Posts tagged ‘dublin knit collective’

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.

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10/09/2016

Star attraction at the Irish Craft Beer Festival 

I would like to think knitters were the star attraction at this year’s Irish Craft Beer Festival last Thursday evening.

For the past three years, Phil & Sue  from Mountain Man Brewing Co.have found a unique way to  bring knitters and craft beer enthusiasts to this annual event by hosting the one and truly Irish Pints n Purls event in Ireland.

A picnic table draped with a bright and cheerful crocheted themed table cloth

 is perfectly situated directly across from Phil…

as Sue knitworks with knitters who have brought their wips and sips from their beer glasses.

This year, Sue organised two prize sponsors, Dublin Dye and Stolen Stitches. What a great opportunity for a chance to win such amazing prizes.

I am always amused by the passerbys and the curious who admired and  commented on the colourful and thin yarn we were knitting with, it’s almost star-like quality attention.

Sláinte…

23/08/2015

Knit Culture Night 18.09.2015 @ 1800h

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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.

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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.

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17/05/2015

Wear 2Be Seen on WWKIP Day 2015

Wear 2Be Seen on World Wide Knit in Public Day 2015

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The DKC is calling on all knitters and crocheters to wear a hand knit/crochet accessory/garment for Wear 2Be Seen on World Wide Knit in Public Day.  The parade of FOs and selfies will kick off on WWKIP Day.

There are several ways to participate this year because we want to see you ….

1. If you are joining us at our Knit in Rathmines event, wear your favourite or latest FO.
2. Take a photo or selfie wearing your hand knit/crochet FO and post it on Instagram or Twitter… use the hashtag #wear2bseen
3. Post a photo in our Ravelry thread

09/05/2015

The Blooming Bunting Project

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Blooming Bunting, is an experimental venture; trusting in community spirit and inspired by a belief that everything we do has an impact on our environment, Blooming Bunting has invited The Dublin Knit Collective to participate and help create the Hanging Gardens of Dublin, as part of Bloom Fringe 2015.

The intention for Blooming Bunting is to unite communities, by providing a platform: and presenting a project that everyone can take-part in. Blooming Bunting believes in building a true connection between ‘Human-Nature’. It celebrates biodiversity, sustainability, creativity and community spirit.

More about the project:
www.facebook.com/bloomingbunting
www.bloomingbunting.com

The Dublin Knit Collective is putting a call out, and asking knitters, crocheters and other fiberistas to join in and create a garden inspired item that will be included in a Nature Inspired Bunting to help turn a dreary lane at Dublin Castle into a bunting filled, nature inspired hanging garden.

I am looking for donations of a handknit/crocheted flower, flowers, leaves, bees, trees, fruits….basically anything you would find in garden.

I need your item(s) before or by Saturday 23rd May. It’s a short lead in time I know, but nothing is impossible, and I do believe in miracles!

This is Knit and The Constant Knitter are our City Centre Drop Off Depots or please contact me if your wish to post it.

The Blooming Bunting organisers aim to have the garden hung by Thursday 28th May, so its up and ready for people to enjoy during the BloomFringe. It’s a short lead in time I know, but nothings impossible…and I do believe in miracles!

I really hope you can join us! It would be an honour to have such creative and inspiring people involved! This project is for everyone! Without participation this project / hanging garden will not be able to grow.

25/01/2015

The Dublin KNiT ReView

After reviewing a couple of books (here and here) last year, I decided to make this add a new series on The DKC….

The Dublin KNiT ReView

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My January blues brightened up when I recently received a sample skein of DK weight yarn from new indie dyer, Fiona of Green Elephant Crochet.

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The name of this colourway is appropriately name, Winter Sky. Vibrant blues to smokey grey, which captures the morning skies over Dublin in the middle of January.

The base yarn is a wool/nylon mix of 80/20.

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Opening up the skein, the dye has taken evenly throughout the yarn strands with no signs of blotchiness. I’ve scored this a 4 out of 5 on first impressions.

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One of my favourite shawl patterns is Multnomah, and I knit up a swatch in feather and fan using 4.5mm needles. This is before blocking:

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A soft drape and feel to the swatch. However, I was not too crazy about the colour distribution of the blues and greys. One of my non-knitter friends, Lucia, even noted how the turquoise blue leaned on to one side of the swatch. I was quite impressed on how she spotted this slight type of pooling. She also made note of the softness of the fabric.

The swatch on the blocking wires:

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Blocking out a shawl is highly recommended and I found it was holding a nice drape and shape, which I rate as a 3.75 out of 5.

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The second swatch, a toddler sized sock, knit on 3mm circular needles, and I loved the self striping effect of the blues and greys. The same non-knitter friend also noted how the yarn created the stripes evenly. She was amazed at how the stripes just appeared just like magic…. on 3mm needles, it created a sturdy and slightly dense fabric. 4 out of 5 for a pair of winter socks.

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I decided that Green Elephant Crochet’s DK weight would be perfect for a cowl. So I logged on to Ravelry and found that the Honey Cowl was the most popular cowl a few evenings ago.

So using 5mm needles, I swatched this:

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I was mesmerised by the brilliant blues toned down by the grey hues. It has a nice drape after a soak bath in Eucalan.

The hues of Winter Sky makes for a bright Honey Cowl that will beat those winter blues….

Yarn Specs:
Hand dyed in Dublin by Green Elephant Crochet
Base : wool/nylon 80/20
Care : hand wash

26/12/2014

The Return of the DKC Sock Club 2015

The DKC Sock Club returns this January 2015!

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Membership is now open to all sock knitters and the curious…

It will be a year of bespoke socks, totally handknit by you. Enjoy 2015 with knit alongs (kals) and sock yarn lovin’ .

For the kals, you can join in anytime and no deadline to finish, unless it’s a special knit along (more news on that later).

Each month or so, a sock pattern will be featured as a knit along. Cast on, if you so desire and post your progress on our Ravelry DKC Sock Club discussion thread or on Twitter, just follow @sockclub15

The first sock kal of 2015 is Stepaside, a top down sock pattern designed by knitwear designer, Yvonne McSwiney of Dublin Dye Company . I hope you’ll say hello to Yvonne as I have invited her to pop in to answer any of your questions in our Sock Club discussion forum.

CAST ON on New Years’ Day or anytime after that and this kal does not have a deadline.