Friday, 12 September 2008

Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2008 Review

This is the 'premiere' issue of a new knitting magazine by Vogue Knitting called 'debbie bliss'
There are 36 designs in the magazine some of which have appeared in other Debbie Bliss books. The magazine is split up into 'Features' including 'The Blisful Life' which are products, recipes, stores etc. A review of books, an interview (this issue it is designer/author Melody Griffiths), a question and answer section, review of yarns and pattern instructions. The second part is called 'Fashion' and deals with the current and predicted trends and the featured designs.
It is very beautifully photographed and there is a lot of inspiration for knitters of all abilities. Even if you already have a lot of the patterns in other books you will not be disappointed to have new patterns all for the very reasonable price of £3.75 (recommended price in the UK).
The format is that of a regular magazine and the themes are soft and subdued, elegant with good photography. There are lots of articles and features to recommend this and as it is due to be published twice yearly you will find it a lot cheaper than, say, a subscription to Rowan Magazine.

Ipswich Knitterati

Ipswich Knitterati meet at Purl & Co every two weeks. Knitting, chatting, sharing ideas and knowledge. To be surrounded by like-minded friendly knitters was a tonic. Yarn, books, magazines all inspirational.
Ravellers Anne and Nadia are very special knitters who made me so welcome and gave me a lift to the meeting. I cannot thank them enough for their kindness.
Highlights of the evening were Clive who knits wounds and body parts and his wife who knits with the most amazing yarns.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Book Review: Jo Sharp Home

::Jo Sharp::
::Home::Hand knitting collection Book number four::
The book is divided into three sections by yarn: Rare Comfort Kid Mohair, Silkroad Aran Tweed and Classic DK Wool.
These sections are then broken down into photographs of projects and photos of the colourways in each yarn. At the end section of the book are the patterns. These are also grouped according to the yarn with information about how much experience the knitter will need. The instructions are clear and there are charts for pattern work.
This book is lovely to snuggle down to on a lazy day and dream of all the homely projects you might wish to make. Let the descriptions and the images wash over you and soon you will be inspired to begin your knitting using her soft enveloping yarns like warmth for Harvey.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


Stitchmarkers from Welshmillie over on etsy.
Mentioned by Lime & Violet in their podcast recently.
Letters and chocolate cake markers.
Beautifully packaged, promptly sent and sweeties and stars too.

Monday, 8 September 2008


Casting on again: Warmth from the book 'Home' by Jo Sharp.
The yarn: Silkroad Aran Tweed by Jo Sharp from Jimmy Beans Wool.
The pattern: A simple garter and stocking stitch blanket.
For: Harvey the cat - getting older and getting more frail with arthritis and getting spoilt.
The bag: Pretty Cheap Project Bag from Loop a knitting boutique in North London. (Bird design preferred choice of Harvey the cat).

Riding to Avalon

The lure of a new yarn: Savannah from The Fibre Company in pecan.

The lure of a new pattern: Riding to Avalon by Connie Chang Chinchio for Fall 2009 Knitscene.

The lure of new techniques: Tubular cast on size 3.75 mm addi circular needles. Knitting in the round. Knitting a hood.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Accessories - Cable needles

Knitpicks cable needles. From here.

Notched multicoloured cable needles in three sizes. With them you can make these:

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