Monthly Archives: July 2011

Twitter trip to Fotawildlife

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After a bit of banter with the @fotawildlife twitter crew today (& some help from @clashmore) I was set the challenge of getting 50 people to tweet “@doogarry deserves to be a #fotawildlife VIP”. If I was successful, I would get tickets for Fotawildlife Park.

I tweeted the challenge & asked my twitter friends to help & you folks were brilliant. Within 80 minutes we had reached our target.

We’ve had one thing after another since early June with the boys – two hospital stays, CT scan, lumbar puncture, viral meningitis, broken arm, knee wound that needed stitches, got infected & still hasn’t healed right…. The list goes on. They seem to be at a busy, adventurous stage (especially the twins -8 years old) & have had more injuries in the past short while than they ever had. They’re not the kind of guys who sit inside playing computer games so I guess it comes with the territory.

As a result of all this, the twins are restricted for another while with regards to activities – the broken arm is still not fully healed & P has to be careful with it as he was told at the fracture clinic on Thursday that an injury to it now could easily lead to surgery. Also, J’s knee is still being reviewed as the clinic isn’t happy with how the infection has affected the healing of the wound. We’re heading to Trabolgan this Friday (thanks to my parents) which the boys always love but a lot of the usual activities are off-limits this time for the twins – swimming, trampoline, scuba diving, zip-wire, play centre, etc

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On the safari train during our last trip in May, 2011

We’re thrilled to now have a trip to Fotawildlife Park. We’ll spend one of our days there. We went in August 2009 & were back on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend this year. It’s always a brilliant day out & the boys love it.

Thanks again to our friends @fotawildlife for entering into the fun today & making a great day out possible with lots of new happy holiday memories that will keep us warm this Winter on the side of a hill in West Cavan.

Looking forward to updating you on our fotawildlife adventure next week.

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Quinn Monkeys on the loose in Fota, May 2011


Yarn, Champagne & Chocolate Cake

Thursday, June 30th was a very important day in the Dublin knitting community. It was Yarniversary day. This Is Knit, a gorgeous yarn store in the city centre, celebrated its 5th birthday in style. My eldest son had broken his arm that week and we had spent two days in Cavan & Drogheda hospitals so it was great to be able to sneak off on the bus for the day on my own.

I met a few of the twitter knitters (aka “the knitterati”) in Yamamori for lunch before the party and we headed on to the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre after that for the main event.

Tickets were €5 but the entire amount was donated to the Irish Cancer Society. On the way in, everyone received a goody bag with a Debbie Bliss Knitting magazine, a SOAK sample and a 10% discount voucher which is redeemable within the next six months.

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It was so exciting when we arrived. There was a great buzz in the loft and it was such a chance to meet the designers present.

The fabulous lace & colourwork designer Kieran Foley was there. I adore his designs. I’m going to make it my goal to knit one of them next year. Such a quiet & unassuming man and such talent. A really nice guy.

Another designer present was the enormously talented Aoibhe Ní Shúilleabháin. She makes crochet rock. Her pieces are like crochet architecture. Unbelievably beautiful. Crochet isn’t my forte but I could happily look at her creations day.

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I was so looking forward to seeing Carol Feller and her designs again. She was with a few of us for lunch but had to rush off to set up. She had some favourite classics along with her like Captiva & Centrique (both of which I loved knitting) along with new designs from her upcoming book “Contemporary Irish Knits”. There are some really exciting designs in the book. Looking forward to getting a signed copy somehow. Carol seems to never stop and is full of such enthusiasm and inspiration. She makes being a mum of four boys look so easy (which, of course, we all know it is).

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The first ever item that I knit & completed when I started knitting was a lovely garter stitch rib cardigan for Rory in a lovely wine shade of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Over the next few months after that I grew in skill and confidence as a knitter by following some classic and much-loved patterns in many of Debbie Bliss’s Baby pattern books so it was great to finally meet her. She spoke with such passion about her designs and the whole process behind the selection of yarns that you had to love her. She had a huge selection of garments from her Autumn/Winter 2011 collection and we were all encouraged to try them on. She had explained that all were knit as a size 34 but most designs would fit all sizes. It was a revelation. Usually if knitting a cardigan for myself (which is rare) I’d go up a few sizes but the resulting cardi is then heavy & shapeless. I tried on a few of the Debbie Bliss items and will definitely be knitting two – one a warm, cosy winter jacket in her new yarn Riva and the other a fabulous cross-over cardigan in another new yarn, Paloma. Everyone that tried on the second cardigan loved it. I predict an epidemic of them this side of Christmas. Hope This Is Knit doesn’t run out of Paloma yarn.

I got Debbie to sign one of the many books of hers that I own and she was so nice. We had a quick chat about some of her designs and Sineadr & Sweensie got a picture of me chatting to her.

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There was a huge yarn table too with lots of yarn on special offer. I may have succumbed to some Debbie Bliss Andes but it was all in the name of squishiness & gorgeous luxury softness.

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There was a great atmosphere all evening & a real community feel about the room. It was a fabulous day of yarn, Champagne, Chocolate cake & great friends. What’s not to love? I also got some knitting time on the bus journey home.

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Congratulations This Is Knit. Here’s to the next Yarniversary. Booking my ticket already.