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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 in Dublin with WeaveSpinDye

There is an old but new and re-branded group in town,  Eastern Region group of the IGWSD meet monthly on the third Sunday of each month.

Spinners and weavers are invited to bring their wheels, drop spindles and looms on  Sunday 22nd February , to The Constant Knitter’s studio space on Francis Street.

Here’s some general info:

*  The studio is located on the second level of The Constant Knitter, 88 Francis Street. Take the Dublin bus to St. Patrick Cathedral, it is  just a short walk to the shop.

*  on street parking is free on Sundays

* there are one set of stairs to the second level

*  The area has great lighting

*   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). The Constant Knitter kindly offers tea.

*  There are chairs,tables and a sofa

*  The studio is above the shop in case you have a roving or spindle emergency.


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.