Saturday, March 14, 2015

I've moved!

I'm so happy to announce my new website:  debhossknits.com complete with blog - to where I've transferred all posts from this site.  Visit me there?  Hope you will. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Linda

I'm thrilled to announce the recent publication of Linda, my scarf design included among so many other lovelies, in Scarves, etc 4, a pattern collection by Quince&Co.

I named this piece after a dear cousin, who perhaps sent me luck in my submission to Quince's annual scarf call last fall.  It happened to coincide with some explorations I was doing at the time on knitted trims having just rediscovered Nicky Epstein's book Knitting on the Edge.  Lots of interesting stuff there but it was the fringe that caught my eye.  

I had given Marlene a scarf some years before with horizontal fringe.  I liked the twist on the classic – you didn't need to get to its ends to see it and when she wrapped it twice around her neck the fringe was everywhere – very fun!  So is Linda, I think, and I'm certainly grateful that Quince did too :). 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mitt research


My pal Bev and I often talk about our creative work when we're together, and as we do the similarities in our processes have become apparent.  She's a writer (here's her blog).   

I decided to set a few weeks aside in January to focus on fingerless mitts.  They'd be easy, I thought, allowing me time to rest a bit before taking on a next, more strenuous, cardigan design.  I started by studying patterns from other designers to understand mitt fit and measurements, then set out on my own.  A 1960s knitting dictionary I rediscovered on the shelf yielded several fresh abbreviated lace patterns (what a find!) that fit well into the condensed mitt format.

I was right, the mitts have been quick to knit (and fun).  Their design, however, has come with unique discipline, that made me think of Bev's blog posts and her challenge of creating a complete story with fewer words in a limited space – that she does so well.

I'll be posting an ebook with 4 patterns in a week or so, named for my girl Juliet's Lacy Mitt Series because she clamors for them, and now so do I.  We'll share.