This should really have pictures…

And we’ll add them asap :)

So here’s the reason for the lack of blog and general web updates.  It’s a good reason, so I think you’ll forgive us!

From this Saturday the 31st of March, TIK will be open five days a week in our new shop in Blackrock.  We will be located in the Old Georgian House (the shop on the left hand side) within the market grounds and this will allow us to open shortly before lunch Wednesday through to Friday (with late opening planned for Wednesdays and Thursdays) and the weekend hours will remain the same.  We’ll be planning a Stitch n Bitch group for one of those late nights and extra knitting classes (in addition to the current run of Saturday morning classes) for the other.

There’s still lots of work to do before Saturday so we’ll get back to it now but we just wanted to share the good news!

All the things I haven’t done & all the things to come

Sorry for the relative lack of updates this week. There are so many things to show you, lots to be added to the website and some gorgeous customer projects to share. It will all make it’s way here but for the moment I’ve been distracted by and absorbed in some new developments and grand plans for TIK… All will be revealed soon :)

In the meantime if you pop by the shop this weekend you will find:

  • Some delicious Laines du Nord Cashsilk yarn (50% Merino 25% Silk 25% Cashmere), and it’s on special offer!
  • Laines du Nord Simple Knits Books 4 & 5
  • The New Debbie Bliss “Special Family Knits” Book
  • More Addis back in stock
  • Rialto superfine merino yarn now available
  • DomiKNITrix (not as scary as it sounds!)
  • All that lucious Lorna’s Laces. Mothers, put in your gift requests now :)
  • Yarnplay!

We also have new shades of Cashmerino in the Baby, DK, Aran and Chunky ranges.

See you Sunday or Monday…

Paddy’s Weekend Arrangements

Just a note to say TIK will be closed on St Patrick’s Day, but we will be open in Blackrock on Sunday 18th of March (from 11.30am to 5.00pm) and Monday 19th of March (from 12pm to 5.00pm).

On Sunday evening we’ll be heading off to Skyfest, which I would highly recommend.  I have been nearly every year since it began and it’s one of those great things in life that is just fun for the sake of it.  Wrap up warm though! :)

What’s going on around here?

Knitting, that’s what!

I just wanted to share a few of our latest projects with you all. We finally gathered them together for a bit of a photo shoot, which the resident three year old wanted desperately to feature in and so, first and foremost, here are his socks:


These were knit from leftover in Lakeview, after Jacqui completed her anklet socks. He absolutely loves them! So much so that when the first sock was completed, he wandered around the house for a whole afternoon with just one sock on :)

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A work-in-progress, which has shamefully stalled, is the baby sleep sack. Why did I think that 7 stitches to an inch in an ever-increasing round was a good idea? It does give a nice professional-looking finish though, so I will persevere. I made up a side-opening, where three buttons will be sewed onto the underside of the moss stitch, which lays over a button band and should close “invisibly” . I am sure there is a technical design term for this so pop it into a comment here if you know – thanks!

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Next up is Jacqui’s simply gorgeous Knitting Pure and Simple (Un)Hooded Tunic. We both reckon the collar could have been more generous, and there’s room to go back and lengthen it, but for the moment there are no breezes on the back of the neck so Jacqui’s happy. The pattern was excellently written and very easy to follow, and makes use of a really nifty technique for creating a cross-over join at the base of the neck.  There are some clever people at KP&S.

In sock news, I cast on for a toe up pair of socks last week, using Opal Feelings sock yarn.  This picture is totally out of date now, as the first sock is complete and fits like a dream.  We are serious fans of the “try-on-as-you-go” method of knitting around here!  Updated pics soon…


And Jacqui was test-knitting some sock yarn, but we have since discovered the company don’t do wholesale anymore.  It’s a pity, cause it’s lovely stuff.  Both socks are now off the needles and being put to use.  Yep, sock knitting is addictive…

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And finally, Butterfly from Noro Knits, made from Silk Garden Shade 225.  Due to an over-blocking accident this is now a present for Jacqui.  We’re going to try to re-block, but I don’t see it recovering.  On the bright side, it fits her perfectly and, as a fellow knitter, I know she appreciates the gift.

I have lots more news and plenty of customer knits to share with you too.  Stay tuned for more!

Yarn and Chocolate

It was a really fun weekend over at TIK in Blackrock. The title of this post is fairly indicative…

Top Down Knitting kicked off the weekend. Jacqui stole some of the new Rialto yarn in her all time favourite colour (Teal) to get that baby cardigan started. Rialto will be up on the website soon, promise!  Jacqui’s getting a bit distracted test knitting a new sock yarn we are considering stocking and knitting a swatch of a yarn we had delivered today.  I made the mistake of thinking aloud … “We need a swatch to show how gorgeous and soft this yarn is when knit up” – And the ball was whipped from my hand.  Sheesh.  More news on that soon…

Back in the shop, Aileen called by to discuss some fantastic pattern ideas and we spent a great half hour picking colours, textures and stitch patterns for her first two TIK projects. They’re going to be great – watch this space!

Later in the day, we caught up with Carrie and Kate and, as always happens when these two girls get together, much giggling and hilarity ensued. Of course, when chocolate muffins, cadbury’s cream eggs and coffee were thrown into the mix “hyperactivity” earned a new definition! We’re looking forward to Carrie’s housewarming because, when she can turn a yarn shop into party central, we’d love to see what she does with her own place…

Mary was also in over the weekend attending the Top Down Knitting Class and sharing some of her recent projects. As you can see Mobius knitting can be slightly addictive. Here are Mary’s second and third in just over a month. Version 2 is knit in Rowan Tapestry, and the colour is better represented in the detail picture. Version 3 is a Cat Bordhi pattern available here, knit in an Alpaca yarn that Mary picked up at the Knitting and Stitching Show

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Mary’s been busy because she also had with her a stunning Boa Scarf. The pattern is from Interweave’s Scarf Style and the yarn is the delectable Lion and Lamb in the Motherlode colourway.

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Oh, and there’s just one place left on Mary’s two-part Introduction to Sock Knitting class, which begins on the 24th of March. There’s a little advance preparation necessary for this class so if you are interested in taking part please contact me soon :)