You know how much I love Debbie Bliss. Seriously, a brilliant woman. Well I love to read her magazines. I particularly like this issue. Why? Ok let us get this out of the way, I have have an article in this issue about the adventures we had with the Gawthorpe Hall designs. That was nearly a year ago, I can’t quite believe that. This article gives you an in depth look into all the inspiration behind those designs and you can download the patterns from Ravelry.
My lasting memory of the visit to Gawthorpe was all the laughter we had on that day. You can read about the day here. On the car journey on our way back from Lancashire to Cheshire. I was driving Debbie and Claire Montgomerie back to the train station. I can remember one particular roundabout just outside Burnley where I nearly crashed the car – we were laughing so much.
If you ever get a chance to hear Debbie speak, take the opportunity – she is so self-effacing and downright funny. If you are in London this weekend she is holding a Woolly Woofers workshop in The Queen Elizabeth Room at Southwark Cathedral from 2-4pm this Sunday. Visit Debbie’s facebook page to check out the details.
So put that aside, there is a very kind review of my book as well - *blushing*
‘But what about the content?’ I hear you cry. Yet again there is an excellent mix of patterns in this issue, modern and fashionable knitwear. The colourful aran collection is absolutely stunning.
I always fall in love with the modern accessories. Look at this hot water bottle cover – so scrummy.
Few designers really share their thought processes and design inspiration, but Debbie always includes a really good section on what is currently inspiring her and there is also a wonderful article with her top knitting tips. There is also an article about my new knitting crush, True Brit Knits. I spied these badges a while ago and knew I wanted one. The ‘prefect’ style appeals to my sense of humour. Sorry. Pop by their lovely website if you fancy your own.
Finally there is a great review of the Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. I went to the exhibition last weekend and loved it. The crochet items were particularly impressive. Such style, such drape – couture at its best.
The shop was well stocked as well. So all in all. I love this magazine, plenty to get your teeth into and very quintessentially Debbie. (Of course you can always buy online here)
Disclaimer: Whilst I do collaborate with Team Debbie Bliss – I am under no obligation to publicise Debbie Bliss- Conway Bliss apart from being a mega fan/stalker and official part-time cheerleader.