Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Western obsession

My girlfriends can tell you all about my fascination with cowboys.  We've had more than a few laughs about it over the years :).  So in keeping with my patterns' personal naming theme, I dub this, my latest knitting design (with cowboy fringe!) – Bonanza.

Dad and I used to watch this 1960's tv series on Sunday nights, before (or after?) Ed Sullivan.  Maybe this is where my western obsession began.  Is it an accident I married a Hoss?  hee hee, a topic for my therapist..


Creating the fringe, a new-to-me technique, turned out to be very fun and easy.  Fabulous testers are working now to proof the numbers and text of my pattern, that I plan to launch mid-January.  It will be my first for 2015 – a nice start for the brand new year.  Yee-ha!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crosshatch

Super cute, no?  (The sweater too.)  Juliet and I had a fun day yesterday over breakfast, picture-taking, then lunch!  I got to spend lots of quality time with my favorite girl who, by the way, is recently engaged to the wonderful James!  Smiles all around.


Recalling art school days, and drawing 101, Crosshatch seemed a fitting name for this piece with its variegated yarn criss-crossing vertical ribs.  Testers are finishing up as I prepare to launch this pattern over the weekend.  I'll link from here when I do, but I just couldn't resist the early posting.  I get so excited.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Paper toys 2014

Christmas in September! at least for me, as I put aside my knitting and orchestrate annual gift giving assignments and their paper toys for special delivery to my 16 brothers and sisters-in-law.


We lost our brother Bill this year – our marathon runner.  All the Hoss men are athletes and by now most have settled into golf for sport.  Bill remained a runner to the end, competing in 66 marathons during his lifetime.  He, and we, are particularly proud of his 1981 Boston Marathon – finishing first place for his age group in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, and 15 seconds.

This one's for you Bill.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Estelle's Envy

Lillian Hildegarde, my great aunt, was born in 1898 the oldest daughter in my grandmother's family.  I knew she had polio as a child, that she had walked with a cane since then.

I knew she was the keeper of our family tree.  I spent one preteen summer with our royal typewriter re-keying her name lists onto new clean sheets.  I still have these pages.  I'm their keeper now.

Unlike most young women of her day she went to college. Single, independent, she lived alone in an apartment on Park Drive. Through family albums I learned more about her work at MIT.  She was a librarian. I saw her smiling back from photographs taken at her retirement party.

But it wasn't until much later that I discovered she was a writer a writer of steamy novels never published, about life, love, romance, and heartbreak. She wrote her chapters in Scribble-in Books little blank hardbound journals.  I have the one with pages numbered from 626 to 778.  I wish had more more.


As sweater tribute to my novelist, I plucked the fitting family-inspired name of my latest design from one of her characters a young woman named Estelle.  

Introducing Estelle's Envy – a slim pullover with alpaca collar abundance.

Pattern writing and testing are underway EPD (estimated publish date) 9/15/2014.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Innamorata

I'm having a great summer of knitting.  Let's Dance and Beach Weekend are published and my most recent, Innamorata, is nicely underway.  




This design is named for a Dean Martin song circa 1955 (almost before my time).  Marlene was a fan and if I close my eyes I can hear it playing from the stereo in our living room. 












Innamorata, Italian for "in love" and I've also seen translations as "sweetheart" and "soul mate" all of which I find fitting for this simple, delicate, and thoroughly romantic summer tee.

I hope you'll agree.  
 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Goings on


Let's Dance was published on June 23rd – hooray! – after another delightful experience with a great group of test knitters (thank you!).  This design is a first for me – top-down – and mastering that turned out to be a great experience too.  So much so that currently in test is Beach Weekend (below), that I spun off from this one.

Beach Weekend, named for a favorite pastime and because it's where much of its knitting happened, reused the Tilting Blocks lace, but this time I placed it on the sleeves, that are elbow length. The neckline is deeper, and the bodice is shaped instead of a-line.  My hoped-for publish date is July 21st and so far so good.  Test knitters seem to be having fun.  Me too :).   



Busy days at Deb Hoss Knits enterprise :).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Let's Dance

Test knitting is underway for Let's Dance, a top-down tee worked in a fun checkerboard lace.


The lace was my starting point for this piece, attractive for its simplicity and even texture that doesn't skew the resulting knit fabric.  It seemed to dance across the surface – hence its name.  (It's also named, in keeping with family lore association, for where my parents first met – at a dance, held in a Boston area hotel, the 1950's equivalent of match.com, bringing together 2 people whose paths may not have otherwise crossed, unless you believe in fate...)

Publication for Let's Dance is planned for June 23rd.  Meanwhile we're having fun with knit testing, and Juliet's wearing it all over town, happily.