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?
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 🙂
When a friend and fellow blogger, JenbearDublin had a baby girl recently, I decided a new little girl deserves a new little baby cardigan. What I eventually came up with for her is Poolbeg. It is knit from the top down in one piece, with short rows at the neck line, and a slipped stitch raglan yoke. The pattern includes variations for short and long sleeves, and is sized up to 14 years.
Little baby É was even kind enough to model it for me, and she was a lovely model! You can see the slipped stitch pattern continues down the back of the sweater for a bit of visual interest. The pattern is available from Raverly, and the short sleeved sample is at my booth at the Knitting and Stitching Show (J52) until Sunday.
I’ve been completely slacking off on the design side of things. I have a pattern or two I want to get out, but I’ve been swamped by the day job, and haven’t actually had a lot of knitting time. Hopefully things will improve over the summer, I’ve got a good bit of time off from that day job 🙂
Thankfully, some others have taken up the slack! Two designers released patterns with Dublin Dye yarn in the last week.
First is Sia, by German designer Tanja Loumai. This was done with a single skein of Silken Lace in the colour Spring. and Tanja is offering a discount with the code ‘Dublin Dye’ until Sunday.
While I was away at the yarn festival, Heidi Nick released a pattern with Dublin Dye Swing Sock. Corra the Firedrake is a pair of socks inspired by the mythical not-quite-dragon creature in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I have to admit I haven’t read the books, but I like the socks. They’ve got a diamond and cable pattern on the leg, which eases into some straight forward lace before the heel and down the foot. An interesting pattern with hopefully a quick finish 🙂
Heidi kindly gave me some free pattern codes to share with anyone who buys a skein of Dublin Dye to knit them. If you want the pattern, just leave a comment when you make your purchase! Heidi’s also hosting a knitalong for the socks starting in April 1st.
I’m not the only one who’s been very busy lately! The lovely Deimne from Playing with Fibre has been working hard designed a beautiful cowl collection with Dublin Dye yarns.
Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino DK in Old Gold
The Concentric Collection features 3 cowls, knit in two different yarns, which were inspired by the gold gorgets (the most famous, Gleninsheen, can be seen here) in the National Museum of Ireland. The amazing gorgets are from 700-800 BC and made of thin sheets of moulded gold. They have strong horizontal lines of ribs, ropes and dots, which are echoed in these cowls.
Yarn: Dublin Dye Alpaca Lace in Clear, held double
The whole collection will be available for viewing (and petting, and trying on) at the Dublin Dye stand E6 at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this weekend. They are also free downloads on Ravelry until Monday. I recommend you go add them to your library now!
A housekeeping note, the Etsy shop is closed while I’m in Edinburgh. I just can’t guarantee stock while I’m there, and it will take a few days to get the listings accurate afterwards. I’ll work to get everything relisted as quick as possible once I’m back in Dublin!
Shady Socks is a pattern I wrote years ago… Possibly the first pattern I wrote! I wanted a sock with a simple lace pattern that was easy to remember, but looked more complicated. This is a straight forward top down sock, a quick knit and perfect for TV knitting (my main form of knitting, I have to admit). I’ve edited the pattern and formated with my new template, and republished it. The best bit is it is still a free pattern which you can download from Ravelry. Enjoy!
PS: Have you joined our Mailing List yet? At the end of the month I’ll be giving away a skein of yarn to one lucky subscriber 🙂
Still mostly avoiding the computer here, it’s great to spend some time away from it. I have had a chance to do the final edits on the pattern for my Grand Canal fingerless mitts. Grand Canal, because doesn’t that lace pattern look like the locks on the canal?
This pattern is for fingerless mitts in both lace and fingering weight yarn. Above is the lace, and although there’s a bit more kntting in them, I recommend trying it because they turn beautifully, and so soft and weightless you barely know you’re wearing them. I used the leftovers from my Portico shawl for these, and some Swing Sock leftover from a pair of socks for the fingering weight ones. That’s part of the reason I love knitting fingerless mitts. They’re a quick project, and they use up some of those bits of leftover yarn.
Grand Canal mitts are being offered at a reduced price of €2.50 for the month of September, then they’ll go up to the usual price of €3.50.
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?
Last year I knit my son a vest for his Christmas Day outfit. I also made one for the This is Knit baby. And now I’ve finally (8 months later) finished the pattern and put it up on Ravelry!
This vest takes only a skein or two of Dublin Dye Sock yarn and is knit in one piece from the bottom up. Three needle bind offs and picked up stitches mean this is my favourite sort of pattern – one where all you have to do after you finish knitting is sew in your loose ends.
If you know a little boy or girl would like a little vest, for Christmas or any other time, then you can get 25% off the pattern for the month of August with the code ChristmasinAugust.
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.
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:
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!