Home, Sweet Home

Vacations are great and all, but there’s nothing like being home. The worst part, though, is that G had to go to work today and I miss him so much.

Some highlights from Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California (click for bigger pictures):

It was overcast and rainy the whole time we were there (the whole trip actually except for the day we left) but it was also broody and dramatic and oh so romantic. In honor of my romantic getaway, I’m going to give away a skein of January One and a skein of G-Rocks to one lucky winner. Plus some other stuff like notecards and chibis and stuff. All you have to do to win is leave me a comment and tell me about your best Valentine’s Day, your worst Valentine’s Day, your first love, your last love, anything goes – heartbreak, love connections – the heart’s the limit. One entry per person please. I’ll close the comments at 11:59 PM EST on February 14th and pick the winner right after.

And if you don’t win, or are in the mood for some Valentine’s Day shopping, don’t forget to check out the Lovely Hearts exhibit. Some of the proceeds for each item in the show will go to fight Breast Cancer. I’ve got a picture in there for the taking.

I have so much to tell you about – knitters I met, yarn I bought, shrines I paid homage to – craziness! Re-entry is a bitch. So instead, I’ll just spend the day missing my boy and looking at pictures.


It’s visit your physician week at JO. Today I went to the GYN and tomorrow I go for my annual physical with my GP. Fun times. I’m fat, first of all. If I wanted to be the skinniest I think I could get to – I need to lose about 25 lbs. That’s a bummer, no? I told you I’ve been running, and I have, but I need to incorporate the weights into the program and eventually I have to start eating better. Which actually means I should eat MORE not less. I’m one of those people who can’t be bothered with food. That doesn’t mean I don’t like food, I love lots of things and enjoy eating. It’s just a pain in the ass that you have to do it at least three times a day. I hate figuring out what I’m going to eat, I hate preparing it. I’ve often said if I could take a time release capsule that would give me all the nutrients and stuff I need, I’d be first in line. Now, if you want to cook for me…. Anyway, what I usually end up doing is NOT eating until I’m starving then reaching for the closest frozen food dinner which I scarf down in record time. I rarely snack. Not a big snacker – I eat when I’m starving and I eat bad stuff. And for the last couple of years I’ve sat on my ass and done nothing. (Well, I’ve knit a lot, but as much as it pains me, knitting cannot be considered an aerobic activity.) That’s why I only have to lose 25 lbs – not a hundred. Bright side, you know?

The doctor today actually didn’t say anything about my weight, but my GP tomorrow will. Getting old(er) has many many advantages, but the physical part of it kind of sucks. Oh and I learned today that some of the most valuable people in your life are the ones you can tell ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING too. Nothing is too gross, too gruesome, too shameful, too embarrassing. These are the people to keep close to you. I’m lucky. I’ve got at least two, possibly three or four people like this in my life. Thank you for listening to me and laughing along with me instead of hanging up the phone. At least I didn’t offer to SHOW you what I was talking about. Right?

Lots of work to do, surprisingly. Lots of work. Not sure I’ll be blogging tomorrow as I’m off to the Dr. again and I’m swamped. Besides, I’ve got nothing to show you except the same sweater I showed you the other day. No progress has been made unless you count backwards progress.

Sandy who wrote:
I need STR (socks that rock) because my closet is full of STPACM (socks that prefer adult contemporary music).

Karen who wrote:
I need this yarn because I’m a STR virgin and I’ve read the Socks That Rock story on your blog and several others. I feel for the ladies but I don’t want to commit to a sock club membership before I have a chance to test out their lovely yarn. What better chance than through you? Besides, I’m an avid hiker and it would be great to have some super cozy hiking socks that I knit myself!

Amy O’Dell who wrote:
Because this is how I feel without STR in my life:

Shirts in the closet, shoes in the hall
Mama’s in the kitchen, baby and all
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
But you’re missing

Coffee cups on the counter, jackets on the chair
Papers on the doorstep, but you’re not there
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
But you’re missing

O.K., perhaps that song is just too tragic and beautiful for this situation but I bet I got on your good side, didn’t I?!?

YOU’VE WON YARN, BUT YOU HAVEN’T RESPONDED TO MY EMAIL ASKING FOR YOUR MAILING ADDRESS. I will send another one, but if you don’t email me back by Friday, I will pick three new winners out of the hat. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDERS. THANK YOU!

Have a great day!

Calling All Virgins!

I’ve been astonished to learn that there are actually people out there in the world that have never tried Socks That Rock! It has occured to me that the best way I can help Blue Moon, and the greater world at large, is to do my best to rectify this situation.

But I have ways of finding out…mwahahahaha!

Go at it. Remember, you only pop that cherry once. Make it a good one!



Happy New Year!

We have winners!

Karen W.


Stacey S.




I’ve emailed all the winners – so if your name is up there and you think you might be a winner, check your email (and your spam filters!) Email me your address and I’ll get the prize out to you as soon I receive the yarn from Blue Moon.

There really were only six possible socks to choose from: the Trekking Walking on Sunshine Sock, the STR Hot Flash Jaywalker, STR Panzanite Jaywalker, the Koigu Embossed Leaves Sock and the Koigu Purple Knee High. And the last pair of socks knit in 2006 were…

My new shoes and my new socks!
Dansko Camilla in Black Oiled Leather

That’s right – who knew I was so predictable? I started the year knitting jaywalkers and I ended the year knitting jaywalkers. Nothing like completing the circle.

Jaywalkers in STR Hot Flash, picot edge variation. I forgot how much I like to knit this sock – it goes SO quickly. This is my 10th finished pair of Jaywalkers. I still have a pair to finish – and maybe I’ll make another pair, you know, to even things out. But not quite yet. I’ve started two new pairs of socks:

Simple stockinette socks, two at a time, G-Rocks and January One. Perfect together.

I hope you all have a happy, safe, wonderful New Year. Thank you so much for spending some of your time here. I really appreciate it and enjoy you and the blog and the larger knitting community so much. It’s given great richness to my life. Here’s to 2007! Bring it on!


That is until you see it somewhere else. Just remember where you saw it FIRST. (I joke! I’m joking my friends!)

Today is La’s Birthday, so I thought I’d give some stuff away!!!

Introducing….drumroll please….


Two BRAND NEW COLORWAYS from Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock. THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE until sometime in the New Year so please don’t bother the Blue Moon folks. As soon are they are available, I will let you know. And the best part? Part of the proceeds from the sale of G-Rocks will go to fight Skin Cancer!!! [Ed note: this was my error. $2.00 per skein will go to fight Skin Cancer.] THANK YOU BLUE MOON! You know I love you! Again, these colors are not available to the public yet – when they are I will certainly let you know.


You can win them here. (You knew that was coming….)

You didn’t think I was going to let the birthday pass without a giveaway did you? Silly, silly! Winners will receive one skein each of G-Rocks and January One (Lightweight Socks That Rock), one of my beloved Orange Chibis (god I love these needles so much!), a box of my Yarn Cards and three Mini-Soaks. I’m a complete Soak convert, so I thought I’d pass on the love.

How do you win? Here we go.

I’m currently knitting what will most likely be the last sock I knit this year. I want you to guess which sock I’m knitting. Here are the clues:

1) It is a MATE to a single sock already knit.
2) I may or may not have knit the first sock sometime this year.
3) It may or may not be a pattern I have knit before.
4) It may or may not be knit out of Socks That Rock.
5) All of the first socks have been featured on the blog, on my foot.
6) There are SIX possible socks that it could be.

But only one is the right answer. TELL ME THE PATTERN, YARN & COLORWAY IF APPLICABLE. Leave your guess in the comments. Comments will close on December 31, 10 AM EST. One guess per person. There will be SIX winners – the first three people to get the correct answer will win. Then three winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be announced at (or close to) December 31, 11:59 PM EST.

Happy Birthday TO ME!

Haiku You, You Haikuing Haiku!!!

Please accept my apologies for announcing the Haiku Contest winners so late. But really – YOU try reading four hundred haikus. And THEN choosing winners. I blame no one but myself. And maybe Ann because I like to blame her for stuff.



boyfriend sweater, one
fantastic idea (not)
knit him socks instead


Yarn Pirate Plunder
January One treasure
Sock wool for peg leg

(Jodie writes that she really does have a peg leg! So all you wanna be pirates beware. Jodie’s the REAL DEAL! 😉 )


January One
warms the worm with hand knit socks
how fantastic dude


A worm is lucky.
Knit but one fantastic sock,
Whole body yarn fest



Dude buys me some yarn
Hopes to get me in the sack
I knit socks and laugh

Kathy’s haiku is by far my favorite. I just love that it tells a complete story – there’s a conflict – motivation – an arc to it – character development – resolution. In three little lines. It’s a perfect story and I’m utterly jealous that I didn’t write it. WELL DONE Kathy. Extremely well done.


Pirate needs warm spot
To put his worm in winter
Maybe sock, or sheep.

DUDE! Don’t tell me NOT to pick it and then give me this! Because really I’m PERVERSE at heart and I freaking love it. NOW TELL ME WHO YOU ARE?!?! LISA (IF THAT’S YOUR REAL NAME) LEAVE ME A COMMENT OR SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH YOUR ADDRESS. YOUR ANON EMAIL BOUNCED BACK.


Glad I’m not a worm.
No feet, no socks, no fingers.
Couldn’t even knit.

The idea that worms can’t knit was a popular one, but I like this the best because it’s very sad for the worm. I mean, can you imagine if we couldn’t knit?! And not knit socks?! Thank you Ellene.


[Ode to her lawn boy, who was the first boy she ever kissed]

Oh lawn boy, you worm
First kiss, drool fall(s) down my face
I sock the poor dude

LOVE THIS! Adelle uses all the correct words and yet the haiku has NOTHING to do with knitting, socks, yarn, etc! Excellent!


There was some stiff competition for this designation, but I’m proud to say the winner is:


January sock
One sheep on linoleum
“What the hell, Frankie!”

Surely there were haikus that were worse, you say. Well there was one about a toenail that made the worst cut, and one about the offspring of worms and sheep which…is that SHIT of some sort? And there were others that just didn’t make any sense to me whatsoever, but Mary’s haiku was intriguing to me in it’s incomprehensibility. Is that a sheep in the kitchen? What’s a January sock? And last, but not least, WHO THE HELL IS FRANKIE?

Okay. That’s it. Nine winners. Thank you all for playing. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson here – I will never, ever, NEVER ask you to write haikus, or any poem for that matter, in order to win yarn again. But be prepared. I may ask you to write a song.

All winners will receive enough sock yarn for a pair of socks and an orange chibi.

L, C

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It’s Not Over Until the Phat Haiku Sings.

And DAYUM she done sung. The Haiku contest is now closed. Thanks for playing – and for giving me something to do on my vacation next week. Winners will be announced at some point – maybe during the week, maybe not. We’ll see. I have to figure out how many more prizes I can come up with. Seriously though – thanks for all the comments. I was worried for a minute that my blog might actually explode, but all seems okay (except, of course, for the ONGOING style sheet problems that just freaking KILL me.)


If you have flown UNITED AIRLINES domestically within the United States (I’m flying NY to LA), since the whole liquid adventure in London, have you been able to take knitting needles – be specific if you can – on the plane without incident? I have flown American Airlines numerous times (as recently as two weeks ago) and have never had any trouble with my metal Addi Turbos – all sizes – but I’ve never flown United and I’m worried they will have a different policy. THANK YOU!

ETA: I’m fully aware that the TSA has a list of what can and cannot go on the plane – according to the TSA, knitting needles are allowed. I always print out the list from the website just in case. AIRLINES may decide indescrimately what can and cannot go on their planes, just as an overzealous TSA agent can tell you that you can’t take on ABC. I’m looking for information on UNITED only. I’ve flown a million times with my knitting – as recently as two weeks ago – I just haven’t flown United. Also, lately, I’ve had my bags checked at security and AGAIN at the gate. Primarily I think they’re looking for liquids, but you never know. THANKS!

PS – I have 13 rows to go on Seraphim – three more for chart 3 and then the edging. I alternate between enough/not enough yarn about half way through each row. Fun times.

Hara-kiri Haiku!

And here I thought I was being so damn smart to actually make you people work for the free stuff. Turns out I’m an ass because guess who has to read through all these haikus and pick the best? Thank god it’s all subjective!!

THIS IS A REMINDER: for the three people left on the Internet who have NOT entered this contest, your Haikus are due in the comments of the previous entry by 11:59 PM EDT, September 23rd. I will be closing the comments at that time! ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. (If you left more than one, the first will be counted.) FOUR RANDOM WINNERS. Two more winners: one will win because I think it’s the best and most creative and one will win because it makes me laugh my ass off – and I may add yet another winner – the one that is just beyond bad. I’m sorry – I praise you all for your creative talents – but some of you should stick with knitting. 😉

For all of you coming by for the first time – WELCOME! And why thank you, yes, I took all the photographs in the header (and 99.9% of the photographs on the site in general.) And yes, I set up the site and banner myself. Thank you for coming by. Feel free to refresh as much as you’d like. I’m glad to have you!

Our plans have changed. I’m coming home tonight – Saturday – and instead of leaving Sunday for The Hamptons or Cape Cod we’re going to California on Monday! HUGE trip change. Very last minute. I will hopefully announce the Haiku winner sometime next week. I won’t be back until Sunday and then I’m off to Philly again to atone for my sins. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired just thinking about it. (The traveling – not the sins.)

I’ve got 22 rows left in Seraphim and I’m desperate to finish it – I’m so worried I’m going to run out of yarn. But I don’t think I’m going to be able to get it done before we leave. I might just take it with me and block it while I’m away. Maybe a special vacation photoshoot if all works out. No promises though.

I’m closing the comments on this post because I don’t want anyone to leave any Haikus here – I’d like to keep them all in one place. I’m glad you’re all having so much fun with it! THANK YOU!

Haiku! Bless you.

Feet get cold in Fall.
January One rocks socks.
Play to win YOUR pair!

Heh heh heh. I think I’ve out done myself with this one. Here it goes:

l to r: Lisa Souza SOCK! Merino in Peacock, Interlacements Toasty Toes color 409, Ellen’s Half Pint Farm Merino/Nylon Sock Yarn, Three Waters Farm Superwash Merino in Aunt Maude’s Mauve, Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sock Yarn Merino/Nylon, and Lisa Souza SOCK! Merino in Jonquil.

How to win: WRITE A HAIKU. But not just any haiku. YOU MUST USE AT LEAST THREE OF THE FOLLOWING WORDS IN YOUR HAIKU: january, one, rock(s), jet, fall, sheep, wool, feet (or foot), knit, yarn, pirate, fest, dude, fantastic, worm (that is WORM. With an O. My 5.5 yr old nephew gave me that one.) AND EVERY HAIKU MUST USE THE WORD SOCK. (So that means FOUR REQUIRED WORDS.)

Need to know HOW to write a Haiku? Check here and here.

ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. LEAVE YOUR HAIKU IN THE COMMENTS. COMMENTS WILL CLOSE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th 23rd at 11:59 EDT. Winner will be announced sometime the following week.

There will be six winners. FOUR will be chosen at random from the entire group of entrants. TWO will be chosen by me – one because I think it’s the best, most creative Haiku, and one because it makes Ann and I laugh for like a half an hour straight and we have to call each other a million times to laugh about it some more and then I tell my sister about it and we laugh our asses off and basically my day is made because you wrote a haiku. That one DEFINITELY wins. Each winner will receive one of the above sock yarns – enough yarn for a pair of socks – and an orange chibi. And maybe some candy for Halloween. If I’m feeling good that day.

Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it! PLAY BALL!

PS – You guys are all nuts. I LOVE IT!!!!!

Everyone is so untrue.

The kids and my sister are gone. HEJ‘s been home for a few days now. It’s just G and me. It’s GREAT having company, but it’s also nice to be alone. 😉

First of all, DAYUM that’s a lot of lurker love!!! Where the hell are all you people on the boring days, like when I’m not giving away free stuff? Right here and right now I’m declaring that each and every one of you lurkers must choose a day of the week to DELURK. Pick Monday. Or WTF Wednesday. I don’t care but ONCE a week you MUST make yourself known. Seriously. Don’t be a stranger. I want to know everything there is to know about you. In a good way.

Okay. Here’s the lowdown on the LIES. Honestly, I’m a terrible liar. I’ve got like Truth Disease or something because when I try to lie I get all fidgety and twitchy and start dancing around like a have to pee. It’s the truth. I swear.

1) Once upon a time, we were invited to spend July 4th weekend in London, England. The trip included flying there and back on the Concorde (DUDE I saw SPACE!) and seeing The Three Tenors at Wembley Stadium. We had crappy seats at Wembley (although they ended up being good when it started to pour half way through the show and we were under the tin roof) and the sound was totally off so the Tenors sang and we heard it a week later. On the way back to the hotel from the Stadium, we were sort of car jacked. A man walked up to the car and opened the back door (I was in the middle between G and a woman who worked for British Airways) and the man tried to take her purse. I screamed at G to get out of the car get out of the car but he couldn’t figure out how to open the door. Meanwhile the woman sitting next to me was totally fighting with the would be robber and managed to save her purse at the expense of her Rolex. Her husband, who was sitting in the front seat with the driver, ran after the theif. G ran after the husband. I stood in the middle of the road in a foreign country screaming, “Come back. Come back.”

ALL TRUE. First and only time I’ve been to London. The Concorde was COOL as SHIT but loud. Very loud. You do get a five course meal though so it kind of makes up for it. And they give you swag. Lots of swag with like a certificate signed by the pilot that says YO! I flew the CONCORDE. Otherwise the trip kind of sucked in a not so funny I freak out anytime anyone walks up to my car even ten years later kind of way. Scary shit. It’s always been my theory that the car service driver was totally in on the whole thing. He was a little too reluctant to take us to the bobby stand. (WHOA! First time I ever wanted a cop to have a gun. I so did NOT feel safe.)

2) G won an all expense paid trip to Maui, first class – super deluxe suite at the Four Seasons – by winning a tennis tournament for travel managers. I woke up the morning of our flight with a killer sore throat and ended up being sick pretty much the whole trip. Which was fine with me because hallucinating in paradise is kind of fun. The first two days I barely got out of bed, watching the birds chirp along the lanai trailing rainbows behind their feathered asses. The room, if you could call it that, had two separate entrances, two bathrooms, two kitchens and a wrap around balcony bigger than my apartment. When I finally ventured out of the hotel I ran into David Spade at the restaurant near the pool. It was all I could do to keep my breakfast down.

ALL TRUE. I was sick as a dog and the “room” was bigger than my own apartment, which is pretty big. And I didn’t hang out with David Spade who I think is kind of gross and squirrley and not really funny at all, but he did sit at the table next to us at breakfast and we did see him around the resort while we were there.

3) One of the first trips G and I ever took was to the Balearic Islands in Spain. We hit Mallorca and then Ibiza – land of house music – and had a fabulous European vacation. That was until I decided to go topless and ended up with a hideous ITCHFEST all across my chest. The hostel we were staying in had no air conditioning and I was in agony, begging to cut the vacation short.

ALL TRUE. I was so totally in Ibiza – one of the most beautiful, crazy, fascinating places I’ve ever been and I would go back in a heartbeat. And I totally layed out topless (I was 21 and had the bod for it) and would do it again in a heartbeat (only this time with A TON of 45 sunscreen.) And I got an awful rash and begged to go home. And that’s where the truth ends and the truthiness begins.

There was no well intentioned stranger in the pharmacy. We did head up to visit Hotel Hacienda and witness the GINORMOUS shrimp they had at the buffett, but alas we didn’t stay there. Although we’ve always said we’d go back. There was actual talk of getting married there. We went with Vermont instead.

So, all you smarty pants that picked number 3, you were in the pot to win this:

That’s a black sheep tape measure from Lantern Moon, an Orange Chibi with my beloved SMALL bent tip needles and a skein of Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Wild Rasberry. And the winner is:

Lyssa (the Freak)

Thank you all for playing!!!

I’ve got some extremely exciting stuff coming up for you this week. A new pair of KNEE HIGHS!!!! Now before you get all oh my god she’s crazy with the freaking knee highs – I swear to you this is the prettiest pair of knee highs you’ve ever seen. One word: Koigu. AND!!!! I can barely contain my excitement. MY FIRST STASH SALE!!! Coming in a couple of days. I promise to give fair warning when it comes. I’m putting up some really beautiful stuff that sadly I just know I will never ever knit. Something for everyone.

Honesty is hardly ever heard.
And mostly what I need from you.