Shawl Book One by Kirsten Kapur
What was the catalyst for publishing your first book?
When I returned from my trip and told Gale about my conversations with Joanna it suddenly started to feel very doable. Finally, my good friend, Beverly Mazzarella, who owns a yarn store in New Jersey told me that she’d love to have a book with a group of my most popular designs, and thought that other people would feel the same way. Bev’s encouragement, and her idea of a book of my shawl patterns was the final piece that seemed to make everything fall into place. So I called Gale and said, “Let’s do it!”.
If people haven’t come across your designs before, how would you describe them in three words?
From the images in the book, the photo shoot looks like it was a lot of fun! Can you tell us a little more about the look you wanted for the book and working with Gale Zucker?
She immediately understood the feel I wanted for the photos, and started building on my ideas. My models also made a huge contribution to the overall feeling of the book. Ariana, Katrina, and Sofia were all amazing and didn’t bat an eyelash when they were asked to walk barefoot across razor sharp shells, or wear a vintage bathing suit while eating a popsicle in March. The series of shots of the books falling off Katrina’s head, crack me up every time I see them. That was totally spontaneous but she somehow managed to look adorable in every one of them.
It must be almost impossible chose, but do you have a favourite pattern that features in the book?
I also adore Laight Street. There’s something about lace knit in heavier weight yarn that makes me very, very happy. It’s cozy and elegant all at once. Laight Street is a decadent shawl that you can wear to a special occasion, and trick everyone into thinking that you are a sophisticated jet-setter, while only you know that what you’ve actually got tossed around your shoulders is just this side of a cuddly blanket.
You have free rein in Loop to chose some yarn for one of the shawls in ‘Shawl Book One’, what would you choose!?
I almost wish you hadn’t asked this question, because now that you’ve got me thinking about it I really want to cast aside my current projects and start knitting with these outstanding yarns!
We know the feeling! Many Thanks to Kirsten for taking the time to answer our questions.
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