Spring Cleaning

It’s still officially winter here in Dubai and it’s knitter’s paradise! We in the sandpit get a very small window of opportunity to wear the woolen blend handknits that we make all year so when the weather drops down below 25 degrees, you bet the handknits come out!

It’s not as cold as previous winters, and definitely laughable compared to the bitter winter those in the northern hemisphere have to endure year after year, but a 20C day is a heck of a lot better than the 50C we have to suffer through during the summer months. So, you can forgive us for wanting winter to last just another week longer.

Since we only really get two types of weather here: hellfire and balmy, we do not get spring, or fall. We get something that resembles spring and that is a very narrow frame of time when the cold of winter leaves and the heat of summer arrives, so we make the most of it. This year, it’s all about cleaning up for me. My health, my exercise routine (or at least start one!), my eating habits, my work habits, and most specially the shop. It’s not easy managing this with a full-time job on the side, but I am grateful for each and every one of you who continue to support my little endeavour, most specially the local knitting group in the UAE, my Knitting Amiras. I would not still be doing this if not for you, honestly.

I want to keep going. I want to keep dyeing yarn, even if it’s for my own personal stash. I’ve taken the stock out of listing as I, once again, do an inventory and decide how to move forward. I would like to clear the current stock, and in order to do so, I believe the best way is to offer a clean-out sale.

So, watch this space while I figure out the best way to do this.

Thank you, once again, for your continued support.

Cast on and knit!

Dubai Knits was pleased to be part of a Knitting Workshop with reMADE DXB. Yesterday was Day 1 of the cable and eyelet hat workshop. The participants each had a choice of one skein from this bowl of Superwash DK, most colourways dyed specially for the workshop.
yarn bowl

It was a fun group of knitters, including the sewing parlour’s proprietor, Theresa who had a tough time choosing between a grey and a cerise colourway for her hat. She settled for the grey in the end as it would be more practical and would go well with almost any outfit. Kitty chose Masala which is an existing stock; it’s a deep mustard which she says matches yarn in her stash which is similar in colour.
dk-masala

Lucy chose Seafoam, which suits her fair skin very nicely and Zoe was the one who put in a request for purple. I had just finished dyeing all the DK skeins by then when Theresa mentioned on WhatsApp that one of the participants wanted purple yarn. Eeek! Panic! Good thing I had a cerise colourways which was light enough to overdye with blue. I think it turned out well too.
workshop

Day 1 was a bit frantic with everyone making sure they cast on the right number of stitches and then not twisting their join for Magic Loop. It was chaotic but in a controlled way only knitters would understand. For now, everyone’s working on their hats in their own time, we’re on WhatsApp for emergencies and support and encouragement. I have to admire the persistence and the talent of these ladies.

Cannot wait for the next session when we try to finish the hats! This is fun.

Knit Workshop

A most wonderful thing has happened. The lovely Theresa of reMADE DXB approached me a while ago to ask if I was interested in doing a knitting workshop. I could hardly contain my excitement but had to play it cool, as you do. After a few evenings of frantic PM’ing and emailing and Whatsapping, we have now set the dates for the workshop.

knit workshop

The workshop will be held on the 21st and 28th Nov from 11am at the reMADE studio in Al Barsha. The studio is located at 1/F Objects & Elements, Opp Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dubai Knits will provide the yarn for the workshop, using the Superwash DK base. And here’s a peek at the colours lined up for the workshop:
yarn for the workshop

This is perfect for confident beginners and intermediate knitters who want to learn cables, seamless knitting in the round and other new techniques to add to their knitting arsenal. All materials will be provided, you just need to bring your knit game on!

In this 2 part workshop, knitting apprentices will be learning how to knit cable/use cable needles whilst practicing already established basic skills. Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, this hat inspired by the original Hermione Hearts Ron with cables and eyelets is perfect for Autumn/Winter nights camping, for our friends and family abroad or that quick getaway to chillier climes.
miss granger

For full details of the workshop and pricing, please visit this link.

Out and About

Dubai Knits gets around town. I thought I’d start posting skeins of yarn photographed around its name sake. To start us off, this was the table at the most recent get together of the UAE Amiras. It’s not unusual to find someone has tipped over the contents of my yarn bag and piled up or lined up the skeins on the table.

Fiber on the menu

My yarn babies have travelled to quite a few countries around the world, and if you have a skein or two with you and you are not in the UAE, would you post a photo of your Dubai Knits skein showing a landmark where you are right now? Don’t worry, UAE folks, there is something special cooking up for you.

There might be something pretty in it for you. Please use #dubaiknitstravels across all social media. I’ll pick a winner at random at the end of June 2015.

Thank you for giving my yarn babies a home.

She dreams of yarn…

Charmaine, a fellow Filipina knitter who found me on my old Etsy shop gave a wee shout-out on her blog today. Thank you for the kind words, and for sharing photos of that gorgeous Travelling Fern Lace wrap, knitted out of Pure of Heart lace. Winter Berries was one of my first colourways. I used to do a lot of semi-solid shades before because I was too scared of mixing the wrong colours and ending up with yucky browns.

You can read about Charmaine’s sweet blog post here.

There are a few skeins of Pure of Heart lace in stock in the shop right now, here are a couple of my personal favourites:
poh-caramellatte

bing

Squishy

chevron squishy
The lovely Marielle of the UAE Knitting Amiras is knitting up this gorgeous Reversible Chevron Scarf (free on Ravelry).

Squishy is one of my favourite bases to dye. It is made of 85% superwash merino and the 15% nylon content makes it sturdy enough for a pair of socks. The yarn has a supersoft hand which makes it ideal for baby garments, shawls and cowls and even fingerless mittens, anything that’s worn next to the skin really.

I am bringing in new stock of this yarn so watch out for a boat-load of new Squishy in the shop in the coming weeks.

Quick reminder

Happy new year, everyone!

Things are slowly getting back to normal here. No dyeing sessions yet since the new year started, but loads of plans to team up with new designers which hopefully would see some kits appear in the shop this year.

Just wanted to remind everyone to read the descriptions of each yarn type and if you have any questions, please send an email. I believe my description of each yarn type is clear enough, however I understand that if you do not knit or crochet then none of those descriptions might make sense. Which is why I encourage you to contact me first before you make a purchase.

If you are a newbie, you can familiarize yourself with yarn weights with any of the following:

Again, if you are in doubt, I am only an email or post away.