Dubai Knits at ARTE

ARTE Makers Market

Dubai Knits will be back this Friday, 11th May for ARTE in Times Square Center with the only hand-dyed yarns in Dubai. Perfect for knitting and crochet, stock up to keep your hands busy in the coming summer months (knit or crochet indoors with the AC on, of course!).

Come and see us, say hi and squish some yarn! We’re sharing the table with Yarn Souq where you will find a selection of Scheepjes yarns.

Pattern release: Vanilla Hat

It all started with this “zombie” skein of Anya which we used as a tester for dyes at a workshop held in November 2017.

It’s not the prettiest skein but it had potential so I decided to play around with it and thought I could split them into two or three equal balls and knit them at the same time. I had to do some knitting math, nothing too difficult but still not something I do on a regular basis so it took a bit longer than I would have liked. I started knitting and with 3 strands held together, the hat worked up so quickly.

Pleased with my progress, I decided to pull out another skein of sock yarn, this time Luna to see if I could repeat the results. And I did! Spurred by this success, I decided to write out the pattern. And then the holidays happened. And there was a move from one town to another. You know how it is. I managed to send the pattern out to testers who all came back to me rather quickly so I am grateful to all of them.

The pattern is now available on Ravelry as a free download. You can get it here: Vanilla Hat. I hope you will enjoy making many colourful hats with this pattern.

If you have any questions, please email customerservice@dubaiknits.com.

Thank you for your continued support.

Shop update

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It’s good to be back!

The shop has new yarns and new colourways, so please go check it out. Link is here, or you can click on the dropdown menu above that says “Shop”.

New things include new colourways for Luna and new yarns, yay! The shop now has mini-skeins, yes. From the same base as Luna so those how have knitted with this stuff will know what it’s about. They are a delight to dye! I can probably dye a truckload of minis all day. I call them Moonbeams, you know, because Luna. See what I did there?

I am also excited to bring to Dubai a squishy, luscious merino/nylon blend from Atelier Zitron. Their sock yarn is just amazing, it blooms like nobody’s business once it’s soaked so prepare for the squish! Anya has 435 generous yards in her 100g skeins. You would not regret knitting with this yarn, it’s like clouds in your hands. Seriously.

Also, sock blanks. What?! I initially brought the base for my own personal consumption but I thought it was selfish of me not to share, so here you go. Scrolls, double-knit goodness of merino/nylon blend that is dyed so that hopefully your pair of socks will have identical colours.

And, finally, for now anyway, sport weight yarn. Solis is a high-twist, plump 100% superwash merino yarn. It soaks up dye really well and I am looking forward to dyeing some more tomorrow, so expect new colours soon.

As always, contact me if you have any questions or would like a custom-dyed set of yarns.

Thank You

A lot of yarns are going to their new homes soon – thanks to everyone who supported the sale today.

Still plenty more left and the good stuff is yet to come. And by good stuff I mean the silk-blends. I could go post them now but I wanted to take better photos of the yarn so you can appreciate them better.

Faith, Hope and Love and Pure of Heart skeins will be posted soon.

Keep an eye out for them!

Spring Clean Sale

Thank you for your patience.

It took a little longer than I anticipated, but the yarns in stock are now all accounted for. Fresh start, new season, new ideas, so we’re having a sale. The listings are for all yarns in stock, available only in quantities as stated, which are on sale until stocks last.

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Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you very much for your continued support of my little shop. Happy knitting!

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.

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