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Tuesday Trivia #8 - now with winning info!


DING-DING-DING! We have a winner! Although, our wee snail friends can't hear the thunderous applause, because, as MelKnitsInOly (and Sarah JS and kellybunny) stated, those poor dear things can't hear a thing. Good thing, too, because I fear I've said some nasty things about them. 

Congrats, MelKnitsInOly!

You are officialy the Queen of the Snails!


While doing the photoshoot for May at BlueMoonLand, we saw so many snails, which was actually perfect. Both May Rockin' Sock Club projects are inspired by mollusk-y animals. Today, we're going to delve into the world of the snail, and hopefully learn an interesting fact or two on the way.

For instance, did you know that there are over 85,000 species of mollusks, with the bottom-of-the-sea potential for more (some sources say there are over 100,000)? Did you also know that some snails hibernate? And that they are hermaphrodites? That the mucus they leave behind helps faciliate their movement? If you place a snail on a knife, it will be able to move along the sharpest blade without getting sliced. Fascinating creatures, snails. If you can get over the "yuck" factor, that is. (I have a hard time with the "yuck" factor, but having small kiddos has definitely helped. Small kids are kinda gross.)

Our question for today, in regards to snails, is this: Which of the five senses do snails lack?

1. Sight

2. Sound

3. Touch

4. Smell

5. Taste

As always, answer in the comments, and the winner will get a badge of trivia honor!

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Trivia Tuesday - now with winning info!!


Well, that'll teach me not to do knitting-related research on my phone, while watching my kiddos ride a horsey for the first time. The initial sources I looked at intimated that knitted socks were discovered in tombs dating from the 3rd to the 6th century CE, but it appears the authors of those articles were mistaken, taken in by the appearance of the thing. In my further (and kid-less) research into nalbinding, it almost looks like twisted knitting (the image below is of two common nalbinding stitches. The first one, in particular, looks like twisted knit stitches, don't you think?), so I can see why non-fiber folks are often confused when confronted with a piece of nalbinding:

I'm calling this one in favor of Megan, who guessed the dates we were thinking of, but pointed out that nalbinding was often mistaken for knitting, as the fabric is very similar looking. I think it looks kind of like the herringbone stitch:

Yay, Megan! 

This leads us down a very interesting rabbit hole - nalbinding as a technique is fascinating. I can see why it predates knitting and crochet - you use small lengths of yarn or string or fabric, which were likely easier to come by than an entire skein or hank. According to Wikipedia...

The oldest known samples of single-needle knitting include the color-patterned sandal socks of the Coptic Christians of Egypt (4th century CE), and hats and shawls from the Paracas and Nazca cultures in Peru, dated between 300 BCE and 300 CE.

So, thank you, Megan, for straightening us out AND for leading us to research yet another fascinating needle art. And congratulations for being the first to correctly answer the SEVENTH Trivia Tuesday question!
nalbinding needles
In what period do we believe knitted socks were first made?
1. 3rd century CE
2. 3rd century BCE
3. 1700s
4. 10 million years ago
5. 7th century BCE



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Trivia Tuesday #6 - now with winning info!


Yippie-dee-doooh-dah, Patty, you are our 6th Trivia Tuesday Winner!!! In the Phillipines, what we call the Hokey Pokey is called Boogie Woogie! Here's how it goes:

Put your [left foot] in
Put your [left foot] out
Put your [left foot] in
And shake it all about
And dance with boogie boogie
And turn around
That's what's all about!

Great job, Patty - way to "ask a friend," just like Who Wants to be a Millionaire (do you guys remember that show?)? Of course, instead of a million bucks, you get an electronic Sock Scout Badge. Which is actually better - none of that pressure to spend wisely. Amirite?

I think we should all spend a bit of time today doing the Hokey Pokey. Or the Boogie Boogie. Or the Hokey Cokey. Because, seriously, why should little kids have all the fun, right?


Tina talked a lot about music in the May Dyer's Notes, reflecting on the music of her life, and how important it has been to her. I'm sure we were all humming Loopty Loo as we read through the notes, and thinking fondly of the effects music has had on our own lives. 

It got me thinking: what IS the deal with the Hokey Pokey? Well, my research led me down many rabbit holes (as internet research tends to do), and I discovered, among other things, that in Britain, it's called the Hokey Cokey, and in Australia, it's called the Hokey Pokey, but sometimes the Hokey Tokey, due to the fact that an ice cream treat called Hokey Pokey is sold (and looks delicious). 

My question to you, today, is this: what is the Hokey Pokey/Hokey Cokey/Hokey Tokey called in the Phillipines?

The first correct answer gets to dance the Hokey Pokey for all the Sock Club to see. Heehee, just kidding - the first one to answer is awarded the much-revered Lightbulb Badge of smartastic Sock Club honor.

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Tuesday Trivia #6 - now with winning info!!


Although Mary Fab and MelKnitsInOly were close, Kellybunny is our winner this week! According to my research, which included both internet-y searches AND delving in to the inimitable Richard Rutt's A History of Hand Knitting, it wasn't until 1939 that I could have played around with knitting on circular knitting needles. According to Mr. Rutt, circular needles were first available in 1924. He discovered an advertisement in a pamphlet entitled Ladies' Field Jumpers Bk 1 to corroborate this date. (A History of Handknitting, p227).

I also discovered, via Wikipedia, that the first US patent for a circular needle was issued in 1918, and the article intimates that they may have been in use in England slightly prior to that, which again means that in 1939, I would have been pretty safe in my circular exploration.

So, Kellybunny, come on down! You are our weekly Trivia winner, and will be getting an email from me soon with your Smartypants Badge!

Thanks again to everyone who took part, and we'll see you next Tuesday, for another edition of Trivia Tuesdays!

My current STR magic loop socks-in-progress. STR LW in Pitter Pat.


We can hear the newly-cast-on RSC May projects, and it's music to our ears. Can't wait to see them floating around the webosphere!

Because you're members of this club, we're taking for granted that you're old hands (ha!) at circular knitting. There are so many different ways to knit circularly, and none are incorrect. I am a circular-needle gal, through and through. Never quite got comfortable with DPNs, no matter how hard I tried. I remember when I first used two circular needles to make a pair of socks. It was like a lightbulb went off in my knitting brain, and I could almost hear the "click" of knitterly love. I am now a magic-looper, and I couldn't be happier with my circular style. 

For this week's Trivia Tuesday, we're asking in what year would I have been able to experiment with circulars (i.e., which of the years listed below fall AFTER the first documented availability of circular needles)? Four of the answers would have left me struggling with DPNs, but only one of the years listed would have allowed me to embrace my circular nature.

1. 1903

2. 1847

3. 1622

4. 1939

5. 1776

As always, the first to answer correctly wins bragging rights AND a Smartypants Badge. Good luck, knitters! And remember, there is no wrong way to knit socks. The only wrong is NOT knitting socks :)

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A few reminders: Instagram Contest & club discount change


Hey-hey! It looks like lots of folks now have the May packages in-hand, so yippie for that! That means it's just about time to choose an Instagram Contest Winner (ok, so we're a bit late on that. But, remember what they say: better late than never!), which we will do next week. So, please, take a moment to hop onto Instagram and snap a sock selfie or two. Remember to tag them with:

#rockinsockselfie15 #rockinsockclub15 #sockselfieinprogress

Be cute, be crafty, be creative. Make sure your March socks are in view, and because the theme of the kit was vintage kitchen, we'd love to see something vintage kitchen-y...

And, lest you forgot, the winner gets a discount code! Yeah, that's right, folks, the winner of the Instagram Contest will receive a 20% off coupon code good for one online purchase. The code will expire at the end of 2015. 

I mean, look at this colorway - just begging to be photographed and made into amazing socks. (It's seriously whispering to me, folks: Shannon, cast me on, you know you want to...)

There is also a deadline coming up for using your 15% discount code. That deadline is July 15th. Don't worry, you'll still be able to get a discount after that, but it'll go down from 15% to 10%. There are a lot of gorgeous, bright, summertime colors up on the website now, just in case you needed some enticement...
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Tuesday Trivia #5! - now with winning info!


Aahhhh.. those lovely and strange and sorta-kinda-creepy sea creatures. They live everywhere, NOT just in the Pacific.

Bobi is our 5th Trivia Tuesday Winner - yippie!!

We hope you enjoy your badge, Bobi, and thanks so much for playing. Speaking of playing, we also hope everyone is enjoying their latest shipments - I sure did enjoy wearing both designs for the photo shoot. Lovely work by our May designers.

I'm leaving you today with the strange and wacky head of the Nautilus, which functions similarly to a pinhole camera. Unlike its other Cephalapod friends and family, the Nautilus has pretty poor vision. In other words, it would not be able to appreciate the eye to detail (ha!) of our May designs. 


It's Summertime, and the living is easy.. or so Ella Fitzgerald sang so beautifully and eloquently. When I think of Summer in the Pacific Northwest, I think of the Pacific Ocean. Sea glass. Sea Stars. And most of all, sealife. One form of sealife that I find endlessly fascinating and beautiful are the Cephalapods. 

Which of the following is NOT a correct statement concerning Cephalapods?

1. All Cephalapods have a two-part beak.

2. Cepahalapods are only found in the Pacific Ocean.

3. Cephalapods are social creatures.

4. A Cephalapod is a mollusk.

As always, the first to correctly answer gets bragging rights AND a badge. I apologize for the late publication today - technical difficulties made posting a pain. 

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Trivia Tuesday #4 - now with winning info!

Ding! Ding! Ding! Now edited with winner's info!
Congratulations to TERRI G, who answered first and correctly with Olive Garden! Terri, I'll be sending your badge shortly.
A small personal story: Olive Garden was one of the first Blue Moon colorways I purchased, at the first Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival I ever went to. I got Olive Garden, Sedona, and Farmhouse. Three oh, so lovely examples of Tina's work. Ahh, memories...
Once again, I'll see you guys next Tuesday, for another installment of Trivia Tuesdays!
This week, we’re again reaching into the vault, but not for Sock Club colorways. No, this time, let’s just see how well you know Blue Moon’s non-RSC colors, why don’t we? Which of the following is an STR colorway that maybe hasn’t been around for a while:
  1.  Olive Garden
  2.  Crazy Like a Loon
  3.  So You Think You Can Dye
  4.  Pink is My Favorite Color
  5.  Can I Get a Red-Red
They all kind of sound like something Tina would come up with, don’t they? But there’s only one (for now) that is an actual colorway name. 
Remember, the first one to answer is the one who gets the prize, which is an electronic badge of Trivia Knowledge, and bragging rights. Because bragging rights are always awesome.
I’m traveling today, so I won’t be able to check in until the end of the day. Good luck, knitters!
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We are shipping!!!

 hello my lovelies!

We starting shipping yesterday and will finish up today!!

The pdf's are up.

I hope you all have a glorious weekend.

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Trivia Tuesday #3 - now with winning info!




Yippideedoh-dah! Heather is our winner with "Farmhouse." Now, my question to you is this: too easy? I know that I saw a list of all of the Sock Club colorways, and was suprised that I didn't remember that a few had initially been released as a part of the RSC. I guess Heather wasn't stumped, though, eh? 

I'll leave you with an image of the non-RSC but so amazingly gorgeous Farmhouse. I'm using this color in Yaksi Fingering right now, and it is amazeballs!

See you next Tuesday, for another installation of Trivia Tuesdays! 


Hold onto your hats, Notorious Knitters, because we're hopping into the wayback machine here for our third Trivia Tuesday. I'm going to ask you to reach into your Rockin' Sock Club mind-vault on this one, and NOT consult the handy-dandy list of colorway names that is easily accessible. It'll be a fun exercise in "how well do YOU know the RSC?"

Which of the following colors was NOT initially introduced as a colorway in the Rockin' Sock Club? 

1. Muddy Autumn Rainbow

2. Farmhouse

3. Flower Power

4. Tide Pooling

5. Mustang Sally

Remember, the first person to correctly answer the question wins bragging rights, and the Trivia Tuesday Badge to proudly display electronically. I'll be out and about this afternoon, so will check back in to see who the winner is. 

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Trivia Tuesday #2 - now with winning info!




The "Cinderella bowl" is a well-known term for the type of nesting bowl with a handle on one side and a spout on the other.  The name has become a convenient way to differentiate it from the older style of nesting bowl with a completely round circumference.  Cinderella bowls first appeared in 1957 with three pattern & color choices: turquoise Butterprint, pink Gooseberry, yellow & black Gooseberry.  Sandalwood became the next pattern to appear on Cinderella bowls, in 1961.  The shape of the bowls was designed by John Phillip Johnson.


These popular bowls were a staple of many a mid-century kitchen, and those who are lucky enough to receive them as hand-me-downs or score a set at the Thrift Shop know how useful and lovely they are. Thanks so much to Melanie and to all the folks who answered and journeyed on our trip down memory lane with the lovely Pyrex we all know and love.


We're going to stick with the vintage kitchenware theme for this, our second Trivia Tuesday. Again, we'll be talking Pyrex, because we love it so.

I have always loved the Cinderella Bowls, which are the nesting mixing bowls with two different sizes of pour spouts on either end. My mother had the Crazy Daisy set when I was growing up, and, as my collecting grows, I just can't help wanting more of these lovely and very useful bowl sets. I use them for mixing bread, for straining liquids into (broth and coconut milk being the two I make the most frequently), and much, much more. They are an indespensible (and beautiful) part of our kitchen. 

The bowls pictured are almost a Verde set - the second-from-the-biggest is not in the Verde family, which means this is considered to be a Frankenset by those in the collecting life. Monster set or no, it sure is pretty, isn't it?

This week's question is a two-part one, revolving around the lovely and useful Cinderella Bowls.

When were the Cinderella-type Bowls first introduced, and what were the debut patterns? Hint: they remain some of the most popular of the Pyrex patterns collected today.

I won't be able to update the blog post until this afternoon, so hold tight if you've answered and are awaiting the final verdict. And thanks so much for playing! 

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