Tatting & Irish Crochet

November 22nd, 2014
Lizbeth threads and tatting shuttles

Lizbeth threads and tatting shuttles

Lizbeth threads and tatting shuttles

Lizbeth threads and tatting shuttles

Lots of Lizbeth threads (size 20) in a vast array of colours just arrived.  This thread is ideal for Irish Crochet and tatting.

We also have a few different types of tatting shuttles.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming /Classes & Workshops

November 17th, 2014
Classes and workshops at The Constant Knitter

Classes and workshops at The Constant Knitter

We have some really new and exciting  workshops to add to our regular classes coming up in the next few weeks.  They all take place in the beautiful studio over the shop:

Regular Weekly Classes

Tuesday mornings 11.00 – 1.00pm:  knitting with Maria McGann (mariamcgann@gmail.com or 086 222 7884)

Tuesday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00p,:  crochet with Maria McGann (mariamcgann@gmail.com or 086 222 7884)

Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30pm:  sewing with Dee Harte   (dee@deeharte.com or 087 652 8448)

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm:  sewing with Dee Harte  (dee@deeharte.com or 087 652 8448)

Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm:  knit and crochet class

Workshops

Saturday 22 November: Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 29 November:  Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper – screen printing and embroidery (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Sunday 30 November:  Dyeing Workshop run by the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (hello@weavespindye.ie)

Saturday 6 December:  Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper – screen printing and embroidery (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 13 December: embroidery (am) and sewing (pm) with Maria Tapper (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 28 February 11.00 to 5.00pm: Irish Crochet / Clones Lace workshop with Maire Treanor

Contact Rosemary at info@theconstantknitter.ie or on 087 996 7197

 

West Yorkshire Spinners visit

November 8th, 2014
West Yorkshire Spinners Wool

West Yorkshire Spinners Wool

At a family wedding in Leeds earlier in the week, I had the opportunity to visit West Yorkshire Spinners who supply me with the most beautiful Blue Face Leicester Wool.  There is no visitors centre, the facility was very noisy and I was accompanied by some non-knitters, so it was a quick visit and I didn’t get many photos.

Situated in the original home of the British Worsted Spinning Industry, they combine state of the art technology with generations of expertise hand knitting yarns of exceptional quality.  They are one of the few remaining worsted spinning companies left in the UK.  To the best of my knowledge, there is no such facility in Ireland.

It was fascinating – the floor was littered with huge bales (?) of wool like the one in the picture.

West Yorkshire Spinners Wool Nylon

West Yorkshire Spinners Wool Nylon

The second image is of a bale of nylon and a bale of wool being processed together for sockyarn.

 

 

All the Neons……

November 6th, 2014
Neon colours

Neon colours

neon colours

neon colours

In the picture is Glow Worm which contains glass fibre, a reflective material which is ideal for kids clothes. There are some hat patterns specially for this yarn.  It looks quite spooky in the stock room!

You will easily get a hat from 1 ball (100g) on big 7-8mm needles.

Also pictured above is Sock Stop which you can put on the soles of your socks or slippers - great stuff for stopping you sliding all over the place.  Each bottle should do a few pairs.

Also just arrived some new crochet hooks with easy grip neon coloured handles.

Finally, some neon coloured cases for crochet hooks and other notions.

New and exciting Classes & Workshops

November 3rd, 2014
The Constant Knitter

The Constant Knitter

We have some really new and exciting  workshops to add to our regular classes coming up in the next few weeks.  They all take place in the beautiful studio over the shop:

Regular Weekly Classes

Tuesday mornings 11.00 – 1.00pm:  knitting with Maria McGann (mariamcgann@gmail.com or 086 222 7884)

Tuesday afternoons 2.00 – 4.00p,:  crochet with Maria McGann (mariamcgann@gmail.com or 086 222 7884)

Wednesday mornings 10.30-12.30pm:  sewing with Dee Harte   (dee@deeharte.com or 087 652 8448)

Wednesday evenings 6.30-8.30pm:  sewing with Dee Harte  (dee@deeharte.com or 087 652 8448)

Thursday evenings 6.30-8.30pm:  knit and crochet class

Workshops

Saturday 8 November: embroidery (am) and sewing (pm) with Maria Tapper (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 November:  patchwork quilt weekend with Maria Tapper (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 22 November: Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 29 November:  Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper – screen printing and embroidery (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Sunday 30 November:  Dyeing Workshop run by the Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (hello@weavespindye.ie)

Saturday 6 December:  Christmas workshop with Maria Tapper – screen printing and embroidery (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 13 December: embroidery (am) and sewing (pm) with Maria Tapper (mariakarintapper@gmail.com or 087 769 0873)

Saturday 28 February 11.00 to 6.00pm: Irish Crochet / Clones Lace workshop with Maire Treanor

Contact Rosemary at info@theconstantknitter.ie or on 087 996 7197

 

Tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show

October 21st, 2014

I have just been given a pair of tickets to The Knitting & Stitching show, valid Thursday 30, Friday 31 October and Sunday 2 November.

First person in tomorrow (Wednesday) who asks for them gets them!

 

 

 

Rico Glow Worm

October 11th, 2014
Rico Glow Worm reflective knitting yarn

Glow Worm

Speaking of neon, (Sock Stop post) we got some Rico Glow Work in this week!  This contains a reflective material and would be ideal for kids clothes.  There are some hat patterns specially for this.  It looks quite spooky in the stock room!

You will easily get a hat from 100g on big 7-8mm needles.

Life in the Long Grass Handdyed Yarns

October 10th, 2014
Life in the Long Grass

Life in the Long Grass

Life in the Long Grass handdyed yarns

Life in the Long Grass hand dyed yarns

 

Days like this I love my job.  My job today was to open the box and unwrap the above skeins of hand dyed yarn from Life in the Long Grass, an artisan yarn dying studio in Co Cork.

And to add to the drama, Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights came on the radio just as I was unpacking the Heathcliff colourway!

 

 

Sock Stop in Neon colours

October 7th, 2014
Sock Stop

Sock Stop

Arrived in today, Neon Sock Stop.  This is great stuff for stopping you sliding all over the place.  You add it to the bottom of hand knit or crochet socks and slippers.  Each bottle should do a few pairs.

Speaking of neon, we got some Rico Glow Work in today!  This contains a reflective material and would be ideal for kids clothes.  There are some hat patterns specially for this.  More tomorrow.

Love Wool by Katia

October 1st, 2014
Katia Love Wool

Katia Love Wool

This brand new offering from Katia is really stunning!   85% Virgin Wool, 15% Super-Fine Alpaca with approx 50m / 55 yards per 100g.  It knits to 1.75 sts per inch on a 12mm needle.  The colours are really vibrant and 1 ball will easily make a (very quick!) hat