Sunday, May 17, 2009

Joy = Pleasure

A synonym for joy is pleasure, defined as
1. the state or feeling of being pleased.
2. enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking; gratification; delight.


And there has been pleasure today. Just like Peaknit and Cupcakefaerie, I've fallen for this book.


Which, of course, led to this.

good morning
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Good morning delicious French Toast! Rowan even got out of bed for this. Yummy! Seriously decadent. I planned for this yesterday when I bought that nice big loaf of French bread at the market.

And since there were blueberries at the market yesterday too....well....

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Ooops. That is not quite how it is supposed to look. I obviously didn't grease the pan enough (hey, I never said I was perfect!) and the top stuck to the bundt pan. Oh well, I just flipped it over and improvised. Luckily, this wasn't planned for a party or something.

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I doubt Dad and my coworkers will mind, since it looks like this on the inside...delish!

But the pleasure does not stop there. I also finished my Cotty socks. I heart this colorway!

Cotty

Cotty

Cotty

Pattern: Cotty by me
Yarn: Socks that Rock mediumweight, colorway Beached
Needles: US 1.5

Its been exciting to see people knitting my sock pattern! And I absolutely love how it works with STR! And so, to keep the happy going, let's have a contest! I'll be giving away some Socks that Rock this week! Simple contest.....let me know what is bringing you joy lately or what you are finding pleasure with! Leave me a comment by midnight, this Thursday night, and I'll pick a winner on Friday!

ETA: Contest closed as of midnight PST. Winner will be announced tomorrow here on the blog!

Happy happy!!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits

149 comments:

turtlegirl76 said...

Ooh Beached looks great knit up! Hmm...you make me hungry for cupcakes or something. Maybe I'll make some muffins.

As for joy? Right now, the only thing giving me joy is Tylenol Sinus Congestion & Pain medicine. I hate being sick. But this stuff at least gives me back the pleasure of breathing.

Susie said...

Love the socks! The colorway is just lovely.

pdxknitterati said...

I'm finding joy in a weeded and mulched flower bed. Doesn't sound like overwhelming joy, just quiet, happy satisfaction with a job well done. Or almost done...

Knitting Kris said...

Lovely socks (and the food loves fabulously yummy)!
I've gotten joy wearing my new FLS made out of STR Thraven Heavywt - love it!
Have a great week!

sarahdiannej said...

Beached looks great! Lately what's been giving me joy is knowing school's almost out! I have seven days left until summer, when I baby-sit and buy yarn!

Jocelyn said...

I want to make French Toast right now. :)

Joy these days come in the form of hugging the kids, esp with the thought that in a month's time there will be a distance of over 3000 miles separating me from them for the first time since they were born.

I'm stocking up on hugs and kisses every chance I get.

Beverly said...

I'm lovin' those socks. I may have to knit me some. What's making me happy right now is reading a beginning spinning book in anticipation of the arrival of my new spinning wheel. Can't wait!

Andrea said...

For me, joy has been relaxing, especially with my knitting. I've been finding that it really helps me relax, and thanks to my years playing stringed instruments, the muscles in my hands are up for the long hours of work.

I've also been finding joy in watching the flowers on my balcony grow, along with hummingbirds discovering our feeder.

Alicia said...

Knowing that my boys get out of school after this week and I will be spending lazy summer days with them is bringing me joy!

Anonymous said...

I also have been baking lately and also have returned to visiting the various farmer's markets. We are lucky enough to have several fairly close by and even on weekdays, to fill in with the fruit and veggie needs.
My joy today is gardening for the birds and having several boxes of newly hatched babies to monitor. The parent birds are very conscientious! I also have witnessed 5 different hummingbird types in one day! That was a joyful first for me.

Tece said...

Just so you know, I'm not anonymous...I'm Tece.(see above)

Bezzie said...

Oh yum! It all gets mooshed in your stomach anyway right??? ;-)

Nice socks!

peaknits said...

mmm, that french toast - isn't it grand?! And your cake looks wonderful - wish I were there with the milk!

Jackie said...

Wow! Everything looks really yummy!

Shirley said...

Knitting the Simple Yet Effective Shawl (in fingering), my first shawl, is giving me joy these days. My love of Noro yarn is akin to yours of STR :-)

punkin said...

That looks yummy...

Joy blossoms when I have the perfect yarn for the pattern and the feel of the fiber makes my hands happy.

Your sock looks great.

adrienne said...

joy is finding the right pattern for the yarn! the pleasure would be in knitting it.

or maybe eating some of that delicious stuffs you made!

TinkingBell said...

Joy? Well good food and wine (always), but mostly my kids - and even better - my kids wearing things I have knitted for them. And the crisp late autumn weather down here in Tasmania. And because of that crisp autumn weather - my hand made socks bring me the greatest joy of all on a chilly morning (esp. STR mediumweight inside my boots!)

Zonda said...

Ok, drooling now for both!!! Love the socks, just may have to get Beached in mediumweight now.

Rosemary said...

Joy is finding the crazy little boy inside my husband. He only comes out to play when D is relaxed--which only happens on long vacations these days.

WingedStrategos said...

I graduated from college last weekend and I'm enjoying spending time with my family and not having any hard deadlines to work towards. I can fit in a bit more knitting that way. :)

Cindy (blackmoondog) said...

My joys as of late are watching our baby chicks, snuggling with my daughter, and planning my trip to Sock Summit.

I really like the socks! And now I want some french toast. :)

Manda said...

Sweater knitting and buttons bring me joy right now. Even though it's a HUNDRED MILLION DEGREES outside lately. I can't stop knitting sweaters... and I just bought buttons for three sweaters that need them. rock on! :)

also, the fact that next weekend is a 3-day weekend brings me joy. :D

the socks are lovely. if i can stop knitting sweaters, I might finish mine. lol

Laura said...

The baked goods look so yummy! And the Cotty socks are lovely; I love how the yarn worked up.

As for what's bringing me joy ... I'm working my first lace project - Ishbel - in STR lightweight (Mustang Sally). I'm loving it. I go sit in a room by myself (apart from my chatty boyfriend) to concentrate on the chart, since it's my first chart. And I am SO joyful when I get to the end of the row and haven't made a mistake!

sandykins57 said...

My joy this week is seeing how content my husband looks while resting with his first grandson in his arms.

Jessica said...

I'm finding joy in knitting something very, very simple in organic cotton. I've never knit with a cotton so nice and I find myself stealing time away from chores just to knit a few rows! :)

Donna said...

Combining plants for my containers to go outside gives me lots of joy this weekend. Dipit in wine coleus with a yellow and green hosta really made me smile!!! Course str makes me so joyful it's pitiful!

craftymands said...

Your socks look fabulous!

Joy, lately, is in the little things. My husband bringing me my medicine when I'm too weak to get it. The sun peaking through the clouds when it has stopped raining. My bulbs popping up through the mulch. Friends who care enough to tell you. The quiet luxury of stockinette going around.

It's really the little things that add up to some serious joy.

dianne said...

Great question Carrie! Lately I just try to find joy in the simple things of life and remember what truly matters at the end of the day. A genuine smile on each of my kids faces, a dinner shared together as a family, things I planted that survived the winter and are beginning to bloom. These are just a few of the many things that bring me joy.

Jo said...

Oh! You can come to my house and make french toast whenever you want :)

trek said...

My joy is in wearing my just finished Rockyview Socks and seeing how many Ravelers have hearted and queued them!

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ScarletFever said...

I am finding joy in cuddling and smelling my new puppy. We recently lost a dog -and having a dog back in the house has brought immesurable amounts of joy to our home. It is a LOT of work - but he is so cuddly and cute!

chemgrrl said...

Wow, people really come out of the woodwork for the chance of free STR, don't they? :) That bundt cake looks fabulous. I want some. But no good bakeries within walking distance of my office. Sad.

Okay, things that bring me joy. Recently, my beautifully worked garden soil. I just added 120 lbs of cow shit last weekend, and also working in some sand. It's so lovely now--crumbly and black and squishy. I didn't take pics for the blog because I knew you guys would think me nutso. But it's lovely all the same. Can't wait to plant!

Bev said...

Beautiful socks! My joy: working in my yard, no more leak in my shower, great knitting, and grandbabies!

cupcakefaerie said...

Oh, it all looks so delicious! I'll definitely have to put those on my list to make. I'm thinking of trying the salmon cooked in apple cider next.

Such pretty socks. Casting on soon, very soon!

(thank you, no entry for me please)

dragonxser said...

Joy is having the time to spend in my garden - the daffodils and tulips are up, the periwinkle is blooming, and the cherry and apple trees will be covered in flowers in a week or so. Can you tell I live in Canada?? LOL
Kathy

Erytanthes said...

What's giving me pleasure is spending time with friends as the school year comes to an end and seeing hard work pay off and graduation dawning! (Not mine though, I've still another year left.)

cksknitter said...

I've found joy (and gratitude) in the fact that my family has jobs in this difficult economy!
Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

Rebecca said...

I find joy in the rotten bananas in my kitchen that I can turn into banana chocolate bread! Yum!

-Rebecca
rnredner at gmail dot com

ME215 said...

So far this week I found joy in finally getting to knit yesterday afternoon while hearing the YarnHarlot speak. She just made us laugh out loud......knowing the stories she was telling applied to us as much as her.

Neuroknitter said...

Yum! For part of my joy+ride I'm reading A Homemade Life! I'm loving it. And now you're inspiring me with the french toast!! I need to hurry and get to that part so I can make it...I'm not very far into the book!

Gorgeous socks!!!

Afraenia said...

I get pleasure out of looking at my bookcase stocked with books, yarn, fabric and patterns. But I get the greatest joy out of my two girls. Baby who is just starting to coo at you when you talk to her. And big Sis who as much as she drives me nuts still makes me smile.

Kristen said...

The number one thing that brings me joy is my dog, Belle. She is always happy to see me when I come home and greets me with fully-body wags. She likes to sit on my lap, even though only part of her fits. She just makes me happy!

Elaine said...

My daughter is graduating on Sunday.

Enough said!

Turtle said...

yum on the baked goods! I had the urge to make bread yesterday morning....was delicious! and a blackberry crumble with last falls berries. Nice colorway as well!

Joy? For me at the moment it would be that things are calming down with a slightly broken gram, the sun has been out and it feels like summer with lilacs etc, and last friday i semi retired! (so i will now be broke but with time for family and the home)

tiennie said...

Lovely socks! That books looks wonderful!

Dove Knits said...

Oh my gosh, those baked goodies look so tasty! Yum!

Me, I'm finding joy in the lovely weather we're having (cool but sunny) and in my soon-to-be-born daughter's kicks :)

Lynne E. said...

Your socks and food photos are beautiful! Besides those, what's bringing me pleasure lately is photographing my finished Shur'tugal socks, and posting the photos in the Ravelry Socks That Rock Group KAL. Also I'm having fun trying to guess the colorways for some mill ends shown in the Ravelry STR Group "Flash Your Stash" topic. I'd mention knitting wips, but I'm tied up with writing for $$ right now!

Marisol said...

Yum! I love french toast! I think I must get my hands on that book for this long weekend:)

Oh and I especially love your dishes:) They are after all named after me:)

I have them too of course he he...

cpurl17 said...

I can't wait to start my Cottys!

and your baking, yummmmmmmmm

Sylvia said...

So many joys. My joy is that I got my cast removed last week after breaking my wrist. I'm 94 and so this is a wonderful joy for me to have my arm back.

Jersey said...

Beautiful weather is bringing my joy. It is so great to see spring and flowers.

Rachel O said...

I will be graduating soon That is pure joy!

Elaine said...

Yarn brings me joy

Samantha said...

Joy is what I experienced this weekend when I discovered that I can hangout with my friends in a bar, not drink, and still enjoy their company. Even if I had to lie and say my ice water was vodka on the rocks, it was an absolute pleasure to discover that my friends are still lovely and bright and funny, if a wee bit sillier, when they're drunk, and I'm sober. Now if I only I hadn't had to yell over the jukebox and could convince them all that a dinner party would be that much more civilized!

EJ said...

Wow - what a lot of joyful people! Getting good news about a potential medical issue gives me joy.

Marilyn said...

So much joy in seeing things in the yard waking up from their winter naps.

brownbear said...

The joy I am feeling right now is from the fact that I only have one more actual final this week and soon I will be doing lots of camping. I also met my master teacher today (I am student teaching next fall.)and she seems really great.

wenat said...

Joy is getting a huge project off to the printer last week. (But the flip side of that joy is the dread of finding the first typo when it comes back from the printer this week.)

Unmixed joy today was playing with my kids at the swimming pool -- 3 hours, and barely any fights or y'know, drowning.

Amanda R said...

Joy! God, my family, and slowly completely all my past due assignments for grad school are the things that are giving me joy right now! I'm looking forward to some solid knitting time in the next week.

Maria said...

Hmmm....hanging out with my teenagers (Yes, really!) Working on a quilt. Starting a couple of new projects to take on vacation. Drinking a fresh cup of coffee from my Kuerig coffee maker. Looking at the flowering crab trees in my yard. Late night quiet.

tom said...

Joy is having a few days off.

knitting fool said...

So much to be joyful about - I'm alive is numero uno.

purple-power said...

Joy is purple yarn.

Mara said...

Those are some great looking socks and goodies! What is bringing me joy right now is the rain we are getting.

Crazy For Yarn In Alabama said...

What a GREAT idea for a contest and love the socks!!!

My joy for this week is that having recently lost a relative to pancreatic cancer, a friend to a heart attack, several years after surviving, (against great odds)...lymphoma....I am rejoicing in the fact that I am here....and I am healthy....and all the little aches and pains from too much yard work or too much knitting are a good thing...and I am blessed!!

JellyDonut said...

Joy is knitting baby blankets for two wonderful women who have had trouble becoming/staying pregnant. Both families are thrilled and so am I.

BTW, my word verification is "flings." That's sort of a synonym for joy, isn't it?

Senja said...

My joy is healthy happy kids, a job I like and a helpful husband. Also our weather has finally turned warmer so I can work outside. Love the socks and the cake looks yummy!

Josie said...

Those socks are so pretty!

Lately I'm finding joy in my son -- a big 6 year-old now. Watching him play baseball, growling at the ball as he hits it, sliding into home plate, and getting so surprised when he actually catches the ball in the field that he forgets where he's supposed to throw it, makes me smile everytime I think of it!

JC said...

I've graduated from college and finished a pair on socks on the way home. I'm celebrating that.

Sam said...

Oh Man that french toast looks good! Making me hungry.

The socks look fantastic. The pattern looks great in both the multicolored and the solid.

Hmm.. Joy. My daughter's laugh, sunshine, checking things off my list, a snuggly dog, finding cute shoes on sale, beer, coffee, and like you seeing other people knit my patterns.

Carla said...

Joy is being done with my last final ever (well until I go to graduate school) and graduating this week

Lobug said...

I am finding pleasure in finally feeling the baby kick. I've been horribly sick this pregnancy, and I feel like I'm finally getting to the joy part of it. ;-)

Brena said...

I found joy this past weekend in a cuddly, lazy morning with yummy scones and old Veronica Mars episodes!

AmIAKnitterYet said...

hugging my little girl, planting my first tomato, listening to my boy play guitar/

TripletMom said...

The food looks scrumptious! The socks look yummy too.

My joy lately has been when one of the girls comes up randomly through the day just to say, "I love you mommy" - precious. I also find joy in my upcoming 10th anniversary with my hubby this year. Third, my knitting always gives me joy!

elizabeth said...

My newest joy is the hula hoop that arrived yesterday! I'm really horrible at it, but it's great fun practicing and I am really sore, too, so it's a great workout!

P.S. I am an STR virgin. Just sayin.

Angela said...

We gave my son a Golden Retriever puppy for his graduation, and he is so cute. He brings me such joy. He is so adorable.

ludistitcher said...

Watching a pair of beautiful bluebirds defend the house we put up for them and constantly pop in and out to feed their rapidly growing babies has been quite a joy for me this spring. They weren't so lucky with their babies last year, so we're feeding them and cheering them on this year. They know my voice and come to the feeder as soon as I turn my back now!

Jodi said...

Congrats on the great sock pattern! I'm finding joy in watching the ducklings zip around Botany Pond while the turtles sun themselves. Heavenly...

weezalana said...

OMG. That French Toast looks AMAZING. Normally, I'm not much of a sugar girl- except when it comes to breakfast foods!

Air conditioning is bringing me great pleasure this week! ;) But on a more serious note, I'm finding great joy lately in re-connecting with old friends. Sadly, I lost touch with almost everyone from high school and college over the years, and it's been so wonderful re-connecting with them over the past few months! You can bet that this time, we'll stay in touch!

Michelle Morgan said...

Beautiful socks! I bought this pattern and I can't wait to knit it!

CO64 said...

Congrats on your first pattern! The socks look great.

I'm finding joy in seeing all the flowering trees and inhaling their wonderful scent. The first couple weeks of spring are eagerly anticipated here in the Midwest.

ikkinlala said...

I'm finding joy in baking bread and in spending time outdoors now that it's finally warm.

piddleloop.com said...

laying in the cool grass with my basset hound, Lucy Dog...giving her belly rubs and snuggling her long ears.

Scrabblequeen said...

Joy is having finished a "big" knitting project that has stolen all of my time for nearly two months! It turned out well, which is nice, too. Mostly, joy is in the simple things: a hot cuppa tea, a movie with the family, or a drive through beautiful countryside. All of which have occured recently.

helenlam said...

Those socks look great! I love how it striped but didn't pool.

Joy is 70 degree weather after the 100 degree heatwave over the weekend...

suburban prep said...

I have read that book--FABULOUS!!

What brings me joy is to watch my 5 month old nephew. He is just such a smiley little guy. It just melts my heart to see the toothless grin.

superwoman_4002 said...

being with my family and relaxing outside with my boyfriend brings me joy... or being able to read a nice book in the park.... that's pleasurable... :D lots of things bring me joy! :)

marcy said...

Joy for me lately is the early morning sunshine on the newly blooming leaves. the greenish glow brings such promise. the kids are much better with the change in weather and their outdoor activities keep the fam busy in a happy way.
oh and did i mention the joy of dd first soccer goal? she was so proud and deservedly so!
thks for spreading joy carrie!

Sharon Rose said...

I'm so lucky - my days are filled with joy! I help make my patients happy all day long, then race home in my superfun car. I spend the evening with my cats loving up against me (the Maine Coon has the *fluffiest belly*) and my wonderful, sweet, brilliant husband snuggling and giggling on the couch. It just doesn't get much better, I tell ya.

hearthead said...

Whoo Hoo, You go girl!!! I am so VERY PROUD of you, well done!
Joy for me - hearing my husband in the next room, talking in loud, silly voices and hearing the kids laugh...and laugh....and laugh!

Joy is also a time, a time when you are with an old friend and can just "let your hair down" because you are totally comfortable and know you are loved.
(And yes, I am talking about you! I love you!)

cbknits80 said...

I'm going to say my latest joy is that I've been knitting lace successfully. It makes me happy to know that I can do something I tried as a beginner knitter and had so much trouble with, and now it's not as hard.

Hallie said...

I had a moment of pure joy last night. I was having dinner with my family last night out on the porch and my youngest (9 y.o.) was just making a mess and enjoying herself and laughing. It was wonderful. I normally try to get after her and make her be neat - teaching and training right? Well we all just let go and had fun and laughed with her. It was wonderful and I'm smiling now thinking of it again. That child brings me joy.

Cathy said...

Knitting brings me joy! I get excited about starting new projects, finishing projects and being inspired by new patterns and yarn. I also love the challenge of always learning new techniques.

Would LOVE to win some Socks That Rock yarn because I have yet to knit with it and the colorways are beautiful!

tulipgirl said...

My joy this week is in the wonderful weather we are having, watching my children jump on our new trampoline, seeing the lovely flowers in our garden and being able to have supper as a family 3 nights this week!

Your socks are lovely!

Christine said...

This week, joy = nice weather so I can weed and plant annuals, = bad weather so I can knit and finish some socks. PLUS no issues at work that I have to wake up in the wee hours to provide support. That's all I hope for this week... AND also if I win some STR!

nestra said...

Joy for me right now is - my DH being done for the year (he teaches) and having him all to myself, the budding friendship between our newest cat rescue and my little dog, and sunny mornings with coffee on the deck

knittingsiamese said...

Lately I'm finding joy in having more time to spend with my husband (because I've just recently finished school). Also there's a lot of joy in watching summer arrive with it's warm sunshine!

Kathy in San Jose said...

Right now, Joy = the idea of relaxing knitting time this summer, starting in a little over 2 weeks.

But Joy also is finding new patterns that work perfectly for you, sizing, stash, needles and all! Love your Cotty pattern; I'll get to them a little later this summer.

Poopsies said...

Joy? Well I recently (earlier this month) bought and moved into my first house... So lately my joy has been being able to pick the paint colors I want, plant whatever I want in the backyard, putting in the hardwood floors that I want, and be as loud as I want since I don't have an apartment neighbor. And at the end of the day, I get to sit on MY couch, in MY house relaxing and knitting whatever I feel like...cause its allll mine :D

browncurls said...

I'm finding joy in the arrival of summer in Michigan. Everything is fresh and green, and I'm especially loving the return of sandals and going barefoot! Not that it's stopping me from knitting wool socks though.....

Lori said...

I had the most joyful weekend visiting my mom this weekend and doing "just girl stuff" whenever we wanted! That is the most joy I've experienced in a long time!

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Love, love Beached! I am trying to figure out where to put Cotty in my queue. In lightweight Beached, of course!

And like, cupcakefaerie, don't put my name in. But I will always say that my little Monkeys give me joy, though sometimes it's a challenge to get to that joyful place with them.

And of course, I find joy in color - color in makeup and color in yarn, especially our beloved STR.

knittinginpink said...

I'm finding joy in the fact that summer is approaching very steadily and that we'll have some beautiful days ahead of us!
Your socks really lovely!

cthulhulovesme said...

I just finished up school for the semester, so I'm finding joy in organizing my stash and finally being able to knit again after about 2 months of nothing but classes, classes, classes.

-cthulhulovesme on Rav

littlelib said...

would you believe that thunderstorms are brining me joy? Thunderstorm season has started here in Thunder Bay and I love sitting in my comfy chair knitting while the thunder crashes and the lightning flashes. It just feels so good. We had a great storm last night!

Debbie said...

Right now I'm finding joy while i"m working on a really pretty lace scarf with Bamboo yarn. It's really summery! thanks for the contest. Debbie

Anonymous said...

Joy is that moment my students get a math concept and their faces light up with pride and understanding.

Personal joy is having a few moments to myself each day for reflection and/or knitting.

MnMgirl on Ravelry

Northside Knitter said...

The Coty socks are really nice!

Joy for me includes having an afternoon chat with my pre-teen daughter and listening to her laugh about something silly that happened during her day. There is something about laughter, especially a child's, that makes me happy.

Diane

TopazGirl said...

I totally LOVE your Cotty socks - am going to have to get the same yarn for them also. :)

Joy right now - I was laid off over a year ago, and an thrilled to say that I've finally found a new job!! Sure, it's part time, and much less than I used to make, but it's something, and just that one little stride has made me incredibly happy.

I also have to agree with the previous comment about kids getting out of school soon - I'll be quite full of JOY in 14 days when I don't have to get two crazy little boys up and out 5 days a week. =)

Jessica/TopazGirl on Ravelry

Mujercita said...

What brings me joy is puppy play time. At least four or so times a week, we pack my dog in the car and drive the five minutes to her best friend's house. Her best friend is a puppy, and just wild! My girl gets to play with the puppy and puppy friends, and it's so much fun to watch!

Eileen said...

I am always finding joy from my gorgeous daughters who are 4 1/2 & love their Mama! (at least for right now!)
For the last few days joy comes from the glorious weather here in NY, finally!
Now I have to make some french toast this weekend!

JanaKnits said...

I have found joy in my little girl! She is 21 months and is so much fun! It's so amazing how quickly they learn at this age! My second runner-up is knitting socks! I'm obsessed!

pbftlizy said...

I find joy in the small things that take me outside the normal grind, even if only for a moment. It's five minutes of snuggling on the couch with the kids while having coffee. It's scrapping the daily to do list to have a knitting marathon,trip to the library, or Wii MarioKart marathon with the kids. It's stepping out for a walk because the weather is so great. It's the idea you could have a gin and tonic in one hand while you do your vacuuming. At the very end of the day it's reading silly poetry by Shel Silverstein and hearing "I love you, Mommy".

crochetgurl said...

Lots of things bring me joy, but it's mainly the small ones that make me the most happy.

Recently, I've been finding joy in my new knitted sweaters that I completed. One of the FOs was a pattern that I could not conquer last year. But now I'm so proud that I'm ready to look forward to more challenging sweaters. :-)

Leslie said...

I get the most joy out of playing with my dogs. They don't know that the economy is bad, that we don't have health insurance, that Dad just got laid off. They just cuddle and play and love us.

Thanks for the chance to win some cool socks!

shmoopie13(at)yahoo(dot)com

Rani said...

Mine is pretty simple. My daughter is a struggling little thing - different from her peers - that's the hard part. The part that brings me joy is seeing how happy she is anyway. Oblivious to her differences . . . or maybe it's not obliviousness, but rather, she's joyful just being six.

MAC Mom said...

I have found joy in cooking nice meals everynight for my family. I am a Stay at home mom and can get bogged down with chores and errands, but it is relaxing to cook a nice meal and enjoy my end result.

Gianna said...

Nursing my twins.. I love the way they look up at me and smile and hold hands sometimes while they nurse :)

That cake looks awesome, had my mouth watering!

Rebecca Graham said...

Being retired and having the time for my hobbies now brings me joy. I like the socks!!

idahomom said...

Watching my kids play soccer.

cdziuba said...

I've been indulging in a Starbucks Decaf Cinammon Dolce Latte lately, and bringing it home to sip while I have my cat next to me. It really doesn't get better than that...unless I'm wearing new knitted socks while I'm sipping! :)

Martha said...

Caramel Soy Lattes are my current joy. That, and casting on a new project. :)

Alison said...

Every weekday when I finish work, I feel joy. I get to do yoga, cook, play with the cats, watch a movie/read a book. Joy.

Crown the Queen said...

I love quilting - I got a new/old sewing machine that was passed down to me and its amazing - The sounds is so nice

Noggy said...

OMG...that pic of the French Toast looks amazing. Makes me feel like running into my kitchen and cooking up a batch. Never had French Toast for lunch...but there is always a first time. rofl

With the weather here in the Pacific Northwest getting warmer I have been having wonderful hours spent gardening. Everything is coming up so beautifully. My son got the gardening bug this year and has five avocado trees growing from the seeds he saved from my last guacamole batch. They are already about 8 inches tall and seem to grow more each day.

chromiumman said...

hanging out with family

mverno said...

sunday morning eaing breakfast with the kids. something you don't have time to cook during the week. mverno@roadrunner.com

kcatlin said...

What brings me joy right now? My son, the net, couponing. How sad are the last two?

quelleheure4 said...

Having my son home for the summer is bringing me more joy than I ever thought possible!
quelleheure4[at]gmail{dot}com

Aisling said...

The French Toast looks marvelous and the socks look even more marvelous! There's a 3 day weekend coming up and that's giving me some joy right now as is the warm weather (finally).

true said...

thanks for not asking asking me to go else where and look at things I can't afford and tell about it here!
What is making me happy is my husband is turning 50 next week and I scrapped together enough money to get him a PSP3, and three games! He's wanted this system for ever and knows we just can't afford it.
I can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Joy is an interesting topic......Joy comes from the least expected source.
Socks for instance or french toast, but for me it was finding an honest man:)

shannon said...

My friends.

Anonymous said...

Love the socks, great work!

adr1001025[at]msn.com

Pam said...

what's making me happy is that my daughter just finished her freshman year at college and is back home with MOMMY!!!

pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Meredith said...

Taking long walks late at night. It has held me immensely since I weaned off pain meds I'd been taking for 3 years for Endometriosis. These socks do rock!
meredycat*lycos*com

Cassie M said...

These would work great as "sleep socks" as mine have holes in their heels!! I am joyful today because my daughter's softball team won, with my daughter contributing one run and a play in left feild!!
Cassie
cjm92995@yahoo.com

Angela said...

My new kitty is giving me joy! I just got him a few days ago. His name is Milo and he's super sweet, he follows me around all day and always wants to sit in my lap!
pleaseundress@yahoo.com

chris said...

My knitting gives me joy-most of the time! I love getting new yarn aand new knitting books sounds silly but it works1

catriona_sweeps said...

My girls and my cats always make me smile. There's nothing more joyful than love.

Anonymous said...

Spending time with my friends always gives me a lot of joy and happiness

marinelsue@gmail.com

Bakersdozen said...

Fun times with my kids. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

purango said...

My two Shis Tzus are bringing me joy now. garrettsambo@aol.com

elaine said...

I love the socks! What brings me joy is that the weather is finally warmimg up so I will be able to work in my flowerbeds.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

|chee-uh| said...

Funny...but I had a satisfying week at work and an A in school. Maybe not the typical answer but I'm happy to celebrate it all over a nice three-day weekend.
munkiknits at yahoo.com

Saffron Sweetsistersbakeryathotmail.com said...

With four kids, I have always had a hard time finding time to knit (good therapy and cheaper too!). I now have a solution...I have strategically located a number of WIP...by the bed, in the car, by the tv, in my purse, so whenever I have a spare minute, I chill with the needles. Pure joy.

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