Sharing the Wealth

Hehehe! Scared you there, didn’t I? C’mon – I don’t have that much. I’ve seen some of your stashes and mine is positively small comparitively. Come out all you Koigu hoarders! I know you’re out there! And don’t be jealous. Really. It’s hard having all that beautiful yarn. Everyday I’m overcome with guilt knowing I can’t knit fast enough – which yarn to choose next – AHHHHH! It’s torture, really. 😉

It may come as a surprise, but yes, I’ve decided that STR and Jaywalker will become (heck, it already is huh!) my signature sock knit. I can’t imagine knitting anything OTHER than the two. I’ve tried. BELIEVE me I’ve tried. I go over and over that Sock Sensation book – Nancy Bush – the Internets – and nothing feels right. Nothing. Last night I wore my Fire on the Mountain Socks – my students have been watching me knit the socks on breaks for the past couple of months and they’ve never seen me WEAR a pair, so last night they had their class debut. Can I tell you, I caught myself not once but TWICE paying more attention to my feet than my students! I LOVE THESE SOCKS! (And based on the comments I know you all do too. It’s good to enable. Especially something this good.) So until Grumperina comes up with an equally fantastic sock pattern – that’s it. That’s all I’m making. (In the sock department – I’d love to knit something else anytime the knit gods are willing.)

Before you try to dissuade me, I gotta tell you, I’m one of those people who finds something she likes and buys one in every color. Shoes. Shirts. And now socks. I’m happy.

So happy in fact, I’m giving stuff away! Before I begin with the big announcement – go on over to Claudia’s and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Us SUPREME GENII have to stick together.

Some people have birthday week. I’m declaring this birthday MONTH! Today is exactly one month before my birthday! YAY! So, in honor of my birthday, I’m going to hold a contest on every Saturday for the next five Saturdays leading up to my birthday. LUCKY YOU! There are FIVE SATURDAYS between now and Dec 31. (Man that SUCKS for me! Five weeks until my birthday! Crap.) Every prize package will contain yarn. Some of it I will be destashing – sock yarn I will never knit up – see paragraph above – maybe some other yarn – maybe some STR. Maybe a Got Gauge t-shirt. Maybe some Sheep Cards. All good stuff! You gotta be in it to win it, so stayed tuned for announcements. LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN! YAY!


  1. WooHoo! Happy Birthday Month! (I had to get in on it early, I love the idea. 😉 ) Enjoy every minute of it, you certainly deserve it. 🙂

  2. I am all for the celebration!
    Rule of life Chez Tink:
    It is never to early to start celebrating and getting the presents 🙂

  3. Birthday month waslast month! hehe 😉 The contest sounds way cool though!

  4. Oooh yay! I love contests! I’ve finished the gusset decreases on Jaywalker Sock #1. Moving along to the foot now and my stepdaughter wears a size 6 so I’ll be finished with this one soon.
    I do love this pattern but can’t decide if I love it more than Feather & Fan socks. I’ll just go back and forth between the two and then I’ll never get bored!

  5. Happy birthday month Cara! And hey, I like the idea of a signature sock. I say go with it.

  6. A grrl after my own heart…birthday month indeed! A party every Saturday will be fun even if I don’t win.
    One sock forever? Variety is the spice of life! BUT whatever works for you is the rule.

  7. Happy birthday to you!!! I too celebrate a birthday month….much to my husbands dismay ;o)

  8. Birthday month=GREAT IDEA!
    Hey, if Jaywalkers in STR are what work for ya, I say, go with it. Nothing wrong with that AT ALL….all of your socks have turned out gorgeous! You should be the official Jaywalker model.

  9. It’s my birthday month too! I was born in December 24th… and my family, my boyfriend and my best friends all celebrate their birthdays in November, December and January!

  10. Cara,
    Out of curiosity, what do you teach? Is it creative writing? And I’m thinking I’ll join the Jaywalker along, but I’ve got to get needles and yarn first. Take care.

  11. my birthday is sunday!! 🙂

  12. My name is Wendy and I’m a Koigu stasher.
    There. I said it.
    Because my birthday is the day after YOUR birthday, I think I’m gonna jump on the bandwagon and declare a birthday month too!
    And in the spirit of copy-cat-ness, I’m gonna hafta do some give-aways too, I think. Hmmmmmm . . .

  13. I’m still in the official sulking period after my birthday – so what better way to shake the blues than to celebrate with you?

  14. Hi Cara, me too 47th on Dec 10th and its a saturday to boot:-) not crazy about the jaywalking pattern.. but i’m still a basic lover of socks.. have about 16 pairs now.. hee..hee.. i guess i’m selfish.. but i have made an equal number for my friends and family.. have at least 3 sets on the needles right now and taught myself the 2 circular style toe up while in flight to Phoenix on wed last week for my brother’s wedding last saturday.. did a little more on the way back.. but i think my circular knitting takes longer than db pt knitting.. i usually can knit a sock in under 6 hours.. but i only got to the ankle with this one.. inthe same time.. oh well practice makes purrfect:-) yes i’m a kitty person.. hee..hee.. well looking forward to this birthday month 🙂 karola

  15. Hi, just wanted to leave my mark. Found you through the KBTH site. Just wanted to check out your blog. I’m a male knitter, self taught and getting better and better by the day! Have a great day

  16. What are Jaywalker and STR? Are these template sock patterns?

  17. I love the Birthday Month idea. Have fun with it!!!
    and Happy Birthday!

  18. Happy birthday month, you Birthday Princess!
    Jaywalker update with a pic on my blog.

  19. Goody, a contest!!
    To my mind, the Jaywalker was already your signature sock. All you’ve done is make it official.

  20. I love the way your mind works.

  21. Hey girl! I’m liking this birthday month thing as mine is one week from today! I’ll wait one day to start celebrating as my daughter’s birthday is today. We’ll give her one…

  22. Okay – so, at one point while reading this post, I thought “Hmm, I wonder when Cara’s birthday is”. Why, yes, it has been a long week. 😉
    I think birthday month is a FABULOUS idea, and you deserve a birthday month, if not a birthday YEAR! 🙂

  23. Thanks Cara! I’m totally with the concept of a Birthday Month. YEAH!

  24. How cool….my birthday is the third day after yours. Happy Birthday!!!…all month!

  25. Happy Birthmonth!
    Just finished my jaywalker socks! They’re fabulous – it will be hard to part with them, but they’re promised to my sister for Xmas. Luckily I have a pair in STR watermelon tourmaline lined up for myself! First ever knitalong is a success! Yay! Thanks for the inspiration ; )

  26. Happy Birthday month Cara!

  27. Gail Lucille says:

    Woo Hoo…Early Birthday Greetings…All Month long…enjoy reading January One.

  28. Cara – I must confess – I am a Koigu hoarder. I have it everywhere. I’m afraid if I could see STR in person, I would have a huge stash of that as well!
    Happy Birthday Month.
    Patty and the Golden 6 Pack in CT