Episode 25 Designer Interview

Hello all! Welcome to the Hudson Valley Knits Podcast. I hope you enjoy my chat with colorwork Designer Deborah Tomasello of PatchworksByDebi at the end of a podcast. She is donating a pattern to give away!


I’m going to come right out and say it. I need more test knitters. I only have 2 so far and would like at least 2 more. There is a thread with all the details in my Ravelry group so please go check it out if you are interested in test knitting. I knit my shawl with Lost City Knits Twin Canyon Fingering which is a beautiful Merino/Silk blend with 500yards per skein. Lost City Knits Foothills Fingering 100 Merino wool at 560 yards per skein. Another luscious yarn that is little less expensive but still beautiful. 

Senior Love Along is getting closer!  I am collecting cotton wash clothes to hand out to seniors living in homes during the holiday season. Please hold on to your washcloths until later in the year. There is an FO thread where you can post a picture of each of your washcloths. Each one you make is a chance to win a prize! Check out the chat thread to see pictures of all the lovely prizes!



Marc’s cable sweater knit with Bainin by Virtual Yarns. Designed by me with the help of Craftsy class Custom Cable Pullovers by Carla Scott

Canadiana Sock with Fishknits Yarn Superwash Strong Heart Self Striping Sock Yarn Canadiana 

Wee Cria by Ysolda using Cashsoft DK by Rowan

All other WIP’s on hold until Marc’s Rhinebeck sweater is done.


Blue Striped Rag Socks using Patons Kroy sock yarn.

Mitered Crosses Blanket square

Spinning – 




Still working on the Puni style Rolags from Naturally Knitty in the Spring, Sprang, Sprung color way. Slowly but surely….loving the process

Rolags from Blue Barn Fiber on Etsy. Colorway Kansas Merino and Baby Alpaca blend. Not liking these rolags at all. Getting tangled up in themselves and not carded nice. All clumped up and dare I say slightly felted in some spots. Spun on my Lendrum 

Just got some punis from On The Round of Angora and Merino blend. LOVE this fiber and the wonderful and friendly service from Rachel. spinning up so beautifully on my Greensleeves Spindle http://www.greensleevesspindles.com

Shash Enhancements:

Angora and Merino punis from On The Round in natural colors

Canoe project bag from Jan Smiley’s Esty Shop

Pattern Giveaway! Donated by amazing color work designer Deborah Tomasello you can win a copy of her InfiniTam pattern which is really more like a mini book! 31 pages long you can make in infinite number of unique tams using the different pattern selections she gives you to choose from. To find out how to win check out the thread in my Ravelry group. Also check out her huge Ravelry Group ColorworksByDebi

You have to be a member of the group to win.

Colorwork socks

I have been working diligently on my second pair of socks and they are coming along nicely. I find I enjoy knitting socks for a few reasons:

  • They are quick
  • Not a lot of finishing work
  • Stay interesting by changing often

I don’t get bored knitting socks because the heel and gusset break it up and keep it interesting. The only finishing work is grafting the toe, which I think is easy.  I also love to knit with lots of colors. 

This pair is a learning experience as far as knitting with 2 colors at a time. I knit the leg part of the sock the way I do my fair isle sweaters which is weaving through every other stitch. The problem doing this on the sock is it makes it very tight and not enough stretch to get the sock on easily. For the foot part I have started knitting inside out and now I am carrying the yarn instead of weaving it. This should enable a little more give when I try to get the sock on. I sure hope when this is done I will be able to get this sock on my foot!

Here it is inside out:


The sock inside out

The sock inside out

and turned right side out:


Right side out

Right side out


I picked up the Barbara Walker book from the library. It is the 2nd of her knitting pattern series called A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Wow, there are a lot of patterns in this book! I don’t think I would ever purchase any of her books. I don’t need this many patterns. This book is for the designers out there who love to design their own patterns. Maybe I will design my own sweater some day, but if that day comes I would just borrow it again from the library. I think I will cancel the holds on the other books. My curiosity is satisfied.

In the Barbara Walker book there are other helpful articles including one on changing a pattern to knit in the round which I found interesting and helpful. Her introduction was nice reading too, but I will save my $30 for other things. Like the designer I just discovered, Alice Starmore!

What beautiful designs! I am in love with them and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of her books. I have ordered some via the library and I put the ones that are still available for purchase in my Amazon wish list. Maybe when I get my tax return I will allow myself this little treat. A lot of her work is out of print, but you can still get them if you order yarn from her store. It is a little pricy and then the exchange rate makes it even more expensive. One day I am going to order one of her kits. I must have one, but I will have to take my time choosing. This will be a tough decision!

Not only are her patterns works of art, but the colors she has created for her yarns are just breathtaking. She has 4 colorways named after different aspects of nature. I love all the colors and the way they go together. Amazing. The stories that are behind the colors are so interesting. You must go read about them on her site! The colorways are named Moor and Mountain, Sea and Shoreline, Birds, and Summer Isle. The colors she has are all taken from her natural surroundings in Hebridean island where she was born and still lives. She takes you there with her stories. It makes me want to make a sweater with her yarns so I can wear a piece of that beautiful island’s beauty. Go see for yourself!