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Tuesday Trivia #11 - now with winning info!

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I may have inadvertently (oh, heck, maybe it was advertently, heehee) caused certain members of the group to drop everything and run to the store for M&Ms, and for that, I'm sorry-not-sorry.

A big congrats to jasmiepup, who correctly answered 118 sts. Wow. Who is this fast-as-fast-can-be knitter? Her name is Miriam Tegels. She is my heroine.

 

Thanks, everyone, for playing along! Enjoy your knitting and your snacks and your calorie burning. See you next week!

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As I sit and knit (and snack), I wonder, should I take a walk? Go for a run? Do yoga? But instead, I find myself grabbing another M&M and hopping on the world wide interwebs to try to figure out how much exercise I'm getting here. 

Did you know that you can burn up to 55 calories an hour just by knitting? I for one am amazed, (and recommitted to sitting on the couch and knitting some more, heehee). I'm a fairly quick knitter - I wonder how many calories I burn...but I digress, as per usual.

Which brings me, in my roundabout way, to our 11th Tuesday Trivia question. Because the fastest knitter in the world must really burn some calories when she's at her peak, right? Our question today is, how many stitches per minute does the fastest knitter in the world knit?

1. 203

2. 118

3. 42

4. 27

5. 175

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Tuesday Trivia #10 - now with winning info!

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Yippie-dee-dooh-dah, Sarah JS, you are our winner!

I don't know about you guys, but I really do love this song. It reminds me of knitting. More specifically, of winding yarn. Every time I wind yarn on my swift/ballwinder, and I do mean EVERY time, I sing this song in my head. Well, sometimes out loud.

So, Sarah, you spin us right round, and into our next knitting projects. Congrats!

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There's been lots of roundness going on in the Sock Club this month - spiral-y socks, snail-shell-inspired shawlettes, a very circular tag game... Why stop the fun now, right? Let's talk turkey, errr... circles... for our 10th Trivia Tuesday. 

At first, I was going to hit you with some Pi questions, or some geometry, but then, as is often the case with me, an 80s song popped into my head, so that's basically where we are.

What song is stuck in my craw because of this Tuesday Trivia? You Spin Me Right Round, of course. Our Tuesday Trivia question this week is this:

In what year did the song You Spin Me Right Round get released? And...GO!

 

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Jeopardy contest!

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Remember, we're looking for the answer, in the correct Jeopardy way, to the clues given on the backs of the yarn tags for May. First to correctly answer gets the SmartyPants Badge!

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The Second Instagram Contest winner is... (and a reminder about the Jeopardy contest)

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Ahem! Drumroll, please...

A big congratulations to Melanie, aka, MelKnitsInOly, who is our 2nd Vintstagram (get it, Vintage-y Instagram, haha!) contest winner! Her photos perfectly capture the beauty that is Gran's Kitchen.

Melanie not only wins bragging rights, but also a coupon code, worth 20% off of one order, good through the end of 2015! Yippie!!

Also, keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for the Jeopardy Tag Game post. :)

 

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Tuesday Trivia #9 - now with winning info!

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Even though we can't believe that some of the anniversaries listed below are true (30 years, Back to the Future?!?!), MelKnitsInOly is correct - Greta Garbo's birthiversary is 110 years ago, NOT 100.

Yay, Melanie!!!

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Since this is our 10th Anniversary year, we've got anniversaries on the brain here at BlueMoonLand. Did you know that traditionally, the 10th anniversary gift is Tin/Aluminum? Don't tell Tina, but I already got her a really nice package of foil. I splurged and got the 500-square-foot roll. Shhhhh! Don't tell!

 

After making the most amazing Tin Foil Hats, we got to thinking: what other anniversaries are being celebrated this year? We're listing out 5 anniversaries, and it's your job to let us know which of the following is NOT an anniversary being celebrated this year. 

1. the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

2. the 20th anniversary of OJ's acquittal for murder.

3. the 100th anniversary of the birth of Greta Garbo.

4. the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future.

5. the 40th anniversary of the first episode of Good Morning America.

 

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Tuesday Trivia #8 - now with winning info!

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DING-DING-DING! We have a winner! Although, our wee snail friends can't hear the thunderous applause, because, as MelKnitsInOly (and Sarah JS and kellybunny) stated, those poor dear things can't hear a thing. Good thing, too, because I fear I've said some nasty things about them. 

Congrats, MelKnitsInOly!

You are officialy the Queen of the Snails!

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While doing the photoshoot for May at BlueMoonLand, we saw so many snails, which was actually perfect. Both May Rockin' Sock Club projects are inspired by mollusk-y animals. Today, we're going to delve into the world of the snail, and hopefully learn an interesting fact or two on the way.

For instance, did you know that there are over 85,000 species of mollusks, with the bottom-of-the-sea potential for more (some sources say there are over 100,000)? Did you also know that some snails hibernate? And that they are hermaphrodites? That the mucus they leave behind helps faciliate their movement? If you place a snail on a knife, it will be able to move along the sharpest blade without getting sliced. Fascinating creatures, snails. If you can get over the "yuck" factor, that is. (I have a hard time with the "yuck" factor, but having small kiddos has definitely helped. Small kids are kinda gross.)

Our question for today, in regards to snails, is this: Which of the five senses do snails lack?

1. Sight

2. Sound

3. Touch

4. Smell

5. Taste

As always, answer in the comments, and the winner will get a badge of trivia honor!

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Trivia Tuesday - now with winning info!!

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Well, that'll teach me not to do knitting-related research on my phone, while watching my kiddos ride a horsey for the first time. The initial sources I looked at intimated that knitted socks were discovered in tombs dating from the 3rd to the 6th century CE, but it appears the authors of those articles were mistaken, taken in by the appearance of the thing. In my further (and kid-less) research into nalbinding, it almost looks like twisted knitting (the image below is of two common nalbinding stitches. The first one, in particular, looks like twisted knit stitches, don't you think?), so I can see why non-fiber folks are often confused when confronted with a piece of nalbinding:

I'm calling this one in favor of Megan, who guessed the dates we were thinking of, but pointed out that nalbinding was often mistaken for knitting, as the fabric is very similar looking. I think it looks kind of like the herringbone stitch:

Yay, Megan! 

This leads us down a very interesting rabbit hole - nalbinding as a technique is fascinating. I can see why it predates knitting and crochet - you use small lengths of yarn or string or fabric, which were likely easier to come by than an entire skein or hank. According to Wikipedia...

The oldest known samples of single-needle knitting include the color-patterned sandal socks of the Coptic Christians of Egypt (4th century CE), and hats and shawls from the Paracas and Nazca cultures in Peru, dated between 300 BCE and 300 CE.

So, thank you, Megan, for straightening us out AND for leading us to research yet another fascinating needle art. And congratulations for being the first to correctly answer the SEVENTH Trivia Tuesday question!
nalbinding needles
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In what period do we believe knitted socks were first made?
1. 3rd century CE
2. 3rd century BCE
3. 1700s
4. 10 million years ago
5. 7th century BCE

 

 

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Trivia Tuesday #6 - now with winning info!

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Yippie-dee-doooh-dah, Patty, you are our 6th Trivia Tuesday Winner!!! In the Phillipines, what we call the Hokey Pokey is called Boogie Woogie! Here's how it goes:

Put your [left foot] in
Put your [left foot] out
Put your [left foot] in
And shake it all about
And dance with boogie boogie
And turn around
That's what's all about!

Great job, Patty - way to "ask a friend," just like Who Wants to be a Millionaire (do you guys remember that show?)? Of course, instead of a million bucks, you get an electronic Sock Scout Badge. Which is actually better - none of that pressure to spend wisely. Amirite?

I think we should all spend a bit of time today doing the Hokey Pokey. Or the Boogie Boogie. Or the Hokey Cokey. Because, seriously, why should little kids have all the fun, right?

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Tina talked a lot about music in the May Dyer's Notes, reflecting on the music of her life, and how important it has been to her. I'm sure we were all humming Loopty Loo as we read through the notes, and thinking fondly of the effects music has had on our own lives. 

It got me thinking: what IS the deal with the Hokey Pokey? Well, my research led me down many rabbit holes (as internet research tends to do), and I discovered, among other things, that in Britain, it's called the Hokey Cokey, and in Australia, it's called the Hokey Pokey, but sometimes the Hokey Tokey, due to the fact that an ice cream treat called Hokey Pokey is sold (and looks delicious). 

My question to you, today, is this: what is the Hokey Pokey/Hokey Cokey/Hokey Tokey called in the Phillipines?

The first correct answer gets to dance the Hokey Pokey for all the Sock Club to see. Heehee, just kidding - the first one to answer is awarded the much-revered Lightbulb Badge of smartastic Sock Club honor.

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Tuesday Trivia #6 - now with winning info!!

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Although Mary Fab and MelKnitsInOly were close, Kellybunny is our winner this week! According to my research, which included both internet-y searches AND delving in to the inimitable Richard Rutt's A History of Hand Knitting, it wasn't until 1939 that I could have played around with knitting on circular knitting needles. According to Mr. Rutt, circular needles were first available in 1924. He discovered an advertisement in a pamphlet entitled Ladies' Field Jumpers Bk 1 to corroborate this date. (A History of Handknitting, p227).

I also discovered, via Wikipedia, that the first US patent for a circular needle was issued in 1918, and the article intimates that they may have been in use in England slightly prior to that, which again means that in 1939, I would have been pretty safe in my circular exploration.

So, Kellybunny, come on down! You are our weekly Trivia winner, and will be getting an email from me soon with your Smartypants Badge!

Thanks again to everyone who took part, and we'll see you next Tuesday, for another edition of Trivia Tuesdays!

My current STR magic loop socks-in-progress. STR LW in Pitter Pat.

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We can hear the newly-cast-on RSC May projects, and it's music to our ears. Can't wait to see them floating around the webosphere!

Because you're members of this club, we're taking for granted that you're old hands (ha!) at circular knitting. There are so many different ways to knit circularly, and none are incorrect. I am a circular-needle gal, through and through. Never quite got comfortable with DPNs, no matter how hard I tried. I remember when I first used two circular needles to make a pair of socks. It was like a lightbulb went off in my knitting brain, and I could almost hear the "click" of knitterly love. I am now a magic-looper, and I couldn't be happier with my circular style. 

For this week's Trivia Tuesday, we're asking in what year would I have been able to experiment with circulars (i.e., which of the years listed below fall AFTER the first documented availability of circular needles)? Four of the answers would have left me struggling with DPNs, but only one of the years listed would have allowed me to embrace my circular nature.

1. 1903

2. 1847

3. 1622

4. 1939

5. 1776

As always, the first to answer correctly wins bragging rights AND a Smartypants Badge. Good luck, knitters! And remember, there is no wrong way to knit socks. The only wrong is NOT knitting socks :)

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A few reminders: Instagram Contest & club discount change

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Hey-hey! It looks like lots of folks now have the May packages in-hand, so yippie for that! That means it's just about time to choose an Instagram Contest Winner (ok, so we're a bit late on that. But, remember what they say: better late than never!), which we will do next week. So, please, take a moment to hop onto Instagram and snap a sock selfie or two. Remember to tag them with:

#rockinsockselfie15 #rockinsockclub15 #sockselfieinprogress

Be cute, be crafty, be creative. Make sure your March socks are in view, and because the theme of the kit was vintage kitchen, we'd love to see something vintage kitchen-y...

And, lest you forgot, the winner gets a discount code! Yeah, that's right, folks, the winner of the Instagram Contest will receive a 20% off coupon code good for one online purchase. The code will expire at the end of 2015. 

I mean, look at this colorway - just begging to be photographed and made into amazing socks. (It's seriously whispering to me, folks: Shannon, cast me on, you know you want to...)

There is also a deadline coming up for using your 15% discount code. That deadline is July 15th. Don't worry, you'll still be able to get a discount after that, but it'll go down from 15% to 10%. There are a lot of gorgeous, bright, summertime colors up on the website now, just in case you needed some enticement...
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