Momentum

Sometimes it feels like I have no time to knit. Or that the patterns and the yarn just aren’t working, or I’m not working with them, or I have an idea that just isn’t doing I want it too.

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And then other days, something happens. This week there was some momentum behind the knitting, a few days ‘on holiday’ at the beach but not enough sun or heat (or dry) to spend much time actually at the beach… but lots of time to sit inside without the usual household chores while the kids played and I knit.  A simple straight forward sock that, although it’s bigger than I usually knit (for someone two sizes bigger than me) flew off the needles.

It’s been a long time since I knit a sock in just 5 days.  Now let’s hope the momentum can continue through the second sock.

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Two rows down. I’m not going to count how many I have left to go.

PS: The yarn is this.

Twinkle Toes

twinkle bonfireTwinkle Toes is being discontinued, but I’ve still got some skeins left around here, about 15 or so I think.  So they’ll be used up over the next few weeks, and I’ll be putting them up on the website as a discount.  Some have already noticed and got in quick! I’ll put them in the Sale section on Etsy, if you want to take a peek. If there’s anything you’d like custom dyed, now is the time to speak!

PS: One more request to answer my quick one question poll 🙂

Experimenting

One of the good things about the dye studio being up and running again (still not finished unfortunately, but workable) is that I can experiment again. I decided I wanted to see what would happen if I randomly separated a skein into parts, and dyed them seperately. So I cut all the ties in a skein but one, and I created four seperate bundles…

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What I got was a skein in shades of orangey red, with some shocking yellow.  I possibly should have added a little red to the yellow!  But it does give the whole thing a pop. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I have wound it so I could see where the colours went.

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I think the colours ended up mostly together, with the darker orange in the middle, then the lighter orange, then red then yellow. It should make an interesting knit, but what should it be? Also, if I split the skein differently would it end up with less grouped colours? I think this might require more investigation. And knitting.

Unfortunately my knitting time has been minimal lately while I got the Yarn Club finished (rumour has it some of the international skeins have already hit doormats) and getting the website and This is Knit stocked again (check out the twitter feed for some photos from the shop).  But that’s all done, and I think I’m going to relax a bit on the dyeing for a week or two, and knit instead.  I have three patterns I want to get out as well, so there’s still lots to do.

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!

Blackrock Vest

The first phase of the new Dublin Dye studio is complete. Progress is being made! And the online shop is officially shut for a little while.  So with not much better to do (hahaha!), I’m knitting.

Blackrock Vest

This little toddler vest is the same as the one I knit for my little boy at Christmas.  This one is on it’s way to a new baby who’s way too small for it.  He’s not even a month old yet, but cute as a button and already smothered in hand knits…  But I couldn’t possibly not knit something for the This is Knit baby!  Unfortunately I wasn’t organised enough to have it knit before I met him (he was only a week old) so it might give me another chance for baby cuddles.

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My ‘baby’ had to check it out as well.  Photo shoots aren’t always the easiest with two kids running circles around me!

The yarn is more Dublin Dye Merino Sock, this time in the colour Midnight.  The pattern is my own, which I’ve written up in sizes 6 months to 6 years.  If there’s anyone out there who’d like to test knit for me, please let me know!

Not just a Paddy’s Day sale

If I’d been born a *little* more on time, my name would have been Patricia. My father was thrilled with the idea of a St Patrick’s Day baby. Apparently I didn’t agree.  What that means is that this isn’t just a Paddy’s Day sale, it’s a ‘Paddy’s Day Is Not My Birthday’ Sale. Or a ‘Paddy’s Day Is Almost My Birthday’ Sale, whichever you prefer.  It’s also a small bit of a ‘help get the new studio up and running’ sale 🙂

So today through Wednesday March 19th, everything at dublindyeco.etsy.com is 20% off!  After that the new studio won’t be done until sometime in April and I’m going to be away for a little while between now and then. So I’m going to put the shop on ‘holiday’ for about a month, until the studio is running and some new stock is ready to go.

That should include some new yarn, either a sock yarn or lace yarn, which would you prefer to see online first?

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!

Follow Your Arrow

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I was deterimined to finish my ‘Follow Your Arrow‘ shawl before casting on a new project.  Mainly because this shawl isn’t really me, and I don’t think I’d ever finish it if I put it down.  It’s beatiful, but I’m not a fussy lace sort of person.  I knit this more for the fun of joining in with all the other knitters following their arrows. And it never hurts to have a few samples around in my own hand dye.

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The yarn, which was Dublin Dye Merino Lace in the colour Troublemaker, tends to look purple in some light, and blacker with flashes of pink in others.  This photo gives you an idea of how the light plays on it, and the hint of pink showing through in places. I really love this yarn, but then anything with merino and silk will win me over no questions asked.

The pattern was definitely interesting.  I didn’t choose any of the unusual shape elements of this pattern, and ended up with a fairly traditional lace shawl in the end.  part of me regrets not choosing option A from the first clue, but I’m still happy with how it turned out.  I followed clues BABBA, but if I were to do it again, I think I’d do AABAA. Who knows, I’ve got quite a bit of yarn left (I only used 40g in the end) so I can still do something else with the remaining yarn!