May 2007

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Yep. This Saturday TIK will be officially a year in existence :) It has been an absolute roller coaster year and we have both thoroughly enjoyed the process of launching and building up our little yarn shop. One of the best things is all the truly excellent people we have met along the way who have supported us and given us such great feedback. We only plan on getting bigger and better for you folks!

So if you’re around and about on Saturday, why not stop in and celebrate with us? The Rialto and Pure Cotton deals are still on and we’ll be giving 10% off all other yarn lines.*

See you then,

Lisa & Jacqui

*10% off will not apply to internet orders or to current sale stock

What’s this all about then? Getting out there, sharing our craft, meeting new people, having fun and hopefully raising some money along the way – knitting in public!

Lien and Jackie have been doing a great job getting this event organised and you can keep updated on all the plans over at Lien’s blog. We love the idea of knitting on the Dart, attracting a bit of attention on the way and converging on Stephen’s Green for an afternoon of craft and chat. Keep your fingers crossed for the sunshine!

The Cat on a Wall Sweater is now available sized up to 6 years :)

Now Jacqui can knit it for Jamie… and Helen can knit it for two little ones … and Deirdre can knit it for… Well, you get the idea!

Check it out over on the pattern download page.

1st prize of a €50 voucher: Kate Mansfield

2nd prize of 2 free workshops: Elana Kehoe

3rd prize of 1 free workshop: Emma Dunne

Congrats girls! :)

Wow. Seriously, wow. That was a great day girls! We thoroughly enjoyed it and we hope you did too. For those of you that couldn’t be there here’s a visual account of all the fun and frolics :)

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Debbie was a joy to chat with it, a very down to earth lady who loved to share all her knitting knowledge and didn’t mind getting stuck in and measuring people up for the garments of their choice. She gave a brief presentation in the morning on her design process and was then available for any and all knitting related queries. She gave lots of people the confidence to embark on their first full size knitted garment and many people were surprised to discover that they should in fact be knitting smaller sizes due to the forgiving nature of knitted fabric and the fact that Debbie’s designs are for a real woman’s shape. As you can see from the photos below everyone really enjoyed trying on the garments Debbie brought with her!

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This is the Flared Cable Jacket from the Out of Town pattern book, knit in Cashmerino Aran. This one was a really pleasant surprise as it is not shown to the best advantage in the pattern book photo but it was a big hit with the knitters on the day!

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Jacqui was seriously considering running away with this one – surely Debbie would appreciate a lighter bag going home? Again, this is featured in the Out of Town pattern book and the smallest size fit most of the women present. It was made for Jacqui though, really… The yarn is Alpaca Silk aran which is deliciously warm and gives a wonderful drape.

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Another big hit for the day was Sofia from the new Rialto pattern book. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of these in the Gallery very soon!

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This is Lola from the Pure Cotton/Stella pattern book, kindly modelled by Mary L :) I love that cable detail!

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And a (currently nameless) cardigan from the new Family Knits book – we sold out of these on the day so I can’t look it up! If anyone has their book and wants to shout out the details in the comments then please do :) The yarn is Cashmerino DK

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And finally (on a slightly bleary-eyed me) Alexa from the Pure Cotton/Stella book. Hmm, and my list of future knits is now twice as long as my arm!

Elana and Susan had lots of fun though when the yarn arrived – every shade of Pure Cotton and Rialto – and this is my attempt at an arty rainbow shot, carefully composed by Elana…
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Meet Elana:

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Elana likes yarn. Can you tell??!

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Thanks so much to everyone who sent us good wishes for the day and, of course, to everyone who took the time to join us. Finally, thanks to Debbie herself – we hope you can come back soon!

PS: The only glitch for the day was that the late arrival of all shades of Rialto and Pure Cotton. So, while stocks last, the Special Offer of buy a pack of ten or more and receive a free pattern book will still be available. Snap up yours soon!

I’ll announce the winners of the competition soon so keep an eye out for your name :)

Just a note to say that, with the day that’s in it, Knit Night won’t be going ahead tomorrow evening. We’ll see you all at the usual time next week though :)

Due to a bit of technological switcheroo the photos associated with the posts below are not appearing. We’re working on sorting that out… More piccies soon!

So I have a collection of photographs that I’ve been itching to share with you. They’re of customer knits and, of course, they’re simply stunning. But I’ve been held back by a niggle. The niggle in the back of my head says that some of these photos were taken a while ago, before and during the move, and I’m a terrible person because I can’t put names to all of the projects.

But then we have a choice: to share or not to share. So I’m putting my hands up and owning up to having a Swiss Cheese brain. I’ll try to give details where I have them, but if I miss something out, and you see your project here, then you can metaphorically raise your hand through a comment and claim ownership. We all love to see what our fellow knitters are up to and, even better, to hear about what you thought of a pattern, any alterations you made and any general wisdom you have to share. So hands up folks, join in! :)
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I know this one! This is Susan’s Lucious Clapotis in the Tuscany colourway of Lion and Lamb. As with any Clapotis, there mustbe at least three gratuitous and arty shots. Well done Susan – it’s fab!
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Mary L shows she has well and truly been bitten by the Mobius bug, with this version in Rowan’s softly transitioning Tapestry yarn. Mary chose a simple garter stitch version this time, which suits the variegated yarn perfectly.

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Incredibly, this is a nameless project. I can’t quite believe that I haven’t retained that info. What I do know is that this is Sofia from the new Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton/Stella Book, knit in Pure Cotton.

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Mary has been busy as always and she treated herself to this version of a curly scarf. We think it’s the short row scarf from “Scarf Style” but we’re ready to stand corrected! The yarn is one skein of Lion and Lamb Motherlode.

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Sofia has been popular! This is Mary L’s version. We’re looking for a bit of feedback on the buttons. Mary thinks they might be too dark and I said I’d canvass some opinion. What do you think?

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Aha, this one stands out, both on the page and in my head. Ger H did some great work at her Intro to Sock Knitting Class. She chose Shepherd Sock in the Rainbow colourway and we hear rumours her other half (Hi Gary!) is trying to fit his foot into this one!

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Georgina brought in this collection of beautiful baby knits. All are Debbie Bliss patterns in Baby Cashmerino yarn. The matinee coat and cabled jacket are from the first Baby Cashmerino pattern book and the cuter than cute Garter Stitch Teddy Bear comes from Debbie’s new book Simply Family (available in the shop now and on the website soon).

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Found – picture of one gorgeous felted Kureyon bag. Lost – owner. Can you help? Edit: It’s Reginas! Thanks for jogging my memory :)

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Poor Antje’s projects took a back seat to her “Yay Yarn!” fairy cakes a couple of weeks ago. How could we not share the proof that she is quickly becoming a master of sock knitting? She was also more than half way through her Cashmerino Chunky hat, with mistake rib edging. Can’t wait to see the FO Antje!

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In further Clapotis news, Edel has been keeping a healthy balance between study and knitting. Edel has been making great progress with her version in the Motherlode colourway. What better antidote to the books than the feel of Lion and Lamb?

Keep bringing in those projects girls – or send photos by email – I resolve to keep notes in future!

Well the big day is nearly here! Debbie will be with us from 10.30 to 4.00 on Thursday the 10th of May to celebrate our new premises and to spend time chatting with you all about her patterns and Spring/Summer yarns.

On the day we will have every shade of the stunning Rialto 100% Superfine Merino Yarn and of the incredibly soft and very popular new Pure Cotton. As a special offer for the 10th of May only, purchase a pack of ten of either of these yarns and we will give you the accompanying pattern book absolutely free. You can even take the opportunity to have Debbie sign it!

Debbie will also have 30 – 40 sample garments with her for you to check out and try on, so if there’s a pattern you were thinking of knitting then this is a great time to see the construction and stitch detail up close and personal!

Don’t forget to enter our free draw on the day. Simply give us your name and contact details and we will draw the winners on Friday the 11th of May and notify you if you have won. We will also publish the name of the winners on our website. The prizes are:

1st Prize: A €50 Voucher for This is Knit (can be used online or in person)

2nd Prize: Two free passes to workshops/classes of your choice

3rd Prize: One free pass to a workshop/class of your choice.

We will be topping this all off with tea/coffee and biscuits in the morning and “a little tipple” of red or white in the afternoon so come join the party!