**WARNING: PICTURE HEAVY POST!***
I'm going to do my best to consolidate the past month(s). I wouldn't typically cram vacation photos, an FO, and fabric/fiber acquisitions into a single entry; then again, I typically am a more efficient and expeditious blogger... on with it.
Our first stop was Dublin, Ireland. Immediately upon arrival, we took a guided drive and got acquainted with the city. We were pleasantly surprised to discover, despite the absence of a grid street system, Dublin is very walk-able and easy to navigate.
We spent the majority of our time on foot and enjoyed wandering and admiring the beautiful elements of downtown Dublin: statues, mosaics, Georgian architecture, and artfully designed green space.
A little bird tells me this harpist has been a staple among street performers near Trinity College, for some time.
In addition to meandering, we did manage to make REAL tourists of ourselves. We joined in on a pub crawl highlighting the favorite watering holes of some of Dublin's finest literary figures. We took a peak at the Book of Kells and drooled over the magnificence that is Trinity College Library.
We tested the public transportation on our way to the old Jameson distillery.
We took tours though the distillery and Guinness.
And, we had beers in the Gravity Bar
The weather during our time in Dublin was, well... perfect for giving my latest sweater a spin.
Pattern: Serina Cardigan by Gretchen Ronnevik
Yarn: Dream In Color, uneven sock yarn, purchased at their warehouse sale
Needles: US 4 Addi Click Circs.
I love this sweater (x infinity)!!! I knit to the specifications for the"34 bust, but upped my needle size to US 4 instead of 3. I, literally, finished this sweater the morning we flew to Dublin, so I didn't have the opportunity to properly block it; however, it fit beautifully off the needles.
I absolutely adore the lace detail over the shoulders. I think it adds a nice spice to the sweater without creating too much distraction. And, I really like the increases over the the front panels. This is going to be a great all-purpose sweater come early fall!
Finally, no trip, of mine, anyway, is complete before seeking out fiber and, recently, fabric!
My options were a bit limited, shockingly, but I did find cute fabric and yarn shops to snatch-up some souvenirs.
And, I brought home some gorgeous printed satin and some bona fide Aran Tweed.
Phew. That was a lot. Too much? Overstimulating? It's been fun to recap, so thanks for putting up with me. I'll be back with another heaping helping soon, but first, some time to digest.