01/08/2017

Hello Dublin Knitters!

​On this day in 2007, The Dublin Knit Collective first appeared in the blogsphere. Check out The DKC’s first blogpost.

Blogging about the Dublin Knit scene was very different ten years ago. I captured photos with a point and shoot camera. My pics were au naturale and not carefully staged with props. Then, I went home to my laptop, wrote a paragraph or two, uploaded the photos from my computer or camera with a USB cable. Then posted it online for the blogsphere to see.

There was a time when one was never asked to subscribe to a blog or a newsletter. There were no smartphones, no mobile internet to tweet or Instagram. Who would have thought that ten years from that post on 1st August in 2007, I would be holding a handheld device, and with the swipe of a finger …

Instagraming for all to see… what, where and with who I’m knitting whilst drinking an Americano.

(Yes, the above photo was carefully staged at a local café;)

Let’s take a stroll through memory lane…

It was always exciting to read about my two favourite yarnshop proprietors in Dublin in an actual paper magazine or newspaper.

Lisa Sisk of This is Knit

Rosemary Murphy of The Constant Knitter

When knitters talked about knitting a Clap, they were not referring to a Sexually Transmitted Disease..

The Owls sweater gave new meaning to a cabled jumper knit along. 

I think the funniest blogpost and provides commentary to what it was like pre-Google…is How to Get to This is Knit.  I remember taking the photos at the DART stations and getting strange looks from the platform staff.  How was I to know that Google maps and GPS tracking was going to make this type of blogpost so obsolete in 2017?

So what’s in store for the next ten years?   The DKC is going to knitwork like it’s 1999…. 

25/07/2017

A bit of fun…

The Summer Sunday Knitting sessions at The Constant Knitter are proving to be quite popular so far.

Last Sunday was particularly a warm day but did not stop us from celebrating Christmas in July.

Our next SSK social is Sunday 27th August. Watch this space!

20/07/2017

Christmas in July

We are not afraid of thinking of Christmas in July. 

Be daring and bold and take on Christmas at our Sunday Summer Knitting event at The Constant Knitter this weekend:

Sunday 23rd July from 2pm to 4pm

26/06/2017

A tale of a midsummer dream come true…

​Midsummer is a time to celebrate the season when days are longer, brighter and the flowers are blooming.

Rosemary of  The Constant Knitter and I came up with Summer Sunday Knitting (SSK),a social gathering to fete the summer solstice.

The first SSK social was a lovely way to spend last Sunday afternoon. A parade of FOs and wips made me curious to look up the patterns on Ravelry once I got home.

I found myself observing the social interaction at this knitworking event and I felt a sense of pride as people who were friends,  acquaintences and strangers were engaging on a level that would make knitters/crocheters like you and me feel so welcome and wanting to come back next month. Me thinks this midsummer afternoon was a success.

Our next SSK is on Sunday 23rd July when we celebrate Christmas in July!

31/05/2017

WWKIP Day at Stephen’s Green

​Are you celebrating  World Wide Knit in Public Day ?

Saturday 10 June 2017 is the day for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.

Join the Dublin Chicks with Sticks’ Meet Up event at St. Stephen’s Green, near the Pavilion  (the stand by the lake) from 12pm to 3pm. If the weather is not cooperating, retreat to the nearest KC Peaches.

Bring a snack, water, chair or a blanket to sit on and your knitting!

28/05/2017

 SSK?

I am delighted to announce a new collaboration between the DKC and The Constant Knitter. 

This summer, I will be doing what I do best, knitworking and Rosemary will open the Studio for knitters and crocheters on the fourth Sunday during the summer months.

We would be delighted if you can join us on Sunday 25th June / 23rd July / 27th August from 2pm to 4pm.

We’ll put the kettle on, so bring a wip or start a new one and knitwork.

25/05/2017

P/hop Raffle

There are lovely sock yarn prize packs to be won as part of the P/hop Trunk Show this past weekend.

Raffle tickets are still available at The Constant Knitter until the weekend. All proceeds go to  P/hop for MSF.

21/05/2017

You Spin Me Round

Creative spinning has taken over much of my free time since April. Take a peak over at the  Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers’ website to see what I’m up to over there.

My spinning mojo has returned with the musical inspiration of one of my favourite dance tunes.  As I spin my spindle round and round, my fibre stash is undergoing a metamorphosis. 

Roving is magically turning into beautiful  handspun.

15/05/2017

P/HOP is Coming to Dublin 

Did you see the latest ” I’ll be there! “post over on my Facebook page

I am absolutely delighted that the P/Hop Trunk Show is coming to Dublin this Sunday.

For those of you wondering, p/hop, is a charity knitting project that raises funds for the emergency medical aid organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders

P/HOP Co-ordinator, Heidi a.k.a. @readysetstitch will be at The Constant Knitter  with a selection of p/hop’s accessories that we, knitters just love to knit. I can’t wait to see the samples of shawls, cowls, socks and hats.

This event will be my opportunity to learn more about p/hop’s charitable efforts and how I can get involved.  

I hope you’ll knitwork with me to find out why MSF is my charity of choice.







15/04/2017

Happy Easter weekend…

I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend

and keep knitting!