Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yarn sale fundraiser!

cue drumroll....

The yarn sale is open!

I offer, for your perusal, several items of handspun & deepest stash yarn. All proceeds generated by this yarn sale will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you would like to purchase any of the yarn items listed please mail me at eimeareeATgmailDOTcom (replacing the AT & DOT as necessary), & with 'Yarn Sale' in the subject bar. Please include the requested yarn, your name & contact details in the body of the mail. Please also let me know if you are in the Dublin area.

I will reserve items on a first-come-first-served basis and contact you to make arrangements for payment & delivery. I will also hand deliver if anyone wishes to attend the Fibre Fun Friday meetings (next one due May 4th), or otherwise arrange to meet in person for anyone in the Dublin area.

As this is a fund raiser, I'm asking that any online payments can be made through my online charity page, as I would rather that every single penny go towards the fund raising effort. Of course, if anyone wishes to make an additional donation it would be much appreciated. 

I will arrange postage where requested & will ask for post & packaging costs (depending on the weight of parcel etc) via paypal. All items come from a smoke-free pet-free home.

Most importantly, if it's for charity, it doesn't count as stash...





Noro Sekku
Lace weight, 420 metres
requested price e8
**HELD**
Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby
3 balls - 2 pink, one white
Sport weight, 390 metres total
requested price e10
The Natural Dye Studio Angel
4 ply, 360 metres
requested price e12
** HELD**
Sublime Organic Merino Wool
4 balls, all blue
DK weight, 420 metres total
requested price e20
**HELD**
Adeles Mohair  Boucle
Novelty yarn, 104 metres
requested price e8
Hedgehog Fibres Merino Sock
4 ply, 320 metres
requested price e15
**HELD**
Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend
2 skeins
DK weight, 600 metres total
requested price e20
**HELD**
Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend
DK weight, 300 metres
requested price e10
**HELD**
Manos del Uruguay Lace
Lace weight, 438 yards
requested price e10
**HELD**

Posh Yarn Emily
4 ply sock, 280 yards
requested price e8
**HELD**
Louet Euroflax
2 skeins
Sport weight, 540 yards total
requested price e12
**HELD**

Malabrigo Sock yarn
Sock / 4ply, 440 yards
requested price e10
**HELD**

And here comes the handspun! (all yarn weights are approximate)

Handspun - Vivienne
pure wool
156 metres, light DK weight, single strand
requested price e12
**HELD**
Handspun - Bernice
Merino Soya Blend
149 metres, DK weight, chain-plied
requested price e12
**HELD**
Handspun - Ode
Corriedale wool
117 metres, sport weight, single strand
requested price e12
**HELD**
Handspun - Phoenix
Merino / silk blend 
244 metres, DK weight, single strand
requested price e15
**HELD**
Handspun - Gobo 
Pure wool
150 metres, DK - Aran weight, 2 ply
requested price e10
**HELD**
Handpun - Give my Love
Mixed Fibres
161 metres, chunky weight, 2 ply
requested price e15
**HELD**
Handspun - Sugar coated
Mixed Fibres
126 metres, chunky weight, 2 ply
requested price e10
**HELD**
Handspun - Come On, Spring
Merino Soya Blend
570 metres, sock-sport weight, 2 ply
requested price e25
**HELD**

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fund raising

As previously mentioned, I will be taking part in the Flora Women's Mini Marathon this year, to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. I don't know a single person who hasn't been somehow affected by cancer & want to do something positive, instead of feeling so bloody helpless every time that particular c-word is mentioned.

As part of the fund raising effort, I have organised a bake sale in work. I have also started a fund raising page here and am requesting any loose change to fill up my begging bowl.
As part of the fund raising effort I will be announcing a yarn sale, to rehome some of my handspun yarn & some neglected gems from the stash.

(bet that got your attention?)

I'm both intimidated and excited by all of this as I've never done anything like this before. I'm also finding it difficult to concentrate on some real-life perspective, with all the nonsense that is currently going on in my workplace. I don't raise funds; I don't talk to people unless I have to; I don't do much for other people & most of all I don't exercise.

So here's to change. Changing my own attitude; changing my behaviour & collecting up your loose change. Hopefully changing myself will help make a difference to someone who really needs it.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Growing older, not growing up.

I've just turned 30. I am very reluctant to grow up so was expecting to be rather traumatised by the whole event & just wanted to ignore it. But real life & people got in the way.


Friday 13th; I held a bake sale in work, as a fund raiser for the Irish Cancer Society. This will be added to the funds raised in sponsorship of my taking part in the Women's Mini Marathon. I spent Thursday evening baking, washing up & icing, & went into the office on Friday laden down with fairy cakes, oaty cherry cookies & gingerbread loaf. A couple of colleagues also contributed cookies & orange fairy cakes & banana bread. Most impressively, the bake sale raised a whopping €197.23 - not bad for a morning's work. The one lesson I learned from this was to always have paper plates.

Later on Friday, I joined some fellow knitters /fibre nuts for dinner in Yamamori's. There's something about eating food with sticks that is really appealling. We later moved on to the Tea Gardens for a mini-Fibre Fun Friday. There were many laughs and completely rubbish attempts at haiku.


Saturday 14th was spent at the lovely This is Knit, taking part in a steeking class taught by the wonderful Kate Davies. The class was based around Kate's new technique, called the Steek Sandwich (or schtayk sangidge), which is a brilliant neat way of stabilising steeked edges and reinforcing button bands at the same time. The class was a lovely mixture of learning & fun & we got to grope some of Kate's garments & swatches for forthcoming patterns. Most of all I no longer fear the steeking.


Sunday 15th was spent with family; rolling around on the floor with my dotey baby nephew, & eating delicious cake made by my sister in law. I spent the entire weekend laughing, learning & enjoying myself & didn't even notice that new decade passing me by.

It seems that I am not the only one who enjoyed the class; it has also been blogged by This is Knit and by Kate Davies. And by pure coincidence I am mentioned / photographed in both! I am delighted & honoured that the ladies at This is Knit thought that the brooch I designed was appropriate as a gift for Kate, and blown away by her positive response to this brooch. It has certainly made me reconsider previous decisions to completely set aside my past in art & design. Which is probably a good thing!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Collins Barracks - covering your feet since...?

The last few photos taken at the National Museum in Collins Barracks; these show socks & slippers & other sock related items. Like a big eejit, I did not take very many, if any notes on the day, so please enjoy the photos in total ignorance! It's almost strange to think of something as humble as a sock on display in a museum, but I suppose many archaeological finds are as everyday as pots, shoes, & tools for carrying out daily chores. I also cannot imagine knitting a stocking big enough to require that enormous sock blocker.






Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gratuitous outdoors photos

While tidying up my photo filing I came across some photos taken during a previous walk up the hills.

Some of which amused me greatly. Rock-face - geddit?
 Some of great views over Dublin bay...
 And south, towards Wicklow
And some that reminded me just how quickly the weather turns.
I was very glad to see that bit of sun!

And in fibre-related activities, I have been spinning quite a bit. 
This is Knit have recently gotten in some solid-coloured Corridale tops. I've never spun this fibre before. It was a little sticker than, say Bluefaced Leicester, or Merino but still pleasant to use. I mixed together grey & a turquoise colour unevenly after tearing into strips lengthways. I used a spindle to spin the singles & then plied it on the wheel. No idea what I will knit with it yet though.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Frilly bits (old stuff, part 3)

More museum photos - bored yet? 
While wandering through 'The Way We Wore' exhibition I realised that I wasn't going to get satisfactory shots of the overall garments; too many reflections from the display cases & too many people wandering through. So I focussed on the details. Which happened to be very frilly bits.




I know that knitting & sewing your own clothes (as I do) seems entirely foreign & a-may-zing to non crafters. Even as a crafter I find the idea of making such delicate & fine lace completely incredible. Something to aim for, perhaps.