Happy Yarn

I called in to This is Knit yesterday. It’s ways lovely to drop in and chat with the ladies there! I brought a large amount of yarn with me, and had a look around the shop. Make sure the yarn is happy.

tik yarn tik yarn2I think they’re treating it well and it looks very happy, don’t you? They’ve now got a a rainbow of Swing sock in stock, as well as Silken Lace and Alpaca Sport.

I also sent a large box of Swing Sock off to the USA recently, it should be available in Portland any day now…

Not my colours

I’ve cast on two new things recently, for other people, and they aren’t colours I would usually choose. First, I recently knit a vest for my son, and now my daughter wants one as well. But she wants pink. Cotton Candy pink. daughterly vest

Yarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Cotton Candy

(the bag in the background is the one I bought in Edinburgh from KnitRunDig) I only cast on a few days ago but I am getting a bit bored of the pink. So I decided I should cast on some socks, since I’m sponsoring the Solid Socks group in Ravelry this month. But I don’t really want solid socks in any of the colours I have at the moment, so I cast on some socks for my mother.¬† I’ve never knit her socks before, and she’s spent the week minding my kids, so it’s only fair.

motherly socksYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Clear

Something in me is itching to cast on something dark and moody, but I need to finish these projects in the near future, so that will have to wait I think. And although these colours aren’t me, they suit the season and the day perfectly.

Happy Easter!

Corra the Firedrake

IMG_1764While 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 ūüôā

IMG_1758Heidi 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.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015

Hello from Scotland!

The yarn festival has been and gone, and it was pretty awesome. I wish I had more time to wander around it and had planned things I wanted to buy. But I still had fun. Credit goes to the organisers, they did a great job. Friday we got in and set up all the yarn:

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And then Saturday we arrived early and did the final bits of setup before the show started.

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We were really busy all Saturday, and I met and talked to so many people, which was just fabulous. People who I’d talked to on twitter as well as lots of new people. Saturday¬†night was the Ca-baa-ret, which was an experience all of it’s own (in a very unusual but entertaining way)

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I won a Wollmeise door prize:)

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Sunday afternoon was fairly quiet and I took some time to walk around and see some of the other stalls. I didn’t bring the camera though, bad blogger! But I did a bit of shopping, and a white hotel duvet cover makes a good backdrop for photos.

First, I found John Arbon and¬†massive barrels of fibre, and got sucked in by some. I braided it because it’s so soft and fluffy it needed some controlling. I’m pretty sure this is Merino Silk blend. I loved the fibre so much I may have to get some to dye¬†for the shop.

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Then I met¬†Joeli’s Kitchen¬†(bought her Bramble Fern¬†pattern)¬†Tilly Flop¬†(the card), Spin Pretty (a¬†large project bag) and Knitrundig (how cute are the elephants? I think a kid might steal this one) Oh and some patterns from p/hop (Larissa is lovely) but they’re in the car somewhere.

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And then suddenly it was over! We all¬†packed up and headed home. I’ll be on the boat back to Dublin soon, but not quiet soon enough. Now that I have some quiet time, I really miss my little people ūüôā

Shop Update: I’ve put some yarn back up on the etsy site, mainly single skeins of sock yarn that are leftover from the show. ¬†I’ll put up the rest of it up within the next week.

Playing with Fibre Concentric Collection

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.

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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.

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Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino DK in Purple

The first two patterns,¬†Gleninsheen (the yellow one above) and Tory Hill (purple) are knit with Dublin Dye Merino DK. ¬†The third, Borrisnoe (in blue), uses Alpaca Lace held double. I haven’t picked a favourite yet… although maybe Gleninsheen.

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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!

Howth

New socks for me, and a new sock pattern for you! These were a while working their way out of my head. The started off back in October, in a different yarn. But when I got past that point they just didn’t work. The biased rib just didn’t stretch enough to get them on my foot. So I tore them out, and eventually started again. This time in Dublin Dye Swing Sock. A bit of trial and error and some blind luck, and they work. And there was even enough yarn left over for a second (smaller) pair.

howth main photoYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Water Sprite

My little boy had been wearing his sister’s hand me down knit socks with his wellies, and it was time he got his own pair.

These socks are knit from the toe up, reversing the usual top down heel flap construction. The gusset increases are placed at the top of the foot instead of the side, allowing the biased rib to flow along the side of the foot and a simple ribbed leg finishes off the sock in no time.

The pattern is available through Ravelry now!

Follow Your Arrow 2

Once again this year I got sucked into the Follow Your Arrow KAL by Ysolda Teague. It was fun last year, even though I ended up giving the shawl to my mother. This time I went in with a strategy (knit the least lace), but of course it didn’t really work with the pattern. In the end I had to go with my gut, and that included ripping out clue 2B and knitting 2A instead when I realised I really liked it with clue 3A.

arrow2Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino Sock in Black Cherry

In the end I knit AAAAB. Before I saw the final clue I thought I might continue through with the A’s, but I really didn’t like the A border. i was going to run out of yarn for the last clue, so I used a second skein. But I decided I didn’t want that much Merino Sock left over, so I used a skein of Swing Sock from a different dye lot. The feel of the two yarns is the same, and the colour difference isn’t terrible. The rest of the skein might be a pair of socks for my daughter, she’s been asking for some!

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!

One step forward

For a while it seemed like my knitting was taking two steps back every time I thought I was making progress. Mostly my own fault of course. But finally, I’m getting somewhere.

I decided on Black Cherry for my Follow your Arrow 2 shawl. I did clue 1A and 2B and then saw 3A and thought it I’d really like it with 2A. So I tore back 2B and tried again. I’ve spent all week working on clue 3A (the smocking takes forever!) and yesterday started on 4A finally. I’m nearly caught up!

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And I’ve also been working on these little socks. When the first one was half done, I decided it should be a bit bigger. As in wider. Time to start over again. I’m supposedly working on these between arrow clues, but the shawl has taken all my knitting time.

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I’m not even entirely sure I have enough yarn for these. They could end up with a contrast cuff yet ūüôā¬† These are for the little boy, who is also very much one step forward two steps back at the moment. We’re potty training. All my patience is shot. But whenever I got him to try on his socks he tells me ‘keep knitting mummy’. I guess I have to follow directions, he is in control around here.

Shady Socks

DSC_8619xYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Old Gold

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 ūüôā