SOCKS and other favorite things by Barbara Monajem

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For our big holiday gift basket, I had to choose some favorite things. I have tons of favorites, but some (such as pets) aren’t shippable, so I chose books, cooking/baking, and socks.

Books – well, duh. Books are my great comfort, and writing them is almost as comforting as reading them. I was thrilled to be included in a dessert cookbook, so of course I contributed a copy of Bake, Love, Write to the gift basket.

Not that I consider it a comfort read; I’m on a low carb diet, so it’s actually a source of agony temptation (which I have resisted so far).

Mrs. Beeton's Plum Cake My recipe is for Victorian Currant Bread and from what I fondly remember, it’s very good.

I love cooking and baking—although I have to admit, I don’t want to do it every @#$%& day. But since I contributed a cookbook, I had to give the winner some assistance – so I added some bright, cheerful-looking utensils.

Last of all – socks! I love socks. The only item on my bucket list is to be able to knit all kinds of socks, even the ones with (gasp) heels. My first effort, years ago, was argyle socks with heels. Only an inch past the ribbing, my yarns got so tangled that I gave up.

Years later, I tried an ordinary pair with heels, and I even had help that time, but I gave up on that pair, too. Now, I’m sad to say that I don’t think I’m going to achieve my goal. Every time I look at a pattern with heels, I shudder and ponder starting another pair of tube socks. I’ve made two pairs so far, and in spite of the occasional dropped (and usually picked up later) stitch, they’re wearable.

socksAnyway, I included some socks in the basket, but I didn’t make them. I wouldn’t subject an unsuspecting stranger to a pair of my homemade socks. (There they are, on the left). Besides, it takes me months to make a pair, and the basket had to be ready this Christmas. So I bought a couple of pairs. Still, they’ll keep some lucky person’s feet warm!

For a chance to win the basket, answer this easy-peasy question: What is the title of the cookbook to which I contributed a recipe? Click on Romantic Pursuit in the right hand column to fill in your answer.

P.S. I forgot to mention that I’m doing a Goodreads giveaway of the anthology Improper Christmas Nights, which contains two of my novellas, Under a Christmas Spell and Under a New Year’s Enchantment. Two copies are available to entrants in the US and Canada. Go here to enter! (

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Barbara Monajem started writing at eight years old. She has wandered from children’s fantasy through mystery to paranormal and historical romance. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and feline strays.

19 Responses

  1. Maggi Andersen

    Such comfy things socks. I wouldn’t have the patience to make them though. 🙂

    • bmonajem

      Sigh. I know what you mean. I used to have more patience, but that particular virtue seems to have deserted me.

    • bmonajem

      Hi, Laurie. I used to knit mittens when I lived up north. I even managed a pair of gloves once. Socks should be easy, right? Nope. Not for me.

  2. Donna Killian

    I crochet but only doilies, doll blankets, and make some doll dresses several years ago. I can’t knit. So if you knit socks I would say that is fantastic…Bye and have a great day….

    • bmonajem

      Hi, Donna. Wow, you can crochet doilies! I’ve made a few granny square quilts, but doilies are too complicated for me. 🙂

  3. Ally Broadfield

    I’m impressed by your knitting efforts. I can crochet in a straight line, but that’s it. So I can make a plain scarf if I try really hard. That Victorian current bread looks good!

    • bmonajem

      LOL, Ally. Sometimes I wish I still lived in a cold climate so that knitting scarves would be worthwhile. I like knitting scarves — they don’t have heels.

    • bmonajem

      Thanks, Sandra. 🙂 Maybe I’ll start a new pair over the holidays. Or maybe not!

  4. Collette Cameron

    I love comfy socks but I don’t knit. I ruin more socks by running around the house in them without shoes. The heels are always getting holes.

    • bmonajem

      Yes! Me, too. The heels and occasionally the toes. I don’t wear my hand-knitted socks without slippers because they’re too precious to ruin. 🙂

  5. Alyssa Alexander

    I love your homemade socks! I’m a total sock person. The thicker and fluffier the better–but then, I have freezing feet. Good luck with the heels!

    • bmonajem

      Me, too — chronically freezing feet. I even wear socks in bed sometimes.

    • bmonajem

      Yes — I’ll bet they come in handy in the frozen north, Violetta.

  6. JoannaM

    I wish I could crochet. My grandma made the loveliest dollies but I didn’t inherit the talent nor the patience to do it. And the same can be said about her cooking! LOL I’m sure whoever wins that basket will love the warm socks, and that book of course 😉

    • bmonajem

      Hi, Joanna! My grandmother made socks (with heels!) for me and my sisters. I sure haven’t inherited her talent. Sigh.