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With the New Year just cast on, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of what 2013 brought us – and didn’t it do well?

Early in the year, we blogged about Veera Välimäki’s Color Affection shawl, and someone suggested a Knit-Along, and from then on, it was one glorious striped shawl after another! There was so much fun to be had in choosing colours and exchanging tips, and while the image above captures the range of gorgeousness well, it’s not even the full tally. The real total is probably more than one hundred, because we lost count around seventy five with, happily, no end in sight! It was our biggest Knit-Along so far, and who knows what will follow it in 2014?

Apart from being wonderfully talented and inspiring designers, what did Ysolda Teague, Aoibhe Ní, Carol Feller, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Gudrun Johnston and Woolly Wormhead have in common this past year? They all led workshops at This Is Knit, and the result was delighted crocheters and knitters with new skills and finished objects. There’s nothing quite like the happy buzz from the teaching area upstairs when there’s a workshop in progress, and it’s something we’re looking forward to hearing more of!

Aoibhe Ní and Carol Feller were guests of ours right here on the blog, too when they wrote guest posts for us. Aoibhe’s was a fascinating insight into how her flourishing design career has developed, and Carol’s was a field report on her visit to TNNA, the US trade fair for yarn stores (and it’s as exciting as you’d imagine).

And in August, a little earlier than previous years, we had the Yarn Tasting. What a night, with both Louisa Harding and Debbie Bliss there to present their new designs and yarn. So many samples to try out, so many garments to try on, so many friends old and new – it’s the best night of the year, and we can’t wait for the next one!

Very very special thanks to Louisa and Debbie! Over the years they’ve become valued friends of This Is Knit’s. We’d like to wish them both a very happy new year, and hope that it brings them back to see us again.

Over the year, we’ve seen so many beautiful finished objects, too. Babies were characteristically well provided for – there was Jenny O’s wonderful colourful blanket, for example (and the same post featured a beautiful blanket of Lisa’s too)…

…and we can’t resist showing you the Candy Floss booties again, because they’re probably the year’s most cooed-over sample in the shop.

There was also a very special This Is Knit wedding this year, so once again, our very best wishes to Nadia and John.

As the year drew to a close, we had the excitement of the Irish Yarn Club 2014, which led us neatly into thoughts of this new year and what it’ll bring yarnwise. There’s no doubt that there will be beautiful things to show you right through the year, and that most of them will be made by you, our talented and inventive customers. Seeing the yarn come back in through our doors, its final destiny all fulfilled, is truly the best part of running a yarn shop.

So from all of us at This Is Knit, may we wish you a very happy New Year! We can’t wait to see what it brings, can you?

On Thursday next, all of us at the Powerscourt Centre are having a very special evening in aid of the Simon Community, and we’d love if you could make it.

There’ll be music and mulled wine and a light show against the front of the building on South William Street, all in aid of a very good cause.

As our part of the festivities, This Is Knit are offering a 10% discount from 6.00pm, and we’re giving a further 10% of the evening’s takings to Simon. So please drop in – we’d love to see you all!

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!

Discount Offer

If you are planning a trip to a certain Show this weekend, then we’d like to invite you to pay us a visit too :)

We are offering a juicy 15% off in-store purchases of the following 15 yarn ranges* – these are bargains not to be missed!

Debbie Bliss BFL Aran
Debbie Bliss BFL DK
Debbie Bliss Milano
Debbie Bliss Winter Garden
Louisa Harding Akiko
Louisa Harding Grace
Louisa Harding Luzia
Louisa Harding Orielle
Malabrigo Arroyo
Malabrigo Rios
Malabrigo Sock
Mirasol Miski
Mirasol Paqu Pura
Mirasol Sami
Rooster Almerino


*This discount cannot be combined with any other special offer or with redemption of Loyalty Card discounts.

Join Our Club!

Irish Yarn Club 2014

We’ve been sitting on our hands for the last 6 weeks or so, as we have been very excited about the plans for this new Club. Finally we are able to share the details with you all!

The Irish Yarn Club 2014 will run from January to May 2014 and will feature three shipments of unique Irish Hand-Dyed Yarns. Each yarn will be accompanied by an exclusive accessory pattern from top designer Carol Feller, sent to each Club Member in PDF form.

The Club yarns can be shipped worldwide, and we’re really looking forward to sending quality Irish yarns to addresses both near and far. 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 here.

Of course 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!

Spinning Around

Spin In Sunday

After a summer hiatus the Dublin Spin-In is back, and it’s happening this Sunday the 22nd of September from 1pm – 3pm on the balcony/stage area in the Powerscourt Centre. This is just around the corner from the shop and the ever-lovely Pepper Pot Cafe (who do a, frankly, epic Sunday brunch menu).

Never picked up a Drop Spindle before? No problem, this is the place to start. Everyone is welcome, even if you are just curious and want to see what it’s all about! There’ll be a least one wheel spinner there too and that’s always fun to watch (and sometimes quite hypnotic too).

Gorgeous fibre, new friends and fresh coffee – sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon! Who’s with us?

Helping

Next Saturday, September 14th, we crafters get to do some good. For the third year running, HandmAid, the Dublin charity craft day, is happening in the Damer Hall on Stephen’s Green, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. You’ll find full details over on their website at this link.

This year every cent raised goes to the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People, who provide close on a thousand meals a day for men, women and children (this Irish Times article about the work they do is an informative and sobering read).

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:

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, 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…

This is how we can make a difference. Let’s!

All photos in this post are the work of Julie of halfadreamaway.com, © handmAid, and used with permission.

The Happy Couple

That’s our Nadia right there, with her handsome beau John. And while Nadia is wearing a stunning Stripe Study shawl, that’s not the purpose of sharing these pictures with you here, oh no…

This lovely couple are getting married next Monday the 2nd of September and, of course, most of the TIK family will be in attendance. It’s going to be a wonderful day and it’ll be photographed by the supremely talented and very artistic Julie of Half a Dream Away (Julie also shot these engagement pictures of Nadia and John).

For this reason the shop will close at the earlier time of 4.30pm that day. We also won’t be opening this coming Sunday the 1st of September – the official “Winter Hours” will start from Sunday the 8th when we will be back open between 1pm and 5pm.

We’re very lucky to have Nadia as part of the TIK Crew and we’re delighted that her big day is almost upon us! We hope you’ll join us is wishing the Happy Couple a fabulous day next Monday and a lifetime of happiness together.

In the trees

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!

Thursday night was Yarn Tasting night, and there’s an awful lot to report! Fascinating speakers, new yarn to try, projects to plan, friends to catch up with, new friends to make….

We started upstairs, taking over Jig’s theatre space for the evening. There was much excited rummaging through the goody bags, because there was brand new yarn to play with.

On garment rails, quietly waiting their turn, were enticing new garments in the loveliest fibres and colours….

We were so privileged this year to have two internationally renowned designers to talk to us. Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding are old friends of This Is Knit, so it was marvellous to welcome them to the same stage, and to get their first-hand discussion of the beautiful things they’ve got in store for us this year.

Debbie spoke first and gave us a wonderful insight into her entire design process, from initial inspiration (Dior’s New Look and Downton Abbey are big influences this year) to her wisdom on fit and proportion.

As well as the delicious Blue-faced Leicester that we’ve already talked about here, there are new patterns for Luxury Silk DK and an adorable new babies’ and children’s collection for Baby Cashmerino (you should have heard the “aaaaah!” that went up when we saw the pictures). There’s even a terribly elegant dog sweater in the BFL!

And then a catwalk show broke out! The audience needed very little encouragement from Debbie to try on the sample garments and sashay up and down the aisle!

Lisa tried on the most beautiful silver grey Luxury Silk DK cardigan and found it hard to part from – she’s wearing it here reading out a winning raffle number (there were prizes right through the evening):

Then it was time for Louisa to show us the gorgeous things she has for us this season, and it was such a treat. There were gasps of delight on hearing that the dear departed Thistle aranweight is now replaced by Akiko and that there’s a new addition to the Grace range, Grace Harmony. This simple and elegant capelet is made in Grace, and it’s such an excellent example of Louisa’s design signature:

We also got to see (and feel) Luzia, which knits up into a fur fabric! This simple little jacket showcases it perfectly, though a little fur scarf will brighten up your winter coat no end too!

And then the festivities moved downstairs, where all the sample garments were available on the balcony for trying on, while our dear neighbours at the Pepper Pot lent their tables for sitting and chatting and trying out the new goodies. The shop was looking particularly lovely too:

Debbie and Louisa, thank you so much for coming! It was a delight, and we can’t wait till you come back!

And of course, thank you to all of our lovely Yarn Tasting guests – meeting you is the best part of the event every year, and this time was no exception.

So much to report, and so much to plan! The evening added significantly to our queues – how about you? We’d love to hear what projects you’re lining up for the new season, so why not leave a comment below and tell us!

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