Venice Veste by Anny Blatt
I have been obsessed with Anny Blatt’s Venice Veste for some time, but the yarn was not available when I visited Paris, so I thought I was out of luck. But fortune has smiled on me! My father spent the month of June in Berlin, and hopped over to France for a few days to visit with friends. He texted me from France asking me if I wanted him to buy me some yarn. Did I WANT a gift of yarn? Does a fish have scales? Even better, he was able to get the yarn at a great price because of the Grandes Soldes. The Grandes Soldes refer to the two huge sales in Paris every year, one at the end of June, and one in January. Almost everything is discounted at that time and you can find amazing deals IF you are willing to battle the frenzy of ruthless shoppers all reaching for the same item as you!
Anny Blatt Fine Kid, Bouton d’Or Mango
As you can see, this was an amazing yarn gift! The Venice Veste uses a slip-stitch pattern that is knitted with one strand of fine kid yarn and another strand of a slightly lighter colored blue yarn held together.
Originally the pattern called for Anny Blatt Luxor, but that was out of stock, and my friend Fabienne, who works at the Paris shop Modes et Travaux, told me I could use the Mango yarn by Bouton d'Or instead, as it is the same color. She was really kind in responding to my emails and setting the yarn aside for my father so there would be enough for my project.
In case you are wondering why the Mango yarn is so tangled, it fell afoul of an international baggage inspector who apparently rifled through my father's luggage, it looked much better before its journey to me! There are other yarns involved in the Venice Veste as well. The jacket is edged with two black yarns that act as trim, the Anny Blatt Muguet and the Anny Blatt Victoria:
I had purchased those two yarns previously, thinking I might be able to find an American yarn to substitute for the blue skeins in the pattern. But luckily I can knit with the very best, I am so excited to begin!
Of course gorgeous new designs keep popping up all the time just to make our choices more difficult:
Anny Blatt has just come out with a new collection of knitting designs for Fall/Winter, called the Couture Collection 219, and there are some beautiful patterns! Knowing my houndstooth pattern obsession, you can see why this is my favorite:
Gobelin by Anny Blatt
You can find information about this sweater and all the other designs from the magazine that will follow here:
There are many beautiful designs but I am only sharing a few of them with you. One of my favorites is a beautiful fair isle sweater with a twist on the damask pattern:
And look at this innovative use of a cables in this luxe jacket:
Here is a zip-up Chanel-style jacket for everyday work wear:
And a fabulous variation on the checked patterns that are still so hot on the runways:
I also love the use of the herringbone pattern in this cool, modern pullover:
Unlike the Anny Blatt website, which charged me an arm and a leg to ship the last magazine I purchased, Aiguilles d’Or seems to have a more reasonable shipping fee—it was 11 Euros, so the magazine plus shipping was a total of $29. Assuming it gets to me safely, I will likely purchase other magazines in future from them. In the meantime, Happy Knitting everyone!