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Knits are Perfect for Virtual Ireland

Empress and Hierophant is one of several linked regions that simulate the Irish countryside.  That is, the Irish countryside as you might see it if a photography crew and one of those ethereal models they find in England — male and female — went to Ireland to pose for Rowan Yarn.  Those pictures are more unreal than even Second Life.  (That’s saying something.)

The great thing is that it’s really beautiful in E&H, which is run by Alchemy Immortalis along with the four other sims in this “mega-island.”

Of course, you noticed I invoked that magic word for a knitter — “yarn.”  What better to wear in cold or wet weather on an Irish moor farmland than knitted clothes?  Especially the beautiful stuff that Prism comes up with.  I’m turning into a Prism devotee, and not because I’ve been presented with several pieces by Journey McLaglen and her manager, Herradurra Baar.  It’s because of the cut of the clothes, the beauty of the design, and the brilliance of the texturing Journey comes up with in everything I can think of that she’s done.  I mean, take a look at that first shot.  It’s not one of my greatest photos, at least at this size.  But see the grain of the knit?  See how the sides V down and join together, like you would find in a RL sweater/jumper with good shaping?  The “sizing” of the texture is proper as well, aside from the usual stretch points on system garments; this looks to be hand drawn for the garment, and is in proportion for a sweater knit with bulky or chunky size yarn; it’s not a photo texture.  The same care goes into the belt and the “skirts” of the sweater, the fringe, and even the leggings I have on.  At most, I would need to slide the pant cuffs down slightly on each leg to look more natural.

Even the tie of the belt is beautifully done here, and the positioning at the waist disguises the join between system shirt and prim skirts quite nicely.  The tightness of the fitting means that leg movement may show through periodically, but this is not too unusual, and can be gotten away with in a casual piece, while you really don’t want to see prim ends in a formal gown.  Journey has done her work well here.

I’m really enchanted with this collar; it begs you to pull it snugger, just to see if you can.  (You can’t.)

Top this outfit off with Bax Coen boots — although a pair of Wellies would be better for tramping across the moors, instead of boots with needle-thin heels — and leather gloves; accessorize with a few pieces of jewelry; pull on my glasses, since the eyes are starting to drift a little with the years; and I’m ready to go.  Now if only the rain would stop out there….

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The details — in this case, the stuff I haven’t featured before in recent articles:

  • Prism Elara knitted outfit (Winter Mist; gift from designer)
  • Nif Nif gloves by LeeZu Baxter (no longer available)

Photographed in Empress and Hierophant region.

Posted December 30, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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This Year’s Grid Knitwear

This is the time of year when knits really start coming out of the closets, even in the Grid, where you can consider it summer or winter as you choose.  I tend to pull on coats as we get deeper into November, and also go scouting for good-looking knitwear, in part because I knit in RL and enjoy the look and feel of good knitted clothing.

Since my purse, both in RL and SL, is not bottomless, here is a list of some items I have not yet bought, modeled by fashion bloggers I have read:

Nana Minuet:  Look #180

Harper Beresford:  Soup!, Olive Oil

Lourdes Denimore:  I Got Tagged

Briony Muircastle:  SG and the 10L Golden Fleece

Nadja Baxter:  Nadja’s Style Today

Cajsa Lilliehook:  The Five Oceans in a Bottle, Falling Leaves

Gala Caproni:  LOTD 11 06 11 — Autumn

For my contribution, my second of the season, I decided to visit the Aphrodite Coffee Shop.  (Yes, I know, I was at a coffeehouse just a while back.  Knits and coffee go together.  Besides, I’ve never been there before.)  This place is a beautiful build, Greek-themed and part of a larger complex of shops in the same architectural mode.  I took a pause while waiting for my order to arrive to shoot myself (which you can get by clicking on the table top)….

…and once afterwards as well.  This ensemble comes from Prism, is part of a selection of prints, and shows the same lovely sense of texture by Journey McLaglen that you’ll find in her other knits, such as in her Laura.  This dress also comes with knitted socks, but I decided to wear a set of Maitreya Gold heels, and so that would not have worked at all (unless maybe as leg warmers; hmmm…).

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The details:

  • Skin:  Alto – Baroque Dewberry
  • Eyes:  Poetic Colors Gold Flakes (sapphire)
  • Hair:  Amacci Doris (deep copper)
  • Nails:  Candy Nail #P000 Basic (green10)
  • Outfit:  Prism Keira (Migration)
  • Shoes:  Maitreya Gold Shanti (black)
  • Makeup:  Beautiful Deluxe Silky Matte Eyeliner
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks My Lady emerald wedding ring; Elate! square stone ring with jade stone; DDL black onyx/silver ring; League Wanderer earrings (golden oak)

WindLight settings:  Torley Linden’s Midday: Nostalgika

Shot at the Aphrodite Coffee House

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Naergilien Wunderlich suggests this video on YouTube on how to get authentic looking textures, especially in knitwear, for those of you working on perfecting your clothing-designing skills.


Warming Up Fall with Prism

I stopped by the Pixel Bean Coffee House this morning for a cup of joe, and found that the deck was deep in falling leaves.  There was a rake and wheelbarrow off to the side, but the maintenance man looked to be taking a break.  A definite nip in the air, too — fall is arriving for sure.  My legs cursed me for wearing a miniskirt this morning, but at least the rest of me was nice and warm in this outfit from Prism, given to me by the store’s Herradura Baar as a rezz day gift last week.

Don’t you just love that texture, created by Journey McLaglen?  You can see the individual knit rows here, and the colors are wonderful, a contrast to the reds and golds of the leaves around us.  (Although, if you have a taste for lots of orange, there’s a special Hallowe’en version available at the store right now.)  The prim collar and shoulders are very nice, as well, and don’t look to go shifting around into Strange Locations.  (There are stocking cuffs as well, but I left them off here.)  Lots of nice, snuggly warmth here for a chilly autumn morning.  I’d better enjoy it now, before the virtual snow starts to fly in many places.

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The details:

  • Skin:  PXL Candy Sunkissed, SE, Red lips
  • Eyes:  Poetic Colors Gold Flakes (sapphire)
  • Hair:  fri.day Leigh (Jealous Red)
  • Top, skirt, stockings:  Prism Laura (blue/sage) (gift from store)
  • Shoes:  Detour Supersprint sneakers
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks Stage & Screen diamond studs; DDL black onyx/silver ring
  • Lashes:  Adam n Eve Glamour prim lashes
  • Glasses:  Epoque Swan Shades (loud color, metal handle)

Thanks to Nero Yedmore and Lureila for consenting to appear in the background.

Posted October 21, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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