Posts tagged ‘Dublin’

07/10/2015

Meeting the Knitters @ Nutgrove

If you haven’t heard by now, Dublin has a very active knit social. There are knitting groups all over Dublin meeting almost every day of the week. A fair number slip by my radar, and are not all listed on the Knitworking Page.

In the early years of the Dublin Knit Collective, I often attended the different knitting groups in Dublin. I remember taking photos of knitters with their wips and FO with my point and shoot digital camera, then going home to upload the photos on my computer then writing a blogpost. This was in 2007!

Fast forward to 2015, and the DKC keeps touch with knitting groups through social media without leaving the comforts of Knitting HQ.

Now that, I am creatively Filofaxing and planning my schedule on paper I am more organised with my time and able to plan on getting out there to meet knitters face to face.

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My first autumn outing was to a knitting group in Rathfarnham. It was started by one of my lovely knitterly friends, Anne. It’s humble beginnings started at the Ballyroan Community Centre, moved on to the Cafe in the Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club and now has found a home at Costa Coffee in Nutgrove, Rathfarnham and what a lovely knitting venue this makes… I am so jealous of the natural light, sunshine and panoramic windows with a great view of the Dublin Mountains!

I immediately noticed how their enthusiasm and passion for knitting feeds off one another and I quickly spread to my creative spirit. These ladies have been knitting Stephen West’s Color Craving, a shawl with an interesting shape and with the right colour combination, would make an amazing fashion accessory.

I would love to return to this knitting group and see these wips become FOs by:

siberianwhite, harveykate and paulineOS

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This group of experienced knitters are serious about their knitting and luxury yarns, there definitely was no acrylic here on that Friday. I love how yarn snobbery is the underlying drive of knitting these beautiful FOs these ladies showed off and modelled for me.

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Yarn snobs are knitters who quite simply have excellent taste and exacting standards when creating beautiful knitwear.

20/09/2015

Knit Cultured

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I was absolutely delighted that I was invited to take part in this year’s Dublin Culture night at The Constant Knitter

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Thank you to all who dropped in to try a sampling of crewel embroidery, knitting, needle felting, and drop spindling.

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15/05/2015

Finished for Friday: Josephina

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Finished for Friday… It’s always a pleasure to see a FO (finished object) Dublin knitter, Victoria completed The Josephina Shawl. It looks and feels amazingly soft. It’s a pattern with texture and the use of three colourways gives this accessory plenty of pairings with just about any outfit in her wardrobe.

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.

06/05/2014

Knit in the City: Thursday Knit Nights

Looking for a knitting group in Dublin’s city centre? Thursday Knit Night is the group you’ll want to meet.

Originally, This is Knit hosted this knitting group when the shop was located in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. When they moved to the city centre, the knitting group found their home, just around the corner and down the road at The Brooks Hotel on Drury Street. If you pop into This is Knit on a Thursday around 5:30ish to 6pm, you may find a few of the knitters browsing thru the shop, then head over The Brooks. If you’re unsure how to find the venue…just ask the lovely staff at This is Knit.

You’ll see the multi-crafting group in the piano area (occasionally they move into the bar) anytime after 6:30pm. Newcomers and passers by are welcome to join for crafting, chatting, squishing and sampling the whisky/whiskey collection.

Currently, one of the regulars is having a Wollmeise DeStash Sale. For one night only, Thursday 8th May, these skeins are available for the princely sum of €15 each. but you must be able to collect them at The Brook’s Hotel Knit Night on Thursday 8th May after 6:30pm.

Please note: the price is valid for one night only, and does not apply to any skeins that cannot be collected on the night.

23/03/2014

Fabric Charm Packs: Part 2

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I made several paper hexagon templates and gathered some paper clips to try my hand at some paper piecing.

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The hexagon template is placed in the centre of the fabric square.

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Fold the fabric along one side of the hexagon template and anchor with a paper clip.

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Continue to fold the fabric over each side of the hexagon template.

Added tip: use this pointer tool to crease and press the edges and corners of the fabric

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Run a basting stitch through the fabric (avoid piercing through to the paper)

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Trim the fabric.

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Here’s a collection of hexagons from one charm pack. Press each hexagon and now they are ready to be paper pieced

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Handsew the hexagons together, then remove the paper template carefully and press….

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The possibilities are endless…The joys of hand sewing: )

07/03/2014

Charming

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I was always intrigued by this booklet of fabric squares every time I browsed through my local fabric and haberdashery shop, Sew

Several days and countless hours of perusing through the sewing boards on Pinterest, I decided to make a few paper piece hexagons.

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17/04/2013

Socially Knitting

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Knitters are gathering all over Dublin to knit and knatter, stitch and bitch, over coffee, tea and cocktails: )

This is a call out to all of you to join a knitworking group…

Check out our Knit in the City page to find a group near you!

02/02/2013

What’s New: Marino Fairview Knitting & Crochet Circle

Marino/Fairview, Dublin 3 is an area with a diverse population, so Helen came up with an idea to organise a local and affordable meet up so people could exchange ideas and crafting skills on a monthly basis.

February’s meet up will be held on Wednesday 13th February from 8pm in a local hall that has kindly offered the craft group a space for a very affordable fee. The cost – including tea / coffee andsome nice biscuits, is €4.