Win a fabulous prize pack in our Instagram Challenge!

How would you like to win this gorgeous set of goodies?  Follow us on Instagram, and join in our photo challenge, and this prize pack could be all yours!

The Prize for our Instagram Challenge

We are re-launching our Instagram Challenge today, as the “how to enter” side of things wasn’t as clear as we had hoped. (Sorry about that!)

We would like to inspire you all to craft and share images of your fibre adventures, and your everyday life, using a series of photo prompts.  There are other challenges out there which give a prompt every day, but we decided on a more relaxed format: post 8 pictures over the course of 4 weeks, in whatever order suits you best.

TIK Instagram Challenge - Photo Prompts

How to enter:

  1. Of course, you’ll need to be on Instagram.  If you don’t have an account there already, then this is a great excuse to sign up (and to come indulge in all the beautiful yarn-related images to be found there).
  2. Post your pictures to your feed and include the hashtag #tikinstacomp in the caption/comments below the image.
  3. If your account is set to “public” then we will be able to see your entries automatically. For private accounts you will need to be sure we are following you (please message us with your details and then approve our request to follow you).
  4. The new closing date is the 31st of July. We’ll then draw one winner at random from all completed entries.

So what’s in the prize pack?

  • A full pack of hand dyed Sock Minis from S Twist Wool
  • A nifty new needle gauge from Townhouse Yarns
  • A selection of beautiful etched coconut colour-coordinating buttons from Textile Garden
  • The wonderful “Inspired by Islay”, full of gorgeous designs by Kate Davies and stunning images taken by her partner Tom Barr.
  • And a pair of our favourite stork scissors (the perfect size for your project bag).

Are you ready to get snapping? We can’t wait to see what you share with us!

Instagram Challenge Announcement

Playing Catch Up

It’s been a blur. These past few weeks have whizzed by in a whirlwind of special guests, trunk shows and visiting tour groups. There has been a sprinkling of knitting in scarce moments in between. It hardly seems possible that June is on the horizon, but on ticks the year, carrying us with it…

Summer Colour by Olann.ie at This is Knit

The “uninitiated” might assume that, for knitters, these summer months are idle, clicking needles stilled in to silence. Thankfully there’s absolutely no reason to press the pause button on our favourite activity. If anything, longer days and better light present only more opportunities to indulge!  Instead we see project bags filled with finer yarns and Instagram feeds filled with golden light.
These longer days are also providing more time to share and to learn, as the students at the Playful Day workshops did just this past weekend.  Kate fostered such a supportive atmosphere in these sessions while sharing her plentiful expertise, and the assembled makers and creatives brought so much to the table themselves with their insightful questions and discussions. We very much look forward to seeing how each of the students will grow and develop their online spaces, and we have a little Instagram challenge planned to build on everything we learned.
Students at the Playful Day Smartphone Photography Workshop
There’s lots more to come this summer, with two July workshops by Justyna Lorkowska just announced, some special birthday celebrations and an in-store Knit Night with Maggie Jackson and guests.  Don’t forget our regular class schedule runs for most of the summer too.

On that note, if you’ve a languishing project that needs seaming then the longer evenings are ideal for the task. Not sure where to start? Take our once-off Finishing School class, and we’ll get you on the right track.

Speaking of finishing, there’s the small matter of a certain Spring KAL to wrap up. In case you missed it, we’ve extended the deadline to this weekend. That means that if you post a photo of your finished project in the Ravelry thread before midnight on Sunday 21st May then you will be in with the chance to win some of the fantastic prizes we have on offer.

So. Let the grass grow… there’s knitting to be done.

Carpino sweater in progress for our Spring KAL

Two Words, Two Winners!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway, so we figured it was time to run a fun little competition.  We’re making this very simple to enter, and there’ll be not one, but two winners come this Saturday!

Prize photo
Oh the pretty goodies…

You may have heard Lisa on 2fm last week, when she was chatting to the crew on the Nicky Byrne Show about all the many reasons why people knit. They mentioned creativity, relaxation, general mental and physical health, and others. And it all got us thinking… what does knitting mean to you?

So, that’s all you have to do – tell us why you knit (or crochet, or spin, or weave!), or what benefits you find you get from the process.

The only catch is… you have to tell us in two words.

Simply leave your comment on this blog post, and we’ll pick two winners at the end of the week.

Competition Prize
You could win this ensemble!

Our prizes are based around these beautiful new printed bags that we have in store from KnitPro – we’ve selected some co-ordinating yarns and accessories to show them at their best.

Comment entries for the giveaway must be left before 7pm (GMT) on Friday evening, and we’ll pick our winners on Saturday. The first name drawn will get first choice on the prize and it can be collected in store, or posted within Ireland. Prizes for overseas winners will incur a postage charge (sorry!).

So that’s it, couldn’t be easier. Just leave your two word comment below and hopefully you’ll be hearing from us with good news this weekend!

Our Fibre Family and the Best Shops Competition

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The Irish Times Best Shops Competition has just been launched again for 2016. As ever they are seeking nominations across a number of categories for the best independent retailers in Ireland. We’ve been fortunate enough to have made the short list of finalists in previous years, and we’re honoured that you, our amazing customers, have taken the time to vote for us in the past.

This year we have our eye on the newly-introduced category of Best Family Run Shop, and if you think we deserve the accolade then we would really appreciate your nomination.

While Jacqui and Lisa launched This is Knit back in 2006, the mother-daughter arrangement has since become mother and two daughters, when Jenny joined the team in 2012. Each of us brings our own personality and set of skills to the shop, but one of the most tangible additions in recent years has been the stunning skeins that Jenny creates under the “Townhouse Yarns” brand name.

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And of course the family input doesn’t stop there – many of you will have met our bearded barmen at customer evenings (otherwise known as Liam (or “Dad”) and Ronan (Lisa’s husband)). They also play a back up role as general handymen, but possibly find those jobs a little less enjoyable! And then of course there are the trainees in the ranks, with Lisa’s two young boys, the older of which has already received “training” on the tills and played a supervisory role at the RDS in 2014!

Together with our wonderful staff (who we like to think of as family members too) we try to run a warm, welcoming shop full of fabulous fibre temptations.

Do you enjoy visiting our shop and chatting with us about all things yarn? Does a wander around our colourful shelves brighten your day? If so then we’d really appreciate your vote.

BRITISH KNITTING AWARDS

It’s certainly competition season! The lovely people at Let’s Knit Magazine have a special category in the British Knitting Awards: “Best Local Independent Yarn Store – Ireland”

We have secured the title in 2014 and 2015, and would love to make it a hat trick!

Your vote can be cast here (and you don’t need to vote under every section, you can skip questions by ticking the ‘other’ box and writing ‘N/A’ in the space available).

Voting closes on 28th August

Thanks everyone!

Guess the Grams!

Guess the Grams!

It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day this coming Saturday the 18th of June. We’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to join us in the shop for a cool glass of summer cordial, a general party atmosphere and a fun competition :)

We’ve filled a cute wooden crate with an assortment of gorgeous yarns, and we’re asking you to guess how much it weighs (crate included). The closest guess will WIN:

A copy of the brand new Book of Haps from Kate Davies
A gorgeous skein of Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud
And a nifty pair of Gold Stork Scissors

Visitors to the shop will have a bit of an advantage in that they can pick up the crate (but not remove any of its contents). However, we’ll still be taking guesses from those of you that can’t make it in. Simply enter your details and best guess via this competition entry form.

Good luck everyone, and happy WWKIP Week!

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

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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

Paved

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!

Paved

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!