Debbie Bliss is a powerhouse: her brand goes from strength to strength with the regular launch of new yarns, pattern books and her twice yearly knitting magazine, which is published on both sides of the pond we call the Atlantic Ocean. On top of all this in the Spring she launched a homewares collection with great gifts for knitters who have enough yarn in their stash to keep them going for some time. Stitch mug and tea towel - check! Knitting aid apron - check!
Debbie Bliss Magazine, issue 13, is in the shops now. As well as showcasing the many facets of Debbie's business it contains some great articles and patterns. The only way a British reader would know that the magazine also caters for the American market is by the mention of 'fall' instead of 'Autumn' and adverts for wool stores in the US.
Now here comes a confession: I'm slightly biased when it comes to reviewing this edition because I've written an article in it all about the ways to keep in touch with Debbie Bliss via social media. Reader, I'll leave it up to you to decide whether you like that feature or not. Elsewhere there's a great round-up of Debbie's new pattern books and yarns, without giving them the hard sell. Luscious photography certainly makes the yarns look attractive. I also like the 'Ask Rosy' page with knitting questions. I was glad to see I'm not alone in wondering how to tell if a small amount of yarn will last for another row or not. The '25 ways to be a better knitter' article contains some good tips.
Pattern-wise there are lots for women and children, with a range of garments, accessories and gifts. My favourite is the Ombre Sweater that channels the on-trend ombre look with varying shades of blue at the bottom of a cream, cosy jumper.
It's great to see this British designer (who is just as lovely in person as her designs are) going from strength to strength and conquering America! In the UK you can buy a magazine subscription online from GMC Publications.