All my boys are off on their summer holidays this week, even though the house is full (and work is much, much harder!) it’s really nice not to be tied to a schedule.  This year feels quite different, my oldest son is now in secondary school so he finished early as well as coming and going to friend’s houses and getting ready to head off on a 3 week camp.  Not to mention the fact that he is now very, very nearly my height!  The transition from child to teenage happens really, really fast.  So far I’m loving it…ask me again in a year or two when it really hits…

This week on my ravelry board a few knitters are putting an Akoya KAL together.  If you are think about knitting this and would like company go on over and join them.  I’ll keep following the thread to make sure that any questions you have are answered.

Last Thursday I was at the This Is Knit 5 year anniversary party in Dublin.  It was so much fun, they had a great crowd of knitters (and several fellow designers, Debbie Bliss, Kieran Foley and Aoibhe Ni) and everyone was so excited to be there.  There was so much trying on of garments over the afternoon that by the time it was all over my table of samples looked like a pile from a rummage/jumble sale.  I forgot to take any photos but keep an eye on the This is Knit blog for some photos of the event coming soon.  I got to give everyone a sneak peak of my Contemporary Irish Knits – only a few weeks to go!!  This party was so much fun I’m really looking forward to putting a big book launch party together, hopefully in September.

(Photo courtesy of Sweensie).

(Photo courtesy of Diane.)

While recovering from the trip to Dublin my head is already heading to London for Knit Nation next week.  Just 10 more days and it’ll be here!  I’m printing my maps and class notes and soon I’ll be all ready.  I’ll even sneak a few of my book samples into the suitcase so you can have a peek.  The publisher has sent me a little stack of a sample pattern from the book so if you want one over the weekend and see me just ask.