Many people turned to crafts and creative hobbies to get through the last two strange years.
One of those that is regaining popularity in Dublin is knitting and crocheting.
And when you step into the cheerful splash of color The Knitting Room in Phibsboro, you’ll find a space not only for inspiration, but also for hands-on learning and friendship.
Carrie Kavanagh runs the business, which was relocated to the area from Donnycarney during the pandemic.
And speaking to Dublin Live, Carrie told us what’s going on in the business and described the rich community created through arts and crafts.
She revealed: “Most days we have classes that our students come to learn.
“A lot of people come in to do a show and tell what I love. They bought the yarn from the store. I would invite them back and they would show us what they did with it. That’s usually amazing work comes back and I love to see it.”
Carrie then took us down the beautifully decorated back alley to her hidden secret, a welcoming classroom where students enjoy tea, coffee and courses from her and local designers.
Carrie taught us a few crochet tricks and told us the top things we need to know before we start.
She said: “There will be a band showing you the hook size, so correspond that hook size to the hook. You’ll know it’s the right size because when you thread your yarn through your hook, it will sit right there.”
She goes on to explain that crocheting is basically creating a series of chains, something you can do whether you’re right-handed or left-handed.
Another top tip she gave us is when to turn to books and online resources to learn more.
She explained: “Make sure you look up crochet for the UK as Americans have different terms. Your single is our double.”
For people who have never picked up a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook, Carrie keeps Thursday mornings free for her beginner classes.
She explained: “After you complete those six weeks, you move into an improvement class.
“All my students work on the same project. Two of our tutors are Irish designers. Both designed their own pattern and then we all made a copy of that pattern.
“Right now our class is sewing crocheted ponchos.”
To see the schedule of classes at The Knitting Room and to book classes, you can visit knittingroom.ie.
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