It’s Autumn

The weather has definitely turned, and winter is on it’s way. It’s not here yet though, so technically I’ve finished this just in time.

autumn whispers

It would have been more in time however had it been finished a year ago! I started this as part of Carol’s KAL last year. I was intrigued by the sleeve construction.  This is the first time I knit a contiguous sleeve, and if you trust it it works out perfectly.

autumn shoulder

When I got past the sleeve construction and I guess I got intrigued by other things. But I chipped away at it every now and then, and last week someone gave me a little push to get it finished. Two evenings of concentration later, I’ve finally finished it.  You can see I went for the longer sleeve option, and I lengthened the body as well. I am also tempted to extend the collar and add a button. But for now it’s done, and that feels good.

autumn cables

Pattern: Autumn Whispers by Carol Feller
Yarn: Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock, unnamed colour (almost Water Sprite)

It’s going to take a little trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS as a sample garment on the Weave Spin Dye guild stand, and then I can wear it 🙂 I’ll be at the stand as well on Friday morning, stop by and say hi if you’re there!

PS: The guild stand will have some Dublin Dye yarn including a new special colourway dyed for the guild!

 

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.

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:

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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!

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 🙂

Experimenting

One of the good things about the dye studio being up and running again (still not finished unfortunately, but workable) is that I can experiment again. I decided I wanted to see what would happen if I randomly separated a skein into parts, and dyed them seperately. So I cut all the ties in a skein but one, and I created four seperate bundles…

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What I got was a skein in shades of orangey red, with some shocking yellow.  I possibly should have added a little red to the yellow!  But it does give the whole thing a pop. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I have wound it so I could see where the colours went.

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I think the colours ended up mostly together, with the darker orange in the middle, then the lighter orange, then red then yellow. It should make an interesting knit, but what should it be? Also, if I split the skein differently would it end up with less grouped colours? I think this might require more investigation. And knitting.

Unfortunately my knitting time has been minimal lately while I got the Yarn Club finished (rumour has it some of the international skeins have already hit doormats) and getting the website and This is Knit stocked again (check out the twitter feed for some photos from the shop).  But that’s all done, and I think I’m going to relax a bit on the dyeing for a week or two, and knit instead.  I have three patterns I want to get out as well, so there’s still lots to do.