Posts Tagged ‘fibre’

Merino, BFL, silk fibres

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

 

Fibres

Fibres

drop spindle

drop spindle

All arrived today.  Loads and loads of colours to choose from – all ideal for spinning and felting

Cat Bordhi and other exciting events and workshops!

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Here are some great free events and workshops coming up soon.

1.    First up is the Eastern Regional Guild Meeting of the IGWSD on Sunday, 15 May from 2-4.30pm.  This is a free event and will give you the chance to see and try spinning and weaving.  Parking is free on Francis Street on Sundays.

3.  Leading Clones Lace expert Maire Treanor is back on Saturday, 28 May from 11am to 5pm for another workshop.  You can also purchase a signed copy of her book Clones Lace, The Story and Patterns of an Irish Crochet.

 

 

 

 

 

Clones Burano mask

 

And now for 2 very exciting (and free!) events:

4.  Cat Bordhi, of moebius cast on fame,who is bringing a group to Ireland in May, will be spending a day in Dublin on Monday, 9th May.  The Group will be having a trunk show with Kieran Foley and afterwards, at about 5.30 you are all welcome to join us for a very very late afternoon tea and some knitting with Cat and her group who have expressed an interest in meeting some local knitters.

Cat Bordhi and Jim Petkiewicz at The Constant Knitter on Francis St

Cat Bordhi and Jim Petkiewicz at The Constant Knitter on Francis St

 

5.  Then on World Wide Knit in Public Day, Saturday, 18th of June, Diane of the Dublin Knit Collective is organising a day of knitting, crochet, tea-drinking and cake-eating.  There will also be lots of prizes!  This takes place here from 11am to 3pm.  This is a free event and you are all welcome.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots more treats in July!

 

 

Cat Bordhi, WWKIP Day & upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

There are some great free events and workshops coming up soon.

1.  First off is a beginner machine knitting workshop on Saturday 7th May from 1-5pm.  We have machines here in the shop and all materials are included in the cost of €60.

Machine Knitting workshop

Machine Knitting workshop

 

2.  Next up is the Eastern Regional Guild Meeting of the IGWSD on Sunday, 15 May from 2-4.30pm.  This is a free event and will give you the chance to see and try spinning and weaving.  Parking is free on Francis Street on Sundays.

 

3.  Leading Clones Lace expert Maire Treanor is back on Saturday, 28 May from 11am to 5pm for another workshop.  You can also purchase a signed copy of her book Clones Lace, The Story and Patterns of an Irish Crochet.

Clones Burano mask

 

4.  Cat Bordhi, who is bringing a group to Ireland in May, will be spending a day in Dublin on Monday, 9th May.  The Group will be having a trunk show with Kieran Foley and afterwards, at about 5.30 you are all welcome to join us for a very very late afternoon tea and some knitting with Cat and her group who have expressed an interest in meeting some local knitters.

5.  Then on World Wide Knit in Public Day, Saturday, 18th of June, Diane of the Dublin Knit Collective is organising a day of knitting, crochet, tea-drinking and cake-eating.  There will also be lots of prizes!  This takes place here from 11am to 3pm.  This is a free event and you are all welcome.

World Wide Knit in Public Day

WWKIP

 

Fine Fish AND Jamieson’s of Shetland

Monday, April 18th, 2016

It’s been a very busy week here with two new and very significant arrivals.

Firstly a consignment of hand dyed 75/25 Merino/Nylon sockyarn from Fine Fish Yarns – absolutely delightful colours bound up in 50g pocket skeins.  Ideal for gifts.

Fine Fish Yarns

Then a day later, a huge consignment of Spindrift arrived from Jamieson’s of Shetland.  68 colours ……..  Perfect for fairisle and all kinds of colour work.

Shetland Spindrift is a native wool grown in Shetland, uniquely spun in Sandness. This colour range is born from the natural shades of fleece grown by the unique breed of Shetland sheep. The names come from the strong dialect. Shetland yarn has a low carbon footprint as the fleeces are bought from local crofters and travel no more than 80 miles from source to the mill where all the processes are carried out under the same roof.
Shetland Spindrift is a 2ply jumper weight yarn equivalent to 4ply. This yarn is traditionally used for Fair Isle knitting and comes in stunning contemporary colours.

Perfect for sweaters, hats, mittens, tea cosies, scarves etc

 

 

Spindrift

Spindrift

Spindrift

Spindrift

Jamison's of Shetland

 

IGWSD monthly meeting – Sun 10 April

Friday, April 8th, 2016

 

IGWSD

The monthly meeting of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers is taking place on Sunday, 10 April from 2-4.30pm.

This is a free event – no need to book.

This event will give you the chance to see and try some spinning and weaving and  takes place is the studio over the shop.

Gorgeous new Aran weight

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

The gorgeous new Aran weight, RelaX, from Rial Filati has just arrived from Italy.  The colours are beautiful and I will add more over time.  I absolutely loved the sample they sent me which I knit up immediately into the Antler Hat.

 

RelaX

It is 70% wool and 30% acrylic.  It feels incredibly soft and knits up beautifully.  You get 166m from your 100g ball.  We have 14 colours in stock and will be adding more soon.

 

 

Crewel Embroidery kits

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Happy tree crewel embroidery kit

Happy tree crewel embroidery kit

Red Blossom crewel embroidery kit

Red Blossom crewel embroidery kit

Summer’s Passion crewel embroidery kit

Summer’s Passion crewel embroidery kit

 

These beautiful kits have been made by hand by Renata Tesu using the beautiful Appletons wools.  Renata is a member of the Guild of Irish Lacemakers.

If you want to have a look at what Crewel Embroidery is all about, why not visit us during Culture Night on Friday, 18 September, when Renata will be giving a demonstration, or you could try your hand at a few stitches yourself.

If you want more than this, you could join Renata here on Saturday, 26th September for a workshop.  A beautiful kit is included in the cost of the workshop.

Contact me on info@theconstantknitter.ie for further details.

Andrew’s Latvian Garden

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Andrew’s Baby Blanket Latvian Garden

This is a free pattern on Ravelry by Pinneguri.  Andrew is using Schoppel Wolle Zauberball 100, and Schoppel Wolle Admiral 4 ply.  The result is spectacular.  Can’t wait to see it blocked.

 

Andrews Latvian Garden

Andrews Latvian Garden

 

Andrews Latvian Garden

Andrews Latvian Garden

NEW Adriafil Top Ball

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Adriafil Top Ball

Adriafil Top Ball

New from Adriafil! Top Ball – 200g giving you 500m of DK yarn.

This very soft yarn consists of 55% Merino wool and 45% Acrylic. A really inexpensive but gorgeous yarn. Very affordable for blankets and afghans and other big garments. 11 colours so far but we’ll add lots more shortly.  Only e11.20 for 200g which is only e2.80 for 50g.

Machine Knitting – finally!

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
Machine knitting class

Machine knitting class

I have just attended my first class here at The Constant Knitter (except for a short Pinterest workshop with a friend a few months ago).

My aim was to learn how to cast on, knit and cast off which I did.  We also did another few bits and pieces so I could definitely get a scarf, stole or blanket done, using a few fancy stitches.  Lots of swatches to show for it.

About time too – I’ve had the machines for 15 years!!

The class was facilitated by Liadain Aiken of Liadain Aiken Knitwear.