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Shawl KAL Buddy!

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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:





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 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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Lantern Luck Knitalong

Hi Rockin' Sock Knitters, 

As Tina mentioned, the Pacific Northwest is currently a winter wonderland and I am trapped in my apartment.  What's a knitter to do?  Cast on new socks of course.  

For years I have lusted after a Rockin' Sock Club membership and now I have the privilege of knitting along with all of you lovely knitters, as well as watching Tina's color genius come to life.  I am living my dream and feel very lucky.  How appropriate for this month's theme.  

When Tina first showed me Lucky Number Seven the colors triggered tulips and rejuvenation.  I cast on today with thoughts of flowers waiting patiently under the ice, as well as new and old dreams.  Whenever I wear my Lantern Luck socks I will remember my good fortune and the potential for renewal.  I hope you all feel as lucky as I do.

Please join and let us know what these colors inspire in you. If you're casting on with me, please comment and join the conversation!

Cast on!


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Casting On!!

Good Morning,

We are coming to you from a very frosty and cold Pacific Northwest. I had this lovely vision for today of Sarah and I sitting at the kitchen table this morning with tea for a lovely cast on moment but alas, it is not to be. We are all snow and ice bound in our own homes this morning.

So my lovely notorious knitters meet Sarah Crotty. Sarah is our newest production dyer and we are tickled to have her working wiht us. She started this fall and has quickly become a valued member of our team. I think you'll love her as much as we do!

Sarah is also a wonderful knitter and your cast on buddy for the year. Each shipment Sarah will cast on the sock design for that month (After all we are a sock knitting club!) on a specified day that I will announce in the Dyer's Notes.

You do not have to cast on with her. There is no pressure here, just support. You can choose to cast on before the she does or anytime after. I just thought it might be nice to have one of us knittng with you! We'll see!

On the 1st Cast On date after the shipment Sarah will post here so you can follow her progress, she can follow yours and you can knit-chat. On the 2nd Cast On date Sarah will cast on her second sock.

So what about the other pattern you ask? Well... what we would like is if 6 of you would volunteer (one for each shipment) to cast on the "other" pattern in the shipment with Sarah on the second cast on date.

Whatcha think? Anyone game?

Cast- On Dates:

1. Today at NOON! Pacific time.

2. February 20th

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Lantern Luck errata

Here is the specific errata:

It's Here!

Mine kit arrived today and it's beautiful. Thanks Tina for starting the year out brightly!

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This one's for unravelingsophia

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