My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Back to School – er – Work

It was raining when I left for work this morning, and I actually saw some leaves on the ground! This makes me ridiculously happy — autumn is coming. But I’m not fooling myself. I’m sure we’ve got some hot weather ahead before it really gets to be autumn. Still, it is nice to have the illusion of autumn!

Since you haven’t seen it for a while, I’m posting a pic of the sock-in-progress:


This is Madeline Tosh sock yarn in the Malachite colorway. I’m loving this yarn. It’s got my favorite base — tight twist 100% merino. And it’s green! How could I not love it?

And it is being knit up very slowly. Since I’ve got a big lace project to work on at home, this sock only comes out during my commute. And more often than not, the morning commute only. The afternoon commute has been too crowded for knitting lately.

But I’m hoping to finish this sock by the end of the week and have the second sock started to take to New York with me this weekend. I’ll be at Knitty City Saturday evening for a book signing (5 – 7 pm), and Sunday for classes. I hope I’ll see some of you there!

Here, for Johanne, a pic of the shawl in progress.


I’ve named this design “True Love Stole.” Johanne will understand. 😉


I just got enough reward points from my VISA card to order a free $50 iTunes gift card. Wheeeeeee! So soon I’ll be buying 50 songs from iTunes. Wanna help me out? Leave the name of a song from the 1960s to 1990s in the comments to this post and on Monday (September 14) about noon-ish my time I’ll fire up the Random Number Generator and pick some folks to win the WendyKnits pattern of his/her choice, which will be delivered in pdf format via email.

Doesn’t matter if the song you name is one I’ve already got — I just need some inspiration here!

Lucy sez:


“Treats, please.”


  1. How about Little River Band – Help Is On Its Way.
    It’s my current earworm.

  2. Over here in England we have had nothing but rain rain rain all summer! We had all of a week of hot weather way back in May. I feel a definate vitamin D deficiency coming on!!

    I’ll trade with ya’?!!

  3. Written on the Back of my Hand by The Jags.

  4. “Midnight Special” by CCR. It’s a good song to listen to when you’re driving.

  5. Twist and Shout by the Illsley Brothers

  6. It’s raining men by the Weather Girls, it always makes me happy 😀
    .-= Rose-Marie´s last blog ..Mum’s sock =-.

  7. That’s What I Like About You by The Romantics

    When It’s Love by Van Halen

    aaah, the memories…

  8. 3 AM by Matchbox Twenty

  9. How about some – Girls in NYC party music – I just loaded some feminista tunes for my road trip to NY –

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindi Lauper
    Bad Reputation by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    I’m a Woman by Maria Muldaur
    Hit me with your best shot by Pat Benatar
    You’ve got a friend by Carol King
    and to mellow you out try a little Judy Collins – Turn Turn Turn or Both Sides now…

  10. How about some modern stuff? I love folk – Mollie O’Brien, her brother, Tim, the Dukhs (pronounced “Duck”), the Wailin’ Jennys, Susan Werner … the list goes on. (One can get a lot of good music ideas listening to NPR and Prairie Home Companion.)

  11. Candle in the Wind – Elton John
    great for when you want to feel nostalgic!

  12. Kris Peters says:

    How about Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl? It was done by my brother’s group Looking Glass and made Billboard Number 1 in August, 1972.

  13. Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder

    thanks for the chance! best – hh

  14. Elizabeth Howard says:

    “I Wanna Be Sedated” The Ramones (really, anything by the Ramones would be good!)
    _Raw Power_ by Iggy and the Stooges
    “Summertime Rolls” and “Pigs in Zen” by Jane’s Addiction

  15. Marissa Shindell says:

    Anything by Stevie Wonder.. Signed, sealed delivered….

  16. REO Speedwagon “Roll with the Changes”

  17. “Wouldn’t it be nice” The Beach Boys: aah what memories, and really good knitting music!! In fact anything by the Beach Boys

  18. Pattern Recognition by Sonic Youth. My own “best knitting socks song” 😉

  19. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. That’ll get your needles clicking!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..End of August =-.

  20. Dead or Alive’s ” You Spin me Round (Like a Record) is a must-have for any mp3 player.

    She shawl/stole is beautiful so far!
    .-= Heather Kinne´s last blog ..Hurry! Sale ends soon! =-.

  21. Hmmm…
    I’d download “Baby Blue” by George Strait or “Walking on Broken Glass” by Annie Lenox (two pretty different genres there)
    .-= Jessi´s last blog ..Look- I made almost a whole sock! =-.

  22. I only listen to books on my ipod………love the sock!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Dishtowels, Etc. =-.

  23. Hmm .. how about some Rolling Stones? (Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Waiting on a Friend, or You Can’t Always Get What You Want?

    Or, I’ve been enjoying Ramblin’ on My Mind by the Bluesbreakers with John Mayall – gotta love blues with piano …
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Something small … =-.

  24. Fly like an Eagle by Steve Miller
    Country Roads by John Denver
    Black Water by the Doobie Brothers
    I Get Around by the Beach Boys
    If by Bread

  25. “fields of Gold” Sting, anything by sting really.

    ‘roxanne” Police

    “love keeps us alive” eagles

    Jimmy buffet
    Michael Buble (sorry he’s new millenium, but i still wouldn’t pass him by!)

  26. NewJerseyLaura says:

    For a knitter – magic carpet ride. Sorry I’ll miss you this weekend in NYC. I had hoped to come and meet you in person, but can’t :(.

  27. I was in college in the early 70’s so have some sentimental favorites that I remember listening to as I sat on a jukebox somewhere: Mr. Bojangles *** Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves *** Can’t Live, if Living is Without You (Nielsen)

  28. John Lee Hooker by Johnny Rivers is a great song!

  29. “Mama told me not come”, the version sung by Three Dog Night. I just found out that this song was written by Randy Newman!

  30. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum

  31. Alice Moisen says:

    ‘Something’ by the Beatles

  32. White Rhythm and Blues – JD Souther
    Through Your Hands – John Hiatt
    Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
    I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
    Someone to Lay Down Beside Me – Karla Bonoff
    Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen

    I’m taking your heels-and-toes class on Sunday! Oh the excitement.

  33. Sheryl Goldberg says:

    I’m Missing you
    Leader of the Band
    Anything Dan Fogelberg
    Anything Elton John

  34. Love everything you do. How do you find the time?

    Simply Red – If you don’t know me by now. great tune

  35. While My Guitar Gently Weeps- Jeff Healey Band
    It may be a little sad, but it’s a really great version of the song.

  36. “Don’t Come Back” by James Hunter.
    .-= Cecilia´s last blog ..Award Winning Day =-.

  37. Angels Running by Patti Larkin, anything by Bonnie Raitt, or Tracey Chapman—this is an interesting discussion – I needed to update (?) my tunes as well — thanks.

  38. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond!!!!

  39. “So Happy Together” by the Turtles. It’s fun to sing along to and a great energizer!

  40. 20th Century Fox by the Doors

  41. I’m feeling a little “Calling Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks this morning . . .

  42. Anything sung by Elvis 🙂

  43. Dire Straits–Sultans of Swing. Heard that the other day and remembered how much I liked it.

  44. Sherie Adams says:

    “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

  45. Belinda Giliberti says:

    Everybody was kungfoo fighting by Carl Douglas 🙂

  46. Lyin’ Eyes by the Eagles

  47. Donovan: Hurdy-Gurdy Man
    Dylan: Positively 4th Street
    Melanie: Beautiful people
    Scott McKenzie: If you’re going to San Francisco

  48. Talking Heads – Take Me To The River

  49. The Mama Mia soundtrack is wonderful.
    My favs- Man after Midnight, Dancing Queen. The new version is not bad either.
    For chilling out but not falling asleep Patty Griffin’s first album. My favorite is the song Forgiveness –
    Oldies-Stand by Me or Unchained Melody.
    love the sock.
    .-= keishua´s last blog ..Thoughts: Day 8 =-.

  50. Wow, what a romp through the music of the past, just looking at other people’s lists (looks like many of us couldn’t stop at just one). So that leaves me trying to come up with something moderately obscure. Hmmm…

    How about “One Tin Soldier” by the Original Caste? I am a sucker for message songs (that I agree with, needless to say) especially of the antiwar variety. I could suggest a few dozen more if you like.

    Knit on!

  51. Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes), Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams), Jesse’s Girl (Rick Springfield), Your Kiss (is on My List) (Hall and Oats), Amanda (Boston), Do You Believe in Love (Huey Lewis and the News) and Our House (Madness) all came to mind.

  52. Carolyn Malloch says:

    Any song by LAURA PAUSINI- -Not in English ( Italian), but the beauty of the voice is all that is needed.

  53. The Clash – Train in Vain

  54. “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
    “River” by Joni Mitchell

    I’ll have to try some of that Madeline Tosh sometime – it looks wonderful!

    Get Lucy extra treats so she can have a few friends over this weekend!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Custom listing for taylort2 =-.

  55. Jonny Lang! Anything really, but I’m partial to Wander this World. The sock is beautiful!
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Seven Years… =-.

  56. Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant. Boogie woogie!

  57. My favorite obscure 80’s song: What do all the People Know by the Monroes
    .-= Nadya´s last blog ..A weekend in New York =-.

  58. “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”– Meatloaf

  59. Anything by Pulp, especially ‘Common People’ – my next favourite band after the mighty Floyd :))

    Talking of which, ‘Comfortably Numb’. It’s been on every compilation tape I’ve made since 1980 🙂

  60. Phoebe Guerra says:

    Baba O’Reilly

  61. Elizabeth Psyck says:

    “Your Love” by The Outfield.

    One of my favorite songs ever. Perfect to sing along to and rock out.

  62. Captain Jack – Billy Joel – (Live version)

  63. “Only the Good Die Young” – Billy Joel
    “Addicted to Love” – Robert Palmer

  64. Willie Nelson-Stardust.

  65. Stephanie R says:

    I went to a fall festival of country music last weekend and not being a big country fan, my daughter and I spent some of the time playing poker for pennies! It was a beautiful venue and the sun was warm-nice weekend to spend outdoors since the rain and cool weather has now started! Anyway, Lone Star was my favorite group at the show and I love thier old song-No News.

  66. Funny How Time Slips Away by Willie Nelson

  67. Soundtrack from Donnie Darko. I thought the movie was great too. Hope you like it.

  68. Anything by Steely Dan!!
    Off the Albums: Aja, Katie Lied, Gaucho, Pretzel Logic or one of their Greatest Hits…

    Ricki don’t lose that Number
    Hey Nineteen
    Black Friday
    Black Cow
    Babylon Sisters
    Bad Sneakers
    Deacon Blues
    Reeling in the Years
    Kid Charlamagne

    The list is Endless! Can you tell i love these guys??

  69. Magic Carpet Ride, by Steppenwolf

  70. Let It Be by the Beatles, really anything by them always puts a smile on my face.

  71. Yikes – everyone’s left a lot of songs….I can’t compete with those but, here goes…

    “Smiles and Smiles to Go”, Larry Carlton
    “Linus and Lucy”, Vince Guaraldi
    “Back on Top”, and “Cleaning Windows”, Van Morrison
    Any song from “Live from Bahia 1992”, Larry Coryell
    “I Can’t Dance”, Genesis
    “Wonderful Tonight”, Eric Clapton
    “Breezin’ “, George Benson
    “A Day in the Life”, version by Jeff Beck

    So many songs…so little time.


  72. I’m not sure if you would like either of these, but here are my suggestions:

    More than Words by Extreme
    Space Princess by Celestial Navigations (spoken word / funny)
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..36 eggs (Part 2 – 16 whole eggs, 6 egg whites) =-.

  73. Rock ‘n’ Roll by Led Zepplin
    Black Cat by Janet Jackson
    Paperback Writer by the Beatles

  74. Under Pressure by Queen with David Bowie.

  75. Tell Me Why Bronski Beat a classic!
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..Want to be a Shephardess??? =-.

  76. ABBA – Dancing Queen
    B52s – Love Shack
    Bee Gees — Stayin’ Alive (or Night Fever – either/or)
    Billy Joel — It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
    Blondie — Heart of Glass
    Carpenters — Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
    Cheap Trick – I Want You to Want Me
    Donnie Iris – Ah! Leah!
    Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf
    Elton John – Bennie and the Jets
    Frankie Valli – Grease
    The Go-Go’s – We Got the Beat
    Heart – Barracuda
    INXS – Original Sin
    John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane
    Kool & the Gang — Jungle Boogie
    Loverboy – The Kid Is Hot Tonight
    Marianne Faithfull – Broken English
    Nazareth – Love Hurts
    Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
    Olivia Newton John – Let’s Get Physical
    Phil Collins — In the Air Tonight
    Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me (or Roxanne)
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    R.E.M. – Man on the Moon
    Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
    Santana – Black Magic Woman
    Tears for Fears – Mad World
    Toto – Africa
    U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
    UB40 – Red Red Wine
    Van Halen – Jump
    Wham! – Wake Me Up Before you Go Go
    XTC – Making Plans for Nigel
    Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart
    ZZ Top – Legs

  77. You need some Canadian content, like, The Tragically Hip “Ahead by a Century”, “Wheat Kings”, “Little Bones” “At the Hundredth Meridian” or the no longer PC, but still a great song, “New Orleans is Sinking”
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Ahhh, vacation =-.

  78. Roundabout by YES
    Slip slidin’ away by Paul Simon

  79. “I Want to Come Over” — Melissa Etheridge

  80. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding—smooth groove to knit to!
    .-= Cherie´s last blog ..Housecleaning Purgatory =-.

  81. Ballroom Blitz by The Sweet

    (Lizziehelen on Ravelry)
    .-= E. Engman´s last blog ..VISIT TO IOWA: FINISHED PROJECTS =-.

  82. How about “Love is All Around” by the Troggs, 1967. Heard it in a movie the other day, and thought it was catchy. Enjoy your shopping!

  83. Anything written by Stephen Sondheim

  84. Theresa in Italy says:

    You’ve probably already got it. But my younger kid has suddenly discovered Jimi Hendrix and all I’ve heard for the past two weeks is “All Along the Watchtower.” To the point where no other song comes to mind.

    Yay for cooler weather and the first signs of fall!

  85. C.Harms in Alaska says:

    I Can’t Live (if living is without you) by Harry Nilsson off the “Nilsson Schmilsson” album

  86. Duran Duran–Hungry Like the Wolf. I’m still in love with my 80’s faves!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Catching up on FO’s =-.

  87. Pink Cadillac– Aretha Franklin
    Respect– Aretha
    I Kissed a Girl– Katy Perry
    Pour Some Sugar on Me– Def Leppard

    Those are a few of my faves!

  88. I just won something, so pick someone else if my number comes up, but I’d vote for “For What It’s Worth” by the Buffalo Springfield. (Just saw Crosby, Stills, & Nash in concert and they’re still GREAT!)

  89. Song for a Winter’s Night– both the Sarah McLauchlin version and the original by Gordon Lightfoot.
    Biscaya– not a song, but a beautifully evocative piece by James Last with haunting accordion work.

  90. April Phillips says:

    Crazy Train!

  91. You’re no good by Linda Ronstadt

  92. Istanbul (not Constantinople) by They Might Be Giants
    Macarthur’s Park (sp?) By Long John Baldry
    You Can’t Always Get What You Want, by The Rolling Stones
    Michelle, ma Belle by the Beatles
    Thriller, by Michael Jackson

  93. Don’t forget some Jim Croce. I like to listen to it when I am Stressed

  94. Pat in Indiana says:

    Walk Away by Matt Munro

  95. New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran

  96. Robin Fremer says:

    Bridge over troubled water- Simon and Garfunkel
    We didn’t start the fire- Billy Joel

  97. “September” by Earth Wind & Fire.

  98. Longer Than
    The New Year’s Eve Song – all by Dan Fogelberg

    Message in a Bottle
    Don’t Stand So Close to Me – all by The Police

    Faith by George Michael

    Lola by The Cars

    Betty Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes

    Big Wheel Keeps on Turning – Journey

    What’s Love Got to Do With It – Tina Turner

  99. I’m a big fan of Enya & Enigma

  100. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Yes, She Does =-.