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.

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.

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:



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.


Today was an adventurous day for Dubai Knits!

First time taking the inter-Emirate bus from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to visit the Amiras on their monthly meet-up. It was great catching up with these ladies, dining and knitting over chatter about babies, kittens, yarn, projects and boobies! Just another typical Amiras meet-up. Although, I have to admit this lot is always way more subdued than a Dubai meet-up. But not the least bit passionate about the craft!

A few newly-dyed skeins which were not even photographed did not make it back to Dubai with me. Thanks, Zaineb for loving the Bunting colourway in Luna. I loved dyeing those blue skeins with streaks of orange. I hope you enjoy making pretty things with them. And all 5 skeins of Pure of Heart lace that you so happily snapped up. Can’t wait to see what you do with them. Anamarie, apologies again for the Zombie Garden boo-boo I made last week. Glad you finally managed to grab it today. Marion, so lovely to catch up with you, sorry to hear about your poorly darling girl and hope she gets back to 100% soon. Have fun with the skein of Petunia. Can’t wait to see it with your amethyst pendant.

Hala PM’d me one evening to ask if I have or can dye 4 skeins of silvery grey Luna. She sent me a reference but dye and web colours usually do not match accurately. i did the best I could and was half-expecting Hala not to like what I came up with. But she loved them! She immediately hand-wound a skein to start her new test knit. Here’s a peek at French Quarter:
French Quarter

A few more skeins were added in Luna and Pure of Heart so check them out when you get a chance. I’ll be dyeing some more lace this coming week and new batches of Luna are on order. A little blonde bird in pigtails told me off for not having more then 2 skeins of anything! Message received loud and clear! Larger quantities of each dye lot coming right up!