Archive for September, 2011

BabyAlpaca Silk

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Just uploaded the 6 colours in this new yarn made from 70% BabyAlpaca and 30% Mulberry silk.


Huge New DROPS Delivery

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Huge delivery – includes lots of new colours for existing ranges and 5 brand new, absolutely beautiful yarn qualities.  It will take a while to update website but I will be doing it over the next few days.

Green Village Festival – Saturday 24th September

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011


Is anyone interested in coming to the Green Village Festival in Castletown Geoghegan (near Mullingar)? There is a craft area where rosknit and oisin10708 will be demonstrating their spinning skills.  I’ll be there with some gorgeous yarns and there will be knitting workshops.  Lots of music and poetry and talks (including David McWilliams!) and eco stuff

Looks like a great day out – plenty to do for everyone. Kids under 12 in free.

Contemporary Irish Knits by Carol Feller

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011



Bought my copy of Carol’s book today in The Gutter Bookshop.  The Constant Knitter gets a tiny mention under Irish yarn retailers !!

Big Price Reductions in Drops / Garnstudio Yarns

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Drops / Garnstudio yarns, bucking the trend, greatly reduced in price from today!!!

Kid-silk down to €5.25

Eskimo (solid colours) down to €2.00

Fabel print down to €2.45 and solids to €2.25

and many more reductions!

Textile Workshops at Drumcreehy Country House

Saturday, September 10th, 2011



 CREATIVE HAND KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS  -  30th September – 2ndOctober 2011

You know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off BUT you want to explore the creative side to hand knitting! Things like making your own knitting yarns, making and knitting a super chunky yarn and knitting it with a broom handle! Break the mystery of twisting a cable, discover circular knitting and learn how to be creative with colour.

Join us at the luxurious Drumcreehy Country House for a weekend workshops with Liz Spillane, a professional Knitwear Designer who has worked in the industry for over 25 years and specialises in Hand Knit design work.  She also has years of experience in Fashion Design Education and is currently Knitwear Tutor in the Fashion Department of the Limerick School of Art & Design.

Euro 225.00 per person sharing double or twin room.

Single room supplement – Euro 40.00 per person (limited supply).


FELTING WORKSHOP  -  7th – 9th October 2011

 In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, learn the fascinating art of felt making with textile artist Suzanne McCulloch. During this weekend workshop, you will design and create your own pair of slippers and a handbag using the seamless felt making technique.  Explore the various different ways of manipulating the wool to embellish your pieces with techniques such as layering, trapping fibres and needle felting, using the beautifully soft hand dyed fibres such as Marino and Blue Faced Leicester.  Finish off each felted delight with your very own personalised handmade label. 

Suzanne McCulloch holds a BA hons degree in Decorative Arts from Nottingham Trent University.  Following her degree, she was awarded a two year artist residency at the Platform Gallery in Lancashire. Since then she has worked as an independent textile artist producing her own range of textiles and also running craft workshops for adults and children.  Suzanne has exhibited her work extensively in galleries such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Sweet Bella Gallery in New York.

Euro 175.00 per person sharing double or twin room. 

Single room supplement – Euro 40.00 per person (limited supply)


DESIGNING FOR THE ADVANCED KNITTER  -  14th – 16th October 2011

 You are an experienced Hand knitter and would love to create your own “Designer garment”.  At this workshop with Liz Spillane you will learn the basic principles of designing a hand knitted garment.  With your own research and the chosen yarn you wish to work with, you will design your own garment, knit swatches of the fabric to be used, plot the pattern and discuss the process of making the garment.

(See Beginners course for Liz Spillane’s portfolio).

Euro 210.00 per person sharing double or twin room.

Single room supplement Euro 40.00 per person (limited supply).

 All rates for all workshops include 2 nights Bed & Breakfast at the luxurious Drumcreehy Country House, 2 lunches and 12 hours workshop (6 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday).

 For bookings please call: 065 7077377

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NEW DROPS Men’s Collection

Thursday, September 8th, 2011


DROPS Design finally presents a long-awaited men’s collection.  Patterns will be posted as they are finished and proof-read. This new men’s collection contains many wonderful and useful designs in traditional Norwegian style as well as textured design.




My Swag from HandmAid Craft Day yesterday

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Can’t get good photo due to bad light and all the books I bought have disappeared from the photograph and I’m just not trying again, but I got loads of great stuff to add to stash and hopefully to use eventually.  It was all great fun – thanks to B and R for all the work that went into it.