It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway, so we figured it was time to run a fun little competition. We’re making this very simple to enter, and there’ll be not one, but two winners come this Saturday!
You may have heard Lisa on 2fm last week, when she was chatting to the crew on the Nicky Byrne Show about all the many reasons why people knit. They mentioned creativity, relaxation, general mental and physical health, and others. And it all got us thinking… what does knitting mean to you?
So, that’s all you have to do – tell us why you knit (or crochet, or spin, or weave!), or what benefits you find you get from the process.
The only catch is… you have to tell us in two words.
Simply leave your comment on this blog post, and we’ll pick two winners at the end of the week.
Our prizes are based around these beautiful new printed bags that we have in store from KnitPro – we’ve selected some co-ordinating yarns and accessories to show them at their best.
Comment entries for the giveaway must be left before 7pm (GMT) on Friday evening, and we’ll pick our winners on Saturday. The first name drawn will get first choice on the prize and it can be collected in store, or posted within Ireland. Prizes for overseas winners will incur a postage charge (sorry!).
So that’s it, couldn’t be easier. Just leave your two word comment below and hopefully you’ll be hearing from us with good news this weekend!
Hello, it’s Nadia (Bunnyt) here, and I’ll be your guide through some of TIK’s favourite Knit-a-longs that are happening this season.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the fast pace of Ravelry and you might miss the announcement of your perfect KAL. So how about taking a quick look at today’s round up of Top 5 KAL’s running through this October / November season – it might help you navigate your way to some fun new techniques and a gorgeous FO…
We’re sure by now you have seen Jenny’s inspired Instagram pictures of Townhouse Yarn choices for the Building Blocks MKAL happening over on Ravelry. It can be a little difficult to get your hands on the suggested yarn for the KAL so we think either Fade St. or Clarendon Sock would be the perfect substitute.
This is a mystery KAL so you don’t see what your making until the last clue is released but (if you would like a sneak peek) there are a few spoilers floating around the Ravelry group and on Instagram!
There is also a mini KAL for everything Brioche over in the WestKnits fan club group. This is a nice one if your not up for a full on KAL but would like the support of trying Brioche on a smaller project. The Briocheveron Cowl has been a favourite option for this knit-a-long so far.
After the excitement of her recent workshops here in This is Knit, we are all still wanting a bit more of Woolly. Thankfully we can participate in her 9th mystery hat knit-a-long! This year there is a little bit of a twist: there are 3 hats, each featuring the same stitch pattern, but you can choose between a beret, beanie or slouchy style. You have plenty of time to get your needles and yarn ready for this one. We’re thinking of Dublin Dye DK or Ella Rae DK.
The boards for this are always fast, fun and full of support, so make sure you follow along here. We’re still in awe of Woolly’s approach to hat construction, and this KAL is guaranteed to incorporate her signature fun details and clever techniques. Don’t you just love how Woolly’s mind works?
It wouldn’t be Autumn without a garment KAL from Carol. This year she has a beautiful textured stitch pattern with short row shaping called Luwan. This KAL is happening on Carol’s dedicated KAL group on Ravelry, which is fantastic resource for support direct Carol and from a friendly bunch of fellow KAL-ers.
Luwan is knit from the top down and we think both Malabrigo Rios and Juniper Moon Herriot will work for this design. The original yarn straddles between a DK and Aran weight though, so a tension swatch will be essential before committing. Carol has written a little bit about swatching for this garment over on her blog and it’s definitely worth a read.
If the garment KAL is too big of a commitment, Carol is also running a Wrap up Winter Accessory KAL on the Stolen Stitches group. News is released in her News Reel thread and it’s perfect for the smaller “Knitmas” gift knitting season.
We couldn’t leave out one of favourite shawl designers – Boo Knits always runs a fun knit-a-long and this year is no exception. The Halloween KAL has a little nod to the 400 year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The Taboo shawl is a top down crescent shape that has a bit of lace, beads and that Boo Magic. We’re in love with both Findley by Juniper Moon and Townhouse Yarns Trinity 2ply for this spooky KAL…
Do you have a favourite designer running a KAL at the moment? Drop a link in the comments so we can all have a look too! If you’re joining in a KAL and need help with choosing the right yarn for your project then you can drop into the shop – we would only be too happy to help – or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram as @ThisisKnit.
Are you looking for some quick, cosy and stylish accessories to whip up with some very squishable yarn? On today’s blog we’re highlighting two fabulous shop samples that we think will do the job quite nicely…
First up is this Cable Edged Cowl from the lovely people at Conway and Bliss. Using just two balls of their Odin yarn and 10mm needles, you can cast on for this project on Friday evening and be snuggling in to its cosy depths come Monday morning… This project would be a wonderful introduction to cables for the newer knitter, or a super gift-knitting option for the more experienced of you out there.
It’s been all about hats at TIK recently, and the project choices just keep piling up! Sample number two is a sweet slouchy beanie, made using a nifty free pattern from TinCanKnits and one skein of cloud-like merino in the form of Debbie Bliss’s new Falkland Aran. The pattern is called Barley and it’s available in sizes from newborn right up to adult’s large. Why not make one for everyone?
Are you getting a head start on gift knitting right now? Or using any super chunky yarn? We’d love to hear all about the quick-knitting projects you have on the needles!
As the winds pick up and the leaves start to turn, we find ourselves being drawn more and more to textured knits. Airy lace is being left behind for the simple comforts of garter stitch and cables are creeping in, overtaking smooth stockinette.
If you too would like to incorporate more unique textures in to your projects this winter, then we have two fantastic special guest workshops coming up that will help you to do just that.
Turning Sideways explores the magic of rotating stitch patterns on their sides, how this affects increases and decreases, and how to use this method to your advantage. The techniques are discussed in the context of hat design specifically, but they can be made applicable to many other projects too.
Reversible Cables – In this class you will work through a number of different swatches for reversible cables to learn how they are constructed. Together with Woolly you will look at how changing their component stitches affects the overall pattern, and then consider how they can be used with shaping and integrated into garments and accessories.
Woolly is a fully qualified and experienced teacher & lecturer of Art, Design & Textiles. She thinks of her work in terms of architecture and finds hats fascinating, as they are relatively quick to knit, but also endlessly versatile.
Her classes are enjoyable and informative, with professional workshop notes provided.
Would you like to sign up for both classes? Use the promo code WoollyByTwo to receive a €10 discount when booking both sessions.
There’s a lot of excitement around here lately, as one of our favourite designers has just released a new collection of patterns!
Have you seen Carol Feller’s Knitting with Rainbows yet? Would you like a closer look? In that case, you’re *in* luck!
Carol will be joining us from 3pm on Saturday 10th September for a Book Signing and Trunk Show. Come along and get your very own signed copy of Knitting with Rainbows for a 10% discount, browse through and try on the finished knits, and pick Carol’s brain about which project you want to start first.
This is a free event, and there’s no need to pre-register. We hope to see you then!
It’s hard to believe that our 10th birthday celebrations were just one week ago, especially when looking out the window at what seems like an entirely different season to last Friday!
Our fabulous photographer Emmylie sent us lots of wonderful pictures of the festivities, and they are memories that we will look back on fondly for many years to come.
On the night we had the shop looking at its colourful best, shelves stocked high with gorgeous new season yarns and perennial favourites. Our collages of memories from the past decade were also proudly displayed (and we’ll keep them there for another while, so more people can share in the nostalgia!)
Before long our lovely guests started to arrive, and enjoyed a bit of bubbly with their browsing… There was lots to take in: with garment samples on display, new yarns to try out at our testing stations and lots of pretty patterns to plan for! Not least of which was “Stannum”, a stunning pair of fingerless gloves, designed in Townhouse Yarns Grafton 4ply by the one and only Carol Feller. Carol created the pattern in honour of our tenth anniversary and all of our guests on the night received their very own copy.
And we were all treated to presentations from our very Special Guests, Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding. In addition to telling us about their new season yarns and sharing some of their favourite new designs, they also had some very lovely things to say about This is Knit – I think we’re all still blushing a week later!
In fact, over the course of the evening we were simply overwhelmed by the kind words shared with us by so many people. It was wonderful to hear the fond memories many of you have of the first time stepping in to our shop, and the tales of being inspired to come back to knitting or to take it up for the first time. It was truly an honour to be standing among you all last Friday, immersed in the fantastic knitting community that we have been delighted to see grow and flourish in Ireland over the past decade.
With thanks to our wonderful sponsors Designer Yarns, Studio Donegal, Malabrigo, Katia and KnitPro we were able to share some of the love with a stunning spread of raffle prizes. There were some very lucky, and very happy, winners on the night – so congratulations again!
As you can see from this small selection of images it was really a night to remember and again we’d like to thank everyone involved for making the celebration so special. Here’s to the next ten years and beyond!
PS If you’d like to see more pictures from the evening then we have a shared album here.
Gillian Harkness is a talented new indie designer from “up the road” in Co. Antrim. Her patterns are mainly accessories, aimed at the improver/intermediate knitter. As an enthusiastic photographer, all the designs have been captured beautifully by Gillian too and her Instagram feed is a must-follow for lovers of craft, colour and texture.
Gillian recently designed the stunning Fljót Shawl using just one skein of Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply. This shawl is a perfect introduction to lace knitting, and also showcases the sheen and drape of this yarn to perfection.
Gillian has kindly made the pattern available for free with any purchase of Fade St 4ply made before the 31st of August.
Simply request the Ravelry discount code when making your purchase either online or in-store.
Thanks again to Gillian for her generosity and we look forward to seeing more of her beautiful work in future!
The Irish Times Best Shops Competition has just been launched again for 2016. As ever they are seeking nominations across a number of categories for the best independent retailers in Ireland. We’ve been fortunate enough to have made the short list of finalists in previous years, and we’re honoured that you, our amazing customers, have taken the time to vote for us in the past.
This year we have our eye on the newly-introduced category of Best Family Run Shop, and if you think we deserve the accolade then we would really appreciate your nomination.
While Jacqui and Lisa launched This is Knit back in 2006, the mother-daughter arrangement has since become mother and two daughters, when Jenny joined the team in 2012. Each of us brings our own personality and set of skills to the shop, but one of the most tangible additions in recent years has been the stunning skeins that Jenny creates under the “Townhouse Yarns” brand name.
And of course the family input doesn’t stop there – many of you will have met our bearded barmen at customer evenings (otherwise known as Liam (or “Dad”) and Ronan (Lisa’s husband)). They also play a back up role as general handymen, but possibly find those jobs a little less enjoyable! And then of course there are the trainees in the ranks, with Lisa’s two young boys, the older of which has already received “training” on the tills and played a supervisory role at the RDS in 2014!
Together with our wonderful staff (who we like to think of as family members too) we try to run a warm, welcoming shop full of fabulous fibre temptations.
Do you enjoy visiting our shop and chatting with us about all things yarn? Does a wander around our colourful shelves brighten your day? If so then we’d really appreciate your vote.
BRITISH KNITTING AWARDS
It’s certainly competition season! The lovely people at Let’s Knit Magazine have a special category in the British Knitting Awards: “Best Local Independent Yarn Store – Ireland”
We have secured the title in 2014 and 2015, and would love to make it a hat trick!
Your vote can be cast here (and you don’t need to vote under every section, you can skip questions by ticking the ‘other’ box and writing ‘N/A’ in the space available).
It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day this coming Saturday the 18th of June. We’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to join us in the shop for a cool glass of summer cordial, a general party atmosphere and a fun competition
We’ve filled a cute wooden crate with an assortment of gorgeous yarns, and we’re asking you to guess how much it weighs (crate included). The closest guess will WIN:
A copy of the brand new Book of Haps from Kate Davies
A gorgeous skein of Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud
And a nifty pair of Gold Stork Scissors
Visitors to the shop will have a bit of an advantage in that they can pick up the crate (but not remove any of its contents). However, we’ll still be taking guesses from those of you that can’t make it in. Simply enter your details and best guess via this competition entry form.
When we announced our Spring KAL back at the end of February we could never have predicted how many utterly stunning shawls would result! The combination of this clever and elegant pattern, mixed with some stunning yarns and some very talented knitters has made this a very enjoyable KAL altogether. Our random number generator had to select just one winner though, and the lucky lady is Mary L, who knit this incredible laceweight version. Congratultions Mary!
Below are just a few images of the fabulous shawls shared on our KAL thread on Ravelry. If you’re in the mood for some eye candy then head on over there to check out the rest
Thank you to everyone who joined in and we hope you’ll join in future KALs too!