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Friday, November 30, 2007

Multiple posts in a week & Sensual Knits

In what must be a first for me, this is my third post this week. I guess that's what happens when knits that I've had to hold my tongue about for so long are finally released out into the world.

Yahaira's book, Sensual Knits, was released unexpectedly early last week. I have two contributions in this book, a lace camisole and its matching cardigan. For some reason, the book only shows the two pieces worn together:

This makes me sad because I was quite pleased with the side lace panels on the camisole. Here's a bad photograph of it here. I shot this on self timer, in February, indoors. Okay, enough excuses!

And here I'm wearing it with the cardigan:

The yarn we ended up using for this was Blue Sky's Royal Alpaca. Those who know me know that I'm pretty sensitive to fibers (cruel irony for an avid knitter) and alpaca especially is usually too scratchy for me. But I had no problems with the Royal Alpaca. It's really something else. As Clara Parkes writes in her great reference, The Knitter's Book of Yarn, royal alpaca is "the cream of the alpaca fiber crop".

This twinset was my third design, a couple of months into my long break from academia and pursuit of my knitwear ambitions. Through this book, I met a lot of great people, some of whom I've gotten to know in real life too. :)


Blogger Gudrun Johnston said...

Very cute Connie. I particularly like the camisole. It sure is hard to be patient about revealing designs!!
It's paying off now though right?

2:30 PM  
Blogger Hickory said...

Wow, the photo in the book is not good at all. The model's hair is covering the lace on the front on one side, and the sweater is scrunched up on the other. And yes, the lace detail on the side of the cami really makes it special! Bad job to whoever chose the photos for the book! To you however, that is a beautiful set! Thanks for putting up your photos of it. I might have to make that cami for me :) (or at least for the store)

6:36 PM  
Blogger kat coyle said...

very very pretty. i love the lace details. it reminds me of a vintage twin set in a good way, it's so feminine and delicate. superb!
good thing you took that photo of it.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Very cute! I love the lace!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Angelika said...

Another nice design of yours. It's so cute and I have to second that they didn't do a good photo shoot. The best part, the lace, is not showing at all. Thanks for your personal pictures. They do much better justice to your excellent work. Too bad I couldn't pull off that cami.

5:05 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

What a super-cute combo, and a terrible shame you can't see all the detail in the book.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous bitterpurl said...

that's the model I hate! have you noticed every pic she's in has some mistake?

at least the details were kept in the schematic.

5:51 AM  
Blogger melanie said...

beautiful set, bad photo, doesn't show the detail! keep up the good work connie, glad i can say i knew you when!

1:25 PM  
Blogger Stef said...

I've said it before, but I love this twinset! When, oh when, will my copy of the book arrive??

10:12 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Wow Connie :) I saw the book a week or two ago in B&N and noticed your twinset in particular, it's lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your cami pics with us - that little bit of hidden lace makes it all the more appealing, I think. You have a wonderful eye for detail!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

Hard to believe they didn't show the important details of your beautiful design. Beautiful work, thanks for showing us the charm of the camisole. Your Henley is a favorite of mine too.

7:03 PM  
Blogger JL said...

What a beautfiufl set, nice colour too.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Kylie said...

That twinset is gorgeous! Unbelievable that they didn't photograph it better. Those guys should be beaten! Well, that may be a bit harsh... but really, the book doesn't give your design justice.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Heatherly said...

oh i love the obscure and hidden side lace! to bad they didnt photgraph it!

9:29 PM  

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