Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace

Debbie Bliss’ newest yarn, Rialto Lace has hit our shelves!  We saw Debbie working with a sample of this yarn when she came to visit us in June and we’ve been whispering about it to each other behind closed doors ever since.

Soft and squishy, as all the other yarns in the Rialto family, double-plied for excellent stitch definition and superwash for easy care.  What more could you ask from a lace-weight yarn?

At a gauge of 8.25 stitches per inch on US 2 needles and loaded with yardage (429 yds approximately), one skein will get you pretty far into a project.

I’m particularly enamored of this lace stole from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine, using 3 balls of Rialto Lace.  The light pink shade paired with this airy yarn is a perfect accessory for changing spring-time temperatures. The lace pattern is an easy-to-memorize floral motif paired with a small garter stitch border.

Find the yarn here

Paloma by Debbie Bliss

Boxes upon boxes have been coming in the back door and it’s all we can do to keep up with getting the new yarns tagged and up on the shelves.  Today I wanted to highlight Paloma, a baby alpaca and merino wool blend from Debbie Bliss.

Paloma is perfect for making items you just want to curl up in – soft, relaxed and chunky, an ideal replacement for that sloppy but oh-so-comfortable Saturday sweatshirt from eons ago.

A cozy cowl neck, an offset cable detail and ribbing makes a perfect sweater for lounging or running errands (or dress it up for a warm office sweater).

For something simpler, you can’t go wrong with this raglan with a slight rolled neck:  Ideal for raking leaves and then coming in to relax with a pot of tea and some knitting.

For more patterns from the Paloma book, click here.

Debbie Bliss Magazine Fall/Winter 2011

Since catching tantalizing glimpses of projects, patterns and yarns during Debbie’s visit in June, we’ve been on the edge of our seats waiting for this issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine. And boy, has it been worth the wait.

The cover project in Riva, a color-shaded yarn, is dramatic, striking and a fairly easy knit.

Doesn’t it look even better at full length?

The animal prints make me want to grab yarn, needles and start right in on a new rug for the hallway (nevermind that it doesn’t match the rest of the decor).

I’ve got a set of boots that need toppers – and these are pretty amazing.

Who wants to knit this for me? I’m going to be busy knitting the rug and boot toppers, but I really need this sweater for my wardrobe.  The black and white really makes the stranded work stand out.

You can purchase the magazine here.  (yes, that’s correct: Our website is up and running again).

The Knitter’s Year: Doorstop

Occasionally, I like to work on a project that is functional, good-looking and easy to work on in between more complicated projects.  Over the past few weeks, I snuck in a few rows here and there on this doorstop from Debbie Bliss’ The Knitter’s Year. Without even really realizing it, I had the main part of the project completed and all it needed was the finishing. This project requires one ball of Debbie Bliss Eco Aran Cotton and US 7 needles. I used color #615, although the line comes in a variety of colors to fit any color scheme.

The knitting is an easy, two-row repeat of a durable, hard-wearing tweed stitch, creating a kevlar-esque rectangle.

To create the final shape, the cast-on edge is sewn to the bind-off edge.

On one end of the resulting tube, the tube is folded so that the sewn edge is in the middle and next seam is from fold to fold.

For the third seam, the tube is folded so that the original seam forms one end of the fold. At the opposite end, the braided loop is sewn with the seam.

I started at the edge of the seam with the loop and sewed down to 1.5 inches from the final edge.  At this point, I made a funnel out of scrap paper (a regular funnel would work here too, I just couldn’t find mine) and filled the doorstop with some very old dried corn (for popping) that I wanted to clear out of the pantry. The book recommends dried beans, but I feel dried corn falls into that same category.

Stitch up the remainder of the seam and you are finished!

To make the braided loop at the top, I followed the pattern, but found that I needed to anchor the strands with something. Clipping the strands with a clipboard is probably the best option.  I set a few sewing pins into a piece of corkboard and used that to hold down the strands.