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 🙂

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 🙂

Corra the Firedrake

IMG_1764While I was away at the yarn festival, Heidi Nick released a pattern with Dublin Dye Swing Sock. Corra the Firedrake is a pair of socks inspired by the mythical not-quite-dragon creature in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. I have to admit I haven’t read the books, but I like the socks. They’ve got a diamond and cable pattern on the leg, which eases into some straight forward lace before the heel and down the foot. An interesting pattern with hopefully a quick finish 🙂

IMG_1758Heidi kindly gave me some free pattern codes to share with anyone who buys a skein of Dublin Dye to knit them. If you want the pattern, just leave a comment when you make your purchase! Heidi’s also hosting a knitalong for the socks starting in April 1st.

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!

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.  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 🙂

Grand Canal

Still mostly avoiding the computer here, it’s great to spend some time away from it. I have had a chance to do the final edits on the pattern for my Grand Canal fingerless mitts. Grand Canal, because doesn’t that lace pattern look like the locks on the canal?

Grand CanalThis pattern is for fingerless mitts in both lace and fingering weight yarn. Above is the lace, and although there’s a bit more kntting in them, I recommend trying it because they turn beautifully, and so soft and weightless you barely know you’re wearing them. I used the leftovers from my Portico shawl for these, and some Swing Sock leftover from a pair of socks for the fingering weight ones. That’s part of the reason I love knitting fingerless mitts. They’re a quick project, and they use up some of those bits of leftover yarn.

Grand CanalGrand Canal mitts are being offered at a reduced price of €2.50 for the month of September, then they’ll go up to the usual price of €3.50.