April 28, 2006
Here's a fork
so you can eat your heart out because goddammit if I don't feel pretty!
Diamond Fantasy Shawl
Pattern by Sivia Harding
Yarn by Sundara - Superwash Merino Sportweight, custom over-dyed - BLACK
Beads by ? - made in Japan, glass, size 6/0. I used a 11/12 crochet hook from Susan Bates to add the beads - I did not string them before hand. (Be careful - that sucker is pointy!)
Needles by Addi Turbo, US size 6 (4.0mm)
Dress by Donna Ricco New York
Shoes by Chinese Laundry
Body by Ben, Jerry, and the fine people at Tastykake.
I cannot say enough about the pattern, the yarn, or the photographer! Sivia's pattern is a dream to knit. This is my second time through and it's well written, clearly charted - easy enough for a beginner, but challenging enough to keep you going and the results are phenomenol! Sundara was GREAT to work with - I emailed her and told her my vision for the shawl - how big I wanted it to be, how I wanted it to look, the way the beads would work with it and she helped me decide on a yarn and the color (I knew in the black family, but how dark, etc. I left up to her.) The yarn, while stiff and a little scratchy while I was knitting it up (which actually helped me in the knitting) softened up AMAZINGLY after a Lavendar Eucalan bath and it blocked gorgeously. I would not hesitate to buy yarn from her again - no matter what the project.
And Jen the photographer! What can I say about my friend Jen? Jen was a super sport - not only did she take amazing pictures that I actually feel good looking at, she told me I was HOT. She liked my hair, she liked my dress, she liked my shoes, she told me I didn't need to wear panty hose - that girl really knows how to boost your self esteem. She fed me pizza and root beer. She didn't get pissed or flustered when I yelled out photography directions (sorry about that.) And she's got just about the cutest kid ever.
Thanks Jen & Xavi!!! L, C
PS - Shot on location in Jersey City, New Jersey!
Posted by Cara at April 28, 2006 07:44 PM
GORGEOUS YOU!!!!!!! Walking right up the street to us! I can't stand it! Quick! Go out someplace! That wrap is a triumph--lookatcha!
Posted by: Ann at April 28, 2006 07:58 PM
Posted by: Dianna at April 28, 2006 08:16 PM
What great shots! Everyone should have such a fabulous fashion shoot in their photo collection. Rock on.
Posted by: anne at April 28, 2006 09:21 PM
Wow. that is the prettiest shawl i've ever seen. :) you did a really great job!!! :)
Posted by: Manda at April 28, 2006 09:22 PM
Gosh you look beautiful! And the shawl is so beautifully done too! Great job!
Posted by: Jasmine at April 28, 2006 09:24 PM
Gorgeous & so *very* inspirational!!!
Posted by: allison at April 28, 2006 09:24 PM
you look stunning!!
Posted by: Lauren at April 28, 2006 09:25 PM
You look beautiful Cara! Love the dress, shawl, & shoes!
Posted by: Angelia at April 28, 2006 09:26 PM
Yup, it's a good look. Funny, I was about to ask about the dress when I noticed that you linked :-).
Where were the pictures taken.
Posted by: colleen at April 28, 2006 09:32 PM
Your shawl is stunning! Someone better notice it!
Posted by: Monica at April 28, 2006 09:33 PM
What an ensemble! You look beautiful!
Posted by: Julia at April 28, 2006 09:34 PM
Wowowow. The close-up shots were nice, but it really looks fantastic on.
Posted by: Lauren at April 28, 2006 09:35 PM
Cara, you know the debate about whether knitting is art or craft? You've got art there, baby! Absolutely lovely. Tons of work and it's fabulous.
Posted by: Ann at April 28, 2006 09:42 PM
I can just hear Jen calling out: 'Work it!' 'Now, pout!' Did you have a fan running for that windblown shawl/dress look?
Ya look gorgeous. Who's gonna look better than you at this shindig? Seriously. xox Kay
Posted by: Kay at April 28, 2006 09:44 PM
Wow, that's an awesome shawl!
I'm so glad you posted pics of your face...now I can recognize you at MSW!!!!
Posted by: Julsey at April 28, 2006 09:52 PM
You look beautiful and I am sure you will turn more than a few heads this weekend!
Posted by: Lora at April 28, 2006 09:57 PM
You look gorgeous! And most importantly, happy. Have a great time!
Posted by: Julia at April 28, 2006 10:01 PM
MWAH! You look fab, my dear. Simply gorgeous. I love all of it, not only did you spice up the neighborhood goings-on with your sexy walk and that incredible shawl, you actually made the JC look kind of decent.
I had a blast, today - thanks for all your help with Xavi, too. Can't wait to hear about the wedding.
xoxoxo (you hot sexy beast you),
J & X
Posted by: Jen at April 28, 2006 10:03 PM
You look SOOOOOO pretty! AND elegant. Bravo.
Posted by: Norma at April 28, 2006 10:04 PM
OMG you look phenomenal! Beautiful shawl, beautiful you.
Posted by: Nancy at April 28, 2006 10:09 PM
Breathtaking! Absolutely breathtaking. oh and the shawl is fabu, too. :)
Posted by: the Procrastinatrix at April 28, 2006 10:11 PM
Wow, Xavi got so big! And you do look gorgeous... and so does my old 'hood!
Posted by: Anne at April 28, 2006 10:12 PM
IT's really amazing!
Posted by: Scout at April 28, 2006 10:16 PM
Cara - you look beautiful!!!!! Not just the shawl, which is perfection, but the entire ensemble......you go girl!!!! Have a great time at the wedding!!!!
Posted by: christine at April 28, 2006 10:17 PM
Beautiful shawl and photos! And of course, beautiful model! You did a fantastic job!
Posted by: mari at April 28, 2006 10:19 PM
Beautiful shawl and wonderful photos!
Posted by: eyeleen at April 28, 2006 10:35 PM
DAMN! You look supa hot! Fabulous, indeed.
Posted by: Carrie at April 28, 2006 10:35 PM
Oh, Cara, it looks just wonderful! You. The shawl. The dress. The shoes. The smile. It's all good!!
Posted by: --Deb at April 28, 2006 10:37 PM
You really do look fabulous! Have a wonderful time at the wedding.
Posted by: Amy at April 28, 2006 10:39 PM
Wow! Fabulous pictures. Fabulous shawl. You should be very pleased with your fine self.
Posted by: Sonya at April 28, 2006 10:42 PM
What a gorgeous shawl! Love it.
Posted by: Jennifer at April 28, 2006 10:44 PM
you look so happy!
Posted by: Carole at April 28, 2006 11:06 PM
Your shawl is breathe-takingly beautiful!
Posted by: Erica B. at April 28, 2006 11:13 PM
You are gorgeous! Jen is a SUPER photog -- and with that cute little baby on her back? Fabulous. Have fun at the wedding. I hope you keep track of how many compliments you get on the shawl and how many times you actually get to say, "I made it myself." ; )
Posted by: Vicki at April 28, 2006 11:14 PM
Stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous! Superb job as usual, Cara.
Posted by: Sandra at April 28, 2006 11:20 PM
Just one girl's opinion (among many girls with the same opinion so it would seem). You look FABU. That second picture is just breathtaking. I know what your saying about the 15-years-ago picture, but GIRL, picture #2 should replace that in your head--really. Truly. Beautiful.
Posted by: Beverly at April 28, 2006 11:28 PM
Aw, you look fabulous! So elegant. The shawl did turn out perfectly!
Posted by: Karma at April 28, 2006 11:31 PM
you look stunning and so does that shawl!!
Posted by: gleek at April 28, 2006 11:41 PM
Gorgeous you, and a gorgeous shawl!
Posted by: Kate at April 28, 2006 11:50 PM
Beautiful photographs, you should definitely feel good looking at them. Have fun at the wedding.
Posted by: Faith at April 28, 2006 11:56 PM
Beeeeautiful! (Said with my mom's new jersey accent)
Posted by: frecklegirl jess at April 29, 2006 12:20 AM
Yeah. You're totally stealing the bride's thunder - gorgeous all around!!! Beautiful dress, by the way, love the line of the skirt.
Posted by: grumperina at April 29, 2006 12:38 AM
Gorgeous shawl! But then, you don't need me to tell you that. ;)
Posted by: Nonnahs at April 29, 2006 12:39 AM
WOW!! You /should/ feel pretty, because you look fantastic!!
(BTW - someday, if you write a book or something? That second picture should be the one you put on the back cover. :D )
Posted by: Thorn at April 29, 2006 12:49 AM
Gorgeous. Both you and the shawl.
Posted by: Kimberly at April 29, 2006 12:51 AM
you FEEL pretty because you LOOK GORGEOUS!!! And the shawl is PERFECT!!!! :)
Posted by: Lara at April 29, 2006 01:20 AM
Its perfect. I swear, such patience you have for all of that beading. Great job.
Posted by: puppymomma at April 29, 2006 01:26 AM
Your shawl is incredible. They should use yours as the model.
Posted by: Rose at April 29, 2006 02:33 AM
honestly, how could you possibly be any prettier? Wow, amazing photo shoot.
Posted by: Julia at April 29, 2006 03:13 AM
Okay, you have made the most beautiful shawl ever and you look fabulous in it! I have been loving the closeups of it, too.
Way to go!
Posted by: jessie at April 29, 2006 06:14 AM
Beyond gorgeous! And I am not talking about the shawl, which is just stunning btw.
Posted by: Jo at April 29, 2006 06:33 AM
Did I say $5.3 million? I was way off. That is a shawl beyond price.
Posted by: Lucia at April 29, 2006 07:29 AM
Stunning! That dress goes perfectly. The whole look just oozes class
Posted by: janine at April 29, 2006 07:36 AM
Oh, that's so beautiful on you! If I had made that, I would have been knocking on people's doors just to show it off!
Posted by: Jennifer Sander at April 29, 2006 07:43 AM
Great photo shoot! You look awesome and have inspired me to make a shawl! I love it!
Posted by: Kelly at April 29, 2006 08:01 AM
You look lovely. And no hose, please no hose. The black on black is pretty stunning and you can see the shawl well. You stopped at the right size - otherwise you'd have a blanket!
Posted by: liz at April 29, 2006 08:24 AM
You look absolutely gorgeous! The dress is great, the shoes are great, you TOTALLY shouldn't encase those gorgeous gams in pantyhose, and the shawl is lovely beyond words. Makes me want to hop over and buy the pattern Right Now.
Honestly, I don't see how people will be able to stop themselves from asking about the shawl. The whole package is so beautiful.
Posted by: Rachel H at April 29, 2006 08:25 AM
So. Totally. Gorgeous. Great job!
Posted by: Amy at April 29, 2006 08:39 AM
WoW! Love it and you look very beautiful.
Posted by: Judy Foldi at April 29, 2006 09:12 AM
FABULOUS!! It will be perfect for tonight. Jen did a very nice job with the pictures but you did a more than perfect job with knitting the shawl. You will love wearing it forever!
Posted by: margene at April 29, 2006 09:17 AM
gorgeous! and i can't believe how well the beads show up. a real masterpiece!!!
i almost feel inspired to knit lace. almost.
Posted by: michelle at April 29, 2006 09:50 AM
Marvelous, gorgeous, fabulous... Bravo!
Posted by: Guylaine at April 29, 2006 10:00 AM
I'm tellin' ya! It must be the whole kids graduating and moving to Australia crap, but when I read this post and saw those pics, I really have tears in my eyes. The vision, the craft and hand work, the marriage of project and very hot dress.........It's, it's....just so emotional!
I need to go get a tissue.
And this is not a joke, there really are tears in my eyes. What a loser!
Posted by: Teresa C at April 29, 2006 10:13 AM
Wow! You and your knitting look great. I'll never have to wonder how to wear a lace shawl - now I know. Gorgeous, Cara. You look lovely and confident and that's sexy.
Posted by: terby at April 29, 2006 10:25 AM
You look amazing!! I love everything, hair shoes, dress and lets not forget the beautiful shawl. Wow, you knock my socks off. My husband even said you look hot...his words..."who is that?!"
Posted by: Leslie at April 29, 2006 10:27 AM
Both you and the shawl look great. I love the pics.
Posted by: Iraida at April 29, 2006 10:27 AM
You shouldn't just feel pretty -- you are.
Great job on the shawl, it is really something to be proud of. You're right, kudos to Jen on the photo shoot.
Posted by: anmiryam at April 29, 2006 10:40 AM
You look gorgeous! Oh, and the shawl's pretty, too. ;)
Posted by: Martha at April 29, 2006 10:54 AM
You were right about the shawl! It IS perfect. Every stitch, every bead. Wow.
Posted by: Beth S. at April 29, 2006 11:37 AM
Posted by: jillian at April 29, 2006 12:02 PM
You're Glowing! You should knit something like that EVERY WEEK if it's gonna have such a wonderful effect on you.
70 people have said it already, but I'll repeat....you really are beautiful. Makes me feel kinda teary eyed (which doesn't happen to me much) to see a REAL person, with a personality that I like, look so wonderful, and so happy.
I'm not expressing that very well, but it thrills me that you're lovely, and you look like a model, but you're wonderful inside, not a shallow carcass, so it makes the whole effect even more beautiful.
UMM, the explainations are getting even worse the harder I try, so I'll say "you and the shawl are beautiful" and shut up. There.
Posted by: Wendi at April 29, 2006 12:19 PM
You look gorgeous! Adore the dress and I'm in total love with your shawl. I might have to make me one.
Posted by: Heather at April 29, 2006 12:51 PM
Don't you look lovely!! Gorgeous girl, gorgeous shawl, gorgeous pictures!
Posted by: melanie at April 29, 2006 01:16 PM
Beautiful! You're going to outshine the bride in that one, girl!
Posted by: Lorette at April 29, 2006 02:03 PM
Hello Gorgeous! Hello Gorgeous Shawl! I just wanted to RSVP to the blogger meet up next Saturday at Sheep and Wool- can't wait to see the shawl in person!
Posted by: Elspeth at April 29, 2006 02:58 PM
I've been using those photo cards you sent me (with my Prove It All Night) and people really love them (I always tell them that you're the class-A photographer and that they shoule frame the prints!). Anyhow, I especially loved the one of the STR and the baby sheep. Could you email me about ordering some? Thanks.
Posted by: trek at April 29, 2006 02:58 PM
OMG!!! Cara, that shawl is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and what a perfect model. It's beautiful & you glow with pride. Congratulations!!
Posted by: Carol at April 29, 2006 04:02 PM
By golly, if that's not the prettiest girl in the prettiest shawl...
Posted by: Skylar at April 29, 2006 07:07 PM
You really do look beautiful. The shawl is breathtaking, and I would notice it right away if someone wore it to a special event--even if I wasn't a knitter!
Posted by: Kristina at April 29, 2006 07:37 PM
Fabu, dah-link. Stunning.
Posted by: rock chick at April 29, 2006 07:40 PM
hot to trot.
Excellent shawl and great pictures!
Posted by: heather at April 29, 2006 08:46 PM
You are too darling for words. Lovely work.
Posted by: teabee at April 29, 2006 09:09 PM
The shawl is absolutely gorgeous!
Posted by: silverarrowknits at April 29, 2006 10:08 PM
You look maaaauuuuvvv-a-lus! I believe your version is the most beautiful of the three or four I have seen. What a work of art!
Posted by: Wendy DG at April 29, 2006 10:12 PM
Posted by: Theresa at April 29, 2006 11:56 PM
What an inspiring bit o' lace. You look wonderful!
Posted by: Barb at April 30, 2006 02:32 AM
Yup. Pretty darn hot.
Posted by: claudia at April 30, 2006 10:52 AM
You look HAWT!!!
Where in J.C. do you live? You must come over to Chez Chekhov for tea and muffins one day.
Posted by: Jasmin at April 30, 2006 11:08 AM
OMG!!! Its so beautiful..
Posted by: Charisse at April 30, 2006 11:49 AM
wow, how you doin'? ;-)
you look fantastic! the shawl is amazing. absolutely gorgeous. perfect knitting/person combo!
Posted by: kris at April 30, 2006 03:57 PM
Fantastic! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.
Posted by: Carolyn at April 30, 2006 06:49 PM
B E A U T I F U L! What was "easier" Flower Basket or Diamond Fantasy...just askin'...i'm not tooo good at knittin lace ya know!
Posted by: carolyn h in CT at April 30, 2006 06:53 PM
Right here, in my den, in front of my computer, for the whole world to hear, out loud mind you, I uttered "Cara, you look incredible, WOW..do you know how great you look?" Only...I think maybe you didn't hear it. I think this is one of those, trees falling in a forest moments...I said it in earnest. You do..look wonderful.
Posted by: delia at April 30, 2006 08:31 PM
Wow! Both you and the shawl look beautiful!
Posted by: Kelly at April 30, 2006 08:59 PM
You look beautiful and so does the shawl! Great job!
Posted by: Amber at April 30, 2006 10:46 PM
Cara, you look gorgeous. Those peeps will be jealous as HELL! Beautiful.
Posted by: Jenny at May 1, 2006 02:41 AM
Cara, these photos are priceless - they really capture so much beauty! you, the shawl, your lovely outfit... just beautiful!
Posted by: Lolly at May 1, 2006 07:44 AM
You look FAB!! You have a personal confidence that shines through. I hope you had a good time. They may have remembered the Cara with the flowing long hair, but they'll never forget the current you with the rockin' short hair! (And the oh so fabulous shawl! Great Job!)
Posted by: Roberta at May 1, 2006 07:50 AM
Everything was perfect in that shoot! The photographer did a fantastic job. You look super. You clearly are in love the the shawl and the day. And the shawl? WOW. That's a personal Everest of knitting.
Posted by: Laurie at May 1, 2006 08:14 AM
FABBO ...... both you and the shawl. You look beautiful, and I can't imagine you were anything other than the belle of the ball. Can't wait to read the update.
Posted by: Ruth at May 1, 2006 08:31 AM
I can hear you singing - "I feel pretty, oh so pretty ... and I pity any girl who isn't me tonight!"
Posted by: Lisa at May 1, 2006 09:37 AM
You look amazing. How beautiful and the shawl is lovely too :) What an incredible piece...thanks for sharing. Oh, and I'll be at the MD W&S this weekend. For some reason I couldn't leave a comment on the post about the festival.
Posted by: Suzanne at May 1, 2006 10:45 AM
I have new appreciation for how pretty Jersey City can be. Please write a book so you can use the second photo as your book jacket photograph - it's captivatingly lovely.
Posted by: Donna at May 1, 2006 11:18 AM
you look gorgeous. and yes, i think it will go quite perfectly with jeans. :)
Posted by: peninah at May 1, 2006 11:21 AM
Wow!! You look just Radiant! What a wonderful example of georgeous womanhood in all its glory!
Congrats on such a magnificent shawl and a lovely ensemble that brings out your radiance.
Posted by: jeninchicago at May 1, 2006 11:27 AM
Hi Cara! Your shawl is absolutely beautiful! And you look fabulous...cute photos ; )
Posted by: Donna at May 1, 2006 01:49 PM
gorgeous, every last inch of it and you and everything!
Posted by: anne at May 1, 2006 02:43 PM
Look at you looking like a model! Perfect!
Posted by: Scribbles & Bits at May 1, 2006 04:40 PM
Lovely you. Lovely shawl. :) I MUST MAKE A BLACK SHAWL. Brilliant.
Posted by: Chris at May 1, 2006 06:15 PM
FINALLY! Enough photos to satisfy! Lovely shawl, lovely photos - lovely! Ahh, the blog skimmer in me hit the jackpot today!
Posted by: Janet at May 2, 2006 12:54 AM
I still don't get the beading thing... Were you confident before you started? Did you just plunge in? Did you channel Lily Chin when you were taking a nap? I hope your feet have recuperated from the extra long Greek Wedding. Only once was i invited to a Greek Wedding... (the Greek was actually related to the Onassis's!!) but I had mono and my spoilsport mum wouldn't let me go. The ceremony was apparently almost longer than the marriage.... Hope your buddies have a better go of it.
Posted by: Painter Woman at May 2, 2006 02:16 AM
Cara! I'm so late to the party but you are HOT HOT HOT! Smokin' Hot! Hair: awesome, Dress: fab, Shoes: super-fab and Shawl: HOT HOT HOT! You look so wonderful and I'm so glad you were pleased with my yarn. You knit an amazing piece of work that hopefully will last you a lifetime!
Posted by: Sundara at May 3, 2006 12:43 AM
gorgeous! and the shawl's pretty cute, too!
Posted by: shobhana at May 5, 2006 09:35 AM
You are a total inspiration! Love love love the shawl and those green colorways..sheer genius. Gorgeous. Natural. The very breath of spring. As always, you spur me on to discover the artist I know dwells inside me.
Posted by: Chloe from ChloeKnits at May 8, 2006 12:36 AM
Gorgeous! You made me run over and order the pattern!
Posted by: Paula at May 16, 2006 06:49 PM