Happy Birthday..to Me!

It is a Rule written in the book of Stephanie that I do not work on my Birthday. Thusly, today is a day off


that will look like this.

Last year on my Birthday Ken guest blogged. This year, my mother emailed me the following, which makes her this years guest blogger. (If you are an Andersen reading this, then you can save your breath. I know doing something twice makes it a tradition.)

Hello Dear:

I thought you might like a top ten list that you didn’t write, so people

could get the real skinny on ya!

1. She is a kind, loyal, generous and giving person, even when she’s not Harloting, or knitting. (I think these are different, at least some of the time, aren’t they?).

2. She is a wonderful mother, daughter, aunt, niece, sister, partner and friend. AND she’s easy to please, which may be her greatest gift.

3. Damn, she’s funny. And that wicked genetic mouth!

4. I have never seen the Harlot panic. Well, okay, almost never. Rarely, then. Absolutely almost never twice in the same day. Totally never twice in the same day about the same thing. Except if there is a knitting deadline, like Christmas Eve, or a birthday, or something cataclysmic like that. Or a writing deadline. Or spiders. Or when those girls of hers drive her to it. The point is, she is in no way a drama queen. (see previous exceptions)

5. She has a most sunny and optimistic nature (see exception above), never holds a grudge, and returns to her sunny self faster than a speeding bullet, even whilst the on-lookers still have their hair straight-on-end from the blast.

5. She makes her family and friends the most wonderful gifts…beautiful, thoughtful, intricate gifts, that are always worth the wait for the second half, or the initial delivery.

6. She has big, gorgeous, curly hair, just like absolutely nobody else in the family. We love it. Even when it’s muggy and bigger than a VW.

7. She is a multi-talented and competent woman, and we are proud of her. As a writer, advocate, knitter, spinner, cook, gardener, seamstress, handy-person, appliance-fixer, carpenter, gingerbread maker. You name it, she can do it, or she will get a book from the library and you’ll never find out she didn’t know how.

8. She is a sorcerer, who can very nearly make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. She can make a dollar scream for mercy, and turn a very few dollars into an exquisite present, an unbelievable kid’s birthday party, the best costume ever, a garden, a piece of furniture, a funky room…whatever. And all the while, she’ll never even once think to wish she had more money to make things easier.

9. She will find the good in almost anything or anyone and she works like a Trojan. We’re not crazy about slackers around here, and Stephanie leads the way.

10.She can talk the ear off anyone, and has had that capability since the age of 18 months. And very nearly all of it makes sense, at least at the time.

Happy birthday, Stephanie. Harlot on!!!!!!

Love, Mum

290 thoughts on “Happy Birthday..to Me!

  1. Happy birthday Harlot! I hope you have some chocolate to go with that knitting and wine!

  2. Another delurker wishing you a Happy Birthday!!
    Your mom’s a RIOT. Now I know where you get your abilities from…

  3. OOH, I get to the be the first comment. It’s that time zone thing:) The yarn harlot remains my favorite blog by the way.
    Happy birthday to you stephanie. You didn’t mention how many candles are on the cake??
    May you celebrate many, many more birthdays.
    sending birthday greetings from halifax

  4. Happy Birthday Stephanie!
    Enjoy your day off — and thanks for keeping all of us so inspired…

  5. Happy Birthday! May you have all the knitting time you need – may the Knitting Gods bless your Birch!

  6. Of course, it is still Tuesday. And when is Joe’s birthday exactly? πŸ™‚
    Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy your day!

  7. Happy, Happy Birthday dear Stephanie! We celebrate you and the joy you bring us today!

  8. More wishes for a very happy birthday! Have a wonderful, relaxing day (do Joe and the girls make dinner and a cake for you? – I love cakes and birthdays that last for a couple of weeks, until you have seen all of you friends and heard good wishes from all.)

  9. Wow! It’s a Birthday Parade! Happy Birthday to You! You get to be the Birthday Tyrant! I highly recommend you utulize all rights and privileges associated with the title, while enjoying your day off.


  11. Stephanie, You are awesome! I wish you lived next door- we would have so much fun! As I told you in Columbus, it is a comfort to know I am not the only one…..Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays. Kim

  12. Happy Birthday Stephanie! From a fellow June 14 birthday girl! I hope your day is full of sunshine, fabulous knitting, and moderate temps, to make knitting Birch all the more enjoyable!

  13. Happy Birthday Stephanie! I’m going to knit today in your honor! Just because I can and it will make the rest of the family scratch their heads in wonder that I am officially sitting down to knit in honor of YOUR birthday. I mean! What can they say to that? Dishes? Laundry? Rides? Too bad, I’m celebrating a Stephanie Yarn Harlot birthday. (Do you think it would go over if I called work and told them I don’t work on YOUR birthday?) I hope you enjoy it. Have a great day.

  14. Hey, Harlot’s Mum– You did a good job! Happy anniversary of the start of all that work.
    (And Stephanie, happy birthday again.)

  15. Happy birthday Stephanie! Your mom rocks. Man, I could never let my mom write a blog post about me, it would sound something like this: she sure took her sweet time making me proud; her hair would look so much nicer if she would brush it; she was a beautiful girl before all those tattoos. . . heh.
    Have a great day with Birch. It’s finally below 30 degrees here in Windsor, hope your weather is equally cooperative for working with that yarn.

  16. crawling off the couch to wish one of my fave bloggers many happy returns. happy birthday stephanie! may it be yarn-filled.

  17. Happy Birthday Harlot.
    Great blog Harlot’s Mum.
    Now we all know that grace and determination can be inherited.

  18. Happy birthday and now we know where you get your sense of humor. I loved the one that started “I’ve never seen the Harlot panic…”

  19. Hurra, hurra, hurra!
    Happy birthday! May you get much knitting done, coffee/beer/wine drunk, chocolate eaten and countless birthday songs sung. Some even in tune.

  20. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! I think the Queen has it right–we should all take the day off in your honor!

  21. Happy birthday! The world now knows how special you are because your mum told us, and mum’s always know best.

  22. (Sung to the tune of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
    We wish you a happy birthday, we wish you a happy birthday, we WISH you a happy BIRTHDAY… and a knitty new year!

  23. Happy birthday Stephanie! In your honor, I’m going to drive an insanely long ways to knit all morning. Have a wonderful day.

  24. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! May all your yarn glide smoothly through your hands, humidity be damned.

  25. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great one. I agree that one shouldn’t have to work on their birthday. Does that mean we, your loyal readers, are work?

  26. Happy Birthday from a fellow Gemini (6/9) and a very new knitter….DEAR LORD but i’m hooked….I enjoy your blog..again…Happy Birthday and enjoy your day …from central Pennsylvania (Penn State University)

  27. Happy Birthday!
    I am a lurker who reads your blog every morning while savoring the first cuppa coffee for the day. Thank you for your wonderful wit, insight and creativity!

  28. Delurking also, to say that I am moved to tears by the gifts your mother has obviously given to you – you share the same voice. She done good with you. Happy Birthday. (Three family birthdays boom-boom-boom? Let us catch our breath.)

  29. Happy Birthday to you!!!! I am a Gemini as well…
    I see where you get your sense of humor! Give hug to “Mama Harlot”.

  30. Hey, Harllllllot! Congrants on yet another spin around the sun. It’s so comforting to have you on my planet, pushing to make this place a better one.
    As to item 10, I’ve recently had cause to share your Septemeber 13th entry with several people. Yo’ Mama’s comment adds some perspective, now, doesn’t it?
    Happy Junefest season, Stephanie. You and your family rock my world.

  31. When I started reading knitting blogs, you were one of the first blogs I found. I love your humor and you are still one of the first ones I pull up to read daily.
    Enjoy your Birthday!!! Best wishes!! :0

  32. I love the fact that your mum gleefully calls you “Harlot” like the rest of us. πŸ™‚ Great guest post. Happy birthday to you – and to mum and Ian!

  33. Wow, what a lot of birthdays in a row… Happy Birthday to Ian, Mum and Steph… may you all have many more and may they always be merry.
    March and April are like that with my family.

  34. Happy Birthday! Hope you can spend the day knitting something wonderful for yourself (like Birch).
    Wow your family has a lot of June birthdays. (Like my inlaws in December).

  35. That’s funny.. my mom’s birthday was yesterday and my dad’s birthday is tomorrow! What is with the June birthdays?
    Happy birthday Stephanie!

  36. Happy Birthday Stephanie (and since I’m behind… belated wishes to Ian and your Mum as well). I see where the wicked funny writing genes came from – I almost lost my morning hot chocolate at number 5.

  37. Happy birthday, Stephanie. Now I see where you got it. I think I’ll just start another poncho in celebration.

  38. Gotta love a mom who calls you Harlot…in a *good* way ;0) Terrific list, Mrs. McPhee!
    Happy Birthday Steph, I plan on celebrating your birthday by knitting every moment I can today, even though I have about 100 other things that I *should* be doing. Now that’s a holiday!
    Oh, and Birch. Oh. Wow. Speechless.
    Have a good one!

  39. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHANIE!!! And great list “Mum”- you being the highest authority on Steph.
    Now I know what Canadians do with the weather turns in the fall…

  40. Happy birthday! Enjoy being queen for a day — you have the right, today of all days, to have others at your beck and call!

  41. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! I’m glad you have the very good taste to share my birthday with me ;>
    I think the ability to switch moods quickly is a Gemini thing.

  42. A very happy birthday to you, Steph! I know you’ll have a wonderful day. And I would love to meet your mum!! She sounds like a blast.

  43. Many, many happy returns of the day – and where writing talent is concerned, I note that the apple does not fall far from the tree.

  44. Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    Happy Birthday dear Harlot….
    Happy Birthday to you!
    A birthday song all the way from Boston.
    Have a great Birthday and I wish you many fibery gifts and gift certificates.
    πŸ™‚ Kate

  45. Happy Birthday!
    That top ten list is as much at testament to your mother’s character as it is a loving tribute to you. I guess that the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

  46. May you dance and laugh,love and knit ~~ today and everyday forevermore… Happy Birthday Stephanie!

  47. Happy Birthday Stephanie! You are me kind of gal. I NEVER work on my birthday. If I don’t think it’s a National Holiday, who will?

  48. Happy Birthday!! Today is an awesome day! It is my DH’s b-day and my parent’s anniversary.
    Have a cool, fun, fibery day!

  49. Shouldn’t today be a national holiday? Amnesty for all? Stashes freed from hiding places?
    People KIPing everywhere? Happy Birthday!

  50. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Birthday from another fellow RAOK’er!
    Hope its a wonderful day!

  51. Happy day! I hope you enjoy it to the fullest.
    Great guest-blogging, Stephanie’s Mom. Like many of the other commenters today, I can totally see where Stephanie gets her wicked ability to write humour.
    I especially like how we actually got 11 items cleverly disguised as 10. πŸ˜‰

  52. Happy Birthday. How lucky you are to have a mom that not only loves you, but clearly likes you a lot too. Sometimes the best friends we have are our family. I hope you have a wonderful day and spend the day relaxing and knitting and doing whatever else makes you smile (are you gonna have birthday cake with your wine? I love birthday cake).

  53. Have a great day, and remember that calories don’t count on your birthday. Make that a Rule in the book of Stephanie.

  54. Bonne Anniversaire!Feliz Cumpleanos! Happy Birthday!
    With three birthdays in a row, your whole family should probably just have a week-long party! And I will certainly have a margarita in y’all’s honor. (hmmm- I guess I should really have three!) Hope you have a great time!

  55. Wow you guys really rock June don’t you..! Enjoy YOUR day and your humour is come by honestly!!!
    Happy Happy Stephanie!

  56. Oh – I’ll throw another language in:
    O-tanjobi Omedeto Gozaimasu
    (Japanese for Happy Birthday!
    I hope you enjoy your day.

  57. Happy, happy Birthday Stephanie!!! Wishing you health, wealth and happiness!! And millions of more good blessings to you and your family!! Thanks for making my blog-reading mornings fun!

  58. Happy Birthday Stephanie! You were right about all the birthdays. That was a lovely tribute from your mom, now I know where you get your sense of humor. It is a pleasure to know you in blogland, everything your mom said is true πŸ™‚

  59. Best wishes from a knitting neuroscientist in Boston! Your mother’s wit and generosity brought a lump to my throat. What a treasure!

  60. Happy birthday to Harlot! ( I see that great writing also runs in the family ) Also a belated happy birthday to Mum and Brother, hope you’re enjoying the weather (that freak rainstorm has finally left, it’s now 99 degrees (farenheit) πŸ™

  61. Happy Birthday to you and your Mum (and Ian too). Thanks to Mum Harlot for raising such a wonderful daughter, mother, sister, aunt, neice, etc. And to you Stephanie – I hope you have many more. Enjoy YOUR day! Knit til your heart’s content. Drink plenty of wine. Eat much chocolate! Drink more wine. I hope the weather cooperates for you today, after all, it’s a holiday!
    The birch is lovely.

  62. Happy Birthday! I can see where you get your sense of humor and style–great blog entry, Mom. Have a fabulous day, Stephanie!

  63. Your mother is an absolute doll. I love her and you very much. And that is despite the fact that you both try to make me laugh while I’m either drinking something or somehow sick enough that laughing is a trial in itself. πŸ˜‰
    You make my knitting obsession forgiveable and even really cool. You have the gift of snark and that’s just a rare and beautiful gift in my eyes.
    At any rate, have a wonderful birthday and enjoy your cake/pie/torte/cookie. I do believe on my birthday that I shall have one of each. πŸ˜‰

  64. Happy Birthday, Harlot!
    You must know that you were the gateway to showing me that knitters *do* have a sense of humor after my tragic initial run-in with some local, very-very-serious-darling, knitters. (Not to mention introducing me to mac & cheese with mango thokku!)
    Mazel tov & many happy memories of this day to you!

  65. Happy Birthday! =) That was an awesome list from your mom, how wonderful for her to do that for you. Sounds like you’ve just got a great family all around. Enjoy your day and your family and your knitting – work will wait.

  66. Even though I didn’t know you 8 years ago when Dale and I got married, I’m glad to know that we all celebrate on this day – our anniversary and your birthday!
    Happy Birthday, Stephanie and congratulations to your mum for the great job she has done raising her family.

  67. Let me join the crowd wishing you the very happiest of birthdays! Don’t do a thing, be princess for the day. (Shouldn’t this be an international knitters’ holiday or something?)

  68. I think that is the best gift I’ve ever seen. I have daughters and I love them of course. It is obligatory after all. I also happen to like my daughters very much (my son too but there’s days y’know?) and think that’s probably the best testimonial to Steph ever.
    Happy Birthday Harlot, I’m enjoying following your train of thought. πŸ˜› I think I’ll try something and then read through your blog, and damnit girl you’ve already done it. In spades.
    HUGS, happy birthday from a fan.
    Sharon aka theREALunicorn

  69. Perhaps the nicest post ever anywhere no matter what. (Not to denigrate other posts. I’m sure there are exceptions a la your mom’s list!)
    Happy Birthday!!!

  70. Happy Happy Birthday Stephanie! Hi to Mom! Hey Mom, couldn’t you have spread these birthdays out a bit? You know like, maybe August, November, etc so you didn’t have to make too many cakes at once? πŸ™‚ hahahaha Loved your guest appearance.

  71. A happy birthday to you. You just brightened my day with your birthday – up til now not only was it associated with my ex’s BD and the day our divorce was final… not good memories. Bitter hateful memories. Can I say, June 14th was a black spot on my calendar til today? Now, I can start June 14th anew thinking good thoughts. From now on it will be US Flag Day along with my arm raised in toast to you!! Believe me, I am forever grateful. Happy happy birthday to you, deal Stephanie, and please please please have many more.

  72. Happiest of birthdays, Stephanie! In the coming year, may your yarn never split, may the skeins always last until the last row is bound off, and may your book continue to sell like frickin hotcakes! πŸ™‚
    (also, happy belated birthday to your excellent guest-writer mum and brother!)

  73. It would appear that this is the 105th Happy Birthday wish – but that doesn’t make it any less sincere or meaningful!
    Enjoy your day, Harlot!

  74. Well, that’s quite the testimonial from your Mom!
    You must have been a very good girl. Happy Brithday Stephanie, as the kids in our house spell it. Namaste.

  75. Wow, you folks must be reeling from all the birthday cake and other celebratory things.
    Happy birthday, and thanks for a year of laughs. Many happy returns (for you and for your readers : ))

  76. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! Your mum’s blog was great, and let us get to know you a little more.
    And by the way, you knit like lightning! Holy Cow!
    Go Birch, Go!

  77. Yet annother person de-lurking to wish you a very happy birthday! Thank you for the once-a-day giggle (or should I say guffaw) at work. So when does the tour make it to Canada’s west coast? I may have even learned how to knit by then (yes you have converted yet annother non-knitter).

  78. A very Happy Stalked Birthday, Steph! You’re mum is a sweetheart. Here’s hoping you get much love, pampering and luxurious yarns on your day.
    Birthday hugs from your Polar Opposite!!

  79. Happy Birthday to you! May your knitting be swift, the temperatures mild, and your hair not too wild.

  80. Hey Stephanie —
    Happy Birthday! Glad you’re on the planet with me, girl, or that I’m on with you or… you get the idea. You brighten my world and I thank you.
    And you are lucky to have such a great mom – brilliant top 10 list Harlot-Mom!

  81. Happy birthday Stephanie! It’s easy to see that humor runs in your family, your mom is just as funny as you are. Have a wonderful, relaxing day!

  82. Have a marvelous birthday, Stephanie. And your mum is a natural blogger/wit — what a card!

  83. Many very happy returns on your birthday! And I think I’m developing a small crush on your mom.

  84. Happy Birthday!
    I love you and everyone in your family that you’ve introduced us to.Can you adopt me?? They say it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

  85. Happy Birthday!! It’s also my sweetie’s b-day, and he does the same thing..NO WORK! πŸ™‚
    I’ll have to let him know that my favorite coffee table book is written by someone who shares his birthday and his birthday philosophy..maybe he won’t gripe so much about new yarn/fiber. πŸ˜‰
    Have an absolutely fabulous day!

  86. OMG, I love your mom! And doesn’t she love you?? There’s something they say about apples and trees, falling not far…
    Oh, Happy Day — Happy Birthday!

  87. Happy Birthday to you and your entire family it seems! Wine and mohair, mmmmm….

  88. Happy Birthday Harlot, and “Mamma” Harlot needs to start her own blog. Thanks for the laughs, even if I did have a mouth full of coffee.

  89. Happy Birthday to you!
    Goodness, your family has a THING about June birthdays. How did you work that out? Nevermind, I can guess.
    I hope EVERYONE had a great birthday.

  90. Happy Birthday, Dear Harlot. You and your mum are such a riot! Man, that’s a lot of cake, with that many birthdays together.

  91. Happy birthday!
    Happy birthday!
    I hope it’s a wonderful, fun filled day with amazing coffee and lots of breezes.

  92. Happy birthday to the best friend I’ve never met :). I hope I can one day be worthy of such an outpouring of affection. Knit on!

  93. What a wonderful way to celebrate your birth – with your Mum’s wonderful, brilliant telling of your gifts. You are both an inspiration.
    May the day be spectacular! Happy Birthday!

  94. Happy Birthday Stephanie!! We share the same birthday…so I’ll forever think of you on this day too!! Have a great one filled with no laundry and much knitting!

  95. Hippo birdies two ewes,
    Hippo birdies two ewes,
    Hippo birdies dear Haaaaarlot,
    Hippo birdies two ewes!
    (and many more!)

  96. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy your day off!
    You definately get your sense of humor & your ability to write from your Mum!
    I wish I knew you better…in person! πŸ™‚

  97. happy birthday!!!!!
    (um, when it’s not your birthday anymore do you think you might be able to share the mentioned gingerbread recipe? I’m a sucker for gingerbread, and always looking for another variation….)

  98. Just wishing you a Happy Birthday.I picked up your book in Montreal and read it on the way home(over an hour ride)Enjoying it very much. I read your blog every day since your trip to Newfoundland.We have been there as a family twice and my husband and I ,just the two of us, three or four times. Loved it.I never write,but thought you should know alot of us read your blog. My stash is not in cupboards,closets etc,it consumes my daughters bedroom in totes each marked mohair,handpainted,sock, etc.I won’t say how many,because you will think I am crazy,but it numbers over 10.Enjoy your birthday and all the days,as each is special and unique.Bye and good luck.

  99. Like mother, like daughter. I see where your wicked sense of humor comes from! After yesterday’s post, I have a great admiration for your mum, without even meeting her. Happy birthday, I hope it’s a wonderful one.

  100. May this be your happiest birthday to date. And thanks to your adorable Mum for raising you to turn out the way you did.

  101. Happy Birthdays, Harlot Mom and Steph! So, if both of you are that wickedly funny (and you are…), how in hell does anyone in that family get through an entire glass of wine without it coming out their nose?
    Have a wonderful day!

  102. Happyhappyhappyhappyjoyjoyjoyjoy – and that is just what you bring to your faithful readers! Here’s to the smartest, funniest, warmest and most diligent and wonderfully crazy (in a VERY GOOD WAY) fiber artist. I hope to be able to teach in the manner that you do; with humor, grace and your basic threats and revenge on any fabric that will not obey their master! Keep it up dudette – share your passion!!!!!

  103. Happy happy birthday, Stephanie! May the next year bring you much joy, love, and many priceless gifts. πŸ™‚

  104. Well, Stephanie, now we know where you get some of your wicked sense of humor.
    What a great post, Harlot’s Mom!

  105. this comment is about an old entry (i’m catching up), back in early february. i’ve taken three classes from beth brown-reinsel. she is a wonderful technical knitter, thoroughly versed in arans, ganseys, sanquhar gloves, among others. her directions are complete, well-thought-out, easy to follow, and amenable to modification. beth is also one of the kindest women i’ve ever met. if you ever have a chance to meet her, take a class from her, jump and grab. she lives in maryland, so combining it with a visit to the maryland wool festival just adds more reasons to go.

  106. Happy birthday fellow June baby πŸ™‚ I hope it’s a good one and that you are gifted with plenty of lovely knitterly things. *hugs*
    You’re mother seems to be quite the doll πŸ™‚ That’s a great list she wrote for you (with the family’s humour of course).
    Take it easy, enjoy the day πŸ™‚
    Happy Birthday!

  107. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! I loved your mother’s post. #4 was my absolute favourite. πŸ™‚
    And it really does look like you’re making Kiri in the exactly same colour as I am. This almost makes me a celebrity, right? πŸ˜‰

  108. Happy Birthday month! Birthdays are too good to be just one day And your Mum did a Great Job!

  109. Have a wonderful day, and may you have many, many more.
    Your mum seems like a wonderful woman, happy birthday to her too :).

  110. Wow, one, two, three in a row – a Birthday Trifecta! Happy Birthday Harlot Brother, Harlot Mum, and Our Dear, Dear Yarn Harlot.
    What a wonderful tribute from your mum, Stephanie. And Stephanie’s Mum, thank *you* for giving us Stephanie, she’s an incredible gift to this world!
    Oh Harlot,
    May yer knittin’ be fine, yer yarn never split
    and yer spinnin’ come easy!

  111. Happy Birthday, Stephanie. I hope that your day is filled with as much fun and laughter and joy as you bring to your readers – myself included. Oh, and I hope that there is plenty of wine. I already know there is plenty of fiber to knit…

  112. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays and the best of years. I *LOVED* number 5. I, too, am like that.
    If ever you want to share your mom, I’d love to be considered —

  113. Happy Happy Happy Birthday, Harlot! πŸ™‚
    Love your site, your book, your humor and your amazing feats of crazy Christmas knitting.
    Many more to you,

  114. Happy Birthday, Harlot!! Thank you for all that you do πŸ™‚
    Another Sincere Fan

  115. Happy Birthday(s)!
    BTW, it took half the night on my s-l-o-w Internet connection (must remedy that), but I finally downloaded the Knitcast podcast. Well worth the wait.

  116. As we sing in our family (to the tune of The Song of the Volga Boatmen):
    Happy birthday
    Happy birthday
    Sorry, misery, and despair
    People dying everywhere
    Happy birthday.
    Happy birthday.
    Well, *we* think it’s funny! πŸ™‚
    May you have many more happy, fun-filled and creative years, surrounded by people you love and people who love you!

  117. Happy Birthday Harlot!
    And I gotta ask. When’s your mum’s book coming out? Hehehe
    Have a great one!

  118. Dear Steph — Happiest of Harlot birthdays! BTW, Birch is looking fab-o.
    Elaine in NYC

  119. Happy birthday!
    Is “Trojan” a condom brand in Canada too? I won’t tell you what absolutely inappropriate comments I thought when I read number 9’s “works like a Trojan”… hee

  120. And here, the little man with the broom at the end of the parade, sweeping up the rose petals and confetti (such continent elephants, those ones bedizened with festoons of Koigu), pulling off his cap, tugging a greasy forelock and mumbling “Many ‘appy returns of the day, Miss, I’m sure.” ‘ope you basked and swigged and cast on fifteen new projects.

  121. Happy Birthday Stephanie — enjoy your day! Your garden looks beautiful. Eat, drink, knit… have your mother retell your birth story, know that you are loved!

  122. Happy birthday, Stephanie! All we all can give you is our best wishes, while you make us laugh, give us things to share a chuckle over with those around us, put a cheerful spin on our days, and make us think about how we interact with the world. Go Steph. Many happy returns (many! I think we’re past 200 of them so far here…)

  123. May this birthday be the beginning (continuation?)of many joyful years to come! May the happiness and laughter you bring to others come back to you a hundredfold! “The best is yet to be…”
    Plus….socks. Lots and lots of socks. And yarn. May tons of great yarn find its way to you, and may you always find a place to hide, er, store it.

  124. Happy birthday from the antipodes, Harlot. You make my day πŸ™‚
    BTW, love the bookbookbook. Time to get cracking on another, methinks.

  125. Happy birthday 2 ewe
    Happy birthday 2 ewe
    happy birthday dear harlot
    happy birthday 2 ewe
    (Dang I wish I had remembered from last year)

  126. Happy Happy Birthday- looks like a picture perfect day from that photo! And Happy Birthday to Mum, too. Enjoy!!!

  127. I’m a fairly new knitter, and have only recently begun to read your blogs. I’ve enjoyed them, and have gained some knowledge from your tips. I especially appreciate that you share your mishaps with us, as it’s a great way for us beginners to learn what not to do! Hope you have a great birthday! Annie

  128. de-lurking to say simply… (since everyone else has pretty much said it all lol)
    hippo birdies two ewes (or two alpacas…or maybe a couple of angora bunnies…whatever provides your fiber of choice…though i doubt one could or would want to knit much from the hippo or birdies *grin*)

  129. Wow!! Such a tribute from your mother!!! You’d better keep HER happy!!!!
    Oh Yes… Happy Birthday : )
    Thanks for all your work days on the blog.

  130. Happy birthday, Stephanie! May you never run out of fiber or break a knitting needle.
    Now I know why you’re such a wild and crazy chick–your birthday’s the day before mine! We are such lucky little Geminis!
    Have a wonderful day.

  131. I had to break my lurking streak to say happy, happy birthday, Dear Harlot, happy birthday to you. May you long bask in the warmth that surrounds you today.

  132. Happy happy birthday, from all of us to you, we wish it was our birthday, so we could party too!
    Happy birthday to the funniest gal on the web. Bar none.

  133. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (I’m singing that, at the top of my lungs, in the middle of the library. Oops.)
    Wishing you many of the best days you could ask for.

  134. Good blog gram. Happy b-day mummie can’t wait to bellow out my happy b-days tonight at dinner with the cake (hehehe) You are welcome from my friends for their happy b-days (even thought they didn’t get it at first) I wish you all the best and I hope you like your presents from everyone (you know you love us) And maybe at dinner we can force you into the hat Sam made for you (you can out the picture I take on the blog it will be like that time you got that light stuck in your hair with out the crying/laughing well hopefully laughing) And that’s all I have to say besides a very big very love filled HAPPY B-DAY MUMMIE (going to clean my room now)

  135. Happy birthday, dear Harlot. There is nothing in the entire world that beats being totally and unconditionally loved by your mother. It’s a wonderful present she gave you.

  136. Happy Birthday Stephanie from Tasmania, Australia.
    I have been a big fan of your blog since I started mine.
    Keep on knitting.

  137. Happy Birthday, Stephanie. Love those humorous Harlot genes that you clearly have inherited from your dear Mum. Enjoy your special day and make sure the celebrating spans the entire week.

  138. Happy Birthday Stephanie!
    I finished a French Market Bag today and will name it in your honor (oddly it happens that its all shades of blue *g)
    I wish you all the best, please keep on providing us with all this joy and laughter and may all your wishes come true in a way that will make you and yours happy.

  139. Okay, if I’m after the guy cleaning up after the elephants, that would make me….walking on a clean floor without my shoes sticking? I can dream. Happy Happy!!

  140. Happy Birthday! I see where you got your “wicked genetic mouth”. Your mum is a riot. Can’t wait ’til she guest blogs again (maybe when you are bookbookbook touringtouringtouring and the remote blogging system is on the fritz?). Have a great day.

  141. Happy Birthday to you !!! Everyone should have a holiday on their day. Enjoy! How fortunate that your Mom is your Mom . Savour every moment of that mother-daughter relationship as it make us what we are.
    May you knit well, love well, and eat lots of chocolate. k1, p1,

  142. I forgot to mention that your special day calls for a good dose of Screech. Enjoy!

  143. Crying out loud! I knew I’d get to the end of all these comments EVENTUALLY! ::: panting :::
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Stephanie!! May this year bring all the joy and laughter that you so richly deserve! Enjoy!!

  144. Happy Birthday dear Harlot, and thanks for the insight Steph’s mum (oh, and a belated happy birthday to you too!!!)!!!!

  145. Happy Birthday, Stephanie!! Your mother’s letter was wonderful! (I started laughing out loud at work. Received some strange looks from the woman who wanted to buy “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” let me tell you! It was so worth it.)
    I lurk around here all the time, and I met you in Saratoga, but I have never commented here before now. I think you’re fabulous and I hope you’ve had a truly spectacular birthday!

  146. Have an awesome birthday/birthweek. I think we should all celebrate our birthdays for a week; favorite foods, favorite people, favorite clothes that someone else washes, favorite yarn no matter what it costs, no cleaning, breakfast on the porch, a little nap, play with the cats, knit, watch a rented movie, talk on the phone f-o-r-e-v-e-r to whoever; just generally dig people being nice to us!
    I’m knitting catnip nice in Noro silk garden to celebrate your birthday; then I plan to tweak my customers who are tweakable!!
    Happy Birthday again you terriffic harlot woman!

  147. What a busy month for you all! I hope you have a very Happy Birthday (and make sure Mum gets a hug for a great post πŸ˜‰ )! πŸ™‚

  148. Now I absolutely know for sure where your sense of humor came from! Hair as big as a VW? I am laughing my arse off! Happy Birthday! BTW was everyone in your family born on consecutive days? Just wondering…

  149. Hippo, Birdies, two ewes!
    Hippo, Birdies, two ewes!
    Hippo, Birdies, Hippo, Birdies!
    Hippo, Birdies, two ewes!
    Knit on, Harlot!

  150. best wishes for your birthday!
    at what point does the harlot and extended family sober from almost a full week of revelry???
    yours is a truly karmicly blessed family!
    party on harlot and company!
    the silk tee and the birch look simply amazing!

  151. Happy Birthday, dear Stephanie!
    You’ve certainly got the right idea. No one should work on their birthday. I try not to! I grew up in a large family (6 siblings), and the one day we were treated unequally was on our birthdays. Our parents made us feel very special — just like your wonderful mum! Enjoy your day!
    (from steamy, sultry, hair-expanding Michigan)

  152. Oh my. I love #4. Heck, I’d love to have any of that said about me by my mom.
    Have a happy birthday… and 2 times makes it a tradition in the Snyder family too.

  153. Just adding myself to the mighty chorus of people wishing you a happy birthday. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your day off.
    (I’ve been slacking, happy belateds to your mother and brother as well!)

  154. Happy Birthday, Stephanie.
    Thank you for creating this virtual living room and allowing us to hang out with you.
    Also, I think now we know where you got your sense of humor. WTG Mum! Happy Birthday to you, too. oh and to Ian, too.
    Do you guys share a cake or is it just partypartyparty, cakecakecake all the time??

  155. (singing very off key)
    happy birthday to you
    you live in a zoo
    you look like a yarnharlot
    and you smell like one too
    (that would be wool, and kitties, and right now, sweat)
    (might be time for a chat with mr washie, and mr bathtub, lol)

  156. It’s a good thing I’m so nuts about my mom, otherwise I’d have to co-opt yours. Happy Birthday, dear Stephanie! You’re one of my favorite people ever.

  157. I am adding my voice to the masses who are jamming up your inbox at the moment. Hopefully I may be heard.
    A huge happy Birthday to YOU!

  158. Happy Birthday!
    Next year, give us notice and we’ll all take the day off and knit!

  159. (Mel.Happy Birthday to you)
    Gratulerer med da’n,
    gratulerer med da’n!
    Gratulerer, kjοΏ½re Stephanie,
    gratulerer med da’n!

  160. Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag Stephanie!
    I gather you’ve had a wonderful day…. I hope your next year is as filled of wonder and happiness as this last one was.
    Congrats’ to you a Renaissance woman!
    Monika, Richard and Huxley

  161. Happy birthday!! We Geminis Rule! (I’m June 12, smack dab in the middle of your clan!)
    Have a terrific day and enjoy your knitting (and if it gets too hot, you can come down to Boston where the high is now listed as 69F).

  162. May you have the very happiest of birthdays, Stephanie, and many, many many more to come! 40 years from now I hope to still shuffle to my computer each morning to see what the Harlot is up to. You have given all of us one of the nicest presents of all…your blog!

  163. Oh dear… I don’t remember if I commented yesterday. Geez… A day late and a dollar short (seriously, got a buck I can borrow?)… Happy Birthday Harlot. Your blog and the knitting blog world in general has expanded my horizons in ways I never could have expected or explained and for that I thank you. Here’s to many more years of the Harlot (Oh, and one for a future bookbookbook, “You know you knit/blog/lurk too much when you have a knitting dream in which the Harlot, whom you have never met, appears and makes you laugh.”)

  164. Happy Birthday! Just so you know, the hair straitening I tried last year lasted only a month. I, too, have the hair of a VW bus. Thanks again for your emails about tea and um…positions.
    I loved your Mum’s post! She IS a great writer, too.

  165. I know I’m late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANYWAY! If you’re like my sister who celebrates her birthday for an entire WEEK and makes darned sure that everyone else around her follows suit (just on HER birthday), then I’m not late at all! :-).

  166. Happy Birthday, Stephanie!!
    Baby Jamie and her Momma!
    PS! Momma was asked out on her first date on June 14, which is flag day in the US! Happy Flag Day!

  167. Happy birthday. You are blessed with a wonderful mom! She’s very cool and quite a good sport as well. What a gift!

  168. Happy Birthday! June 14 was also my grandmother’s birthday, but she was born in 1900!

  169. Happy belated birthday Stephanie!
    Sorry to have missed your special day but I was on vacation and am just now catching up on the blog. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  170. Stephanie, belated happy birthday! Like Jackie I was on vacation and only getting around to reading my Bloglines subs… Hope you and Birch had a relaxing day!

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