Stripes

My five year old is starting to prove herself useful for yarn photography. Her feet are too small to fit in my stripey socks, but if I set up a camera for her, she can press the shutter button over and over again 🙂

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Not every photo is perfectly centred, mind you, but it adds some charm, right?

I finished my stripey test socks, and I really love them. I made them a small bit bigger than usual, and they’re just super cozy and comfortable. I know striped yarn should use an afterthough heel or something similar, which doesn’t disturb the stripes, but I really prefer a gusset so I went with that.

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A little more attention to detail and I could have started the heel a few rows earlier, and made the blue and green stripes on the front match better. But I still love the socks, I think they turned out beautifully.

I have to admit, after the Knitting and Stitching show (which went well by the way, thanks for asking, and thanks to all the many people who came by the stand) I’ve been in a dyeing slump. My mojo is just gone, so I dyed some yarn for This is Knit and now I’m taking a little time off. Nothing to serious, maybe just Christmas… I’ve got to get working on the Irish Yarn Club afterall. Speaking of, sign ups close next week, are you in?

But my knitting mojo, that’s alive and well. I’ve got two new projects on the go, I’ll share them with you soon!

Studio Tour

Dublin Dye has had several homes over it’s lifetime. We started in the studio over This is Knit. From there we moved on to Elana’s ‘cottage’, the converted garage beside her house. But about 2 years ago that suddenly became unuseable, so I had to move. Fast.

shedNow the studio resides in my back garden, just there past the barbeque. I did a bit of shopping, and ended up fitting in (and fitting out) a 2*4 metre metal shed in the garden. Thankfully we have a relatively big garden (by Dublin city standards anyway), and room for such a thing!

kitchen sinkInside I’ve got a slightly ramshackle kitchen, which was kindly ‘donated’ by my in law’s in law’s, who had replaced theirs recently with something a bit more modern. An electrician and a plumber paid me a visit, and I was up and running! It is working out great to have the studio at home, because I can run in and out while minding the kids or cooking the dinner. The little ones are well used to me telling them ‘I’ve just got to run out to the shed for a minute, no fighting!’

shelvesAt the other end, I have storage. Lots of yarn, both dyed and undyed. And some tools and toys, because you can’t have a shed in the garden without everyone else trying to take it over. There’s even a snowman stuffed under the shelves, and usually a small bicycle or two shoved down this end as well.

potsI really like the skylight, it’s in the perfect location to see the yarn colour. I mostly use the pots for yarn, although the crock pots get used for roving. I’ve also used the ‘exposed beams’ to string a washing line back and forth across the ceiling, so I can hang yarn inside somewhere other than my diningroom on a rainy day.

So what’s cooking in the shed today?

experimentingThis skein doesn’t look like much, but it is the subject of a little experiment. If it goes well, it’s going to make some fabulous socks for my aunt.

When knitters travel

They (or at least, I, and Yarn Harlot, and others I’m sure) cast on socks. Preferably socks that don’t need a lot of thinking, so they can be knit on airplanes and airports and everywhere in between. So for my three weeks away, I cast on and knit socks. I finished these the day I got back home.

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Rarely do I want to wear knit socks in the middle of July do I want to wear knit socks. But a few times while I was knitting these I was hoping they’d be finished soon. But summer seems to have been poor on both sides of the North Atlantic this year. I got a few warm days in Ottawa, but not much else.

travel socks2Yarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Kaleidoscope

Back in Dublin, I may be wearing these this weekend! For now, the etsy shop is open again, and This is Knit got restocked. Next week I’ll be dyeing for online, keep an eye out for the update next weekend.

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 🙂

White is boring

I went outside on the back step to take sock photos, because it was too late in the day for inside photos. I brought a white board to put the socks on, while the cat watched. I think her expression tells you all you need to know:

bored catBored cat is bored. I then distracted myself with twitter where I realised it’s ‘Tarmac Tuesday‘. Well, the front of the house does get more light at this time of day.

tarmacAnd it gives a slightly more interesting background.These are for my mother (who’s foot is a good bit smaller than mine) so sock blocker photos are required. I borrowed the blockers from Cathyqtpi for the Yarn Festival in March, and they are quite nice. I must find out where she got them (or if you’ve come to visit Cathy, you can leave a comment!)

tarmac socks2Yarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Clear

I’ve knit a top down heel flap sock so often now that I no longer need a pattern. But I always credit them to Charlene Schurch, since her Sensational Knitted Socks is my go to basic sock resource. I think I got given the book by a friend who was moving back to the US, maybe 7 or 8 years ago? But it’s a really handy resource for sizes and standard patterns. Definitely one of my most frequently used knitting books. These are the Basic top down with a heel flap socks.

In dye news, there’s a new page over there on the left. Now that I’ve got more than one shop stocking my yarn, I can start a list 🙂  Dublin Bay Knitting in Oregon is now stocking Dublin Dye Swing Sock yarn, the first on the other side of the pond… Hopefully the first of many!

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…

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 🙂

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 🙂

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!

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!