After a really really late night Monday, we got up early and were at Knit Happens, ready and waiting, for Debbie Bliss’ talk.
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.
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!
I also managed to get some work in on Ingeborg over the past couple of days. I completed the front bands.
And started on the lace edging. Yawn.
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.
L-B brought me some lovely gifts. Among them was this:
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!
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.