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2014 RSC

Well I am in. This is my 9th year and am really looking forward to it.
Tina my thoughts and prayers to you, Sophie and Rabia for a quick recovery. You must not have made the Spotlight.
Thanks again to you and the crew for making my knitting so much fun.

Donna

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Today is the day!

Yay!!

Here's the post I just put up on the my blog about sign up day and the contest.

I know. I'm  7 days late on the New Years wishes. Here's the deal, ever since we started the Rockin' Sock Club sign-ups in the beginning of January it just doesn't quite feel like the new year for me until the sign-ups go live.

Today is that day!!! Yay!  Sock club sign-ups go live here at 11:00 am ( our time) Pacific time.

I love this day!  I love all the planning that goes into a new sock club year, all of the creative and fun bits and pieces and the practical ones too. I love that every  year I get a fresh start. I love the build up to sign-up day, although it is a bit different than it was in the beginning, and I am okay with that.

Since that whole bank fiasco years ago (You know the one where they accused us of running a scam because, really? A sock knitting club?  One that sells over 2,000 memberships in 3 days? No way lady, you're running a scam. ) I now, every morning of sign-up day, make my cup of tea, pick up the phone and call my PayPal management team  to remind them that today is the day.  They assure me that this is not necessary anymore that they know how this rolls, it's marked in my file and all is well and I chuckle to myself, thank them and mark the calender for next years phone call.

Our little sock club has grown by leaps and bounds from the days where we packed it all up in my living room then loaded it in trucks and had a convoy to our local post office. We're an ever growing, evolving knit-entity which is one of the things I love about us. In eight years we've  grown into a wonderful community of knitters. I have met some of the best people I know through this club.

I can't believe we are starting out ninth year together. Where does the time go? Forget I asked that.  I know exactly where it goes.

In celebration of  these past eight years we thought it would be fun to put all of the sock club colorways up on the website at the same time for the next week or so for us all to see. I actually was going to put them all up here, on the blog, as a group, in order, with little love notes about them.  But then... we decided it would be fun to see if you could do that. At least it would be fun for us. We hope you agree!

So... a CONTEST!!! A contest on sign-up day. I don't know about you but I am pretty excited by this one!

So here's how we see this playing out:

There are 8 years of colorways. Usually this means that there are 6 colorways each year unless we had a color-work shipment with more than one colorway. (The plot thickens.) And... another plot twist, since we do not make the colorways available to the general knit public for a full year,  the colorways for last year (except January) will not be pictured on the site with all the others. They are on the site in a very special place  which you'll get to find. ( It's now that hard.)

How do you play?

We want the names of  all the colorways. Which year they were in. If it was a color-work kit then colorways that made up that kit need to be listed as such.  (Note: There will be an honorable mention to the knitter who can also list them in order within each year. This is not mandatory.)

Everyone gets one guess. If you submit more than one we are going to go with your first entry so think this through before submitting please. Please submit your entry in the comment section of this blog post on the BLUE MOON BLOG, not the RSC blog! If you have trouble doing that you can email us at info@bluemoonfiberarts.com. We prefer the comments section though. It's way more fun that way.

How much time do you have? You have until Tuesday January 14th at 11:00 am pacific time.

What do you win? There will be 3 placed winners. 1st place prize is a $200.00 BMFA gift certificate, 2nd place prize  is a $100.00 BMFA gift certificate and 3rd place prize is a $50.00 BMFA gift certificate.

I think that covers it. It's 10:05 and Paula is looking over my shoulder to edit so we can get this yarn ball of ours rolling!

Good luck! It's a challenging one. Although every time I say that it turns out not to be. So I guess we'll see.

If you have any questions about sign-ups or ned our assistance with gift certificate transfers we are here: sockclub@bluemoonfiberarts.com

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Sock Club 2014 Sign-ups

Happy New Year my dearest NSKs,

I hope that everyone who celebrates had a wonderful holiday and to everyone else a good few days off!

I had a lovely very quiet time with my family. My girls and I are recovering from a pretty nasty car accident that happened in early December. Yes, this is why I have been so quiet. We're all are going to be just fine in the long term which is miraculous given what happened to us. I will tell you it was one of the most terrifying things I have been through and I have been through a lot. Both my daughter Rabia and I thought that this was it for us. (Sophie was knocked out.) I don't know how or why we survived it, only that we did and for that I am so very grateful. My friend Henry says I have some powerful angels and I am starting to think he is right.

We were lucky! I am so grateful! I am grateful to be here and that my daughters will be ok. I am grateful to everyone that has been so kind, generous and helpful to the three of us. I am thankful for the tree we hit going down the embankment that stopped us from landing in the creek. So thankful for that tree. I hope that the poor man who lost control of his truck on a steep icy driveway will find some self forgiveness. It was a true accident and we certianly forgive him for something he could not control. 

I'm just plain thankful! It's going to be my theme for this year. Gratitude.

I wasn't going to mention all of this but... I had to tell the spinning club becuase it made their shipment late and I didn't want you guys to get wind of it and worry. Also it's going to be a bit before I am fully recovered so I'd rather you knew the cause then think I had finally gone off the deep end. Altohugh in a sense I guess we did. 

Anyway... it's 2014!! YAY!!

And that means we do what we do every January, sock club sing-ups!! As I mentioned ealrier Tuesday January 7th   is the start for sign-ups for our 2014 edition of the sock club begins (at 11:00 am Pacific time) . I hope you'll join us for our 9th year. Seriously, can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday we were packing boxes in my living room. We've come a long way NSKs.

If you can't join us, I am sorry to see you go and I want to thank you very much for being a part of our little club family. I hope we enrich your life as much as you enrich mine.  I hope your stitches all line up, your froggin' is minimal and your life is filled with the hues that make you happy!

For those that are going to join us for another year what do you think of badges?  My inner girl scout was thinking badges for how many kits we knit (or don't knit) might be all kinds of fun.

Thoughts??

Stay warm!

tina

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A hint is a hint is a...

Hint!  Maybe it's the head cold that I can't seem to shake that is dulling my wits, but for the life of me finding hints for this month has been seriously challenging. I do have a great one but I can't use but I have this personal rule about holiday music and movies being time appropriate. After Thanksgiving I'll post it.

So here's the barest bit of a hint. (See photo below.)

Thank you for sending your address changes you made Paula's week! We are shipping this coming week right before Thanksgivivng.

We've been getting a whole bunch of requests for the info about next years club and when gift certificates are available for purchase fo the holidays. So without further adothe info about last years club is up now. It is as I mentioned earlier. I gathered from everything I heard from you, that what I felt I needed to do creativley was fine and dandy with you. I have put up three design mood boards for next year. These are what we send out as a call for designs. An idea. A starting point. Basically a bigger more visual hint so you can see some of what we are up to.

Gift Certifcates will be available for purchase on Monday the 25th at 5:00 Pacific time.

Prices have gone up to reflect the postage change that happens in 2014 and a yarn cost hike we know is coming at the end of December.

We are keeping the print aspect for one more year. I had to wrestle the team for this one. It is more expensive because it is a more expensive process. We have decided to go pdf only next year (our 10th I might add) to open our options in skein size and other wonderful things we are considering.

It's our 9th year NSK's!! Isn't that amazing. I am excited and moved. I'm seriously excited about what is in store for us this coming year.

I want to Thank you for being your notorious selves and my knitters. I feel so blessed by all of you. I hope you will join us again next year and if you can't I wish you the best in your life and your knitting!

ps: I just signed the contract for sock camp!! So Save the Date!! June 27th to July 1st, 2014 at Island Wood on Bainbridge Island .  Camp in the summer! yay! More details to come soon, Mya!

Shipping has commenced and pdf's are up!

 

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Boo!

 This morning Paula asked me to post to ask if you had any address changes and if you do, could please get them to her as soon as possible. sockclub@bluemoonfiberarts.com

 We plan on shipping early next weekend before the holiday hits here. 

Also if you have not used your 15% off coupon now is your chance. It does expire on December 1st. You can find that code on the last page of Januaries Dyer's Notes.

 I've been trying for about 30 minutes to figure out a clue to send and am a bit stumped. Mostly because I have succumbe to the plague that has been making it's rounds here and my head is not happy.  I have not given up but I do know when to walk away,make a cup of tea and have a good think about it or...a nap.  The nap might win today.

In the meantime I give you this bit of sillieness. It made me laugh and laugh and laugh. 

 Enjoy!

PS: here's the link if the video clip id not showing for you. 

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This and that...

A few things I wanted to discuss with you all.

First a humble aplogy about the Dyer's Notes being printed upside down on the back pages. We did not notice this until they were all packed and shipped which is my error.( Sorry!) We are not going to repring and resend. I would if it was the patterns. Our printers humbly apologize for the oversight. We've used them from the very beginning and this is their one and only error, so I think we can let them off the hook for it.

We are coming up on our 9th year of the club.  Everytime I think about this it leaves me kind of awed. Nine years is a long time. Thats a whole lot of knitting!! I feel like it's time to shake things up a bit.

Here's what I was thinking. I would like to switch things up a bit designer-wise and organizationally. I want to bring Sandi Rosner our tech editor in on more of the bits and pieces that need organized and tending so I'm freed up for more of the creative parts. I also would like to open the door to more and more designers.

So we thought that we would go old school and send out calls for designs. Work up mood boards put the links to them on the RAV design boards and accept submissions.  I love this idea!! It has me working more with my team more which I love. It aslo brings in some fresh air which is always exciting. 

What does this mean for you? Well I think there are two issues I need your input on.

1. There will be mood boards out there which you might happen across. It will not have the colorway or the designs we choose, just the flavor. So you need to consider how you would feel if you ran across one. 

2. You will not know who the designers are when you sign up for next year. We might know a few but not all by a long shot.  Which given how lives have chaged this year might not be such a bad thing. This is that place where you trust my and my teams ability to put together a wonderful cohesive knit package. 

So my lovelies what do you think? I would love and need your input on this.

ok next...

 We are having Camp in 2014. Hear that Mya? Camp!!! Yippy! We can make you Dr. of Socks.

I will post seperately about all of the detials and back story next week. In the meantime go here and see where Dana (She found Port Ludlow for me.) found for us to be campers at.  CAMP  I went up and got the tour last month and it is almost like teyt built it just for us. You're going to love it.  I'm stoked!!

 Now a few thoughts about color.

The instigator of this color chat is that I recieved one of the rudest emails I think have ever gotten about this years color selection. Evidently I have sent you nothing but ugly skeins of yarn month after month after month. 

Evidently I should be sending out only bright in your face hues or dreamy soft pastel ones. And while I am sure that those kind of colorways would make some of you happy for the whole year. I know for a fact that there would be others that would be terribly unhappy. 

One of the most challenging parts of my job is making sure the year is balanced in colorway selection and that these colorways work with the designs.  We now have quite a number of men in the club and I can promise you that they are not looking for a year of soft feminine colorways. There are quite a few NSK's that would love a shaded solid only club. I know most of the designers feel that way. There are those of us who would like everything to have blue in it and those who hate blue. I feel like my job is to make as many of you hapy as I can. 

I know that a lot of us knit the colorways that don't exactly make our heart sing for those that we know it will make happy.  This club has always been and will be about stretching our color and knitting boundaries. Which includes mine by the way.  Because of all of you I have learned to see color more globally. When I think of creating colorways for you I think about if it works with the pattern? Will the designer like it enough to be inspired? Have I sent anything out like it before? Does it tell the story I want to tell? Does this hue add to and balance out the year? Will my dyers be able to replicate it hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and...  of times. Will they want to hurt me for making them dye this colorway all those times? (It's been close a few times.) 

I learned from you that not everyone will like every colorway I send out. I have learned to be ok with that. I have said it before and I will say it again there is no way to make this many people happy with one colorway. Color is so personal and therefore subjective. I do not take it personally when someone expresses their dislike over a hue, because it is not about me, it is about them.

If you want to email me and express your dislike and even unhappiness I am fine with that. I am not fine with beign attacked. I am not fine with rudeness. We are knitters and I believe we are better than that. 

 

While we are talking about this years hues. I want to say for those of you who are lovingly concerned about me that yes,  I am approproately sad and grieving. I think I have been clear about being sad. That said, my sadness has nothing to do with the colorways you've recieved this year. What I said above is what has to do with what you have recieved this year. Do you know that last year I got feedback that there were to many bright and saturated colorways.

  Please know my dear NSK's if my sadness played into the color part of my life you'd all be getting white yarn. Not that there's anything wrong with white yarn. Wink

 Also...no worries I would never ever send you white yarn. There would be color on it somewhere. 

~ Whew this is a long post.~

So we are getting ready to start a new year. Is there anything you'd like to see? Super heroes? Circus tricks? Belly dancing designers?  If we all decide the mood boards for designers is a go. You could have some input into that too if you like. Maybe a mood board game or contest. That would be all kinds of fun.

Before I sign off and go try to fix a technical thing I know absolutely nothing about.(Be afraid. We should all be afraid.)  I  got another email this week from one of you lovelies. I get quite a few actually and enjoy the notes from my sock club family. This one had me almost falling of my chair laughing. It basically said, " I have not received my sock club package yet even though the tracking shows it shipped on the 8th. It headed somewhere not near to where I am. Not even close. I wish you all need to get USPS to give you better service".  I agreed with her and told her so. See? It's funny. I told our postal carrier (who is lovely) and she roared with laughter. 

And while this gave all of us a good laugh it is also sad that this is where our postal system is at. Obviously not run by knitters. So maybe that's one hting we ad to our list for next year. 

Ok I have more but am going to give us all a breal. I'll post again next week with my Orphan Raven name choice. You made it hard. There are some fabulous ones. I might have to make some more ravens.

oh... I promised Paula that I would start reminding you about your discount. It expires soonish.

Have a lovely weekend all!

xoxo

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A small simple hint.

 And here's the ink just in case this does not show fro everyone.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYi9Vr8bHJY

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September

Hello all,

I was going to post something a week ago but then my sick friend took a turn for the worse and normalcy stopped. 

Normalcy aside, it is September and time for the September edition of the sock club. Those of you who have been in the club for awhile know about the September Sock Club Curse. I don't know what it is about the September shipment that makes it virtually impossible to get out on time. No matter how well we plan or what precautions we take this shipment is always late. Sometimes it's the yarn, sometimes, the design, once. it was both and once. it was me (I fell and hit my head and had a severe concussion). 

I will tell you what this one is in the dyer's notes becuase it is a tale and I don't really have it in me to do it justice right this moment.

Our shipment with go out starting October 6th. 

I am sorry it's this late! But other than sort of sacrifice to the knit gods or goddesses I am at a loss.

I want to take a moment to thank all of you that has sent so much lloving kindness during the past few months. It means a lot!

I have some wonderful news that we'll talk about soon!

I will leave you with a very small hint for this month.

KISS

 

tina

 

ps the name suggestion for our ear orphan fledge are wonderful. I'll make a decision next week.

 

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Orphan Fledge needs a name!

 Happy Friday NSK's. I am assuming we all have out July kits and are ready to give our orphan a name.

You've had time to sit with it and knit with it and get a feel for our Raven Fledge who needs a name. Keep in mind that this is a Raven. It needs some umph and personality and maybe a story. Maybe go to the website and read about the other Ravens for a clue.

In the comment section of this post please put your guess and maybe a thought or two as to why and on September 14 I will pick a winner.  I was going to let everyone vote but the Ravens are really close to my heart and I think i need to have the last say on this one. The prize is this colorway in a skein of wnatever yarn base your heat desires of ours.

 While we are all voting here is something to make you smile.

 If the video is not showing for you here on the blog here is the link to see it.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE

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Yo Hazel!

 Hey lovey have you gotten yuor package yet? Everyone gotten their shipemtns so we can play our colorway name game?

Are we good to go?

Smile

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