Archive for January, 2012

Spring Fever

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Welcome to that familiar place, a warm, and tranquil state of ‘hiberknit’ where wintry gusts and whiteouts swirl around outside while we happily knit away inside.  It may not be the customary deep freeze that we Canadians are used to, but don’t you just crave a fresh breath of Spring air, and a flash of lively colour to chase away the blahs?
Peek inside the Spring/Summer 2012 knitting magazine from Debbie Bliss, its hot off the press and ready for pick up at your LYS this week.  Your spirits will instantly be lifted with a parade of rosy pinks, trendy chevrons, classic stripes, and nautical knits.  Cosy up your home with textured accessories stitched in a palette of coffee and cream, and try out Nell’s latest recipe for oatcakes.  Don’t miss the special journal section highlighting Debbie and Nell’s exciting Autumn visit to Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Cheers to Canada!!

Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2012

The perfect remedy for a cold day= a hot cup of tea, some biscuits, and a copy of the latest Bliss magazine….

Kids Ahoy!

Seafaring days are not too far-off, with this section devoted especially to little captains and maritime sailors in classic motifs that never go out of style.

Summer Shimmer in Party Angel

Shimmer is back for warm weather days and little lacy knits have never looked more tempting to try.  Knit in a fanciful grey/blue hue from the Party Angel catalog.

Sheath Tunic in Party Angel

Cast on a wispy strand of kid mohair enhanced with silk and metallic thread to knit up this dramatic vine and leaf design.  Knit in ‘chamois’ Party Angel.

Rosy Tone Knits

Heirloom lace gets a modern makeover in deep magenta Rialto Lace, the newest quality from Debbie Bliss, a superfine twist of merino superwash presented in twenty terrific tones.

Simply Stripes

Missoni-inspired chevron stripes are everywhere this Spring!  Six sassy shades in Bella knit up into a roomy slipover with built-in sleeves.

Downton Abbey Knitting Nights

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Sunday nights have never been as decadently filled with knitworthy melodrama as they are this winter.  The highly acclaimed British series, Downton Abbey premiered its much-anticipated second season on PBS this month to the absolute delight of loyal fans.  This upstairs-downstairs style drama set on a ficticious estate in North Yorkshire unravels the intricate lives of the sophisticated Crawley family and their servants during the pre-war years.  The ensemble cast includes Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Dan Stevens.  Its the richness in the details that appears to have hooked millions of viewers who tune in each week to watch a tapestry of well-drawn characters woven through a historical storyline. 

Tea and biscuits are part of the Sunday night ritual, as knitters gather to watch an hour of what has been dubbed as the ‘hottest show on television’ filled with lavish period costumes, dashing gentlemen, and tangled relationships of love, bitterness and betrayal.  

Sunday Nights On PBS

Inspired by Downton Abbey’s exquisite fashion styling and period costumes, Debbie Bliss highlights some of the Edwardian elements in her latest  collection-

Rialto Lace Collar by Debbie Bliss

Past influence brings this sweet garter and lace collar out of the shadows into a modern era.  Knit in a smoky charcoal shade in the all-new Rialto Lace by Debbie Bliss.   

Rialto Lace Cardigan by Debbie Bliss

Lace knitters will swoon over this elegant cover design from the Rialto Lace Collection by Debbie Bliss.  Ready for Spring 2012, with twenty shades of extrafine merino superwash.  Its project ready for your next knit-a-long.  

Rialto Lace Shawl by Debbie Bliss

A chilly afternoon outing on the Yorkshire moors inspires this vision of loveliness in an ultralight wrap, knit in a divine shade of grey/green Rialto Lace, which deepens subtly as the light changes. 

Rialto Lace Tie Front by Debbie Bliss

Look for this stunning diagonal lace design snipped from the tattered fashion pages of a bygone era.  Knit in a spicy hue of extrafine merino that shines with a remarkable beaded twist. 

More Rialto Lace designs will be featured in the Spring 2012 Debbie Bliss magazine arriving at your LYS in early February.