Phoning it in

There’s quite a buzz at the counter and online about the WWKiP Scavenger Hunt. A lot of you will be using smartphones to take your pictures, so a few hints on getting them from the phone to Ravelry might be useful.

You’ll find the main Ravelry wiki page on uploading pictures at this link. There’s lots of different options, and back in this blog post you can read the This Is Knit tutorial on posting pictures to a project page from a desktop or laptop and then linking to the images.

If you’re using a smartphone, the process is a little different, though just as straightforward. There’s very little difference between iPhone and Android devices here. Setting up a project page is the same simple process: clicking on “projects” in “my notebook” gives you the option of starting a new page. All the fields are simple to fill in (yarn, pattern used, hook or needles and so on).

When you’ve set your project page, go to town taking pictures of your lovely creation! When you’re ready to upload your pictures, simply go to the Ravelry project page on the phone, and click on the white “add photos” tab near the top.

On the page that appears, select the “upload from iPhone camera roll” tab. If you’re using an Android phone, the tab reads “upload from Android device” (and that’s the only difference you’ll encounter).

Then click on “choose photos”, and you’ll be brought straight to your photos folder on your phone.

Pick the images you want to upload and click “done”. You’ll be brought back to the upload page on Ravelry, where once you select “upload”, your picture will appear beside your project notes. Tada!

Adding your picture to a forum thread from there is simple (and this blog post walks you through it).

Being able to shoot in the field and post straight into the Scavenger Hunt thread makes the whole thing seamless (and round here, “seamless” is one of our favourite words!).

As we move into the Bank Holiday weekend, here’s a reminder that we’re open as normal on Saturday May 31st and closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. But there’s plenty of time yet to avail of our 8th Birthday celebration offer!

Now we are eight!

It’s hard to believe, but this coming weekend, This Is Knit is eight years old!

So we’ve got a birthday present for you! This Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 29th, 30th and 31st), if you buy eight balls of yarn, you’ll get a ninth for free!

This offer applies right across all our current stock.* You can get different colours, different yarns, different qualities, and even the discounted stock in our sale basket qualifies. So whether you’re looking for that ninth ball for a summer cardigan or a ninth skein of luxury Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn, it’s on us!

Of course, this offer’s also available for online purchases, so the discount will be given back to you as a refund when you buy through the website.

And thank you, our lovely customers, for the past eight years. You’re the best present ever!

Was it really only eight years ago?

* The lowest-priced ball will attract the discount.

Points win prizes!

Summer’s here, and round here that means World Wide Knit in Public Day!

It’s always a huge lot of fun (a whole week of it) with special events happening all over the world, and this year you can win prizes from This Is Knit in our WWKiP Picture Scavenger Hunt!

All you have to do is take pictures of a current knitting or crochet WIP out and about, and post them in a thread in our Ravelry group. We’ll be giving you a list of challenges to shoot – like “at a supermarket check-out” (this isn’t really on the list). There’ll be ten challenges in total, and there’s points for each. Take as many as you can, and the person with the most points wins. It’s as simple as that!

We’ll announce the challenges on Monday 9th June and you can post your pictures on any date between Saturday 14th and Sunday 22nd June. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be talking more about the logistics – how to get pictures from your phone to Ravelry, for instance. There’ll be a flyer to print out and display in each picture (it’ll also help to explain to passers-by what you’re doing!). So stay tuned for more details!

And the prizes? Well, there’s a prize pot of €250 worth of This Is Knit goodies on offer, and first, second and third prizes to win. So dust off the Canon or the phone or the Box Brownie. They’re going to get a workout!

Hat, hat hooray! Woolly’s coming back!

Last Saturday’s Shawl Design workshop with Ysolda was a huge success, we’re happy to report – we were very sorry to let her go!

But we’ve perked right up, because there’s another exciting visitor on the horizon: in July, Woolly Wormhead is coming back to give us her Hat Design workshop. We’ve had the privilege of hosting this class before, and it’s always a lot of fun and a terrific opportunity to learn from one of the very best.

It’s on July 19th (a Saturday), from 9.30am to 4.30pm. All you need is some needles for working in the round, yarn to suit them, a calculator and a pencil (and maybe a rubber), and Woolly will supply the inspiration! You read more details at this link, and nab your place there too.

Places are going fast, and there’s only ten of them, so fastest finger first!

Nice and loose

Few things will annoy you more about a finished piece of knitting than a cast off that’s too tight. In almost all cases, you want an edge that stretches as much as the knitted fabric below it, and sometimes that doesn’t happen.

There’s a few ways of avoiding that irksome tight edge. We’ve talked about Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind off before, but that requires a yarn needle threaded with enough yarn to finish the cast off. If you’re working a long cast off (like for the Daybreak in the picture above), “enough yarn” is going to be a very long length indeed. It’ll get tangled and twisted and cause just as much annoyance. Even the cast off of a top-down baby jumper would need an unmanageable length of yarn.

Here’s a startlingly simple solution: use a larger needle to work the cast off. How much larger is up to you – try one size larger and see how you like the result. If you don’t, go bigger. And if you’re worried about your stitches being loose and straggly, then there’s a handy tip that Estonian lace knitters sometimes use: work the cast off with the yarn held double, so every stitch of the edge has a little more bulk. It gives a lovely firm edge!

And speaking of Daybreak, watch this space for some Knit-Along news next week…!

Colour works

A month or so back, we featured a guest post from Fiona Parker and Daniel Rye, who keep us supplied with Navia Yarn. They gave us a glimpse of the sort of garments they feature, and now we’ve got sample garments and pattern books in the shop too, and oh my, they’re gorgeous!

Our display garments come from Navia Book 18, and we’ve also got Book 17 in stock. Using the amazing colour palette of Navia to the full, they’re packed full of lovely stranded colourwork pieces. They’ve got clever design details like in-the-round construction (no awkward purling while trying to follow the chart backwards!), cool touches like the neon flash on that shoulder placket, and simply effective colourwork motifs.

What’s more, these garments will stand up to a terrific amount of wear – the unique blend of Shetland, Faroese and Australian wool will ensure that.

And if you’ve never tried stranded colourwork before, then we’ll let you in on a secret: it’s not hard at all. In fact, it’s easy, and we can show you how! We have regular colourwork classes in the teaching schedule, so keep an eye on our list of classes and get yourself all skilled up!

The mystery revealed

Well, we giggled and giggled as your responses to our Bank Holiday caption competition came in! It was really really hard to pick a winner, but Grainne’s inspired contribution did it for us. In fact, she even came up with an explanation for the entire shenanigans: “oh no, Don Jose, did you get into Maria’s coffee stash….. again?!”

So Grainne, get in touch with us to claim your gorgeous Sulka Legato“>Sulka Legato! We’ve talked to Don José and he’s promised to let us at the swift for you!

Presenting S Twist yarn!

If you’ve dropped into the shop in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably been admiring our newest range, S Twist Yarn: Irish handspun yarn in lovely natural shades. It’s a unique product and a very welcome development in Ireland, so we thought you might like to hear from Diarmuid Commins, the man behind this innovative company. So over to you, Diarmuid!

S Twist Yarn Studio, located in Dublin, is the latest, homegrown yarn company. The ideas behind S Twist wool were first conceived about three years ago and the first two years were spent developing the instruments and processes for what we believe is the only hand spinnery in Ireland.

The studio’s main product is handspun yarn from Irish fleece. The wool is sourced from local farmers from around the Golden Vale area in Tipperary. We are delighted that, this year, the lion’s share of our wool will be sourced from the Camphill Community at Grangemockler.

In fact, the Camphill community was where I was first introduced to craftwork. I first learned spinning and weaving at the Camphill in Gorey, Co. Wexford, and then continued my weaving training at the community in Stroud in Gloucestershire.

It’s been great working with This Is Knit and the rest of the craft community in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland – I really appreciate the warm welcome and I’m looking forward to much crafting and fun for all of us in the future.

Thank you, Diarmuid! We can’t wait to hear what happens next, and we hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

If you’re planning to drop into the shop over the weekend, then here’s a reminder that we’re open on Saturday as usual, closed on Sunday because we’re on summer opening hours, and closed on Monday because it’s a Bank Holiday. We’ll be open as normal on Tuesday!