Still in business

It’s been deathly quiet around here and I apologise. Day job, family and other life stuff has taken more of my time than usual and the yarns and dyeing had no choice but to take a backseat. Temporarily. Dubai Knits is still in business. Very much so. Whatever is in stock is listed on the website. I can still take custom dye orders if anyone is interested.

I’m slowly getting back into dyeing and hope to come up with a pre-order Sweater Collection shortly.

In the meantime, I would like to share with you some of the recent knitting FOs found on Ravelry using Dubai Knits yarns. They are all gorgeous! I hope these inspire you to knit up your Dubai Knits yarns.

Anamarie’s Hitchhiker using Faith, Hope and Love, colourway Murder in the Bahamas. I love how Anamarie used the yellow wall to contrast against the blue shawl.
hitchhiker-by-anamarie

About a year ago, I sent two skeins of yarn and some hats to Joji Locatelli. Yes, the talented knitwear designer from Buenos Aires. She then proceeded to design this free hat pattern with a lovely cable detail using my MCN DK yarn in colourway India Blue. Joji’s Little Lonely Cable would look great for either male or female recipient.
loely-cable-by-joji

Stephanie’s Koolhaas looks cool in FHL, colourway Formal. She held the yarn double so it’s extra smooshy. I was so afraid of this pattern before, but I have since made three of them. Stephanie’s dear husband makes a really good hat model.
koolhaas-by-stephanie

knitpetite’s Korrigan is adorable! I have loved this pattern forever but have not made one. Maybe I should. This is made using Squishy sock yarn in colourway Orchard. Great choice as it is machine washable, light yet gives enough warmth to wee ones.
korrigan-by-knitpetite

Eliza’s Mountain Moss Shawl is a delight. I never saw it in person but knowing just how neat a knitter Eliza is, I know this is an heirloom piece. The drape is thanks to the 50% silk in FHL. The colourway is Jazzberry, which is the name of an actual Crayola colour.
mountainmossshawl-by-eliza

How adorable is Tracy’s Sprinkle? The stitch patternis simple and repetitive but gives a very interestingly textured finished garment. Yarn used is Chameleon in Clear Skies (the lighter blue). It’s an old yarn base, which sadly had to be discontinued due to supply issues.
sprinkle-by-himalaya

Charmaine’s Traveling Lace Fern Shawl started life as something else. I think this was third time lucky for this skein of Pure of Hearts lace. I remember dyeing this particular colourway, called it Winter Berries and almost didn’t want to let them go. Charmaine did a wonderful job turning this into a delicate, very feminine scarf.
travelling-lace-fern-shawl-by-xia-mien

Analisa’s Zombie Vixen in Squishy colourway Teal-icious! These fingerless mittens are a joy to knit, simple, but hugely satisfying and highly wearable. I made a pair for a KAL once and would love to do one again in a semi-solid colourway. Kudos to Analisa for making the variegated teal work so well with the pattern.
zombie-vixen-by-analisa

Well done, everyone. Thank you for taking care of my yarny babies and I hope you enjoyed knitting with them as much as I loved dyeing them. Hopefully there will be more Dubai Knits FOs to come.

Gwendoline

Meet Gwendoline, one of the most feminine shawls you’d ever meet.
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From the pattern page:

Gwendoline a collaboration between Dubai Knits and PaulinaP Designs. It is shaped into a crescent and has a lovely cable and lace border running along the bottom. The shawl despite its looks is very easy to knit. The border is knitted sideways first and stitches are later picked up for the garter stitch body and worked bottom-up with short row technique used to shape it.

The serrated edge lends itself to beading if one requires more dressy shawl. Triangle beads size 5 are best to use with this yarn.

Gwendoline is perfect for intermediate and advanced knitters, however, advanced beginners can try it as well. The instructions are written and charted. I have also included a photo tutorial to help with the bobble making technique.

Gwendoline’s relaxed beauty is sure to add style to many casual or special outfits!

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You can make a larger shawl by knitting more repeats of the lace edging. A smooth, slightly drapey yarn is your best option for this shawl. Anything too woolly might obscure the lovely lace edging. And anything too drapey, or knitting at a larger gauge will lose all the elements of the cable and lace.

gwendoline (3)

You can buy the pattern directly from Paulina’s Ravelry store. Thank you, Paulina for this wonderful experience!

Matched dyelots of FHL is available right here.

Last of the Silk

The last shipment of the Silk Club has all gone out. I hope club members enjoy this last shipment, as well as the rest of the club series.

It was fun working with an oversized skein. I had my doubts, to be honest, on whether I could dye consistently but the yarn was so forgiving, I need not have worried. This skein has 150g/600 yards of silk and superwash merino in it. Perfect for shawls! I am actually knitting up a Pin-striped Sweater Tee with undyed and grey skeins of Serenity. I’m loving it!
Serenity-Jul2013-semisolid

I had fun dyeing the variegated skeins for this shipment. I cannot wait to see this knitted up! Yes, that’s a less than subtle nudge to club members. Thank you all.
Serenity-Jul2013-variegated

Thank you for participating in this round. I have not put up sign-ups for another round as I was not sure if there was interest. Hopefully we can work something out soon.

Club culture

Who doesn’t love a yarn club?

I personally love them! My very first club was Sundara’s Sock Club, back when it was very difficult to get hold of her beautiful hand-dyed yarns. I got lucky, I guess.

Dubai Knits, in its very young life, has done moderately successful yarn clubs. The first one was a labour of love: six shipments of yarn, original pattern and extras. I learned a lot from that experience, the most important being having fun while also working. And I got to work with a bunch of creative knitwear designers!

For someone who dyes more as a hobby than full-time, I still find sometimes that I get stuck thinking of what colours to dye next. I can only imagine how the popular indie dyers do it, dyeing exclusive club colours week in, week out. They must dream, think, eat, sleep in colour!

Anywho, I wanted to know if there is any interest in a club, or clubs. What are you looking for in a yarn club? What yarn weight would you like? Single skein or sweater quantity? With pattern or not? With club extras or not? Maybe an exclusive discount coupon for future purchase?

Now’s the time to let me know so that I can tailor-make the club just for you.