We’re loving the Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran. It’s a superwash merino wool with a tight twist for a lovely light, spongy feel. Cables, bobbles and stitch patterns are beautifully defined by the quality of this yarn. And there’s a gorgeous colour palette with winter whites, berry shades, misty blues and soft greens. Sandra recommends this yarn for her Aran Block of the Month class.
We also like the Rialto Aran book that’s full of striking photographs shot in Haworth, home to the Brontes, and on the surrounding Yorkshire moors:
And of course there are some lovely womens‘ designs, including this curved edge cardigan:
You should also have a look at Kieran Foley’s stunning Fair Isle Rapids scarf that’s knit with Rialto Aran, in Knitty’s Winter 07 issue. He says the scarf is reminiscent of the deltas and rapids of New Zealand’s braided rivers. If you follow the link, be sure to go to the final photo for a close-up of the fabulous design. It’s very inspiring.
And while we’re on the subject of Debbie Bliss yarns, we’d be remiss not to mention another favourite, the luscious Luxury Tweed Aran that’s 85% wool and 15% angora. It’s a super soft tweed which is a bit of a rarity. Use this one to knit Jared Flood’s Cobblestone Pullover, a Dublin inspried rustic men’s sweater. I’d love to knit this sweater for my handsome groom but he’s not really a sweater guy. That’s good news or bad news, depending on how you look at it. Anyways, when I showed him the photo he mumbled something about finishing my other projects first. Okay. Fine. I’ll cross the humungous XL pullover project off my list. Really, see if I care. Trust me there are many other options on that list…