May 02 2014 – thisisknit
If you've dropped into the shop in the last couple of weeks, you've probably been admiring our newest range, S Twist Yarn: Irish handspun yarn in lovely natural shades. It's a unique product and a very welcome development in Ireland, so we thought you might like to hear from Diarmuid Commins, the man behind this innovative company. So over to you, Diarmuid! S Twist Yarn Studio, located in Dublin, is the latest, homegrown yarn company. The ideas behind S Twist wool were first conceived about three years ago and the first two years were spent developing the instruments and processes for what we believe is the only hand spinnery in Ireland. The studio's main product is handspun yarn from Irish fleece. The wool is sourced from local farmers from around the Golden Vale area in Tipperary. We are delighted that, this year, the lion's share of our wool will be sourced from the Camphill Community at Grangemockler. In fact, the Camphill community was where I was first introduced to craftwork. I first learned spinning and weaving at the Camphill in Gorey, Co. Wexford, and then continued my weaving training at the community in Stroud in Gloucestershire. It's been great working with This Is Knit and the rest of the craft community in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland - I really appreciate the warm welcome and I'm looking forward to much crafting and fun for all of us in the future. Thank you, Diarmuid! We can't wait to hear what happens next, and we hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend! If you're planning to drop into the shop over the weekend, then here's a reminder that we're open on Saturday as usual, closed on Sunday because we're on summer opening hours, and closed on Monday because it's a Bank Holiday. We'll be open as normal on Tuesday!