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The Big Knit’s back!


We’re delighted to shout this from the rooftops: the innocent Big Knit is underway for 2014/15! Ever since 2008, little hats have been adorning innocent smoothie bottles and raising over €100,000 to help older people stay warm and safe. And again this year, This Is Knit is delighted to support the campaign.

If you’re round Dublin this coming Thursday, November 11th, then you’re invited to the Big Knit-A-Long at the Little Museum of Dublin between 12 noon and 4.00pm. There’ll be help from experts and a display of famous wee hats! You can nab your completely free ticket by emailing howaya@innocentdrinks.ie.

You can find out more about The Big Knit at this link. There’s a range of patterns to start you off and an unbelievable gallery of hats to inspire you – lots more like these!

The deadline this year is December 12th, and as in previous years, This Is Knit is delighted to be a drop off point for your hats. And keep an eye on twitter for #IrishBigKnit!

Want to see another wee knitted work of art? ‘Course you do! This one’s a little knitting hat….

Malabrigo Central!

The Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS opened yesterday, and we’re having a ball! This year, we’re exclusively partnering Malabrigo Yarns, so our stand is looking utterly glorious.

There’s all our usual favourites, like Rios, Silkpaca and Sock, but we’re also introducing some new beauties. There’s Mecha, which is a chunky superwash pure merino (that’s it in the picture above), there’s Twist, an unbelievably soft merino which is a little heavier than aranweight, there’s a lovely light DK merino/silk blend called Rastita….

And as a show surprise, there’s a yarn so new it doesn’t even have a name. Currently designated “Test Yarn”, it’s Malabrigo’s first superwash laceweight and the only place you can see it is at our stand!

The show’s open from 10.00am to 5.30pm tomorrow, and from 10.00am till 5.00pm on Sunday. There’s so much to see – over 200 exhibitors, including displays of the most beautiful handcraft you’ve ever seen. We’re at stand B36, and meeting you all in person is the best part of the show for us.

…mmm…Malabrigo!

Join the club!

It’s been hard to keep this to ourselves, but finally we can tell the world: the Irish Yarn Club 2015 is open for membership!

The Irish Yarn Club 2015 will run from February to June 2015 and will feature three shipments of exclusive Irish hand-dyed yarns. These will be unique and never-to-be-repeated colourways by Townhouse Yarns, Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres. This year, there’s a fingering weight yarn, a sportweight and a laceweight!

And just like last year, each yarn will be accompanied by an exclusive accessory pattern from internationally renowned designer Carol Feller, sent to each Club Member in digital form.

The Club yarns can be shipped worldwide (last year we sent Yarn Club packages all over the planet), or you can pick up each instalment in the store if you prefer. You can purchase full Club Membership at this link (just be sure to select the correct option for your region) and there’s also an option for a pattern-only membership over on Ravelry.

Naturally, a Club Membership would make the perfect gift. So if your birthday is coming up, or if you have a Christmas wish list, be sure to leave this window open in your browser as a not-so-subtle hint to your loved ones!

And be sure to drop in to the Irish Yarn Club group on Ravelry, which will host a Knit-Along for each instalment as it’s revealed. It’s a brilliant way of learning new skills with terrific support from Carol and other knitters. Looking back through last year’s posts and the gorgeous finished objects makes us even more excited about 2015!

Let’s unravel!


ThankYouTree By Shrewdcat, CC BY-SA 3.0 Shrewdcat

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!

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!

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.

So in love

Last Friday evening, a lot of lovely people gathered in the loft in the Powerscourt Centre for our Yarn Dating, and it was an awful lot of fun! And oh! the yarn: new offerings from Juniper Moon, Noro, Townhouse Yarns, Debbie Bliss, Dublin Dye Company, Louisa Harding…the list goes on and on!

There were yarn stations set up for our new offerings, each with yarn to test knit or crochet, sample garments to try on, pattern books to look through and shade cards to plan with…

(and love hearts!)

Each group of hopeful knitters and crocheters got five minutes with a possible dream yarn date, before the timer whisked them on to the next alluring prospect. The oohs! and aahs! had to be heard to be believed!

As the dates proceeded, dance cards were filled up for the coming months, helped by handy little memos for keeping track of desirable candidates.

You’re the One that I Want and Eternal Flame were among the chosen tunes to create an undeniably cheesy yet romantic mood, with The Sultans of Ping’s Where’s Me Jumper? sneaking boldly in right at the end of the speed-dating section. And then it was back down to the shop.

(The shop’s had a bit of a spruce-up recently – we’ll tell you more in a later post.) The yarn dating had focussed mainly on completely new stock, so this was a chance to see new shades of old friends as well as to place orders for what had won our hearts earlier.

(That’s a new and exclusive colour of Dublin Dye Company Swing Sock – we can’t wait to tell you about that too!)

Friday night was exactly what makes us happy at This Is Knit: the chance to help our wonderful customers meet yarn that will make you happy for ages to come. It’s what we love. Thank you for coming along!

Our favourite night of the year will be happening again on Friday August 29th. Believe it or not, this is the sixth year that we’ve asked you to join us for an evening of yarn sampling, so we’ve decided to shake things up a little. This time, instead of Yarn Tasting, we’re going Yarn Dating!

Gone are the tiny sample balls but they’re being replaced by a fun new format that will ensure you are introduced to all your potential yarn suitors, while enjoying a bit more chat and possibly even a small dose of mayhem!

Refreshments, raffle prizes and excellent special offers will still be part of the night, so click here to reserve a place to join us and find the yarn of your dreams….

It’s Scavenger Hunt time! Until next Sunday, it’s World Wide Knit in Public Week, and there are This Is Knit customers all over the place, snapping pictures of their knitting and crochet.

You can find details of the competition here, and this is the Ravelry thread for posting your images. But we’ve promised you a look at the prizes, so here goes!

We’re giving away €250 worth of goodies, and there’s prizes for first, second and third place. Up at the top of the page you can see First Prize – a mouthwatering collection of three skeins of Malabrigo Rios, a dreamy skein of chunky alpaca from Coolree Yarns, an exclusive shawl pin designed by Eimear Earley, a starter set of Knitpro “Dreamz”needles, a darling set of cleverly shaped scissors, a packet of Maria’s beautiful jewelled stitch markers, yarn needles, a set of sweet metal “handmade” tags and the dotiest wee crocheted jumper dangling from a keyring.

For second place, look at these gorgeous things: a skein of This Is Knit’s exclusive “Powerscourt” colourway in Hedgehog Fibres Sock, a skein of Mirasol Sami, five balls of Navia Duo and an excellent Navia pattern book.

And for third place, you can win a colourful basket of yarn from Noro (that’s Silk Garden 4-ply in there), Louisa Harding Noema and Sublime Baby Bamboo, together with some Mirasol Paqu Pura.

Our prize, though, is seeing your pictures! So grab your knitting, your flyer, the list of challenges and your camera, and let your imagination run with it! The competition thread on Ravelry is open until Sunday next at midnight, so you’ve plenty of time to throw your (knitted) hat in the ring!

There’s chatter all over the place about our Scavenger Hunt, even though the picture-posting doesn’t start until Monday. Over on twitter, for example, there’s a sudden interest in unicycles….

We promised you a how-to for editing a Ravelry post to add additional pictures, and here you are! (This is also useful for when you want to go back and add to any post over there to change a word or give more information.)

To begin with, get your new picture up in a project page, just as described in this blog post. You’ve made a post in the Scavenger Hunt thread already, so go there and look at the bottom right hand corner of your post. You’ll see a button marked “edit” (there’s also a “delete” button which will get rid of your post entirely and a “reply” button too, but you won’t be using them for adding a picture).

When you click on “edit”, you’ll be brought to a screen that looks like this:

You’ll want to add your new picture and the text that describes its challenge and claims your new points here. You can do this in any order – here we’ve added the text first, and the next stage is to put the new picture in. The picture will show up wherever your cursor is – the big pink arrow’s pointing to it in our image below:

Now you just need to tell Ravelry to show your new picture, so click on the “Polaroid picture” in the row of little icons above the screen:

You’ll be offered a number of options – you want to choose “use a project or stash photo”:

You’re very nearly done, but first you want to check that your edited post looks just like you intend. Well, that’s what the preview button in the top right hand corner is for:

Clicking on that will let you see what your post’s going to look like, and then clicking anywhere on the preview will make it go away again. So check your post, make any changes you like, and then click on “save changes”:

And then your edited post appears, and you can be sure you’ll be awarded the new points you’re claiming!

Now to find a unicycle…!

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