Posts tagged ‘Dublin Knit Collective knitting’

01/08/2017

Hello Dublin Knitters!

​On this day in 2007, The Dublin Knit Collective first appeared in the blogsphere. Check out The DKC’s first blogpost.

Blogging about the Dublin Knit scene was very different ten years ago. I captured photos with a point and shoot camera. My pics were au naturale and not carefully staged with props. Then, I went home to my laptop, wrote a paragraph or two, uploaded the photos from my computer or camera with a USB cable. Then posted it online for the blogsphere to see.

There was a time when one was never asked to subscribe to a blog or a newsletter. There were no smartphones, no mobile internet to tweet or Instagram. Who would have thought that ten years from that post on 1st August in 2007, I would be holding a handheld device, and with the swipe of a finger …

Instagraming for all to see… what, where and with who I’m knitting whilst drinking an Americano.

(Yes, the above photo was carefully staged at a local café;)

Let’s take a stroll through memory lane…

It was always exciting to read about my two favourite yarnshop proprietors in Dublin in an actual paper magazine or newspaper.

Lisa Sisk of This is Knit

Rosemary Murphy of The Constant Knitter

When knitters talked about knitting a Clap, they were not referring to a Sexually Transmitted Disease..

The Owls sweater gave new meaning to a cabled jumper knit along. 

I think the funniest blogpost and provides commentary to what it was like pre-Google…is How to Get to This is Knit.  I remember taking the photos at the DART stations and getting strange looks from the platform staff.  How was I to know that Google maps and GPS tracking was going to make this type of blogpost so obsolete in 2017?

So what’s in store for the next ten years?   The DKC is going to knitwork like it’s 1999…. 

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28/05/2017

 SSK?

I am delighted to announce a new collaboration between the DKC and The Constant Knitter. 

This summer, I will be doing what I do best, knitworking and Rosemary will open the Studio for knitters and crocheters on the fourth Sunday during the summer months.

We would be delighted if you can join us on Sunday 25th June / 23rd July / 27th August from 2pm to 4pm.

We’ll put the kettle on, so bring a wip or start a new one and knitwork.

25/05/2017

P/hop Raffle

There are lovely sock yarn prize packs to be won as part of the P/hop Trunk Show this past weekend.

Raffle tickets are still available at The Constant Knitter until the weekend. All proceeds go to  P/hop for MSF.

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…. 

27/11/2016

Knitmas Knitting Queue: Sakura

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.

31/10/2016

10 years of stitch n bitch

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).
 

31/10/2016

Trick or Treat….

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.

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.

24/04/2016

Knit ‘n Knatter with Cat Bordhi

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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
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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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