A trip to Dublin
I was fortunate to have two whole hours to myself in Dublin recently so I made a conscious decision to avoid High Street shops and follow my heart instead. So what, I hear you say? What I should have said is ‘two whole hours in Dublin WITHOUT MY TWO TEENAGE DAUGHTERS’. Bliss. No Hollister, Jack Wills, nasty fast food, Pennys (that’s Primark to some of you). I veered off Grafton Street and made a bee-line for Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, an elegant shopping experience in a neon world, and one of my favourite shopping places in Dublin. (Apart, of course, from the Avoca Shop on Suffolk Street where I had lost myself for another two hours – prior to my two hours wandering around Powerscourt – having a delicious lunch with friends before drooling over (metaphorically speaking) the vintage china teacups that were for sale at exorbitant prices and the jars of buttons and bows and felted skeins). Phew, that was a very long sentence with lots of ands… and did I tell you about the knitwear and gorgeous coats and the food hall in the basement? Anyway, that was ever before I floated onwards to Powerscourt where I found the lovely ‘This is Knit’ wool shop. It was love at first sight. I had wandered into Powerscourt, remembering from a previous visit, the antique print shops and lovely, lofty malls and then this apparition appeared. I held back on the buying front but the ladies who run it were very welcoming and let me take some pictures. Later, upon my couch I lie, in vacant or in pensive mood, and thought about the lost purchasing opportunities. How could I have been so tight? Anyway, the fact of the matter is that I am making a blanket out of granny squares with the frugal intention of using up all of my old odds and sods yarn ends. However, I did purchase two balls of cotton and then floated on out to visit a flower shop, a vintage clothing shop, George St Arcade (in-door market) and last but not least, a fabric shop where I bought a roll-end metre of a turquoise pure wool and satin ribboned fabric for ten euro, which the shop assistant assured me is a genuine Chanel fabric. Oh, you seem to be turning a little green? The afternoon ended in Café en Seine on Dawson St where my lunch-time friends and I rendezvoused for a Prosecco before going back to our hotel and much, much later to sleep and to dream of moss green skeins and out of the blue roundels of heathers and slates.
See another lovely yarn shop here: http://andelieya.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/photographic-journal-a-trip-to-the-village-knitting-store/
For more yarn adventures see:http://agujasblog.com/2013/01/10/my-very-own-scandinavian-yarn-crawl/
what a lovely post, I am off to Dublin onSunday, and will definitely visit Powerscourt Centre…and Cafe en Seine!
Love the woolly cupcakes! =D
Me too – they look good enough to eat! If you click on the photographer’s website you will see a lovely knitting inspired wedding day.
What a delicious shopping experience you enjoyed, with all the same things I enjoy: lunch with friends, visiting craft and yarn shops and drooling over beautiful china cups and saucers. Wish I could have been along.
A kindred spirit! 🙂
Dear wildsherkin, we already made a fun ‘driftwood connection’. After this lovely story about your newly discovered wool shop, we are about to make a ‘yarn connection’. I visited our village yarn shop a few months ago and took several pictures. Be on the lookout, for I will post them on my blog soon! 🙂
How exciting! Looking forward to reading it – thank you!
Thanks for your lovely comments! So glad you enjoyed the shop and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back another day 🙂
Oh, I’ll be back! 🙂
A perfect day. That is my kind of yarn shop 🙂
What a wonderful couple of hours! It’s hard for me to get within two blocks of a yarn store with my two teenage boys. You should hear the groans! If I ever visit Dublin, I will bookmark this yarn shop.
Oh, I can well-imagine! So here is the plan: the two of us go yarn shopping and we throw the two teenage boys and girls together… 🙂
What a perfect day! I love those yarn colors!
They had a really lovely selection but my photography skills were hopeless on the day! Many of the images were slightly out of focus so I couldn’t use them. 🙂
Jealous ! Sounds like a heavenly day away !! & what are you going to do with your Chanel fabric ? ( you lucky thing ! ) x
That, my dear girl, has your name on it. I bought it with you in mind. ‘Happy new job’ gift. OMG…did I really write ‘Channel’!!
What a gorgeous post wildsherkin ! Sounds like a very perfect day out to me Lunch …buttons and all manner of colourful things… I also often come home and muse on lost buys …
However, now you are armed – because the next trip you sure will know what you can come back with wrapped in bags and parcels to ‘Smaug’ over as daughter and I call such times …..
Oh Joy 😀
Is that the clack of needles I hear … as I type
Sorry, can’t hear you ‘cos my needles are making such a racket…