Our Fibre Family and the Best Shops Competition

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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.

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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).

Voting closes on 28th August

Thanks everyone!

Waiting For Rain

We recently wrapped up our Spring KAL for the Waiting For Rain shawl, and were blown away by all of your beautiful FOs! In case you missed all of the excitement, we’re talking a bit about this pattern today. Super simple garter stitch, short row lace inserts, beautiful drape… what’s not to love? I mean, have you seen our stunning shop sample in Townhouse Fade St 4ply?

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While the bulk of the shawl is easy garter stitch, what makes it unique is the lace “windows” throughout, created using a short row technique. This pattern is extremely user-friendly, with lots of notes and extra instructions to help you navigate your way through the pattern or any alterations you might want to make, including: changing the lace, using two colours, cast on and bind off methods among others. Details such as stitch counts, as well as both written and charted instructions make it easy to follow no matter what your preference. It truly is a fine example of thorough pattern writing, which made it an easy choice for this year’s Knit-a-long.

Waiting For Rain Knit Pattern

Ready to add it to your queue? You’ll need 2 skeins of Fade St 4ply to knit up this shawl, or just over 700 metres of a fingering weight yarn. We’d recommend Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal if you’re looking for some texture. We’re also loving the sister shawl to this pattern which was recently announced, it’s called The Rain Outside, and it’s equally beautiful. Both patterns are available for purchase via Ravelry. If you’ve decided to dive into this pattern and need some help along the way, pop by the shop for some tips and advice, we’re happy to help! Our sample shawls are also in the shop, if you feel like test driving this beauty before you cast on!

Did you join along in our Spring KAL? Have you knit up your own Waiting For Rain shawl?

Guess the Grams!

Guess the Grams!

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.

Good luck everyone, and happy WWKIP Week!

Piewhacket Shawl

The sun has been taking a short hiatus here in Dublin, though the return of rain means it’s time to wrap up in a beautiful shawl! Recently we shared the lovely Rondelay Shawl, a fun short row pattern by Jennifer Dassau. Today, we have another shawl from the same ebook collection, the Piewhacket Shawl. While the Rondelay design is made of several overlapping rondel shapes, the Piewhacket is more triangular in shape, with subtle peaks along the bottom edge. Check out our shop sample, knit up in Townhouse’s Merino and silk blend Fade St 4 ply, in the stunning shade Dazzle!

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It’s unique asymmetrical shape is perfect for draping over your shoulders, and the clever use of short rows means you never have an unmanageable number of stitches on your needles. The Piewhacket shawl pattern can be purchased individually, or as apart of the complete ebook containing 5 short row shawls, via Ravelry. We love these shawl patterns, they’re a great way to ease your way into short rows, and they really showcase just how versatile short rows can be in the construction of a garment. Everything from cardigans to socks can use short rows in their construction, and there are many different ways to do them, in fact we just covered the double stitch method (or German Short Row) used in the popular Pfeilraupe shawl.

Piewhacket Shawl

Our second shop sample above was knit up using Cathay 4 ply by Lotus Yarns, in the natural, creamy shade 01, this yarn is a luxurious blend of Tibetan Yak and silk. The texture of the Yak fibre, along with the heavenly drape of the silk, make this yarn the perfect compliment to this pattern. Cathay 4 ply is available in a few complimentary jewel tones, and you’ll need 2 skeins to knit up this shawl.

What’s the most recent project you knit that included short rows? What’s your preferred short row method?

And our KAL winner is…!

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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!

Spring KAL 2016

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!