It seems lots of Irish are heading to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, are you going Stew? I had really hoped to go, I thought it would be a fun visit but it didn’t quite work out. I hope to hear all about it and see lots of pictures The Dublin Dye Company are going to be there and Dearbhla of the newly-started Blasta podcast. Check out Dearbhla’s interview with Yvonne of the Dublin Dye Company as she prepared for the festival. I’ve knit a few of Yvonne’s patterns and love them. I’ve a Blackrock vest languishing on the needles at the moment and I’m dying to knit her new sock pattern Howth. I’ve spun her roving and love it too, have you tried yours yet? I haven’t actually knit with Dublin Dye Company yarn yet despite buying a few skeins. She has also collaborated with other Irish designers to create patterns for her yarn, like the brand new Concentric Collection from Playing with Fibre. If you’re going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival definitely check them out!
I’ve blocked my Hap for Harriett and it grew hugely, which is brilliant as I was disappointed by the size when I cast off. I’ve also finished the 198 yards of heaven, knit with purple alpaca I received from my Knitmas pal. It’s blocking now in the sun, I’m pleased with how it turned out and I hope the recipient likes it. I’ve two socks knit for Greg, each sock the first of a pair. If I can finish one second sock this month and one next month then I’ll still be on track for 12 pairs this year. I also want to finish them because I’m dying to knit some socks for me for a change! I really miss my commuting time for sock knitting.
I’ve also finally cast on Greg’s first jumper! More on that next time!