So I finally picked up a copy of the new Debbie Bliss Fall/Winter 2009 magazine, and this issue is chock full of goodies!
There is the always inspiring ‘Blissful Life’ section, where Debbie gives us a glimpse of a few of her favorite things – and where she includes a recipe for her Fantastic Fairy Cakes…
The knitting stories start out with The Need for Tweed, which includes 6 patterns that highlight the subtle beauty of her Donegal Tweed yarns. There’s a sturdy, over-sized cable knit tote, sweaters, and the dramatic red riding coat featured on the cover. These pieces will take you from early fall all the way through to the last cold days of winter.
The next story is Putting on the Ritz, which gives you 4 elegant jacket patterns for covering up those fancy holiday dresses, but which will also keep you looking chic for when you are out doing your holiday shopping.
Perhaps one of my favorite sections in the magazine is the Berry Nice story, with 6 beautiful patterns in juicy shades of berry. There is a lot to choose from in this section, from the cable-knit turtleneck sweater with beautiful openwork sleeves to an Alpaca Silk Aran wrap jacket with a double-ribbed shawl collar and ribbon ties. You’ll immediately see the difference between my style and Jaime’s style when you look at our picks:
Jenny’s Queue-worthy pattern:
Jaime’s Queue-worthy pattern:
There is a fabulous section on Fair Isle Knitting – which I am dying to learn how to do – and includes a pattern for a 1940’s retro-inspired secretary’s sweater and a sweet child’s beret.
For the kids, look no further than Animal Planet, which features adorable scarves with animal faces. With 4 different animals to choose from, you are sure to find something that pleases your little zoo-creature.
The New Softies story really makes me crave the cool days of fall! Knit in plush cashmere, these chunky patterns will fly off the needles before the leaves even start to change. They are all queue worthy but if I had to pick just one…
The preppy side of me enjoyed the Britannia Rules story, featuring home accessories knit in British inspired argyles and plaids. From throw pillows to dog beds, socks with leather soles and cozies for both your tea pots and water bottles, any of these knits would make wonderful holiday gifts.
The last knitting story in the magazine is Heaven-Sent, and includes three patterns for baby accessories. Knit in beachy shades of beige and blue, they offer a nice respite from the dark colors of fall.
Visit the issue on Ravelry, or pick one up at your local yarn/book store! ~Jenny