28/11/2016

Peace Project KAL

​”Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with knitters.” 

Join the me in the Project Peace Knit Along.

Christina Campbell has created a cowl pattern specifically for this Peace Along. She describes the stitch pattern as having a bit of a soothing 4-row repeat pattern. Knit one repeat per day and at the end of knit along you’ll have a peaceful cowl.

Download the free pattern and cast on is Thursday 1st December 2016.

From 1st to 21st December, head over to Christina’s blog  where there will be a daily tip on how to infuse more peace into your life.

Follow me (a messenger of Peace) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ….

27/11/2016

Knitmas Knitting Queue: Sakura

When I am not knitting, I love to troll  through Ravelry’s pattern database looking for patterns to add to my Ravelry queue

This time of year,  I start queuing up knitting patterns for the start of my Knitmas Break which is from Christmas Day until New Year’s Day. This is the period when I knit things for myself.

Today, I faved and queued Sakura by Gillian Harkness of Mina Loves Designs to my Ravelry notebook.

 (photo copyright Gillian Harkness )

I have a few options in my yarn stash that is calling out cherry. ..cherry blossoms  to be this interesting cabled hat pattern.

31/10/2016

10 years of stitch n bitch

In the coming days, I will be celebrating ten years in Ireland.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a part of Dublin’s knitting scene for a decade.

My first interaction with the knitters of Ireland was on an online Yahoo discussion forum called Stitch n Bitch IE several months prior to my move to Dublin.
I remember my very first knit social outing was a the City Centre Stitch n Bitch in a coffee shop on Westmoreland Street. It was well attend by several knitters from the Yahoo group,  who to this day I still keep in touch with and are good friends.

To celebrate my ten years of knitworking in Dublin,  I will be giving away a skein of my handspun, approximately 100m of corridale in fingering weight

All you have to do is post a comment below. Competition closes Saturday 5th November 2016 at midnight, when I will randomly select a winner.  Sorry, but the contest is only open to residents of the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland.

My ten year anniversary celebration will be ongoing throughout the year and well into 2017. So watch this space…

On a knitworking note,  join me in town this coming Saturday 5th November,  as I knit off  at City Centre SnB – Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge from 12pm to 2pm. Then I plan to head over to my favourite lunch spot for some Lebanese food  (just pop me a message if you plan to come along).
 

31/10/2016

Trick or Treat….

It’s a Happy Hallowe’en at KNiT HQ!

Once the last treat is given out, it’s time to start planning for my favourite holiday, Christmas!

But before you all start moaning bah humbug, let’s get on with the here and now.  

Reminder:  the Churchtown stitching and craft group will be meeting on Tuesday at the Glenside Pub from 8pm.

24/10/2016

Knitworking = SnB

We had the most amazing time hosting the Knitworking area at the Knitting and Stitching Show.

We had knitted bunting… made by our knitterly friends.

We had four days of what we do best… a good old fashioned stitch n bitch.

In other news, there is a new Stitch n Bitch meet up this coming Wednesday 26 October.

Details are on Meet Up.

19/10/2016

We can not take your call right now….

Good morning Everyone. …

I am off to the annual Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS. 

  • Stop by Stand A8 and take a spin on drop spindle or try your hand at a weaver’s loom
  • After 2:30pm bring your knitting because we gave four afternoons of knit n knattering
15/10/2016

Knit, knit, knit will be happening

Photo copyright Helen Peyton 

I am absolutely delighted to announce The Dublin Knit Collective (The DKC) will be at the Knitting and Stitching Show from Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23rd October 2016. 

Photo copyright Knitworking.co.uk

The DKC will be hosting Knitworking, a good old fashioned stitch n bitch social.  Knitwork with us, meet old friends and make new ones. 

So, bring your knit or crochet WiPs (works in progress) and join me (@TheDKC) &  my knitterly friends everyday during the Show from 2:30pm. 

We will be spreading our love for Irish designers and Ravelry.com.  If you are familiar with DKC events, there will be a draw to win Ravelry promo codes for knitting patterns from LittlefellersLunasaSparkles-Glitters, and UnderMeOxter.

Photo copyright Shawn Clark

Don’t forget to follow @TheDKC and @jenheartrugby on Twitter everyday during the K&S Show.

01/10/2016

Knit Socials in October

It’s a new month and our knit  social calendar is jammers! 

Updates for our Knitworking page are trickling in slowly and I am editing the information as I receive them.

Log in to Ravelry and check our Knitworking thread for updates and news of meet ups.

 
Tuesday 4th October, pop in and knit or crochet at the Rathfarnham Orchard from 3pm to 4:30pm. This group meet every other Tuesday. Con tact Siberianwhite thru Ravelry.

Saturday 8th October: The Constant Knitter invites knitters, crocheters and fiber felting folks to welcome and knitwork with a tour group from Russia. Bring your knitting and enjoy the afternoon from 2pm.

 Sunday 9th October join the Meet Up knitting group, Chick with Sticks at Costa Coffee on Dawson Street from 12 Noon. 

Sunday 9th October for the monthly Dublin meeting of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers. A social meeting with members of the Guild. Bring your wheel or drop spindle and spin…spin…spin….

Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23rd October:  Knitworking at the Knitting & Stitching Show. The Dublin Knit Collective is hosting a knit n knatter everyday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Bring your wips, knit and meet your fellow knitter.

25/09/2016

Last week of September 

I am trying to update the Knitworking page, a list of knitting and stitching groups in Dublin. I know you’re out there. If you know of any other groups please add them in the comments.

      Churchtown Yarn Crafts Group is still on the go. They are a group of knitters and crocheters who meet up every Monday night (Tuesday night if it’s a bank holiday on the Monday). 

     The venue is Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, Churchtown Dublin 14. The knittrs & crocheters start arriving between  7pm to 8pm and finishes 10pm. Their Ravelry page is not so up to date but take a look here and find out about the group or ask questions.

Save the dates for Social Knitworking in October….

image from www.knitworking.co.uk

Join the Dublin Knit Collective for 4 days of  social knitworking at this year’s Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show.
Dates & Times:
Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23rd October  from 2:30pm

Wondering what happened to Knit Café  at The Hopsack Friday evenings? Health Shop owner, Finn Murray tells The DKC that they are under renovation and expanding their space. He assures us that we will be welcome back in their larger premises  ( that means a larger café ) in 3-4 weeks time. We’ll keep you posted.

21/09/2016

Following a  rainbow in Dublin…

I finally got my hands on Carol Feller’s latest book, Knitting with Rainbows.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Carol at This is Knit and again at The Constant Knitter . I learned so much about gradient yarns.

Burlington Blanks by Townhouse Yarns

Gradient Yarncakes by Fine Fish Yarns

Her travelling trunk show was a fantastic opportunity to see and feel the patterns in person.

This one is my favourite: