I’m currently spending some time in Copenhagen for work, but I was able to take two whole weeks to hang out in Dublin, Ireland, with a couple of my friends who live there. Of course, I went to a few yarn stores and bought a little (ok, quite a bit) of yarn while I was there.
The first store I visited was This is Knit. It’s located in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, which is a sort of upscale shopping center near Grafton Street. I didn’t do much other shopping there, but there were lots of expensive looking shops with fascinators, fancy clothes, antiques, and art. There was also a nice cafe – The Townhouse Cafe – in the center that I ate in after shopping and really enjoyed.
This is Knit is a really awesome yarn store. It looks small-ish at first, but it’s actually very open and really pretty. There are adorable crafty decorations all over the store.
There’s a second floor with lots of pattern books and space to sit.
They carry a lot of yarn I’d expect to see in the US (Malabrigo, Woolfolk, etc.), but they also have a lot of Irish yarn. I got 2 skeins of their in-house hand-dyed yarn, Townhouse Yarns, on the Camden Tweed base.
The next store I went to was Winnie’s Craft Cafe. I was really excited about this place because I love the idea of a cafe/yarn store combo. It would especially be great for knit nights! Winnie’s is a little far from the Dublin city center, but it was only a quick DART ride and a short walk from the stop. It definitely did not disappoint.
I had lunch at the cafe before taking a look at the yarn. I had a ploughman’s sandwich, roasted potatoes, and a pot of tea. It was all super delicious! The cafe was pretty crowded – there were a few other people knitting while they ate, but there also seemed to be a fair number of non-knitter folk who were there for the food.
The shop was full of yarn and other crafty things. I got a skein of sock yarn by another Irish hand-dyer: Green Elephant Yarn. I also got these really cute birdie buttons by Incomparable Buttons that I have no idea what I’ll do with.
The last LYS I got a chance to visit was The Constant Knitter. It was a smaller store, more out of the way and less crowded than the other two. They did have some more Irish hand-dyed yarn from a dyer than I hadn’t come across yet: Comeragh yarns. I got a few skeins of sock yarn.
All in all, I’d say it was a successful yarn adventure! I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of all the skeins of yarn I bought on the trip yet, but I’ll hopefully start knitting them up soon. Stay tuned for a Copenhagen yarn crawl post!