Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Let’s travel to Ireland – Dublin with Gigi from Gigi82Knits
1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
I live in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin gives you a big city feel while the most beautiful countryside is only a short drive/ train ride away. Dublin is a great base from which to explore Ireland. At the same time, you get all the pubs and nightlife you want in Dublin, a huge selection of shops and shopping centers, museums, concerts, exhibitions, etc.
2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
I recommend going and experiencing the rough beauty of the Aran Islands on the West coast. Last year I went there on one of the (very few) days of actual summer, the rain gear stayed in the bag the whole time. The largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore, can be reached by ferry or plane. On the island, I recommend renting bikes and touring on your own, taking as much time as you want. There are also locals offering tours in mini vans, which is probably the better option for rainy days. But I had a blast last year on the bikes. There are a few different routes to take, some longer or smaller. Stop often to take in the scenery. It’s possible to stay the night in a guest house or hostel, or you can take the last ferry back in the evening.
3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
My shop is very specialized in socks, which developed into Christmas stockings which also has developed into selling the patterns. I’m offering Christmas Stockings made out of 100% Irish wool (Donegal Tweed), which is a pleasure to knit with. It’s the same kind of wool that the big Irish cable sweaters are traditionally made out of.
4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?
I’m selling exclusively online. But if someone local wants to meet up, I’m in the Walkinstown library (Dublin 12) Knitting Group, meeting every Wednesday 6.30 – 8pm for a chat with my knitting buddies and I also teach sock/ stocking knitting there. We have a group project that we raffle off for charity in the weeks leading up to Christmas, last year it was a patchwork blanket, the year before a nativity scene.
5. What are your social media sites?