Archive for February, 2015

23/02/2015

Winning…

The winner of this year’s birthday prize giveaway is….

OLIVE !  And congratulations. … Please email me with your postal address.

Thank you for all your comments.

Keep knitting everyone!

19/02/2015

A year for fiberistas

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It’s a brand Chinese New Year….We are now entering the Year of the Sheep! Definitely our year ; )

15/02/2015

It’s all about the FO

This week I will be entering a new decade and to celebrate the coming of age, I am releasing Amethystos, a knitting with wire pattern/tutorial. Create a stunning gemstone using knit stitches and beads.

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The pattern/tutorial is available as a Ravelry download

I’m celebrating the big five oh with a birthday giveaway for one of my lovely readers. If you would like to win an Amethystos knitting kit all you have to do is leave a comment and answer the question, What is your birthstone?

The giveaway ends Midnight GMT, Sunday 22nd February . I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator and announce the winner on Monday 23d February. I’ll contact the winner via email to arrange to post them their prize. Feel free to share this post.

08/02/2015

Luv Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is only days away…. there’s still time to make something special, Handknit Luv hearts 3>

You can find the Luv pattern here

06/02/2015

Handknit Socks are Bespoke

I have made it my mission to knit at least one pair of socks a month and to finish the Stepaside.

While I knit socks, I have receive some interesting comments and questions from family, friends, colleagues and strangers…“I guess you save alot of money by knitting your own socks.”“Why knit a pair of socks when you can buy them at Dunnes Stores?”“I can’t knit socks, I’m too traumatised since my childhood school day when the nuns forced us to knit socks.” “I use to knit socks, but it is too much work. I’d rather shop.”“Wow, these are amazing, will you make me a pair; if I pay you?”

My response… My handknit socks are bespoke and are priceless!

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My enthusiasm has spilled over to one of my knitting students, Julie, an experienced knitter who still struggles to turn the heel of a sock. We spent an evening reviewing the anatomy of handknit socks and she’s one put one foot forward….

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On another note, I unpacked yet another box at Knitting HQ, and found more patterns this past week…

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01/02/2015

The KNIT ReView: meet Green Elephant Crochet

Last week week we introduced Dublin Knitters to Green Elephant Crochet’s kettle dyed yarn.

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Today’s post we interviewed indie dyer, Fiona Waters.

How and when did you learn to dye yarn?

At first I followed an online tutorial and dyed yarn using food colouring. I was so happy with the results that I wanted to learn more. I attended a workshop run by Clodagh MacDonagh of Feltmakers Ireland back in October and since then I’ve been dyeing all the time. It’s quite addictive.

Where did you get the inspiration for Winter Sky?

It was just that, a winter sky. The greys, and blues of a cloudy sky on a sunny Winters day.

What’s it like seeing people knitting or crocheting with your yarn?

It’s a little bit strange at first but very satisfying. I love seeing other peoples beautiful creations. I love how each person has their own inspiration and ideas that they can apply to my yarn.

How long did it take to set up Green Elephant, the indie dyer?

I started my blog Green Elephant Crochet and Things in June 2014, a little while later I fell in love with hand dyed yarn and started dyeing yarn myself. It has all blossomed from there.

What is your favourite colourway and yarnweight?

The yarn weights I use most are DK and Aran but I’m not sure which I prefer. It depends on what I’m making.

Of my own colourways Green Elephant is my favourite. I love green and the splashes of grey running through it are lovely.

Of others I love Prism from Three Violet Buttons. You can find it on Facebook.

What’s next for Green Elephant Crochet?

Lots more yarn dyeing, crochet and a little knitting too. I will be working out some new colourways on new bases over the next few months which I am very excited about.

Anything you want to share with The DKC?

You can find more information about my yarn and my blog on www.greenelephantcrochet.com. You can also find me on Facebook.

Thank you to Fiona for taking time to be interviewed.