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

 

Wrapping Up a Weekend of Shawls with Melanie Berg

We had a truly wonderful weekend earlier this month with Melanie Berg’s fabulous trio of shawl workshops.  Knitters from far and wide came to learn more about Shawl Construction, Colourwork Shawls and Mosaic Knitting.  Over the course of both days the students around Melanie’s table were simply blown away by the many beautiful samples she brought with her as project inspiration. Her projects are a treasure trove of subtle texture, exciting colour pops and clever construction.

If you missed out on a place at the workshops then we have some good news for you: Melanie’s Trunk Show of shawls will be in our shop until the end of the month. We hope you can pop in to see, feel, and try them on yourself. If not, then let us share with you just a few of our favourites here before they make the trip back home…

The Mirkfallon Shawl by Melanie Berg
Mirkfallon by Melanie Berg

A firm favourite of the weekend, this generous wrap is knit in Woolfolk Sno and it is indescribably soft. A project of this size and yarn provenance is a pure, unadulterated luxury, but several if not all the students uttered the words “so worth it…” We are not currently stocking Sno, but we are happy to take special orders for the yarn if you love this shawl as much as we do!

The Girl in Me Shawl by Melanie Berg
The Girl in Me

An intriguing geometric stitch pattern, achieved through slipped stitches alone, so that you are only ever working with one colour per row.  Care to see how it’s done? Then download “The Girl in Me“, chose two strongly contrasting shades and cast on.  The original was knit in a sport weight yarn, and is a sizeable project. We think you could easily change down the needle size a bit and go for a 4ply instead. The result would be a lighter weight, but still generously sized, shawl.

Moonraker by Melanie Berg
Moonraker

Melanie’s eye for colour is impeccable, and this design shows off that talent perfectly.  The base is a subtle two-tone canvas, interspersed with a warm burnt orange highlight.  And that final pop of bright yellow? Genius!

Play around with your own “blank canvas” of light and medium grey, and be inspired by some of the beautiful versions on Ravelry. Moonraker is the perfect shawl to use up some leftover yarn from previous projects too.

That little yellow pop? It could be the leftovers from a wild pair of socks, a colourful kids sweater or a statement scarf… Take a little stash dive and see what inspiration you might find.  When you’re ready to cast on we’ll be happy to fill in the gaps with a base yarn to match.

We hope you have enjoyed this short preview. Remember that these shawls, and many more from Melanie’s collection, will only be with us until the end of the month so be sure to stop in to view the full range if you can!