We all seek comfort at this time of year… some people find it in steaming mugs of hot chocolate, others basking in the warm glow of a fire. But we know there’s nothing better than snuggling up with a special yarn, especially one with the soft, fluffy halo of Baby Alpaca…

Cumulus 2

Fyberspates Cumulus is new to our shelves, but it had been on our wish list for some time. Jacqui in particular had been plotting an Ellora Scarf since late summer! We’ll be posting her FO as soon as it’s off the needles, but in the meantime here’s our top 5 pattern suggestions from Ravelry for this dreamy yarn.

(c) Susanna IC

1. Cumulus

This exquisite shawl from Susanna IC has to be top of the chart, with its dainty bead detailing and striking lace pattern. The beading is optional, but it does add a lovely drape to the finished shawl.

(c) Louise Zass-Bangham

2. Winter Shadows Wrap

Just as elegant, but much simpler in its execution, the Winter Shadows Wrap is a great example of using two complimentary yarns to great effect (in this case we would suggest combining Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply and Cumulus). The finish is subtle, but the resulting wrap would surely be a wardrobe staple for years to come…

Ellora

3. Ellora

The scarf is the result of a nifty combination of textured moss stitch and delicate cables. We love it in this icy shade and think it would make the perfect accessory for brisk winter walks.

(c) Flickafish

4. Il Grande Favorito

This project would be sheer indulgence, knitted with two strands of Cumulus held together. We love the modification made by Ravelry User FlickaFish to make the front in garter stitch (as photographed). Pure luxury.

Seascape Stole

5. Seascape Stole

Kieran Foley is one of our favourite designers here at TIK, and his Seascape Stole has always been a popular pattern. The simple, flowing stitch pattern would be stunning in one of the jewel tone shades of Cumulus.

GIVEAWAY

So that’s our top 5, but we’d like to know which pattern is top of your list for this yarn. Let us know, and you just might be lucky enough to win the yarn and the pattern to make your dream project.

Simply leave a comment below, stating the name of the pattern and the shade of Cumulus that you would knit it from. You can comment any time until the close of 2014 and we’ll announce a lucky winner in the New Year.

Just in time for the weekend, we have happy announcements to make. We’ve got the winners of not one but three prizes!

First of all, there are two winners for our Bake Knit Sew competition, one paper and one digital! The hard copy is bound for Mairin Keogh, and Helen O’Keeffe is the lucky winner of the digital edition.

Second, the winner of our newsletter competition is Betty Codd, who wins ten balls of Katia Art Wool . (You’re getting our newsletter, aren’t you? If you’re not, then click on over to our front page, scroll down and sign up! It’s the best way of getting advance notice of new stock, classes and events, and of course competitions!)

Congratulations to all three of you, and we can’t wait to see what you make with your prizes!

This beautiful cardigan is one of the most admired garments in the shop, so we thought we’d share it with you all. It’s called Laar and it’s a design by the incredibly talented Gudrun Johnston.

Jacqui knitted it in Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace: gorgeous saturated colours, excellent yardage. She made the fourth size from less an a single skein, and found it generously sized (in fact, she says she’s thinking of making another and going down a size).

Laar is knittd from the bottom up, starting with a sweet little picot cast on. The body is worked in one piece and the sleeves are picked up and worked downwards, so there’s no sewing up to do at all. The lace on the bodice is a very simple repeat, though it looks much more intricate.

This is a project to take your time over and enjoy, so it would be perfect for holiday knitting (in front of the fire with a mince pie or two would be ideal). If you’re looking for fast gift knitting, though, we’ve got the very thing. Laar is accessorized above with Louisa Harding’s Vera, the simplest fur collar possible.

This little gem takes just one ball of Luzia, and you can make it in an evening. You’ll find the pattern, along with fifteen others, in the Luzia pattern book. As an emergency party accessory, or as a last minute gift, it’s perfect! And just look at those fun colours!

Finally, have you entered our Bake Knit Sew competition? We’re taking entries until midnight tonight! Just leave a comment over on that post, telling us what you’d like to knit and to bake from the book, and you’re in! The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, so stay tuned!

We’re very pleased to present a brand new kit this year: the Gothic Lace Cowl. It’s by the wonderful Tin Can Knits and it’s the perfect introduction to lace.

Made in delicious kettle-dyed Malabrigo Rios, it’ll knit up fast and smoothly. Just look at these glorious saturated colours!

We’ve even handpicked toning buttons to complete your beautiful cowl and included them in the kit.

But that’s not all: this pattern has outstanding pattern support. On Ravelry, the pattern page for the Gothic Lace Cowl has links to free tutorials on how to work lace and how to read a chart, so success is a given. You can browse through the hundreds of projects that have been made and then add your own.

So that’s luscious yarn, the pattern, the buttons and all this expertise wrapped up with a bow! The only problem is which colour to choose!

We are delighted to take part in the Bake Knit Sew Book Blog Tour. For this stop on the tour TIK Team-Member Nadia takes us through the book and tells us about some of her favourite patterns & recipes…

Cover

This wonderful book is written by Evin Bail O’Keeffe, who just happens to be a lovely customer too! Evin’s Blog has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with two finalist awards in 2012 / 2013 and finally winning in 2014. This attention to detail in her blog has transferred to her wonderful new book which left us both drooling over the recipes and adding to our Ravelry queues with her knitting patterns.

Bunting

This book is divided into months of the year with one baking recipe and a knitting or sewing pattern for that month. With 7 knitting patterns, 5 sewing projects and 13 recipes you won’t know where to start! The Strawberry Mascarpone tempted us to say the least. Just have a look at one of Evin’s beautiful pictures:

Strawberry

My favourite pattern in this book is the Falling Petals Lace Shawl. This shawl is deceptively simple even though the lace section may look a bit daunting, it’s a perfect beginner project. You can see the rest of Evin’s Knitting patterns over on her Ravelry page, though I won’t lie, the Cobblestone Boot Toppers are going to be the first thing I knit! I can just imagine them in some smooshy Cashmerino Aran!

Shawl

I really can’t say enough great things about this book and in the spirit of the season, Evin is generously offering our readers a 10% discount on Bake Knit Sew. Head over to get your copy of the eBook on Ravelry or a signed paperback directly from the publisher. Simply use the discount code BLOGTOUR for 10% off. Thanks Evin!

Evin is also offering a free ecopy of her book, AND a free paperback copy, so we will have two lucky winners. To enter leave a comment below before Wednesday 10th of December 2014, telling us which of the designs you would want to make or recipes you want to bake to be in with a chance to win an ecopy of the ebook.

No purchase necessary. Winner must have a valid email address or Ravelry account. No cash equivalent will be offered for either prize.

A winter mystery

Well, December’s here and it’s all getting a bit busy. All the more need, then, for a reason to sit down quietly and do a little knitting.

So Debbie Bliss’s Holiday Knit-Along comes at exactly the right time. Over the next few weeks, a baby blanket with seasonal motifs takes shape, a couple of wee squares at a time. None of them take long, and they’re all stylish and simple to knit. The first two instalments are already available, and the rest will be released each Monday between now and Christmas. The last week will feature Debbie’s clever hints for assembling and embellishing your blanket.

The suggested yarn is Debbie Bliss Mia, with Ecru and Ruby as the cheerful colours. It’s a wool and cotton blend DK that works up easily, and there’s lots of other colours too!

What could be nicer than a little square of knitting, with a cup of tea and perhaps a nice pie? We can’t think of a single thing, can you?

Last year, our Marin kit was one of your favourites, so we’re delighted to offer it again this year. Ysolda’s clever design is a joy to work: interesting enough to keep the knitter engaged, but straightforward enough to let you relax.

The result is simply lovely and unfussy, and the yarn really shines through. Once more, we’re offering the kit in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply. It’s delicious to work with and comes in gorgeous saturated colours.

And we’ve got Marin all wrapped up with a bow for you, in a sweet little kit containing the yarn and the pattern. It’s the most elegant gift a knitter could receive!

It always seems more like the holiday season when the This Is Knit gift kits start appearing, and we’ve just reached that point. In useful and pretty packaging, we’re offering a terrific range this year: yarn and patterns specially chosen to complement each other, giving hours of crafty fun and a gorgeous finished object to boot. There’s something for everyone: for children and adults, knitters and crocheters, beginners and experts alike!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our kits, and we’re starting with Eimear Earley’s Dapple Cowl. The package contains Eimear’s tempting pattern and a skein of Juniper Moon Farm’s Herriot DK weight.

We blogged about this yarn here when it came into stock, and the Dapple Cowl was written specially for it.

Together, the entire kit weighs in at less than 150g, which is excellent news if you’re posting your presents. So in the New Year, someone somewhere will be able to snuggle up in the warmest alpaca, whatever the weather brings.

And finally, if you fancy winning some Juniper Moon yarn, a mere mouse click will enter you into our twitter competition. Follow and retweet, and an entire gorgeous kilometre of yarn might be yours!

The picture says it all: just go to Twitter, follow us (we’re @ThisIsKnit), and retweet this post. Then keep an eye on our twitterfeed on Monday next, when we’ll announce a lucky winner.

Of course, you could give this gorgeous Juniper Moon Farm yarn away as a gift, along with the handy little needle gauge, but really, it’ll make a perfect present from us to you. It’ll be going to a very good home!

It’s present season!

Yesterday evening, the Christmas lights got turned on in the Powerscourt Centre, and it’s looking so pretty. That means, of course, that it’s time to think about presents. As you’d expect, we’ve got lots of gift ideas to share with you.

If you’re looking for a truly knock-out gift for a knitter or crocheter, then a membership of our 2015 Irish Yarn Club is the perfect thing. It’s a gift that goes on giving well into the New Year – each month for three months, an exciting parcel will arrive, bringing exclusive hand-dyed yarn, each with a new Carol Feller pattern. Pattern support and tutorials will be provided, all as part of the package!

We’re so lucky to have such talented hand-dyers in this country: the picture above shows the work of Townhouse Yarns, the Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres, our collaborators in the Club. We can’t wait to see their Club colourways!

If you’re shopping for a gift to send to Ireland or overseas, then we’ll organise all the wrapping and posting, though there’s also a store pick-up option. You can find out lots more by clicking here. The last day for orders is December 21st, and places are limited, so don’t wait too long!

There’s no gift like the gift of anticipation, is there?

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