Playing with Fibre Concentric Collection

I’m not the only one who’s been very busy lately! The lovely Deimne from Playing with Fibre has been working hard designed a beautiful cowl collection with Dublin Dye yarns.

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Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino DK in Old Gold

The Concentric Collection features 3 cowls, knit in two different yarns, which were inspired by the gold gorgets (the most famous, Gleninsheen, can be seen here) in the National Museum of Ireland. The amazing gorgets are from 700-800 BC and made of thin sheets of moulded gold. They have strong horizontal lines of ribs, ropes and dots, which are echoed in these cowls.

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Yarn: Dublin Dye Merino DK in Purple

The first two patterns, Gleninsheen (the yellow one above) and Tory Hill (purple) are knit with Dublin Dye Merino DK.  The third, Borrisnoe (in blue), uses Alpaca Lace held double. I haven’t picked a favourite yet… although maybe Gleninsheen.

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Yarn: Dublin Dye Alpaca Lace in Clear, held double

The whole collection will be available for viewing (and petting, and trying on) at the Dublin Dye stand E6 at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this weekend. They are also free downloads on Ravelry until Monday. I recommend you go add them to your library now!

A housekeeping note, the Etsy shop is closed while I’m in Edinburgh. I just can’t guarantee stock while I’m there, and it will take a few days to get the listings accurate afterwards. I’ll work to get everything relisted as quick as possible once I’m back in Dublin!

Edinburgh bound

It’s been busy here lately, although you probably wouldn’t think from the online world, I fear I’ve been letting that slide. But I have been beavering away in the background, preparing for March… Specifically the 14th and 15th of March I’ll be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival! I’m pretty excited and working hard to make sure I’ve got enough yarn that there will be something for everyone.  As well as my existing yarns and colours, that includes small amounts of new yarns

Alpaca SportAlpaca Sport – This went out as part of the Irish Yarn Club February shipment. It’s an 80% Alpaca 20% Silk sport weight yarn. I have only just started knitting with it but it’s a luxuriously soft and a joy to work with. That’s it above, it’s a shame a photo can’t show you just how soft it is.

Plump Lace – This heavier lace weight yarn is the same as our Merino Lace but twice as thick. So 600m/100g, great for shawls and light sweaters. I actually bought it with a project in mind, I really want to knit Pivot out of it but just haven’t found the time yet. Or decided on a colour… Maybe Black Cherry, or maybe Charcoal. Or Purple?

Depending on what comes back from the show (All of it? None of it?) these will be available on the website afterwards. And of course some or all of them will be regular features in the Etsy shop afterwards. If you’ll be there and there’s something you want me to put aside for you to pick up at the show, get in touch.

My only problem is since I’m going to Edinburgh as a vendor, I’m not going to have a chance to wander the show or do any of the amazing classes. If you’re going to be there leave a comment to let me know, and make me jealous of all the things you will see and learn!

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)

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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) 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!

Catching up

I meant to post last week, but the world did that thing it tends to do every now and then, and threw us a curve ball. We’ve spent the week catching up with ourselves.

I had two knitting projects I was working on.
Husband socksThe first is a pair of socks for my husband, in Wendy Roam I picked up at Handmaid Craft Day last year.

mossy bellsThe second is Mossy Bells for my daughter, in Noro Silk Garden Sock.  I’ve had this in my stash for years, it was originally supposed to be a Clapotis, but there wasn’t enough.

They were both irritating me, the sock yarn is a bit rough (although fine for sailing socks for himself) and the Silk Garden is hard on the hands. I love silk, but one day I will have to admit that my hands don’t appreciate it. Not today though. The other think I should have learned by now is that ribbed socks are so boring, and not even my netflix subcription can make them interesting. Especially in a mens size 11.

So I cast on something else, in my new sock yarn.

shady socksSome selfish knitting, socks for myself.  They are a pattern that I wrote years ago, but it needs some work and some new photos.  So that means new socks 🙂 Yellow, because everyone seems to be talking about yellow lately, and I got sucked in. I’m nearly done the first sock.

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.

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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!

 

Follow Your Arrow

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I was deterimined to finish my ‘Follow Your Arrow‘ shawl before casting on a new project.  Mainly because this shawl isn’t really me, and I don’t think I’d ever finish it if I put it down.  It’s beatiful, but I’m not a fussy lace sort of person.  I knit this more for the fun of joining in with all the other knitters following their arrows. And it never hurts to have a few samples around in my own hand dye.

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The yarn, which was Dublin Dye Merino Lace in the colour Troublemaker, tends to look purple in some light, and blacker with flashes of pink in others.  This photo gives you an idea of how the light plays on it, and the hint of pink showing through in places. I really love this yarn, but then anything with merino and silk will win me over no questions asked.

The pattern was definitely interesting.  I didn’t choose any of the unusual shape elements of this pattern, and ended up with a fairly traditional lace shawl in the end.  part of me regrets not choosing option A from the first clue, but I’m still happy with how it turned out.  I followed clues BABBA, but if I were to do it again, I think I’d do AABAA. Who knows, I’ve got quite a bit of yarn left (I only used 40g in the end) so I can still do something else with the remaining yarn!