Posts tagged ‘This is Knit’

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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15/12/2016

Knitmas Knitting queue: Foraois

​During a visit to my LYS, This is Knit, I noticed a rainbow of feather and fan lace and knew I had to add this shawl to my Ravelry queue for the Knitmas Knitting season. 

Photo copyright Jenny Sisk

This shawl is Foraois, meaning forest in Irish, and designed by Maria of This is Knit.

I love the simplicity of this triangular shawlette which starts at the top with a garter tab.

I asked Maria a couple of questions to find out more about the creativity behind the needles.

Where did you get the inspiration for this design?

I’ve always loved knitting shawls. At the time, I had been looking at different hap and Shetland patterns, and loved the look and texture of the more “rustic”, tweeded yarns, as well as the simplicity of the feather and fan edgings. The cable down the spine was basically to stop me going nuts with all the stockinette before I reached the interesting edge bit! 

What advice do you have to offer for new shawl knitters?

Advice for new shawl knitters? Go for it! It’s a fairly standard construction, starting with a garter tab. This can be a weensy bit fiddly when you haven’t done it before, but there are some useful video clips online if you’re stuck. 

You’ll be well comfortable with the knitting of it by the time you get to the edge, and here, stitchmarkers are your friend!

Thank you, Maria for yor time! 

Next time pop into This is Knit and say hello to Maria.

29/06/2011

Happy Yarniversary!!

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This is Knit has come a long way in five years. Mother and daughter, Jacqui & Lisa are well known to almost every knitter in Ireland. This dynamic knitting duo started selling high quality and luxury yarns on weekends in a tiny market stall in the Blackrock Market 2006. Then moved into the “house” just yards away, and extended their trading hours to five days a week. I enjoyed the cozy and friendly atmosphere of this LYS and its weekly Knit Nights on Thursdays where I established many of my knitty friendships.

With the support of their family and friends, Jacqui & Lisa made the big move to this fair city, a dream come true for me, the city dweller. The Dublin knitters finally got a LYS, smack in the middle of Dublin 2, at the Powerscourt Shopping Centre. This is Knit has become the focal and reference point to most of the knitting activity in Dublin’s City Centre. Over the years, This is Knit has given me the encouragement and support in facilitating The Dublin Knit Collective’s online presence.

I wish to extend a heart felt Happy Yarniversary to Jacqui & Lisa and their team at This is Knit. It has been a wonderful five years and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the next five.

Well today’s the day, we’ve all been waiting for…..The Yarniversary Party!!!

Diane