My current work in progress:

Benedict, designed by Michele Wang, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton in the Cocoa colorway, on a U.S. size 6 and 8 needle.

Two Tickets to Paradise

These are my two tickets to paradise.

A total of $50 in iTunes gift cards. Woo! I got these gift cards with reward points from my credit card. Now comes the hard part: selecting songs to buy.

I open up the iTunes store fired up with good intentions but when the store is open in front of me, I can’t think of what I want to buy. Any of you have that problem? Want to help me out?

I want to buy classic rock from the 1960s through 1990s. Leave a comment to this post suggesting a classic rock song from that time period, and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a WendyKnits sock kit — pattern of your choice plus the yarn to knit it. One comment per person, please, but feel free to suggest multiple songs in your comment. I’ll draw a name on Thursday and announce the winner in Thursday’s blog post, so have your entries in by midnight this Wednesday (July 23).


And hopefully some of you will suggest songs I don’t already have. πŸ˜€

Here we have a Smoke and Mirrors sock.

Knit from Cherry Tree Hill Select Supersock in the Java colorway, on 2mm needles. There was a question in the comments — is this entrelac? Nope, it’s just yarn-overs and decreases. Actually pretty darn easy to knit! There is a second sock, but can I find it right now? No.

About Lucy and the Mouse

In the video I posted yesterday it looked as though Lucy was eating the tail of her catnip mouse. She didn’t actually eat it, and we were watching her the whole time. She is usually not interested in yarn at all, and never tries to eat it. I was a little surprised that she showed such interest in her catnip mouse’s tail, but itwas no doubt the catnip fumes that befuddled her.

She looks a bit more composed here!


  1. I apoligize for duplicates, but can’t check 500 comments…here are some of my favs (I graduated from HS in 1980)
    REO Speedwagon-Roll With the Changes/Time For Me to Fly
    Journey-Lights/Feeling That Way/Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’/City of the Angels
    Cheap Trick (Live at Bud0kan) I Want You to Want Me
    Tracy Chapman-Fast Car (not really ‘rock’ and later than the others, but so good)
    Supertramp-The Logical Song/Goodbye Stranger
    Elton John-Benny & the Jets/Rocket Man/Levon/Tiny Dancer
    Fleetwood Mac-Rhiannon/You Make Loving Fun/The Chain/Tusk
    Must stop…someday I need to get an iPod and the TimeLife series πŸ™‚

  2. Anything by andrew lloyd weber πŸ˜‰

    bellamodens last blog and old

  3. Cowgirl in the Sand by Neil Young and Crazy Horse

  4. I know you said classic rock from the 1960s-1990s however, the song I’m really obsessing over recently is “Boy With A Coin” by Iron & Wine.
    Youtube it. The version posted by subpoprecords is the Video. AWESOME

  5. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
    Anything by Joan Armatrading
    God Only Knows by the Beach Boys

  6. Who did Clouds? Was it Joni Mitchel?
    It ain’t me, Babe –Bob Dylan (I think) and then Johnny Cash (I know)
    The Unicorn–Irish Rovers

  7. How about Everclear? I will buy you a new life… or anything for that matter.

    Sublime? Bush? Presidents of the United States of America? 311? Weezer?

    aimee noels last blog fun

  8. walking in memphis, Marc Cohn
    Low spark of high heeled boys, Traffic
    Suicide Blond INXS
    Anything Annie Lennox

  9. Beth in Seattle says:

    Traffic Jam – James Taylor
    A Man Needs a Maid – Neil Young
    Ben – Jackson 5

    These songs are all so different but songs that I love to sing along to at the top of my lungs!

  10. Leslieileen says:

    Any of the few (rare) singles of Mama Cass Elliot
    Tuck & Patty (great vocal and guitar jazz/soul/rock/blues)
    Mamas & Papas
    Gene Pitney (I served him sodas at my dad’s restaurant in the 60’s). Gene was an admirable singer but especially a great song WRITER with works performed by many people.

    Maybe I’m not really “into” rock, preferring soul/blues/jazz, but think these may work.

  11. JulieThePurpleChick says:

    Poco ~ Spellbound
    Poco ~ Magnolia

  12. Debra I says:

    I’m ashamed to say, I just discovered Queen. I knew about the group because of the Highlander movies. But just recently I got into a bunch of their other stuff. Gee, favorites…Somebody to Love, Another One Bites the Dust, We Are the Champions…and of course, We Will Rock You. How’s that?

  13. An assorted mix:
    Papa Was A Rolling Stone–Temptations
    Johnny B Goode–Chuck Berry
    Proud Mary–Creedance Clearwater
    Good Vibrations–Beach Boys
    Werewolves of London–Warren Zevon
    Walk on the Wild Side-Lou Reed
    Feeling Groovy–Simon and Garfunkle

    Marys last blog post..N is for

  14. U2 – rattle & hum
    U2 – pride

  15. How about:
    Love Shack – B-52’s
    Moondance – Van Morrison
    Unplugged – Eric Clapton


  16. Always able to put a smile on my face is anything from the Grosse Point Blank soundtrack. Particularily Blister in the Sun.

  17. Gina C. says:

    Lovely Smoke and Mirrors pattern! Thanks also to the link for Photofunia…it has been fun πŸ™‚

    If you want to be moved, I’d seriously recommend a few great Sam Cooke tunes:
    – Bring It On Home To Me
    – Soothe Me (velvety voice, hot song)

  18. Barbara says:

    My favorite guitar-playing classics:
    Van Morrison – Crazy Love
    America – Horse with No Name
    Eagles – Take it Easy
    James Taylor – How Sweet It Is

  19. lesliej says:

    Hush, Hush by Deep Purple
    it’s the song in the Jaguar commercial

  20. Angela Penfold says:

    The Kinks – Lola, All Day and All of the Night
    Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria
    Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill, The Hounds of Love

  21. Lovin’ Spoonful- Do you believe in Magic…
    (I’m sorry if that’s been said, I’ll admit I didn’t read all the posts)
    And also, thanks for the SoS08 sock pattern, it is beautiful.

    KJs last blog post..18 Days!

  22. Hrm, I don’t know if it falls into your sort of thing, but I heard “Rock Me Amadeus” on the radio the other day. Falco was the artist if I remember right. I’d say Beatles, but you already said you have all those you want already. πŸ˜‰

  23. I have these artists on my ipod: Fleetwood Mac, Sarah McLaughlin, Sting, Elton John, and George Michael. I have a rather bizarre music selection that includes everything from Allison Krauss, 50 cents, Kanye West, Michael Buble, Clay Aiken, Bach and Mozart. I love, love, love Alanis Morissette when I’m feeling particularly anti male (my apologies to any guys out there)…My selection de jour just depends on my mood!

  24. jack johnson (upside down is one of my faves, even though it’s from the curious george soundtrack – or maybe because it’s from there?)
    sugar ray (every morning, some day)
    dixie chicks – landslide, rainbow connection
    dido – white flag
    indigo girls
    al green
    gladys knight & the pips (esp. midnight train to georgia)
    fifth dimension (one less bell to answer, wedding bell blues)

    Carols last blog post..Off the beaten beach

  25. Although not classic rock, I’m a big fan of the Muppet show and would recommend “Can you picture that” by the Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

    Jennis last blog post..Happy (belated) Canada Day!

  26. The Moody Blues Nights in White Satin

  27. How about some U2–my (4yr old) son is a big U2 fan, so we listen to it a lot. You’ve got about 30 years of good music to chose from.

    caths last blog post..From the stash of the Harlot (and other mail)

  28. Robbie Williams, Something Beautiful from the Escapology CD. Almost any Bare Naked Ladies.

  29. You can never go wrong with Richard Thompson! The Capitol Years is a good best-of as things like that go.

    Sarah-potterknitters last blog post..Misfit

  30. The soundtrack to the movie “Commitments”.

  31. Linda Ronstadt- Different Drum & Blue Bayou
    Dave Clark Five- Because & Glad All Over
    Katrina & The Waves- Walking on Sunshine
    Oliver- Good Morning Starshine (from the musical “Hair”)
    The Lovin Spoonful- Daydream, Summer in the City, Do You Believe in Magic
    The Turtles- Elenore

  32. I have to list artists because I love so much of their music – I couldn’t read all of the comments but I’m leaving out the ones I saw the most often and adding these: Jim Croce, John Denver, Wings (Paul after the Beatles), Carly Simon, Dan Fogelberg and of course, James Taylor

  33. Dance without Sleeping / Melissa Etheridge

    Sweet Dreams are Made of This / Eurithmics

  34. Tiffanie says:

    I would go for Queen. Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You and all the rest. (They sound like great names for sock yarn, don’cha think?)

  35. Heavens to Betsy, 534 comments!

    I had to go home (I usually end up reading at work) to get my iPod. Well, Billy Joel: You May be Right, I May be Crazy
    The Nylons: Bop Till You Drop
    Heart: Crazy On You, Kick it Out
    Beatles, ya sure, and really, I love all of Billy Joel. Also Carole King, and dang, something just slipped my mind. But it’s past time your time, gotta stop coming up with things!

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Anyone Up for a Nice Warm Hat?

  36. I did start the above comment before midnight your time….too much scrolling through the iPod….
    : )

    Cathy-Cates last blog post..Anyone Up for a Nice Warm Hat?

  37. So, after reading your other post, and checking that no one has suggested them yet – I’ll have to recommend The Devlins Waiting album. It’s got a mellow rock sound kinda like Live. I know they have other albums, but I haven’t heard them and the reviews say not as good as Waiting. πŸ™‚

    Ansleys last blog post..Some thoughts on Dark Victory, and other stuff too

  38. What about Genesis. I really like them after Phil Collins became lead singer. One of the best albums is “Live the way we walk”, or so I think.

    Karen Ss last blog post..WIPs Wrestling…

  39. Liz in IN says:

    I’m sure this is the eleventy-ninth recommendation for this particular music (which likewise I’m sure you already have) but I can’t bear to read all the comments before me:

    Bat Out of Hell. Meatloaf. The sentiments are universal and the music (lyric & melody) are still some of the most powerful I’ve ever heard. I heart Jim Steinman (the man behind those lyrics and melodies). Caveat: Not good for driving (unless you want a speeding ticket :)).

    PS: Pete Townshend?? Oh, I loved him so much for so long! Hello000, ‘TOMMY’– written when he was about 24 years old–find me his equal, today! Oh, and the solo stuff, too. “Like a shattered glass in an acid bath…” Ah, angst, ain’t (wasn’t) it great?

  40. How about some Nick Drake? Pink Moon is my favourite album to iron to and overall his music helps me unwind when I’m too wound up – great for tinking!

    And just b/c I’m in here commenting I’m going to add the suggestion that you take a listen to Matthew Barber, he doesn’t fit your current iTunes request, but he’s a fantastic singer-songwriter and had a new album released in March πŸ™‚

    Happy shopping!

  41. Janis Joplin and her contemporary reincarnation, Joss Stone.

  42. what about some Iron Maiden? I know.. but give it a shot.. trust me!

  43. Lindsay says:

    It sounds like your music collection is similar to mine. Some current bands with that classic rock sound you MUST check out: The New Pornographers, The Apples in Stereo. I’m assuming you’ve already got Liz Phair?

  44. Anything Patsy Cline

    Artist: The Surfaris
    Song: Wipeout -1962
    Artist: Bob Dylan
    Song: Lay Lady Lay -1969
    Artist: Cowsills
    Song: Silver Threads and Golden Needles -1970
    Artist: David Cassidy
    Song: I Think I love You -1970
    Artist: Edward Bear
    Song: Last Song -1973
    Artist: Minnie Riperton
    Song: Lovin’ You -1975
    Artist: Sister Sledge
    Song: We Are Family -1979
    Artist: Flying Lizards
    Song: Money (That’s What I Want) -1979
    Artist: Adam Ant
    Song: Goody Two Shoes -1982
    Artist: Weather Girls
    Song: It’s Raining Men -1982
    Artist: Spandau Ballet
    Song: True -1983
    Artist: Nena
    Song: 99 Red Balloons -1984
    Artist: Simple Minds
    Song: Don’t You Forget About Me -1985
    Artist: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
    Song: What I Am -1988
    Artist: Simply Red
    Song: If You Don’t Know Me By Now-1989
    Artist: En Vogue
    Song: My Lovin’ – 1992
    Artist: Guns and Roses
    Song: November Rain -1992
    Artist: Sheryl Crow
    Song: All I Wanna Do -1994
    Artist: TLC
    Song: Waterfalls -1995
    Artist:Toni Braxton
    Song: Un-Break My Heart -1996
    Artist: Natalie Imbruglia
    Song: Torn -1997

  45. I am late as always because I crawled under a rock. I love Boston bands having grown up in Boston. I actually have a picture of me from high school with Aerosmith. I had a friend at the time that worked for a band that opened for them. I was a little young and my older sisters were very jealous. But anything by Aerosmith works for me.

  46. Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine & Galileo

    Jackson Browne – The Load Out/Stay

    Nanci Griffith – Ford Econoline & Love at the Five and Dime

  47. How about:
    “Drugs in my pocket” by the Monks
    “Knock on Wood” by the Mighty Might Bosstones
    Any Genesis with Peter Gabriel (esp “Supper’s Ready”, but that’s more prog rock I guess). Okay also “Blood on the Rooftops”, I love that song, it’s very haunting.
    “November Rain” and “Estranged” by Guns ‘n’ Roses. Axl’s voice may take a bit of getting used to, but GNR’s version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” got me hooked. Their version of “Sympathy for the Devil” is good too.
    Have you listened to the soundtracks from Quadrophenia and McVicar (Daltrey, Townshend)? Some good tracks there, esp “Love Reign O’er Me”
    “You’re so Vain” by Carly Simon is interesting to me because of Mick Jagger’s backup vocals.

    Good luck! Cathy

  48. Wendy,
    I work at a bookstore that also sells music. My favorite CD is French Kiss. The lyrics are in french, which I don’t speak, but the music is wonderful. We had it on our playlist for many months and it was a customer favorite.

  49. okay, there are the songs from the later 70’s and earlier 80’s that make me smile when i hear them, no matter how bad a mood i might have been in before i heard the first few notes:

    eagles – ‘take it easy’
    steely dan – ‘rikki don’t lose that number’
    blue oyster cult – ‘(don’t fear) the reaper’
    e.l.o. – ‘mr blue sky’
    bryan ferry – ‘love is the drug’
    tom petty – ‘refugee’
    split enz/crowded house/neil finn (and now liam finn) – anything. i am a sucker for all things finn
    roxy music – ‘more than this’ and ‘same old scene’
    guadalcanal diary – ‘trail of tears’ and ‘litany (life goes on)’

  50. Bridget Rickard says:

    I tried to find any Springsteen references but he needs to be part of ANY music library. The Born to Run album: Thunder Road if you don’t want the entire album. Any Springsteen that isn’t Born in the USA. πŸ™‚ If you want something off the beaten track, choose early Rob Thomas in the form of Tabitha’s Secret. They put out one CD and it is AWESOME.

  51. Anything by Bob Dylan–Lay Lady Lay, Everybody Must Get Stoned, (not the actual title). etc.

    Proud Mary and anything by Ike and Tina Turner

    Mellow Yellow

    Melanie altho she’s folk.

    Love your blog.

  52. There are so many good songs in those decades:
    The first thing that pops to mind is Pink Floyd; just a few titles off the top of my head: Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb (although I think it was/is a bit overplayed whenever Floyd is mentioned), Run Like Hell, Dogs of War, One Slip etc. You’ll notice that I very purposefully left out Brick in the Wall…that one is just TOO overplayed, or at least was, to be anything but annoying to me.
    Other good music: Damn Yankees, Slaughter, Skid Row, Iron Maiden, Bad Company (especially the Holy Water album), Bon Jovi (Not exactly rock, per se, but still damn good music, IMO).
    That’s all I’ve got for now. Good luck picking songs. It seems like once you get going, though, you’ll find so many songs you’ll have to find a way to cull the list some.

    Shannon D.s last blog post..I Love this scarf!!!

  53. Wow, so many comments! I tried to see if these have been mentioned and then just gave up. πŸ™‚

    My two cents worth:

    Billy Squier – The Stroke, Lonely Is The Night, My Kinda Lover, Everybody Wants You, Rock Me Tonite, Eye On You

    Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell, entire album

    Van Halen – 1984, entire album

    Happy downloading! πŸ™‚

    kcs last blog post..Star of Evening Shawl

  54. Beth in Maryland says:

    Gary Wright – Love is Alive
    YES – Roundabout
    Gerry and the Pacemakers – Ferry ‘cross the Mersey
    The Youngbloods – Darkness Darkness

  55. Great Big Sea. The album Rant and Roar is their best. Goin’ Up is my favorite song of all time.

  56. This is not easy, if I don’t want to duplicate anything. (Note to self: comment sooner next time.) Some of these aren’t rock, strictly speaking. But here goes:
    Don McLean — Crossroads
    Mojo Nixon — Elvis is Everywhere
    Arlo Guthrie — Darkest Hour
    Dire Straits — Tunnel of Love
    Simon & Garfunkel — The Boxer
    Gordon Lightfoot — Song for a Winter’s Night
    Charmaine Neville — Right Key, Wrong Keyhole
    I don’t know where (or even if) you’ll find that last one, but it’s a great, hilarious song.

    Lucias last blog post..Crunchy Granola

  57. How about American Woman or These Eyes -The Guess Who-actually like these guys more now than then!or Blue Collar by BTO.

  58. Anything by Dire Straits. I’d also suggest Sailing to Philadelphia by Mark Knopfler, but that’s outside your 1990’s limit.

  59. Cocaine – JJ Cale
    White Room – Cream
    After Midnight – Eric Clapton
    Machine Gun – Jimi Hendrix
    Running up that Hill (A Deal With God) – Kate Bush
    Those Were the Days, My Friend – Mary Hopkins
    Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
    Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez
    White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
    Scarborough Fair Canticle – Simon & Garfunkel
    Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
    The Dangling Conversation – Simon & Garfunkel
    Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
    Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
    Ramblin’ Man – Altman Brothers
    The End – The Doors
    Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
    Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
    Summertime – Janis Joplin
    A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procul Harem
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps – George Harrison/Eric Clapton
    Blowin’ in the Wind – B. Dylan/G. Harrison/Ringo Starr/L. Russell
    Lady Madonna – Richie Havens
    My Sweet Lord – Richie Havens
    Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Marianne Faithful
    The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix
    Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

    Tried not to repeat some of the excellent recommendations above. There were 50 for every one I gave.

    Angelunas last blog post..Another Year has Passed! Not possible!

  60. Oops, I have to correct my post from 7/24 at 10:39 am. It’s “The Impression that I Get” by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Too little caffeine yesterday.
    You chose some good tunes!


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