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Textured Colourwork

We’re already well into January, and that means many of us are contemplating our ill-fated New Year’s resolutions. But, there is still time to make some new ones, so why not choose something fun like resolving to be more crafty? We can help you with that! Maybe you’d like to finally learn how to Crochet, or master Brioche? If you’ve not seen our schedule for classes and events lately, take a peek, we’ve got an impressive line up for the coming weeks. We are particularly excited to have Carol Feller back in the shop for her Textured Colourwork workshop at the end of this month!

We recently celebrated Carol’s book launch of Short Row Knits, and now she’ll be back on the 30th with a workshop for a few lucky knitters. In this workshop, students will learn the essential skills for creating beautiful colourwork, with texture inspired by the Swedish Bohus style of knitting. They will learn how to manage dominant and recessive colours, how to work two-handed colourwork, all while creating unique texture using purl stitches. Students will also receive a kit with everything they need to make a hat, including a bonus pattern! Here’s what Carol had to say about this style of colourwork:

I love texture in knitting such as cables and slip stitch patterns. Typically you would not associate texture with colour work, which is typically flat and smooth. Bohus knitting is different, there are purl stitches interspersed with the colour work which creates a very different type of knitting. This texture in the colour work breaks up the transitions and makes very integrated colour changes.
I’m currently working on a small book about gradient and colour change yarns. The pattern from this class will be in the book as it’s a good example of how texture can add interest to colour changes in your work.

Carol’s workshop is suited to knitters who know the basics, and can work in the round, even if you are new to stranded colourwork. You’ll receive plenty of detailed notes, and a kit with all supplies needed, which is included in the fee.

Although this workshop is now fully booked, you can still add your name to the waiting list! The list operates on a fastest-finger-first basis, so even if we get just one cancellation you’ll have as much opportunity to snap up the spot as everyone else.

Have you knit any of Carol’s designs recently? If you’ve been a member of the Irish Yarn Club, what was your favorite pattern?

Gather

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

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.

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

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…

Sitka

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?

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.)

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?

Honeycomb

Edit: It seems we got our yarn weights in a bit of a tangle today and the pattern in fact calls for Aran Weight. So, we’ll keep the offer on Ella Rae Merino Chunky but also add in the Superwash Classic to the deal. The same code will now work for both. Apologies for the mix up!

The third day of Christmas with TinCanKnits brings us a speedy knit, with a dash of cabled patterning to keep things interesting! Today’s free pattern is for a pair of Honeycomb Fingerless Mitts.

One skein of our Ella Rae Chunky Merino Superwash will get you a pair of plump, cosy handwarmers in a soft and practical easy-care yarn. Don’t forget to use the code TCKDAY3 to get your 15% off (valid today only).

We’ll be back tomorrow with another fabulous TinCanKnits design, and another great yarn discount, so keep checking in!

The Irish Yarn Club 2016

IYC Banner

Next year will bring a new edition of the Irish Yarn Club, where local talents Carol Feller, Hedgehog Fibres, Townhouse Yarns, Dublin Dye Company + Donegal Yarns come together to bring patterns and exclusive hand dyed yarns right to your needles. Want to know what’s in the cards for the upcoming 2016 Club? We wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, but it’s safe to say it will be an exciting year!

Tempano

Each year Carol Feller designs patterns for a selection of accessories, featuring unique construction techniques, with a focus on being wearable, flattering, and a pleasure to knit. Each pattern is paired with a yarn dyed in exclusive colourways specifically for the club by Irish hand dyers. Yarns will range from lace weight to aran weight, and will arrive with an installment in February, April and June. Previous years included hats, shawls, and socks, each highlighting the beautiful hand dyed yarns they are paired with, which made for gorgeous FOs in a spectrum of colours by Club members. Check out jennybee26′s beautiful cabled Tempano hat on display in Iceland, where the lovely Hedgehog Fibres colours couldn’t be more complimentary to the landscape.

Fortune Green

Or how about this stunning Fortune Green cowl by rodmarjoraph in Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed; a beautiful pairing to show off the decorative stitch pattern.

F Shawl

Here’s another beauty from last year’s Club, marujapge’s lacey Feamainn Shawl in a vibrant teal colourway by Hedgehog Fibres.

Each edition to the Club is it’s own adventure: discover Irish dyers while you learn new techniques, knitting up wearable accessories, all the while having the support of the Ravelry community. The perfect gift for any knitter, or better yet: a treat for yourself!

The Irish Yarn Club is not just for us lucky Irish either, there are subscription packages that include European and International delivery as well; so no matter where you are in the world, you can enjoy a little bit of Ireland! Don’t miss out on all the fun: only a limited number of subscriptions are available, and purchases must be made before the 20th of December. A pattern-only option is also available for purchase here.

Were you apart of any of the previous Irish Yarn Clubs? Have you knit any Carol Feller patterns lately, or worked with any Irish hand dyed yarns?

Antler1

The fabulous ladies over at TinCanKnits have a very special treat for all us knitters this Christmas. Starting today, they are offering one of their gorgeous knitting patterns *free* for each of the twelve days of Christmas.

The promotion kicks in at 8am GMT each day, and you will then have 24 hours to download your own copy. Full pattern details and a download link will be posted each day on the TinCanKnits blog.

Inspired by such wonderful generosity we decided to also offer a little something extra – 15% off our suggested yarn for each pattern (again valid for the 24 hours of each pattern’s time “in the spotlight”). We’ll post information on the pattern, suggested yarn and the exclusive discount code here on the blog each day. We’ll also have a prize draw for everyone who participates – read on for more details..

So, let’s get started!

Antler2

Today’s free pattern is for the Antler Mittens and we’re suggesting the very squishy Malabrigo Twist as the perfect yarn companion. One skein will get you right up to the Adult Medium size for this pattern, and you’ll only need a second if you plan on knitting the Large.

To get 15% off Malabrigo Twist TODAY ONLY enter the code: TCKDAY1 during the checkout process in our online shop, or simply quote the code in-store or over the phone.

Even better – 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 – that’ll be 2016′s knitting sorted so!

(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.)

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