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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.

So...my 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 #23 - now with winning info!

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

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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

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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...

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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

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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. 

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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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Tuesday Trivia

Yay, Patti! Even though we like to think that we can push on through when feeling the pain from too much knitting, we actually need to take a break from ALL handwork, once in a while. But, it's sooooo hard! I'm still not sure there's a cure for Second Sock Syndrome, because I accidentally casted on ANOTHER sock today. Whoops!

Thanks to everyone who took part in the contest - I've also awarded last week's winner. Playing catch-up, as you do :)

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Second Sock Syndrome. It's a thing. I'm suffering right now. These are my three STR-socks-in-waiting.  Sorry the photo got turned sideways, I'm not sure how to fix that. 

So what does that have to do with trivia?  Well, even though Second Sock Syndrome isn't actually a physical ailment, there is the possibility of suffering from things like repetitive stress injury from knitting too much. Heck, I sleep with braces on my wrists because of knitting. Not that that will ever make me stop ;)

So, in light of that, and in the hopes that we as a group can avoid further injuries, which of the tips below are bogus in regards to lessening your chances of knitting-related pain?

A. Rest your hands often.

B. Get up and mooooove! Set a timer if you need to.

C.  Intermix your knitting with something else, like needlepoint, or embroidery.

D. Gently stretch your hands, wrists, and fingers.

Remember, the first one to answer wins the Trivia Badge! And, I'll a word the Trivia Badge Winner from last week later on today. 

 

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Tuesday Trivia #19 - now with winning info!

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Congrats to MelKnitsInOly again, for answering correctly that gamers don't turn to knitting to calm their tired eyes. They likely turn to visine. And more gaming. Knitting has actually been super helpful for nurses who suffer from compassion fatigue - it's so calming, and centering, so I can totally understand that. Thanks to all of you!

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When I'm stressed or unhappy, there's nothing that makes me feel better than, well, than casting on a new project. Even knitting a few short rows is enough to calm me down and better prepare me for whatever is ahead. We are so lucky to have this thing, this knitting, aren't we?

There's actual medical proof that knitting is soothing, that knitting can help folks deal with any number of mental, emotional and even physical ailments. The rhythm of it, the cadence, the unfocused focus that knitting requires... Which of the following is NOT true, in terms of knitting being of help?

A. For nurses suffering from "compassion fatigue."

B. For gamers suffering from "eye fatigue."

C. For folks suffering from eating disorders.

D. For staving off cognitive deterioration.

 

Thanks, all! Sorry this one's a bit late - I had the whole thing drafted, and then a spastic finger click closed the window before I was able to save. Yikes.

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Tuesday Trivia #18

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Yippidee-dooh-dah, MelKnitsInOly - you were the first to correctly identify Ellen as the show on which the amazing Indigo Girls cameo'd. (Is that a word?) Congrats!!!

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At the Barn Sale and Dye Days, I was given the amazingly fun job of overseeing the Indigo Dye Pot, and, I think it's safe to say that I got completely hooked on the process of Indigo dyeing. I dyed some yarn, and some tshirts, and started dreaming about dyeing more things. 

Indigo dyeing is amazing - the indigo reacts with the air, oxidizes, and creates the most lovely blue color. 

So, veering ever-so-slightly off-course, one of my favorite bands in my 20s was the Indigo Girls. Their earnest folk music really spoke to me, and I truly felt like I was just a bit less tone-deaf while belting out one of their songs.

Our question today has to do with this folk-singing duo. What sitcom did both members of the Indigo Girls make cameo appearences on? Answer in the comments, and the first correct answer wins the badge of trivia honor.

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Tuesday Trivia #17

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Yay, MelKnitsInOly - you are the Queen of Fall!

Congrats on your correct answer - it is the Glucose in leaves that causes that gorgeous and vibrant red color to manifest itself in the Fall.

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Ahh, Fall. The knitter's season. Sure, we knit all year round, but it's in the Fall that we really feel the need to knit in our bones, isn't it? So many beautiful yarns and projects and gifts to be made. Plus, the weather turns into that perfect snuggle-under-a-blanket-with-a-hot-cup-of-tea-and-knit weather. It's no wonder that it's the preferred season for many a knitter.

As we stroll around our respective home bases and drink in the beauty that is Fall, let's talk leaves. Specifically leaves that change color. And more specifically, leaves that change to red.

What substance trapped in a leaf after photosynthesis stops for the year causes the leaf to turn red in response to cooler temperatures and shorter days?

A. Water

B. Glucose

C. Carbon Dioxide

C. Oxygen

D. Hydrogen

The first one to answer correctly gets the Trivia Tuesday badge of super smart honor.

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Trivia Tuesday #16 - now with winning info

Wow. I can't believe a whole week went by and I neglected to update this trivia post. I am so sorry, particularly to our winner Denise, who correctly guessed that there is no such thing as Trim Your Toenails Day, or at least if there is, it's NOT in September. 

CONGRATULATIONS, DENISE! YAY!!!

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As hard as it is to believe, we're firmly rooted in September. The ninth month. The last quarter of the year 2015. This is the month school is in session for almost everyone in our hemisphere, the month the fifth Rockin' Sock Club shipment ships, and the month the leaves finally begin to turn and fall. 

In the US, we have so many National Days that it's hard to keep track. August was full of National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (how in the world did I miss that? Adding to my 2016 calendar right.now), National Mail Order Catalog Day, and my new personal favorite day ever, August 5th, aka National Underwear Day. 

But how about September? What special things can and should we celebrate this month? Today, for example, is National Another Look Unlimited Day, which, although a mouthful and kinda clunky to say, is a great idea. It's all about being green, and finding something we no longer have any use for and either recycling it, upcycling it, or donating it. I think I'm going to put this day in action, today.

Which of the following "National Days" are NOT actually celebrated in September?

1. National TV Dinner Day

2. National Trim Your Toenails Day

3. National Cream-Filled Donut Day

4. Talk Like a Pirate Day

5. National Crush a Can Day

The first person to correctly identify the day above that is NOT a nationally-celebrated day in September wins the Tuesday Trivia Badge. Good luck, and happy National Ants on a Log Day, everyone!

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Tuesday Trivia #15 - now with winning info!

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Big congratulations to MelKnitsInOly, who correctly answered the query, that the Muppet Movie was NOT released in the same year as Grease.  She also stated that there were two correct answers, which is incorrect, but she was so close, and there was a revamp of Dawn of the Dead that was released more recently, so she's still a winner.

Another big congrats to Cynthia, who stated, correctly, that The Muppet Movie was released a year later, AND that the original Dawn of the Dead was released the same year as my beloved Grease. 

Yay to our Trivia Twosome, both of whom have the distinction of proudly displaying the TT badge of honor!

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It's back to school time all over the land, and for some reason, it's got me thinking about Grease, the movie (I think it might have something to do with the song, Back to School Again, from Grease 2, but we'll gloss over the fact that I have all of the songs from that particular flop memorized). That, combined with the blissful Autumnal weather we're experiencing (FINALLY) here in the Pacific Northwest is seriously making me want to crawl under a soft quilt on my couch with some soothing STR stockinette socks and watch movies all day and all night. Ahhh...

Grease was released in 1978, and remains one of the highest-grossing musicals of all time. Henry Winker, aka Arthur Fonzerelli, aka "The Fonz," was originally offered the role of Danny. He turned it down to avoid being typecast. Not really sure that was his smartest choice, but, "hey," I coundn't imagine anyone other than Travolta as Danny, could you? I can't believe it's been 37 years since Grease's release. Woah. There were lots of fabulous and even iconic movies released about the same time. 

Which of these movies was NOT released the same year as Grease, 1978?

1. Superman

2. Animal House

3. The Muppet Movie

4. The Wiz

5. Dawn of the Dead

Remember, the first one with the correct answer wins the badge of trivia honor! Good luck!

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