28/06/2016

No knitting, only Spinning

I am not knitting at the moment… Only spinning here.

20/06/2016

Summer Solstice

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Today is the longest day of the year, summer solstice.

It also marks the beginning of The DKC’s annual summer break from  the knitworking on social media and organising knitting events.

After a very busy knitting year which ended with last Saturday’s WWKiP Day, I need a holiday from Twitter and Facebook. 

In addition, The Friday KNiT Café at The Hopsack will take a summer break and will resume in the autumn.

This summer is all about unleashing and challenging my creativity.

Happy Summer Knitting and The DKC will be back knitworking in September.

19/06/2016

WWKiP Day 2016

Today is the day after WWKiP Day and all I can say about yesterday’s knit.crochet.drink tea event is Amazing!

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There were 45 knitters & crocheters who joined in the celebration of knitting socially. It was great to see people who came down from Belfast and across from Germany.

It was a great day to get star struck…

Four of Ireland’s fabulous indie dyers all together in one roof (I can not believe that I did not get a selfie!), Fiona, Laura , Terri, and Yvonne.

How about some name dropping?

The Irish knitting community have the best celebs and they were there…

Undermeoxter from Blasta PodCast
Designer Denise Pinnegar of Unravel
Sweensie
Ger & Mary, the ukuele knitting sisters from the Dublin Ukulele Collective

At one point, it was standing room only, and a few nimble and younger knitters took to the floor and continued knitting away.

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It was a day for having fun and meeting up with old friends, making new ones and to give a helping hand to your yarn untangled.

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As word of our first ever DKC Fastest Knitter Competition spread, I knitters took to their needles to limber up.

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Louise, was declared the winner with knit 114 stitches in 3 minutes.

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We had an awesome prize pool for the Charity Raffle, which we raised €157 for Cats Aid

Now for the big THANK YOUs:

The Prize Sponsors
Carol Feller
Dublin Dye
DublinKnitCollective
Ellie & Ada
Fine Fish Yarns
Gillian Harkness
Green Elephant Crochet
Katia Yarns
Knitteratti Designs
Sweensie Crafts
The Constant Knitter
Undermeoxter

Loyal Knitting Crew:
Catherine, Jennifer and Jackie

To each and  everyone of you who took the time to share your home baked, treats & sweets.

From the bottom of my short row sock heel, I mean heart, I want to thank Rosemary for welcoming the pursuits of knitters happiness on WWKiP Day 2016.

“Thank you to this great and wonderful knitting community that we are all a part of. The Dublin Knit Collective would not be here without you…”

D

18/06/2016

18.06.2016 has arrived!

Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day!

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This day has finally arrived and so has our knit.crochet.drink tea on WWKiP Day event.

The fun kicks off at 11am at The Constant Knitter

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Lots happening today so join us for our Fastest Knitter Competition at 1pm.

Anyone wearing a handknit or crochet FO can enter the Wear 2Be Seen prize draw.

Everyone who joins us between 11am to 3pm can win any one of spot prizes.

We also have a fantastic prize pool for our Charity Raffle ~ Cats Aid Dublin. Get your tickets today…

17/06/2016

One more sleep to 18.06.2016

WWKiP Day is only a day away and look what’s in store for our celebration at The Constant Knitter

Spot prizes….

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Knitteratti Designs will be giving a free pattern to everyone who attends our WWKiP Day event. The designer will be attending so pop along, bring your knitting and be sure to say hello!

A few knitters’ celebrities will be joining us throughout the event… Don’t be shy and say hello to:

Yvonne of Dublin Dye
Fiona of Green Elephant Crochet
Terri of A Fine Fish Yarns
Sara of Sweensie Crafts

Also joining us will be Blasta, Ireland’s first knitting and craft podcast.

16/06/2016

2 more sleeps to 18.06.2016

Our prize sponsors have been very generous for our knit.crochet.drink tea on WWKiP Day.

Here`s just a peek at what’s come in…

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There will be raffle tickets for sale and the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.

We also have spot prizes through the event!

Follow us on Facebook Instagram and Twitter for more pics….

14/06/2016

Countdown to 18.06.2016

Knit. Crochet. Drink tea  with The Dublin Knit Collective on  World Wide Knit in Public Day

The DKC is excited to be a part of WWKiP Day, a global celebration founded by  Danielle Landes in 2005.  It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each others company.

WWKiP Day is unique, in that it is the largest knitter run event in the world.

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On Saturday 18th June 2016, The DKC will to be hosting one of two WWKiP Day events in Dublin

Rosemary Murphy, proprietor of The Constant Knitter has generously offered the Studio as this year’s venue for The DKC’s exciting knitworking event. It will be a great day to enjoy the company of  knitters.

There will be prizes, prizes, prizes…. Spot prizes for just coming to our celebration, prize draw for wearing one of your handknits… There is a Fastest Knitter competition and a charity raffle for Cats Aid Dublin.

14/05/2016

WeaveSpinDye Meetings in Dublin

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Did you know that the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers have monthly Sunday meetings (usually the second Sunday) in Dublin?

Next WeaveSpinDye meeting: 
Sunday 15th May
The Constant Knitter
88 Francis Street
2pm to 4:30pm

The Guild aims to further the crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing, to learn from each other as well as from experienced craft tutors, and to create opportunities to display and pass on their skills.

Find out what you can do with your handspun and handdyed yarns

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Enjoy a sociable day spent with like-minded, creative people and like finding out about weaving, spinning and dyeing.

Come for the afternoon; find out about the Guild and keep up to date with current events.

We provide tea and contributions of home baking are also most welcome!

Bring your drop spindle, spinning wheel, and/or current projects or just come and see what we do and join in.

You can find the Guild on  Facebook

 Email: @weavespindye.ie

*note: a promotional announcement brought to you by the Chairperson of the Guild ; )

24/04/2016

Knit ‘n Knatter with Cat Bordhi

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Cat Bordhi, author of several knitting books and innovative knitter who gave us the unique moebius cast on, is coming to The Constant Knitter.

LYS (local yarn shop) proprietor, Rosemary Murphy is calling on the Dublin Knit Collective to do what we do best… Knitworking!

So, join us at our special knit and knatter with Cat Bordhi on Monday 9th May at 5:30pm

I’ll try not to get all star struck when I meet her… Do you think she’ll mind if I get a selfie with her?

This is a free event at
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09/04/2016

Happy feet…

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“In every economical house the knitting basket should be an institution and all the girls should be taught to knit.  Knitted woollen stockings are not only more durable than bought stockings, but they promote the circulation better and so are preventative of cold feet and chilblains.”  from Domestic Economy, 1896

Knitting socks are my favourite project, and because the are perfect travelling companions on the airplane, bus or train.

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