Heuston Hat

The weather in Ireland is still cold, cold cold. Especially at night, when the temperature is surprisingly close to zero. Basically, it is still hat weather. And it’s never too late in the season for a new hat, right?

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Heuston is a cosy, comfortable hat with a cushy cable and rib pattern that will stretch or relax to fit most heads comfortably. Knit in the round with DK weight yarn, the hat’s ribbed brim is folded over to give extra warmth around the ears. Perfect for yourself during a cold snap, or a quick gift for someone who deserves some extra warmth. I’ve knit many of these . At this stage most of the family have one, I just need to make my husband one for a full set!

But we aren’t the only people with cold ears. I’ve decided to donate the proceeds of this hat until the end of March to the Dublin Simon. The Simon Community are a charity who work with homeless in and around Dublin. They support homeless people and work with them to get them out of temporary accommodation and into permanent homes.

And to add to the fun, there’s going to be a Dublin Knit Collective knit along for the Heuston hat. Cast on is the 6th of March, and the deadline is April 3rd. If you finish a hat in by that date you’ll be entered into a draw for a skein of Dublin Dye Merino DK in the colour of your choice!

So a new hat, helping a charity, and maybe some new yarn too! I hope you’ll join us 🙂

Knitting and Stitching in the RDS

The days are getting shorter, the wind is getting colder, and Dublin is getting wetter. Halloween is nearly here and that means the Knitting and Stitching show in the RDS must be nearly upon us! It’s a little later than usual this year, the 12th to 15th of November. We will all be in need of some wool by that stage!

Dublin Dye will be at the show and for the first time we have our own stand! Look for us in the back right, stand J52. I’ll have mountains of colourful yarn in Lace, Fingering and DK weights. And I’m teaming up with Sweensie Crafts and Maria from This is Knit to provide you with gorgeous project bags and stitch markers too!

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And there are four tickets to the show up for grabs. If you want to be the proud owner of one, leave a message letting me know what colour you most want to see at the show, and I’ll draw winners on the 2nd of November. Good luck!

PS: If you’re booking tickets online, the code EX15 should get you a few euro off 🙂

Edinburgh bound

It’s been busy here lately, although you probably wouldn’t think from the online world, I fear I’ve been letting that slide. But I have been beavering away in the background, preparing for March… Specifically the 14th and 15th of March I’ll be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival! I’m pretty excited and working hard to make sure I’ve got enough yarn that there will be something for everyone.  As well as my existing yarns and colours, that includes small amounts of new yarns

Alpaca SportAlpaca Sport – This went out as part of the Irish Yarn Club February shipment. It’s an 80% Alpaca 20% Silk sport weight yarn. I have only just started knitting with it but it’s a luxuriously soft and a joy to work with. That’s it above, it’s a shame a photo can’t show you just how soft it is.

Plump Lace – This heavier lace weight yarn is the same as our Merino Lace but twice as thick. So 600m/100g, great for shawls and light sweaters. I actually bought it with a project in mind, I really want to knit Pivot out of it but just haven’t found the time yet. Or decided on a colour… Maybe Black Cherry, or maybe Charcoal. Or Purple?

Depending on what comes back from the show (All of it? None of it?) these will be available on the website afterwards. And of course some or all of them will be regular features in the Etsy shop afterwards. If you’ll be there and there’s something you want me to put aside for you to pick up at the show, get in touch.

My only problem is since I’m going to Edinburgh as a vendor, I’m not going to have a chance to wander the show or do any of the amazing classes. If you’re going to be there leave a comment to let me know, and make me jealous of all the things you will see and learn!

Looking forward

2014 was a great year for Dublin Dye. Lots of things going on, lots of yarn dyed, even a few patterns published.  It went from being a teeny, tiny spec of a ‘company’ to something with a bit of a presence. Personally, I feel I’ve accomplished something and am proud of that.

As for 2015, it is already looking even bigger and better.  There are lots of things planned, and I’m looking forward to new challenges. The year is starting out with the Irish Yarn Club, I’m currently neck deep in a new base and a new colour which will be going out to club members soon. Then in March I’m heading to Edinburgh Yarn Festival for my first ever yarn show.  This is huge and it terrifies me, but you’ve got to do things that terrify you sometimes, right? If I’m going to Edinburgh, then I’ve got no excuse not to do the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS. There are more patterns in the works by me and some other Irish designers. And I’m sponsoring a month in the Solid Socks Ravelry group. There will be prizes 🙂

I finished off 2014 at home (two small kids, babysitters aren’t worth it for a night out) trying to finish off a project. No reason for the rush to finish it other than I wanted it off the needles. It was annoying me. I’m still not entirely happy with it but I’ll share it anyway once it’s dry. I hope everyone else had a lovely New Year as well, and is looking forward to a great year to come!

Warm up for Winter Sale

It feels like winter is coming fast in Ireland. We had a lovely September, not a bad October, and a rainy wet November. Going to and from work (the day job) in the dark isn’t helping. I haven’t even got any yarn photos to share, because there’s not enough daylight. Maybe next weekend, last weekend when I was home it was too rainy for outdoor photos.

So to make the Winter seem a little more appealing, there’s the knowledge that hand knits come into their own in the winter. The lovely yarns become warm hats and scarves and socks that make the winter brighter. To help out with that, there’s 15% off all Dublin Dye orders on Etsy using the coupon code WinterWarmUp (it was going to be WinterIsComing, but it looked too ominous in all capitals) until 30th of November. That should help us all stay warm in this weather!

Knit and Stitch!

It’s here, it’s here! Today is the first day of the Knitting and Stitching show at the RDS in Dublin. I did seriously consider taking a stand this year, but in the end it was too much to take on at the moment. Maybe (hopefully) next year! But I did get asked by the Weave Spin Dye Guild to supply them with some hand dyed hand knits and some yarn.

dublindyeThis isn’t just any yarn though, it’s special Guild yarn!

spin yarnThey asked for a custom colour, based on their logo. Special, just for them. And who am I to say no to any colour request? So they have their own yarn now, with their logo on the label and everything.  There will also be a limited selection of other colours (mostly Swing Sock) at the guild stand all weekend (stand C60, along the back), so be sure to check it out and say hi if you see me. I’ll be there on Friday, I might get to show off my newly found spinning skills.

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I’ve become a little obsessed. S Twist will be at the stand too, maybe he’ll give me some pointers 🙂

HandmAid Knits

Next weekend is the ever popular HandmAid Craft Day! I was looking through my stash to see what could get donated, and realised I don’t have an awful lot of extra yarn. There’s some Dublin Dye yarn that will go (one off samples, discountinued yarns, and seconds) and some bits from my own stash, but I realised a lot of what I have is ends of skeins and odd half balls.  So I figured the best thing to do with them is knit:

elf babyThis little hat started off with the ElfBaby pattern I mentioned a few weeks ago. But unfortunately my yarn wasn’t going to last, so I had to make it smaller and less elfy. Still pretty cute though, and I’ll make a full Elf hat someday soon!

Little bits of leftover yarn also make good stripey hats. So that’s what I’ve been knitting this week.stripey hatsAnd there are more to come…

purple hatI hope to see you there on Saturday!

Penrose Tile

Carol Feller released a pattern today, Penrose Tile!

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Photo Joseph Feller

This beautiful shawl is knit with two skeins of Dublin Dye Swing Sock. Carol used Mustard and Ripple for hers, I’m thinking of Black Cherry and Charcoal for my own, but I’m changing my mind every day. Carol is offering a discount on the pattern for the first week and when you buy the pattern you get a discount code for Dublin Dye as well!

To go with the pattern, I’ve done a massive update of Swing Sock in the Etsy Shop. I have been avoiding the computer a bit but the dye studio has been busy and I’ve finally put all that yarn on to the website 🙂  What colour will yours be?

Stepaside

I’ve been trying to catch up with myself all week, but I think I’ve finally got there.  I was very productive last night while the husband was out – kids got fed and washed (some days much more of a struggle than others) some yarn got dyed and others got labeled, I got some knitting and TV time as well.  And I finished final edits on a pattern.

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Stepaside Socks in Dublin Dye Swing Sock

This is the first of three patterns that I’ll be publishing in the next few weeks.  I’m rather excited because it’s my first ‘Dublin Dye’ pattern.  This is also the first skein of Swing Sock that I dyed.  I’d put it up on Ravelry last night, and this morning I woke up to this:

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Apparently the ‘I’ll just quietly put this hear til the morning’ approach doesn’t work well when you start the pattern with ‘this is free for July’.  So go, quick, and add it to your Ravelry library while it’s free for July!

Special mention goes to UnderMeOxter for all her editing help, @jewelandarlin for the photos, WoollyThinker for her layout design skills and several test knitters.  WoollyThinker’s just published her own beautiful pattern, the adorable ElfBaby Hat that I am definitely going to have to knit!

Silken Lace

I’ve been a little negligent of the blog lately. My excuse is I was working on my first ever magazine pattern proposal.  It’d be amazing if it got accepted, but I’m definitely not counting on it!

In the mean time, the new Silken Lace went up on the etsy shop with no fanfare. It’s feeling a little unloved, honestly.

silken lace yarn hand dye

But I do love this yarn, even if it’s been a little overlooked. I made the beautiful Portico out of the sample skein. A lovely pattern and lovely yarn to go with it.  This is a 45% silk, 55% merino blend, strong and shiny and soft. A pleasure to work with. It’s currently being offered at an introductory price of just €20 a skein!  If this goes into a brick and mortar shop the price will have to go up, but for now it’s online only, and that means an online price. Don’t miss out!