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The final package... and a contest

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It's on its way, folks, the final package of the year. You know what they say about the Postal Carrier? "Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Well, I'm thinking the BlueMoonies deserve a saying like that to be written about them, because, even though many circumstances beyond our control have tried their darndest to interfere, the final Rockin' Sock Club packages of the year are right now heading toward you. Yay!

In two of these final packages there is a "Golden Ticket," if you will. Well, not a Golden Ticket, per se, but some Black-and-White Floops Stitch Markers. They are loose in the package, so make sure you check your package thoroughly when it arrives. If you do have these very different-than-normal stitch markers, you are one of our two winners! Yippie! You win one of the new 10th Anniversary-themed mugs we have in our shop on Cafepress. It's awesome- - a fantastic trip through the last ten years of RSC color names, plus a great vessel in which to house your coffee or tea (or whatever else you enjoy sipping on while knitting socks). 

 

Just send an email to tina@bluemoonfiberarts.com if you find these special Floops, to claim your prize. And, even if you aren't the winner, you can treat yourself to a piece of Blue Moon Swag - check out the whole Cafepress store. There are many things that you will want. Heck, there are many things that I want.

And thanks so much to Floops for donating these special stitch markers!

 

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Tuesday Trivia - now with winning info!

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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.

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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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Tuesday Trivia #28 - now with winning info!

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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!

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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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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 #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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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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