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….
When I am not knitting, I love to troll through Ravelry’s pattern database looking for patterns to add to my Ravelry queue.
This time of year, I start queuing up knitting patterns for the start of my Knitmas Break which is from Christmas Day until New Year’s Day. This is the period when I knit things for myself.
Today, I faved and queued Sakura by Gillian Harkness of Mina Loves Designs to my Ravelry notebook.
(photo copyright Gillian Harkness )
I have a few options in my yarn stash that is calling out cherry. ..cherry blossoms to be this interesting cabled hat pattern.
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.
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 Littlefellers, Lunasa, Sparkles-Glitters, and UnderMeOxter.
Photo copyright Shawn Clark
Don’t forget to follow @TheDKC and @jenheartrugby on Twitter everyday during the K&S Show.
Cat Bordhi, author of several knitting books and innovative knitter who gave us the unique moebius cast on, is coming to The Constant Knitter.
LYS (local yarn shop) proprietor, Rosemary Murphy is calling on the Dublin Knit Collective to do what we do best… Knitworking!
So, join us at our special knit and knatter with Cat Bordhi on Monday 9th May at 5:30pm
I’ll try not to get all star struck when I meet her… Do you think she’ll mind if I get a selfie with her?
This is a free event at
I love my pompom maker. This one is a Clover branded product that gives a modern edge to pompom making.
It looks like a complicated gadget, I however, Clover includes clear instructions on wrapping your yarn on the arms of this device.
I recommend using a pair of sharp pointed scissors to snip the yarn around the disk.
Give the pompom a trim…
And attach it to your Toque.
The Dublin Knit Collective was just a blog in the early days. It was a blathering and a photo journal of my knitting adventures in Ireland.
Then Ravelry came on the scene in 2007, and I started the Dublin Knit Collective group, a virtual place to discuss anything related to knitting.
When Twitter appeared on the social media platform scene, I signed in as @TheDKC and eventually created a DKC Facebook page .
Over the years, mobile technology and smartphones have transformed the Dublin Knit Collective from a weblog to an online persona, where I can knitwork and stay connected with knitters et al.
What’s next for the DKC? Periscope, if I ever get over camera-shyness
This time of year, knitters are a flurry of activity, Knitters stockpile their fibre stash and supplies for the annual tradition known as Christmas knitting. Knitters engage in this yearly pursuit with a vengeance.
Looking for ideas for your Christmas knitting?
Hats – cabled and slouchy with pompoms are very popular this year (and we don’t need the Irish media to tell us this, knitters intuitively know this ; )
How are some Christmas knitworking? Drop in on your local knitting group and enjoy the chat and cheer.
Enjoy the season of Christmas knitting!!
I am absolutely delighted that I was invited to take part in the first ever Unravel event organised by an enthusiastic team behind the New in the Old City project.
There will be fiberistic activities for the family to enjoy.
I will be leading Learn to Knit sessions on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm.
Follow @TheDKC as I’ll be unravelling the awesomeness at Cow’s Lane.