April 25, 2006

One and a half FO, and a rant

Filed under:Crochet,Finished Objects,News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 20:22

I have been procrastinating putting the handles on my Fat-Bottomed Bag for over a month now. This was mostly due to the fact that I ran out of wool when I had the body of the bag completed, and had none for the handle-holders. I got the wool over five years ago and has been long discontinued. But, since it’s black, I dug out some other black wool I had and finished it up in half an hour on my tea-break.


I think a nice, bright lining and a matching crocheted flower on the front will finish this off!

I didn’t have the time today to tackle the attrocity that is the neck hole of my purple jumper, but I finished off the back of Alouette after my dinner.

Recently, on one of my podcasts, I heard that you can do a series of three courses for your Master Knitter certificate through the Knitting Guild Association. I was looking at the criteria, and it looks like it would be really interesting to do. Level Three would be great; you have to design your own aran or fair isle jumper, research six different fibres, and knit swatches demonstrating techniques I don’t know how to do yet like invisible cast on and cast off. You have to do book and magazine reports too (yessssss!). It would be so much fun!

It just makes me mad to go into a shop like Hickey’s, one of the only places in town that sells wool, and have to put up with their disgrace of a wool department. It’s pathetic. Where’s the sock yarn? Where are the easily-available and not-much-dearer brands like Rowan, Collinette, Opal, Noro, Laines du Nord, Bergere de France, Phildar, ggh? And magazines such as the very excellent Rowan mag, Vogue Knitting & its various spin-offs, Interweave Knits/Crochet (see this month’s? delicious), Rebecca… Instead of the exceptionally crap Simply Knitting and Knitting monthly magazines. The people working there don’t know the difference, and it makes me mad that none of the consumers I see in there find the selection disappointing. Dublin needs a textile and fibre megastore!



  1. Have you gotten your packages? You should have two more coming ;)

    Comment by Sarah — April 25, 2006 @ 21:56

  2. i stumbled across your blog while reminding myself how limited the selection of wool in Dublin is via google.

    re. Hickeys: you forgot to mention the jug of dirty water (i think it’s for the iron that’s sometimes left beside it) they keep on the shelf underneath the lonely looking, small selection of needles.

    Comment by susan — April 27, 2006 @ 01:25

  3. Just found your blog. I used to live in Dublin but now I’ve returned home, in Oregon, and my little hometown has two knitting stores. Stores! for knitters! Selling nothing but knitting things! Jealous? :)

    Have you been to The Wool Shop in Bray?

    Comment by Irie — April 27, 2006 @ 18:06

  4. Bummer about the shopping capabilities :( But who knows what a birthday might bring? Heheheh!

    And thank you for my lovely parcel :D I will be sending a little letter imminently…


    Comment by Bryony — April 28, 2006 @ 17:07

  5. Hi – was just reading back through your entries, and could only shake my head in rage and agreement. I heard of another yarn shop on Parnell Street, so I checked it out, looking for Tivoli Aran – a pretty basic brand, you might think. But no! They have Tivoli Aran all right, but only in acrylic! The entire shop is packed, floor to ceiling, with acrylic yarns, and they have NO natural fibres! I asked why not, and they looked at me blankly, saying that there was no demand for wool: customers only wanted yarn they could throw in the washing machine. Why on earth would you want to throw a jumper that you had been working on for a month in the washing machine? I ask you.

    Comment by glitzfrau — May 14, 2006 @ 15:03

  6. Only found this blog now. Have you looked at http://www.lavenderyarns.ie??? Yummmmm.

    Comment by Margo — November 18, 2007 @ 16:55

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