On Tuesday, I boarded a flight from Boston to Dublin to start my next adventure: working as an au pair for a family in South Dublin for a year. I figured au pairing was the perfect way to really integrate myself into the culture by living with the family and being a huge part of their daily lives. It also will allow me plenty of time for knitting and designing while the boys are at school.
Before I went to meet my family, I stayed one night in town so I could explore a bit of the city centre. The first place I went after dropping my bags off was (of course) a café for a croissant and the largest Americano I’ve ever seen, but the second place I went was a local yarn shop called This is Knit, in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Any knitter in Ireland surely knows the beautiful colors of indie dyer Townhouse Yarns, which is the in-house yarn of This is Knit. It’s a family run shop, and they have a wide range of luxurious yarns as well as some more affordable well-known brands. The woman who rang me up noted that I had my priorities in order, seeing as I was about 6 hours off the plane and was already buying yarn. I bought four skeins of Rico Essentials Merino DK, two in black and two in white, all of which I have plans for that I will reveal in October. I really had to stop myself from grabbing an armful of the mesmerizing colors of Townhouse Yarns, but I need to save up some more money before I can start buying yarn without an immediate plan for it. As I’ve just started working again, I’m planning on building up my stash a bit more as the weather gets colder.
I moved in my with family last night, and I’ve spent most of today fixing umbrellas, setting off the house alarm, and avoiding the odd tennis ball launched at the house in the name of “practicing hurling”. So while I haven’t had much time for knitting since I landed, I’ll definitely get back to it once the boys go back to school on Monday. I have been working a bit on my Harlow hat from Andrea Mowry, which is my first ever brioche project! I know I’m super late to this game – brioche has been trendy for years and I just never got into it, until now. I love the simplicity and rhythm of brioche knitting, and I love the way the hat is turning out! I’m using two skeins of Malabrigo Finito, in colors “Pearl Ten” and “Marle”. Pearl Ten is a gorgeous silvery purple-grey, and Marle is a lovely blend of copper, oranges, and browns. This is the first thing I’ve made in a while that wasn’t my own design, and it’s been so relaxing to just follow someone else’s pattern and trust it’ll turn out right.
There’s a little wool shop in my neighborhood in South Dublin, which I plan to visit in the next few days. See you next week with more stories about living in Ireland and Dublin yarn shops!