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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The photoshopping of the model's faces is a little...unexpected.

Lara's Library (Sort of): Essentially Feminine Knits

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Does this model look...familiar to anyone else?

I love Interweave Press and they rarely disappoint me. When I flip a book over and see that cute little semi-woven symbol, I know I'm in for a treat. When I saw Essentially Feminine Knits at the library, I snapped it up.

You can count on clear diagrams, complete instructions and beautiful photography when you encounter one of their books.

I love the patterns in this book. Most of them look both knittable and wearable, if that can be said. It looks like it was originally published in another language (Swedish?) and the photographs come from the earlier book.

This feels nitpicky, but I'm not crazy about the postproduction of the photographs. All of the models' faces are way over-photoshopped. the garments and styling are both great, but it's hard for me to get over the crazy-eyes and overly-smoothed skin on every page that includes a face.

My only other issue is sizing. The shapes of many of the sweaters are generous, but the largest bust size is often 45 inches (one is even under 42 inches for the XL size). That would work pretty well for a lot of women, but leaves a lot of knitters faced with the choice of resizing the sweater themselves or simply not knitting them.

Overall, a nice book that might not be for every body.