Would you believe?

I had a feeling this morning, an inkling of a memory. A little dig through the This is Knit blog told me that Dublin Dye has been around for 6 years now, as of last weekend!  I was thinking it’s been 5, the time has flown by…

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So wander over to the This is Knit blog to read about Dublin Dye’s first outing at the Dockland’s festival in 2008.  I think we’ve come a long way since then!

Swing Sock

I have never been in love with our ‘Twinkle toes’ sock yarn.  It’s a good yarn, it takes dye well, but I love my socks to be super soft, and it’s just not quite there.

So I decided to find a new wool/nylon sock yarn, one that I love just as much as the Merino yarn, but with some nylon.  And this is it:

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I used this yarn for some socks last year (which I’ve now realised I didn’t blog, must fix that) and they quickly became one of my favourite pairs. The yarn is lovely and soft, as soft as the pure merino. But the nylon adds some strength perfect for socks or other hard wearing projects.  And the colours… And I think it takes colour pretty well, don’t you?

Do you want to try the new yarn? It’s already up on the Etsy site! Or, leave a comment here and tell me which colour is your favourite (or a colour you’d like to see)… and I’ll draw some names in a week’s time (May 9th) and send a skein each to two lucky winners!

Personally, I’ve already got a skein of ‘bog’ (the brown on the right) put aside for some socks for my aunt… But I’m in love with almost all of them.

Up and running

It’s taken a while, but the new studio is up and running. Not quite finished (that could be months away!) but to a point where I can do some work in it.  My priority now is to meet the Irish Yarn Club deadline, but a few non-club skeins have been in the dye pot as well.

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These few drying over the weekend are the new sock yarn that will be replacing Twinkle Toes. I love this new yarn, and will be sharing all the details with you soon!

Storm damage

Ireland has been battered and bruised by the weather this winter, a lot of rain, wind and cold. Unfortunately the dye studio has been damaged by the weather. Between that and some other factors, I’ve decided it’s time to move. Plans are being put in place as I write, and I hope I’ll have my new studio in place around the end of March. This means that until then, there won’t be any shop updates, either online or This is Knit.

The up side is I will have a new studio, which is something that really needed to be done. I had been putting it off because moving was more difficult (and more expensive) than continuing in the old space. But the new space is going to be more convenient and have better use of space, so overall it’s definitely a good thing. All the other plans for this year are still moving along, including the Irish Yarn Club, new yarns and new colours!

Love, Yarn

My brother has a love of punctuation, as well as a dry a sense of humour.  When writing to eachother, we will often sign off with ‘Love your sister’  and ‘Love your brother’… it’s a command, not a endearment. valentines yarnBut today it’s a bit of both.  For Valentine’s weekend there’s a 3 day sale on all yarns.  The coupon code ‘LOVEYARN’ will give you 15% off anything and everything in the Dublin Dye shop.  Because we know you love yarn, and you know yarn loves you.

Frolic with Fibre: Spinning for Dublin Dye Co

I asked for some volunteers recently to spin some new BFL fibre I’d tried dyeing. I was hoping for some feedback from real spinners, and not just my own ‘it still feels soft and didn’t rinse out any colour’ analysis.  What I got back from Diane was much more than I expected, so I asked if she minded making it a blog post.  With that, I introduce our first ever guest blogger: Diane from Dublin Knit Collective!

When the Dublin Dye Co. called out for spinners to take their dyed roving for a test spin in “Do You Spin?”, I enthusiastically waved my hand up in the air yelling, “YES! Pick me! Pick me!”

And so…I was one of the lucky spinners to receive 25g of superwash BFL roving from Yvonne.

Blue faced leicester is my favourite fibre and in its roving form, it is my choice when teaching beginners to handspin.

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Fibre Preparation: The roving was very soft, and there were no patches or areas of felting noted along the length of the sliver. The main two colours in this roving sample had saturated in various tones throughout the fibres during the dyeing process. Pulling apart the roving lengthwise was very easy as I made up strip of fibre for pre-drafting, which was done with very little effort.

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Handspinning the BFL roving was a dream with a my non-balanced homemade drop spindle. The dye remained on the fibres and did not run onto my fingers.
Here is 25g of BFL, WPI of 12 = 4 ply / worsted weight

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I soaked the new plyed yarn in a warm bath of Eucalan for 20 minutes and the colour did
not run. 23 metres of this lovely yarn is skeined up and being admired for now until I find a knitting project for it….

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Dublin Dye Co. Superwash BFL roving, hand spun on Diane’s wonky homemade drop spindle.

Spin, spin, spinning!

Remember last year I asked for some people to spin some roving?  Well the results are in.  The samples I sent off found loving homes and turned into little skeins of yarn like this.

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Nerissa said “the whole time I was spinning it I kept wishing that there I had more to spin!”  I’m definitely taking that as a good thing.

I dyed some more last weekend, and since then I have found myself wandering around the house pulling little bits of fibre between my fingers, twisting them into tiny threads of yarn. My daughter (three and a half) has adopted some as a pet. I think that’s another good sign.  I can feel my ‘I don’t spin’ resolve slowly seeping away. But I just gave in to the quilting, maybe that will distract me for a while?

Anyway, I present the first (hopefully of many) new thing from Dublin Dye this year.

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The roving, along with a few skeins of sock yarn, have been added to the Etsy shop. We’re still having our MERRYCHRISTMAS sale on for 3 more days too! Finally, if you tune in tomorrow when we’ll have a guest post from Diane at the Dublin Knit Collective about her sample spinning. See you then 🙂

And the winners are

I’ve drawn a few names, sent a few emails, and hopefully some people will get some roving in the post soon!  Thanks to everyone who volunteered, and I’ll let you all know what the result of my little market study comes up with 🙂 Nerissa, Lisa, Diane, Laura and Sue, I’ve been in touch.

Do you spin?

I don’t. I’ve made a conscious decision not to spin, because I just don’t have the time. I don’t have the time for the hobbies I have already!  Of course I’m completely ignoring this logic when it comes to my desire to quilt, but that’s different. I’ve already got a sewing machine, and that makes it ok, right?

That said, at the suggestion of a few friends and customers I got some roving and dyed it. But how am I to know if it’s good? Does it spin well? Does the colour come off in your hands? Does it come apart too easily or not easily enough?

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That’s where you come in. I’d like a few spinners to try it out for me.  I’ll send you about 25g of superwash BFL fibre (free!) and you agree to spin it sometime soon, then get back to me with your opinion.  Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is!  So leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch.  If there’s more people than roving I might even do a little draw.

I’d also like to hear from spinners on how you’d like the fibre to be dyed… short repeats or long? Or no repeats at all? Lots of colour or tonal?  I’m totally open ideas!

ETA I should stick an end date on this.  I’ll select people on Wednesday the 4th of December.   I’ll hopefully post to people on Friday.