Burnished 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
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.
An elegant clutch bag made with Lindsay Craft chunky Alpaca two ply wool. This bag is knit flat, starting with the lace wave panel for the flap. The remainder of the bag is knit in stocking stitch with has purl rows for turning and sewing up. Lining is added to give it stability and strength. A crochet button hole is attached and a cute button finishes the little purse. As this is knit in chunky wool, it is a very quick knit. Buy this pattern here
A top down slouchy beret style hat with a lace rose pattern at the crown. The yarn over increases and purl rows create the rose shape that gives the hat its name, conrós, meaning dog rose or wild rose as gaeilge. Yarn over increases divide the hat in five, each with a central wee lace rosebud pattern to compliment the crown. The self-stripping yarn gives a lovely sunset effect. A slouchy fit should fit any large child or adult head. Knit here in Drops Big Delight on 5.5 mm needles, it uses less than one skein of yarn. Block the crown of the hat to show off the pretty lace rose at the centre of the yarn.
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I have an inability to follow a pattern, but I have lots and lots of knitting pattern books. I can never resist the urge to tweak, change and altogether alter, any pattern I try to follow. Is it my short attention span or the “what if” gene that makes me deviate from the outlined course. Perchance, its my half-cracked philosophy; that there is never just one way, the only way, or my way but instead, many, many ways to skin a cat or knit a hat! So, while I like to read pattern books and admire the shiny pictures, I don’t really use them too often. When I realised this, I decided that perhaps I should be looking at stitch directories instead.
I have lots and lots and lots, and a few more knitting-stitch directory books. but they are never where I am. So to my delight, I came across this absolutely wonderfully helpful and educational blog, Knitting Fool. Over two thousand, four hundred different stitch patterns, a sweater pattern generator and a skein estimation tool, are among the sites very handy and free tools. Everything a knitter could need. I may never need to buy another book again! Yeah, that ‘ill happen!
These fairies are made using a different kind of needle, a felting needle, and are a little addictive. After I dropped my spindle once too often, (so that’s why its called a “drop” spindle!), it decided it had enough of being bounced off the kitchen tiles and sadly broke. I was then left with some fluff. Inspired by Magic Wool Fairies by Christine Schafer, I set about drafting, moulding and felting some magical wool fairies of my own. A pretty way to use up left over roving and top!
So you want to buy some Irish produced yarn?
I have compiled a list of spinners and dyers known to me, who sell on the interweb. If I missed you, apologies and let me know and I will include you on the list.
Here are the big three, the last three remaining commercial mill and spinners in Ireland that produce yarn for hand knitting:
Hand Spinners and Hand Dyers:
Many of these yarns are available to buy in yarn and craft shops throughout the country too!