Tsumuzikaze & The Fibre Co Yarn Tasting

We all know that moment.  It might happen when you are idly browsing Ravelry and the design jumps out at you. Or when you bump in to someone at a knitting event. Or even when you spot a random someone on the street.  They’re wearing a handknit and you simply *must* know… “What pattern is that? Ooooh, what’s that yarn? I absolutely *have* to knit this!”

Tsumuzikaze in Fibre Co Meadow Shade Fennel

Your queue may be long, your time may be short, but this design is heading straight for your needles! Such was my own experience with Tsumuzikaze (which means “whirlwind” in Japanese, in reference to the swirling hem).

I spotted the design on Ravelry, tried it on in Edinburgh, and was consumed by it since. Thankfully we now have our very own version in the shop, as modelled above by Jenny.  It’s an incredibly clever and flattering design, worked in Fibre Co “Meadow” which is considered a 3ply (or heavy laceweight) on 4mm needles. The entire garment uses less than 200g of yarn for all but the largest size* and the resulting fabric is light and airy, with a beautiful drape.

If you haven’t had that feeling in a while, and you’d love to discover your own “must have”, then come along and join us on the evening of Saturday 13th May.  From 5.30pm to 7.30pm we are hosting a Fibre Co. Pop Up Yarn Tasting and Trunk Show.  That’s quite an event title actually, so here’s a breakdown of what it entails:

  • The chance to sample these gorgeous Fibre Co yarns: Meadow, Luma, (both currently stocked in the shop) Road to China Light, Acadia, Cumbria Fingering and Road to China Lace (exclusively available to order at this “pop up” event)
  • Getting up close and personal with some absolutely breathtaking finished garments and accessories.  Inspiration will be everywhere, with designs from Norah Gaughan, Melanie Berg and Helen Stewart, among others.
  • Learning a little more about each yarn and project from Kate O’Sullivan, brand manager of The Fibre Co and the voice behind the A Playful Day podcast and blog.
  • Great company, light refreshments and an all-round-good-time…

Tickets are €10, with a €5 credit redeemable on the evening against any Fibre Co purchases.  Each of the sample yarns will also be 10% off for the event.

So: your moment is waiting. Book your place now, and we’ll see you on the 13th!

*our sample is size Medium.

The Fibre Co Yarn Tasting at This is Knit Dublin on Sat 13th May 2017

 

The Edinburgh Yarn Festival

The knitting internet has been abuzz with reports from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival these past two weeks. You may well already have read about the amazing atmosphere, the inspiring classes and the wonderful products on offer.  But we just had to add our own voices to the chiming chorus of praise for a truly spectacular event and, of course, to let you all know a little bit about some exciting new things that will be coming to TIK as a result of our research trip!

Jenny overwhelmed by pretty yarn at EYF

While we took lots of photos of the stands and pretty knits, this one of Jenny seems to sum up the weekend the best… Walking in to the marketplace on Friday was literally a jaw dropping experience. It’s difficult to describe in words the impact of so many beautiful yarns in one place, alongside the buzz of the (massive) crowds of knitters and the energy of the many enthusiastic stallholders.

Self Striping Sock Yarn at EYF

We dove right in to the melee and spent a wonderful afternoon immersed in colour, texture and creativity.  Frequently our eyes were caught by a stunning garment or accessory passing by. Many hardy knitters disregarded the rising heat levels among the crowds and continued to proudly display their wares. My own Cameo was packed away after the first hour, but those wonderful knitters have placed “Breathing Space“, “Enchanted Mesa“, “Epistrophy” firmly at the top of my queue. This gorgeous Carpino also made me delighted about my choice of project for our Spring KAL!

Carol Feller at EYF

Speaking of Carpino, Carol Feller was just one of the many familiar faces we spotted. She was at EYF to exhibit her own exclusive yarn line, called “Nua“.  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet then pop on in to the shop for a peek when you can!  We also got the chance to catch up with some of our previous guest tutors, including Woolly Wormhead and Justnya Lorkowska. Justnya will be back at TIK this coming July (details very soon) and we’re hoping to nab Woolly for a return trip to Dublin later in the year too.

Lisa wearing Tsumuzikaze at The Fibre Co stand at EYF

So back to the pretties then. If you’ve been following our social media these last few days you will know we have already had a delivery of yarns from The Fibre Co. Their stand was really special, filled with truly stunning yarns, fresh flowers and fabulous samples. Among them was Tsumuzikaze, which I had been eyeing since it’s release and just had to try on. It is wrong to order a whole line of yarn based on a love for one project? If so, I don’t want to be right… 😉

Tilly Flop cards at EYF

Keep an eye out for more fabulous new lines coming to our shelves in the coming months, and not just yarns either. How about these quirky cards from Tilly Flop? Top picks from her range for me were: “Casting on Means You Believe in Tomorrow” and “Congratulations on your new yarn storage facility home”.   These will be in stock very soon, so you’ll be sorted the next time there’s a special occasion for the other knitters in your life.

Spin City Drop Spindles displayed in tea pots at EYF

Beyond the research and the networking, EYF was also a really fun weekend away. Edinburgh is a stunning city, and somewhere I’d very much like to go back and explore further some day.  There was knitting, prosecco, dancing, selfies, silliness and lots and lots of wonderful people under one roof.

Thanks to Jo and Mica for making it all possible, and congratulations to you both on an absolutely stellar event.

Postcard style collage of snap shots from Edinburgh Yarn Festival

EYF Photobooth with Yvonne of Dublin Dye Company, Kersti of Knitmastery and Lisa and Jenny from This is Knit