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27/11/2016

Knitmas Knitting Queue: Sakura

When I am not knitting, I love to troll  through Ravelry’s pattern database looking for patterns to add to my Ravelry queue

This time of year,  I start queuing up knitting patterns for the start of my Knitmas Break which is from Christmas Day until New Year’s Day. This is the period when I knit things for myself.

Today, I faved and queued Sakura by Gillian Harkness of Mina Loves Designs to my Ravelry notebook.

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I have a few options in my yarn stash that is calling out cherry. ..cherry blossoms  to be this interesting cabled hat pattern.

31/10/2016

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).
 

15/10/2016

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. 

Photo copyright Knitworking.co.uk

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 Ravelry.com.  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.

25/09/2016

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.

20/06/2016

Summer Solstice

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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.

10/01/2016

Does social media freak you out?

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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

01/01/2016

Welcome 2016!

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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…

31/12/2015

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.

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What are your goals for the new year?

16/08/2015

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:

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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: )

12/04/2015

Me, Myself and I

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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