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Show Us Those Knits

Hey All, 

How's the knitting going?  Are you all finished with your socks and shawls?  

For those of you who knit along, it's time to show off your lovely finished objects. Post pictures here on the blog in order to be eligible for badges. You have until March 20th, so get posting!  

We are super excited to see all of your lovely creations!

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KAL Finish Line

The KAL finish line, March 20th, is just around the corner.  Keep knitting away and we'll let you know about badges soon!

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Therapeutic Knits

Hi Knitters, 

It seems as if everyone I know had an off week.  I had quite an unpleasant dating world kibosh and Tina has declared a boy intervention.  While this blow is minor in the grand scheme of my life, it colored my mood sour this week.  So I was sad and when I'm sad I tend to want to stare at the ceiling for hours on end, which is exactly what I don't allow myself to do.  Instead I pulled out my sock.  Yarn and knitting has become my career, which I love, but it's easy to forget during the stress of life that it's also my passion and my comfort. While I finished my socks this week I was reminded how much solace knitting can bring. We all put so much of ourselves into our knitting that, at least for me, my projects become little vessels for what I was feeling when I was working them.  My Lantern Luck socks have brought me full circle.  While I knit the first sock I was in a wonderful place.  I could see potential for greatness in all aspects of my life.  My own words were "I am living my dream and feel very lucky."  While this is still very much true, one small hiccup made my world a little bit blurry.  Knitting helped bring everything back into focus this week.  To quote myself yet again, "whenever I wear my Lantern Luck socks I will remember my good fortune, and the potential for renewal." Plus, I have a rad new pair of socks!
Update us on your progress and let us know how knitting has helped you.
 
Here's to a better next week for everyone.

 

 

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Button Contest Winner

 Well this was a very close one. In my book these two talented knitters, Janis and Bronwen are both winners and I am greateful for the time and attention they both put into thier designs. 

 It seems that sock puppets with hats are a little too hard to resist. So Bronwen with her sock puppets is our winner and button for the year! We will have it up in the next few days for all to enjoy!

 Again thank you Janis and Bronwen for your time. You both will be hearing from us shortly!

Happy Monday!Wink

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Button Contest Winner

 Well this was a very close one. In my book these two talented knitters, Janis and Bronwen are both winners and I am greateful for the time and attention they both put into thier designs. 

 It seems that sock puppets with hats are a little too hard to resist. So Bronwen with her sock puppets is our winner and button for the year! We will have it up in the next few days for all to enjoy!

 Again thank you Janis and Bronwen for your time. You both will be hearing from us shortly!

Happy Monday!Wink

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Second Chances

Hi!

Today is a great day for knitting second chances.  In preparation for today's second cast on, I knit like mad last night and finished my first sock, minus the kitchner. Unfortunately, when I tried it on, it was too small!  It looks like I incorporated too much negative ease into the foot of my sock.  Oops!  So tonight I will rip out my lovely toe, re-knit, and, as promised, cast on sock number two.  It's my second chance to knit a perfectly fitted sock.

Today is also your second chance to join our KAL if you haven't already.  Join in, chat, and knit!  

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Shawl KAL Buddy!

Drumroll please...

We are pleased to announce our shawl knitting companion for this month's kit is Angelia Reed.  She will cast on her shawl and introduce herself today.  

Welcome Angelia!

Shawlette Knitting

Hi everyone! My name is Angelia, and I will be the knit buddy for the Paper Lanterns shawlette.

Last year, I knit the shawlette in the January RSK shipment & fell in love with shawlettes. They are SO versatile! I was so excited to see a shawlette as the accessory pattern in the January shipment this year. I am intrigued by the Paper lantern edging, and the colorway makes me think of Spring.

I live in Pennsylvania (USA). I don't mind cold weather. It gives me a reason to knit & also to wear my handknit items (like the shawlette from last year's RSK). This winter, however, has broken everyone's spirits - even mine. We've had snow and ice (I HATE ice!) and freezing rain and extreme cold. This week will be the first week, since the beginning of the year, that my daughter has not had a snow day (day off of school). So I'm ready for a fun, intriguing knit in a Spring-y colorway!

I was thrilled when Tina emailed me, asking me to be the knit buddy for this shipment! I wound the yarn last night & cast on this morning (before work, in my car, in the parking lot). I managed to knit 4 rows before I had to go into work.

If you're knitting the Paper Lanterns shawlette, please let us know, in the comments.

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Button Contest Voting Time

 Hi all!

We've chosen 2 buttons graphics for you to decide between. Thank you talented knitters for the wonderful entries!

Here they are:

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I love both of these a whole lot so I am thrilled that this is your decision and not mine!

So choose your favorite 1 or 2 and email us your choice at sockclub@bluemoonfiberarts.com by February 21st and I will announce our winner on the 24th.

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The Goldilocks Principle

Friday night I sat down with the two loves of my life, my border collie golden retriever beastie and my knitting, and finished the leg of my sock.  

Like many of you, I was initially concerned at how large the cuff seemed.  I cast on the medium, taking into account about 3/4 of an inch negative ease and the designer's suggestion to cast on a smaller than usual size.  I knit away, all the while eye-balling my giant cuff.  And then I tried it on. Unlike a typical 2x2 or 1x1 ribbing that accordians on itself and stretches, slipped stitches create more structure and have less elasticity.  It fits just right.  So, before you rip out your seemingly gianormous cuff, try your sock on.  You might be pleasantly surprised.  

I'm off to knit my heel.  I love knitting heels!  It's so satisfying to watch that shape emerge from my needles.  What's your favorite part of knitting socks?

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