January 2008

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Aileen is going to be running two new six week knitting courses in Blackrock on a Tuesday evening, and they’re starting very soon.

Class 1:

Don’t miss your chance to be guided through your first sweater/cardigan project as, step-by-step, you will be helped with sizing, shaping and custom-fitting your knitted garments.

Class 2:

Learn how to design your own knitwear! Start from scratch, choose your own style and your favourite yarn and before you know it you will have a one-of-a-kind garment :)

All of the details are over on Aileen’s blog here. You can book through us or directly with the woman herself – just don’t miss out! :)

Coming soon…

…Debbie Bliss Prima – a blend of 80% Bamboo and 20% Extrafine Merino Wool – together with two new Spring/Summer pattern books: The Prima Collection and Coastlines.

Here’s a little preview of the available shades in Prima…

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I had really wanted to finish this one on time for Christmas but… better late than never, hey?

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This is the Boatneck Bluebell sweater from Fitted Knits and I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran for my version. It just needs blocking now to relax the stitches a bit, but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing it already… Impatient, moi???

MaryL has finished the gorgeous Alex cardigan from the front of the Debbie Bliss Luxury Collection pattern book.

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She made a few changes to the short rows in the collar and if you are on Ravelry you can see her notes for the project by clicking here.

Oh, and have you seen the new Noro Mini Knits book? We’re loving this little gem of a pattern book – it’s full of brilliant patterns that use just a few skeins of Noro for practical projects that look really good! Well Jacqui has already knit up this little cropped cardigan using just 3.5 balls of Noro Cash Iroha…

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… and Helen McC has started this gorgeous cabled scarf from Noro Iro …

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Before the Knitting and Stitching Show last year I also finished my Clapotis, but never posted a finished picture up here. It was a stay-up-until-1am type of finishing session with Edel [Ravelry Link] in Limerick because I really, really wanted to have it on display at our stand for the show. It definitely helped that Edel was more or less at the same point on hers and so we kept each other going!

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Jacqui also has a finished Clapotis but, as yet, no photo to prove it… I’ll share that one soon – promise!

Can you tell we are excited?

Here’s all that yummy Mirasol on the shelves and ready to go! :)

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Just a quickie to say that there are a couple of places left on the 26th of Jan and 2nd of Feb Sock Knitting Classes – if you would like to get involved just drop me a line ;)

Just a little taster for you all in advance of the launch of our new product range :)

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All the Mirasol products are now up on the website for your viewing pleasure – they will be available to order from Tuesday the 22nd of January so we can get them all packaged up and dispatched the next day. Not too much longer to wait – but we think you’ll agree that it’s worth it ;) We expect these yarns to sell quickly so the week gives you plenty of time to make your choices and pounce when ready!

On a Monday when the shop is closed and she has a bit of time on her hands…

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Dunk her hand knit socks in the sink for a good soak and…

Get FIVE PAGES worth of new products up on the website! Phew! Seriously today has been a marathon of photo editing, stock checking, typing and clicking but it’s all for a good cause. We had gotten somewhat behind on the website side of things in the past few months so I feel brilliant now that we’re mostly caught up. Of course there will be plenty more soon with Mirasol happening so watch this space ;)

Oh, and here’s a handy tip if you ever want to search “What’s New” on the website. There is always a little preview panel on the left hand side of the screen when you are browsing away in the shop but did you know you can click on the (admittedly tiny) arrow next to it to see all the new products? Here’s a little picture of the arrow I mean…

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I hope that adds to your viewing pleasure!

I’ll be calling it at night now (11.10pm, whoops – how did that happen?). Just time for a few rows on my Rialto Aran Boatneck Bluebell then :)

‘Tis that time again… I give you (just a selection of) the many and varied talents of Irish Knitters!

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Left to right above are Twinks’ contributions: a gorgeous casual cardigan made in Pure Cotton (from a pattern in her stash), a handy tote in Cotton DK (very professionally lined as I recall) and the absolutely dreamy boatneck jumper knit in RYC Bamboo Soft, which shows off the beautiful drape of this yarn to perfection.

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Now photos just can’t do this divine lace scarf justice. This is Mary’s work of art and all the girls at Knit Night were continually impressed at her ability to knit lace and hold a conversation at the same time! This was a gift for her Mum and we had the pleasure of seeing her wear it when they called into the shop on Sunday. This is made from our “Shades of Cashmere” laceweight yarn (a blend of Silk and Cashmere). These yarns are not yet available on the website but if you call into the shop we have 10% off the range at the moment. :)

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More lace from the girls at Knit Night! This is Grainne’s Branching Out Scarf in Louisa Harding Grace. Grainne is loving this pattern and we can see why! She has made a few from different yarns and they are all coming out beautifully.

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We had to share this one too for all those crochet fans out there! Sometimes it’s hard to picture how a yarn will work up when it’s in hank form so here is a cool crochet beanie in Lion and Lamb Goldhill. I can picture the lady who did this but the name is escaping me at the moment – sorry about that if you’re reading this… Just give me a shout through the comments and I will edit in the credit :)

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Ah, the man jumpers, so hard they are even to fit into one picture! This is Clare’s “Fitzgerald” from Noro Knits – made for her lovely husband Matt. Matt deserves it too because he’s planning (threatening?) to make Clare a swift and ball winder someday soon. To be fair he was even in winding up a hank of yarn on Sunday so can we presume he’s relatively serious? Clare is not feeling too well at the moment so a big Get Well Soon is going out to her :)

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[Edited to correct brain absence] Deirdre has knit a Tudora from Louisa Harding Grace – doesn’t the yarn work well for this? What an elegant way to keep the chill from your neck!

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Finally for now and in continuance of the “what on earth does that look like knitted up?” theme – I give you the start of Anna’s Ranco Multi sock. This photo was taken an age ago and Anna has since fired off about five pairs of these for Christmas in various colours but she was first back through the door with Ranco knit up after we started stocking it. Aren’t the colours beautiful? I believe this one is Shade 493. Go have a look at it on the shop and then come back and compare the results. Those dyers in Chile know what they’re up to!! :)

I have lots more to share – there are just so many photos lurking on my hard drive at the moment – all waiting to be cropped and edited… More soon, I promise!

Oh yes… and we’re talking up to 40% discount on sale products and bargains all round!

Come and see us and bag yourself some discount Debbie Bliss, Noro, Louisa Harding, Rowan and Araucania yarns. We’ll also have some great deals on selected pattern books so don’t miss out…

On a housekeeping note – Knit Night will return next Thursday evening the 17th of January – after the Big Sale and just on time for us all to “ooh and aah” over Mirasol together!