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!

Flaxlight

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!

Gather Around

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The 11th Day of Christmas is a day of gathering together for so many families around the world. And so it’s apt that TinCanKnits have shared with us their “Gather” Hat Pattern, and that is is available in sizes from baby right up to adult.

By now I’m sure your knitting needles are considering the next special occasion in the calendar… a birthday or perhaps Valentine’s? Either way you can still nab a bargain on the yarn to make this project extra special – and today it’s Juniper Moon Findley DK. A bouncy blend of merino and silk that comes in colours to suit everyone – this yarn will make the hat as much fun to knit as it will be a pleasure to wear.

Use the code TCKDAY11 in our online shop to claim the 15% off. Remember these codes are valid for one day only, and the “Gather” pattern is free just for 24 hours too.

We’ll be back tomorrow with details of the final day’s free pattern. In the meantime we hope you get to put your feet up with a mug (or glass) of something yummy and that you have a very magical Christmas Eve.

Loch Hat and Mittens

Loch

The 10th day is a bumper day in the TinCanKnits 12 Days of Christmas pattern giveaway. Today they have not one, but two designs to share with us – the Loch Hat and Loch Mittens. Together they make a beautiful winter-warmer set and, even though there’s just a few days until Christmas, there’s plenty of winter left yet!

We think Katia Merino Baby is a perfect yarn match for these beauties, and we’re offering 15% off this range today only. It’s soft and warm, durable and washable, and comes in some perfect icy blues, a crisp snow white and a cosy ecru too.

Loch

To claim the discount on this yarn enter the code: TCKDAY10 during the checkout process in our online shop, or simply quote the code in-store or over the phone.

Today is our last day of trading before the Christmas break, but we’ll still be posting our yarn offers for the 11th and 12th days of Christmas. The offers will then only be redeemable online, and we’ll hold all orders for shipping on our return in the New Year.

Don’t forget that everyone who uses one of the 12 Days of Christmas codes will be entered in to a draw to *win* signed copies of Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North, with the winner being announced in the New Year too.

Cosy Cables

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On the 9th Day of Christmas TinCanKnits are bringing us some cosy cables in the very sweet Bon Bon Toque, *free* for 24 hours only.

Pop on over to pick up your pattern and then fly back here to claim your 15% discount on our chosen yarn for today – Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. There’s a colour for everyone in this range, and it’s soft enough for those even with the most sensitive skin.

BonBon

To claim the discount simply quote the code TCKDAY9 during the online checkout process, over the phone or in store.

Are you all set for Christmas now? Don’t forget tomorrow is our last trading day before the Christmas break!

Paving the Way to Christmas

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We’re really in to the countdown now, as we hit the 8th Day of Christmas with TinCanKnits.

Today they have the sweetest little pattern for Boot Toppers to share with us and, although we’re now in Christmas week, we’re confident a set of these could fly off the needles ahead of the big day!

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Our suggested yarn today is Louisa Harding Esquel, a soft and warm blend of merino, llama and silk. The silk flecks lend a subtle texture to finished projects, which will work really nicely with this simple cable design. For 15% Off Esquel today only, use the discount code TCKDAY8.

Don’t forget we have three signed TinCanKnits books to give away to one lucky knitter. Simply redeem one of our promotion codes between now and Christmas Day and you’ll be entered in the draw to win Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North.

Oh, and we just had a thought: you could knit this pattern in DK yarn and smaller needles for a fun coffee cup cosy. It’d be an even faster gift, as you’d only have to knit one!

Garter Brim Hat

Garter Brim

On the 7th Day of Christmas TinCanKnits are sharing their Garter Brim Hat pattern, *free* for 24 hours only.

We’re also offering 15% off on Noro Kureyon and on Noro Silk Garden Solo, so you have the option to knit your version in fully fledged colour, or a more subtle flecked tone.

Garter Brim

The discount code for today’s yarns is, you guessed it, TCKDAY7.

We hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday before all the holiday fun. Don’t forget we’re open from 1pm to 5pm today if you need a little yarn therapy!

Sitka Spruce for the Sixth Day

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We’ve all to wait another week for the man in red, but the elves at TinCanKnits just keep giving in the meantime! Today’s *free* pattern is for the Sitka Spruce Hat and Mittens. With a beautiful stitch pattern reminiscent of Evergreens, these projects are particularly seasonal, and perfect for knitting in front of a warm fire with a cup of something toasty beside you…

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The yarn we have on offer today for you is Malabrigo Rios, a firm favourite around here for it’s rich, varied shades and soft, bouncy feel. Use the code TCKDAY6 in our online checkout, over the phone or in store, and get 15% off the yarn today only.

Have you been enjoying the patterns so far? Have any of them “jumped” in your queue and been cast on immediately?

Toasty Toes on the Fifth Day

Mukluks

So, the clock is really ticking on Christmas knitting. How are you all getting on with your projects?

If you have the presents all wrapped, and a bit of time on your hands, then the speedy among you might have the chance to whip up a pair of these gorgeous bootees. The Mukluks pattern sizes range from baby right up to adult, but we’re going to focus on the kids size today and offer you 15% Off Studio Donegal’s Soft Donegal yarn. This yarn comes in a fabulous array of shades and the tweed fleck will add a rustic look to the boots, while remaining soft against the skin.

Mukluks

Remember the lovely ladies at TinCanKnits are offering the pattern free for today only and our yarn discount is valid for the same time frame.

Don’t forget our prize draw either! Everyone who uses one of the 12 Days of Christmas codes will be entered in to a draw to *win* signed copies of Road Trip, Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe and Great White North. That’s one winner for all three books – an incredible prize of 31 brilliant patterns!

(Also, if you think you might make more than one purchase over the next few days then just let us know and we can hold orders and combine shipping costs.)

For the Hipster in Your Life

Hipster

It’s the fourth day of Christmas and we hope you’ve been enjoying the TinCanKnits pattern giveaways!

Today we’re looking out for the Hipsters among us with the Hipster Hat, and what could be more hip than Dovestone DK from Baa Ram Ewe? It’s an authentic blend of 100% wool from the Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale and Masham breeds of sheep. These fibres combine to make a lustrous, bouncy and robust yarn that will be simply perfect for this pattern.

Get 15% off Dovestone DK *today only* by using the code: TCKDAY4 online, in-store or over the phone. You’ll then automatically be entered in to the draw to win three fabulous signed books from TinCanKnits!

Have you been collecting all the patterns so far?