Archive for January, 2015

31/01/2015

Urban Spinning in Dublin with WeaveSpinDye

There is an old but new and re-branded group in town,  Eastern Region group of the IGWSD meet monthly on the third Sunday of each month.

Spinners and weavers are invited to bring their wheels, drop spindles and looms on  Sunday 22nd February , to The Constant Knitter’s studio space on Francis Street.
image

Here’s some general info:

*  The studio is located on the second level of The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis Street. Take the Dublin bus to St. Patrick Cathedral, it is  just a short walk to the shop.

*  on street parking is free on Sundays

* there are one set of stairs to the second level

*  The area has great lighting

*   It is not a café,  so you may want to bring in your own from home baked goods (but not necessary for those of us who do not bake). The Constant Knitter kindly offers tea.

*  There are chairs,tables and a sofa

*  The studio is above the shop in case you have a roving or spindle emergency.

Advertisements
28/01/2015

Knitting in Town

image

Ever wondered where to meet other knitters in Dublin?

If you happen to be in the city centre on a Saturday, why not pop in at Accents Tea and Coffee Lounge, currently the home of the first City Centre SnB group.
This group was born to a small group of Dublin knitters in 2006, who met once a month in the city centre.

Nine years on, this group has moved from Exchequer Street to Westmoreland to Curve Street to Lower St Stephen Street.

Since then, it has spawned one city centre group in Temple Bar, an annual TwitKnit gathering post- Christmas, hosted several meet and greets for knitters visiting Dublin from abroad and has happily sat back knitting, crocheting, drop spindling.

Today, the group still meet every Saturday from 12pm to 2pm. When you first enter the cafe and order any one of Accents yummy beverages, just ask the friendly staff where the knitters are…and they’ll direct you to their little knitting corner.

25/01/2015

The Dublin KNiT ReView

After reviewing a couple of books (here and here) last year, I decided to make this add a new series on The DKC….

The Dublin KNiT ReView

image

My January blues brightened up when I recently received a sample skein of DK weight yarn from new indie dyer, Fiona of Green Elephant Crochet.

image

The name of this colourway is appropriately name, Winter Sky. Vibrant blues to smokey grey, which captures the morning skies over Dublin in the middle of January.

The base yarn is a wool/nylon mix of 80/20.

image

Opening up the skein, the dye has taken evenly throughout the yarn strands with no signs of blotchiness. I’ve scored this a 4 out of 5 on first impressions.

image

One of my favourite shawl patterns is Multnomah, and I knit up a swatch in feather and fan using 4.5mm needles. This is before blocking:

image

A soft drape and feel to the swatch. However, I was not too crazy about the colour distribution of the blues and greys. One of my non-knitter friends, Lucia, even noted how the turquoise blue leaned on to one side of the swatch. I was quite impressed on how she spotted this slight type of pooling. She also made note of the softness of the fabric.

The swatch on the blocking wires:

image

Blocking out a shawl is highly recommended and I found it was holding a nice drape and shape, which I rate as a 3.75 out of 5.

image

The second swatch, a toddler sized sock, knit on 3mm circular needles, and I loved the self striping effect of the blues and greys. The same non-knitter friend also noted how the yarn created the stripes evenly. She was amazed at how the stripes just appeared just like magic…. on 3mm needles, it created a sturdy and slightly dense fabric. 4 out of 5 for a pair of winter socks.

image

I decided that Green Elephant Crochet’s DK weight would be perfect for a cowl. So I logged on to Ravelry and found that the Honey Cowl was the most popular cowl a few evenings ago.

So using 5mm needles, I swatched this:

image

I was mesmerised by the brilliant blues toned down by the grey hues. It has a nice drape after a soak bath in Eucalan.

The hues of Winter Sky makes for a bright Honey Cowl that will beat those winter blues….

Yarn Specs:
Hand dyed in Dublin by Green Elephant Crochet
Base : wool/nylon 80/20
Care : hand wash

23/01/2015

In the Loop….

I’m going back to my blog roots…. That is blogging about Dublin’s knitting scene.

In the Loop, is the new feature in The DKC. It’s all about the little tidbit of news that crosses our online highway of information.

Knit nd Make closed its doors to knitters and crafters late last year. However, I spotted some sock yarn wool/acrylic mix of 75/25 in Tiger, in the Swan Centre. You can also pick up a set of dpns to knit yourself a pair of socks. I would love to see sock knitters finish off a pair or two using this yarn or just maybe I’ll break my yarn diet and pick up the yarn myself ; )

Great news to knitters in Rathmines, Sew has announced that they will be stocking yarn and knitting supplies in the near future: )

It was lovely to see local spinner and dyer, the S Twist’s knitting kit, Shepherd Cap at The Donegal Shop in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. A contemporary cabled hat designed by Nicola Faull.

Thursday Knit Night colour work knit along at The Brooks Hotel. The gang have selected their patterns, yarn, and cast on. Join them Thursday nights or on Ravelry

03/01/2015

Starting the year on the right or left foot…

 

Join the Dublin Knit Collective Sock  Club 2015. This sock club is open to everyone, there are no membership fees to join, there is no sign up list and best of all, no deadlines.  Knit at your own leisurely pace.

The concept of the DKC Sock Club 2015 is to knit socks in 2015, simple isn’t it? Set a specific goal for yourself, such as, “I want to knit 5 pairs of socks in 2015.”

I have reason to believe there are knitters out there who have a stash of sock yarn just waiting to grow into a pair of feet; and maybe 2015 will be the year to make a dent in your sock yarn inventory.

If you don’t know how to knit socks or just want to improve your sock knitting skills watch this space for Learn to Knit Sock classes this year.

Follow @sockclub15 who will be calling out to knitters to check out the latest on bespoke socks making.

Let’s knit and enjoy the luxury of hand knit socks!

01/01/2015

Happy New Knitting Year!

image

It’s a brand new year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. May 2015 be a prosperous knitting year….