Poolbeg

When a friend and fellow blogger, JenbearDublin had a baby girl recently, I decided a new little girl deserves a new little baby cardigan. What I eventually came up with for her is Poolbeg. It is knit from the top down in one piece, with short rows at the neck line, and a slipped stitch raglan yoke. The pattern includes variations for short and long sleeves, and is sized up to 14 years.

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Little baby É was even kind enough to model it for me, and she was a lovely model! You can see the slipped stitch pattern continues down the back of the sweater for a bit of visual interest. The pattern is available from Raverly, and the short sleeved sample is at my booth at the Knitting and Stitching Show (J52) until Sunday.

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My Painted Woolly Topper hat needed some matching mitts. And coincidentally, I was extremely curious about a new pattern from Ysolda (Kaerlig) which seemed like a perfect match. So I quickly gave in and bought Knitworthy 2.

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Yarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Malice

It’s the unique construction of these mitts that really got me. They’re knit side to side on the hand, and it wasn’t something I could quickly figure out on my own. Knitting them I did have some worries about the hand size, but I think that’s because I should have cast on for the large instead of the medium. To compensate, I knit the hand section bigger, and as a result the thumb smaller. But since I thought the thumb was bigger than I usually like, I was happy with this change. I ended up with what is (for me) the perfectly sized snug thumb.

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I do love the palm and thumb gusset, it’s very comfortable.

It’s Monday, so another Knitworthy pattern is due in my inbox any minute now! Hopefully something pretty to cheer me up at the beginning of what looks like a windy and wet week.  and as I was writing a new Knitworthy pattern arrived! Saudade, it is indeed very pretty, and maybe someday I’ll conquer my fear of colourwork 🙂

Don’t forget the Knitting and Stitching Show starts this Thursday. I’ve been working away, getting everything sorted for what will hopefully be an amazing weekend. I hope to see you all there!

Second verse, same as the first

I am a little way into my blue stripey socks, and they are just not stripey enough. I did know that would happen when I dyed it, but obviously totally ignored it.

blue socksSo when I got a bit bored, I did another skein. More stripes. Rainbow stripes.

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My problem is the skeining. It’s a real pain to get it back into a ball or a skein. Very labour intensive. I’m sure there’s a trick out there, because lots of people do stripes and I can’t imagine they take hours to reskein each one. Do they?

rainbowStill, the end result is very pretty, and will be lots of fun to knit with. I think my red is a bit too pink, and my orange maybe a bit to red. But I’ve wanted to do a rainbow for a long time, and it’s fun to play with the primaries

The only problem? A real bitch to get back into a sensible state. I need to find a way to do the skeining easily.

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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.

Weave

It was only a matter of time before the Weave Spin Dye Guild got me on the last craft – weaving. It’s something I’d been interested in trying for a while, but I got some news which gave me a push to learn. My grandmother’s 80 year old hand made loom has been dug out of my uncles and assembled, and donated to the local museum. But no one there knows how to work it, so when I go there for a visit, I’m supposed to help them figure it out. A daunting task, but it gave me a push to rent the guild loom for a month.

The first step is the warping board. Round and round the yarn goes, 170 times in my case.

warping boardThen setting up the warp on the loom took quite a while, but I followed the directions and googled occasionally for tips, and got it done.warped loomOnce the loom is properly warped, the weaving part goes pretty quick.

weavingI’m still getting the hang of it, but I’m pretty happy with it so far. I’m doing the stripes a bit random, since I’m not sure how far my yarn will go.

Check out the guild rental page if you’d like to give it a try!

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!

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.

One step forward

For a while it seemed like my knitting was taking two steps back every time I thought I was making progress. Mostly my own fault of course. But finally, I’m getting somewhere.

I decided on Black Cherry for my Follow your Arrow 2 shawl. I did clue 1A and 2B and then saw 3A and thought it I’d really like it with 2A. So I tore back 2B and tried again. I’ve spent all week working on clue 3A (the smocking takes forever!) and yesterday started on 4A finally. I’m nearly caught up!

arrow2Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino Sock in Black Cherry

And I’ve also been working on these little socks. When the first one was half done, I decided it should be a bit bigger. As in wider. Time to start over again. I’m supposedly working on these between arrow clues, but the shawl has taken all my knitting time.

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I’m not even entirely sure I have enough yarn for these. They could end up with a contrast cuff yet 🙂  These are for the little boy, who is also very much one step forward two steps back at the moment. We’re potty training. All my patience is shot. But whenever I got him to try on his socks he tells me ‘keep knitting mummy’. I guess I have to follow directions, he is in control around here.

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 🙂

Bricks and Mortar

Dublin Dye Company started above This is Knit in Blackrock, and although they’ve moved, we’re still big fans of theirs.  Not only because they’re the exclusive bricks and mortar stockist of our yarn, but they’re also lovely people.

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All these lovely skeins (I promise they’re lovely, despite my lack of decent camera or photography skills) will be making their way into This is Knit in the next 24 hours.  Hopefully they find themselves some happy homes from there.

Don’t forget the Etsy sale until the end of the month! WELCOMEBACK will get you a 15% discount.