Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lovely Scarf by Pam!

These lovely pictures and the great work are by Pam C, whose blog is WeaveSpinDance. She's using the Jungle colorway of Mini-Mochi and a free pattern from
MMochiCrochetFlowerGardenShawl which Pam converted to a scarf. I am so enamoured with the colors and how they've played off each other.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

well, the first batch of our '50 Socks' CD books is enroute. I started with copies to the designers of course, and then to the first set of buyers. Will have another big pile to mail on Monday, including several international: Canada, Australia, Germany, Norway, & UK so far.

Anyway, now that i can wrap my brain around knitting more fully again, i've finished some lovely treats. Here's a new Mochi-+ argyle hat. The free pattern is here ArgyleHat and i also posted info on my RAV pages [drlaura]
I have selected the Neptune colorway of Mochi-+ and Lapis blue in the new PlusSolids to knit this hat for my DH, as he really likes it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gallery of Socks!

Here's a preview of the Sock designs in our new CD/book '50 Socks - 50 States' (and More).

It's kinda funny, but I've been so busy working on this that i feel a little like the groundhog coming out of his burrow now!

There's that bright sun - well, today it's SNOW!!

anyway, you can see more at various places on RAV, and we plan KALs for the book on both RAV and our CarefreeKal blog.

For orders or info- email to proflaura AT firststepinternet DOT com

or you can just go to
or info - or go to Paypal with the appropriate total from the following:

1. $27.18 for US First Class
2. $30.40 for US priority
3. $27.46 for Canada First Class
4. $29.41 for International First Class

blessings, :L,

Saturday, December 12, 2009

#2 ornament!

we have up a free pattern for a lovely Holiday Ornament, designed by Radka Chamberlain (laceandcables).
Now Cathy Campbell (cathbellknits) has made a 2nd version has been knit, and i wanted you to see it. Note how she flipped background and contrast between the top and the bottom!

Knitting this could be a fun 'lesson' for colorwork stranding too!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Make Socks ...

Fun new sock pattern! Here at MakeSocks

I used Crystal Palace yarns Panda Superwash in #2013 dark knight and #2004 mint print for this design. colors for Panda Superwash

would love to see some other strongly contrasting colors!
I think the design would also work well with Panda Cotton & Panda Soy as well as Panda Silk w/ smaller needles.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Pretty roses!

This is a very sweet pair of Panda Cotton socks, by Beadntat-onRAV
I have to say i love that colorway myself! This design would also work if you wanted to add solid trim in Panda Cotton solids, like foliage or tropical peach.

PS if you're watching, the BURN has begun! woohoo!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

new socks in book

Return of the brain .... i've been so focused on the book we're doing for so long that it's kinda like waking up and looking around again!
anyway, these are some socks i designed that you can find in this lovely new book by Lark Press.
editor's named my socks 'Breakfast in Bed'. if you look at another pic you will see Lovebird motif on the top instep.
used Panda Superwash , and you could also use Panda Silk.
i am especially pleased as they're as comfy as they are pretty. [and for once i have 2 matching socks! LOL.... Nancy Bush said all she owns are sock singles!]


holiday shopping? or cold hands/warm heart?

here are some great pattern ideas for you - from our own CathBell - on her
Rav page CathBell on Rav

First up are these gorgeous Houndstooth gloves!

They're are made with Crystal Palace yarns - Panda Silk and Panda Superwash.
the link to get the gloves pattern is HoundstoothGloves

Below is a lovely set of fingerless mitts Cathy calls "Eyelet Shorties".
The link for the Eyelet shortiespattern is EyeletShorties

these look like a fun quick holiday gift!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

holiday ornament!

Radka C (laceandcables) designed this lovely FREE ornament to knit with Merino-5 yarn from Crystal Palace... love the idea of knitted ornaments!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mochi Plus Fan Shawl

i love love love love love LOVE this yarn... [er, did you know i really like Mochi + ??] it comes in wonderful colors, so that i just can't stop knitting to see what color is next!!
and it makes designs soooo pretty! The pics here illustrate this!

Gail Tanqueray designed this Fan Shawl, and we showed it to you in Panda Silk - here it is now in MochiPlus

oh my!

This is a simply smashing and innovative new hat design by Sandi Rosner - it's a spiral!
She's used only two balls of Mochi Plus here - in colorway tropical ginger

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

new fingerless gauntlet.

I've called this design a gauntlet as it's longer than a typical fingerless glove or short mitt. The reason for the extra length is to protect one's arms from the coat-glove gap!! [that horrible place where the cold wind whistles in and you're not covered] of course they're fun to wear any time!

the yarn is the new Mochi+, in the rainbow colorway, and only one color is used, with fun of using different color sections from two balls.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

50 socks- 50 states and more

Here's a flier with some great photos of our upcoming sock book!
we're moving along well towards a 10/31 publication date, and mailings thereafter.

blessings, L
Dr Laura

Saturday, September 19, 2009

new colors coming!

these are the coming new colors for Panda Superwash.
I've just finished a sock with the Blueberry pancakes, and really had fun! Yum!
working on another in Fireworks now.
Leaf Shade Lake Trail

Berry compote blueberry pancakes

BBQ sauce Fireworks

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Update on "50 Socks - 50 States" book

This is by Becky Yoder, and is for North Carolina, "great smoky mountains".
this is by Cathy Campbell, and is Maryland Blue Crab
This is by Michelle Fischer, and is Cape Cod Bay, with lighthouse on heel!

This is Connecticut Rolling Rocks, by Sheila Piasecki
This is Pennsylvania Man's Embossed Moss Hiking Sock.

we're working madly on book with goal of release by 9-30, so keep your fingers crossed!
the socks and patterns are all just brilliant!

Mini-mochi fair isle hat and mittens!

These are just wonderful, aren't they? !
MMochi fairisle free pattern
The design is by Sandi Rosner, who's also written some very popular & inspirational books, including
"Not Just Socks",
"Not just More socks"
and "Not just socks for kids", all three of which I found on Amazon.