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Anniversary Packages have Shipped!!!!

I am writing you from a hotel room in Lancaster PA where my oldest daughter, Rabia and I, are dropping off my youngest, Sophie, at college. My girls and I drove here from Oregon. We left last Saturday. It's been quite the week!

I wanted to take a minute to say we shipped!! So exciting!! I am sure you all know this already since you have gotten your shipping notices. Let's keep out fingers crossed that USPS does not get too creative in delivering them for they are indeed precious cargo!

We are super excited for you to see the bags.

We love them so much!!!!

We hope you love them too my notorious sock knitting friends!

Again a big round of knitterly thanks to Rebecca and her Queen Bee team for working with to create somehting special!

Happy knitting!!

Oh and Happy Anniversary to us all!!


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Coupon Discount

Hello my lovelies! Happy Monday!!

So just a quick reminder that the 10% for the coupon code chages to 5% on Firday so if you've yet to use your code and want to take advantage of the 10% then now is the time!!

Have a great day!

If you need the code it is in the January Dyer's Notes

Okay so I'm an idiot. It does not change until the 15th. So you have a wee bit of time which is nice cause there will be new colorways this week. Some seriously cool ones if I do say so myself and it looks like I do! Smile


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USPS and the Where's Waldo aspect of package delivery! dear NSK's as some of you know, because you have experienced it first hand, we have a bit of an USPS issue with our First Class packages. It is worse this year then it has ever been. Some of them seem to go the most round-a-bout way possible to get to their final destination. And there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which packages this happens to.

It's crazypants, where some of these packages go before they end up at their knitters homes. Every time this happens we go to our post master and quite honestly are met with a different explanation every time. What these explanations do have in common is that there seems to be a problen at the PDX hub they go to once they leave Scappoose. It seems disorganized at best. I do not know if the buck is being passed around from Scappoose to PDX but recently Paula was told that they have an influx of new worker bees and they typed in the zip codes wrong.

Both Paula and I are having a hard time swallowing this explanantion, because all the packages leave here with a bar code. There should be no typing. WTH?? I am going to meet with the PDX post master and try to get to the bottom of this problem. It is not fun for any of us to have our packages delayed and to watch them circle the country before landing on our doorstep. Super frustrating, especially when all of your NSK friends are getting their packages.

I apologize to all of you that have this experience with your sock club shipment. Paula and I have fits when this happens. It's not pretty.

While I beat my head against the wall that is USPS for an answer to this issue, I thought maybe we could have a little fun. Why not right? If life gives you a lemons, also ask for sugar and play a game.

We can even start now.

It's an easy peasy game.

If your package took a longer time than normal to get to you then, log into your account and look at your tracking for the July shipment.

In the comments section here tell us how long it took to get to you and all the stops it made before it landed on your doorstep.

There will be a prize for the NSK whose package took the longest route to get to her.

There will be a prize for the knitter whose package had the most stops even if the route was short.

There will be a prize for the longest amount of time.

We will let this run for a couple of weeks because believe it or not there are some of us still waiting on our packages.

I know.

Thank you for your patience!

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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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Jeopardy Contest GO!

 Hello my lovelies.

 Anyone know the answer for the ... part of the statements on back of the tags for the January shipment.

 Remember to post you answer here in the official Jeopardy way.


Also have a lovely weekend!

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Button winner

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!

And of course thanks to all of our talented knitters who entered a button graphic. You're  all winners in my book.

The button with the most votes is number 4 by Lzydaz. The blue moon with the socks across it!

Congrats Lzydaz!! Make sure you contact us about your prize!

We'll have the button upf or you all to use this week!

So...has everyone gotten their packages? Anyone out there still waititng for thier shipment? If so please do let us know.

Happy Knitting!

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Time to choose a button!!

Hello my lovelies!

Gues what? It is time to choose a button for the year. All I can say is I am glad that it is your job to choose! Thank you to everyone who took the time to do this!! You are all all kinds of awesome.

1. Submitted by Sarah Jamieson Shrum


2. Submitted by: Bronwen Russell

3. Submitted by: Bronwen Russell

4. Submitted by: Lzydaz


5. Submitted by:Patty Valdez and her son


Okay NSK's the ball is in your court. You have until the 27th to vote on your fav. The one with the most votes is the winner. Please email us your vote. Email to and put Button Contest in the subjest line of your email. We need the number associated with the wonderful graphic of your choice. 

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday!!



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Packing and Shipping and our first contest! Oh my!

 We are all scheduled to ship out our first 2015 package tomorrow. PDF's will be up tomorrow. We will be printing the mailing labels today and stuffing everything into those lovely tyvek shipping envelopes and then, my firends, they will be zipping their merry way on to you!


While we are all patiently waiting for the GO so we can stalk our postal carriers here are a few practical informative things and then I'll tell you about our first contest. 

1. The first thing is we have noticed over the years that sometimes these packeges take a long about route from the USPS sorting facility to you. It does not happen to all of them but it does happen to a few. We have filed a complaint with USPS about this and really have not heard anything back as to the why. We think it is becuase it is a bulk mailing and it overwhelms our little PO but that is just our opinion. We do have a new post master so we are hoping to get her imput this year if this happens again. In our experienc the packages to end up at your door they just take a wee longer to do so.

2. If this is your first year in the club the way to access your pdf's is here on the RSC site. See up in the left corner of the tool bar where it says RSC Home? The pdf's are there under 2015. If you are logged in then they will pop up and you can download, print, save and make notes in them. A s long as the sock club exist you will have access to the years you have been a member.

3. Logging in: You will need to log in to access your pdf's and to post or comment on the blog and to access the info in your account. Up in the Help section of the tool bar is the FAQS page with super helpful log in information. One of the most important pieces and is somehting that is a little confusing is that the RSC log-in is not the same as the log-in you rhave to the general Blue Moon site for purchasing yarn. So if you use your Blue Moon log-in you will get an error message. In our experience most of the log-in problems folks have is from using their Blue Moon log-in instead of the club one. As always any issue you have we are more thna happy to help with. Go to Contact in the tool bar and fire us off an email and we will do our best to help.

4. We had a lovely bumper sticker that was all set to be sent in this shipment. Unfortunately the printer made an error so we have sent it back to be redone and wil not get it back in time. Rather than hold up the shipment we will be sending it out in March.

5. Please read the dyer's notes, especially the ones in this first shipment. They include inforamtion like your discount code and other goodies that you need to know and also highlight your experience of the club.

6. These colorways are avialable to you only. After the shiipment goes out we will make it available to you on the Blue Moon website. 

I am sure I have forgotten something that I wanted to let you know. Again you know where to find us. 


Are you ready for our first contest?! I really look forward to this contest. So very many of you are talented in ways we don't all get to see and this contest gives us a chance to see one of those ways. 

See that fun and lovely button on the right with the sock puppets in hats that says Notorious Sock KNitters 2014? Wel one of our very own designed that button for us all to use on our blogs and on Ravelry. Thank you again Bronwen!

Obviously we need another one for our Anniversary year 2015. I could have Jess or Cassie make one up for us but it is way more fun to see what our NSK's who are graphicly talented come up with.

Here are the paremeters"

1. It needs to have either NSK, Notorious Sock Knitters or Rockin' Sock Club on it somewhere.

2. It needs to have 2015 on it. It would be awesone if we could incorporate 10th Anniversary but I think that is too much on a small button. 

3. It needs to be this size: 2"square. dpi at 350 a a jpeg (please)

Submitted to us at by February 20th. Please put the Button in the subject line of the email. Thanks!

Team Blue Moon will then choose 4 for you to vote on here on the blog. We will post them on February 24th . Voting goes until Feb. 27th.

The button with the most votes will be our 2015 Anniversary button. The designer receives a 200.00 gift certificate. We'll use the button here on the blog, on your blogs and on Ravelry.

Okay I think that covers things for now. I am going to grab a cup of my fav brew and head out to the barn to help out.

Welcome back to all of you wonderful NSK's who keep signing up for our sock knitting mayhem and Welcome to all of you who are new Nororious Sock Knitters. We are a wonderful community of knitters!


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RSC 2015

 Hello my lovelies,

 Just a quick note to let you know that sign-ups for this years (2015) are this coming Tuesday the 6th of January at 10:00 Pacific-time. 

I don't know about you but I am super excited. I's excited over what we have planned for the year. I'm excited over the colorways and that they are just available to you. I'm excited to be working with Shannon and Kate and Gail. I'm excited about the desingers we get to work with. I'm thrilled to revisit where we;ve been as we waltz into this 10th year. I'm super duper excited over our project bag and swag. Shannon and I visited Rebecca right before the holidays and mapped out the design and it's so GREAT!!!! I know we are going to want all kinds of bags with this graphic on it.

We are going to take pictures and hopefully a video of the print process when we come to that part so you can see. 

Anyway... I'm hope you are excited as I am and that you'll join us for our Anniversary year!

Paula would like me to remind you of a few things for sign-up day.  The most importnat one is that your RSC log-in is not the same as the one you use when ordering on the Blue Moon site. Very important piece of info that will keep frustration at bay.

Also please carefully read and follw the directions for redeeming gift certificates. You can find that info here in FAQS.

As always if you need help we are here. Paula will be manning the phone and both Paula and I and the techies will be avialable by emial should you have a question or need our assistance.

Lastly I was taking some pictures for a homepage shot, so I drug out our tub of sock club socks. Holy cow that is a whole lot of socks! An impressive amount of socks and sock knitting don't you think?


so very many socks. (And that isn't even all of them.)

Look what we've done!!

Happy New Year dearest NSK's!!


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A decade worth of socks...

 and sock knitting. A decade!  A whole flippin' decade. Just so we are all on the same page, that's 10 whole years of being our notorious sock knitting selves. Can you believe it? I've been here during the whole thing and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it.

 It seems like it was just yesterday when we decided a sock club might be fun thing to do, especially if it really was a club! In no time at all it went from what we thought was a good idea churning in our fertile imaginations to my living room being stacked with boxes from floor to celing, yarn hanging everywhere, binders being put together on any leftover surface we could find and, honestly, the best kind of fun. My home was a maze. I don't mind telling you that that first shipment was a mind blowing experience and maybe a smidge stressful for the handful of us that put it all together.  I had just hired Debra a few months before and was teaching her to dye when this all hit the fan. I still can't believe she did not run out the back door screaming at that point. I count myself lucky that she has an adventurous spirit and hung around for all this sock yarn dyeing and knitting craziness.

You know those moments in our lives that are either huge growth periods, fraught with meaning and heart or the axis of life changes? Well the sock club has been all that for me and quite a bit more. Running this club has stretched me in ways I didn't even know I needed to be stretched, making me a stronger more well-rounded person and hopefully a smarter one. 

One of the biggest gifts that our sock club has given me is you. A community of knitters who are smart and funny and loving, something I have been shown in a huge way this year, have been humbled by and am ever so grateful for.

So...what to do to celebrate our decade ( I'm sorry but I'm going to be saying this a lot!) of being our notorious selves?

I have thought of a few ways...

I wanted to do a special project bag and luckily for me Rebecca Peary of Queen Bee Creations and her wonderful habit forming bags are local. So we met with her and she has agreed to design us our very own project bag, perfect for sock knitting and for us! You're going to love these bags! We are going to add a few cool essential knit goodies into the bag as commemorative pieces and have deemed all of this our 10th Anniversary Edition. I decided to offer it as it's own product to give us all choices. Since we all have budgets and we ( Blue Moon) have shipping weight restrictions with each month's package to keep in mind, we are shipping these out separately at the end of the summer. What this means is that you can choose your regular club membership or you can choose the 10th Aniversary Edition which includes the sock club and the bag with it's goodies.

I want us all to feel like we are all special no matter what so our regular club membership comes with a few bonuses this year. Bonuses like color coordinated stitch markers in every shipment, buttons and bumper sticker and last, but not least, all of the colorways this year will be exclusive to this year. Also the 2015 colorways will not be offered to the general sock knitting public. If you are a club member this year you can get them whenever you want which makes them all yours. Sometime during the year, and maybe we do this at the end of the year as a vote, we'll name one of the colorways as the official 10th Anniversary colorway. 

 I will be taking us down memory lane in the dyer's notes and on the blog with contests and games to remind us where we've been, who we are and maybe shine a bright and colorful light on where we are going.

Our graphic team will be putting some of our graphics through the years onto t-shirts and mugs and other cool things so we can add them to our Cafe Press shop. I'm super excited about this since my first Camp t-shirt bit the dust recently.

I'm so excited about our 10th year together! 

I want to take moment here to thank our tech editor Sandi Rosner for the great job she has done for us over the years. Sandi has moved on to a really great job as creative director with Universal Yarns.  Thank you Sandi! I already miss you.

As we know when one door closes another one opens! Please join me in welcoming Kate Atherly as our new tech editor. Kate knows her sock knitting. Kate is also tech editor for Knitty and has written her own sock patterns a books. We are very lucky to welcome Kate to our sock club team.

Another new member of our team is Shannon Squire. As most of you know, Shannon has designed for our club. Well, now she is going to help me run it! Welcome Shannon to the Rockin' Sock Club team!

I promise I am wrapping this up soon.

Lastly I want you all to know I am doing great. I am over the worst of the chemo treatments. Sept. and Oct were pretty intense and I seriously am glad they are behind me. I have me energy back and am ready to rock 'n' roll. I do hope you will rock 'n' roll with me!

I can't believe I almost forgot this part, silly me. The ability to purchase gift certificates for the club is live as I type this. So if you want to give the club to knitter you love or hint to your loved ones that this is what you would like it is there!

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