Let’s sneak a quick look inside the pages of the all-new visually enticing design book, Knits For You and Your Home by Debbie Bliss, featuring more than thirty projects that dare we say are….. self-indulgent. It is a well-known fact that knitters are exceptionally generous with their time and handiwork, the tendency is to knit for others first, sharing their special gifts with family, friends, and often charities. In this book, Debbie turns things around and puts the focus on you, and your home, as she explains in her introduction-
“Whenever I meet knitters I am reminded time and time again that they are some of the most selfless of people; so many times I hear the refrain ‘I am making this project for a friend/partner/grandchild’ or the classic phrase ‘I never have time to make anything for myself.’ So with this book of over thirty designs I hope to entice the crafter – if only for a short time – away from the projects they are planning to make for everyone else and to knit something for themselves.”
With her incredible instinct for knowing what knitters really want- simplicity, style, a soothing palette, and a splurge of luxury now and then, Debbie divides this book into four sections, each one setting a relaxing mood with a specific colour-
“Pamper is for the ultimate time out, so bring the spa into your home and put your feet up on a giant pouffe,
drift off with a sleep mask or make hearts containing relaxing lavender.” D.B.
Beaded heart-shaped sachets are filled with dried lavender, that familiar fragrance that stirs the memory and induces a sense of well-being. This is a simple and quick one ball project knit in Baby Cashmerino, the ultimate blend of luxury fibres. Have fun picking a calming hue from one of more than seventy colour choices.
Stylish and comfortable at the same time, this knitted pouffe provides extra seating for guests, as well as a child-friendly option for the living room or a footstool for those overworked tootsies. Knit in Cotton DK, a sturdy yarn with more than thirty colour possibilities.
“Cocoon has knits to envelop and comfort you, from super-soft throws
and a snuggly snood to cosy chair covers.” D.B.
Cables and bobbles add surface texture to an elegant chair back, in an easy one-piece construction with satin ribbons to tie. Knit in Rialto Chunky, a superwash merino available in twenty-six shades of opulence.
“Detox is for those who sometimes relax by pottering around. I relax by sorting out
my crayons by colour or my sketchbooks by size, rearranging my mood boards,
gently tidying (but nothing too energetic!), so in this section
I have included projects that will help you sort, stack and tuck away.” D.B.
This magazine holder keeps clutter under control and conveniently transports reading material from room-to-room or to the recycle bin. Knit in durable Cotton DK, in panels of garter stitch, a project well-suited for beginners.
Moss stitch texture and the palest shade of duck egg blue go hand-in-hand to create a well-organized space. Versatile and pretty to look at, this storage file is ideal for stashing away favorite recipes, catalogues, knitting patterns, or incoming mail. Knit in Cotton DK, a worsted weight yarn which gives great stitch definition.
“Indulge has projects to make you feel that little bit extra-special,
bringing some well-deserved glamour into your life.” D.B.
An ordinary pillow goes from drab to fab with this bargello-inspired cover knit with hours of rest and relaxation in mind. Choose these five complimentary shades of Baby Cashmerino or pick your own pleasing palette.