Rockin' Sock Club Blog

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As we get closer to the end of this Tenth Anniversary Year, Tina and I have talked a lot about this past decade. She asked me to recount my first year with the Rockin' Sock Club, and I was only too happy to oblige. We'd absolutely LOVE to hear your stories, too - please please share with us.

Waaay back in the day, I worked at the Portland VA hospital, for a mental health education program, doing administration and project management. That's where I first became smitten with knitting - I had done loads of crafting in my past, and had even dabbled in knitting, but it was at the VA, with the women I met and knitted with, that my dabbling became a lifestyle. 

We had a group that would meet on Fridays at lunchtime in our conference room. Gail was in the group, and Gail, as many of you know, is one of Tina's long-time besties. She's also a sock-knitting machine. Her Rockin' Toe-Up Sock Pattern and careful tutelage inspired my sock-knitting obsession. She also introduced me (and many of us in that Friday lunch-time group) to the joys and the wonders that are Blue Moon yarns. 

Side story: I remember the first skein of STR that I ever purchased. It was at this little fiber festival in Oregon City, at a place called the Grange. It was Socks that Rock Lightweight in Olive Garden. Later that year, I purchased MORE. I got STR LW again, this time in Sedona. I made a Kiri (do you remember that shawl pattern? It was ALL the rage for a while). I was hooked. Hundreds of skeins later, I am still hooked.

So, back to the club. One day, Gail came to work, breathless. Tina was starting a sock club. Our hearts all went pitter-patter. YES! We noted the date it was to hit the streets. I believe she was planning on limiting sign-ups to 200 people. We all ignored our work and refreshed our computer screens again and again, in order to ensure we were some of those lucky few who would be a part of this club designed all around our favorite past-time: sock knitting. 

WE GOT IN! All of us. It was amazing. And then we had to wait. But, that wait was worth it. 

Fast-forward to January 2006. The first kit arrived. And it was glorious. We all ooh'ed and aaah'ed like crazy, and casted our first-ever sock club socks on together. As a matter of fact, in the dyer's notes for the second-ever kit, there is a photo of our group's Cedar Creek socks. No joke. Isn't that awesome?

I dug my binder out of storage and spent a lovely afternoon taking a trip down memory lane - looking at the notes and extras and goodies and pages from those first few years. 


I also dug out a few of my first-year socks. The very first ones, Cedar Creek, are the green-and-brown, in Rainforest Jasper. The pink-and-grey ones are Marble Arches, in Pink Granite.

So, how about you? Do you have a Rockin' Sock Club story?

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Tuesday Trivia - now with winning info!


Yay, Amelie, who correctly answered short-sided seam. Although my crafting is sometimes short-SIGHTED, my seams never are. Or something.

Thanks to all of you for chiming and, and making this Trivia series so much fun. And, Happy Holidays to everyone. Make sure you take some time to sniff the yarn/smell the roses/taste the chocolate during this busy and sometimes hectic time of year.


This time of year, there's a flurry of activity for crafty folk - gotta get those socks knitted for our loved ones, gotta make some cookies, gotta craft, gotta make, gotta decorate. It's wonderful, and frenetic sometimes, and it just plain makes a maker feel good to do these things.

I, for one, am super multi-craftual, and get quite obsessed quite frequently. My favorite non-knitting crafty thing right now is sewing garments. Mainly for me, because I've been feeling kinda selfish, craftily, lately, but I'm right this minute sewing a dress for my oldest. She's been asking. And asking. And asking.

I'm learning all kinds of things, which is great, and humbling. In fact, seams have been a great topic of conversation among my crafty friends. Which brings me, for the final time this year, to the Tuesday Trivia query: Which of the following is NOT a type of seam or stitch used in sewing?

A. French seam

B. Straight seam

C. Flat-fell seam

D. Short-sided seam

E. Lapped seam

First to answer gets, no, not a dress sewn by me, but the badge of trivia honor!!! Yeehaw!

And, I'm sharing a photo of the dress I made the other day - I looove new crafty obsessions!



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All the things are live!

Rockin' Sock Club 2016 is up and you can purchase gift certificates! I am soooooo excited about this year. So much yarn! So much color! So many possibilities! Just you wait. You are going to flip when you see the January shipment.

Also if you did not notice already we put the pdf's up for your perusal on Tuesday. I know it is hard to tell from the pictures but this colorway is so very rich that being in the barn while it is hanging form the rafters is just so comforting and grounding. It makes me want a sweater out of it. I love it!

It's so interesting each time we dye the sock club how that colorway effects everyone in the barn. It's every from being painted on the dye tables, to hanging from the rafters drying, waititng in pile to be bundled and then again, bundled in bins waiting to be tagged and bagged. There have been a few, like Electric Koolaid Acid Test that were so bright that the energy in the barn just vibrated with it. We'll have to discuss more about the frequency of color this year.

Speaking of our colorways. What do you think of Cassie's Colorway graphic? Do you love it?

As promised ,we put it on all kinds ofthings on Cafe Press so do check our swag shop out there. If we did not put  that graphic on somehting you would like to see it on then do please let us know! We also put someof our other graphics ther too and the same hold true for those.

We're sending out an email this am announcing that the sock club iinfo for next year is up and that you can purchase gift certificates.

Also we are having a Blue Moon Holiday Party which you can read all about and RSVP to on our facebook page. If you are in the area do come. we are going to have sooo much fun.

Okay my lovelies! Have a wonderful weekend!

I am off to the barn to try out a new dye idea I had last night.

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Tuesday Trivia #28 - now with winning info!


Yay, Mya, for correctly answering that wool does NOT burn in sunlight. Like others, I sure do, but my socks, sweaters, hats, shawls, cowls, mitts, and everything else I pile upon myself to brave the elements are not as sensitive as my pale, pale skin.

Congrats, Mya! Your badge will be emailed to you post-haste!


Good morning, sunshines! We're having a sunny but VERY cold spell here in the Pacific Northwest, which is very good for the hand-knit-wearability-factor. And it begs the question: how many handknits are TOO many handknits? Is there such a thing? I'm not sure I believe in a world in which there are ever too many handknits, but I often look a bit... layered, so there's that.

But, due to the cold weather, let's talk about wool, shall we? Which of the following properties are NOT actually properties of our favorite fiber?

A. Wool is hypoallergenic.

B. Wool is flame resistant.

C. Wool is mildew resistant.

D. Wool burns easily in sunlight (like a sunburn on skin).

E. Wool is biodegradable.

Answer correctly, and win the badge of trivia honor.

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And here I thought we were going to make RSC history on our 10th Anniversary year by shipping each one of our kits within the promised time frame. We might have been on the last day of the month but dang it, we did make it!

You would think that I would know by now that tempting the fickle whims of fate with such optimism is not the greatest idea.

What I am trying to tell you is, that due to circumstances so far beyond my control it is laughable, we will not be able to ship our November club out until the beginning of next week.

I have to tell you my friends I am pretty disappointed. I was pretty tickled about the 10th year being "the one". is, what it is, isn't it?  We have done our best.  Instead of banging my head up against a wall that is immovable ( and will hurt) we are instead reading the writitng on said wall and adjusting.

Would you like to see the pdf's. We can put those up for you if you want them this week and then your yarn and the printed versions for those who get them will follow.

Let me know!!! answer those that have asked. Yes we will be putting the sock club 2016 up this week and will have the gift certificates activated.

Be well! Stay warm.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!


ps: send Debra a little love. She lost her beloved gran this week.

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Thank you!

 Thank you all for being our wonderful Notorious Sock Knitters!

I try to be thankful and grateful everyday, all year long but I also think it is nice to have a day where we pay a little more attention and remember what we have to be grateful for.

I for one have a great deal to be grateful for. I have all of you! I get to do what I love with people I love. I have wonderful family and friends and as of last week another cancer free check up!


We sent out and email last week expressed our gratitude to you with a 20% discount code good until the end of December. I wanted to mention it here because sometimes our bulk emails get spammed out and I do not want anyone to miss out.

So if you did not get an email from us let me know and I will email you the code!

Thank you!

PS We will be shipping out our last installment of the year next week. If you have an address change please do let us know before Tuesday.

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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. 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!


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


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


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...


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


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. 


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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