I loved this jacket when I first saw it on the front of the most recent Debbie Biss magazine. I wasn't too sure if I liked the yarn or the colour but the jacket was perfect.
So when Gill and I attended a "Debbie Bliss" event at the Creative Sanctuary, not only were we entertained by Debbie talking about how she sources and selects her yarns and develops her pattern designs but we also got to try on several of her latest designs... including that jacket. And I discovered not only did the jacket look amazing on, the yarn and the colour were perfect too... as were almost all the colours available.
But much as I would have loved to have bought the yarn and come home to start knitting the jacket straight away I really couldn't justify spending over £70. And Gill reminded me that I had plenty of unfinished projects at home... like this one.
Nearly four years ago we went to an exhibition where I fell in love with this jacket by Marion Foale... The Gina jacket (and very similar in shape to the Debbie Bliss one now that I see the photos again).
Gill found me a pattern, I did tension squares, I knitted, I blocked, I stiched it together...
and it ended up looking like something I had made for a mishapen gorilla. It was too tight in some places, too big in others and the sleeves seemed to stretch about 6" when I blocked it. You'll understand why I never shared the results on here! In time I unravelled it all but couldn't face winding it into hanks so that I could wash out all the kinks in the yarn. What a waste!
However, inspired by our day out I came home, and in the true spirit of make do and mend, I wound the yarn, washed it and started a brand new cardigan... which so far I'm rather liking!
Maybe if I finish this and all the other half knitted stuff that's lurking by the side of my sofa I'll get around to making that Debbie Bliss jacket one day!