Knitting and Stitching in the RDS

The days are getting shorter, the wind is getting colder, and Dublin is getting wetter. Halloween is nearly here and that means the Knitting and Stitching show in the RDS must be nearly upon us! It’s a little later than usual this year, the 12th to 15th of November. We will all be in need of some wool by that stage!

Dublin Dye will be at the show and for the first time we have our own stand! Look for us in the back right, stand J52. I’ll have mountains of colourful yarn in Lace, Fingering and DK weights. And I’m teaming up with Sweensie Crafts and Maria from This is Knit to provide you with gorgeous project bags and stitch markers too!

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And there are four tickets to the show up for grabs. If you want to be the proud owner of one, leave a message letting me know what colour you most want to see at the show, and I’ll draw winners on the 2nd of November. Good luck!

PS: If you’re booking tickets online, the code EX15 should get you a few euro off 🙂

Penrose Tile

Carol Feller released a pattern today, Penrose Tile!

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Photo Joseph Feller

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?

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 🙂

Would you believe?

I had a feeling this morning, an inkling of a memory. A little dig through the This is Knit blog told me that Dublin Dye has been around for 6 years now, as of last weekend!  I was thinking it’s been 5, the time has flown by…

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So wander over to the This is Knit blog to read about Dublin Dye’s first outing at the Dockland’s festival in 2008.  I think we’ve come a long way since then!

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!