Archive for May, 2014



I enjoy discovering and exploring apps for my smartphone and tablet. Last year, Eilish from Sew mentioned that her shop was blipped on a social media platform called Blipfoto .

So, off I went and signed up for an account and started my photo journal. My pictorial journaling is a bit sporadic at times but I do enjoy this social media platform.

I’m committing a bit more of my time for daily blipping a knitting related photo during WWKiP Day(s) starting from Saturday 14th June to Sunday 22nd June.

I hope you’ll join me on Blipfoto, and share your WWKiP Day photos.

Send me a link to your user name in the comments.



Wear to 2Be Seen 2014

Wear 2Be Seen on World Wide Knit in Public Day 2014

The DKC is calling on all knitters and crocheters to knit/crochet an accessory/garment for Wear 2Be Seen on World Wide Knit in Public Days.

Knit or crochet anything your heart desires, the possibilities are endless… and showcase your talents as you proudly wear your accessory/garment on WWKiP Days which starts Saturday 14th June to Sunday 22nd June 2014.

I’ll be on the look out for handknit/crochet wear on the streets of Dublin from the 14th to 22nd June. So, if I spy, with my little eye, something that you handknit, tag you’re it!


Knit in the City: Thursday Knit Nights

Looking for a knitting group in Dublin’s city centre? Thursday Knit Night is the group you’ll want to meet.

Originally, This is Knit hosted this knitting group when the shop was located in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. When they moved to the city centre, the knitting group found their home, just around the corner and down the road at The Brooks Hotel on Drury Street. If you pop into This is Knit on a Thursday around 5:30ish to 6pm, you may find a few of the knitters browsing thru the shop, then head over The Brooks. If you’re unsure how to find the venue…just ask the lovely staff at This is Knit.

You’ll see the multi-crafting group in the piano area (occasionally they move into the bar) anytime after 6:30pm. Newcomers and passers by are welcome to join for crafting, chatting, squishing and sampling the whisky/whiskey collection.

Currently, one of the regulars is having a Wollmeise DeStash Sale. For one night only, Thursday 8th May, these skeins are available for the princely sum of €15 each. but you must be able to collect them at The Brook’s Hotel Knit Night on Thursday 8th May after 6:30pm.

Please note: the price is valid for one night only, and does not apply to any skeins that cannot be collected on the night.


World Wide Knit in Public Day(s)

Saturday 14th June to Sunday 22nd June 2014 is World Wide Knit in Public Day according to the WWKIP Day website (which does not appear to be working at present).


Send us an email at dublinknitcollective(AT)gmail(Dot) To let us know of any activities, celebrations and events you may be planning for this annual gathering of knitters.

Watch this space for Dublin’s WWKIP Day activities….


Colour theory for dummies…

This blogpost originally appeared on October 2010….

I am not an expert on colour theory, however, I  learned colour inspiration comes from the things around us…


Choosing is a colour palette is very simple, if you use the principles of colour observation…

With my drop spindle, I spun different lengths from each of the different pencil roving colorways, and managed to produce this interesting effect…


To visualise yarn thickness, I tucked a one cent coin into the handspun singles…

I have approximately 123 metres of original and unique handspun…


The Dublin Knit Collective on Ravelry

As a knitter quite familiar with social networking, I’m always amazed to meet people who have never heard of Ravelry. When I’ve been asked, what is Ravelry?, my usual response is, it’s like Facebook for knitters, but better and beyond…

I’ve been raving about Ravelry since 2007 when it first made it’s appearance as a free social networking service. It’s best described as an organisational tool for knitters and crochetiers, and other fibre artists like spinners and weavers.

Membership is free to those who sign up for a Ravelry account. As a member you can share projects, ideas and your collection of yarn and fibre.

As a knitter, I am able to create a project album, collate my yarn stash inventory and create an inventory sheet of my knitting needles.

I can spend hours trolling the yarn and pattern database for knitting research purposes, looking for the hottest and trendiest knitwear patterns.

In addition, I enjoy the social networking aspect of Ravelry. I started The Dublin Knit Collective forum to connect with Dublin knitters, hoping to interact with other knitters interested in our fair city.

I’m on a recruitment drive to bring in new members to Ravelry and this is an open invitation to join the Dublin Knit Collective. I want to know more about what the Dublin knitters are doing….


Upcoming workshops: Knitting with Wire

Knitting with Wire

Saturday 24th May from 10:30h to 12:30pm

Venue: Sew, 2 Wynnefield Road, Rathmines.

Learn to make a fashionably fabulous vintage-style brooch by knitting with wire and beads. Join  eclectic crafter Diane, from The Dublin Knit Collective, who will guide you through this intricate project to create your own stylish brooch.


basic knitting skills necessary

Cost:  €30 includes all supplies and materials.

Contact info: dublinknitcollective(AT)gmail(DOT)com or info(AT)