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And here I thought we were going to make RSC history on our 10th Anniversary year by shipping each one of our kits within the promised time frame. We might have been on the last day of the month but dang it, we did make it!

You would think that I would know by now that tempting the fickle whims of fate with such optimism is not the greatest idea.

What I am trying to tell you is, that due to circumstances so far beyond my control it is laughable, we will not be able to ship our November club out until the beginning of next week.

I have to tell you my friends I am pretty disappointed. I was pretty tickled about the 10th year being "the one". is, what it is, isn't it?  We have done our best.  Instead of banging my head up against a wall that is immovable ( and will hurt) we are instead reading the writitng on said wall and adjusting.

Would you like to see the pdf's. We can put those up for you if you want them this week and then your yarn and the printed versions for those who get them will follow.

Let me know!!! answer those that have asked. Yes we will be putting the sock club 2016 up this week and will have the gift certificates activated.

Be well! Stay warm.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!


ps: send Debra a little love. She lost her beloved gran this week.

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Thank you!

 Thank you all for being our wonderful Notorious Sock Knitters!

I try to be thankful and grateful everyday, all year long but I also think it is nice to have a day where we pay a little more attention and remember what we have to be grateful for.

I for one have a great deal to be grateful for. I have all of you! I get to do what I love with people I love. I have wonderful family and friends and as of last week another cancer free check up!


We sent out and email last week expressed our gratitude to you with a 20% discount code good until the end of December. I wanted to mention it here because sometimes our bulk emails get spammed out and I do not want anyone to miss out.

So if you did not get an email from us let me know and I will email you the code!

Thank you!

PS We will be shipping out our last installment of the year next week. If you have an address change please do let us know before Tuesday.

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Tuesday Trivia #27


Well, it's almost time for Turkey Day here in the U.S., and it just so happens that my daughter, Hazel, has been studying turkeys at school. She's going to help me out here with a few Turkey Trivia questions. Which of the following are NOT true statements in regards to turkeys?

A. Most turkeys live in North America.

B. You can tell a turkey's mood by looking at its neck and head. It's kind of like a mood ring - a turkey's neck and head will change colors depending on how it's feeling.

C. A group of turkeys is called a gang.

D. A baby turkey is called a poult.

E. Mother turkeys can lay up to 18 eggs.

Answer the trivia question correctly, win an amazing badge AND bragging rights! 

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Tuesday Trivia #26 - now with winning info!


Sooo... looks like there are lots of places on this planet where sheep outnumber people, and you people have found quite a few. The website I was quoting stated that it was in New Zealand and Australia that sheep outnumber people, BUT it's also true of Iceland, so Tinkingbell and Dove, you are our winners!!! Yay!



For many of us, wool is the pinnacle of fiber. It's stretchy, it's bouncy, it holds up well, it takes dye in the most delightful way. It's THE fiber we long for. 

And what gives us this amazing wool? SHEEP. Lovely, sweet, adorable sheep. And lambs. We cannot forget about lambs.

Sheep that need to be sheared.


And sheep that are half-sheared.

These things are so amazing! So, tell me, dear RSC'ers, in which two countries do these lovely creatures outnumber people?

Answer here, and you could win a badge of Trivia honor! See you next week!

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Tuesday Trivia #25 - now with winning info!


Yay, TaniaD, for correctly answering that Cumulostratus is NOT a cloud type.

No one got the bonus question - the cloud pictured is a Cumulonimbus.


Fall is in full effect here in the Pacific Northwest, and that means rain. We can't complain, though, because we've had a decidedly un-PacNW-y Fall. BUT. The rains are here.

Speaking of rain, which of the following is NOT a cloud type:

A. Cirrostratus.

B. Cumulostratus.

C. Stratocumulus.

D. Nimbostratus.

E. Altocumulus.

(and, bonus question: what is the cloud-type pictured. hint: it's not necessarily one of hte cloud-types listed)

First to answer correctly gets a badge of trivia honor! 

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A few of my favorite things... .

hello my lovely notorious, knitterly friends. How goes it? It is cold and very autumny here today. Colorful with a chill in the air.  Brr....

It occurred to me this morning as I was planning how I wish my day would go ( the powers that be often have other ideas) that you probably do not know how many times a day/week/month that I think of you.

It is quite often. Take today for instance, I was thinking about you because our bumper stickers showed up yesterday and I really love them and am excited to share them with you. Also, today Shannon picked up our buttons!!! You are soo going to love these!  I met with Shannon for all kinds of sock club plannings. So today was probably a little more NSK thoughtful than most.

I think of you everytime I am brewing up new colorway stories since I am always thinking of what might work best for the club. I do this even if I have all the colorways planned for the year. If I think it would be wonderful for the club then I save it with copious design notes.

After each shipment I wonder and also worry a bit. I wonder  if everyone go their packages in a timely manner (Thank you USPS) and if you liked it and how you all are doing on the knitting. Are you enjoying the patterns and the color? Are the patterns easy enough to read. Were there any typos in the dyer's notes. 

Shannon and Paula keep me updated and of course I check in here.

I think of you sometime when I am reading, listening to music or watching tv and something strikes my fancy as a good theme or color for the club. I have a little book on my coffee table that I make notes in because I know I will forget and that will make me a bit of a crazy person.

I have been thinking about you a whole lot in the past month because I am plannng the club for next year. It's our 11th year. The beginning of a new decade for us. I think it needs to resonate with that new chapter feel, since it is a new chapter for us. friends, with that in mind I have a question for you. (Please put your answer here in the comments to this post.)

What are a few of your favorite things? I mean I know we all love yarn and sock knitting. It's why we are here.

Anything.... The sky is the limit. Favorite songs, movies, stories, colors, books, people, animals, foods, moments... . You can even tell us why these things float your boat.

I'll start.

Maybe Shannon and Gail can chime in too.

Okay here goes.

One of my favorite things is a moment. I love to curl up in my big comfy chair in front of the fireplace with the lowest light possible for reading,a good book in my hands, a cup on the table beside me tea, and a kitty purring by my side. I especially like it either late at night or before dawn when the rest of the family is sleeping and it is still dark out. It's a bit romantic, very peacefu and nourishing.

Okay one other of my favorite things is that I love preserving. Jams, pickles, chutneys, sauces... . If it can be canned I'm all over it.

Also you are one of my faovrite things!!

Ok I'm stopping.

Your turn.

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Tuesday Trivia #24 - now with winning info!

Denise D is correct - no such thing as Halloweenophobia. The fear of Halloween is actually called Samhainophobia. Congratulations, Denise!


We just celebrated Halloween, complete with candy and Trick-or-Treating and costumes, so let's talk spooky trivia today, why don't we? 

Which of the following facts is NOT true:

1. Tootsie Rolls were the first individually-wrapped penny candy offered for sale in the US.

2. Pumpkins come in more than merely orange: they also come in white, blue, and green.

3. The horror film Halloween was made in 21 days.

4. The fear of Halloween is known as Halloweenophobia.

5. Jack 'o Lanterns were once made of turnips, beets, and potatoes instead of pumpkins.

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Tuesday Trivia #23 - now with winning info!


Good job, non-toe-up-sock-knitter Cara, for correctly identifying Loop-d-loop as the fake cast on method. Yay!


As I sit in my quiet house early in the morning, surrounded by socks-in-progress, I find myself thinking about knitting and socks and obsession, and wonder if I really can cast on another couple of toes before the kids wake up and the house turns into its loud and colorful self. I am a toe-up gal, although I've been making a lot more cuff-down socks in recent months. But, toe-up is still my go-to, preferred method. We all have ours, don't we? 

Today, I'm asking, which of the following methods is NOT a toe-up sock method?

A. Judy's Magic Cast On

B. Figure Eight Cast On

C. Whirlpool Toe

D. Bosnian Toe

E. Loop-d-loop Cast On

Good luck, fellow sock knitters! 

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Tuesday Trivia #22 - now with winning info


Denise D., you are our winner! Altough Banff is wonderful in oh, so many ways, it is not the home to the cast and crew of Defiance. Alas, I did not see Nolan running through the streets...


I am in Canada this week, spending time with family in the stunning Banff. These mountains are seriously breathtaking.

My trivia this week revolves around this town in which I'm staying. Which of the following facts are NOT true:

1. Banff was named after the Scottish town in which two founding members of the Canadian National Railway were born.

2. Banff is the highest, elevation-wise, town in Canada.

3. The sci-fi show Defiance is filmed in Banff.

4. Mountains in Banff National Park are between 45 and 120 million years old.

5. There are more than 1,000 glaciers in Banff National Park.

Good luck, smart folk! I'll check in next Tuesday with winning info!

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Tuesday Trivia #21 - now with winning info


Yay, Patti V, you've done it - you've answered correctly. It was Tommy James and the Shondells who first crooned the fabulous Crimson & Clover. 


We've been listening to a lot of classic female rockers and crooners lately. Dolly Parton is a big hit in my family, as are Pat Benetar and Joan Jett. I like to tell myself that it's good for my little ladies, to hear these women really rocking out, and that it's almost a feminist statement that we are listening to them, when in reality, I just love singing along at the top of my lungs. 

One of my absolute favorite Joan Jett songs is Crimson & Clover.

I even created a pattern inspired by the marriage of that song and Tina's gorgeous Worthy Fingering. But, did you know that Joan Jett and her Blackhearts were NOT the first band to sing that song? Do you know who was (hint: it was in the 1960s)?

A. The Byrds

B. Cream

C. The Supremes

D. Tommy James & the Shondells

E. Herman's Hermits

The first one to answer with the correct band wins a weekend with that band! Just kidding - you'll win the Badge of Trivia Honor.

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