Monday, July 09, 2007

Panic and Forgetfulness (and a Contest!)

The panic portion of this post relates to, of course, Sockapalooza. As much as I love the Rib and Cables pattern, the idea of finishing one and a quarter fingering-weight socks in the next two weeks strikes a little fear in my heart. I really think I ought to put mine in the mail a little early if possible, because my sockpal lives outside the U.S.

Would it be lame to switch to DK socks? Would your opinion be influenced if you knew the DK socks in question looked like this?

The yarn is Cider Moon Glacier, my favorite yarn EVAH, and the colorway is June Carter. The pattern is Sulafaye's, a link to which appears in the previous post. These will have a picot cuff. My sockpal likes picot cuffs. Hmmm... I want to be a good swapper and get my package to her on time. I could never live with the ignominy and shame attached to being a Swap Finker.

Moving on to the forgetfulness portion of the post, I completely forgot my Blogiversary! This past week, I've been blogging for two whole years. Yay! Let's have a contest!

Leave me a comment sometime between now and midnight on Thursday. Because I want pressies for my blogiversary, I want you to give me one of these things in your comment:

1. A summer reading recommendation!
2. The name of the last CD/music download you bought and loved to bits!
3. The name of your favorite Etsy seller!
4. Your favorite non-knitting podcast and why!
5. Any combination of the above!

Through the magic of the Random Number Generator, I will select two people to receive a skein of Cider Moon Glacier in the colorway of their choice. Winners to be revealed on Friday!

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Anonymous Rebecca said...

There are so many summer reads out there that have left lasting thoughts for me....Cold Mountain, The Gold Coast would have to be my favorites....try will love them.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Carla said...

Okay- my book rec. will be the soon to be out Harry Potter!
I adore Sopie's Toes yarn sold on etsy dyed by Emily Parsons.
I really don't download music- However I love listening to the slate podcasts the best is on friday when they do the political gab fest!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Gena said...

I think the socks look great, and I don't think it would make any difference that they are DK. That is, I wouldn't be upset about it if that's what I got in a swap.

Music I love and recently purchased - "Because of the Times" by the Kings of Leon. A really gritty rock band from Tennessee (a bit of an aquired taste, I'm afraid)

Or, "Twentysomthing" by Jamie Cullum. Modern jazz out of England. All the musical instruments you hear (except for a few random things) are played by him, and his raspy voice just makes him to die for!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Trick of the Eye by Jane Stanton Hitchcock. A fun mystery read.

Fav etsy seller...Sunshine Yarn

Happy Blogiversary!!


3:25 PM  
Blogger ingrid said...

Happy Blogiversary! If you haven't read them yet, The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is excellent as is Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen. I just bought Serena Ryder's album "If Your Memory Serves You Well" and it is absolutely fantastic.

3:28 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

happy blogversary!

i haven't read anything other than photography books this summer and i haven't bought music in months. but here's my favorite etsy seller:
she's a friend of mine and makes the cutest little characters and frames. she does custom orders as well.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Worsted Knitt said...

Happy Blogiversary! First of all, I don't think it would be lame to change to DK socks - it's lamer to have the socks arrive weeks too late...
Well, something to read for the summer - Kafka on the Shore by Murakami Haruki. That really hit me!
And some music to go with it - I'd recommend Tori Amos' American Doll Posse definately!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jess Poskozim said...

Well I'm bummed that those socks won't be for me since I live in the US. I think the Cider Moon is gorgeous and the picot cuff will be great with it. As for a summer reading list... Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan or the much anticipated Harry Potter book.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Aura said...

Happy Anniversary, bloggy!

Summer reading - this is a kid book, but one that adults are meant to enjoy, and written by Chabon (Kavalier & Clay guy): Summerland.

Music: Although it's been a few years, Elbow's Leaders of the Free World. They are stunning live in concert.

Favorite etsy seller: Her Ankh colorway for her sock yarn rules!

3:42 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

ok here's my answers:

1. For a good summer read I highly recommend anything by Laurie Notaro - she's hilarious.. and it's very very light reading - perfect for summer!
2. This is embarassing. Jtimb's sexyback. Yup. But it's great for when I'm walking - keeps me moving and motivated to get my own sexyback. So. Embarassed.
3. Hmmmm... i haven't really ordered anything from Etsy yet...
4. Haven't really gotten into the podcasts yet, either - I've listened to Lime and Violet before but that's about it.
5. Do you realize that Glacier is on sale right now? Yup. I couldn't resist and bought 2 skeins. I mean it's on sale!

3:45 PM  
Blogger amy said...

for summer reading i would go with the Debbie Macomber knitting related books (that is what i am reading now, quick, easy reads). Totally cheesy reading, but hey isn't that what summer reading is all about? :)

as for the last CD i loved, i have to say the arctic monkeys. i love, love them.

that's my 2 cents...

3:52 PM  
Blogger Margene said...

Congrats on your Blogiversary! I'm a big fan of DK socks...go for it.
Neko Case Live in Austin is my fav so far this summer. Just finished The Madonnas of Leningrad and found it very good, sad and fascinating. I stay away from dangerous;-)

3:52 PM  
Blogger Yarnhog said...

Love the socks! It wouldn't be lame at all.

Happy Blogiversary! For summer reading, The Painted Veil. Last music download: Not Ready to Make Nice by The Dixie Chicks.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Seanna Lea said...

I think you can get your socks done in time! I just started mine and am nearing the 25% mark, but we have about 24 days. You'll be fine!

As for podcasts, I am a fan of PodRunner. It's usually about an hour of music at a certain BPM (beats per minute), which I use when I go jogging. It helps keep me on the mark for pace.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Yay! Happy 2 yrs! Flies by right??

Ok, so for books the #1 is obviously Harry Potter! But if not, I really liked the Time Traveler's Wife... it's an older book but one of my faves.

The last song I d/l from iTunes was "Boston" by Augustana. I know it must be a good song because they used it during the fireworks display along with Sesame Street. :-)

Those socks are so gorgeous and I love the color. What a lucky pal!

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Erika said...

Those socks are beautiful! I am sure your pal will love them. My book recommendation is Water for Elephants, but I see that Ingrid already mentioned it!
So, the last CD I bought was Patti Smith's Twelve. It is excellent.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

Ooooo, I love that pattern. Very pretty. Happy blogiversary! I just finished (Eat, Pray, Love) and loved it! I received the new White Stripes for my bday from Felicia at Phoenix and love it. It's great for running.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Hmmm...I love a picot cuff! Maybe you're my pal? I do love the pattern you're knitting! Your pal is lucky!

My favorite etsy seller is probably Sunshine Yarns! But I also love Good Athens Soapworks!

Happy Blogversary to you!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love that June Carter colorwary, yum!

My favorite non-knitting podcast is Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! from NPR. And I am hoping to read the Kite Runner sometime this summer.

My most recent record? Autumn Defense- either of them. Love them to bits!

4:42 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

happy blogiversary! the last cd i bought and loved was the new panda bear album. if you like animal collective, you'll like this - it's the same people. it's good! and summer reading? hmm...i recently read the new barbara kingsolver book, animal, vegetable, mineral, and i enjoyed it. it's probably not her best book ever, but it totally inspired me to start my own vegetable garden, and re-inspired me to buy as many local fruits and veggies as possible.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
Those socks are going to be very cute and I think your swap partner will be very happy to have them!

Summer reading - I've been reading the Debbie Macomber Good Yarn series and I think they are perfect summer reading. Light and fluffy and about knitting!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Happy blogiversary! Here's my presents for you:

My favorite summer reading book ever was East of Eden but my go-to summer reading author is John Irving. I've been saving Cider House Rules for my upcoming trip to Maine. I also just read Wicked by Gregory Maguire and loved it. I have been in a bit of a book slump, so this one really yanked me out of it.

My most recent download was both Arcade Fire albums. Love. Them. I know I am really late on the AF train, but I am pretty sure I am the only member of the PTA who listen to them.

My favorite non-knitting podcast is This American Life.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

One of my fave books ever, though I don't think I read it during the summer, was Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong. I just started A History of God by the same author and so far it's pretty good too. If you're into religion (as in, the study of) she's a good bet from what I've read so far.

And to echo another commenter, I recently finished A Widow for One Year by John Irving and I'd recommend it as well.

5:06 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary!

I think the socks look great.

I can try a summer reading recommendation, I guess, although I usually have a hard time being specific. The last novel I really enjoyed (re-)reading was Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere." I like short stories and essays for summer reading - if you fall asleep in the hammock and the book closes you're not totally confused about where you were - but at the moment I can't think of any really good anthologies. I've also been reading a lot of cookbooks lately.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

Favorite podcast is, hands down, This American Life. Don't know if that counts, as it's officially a radio show, but I only ever listen to the podcast.

As for summer reading, have you read any Zadie Smith? White Teeth and On Beauty are both excellent.

The last album I bought and loved was Of Montreal's "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer", but after being introduced to Pandora Radio in your last post, I'll probably have 10 more new albums I love by this time next week.

Socks are beautiful, btw. I think this is the first time I've commented on your blog, though I've been lurking for a while.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

well I haven't read it yet but I'm looking forward to it "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".
And music...well if you've ever heard his voice you'll understand why I love it "Everything" by Michael Buble. And I've only purchased from one etsy dealer "Perchance to Knit" she has great service and wonderful yarn. I've never listened to a podcast (I know, I must be the last one on earth).

5:32 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

not new releases, but i recently bought and am currently loving:
handsome boy modeling school - white people
band of horses - everything all the time
joanna newsom -ys

i'm reading bitchfest and a thousand splendid suns right now, i would recommend both.

5:45 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

Well, really, I could recommend books forever, but I just posted about one of my favorite authors, Susan Dexter, this weekend. She's sadly out of print, but well worth looking for if you're at all interested in fantasy books. (Really GOOD fantasy books.) Otherwise, I tend to want to read old favorites during the summer, like the books I was reading during junior-high . . .

Music, well, I found the "Music and Lyrics" soundtrack to be remarkably good, but otherwise, I've been on a Paul McCartney kick lately.

I don't have a favorite etsy seller, though I buy more jewelry than anything else. And I don't really listen to podcasts at all--I'd rather be reading words on the screen and listening to music/watching tv, than trying to read and listen to someone chatting at the same time. (And, I knit mostly in front of the television, and anyway, detest wearing just about every type of earphones, so podcasts away from the computer just aren't viable options.)

Happy blogiversary!

6:00 PM  
Blogger K8 said...

Happy blogiversary!

1. I love rereading the Harry Potter books - they're fast and entertaining. And I know them well enough I don't need to really concentrate. Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation is a good read too.
3. I like Wee Ones right now, the adorable clay stitch markers.
4. I've been listening to Basic Brewing Radio lately, as my group at work is going to enter a brewing competition. It can be a little dry at times, but it's interesting to learn what goes into making beer.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Hmmm... DK weight socks will be fine if your pal lives somewhere that gets chilly. I'm also beginning to panic about getting done on time for Sockapalooza! Must. Knit. Faster.

I highly recommend the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It's about a young guy who joins the circus during the Great Depression. Really interesting and very well-written.

Favorite Etsy seller? Probably Fearless Fibers. Or The Plucky Knitter.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Oops! Someone already recommended Water for Elephants!

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenberger is a great read -- very enthralling, so it's best if you can just sit down and read the whole darn thing in one (or maybe two) sittings.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (by Mark Haddon, I think) is an interesting book, as is Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin (non-fiction). Both books deal with autism.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Libby P said...

I'm entering your contest! My favorite Etsy seller is Fearless Fibers for sure, I got some great sock yarn from her as well as lovely lace weight and very friendly and prompt service. Congratulations on your blogiversary! My blog is a baby, check it out at


6:12 PM  
Blogger mary said...

Happy Blogiversary! My favorite etsy shop? It's a toss up between Zero Stitchmarkers, because they are seriously fabulous jewelry for knitting ( and the Jolly Ewe for some great hand-dyed yarn ( Have a great week!

6:24 PM  
Blogger Ludmilla said...

Happy Blogversary!
I already cast on for those socks with the Cider Moon I won (was saving it for the perfect pattern and, thanks to you, I found it).

Can't post the name of the last music download, as yours is a family friendly post.

Quirky Nomads is my favorite non-knitting podcast. I don't even wait to download it; I listen online. (She's erratic in posting, so download 'em all, to tide you over the non-QN periods.)

Thanks for the contest. I love having an "excuse" to post and say Hi!

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Melissa ( said...

The sock looks great and my fav etsy seller is: emmafactrix. AMAZING jewelry! Oh, and happy anniversary!

6:36 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

Hi Laura! Happy Blogiversary! I just bought Suite Francaise. Looks really great! i've read a lot of the recommendations above and there are some terrific ones there. Hope your summer's going well!

6:55 PM  
Blogger Debbi said...

I adore that sock pattern! Thanks for the link. :)
Summer read: Pest House by Jim Crace
Non-knitting podcast: NPR's Kitchen Window
Hope that you're having a great Summer!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!

My favorite non-knitting podcasts are:

Law of Attraction Tips

because it helps keep my mind focused on what I want and to stay positive


The Parelli Weekly Savvy Podcast

for the same reasons, except it's about horses.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Estelle said...

The socks look great! I'm sure anyone would be thrilled to receive them.

I've been reading the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, and I highly recommend them, IF you haven't already read them. (I realize I'm a little late to the party.) "Outlander" is the first book in the series, in case you didn't know.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sock looks amazing. Love those colours.
I just got Australia artist Missy Higgins new album and it is really amazing. She is such an amazing talent.
Happy Blogiversary!!! :0)

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Ingrid said...

Happy Blogiversary!
I would like to recommend the Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. This is the first book in a series and is in diary form. I really loved this series and was so sad it was over when I finished reading it. My workplace has been passing the books around and everyone who reads them becomes hooked.
The last thing I downloaded was Amy Winehouse' Back to Black..really great for when you're in a soulful or sassy mood.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

I think the sock looks awesome, and any pal would be happy to get it. As far as summer reading goes, my favorite by the pool author (or anytime author) is Michael Connelly. He writes detective fiction. It's fab. Oh, but if you're looking for something nice and silly, any of the Sophie Kinsella books would be good (the Shopaholic author). My favorite /only non knitting podcast I listen to is Chub Creek. It's hillarious!

8:15 PM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

you know, i missed my own 2 yr. blogiversary ! what a dork ! but, anyhoo ... i can recommend some summer reading ... as i'm reading, and very much enjoying, diana gabaldon's _outlander_. it's the first book of a saga that involves history, highlanders, time travel, and ... well, i'm only on pg.427. when i read, i want to escape, and be turned on to another time, customs, historic background.
this is a great contest! it only requires us contributing to some very useful lists for you :)
happy knitting!

8:44 PM  
Blogger peaknits said...

I'm a sucker for contests but even more so for Cider Moon:) I recently finished Campfire Socks in the June Carter and these are on my "to do" list!:) I recently read and loved Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - also enjoyed The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I like the Paul Simon Collection for easy listening, but I think Amy Winehouse could be another winner. Favorite non-knitting podcast? I just don't listen to any that don't include knitting, a time management issue. Yarntini would be a favorite Etsy seller along with loose string. Happy Blogaversary!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

Happy Blogiversary! My summer reading recommendation is "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. It's not a light read, but it is excellent.
As for a CD, my husband and I have been enjoying the soundtrack from "The Departed." A nice mix of great tunes. One of my favorite Etsy sellers is "Fearless Fiber," as well as "Three Owls Knitting." One of my favorite non-knitting Podcasts is NPR's "On the Media." I am somewhat of a news junkie, and this show tells it like it is with insights that you don't find elsewhere.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I love that pattern, it looks great. I'm sure your socka pal won't mind (I wouldn't!).

My latest download was a bunch of Ingrid Michaelson--Grey's Anatomy & Cast On podcast fame.

I'm scanning your comments for a good book review.... I am stuck and haven't found a good summer read, yet.

Gotta love the Cider Moon. What an addiction to have (and it is on SALE now!).

Happy blogaversary!

9:08 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Well, I'm sure you could finish those fingering socks. But the DK socks are gorgeous too, and I don't think it would be lame to switch to those. So basically, I'm no help at all, because I could go either way!!

Happy Blogaversary. My new favorite Etsy seller is The Plucky Knitter. I'd love her colorways even if she didn't name some after Gone with the Wind and others after classic literature and cool rock songs. :)

9:18 PM  
Blogger KarenK said...

Summer reading recommendation: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khalid Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner).

Happy Blog-iversary!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Dr. B. said...

Happy Blogiversary! So glad you're on the world wide web!

As for recommendations -- I've had it for a while now, but that Corinne Bailey Rae record is lovely. And I fell hard for Elliot Yamin on last year's American Idol, so I love his record, too.

There's a great book called "Slow is Beautiful" that isn't really a "summer" read like a Bridget Jones is a summer read. But I've found it to be nice breath of fresh air (non-fiction style).

And, I love those socks you're making. Who wouldn't?!

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary!

As for summer reads, Jane Austen is always atop my list, Mansfield Park in particular. There's nothing quite like curling up on the beach and getting completely lost in the story.

Last record I bought and loved was Camera Obscura's Tears for Affairs. Just something about them that gets me every time.

10:22 PM  
Blogger bunchkin said...

Happy Blogiversary!

My favorite recent download is One Last Drink by Enter the Haggis. The only song about a dying man that will make you want to get up and dance every time!

11:09 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Hiya, Happy Anniversary! I say this:

--the dk socks are fabulous, no finking in that.

--read: No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

--listen: Neon Bible by Arcade Fire


11:46 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Hi Laura! That's a good-looking sock. As for your present, I'll recommend a song that I downloaded today: "In the Beginning" by K'naan. I dare you to sit still while listening to it.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

Music - Neko Case "Blacklisted"
Book - The new Harry Potter arrives July 21

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Love the pattern , love the yarn, love the name of the colourway. It's all good, and double-knit is twice as warm. I wouldn't cry if it were mine.
Book: Sheri S Tepper (my favourite author) has a new book out, called 'The Margarets'
Music: Crowded House have a new album coming out tomorrow (July 10). I've not heard the whole thing yet, but it's Neil and the lads; how can it be bad?
Happy Blogiversary!

12:48 AM  
Blogger katarinaw said...

My summer reading recommendations are "Never Let Me go" by Kazou Ishiguro, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safron Foer and "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides. And if you've never read them: all five books in the Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. A must!

3:15 AM  
Blogger Terhi said...

Happy Blogiversary! I would love those socks. :-)

I just finished reading Alexander McCall Smith's first Mma Ramotswe book, The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and I really liked it. Perfect for summer!

3:45 AM  
Anonymous kris said...

happy two years! woo hoo! and the dk sock - drool. go for it!

i am reading the historian by elizabeth kostova now - but only when it's daylight ... and i'm not alone in the house ...

and podcast-wise i'm trying to learn spanish by listening to!

4:02 AM  
Blogger reluctantMANGO said...

Ok, first, the DK socks are gorgeous, and I'm sure your pal will LOVE them!

Second, happy blogiversary!!! My two latest music downloads were the Travelling Willburys re-issue (2 discs) and the Album to save Darfur full of John Lennon covers. Very good.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

I don't shop ETSY, I don't listen to any non-knitting podcasts, I don't often purchase music to download, BUT I just finished the BEST book! It's "Water for Elephants", and the author is Sara Gruen.
Happy Blogiversary, and thanks for the contest:)

6:37 AM  
Anonymous brandy said...

1. Bright Lights, Big Ass by Jen Lancaster. (look it up on amazon for the full title - it's funny)
2. The Devil's Workshop Big Band- this jazzy band is full of my friends and they just got on i tunes.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Jenny Raye said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!

Book recommendations: I finished The Knitting Circle recently and found it incredibly touching and well-done. Later learned it's semi-autobiographical, which would explain why I felt so drawn in.

Creepers by David Morrell--excellent thriller about urban explorers and an abandoned hotel. I stayed up until 2 am one night finishing this one! Real page turner.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Happy blogiversary!

Have you ever read any Christopher Moore? If not, start with Fluke.

My favorite recent downloads of music are somewhat embarrassing for a 38 year old mom of two. Sexyback by Justin Timberlake, Give it to Me by Timbaland and Ramalama (Bang Bang) by Roisin Murphy I highly suggest checking out Ramalama it's beyond fun.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Happy blogiversary! Those socks are going to be gorgeous -- great match of yarn to pattern, and I personally like DK socks, so don't let that bother you. I recently bought several sock bags from:
They're wonderful, made from fun fabrics and very sturdy. She also does some very nice yarns, which I might also have purchased. :-)

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Happy Blogiversary! Book suggestion: The Bottoms, Joe Lansdale. Excellent summer read! Takes place in the steamy south.
Last CD bought & loved to death: Wincing the Night Away, The Shins.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Purl said...

Happy Blog-Day! I also love Sunshine Yarn. Another Etsy purchase I love is a wristlet wallet by Blissful.

Books: Middlesex (great storytelling), Never Let You Go, and Thousand Secret Suns. If you want to dig into a great story that will take you a long time: Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth and the Raj Quartet by Paul Scott. Both are really long, but transport you to India in a fantastic way. I was so sad when all these books were over.

10:53 AM  
Blogger knit_tgz said...

2. The name of the last CD/music download you bought and loved to bits!
The one from Mika!

11:10 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

Wow, 67 comments already! Happy Blogiversary, sugar! Mine is coming up soon and I also almost forgot about it. Haven't decided about a contest yet since have been in a blogging funk, but am happy to enter yours! I agree about the DK socks...better to have them done than be late. And since that Cherry Tree Hill DK sock yarn is still sitting enticingly in my knitting basket, I'm interested to see how yours come out!

Well, I've already raved to you about Ritmo Latino, my favorite nonknitting podcast. Eclectic mix of music from all over Latin American and the U.S. The book I'm in the middle of reading is The Hummingbird's Daughter, by Luis Urrea. He is one of the *best* writers I've come across recently, hands down. Also, Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon is beautifully written.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Arianne said...

Totally and 100%ly would I love those socks if I were your swap pal! Knit on!


I would like to recommend "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. I found it really good, and spine tingling!

And a perfect book in every way: "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins. One of my all time favourites.

And if you're willing to get stuck in to a long book with adventure and really wild things (as well as a fantastic plot, the storylines are woven together perfectly!) then I also recommend "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas.


11:42 AM  
Blogger knitography said...

Happy blogiversary! The cider moon socks are beautiful, I'm sure your sock pal will love them.
Now, on to your questions:
1) If you haven't read the Time Traveller's Wife yet, I would read that one. If you have, or if you need more recommendations, the Jasper Fforde Thursday Next series is fantastic.
2) The last CD I bought was Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible". I love me some Arcade Fire.
3) I have never bought anything on Etsy but I would love to buy something from this seller:
4)My favourite non-knitting podcast is probably "Rewind" from CBC radio. You never know what they are going to play, and it's always awesome.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Happy Blogiversary!

It's not a new recording, but I'm desperately in love with Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

My favorite nonknitting podcast is Hmmm.... Krulwich on Science. The show discusses some interesting science factoids in a very amusing way. Each episode has a general storyline and they use sound effects for extra entertainment.

Happy Blogiversary!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

GORGEOUS SOCKS! I'm a Harry Potter Geek, so I'm socking along with that one.
You know...and thong knitting...

I've not heard of Cider Moon Glacier! I have to go hunt for it. Whoo hoow!

LOVE The Chaucer Quote!

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

DK or fingering, those socks are gorgeous -- she'll love them no matter what!

As for a summer reading recommendation, I am a very seasonal reader, and summer is reserved for British mysteries. Therefore, I would suggest any of Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. I am particularly in love with Murder Must Advertise, but they're all pretty good thus far. (Except for Five Red Herrings. That one, not as much.) Enjoy the reading!

1:45 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

No suggestions from me so you don't have to include me in the contest. I just wanted to wish you a very happy blogiversary!

4:27 PM  
Blogger gretchen said...

Son Volt - Okehmah and the Melody of Riot. Sooooo gooooood.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Sharon Hurlbut said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I've been reading along for quite some time but I'm not sure I've ever left a comment before. For music, check out The Ditty Bops. I downloaded their song Sister Kate and my entire family loves it (my youngest daughter is named Kate). It's impossible not to move to this music.

6:07 PM  
Blogger alison said...

Happy blogiversary! Those socks are gorgeous. I'm sure your pal will love them.

For summer reading, you could try "Knit Fast, Die Young" from Mary Kruger.

My latest music download was a whole bunch of songs from Harry and the Potters. (All Harry Potter related, of course.)

6:08 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

happy happy! you should read Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski. it chronicles a reporter's search for the truth behind why an anthropologist doing research in thailand killed a missionary family's son.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Let's see. I haven't had time to do summer reading, although I have a copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini on standby for when I get time. :)

The last CD I downloaded and love is Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts.

My favorite Etsy seller is Deb at Fearless Fibers. Gorgeous hand-dyed yarns. I'm saving up for some cashmere lace. :)

The only non-knitting podcast I listen to at the moment is the Big Brother 8 Podcast ( published by an acquaintance of mine from

The socks are beautiful. :)

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

Happy 2 Years! We're nearly blog-twins.

My rec is the podcast for This American Life. It's perhaps a bit cliche to recommend this, but holy shit the show is so good, and you can download the current ep for free (old episodes cost a buck), and listening it to it on your own time is very very pleasant.

And you should check my blog for book recs :) I just finished Race of the Century, which is nonfic, and was quite interesting and enjoyable.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Heather Lynne said...

Midnight Rain by Holly Lisle
If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
Talyn by Holly Lisle
Stardoc by S. L. Viehl
The Rama Series by Arthur C. Clark
Nightlife by Rob Thurman
Ghosts in the Snow by Tamara Siler Jones

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Malena said...

Sting's Songs from the Labyrinth is one of my favorite ever. Now, I have really varied tastes in music - I love 70's rock, 80's alt, Nickleback & other recent artists, celtic music, classical, jazz, reggae, - but this one is perfect for a rainy day, or for relaxing, or knitting, or sleeping. Very old world, with music and singing written by John Dowland from the late 1500's and early 1600's.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Def go with the DK. I did that last round. I don't think it's cheating--I actually like a thicker sock in the winter.

As for the contest (whee!):
1. In a week, I will be recommending Harry Potter. For now, I just finished Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, which was pretty good.
2. Because I am like 2 years behind, I just downloaded The Killers' Hot Fuss and have been listening it to bits.
3. A couple of Michiganders on etsy: artgoodies and Hip to Piece Squares
4. This American Life! (Because I don't have to remember to be in my car at 1 on Saturdays)

10:27 PM  
Blogger Designated Knitter said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I love the DK sock! Wonderful pattern and colorway.

While Ilove to read, my favorite book so far this summer is an audiobook. I've read a lot of the knitting mysteries and such and been disappointed. But I downloaded "The Invisible Wall" by Harry Bernstein and I'm really enjoying it.


11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

salutations and felicitations on the blogiversary. for a fab summer read, pick up Love Walked In- (not what you think its going to be)though i am blanking on the author. as for music, the new Richard Thompson. i love love love all of his CDs and am happily anticipating a tour on the heels of the new release. suec

11:25 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

Well, damn it. That means I missed my blogiversary, too. Well, I suppose the 2nd annual contest will commence upon my next blog post (which is ready but waiting for pictures). Wheee! Happy Blogiversary to you, my first blog friend. :)

I am really diggin' those socks--and don't think there's anything wrong with them being DK.

I just sent two books that I love to a friend for summer reading: The Time-Traveler's Wife and The Other Boleyn Girl. Excellent reads.

p.s. Holy crap, there's a lot of people who read you blog! ;)

1:53 AM  
Blogger Philippa said...

1. If you haven't read it, you could try The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir. It's beautiful, bittersweet, sometimes quite shocking, and a great insider's guide to Paris and her brightest stars after the second world war. Maybe not the most obvious summer read, but I read and loved it lying on a wall in the Lake District last summer and it was absorbing, mesmerising and strangely comforting at a difficult time.
2. The last music download I bought and loved was The Postal Service's 'Give Up'.
3. I've actually, um, never bought anything from Etsy. But I have often gazed longingly at this yarn,, although currently there doesn't seem to be any there which is just as well for my wish list.
4. I like audiobooks. So Librivox and also Penguin Podcasts ( are good.
Hope you had a very happy blogiversary, whatever you were doing.

5:11 AM  
Blogger Philippa said...

I started reading everyone else's comments and there are such good recommendations there! I have to go to work now, but what a treasure chest you have accumulated!

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! Your socks are beautiful. I always find your work inspiring.

1. I like non-fiction, which doesn't seem to fit the "summer reading" category. However, I just finished "Flags of Our Fathers" in honor of my dad. It's a very good book.
2. My "all-time" favorite CD purchase is "twentysomething" by Jamie Cullum. (Catching Tales is also great.) He mixes pop, rock, and standards all with a jazzy piano influence.


8:17 AM  
Blogger SusanKnits said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I would be proud to wear DK socks in that colorway -- think of them as "rich" rather than "thick."

I can't help with summer reading or Etsy sellers, but...

I recently downloaded Lucinda Williams' "West" because I just couldn't wait 12 hours to go buy the CD. I love her rough soulful voice anyway, and these songs are absolutely perfect -- lovely melodies, low-key instrumentation, heartbreaking lyrics.

And my favorite podcast of any flavor is "This American Life."

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Long time reader, first time commenter.

My summer reading suggestion is "The Time Traveler's Wife." It's a few years old, but so compelling. It's going to be made into a movie soon.

My favorite Etsy seller is Emily Parsons. I'm so in love with her American Patchwork colorway.

The last music I downloaded was Feist "The Reminder." High quality, plus the video for "1234" is fanTABulous.

The non-knitting podcast is a tie between "Wait, Wait! Don't tell Me!" and Coffee Break Spanish, I think. "WWDTM" because, well, I love NPR, and CBSpanish because I took four years of it and need a refresher.

I think that's it!

5:48 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

Oh, great idea for a contest!

1. Middlesex
2. Gossip, "Standing in the Way of Control"
3. blackbirdletterpress
4. This American Life. cliche, as Minty said, but that show is fucking solid. you cannot go wrong.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Happy Bloggiversary! Love the colourway of the socks, although I have to sound a note of caution and say not everyone is keen on DK weight socks - anyway of finding out how your pal would feel? A good summer read, The Poisonwood Bible. Can't think of any answers to the rest of them I'm afraid.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Soulknitting said...

Happy Bloggiversary!!! My favorite book for summer reading is "The Life of Pi" and non-knitting podcast is 'coasttocoastam'.

Really, anyone that can write about being in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for days is pretty incredible. And C2CAM -- full of the 'other' UFO's!!!

8:04 PM  
Blogger Marin said...

This comment has the potential to be novel length. I shall show restraint. I shall limit myself to one CD and one book:

CD: Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, "The Dust of Retreat"

Book: Natalie Angier, "Woman: An Intimate Geography"

Oh, heck. And one podcast too:

Podcast: Penn Jillette on FreeFM

9:07 PM  
Blogger ~Kristie said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary!

Reading: East of Eden by Steinbeck
CD: Bon Jovi
Etsy: Fearless Fibers
Podcast: ScrapHappy because she's just so much fun to listen to.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Tanis said...

The greatest cd of all time is "the band. greatest hits". I never get tired of listening to it. Keep up the good work!

9:42 PM  
Blogger knittingphilistine said...

Oh, SO made it before midnight!!!
1. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
2. Um, yeah. This is SUPER-easy: FEIST!!! Get her new cd NOW. You will LOVE it.
3. Two Little Banshees
4. Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and This American Life, because they both entertain me to no end.
5. Yay, blogiversaries!!! Mine's coming up in a few days!
x o

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Lori on Little Traverse Bay said...

Happy Blogiversary, Affiknitty!

Good summer reads: The Dressmaker by Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck and Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon.

Good summer music: A Hawaiian Tribute to Sublime by Livins EZ. (My son bought me my own copy because I coveted his.)

Good summer jewelry: OK, this is really favorite Etsy seller: Twisted Lily Designs (handcrafted jewelry by Heather Chance). Lovely!

Whew, just made it!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Miss Janelle said...

Happy Blogiversary!
Ooohhh, a contest!
I recently fell in love with an off-the-wall, unheard of band called "Neutral Milk Hotel."
I know, it sounds odd, but their music is really great.
Check it out!
Love your blog!
Way to lure out the lurkers like me!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Obviously I am late, far too late for it to matter to ME, but to YOU I wish you a happy "blogiversary"!

I read a fair amount, as you may know -- and I see that you have already gotten quite a number of recommendations, of every size, shape, and color! For myself, I am pondering a long reread of the Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael series....

I still get my music the 20th century way, on CD -- but I do highly recommend Putumayo's "Paris" CD, an enchanting selection of new cafe/cabaret-style music. Putumayo is often more than a bit hit-and-miss, but this one's a winner, smoky and languid and charming, just what I imagine a Paris cafe to be.

11:39 AM  

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