Friday, August 24, 2007

Washing RED Panda Cotton

er ummm... the official name is Lacquer Red.
I think this photo is gorgeous on several levels - the socks - the workmanship, the design, the shape, and then the presentation!
i adore oriental brocades and this is just exquisite - and do you see the wee bits of red right below the toe on front sock?

yum. that's photo composition, and of course lures me into more reading on Katie's blog

but most impressive of all is that Katie's dh kindly did the wash and there were no shrieks of dismay .... i always used to do my first sock wash in the bathroom sink, and it's nice to know i can omit that step!

blessings, :L, laura
back to my own knitting - baby socks with puffin [2nd pair of set] and me socks in Panda Silk.
I am already planning Dobby feet though.. mismatched pair.

a contest

hey Sockies!

Come play Show Us Your Socks! This contest is on my sock group sockathon... by midnight pdt 9/1/07, you need to email me pics of your ongoing socks.

We will then put up a poll. The socks voted the top 2 or 3 will win their knitters sock yarn from CPY: Panda Cotton Maizy Panda Wool.

the sock shown above was knit with two colors of Taos

blessings, :L, laura

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Radiant Twist socks - ooh!

These are just lovely, aren't they?? This is Panda Cotton in Rosewater, knit by Sophiamom at Radiant Twist - the design is Meida.

This pair ofsocks made me think of a Victorian shadow box - how pretty they'd be framed, LOL.

er, umm... maybe i need sleep instead of blogging, esp since i was up knitting Panda Silk socks until 4 am. but i couldn't stop. my fingers were having too much fun!

blessings, :L

Panda Wool Sock Visions - Part 1 Aug. 22

This first sock is a Panda Wool anklet CrystalPalace Yarns-AnnNorling.

Next is this gorgeous sock by Janet B, and she's used the Circus colorway of Panda Wool found here . The design by Nancy Wild is called tumbling blocks and can be found with the many

other FREE patterns at the Crystal Palace Site

This yarn is a joy to knit with - and i love the colorways.
The spectacular design below is by Janice Kang and is called Crystalline Lattice. Next is another Ann Norling pattern, in the pretty Basil Curry Colorway.
The inset is a fun sock i'm working on "in my spare time" that uses 3 different colors of the panda wool.
You can see the lovely cinnamon reds and the fern green and the white. I had to set the sock aside at this point, where heel is next.

Did you know that the Panda Wool is also available in natural hanks for those who want to do their own dyeing!?
blessings, :L, laura

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Panda Silk

These are progress pics through Clue 6 for the Mystery Shawl KAL. You can learn more at Knitflix, where Bogie also has fun pics of the CA State Fair.

These pictures are of Panda Silk and Debbie's adventures as she knits and moves. It is just so luscious! You can read more at EmbellishKnitshive.html

I probably showed you these before, but this is a test swatch i started with the plum color.

blessings, :L, laura

Monday, August 20, 2007

star search sunday

My choice for today was knit with panda wool.

The pattern is Vinland, and the socks were knit by Stephen and are on the blog HERE

What i particularly liked, besides seeing two finished socks, was the admission of frogging, and the detailed texture in a sock with a slightly patterned yarn. I also tend to change needles to make socks do what i want... instead of decreasing st count for the foot, i will drop 1/2 needle size [in us #].

blessings, :L, laura

my own stuff is right now slated for publication - or submitted - so it's in the confidential zone and can't be shared. maybe i can find something to share soon!

Oh yeah, it's a fun blog read too.