My current work in progress:

1. Segel, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes in the "Draco" gradient set on a 3.5 mm (U.S. size 4) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Debbie Bliss at Knit Happens

After a really really late night Monday, we got up early and were at Knit Happens, ready and waiting, for Debbie Bliss’ talk.

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Debbie was a delightful speaker. She talked about the design process, her upcoming new yarns, and new designs. She had lots of knitted sample garments to show us, and Kristine and Amelia made very elegant runway models, trying on the samples and showing us the sweaters’ lovely lines and beautiful design elements. There were lots of nice jackets and wraps that were body-conscious but very flattering to many figure types, and I was quite impressed with them all.

Debbie also showed us the beautiful baby and toddler sweaters in her upcoming book. There were gasps of admiration (and rightly so) when she held each little garment up for us to see.

We also had the opportunity to drool over and fondle a new Debbie Bliss yarn — a silk alpaca blend. Thanks to Kristine’s generosity, I had the opportunity to knit a swatch of this a while back. It knits up at aran weight.

I wish you could feel it. It’s wonderful.

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Debbie took any and all questions, ranging from how one develops a new yarn to the mechanics of producing a book of knitting designs.

After the formal talk, everyone got the opportunity to chat with Debbie one-on-one, have books autographed, and try on the many sample garments she brought with her.

Afterward, we had a lovely lunch with Debbie before saying good-bye as she continued on her way in her travels.

I’m really looking forward to Debbie’s new designs — she has some lovely, sophisticated adult garments and the baby things are absolutely exquisite!

Ingeborg

I also managed to get some work in on Ingeborg over the past couple of days. I completed the front bands.

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And started on the lace edging. Yawn.

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No, actually, it’s not that bad. It’s an 8-row pattern repeat and easily memorized. Commuter knitting, here I come!

I need to make button loops as well, but I want to wait until I receive the buttons. I ordered them last week (from Nordic Fibert Arts), so should have them soon.

Prezzies!

L-B brought me some lovely gifts. Among them was this:

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This pitcher is Kara Irish Pottery. It’s decorated with aran cables! Isn’t it wonderful?

And look at this lovely skein of Dancing Feet sock yarn, from Joslyn’s Fiber Farm!

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Thanks, L-B!

Back to work today. I am so not amused. It’s a bit of a letdown after hobnobbing with knitting royalty, lemme tell you.

But Lucy needs me to keep her in Fancy Feast.

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Comments

  1. That shot of you and DB is the coolest, and you in your WendyKnits design! You go, girl.

  2. And well deserved Fancy Feast, too! It ain’t easy being that gorgeous all the time :)

  3. I’ll bet DB went back home and said Look, here’s my picture with Wendy, isn’t she Lovely!
    Can’t wait for her new designs, and on your recommendation, drooling in advance of that yummy softness.
    Love to Lucy, as always.

  4. Wendy, pluzeeze ask your knitters to knit quickly. Seeing you model your beautiful sweater makes me want to make it asap. You and Debbie together….ahhhh now that is knitting Nirvana!

  5. Wendy *you* are knitting royalty. I’m suprised that Debbie didn’t stop in Knit Happens to consult with *you*! :o)

  6. I bet you were in knitting heaven yesterday. Good for you!

    Miss Lucy is cute as ever.

  7. What a great knitting day! I’m jealous, since I was working, working, working. How did DB like your designs? :-D

    p.s. what is that joslyn’s colorway? I can’t find anything on her site that looks like that. My monitor makes it look like shades of black, grey and a dark red or burgundy?

  8. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love Debbie Bliss’ designs. I haven’t knit one up yet but definitely see it in my future!

  9. Thanks for the great report on the Debbie Bliss visit! I was so envious of you and my friend Erika all day and thought of how much fun you both must have been having!

  10. The tank looks great on you – I’m surprised *Debbie* didn’t want to buy the pattern from ya! ;-)

  11. What FUN! Could a day get any better!? Tank looks great on you too.

    Could you please enlighten me as to what DB is? I’m guessing dear boyfriend, so correct me if I’m wrong…Whoever and whatever sure can pick out the presies.

    Looking forward to seeing the new books and yarns.

  12. Um, when I used it, DB stood for Debbie Bliss.

  13. Hi,Andrea! The Dancing Feet yarn is the Treebark colorway,but it’s a skein that I bought last year.I’ve seen Joslyn’s dyelots for Treebark vary considerably from mostly greens to this one which was browns,grey and a little dark green.Check out her “Odd Ducks” section for more colorways you may not have seen.

  14. I am very happy to have news from Debbie Bliss. I am very fond of her books. I owne one at home and I already knitted two models from D.B. s book (I must precise that I am a beginner !!). But her book are so explicative that I did not meet any serious difficulty to knit a sweater for a baby. Her mom just thanked me and she told me how much she loved my work. Thanks to D. Bliss !!!
    So I am really happy to learn such good news : can you tell me where can I find more recent informations about D. Bliss ? Thanks you very much
    A french knitter from suburbs of Paris, France.