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We’re simply delighted to announce that Ysolda Teague is coming back to This Is Knit for a third time! This time she’s giving us a new shawl design workshop, which she calls Shawl Geometry. It’ll be on Saturday May 17th, and it lasts the whole day from 10.00am until 5.00pm (with a break for lunch, of course).

Ysolda’s shawls are terrifically popular both with This Is Knit customers and on Ravelry. Beautiful designs like Ishbel and Marin are not only lovely to wear but eminently knittable (Ishbel’s got over twelve thousand projects to her name).

With Ysolda to guide you, you’ll find out how to design your own completely individual shawl from scratch. You’ll knit a tiny version during the workshop, and along the way you’ll learn design skills from one of the very best. It’ll be such a fun day, and you can secure your place by clicking this booking link.

Roll on May!

There’s something very satisfying about making a garment that fits its wearer comfortably and well, and this little jacket is a perfect example.

It’s Carol Feller’s Rossbeg and it’s got a massive age range of two to ten years. And since not all wee ones are the same shape, you can customise it very easily.

Knitted from the top down, starting with that pretty curved yoke shaped with short rows, you can make it as long as you want: just finish when you’re done! The same’s true of the sleeves: full length or three quarter length, it’s up to you (and the future wearer, of course).

Carol’s use of such simple and clever techniques is one of the hallmarks of her work, and there’s still a couple of places left for her workshops with us on Saturday February 15th. There’s one on sweater surgery, so you’ll be able to improve and fix a garment that hasn’t turned out as you’d like. There’s also one expressly on short rows. You can find out more about both and book a coveted place by clicking on the links. Carol’s workshops are always popular and fun, and we’ve very excited about these ones.

And for another particularly dotey example of Carol’s short row magic, a Ravi Junior cardigan was featured on our facebook page during the week. Modelled by one of our very favourite young people and knitted by Jen, you can see it here. Aww!

Good news

It’s always a good day when you get to announce good news, so we’re particularly happy today.

First of all, our winter sale has just started, and there’s so much lovely yarn available at big discounts! You can find details of what’s on offer at this link, and of course the sale is online as well as in the shop!

Second, we’re delighted to announce the winner of our Christmas newsletter competition: Susan Harvey has won a place at one of Carol Feller’s workshops in February! (If you’re not already getting the newsletter, you can sign up on our front page by scrolling down a little here.) Congratulations, Susan, and we hope you enjoy the workshop!

If you didn’t win, though, there’s still a few places available for Carol’s workshops, too. Her Sweater Surgery class on the morning of February 15th can be booked at this link. If you’re looking for Short Rows Demystified, which is on the afternoon of the same day, you’ll find details here. We’re looking forward to Carol coming back to This Is Knit so much!

Saturday 15th February is going to be rather exciting at This Is Knit. We’re very happy to announce that Carol Feller will be teaching two workshops with us that day!

In the morning, she’s offering her Sweater Surgery class. Imagine if you were able to fix the parts of a project that didn’t come out exactly as you wanted (and we’ve all got those lurking in plastic bags at the back of the wardrobe) – well, this workshop will give you the skills to change “meh!” into “wow!” Projects can be rescued by changing the pattern as you work, or altering after the fact, and Carol’s workshop covers both. You can read more and make a booking by clicking on the image above – your projects will chorus their thanks.

In the afternoon, we’ll have a repeat of one of the most popular workshops ever: Carol’s Short Rows Demystified. Using one of the most versatile child’s patterns we know, the very dotey Taupini, you’ll experiment with several different short row methods for shaping your fabric. Short rowing is such a versatile skill, and last year’s workshop was an enormous success, reflected in the long list of gorgeous projects that followed. Clicking on the image above will take you to the booking page, and you can read more there too.

And we’re very very proud to be able to offer exclusive Carol Feller patterns as part of the Irish Yarn Club 2014, to complement the stunning hand-dyed yarn from talented Irish dyers. The perfect gift for a knitterly friend or for yourself, with sign-ups open for just another two weeks!

We’re looking forward to Christmas and New Year, but February’s going to be splendid too!

Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year again! Festive preparations are in full swing all over the place, the decorations in the Powerscourt Centre are particularly beautiful, and we’re well into the swing of Christmas crochet and knitting.

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve scheduled extra crocheted and knitted Christmas decoration classes this year. These are some of the most fun classes at This Is Knit, and the pretty little decorations that get produced make charming gifts (in no time at all!) or lovely accents for your tree.

You can find the booking page for the knitted class at this link – it’s on Saturday November 30th from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. The crocheted decorations class is on Sunday December 8th from 1:15pm to 3:15pm, and you can book a place at this booking page.

Don’t forget to keep an eye here and on our twitter feed for lots and lots more seasonal news over the next month. There’s so much more to share with you!

Skillset

With the Yarn Tasting over, the shop stuffed with Autumn/Winter stock and with winter opening on Sundays starting this week, we’ve got an exciting range of classes coming up over the next few weeks.

You can see the full range on our booking page at this link. Fancy learning how very easy socks are? Then our two-session sock knitting class would be just the thing! Or have you always wanted to pick up crochet but never got round to it? Then we’ve got three-week beginner’s courses running on Sundays or Mondays which will have you crocheting like a whirlwind in no time.

And that’s not all – there’s lace knitting, and stranded colourwork, and our terribly popular finishing class, and top-down seamless cardigan construction in the mix. Expanding your skillset is such an enjoyable thing to do.

And that’s without even mentioning the workshops we’ve got lined up: Tunisian lace with AoibheNí’s booked solid, but there’s still places available for Gudrun Johnston and Mary Mucklestone’s workshops on October 5th. You’ll find details of these at that booking link too. And remember: if a class that you fancy is booked out, it’s always worth putting yourself on the waiting list.

Red letter day

We have two announcements in one today! On Saturday 5th October, we’ll be hosting not one but two wonderful workshops, led by internationally renowned designers!

In the morning, Gudrun Johnston will be giving a class on Shetland lace. She’s the designer of many This Is Knit favourites, including the Aestlight shawl. Lisa and Jacqui each knitted one each last year – you can see the two of them in the picture above. They’re the perfect examples of the techniques that will be taught in the workshop.

Gudrun was born in Shetland, and is carrying forward that great tradition in her mother’s footsteps. Her designs, which you can see in this Ravelry link, combine innovative techniques with long-established stitch patterns. It will be a privilege to welcome her to Dublin and this will be a terrifically exciting class. You can nab a place at this booking link.


(Image © Mary Jane Mucklestone and used with permission)

Then in the afternoon, we’ve got the honour of welcoming Mary Jane Mucklestone, who’s presenting her workshop on Scandinavian colourwork. This will be a huge treat – you can see her glorious take on stranded colourwork in the Halcyon hat in the picture above and on her pattern page. With her background in fine art and many years of teaching and working in the textile and fashion industries in the US, Mary Jane’s designs are practical and enormous fun, with novel techniques and clever details. You’ll find the booking link for this workshop at this link.

The only problem is which one to choose (and why not both?) – and don’t forget about our terribly clever waiting list system. When an event is sold out, adding your name to the waiting list gives you as much of a chance of a cancelled place as anyone else on the list. You’ll get an email telling you if a spot becomes free, and then the fastest finger wins!

Two workshops from two such eminent knitters in one day? We hope you’ll join us!

We’ve talked here before about the fun of diverging a little from the written pattern, and of the loveliness that can result. Well, here’s another example. This is an Ashton Shawlette – a pattern by Irish designer Dee O’Keefe and a free download on Ravelry.

Our version has a little variation, and we love it as much as the beautiful original. It’s made from Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply, and to ensure that it took only one skein, the edging was shortened a little by a few rows. But in compensation, beads! Just look at the effect from adding a sprinkling of beads to the lace pattern on the body of the shawl, and from placing lines of them on the points of the edging scallops. The lace simply glitters!

The Ashton Shawlette is an ideal first shawl project, too. Indeed, if you’re intrigued by lace, we’ve got both an introductory and a “next steps” class coming up in the next couple of months – you can find details of both and book your place at this link. You’ll be making beautiful things like this shawl in no time at all!

What a snug little centre that crochet circle has! It’s far tighter than you could ever get by making the familiar few chain and slipstitching to the first of them, and sometimes you want the gap in the middle of your circle or square just to disappear. It’s called a Magic Circle, and here’s how you do it.

As well as beginning squares and circles, it’s also used as the very beginning of some of AoibheNí‘s beautiful Tunisian lace shawls, like Bel and Venus, so it’s a very versatile technique.

So, to start, just wind a loop of yarn around your finger…

…and slip the hook in under the loop, between the yarn and your finger.

Wrap the yarn around the hook, and bring the ensuing loop back towards you out of the loop.

Wrap the yarn around the hook once more, and pull a second loop through the first.

Once you’ve made this stitch, you’re ready to work whatever your pattern tells you for your first round, using the long end of the yarn (the one that goes to the ball). You’ll notice that the original loop that you wound round your finger is still all loose and floppy; this is entirely as intended, and it’s what you work your first round into.

This picture shows the work a little later – we’ve worked a series of double crochet stitches into the loop, which is still all floppy. You can see its single strand just below and to the left of the live stitch.

Now the Magic happens. Take a firm hold of the short end of the yarn in one hand, and hold the live stitch that’s on the hook with the other. And pull…!

Because you made your stitches around the strand of yarn, it’ll pull up through them, turning your loose association of stitches into a firm little circle!

And the result is what you can see in the top picture. Until you finish off the yarn, the circle might try to relax, but just give it a wee tug and it’ll smarten up promptly if needed.

Speaking of AoibheNí’s amazing work, we’re delighted to announce another date for her inspiring Tunisian lace workshop, on Saturday September 21st. This full-day workshop is bound to fill up as fast as ever, so you can book online at this link.

Today’s the first day of summer, so may we wish you a happy, sunny, craft-filled one!

We’ve had this beautiful shawl on display in the shop for a little while, and it’s attracting a huge amount of admiration. It’s AoibheNí’s Bel, the final shawl in her Legendary Shawls series (our Crochet-A-Long pattern, Venus, came from there too). Made with her signature Tunisian lace crochet technique, it’s clever and charming.

The yarn’s Coolree Yarns Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere 4-ply, and the combination of Aoibhe’s crochet design with Alex McLeod’s amazing eye for colour make it something really special indeed. Did we mention that we got a new delivery from Coolree Yarns last week? Oh, it just makes you smile to look at it.

Aoibhe’s Tunisian lace workshop on May 25th has been sold out for a while, but there’s still a couple of places available for the July 6th workshop (but they probably won’t be for long!). Her day-long workshops are fascinating and so much much fun – why not have a go this summer? You’ll find the booking page at this link.

As such a delightful collaboration between two talented Irish craftspeople, of course Bel is attracting admiration. Drop by and see it in person if you can!

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