Life, travel, WIPs

Wooly Weekend in Wexford

Happy Friday friends! I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately, things got really busy here for a while. But I’m back this week to tell you about my lovely weekend away in Wexford last week. As soon as I moved to Dublin, I joined a knitting/crochet group called Chicks with Sticks. We meet every other week for coffee and crafting. Last weekend we headed down to Wexford Town for a brief break from normal life. The twelve of us booked three apartments at the Talbot Hotel on the Quay and settled in for a weekend of wool shopping, delicious food, and lots of knitting! I got the train down late Friday evening, and I arrived in Wexford to find a room full of ladies (half in their pyjamas) knitting, crocheting, and chatting away.

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On Saturday, I woke up early to snap some pics by the harbour before grabbing a pre-breakfast coffee at Cappuccino’s.

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After breakfast we headed to Annie’s Haberdashery on Mallin Street. Annie’s has everything you need for crafting: fabric, yarn, hooks and needles, sewing notions, and even kits to make scarves that look like various animals. I picked up some bright red Flutterby Chunky yarn from James C Brett. The chenille yarn is perfect for some Santa hats I’m going to make this Christmas!

After Annie’s we went to Crafty on Main Street, which only sells yarn and knitting notions so the wool selection was much better. I had to stop myself from buying some completely unnecessary yak wool that would have no idea what to do with and would probably just take up more room in my luggage when I moved back to the States. I did pick up some faux fur, however. I grabbed four skeins of Sirdar Alpine, two in “Polar” (white) and two in “Seal” (grey). The white will be the fur trim on my Santa hats, and the grey is for a cardigan I’m designing. I had bought five skeins of the grey fur a few weeks ago, but that was all my local shop had so I’m glad I found a few extra skeins to make the cardigan the right size.

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We spent the rest of Saturday wandering around town, grabbing coffee and knitting, and then went out to a lovely dinner at Green Acres. We then headed back to the apartments, put on our pyjamas, and got back to knitting. I was working on a new jumper design, a chunky, top-down raglan with purl ridges. I knit almost the entire body, so now I just have the sleeves and collar to finish.

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On Sunday, most of the ladies got the earlier train back to Dublin, but I stuck around for a bit to have another wander around. I walked around Selskar Abbey, browsed through a couple of bookshops, and then settled into Maggie May’s for a pint before getting the train home.

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Overall it was a great weekend, and it was exactly the break I needed! I got a lot of knitting done and I really enjoyed the company. And coming home with a few skeins of wool is always a sign of a good trip!

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