Archive for ‘SPINNING’


You Spin Me Round

Creative spinning has taken over much of my free time since April. Take a peak over at the  Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers’ website to see what I’m up to over there.

My spinning mojo has returned with the musical inspiration of one of my favourite dance tunes.  As I spin my spindle round and round, my fibre stash is undergoing a metamorphosis. 

Roving is magically turning into beautiful  handspun.


Urban spinning 

I use the term, urban spinning to describe my type of handspinning. I define it as creating yarn on a well balanced drop spindle using luxurious spinning fibre which may be commercial or indie dyed roving or batts. Ahem…a fibre snob.

Why not pop in this Sunday 8th January and check out the action of the Dublin section of the Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers

I will be urban spinning at The Constant Knitter from 2pm to 4:30pm 


Work that Fiber


I love the rhythm a spinning drop spindle as it gains speed and momentum. My fingers draft out the fibers, and magically the twisted fibre becomes handspun.


Handspinning is relaxing and it is instant gratification as I can spin 50g faster than I can knit it.


There is a spinning frenzy once a month in Dublin at the Eastern Region meeting of the IGWSD.

Drop in with your spindle, spinning wheel, weaving loom or handspun and work that fibre this Sunday 13th March from 2pm to 4.30 pm at The Constant Knitter.


Knit Culture Night 18.09.2015 @ 1800h


I am delighted to announce The Constant Knitter will be participating in this year’s Dublin Culture Night on Friday 18th September from 6pm to 9pm.


LYS proprietor, Rosemary Murphy has organised mini-workshops and demonstrations in crewel embroidery and wet felting. Also invited to partake in the festivities is yours truly, in the Studio above the Shop.

Join us for an evening of show ‘n tell of Dublin’s Knit Culture from 6pm to 10pm. Check out how Dublin knitters create their bespoke creations and accessorise for all seasons.

Discover the culture of knitworking and yarn enabling in Dublin through Facebook, Instagram, Ravelry and Twitter. Moderators of Ravelry’s The Dublin Knit Collective, jmallen & TheDKC will be on hand to answer your questions about Knit in the City.

Interested in creating your own yarn? The DKC will demonstrate the method of urban spinning, using a drop spindle to spin fibre into artisan yarn.



Urban Spinning

When you hear the phrase, “I am spinning…”

Do you think I am exercising?


or do you think I am sitting on my front porch spinning sheep’s fleece into wool?


Actually, I am spinning fibre with a drop spindle…


As of today, I am now calling myself an urban spinner.

What is urban spinning, you ask? Well, here is my personal definition:

A fiberista who handspins commercially prepared fibre into roving or slivers and is usually hand dyed or painted by an indie dyer.


I’ve declared myself an urban spinner because I am a city slicker at heart. I do not like the smell or texture of raw fleece. I have a history of developing allergic reactions to manually processing alpaca and sheep fleece.

This is why I exclusively spin with fibre that has been processed and dyed into roving. It lessens the amount of times I need to use a salbutamol inhaler and take an anti-histamine tablet.

Also, I like the convenience of having fleece and fibre commercially prepared into roving.


The drop spindle is an ancient spinning tool, however, there are modern and traditional versions of this portable spinning tool for the urban spinner like myself.

I can toss it in my handbag and take it just about anywhere.

Just like knitworking,, I love the social aspect of spin-ins. The Eastern Region (ER) Section of the IGSWD Meet monthly where like minded fiberistas can socialise over a spinning or weaving project.

At one ER Meets in Dublin, as chatty as I am, I remained quiet when the discussion focused on bobbins, lazy kates and ratios. I’m totally clueless when it comes to naming the parts of a spinning wheel. Nor do I have the hand-foot coordination to operate a spinning wheel. As a drop spindle spinner I feel small and insignificant to the wheel spinner who can produce 100g skeins of plyed 400m fingerweight.

Some people may read thus far and say, “she has a bad case of wheel envy.” That may have been that case up until last month’s ER Meet when, Cathy showed off her new birthday present, a Golding Drop Spindle….

copyright Cathy

Now I have Golding spindle envy (big milestone birthday coming up ; )

Follow the Urban Spinner as I unleash the urban spinning movement in Dublin.


Spin and Weave in the City Centre

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a bit of catching up to do…

Here is a retrospect of what’s been happening here in Dublin…

The Dublin Spinning Group launched their first spin-in  on 31st January and the event was captured on a few of the Irish knitty blogs:





The 2010 dates for the Spin-ins are:
Sunday February 28th
Sunday March 28th
Sunday April 25th
Sunday May 30th
Sunday June 27th
Sunday July 25th
Sunday August 29th
Sunday September 26th
Sunday October 31st
Sunday November 28th

The DKC Sock Club is well underway…There are alot of finished pairs of socks here.

Sinead’s socks…

wyvernfriend made some baby socks…

surfguna’s ble socks are finished…

The City Centre SnB has a new home and UnderMeOxter gives us an interesting account of the round table discussions from last Saturday.



There is a new group in town, The Dublin Spinning Group will have monthly spin-ins on the last Sunday of each month.

Spinners are invited to bring their wheels or drop spindle to the inaugural spin-in on Sunday 31 January, to the balcony area in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre.

Here’s some general info:

* The balcony is located just a few metres away from the entrance to the car park if you plan to drive into town.

* The car park entrance fee is approximately 2 to 3 euro an hour.

* The Balcony is next to the lift, so no stair-climbing needed.

* The area has great light coming in from the skylight roof.

* The Balcony is next to the lift, so no stair-climbing needed.

* It is not a café, so you may want to bring in your own from home baked goods (but not necessary for those of us who do not bake). There is an abundance coffee shopsin the area that will provide takeaway.

* There are chairs and benches.

* The Balcony is next to This is Knit, in case you have a roving or spindle emergency.

Exciting Announcements for the first spin-in:

* This is Knit is sponsoring a spot spinning raffle prize for the first meeting on the 31st January.

* Gaiety Girl Fibre Arts is rewarding the first person to knit something from their Sunday handspun, with a prize.


Note:  A huge thank you to kneehigh, an enthusiastic enabler.


spinning for Team Ireland…

A few of the Dublin knitters/crocheters are members of  Team Ireland, participating in Ravelry’s Tour de Fleece 2009 which began simultaneously as the Tour de France on 4 July 2009.

Look how your team is doing….