The lovely folks from the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival recently gave Lavish Lace a very nice review:
As a collaborative effort by two gifted and talented ladies, Carol Rasmussen and Cheryl Potter, Lavish Lace: Knitting with Hand-Painted Yarns is a breath of fresh air from many nations, and cultures.
This book honors the memory of Carol Rasmussen Noble, a popular knitwear designer who wrote knitting books on subjects ranging from Fair Isle mittens to Orenburg shawls. What makes this book unique is that we are told where the designers and dyers got their inspiration.
“Chancay Morning,” a square scarf designed by Carol, was inspired by the Peruvian Coast sands, the driest desert in the world. The Chancay people buried their textiles in shallow pits in the ground, hence the color of the shawl shown is a colorway that Cheryl created using all vegetable dyes called Indian Summer. The golds, fuschias, pinks and mauves are as rich today as many intact museum pieces from that area and time period.
Each pattern and piece shown has an intricate explanation of how and from where their inspiration was drawn. “Peacock’s Pride” truly is like the peacock’s brilliant tailfeathers. “Rosebuds and Climbing Roses,” “Frost Flowers,” “Amazonian Jungles,” rich in greens with flashes of color as parrots might appear, and even a shawl inspired by Keat’s poem, “To Autumn.” There is sure to be a shawl or scarf for everyone, with rectangular, square and triangular options, and easy-to-follow instructions and patterns. An added bonus in the back section of the book includes Cheryl’s Basic Dye Methods.
This is lovely, brilliant work, a rich and timeless book that you’ll use over and over again. My favorite is “Peacock’s Pride,” a feather and fan pattern with a twist stitch interlacement.