Oh the places you can knit this week!
It’s Valentine’s Day, a day for yarn love. Join any of the regular Tuesday night knitting groups in Blanchardstown, Clondalkin or Rathmines.
M1 Knitting: Bring your knitting, crochet, needlework 7pm to 9pm Light House Cinema, Smithfield.
The Hopsack at The Swan Centre with the DKC for a Knit & Healthy social evening from 5:30pm to 7:45pm.
Progressing along with the KAL 2017 with the Brooks Knitters? It’s not too late to join their knit along at the Brooks Hotel from 6 :30pm.
Relax and knit at Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge from 12pm – 2pm
For more knitting groups check out Knitworking, 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.
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
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…
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
It’s the start of a new knitworking year!
Winter and chilled atmospheric temperatures are bringing out the best of knitting hats, scarves and jumpers.
Join a knitting group or knit along this month and get in on the knitworking action.
The usual knitting groups will be back in the City Centre, Blanchardstown, Clondalkin, Churchtown, Finglas, Rathmines, Tallaght, Templeogue….
Keep an eye out for yarn crawls, pop up SnB’s, and other events in 2017!
Traditionally, I”ve hosted a Sock Knit Along every January.
This year, I will be working toward Knitting Goal # 1: 12 Socks in 2017.
1) Stash dive, pick a yarn, any sock yarn in your stash.
2) Choose a pattern, a cuff down or toe up.
3) Magic loop or Dpns?
4) Cast on anytime after 01.01.17
5) Join our banter and chat in the DKC Knit Along Facebook group or in the DKC Ravelry discussuion thread.
So who’s in?
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).
It’s a Happy Hallowe’en at KNiT HQ!
Once the last treat is given out, it’s time to start planning for my favourite holiday, Christmas!
But before you all start moaning bah humbug, let’s get on with the here and now.
Reminder: the Churchtown stitching and craft group will be meeting on Tuesday at the Glenside Pub from 8pm.
I would like to think knitters were the star attraction at this year’s Irish Craft Beer Festival last Thursday evening.
For the past three years, Phil & Sue from Mountain Man Brewing Co.have found a unique way to bring knitters and craft beer enthusiasts to this annual event by hosting the one and truly Irish Pints n Purls event in Ireland.
A picnic table draped with a bright and cheerful crocheted themed table cloth
is perfectly situated directly across from Phil…
as Sue knitworks with knitters who have brought their wips and sips from their beer glasses.
This year, Sue organised two prize sponsors, Dublin Dye and Stolen Stitches. What a great opportunity for a chance to win such amazing prizes.
I am always amused by the passerbys and the curious who admired and commented on the colourful and thin yarn we were knitting with, it’s almost star-like quality attention.
My knitworking calendar is filling up this week.
I’ll be heading over to the the RDS for Mountain Man Brewing Co. annual Pints ‘n Purls gathering on Thursday 8th September. I’m still pondering which knitting project I will work on as I enjoy a pint at the Irish Craft Beer Festival.
This Saturday 10th September, I am very excited to be getting my knitterly hands on Carol Feller’s new book, Knitting with Rainbows and get my own signed copy at This is Knit.
Mountain Man Brewing Co. know that knitters are drawn to the craft beer scene. @mountainmansue a.k.a. Sue Cullen is the knitter behind the Pints ‘n Purls gathering coming to the Irish Craft Beer Festival on Thursday 8th September 2016.
Bring your knitting and cleanse your palate for an evening of Irish craft beer tastings.
I hope you’ll join me as I knit, sample craft beer with a bit of live Tweeting as @TheDKC from the RDS.
No need to sign up….just head over to the RDS on Thursday 8th September from 7pm.
Ticket and admission info is on the website .
The Dublin Knit Collective have 4 tickets for Admission up for grabs.
To enter the competition just name a knitting pattern designed by an Irish or Irish-based designer, in the comments below by 8pm Sunday 28th August 2016.
Competition is now closed….
Congratulations to Rebecca and Hazwool winners of a pair of tickets to Pints n Purls