Archive for September, 2010


SnB in Monkstown…

We’re starting to meet in Goggins in Monkstown again on Tues nights from 6 until about 9. Drop in if you’re interested! Starting tonight, that is. 😀


Upcoming knitting events…

Sunday 26th September: Teresa & Fran are hosting an Autumn/Winter Tea Party.  There will be:

* Free knitting lessons
* Discounts on selected lines of wool
* Tea and cakes for everyone
* Help with unfinished pieces and finishing techniques

Most importantly, there are asking anyone who has unwanted balls of wool to bring them along as they will be making a donation to the Kaiso Women’s Group in Uganda who have recently learned to knit thanks to donated balls of wool and are creating their own pieces to sell. Check out the photo’s on their website

Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th September: “Knit Wine Purl Wine” at Springwools from 6pm to 9pm.

Springwools is delighted to be launching the first of their regular shopping and socialising knit nights!  As well as opening late, there will be  complimentary wine, refreshments and home-baked treats. There’ll be some other fun extras too.Relax with a glass of wine while you check out the latest luscious yarns for Autumn/Winter 2010, and peruse our ridiculously large pattern collections at your leisure.Bring along your latest knit and crochet triumphs and works in progress (better yet – wear ‘em!), and find inspiration amidst our shop’s gorgeous display garments.


Looking for handknits…

Is the cold and damp weather affecting you? It is time once again to pull out the warm woollies and strut your stuff. We are on the lookout for your handknits on the streets of Dublin, the knitters’ catwalk

Tell us what you are wearing today?


weekend knitting…

The weekend is here and a couple of social knitting gathering:

  • Saturday 18th:  The Library Bar in the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street
  • Sunday 19th:  meet at The Constant Knitter from 2pm to 7pm (37 Hanover Lane)

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meet ‘n greet

stitch ‘n bitch: abbreviated as SnB; a casual group of knitters who meet in public spaces such as bars or cafes for socializing and sharing knitting advice.

We welcome new knitters and first timers to social knitting.

An impromptu meet ‘n greet SnB is being organised for this coming Wednesday 15th September from 5pm at The Brooks Hotel.


DIY: one of a kind handpainted yarn

Dyeing your own yarn is not an exact science. It really is very simple DIY project.

A few basic items are needed:

1) undyed/natural yarn, I used one skein of Blue Faced Leicester which I purchased at The Constant Knitter

2) KoolAid fruit drink packets

3) Sponge or large paint brushes

4) cling wrap

5) microwave

When making my own hand painted yarn, I refer to Knitty’s Dyed in the Wool article.

This is one skein of undyed and natural blue faced leicester, soaking in water
Soak in water

While the BFL is soaking, I prepare KoolAid for dyeing. For this skein, I used three different flavours of KoolAid and mixed each one with 45-50mL of water.

Squeeze any excess water, working on a flat surface, lay out the yarn
Lay it out

Using a sponge brush, I painted sections of the yarn.
Paint it wild

Once I was happy with the colour saturations, I wrapped the skein in the cling wrap and popped it in the microwave.

Once it was cooled in a bath of water, it was hung to dry
Hang to dry

Dried and re-skeined, my own one of a kind hand painted yarn
Dye it yourself


a pile of invites…

I am just getting around to updating things online and the blog has been moved to a new http:// that I set up a long while ago.

The Dublin Knit Collective is all about what the knitters (and not excluding the crocheters) in Dublin. So, here I sit with a pile of email invitations for all Dublin’s fiberistas to join this blog as a contributing blogger. We want to know what your DKC experience is from all corners of Dublin and Co.

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