Knit and Stitch!

It’s here, it’s here! Today is the first day of the Knitting and Stitching show at the RDS in Dublin. I did seriously consider taking a stand this year, but in the end it was too much to take on at the moment. Maybe (hopefully) next year! But I did get asked by the Weave Spin Dye Guild to supply them with some hand dyed hand knits and some yarn.

dublindyeThis isn’t just any yarn though, it’s special Guild yarn!

spin yarnThey asked for a custom colour, based on their logo. Special, just for them. And who am I to say no to any colour request? So they have their own yarn now, with their logo on the label and everything.  There will also be a limited selection of other colours (mostly Swing Sock) at the guild stand all weekend (stand C60, along the back), so be sure to check it out and say hi if you see me. I’ll be there on Friday, I might get to show off my newly found spinning skills.

handspun

I’ve become a little obsessed. S Twist will be at the stand too, maybe he’ll give me some pointers 🙂

HandmAid Knits

Next weekend is the ever popular HandmAid Craft Day! I was looking through my stash to see what could get donated, and realised I don’t have an awful lot of extra yarn. There’s some Dublin Dye yarn that will go (one off samples, discountinued yarns, and seconds) and some bits from my own stash, but I realised a lot of what I have is ends of skeins and odd half balls.  So I figured the best thing to do with them is knit:

elf babyThis little hat started off with the ElfBaby pattern I mentioned a few weeks ago. But unfortunately my yarn wasn’t going to last, so I had to make it smaller and less elfy. Still pretty cute though, and I’ll make a full Elf hat someday soon!

Little bits of leftover yarn also make good stripey hats. So that’s what I’ve been knitting this week.stripey hatsAnd there are more to come…

purple hatI hope to see you there on Saturday!

Penrose Tile

Carol Feller released a pattern today, Penrose Tile!

penrose tile 2

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?

Stepaside

I’ve been trying to catch up with myself all week, but I think I’ve finally got there.  I was very productive last night while the husband was out – kids got fed and washed (some days much more of a struggle than others) some yarn got dyed and others got labeled, I got some knitting and TV time as well.  And I finished final edits on a pattern.

stepaside sock

Stepaside Socks in Dublin Dye Swing Sock

This is the first of three patterns that I’ll be publishing in the next few weeks.  I’m rather excited because it’s my first ‘Dublin Dye’ pattern.  This is also the first skein of Swing Sock that I dyed.  I’d put it up on Ravelry last night, and this morning I woke up to this:

hotrightnow

Apparently the ‘I’ll just quietly put this hear til the morning’ approach doesn’t work well when you start the pattern with ‘this is free for July’.  So go, quick, and add it to your Ravelry library while it’s free for July!

Special mention goes to UnderMeOxter for all her editing help, @jewelandarlin for the photos, WoollyThinker for her layout design skills and several test knitters.  WoollyThinker’s just published her own beautiful pattern, the adorable ElfBaby Hat that I am definitely going to have to knit!

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 🙂

Silken Lace

I’ve been a little negligent of the blog lately. My excuse is I was working on my first ever magazine pattern proposal.  It’d be amazing if it got accepted, but I’m definitely not counting on it!

In the mean time, the new Silken Lace went up on the etsy shop with no fanfare. It’s feeling a little unloved, honestly.

silken lace yarn hand dye

But I do love this yarn, even if it’s been a little overlooked. I made the beautiful Portico out of the sample skein. A lovely pattern and lovely yarn to go with it.  This is a 45% silk, 55% merino blend, strong and shiny and soft. A pleasure to work with. It’s currently being offered at an introductory price of just €20 a skein!  If this goes into a brick and mortar shop the price will have to go up, but for now it’s online only, and that means an online price. Don’t miss out!

 

I probably shouldn’t steal from a nun

My aunt saw me working on some socks for my daughter while we were visiting a few months ago, and requested a pair. So I showed her some yarn, and let her pick some for a pair of socks as a birthday present for her. I don’t usually knit for people other than immediate family… but who would say no to the head of the family, who just happens to be a 70 year old nun?

Stone wall socksMakey upey graduated rib pattern using basic top down heel flap sock instructions from Sensational Knitted Socks. Yarn is Dublin Dye Swing Sock, colour Stone Wall.

But I really love these socks. I want to keep them, even if they are just a little big on me. But they’re my aunt’s socks, knit in the yarn my aunt chose. Keeping them would be like stealing from a nun, and that’d be wrong, right?  I must get my aunt’s address and get the socks in the post sooner rather than later, or she may never get them.

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…

YarnAndTheLiffey

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!

Momentum

Sometimes it feels like I have no time to knit. Or that the patterns and the yarn just aren’t working, or I’m not working with them, or I have an idea that just isn’t doing I want it too.

one sock

And then other days, something happens. This week there was some momentum behind the knitting, a few days ‘on holiday’ at the beach but not enough sun or heat (or dry) to spend much time actually at the beach… but lots of time to sit inside without the usual household chores while the kids played and I knit.  A simple straight forward sock that, although it’s bigger than I usually knit (for someone two sizes bigger than me) flew off the needles.

It’s been a long time since I knit a sock in just 5 days.  Now let’s hope the momentum can continue through the second sock.

second sock

Two rows down. I’m not going to count how many I have left to go.

PS: The yarn is this.

Twinkle Toes

twinkle bonfireTwinkle Toes is being discontinued, but I’ve still got some skeins left around here, about 15 or so I think.  So they’ll be used up over the next few weeks, and I’ll be putting them up on the website as a discount.  Some have already noticed and got in quick! I’ll put them in the Sale section on Etsy, if you want to take a peek. If there’s anything you’d like custom dyed, now is the time to speak!

PS: One more request to answer my quick one question poll 🙂