Posts tagged ‘yarn’


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.


Happy Yarniversary!!


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!!!



DIY: one of a kind handpainted yarn

Dyeing your own yarn is not an exact science. It really is very simple DIY project.

A few basic items are needed:

1) undyed/natural yarn, I used one skein of Blue Faced Leicester which I purchased at The Constant Knitter

2) KoolAid fruit drink packets

3) Sponge or large paint brushes

4) cling wrap

5) microwave

When making my own hand painted yarn, I refer to Knitty’s Dyed in the Wool article.

This is one skein of undyed and natural blue faced leicester, soaking in water
Soak in water

While the BFL is soaking, I prepare KoolAid for dyeing. For this skein, I used three different flavours of KoolAid and mixed each one with 45-50mL of water.

Squeeze any excess water, working on a flat surface, lay out the yarn
Lay it out

Using a sponge brush, I painted sections of the yarn.
Paint it wild

Once I was happy with the colour saturations, I wrapped the skein in the cling wrap and popped it in the microwave.

Once it was cooled in a bath of water, it was hung to dry
Hang to dry

Dried and re-skeined, my own one of a kind hand painted yarn
Dye it yourself


Knit in the City: fibre fun fridays…

The Fibre Fun Fridays Group meet at The Tea Garden

For those of you who will be joining us for the first time this Friday, we have directions from Dublin’s City Hall on Dame Street…

Dublin City Hall

Visualise yourself with your back towards City Hall on Dame Street, directly in front of you is Parliament Street…

Walk along Parliament Street towards the Liffey River…

cross Welllington Quay…

Follow the green bridge over the Liffey River…

as you walk along the bridge, you will see the Ha’Penny Bridge to your right…

if you look over your right shoulder, you will see The Clarence Hotel, which is owned by U2’s Bono and The Edge…
Clarence Hotel

Once you’ve crossed the bridge,

cross the road which is Lower Ormond Quay and head to your right  and you will see, a bright green storefront…

Walk down the stairs…

and you’ll find the entrance to this little gem of paradise called The Tea Garden…


it only gets better…

When I first arrived in Dublin three years ago, I was surprised at the lack yarn shops and the quality of yarns available to the avid knitter.

Today, we can find yarnly goodliness in This is Knit, Stitch, The Yarn Room. Etsy has become widely popular as we fiber fanatics shop online for Irish-based indie dyers and spinners. We have even spotted vintage yarns in Dublin’s charity shops.

Our favourite yarn shops are bringing in new and wonderful things for us to buy and try. It only gets better…there is a new online shop in town, The Constant Knitter.
Rosemary, an enthusiastic knitter is the proprietor of this new online store. Take note, knitters/crocheters; she has yarns by Garnstudio~Drops Designs….self-patterning sock yarn, alpaca, Egyptian cotton, wool; need we say more.


the Rathmines swap…

Last Tuesday, the Rathmines knitting group organised a yarn swap and brought in their unwanted yarnstash…

Some of the yarns had a history, such as resurfacing after a year or two from a previous swap; or recycled yarn from a cardigan bought at a charity shop.

I am not sure whether I was destashing, but It certainly looks like a stash enhancement…

A Twitter quote from teaandcakes, sums it up nicely, “Dublin Knitters have a communal stash, we just all mind different bits at a time…”

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spinning for Team Ireland…

A few of the Dublin knitters/crocheters are members of  Team Ireland, participating in Ravelry’s Tour de Fleece 2009 which began simultaneously as the Tour de France on 4 July 2009.

Look how your team is doing….







this is how rumours get started…

I was walking along Rathmines Road this morning and passed by the old Lifeboat Charity Shop which has been empty and unoccupied for some time now. I thought I was seeing a mirage…

I took a closer look…

and yes it is definitely yarn! I spotted Hazbo at the bus stop and showed her what I saw in the shop window. She was able to confirm that IT is YARN which must have appeared overnight since it was not there yesterday.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed that this yarn is organic and Fairtrade…

So please confirm our suspicions…is there going to be a new yarn shop in Rathmines????

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