October 2007

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It’s almost that time again – yes nearly two weeks and counting to the big ‘un – the Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS Dublin!

We’ve been gearing up for this over the last few weeks and have been busy ordering lots of delicious yarns and pattern books to bring with us. Come and see us at Stand C4 from Thursday the 1st to Sunday the 4th of November. There’s late opening on Thursday until 8 o’clock for all of those who want the best pick of the exhibitors’ stock. After that the show is on from 10am to 5.30pm Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 5.00pm on Sunday. It’s a great chance to meet other knitters, take workshops and indulge in a little retail therapy. And for those of you who still need to get their Christmas knitting sorted, this is a great place to do it!

As Jacqui and I will be at the RDS from Wednesday, we have had to make the call and close our shop in Blackrock from Wednesday the 31st of October to Friday 2nd of November inclusive. TIK will be open on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of November from 12pm to 5pm both days. The lovely Mary Lynch (not just sock queen, but knitting queen) and my sister Michelle (who knows zip about knitting but is very good with numbers) will be taking care of you then. Thanks girls!

You know how it works. Some time around late August / early September you begin formulating ambitious plans to knit gifts for all your nearest and dearest: the lace stole for Mum; a snuggly dressing gown for the little one; socks for Dad and the all important stylish-but-not-too-fussy raglan jumper for your significant other. Then you get “sidetracked” by all the patterns in Fitted Knits, that are perfect for you, the latest edition of Knitty and the odd hat or two to keep the chill off as colder mornings arrive. Suddenly, it’s November. What do you do?

Come along to This is Knit on Sunday 25th of November, bring your thinking cap (and two or three quick gift ideas, if you have them) and meet up with your fellow knitters for a “Think-In”. Swap pattern ideas, sympathise with others on tight deadlines and get your Christmas knitting sorted! We’ll be acting as hosts, but this is not a workshop or class in a traditional sense, more of a brainstorming and moral support session.

As it’s a Christmas themed gathering, all contributions of baked goods and sweeties to share will be very welcome, but this is entirely optional.

We’ll confirm the exact time for the meet up closer to the day so watch this space.

Thanks to all the girls at our weekly Knit Night for suggesting the event :)

So, will you be joining us?

We’re having a little trouble with our photo editing software and so, while I had planned a big day of new product additions to the website, instead I bring you a Flickr slideshow…

All of these products will make their way onto the online shop soon but, in the meantime, browse at your leisure and email us if you would like to get your hands on any of these goodies!

PS: Look out for the gorgeous Rowan Cocoon…

Class Schedule Updates

There have been a few changes to our class schedule recently so I thought it would be a good idea to highlight them here.

The Custom Fit Your Knits Class has now been moved to the 25th of November and replaces the Colourwork Class.

On the 20th of October, we have provisionally scheduled a Beginners’ Class, which will run if we get sufficient numbers!

There are a few places remaining on the Mobius Class this week, and a few customers have asked me to explain a little bit more about Mobius knitting so here is an extract from our newsletter (just in case you are not a subscriber and, if not, just email us asking to be signed up and we’ll sort that out for you!):

Essentially a Mobius strip is a continuous one-sided surface formed by rotating one end of a rectangular strip 180° and attaching it to the other end. In knitting, however, it can be formed in a number of ways and this class will give the participants an option between two methods – one will involve a provisional cast on and grafting stitches together using kitchener stitch (both really useful techniques for knitting in general) and the other teaches a specific Mobius cast on that allows you to knit in two directions at once, using one long circular needle looped twice around itself!

And why would you want to construct a Mobius? Well, you can wear it as a cowl that sits comfortably folded against your neck and upper chest to keep you snug and warm. In colder weather it can also be tugged up over your head and ears to keep fight off a chill breeze. On a larger scale (and this is my next Mobius project) you can knit a “wrap” that is all of one piece and that sits snugly over your shoulders with the half twist lying decoratively at centre front. This avoids the need for shawl pins and/or constantly tossing your wrap back over your shoulder when it slips down!

So if you are looking for a new knitting challenge email us or telephone the shop to get booked in.

For more information on our classes, visit the Classes and Events page of our website…

Ahem… drum roll please …

We are beaming with knitterly pride today because the original design of one of our very lovely customers, Nic, is on the FRONT COVER of Issue 3 of Yarn Forward Magazine!!! We are thrilled for you Nic – well done!

If you get a chance do stop over to her blog and give her a virtual pat on the back in the comments section :)