Some Designers Design

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.

The second is Plain Sailing by Jane Howorth, using a few skeins of Merino DK, in Midnight and Alge.

There’s also a SUMMER SALE going on over on the Etsy Shop. Use the code SUMMER2015 until the 7th of July! After that I’ll shut the shop for a week or two while I enjoy some proper down time 🙂

Guild Dyeing Workshop

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On Sunday I ran a dye workshop for the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I think a good time was had by all, certainly some beautiful yarn was painted… I almost asked a few people to write down what they’d done so I could repeat it for the shop 🙂

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The wonderful Jenny at Crafty Tails declared herself dye photographer, and kindly let me use her photos since I took none of my own.

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Everyone got two skeins of yarn each, one the Swing Sock base (75% merino, 25% nylon) and the other Merino DK.  They had a selection of primaries to mix and play with, and come up with whatever colour they could think of. I helped where needed but mostly they played with colour and yarn. And they came up with some beautiful colours, don’t you think?

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They all went home happy with yarn dyed by their own hands, I can’t wait to see what they look like knit up!

And since today is cyber Monday (and I’m feeling a bit of pre-Christmas cheer) I’ve put FREE SHIPPING on everything in the Etsy shop. Just for 24 hours!

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!

Grand Canal

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?

Grand CanalThis 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 CanalGrand 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.

Blackrock Vest

Blackrock VestLast 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.

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!

Oh, Canada, Sale

Not everyone knows, but I grew up in Canada.  I’m Irish too, but I like being Canadian as well.

Very few Irish people realise that July 1st is Canada Day. It’s our national holiday to celebrate when Canada became a country (in 1867, with the British North America Act). It gets a little overshadowed by it’s equivalent three days later from that Country just below.  What can I say, we’re still an understated people.

But I want to spread a little Canada love with a little Canada sale.

canadian yarnAll full price yarns on Etsy has been reduced.  And, for my Canadian friends, free shipping to Canada.  The sale will last until Sunday the 6th, or until stocks last 🙂

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.

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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!

 

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.

Merry Christmas

The day is almost over, and it went as well as could be expected.  Tired toddlers have been bundled into bed and I have no desire to do anything more than sit on the sofa and watch TV.  Well, that and go to bed and read on my new Kindle 🙂

I did finish the little boy’s vest in time, and he looked darling in it.  Here he is on the bike he got for Christmas.

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I wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who’s supported me this year.  It’s been a bit rollercoastery here on occasion, but it’s great to be back and to get involved in things like the This is Knit Irish Yarn Club and the Weave Spin Dye guild.  I’ve got more plans for 2014 including new yarns and of course fibre.  To share my thanks for keeping with me, there’s a coupon code for 15% of in the Etsy shop. Just enter MERRYCHRISTMAS at the checkout until January 15th.  There’s still free shipping until the end of the month as well, so double sale 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy New year!  Now, where’d I put my Kindle?