Yarn Shop Day – The Full Line Up!

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Here’s the full low-down on our plans for a day to remember!

10.30 am:

Doors open and the first ten customers will receive *Platinum Level* Goodie Bags, just for being the earliest of early birds! So it’ll be worth your while forgoing the lie-in this Saturday… 😉

With thanks to our kind sponsors customers 11-20 will receive *Gold Level* Goodie Bags. So even those that are a little slower to leave the duvet behind won’t miss out.

The as-yet-to-be-named limited edition shade of Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply will go on sale. Don’t forget to enter the competition: Name It to Win It!

11am to 1 pm:

We’ll be having a “Sit n’ Knit” session on our mezzanine level. Pop along with your current WIP to meet other members of our wonderfully crafty community. Sweet treats will be provided, along with expert advice for any knotty knitting problems you may have.

RAFFLE PRIZE


All Day:

We have yet more amazing prizes to be won! Everyone who spends over €15 on the day (in-store or online) will be automatically entered in to the draw to win the fabulous hamper pictured above. With three runner up prizes also on offer, there’ll be lots of chances to walk away with a bonus from the day.

Need help deciding on what to treat yourself to? We’re also offering a 15% Discount on each of the following yarns:

Juniper Moon Herriot
Juniper Moon Herriot Great
Sublime Superfine Alpaca
Katia Love Wool
Katia Love Wool Plus
Debbie Bliss Lara
Debbie Bliss Roma
Debbie Bliss Roma Weave
Lotus Yarns Cathay
Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud
Louisa Harding Trenzar
Juniper Moon Findley
Juniper Moon Findley DK

If you can’t make it to the shop for all the fun, then you can still avail of the 15% discount online, by using the coupon code YSD16 – feel free to share the code with your friends too!

Name It to Win It!

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With just ten days to go until Yarn Shop Day the excitement is building here at This is Knit! And who wouldn’t be excited? Just look at the gorgeous skeins of Fade St 4ply that Jenny has dyed exclusively for the celebrations!

Just 10 skeins will ever be available of this shade, and it won’t go on sale until our doors open on Saturday 30th of April. In the meantime one of you lucky readers can *win* one of the skeins by helping us to name this colourway. So, get your (knitted) thinking cap on, and post your entry in the comments below.

The winner will be announced on Yarn Shop Day!

Join Us on Yarn Shop Day!

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Yarn Shop Day is fast approaching! Join us on Saturday 30th of April for a celebration of our crafting community and take part in some of the fun and frolics we’ll have on offer including:

  • Goodie Bags for the first 10 people through the door on the morning (we open at 10.30am).
  • Juicy offers on gorgeous yarns.
  • A “Name that Shade” competition for a (limited edition, exclusive) Yarn Shop Day colourway in Grafton 4ply by Townhouse Yarns. Name it to win it!
  • Sweet treats and great company!
  • Last year’s event was absolutely oodles of fun, so be sure to put the 30th of April in your diary. We’re looking forward to seeing you then!

    Spring Knitalong 2016

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    Like sunlight glinting off droplets of rain, this shawl pattern just keeps catching our eye every time we log on to Ravelry. It has been calling to us for weeks now, and simply begging to be knit, so it has “jumped the queue” a bit and become the pattern of choice for our Spring Knitalong 2016!*

    Would you like to join us and knit your own stunning version of this garter-and-lace beauty? There are some fun techniques involved and we’ll be sharing tips on the blog and offering advice on a rolling basis to all members both in-store and in the dedicated Ravelry thread for the KAL.

    We’re offering 10% off the materials for the shawl and, bearing in mind the proposed cast-on date is Thursday the 17th of March, there’s a strong Irish bias to our suggested yarns:
    1. Any Townhouse Yarns 4ply (i.e. Fade St, Grafton 4ply or Camden Tweed)
    2. Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal – we think the soft tweed will lend a lovely texture to this shawl. As added bonus – it is spun and dyed by the lovely people at Studio Donegal in Kilcar.
    3. Louisa Harding Pittura – the “wild card” here, but we’re just so in love with this yarn right now, so we want to offer it as an option for *every* project!

    How the KAL works:
    • You will receive 10% off the yarn with the code SKAL16 until start date of 17 March 2016.
    • Specific techniques will be covered by tutorials on this blog, potential modifications will be discussed and general support (both technical and moral!) will be offered all along the way.
    • Pattern assistance will be available in the shop for any specific technique challenges that come up and we’re always happy to lend a hand during quieter times in store.
    • Virtually round-the-clock help will be on hand via the dedicated thread in our TIK Ravelry group.
    • Everyone who has finished their shawl by Sunday 15th May will be entered in to a prize draw to win a bundle of Softsweater shawl patterns (with kind thanks to Sylvia for supporting our KAL). We will then also provide the winner with the yarn to knit one shawl of their choice from the range!
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    Would you like join us? Simply pop on over to the thread on Ravelry and say “I’m in”.

    Or do you have any questions? Post a comment below or over on Ravelry and we’ll get back to you asap.
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    Materials Required

    Yarn:
    Approx 714 metres of 4ply / fingering weight yarn which translates as:
    2 x Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4ply (approx €44.90, discount included)
    2 x Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply (approx €46.70, discount included)
    2 x Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed (approx €41.30, discount included)
    2 x Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal (approx €26.90, discount included)
    2 x Louisa Harding Pittura (approx €25.10, discount included)
    To avail of 10% discount online, use the code SKAL16

    Needles and Notions:
    4mm long circular needle (at least 80cm, although 100cm might be more comfortable as your work grows)
    25 Stitch Markers to keep track of short rows (optional)
    Darning Needle for ends
    Pins for blocking the finished shawl

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    * The eagled-eyed among you will recall we had planned to knit Pfeilraupe for our KAL, and we do still have a few blog posts planned on the techniques used in that pattern. In the end we didn’t feel the translated pattern was clear enough for all knitters and we’re delighted to have discovered another stunning shawl to take its place.

    Flax Light Forever

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    We do hope Santa has brought you all that you wished for this morning, and that you are enjoying as restful a day as possible! As an extra-special treat on this 12th Day, TinCanKnits are sharing their new Flax Light pattern and they are making it free, not just for today, but for forever more!

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    So, no need to rush, pick up the pattern whenever the madness has subsided and you are ready to indulge in knitting a simple, stylish sweater in stunning superwash merino…

    Today’s discounted yarn is the ever-popular Malabrigo Sock. It’s just perfect for this design, and we’re following the lead of the TinCanKnits girls and extending our offering too. The code TCKDAY12 will be valid for 15% Off purchases of Malabrigo Sock yarn all the way through until Sunday 3rd January (we re-open on Sat 2nd Jan).

    This will also be your last chance to enter the draw for the three fabulous pattern books that we have up for grabs – everyone who redeems a 15% discount code is automatically in the draw. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5th of January.

    Now back to those mince pies…
    Happy Christmas Everyone!

    Gather Around

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    The 11th Day of Christmas is a day of gathering together for so many families around the world. And so it’s apt that TinCanKnits have shared with us their “Gather” Hat Pattern, and that is is available in sizes from baby right up to adult.

    By now I’m sure your knitting needles are considering the next special occasion in the calendar… a birthday or perhaps Valentine’s? Either way you can still nab a bargain on the yarn to make this project extra special – and today it’s Juniper Moon Findley DK. A bouncy blend of merino and silk that comes in colours to suit everyone – this yarn will make the hat as much fun to knit as it will be a pleasure to wear.

    Use the code TCKDAY11 in our online shop to claim the 15% off. Remember these codes are valid for one day only, and the “Gather” pattern is free just for 24 hours too.

    We’ll be back tomorrow with details of the final day’s free pattern. In the meantime we hope you get to put your feet up with a mug (or glass) of something yummy and that you have a very magical Christmas Eve.

    Loch Hat and Mittens

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    The 10th day is a bumper day in the TinCanKnits 12 Days of Christmas pattern giveaway. Today they have not one, but two designs to share with us – the Loch Hat and Loch Mittens. Together they make a beautiful winter-warmer set and, even though there’s just a few days until Christmas, there’s plenty of winter left yet!

    We think Katia Merino Baby is a perfect yarn match for these beauties, and we’re offering 15% off this range today only. It’s soft and warm, durable and washable, and comes in some perfect icy blues, a crisp snow white and a cosy ecru too.

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    To claim the discount on this yarn enter the code: TCKDAY10 during the checkout process in our online shop, or simply quote the code in-store or over the phone.

    Today is our last day of trading before the Christmas break, but we’ll still be posting our yarn offers for the 11th and 12th days of Christmas. The offers will then only be redeemable online, and we’ll hold all orders for shipping on our return in the New Year.

    Don’t forget that everyone who uses one of the 12 Days of Christmas codes will be entered in to a draw to *win* signed copies of Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North, with the winner being announced in the New Year too.

    Cosy Cables

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    On the 9th Day of Christmas TinCanKnits are bringing us some cosy cables in the very sweet Bon Bon Toque, *free* for 24 hours only.

    Pop on over to pick up your pattern and then fly back here to claim your 15% discount on our chosen yarn for today – Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. There’s a colour for everyone in this range, and it’s soft enough for those even with the most sensitive skin.

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    To claim the discount simply quote the code TCKDAY9 during the online checkout process, over the phone or in store.

    Are you all set for Christmas now? Don’t forget tomorrow is our last trading day before the Christmas break!

    Paving the Way to Christmas

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    We’re really in to the countdown now, as we hit the 8th Day of Christmas with TinCanKnits.

    Today they have the sweetest little pattern for Boot Toppers to share with us and, although we’re now in Christmas week, we’re confident a set of these could fly off the needles ahead of the big day!

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    Our suggested yarn today is Louisa Harding Esquel, a soft and warm blend of merino, llama and silk. The silk flecks lend a subtle texture to finished projects, which will work really nicely with this simple cable design. For 15% Off Esquel today only, use the discount code TCKDAY8.

    Don’t forget we have three signed TinCanKnits books to give away to one lucky knitter. Simply redeem one of our promotion codes between now and Christmas Day and you’ll be entered in the draw to win Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North.

    Oh, and we just had a thought: you could knit this pattern in DK yarn and smaller needles for a fun coffee cup cosy. It’d be an even faster gift, as you’d only have to knit one!

    Garter Brim Hat

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    On the 7th Day of Christmas TinCanKnits are sharing their Garter Brim Hat pattern, *free* for 24 hours only.

    We’re also offering 15% off on Noro Kureyon and on Noro Silk Garden Solo, so you have the option to knit your version in fully fledged colour, or a more subtle flecked tone.

    Garter Brim

    The discount code for today’s yarns is, you guessed it, TCKDAY7.

    We hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday before all the holiday fun. Don’t forget we’re open from 1pm to 5pm today if you need a little yarn therapy!