May 25 2011 – thisisknit
It's turning out to be a splendid summer at This Is Knit, and last Thursday saw the latest part of it. We had a knit night on the balcony at the Powerscourt Centre, with a very special guest: Laura Chau, who designs as cosmicpluto, who has been travelling around Europe for the last couple of weeks. And boy! does she design lovely things! She had a number of beautiful items with her to show us (and there's lots more to see on her Ravelry designer page. Here's a couple of them - the first is Sweet Bunting, the dotiest little baby cardigan, and the second is the Milkweed Shawl, a quick and elegant shawlette which takes a single ball of sock yarn: We got plenty of opportunity to try things on and marvel at how cleverly they're designed: (Those colourwork mittens have a laceweight lining! Laura's one of the Ravelry designers whose patterns This Is Knit are able to sell, so you can get all these patterns from the shop. There was a lot of colourful knitting on view, and Roseanne got to work her Top-down Raglan with the designer sitting at her side and knitting a row. Laura, thank you for coming and for sharing your time, your knitting knowhow and your beautiful patterns with us. Come back soon! As befitting a special knit night, there were Jaffa Cakes. One final picture: just a couple of weeks ago, on Super Special Spin-in Sunday, Deirdre gave spinning a go, and got herself a student spindle. Well, look what she was doing by Thursday! Isn't that lovely even work? But the fun isn't slackening a bit - in a couple of weeks it'll be Worldwide Knit In Public Day, and then This Is Knit's fifth birthday party is on June 30th. There'll be lots more information on both posted here soon, so watch out for updates.