Sunday, November 26, 2006

Look what two balls of DB Cashmerino Aran can make!

I love the Tweedy Beret in the Winter 2006 issue and had it on the list of to do, that is until it started to snow yesterday and I thought I might make good use of a new beret.

I cast on yesterday afternoon and finished it this afternoon. It is an easy knit and the way the designer transitions to k1 ribbing is great, the only problem was that the directions for decreasing were a bit sketchy. Does that stop a knitter near the end and wanting and needing a new hat? You got it, NO! I did it my way and I am very happy with the knit.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I am beginning to have some doubts regarding Katy/Sam and Cotton Angora after reading a few reviews of both Katy's pattern and the yarn itself.

I love the colour and the yarn feels fantastic to touch but to quote the review on Knitter's Review "I would recommend against any significantly ribbed or cabled patterns. Initially, they will look absolutely beautiful. But there isn't enough bounce or fiber memory to hold their shape with wear." Sam is ribbed and Katy is cabled. Maybe I'll swatch and wash tonight and see what happens.

Any one have any thoughts? Has anyone else used this yarn or knit the pattern?

Monday, November 20, 2006

I finished my sheep dress and booties...

More information on my blog

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hello! I am going to be knitting the Ski Sweater from Debbie's Cashmerino DK book. I was lucky enough to try it on at a coffee morning that Debbie did at Peter Jones and it was one of those sweaters that just fit perfectly, hugging in all the right places. I'd have run off with it there and then if I could have.

I am waiting for the yarn to arrive (it should be here tomorrow) and I'll be using it as my antidote to Xmas knitting - I think all of those scarves and socks are likely to drive me mad otherwise.

The pattern includes a yoke and I have never attempted one to date, so I am sure that I'll be crying for help at one point or another.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Help me find my motivation!
When I saw that Carolyn was starting this KAL I was thrilled. Partly because I have a secret love for Debbie Bliss, and partly because I can't seem to finish a single one of her patterns. I have Debbie Finish-itis, I suppose.
Here is Beth, from Junior Knits. I am embarrassed to say that it has been over a year since I started this baby and while it will still fit my daughter in the body, I have to re-knit the sleeves. I'm thinking about adding a folded-over cuff to the sleeve so that I only have to knit one more sleeve....

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

This is my first time participating in a KAL even though I've had my blog for over a year. I just finished some mittens and a scarf with Debbie Bliss Merino Aran (Pictures).

I have never knit a Debbie Bliss pattern before even though I own
Baby Knits for Beginners and Cotton Angora. I think my plan will be to finally pick a pattern from Cotton Angora and order some from on Nov. 14 when it goes on sale.

I'm thinking of either Black Raspberry or French Navy for the colour and maybe Sam or Katy:

Or maybe Poppy for my cousin's little girls:

Too many choices!
(all pictures from Debbie Bliss Online)

Monday, November 06, 2006

Knitting a Classic!

I'm working on the Denim Aran from Debbie Bliss' Celtic Knits. I picked this up at a used bookstore about a year ago, and there are so many patterns in here I want to knit! Since I moved to San Diego recently, I need to stop knitting wool sweaters and start knitting cotton ones, so I thought it was the perfect time to start experimenting with denim.

Here it is:
1. My first Debbie Bliss pattern
2. My first denim yarn pattern
3. My first started-in-San-Diego sweater!

My initial blog post about it is here. Clearly I'm way overdue for an update, which I'll try to post this week. So glad you'll all be following along.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Join me in knitting some fabulous Debbie Bliss Patterns. If someone is talented enough to make a button...I would appreciate it!

I do know of some places with discounted debbie bliss yarn and I will try to post those for you. Although, it is not necessary to use her yarn, but if you can it is well worth it.

Can't wait to see what everyone is working on...I think I will be starting with the circular cardigan from the new Out Of Town book...but it probably won't be until after the Christmas knits are done.

Leave a comment if you want to join in and don't forget to fill in your email.

KNIT ON everyone!