With our Yarn Dating event happening at the end of the week, we’re getting all excited about new stock. Some of it is embargoed till Friday night, but there’s a few things we can share, and here’s one: Zing needles!

Zing is the newest offering from KnitPro, and they’re just beautiful. They come in rich jewel colours, one colour to each size, and they’re made from aluminium for lightness. The silver-coloured tips look terribly smart, and encourage neat stitches by reminding you to knit near the tips too!

There are Zing DPNs in sizes up to 4.00mm and Zing straights too, in pairs and in a gorgeous presentation set.

And we have Zing circulars, which are fixed rather than interchangeable right through the range, in the same beautiful colours. They’re smooth and light to work with, with lovely flexible cables.

Yarn Dating 2015 sold out fast, but it’s always possible that we’ll have a cancellation or two, so if you’re on the waiting list, watch your email like a hawk! If a space opens up, then it’s fastest finger first to book it! It’s going to be such fun, and we’re looking forward to it like anything!

Join the Mithral KAL with Carol Feller


It’s no secret that we love Carol Feller’s designs. They are clever, stylish, fun to knit and fabulous to wear! Carol has run many wonderful Knit-a-longs over the last few years via her Ravelry group and this autumn she’s embarking on her biggest KAL yet.

It’s for the truly stunning Mithral sweater, and we can’t wait to get started! Even better, we have the garment itself on display in the shop, so don’t be shy – pop in and try it on :)

The Knitty Gritty

  • We’re offering a 10% discount on the yarn for this project (Fyberspates Cumulus), with every KAL sign up.
  • Yarn Dating guests can sign up on the evening of the event and receive a 15% discount.
  • Members of the KAL will receive a *free* hat pattern from Carol from the 1st September. This pattern uses the same stitch pattern as “Mithral”, which makes it the perfect swatching project.
  • Yarn usage: The design calls for between 6 and 10 balls of Cumulus, depending on size and whether you decide to knit a cowl neck or not.

  • KAL Schedule:

    · 1st September KAL: sign ups begin and swatching can start!

    · 1st October: first KAL clue release.

    · 15th October: clue 2.

    · 5th November: clue 3.

    · 19th November: clue 4.

    · 4th December: Raffle drawing on Ravelry open to everyone who posts a photo of their completed Mithral.

    If you fancy joining in the fun then please post a comment below or get in touch with the shop directly. We’ll be collecting email addresses over the next few weeks and getting in touch with everyone little closer to the KAL launch date.

    A little post update following on from some questions in the comments:

    You can sign up with us at any time from now on, but you won’t receive the “pre-sale” PDF until the 1st of September. This pdf will contain the free hat pattern and information on sizing, materials needed and tension etc for the sweater.

    The yarn discount becomes available as soon as you sign up for the KAL.

    The pattern is purchased through us at a cost of €6.95. We will then provide you with a download code for Ravelry, and once you use the code you will automatically receive the KAL clues as they are released from Carol.

    All shades of Cumulus should be available in the shop in approximately 10 days time.

    Carol says of the pattern:

    “This sweater is knit from the top down with set-in short row sleeves, the gentle a-line body uses a simple lace flowing from below the empire waist which flatters most body shapes. The sweater comes with several different neckline options. Pictured is the cowl neck option but instructions will also be given for a rounded or a scooped neckline.”

    Etsy on our doorstep

    A little more than nine years ago, This Is Knit started with a wee market stall and a very tiny website. There’s a bit more room to walk around in the shop now, but we’re still a small business.

    So we like to support other small businesses in any way we can, especially if they’re craftspeople, and the internet makes it so easy. Let’s hear it for Etsy!

    There’s traders from all over the world on Etsy, of course, but up there with the very best are lots and lots of wonderful Irish businesses. For example, the picture up above is BethShanConnemara’s work – the sweetest wee teapot pendant in Connemara marble! Ah go on, go on….

    And ah here! Look at this…

    It’s a crocheted custard cream brooch! Did you ever! It’s made by
    FunAroundTheClock, and a look at that shop will make you grin so broadly! If you don’t fancy a custard cream with your tea, there’s Mikados and pink wafers and Jammie Dodgers too! And it’s not all biscuits, either – there’s beautiful picture frames and lovely accessories!

    And if you’re looking for Irish wool straight from the sheep, then may we recommend MarkreeWoolCraft? Using fleece from well-loved Wensleydales and Jacobs in county Sligo, this is naturally produced and dyed wool for spinning, knitting and crochet – and it’s so, so soft! And if you fancy dyeing your own yarn, you can find lichen for dyeing it here too!

    Aren’t Irish craftspeople amazing?

    Save the date!

    It’s that time of year again! Yarn Dating returns for another fun-packed evening filled with yarn fumes and general frolics!

    We’ll help you find your perfect match as we guide you on a journey through a carefully selected range of new yarns: both thick and thin, multicoloured and solid, made from alpaca, silk, merino and more…

    As always we will be offering light refreshments to keep up the energy levels, everyone will go away with a small goody bag and we’ll also be running raffles for some fantastic prizes over the course of the night. Last year’s Yarn Dating was such fun, and you can see what we got up to here!

    Finally there will be an extra-special discount offer of 15% off all the sampled yarns on the evening! This includes any purchases made on the night and any special orders placed.

    Places are limited, so nab yours now over on our booking page! We’d love to see you, and we’ve got some very special introductions for you!