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10 years of stitch n bitch

In the coming days, I will be celebrating ten years in Ireland.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a part of Dublin’s knitting scene for a decade.

My first interaction with the knitters of Ireland was on an online Yahoo discussion forum called Stitch n Bitch IE several months prior to my move to Dublin.
I remember my very first knit social outing was a the City Centre Stitch n Bitch in a coffee shop on Westmoreland Street. It was well attend by several knitters from the Yahoo group,  who to this day I still keep in touch with and are good friends.

To celebrate my ten years of knitworking in Dublin,  I will be giving away a skein of my handspun, approximately 100m of corridale in fingering weight

All you have to do is post a comment below. Competition closes Saturday 5th November 2016 at midnight, when I will randomly select a winner.  Sorry, but the contest is only open to residents of the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland.

My ten year anniversary celebration will be ongoing throughout the year and well into 2017. So watch this space…

On a knitworking note,  join me in town this coming Saturday 5th November,  as I knit off  at City Centre SnB – Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge from 12pm to 2pm. Then I plan to head over to my favourite lunch spot for some Lebanese food  (just pop me a message if you plan to come along).


Knit, knit, knit will be happening

Photo copyright Helen Peyton 

I am absolutely delighted to announce The Dublin Knit Collective (The DKC) will be at the Knitting and Stitching Show from Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23rd October 2016. 

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The DKC will be hosting Knitworking, a good old fashioned stitch n bitch social.  Knitwork with us, meet old friends and make new ones. 

So, bring your knit or crochet WiPs (works in progress) and join me (@TheDKC) &  my knitterly friends everyday during the Show from 2:30pm. 

We will be spreading our love for Irish designers and  If you are familiar with DKC events, there will be a draw to win Ravelry promo codes for knitting patterns from LittlefellersLunasaSparkles-Glitters, and UnderMeOxter.

Photo copyright Shawn Clark

Don’t forget to follow @TheDKC and @jenheartrugby on Twitter everyday during the K&S Show.


Last week of September 

I am trying to update the Knitworking page, a list of knitting and stitching groups in Dublin. I know you’re out there. If you know of any other groups please add them in the comments.

      Churchtown Yarn Crafts Group is still on the go. They are a group of knitters and crocheters who meet up every Monday night (Tuesday night if it’s a bank holiday on the Monday). 

     The venue is Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, Churchtown Dublin 14. The knittrs & crocheters start arriving between  7pm to 8pm and finishes 10pm. Their Ravelry page is not so up to date but take a look here and find out about the group or ask questions.

Save the dates for Social Knitworking in October….

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Join the Dublin Knit Collective for 4 days of  social knitworking at this year’s Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show.
Dates & Times:
Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23rd October  from 2:30pm

Wondering what happened to Knit Café  at The Hopsack Friday evenings? Health Shop owner, Finn Murray tells The DKC that they are under renovation and expanding their space. He assures us that we will be welcome back in their larger premises  ( that means a larger café ) in 3-4 weeks time. We’ll keep you posted.


Summer Solstice


Today is the longest day of the year, summer solstice.

It also marks the beginning of The DKC’s annual summer break from  the knitworking on social media and organising knitting events.

After a very busy knitting year which ended with last Saturday’s WWKiP Day, I need a holiday from Twitter and Facebook. 

In addition, The Friday KNiT Café at The Hopsack will take a summer break and will resume in the autumn.

This summer is all about unleashing and challenging my creativity.

Happy Summer Knitting and The DKC will be back knitworking in September.


Does social media freak you out?



The Dublin Knit Collective was just a blog in the early days. It was a blathering and a photo journal of my knitting adventures in Ireland.

Then Ravelry came on the scene in 2007, and I started the Dublin Knit Collective group, a virtual place to discuss anything related to knitting.

When Twitter appeared on the social media platform scene, I signed in as @TheDKC and eventually created a DKC Facebook page .

Over the years, mobile technology and smartphones have transformed the Dublin Knit Collective from a weblog to an online persona, where I can knitwork and stay connected with knitters et al.

What’s next for the DKC? Periscope, if I ever get over camera-shyness


Welcome 2016!


Happy Knit Year!! Welcome to 2016 and a new knit along.

The DKC Sock Knit Along has once again emerged from the stock pile of sock yarn stash.

To get myself of last year’s sock knitting rut, I’ve choosen Rye by TinCanKnits as the first DKC Sock KAL of 2016.

Rummage through your sock yarn stash, then cast on anytime in the first seven days of the new year.

As in the past years, there will be a dedicated Ravelry discussion thread in the Dublin Knit Collective.

Also, I will be hosting online knitworking sessions on Facebook. Feel free to join the DKC Knit Along group and get to know your fellow sock Knitter.

May all your knitterly dreams come true…


The year to come.

It is New Years Eve, and it is a day to celebrate the end of the year and ring in the new one.

I’ve been reviewing my yarn stash and planning to knit it down for 2016.


What are your goals for the new year?


Come September….

I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of August and as the summer of 2015 draws to a close, I am planning a new knit year come September.

The students will be back to school, traffic patterns in Dublin will be heavy as commuters go back to work.

Keep an eye out for events and DKC socials….

I will be back with regular updates and news in September.

A few dates to remember on from The DKC Filofax:


Sunday 23rd August: monthly meet of the Eastern Region (Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers) from 2pm to 5pm

Thursday 27th August:  Pints  n Purls

Friday 28th August: Yarn Dating at This is Knit

Friday 18th September: Knit Culture at The Constant Knitter as part of Dublin Culture Night….watch this space for more details: )


Me, Myself and I


I am finding it very difficult to find time to write proper blogposts these days…so I’m cheating with bullet points.

So here is my brain dump of me, myself and I:

  • Aka,  TheDKC on Twitter and Ravelry
  • I just got sucked in to the world of Instagram as deeknitr
  • I
    will seek out non-knitters in order to convert them to knitters
  • I can knit, read subtitles on the television and drink a glass of wine while knitting at the same time
  • Procrastiknitting is my best stress reliever
  • the ageing process does not affect me, but I work very hard to do 4 pilate pushups
  • I just discovered there is a community of Filofaxers
  • The Dublin Knit Collective is looking for readers to be featured in this series, Me, Myself and I. Please email: dublinknitcollective (AT)gmail (DOT)com


Bake Knit Sew…all rolled into one

I first met  Evin O’Keeffe in 2011 at a Fibre Feis weekend in Macroom, Co. Cork and again in 2012.

Our virtual friendship has flourished the last couple of years through Ravelry and Twitter . My readers will remember Evin as a guest blogger in 2012 when I was out of commission having eye surgery. She wrote two blogposts, here and here.

I followed Evin’s trials and tribulations as she worked on her first book, Bake Knit Sew.

Bake Knit Sew cover copyright Evin O’Keeffe

I was absolutely delighted for Evin when her book was completed, and more so honoured when she asked me if the Dublin Knit Collective could be a scheduled stop on her first book blog tour.

When Evin announced the schedule for the book blog tour, I was ever so slightly intimidated and terrified that I was included with amazing bloggers who are eloquent and savvy at chronicling their lives online.

Liz was the first to kick off the Blog Tour this week, followed by fellow Dublin Knitter, Cathy. This blog tour post follows, food blogger Jen.

I received Bake Knit Sew in the e-book format and immediately downloaded it onto my tablet. As I flicked through the pages on the touch screen, I savoured the crisp and sharp images of cakes, cookies and pies while mentally taking note of a few knitting patterns that were going to be added to my Ravelry queue.

The book is cleverly organised into twelve months with one baking recipe and a knitting or sewing pattern for each month of the year.

Baking cakes and pies are not my forte, however, cookies are my favourite things to bake in the kitchen.

imagecopyright Evin O’Keeffe

The book includes two cookie recipes, Snickerdoodles and Cookie Monsters that stir up memories of my childhood. Images of Sesame Street and the children’s rhyming game, “who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” flashes through my mind and evokes a giggle whenever I say snickerdoodle…

I’ve decided that the Monster Cookies recipe will be my first baking project. I am drawn to this is collaborative approach between Sesame Street’s beloved cookie loving character and my favourite ingredients in creating coookkkkiiieeessss!!!

The knitting patterns are simple and quick. Perfect for that instant gratification feeling when I’ve lost my knitting mojo or need a diversion from a long standing wip

Last Friday afternoon, I decided to abandon my current lace project (temporarily of course), while I foraged through my yarn stash and found a skein of Fleece Artist BFL in aran weight.


Fleece Artist BFL

I cast on Cobblestone Boot Toppers, which are knit in the round.


Photo taken at The DKC HQ

By the evening, I had a pair of the trendiest accessory on this side of the pond.


Photo taken at The Hopsack

So, I’ve been sporting them in and around the local cafes this past weekend.


Photo taken at Two Fifty Square

Photo taken at Martcade


There are five sewing projects for anyone venturing into the world of fabric. The patterns are very simple, and will inspire any crafter to personalise their own project.

The Princes Street Market Tote would make a perfect project bag as a carry all for all my knitting gear.

20141111-234320.jpgcopyright Evin O’Keeffe

As for fabric stash busting…I’m going to try my hand at some bunting for Christmas : )

20141111-232331.jpgcopyright Evin O’Keeffe

This inspiring craft/recipe eBook edition is available through Ravelry and SIGNED Paperback edition is available from Anchor and Bee.

Also, exclusive to readers of The Dublin Knit Collective is a discount code when purchasing a copy of Bake Knit Sew, just enter BLOGTOUR for 10% off your entire order.

For a bit of fun, I have one e-book version of Bake Knit Sew to giveaway to one of my blog readers.

All you need to do is leave a comment below by 4:00 p.m. GMT Sunday 23rd November 2014, telling me if you are a baker, knitter or sewer or a combination of all three to be in a chance to win a copy of the ebook. Good luck! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner must have a valid email address or Ravelry account. Value of the prize is $16.00. No cash equivalent will be offered.

Note: Thank you to Evin O’Keeffe for including me in her first blog tour, and donating an e-copy of Bake Knit Sew