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!

Help! (or: wool felts)

I know, I’m a knitter, don’t I know wool felts? Last year I bought a sweater I really liked. It was a lovely soft red wool with cables and 3/4 dolmen sleeves. Comfy and warm, one of my favourites.

I put it in the washer. It was an accident, I swear. I know better.

I don’t have a lovely cabled dolman sleeved sweater anymore.
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But hopefully I will again.  I’m not entirely sure it will turn out and I’ve never knit a dolman sweater before.  I don’t have a pattern. I have an idea and a hope, really.

Although there’s only one half done sleeve here, I’m actually on sleeve 3 now, and there will probably be a 4.  I’m not happy with the neckline (again, one sleeve has already been ripped), so I started the other sleeve since taking the photo, and I like it better. Which means I’ll have to redo the first one. Sigh.

But really, I’m posting here for a bit of help. Do I or do I not cable the back of the sweater? Should I cable the sleeves even? What would you do from here?

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!

Penrose Tile

Carol Feller released a pattern today, Penrose Tile!

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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?

Blackrock Vest

Blackrock VestLast year I knit my son a vest for his Christmas Day outfit. I also made one for the This is Knit baby.  And now I’ve finally (8 months later) finished the pattern and put it up on Ravelry!

This vest takes only a skein or two of Dublin Dye Sock yarn and is knit in one piece from the bottom up.  Three needle bind offs and picked up stitches mean this is my favourite sort of pattern – one where all you have to do after you finish knitting is sew in your loose ends.

If you know a little boy or girl would like a little vest, for Christmas or any other time, then you can get 25% off the pattern for the month of August with the code ChristmasinAugust.

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!

 

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.

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.

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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.

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

PS: The yarn is this.

Swing Sock

I have never been in love with our ‘Twinkle toes’ sock yarn.  It’s a good yarn, it takes dye well, but I love my socks to be super soft, and it’s just not quite there.

So I decided to find a new wool/nylon sock yarn, one that I love just as much as the Merino yarn, but with some nylon.  And this is it:

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I used this yarn for some socks last year (which I’ve now realised I didn’t blog, must fix that) and they quickly became one of my favourite pairs. The yarn is lovely and soft, as soft as the pure merino. But the nylon adds some strength perfect for socks or other hard wearing projects.  And the colours… And I think it takes colour pretty well, don’t you?

Do you want to try the new yarn? It’s already up on the Etsy site! Or, leave a comment here and tell me which colour is your favourite (or a colour you’d like to see)… and I’ll draw some names in a week’s time (May 9th) and send a skein each to two lucky winners!

Personally, I’ve already got a skein of ‘bog’ (the brown on the right) put aside for some socks for my aunt… But I’m in love with almost all of them.