My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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. Strangers on the Shore by Acker Bilk. Dreamy saxaphone music

  2. When Will I Be Loved – Linda Ronstadt
    (I’d Go The) Whole Wide World – Monkees, Wreckless Eric and some others
    It’s In His Kiss – Betty Everett, Cher

  3. Stairway to Heaven, of course.

    Or Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

  4. I’m not trying to cheat by commenting twice, but how could I forget Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds? (for Lucy’s listening pleasure.

  5. “Jeremiah was a bullfrog…”

    How about Joy to the World by Three Dog Night (apologies if that becomes an earworm – it’s been going through my head all day today).

    I also, for some reason, had Veronica by Elvis Costello pop in.

  6. state of shock by jackson five! New favorite of the moment.

  7. Why I Am by Dave Matthews Band

  8. Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance
    Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love

  9. Andrea Ruffin says:

    Pure Clash — Rocking the Casbah

    “Shareef don’t like it–Thinks it’s not kosher”

  10. Anything from Hair, old Santana, and any Moody Blues!

  11. Yvonne in Southwest Virginia says:

    I love Bare Naked Ladies *Rule the World with Love*…

  12. How about Super Freak? “She’s a super freak, super freak, she’s super freaky, Yowwwww…”
    .-= Nathalie´s last blog ..How to Stretch $10 =-.

  13. “From my head to my heart” by Evan and Jaron. This came from the Runaway Bride soundtrack…

  14. Oohhh one current song which is awesome: Use Somebody by The Kings of Leon.

    My favorite fall back driving song is ThunderRoad by Bruce Springsteen. You can’t go wrong if you don’t have it already.

  15. Susan DeBettignies says:

    I just heard Blondie on the radio, today, Heart of Glass, and remembered what a great song that is.

  16. tainted love
    come on eileen

    two of my favs!

  17. How about “Bernadette” by The Four Tops (1967)? I heard it on the classics channel when my alarm went off this morning. Such a passionate song!

  18. I was listening to the radio earlier today and it must have been UB40 day, cause I love me some “Red, Red, wine” along with just about every other song they play. Can’t help but sing along.

  19. I have 3 all-time favorites: “Mr. Tambourine Man” by The Byrds, “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, and “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles. Are they all on iTunes? I dunno…I just really like these oldie-but goodie songs! LOL

  20. Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..just not right =-.

  21. My song… which is an answer to growing up brown eyed brown haired in Southern California in the 60’s-70’s… Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

    Also anything by The Carpenter’s, Beach Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary, 5th Dimension (Beautiful Ballon), Mamas and The Papas, Pete Seeger… .to name a few!!

  22. Anything from Meat Loaf’s “Bat out of Hell” album!!

  23. Suite Judy Blue Eyes: Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
    The Original Layla by Eric Clapton and Cream
    Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel
    I am definitely stuck in that era, but those are just a few of my favorites.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..After a 4 day weekend =-.

  24. LisaD in upstate NY says:

    Happy Together by the Turtles, which came out in 1966 the year my husband and I got married so it’s always been one that makes me happy when I hear it. Love the malachite sock! LisaD in upstate NY

  25. Safety Dance -Men in Hats

  26. Okay, I just happened to pick this one to play for a slideshow today (my 2 year old likes to watch slideshows of family pictures, especially of himself!)–Ooh Child by the Five Stair Steps. Great chorus.

  27. “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe. It’s been running through my head because I just took up spinning!

    I love the bluey green of your malachite socks.
    .-= pdxknitterati/MicheleLB´s last blog ..Stitch markers, redux =-.

  28. I’ll Be There (it’s your knitting calling to you)
    Blogless Mary Lou

  29. To Sir With Love – Lulu

    Leader of the Pack….aw heck anything by the late great Ellie Greenwich!

  30. What a Fool Believes by the Doobie Brothers
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Interview: Jockey Chantal Sutherland =-.

  31. “Watching the Detectives” by Elvis Costello ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. “Freeway of Love” Aretha

    “Simply Irresistable” Robert Palmer

    P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) Michael

    “Run To You” Bryan Adams

    “Any Way You Want It” Journey

    Ooh Laa!

  33. Grazing In The Grass by Hugh Masekela
    Breezin’ by George Benson
    Love Me by Elvis Presley
    Carey by Joni Mitchell
    California by Joni Mitchell
    Please, Please, Please by James Brown
    Cry Baby by Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters
    These Arms Of Mine by Otis Redding
    Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
    Somebody to Love by Queen
    Montego Bay by Bobby Bloom
    .-= Bets´s last blog ..Wool Love =-.

  34. some of my favorites are-
    Video Killed the Radio Star-Presidents of the United States of America version
    Walking In Memphis-Cher
    The Time Warp-Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Your Wildest Dreams-The Moody Blues

  35. Sue Hanson says:

    Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix, Looking Out My Back Door by CCR, Crazy by Patsy Kline

  36. Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic”

  37. anything from The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack

  38. Ok, you know I always have to get in on these things. Not so much for the free pattern, although you know which one I would choose, but more just for the fun of it!

    FreeBird – Lynard Skynard
    El Vira – Oakridge Boys
    Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
    Anything from Ace of Base
    Margaritaville – JImmy Buffett
    Babe I’m Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin
    Forrest Gump Soundtrack
    Good – Better Than Ezra
    Sister – Nelson
    Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer (Steve always sings this one when I have my hair pulled back & my lipstick on…..too funny!)
    Tainted Love – Soft Cell
    The Wedding Singer Soundtrack
    Standing Still – Jewel
    Anything with Allison Krauss singing is awesome
    Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
    Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer (you know you like it! LOL)
    Stand By Me
    Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

    I’m sure there are many,any more I could come up with but you probably don’t want to sift through quite that many.

    LOVE the sock!!!
    .-= Muriel´s last blog ..Another Obsession =-.

  39. Machine Gun [it’s the name of a song and an album] by the Commodores, 1974. I sure hope you can knit while you shake a tail feather…

  40. You’re the Inspiration by Peter Cetera

  41. Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Whenever that one is played at a wedding dance (or any other kind of dance where a significant portion of the population is over 40) every single person gets up to dance. Impossible to sit still…
    .-= kmkat´s last blog ..A day without cats on the internet? =-.

  42. Well, Good day sunshine is currently playing in my head, along with every Muppet song ever recorded (mina mina!).
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..Playing around =-.

  43. Sometimes in Winter (Blood, Sweat and Tears)

  44. These are, according to NYC’s WCBS-FM the 500 most popular “oldies” (depends on your perspective!) this year:

    There are some good ones there!

  45. Life is a Carnival – The Band (or pretty much anything by the Band)
    Joy to the World and Black and White – 3 Dog Night
    Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is – Chicago

  46. “Honey to the Bee” by Billie Piper. Not my usual kind of music, but something about it, I just love ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Hi, Wendy–here’s hoping your commute tomorrow morning will be much more reasonable!

    As for songs, no doubt you already have this one, but I always like Prince’s “1999.”

    Warm hugs to you,

  48. Absolutely – Lean on Me by Bill Withers!
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Computer Woes =-.

  49. Way too many choices…

    How about One by U2

  50. In honor of your black kitty mat on the kitchen floor, how about “My Eyes Adored You” by Neil Sedaka. It was Neil Sedaka, wasn’t it?

    Or anything by James Taylor. ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Marco Polo by Loreena McKennit, Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn

  52. True Fine Love – Steve Miller Band
    Nessum Dorma – Luciano Pavarotti
    Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield

    Eclectic but fun ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Annette´s last blog ..Saturday Stuff =-.

  53. Honey Bee – Tom Petty
    .-= Valerie´s last blog ..Liar, liar, pants on fire! =-.

  54. Hard to choose, but here’s a few you might try:
    * “Call on Me” by Primal Scream, from “Give Out But Don’t Give Up”
    * “Rockin’ at Midnight” by The HoneyDrippers/Robert Plant, from an EP called “The HoneyDrippers: Volume 1”
    * “Anna Begins” by Counting Crows, from “August and Everything After”
    * “Nightswimming” and “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” by R.E.M
    * “All I Want is You,” by U2 from “Rattle and Hum”
    * “Swamp Thing” by The Grid from “Evolver” (I call this my favorite hypno/techno/banjo song…a bit odd, as you might expect, but fun to dance to)
    * “Winter Wonderland” by Harry Connick, Jr. from the “When Harry Met Sally” soundtrack
    …and if you like the Harry Connick song, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND what I consider one of the most romantic songs ever, “A Nightingale Sale at Berkeley Square” from his album “We Are in Love”–I like that whole album, but as you may be able to tell from my selections, my tastes are somewhat…unique ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Layla – Eric Clapton
    Freewill – Rush

  56. Crimson and Clover
    Johnny Cash’s Hurt or Your own personal Jesus

  57. Also some comedy albums might be fun…Jim Gaffigan…Eddie Izzard…or Mitch Hedberg. Good for a trip of any kind.

  58. “Quick as Rainbows” by Kitchens of Distinction

  59. You Don’t Own Me-Lesley Gore. Love this song and I hope you do, too!

  60. “Everything”…by Michael Bouble

  61. Kokomo by The Beach Boys
    .-= SusannahC´s last blog ..Summer’s End =-.

  62. How about “Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum or “Time of the Season” by the Zombies? (Love the British Invasion stuff)

    Or a favorite of The Eagles that is not as well-known – “Seven Bridges Road”. Fabulous to belt out while driving down the highway! (Who cares if you can’t hit the high notes!)

  63. The class song of my high school class —My Girl or Abraham, Martin and John
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  64. Sorry I’m gonna post twice. I’m trying to finish up my Whispering Pine Shawl and my Girasole before knitting my next pair of socks. I really miss sockknitting. I may have to break bad and multi-task knit again.

  65. Breakfast in America–Supertramp–the ENTIRE cd.

  66. Do you really not want suggestions from the last ten years? I saw someone do a Regina Spektor song… I am pretty sure she is in her twenties(29?), so not from the 90s… That being said I really like her music and would recommend it. (try “Laughing with”) I think that “Chasing Pavements” song is good song Adele I think is the artist, but also recent.

    So my suggestion for 60s-90s is anything Lionel Richie!
    Dancing on the Ceiling
    Brick House
    … you get the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Anything by Peter, Paul and Mary.

  68. “Anything you want” by Roy Orbison, “Night Moves” by Bob Seger, “My Woman from Tokyo” by Deep Purple.

  69. Up next on my iTunes list – “Down on the Corner” by CCR. And the Beatles entire catalog is rumoured to be posted at midnight tonight, so if you’re missing anything there, now’s the time.

  70. Nightswimming by REM
    Ophelia by Natalie Merchant
    Wave of Mutilation by The Pixies

  71. Don McLean – American Pie
    Petula Clark – Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener
    Roger Miller – LIttle Green Apples

  72. “Scarlet Begonias” by the Grateful Dead. Love the green yarn and sock.

  73. Stand by Me – Ben E. King
    Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
    Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits
    Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy
    .-= Buster´s last blog ..All of these men and I’m not wearing pants =-.

  74. Spirit in the Sky

  75. Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
    .-= CatieP´s last blog ..Things Are Looking Up… =-.

  76. Knights in White Satin – Moody Blues
    Northwest 222 – Harry Chapin
    Days of Future Passed – Moody Blues
    Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin – for Lucy!
    Mr. Tanner – Harry Chapin

    Either Chapin or Moody Blues!

  77. “With or Without You” – U2

  78. “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers!
    “Only the Lonely” Roy Orbison

    Love the green socks!

  79. The Road to Fairfax County by the Roches. Few people ever heard of them, but it’s been stuck in my head all day

  80. My current obsession is Richard Thompson so I’m gonna pick “Persuasion.” For your listening and viewing pleasure, here’s my favorite version of it:

  81. I like the Supremes…Love Child
    Have fun at the book signing!!

  82. wow there are so many – you didn’t say what kind of song (thinkin’ or dancin’) you wanted. For meaningful lyrics, I like Dylan or John Prine. Angel from Montgomery by Prine is one of my all time favorites. Masters of War is a great Dylan along with all his political songs – I also like the talking songs like Maggie’s Farm. For all round, “Wow, I can’t believe I forgot how amazing he really was” feelings, I love the Elvis 30 #1 Hits CD. There are a few of the crappy later hits but it’s chock full of all the great ones: Heartbreak Hotel, Teddy Bear, All Shook Up, Too Much. The only one missing is Loving You, apparently it never made #1 although I think it’s one of his best.

  83. lots of great suggestions – I love the Moody Blues too – Nights in White Satin & the Stones (even though I hate their misogyny) You Can’t Always Get What You Want Eric Clapton’s Unplugged CD is great & you can’t go wrong with Bob Marley for that dancin’ feeling! Get Up Stand Up, No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song & anything by Clifton Chenier.

  84. Sunnyknitter says:

    Sweet City Woman by the Stampeders. Just makes you feel good in a silly way kind of music!

  85. But…but…what do you like? There’s too many options! (Did I mention that I used to be a program director and a DJ at my college radio station?)

    A random selection:
    Venus in Furs – The Velvet Underground (1967)
    Janis Ian – At Seventeen (1975)
    The Cure – Charlotte Sometimes (1981)
    Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye (1994)
    .-= Imbrium´s last blog ..Something About a Tortoise =-.

  86. Joan Baez – Love is Just a Four Letter Word
    Phil Ochs – Outside a Small Circle of Friends
    and almost anything by Saffire the Uppity Blues Women

  87. Not to sound cheesey (or stalkerish) but how about “You’re the inspiration” by Chicago. It always makes me think of sock knitting!

  88. “Kiss” by Prince!

    Love the sock!

  89. Harry Chapin had wonderful ballads and stories…
    “Circle” is a favorite – goes like this “All my life’s a circle… I hum it when I knit – especially when in the round.
    20,000 pounds of bananas is a story
    WOLD, and many others. He died in a car accident the day before my son was born 28 years ago last July.

    happy itunes buying

  90. Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen – or anything at all by Cohen

  91. Kimberley Helms says:

    Horse with No Name by America
    Killing Me Softly by Roberta Flack
    Cruel Summer by Bananarama
    Anything by Ben Taylor (not in year range but I have to introduce him to anyone I can)
    Hollywood Nights by Bob Segar
    Fancy by Reba McEntire
    Home by Cary Pierce
    Thinking Over Dana Glover
    Touch Me in The Morning Diana Ross
    Virus of The Mind Heather Nova
    All You Zombies Hooters

  92. Celestine Getty says:

    Anything by Niel Diamond will make me knit faster…How about forever in blue jeans? If you can download a whole album make it Hot August nights…

  93. Anything from the Beatles! Woot woot!

  94. Nothing Else Matters, Metallica
    Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles
    .-= Ptinutz´s last blog ..Aie Caramba =-.

  95. Hi,

    my current favorite is the title song from Fame as they are previewing the movie. Can you still remember the series?

    .-= Karin´s last blog ..Julia/Julie Project =-.

  96. dawn in NL says:

    Broken down Angel by Nazareth
    (D’you like instrumentals?) I will return by Springwater
    Vienna by Ultravox
    Joan of Arc by OMD
    Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers

    eclectic enough for ya? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  97. My Sharona
    Buddy Holly’s entire back catalogue
    .-= Genny´s last blog ..Hip to be square* =-.

  98. Since You’ve Been Gone-Clyde McPhatter
    A Lover’s Question-Clyde McPhatter
    Cara Mia-Jay and the Americans
    Where to Now, St Peter?-Elton John
    This Magic Moment-Jay and the Americans
    Sukiyaki-Kyu Sakamoto
    My Pledge of Love-Joe Jeffrey Group
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Feather Challenged =-.

  99. Turn Me Loose – LoverBoy
    Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

  100. Violent Femmes! Esp these songs: Country Death Song, Black Girls, Gone Daddy Gone, 36-24-36, I Held Her In My Arms and American Is. ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Secret Garden Shawl =-.