Archive for ‘The KNiT’

09/01/2017

The DKC in 2017

I am living through a knitting revolution as a knit enthusiast. My passion for this thing called knitting has transformed itself from a hobby to a lifestyle.

The Dublin Knit Collective started off as a blog where I chronicled the knitting scene in Dublin.

The Dublin Knit Collective was a place to brew knitwit ideas with other knitters when discussion online forums on Ravelry and Yahoo Chat popped up on the internet.
With the explosion of social media, the Dublin Knit Collective transformed into a persona as @TheDKC on Twitter. 

I found myself as @TheDKC live Tweeting events and interacting with other Twitter knitters in Ireland and the UK.

There are many times when my social life has revolved around the online and offline  knitting community in Ireland.

From blogger to enabler of Knitworking events, which are are social gatherings with other knitters throughout the city.

I engage in taking knitting out of the home and out on the town either at a café, pub or other places where I find myself just knitting….

2017 will be an exciting year…. 

15/12/2016

Knitmas Knitting queue: Foraois

​During a visit to my LYS, This is Knit, I noticed a rainbow of feather and fan lace and knew I had to add this shawl to my Ravelry queue for the Knitmas Knitting season. 

Photo copyright Jenny Sisk

This shawl is Foraois, meaning forest in Irish, and designed by Maria of This is Knit.

I love the simplicity of this triangular shawlette which starts at the top with a garter tab.

I asked Maria a couple of questions to find out more about the creativity behind the needles.

Where did you get the inspiration for this design?

I’ve always loved knitting shawls. At the time, I had been looking at different hap and Shetland patterns, and loved the look and texture of the more “rustic”, tweeded yarns, as well as the simplicity of the feather and fan edgings. The cable down the spine was basically to stop me going nuts with all the stockinette before I reached the interesting edge bit! 

What advice do you have to offer for new shawl knitters?

Advice for new shawl knitters? Go for it! It’s a fairly standard construction, starting with a garter tab. This can be a weensy bit fiddly when you haven’t done it before, but there are some useful video clips online if you’re stuck. 

You’ll be well comfortable with the knitting of it by the time you get to the edge, and here, stitchmarkers are your friend!

Thank you, Maria for yor time! 

Next time pop into This is Knit and say hello to Maria.

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.

22/08/2016

KNIT Culture Night

We had so much fun making knitters at last year’s Culture Night…we’ve been invited to do it again.

Join us for Dublin Culture Night on Friday 16th September 2016.

It’s a night of KNiT Culture ​with Jackie, Laura & Diane at a special KNiT session. They will introduce you to the art of knit & purl and all the fun stuff that happens at a typical knit night in Dublin.

Venue:  The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis Street. Dublin 8.

Time: 6pm to 9pm

30/03/2016

Gotta luv my gadgets

I love my pompom maker. This one is a Clover branded product that gives a modern edge to pompom making.

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It looks like a complicated gadget, I however, Clover includes clear instructions on wrapping your yarn on the arms of this device.

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I recommend using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to snip the yarn around the disk.

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Give the pompom a trim…

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And attach it to your Toque.

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18/01/2016

New: KNiT Sessions in Rathmines

Looking for personalised knitting lessons? The Dublin Knit Collective (DKC) is now offering KNiT Sessions, one hour tutorials with an experienced handknitter from The Dublin Knit Collective.

For the absolute beginner, book a Learn the KNIT stitch session with The DKC.

Dates, times & location available:
Wednesday 27th January 10:30am to 11:30am RATHMINES
Wednesday 3rd February 10:30am to 11:30am RATHMINES

Shopping List:
> Yarn: DK, worsted weight or maybe something a bit thicker. All I ask that the yarn NOT BE BLACK as you will not see your stitches

> Knitting needles: 5mm to 7mm

Cost: €15 per session

To book your place email dublinknitcollective@gmail.com or
online booking: https://v1.bookwhen.com/dkc

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: )

25/07/2015

Christmas in July

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Oh yeah… Here at Knitting HQ, the 25th of July marks the beginning of our Christmas countdown.

Christmas knitting anyone?

26/05/2015

Flowers and Foliage…

If you happen to be in town this Bank Holiday weekend, why not head over and see our contribution to a community project organised by the folks from Blooming Bunting

Our knitters and crocheters have out done themselves look what’s going in our Blooming Bunting…..

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26/05/2015

Flowers and Foliage….

If you happen to be in town this Bank Holiday weekend, why not head over and see our contribution to a community project organised by the folks from Blooming Bunting

Our knitters and crocheters have out done themselves look what’s going in our Blooming Bunting…..

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