Yarn and Chocolate

It was a really fun weekend over at TIK in Blackrock. The title of this post is fairly indicative…

Top Down Knitting kicked off the weekend. Jacqui stole some of the new Rialto yarn in her all time favourite colour (Teal) to get that baby cardigan started. Rialto will be up on the website soon, promise!  Jacqui’s getting a bit distracted test knitting a new sock yarn we are considering stocking and knitting a swatch of a yarn we had delivered today.  I made the mistake of thinking aloud … “We need a swatch to show how gorgeous and soft this yarn is when knit up” – And the ball was whipped from my hand.  Sheesh.  More news on that soon…

Back in the shop, Aileen called by to discuss some fantastic pattern ideas and we spent a great half hour picking colours, textures and stitch patterns for her first two TIK projects. They’re going to be great – watch this space!

Later in the day, we caught up with Carrie and Kate and, as always happens when these two girls get together, much giggling and hilarity ensued. Of course, when chocolate muffins, cadbury’s cream eggs and coffee were thrown into the mix “hyperactivity” earned a new definition! We’re looking forward to Carrie’s housewarming because, when she can turn a yarn shop into party central, we’d love to see what she does with her own place…

Mary was also in over the weekend attending the Top Down Knitting Class and sharing some of her recent projects. As you can see Mobius knitting can be slightly addictive. Here are Mary’s second and third in just over a month. Version 2 is knit in Rowan Tapestry, and the colour is better represented in the detail picture. Version 3 is a Cat Bordhi pattern available here, knit in an Alpaca yarn that Mary picked up at the Knitting and Stitching Show

Tapestry Mobius Mobius Detail    Cat Bordhi

Mary’s been busy because she also had with her a stunning Boa Scarf. The pattern is from Interweave’s Scarf Style and the yarn is the delectable Lion and Lamb in the Motherlode colourway.

Boa Scarf

Oh, and there’s just one place left on Mary’s two-part Introduction to Sock Knitting class, which begins on the 24th of March. There’s a little advance preparation necessary for this class so if you are interested in taking part please contact me soon 🙂