Tricia is the store owner and remote-control diva, responsible for inflicting tennis matches, old and new, on the staff and customers at Dublin Bay. She has been knitting for ten years, but doesn’t have as much time for it now because she has this website to get situated. Known as “Lady Tricia,” she enjoys commissioning projects for the store windows that include such items as knitted dolls, mice, kitties, bunnies, and scarves galore. She is the parent of three, spoiled kitties: the Irish Boys, Seamus O’Jamieson and Fergus McMurphy, and the newest, Scottish Boy, Jameson MacFluff. The spirits of her five, angel kitties live on in her hand dyed yarn line, solstice: Henry (blue-eyed boy), Ollie (oliver twist), Lady Clementine Olivia Wimbledon (clementine), Thomas Hardy, and Pip. She prefers The Tennis Channel to anything else and will frequently stay up all night to watch a good match, preferably between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick. When she’s not watching tennis, she’s watching The Tudors, (just can’t get enough of that Brandon!), or Downton Abbey.
Nancy is Tricia’s mom, and often refers to herself as “just mom, helping out.” She is the Queen of Ripping Out, and has been known to say, “something’s just not right, Tricia, something’s just not right…” An avid knitter of store samples, she is responsible for the most beautiful items in our store. She is currently stranded in North Carolina, but visits twice a year to work in the shop. Someday she will return to Portland for good. After attending the Davis Cup finals in 2007, she no longer minds tennis quite so much, though during her summer 2010 visit, she also became hooked on The Tudors and Downton Abbey.
Ken is Tricia’s dad, and he does not knit, though he does like to wind yarn for our customers. He is responsible for setting up all our shelves and giving out free business advice as needed — sometimes crisis management as well. He is also the proud sponsor of our “husband’s chair” and supplies all of the Porsche racing magazines. He might be convinced to move back to Portland from North Carolina if Nancy would allow him to have a dog and keep his race cars. Tricia thinks they should buy a farm (and a flock of sheep). Then Nancy could move back to Portland, work at Dublin Bay, and Ken could get a dog to herd the sheep. This idea has not gone over well with either party involved. He has an array of vintage cars, and secretly changes the TV from tennis to the SPEED channel when he thinks Tricia isn’t watching. He has not yet been introduced to The Tudors, but as Nancy wants to start the series over again, he may be in for it soon.
Stephanie began her Dublin Bay adventure as a customer who joined us on Knit Nites. She moved to Portland from Laramie, Wyoming via the Ukraine where she worked in the Peace Corps. We knew right away that she needed to join our shop, despite the fact that she knew weeks before we did that Sybil would die on Downton Abbey! She has been knitting for eleven years and learned crochet from her Oma (another German Dublin Bay girl!). She borrowed Tricia’s collection of The Tudors and watched all four seasons in a week. She’s HOOKED! She is also the designated back-up mom to the Irish and Scottish Boys whenever Tricia travels.
April has been knitting for eleven years and crocheting rudimentarily for around five, (all self-taught!). She has an Associates Degree in Math, so bring all your conversion questions to her! She even had her own crafty business at the age of seventeen, selling her knit items at farmers’ markets, and she has taught all of her closest friends to knit! She loves to knit sweaters and loves scratchy wool! She doesn’t have any kitties yet, but she has a growing list of vegetables, herbs, & an avocado pit sprouting into a tree in her backyard! Her favorite tv show is Mad Men, but we also got her hooked on Anne of Green Gables.