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 πŸ™‚

stripes behind

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.

striped socks

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!

Painted Woolly Toppers

Earlier in the year I got a copy of Painted Woolly Toppers from the talented Woolly Wormhead. It’s a collection of hat patterns designed specifically for hand dyed yarn… what better book for a hand dyer to have on hand? It did sit for a while because the weather thankfully did not need hats! But with the cold autumnal weather upon us, I pulled out the book.

I had a hard time chosing, but really it was down to three Quoin, Risalire, and Vortice I even cast on. In the end I chose Vortice because I didn’t have any hand dyed aran weight for Quoin, and I didn’t want to knit garter stitch in the round for Risalire. I was looking for something not mentally taxing, and Vortice did that for me.

minion in a hatYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in colour Malice

I enticed a little (minion) human to put it on for me. It didn’t fit πŸ™‚ This hat is knit side to side in short rows. I made my usual adjustments to the pattern, and it turned out to be a fatal mistake.

vortice topI staggered some of the rows at the top when I shouldn’t have, and it resulted in the hat losing the bias effect of the original. Of course I didn’t realise this until it was finished. Entirely my fault, and I may have to knit another one to do it properly. Still, it’s a lovely hat and garter stitch always looks great with a hand dye, it’s one of my favourite knitting things.

Once I finished, I promptly cast on some fingerless mitts with the remaining yarn which I think will match perfectly. But more on them later πŸ™‚Β  I think I need to go back and knit Risalire as well, I think the style would suit me.

Blue Stripes

I had last week off the day job and lots of knitting time, enough time to finish a pair of socks. Critical to this was my husband also having the week off… so I actually got to sit occasionally, and not just run after children all week. Bliss. I read a whole book in 3 days too:)

Last year I knit a pair of socks for my Aunt, the family matriarch. When I saw her in July she was very complimentary of her hand knit socks, and (kindly) asked for more. When I asked what colour she’d like, she said ‘any’.

stripey bluesYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock

I think blue qualifies as any, so these are going to her. She’s visiting me this month, and it’ll be nice for her to have a fresh pair of socks before winter really sets in. Pattern is the usual, make it up as I go along. This time toe up, the exact oposite of the traditional top down sock with a slipped stitch heel. I could easily have done these top down, but I thought black toes made more sense than light blue, and that’s as good a reason as any. I’ve probably got enough yarn left for fingerless mitts, she may get some to match if I get around to it.

That is the same wall I took last year’s sock photo against. Apparently the ivy is not so slowly taking over. And here we thought we were winning the battle.

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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.Β  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!

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.Β  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 πŸ™‚

I’m a sheep

I give in and follow the crowd so easily! I’m joining in for the Follow your Arrow 2 MKAL. I just need to pick a yarn. I’ve narrowed it down to Icicle or Black Cherry.

arrowYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Icicle, Merino Sock in Black Cherry

I really enjoyed being part of the MKAL last year, but once I was done I gave away the shawl to my mother… I don’t actually wear a lot of lace. After I reviewed everyone’s finished arrows, I realised I liked the one with the least lace most. So this year my strategy is knit the clue with the least lace. My first problem is that neither of the first two clues has lace. I need another criteria I think! Any suggestions?

Looking forward

2014 was a great year for Dublin Dye. Lots of things going on, lots of yarn dyed, even a few patterns published.Β  It went from being a teeny, tiny spec of a ‘company’ to something with a bit of a presence. Personally, I feel I’ve accomplished something and am proud of that.

As for 2015, it is already looking even bigger and better.Β  There are lots of things planned, and I’m looking forward to new challenges. The year is starting out with the Irish Yarn Club, I’m currently neck deep in a new base and a new colour which will be going out to club members soon. Then in March I’m heading to Edinburgh Yarn Festival for my first ever yarn show.Β  This is huge and it terrifies me, but you’ve got to do things that terrify you sometimes, right? If I’m going to Edinburgh, then I’ve got no excuse not to do the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS. There are more patterns in the works by me and some other Irish designers. And I’m sponsoring a month in the Solid Socks Ravelry group. There will be prizes πŸ™‚

I finished off 2014 at home (two small kids, babysitters aren’t worth it for a night out) trying to finish off a project. No reason for the rush to finish it other than I wanted it off the needles. It was annoying me. I’m still not entirely happy with it but I’ll share it anyway once it’s dry. I hope everyone else had a lovely New Year as well, and is looking forward to a great year to come!

Shop Update

You might have noticed that there was a bit of a shop update over the weekend. Particularly some new laceweight colours, and DK Merino as well (ok, that’s been up for a week or so but I didn’t mention it here, so it doesn’t count)

laceweight

The laceweights include some Sparkle Lace I found hiding in a corner. The new Merino DK is the same fibre as our Merino Sock, lovely and soft to knit with. I’ve already gifted a little baby sweater in this yarn (without taking photos, bad blogger)Β and hope to knit something more with it, as soon as I get through the current queue of projects!

Don’t forgot the sale continutes til then end of the month, just use the coupon code WINTERWARMUP!

Warm up for Winter Sale

It feels like winter is coming fast in Ireland. We had a lovely September, not a bad October, and a rainy wet November. Going to and from work (the day job) in the dark isn’t helping. I haven’t even got any yarn photos to share, because there’s not enough daylight. Maybe next weekend, last weekend when I was home it was too rainy for outdoor photos.

So to make the Winter seem a little more appealing, there’s the knowledge that hand knits come into their own in the winter. The lovely yarns become warm hats and scarves and socks that make the winter brighter. To help out with that, there’s 15% off all Dublin Dye orders on Etsy using the coupon code WinterWarmUp (it was going to be WinterIsComing, but it looked too ominous in all capitals) until 30th of November. That should help us all stay warm in this weather!