Puttin’ on the Luxe

October 14, 2010, 09:00 am  Posted by needlearts

Author and knitwear designer Laura Zukaite celebrates the release of Luxe Knits: The Accessories with cover model (and America's Next Top Model winner) Naima Mora.

Writing a book is a lot of work, so celebrating its publication should be lots of fun. NYC-based author and knitwear designer Laura Zukaite and photographer Cathrine Westergaard threw a little party for the debut of Luxe Knits: The Accessories last week, and Laura was kind enough to tell us a little bit about the rockin’ book signing and send along a photo gallery. (BTW, the book has 28 stunning accessories like hats, gloves, and scarves, and on Friday, we’ll treat you to a couple of bonus projects. You don’t want to miss them!)Laura writes: On October 7th, we held the Luxe Knits: The Accessories release party at Jo’s on Elizabeth Street. Jo’s is a down-to-earth bar and restaurant in Nolita that opened just over a year and a half ago and already is known for the great atmosphere and hospitality.

On Thursday night the place was buzzing with people excited to flip through Luxe Knits: the Accessories for the first time. Some guests were recording their thoughts and best wishes in one of the copies.  Others couldn’t resist the special cocktail that Jo’s created just for the occasion—called The Luxe, naturally!

The book’s entire Dream Team finally got together: photographer Cathrine Westergaard, make-up artist Nathan Hamilton, and cover girl Naima Mora were all there. (The gorgeous Naima, who won cycle 4 of America’s Next Top Model, also graced the cover of my first book, Luxe Knits. Here’s a portfolio of Naima’s work from the show.)

The special cocktail was offered with a raffle ticket, and the raffle at the end of the night was a big success! We gave out a bunch of books and it was thrilling to see so many happy faces walking around with their freshly signed copies.

Valerie writes: Along with fellow Lark needlearts authors Iris Schreier and Dora Ohrenstein, Laura will be signing copies of Luxe Knits: The Accessories this weekend at the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, at the Merritt Books booth. Check out Merritt’s dedicated website for more information; Laura signs from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday Oct. 16.

Guests enjoy the cocktails and the book

The "guest" book

Laura's fans love the book

Laura with one of the lucky raffle winners

The Luxe Knits Dream Team: photographer Cathrine Westergaard, make-up artist Nathan Hamilton, and cover model Naima Mora

The crowd has fun at the signing party at Jo's

Laura and a fan


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