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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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If you are:

  • Outgoing and customer focussed
  • Self motivated and hard working
  • Reliable and enthusiastic
  • Computer literate and highly organised
  • A good communicator who enjoys helping people.
  • Then we offer…

  • A friendly & vibrant work environment in a stunning location
  • Staff discounts on beautiful products
  • In-house training and the opportunity to learn new crafty skills

  • Customer service experience preferred.

    Download the application form here, and return in person or by post to:
    This is Knit
    Powerscourt Townhouse
    South William St
    Dublin 2

    Or email a scanned copy of the form to office[at]thisisknit[dot]ie

    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.

    Let’s do some good

    On Saturday week, September 27th, we crafters get a chance to make the world a wee bit better. HandmAid, the Dublin craft charity day, is having its fourth annual outing, from 10.30 am to 4.30pm, and everyone’s welcome!

    Every year, HandmAid raises funds for a different charity. This year, the money raised goes to the Laura Lynn children’s hospice, which does astounding work for very ill children and their families. You can learn more about what they do at that link – like the rest of the hospice movement, Laura Lynn provides its services free of charge to families.

    If you haven’t been to HandmAid before, it’s a day of craft and good will down the granite steps of the Damer Hall on Stephen’s Green (there’s directions at this link):

    At the bottom of the stairs, there’s a big room simply full of delight. You can take a class (there’s a huge range of classes from origami to wheel spinning, and you can book online at this link), you can enjoy tea or coffee and bake-sale cake while you can sit and stitch with friends…

    …and there’s a huge heaping market stall: there’s terrific yarn and craft supplies at extremely reduced prices (made possible by the generosity of many businesses and individuals), there’s paper patterns and books, there’s finished objects to buy…

    And speaking of the market stall, This Is Knit is delighted to be a collection point for donations for it. If you have a contribution to make – those balls of lovely yarn that never found their true calling, the pattern books that would like a new home, the embroidery silks that languish, those finished objects that will help make a difference – drop it in before Monday and we’ll get it to HandmAid.

    Most of all, come along on Saturday week. You’ll be making the world a bit better.

    All photos in this post are the work of Julie of halfadreamaway.com, © handmAid, and used with permission.

    We won!

    Back in July, we were very proud to be nominated as the Best Local Independent Yarn Store in the Ireland category of the British Knitting Awards. Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines have collated the results of the voting, and we’re now even prouder to say that we’ve won!

    It was you, our wonderful customers, who gave us this award, and we appreciate it more than we can say! You make us what we are.

    Last weekend, the winners of the Irish Times Best Shops
    for 2014 were announced, voted for by the public and carefully judged by secret shoppers. The list covers the entire country, so we were very proud to learn that two of the winners are our neighbours: Article in the Best Gifts, Design and Interiors section and The Garden for Best Shop Window.

    So imagine our delight when we discovered that Article currently stocks the most beautiful knitting- and crochet-themed platters at the moment. The image above shows the knitted version: the striking design is made by pressing a piece of knitted lace onto the surface of the plate before the coloured glaze goes on.

    This is the crochet version – again, a delicate lace doily is preserved forever on the surface. They’re made in Italy by Ceramiche Bucci. They’re so characteristic of what Article offers: unique, practical and beautiful design. And what a special occasion gift for a knitter or crocheter!

    So if you’re visiting us, schedule a wee detour into Article – you’ll be very glad you did, and you never know what you might find.

    And you’ll be only steps away from the most beautiful shop window in Ireland – Mark Grehan’s astoundingly lovely flower shop in the front hall of Powerscourt townhouse….

    Our friend Louisa Harding’s done it again! Just in for the new season, we’ve got her gorgeous new Esquel in stock. It’s a delicious blend of merino, silk and llama, and it comes in a fantastic range of elegant jewel colours.

    We’ve currently got the Acacia jumper on display in the shop – that’s it in the image up above. Just look at that heart and rope cable: easy to work and so effective.

    Louisa's patterns are always stunning too, and the Esquel pattern book is no exception, with Acacia and thirteen other brand new patterns.

    And since it’s Aran weight, Esquel is perfect for accessories this winter – fast to work up, colourful and as warm as toast. It’s almost enough to make us wish for cooler weather….

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