Archive for ‘CRAFTing’


Made by Me Knit-Crochet-Sew Along 2018

The DKC will be starting 2018 with a crafting adventure of epic proportions…

Let loose and join our first ever Made by Me Knit-Crochet-Sew Along which will run parallel to the feverish pitch of excitement within the Irish knitting community as we get closer the event of the season – Woollinn, Dublin’s first indie yarn festival.

We’re making this crafting adventure an inclusive one and welcome anyone who knits, crochets, and sews to accept the challenge in creating a Woollinn Wardrobe.  

So, knit/crochet cardigans, shawls, skirts, socks & tops. We’re including sewing into the mix so dust off your sewing machines and create a blouse, dress, skirt, tunic top or trousers. Make a project bag.  Take a stab at embroidery to embellish your wears

From 1st January  to 24th May 2018, create your handmade Woollinn wardrobe and  #wear2beseen at the premiere weekend  of this amazing yarn festival!

Here are our hashtags to post and share your progress on social media.



A BitnBob

I was browsing in my local fabric shop, Sew a few weeks ago and picked  up  an interesting skein of yarn to add to my collection.


Knitworking with Creative Carmen

Last Saturday I caught up with the City Centre SnB (aka The Accents Knitting group). 

I was absolutely facinated with Carmen’s latest recycling projects.

She was making a flower pot from a recycled water jug and adding a crocheted edge with raffia.

Also she was using an ingenious yarn holder that she made from a regular water bottle.

Carmen is a Spanish artist who cares about our environment. She designs and creates the most interesting accessories from jewellery to handbags using things from our day to day life. 


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


Stashbusting. …

I tend to collect endless mini cakes of sock yarn leftover from hand knit sock projects.

Knitting cosies is one way to use up leftovers.  This project uses solid and variegated sock yarn held double.  I cast on 60 stitches on 5mm circular needles. Knit several rounds, and finished off in moss stitch.


I added this cute charm…


If I knit one of these again, I plan to drop a needle size when knitting in moss stitch… The edge is a bit too floppy.


What is in this cosy?  My birthday present from my parents… A new Filofax.



It’s all about the FO

This week I will be entering a new decade and to celebrate the coming of age, I am releasing Amethystos, a knitting with wire pattern/tutorial. Create a stunning gemstone using knit stitches and beads.


The pattern/tutorial is available as a Ravelry download

I’m celebrating the big five oh with a birthday giveaway for one of my lovely readers. If you would like to win an Amethystos knitting kit all you have to do is leave a comment and answer the question, What is your birthstone?

The giveaway ends Midnight GMT, Sunday 22nd February . I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator and announce the winner on Monday 23d February. I’ll contact the winner via email to arrange to post them their prize. Feel free to share this post.


Luv Hearts


Valentine’s Day is only days away…. there’s still time to make something special, Handknit Luv hearts 3>

You can find the Luv pattern here


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.

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

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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


CrAFTERnoon Tea….

Save the date:   Sunday 23rd November



27th September is HandmAid Craft Day!

20140914-174234.jpgHandmAid Craft Day is almost here!

The Dublin Knit Collective will be knitworking at this very exciting event.

Come join us for HandmAid, a craft day in aid of the only children’s hospice in Ireland, the Laura Lynn Hospice in Dublin.

One Day Only: Saturday 27th September 2014,
Where: Damer Hall on Stephen’s Green, from 10.30am to 4.30pm
Admission: just €5 entry & under 12s are free.

If you have anything to donate (materials for crafts, handmade items, baked goodies) or to volunteer for any part of handmAid….

please drop us a line:

Or Tweet us @handmaidcraft

All proceeds are going to the Laura Lynn hospice for children and young adults.

Please note: The City Centre SnB will hold their regular Saturday meet up at the HandmAid event instead of Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge