Look what came out early! The release date for Sensual Knits was supposed to be January 2008, but many Barnes & Noble stores shelved them right before Thanksgiving. Heather, the ADD knitter, was the first to call this to my attention. Not only that, but she actually went out and bought me a copy which she dropped off in Brooklyn this weekend. Wow. Thanks Heather!
I have 2 designs in this book. Joie de Vivre has been knitted 3 times. Yup, THREE times. The first was a prototype for myself, in Karabella Margritte that I dyed purple. I submitted this design for publication, but was asked to reknit it with longer sleeves. Marie of Brooklyn Handspun donated and dyed some marvelous wool/silk blend yarn in a lovely icy shade of blue, and Jamie Cary took quite a few glamorous photos (Flickr set here).
When Yahaira saw me wearing this cardigan last November at a knit blogger meet-up organized by Rangsiwan, she expressed an interest in it, but I had promised it to another publication. Well, that deal fell through, so Yahaira snapped it up. But not before she gave me some red bamboo yarn (similar to this) and asked me to ditch the zipper. I loved working with bamboo yarn! It's so fluid and shiny and soft... The overall effect is very kimono-like, which is completely different from the wool/silk version. I can't decide which one I like best.
The other design, Tranparencies, was knit in silk/mohair yarn. The sample was made with Shibui Knit's Silk Cloud (color Rust), and I'm currently re-knitting it for my aunt in Habu's Silk/Mohair (I was totally tricked into it! That'll teach me to show off...).
There are so many designs in there that I want to cast on for right now! Olga's cover jacket is definitely on my list.
Bravo Yahaira! The publishers were so impressed with her work that they asked her to prepare a second book. And I have another design in there :)
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