good-bye 23, hello 24!

It’s my birthday today (August 1) and I’m saying good-bye to 23 – it was a very weird, up and down kind of year. Hello, 24 – I hope you’re a good year.

And, well, it’s starting off with a bang! It’s been awhile in the making (not that long in publishing terms, I think) and even when it came out for pre-order on Amazon I didn’t say anything. But hey, it’s my birthday, what better day to announce that…

I wrote a book!


Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting ( link) comes out in September! (Here’s a link for my fellow Canucks.)(And one for the Brits.)

(But if you wait a little bit and order it from lettuce knit, I’ll sign it for you!)

I’m freaked out, people. But assomeone gently reminded me the other night, it’s too late now to worry about it!

So all I can say is, I hope there are still knitters out there who want to learn how to knit socks, need a new sock reference, want some new sock patterns (there are a dozen of ’em), or, y’know, just want to buy my book!

My first book. Freaky.



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95 responses to “good-bye 23, hello 24!”

  1. Jessica Avatar

    Congratulations! That’s an awesome accomplishment.

  2. moiraeknittoo Avatar

    Oh my gosh that’s fabulous!!! Congrats and I hope this year brings you all the wonder, joy, love, happiness and wonder you can stand! :D

  3. Anya Avatar

    Oh my, you just turned 24 AND you wrote a book???!!! I am not sure which one is more exciting but CONGRATULATIONS on both occasions!!! And let this year be less of a roller-coaster for you!

  4. Ingrid Avatar

    Congratulations – what an achievement by the age of 24!

  5. Emily Avatar

    Happy birthday and congrats about the book, too! I just love your sweater patterns and I’m sure your book will be awesome as well.

  6. Vanessa Avatar

    Congratulations on your book!!! And Happy Birthday, too!

  7. bellamoden Avatar

    Congrats! How did you land this book deal, anyway? :)

  8. Cynthia A Avatar
    Cynthia A

    How wonderful – and exciting!

    Congratulations, Laura!

  9. tribaltaisan Avatar

    Congrats on the book! That is amazing news and I cannot wait to read it!!

  10. Susannah Avatar

    Oh congratulations! And happy happy birthday!! I just turned 22 in June and gosh I can’t imagine writing a book within two years. Awesome!

  11. Vilma Avatar

    Congrats for the book and happy birthday!

    I’m sure there are lots and lots of people who have always wanted to learn to knit socks, but haven’t quite gotten the idea from written text. It’s so much easier to show how it’s done with pictures. What an awesome idea for a book!

  12. Cassy Avatar

    Congratulations! And happy birthday. I look forward to seeing your book on the shelves. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and I’m a big fan.

  13. Dani Avatar

    That’s awesome Laura! What a fantastic birthday present!

  14. Michelle Avatar

    We have the same birthday! So Happy Birthday! :-)

    And congrats on the book.

  15. Carol Avatar

    Happy birthday!! And congratulations on the book! It looks great. Not many are published and by 24 as well!

  16. Linda B Avatar

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on your first book. I’ve recently gotten back into knitting and socks intimidate me (I’m lazy and like easy patterns). I may have to give them a try now though :-D

  17. Andrea Avatar

    Congrats on your book and have a great birthday!

  18. Kathy Avatar

    Happy Birthday Laura! Congratulations on your book! Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves!

  19. Adriana Avatar

    Happy Birthday and congratulations!! What an accomplishment.

  20. Ashley Avatar

    Happy Birthday! Its my birthday too!

    And congratulations on the book! How exciting.

  21. naomi Avatar

    Congratulations and happy birthday!

  22. ~Jo~ Avatar

    WOW! Congratulations on writing a book about sock knitting. Can’t wait to see it in stores. :)

  23. Georgiana Avatar

    Congratulations and felicitations and all that… what a wonderful birthday present!

  24. denny Avatar

    Happy Birthday, see ya later.

    And big (((hugs))))) on the book.

  25. Kelly Avatar

    Happy Birthday Laura! What an auspicious way to start your year. You are a very talented lady! Congratulations and best wishes!

  26. cici Avatar

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday are in order. I don’t think you have to worry about the need for more socks,, each day the sock popularity encreases and there are more of us. We Love Socks. I look for to the book for sure.

  27. grumperina Avatar

    Happy birthday, and what fabulous news!!!

  28. Allison Avatar

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  29. JenBrenneman Avatar

    Happy, happy birthday! And congratulations on the book. This is a great series of books and I know yours will be a smashing success!

  30. Ivy Mae Avatar

    Wow! That’s wonderful! Every time I show a friend how to knit socks I use a combination of everything I’ve learned from your blog. Now I can just teach from the textbook! Happy birthday, too. 24 was definitely a better year for me than 23.

  31. Angie Avatar

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Very cool.

  32. Carrie Avatar

    Happy birthday and congrats on your book! It looks awesome! Socks are definitely one of those things that you need to SEE when you learning – I bet it’s gonna be a hit!

  33. Jacey Avatar

    What a great birthday for you! Here’s to your 24th year, and the success of your book!

  34. mick Avatar

    Congrats! That’s so cool. I really love the “Teach Yourself Visually” series; they’re what I used to teach myself to both knit and crochet, and I recommend them to every beginner knitter I know. I’m sure the book is great!

    And happy birthday!

  35. sari Avatar

    woohooo! that is awesome!
    and happy birthday :)

  36. Rachel H Avatar
    Rachel H

    Happy Birthday! Pretty damn cool to see your name on the cover there too.

  37. tina Avatar

    Yipee! Congrats! I just ordered your book, can’t wait to get it! Enjoy every day of 24!Keep following your bliss!

  38. Nelly Avatar

    congrats on both the birthday and the book!

  39. Rosa Avatar

    Congrats! That is so thrilling! I wish you much success–and at 23! Amazing!

  40. hesira Avatar

    Happy Birthday! and Congratulations!

  41. Lindsey Rose Avatar

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations! That’s really awesome!!

  42. Luci Avatar

    Wow, Laura! Happy Birthday and congrats :)

  43. Stephanie Avatar

    Awesome! And happy, happy birthday! If it’s any consolation, the year I was 23 was pretty rough, but a lot of good things happened when I was 24.

  44. Wannietta Avatar

    That awesome Laura – congratulations!!

  45. Bertha Avatar

    Wow, I had no idea you were even writing a book! I’ll definitely buy it! Congratulations! And happy birthday too!!

  46. Julie Avatar

    Oh wow! congratulations, and happy birthday! That’s incredible news.

  47. Thistledown Avatar

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations!!!

  48. marisa Avatar

    Oh, how exciting is it to see your name on a real, published book!! Congratulations and happy birthday!!

  49. gleek Avatar

    happy birthday! and congratulations on the book! that’s quite an achievement.

  50. rebecca Avatar

    happy b-day fellow leo, my b-day is tomorrow! hope you have a fantastic day.

  51. Wanett Avatar

    Well, Happy Birthday to you!! That’s great news, that I don’t know how you kept quiet. I can’t wait to check it out,

  52. Wendolene Avatar

    Happy birthday and congratulations on your book!

  53. Laura Avatar

    Yay awesome! Happy Birthday! It has already started out as a great year, right?

  54. Carmen Avatar

    Happy birthday!!! And, yep, I’ll buy your book!

  55. Anna Avatar

    Happy birthday, and congrats on the book!!! I’ve enjoyed seeing what you knit here, so I’m sure your book will be great!

  56. LindaS Avatar

    Way to go !

    I’m definitely in need of a detailed knitting book!

  57. Cara Avatar

    Wow! Congrats and happy birthday! This might just be the book that pushes me over the sock-knitting cliff! Er…edge…

  58. Abbe Avatar

    Happy Birthday and a big fat congrats on the book! That is really an amazing accomplishment.

    And in my experience, 23 is a universally truamatic year. Congrats on surviving that one.

    Here’s to a smashing 24!

  59. Amanda W. Avatar
    Amanda W.

    Happy Birthday! Congratulations on the book!

  60. Luise Avatar

    What a great way to celebrate a birthday — and you’re only 24! Love your patterns already. Fun to think of what you’ll create in the next few years. Go to it.

  61. Dr. Steph Avatar

    Happy Birthday!

    And congratulations on the book. Very cool.

  62. Seanna Lea Avatar

    Congrats and happy birthday! There is always a need for more reference materials!

  63. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) Avatar

    Damn, girl! That’s freakin’ awesome! I keep forgetting that you’re so young (yeah, I know, you probably hate it when people say that–so did I). What a great accomplishment and a terrific way to celebrate your birthday. (It’s also really helpful to have some wonderful accomplishments when you’re young to pull you through the identity crisis that ensues when you have kids and feel like your life is over–or maybe that’s just me! It passes.)

    Happy Birthday!

  64. Tammy Avatar

    Congratulations! How wonderful! I’m sure it’s fabulous.

  65. Cheryl Avatar

    Super Awesome!!! A book?!! At 24?!! Super, super Awesome!! Congratulations! : )

  66. Kris Avatar


    I don’t think there could ever be enough sock books;)

  67. Bryony Avatar

    I’m a long time lurker, but I had to delurk to say happy birthday and congratulations! A published author at 24 is pretty damn impressive :D And as has been said many a time – you can’t have too many sock books ever :D

  68. Becky Avatar

    Could I learn to knit a sock toe up from this book? How about a short row heel? (Things I can’t seem to figure out just from reading the directions….)

  69. Josiane Avatar

    Happy birthday, and congratulations on the book!

  70. allison Avatar

    Congratulations and happy birthday! 24’s been good to me so far, so I hope you enjoy it, too. What a way to start of your new year :)

  71. Stephanie Avatar

    Happy birthday and congratulations!

  72. Janaya Avatar

    Happy Birthday & congratulations on the book :)
    I know it will be on my shelf after christmas ;)

  73. Debbie Avatar

    Happy birthday, dear blogger, book-writer!! Congratulations!

  74. Knittripps Avatar

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  75. Karma Avatar

    Happy Birthday! I hope 24 is a fantastic year for you. And congrats on the book! How exciting!

  76. Judi Avatar

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  77. Denise Avatar

    Happy Birthday and major congratulations!!!! That’s a huge accomplishment and so exciting!!! I can’t wait to see it.

  78. sil Avatar

    Yay! Yay!

    Happy birthday and congratulations!

  79. kathy Avatar

    Wow! Dunno if you are into these things, but what a good thing to happen in “your” year (my brother is a Rat also). I must say this is just in time for me to learn to knit socks so I will definitely be purchasing!

  80. marcie Avatar

    Have never posted before, but I have been a longtime reader. Congrats! Ive never knit socks before, always wanted to. I think buying your book might get me to do it. It was your website where I learned to knit a cardi from the top down many moons ago. Anyways, thanks for the great blog! Ive learned alot from you.

  81. Alison Avatar

    Congratulations on the new book, and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  82. Alice from france Avatar

    Wow! Only 24 (happy birthday and best wishes!!) and you wrote a book!!

  83. Steph B. Avatar
    Steph B.

    Happy birthday and congrats!

  84. beth Avatar

    congrats! i’m so bummed – recently bought a similar book, but would’ve bought yours had i known it was out!!!!! happy bday :)

  85. Rachel Avatar

    Congratulations, what an amazing thing to do! Happy birthday, too!

  86. Leslie Avatar

    Such excitement! Happy belated birthday and congrats on the book. Woo-hoo!

  87. Nat Avatar

    Congrats on your book. I look forward to buying it. I have yet to knit a pair of socks and I figure that I can use all the help I can get. :-)

  88. Stéphanie Avatar

    I can definitely see a future for you in designing… you are talented and you deserve it. Congrats !

  89. Jen da purse Ho Avatar

    happy birthday and congrats on the book! WOW!! you guys at Lettuce Knits just keep pushing out authors! :)

  90. lisa Avatar

    Congrats girl – what an accomplishment! Can’t wait to see it.

  91. Jaime Avatar

    Congratulations on the book! And I hope you had a wonderful birthday. :-)

  92. Jody Avatar

    Congrats!! A well deserved birthday present indeed!

  93. Andrea Avatar

    Hey there! So young an accomplished! Twenty four and a book already.
    I truly do hope you are proud of yourself.
    Happy Birthday, girl!

  94. Yarn Sale Avatar

    Congratulations be the good one
    i bought via amozon

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