21/01/2017

Knitworking with The DKC

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…
  

12/01/2017

12 Socks in 2017 KAL

One of my Facebook friends, Jackie posted, “Knitting goals for 2017:  Knit 12 pairs of socks in a year. I have alot of sock yarn stash.”

This was the inspiration for the DKC Sock KAL… a split second decision to host a year long Sock Knit Along on Facebook and Ravelry.

It is not to late to join this year long event, decide how many pairs of socks you plan make this year and post you’re in and sign up in the DKC Knit Along Facebook group or  12 Socks in 2017 Ravelry thread

Pick your pattern, sock yarn and cast on at your leisure.

Organising this KAL is the perfect opportunity to use my favourite Filofax to track my list of knitters who have made it their goal to knit socks in 2017, whether they knit 2 or 24.

I am planning a few surprises throughout the year, so stay tuned for updates.

11/01/2017

Knit & Healthy

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

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…. 

07/01/2017

Knit…knit…knitworking

I am just getting back on track for the new year and trying to update a list of up coming meet ups and events that would interest knitters.

If you are on Ravelry, you can find this month’s discussion thread, Knitworking: January 2017. I welcome members to post information on local knitting groups.

Most the the knitting groups are back for the new year. On my radar are:

The Accents Knitting Group

Churchtown Knitters

Rathmines Knitting Group

Clondalkin knitters

Knit Night at The Brooks Hotel

All info and details are on the knitworking page.

04/01/2017

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 

01/01/2017

Happy New Knitting Year!

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?

29/12/2016

Hooked….

​It’s not very often that I pick up a crochet hook. I found myself going round and around, well actually in a square.

An ongoing granny square…

Watch this space for ctochet workshops in the new year or pop us comment if you are interested in our crochet along workshops.

24/12/2016

Have yourself a very Merry Christmas….

He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!” ~Dr Seuss ~

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and compliments of the Season! 

Happy Knitmas! 

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.