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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!

It’s been hard to keep this to ourselves, but finally we can tell the world: the Irish Yarn Club 2015 is open for membership!

The Irish Yarn Club 2015 will run from February to June 2015 and will feature three shipments of exclusive Irish hand-dyed yarns. These will be unique and never-to-be-repeated colourways by Townhouse Yarns, Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres. This year, there’s a fingering weight yarn, a sportweight and a laceweight!

And just like last year, each yarn will be accompanied by an exclusive accessory pattern from internationally renowned designer Carol Feller, sent to each Club Member in digital form.

The Club yarns can be shipped worldwide (last year we sent Yarn Club packages all over the planet), or you can pick up each instalment in the store if you prefer. You can purchase full Club Membership at this link (just be sure to select the correct option for your region) and there’s also an option for a pattern-only membership over on Ravelry.

Naturally, a Club Membership would make the perfect gift. So if your birthday is coming up, or if you have a Christmas wish list, be sure to leave this window open in your browser as a not-so-subtle hint to your loved ones!

And be sure to drop in to the Irish Yarn Club group on Ravelry, which will host a Knit-Along for each instalment as it’s revealed. It’s a brilliant way of learning new skills with terrific support from Carol and other knitters. Looking back through last year’s posts and the gorgeous finished objects makes us even more excited about 2015!

Let’s unravel!


ThankYouTree By Shrewdcat, CC BY-SA 3.0 Shrewdcat

In a couple of weekends’ time, Cow’s Lane in Dublin hosts the first of a series of mini-festivals, and this one’s all about yarn and fibre! On October 25th and 26th, UNRAVEL‘s happening: workshops, installations, learn-to-knit sessions with Diane from the Dublin Knit Collective, you name it! And there’s yarn bombing!


Yarn Bombing on bridge of Cesenatico (Italy). By Sleppa, CC BY-SA 3.0

Yarn bombing? The images in this post give you a hint: it’s brightening up the urban landscape with crochet and knitting! It can be hilarious and beautiful and touching, all at the same time, and Cow’s Lane is next!

To prepare for the yarn bombing, there’s a series of free knitting sessions at The Queen of Tarts on Cow’s Lane. On October 14th and 21st (they’re Tuesdays), you’re welcome to drop along between 10am and noon with needles and yarn, and you’ll have company and very good cake while you work. If the morning doesn’t suit, there’s also an evening session on Wednesday October 15th.

Squares and rectangles are needed for the yarn bombing installation, in any colour or pattern, so jump on in! Two widths will work, either 25cm or 45cm, and you can drop them (or post them) in to the Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, before October 23rd.

You can find more information about all of this at the New In The Old City webpage and on their facebook page. The cosy season is coming – let’s go a bit wild to celebrate!

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    Application closing date: Tuesday 14th of October 2014.

    And this year, there’s a twist! We’ll be Malabrigo-exclusive!

    The Knitting and Stitching Show is back in the RDS in Dublin from Thursday 30th October to Sunday 2nd November, and we’ll be there, with the biggest and best range of Malabrigo yarn that Ireland has ever seen!

    With oodles of stunning sample projects to inspire you, and free patterns from the lovely Malabrigo people to embark on, we’ll be showcasing the most beautiful range of yarns in a huge range of shades.

    Some of our offerings you’ll already be familiar with: Silkpaca, Rios, Sock and Finito are some of our most popular yarns already, but we’ll be introducing you to some brand-new beauties too. Mecha, Rastita and Twist are new yarns which have never been seen in the country before, so we can’t wait to show them to you.

    Jenny O’Neill, who wrote last week’s guest post about using your local library to find patterns, spotted a rather interesting Groupon offer and tweeted it yesterday: Sunday or Thursday tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show at 29% off the usual price. At the time of writing, the offer’s still available, so why not head over there and grab yourself a bargain! Great catch, Jenny!

    We’re looking forward so much to the show – the very best part of it is meeting so many of you, so we hope you can make it!

    Good done!

    Saturday’s HandmAid Craft Day was a terrific experience – up in the Damer Hall on the Green, there was yarn and cake and tea and classes from morning till evening, and at the end of it all a wonderful amount had been raised for the Laura Lynn Hospice.

    You can read about the day over on HandmAid’s news blog, and see the enormous list of people who gave their time and their skills to help. The final total isn’t in yet, but it’ll be posted over there. ‘

    Yarn people are good people.

    Today, we’re featuring a guest post by Jenny O’Neill, combining her expertise in librarianship and knitting to pass on some clever advice on finding patterns. You can read more from her at her blog, Crafty Tails (worth your time just for the dog photography, though there’s so much more!)

    One of my favourite pastimes is browsing patterns on Ravelry. Recently I was indulging in this hobby and researching patterns for my first ever adult garment when I spotted a new feature. I don’t know if it’s a new to Ravelry feature, but it’s new to me. When viewing Carol Feller’s Contemporary Irish Knits book, under the buying options I spotted a ‘search your local libraries’ link.

    As a librarian I was intrigued and excited to see Ravelry teaming up with local libraries. To me this is a genius idea. Sometimes you only want one pattern from a book or simply want to have a flick through before buying the whole book. And sometimes stretched budgets simply don’t have enough room in them to justify buying yet another book. This is exactly why libraries exist – to give everyone equal access to information and education and knitting patterns.

    Clicking the link on Ravelry brings you to the WorldCat entry for Contemporary Irish Knits. WorldCat essentially aggregates library catalogues from around the world, allowing you to search the collections of around the world. Searching for Contemporary Irish Knits in Ireland returns just one result – the library in Trinity College Dublin.

    But a similar search on BorrowBooks.ie reveals that there are copies available in public libraries in Cork, Galway, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Offaly, Westmeath, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin City and Kilkenny. South Dublin even have an ebook copy available. BorrowBooks.ie is a service that allows you to search across the Irish public libraries’ online catalogues. If you are already a member of an Irish public library service you can request that a book from (almost) any library in the country be sent to your local library via a service known as inter-library loans. Cool, right?

    If you are not a member of your local library then why not? You can find a full list on the Ask About Ireland website. Think of all the money you can save on knitting books that you can then spend on more yarn. See? Genius!

    Wee dotes!

    If a small someone in your life needs a bear (or if you need one yourself!), we can help. These two characters are the project for Colette’s two-session Toy Knitting class which we recently started offering.

    On the way to having your own wee bear, you learn useful toy-making skills: increasing and decreasing for little arms and legs, embroidering those little faces, using stuffing and lots more techniques for making perfect little companions.

    Our next Toy Making class will be held on October 18th and 25th (both Saturdays), and you can nab a place at this link. In fact, you can see all of our October classes freshly announced right here, and even if you don’t need a wee knitted friend, there’s lots of other skills and fun on offer.

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