Archive for October, 2015


Trick or Treat…



save the date: 06.12.15



The KNIT Review: Hiya Hiya Interchange Needles


Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needles

Needle tip:  Known as Sharp I/C 2.75mm, 5″ length

Cable:  42″ length cable

This review is my own opinion….

This needle set is very easy to put together, no need for a wrench or key to tighten.  As a separate purchase, Hiya Hiya offers a set of oval needle grips with the their logo to tighten and loosen your hold on the needle tips and the cable join.  Otherwise, two elastic bands will do the trick.


The needle tips are stainless steel, and have a smooth shiny finish.  They have a lightweight feel to them due to the hollow construction of the needle tips. The tips are described as sharp, and are perfect for lacework and I personally like sharper points for my sock knitting.


The Hiya Hiya is pliable, smooth and supple. However, I did find one tiny rough spot at one end of the cable. I contacted Hiya Hiya Europe and they replied that it was “likely to be a slight defect which affected a small number of cables. The manufacturer is aware of this and has since addressed and resolved it quickly, as HiyaHiya pride themselves on maintaining the high quality of their products and their reputation for smooth joins.

The cable does not twist into many loops during the magic loop test. It actually made magic looping very enjoyable.  Also there is a hole at each end of the cable to thread your lifeline through.


In my opinion, knitting and magic looping with the Hiya Hiya Sharp I/C 2.75mm needles was a very pleasant experience. The needle tips slipped easily with each stitch.  I was very impressed with the fluidity and flow of  my yarn gliding along the needle tips, then onto the cable. I love that the cable does not twist into many loops like other circular needles.and I did not have the frustration of a loopy cable. This cable totally behaved itself. 

Hiya Hiya Europe is the wholesale and distributor of  Hiya Hiya products in Europe.

The Constant Knitter is listed as Ireland’s stockist of their products.


Big Knit in Rathmines: Tuesday 10th November

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Get knitting with the Rathmines Knitting group and show your support for the Innocent Big Knit on Tuesday 10th November 2015 from 7pm at Rody Bolands, Upper Rathmines Road across from Tesco.

Join the Big Knit Night in Rathmines to knit some little hats and help raise money for Age Action. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s for a great cause.

Every time Innocent sell a little bottle wearing a hat, they donate 30c to Age Action to help keep older people warm and well over winter.

You can find knitting patterns here.

Every hat is important, so even if you’ve only got time to knit one or two, Rathmines Knitters will appreciate it.


Knitting & Stitching Show 2015


Follow @TheDKC  on Twitter  12th to 15th November when we will be live Tweeting from The Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS.

This year we will be live Tweeting over the four day event…. I’ve even recruited @jenheartrugby , who will be out there Tweeting for The DKC.

We hope to meet many exhibitors and crafters during the Show.

I have two pairs of tickets for admission to this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show (these tickets are only admission for Thursday, Friday & Sunday)

If you wish to enter the draw, tell us the name of your favourite knitting pattern (if you can’t think of one just type in Amethyst ;  ) competition is now closed

Two lucky comments will be randomly selected on Hallowe’en!


count down to 25.12.15


Things on my today list for this weekend:

1) Get the Hallowe’en decorations down from the attic 😄 and decorate Knitting HQ

2) Start Filofaxing for Christmas. If you’re curious, take a look here.


Meeting the Knitters @ Nutgrove

If you haven’t heard by now, Dublin has a very active knit social. There are knitting groups all over Dublin meeting almost every day of the week. A fair number slip by my radar, and are not all listed on the Knitworking Page.

In the early years of the Dublin Knit Collective, I often attended the different knitting groups in Dublin. I remember taking photos of knitters with their wips and FO with my point and shoot digital camera, then going home to upload the photos on my computer then writing a blogpost. This was in 2007!

Fast forward to 2015, and the DKC keeps touch with knitting groups through social media without leaving the comforts of Knitting HQ.

Now that, I am creatively Filofaxing and planning my schedule on paper I am more organised with my time and able to plan on getting out there to meet knitters face to face.


My first autumn outing was to a knitting group in Rathfarnham. It was started by one of my lovely knitterly friends, Anne. It’s humble beginnings started at the Ballyroan Community Centre, moved on to the Cafe in the Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club and now has found a home at Costa Coffee in Nutgrove, Rathfarnham and what a lovely knitting venue this makes… I am so jealous of the natural light, sunshine and panoramic windows with a great view of the Dublin Mountains!

I immediately noticed how their enthusiasm and passion for knitting feeds off one another and I quickly spread to my creative spirit. These ladies have been knitting Stephen West’s Color Craving, a shawl with an interesting shape and with the right colour combination, would make an amazing fashion accessory.

I would love to return to this knitting group and see these wips become FOs by:

siberianwhite, harveykate and paulineOS




This group of experienced knitters are serious about their knitting and luxury yarns, there definitely was no acrylic here on that Friday. I love how yarn snobbery is the underlying drive of knitting these beautiful FOs these ladies showed off and modelled for me.



Yarn snobs are knitters who quite simply have excellent taste and exacting standards when creating beautiful knitwear.


Crafternoon Tea: Knit.Paper.Scissors.

Come join The DKC for Crafternoon Tea: Knit… Paper… Scissors…

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Date: Sunday 25th October 2015
Time: 2pm to 5pm
Venue: The Studio @ The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis Street.

It will be a fun and relaxing Crafternoon Tea with The DKC. Bring your knitting/crocheting or paper crafts (aka Creative Filofaxing) and enjoy creative sitting time with fellow crafters over a cup of tea.

€5 entry fee for this Crafternoon event includes tea & treats, available for use are: Pom Pom makers, decorative paper cutter & scissors, hole punch. The DKC will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show to one lucky crafter.

Advance online booking is required or email or contact The Constant Knitter 087 9967197