Annual Guild Open Day

Originally posted on The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers:

The Annual Guild Open Day takes place Saturday 12 April in the RDS Dublin. This has always been a marvellous red letter day in our calendar, where we meet lots of enthusiastic spinners, weavers, and dyers. You can come along and try out everything to do with spinning and weaving – we will have all sorts of equipment for you to have a go with. We’ll also be selling tapestry frames, weaving sticks, and peg looms. It is five euro in the door, but everyone gets a jam packed goody bag!

So come along, we would love to meet you! Any inquiries, please email hello@weavespindye.ie.

The Open Day takes place 10 – 4pm in the Dodder Room, RDS.

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Deora Corcra

Deora Corcra is a mini shawl made for Emma, made from Droim an Uan Merino Silk Purple Marble. The pattern is now available to purchase here.

This Merino Silk Purple Marble wool from Droim an Uan, was spun by Catherine into a two ply sport weight yarn. Fingering or lace weight yarn could also be used, if you prefer. The colour of the wool and the teardrop shaped points gave this shawl its name. The lace edge is knit first and then, the shawl is shaped using short rows. I prefer the German method of short row shaping as it gives a very neat finish, but you can use what method you prefer. You can find a tutorial of this method by Mimi Kezer here. The depth of the shawl could be decreased or increased by varying the number of stitches omitted on each short row. The shawl is finished with an eyelet boarder. The short edges are picked up and knit in garter stitch. Wet blocking is required to see the true beautiful shape of the shawl.


Fairy Lawn Alpaca

DSCF1061Fairy Lawn Alpaca is an Irish owned company, producing hand knitted toys and a range of natural, undyed hand knitting yarns made from Irish Alpaca  and Peruvian Baby Alpaca fleece. The raw alpaca fleece is sourced in Ireland while the spinning process takes place in a mill in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, as unfortunately,  the facilities are not available here in Ireland.DSCF1063The yarn is available in lace-weight and Double Knitting. Each ball has fifty grams and approximately one hundred and ten metres of yarn.

DSCF1062Fairy Lawn Alpaca yarn is available to buy online from their etsy shop



Lá ‘Le Pádraig

Lá le Pádraig is a simple cowl pattern incorporating basic stranded colour work. It is knit in the round and uses only knit and purl stitches. It is made from Donegal Aran Tweed, 100 per cent pure new wool from Studio Donegal,  bought from This is Knit in Dublin. I have included three sizes, to fit a child or an adult (pictured on the mad scientist here, cue ninja moves) and a long version which can be worn long or doubled up for a warmer, cosier knit. The pattern is currently being written and tested and will be available soooooooon.


The Mottled Sheep

il_570xN.463770149_ejtxBurnished Rose, a sock/fingering weight, 75/25 super-wash merino and nylon mix of hand-dyed yarn from Siobhan Power’s etsy shop The Mottled Sheep. The fibre Siobhan uses in her yarns originate from various countries; the merino for example is Australian and the Blue Faced Leicester is British. They yarns were all then spun in a small, family run mill in the UK. Siobhan chose the little British mill because it’s as local as possible, the product is of an excellent quality, and because she wanted to avoid the use of larger mills in China for example, because it’s impossible to know that those workers are being treated fairly.  Continue reading


Droim an Uan

I bought this Merino Silk Purple Marble from Droim an Uan, spun by Catherine on her Ashford Traveler Spinning Wheel. The top came dyed from Wingham Wool Work in England and was spun into singles and then plied together to make a two ply sport weight yarn. The 100 grams or 190 yards of the marbled yarn was wound into a center pull ball. This soft yarn is very evenly and professionally spun an will make a lovely scarf or shawl.

I also purchased 312 yards of blue green hand spun. This three ply Aran weight yarn was also spun and plied by Catherine on her Ashford Traveler Spinning Wheel. The fleece came from Droim an Uan, off the backs of Catherine’s little flock of yearling sheep, and then hand processed and dyed by Catherine herself. Again, this bright, vivid colored yarn is very evenly and professionally spun and wound into three neat center pull balls.