Posts tagged ‘knitting’


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.


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




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.



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


Knit Culture Night 18.09.2015 @ 1800h


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.


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.



Wear 2Be Seen on WWKIP Day 2015

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


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


Finished for Friday: Josephina


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.


The Blooming Bunting Project


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:

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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:


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:


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.


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.


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:


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


The Return of the DKC Sock Club 2015

The DKC Sock Club returns this January 2015!


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.


judging a book by its cover…

An interesting book on Irish craft, arrived at The DKC HQ a few weeks ago. It’s been a busy time for me, so I’m just getting around to posting my review of The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts 40 Projects to Make at Home published by the Cork based publishing company, Mercier Press this year.

This hardcover book is a collaborative project from members of The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). Their aim is to “showcase the best of the crafts that are still taught and used by ICA members today.” Liz Wall, National President mentioned in her introduction, that ICA were “overwhelmed with submissions from members who wanted to share the many skills and expert knowledge on their interpretation of the tradition and comtemporary Irish craft.” The introduction gave me a look into the history of the ICA, and as a point of interest, I learned that there are active ICA Guilds in every corner of Ireland.

“judging a book by it’s cover”…


The cover depicts the comforts of crafting…yarn, tea, and books. The book photography by Joanne Murphy conveys the cosiness and warmth of crafting and immediately wants the crafter to pick up the book and peruse through it with a cup of hot chocolate.

The book is divided into four sections:

Stitch and Sew
Make and Wear
Store and Keep

with a total of 40 craft projects submitted by members of the ICA.

The layout of each project chapter is simplistic with a bold title, underneath is the name of the ICA member, and the Guild she is associated with. Each project has a list of supples needed for each project and organised with sub-headings, making it an easy read.


The first project in the Stitch and Sew section is the Hairpin Crochet Stole by Nora Keady from the Moycullen Guild in Galway. Hairpin crochet, also known as hairpin lace caught my attention on You Tube, and to my delight, I was able to purchased a hairpin loom from The Constant Knitter.

This project looks to be a worthy stashbusting project. The instructions are detailed with simple illustrations, and as a non-crocheter, I can manage a chain and a double crochet by using this loom to create strips of crocheted lace and then sew them together into a unique stole.

The second project that caught my eye was the Chicken Scratching Embroidery Tea Cosy, submitted by Margaret Clince from the Garristown Guild in Dublin.

The teacosy in the photograph was in the background, and the details of the needlework were very much blurred out, making it very difficult to appreciate this craft.

As unfamiliar and very curious to this type of embroidery using gingham, I dropped into my local fabric and haberdashery shop, Sew The proprietor gave me a quick introduction to chicken scratching embroidery and it is now on my learning list and I’ll be back in her shop looking through her bolts gingham fabric and embroidery threads.

As knitter, I was curious to read through the knit submissions. So, I moved on to page 58 to find a Child’s Aran Jacket by Helen O’Sullivan from the Derryquay Guild in Kerry.

What I found was an aran cardigan fit for a 3 to 4 year old child. The pattern is written out, knitted in pieces then sewn together. It is a traditional pattern in every sense of the word. It is a pattern to keep any level of knitter interested by cabling patterns, aran stitches, increasing, decreasing, shaping and buttonholing.

If you are a knitter who has an adversion to sewing pieces together, This is Knit offers a finishing class which I took several years ago. As a result, I am no longer afraid sew things together and my knitted garments are seamed quite neatly. If you can’t get into town, Winnie’s Craft Cafe also offers a finishing techniques workshop in Booterstown.


The Lumra Bag by Réiltín MacCana from the Dun Laoghaire Guild is a interesting project using carded fleece, then drawing up loops through rug canvas. The instructions are organised in chronicalogical order started from preparing your carded wool, preparation of the rug canvas, and the actual instructions using the traditional and a more contemporary method to create an Irish inspired handbag.

There are also a few smaller projects, perfect for Christmas, such as mini-wreaths, table runners, and a Christmas card holder. I receive very few Christmas cards, and if I made one, it would hang empty on my wall, unless, you my readers wish to send me a Card this year ; ) you know I’m joking, right?

Overall, The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts is a very pretty craft book. It has lovely photographs and the pages itself has a lovely feel to it (very difficult to provide a tactile description).

The projects itself are not to complicated, however, I do find some of the instructions a bit vague since I may not be familiar with a particular skill or technique. The accessibility of instructional videos on You Tube and other crafting sites will provide that bridge to learning. I also had to call on a few of my Irish crafty colleagues and specifically ask questions like, “what is gingham? what is a rag rugger? What is rug canvas?” Of course, it is a great way to stimulate crafting conversation…

I personally would use this book to inspire my creativity in Irish crafting in which the ICA has proudly presented.

On an interesting note:

I am delighted that Mercier Press is offering an online promotional price for the Dublin Knit Collective.

Use this Link to purchase The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Book of Crafts

When you checkout, use the PROMO code: DKC ….


…. and your discounted offer will appear. Also, shipping is free within Ireland.



Knit and Natter in a Secret Location…

Date: Saturday 11th October

There is an interesting tie-in with the Young Hearts Run Free music and literary festival and knitting.

On Saturday 11th October, a walking tour will feature the artist Bill Drummond and his “Knit and Natter” which is part of his Million Stitch Blanket Project project to be completed by the 2025.


Advance booking is required to attend this event.

Proceeds of the Young Hearts Run events go The Simon Community.


KNiT in the CiTY: Cow’s Lane

I am delighted to announce three knitworking sessions in Cow’s Lane for a craft bombing project


Calling knitters of all levels – it’s time to Knitwork!!  Get involved in craft bombing Cow’s Lane. Join our free knitting sessions and make your own woolly creations to add to the craft bombing project as part of UNRAVEL. Suitable for all levels. Bring needles and wool.

What we need you to knit:
–  squares / rectangles either 25cm wide or 46cm wide and any length, in bright colours
–  stripes, flowers, shapes, patterns – all good!

Knitwork at The Queen of Tarts
Tuesday 14th & 21st October: 10am – 12 noon 
Wednesday 15th October: 5.00pm – 6.30pm                    

Can’t make it to a Knitwork session but want to donate some of your knitting to the craft bombing project?Just drop/post your knitting for craft bombing to: 

The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Dublin 2 before 23rd October.

Contact with any queries.

Join the chat!
Facebook: New in the Old City
Twitter: @NewintheOldCity #Unravel

No needles or yarn? Drop into The Constant Knitter , mention unravel to receive 10% off your knitworking purchase.