a little treat

this weekend was way too short, so short in fact that I lounged around and didn’t do much yesterday! mostly because I was so tired from hanging out with leah (we didn’t want the fun to end! well that and I dragged the poor girl all over philly in the cold).

socktober...almost second pair

this is pretty much all the sock knitting I did between friday and monday, I was that close to getting another pair done for socktober. oh well, maybe I’ll work on it when Angela comes to hang out. unfortch, I think I already have to undo that meager progress because maybe I kinda, sorta, perhaps picked up the wrong needles. oops

tdr collar
I love the little collar
I would have those socks done if I wasn’t so enamoured with this little jacket. it’s a short sleeve puff sleeve blouse/cardi from stef’s upcoming book – I get a little preview since a) we’re good friends and b) I’m going to let her borrow it as a sample model. nope, I don’t feel any pressure at all! my stitches are juuuuussst fine. this is knit on 6’s (4mm) and uses about 800 yards I think – I happen to have just enough yarn I’m trying out for the store in the right weight. the yarn is a wool/cashmere/angora blend which is making a cozy knit. I was worried about the angora content, but so far so good. There’s a little bit of flying angora, though nothing has been making me sneezy or itchy.

I don’t know how much of the finished sweater I can show, once I get there I’ll check with stef. I bet this will be a fast knit (words of doom).


another sample I’m lucky enough to play with is this pumpkin color yak. yeah.100% yak dude. it’s so freaking soft, especially after you wash it. the resulting fabric is buttery with a nice drape. this knits up to worsted or aran weight (5.5mm, 4.5 spi, 100gr/165yds) and I think it’s destined to become a hat (probably from lmkg). I’ve been helping the company with color and price suggestions, but I wanted to ask you guys what a comfortable price point would be for you. like I said, I think of this as aran weight, it comes in a 100gr hank, and it’s a luxury fiber up there with cashmere – how much do you think a hank should be? here’s another picture for you if that helps.

sorry this post seems to be going all over the place, but I’m currently hiding from all the kids looking for candy. I even went out to dinner tonight just to avoid them. I feel like I’m in training to be that crotchety neighbor all the kids avoid. (“that’s where old bitter purl lives, I wouldn’t go there!”) but I’m nice to knitters…

debbie bliss
think of this as my litte treat for you – or my monday give away…..on tuesday. yeah. that’s it.
so if anyone would like a bunch of db yarns, just let me know in the comments. all I ask is for you to pay shipping.

and you even get a random halloween link that has nothing to do with knitting- a halloween history. I especially love 2004.

happy halloween!

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  • Carla October 31, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    I’m not shy- I would take some! 🙂

  • Saleknitter October 31, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    The yak yarn is beautiful. I have no clue as to the pricing! My family and I were hanging out in Philly this weekend…went to the Penn/Brown football game. Sorry to say Penn lost again in overtime. Immediately after we headed to the campus store to drop some major cash on sweatshirts and caps. Of course during the entire time I was trying to figure out how I was going to fit in a visit to a yarn store! No luck…after we headed to a nearby hangout to eat some hoagies and cheesesteaks. It was a heavenly weekend…I was able to knit on the train and knit at the game.

  • melissa October 31, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    trick or treat!
    don’t tempt me with stefanie’s book, it’s still so far away!
    i’ve never tried any of the cashmerinos before, consider me interested!

  • Gwen October 31, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    I’d love to try some of the alpaca silk! I love each of those fibers individually, but have yet to work with them together.

  • LEO October 31, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    I would loooove any of those DB yarns! Especially an alpaca silk!

  • Melissa October 31, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    Ooohhh–I’ll take anything I can get, please! 🙂

  • alyson October 31, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    I want the sock yarn! What is it? I need it!!!
    I want yak yarn!! (I bought two ounces of yak down at my fiber festival this weekend…I can’t wait to try it now.)
    Travis and I actually ducked down beneath the couch tonight when someone knocked on the door – I have no idea what possessed us to cower and hide from children. We forgot to buy candy (but honestly, don’t kids know the porch-light-rule anymore?) I even wondered for a split second if I could give out yarn and old knitting needles.

  • Pamela October 31, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    How generous of you! I would gladly take the cashmerino chunky off your hands if you are still looking for takers. As far as a pricepoint for the yak yarn, maybe $15-25 per hank? Any more than that and I think most knitters stop thinking “oooh, the luxury” and start thinking “maybe acrylic blend isn’t so bad after all”.

  • Belinda October 31, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    There is nothing like a bit of DB to bring one out of hiding. Count me in too!!!

  • Lolly October 31, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    I am quite intrigued by this orange – er, pumpkin – yak yarn. That sounds amazing. And that little number for Stef is tres adorable! 😉

  • erin October 31, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the info about yak yarn. I saw some Japanese yak yarn in the lys and I was wondering. The db yarns look like candy, maybe you could have handed that out to the kids 🙂

  • Adam October 31, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    Haha, I’m totally avoiding the kids too! I’m just like my grumpy old neighbors next door!

  • jennie October 31, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    I love yarn. I’ll take yarn!
    yak! I’m not even sure, under pressure, that I could conjure up what a yak looks like (how sad is that?). But it sounds like luxury (of the exotic variety, like baby camel).
    I was a crotchety old lady this halloween too, but mostly because the kids here came trick-or-treating YESTERDAY. I was totally unprepared.

  • jessie October 31, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Amen to avoiding the kids! I figure if I’m gonna buy candy… I’m gonna eat it!

  • Ashley November 1, 2006 at 12:38 am

    I didn’t want to give out candy either, I unplugged my doorbell and took a nap.

  • Lauren November 1, 2006 at 2:48 am

    Does the yak have to die for the yarn to be acquired?
    Regardless, I’d guess it would go for at least $40.

  • Illanna November 1, 2006 at 4:32 am

    The yak looks totally different than I expected. I think I would pay $50 a skein for that kind of yardage and something that was like cashmere. I wouldn’t think it was outlandish to charge more though- that’s a huge hank if it’s aran weight and that many yards. Your socks look great and I’m jealous of your little pouch there.

  • kris November 1, 2006 at 4:39 am

    go on, tell us about the sock yarn! it’s gorgeous!

  • Christine November 1, 2006 at 6:58 am

    I was supposed to go to Philly this weekend, I’d already mapped out the yarn stores and was going to go to them while by boyfriend worked. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go. Glad you girls had fun!

  • gleek November 1, 2006 at 8:09 am

    mmmm, i love the look of that yak yarn. if you think that it’s luxury (ie. up there with cashmere) then i would expect to pay around $35-$40 a hank, i think. that’s what i’ve seen lobsterpot go for. anyway, all your projects are looking great!

  • Liz K. November 1, 2006 at 8:18 am

    What were you doing in Philly? I was lurking about Loop this weekend and did only a minimal amount of damage…
    That yak is awesome.
    And yes, some DB would be nice!

  • diana November 1, 2006 at 9:29 am

    Pumpkin yak? Awesome.

  • Veronique November 1, 2006 at 9:48 am

    I pre-ordered Stef’s book as soon as I saw the cover!
    Hmmm, pumpkin yarn…

  • amanda November 1, 2006 at 9:51 am

    Pretty yarn! You know we’re kinda crotchety too and thankfully no trick or treaters last night. I’d hate to have to put down my knitting every few minutes just to hand out candy.

  • Shelli November 1, 2006 at 9:52 am

    The yak yarn is beautiful! I have no idea how to price it though, I can never afford those nice yarns so I am no educated as to pricing at all!
    I’d love the chance to knit some beautiful DB! (see previous sentence)

  • aija November 1, 2006 at 10:29 am

    I love that orange yak! I have no idea what a good price point would be, but no matter what it is it will be interesting/helpful to hear about it (how its collected/made)– I’d assume its pretty tough to get hair off a yak! 🙂

  • Jude November 1, 2006 at 11:14 am

    I guess I’m a day late, but if not I would love any of the yarns. Too busy with Halloween yesterday.Looks like the alpaca silk is the favorite, mine too, but they are all luscious. The pumpkins color of the yak yarn is gorgeous, a perfect soft orange. I don’t have a blog, just read them.

  • stacey November 1, 2006 at 11:28 am

    The orange yarn looks incredibly soft and bouncy. As for a price point, I don’t really buy the luxury yarns for that reason….
    I can’t wait for Stef’s book to come out – it is sure to be amazing!

  • melissa November 1, 2006 at 11:37 am

    ooh, that yak is lovely! i have no idea about price – $30?
    i would love any of that yarn if it’s not too late to say so.

  • Stephanie November 1, 2006 at 11:57 am

    I love the peak at the sweater – and it sounds really cute. The yak is divine, but you already know what I think about the price. I’m still jealous you and Angela are going to hang out. Sob.

  • Steph November 1, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    pumpkin yak…hehe, that sounds gross. But, at Imagiknit the other day there was this yarn that was a mix of wool, yak, cashmere, mohair (anything else? I think that was it), soo amazingly soft, going for about $26 or so.
    Short puff sleeve thingy?? I’m intrigued!

  • jillian November 1, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    I can’t WAIT for Stef’s book to come out. As well as Domiknitrix’s book!
    Sounds like you have many new luscious yarns coming our way!

  • Jennifer November 1, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try yak yarn! It looks lovely.

  • Sarah November 1, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Ooh, fancy you, getting to play with all those fun new things! That yak looks totally fabulous. I wish I had a point of reference for how much it should cost, but alas, I cann afford the luxury yarn at this point so I don’t even look at it! Enjoy knitting with it though, it really looks like it should be buttery soft.

  • keohinani November 1, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    wow, exactly how much yarn do you have to give away?
    is that project bag from piddleloop? dude, i just bought one from them and OMG, i LUUUUUURVE it. my other project bags worked well, except that my metal DPNs would poke through the material. not good. not good at all. well, actually, i looked on pure knits and the bags there don’t look exactly the same as mine. but still – very very cool.
    anyway, nice yarn eye candy in this post 🙂 esp. the sock yarn. *sigh* i love socks. socks, i get. sweaters? not so much…blahhhhhhh.

  • Suann Pliner November 1, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Beautiful sock. If I’m not mistaken, it looks like a Fleece Artist product… I just finished the same colorway. They are wonderful to wear.
    I know I’m kind of far down the line, but if there are any leftovers… 🙂

  • Suann November 1, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful sock. If I’m not mistaken, it looks like a Fleece Artist product… I just finished the same colorway. They are wonderful to wear.
    I know I’m kind of far down the line, but if there are any leftovers… 🙂

  • Robin November 1, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    The yak looks intriguing! You can certainly count me in on the bid for the DB yarn!

  • lauray November 2, 2006 at 2:14 am

    So this is where u r at now. I’m sorry, such a doh! I had way too long a brk. Didn’t realized u moved blog. Was wondering how come you stopped writting since bloglines didn’t keep track. 🙂 Love the Yak yarn.

  • Patricia November 2, 2006 at 8:47 am

    The yak yarn looks so touchable. Love the print on the knitting bag.

  • Teyani November 2, 2006 at 10:03 am

    pumpkin colored yak.?! Be still my heart.
    and the little puff sleeve cardi peek is soooo tempting. We want to see some more… purdy pleez?

  • Leah November 2, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    I had to take a bit to recupe too!! 🙂
    I love the yak! It’s even better in person folks!! So soft & spongy!!
    I’ll add to the chorus of wanting Stefs book now!! March can’t come soon enough!

  • keohinani November 2, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    there are worse things than playing with makeup, and putting together crazy outfits in the middle of the night…like if you did the two together and went out on a street corner in some shadowy place, trying to make money to support your knitting habit. just sayin’.

  • Tandi November 6, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    I’m salivating just looking at all those DB yarns!

  • Nik November 7, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    I would love to get my hands on some of that yak. That orange looks nice and rich, so I’m assuming that other colors would be just as beautiful.

  • Tara November 7, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    I heart Debbie Bliss yarn!

  • Chris November 11, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    I love the color of that sock in the first picture.

  • Krista McCurdy December 1, 2006 at 1:45 am

    what is that sock yarn! I want some! Are you going to put up that colourway for sale? also, post some more, please? I love reading your blog; the colours are so inspiring.