Tina keeps chickens because she loves having them around. Eggs are a bonus.

In spring, I got a chance to visit the Blue Moon Fiber Arts world headquarters in Scappoose, Oregon. An unassuming barn/dye studio, full to the rafters (literally) with rich color, built by Tina as the perfect workspace for her and her team to produce the Blue Moon yarns we are so fond of. And occasionally, you’ll find her latest brood of baby chicks, until they’re big enough to join the rest of the flock outside.

The inspiration imageHere’s Tina’s recounting of our time together:

Almost everyone who comes to visit me wants to immerse themselves in the dye barn for at least a few hours. Some come just to play and some come with a clear vision. Amy had a very clear vision and even a photo. I love a woman with a clear plan.

She had this beautiful picture of lobelia in a grey metal bucket against a white wall. Great contrast between the white wall and the jeweled richness of Lobelia’s cobalt blue.

The blues and greens are what we decided we wanted to focus on since you can always knit it with white yarn as the contrast. I had a great time playing with colors and helping Amy translate her color ideas onto yarn. I think Amy did too.

I did! I took this photo outside a Farm Shop in Wales. The color is unretouched…Lobelia really is that deep blue color and I imagined it might be a challenge to replicate. Silly me! It was fascinating watching Tina pull a few jars of color from her well-stocked shelves, knowing exactly which tones would produce the result we wanted the first time. I was mesmerized with the way her eyes, brain and hands effortlessly translated the photo into this colorway!

Tina starts working out the colorway, taking careful notes so she can replicate it.

The final result! So lovely! What would you call it?

The colorway is the star of one of our Surprise patterns…Regatta, designed by Kate Atherley! But the colorway needs a name, so we’re turning to you! What would you name this colorway? Prize is two skeins of Socks That Rock: one in the new colorway and one in the colorway of the winner’s choice.

Contest rules: leave a comment on this post with your name for the colorway between now and midnight eastern time, Monday, October 28th. The winning name will be chosen by a Knitty committee and Tina. Our winner will be notified by email.

Good Luck!

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442 Responses to A colorway and a contest!

  1. Carol says:

    I’d call it Welsh Jewels.

  2. amy g says:

    How about ‘Lobelia Shores’? This is a beautiful colorway!

  3. Kristin says:

    Earth and Sky

  4. Kim says:

    Love the colors. Reminds me of the beautiful paintings by Monet, so maybe Water Lilies.

  5. CraftyAshley says:

    Souvenir from Wales.

    It looks beautiful!

  6. Pat says:

    I would have to say “Blue Heaven”

  7. Dara says:

    Island in the sky

  8. Francie Owens says:

    Beautiful yarn! I love the mossy green.
    How about calling it “Once in a Lobelia Blue Moon”.

  9. Kristi gersbach says:

    Sackville-Baggins, of course.

  10. Debra says:

    Lobelia my life. Great colour.

  11. Annette says:

    Lucky Lou Lobelia

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  13. Sage Goode says:

    Absolutely love this colour! I’d call it Dian y Glas Blue. (the name of a pre-Celtic Welsh-god)

  14. Julie Choate says:

    Lagoonies never say die!

  15. Dorothy D says:

    I think I lobelia

  16. James says:

    Amy’s super awesome sock yarn.

  17. Katy Stevens says:

    Fields of Irises

    What a gorgeous colorway!

  18. Susan says:

    I’d call it “too cool for the real world”

  19. Cindy says:

    Reminds me of blueberries. How about ‘Blueberry Hill’?

  20. Vickie says:

    Tropical Seas.

  21. Patsy says:

    twilight lobelia

  22. Shella says:

    Over the Blue Moon

  23. Jennifer says:

    Woodland Water….lot’s of good ideas up there!

  24. terri says:

    Blue Hawaii

  25. Vicki B. says:

    How pretty. Perhaps Welsh blues.

  26. Joan says:

    “Twilight Fields”

  27. Kady says:

    I would call it ‘whisper a prayer over waters’

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Beach Memories

    P.S. Love the picture of the Lobelia in a grey metal bucket. Thanks.

  29. wend says:

    lobelia on the lane

    lobelia on the prowl

    lobelia in the wind
    (wind referencing the regatta socks)

    lobelia in the Welsh wind

    (Would be much easier if I actually knew how to pronounce this…)

  30. Becca says:

    I’d call it Lakeshore–it reminds me of the lakes I saw in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

  31. Arlene Bonsma says:

    Stormy skies is what came to mind, the colours are beautiful.

  32. Ruth says:

    Etherial Blue Erinus

    (Lobelia erinus is the latin name for Lobelia)

  33. Alison M says:

    Metallic Mossy Blue

  34. twinsetellen says:


    The metallic blue green of the Morphos genus of butterflies isn’t from pigmnent, it is due to the structure of the wing scales. Lobelias are also impossibly blue!

  35. Melissa Watts says:

    Welsh Lobelia. And it is lovely.

  36. Isabeau says:

    Lobelia Garden.

    Waelisc Blue (from the anglo-saxon word for Wales) or Cambrian Blue

  37. Suzette says:

    Blue-eyed Envy

  38. Mary Ellen Reimers says:

    Bottle gentian. Beautiful!

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