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Last year, our Marin kit was one of your favourites, so we’re delighted to offer it again this year. Ysolda’s clever design is a joy to work: interesting enough to keep the knitter engaged, but straightforward enough to let you relax.

The result is simply lovely and unfussy, and the yarn really shines through. Once more, we’re offering the kit in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply. It’s delicious to work with and comes in gorgeous saturated colours.

And we’ve got Marin all wrapped up with a bow for you, in a sweet little kit containing the yarn and the pattern. It’s the most elegant gift a knitter could receive!

It always seems more like the holiday season when the This Is Knit gift kits start appearing, and we’ve just reached that point. In useful and pretty packaging, we’re offering a terrific range this year: yarn and patterns specially chosen to complement each other, giving hours of crafty fun and a gorgeous finished object to boot. There’s something for everyone: for children and adults, knitters and crocheters, beginners and experts alike!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our kits, and we’re starting with Eimear Earley’s Dapple Cowl. The package contains Eimear’s tempting pattern and a skein of Juniper Moon Farm’s Herriot DK weight.

We blogged about this yarn here when it came into stock, and the Dapple Cowl was written specially for it.

Together, the entire kit weighs in at less than 150g, which is excellent news if you’re posting your presents. So in the New Year, someone somewhere will be able to snuggle up in the warmest alpaca, whatever the weather brings.

And finally, if you fancy winning some Juniper Moon yarn, a mere mouse click will enter you into our twitter competition. Follow and retweet, and an entire gorgeous kilometre of yarn might be yours!

The picture says it all: just go to Twitter, follow us (we’re @ThisIsKnit), and retweet this post. Then keep an eye on our twitterfeed on Monday next, when we’ll announce a lucky winner.

Of course, you could give this gorgeous Juniper Moon Farm yarn away as a gift, along with the handy little needle gauge, but really, it’ll make a perfect present from us to you. It’ll be going to a very good home!

Yesterday evening, the Christmas lights got turned on in the Powerscourt Centre, and it’s looking so pretty. That means, of course, that it’s time to think about presents. As you’d expect, we’ve got lots of gift ideas to share with you.

If you’re looking for a truly knock-out gift for a knitter or crocheter, then a membership of our 2015 Irish Yarn Club is the perfect thing. It’s a gift that goes on giving well into the New Year – each month for three months, an exciting parcel will arrive, bringing exclusive hand-dyed yarn, each with a new Carol Feller pattern. Pattern support and tutorials will be provided, all as part of the package!

We’re so lucky to have such talented hand-dyers in this country: the picture above shows the work of Townhouse Yarns, the Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres, our collaborators in the Club. We can’t wait to see their Club colourways!

If you’re shopping for a gift to send to Ireland or overseas, then we’ll organise all the wrapping and posting, though there’s also a store pick-up option. You can find out lots more by clicking here. The last day for orders is December 21st, and places are limited, so don’t wait too long!

There’s no gift like the gift of anticipation, is there?


We’re delighted to shout this from the rooftops: the innocent Big Knit is underway for 2014/15! Ever since 2008, little hats have been adorning innocent smoothie bottles and raising over €100,000 to help older people stay warm and safe. And again this year, This Is Knit is delighted to support the campaign.

If you’re round Dublin this coming Thursday, November 11th, then you’re invited to the Big Knit-A-Long at the Little Museum of Dublin between 12 noon and 4.00pm. There’ll be help from experts and a display of famous wee hats! You can nab your completely free ticket by emailing howaya@innocentdrinks.ie.

You can find out more about The Big Knit at this link. There’s a range of patterns to start you off and an unbelievable gallery of hats to inspire you – lots more like these!

The deadline this year is December 12th, and as in previous years, This Is Knit is delighted to be a drop off point for your hats. And keep an eye on twitter for #IrishBigKnit!

Want to see another wee knitted work of art? ‘Course you do! This one’s a little knitting hat….

The Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS opened yesterday, and we’re having a ball! This year, we’re exclusively partnering Malabrigo Yarns, so our stand is looking utterly glorious.

There’s all our usual favourites, like Rios, Silkpaca and Sock, but we’re also introducing some new beauties. There’s Mecha, which is a chunky superwash pure merino (that’s it in the picture above), there’s Twist, an unbelievably soft merino which is a little heavier than aranweight, there’s a lovely light DK merino/silk blend called Rastita….

And as a show surprise, there’s a yarn so new it doesn’t even have a name. Currently designated “Test Yarn”, it’s Malabrigo’s first superwash laceweight and the only place you can see it is at our stand!

The show’s open from 10.00am to 5.30pm tomorrow, and from 10.00am till 5.00pm on Sunday. There’s so much to see – over 200 exhibitors, including displays of the most beautiful handcraft you’ve ever seen. We’re at stand B36, and meeting you all in person is the best part of the show for us.

…mmm…Malabrigo!

Named for James Herriot, much-loved author and country vet, here’s our new Juniper Moon DK. When we showed it at the Yarn Dating, there was a lot of excitement about this delicious 100% alpaca, with incredible softness and the loveliest gentle colour palette.

It’s finally in stock, and we love it. And we’ve got the perfect pattern for it too: Eimear Earley’s Dapple Cowl.

Designed specially for Herriot and both simple and elegant, it’s got just enough detail to keep you interested and just enough soothing stocking stitch to ensure a relaxing knit. Needing just one skein, it’s a perfect gift knit, too.

So whether your project’s great or small, Herriot’s here.

…and yarn that lights up in the dark!

It’s nearly Hallowe’en, and here’s a suitably spectral thing: yarn that glows when light shines on it! It’s Rico Glow Worm Luciole, and it’s terrific fun.

When light isn’t shining directly on it, all you see is the bright neon colours. The dazzling strands vanish:

What’s more, it’s got a practical side. For anyone who needs to be seen in headlights (children going to school in the early morning, runners and cyclists out training when the sun’s gone down, to name just two), it’s a bit of extra visibility.

But it’s perfect for scary Hallowe’en spooks, too!

One of the undisputed stars of our Yarn Dating evening back in September was our new lace offering, Juniper Moon Findley. It’s a beautiful blend, 50% silk and 50% merino, and as you can see, the colours are breathtaking.

The delivery has been avidly anticipated, but now it’s arrived. As our sample garment, Jacqui’s whipped up the sweetest little lace top: Bonny, by TinCanKnits.

Worked in the round, with just a touch of lace detail, this is a fast and easy knit. With Findley’s generous meterage, it’s economical too: a 700m ball (enough to make Jacqui’s Bonny) only costs €16.95!

With all this lovely laceweight in jewel colours, it’s going to be a very bright winter indeed!

A lot of new crocheters report to us that their projects suffer from mysterious narrowing. Though they don’t intend to reduce stitches, the intended square or rectangle turns into a triangle. It an be quite puzzling.

The reason is almost always caused by not working into the very last stitch of the row. That stitch isn’t always easy to spot, but happily we’ve got the perfect fix. All you need is a couple of ordinary hair clips, like the ones in the picture above.

It’s a very simple trick. Just make the first stitch of your new row and pause for a moment to pop a hair clip into the loop on top of it. It’ll sit there and mind its own business until you come back to it at the end of the following row.

When you get to the end of that following row, you’ll find the last stitch easily, because the clip is holding it for you.

All you have to do is work the last stitch, take out the hair clip, and then, after turning the work around and making your turning chain, you’ll insert it into the top of the first stitch you make on the next row.

Tada! That’s all there is to making perfect even rows. Of course, you can use a locking stitch marker if you like, but hair clips do the job just as well.

And if you’re looking for more expert knitting and crochet help, then why not check out our upcoming classes? We’ve got the November and December schedule up for booking right now, so click on over to see how we can help!

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