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Chicane KAL

We’ve had some bright, fresh days of late and the stretch in evening is bringing thoughts of sweeping away cobwebs and starting new things! So we figured it’s time for a new Knit-a-Long, and that we should go all out and aim for a light and breezy summer garment in anticipation of the long lazy days of summer to come… We can dream anyway, right?

We went on the hunt for the perfect summer pattern, something lightweight and stylish, fun to knit and versatile to wear – and we think “Chicane” fits the bill. Knit in Juniper Moon Zooey, a perfect blend of cotton and linen, Chicane will take you from the beach to the park, from casual coffee to nights out with friends. Choose bold shades or go nautical, make a statement or remain coolly neutral… there’s something here for everyone.

How the KAL works:

  • You will receive 10% off the yarn with the code SKAL15 until start date of 10 April.
  • Specific techniques will be covered by tutorials on this blog, potential modifcations will be discussed and general support (both technical and moral!) will be offered all along the way.
  • We will be scheduling knitting assistance sessions at the shop for any specific technique challenges that come up and we’re always happy to lend a hand during quieter times in store.
  • Virtually round-the-clock help will be on hand via the dedicated thread in our TIK Ravelry group.
  • Everyone who has finished their garment by Sunday 7th of June will be entered in to a prize draw to win another project’s worth of yarn!
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    Would you like join us? Or do you have any questions? Post a comment below or over on Ravelry and we’ll get back to you asap.

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    Materials Required

    Note: The same quantity of yarn is specified in the pattern for all sizes. If you don’t use all 4 balls then we will be happy to exchange or refund the extra yarn.

    For one solid colour

    4 x Juniper Moon Zooey (10% off with the discount code SKAL15)

    For contrast edged version

    4 x Juniper Moon Zooey in Main Colour and 1 x Juniper Moon Zooey in Contrast Colour

    Needles and Notions

    4.5mm 80cm Circular Needle
    4mm 80cm Circular Needle
    Stitch Markers
    Waste Yarn
    Measuring Tape
    Tapestry Needle

    Ok, we can’t keep this all to ourselves any longer. We’ve got exciting news, and we can’t wait to tell you! Tin Can Knits is coming to This Is Knit, to give not one, but two workshops!

    We’ve featured a lot of her designs here, because they’re simply some of the best patterns we know. There’s the Snowflake jumper above (Maria and Jen made one each), and there’s Bonny, which Jacqui whipped up in no time.

    And back at Christmas, one of our bestselling kits was the Gothic Cowl:

    Thing is, we’re not sure of the date yet, but it’s looking like a weekend date in June, and there’ll be two half day workshops, on different topics. And the best way to find out all the details as soon as we do? Follow us on twitter, where we’re @ThisIsKnit, and keep an eye on this blog. Places will be limited and first-come-first-served, and our booking page will be the place to nab your reservation!

    We’re heading into St Patrick’s Weekend, so we’d like to wish you all, at home and abroad, a terrific time. We’ll be closed on Tuesday March 17th itself, but open as usual right through the weekend!

    SALE

    It’s January SALE time at This is Knit, and we have some fabulous bargains for you!

    In-store and online, there’s 20% off a huge range of yarns, and you can get an even bigger discount when you are registered for our loyalty scheme*… Members of our loyalty club will receive a 5th ball FREE when they buy any 4 sale yarns.

    In-store we also have discounted pattern booklets, knitting kits and single leaf patterns so it’s definitely worth stopping by if you can. The online shop shows the 20% discount on the following yarns, and for orders placed online loyalty scheme members will receive their free yarn(s) via a Paypal refund after the order has been processed:

    Debbie Bliss Juliet
    Louisa Harding Noema
    Katia Air Lux
    Mirasol Hachito
    Noro Silk Garden 4ply
    Araucania Botany Lace
    Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK
    Rico Essentials Cotton DK
    Noro Janome
    Araucania Laguna
    Sublime Natural Aran
    Louisa Harding Susurro
    Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky
    Rico Filz Fluo
    Katia City

    *Hint – signing up to the scheme takes just 2 minutes, and you can avail of the discount straight away.

    SALE prices available only while stocks last, and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

    AND WE HAVE A WINNER!

    The lucky winner of our Cumulus Giveaway is Philip McCluskey. Congratulations Philip and we hope 2015 continues to be lucky for you! Thank you to everyone who entered. Watch this space for more competitions and giveaways coming soon…

    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!

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