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Carol is one of This Is Knit’s very favourite people, so we’re fierce thrilled to be hosting the launch of her new book. It’s entirely devoted to patterns shaped with short rows – you can see the Ravelry previews here.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve fallen in love with a lot of Carol’s short row shaping – Rossbeg and Ravi are big favourites round here, and right now her new Mithral Knit-Along is proving awfully popular. So an entire book of her short row magic? Oh, yes please!

At the launch, Carol will be talking to us about the designs and signing your books. There’ll be garment samples on hand for trying on, and we’ll have wine and nibbles to toast the book with. We’ve got a booking page right here for the launch, so grab your place! The event’s completely free – the booking is just to give us an idea of numbers. It’ll be great fun, and we’d love you to be there!

Date night!

What do you get if you put forty knitters and crocheters in a yarn shop, show them the gorgeous new stock that’s filling the shelves and let them play with it? Why, you get Yarn Dating! Let us tell you about Friday night!

It was such fun! For the first time, we hosted the whole event in the shop (well, and a bit of it outside, thanks to our neighbours at the Pepper Pot). So at half past seven, there was an impatient queue of people outside, eagerly looking through their information sheets and waiting for the doors to open…

What better time to get a second opinion on a swatch of stunning beaded lace? (The consensus was yes, the larger beads work better!)

Inside, the swatching stations were all set up, with samples – knitted or crocheted – of new yarn. No casting on required – all you had to do was pick up and stitch!

But this was speed-dating, so everyone got to meet all the hopefuls, moving from one numbered station to another….

And then we were off! Swatches to examine, and pattern books to plan with, and stitching to try…

Each date passed by in the twinkling of an eye, and before you knew it, the bell rang to move you on to your next assignation. The bell?

Yes, a proper school bell, wielded by Lisa from her post on the mezzanine!

There were sample garments to try on, with pride of place given to Carol Feller’s Mithral (have you read about Carol’s September knit-a-long?) There’s going to be a lot of these this winter, if Friday night is anything to go by – the picture at the very top is Fyberspates Cumulus for a Mithral, gleefully gathered up.

And if you needed help deciding which colour to choose, what better place to ask?

There were spot prizes too, and one very sneaky competition: Guess the Mystery Swatch!

Behind the curtain hung three swatches, so you could feel but not see them. By guessing what yarn they were made from, one lucky person won a fantastic bundle of goodies (congratulations, Maria!) It was harder than it looked, and only four people guessed all three correctly. José the Alpaca insisted on standing guard to prevent peeking, though we told him our customers were far too honourable for that sort of behaviour.

And there were old flames to meet too, like this delicious pile of Dublin Dye Company sockweight!

We hope you enjoyed Yarn Dating 2015 as much as we did, and we honestly can’t wait to see what you’ll make this autumn and winter. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a creative and fun-loving community, so thank you all!


With our Yarn Dating event happening at the end of the week, we’re getting all excited about new stock. Some of it is embargoed till Friday night, but there’s a few things we can share, and here’s one: Zing needles!

Zing is the newest offering from KnitPro, and they’re just beautiful. They come in rich jewel colours, one colour to each size, and they’re made from aluminium for lightness. The silver-coloured tips look terribly smart, and encourage neat stitches by reminding you to knit near the tips too!

There are Zing DPNs in sizes up to 4.00mm and Zing straights too, in pairs and in a gorgeous presentation set.

And we have Zing circulars, which are fixed rather than interchangeable right through the range, in the same beautiful colours. They’re smooth and light to work with, with lovely flexible cables.

Yarn Dating 2015 sold out fast, but it’s always possible that we’ll have a cancellation or two, so if you’re on the waiting list, watch your email like a hawk! If a space opens up, then it’s fastest finger first to book it! It’s going to be such fun, and we’re looking forward to it like anything!


It’s no secret that we love Carol Feller’s designs. They are clever, stylish, fun to knit and fabulous to wear! Carol has run many wonderful Knit-a-longs over the last few years via her Ravelry group and this autumn she’s embarking on her biggest KAL yet.

It’s for the truly stunning Mithral sweater, and we can’t wait to get started! Even better, we have the garment itself on display in the shop, so don’t be shy – pop in and try it on :)

The Knitty Gritty

  • We’re offering a 10% discount on the yarn for this project (Fyberspates Cumulus), with every KAL sign up.
  • Yarn Dating guests can sign up on the evening of the event and receive a 15% discount.
  • Members of the KAL will receive a *free* hat pattern from Carol from the 1st September. This pattern uses the same stitch pattern as “Mithral”, which makes it the perfect swatching project.
  • Yarn usage: The design calls for between 6 and 10 balls of Cumulus, depending on size and whether you decide to knit a cowl neck or not.

  • KAL Schedule:

    · 1st September KAL: sign ups begin and swatching can start!

    · 1st October: first KAL clue release.

    · 15th October: clue 2.

    · 5th November: clue 3.

    · 19th November: clue 4.

    · 4th December: Raffle drawing on Ravelry open to everyone who posts a photo of their completed Mithral.

    If you fancy joining in the fun then please post a comment below or get in touch with the shop directly. We’ll be collecting email addresses over the next few weeks and getting in touch with everyone little closer to the KAL launch date.

    A little post update following on from some questions in the comments:

    You can sign up with us at any time from now on, but you won’t receive the “pre-sale” PDF until the 1st of September. This pdf will contain the free hat pattern and information on sizing, materials needed and tension etc for the sweater.

    The yarn discount becomes available as soon as you sign up for the KAL.

    The pattern is purchased through us at a cost of €6.95. We will then provide you with a download code for Ravelry, and once you use the code you will automatically receive the KAL clues as they are released from Carol.

    All shades of Cumulus should be available in the shop in approximately 10 days time.

    Carol says of the pattern:

    “This sweater is knit from the top down with set-in short row sleeves, the gentle a-line body uses a simple lace flowing from below the empire waist which flatters most body shapes. The sweater comes with several different neckline options. Pictured is the cowl neck option but instructions will also be given for a rounded or a scooped neckline.”

    Etsy on our doorstep

    A little more than nine years ago, This Is Knit started with a wee market stall and a very tiny website. There’s a bit more room to walk around in the shop now, but we’re still a small business.

    So we like to support other small businesses in any way we can, especially if they’re craftspeople, and the internet makes it so easy. Let’s hear it for Etsy!

    There’s traders from all over the world on Etsy, of course, but up there with the very best are lots and lots of wonderful Irish businesses. For example, the picture up above is BethShanConnemara’s work – the sweetest wee teapot pendant in Connemara marble! Ah go on, go on….

    And ah here! Look at this…

    It’s a crocheted custard cream brooch! Did you ever! It’s made by
    FunAroundTheClock, and a look at that shop will make you grin so broadly! If you don’t fancy a custard cream with your tea, there’s Mikados and pink wafers and Jammie Dodgers too! And it’s not all biscuits, either – there’s beautiful picture frames and lovely accessories!

    And if you’re looking for Irish wool straight from the sheep, then may we recommend MarkreeWoolCraft? Using fleece from well-loved Wensleydales and Jacobs in county Sligo, this is naturally produced and dyed wool for spinning, knitting and crochet – and it’s so, so soft! And if you fancy dyeing your own yarn, you can find lichen for dyeing it here too!

    Aren’t Irish craftspeople amazing?

    Save the date!

    It’s that time of year again! Yarn Dating returns for another fun-packed evening filled with yarn fumes and general frolics!

    We’ll help you find your perfect match as we guide you on a journey through a carefully selected range of new yarns: both thick and thin, multicoloured and solid, made from alpaca, silk, merino and more…

    As always we will be offering light refreshments to keep up the energy levels, everyone will go away with a small goody bag and we’ll also be running raffles for some fantastic prizes over the course of the night. Last year’s Yarn Dating was such fun, and you can see what we got up to here!

    Finally there will be an extra-special discount offer of 15% off all the sampled yarns on the evening! This includes any purchases made on the night and any special orders placed.

    Places are limited, so nab yours now over on our booking page! We’d love to see you, and we’ve got some very special introductions for you!

    The weather’s been miserable over the last little while, so here’s some gorgeous things to cheer us all up. You see, we think nothing can brighten a day like some luxurious yarn and a clever pattern, and here’s two of our current favourites.

    In the picture up above, we have a sweet little shawlette called Lilac Wish. It’s fast to work and combines easy stocking stitch with a gorgeous lace border studded with nupps. Maria worked it in Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca, and it took only one skein, so it’s economical too!

    Lace makes a terrific summer project. It’s light and pretty, and you get to knit without a great thick covering of jumper in the heat (right now, such a thing might be welcome!). And if the ornateness of Lilac Wish isn’t your cup of tea, then we have another suggestion: our good friend Gudrun Johnston’s Havra.

    A former Mystery Knit-Along pattern now released to everyone, Havra is elegant and unfussy. It’s easy to work and very simple to customise for size, and here it’s found a perfect partner: our very own Townhouse Yarn’s Trinity 2-ply laceweight. Again, this took less than a skein, and the result is simply beautiful.

    We can’t promise to make the sun come out, but with lace like this, you can light up your day!

    We’re thrilled to announce our next workshop, coming up next month. Elanor King will be here for the morning of Saturday 8th August, teaching us her amazing techniques for embellishing our knits.

    Elanor, who is catchloops on Ravelry, is an Irish designer based in London. With an engineering background and an artist’s eye, she produces beautiful things using fun decorations like thrums and sequins and even loom bands, as well as the most effective embroidered details.

    With Elanor’s help, you can learn how to add those distinctive touches that make your knits unique, and have a ball in the process! It all happens from 10.00am on Saturday August 8th, and you can nab a place right here.

    And we really can’t wait to see the finished objects that happen then, can you?

    It’s that time of year again: the Irish Times has opened this year’s nominations for its amazing Ireland’s Best Shop awards. All over the country, people are proposing their favourite places, and the list already makes quite some reading!

    This Is Knit has been nominated before by you, our wonderful customers, but this year we’re prouder than ever: we’re in two categories! For the first time, we’ve been proposed as Ireland’s Best Online Shop – by a lovely customer in the US. You can read what she said about us over on this page! We’re simply thrilled.

    So if you’d like to nominate us, we’d be ever so proud!

    This is Cecil. He’s part of a very special movement: the Little Yellow Duck Project. All over the world, little crafted yellow duckies are popping up in unexpected places, looking for a home.

    The project has a serious basis. Founded in memory of a young woman who died of cystic fibrosis before a suitable lung donor was found (here’s the page giving the full story), its aim is to make us think about the importance of donating blood, tissue and organs. The little duckies are powerful little messengers.

    It’s very easy to get involved. Make a duck – knitted or crocheted or sewn. You’ll find patterns here or you can make up your own! Print out a tag (there’s several styles to choose from) which points to the Project’s website so the message gets through.

    Then you leave your duck to be found, and the tag explains why he’s there, waiting to be taken home. The lucky adopter of a duck can log the find – more than four thousand ducks all over the world have already spread the word.

    Some of the tags also have a space for the duck’s name – that’s how you’d know that our little crocheted chum above is called Cecil. And this is Gertrude.

    Between them, Cecil and Gertrude took an evening to make, and took 25g of aranweight (any weight will work beautifully if you choose a suitable needle or hook size). What’s more, they’re a ball to make! Here they are with their labels attached, waiting to find their new home.

    We can help save lives with these little characters. So will you join us in reminding the world, just by making someone smile, and then think, with a little yellow duck?

    And if you were in Stephen’s Green earlier, just by the duckpond, maybe you saw Gertrude waiting patiently on a bench. She’s got something important to tell someone.

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