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Well, we wound up the Random Number Generator and asked it to choose the winner of our S Twist Single Ply competition, and it chose…

…Mairin! Your rainbow-striped blanket sounds beautiful! And we want pictures!

Mind you, there were so many other wonderful ideas in the entries. Catherine’s Snakes and Ladders picnic blanket made us bounce with excitement, especially now that it’s properly picnic season! And we loved Helen Mc’s suggestion of a huge Vivid blanket, which tied right in with Emily Wessel’s terrific workshop last weekend.

There’s so much great inspiration over there – we really do have the cleverest and most imaginative readers! Thank you so much to everyone who entered, and congratulations again to Mairin!

The menagerie just keeps getting bigger! To the great delight of our child customers (and a lot of the adult ones too), Big Ted has recently arrived in the shop.

His two bear relations have been here for a while – they’re the teaching project for Colette’s toy-making class. So, in fact, is Big Ted. You see, this splendid trio have a message for us all: be adventurous with yarn choice!

All three bears are knitted with exactly the same pattern. The difference between them comes from using different weights of yarn, with needle size chosen to fit. The littlest Ted is made with Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, and he comes out small enough to put in your pocket. Middle-sized Ted is more portly, made in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. And our magnificent Big Ted is made from superbulky Debbie Bliss Roma!

The easiest way of sizing a pattern up or down is to change your yarn. Have you seen a baby cardigan that you’d love to make for a toddler, but the pattern doesn’t come in larger sizes? Try a thicker yarn. Matching hats for parent and child are adorable, and two different yarns can get you there without having to change anything else.

You can swatch and do the sums to work it all out in advance if you like, but most of the time it doesn’t matter. Colette knew when she started with Big Ted that he would be Big, and that was good enough! He’s an epic bear, and along with his friends, would love you to come and visit.

It’s a glorious summer’s day in Dublin, so what better than to announce the winner of our Chicane Knit-Along! As you can see, Lisa’s already rocking hers!

Before we do, though, we want to thank Jimenez Joseph, the very clever designer of Chicane, both for the pattern and for her amazing input in the KAL thread on Ravelry (she’s JimiKnits there). Jimi, you made this a very special KAL indeed!

The lucky winner gets two prizes – first of all, a free pattern from JimiKnits, and second, ten balls of gorgeous Juniper Moon Findley DK!

Now..drumroll, please! Congratulations to ludivine77! To claim your prizes, just get in touch with us and with JimiKnits!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the KAL, and here’s to wearing your gorgeous Chicanes all summer long!

Photobooth Winner

We had a huge amount of fun on WWKIP Day last week – thanks to everyone who came along and got in the spirit of things!

Of course we had a big prize on offer for the best pose in our Photobooth and it’s time to announce that the lovely Holly was our winner. She was one of the last people to be photographed and I hastily shared the image on Twitter and Facebook, accidentally upside down. Lucky for me that the mistake enhanced the pose!

Congratulations Holly. Everyone else: stay tuned for more antics and competitions. Don’t forget you can still enter the draw to win a set of sampler skeins of the new S Twist yarn. Best of luck!

In the shop right now, we’ve got beautiful things on display. You see, we’re hosting Tin Can Knits’ trunk show, leading up to Emily Wessel’s classes next weekend. So we thought we’d showcase some of the gorgeousness here.

First up, that’s I heart rainbows above. Made in fingering weight and sized from newborn to four years old, this is simply the dotiest thing we’ve seen in ages!

Right beside it is a child-sized Clayoquot cardigan. It’s a fast knit in DK, and that lovely colourwork yoke works for people of all sizes – literally. It’s sized from newborn to 58 inches, so everyone can have one! (And hidden in the pocket of this one is a sweet little matching hat!)

And then there’s Thistle, a delightful lace stole which is really straightforward to knit. This is lace easy enough for TV knitting and it’s easy to customize the size any way you like.

And we’ve got the most gorgeous Vivid blanket on show as well. Just look at this beauty…

This is why we’re looking forward so much to Emily’s workshops on June 27th – clever design and wonderful knits! You can be part of the fun too – there’s a couple of places left for both the Lush cardigan workshop and the Vivid blanket session.

And if you get the chance, drop by to admire these beautiful Tin Can Knits – and this isn’t even all the show! There’s lots and lots of others too. Tt’s going to be so, so hard to send them back!

We just found out some terrific news: we’ve been nominated again as Ireland’s best local independent yarn store by Let’s Knit Magazine!

And it’s voting time! You’ll find all the details at this link – you’re in with a chance of winning amazing first, second and third prizes when you vote, too. We were very proud to be awarded this title last year in the British Knitting Awards by the votes of you, our wonderful customers.

There’s lots more to vote on, too. Here’s a chance to celebrate your favourite baby yarn, or your favourite blog, or most inspiring book, just to name three of the other categories. There’s even a new category: Best Yarn Shop Day Experience! You can read about ours right here!

Looking through the list of nominees is impressive – there’s such talent and dedication out there, and we’re honoured to be considered in such company! Good luck to everyone!

Aren’t these gorgeous? They’re the new colourways in S Twist Single Ply, and we asked their clever producer Diarmuid Commins to introduce them. So with news of an anniversary and a chance to win all the colours, it’s over to him!

I got a call last week from a farmer wanting to know when I would go to pick up this year’s wool. I couldn’t believe that shearing time had come around already. Following on that was the realisation that S Twist Wool is now a year old!

What a year it has been. At the start I was able to offer one yarn type. Over the year, that range has grown to three different yarn weights in different dyed options. It’s no exaggeration to say that this would not have been possible without This Is Knit.

Because of this, I’m delighted to team up with This Is Knit to celebrate my first year and to launch my latest line of yarns. These are the first of my repeatable colourways: six colours specially blended to complement the underlying gray yarn.

So to celebrate, here’s a chance to win a full set of six 100g skeins – one of every new colour! – simply tell us in the comments below how you’d use the prize. Several projects? One many-coloured one? Something for yourself? The closing date is midnight on Friday 26th June, so you’ve got two weeks to plan!

WWKIP2015

We’ve got reason to celebrate! Today, Townhouse Yarns is one year old!

To mark the occasion, Jenny is launching a new range of gorgeous laceweight – a 55%/45% merino and silk blend. It’s 800 metres of stunning colour and fibre, and it’s called Trinity!

And since birthdays bring presents to mind, we’re giving a skein of Trinity away! The glorious colourway below doesn’t have a name, so can you give it one?

Just suggest a name in the comments below before 5.30pm on Saturday June 13th (that’s shop closing time). One lucky person will win a skein of Trinity of their choice!

Why June 13th, you ask? Well, it’s our other reason for celebration round now – it’s the date of World Wide Knit in Public Day! We’ve got lots and lots of other exciting things planned to mark the day and we’ll be announcing them very soon, so watch this space!

And many happy returns, Townhouse!

Hot off Jacqui’s needles is this beautiful shawl, just in time for summer! Like much of her lacework, this is a pattern by Boo Knits. This one is called Wintersweet, and it’s a triumph of lace and beads.

When a knitter knits pattern after pattern by the same designer, it’s a very good sign. Sure enough, Jacqui really recommends all of Boo Knits’ work – beautiful, clearly written and much, much easier to knit than they look.

As for the yarn, the boat got pushed out a bit here. This Wintersweet is made from Lotus Silky Cashmere, 366 metres of luxury. The blend is 55% silk and 45% cashmere, and its softness has to be felt to be believed.

What a summer accessory this would make! Perfect for a elegant wedding (your own or someone else’s!), and easy to pack for a holiday trip, it would really make Summer 2015 shine. (And at the moment, Summer 2015 needs all the help it can get!)

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