Knit Local: Vivi’s Trading in Kinsale and Smudge Yarns

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July 7, 2015 by Evin

As you know, I’m a fan and friend of Smudge Yarns. We recently collaborated together and with Suzanne McEndoo on the book, These Islands: Knits from Ireland, Scotland, and England (which recently sold out of its second print run). But I’m also a fan of independent shops, especially local yarn stores. So, today, I’m showing a few photos from Vivi’s Trading in Kinsale. Provided, these photos are from last summer, but the inventory is just as delicious this summer.

So. Much. Wool.
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I love the nautical feel of the shop interior, which makes sense given its perch in Kinsale.
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Why look there! Is that Carol Feller’s book, Contemporary Irish Knits. Why, yes it is!
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Smudge Yarns is not just popular with visitors to Ireland, but also with locals so it often has a prominent spot in the shop.
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Doesn’t that pink just cry out to be knit up into my Falling Petals lace shawl?! What, you don’t hear it? Listen harder. 😉
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Bird’s eye view.
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Oh the little swatches are so thoughtful and really help visualize how the colorway knits up. I love the lack of pooling in her dyes.
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So, there you have it. A little tasty treat in the form of local yarn store and locally-dyed wool heaven. Which part is your favourite?

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