Sunday, July 1, 2012

Farewell to Dublin

Highlights of Dublin:
The yarn shop where I spent a lovely hour browsing!  There were some beautiful hand-dyed sock yarns, and I almost bought a couple skeins however I remembered how much other beautiful sock yarn I have at home.  So I selected only one ball of red sock yarn to add into the current travelling socks project.
"This is Knit" on the 1st floor of the Powerscourt Townhouse
And just outside on the balcony is a cafe called The Pepper Pot.  I stayed for lunch and enjoyed a salad of maple roasted parsnips with goat cheese and toasted pecans over arugula served with a lovely brown soda bread.

This is a very walkable city but I still hesitate at intersections not sure of which direction to look!  Most of the streets are one-way however so that makes it a little easier.  There is a great selection of pubs and restaurants of all nationalities.  Indeed there are many people here from all over--we've been served by young people from Mongolia, Poland, and Romania as well as a few Irish!

One thing we've noticed is that there are more smokers but not inside, and certainly not in pubs.  Ireland was the first country in the EU to ban smoking in workplaces.

Another highlight was a shop called Cleo's which has specialized in hand-knits and hand-weaves since 1937.  There were some beautiful sweaters, all handknit in Ireland which is unusual now.  (They're more commonly knit in Asia and just finished--which can mean adding a label--in Ireland.)  This shop is on the same street (Kildare) as the National Museum of Archaeology which was another highlight--particularly the exhibit on bog artifacts including skeletons that are over 2500 years old.  Humans have been in Ireland a very long time.

And of course we enjoyed a tour of the Guinness Brewery!

Lloyd enjoying his pint of Guinness included in the admission price of the tour.

1 comment:

  1. In Newfoundland, "handknit" sometimes meant knit on a knitting machine in someone's house, and then sewn together. in Newfoundland, but not knit exactly by hand, and they were not very fitted. sometimes they used some lovely wool though.