Sunday, April 20, 2008

Designer Louisa Harding is Way Cool!

This past Thursday, Louisa Harding visited our shop and when she left, we were starstruck and smiling! She is way cool! Louisa Harding is a designer who enjoys her own line of yarns through Knitting Fever Inc's Euro Division. She has published approximately seventeen books to date and she is involved in the entire process from creating her original designs to the actual photographing of the models with her husband. Her books are spectacular in themselves as they are bright and inspiring and her yarns are very feminine with either glitz or softness or both adding to girlie aspect of her designs. Everyone felt very beautiful when trying on the garments that she brought with her that are from her newest books Summer Classics and Dauphine (both which we quickly sold out of but more are on the way!)
Louisa at The Yarn and Fiber Company 2008
We had planned her visit with us as an informal gathering so that Louisa would have the time to spend with our customers (and us :) which she joyfully did!

Towards the end of her visit, I asked Louisa to please help me choose some colors for the Periwinkle Shawl which is pictured on the the cover of Louisa Harding Book 4 - Beachcomer Bay Accessories Collection. I have always loved this shawl and it is has been on the list of "things to make" for awhile. Well, not only did Louisa enthusiastically pick out a colorway for me, but she continued to assemble eight colorways in total and they are all spectacular! There is nothing better than working on a garment that screams "This yarn was hand-picked by Louisa." It is so wonderful! And the kit colors are all gorgeous! As a special treat for those of you couldn't make the trip to see and meet Louisa, we have put the kits on our website. We look forward to her visiting again, and again, and again!

Here are the colorways chosen by Louisa Harding for the Periwinkle Shawl. None of these colors are used in the the original design on the cover and all of the yarns vary from those used in the original design. These designs are based on Designers Choice of the yarns around her. Louisa's color choices below are just simply gorgeous!

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Black

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Gold/Purple

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Green/Blue

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Green/Pink

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Teal with Angora

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Red/Pink

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit in Teal/Pink

Louisa Harding Periwinkle Shawl Kit Pink/Beige

Thank you Louisa! We loved your visit!
And a special thank you to Haydee of Knitting Fever Inc. for bringing Louisa to our shop! It is such pleasure to meet someone who you usually only "meet" on the phone or through emails. Thanks again Haydee and Knitting Fever for bringing Louisa to us!