06/01/2018

Speak to me in Knitter’s Language

My non-knitting  family know I speak and write in a knitter’s language that only other knitters can comprehend. Speaking in tongues and using phrases like finished object (FO) and working progress (wip)

The Spouse knows when I am at my wits end with a pattern and I have to frog my project and cast on a new project from my Ravelry queue. 

However, my knitting  comes to a stand still because I don’t have anything that will work from my stash. So, it’s no surprise there when I take off to my LYS (Local Yarn Shop) as a Knitter with a mission. 

Now’s the time to plan BIG! Now that all the Christmas decorations have been put away, it’s time for some serious knitting and sewing for my fashion ensemble to wear at this year’s Woollinn Festival. 

I would love to see how everyone’s wips are coming along. Make sure you use any of our hashtags on social media:

#madebymeKAL #madebymeCAL #madebymekal #woollinwardrobe

I am starting with a basic grey cardigan, a pattern from This is Knit , All Seasons Cardi A perfect project to knit at a Stitch n Bitch. 

Several knitters are jumping on the bandwagon and will be partaking in Carol Feller’s Bubble Dash Mystery Shawl KAL I look forward to seeing this shawl take shape.

Another shawl on our radar is Féile, it is a pattern that screams out yarn festival! 

Whatever you decide  to knit, crochet or sew let me hear about it. 

 

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01/01/2018

2018: Bring it on!

Happy New Year to all our knitterly friends. May 2018 bring more yarn and great handknit wear. 

I look forward to seeing your FO’s on social media so use the hashtag #wear2beseen 

Save the date for the first SnB of the New Year at The Constant Knitter :

Sunday 28th January  

Time: 2pm to 4pm

30/12/2017

Made by Me Knit-Crochet-Sew Along 2018

The DKC will be starting 2018 with a crafting adventure of epic proportions…

Let loose and join our first ever Made by Me Knit-Crochet-Sew Along which will run parallel to the feverish pitch of excitement within the Irish knitting community as we get closer the event of the season – Woollinn, Dublin’s first indie yarn festival.

We’re making this crafting adventure an inclusive one and welcome anyone who knits, crochets, and sews to accept the challenge in creating a Woollinn Wardrobe.  

So, knit/crochet cardigans, shawls, skirts, socks & tops. We’re including sewing into the mix so dust off your sewing machines and create a blouse, dress, skirt, tunic top or trousers. Make a project bag.  Take a stab at embroidery to embellish your wears

From 1st January  to 24th May 2018, create your handmade Woollinn wardrobe and  #wear2beseen at the premiere weekend  of this amazing yarn festival!

Here are our hashtags to post and share your progress on social media.

#madebymeKAL
#madebymeCAL
#madebymeSAL
#woollinnwardrobe

28/12/2017

Show off those FOs

Over the years, I’ve met many knitters at my favourite local yarn shops, SnBs, workshops and fibre/knitting events. Amusing enough (because this is Ireland), I’ve bumped into several friendly faces while walking down a street in Cork, Dublin or Waterford. I’ve always noticed the handknits – a hat, shawl, cardigan or a pair of mittens. 

Knitters are proudly make a fashion statement, creating something that is bespoke, haute couture and original (thanks to the talents of indie dyers). I’ve admired many hand knitwear (thanks to the amazing and talented designers) which should be showcased on a catwalk during Fashion Week.

I was so inspired by prettyfunkyknitter’s sweater, that I had to knit one for myself!

Pattern: Flax by TinCanKnits 
Yarn: my own handspun and Cheviot Blend Worsted by Cushendale Woollen Mills Worsted

Let’s see and share your FOs on social media by using the hashtag #wear2beseen.

01/10/2017

SocktoberFest

It’s all about socks for the month of October here at Dublin Knit Collective HQ.

Knitting socks is my favourite on the go project. A sock wip easily fits in your bag and can be knit just about anywhere.

I learned how to knit socks at my local stitch ‘n bitch in 2006 since I was in awe of the handknit socks the knitters were wearing each week. I began by knitting along with the other sock knitters, however, turning the heel was a mystery to me until my eureka moment…

I read Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Knitting socks made sense and it all came together after reading the sock chapter.

The Yarn Harlot’s Basic Sock Recipe is the most used sock pattern here at DKC HQ.

I am taking this month to celebrate P/hop SocktoberFest. Donate and download any P/hop sock pattern

Wearing your handknit socks make for happy feet.

12/09/2017

Winter is coming, knit faster…

After the successful run of monthly Sunday Summer Knitting afternoons at The Constant Knitter, Rosemary has made these knit social gatherings a regular event now that winter is coming…

Join the DKC this Sunday 17th September at The Constant Knitter from 2pm to 4pm.

Then every last Sunday of the month:

29th October

26th November 

28/08/2017

It ain’t over until the last knitter goes home

We’ve had a great knitworking summer season. 

Thank you to everyone who joined the Sunday Summer Knitting afternoons and other fiberistic events that welcomed the DKC.

Here are some photos of a Knitworking Summer in Dublin…

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26/08/2017

Stitchmarker Maker Station

Turning 10 this year is a milestone, so I am setting up a Stitchmarker Maker Station at tomorrow’s SSK event from 2pm to 4pm at The Constant Knitter. 

I will have all the supplies and tools needed for you to make a few stitch markers to take home with you.

I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who make knitworking so much fun!

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!