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.

Zip it

I’ve been doing a lot more sewing in the last year, ever since I got the quilting bug at last year’s Knitting and Stitching show. I made two (only slightly wonky) quilts for my kids, and recently I decided I wanted to figure out how to make a box bag. This might also have been a result of the knitting and Stitching show actually, they were running a box bag course which I didn’t get around to taking.

The big problem with making a box bag was inserting the zipper… this wasn’t something I’d done well before. But I figured out my zipper foot on my machine, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

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When the kids saw me pulling out fabric and realised what I was up to, they requested bags too. The oldest has designated hers the marker case, and her brother’s is the crayon case. Very organised, my little girl, she must have got that from her father!

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I used this tutorial from DragoKnits, with some modifications.  I didn’t use interfacing, mainly because I didn’t have any. And I made my straps a different size. And *my* brown bag is big. Big enough to hold my spindle. I did that one with a 14 inch zip and 14*19 square of fabric. Mine is just big enough for my current ‘project’, some spinning. I got a spindle from Hilltop Cloud recently and I’ve been working on some yarn for a hat. I’m nearly there!

Enablers

I have to say, the Weave Spin Dye guild are nothing but a bunch of enablers. I went to a meeting recently (third Sunday of the month, Powerscourt balcony), to chat and catch up and see how things are going. Obviously I can’t bring much dye with me other than finished skeins, but others bring their weaving and spinning. Lisa from This is Knit brought this,

spinning wheelher Ashford Traveller spinning wheel. She rushed home to feed the baby, but left the wheel ‘in case anyone else wanted to try it out’.

I may have brought it home with me. For safe keeping. For it’s own good.

I also may have pulled out the lovely fibre that Cathyqtpi gave me a while ago. And I may have spun some.

spun yarnI’m definitely learning, although I’m not always sure *what* I’m learning.  I’m definitely headed down a slippery slope. I even hear rumours there is could be a spinning class at this year’s HandmAid Craft Day.

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!

Yarn poll

I’ve gone through a lot of yarn lately, so it will soon be time for a restock.  That begs the question….

Please do use the ‘other’ field or the comments to elaborate as much or as little as you want.

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a skein of Swing Sock!

First time

I finished clue 3 of my follow your Arrow Saturday evening (a very exciting weekend), and instead of going to another project I decided to give the spinning a go. spinning

This took an awfully long time, and it’s only half the fibre I have to spin (some leftovers not big enough to sell). I have no idea if my yarn is over or under spun, or how to ply it, or anything really.  But I made some yarn… I think!  Any tips on resources for what to do next?

Spin, spin, spinning!

Remember last year I asked for some people to spin some roving?  Well the results are in.  The samples I sent off found loving homes and turned into little skeins of yarn like this.

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Nerissa said “the whole time I was spinning it I kept wishing that there I had more to spin!”  I’m definitely taking that as a good thing.

I dyed some more last weekend, and since then I have found myself wandering around the house pulling little bits of fibre between my fingers, twisting them into tiny threads of yarn. My daughter (three and a half) has adopted some as a pet. I think that’s another good sign.  I can feel my ‘I don’t spin’ resolve slowly seeping away. But I just gave in to the quilting, maybe that will distract me for a while?

Anyway, I present the first (hopefully of many) new thing from Dublin Dye this year.

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The roving, along with a few skeins of sock yarn, have been added to the Etsy shop. We’re still having our MERRYCHRISTMAS sale on for 3 more days too! Finally, if you tune in tomorrow when we’ll have a guest post from Diane at the Dublin Knit Collective about her sample spinning. See you then 🙂

Do you spin?

I don’t. I’ve made a conscious decision not to spin, because I just don’t have the time. I don’t have the time for the hobbies I have already!  Of course I’m completely ignoring this logic when it comes to my desire to quilt, but that’s different. I’ve already got a sewing machine, and that makes it ok, right?

That said, at the suggestion of a few friends and customers I got some roving and dyed it. But how am I to know if it’s good? Does it spin well? Does the colour come off in your hands? Does it come apart too easily or not easily enough?

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That’s where you come in. I’d like a few spinners to try it out for me.  I’ll send you about 25g of superwash BFL fibre (free!) and you agree to spin it sometime soon, then get back to me with your opinion.  Sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is!  So leave a comment below and I’ll get in touch.  If there’s more people than roving I might even do a little draw.

I’d also like to hear from spinners on how you’d like the fibre to be dyed… short repeats or long? Or no repeats at all? Lots of colour or tonal?  I’m totally open ideas!

ETA I should stick an end date on this.  I’ll select people on Wednesday the 4th of December.   I’ll hopefully post to people on Friday.