Posts tagged ‘knitworking’

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…

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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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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.

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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01/09/2013

The KNiT

The KNiT is a Dublin Knit Collective initiative for Dublin Knitters to share their love for knitting.

Here at Knitting HQ, September is the start of a new knitting year and new projects. To kick off The KNiT, I want to share my knitterly passion by organising knitting sessions for beginners in Dublin 6.

Knitworking is a casual and informal meeting in a local cafe.

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What will it cost?
Your beginner’s lesson is FREE!!!! However, you will be required to make a purchase from the cafe’s menu (it’s also about supporting the local business : )

What knitting skills will you learn?
Let’s start with the basics with cast on, knit and purl stitches…and take it from there.

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What do you need to bring to the knitworking session?

1) Knitting needles: the best size to learn on is 5.5mm to 7mm. You can select bamboo, wood, metal, plastic

2) Yarn: The best yarn to get is something simple and bright, try a DK weight or maybe something a bit thicker. Try looking for something easy to see and not too fancy. Your yarn does not need to be boring. All I ask that the yarn NOT BE BLACK as you will not see your stitches. Do not choose yarn that is too fluffy or wispy as it will be a nightmare to knit with.

Why am I knitworking?

Because I’m a bit KNiT obsessive and I’m hoping you’ll be too ; )

Where can I buy knitting needles and yarn?

Knit ‘nd Make in the Swan Centre (Rathmines, Dublin 6)
Springwools (Walkinstown, Dublin 12)
Stitch (Santry, Dublin 9)
The Constant Knitter (Christchurch, Dublin 8)
The Knitting Room (Donnycarney, Dublin 3)
This is Knit (City Centre, Dublin 2)

Other retail shops that sell knitting needles and yarn:

Avoca, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Hickey’s Henry Street, Dublin 1 and The Square, Tallaght
Take me Home, Nutgrove Shopping Centre,
Trimmings, Capel Street, Dublin 1

Coming soon: Personal shopping advice for the beginner knitter : )

For more info on the knitworking sessions and personal shopping advice please email: dublinknitcollective(AT)gmail(DOT)com