I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend
and keep knitting!
Dublin's knitting scene
Today, I welcome guest blogger, Eimear and her online persona, inkedandcrafty. I hope you’ll enjoy this post and continue to follow her creative adventures online.
I was a lonely solo knitter as work didn’t allow for me to attend daytime knitting groups locally or for travelling into Dublin for the groups there, and my sister who is also a knitter lives about 190km away.
I was sad and jealous of the knit nights I was seeing online and for a long time I toyed with the idea of starting a knit night locally myself – I’m based in Trim, Co. Meath.
As a blow in, I was worried would anybody be interested so I decided to bite the bullet in October 2016 and started one.
Five knit nights later I would class it as a roaring success. We have more and more people each time we meet.
For the moment we meet once per month in our local Costa, although the frequency may increase in time. We are a mixed bag of new and experienced crafters from all walks of life with different interests. We have knitters, crocheters, a spinner and many other crafters.
I wanted this group to be really inclusive and welcoming for all, somewhere we could sit and chat, and I’m delighted to say it seems to be working out really well!
Follow me on instagram or join our Trim Knit Night Ravelry group to find out more details. And thanks to my super supportive husband for designing my poster!
Thank you so much, Eimear for sharing your experience and success in starting a knit night.
Update: The Trim Knit Knit has become quite popular and now meet the first Friday and third Thursday of each month in Costa Coffee on Loman Street in Trim, Co. Meath.
City Centre, Rathmines, Blanchardstown, Churchtown, Clondalkin, Smithfield, Finglas, The Liberties, Templeogue, Fairview, Glasthule, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Dun Laoghaire, Booterstown, Donaghmeade, Swords…
These are areas in Dublin where Knitters hang out.
For more details and info check our list of knitting groups here.
Ever wonder what happens at a knitting group and how to join?
Knitworking is a list of knitting & stitching / craft groups found on the Knitworking page of The Dublin Knit Collective website.
If you been on social media lately, you may have heard me promoting my new knitworking sessions, Knit & Healthy at The Hopsack in Rathmines. It’s a good old fashioned Stitch ‘n Bitch in my favourite health food shop/café.
This Wednesday 1st March from 5:30pm to 7:45pm, I’ll have a selection of yarn and knitting needles for anyone that would like to try their hand at knitting with circular needles.
I enjoy the company of other knitters and if you are newbie to knitting groups take a look at our list of knitting and craft groups in and around Dublin.
These knitting groups welcome all levels of knitters. Join a group, buy a tea or coffee and enjoy the company of like minded people.
New to our listing is a knitting group in Templeogue. They meet every Wednesday evening in the Spawell Pub.
This Wednesday I will be joining the crafters at TOG Hackerspace from 7pm to 9pm. I look forward to checking out the craft and knitting scene in Dublin 8.
A reminder that Sunday 26th February is the Dublin Chicks with Sticks meet up at Costa Coffee.
Here is a small list of what’s in store for the week:
Knitters in Dun Laoghaire meet every Tuesday in Starbucks from 5:30pm.
New to the list is craft group in Dublin 8. If you”re in the area join them from 7pm to 9pm.
If you would like to knit in a yarn/coffee shop, head on over to Winnie’s Craft Café in Boorerstown from 7pm to 9pm.
Costa Coffee on Nassau StreetStreet with the Dublin Chicks with Sticks from 12pm to 2:30pm
How about a meeting of spinners, weavers and dyers? Their monthly gathering at The Constant Knitter from 2pm to 4:30pm is a relaxing social to take your spindle or spinning wheel out for a Sunday spin.
Knitworking is a page on the DKC that I update frequently. It’s a work in progress listing of knitting and craft groups who meet in and around Dublin that fall under my radar.
Dublin 8 has an awesome Craft Night where crafty folks can hangout and work on their projects at the TOG Hackerspace.
This crafty bunch are knitters, crocheters, sewists, embroiderers, quilters meet every second Wednesday.
It is free for anyone to attend, and all are welcome. There is a Meetup group for the space where people can RSVP to give the organisers a better idea of numbers, but it’s not required, you can just show up on the night.
There is a kitchen where you can make a cup of tea or coffee, and a tuck shop for snacks and soft drinks, or you’re welcome to bring in your own.
The dates for this quarter:
Wednesday 8th & 22nd February
Wednesday 8th & 22nd March
Time: 7pm to 9pm
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.
Just to highlight several knitting groups in and around Dublin this week.
Blanchardstown: Starbucks 7pm to 9pm
Knit in Rathmines: Rody Bolands 7pm to 9pm
Dun Laoghaire: Starbucks 5pm to 7pm
Winnie’s Craft Café: 7pm to 9pm
Tallaght Library: 6pm to 9pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.