 to 8 months we’ve just had I would consider maybe not. However, I have been doing this a very very long time and am going with the whole do your very best and this too shall pass!!

So here’s a lit of the colorways that I put up this morning and ones I took down.

New colorways will be coming in the next few weeks so enjoy these lovelies until then. They are some of my favorites!

Colorways that we have brought for a visit:   Apron Strings, Awesomesauce, Bubble Guppies, Black to the Fuchsia, Boomerang, Briar Rose, Bubble Bliss, Carbon, Chapman Springs, Confetti, Dani-Kalia, Dilly Dilly, Fairgrounds, Forget me Knots, Handsome Man, Imbolc, Jumpin Jelly Beans, Koi Koi, Lake Crescent, Lavender Fields in the Mist, Mango Tango, Moon Jelly, Mystic Kelp, Peachy Keen, Peridot and Periwinkle, Petunia, Pink Granite, Princess Plummy, Seal Rock, Sherbet, Tea and Alchemy, Wanda, Xander

Colorwas we have taken down for a rest: Amelie, A Room with No Roof, Blue Brick Wall,, Bowies laughing gnome, Fungus Among Us, A Speck of Autumn, A Speck of Winter Solstice, Autumns UP, Baby its cold outside, Ghouls Just wanna Have Fun, Ginger Snap, Sugar Plum Fairy Dust, Winter Wonderland, XOXOXOXO, Welcome to the Jungle, Tina’s Silver Lining, Ginger Plumliscious, Figgy Pudding, Endora, Go Beavs!!, Grandma’s Groovy Sofa, Heirloomed, Hobbit Garden, Kiss the Girl, Holly Jolly, Maiai, Rey of Light, Plum Crazy, January One, Let it go. Let it Ho!

All kinds of wonderful Spring hues. If there is one of our Spring colorways that you’d liek to see come out the the spa let us know!

As I said we will be caught op on orders this week!

Thank you all so very very much for your understanding and patience!

Sock Club is shipping!!! The pattern page is up. Dyer’s Notes to follow on Monday along with the rest of the packages shipping out. We held some back at the request of our under staffed PO.

We will be closing down sock club sign-ups next Friday. So if you have been waiting until the very last moment we are there.

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Maryland Sheep and Wool is quickly approaching and boy do we have an exciting surprise for you!! I will fill you in on the details next week. Yes, I am taunting you maybe just a wee bit! Meanwhile this is the artwork they have chosen for the year so this is what our colorway will be based on. Actually this year there will be this special colorway and at least one Maryland themed one. I am from Maryland so am embracing my roots a bit. If you have thoughts I would love to hear them!!

Okay I am sure I am forgetting things but I know the newsletter has left and I want this up since I have not posted in awhile.

I took a few days off last week and part of this week and went to the home of my heart for some much needed regrouping and honestly sleeping.

A few pics:

Have a lovely weekend!!

Springing forward

Every night before I go to bed I make sure all the cats are in. My Phoebe is a very free spirit and likes to spend most of days outside. Since I live where she can do that safely I let her. So I open the door last night and am met with a joyful chorus of singing frogs from my pond. I have been waiting for this moment because it usually signals warmer temps and more signs of Spring. Also I just love the sound which is great because it gets super loud once they all get going and pretty much goes until til mid June when it quiets down quite a bit.

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Oh and looks like we’ll have ducklings too!

 

Other signs of approaching Springness is that our neighborhood owls start their whole mating ritual which is pretty loud and seriously frightened me the first time I saw and heard it. Lots of swooping and hooting (is it hooting?)

Mama deer is huge so I would imagine that very soon we will have little babies hopping around the back yard.

It is such a gift to live on a piece of land for a length of time, where one gets to watch the seasons change and get to all the little signs of each shift. I have been here for almost 20 years which is kind of hard to believe but nonetheless true. I love that I know all the other critters that I share this space with and am happy for their company. I find it ever so comforting and peaceful most of the time. The ravens have been especially vocal right now and are having a bit of a field day taunting the cats.

Anyway it is a little cold this morning but so very sunny. I think my cough is well enough that once it warms up a little, and I am done writing you, I could spend a little time in the sun absorbing some good ol’ Vitamin D.

I have some very exciting news which if you get our newsletter you already know. Our beloved Targhee Worsted is back in stock!!!! I am so very very happy.  That was a long three months. Also one thing to have this happen during spring or summer but right at peak sweater knitting time! Anyway…I a planning away.

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I feel like we should have a celebratory KAL!  Sounds like a good idea right? What do you think we should do? Choose a pattern we all knit or everyone choose their own pattern?? There are several new sweater patterns out right now that I am loving.  Hmm…

You know I have gotten quite a few emails from School of Yarn folks wanting some sweater knitting hand holding. Maybe we chooses an interesting yes basic pattern and do a KAL on the RAV group with Karen and Maggie as leads ( I have not mentioned this to them yet. ;0) ) .

Thoughts??

We are super busy playing catch up on orders. I feel like we have been doing this for awhile. I have been running Blue Moon for 18 years now and never have I experienced a season with so much illness. I got back from Stitches and both Maggie and I were sick.So 2 of of us down and out.  I have bronchitis cause it what happens every time I get a chest cold thanks to the side effects of the radiation treatment I went through for the breast cancer.

We sent out a few emails about this. If you have a knit deadline and need your order pronto please let us know. We will do out best to move it along.

I am truly sorry about the delays. It is not how I like things to run.  I love making knitters happy so this is super stressful. Please know we are doing out very best to get caught up!

We shipped School of Yarn yesterday and will have the pdf’s up early next week. We are considering making Semester #3 and every other month kind of thing. I think it is hard for us and you also to keep up with the whole once a month goal.

Sock Club ships out at the end of this month. We had quite a few computer glitches this year for some odd reason. I think we have most of them worked through.

We will be closing down sign-ups after the March shipment! So if you want to join the fun please sign up soon.

I was working on a Spring palette and some new themed colorways before the crud hit so will be getting back to those. If you have any color dreams let me know.

To all of you that supported the Rose City Yarn Crawl a big thanks!!!  Our local yarn stores are integral to our knit-community and they need our constant support as much as we need theirs.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

PS: I am still looking for another dyer. If you are interested let me know! tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com

 

inspiration monday: springing into color(s)

Hi gang!

Phew – what a whirlwind few weeks these have been! We’re deep in the throes of Knitting Get-Together Season, what with Madrona Fiber Arts and Stitches West and Hill Country Weavers retreat and and…

Are y’all getting your yarn on?

I don’t know about you, but one of the highlights for me of attending big knitterly events like these is watching the glorous handknits sashay by. (Ya can’t help but sashay in a great handknit. Fact.)

It was all I could do as I stood in the Blue Moon booth in the Stitches West marketplace not to pounce upon all of you as you walked by in your sweaters and shawls and cardigans and scarves… I might have remembered (mostly) to ask for permission to give y’all my “knitter’s handshake”: a gentle petting of the sleeve/shawl with a bit of ‘ooh’ing and ‘aah’ing.

SO MANY pretty handknits!

IMG_2092The other liability of standing in an enclosed space, surrounded by all that Blue Moon fiber, is serious yarn lust. Alternating with color lust. I found myself positioned near the Yaksi much of the weekend – mostly because of my evangelical zeal for the fabric of my newly-finished Stockbridge sample. “FEEL THIS!”, I wanted to shout at every passer-by. (Mostly, I refrained from shouting.)

 

Such. Glorious. Fabric.

So now I want to knit pretty much with nothing else, ever.…

There’s something so compelling about what the oatmeal-colored base of Yaksi does to Tina’s colorways – it’s alchemy of the best sort. So all this is doing is taking my love of Ochroid, Chana Masala, and Antiquated System and fueling the flames.

I mean, I’d already played with putting them together in my Morphology cowl, so I should be moving on, right?

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Nope, nope, and nope. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Wega by Sandra Kaufmann – sampled in a great set of colors perfectly attuned to the ochre-plus-greyish-blue theme my eyes are already in love with:

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That colorwork, moving effortlessly across the torso and arms! The rounded hem, so flattering for so many of us! That bold motif with the delicate peerie above it! le swoon.

My queue is basically in disarray after the inspiration overload of the past few weeks. And to add to the craziness, Miss Maggie and I were crushing so hard on the Breathing Space sample we had in the booth that we might have committed to a Breathing Space KAL coming up (just as soon as I can commit to colors). The Gaea Fingering is soooo soft and fluffy – so different from Yaksi, and yet so delicious. Anyone want to join us? I’ll put out the word on the Ravelry group soon, so we can discuss colorways and get our yarn coming!

Two yarn crushes, two tempting sweaters… such fabulous problems to have.

Afterthoughts

Well… Madrona is all said and done and we are back from Stitches and are smack dab in the middle of the Rose City yarn Crawl.

Yarn ~ Knit ~ Social ~ Immersion Winter 2018

Believe it or not this was my first Stitches event. I know!!

Crazy right?!

In the past I never went myself but I sent my yarn and wonderful souls to sell it!  I hace to tell you that I loved every minute of it. I guess I might miss doing shows. It’s super hard work because it is a lot of prep and set-up in a short amount of time. It’s a bit like a marathon. Karen even packed us all kinds of marathon type snacks most of which did not get eaten because Leslie brought us pastries. And as we all know pastries win.

Even though the work is a bit physically grueling and maybe a little stressful at times it’s all kinds of rewarding on so many levels. The very best part for me is meeting all of the knitters and getting to see what everyone is working on and hear their stories and usually get a hug. I also got to see so very many fiber friends I have not seen in way too long and to meet in person some I have been working with for awhile now but never met.

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Look it’s JC and Lorilee!!

I got to meet our super talented and speedy and lovely sock club test knitter Heather!!

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I also got to meet some of the LYS owners that carry our yarn. Unfortunately I do not have pics of them.  Allison of ImagiKnit in CA and Karen of COZY in Eugene.

Besides my lovely booth mates Karen and Maggie who went above and beyond I got to spend a whole lot of time with tow of my favorite people. Marisol and Leslie!!!!!

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We had way too much fun selling yarn! Thank you both for all of your help and love!!!

We were across the isle from the XRX booth which was run by the oh so lovely and wonderful Nathania!! It was so wonderful to look up and see that smiling living face all weekend. I can’t even!

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Nathania is on the left with my dear buddy Anna in the middle. Nathania and I share a deep love for Anna Z!!

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And I got to see my Anna.  As you can see from this photo she made a new friend at Stitches this year. I have to say out of all of the wonderful moments this one might be my favorite. A knitter mom and her two lovely children strolled by ( kids in a stroller ) and both kids were cuddling on critters that mom had knit them. This rolly polly bug was the fav. Anne zoomed in on it like a long lost friend. So sweet. So… Nathania got the book with the pattern and I am going to dye the yarn and send it to her to knit Anna her very own rolly polly snuggle buddy.

We saw so very many stunning knits in our yarn. Thank you all for coming by to support us and to share your knits with us. So very many Camira’s It was so great to see each and every one of them.

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Aren’t these stunning! So bright and beautiful. Truly impressed with Tami’s planned pooling crochet!!

Such a great show! The wonderful hard working folks at Stitches put on a great show. As someone who has run a few events, I know it is not the easiest thing to do. One has to constantly rise to the challenge of dealing with so very many people and things going on at the same time and problem solving and juggling to make it all look smooth and effortless. It’s a lot and that does not count all of the hard work and preparation that goes into running shows at this scale. Benjamin’s crew is kind, generous, seriously helpful and effective. I think the best way to tell if something is being organized and run well is by the energy you feel when you are there. The energy at Stitches West 2018 was full of creative happiness and was seriously contagious.

It’s a great community!

And a whole lot of good well-knit vibes!!

Okay I am going to post this cause I am running out of steam. Have a bit of a head cold and my brain is a bit fuzzy!

Oh….

Almost forgot! 2 new colorways!!

Both of these colorways are happy colorway accidents! Dye Dreamer was supposed to be Morticia and Party in a Skein was a take on Lunacy gone awry.

I love them both but Party in a Skein is my current favorite.

Have a great weekend!!  If you are crawling have ever so much fun!

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Love is…

PURPLE!!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means we have Love on our minds and hopefully in our hearts!

Since our Blue Moon color filled hearts are kind of full to brimming with the love (obsession, let’s be real) of all that is Purple specifically Ultra Violet ~Purples.

I posted our first round of  purple goodness to come from my Ultra violet experiments a few weeks ago and I will say that Harold’s Purple Crayon is by far the most popular with Enchantress running a close second!

But wait….there’s more!!

The first five are the new ones as of today.  So very much purple.

As a colorist and dyer I pretty much love all the hues since they are basically the tools of my trade. As a person choosing colors to wear and surround myself with I can say that purple does not usually play into my color scheme of life. Unless it is deep and dark, like our Smoke on the Water. That said, some of these new violets and purples just make me so very happy! I would knit with all of them just for the joy of having those colors running through my fingers and building stitch by stitch onmy needles into fabric. Elderberry Cordial is most definitely something I would wear comfortably.

Violet and Purple are super popular colors. Violet is part of the visible light spectrum of color and purple comes from mixing blues and reds. Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum.

As far as creating color goes violet and purple are pretty interchangeable with a similar essence that is powerful, mystical and also peaceful, quite trio. Purple inspires creativity and deep thought which I am pretty sure is what appeals to me about it. Maybe I need to knit myself a purple dye hat. or dye my apron purple. Hmm… .

Okay some newsie bits.

Sock Club has shipped and pdf’s are up!

School of Yarn shipped yesterday!! We were waiting on the patches which we were assured would be here by the 7th which was later than promised and they did not show so we shipped. I am sorry! The patches will be in the next shipment. PDF email also has been sent!

We are working on all the orders and doing our very best to get them out! We do appreciate your patience. We had a full team of dyers for 4 out of the 5 days this week and I actually do not remember that last time that happened.

If you are going to be at Madrona next weekend stop by The Fiber Gallery’s booth to see the Blue Moon yarns and samples they have.

Like Emma Welford’s new pattern Polyhedra which will be released right in time for Madrona and Stitches West!

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Okay I am back to the barn to rinse yarn and dye Rare Gems and do some shipping!

Have a great weekend.

Enjoy the Olympics

Just a phase….

Who saw the eclipse??

I am sad to say that I did not. It was not for lack of trying though. When I saw that it was too cloudy here I got in the car in search for clear skies. Which if you think about the fact that I live in the Pacific Northwest, the land of perpetual cloud cover and grey skies! Needless to say I was not successful. So I went and got a latte and headed home to start my day.

What I did see was the stunningly bright and beautiful super-blue-moon rising.

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I stood in my front yard in front of the pond where the froggies have started their spring-is-coming song and watched that lunar light rise over the hill until the whole forest was bathed in moonlight.  Quite the magical moment! One which was pretty powerful for this witchy woman. Even the frogs thought so. As soon as the moon crested the horizon they were silent.

Do you know it has been 150 yrs since a lunar occurrence of this magnitude has happened? I know we were all super excited about the solar eclipse this summer (me too!!) but this super blue lunar one was quite the stellar experience!

Did you see that Karen published her Just a Phase scarf pattern this week?!!

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The way the pattern works with the eclipse colorways is so great!! Makes this dyer’s heart pretty flipping happy. This picture above and in Karen’s pattern is with the A Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway.

The picture below is the beginning of one that Maggie is knitting for Madrona and Stitches in the colorway, Dark Side of Blue Moon.

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Look!! It’s doing the same thing as its Solar counterpart.  I was hoping it would, since I dyed them with the same layout of where and how I put the colors, but was not absolutely sure. Gauge is quite the knit mistress and task master!

Most of the Lunar colorways will do this patterning. These three most definitely will:

Some of our other colorways on the website right now that should also play this way are:

Blue Brick Wall, Blue Moon Rising, A Total eclipse of the Sun, Dark Side of Blue Moon, Endora, Grayple, Scumble Bumble, Morticia, Smoky Mtn Morn, Gin Blossom, Delirium, Dark Side of Delirium, Blue Super Eclipsed Blood Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse, and maybe Don’t Rain on My Craft Parade.

So may possibilities with this one based on colorway and the stitch pattern combination that Karen created!

If I was the kind of person that did not run hot, I would knit one out of 3 skeins just cause I can! So cozy and warm.  When you purchase the pattern from Karen you get a discount code for Plushy from us which is good until the 7th of February!

So did you cast on any lunar knit magic?? I did. Not sure what will come of it but I did cast on! Be impressed! The yarn is La Luna DK and La Luna Lace. Both dye boo boo’s . The dark one is a Total Eclipse of the Sun that was not quite right and the lighter one I have no idea what it was supposed to be. I seriously love how the La Luna took the eclipse colorway!!

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If you have not read the Inspiration Monday post by Karen ( the one before this post) check it out!!  She is knitting Ysolda’s Stockbridge Cardi out of our Yaksi Fingering in Grimm Green and it is STUNNING!!!!!

We are huge fans of pretty much anything Ysolda designs! That said, there is just something about this cardi! Thank you Ysolda for constantly giving us such wonderful knits that always teach us and give a wonderful knit and wearing experience!

I have to go box up yarn to send to Taproot and load the car for a delivery to Twisted!

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We have send out the School of Yarn email with all of your PDFs!! Yarn will leave this coming week when the errant swag arrives!

Our first shipment of the year for RSC has made it out the door! We still have some Canadian and International to ship which will go out on Monday once our techie fixes a “thing”.

Dye classes for spring are up as requested!!

Okay posting now cause I do believe the newsletter has been mailed.

Have a great weekend.

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Inspiration Monday: Just a Little Cardigan

Happy Monday, y’all!

It’s a particularly happy Monday here in my world, because I have carte blanche to knit a brand-spanking-new pattern with of one of the most divinely delicious yarns in the whole entire dang world.

I have a particular susceptibility to Little Cardigans — they’re basically my wardrobe Kryptonite. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, you never have weather that doesn’t call for A Little Cardigan. Rain? Fog? Damp? Sleet? It’s always handy to have one around to throw on. Plus, they’re the perfect thing to jazz up any underlayer, from a plain T-shirt to a me-made tunic in a cute print fabric. And – extra special bonus – no matter where you go in A Little Cardigan, you get to represent all of us as knitters.

So color me super-happy when Ysolda released Stockbridge: it’s pretty much the trifecta of cardis. Fingering-weight yarn: check. Knitted at a gauge that lets me finish it in this lifetime: check. Perfect excuse for super-cute buttons: check.

And color me even happier when Tina and Maggie chose “Grimm Green” for my colorway. (If left to my own devices, I might have picked YetAnotherGrey, but Tina intervened.) And Yaksi for my yarn … swoon.

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Yaksi has a slightly toasted-oatmeal-y undertone to the base yarn, thanks to the yak fiber – so there’s color alchemy that happens when you order a colorway dyed onto this base. You get a rich, mellow warmth to the color that’s hard to describe… and when you’re staring at a color that’s so close to the middle between blue and green that you can’t hardly tell where one stops and the other starts, that’s pretty magical.

How much am I loving this knit? Here’s the tell: I swatched right when I got home from BlueMoonLand on the 23rd, swatched again on a larger needle to get gauge, blocked and dried those swatches – and cast on Friday morning. It’s now Monday, and I just had to wind my second skein, which means I’m officially more than a quarter of the way done with this sweater! Which makes me kind of wistful, actually. (Do you ever knit projects that you can’t bear to finish?)

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Right now, it’s Monday afternoon and the rain is thrumming on the roof. If I play my cards right, I can brew another cup of tea, sneak away from my other responsibilities (new patterns? whaat?) and bliss out for just a few more minutes.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be up here in the corner, purring over my yarn!

Oh, and if you want to purr yourself, come find me at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in a few weeks. I’ll be wandering the Market Friday through Sunday, and if I continue at this pace, I’ll be wearing my Stockbridge! Don’t be shy – c’mon up and ask to give me what I call a “Knitter’s Handshake.” (That’s where you lightly rub the recipient’s sweater sleeve and say “oooh.”)

Not coming to Madrona? Stockbridge and I will be happily ensconced in the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA the weekend after! We’ll have two booths of just the most delicious and tempting yarns and samples you ever did see … come say hi! (And if you bring chocolate, you’ll be our saving angels.)

May you all enjoy a few happy knitting moments today.

Anther day in hueville

Good morning dear knitters! It’s Saturday and my dear friend Karen is here and we have all kinds of fun planned. I have been looking forward to this visit for weeks and then…I woke up this am with a bit of a sore throat and the sniffles.

Ugh!!

So I am not a happy camper!  I have my tea and my ginseng and other such immune boosters and I am going to continue on as planned.

Did ya see the purples??

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It so funny this purple kick I am on. As a colorist of course I love all color since they are my medium of artistic expression. Personally purple is not my absolute favorite hue so this obsession is interesting. I got inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra-Violet. I like the shade of violet they are using but I truly think that the addition of ultra as part of the description might be the inspirational culprit here. What makes a color ultra?  How does one go abut making a color an ultra color?  Is an ultra color a super power color?

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So it’s a bit of a creative challenge and you know me… I do so love a creative challenge. Even if it is one that have totally made up based on my interpretation of a color description. It’s funny what inspires and challenges us.

Anyway here are a few of the colorways I have come up on my ultrafying color journey!! I have a bout 4 more that are shaded solids but I am tweaking them a bit so look for them next week. If you click on them and make them bigger you can see that some of them have a bit of a purple glow which is what I think might make a color just a little bit more.

My favorite of these is Echantress!!  Seriously sexy!! Although the vibrancy of Harold’s Purple Crayon  really makes me happy. I will keep you posted on my ultra color journey!

It is January 20th already. How?? So we are almost through our first month of our 18th year and almost at that super lunar wonderfulness!

What are you casting on with us on the 31st?  We have so very many options. You can just do your very own thing in any of our yarns and colorways!

You can join in on our lunar monthly KAL where we take that’s month colorways and do a block of the moth type thing. We have two ideas on this one. You could join in on the log cabin KAL with the MDK and Fringe  #fringeandfriendslogalong which looks to be all kinds of fun!! (Read more here from Karen) Or you can knit your very own square and at the end of the year you will have 13 blocks ( don’t forget that blue moon). to piece together for your very own lunar blanky. If you think about it what better way to cover oneself at night then with a woolly moon blanket.

Karen is going to join in on the log cabin fun and I think I am going to do a square a month because it truly appeals to me. Also it is about what my knit attention span is at the moment. You can choose you own pattern design for your square but I will post a few stitch pattern ideas that I think will go well with each months lunar hue.

One could also cast on the seriously wonderful scarf, Just a Phase! that Karen has designed us. It is written for three gauges Aran, Worsted and DK. She brought it with her this weekend so I could photograph it and OMG!!! you are so going to love this. You will be able to purchase said pattern on ravelry and pattern fish under akabini on the 30th of January.  You want this scarf!! It makes a statement and is one of the coziest things I have ever wrapped around my neck.

Yardage specs for Just a Phase:

Aran weight:  (Plushy) : 660 yds (604m)

DK Weight:  (CAKE DK or  La Luna DK or Crackpaca ) 900 yds ( 823m)

Worsted weight: (CAKE Worsted or Targhee Worsted) 825 yds (755m)

Check out our instagram feed for lots of pics on colors and designs!!

BFL Feature and SPECIAL!!!

Not that all of the above is not special but…  this week we are featuring our long time yarn bestie ~ BFL SPORT on special as part of our anniversary celebration of who we are and where we have been!!  Our BFL SPORT is the 2nd garment yarn that I added to our line of garment yarns.  I love Bluefaced Leicester!  As a dyer I am a fan of the way it takes the dye and color because of it’s long wool component. Then there is that little bit of drape it can have also due to it’s long-wool genetics. Bluefaced is a softer and bouncier long-wool especially if spun just right which I feel our BFL SPORT is. It has just enough twist to be durable and also lofty!

One of my absolute favorite sweaters was designed for me by my dear friend Anna Zilboorg. It’s called Tina’s Sweater and is knit with our BFL SPORT. It is the coziest sweater I own and has stood the test of time.  Tinas

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my other absolute favorite designs in our BFL SPORT is Vancouver by Samantha Roshak

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Also super cozy!! One of my all time favorite knits and wraps!

Our BFL Special will run until February 1st and is good for 15% of the Coupon Code: BFLSPORT18

Thank you to both Anna and Samantha for such a wonderful and integral part of Blue Moon!

Okay off to breakfast and what is sure to be a very Portland photo shoot!

Have a lovely weekend!!