Archive for January, 2011


The DKC DishCloth & Fairtrade Swap 2011

DKC Dish Cloth & Fairtrade Swap

We are launching our second DKC Dish Cloth & Fairtrade Swap to coincide with

Fairtrade Fortnight. This swap is to raise ecological and ethical awareness of fairtrade and organic products in Ireland. During the period of Fairtrade Fortnight 28 February to 13 March, create a package which will include a handknit or crochet dish cloth and some fairtrade and/or organic treats for your swap partner.

This swap is only open to members of the Dublin Knit Collective and Irish Knitters Ravelry groups. Participants must be residents of the Republic of Ireland.GUIDELINES:

1) Sign up for the swap by answering the questionnaire in the DKC DishCloth & Fairtrade Ravelry thread by Monday 21 February 2011.

2) Participants please send me a Ravelry PM or email your full name and mailing address to: dublinknitcollectiveATgmailDOTcom

3) Partners will be assigned by Friday 25 February 2011.

4) The dish cloth must be handknit or crochet with 100% cotton fiber.

5) Treats must be fairtrade or ethically/organically produced items and under TEN (10) euros (does not include cost yarn for the dish cloth). Treats do not necessary have to be a food item.

6) Ensure the package is sent to your swap partner by Friday 18 March 2011. General swap etiequette applies; if you are unable to meet this deadline please send me an email or Ravelry PM ASAP.

7) Oh yeah, this is a secret swap. Be creative, do a pattern search on Ravelry for dish or face cloths. Have fun searching for the fairtrade and ethically/organically produced items which are available throughout Ireland.

8) If you have any questions feel free to send me an email or Ravelry PM.

9) Show off your Fairtrade package by posting a photo on the Ravelry thread when you have received your swap package.

The Questionaire (copy & paste in the DKC DishCloth & Fairtrade Swap thread and post your answers)

The Questionnaire

1) Your Ravelry and Twitter (if applicable) name:

2) What are your favourite colour combinations?

3) What is your favourite beverage?

4) What is your favourite scent/flavours?

5) Do you have any aversions to a particular scent/flavour?

6) Do you like candy, chocolate, biscuits, or nuts?

7) When you are not knitting or crochet, what is it that you love to do?

8) Do you have any food related allergies? If yes, please list:

9) Name five things that you like.


what’s on for the coming week…

A few emails and messages have arrived at DKC central, so here’s an update of what’s on for the coming week in Dublin:

  1. Starting Tuesday, 26th January, Knit n Make has organised a knitting group meet up at Cafe Kylemore in the Swan Centre. 10:00am to 12:00 – all welcome.
  2. KNITTY WOOLLY FUN TIME group will be starting a new year of knitting Tuesday 25 January in the Dark Hourse from 7pm
  3. Just in case the word did not get out, the Wednesday Morning Knitters are now meeting in the balcony area of Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (right next to This Is Knit). The balcony area on Wednesday mornings will be run by the Pepperpot Café, who have all we need delicious coffee and a couch. Hopefully this will be our last move!
  4. Lot’s of classes offered at all of Dublin’s LYS. We received emails this week from Knit n Make in Rathmines and Winnie’s Craft Cafe in Booterstown. Contact these two LYS and see what’s on offer for knitting classes.

Also a new knitting group in Lusk, Co. Dublin will meet up starting this Thursday 27 January at
8 pm
In Murray’s Bottom Shop Lounge in
Lusk, Co. Dublin


Meet the Dublin Knit Collective…

Meet the Dublin Knit Collective is a new series of articles of who’s who in the Dublin knitting community.



Handknit Handcrochet Socks (Part 1)

My search of crocheted socks in Dublin began with Ravelry and brought me to flick, a.k.a. Aoibhe, a twentysomething fiberista, who not only crochets, but spins and knits her way through her fibre stash. She also imparts her expertise on the fine art of crochet to eager students at This is Knit.  As a non-crocheter, myself, I read her blog regularly, so I can live vicariously through her crocheted adventures.

Aoibhe started crocheting in her teenaged years and took up knitting two years ago, however, the crochet hook has distracted her from the knitting needles. As an accomplished crocheter, a collection of  her designs will feature this year in Inside Crochet Issues 15 and 16, and an additional two more later in the year.

Designing at her best occurs when she just picks up her hook and crochets away. Tullow is her first sock pattern which can be downloaded on Ravelry (she’s offering it for free for the next two weeks).  She came up with this pattern when she ran out of projects at one of the fort-nightly meet ups at the Fibre Fun Fridays in Dublin. With a ball of yarn, a crochet hook, and a bit of Fibre Fun Friday craic, Tullow became a short-row heel. Then, grew into a full sock the following day.

I asked, Aoibhe, what is the allure of crochet sock-making? It’s fast and with determination, you’ll finish a crochet sock in a day. It comes out looking cozy, impressive and  shapely.
So, what keeps her creativity and passion going?  The “sock song”, came to her one day and and is now her theme song whenever she makes socks:
Sung to the Spiderman theme tune:
“Sock are cool, sock are warm.
I like to make ‘em out of yarn.
When I put them on,
my little feet,
very soon,
I feel the heat.
Oh-oh, making socks out of yarn!”

(photo and sock song lyrics reprinted with permission)

Coming soon:  part two of Handknit Handcrochet Socks.

Saturday SnB

The City Centre SnB will meet the first Sarurday of each month. The first meet up of 2011 will be 5th February at the Library Bar.


Wednesday evening knitting meet up

Just confirmed on Twitter, the knitters are meeting at the Lord Edward tonight.


Knit in the City: Wednesday

I just received a message from C and the Wednesday morning group will me meeting at the National Library Cafe at 11am today.


January 1st 2011

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! 2011 will once again be a busy year…

  • Self-imposed Sock Club
  • Wear 2 Be Seen
  • WWKiP Day
  • The KNiT
  • Knitty Twitter meet ups
  • Twitknit meets