Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Crazy Like a Fox

We interrupt the Adventures of Esmerelda  for a brief word from our sponsors.

Welcome blog tourists!  I am proud to introduce to you, Fennec (Ravelry link), from the Global Warming section of the nearly-here super-cool book, Doomsday Knits, curated by Alex Tinsley.  The book will be out in digital form next month, with print to follow later, and it’s available NOW for pre-order. [Word to the wise – since you plan to use the book both before and after the apocalypse, you should probably spring for a hard copy.  You know, to avoid the deadly office supply store skirmishes being fought over the dwindling supplies of toner.]

Without further ado, meet Fennec.

Ahem, let’s try again.  Drumroll please...

Oh come on!

There we go.  Whew!

My first thought on seeing the severely under-dressed ladies on Alex’s Global Warming mood board was, "Oh, those poor girls -- they're going to get burned to a crisp and go sand-blind to boot."  Fennec is my attempt to give the post-apocalyptic woman clothing more appropriate to the environment without obscuring her fundamental scantily-cladness. 

I chose Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool because it’s one of my favorite yarns, comes in a good range of colors, and has exactly the right mix of crunch and drape.

One of the things I love about having other people publish my patterns is letting them do the photography.  Here’s why:

Me, trying to strike heroic desert-y poses, against a cold lake wind in January (observe the clenched hands and red fingers)

The professional (photography by the very talented Vivian Aubrey, who reportedly accomplished the entire shoot with a baby strapped to her back)

Naming the thing was more of a challenge than usual.  I proposed it as a Post-Apocalyptic Shrug.  The working title was Cropped Burnoose, which continues to amuse me, but wasn’t quite the thing for publication.  Alex and I researched winds, animals, deserts and I don’t know what all (more on my Pinterest board), but nothing clicked until I told Alex that what I really wanted was a charismatic desert mammal that sleeps with its tail wrapped around its nose (having previously considered and rejected jerboas).  To which Alex replied, what about a fennec?

And that was, irresistibly, that.

When I talk to Matt about the people of my day, it seems unfair to expect him to remember them just by name, so I add little appellations.  Alex Tinsley thus became Apocalyptic Alex.  Apocalyptic Alex has been fantastic to work with.  Her moodboards were a blast, and her Kickstarter promo video absolutely endearing. And now she’s organized her herd of designer cats into a month-long blog tour!  Apocalyptic Alex is pretty fitting – this is a woman you’d want to have your back if the apocalypse does hit.

I’m so looking forward to the rest of the tour, and the book itself.  Even though I’ve seen all the patterns, it’s still a thrill to see each one in public for the first time.

Next up on the blog tour, visit Theatre of Yarns on November 7 for a front seat audience with Ringmaster (which is definitely next in Esmerelda’s queue, and which I am being very noble and loyal not to blab about right now).  Hint - it's one of the pictures on the Cooperative Press order page.

You can find the tour schedule for the rest of November (and for any earlier stops you may have missed) on Dull-Roar, Alex’s web site.

Click on each picture for its accompanying blog post.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.  Say tuned for tomorrow’s thrilling episode, in which Esmerelda Teacup braves the apocalypse and observes that she does not want a pickle.


Alex said...

You're too sweet :-) This design is so comfy and fun to wear, with the flicky scarf! And I'm glad you went with Fennec 'cause it makes me happy to think of those little guys every time I read the name, hehe.

flossieKNITS said...

This is one of my favorite pieces in the collection!! But I also find myself saying and thinking that after every blog post on this tour, so I can't be trusted, really. Suffice it to say I really, really love this garment!