A winner and an update

Wooly Woofers 061Last week I ran a giveaway for a copy of Woolly Woofers by Debbie Bliss. Thank you so much to everyone who entered. The winner is nswifty, congratulations Niamh, I’ll be contacting you as soon as this post publishes and will get the book to you early next week. I plan on running more giveaways, most likely my favourite patterns, using Ravelry’s ‘send as a gift’ facility. Using this option I can gift a pattern to anyone with either a Ravelry account or email address. Giveaways are so much fun.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 09.49.03So I also mentioned an update. We’ll I finished two WIPs from my list; the baby cardigan which is going to it’s new owner today and the shawl has finally been bound off and blocked. I’ll have photos to share next week. And I’ll be starting the second slipper for my sister in law this weekend.

I also need to make a list of FOs that never got a photo shoot, which I hope will be remedied this weekend:

The one thing I will say in my defence, it’s hard to photograph things in the winter. I’m never home during daylight during the week and at weekends it’s pure lucky if you get a bright day. But come rain or shine I’m taking my camera out this weekend – I am going to force the creativity back into myself if I have to.



We have a winner!

Actually we have three winners!! Last Friday I told you how the lovely people at the Knitting and Stitching show got in touch with me and offered three pairs of tickets to the show for me to give to my readers. The show runs in the RDS, Dublin, from October 30th – November 2nd.

Random numbersThe competition closed at 12 noon today and I used a random number generator to choose the winners. Congratulations to Ann,Daniela Simmons and joanfrankham. I will be in touch with each of you to arrange postage of the tickets as soon as I publish this post.

The Knitting and Stitching Show and a giveaway

Good afternoon from a wet Dublin. Well I suppose we had a lovely September so we can’t really complain (too much, I mean we *are* Irish, complaining about the weather is a national pastime). Anyway, I have some lovely news. The people at the Knitting and Stitching show got in touch with me and have offered THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to the show for me to give to my readers. The show runs in the RDS, Dublin, from October 30th – November 2nd.


Since starting knitting again myself and my mum have been to the show every year. It’s the biggest knitting show in Ireland, but you’ll find more than yarn and fabric at it. You’ll also find a range of crafts including beadwork, card-making, cross stitch, dress-making, embroidery, felt-making, jewellery-making, knitting and crochet, lace-making, patchwork and quilting, spinning, weaving and dyeing and tapestry. Last year I even bought some household cleaner. I’m still not sure how this fits in with knitting and stitching :/ but it did a good job on my oven.

JOB1778W0094The K&S show always has a huge range of craft supplies available but you all know I’m a yarn snob, so I would prefer to see more luxury yarns at the show. Coolree Yarns has been there the last two years and will be exhibiting again this year. And I believe This is Knit will be showing off some new Malabrigo yarns. However I do hanker after the knitting shows that I hear of in the UK where there are lots of indie dyers and spinners, offering the opportunity to try new indie yarns. But having said all that I do always come home laden down with new stash and I’m sure this year will be no different.

Folding materialsMy top tips for making the most of the show are to arrive early (to avoid the worst of the crowds) and to have a plan. Before heading to the show I’ll make a note of the yarn requirements for patterns in my queue and I’ll add buttons and beads for stitch markers to that list. If you’re into paper crafts Payper Box is worth checking out. Also keep an eye out for The Black Sheep Ltd stall, which always has large packs of yarn heavily discounted. Every year I drool over the beautiful fabrics but have resisted so far, as I don’t have time for another hobby.


So. To be in with a chance to win one of three pairs of tickets simply leave a comment below (one entry per person) before 12 noon (GMT) Friday 10th October. Please make sure you enter an email address when commenting so I can get in contact with you. The Knitting and Stitching Show runs from Thursday October 30th to Sunday November 2nd 2014, however these tickets are only valid for Thursday, Friday or Sunday. I’ll use a random number generator to choose the winners on Friday 10th October, 2014. I’ll then contact the winners by email and aim to have their tickets in the post by Monday 13th October, 2014.

We have a winner!!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway, I was blown away by the response and all the nice comments.

100th post 002There were two prizes so there will be two winners. So without further ado…..

The winner of the skein of Coolree is BionicLaura.

… and …

the winner of Contemporary Irish Knits is lesquenouilles.

I will be contacting each of them to arrange for delivery of their prize.

My 100th Post (and a giveaway)!!!


Whoop whoop, it’s hard to believe this is my 100th blog post!!! And last week WordPress kindly informed me it was my two year anniversary with the platform. So that’s 100 posts in 2 years, That’s roughly one post a week for the last two years.

I never would have guessed when I started blogging that I would get this far. A lot in my life has changed since I started blogging – I got married, I left my job and I went back to college to retrained as a librarian. And my knitting has evolved over those two years now, I’ve learned new techniques and discovered a love of knitting lace. So I feel that’s its a good time to mark all that has been going on with a little giveaway.

100th post 002As an Irish crafter it makes sense to me to include some Irish prizes, so I have chosen two great prizes. The first prize is a skein of Coolree Fingering Weight Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere in colourway Byzantium. I have knit three shawls with this yarn already, Blight, Sunflower and Renita, and promise you that it is beautiful to knit with.

The second prize is a copy of Carol Feller‘s beautiful book Contemporary Irish Knits which “celebrates the rich tradition of Irish knitting”. So that’s a chance to win one of two great prizes!!

So all you have to do to win is:

  • Follow my blog through WordPress (when logged in to WordPress click the follow button on the top left of your screen)
  • Follow my blog via email (link at the bottom right of the homepage)
  • And/or ‘like’ my Facebook Page
  • (If you already follow my blog/like my Facebook page let me know in the comments and I’ll include you too 😉 )

Each of these actions is one entry in the giveaway.

The giveaway ends Midnight GMT, Friday 5th August. I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator and announce it in two weeks time, so check back on Saturday October 5th. I’ll contact the winner via email/Facebook to arrange to post them their prize (I’ll post to anywhere). And feel free to share this post with anyone you think would enjoy these prizes.

And most of all thank you for reading my blog over the last two years and 100 posts!