Not quite a FO & a lovely book

When a review copy of the new Debbie Bliss bookKnits for You and Your Home, arrived a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to get started and quickly cast on two projects from it. I showed you the first last week and this is the second...
Unblocked lace collar
PATTERN: Lace collar by Debbie Bliss
YARN: Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace (Extra Fine Merino Wool Superwash) in colour 44002

The knitting is finished but it's not yet blocked - which will make a world of difference - and I haven't attached the ties, but I couldn't wait to share it with you - the current state of my disrupted house means it could be weeks before anything new is blocked! I'll try to remember to post a 'before and after picture' when I get around to blocking it.

Not normally a lace knitter, I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed this project - I'm repeating an earlier comment by saying I wish there were charts in the Debbie Bliss books, but this one was really easy anyway and perfectly simple to knit. Without the ties, it weighs less than 11g so there is also enough yarn for 3 more, or something else entirely! 

There are plenty of other lovely projects in the book which, as the title suggests, covers items for the home and the knitter. These 3 are my favourites... 
Book review - Debbie Bliss 'Knits for You and your Home'
I would LOVE to knit all of these up in Debbie Bliss yarns as they really do go so well together. The smaller projects I've made with DB yarns and patterns have all been perfect, but sadly many of these garments would end up out of my price-range in the suggested yarns - the waterfall jacket would cost somewhere in the region of £180, but oh how I wish!

Marketed as an enticement to the selfless-knitter, there are projects for the crafty person to make for herself which go beyond yarn and needles, including these...
Book review - Debbie Bliss 'Knits for You and Your Home'
There are lots of patterns to choose from within the 4 different sections - I will happily substitute the yarn without a second thought for the following, which may well end up in my project list.
Book review - Debbie Bliss 'Knits for You and your Home'
This is my third Debbie Bliss book (I also have Knits to Give and The Knitter's Year) and it's very much what I have come to expect. Beautifully photographed and presented with a good selection of projects which range from little things (eg hanging lavender hearts or a watch strap) to larger garment including those pictured, and several medium sized items in between.  

The book is out now (in hardback) with a RRP of £18.99 but is available to order for £12.15 on Amazon with free supersaver delivery  (or $15.44 from Amazon.comwhich is great value for so many useable patterns. The patterns are not on the Ravelry database at the time of writing, and I'm keeping an eye on the errata page of the DB site as I have found a few revisions there for other publications, but this is a book which I can imagine coming back to many times. 

Linking with: FO Friday

8 comments

  1. I like the pink circle sweater in the book!! It looks really comfortable. And it's great that you can steer yourself away from making the projects with the yarn "they need" -- great for the budget!

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  2. There's some lovely stuff isn't there? I rather fancy that letter rack :)

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  3. I like the red socks with the pompoms. :-)

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  4. Thank you for sharing some of the projects in your new DB book. It looks like there are some really fun and useful projects in there.

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  5. I can't wait to see it blocked, because it already looks incredible! How long did the knitting take? Xx

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  6. I saw that book mentioned elsewhere and didn't really feel it was something I would use, but it now seems more appealing....I like the look of the White wrap/shawl, I've been thinking about a project like that recently for a gift...I like the knitting roll too.

    I've been catching up with your previous posts (my days have gone very pear shaped!) and there are so many inspirational ideas....but I'm reckoning one of those journal books would not go amiss for me!

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  7. You must have one huge bookcase with all of these books you review. This book intrigues me. I'm fascinated by lace collars. I'm itching to make some as I love Downton Abbey.

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