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.

30/03/2016

Gotta luv my gadgets

I love my pompom maker. This one is a Clover branded product that gives a modern edge to pompom making.

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It looks like a complicated gadget, I however, Clover includes clear instructions on wrapping your yarn on the arms of this device.

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I recommend using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to snip the yarn around the disk.

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Give the pompom a trim…

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And attach it to your Toque.

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29/03/2016

This is my idea of spring…

  
27/03/2016

Happy Easter!

Wishing you a Happy Easter from Knitting HQ!

22/03/2016

Vintage… A posh way to say old

You know you are getting older when items you vividly remember from the past is labelled vintage…

metallica: stitch holder, knitting needles & crochet hooks…

afghans: who knew that my mom’s crocheted afghan from the 1970’s is the hottest item to have

very chic and Chanel: my search is over for the perfect handknitted Chanel suit

08/03/2016

Work that Fiber

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I love the rhythm a spinning drop spindle as it gains speed and momentum. My fingers draft out the fibers, and magically the twisted fibre becomes handspun.

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Handspinning is relaxing and it is instant gratification as I can spin 50g faster than I can knit it.

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There is a spinning frenzy once a month in Dublin at the Eastern Region meeting of the IGWSD.

Drop in with your spindle, spinning wheel, weaving loom or handspun and work that fibre this Sunday 13th March from 2pm to 4.30 pm at The Constant Knitter.

29/02/2016

We’re Leaping to Heuston….

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Copyright Yvonne McSwiney

The 29th of February comes around every four years and it’s a great day to share some exciting news…

Knitwear designer and dyer, Yvonne of Dublin Dye has just released a new pattern. Her patterns are named after areas in and around Dublin. The latest release, Heuston is a cosy and comfortable hat with a cable and rib pattern that will look great with or without a pompom.

Read all about this lovely hat pattern and the Dublin Simon Community in her blogpost .

It’s the perfect project to take on the train from Heuston Station to Cork Kent Station.
 
Here at Knitting HQ, we are excited about this pattern for three reasons:

1) Yvonne is donating the proceeds of this hat until the end of March to the Dublin Simon Community, a charity who work with the homeless in and around Dublin. They support homeless people and work with them to get them out of temporary accommodation and into permanent homes.

2) We are adding to the fun by hosting a  knit along for the Heuston hat. Cast on is the 6th of March, and the deadline is April 3rd.

3) If you finish a hat in by that date you’ll be entered into a draw for a skein of Dublin Dye Merino DK in the colour of your choice! We will have an online parade of finished by hats… More on that later.

So please join us in supporting Yvonne’s charity drive for the Dublin Simon Community.

Purchase and download the pattern here

07/02/2016

Irish Crochet Workshop…

Irish Crochet workshop with Carmel Lyons, a third generation and award winning Irish Crochet lace maker. Saturday February 27th, 10.30 to 4.30 at Loza Wool, 4 Monastery SC, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

Cost €40 includes materials.  Contact Loza Wool to book on 01 4643230/086 3294558 or info@lozawool.com

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