Archive for January, 2017

29/01/2017

Knit.Knit.Knit: 30 Jan – 5 Feb

So now you’ve started knitting (again) and want to join a knitting group?

Well read on…

Check out the Knitworking page and look for a group that suits your location and/or schedule. There are several knitting groups that are not on my radar so ask around… your LYS, a Facebook knitting/craft group or your  local café. 

Location…location…location… knitters will just about knit anywhere.

Monday 30th January 

 Churchtown knitting and Craft group meet at Glenside Pub from 8pm. In Templeogue, crafters meet in the pub at Faughs GAA Club from 8pm.

Tuesday 31st January 

The Clondalkin Knit n Knatter group meet every other Tuesday of each month.
Venue: Green Isle Hotel at 8pm. All welcome:)
Wednesday 1st February  

It’s Knit & Healthy @ The Hopsack from 5 30pm. Bring your knitting and buy a drink – organic coffee, tea, coconut water….

Thursday 2nd February 

If you live in and around Swords why not join the knit and stitch group who meet every week in from 8pm in the residents lounge of the Carnegie Court Hotel on North St.

If you missed last week’s cast on party at the Brooks Hotel, it is not too late to join the KAL 2017. Join the knitters from 6:30pm

Saturday 4th February 

Looking for a comfy couch to sit and knit on? Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge is the place to be from 12 pm to 2pm

25/01/2017

Brooks in Dublin KAL 2017

If you love knit alongs just as much as I do then you’ll may want to join the Brooks in Dublin KAL 2017

The theme for this year’s KAL is be nice to yourself and knit whatever you want!  Now that’s a brilliant and very flexible knit along. I’m in!!

Official cast is at tomorrow’s knit night at The Brooks Hotel on Drury Street from 6:30pm.

If you can’t join in personally, just cast on wherever you are and hopefully you’ll be able to join them in the future. The group meet every Thursday from 6:30pm.

24/01/2017

Looking ahead with Yarn Forward 2017

Keeping track of the schedule for the DKC can be can be a chaotic at the best of times.

I use 2017 pullout calendar to highlight dates of yarn and fibre-related events that are of interest to me as a knitter. 

I noticed my calendar was starting to fill in as I progressed forward into the year.

While updating the Events page on the DKC, I re-named it  Yarn Forward 2017 , a list of yarn and fibre related events.

Please email me if there is an event that would be of interest to the knitting and fibre community.

dublinknitcollective(at)gmail.com

22/01/2017

Knit.Knit.Knit: 23-29 Jan


Just to highlight several knitting groups in and around Dublin this week.

Tues 23rd
Blanchardstown: Starbucks 7pm to 9pm
Knit in Rathmines: Rody Bolands 7pm to 9pm
Dun Laoghaire: Starbucks 5pm to 7pm

Wed 24th

Winnie’s Craft Café: 7pm to 9pm

Tallaght Library: 6pm to 9pm

Thurs 26th

Brooks Hotel: from 6:30pm. It’s cast on knit/crochet night for Brook in Dublin KAL 2017. The theme for this year’s knit along  is be nice to yourself and knit whatever you want!

Swords, Co. Dublin: knitting group meets from 8-10pm in the residents lounge of the Carnegie Court Hotel on North St. 

Sat 28th

Accents Knitting Group: 12pm to 2pm. This knitting group are on What’s App for the latest updates and instant messaging. Let me know if you wish to be added on the list by sending me an email dublinknitcollective@gmail.com

Sun 29th

Chicks with Sticks: Costa Coffee on Dawson Street 12pm to 2:30pm
​All are welcome to join these social groups.  Just bring your knitting,  buy a an item or two from their menu as you are supporting the local business community. Sit back and enjoy the company.

21/01/2017

Knitworking with The DKC

Knitworking is a word I use all over social media. It evolved from stitch n bitch, knit n knatter, knitting meet ups. 

image from knitworking.co.uk

Knitwork originates from the word, network, and the Oxford dictionary defines it as: 

A group of people who exchange information and contacts for professional or social purposes.

So, I adapted  this definition to:

Knitworking:  To interact with other knitters to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

This past week, my knitworking passion received an honourable  mentioned from Nadia of the Cottage Lover’s Notebook, on this blogpost and the CLN podcast episode 7. Please go and click on the links to read n listen. You’ll love it!

On another knitworthy note….

The DKC Knit and Healthy night at The Hopsack last Wednesday turned out to be a Sock Knit Night. 

Lovely to see a few knitters turn out and join in with their sock projects. 

Also, today several knitters will be participating in the Women’s March Dublin.

Keep an eye out for those wearing the #pussyhats.

I was able to knit one up this week and gave it away to an American student who will be marching  today.

It was a good week…
  

12/01/2017

12 Socks in 2017 KAL

One of my Facebook friends, Jackie posted, “Knitting goals for 2017:  Knit 12 pairs of socks in a year. I have alot of sock yarn stash.”

This was the inspiration for the DKC Sock KAL… a split second decision to host a year long Sock Knit Along on Facebook and Ravelry.

It is not to late to join this year long event, decide how many pairs of socks you plan make this year and post you’re in and sign up in the DKC Knit Along Facebook group or  12 Socks in 2017 Ravelry thread

Pick your pattern, sock yarn and cast on at your leisure.

Organising this KAL is the perfect opportunity to use my favourite Filofax to track my list of knitters who have made it their goal to knit socks in 2017, whether they knit 2 or 24.

I am planning a few surprises throughout the year, so stay tuned for updates.

11/01/2017

Knit & Healthy

Are you passionate about knitting and embracing a healthy lifestyle?  Join the Dublin Knit Collective’s (DKC) quest to create a knitworthy and healthy lifestyle.

Knitworking with the DKC returns to The Hopsack with a brand new look and focus, Knit & Healthy. 

Rathmines’ health food shop, The Hopsack has undergone an expansion and renovation. There is a new seating area, a yummy and healthy salad bar, pizza slices and desserts. Also, popular with the DKC are the organic coffee, tea and amazing smoothies.

Bring your knitting project and join the DKC at the first Knit & Healthy meeting of 2017….

Date: Wednesday 18th January

Time:  5:30pm to 7:45pm

Venue:  The Hopsack in the Swan Shopping Centre, Rathmines.

Next Knit & Healthy dates:

Wednesday 1st February
Wednesday 15th February

09/01/2017

The DKC in 2017

I am living through a knitting revolution as a knit enthusiast. My passion for this thing called knitting has transformed itself from a hobby to a lifestyle.

The Dublin Knit Collective started off as a blog where I chronicled the knitting scene in Dublin.

The Dublin Knit Collective was a place to brew knitwit ideas with other knitters when discussion online forums on Ravelry and Yahoo Chat popped up on the internet.
With the explosion of social media, the Dublin Knit Collective transformed into a persona as @TheDKC on Twitter. 

I found myself as @TheDKC live Tweeting events and interacting with other Twitter knitters in Ireland and the UK.

There are many times when my social life has revolved around the online and offline  knitting community in Ireland.

From blogger to enabler of Knitworking events, which are are social gatherings with other knitters throughout the city.

I engage in taking knitting out of the home and out on the town either at a café, pub or other places where I find myself just knitting….

2017 will be an exciting year…. 

07/01/2017

Knit…knit…knitworking

I am just getting back on track for the new year and trying to update a list of up coming meet ups and events that would interest knitters.

If you are on Ravelry, you can find this month’s discussion thread, Knitworking: January 2017. I welcome members to post information on local knitting groups.

Most the the knitting groups are back for the new year. On my radar are:

The Accents Knitting Group

Churchtown Knitters

Rathmines Knitting Group

Clondalkin knitters

Knit Night at The Brooks Hotel

All info and details are on the knitworking page.

04/01/2017

Urban spinning 

I use the term, urban spinning to describe my type of handspinning. I define it as creating yarn on a well balanced drop spindle using luxurious spinning fibre which may be commercial or indie dyed roving or batts. Ahem…a fibre snob.

Why not pop in this Sunday 8th January and check out the action of the Dublin section of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers

I will be urban spinning at The Constant Knitter from 2pm to 4:30pm