After I returned from teaching my workshops in Dublin a few weeks ago, I was asked whether a guest blog post might be of interest, to offer insight to the fabulous location (hint: it's one of my fave places to teach) and offer some feedback from workshop participants. And here we are!


Hello Everyone! Today's blogpost is a guest post by me, Nadia (Bunnyt on Ravelry) and I'm going to take you on a journey behind the scenes at two of Woolly's Workshops. For those of you who don't know me, I have the wonderful job of working in This is Knit in Dublin, where Woolly recently held her workshops. This was Woolly's fourth time teaching with us, and we're always so excited when she comes to visit!  Our customers are always eager to learn from her too, and both workshops were sold out well in advance.

Inside This is Knit.

Inside This is Knit.

For those of you who haven't been to This is Knit, the shop is based in the gorgeous location of Powerscourt Townhouse on South William street in Dublin 2, which is also part of Dublin's Creative Quarter. This is a striking Georgian building with both rococo and neo-classical styles under one roof and the Georgian Society tells us, that it was once used to store the wool from the Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow, before it was to be exported. With such rich history, it's a fantastic location for a family run LYS . We hosted the workshop in the old ballroom of the house,  complete with antique drop glass chandelier. Oh yes, nothing but the best for our Woolly! 

See, she loved the circle spotting:

our workshop space today #dublin #circlespotting #thisisknit #powerhousecourt #ballroom #learnitwithwoolly

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Woolly filled the space with stunning Hat samples, beautifully presented notes and oodles of energy and creativity and all before the knitters came to join us. I can tell you that there was a lot of effort put into those class notes and reports from the students have been fantastic. The first 3 hour workshop kicked off with an early start and the knitters were quickly drawn in by the swatch samples of Reversible Cables. The students quickly became engaged and creative by planning how to work their reversible cables into shaping and garments. There was such a buzz, in fact, that there were people peering in the huge windows and wanting to join in!

Woolly had shared some friendly advice with our afternoon students: sugar would be required! This session was a very mathematical look at the magic behind rotating stitch patterns. "Turning Sideways" covers how turning our knitting through ninety degrees affects stitch patterns and increases/decreases, and how that we can be used to our advantage. It's not for the faint of heart, but us Irish Knitters, we are brave! Armed with chocolate, coffee and trusty needles we worked on swatches that came alive into 3 dimensional forms. 

Our first wonderful @woollywormhead workshop is well under way! #lys #workshop #allthehats

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One of the best reasons to attend a Woolly Wormhead workshop (other than meeting her fabulous self) is being able to get your knitterly paws on some of Woolly's beautiful Hat samples. There were samples from Painted Woolly Toppers  and the recently published Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids , in which Ivy-May steals the show for me! Go on, it's ok to stroke the screen no one is looking:

Endlessly creative and always fun - more @woollywormhead hats!

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We had a little modelling show of our own too! We just couldn't help ourselves - you only get this chance once right?

Jenny modeling the stunning Lamitra by @woollywormhead #gorgeoushats #bestdesigner

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One more hat from today! Risalire from Painted Woolly Toppers #gorgeoushats #woollywormhead

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How do you bring a day like this to a close? Well the lovely ladies Lora and Deirdre from Olann and Magazine popped by and had a lovely chat with Woolly and they modelled two of their personal favourites from the collection. These are the ladies behind Ireland's first dedicated fibre and craft magazine - don't they look great with their Woolly Toppers?

From left to right Lora and Deirdre from Olannand Magazine wearing Vortice and Gallone. Photocredit from Olannand with permission.

So you've heard enough from me, but what did the students themselves have to say? I nabbed a knitter, Surfguna to be exact, and here is what she had to say about her workshop:

I did the sideways knitting workshop, and I loved it. It was really fascinating to think about turning my knitting and also working out the maths to make a hat to fit me and work with the yarn I had brought. For me, one of the big "ah-ha" moments was measuring my head correctly and learning how to pick a hat size to suit. My hats tend to always end up too big, so hope that works better for me know.

I've actually cast on a hat using my maths from last weekend, and I am nearly finished. I think it's the first time I've done a workshop and actually used the skill immediately. Woolly is a fascinating and patient teacher. She took her time to explain, and explain again her concepts. Really enjoyed the whole experience.

If you want to catch one of Woolly's Workshops I hear she is going to be teaching at Edinburugh Yarn Festival in 2017, and there might be a space or two available on her workshops at Countess Ablaze and The Knit Studio this November. If you want to hear more from me, you can catch me over on

If you are ever in Dublin, do stop in to meet us all in This is Knit.  We'd be delighted to chat all things Woolly!

Thanks for reading and if you want to get in touch you can find me on TwitterInstagram as @cottagenotebook and Ravelry as Bunnyt and you can catch my podcast over here too.

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Our 9th annual MKAL is open, and it's a bit different to previous years - there are THREE patterns!

The three designs are all related, and there is a beret version, a beanie version and a slouchy version. There's an eBook/bundle option should you wish to buy all 3, or you can purchase the beret pattern by itself, or the beanie+slouchy version by itself.

And thanks to Ravelry's bundle promotion, if you buy one of the single versions then decide later that you'd like the other, simply add the 2nd pattern to your cart and it should automatically charge you the difference (please do ensure that purchase in the same currency for this to be effective - ££ here, $$ on Ravelry)

Instalment dates are the same as they are every year - 1st, 9th & 17th November - and any and all chat, questions, tips or tricks will be hosted in my Raverly group.

Go, go, go and see you on the forum!

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The eBook has been available for a week or two, and I'm really chuffed to be able to offer the print editon much sooner than expected! The test print came back in much better shape than expected, with very little editing needed to bother my shoulder. As of this morning I've updated the last few bits and those waiting for the print editon can now go ahead and order! Do pop over to the book's page and follow the Magcloud link from there.


The book will also be available wholesale, and if possible I'll get the wholesale catalogue updated and a newsletter sent later this week. The Mystery Hat Knit-a-long is just around the corner - our 9th year! - and there's lots to share this week!

AuthorWoolly Wormhead

There are two Hats to mention today!


Allerton is a skater style slouchy Hat that features columns of slipped stitches against a garter stitch background. The pattern also includes notes on how to customise the columns for a truly unique Hat whilst still maintaining the Hat's structure. Although it may appear to be a classic square top finish it isn't; there is a gentle shaping to the crown which creates a unique drape.


The Hat is named for Chapel Allerton, where the Baa Ram Ewe shop is located. I feel in love with this skein of Manos del Uruguay Alegria when I was there teaching earlier on in the year, and was keen to take on the challenge and design something with it!


Hadleigh is possibly one of my favourites in this collection - it's proportion, the use of slipped stitches, it's sideways brim, that cheeky pixie point - lots of things to love about this one!

The yarn is a hand-dyed skein I purchased at the Swiss Wolle Festival, when I was teaching there last year. The dyer, Bilum, is a new to me dyer from Hungary and I really loved the way the shades were layered within the skein. It's a sports yarn that reminds me of Wollmeise with it's softness and twist.


The naming for this one is a little more abstract that some of the other designs. It reminded me of a bottle neck junction that we used to travel along all the time on the A13, on our way to Southend. The junction that takes you through Hadleigh, and that joins as you head out of the main high street, is visually very similar to the way that the slipped stitches travel up the Hat and converge at the point of the crown. Hadleigh is one of the lesser known towns along that stretch of the A13, and with an historic castle and lots more to explore than meets the eye. Hadleigh is in the borough of Castle Point, which seems so apt for this Hat!

That's all from me today, but do keep an eye out for updates to your Ravelry library as I release each pattern - I'm about a day or so behind in blogging about them all.

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
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