For the Hipster in Your Life

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?

On the Third Day…

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

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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?

12 Days of Christmas with TinCanKnits

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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.)

Great People and Gorgeous Knits

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The Short Row Knits Book Launch last Saturday was an event full of good will – and how could it not have been when it was so made up of so many great people and an impressive array of simply gorgeous knits?

It was a busy day at the shop, but we did manage to squeeze in some extra decor that morning, such as the impromptu bunting above that was on proud display before Carol’s arrival for the kick off at 4.30pm.

Guests

It didn’t take long for the shop to fill up then, with visitors from all corners of Ireland, including one extra special little guy who was definitely in contention with Carol for the title of star guest!

Carol

Carol was on hand for the entire evening, signing books, offering technical advice and taking us on a tour through Short Row Knits and Dovestone Hills with a quick talk and a mini fashion show.

Garments

Garments

Of course one of the best things about any event like this is the chance to fondle and try on the actual garments from the book, and there were many “oohs” and “aaahs” coming from the Mezzanine level, as projects lept up the ranks in people’s queues (and in a lot of cases were going to be cast on on the journey home!)

Brilliant Night

We’re really delighted you could all come, and that Carol chose to have the launch with us. It was such a fun evening and it was brilliant to see you all!

PS: If you couldn’t make it in on the day then we do still have limited stock of some signed copies of Short Row Knits available. They can be ordered online or set aside for collection in the shop – just comment below if you’d like one held for you.

The Irish Yarn Club 2016

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It’s Yarn Club time again!

We’re delighted to be launching the Irish Yarn Club 2016 this coming Thursday the 15th October. This will be the third year of the Club and both Carol and myself are particularly excited about some of the collaborations and innovations that will be happening this coming year. We’re immensely proud to be bringing together the very best of the hand-dyed Irish yarn scene with installments from Hedgehog Fibres, from Townhouse Yarns and from the Dublin Dye Company in partnership with Donegal Yarns.

If you’re curious about previous years, you can view some images of past yarns and find out a little more about the patterns that have accompanied them here.

By signing up to be a member of the Club you will receive three installments of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, in an exclusive colourway, in February, April and June 2016. Timed to co-ordinate with each yarn release you will also receive a digital copy of a brand new Carol Feller accessory pattern. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills under Carol’s expert guidance, provided through detailed explanations of techniques in the patterns themselves and through the Club’s discussion group on Ravelry.

So put the 15th of October in your diary and be sure to join in the fun!

Carol Feller Interview

Carol Feller

Where did the idea come from for an entire book using Short Row techniques?

I’ve always loved knitting with short rows; when I begin knitting again it was one of the first advanced techniques I learned in order to create bust darts. However I wasn’t really happy with my short rows so I started to investigate and experiment. From there I discovered how many different types of short row techniques there are out there and the variety of things you can do with them. For the next several years I began perfecting my technique and using them in almost all my patterns. This naturally led to teaching short rows in person which in turn became my very popular free short row class on Craftsy.

When I began discussing a new book with Potter Craft I knew I wanted to do a book that was a technique workshop as well as a pattern book. That way knitters will want to reference it for years to come even after they’ve finished the patterns. Short rows seemed like the perfect subject as they are probably one of the most useful knitting techniques out there! At the same time I did a second class on Craftsy (Essential Short Row Techniques) that dovetails with the book.

Short Row Knits


Your knitwear design career has taken you to some far-flung places! I know the Craftsy classes are filmed in Denver and that you really enjoy visiting there. Did you ever imagine that knitting would open up so many opportunities for you?

If you had told me several years ago that knitting was going to be a passport to travel the world I’d have either laughed at you or thought you were crazy! I’m not a very careful planner at a macro level (micro planning I do thought!) so each new development and opportunity for me happened quite organically with one flowing into the next. At the beginning of my career I wrote an article on Kerry Woollen Mills for Yarnforward magazine. This got me thinking about Irish yarn which prompted me to write my first book; ‘Contemporary Irish Knits’. After this book was launched I began attending the TNNA tradeshow in the US and this book got me my first offer of teaching from Craftsy to do the Celtic Cables class.

I want to continue to create new designs, explore new construction methods and challenge myself as a designer and teacher. In order to do this I’ve got to be fluid in my approach and be open to new possibilities.

Dovestone Hills


Speaking of new possibilities – you always seem to embrace new ways of connecting with the knitters that choose your patterns, for example via the KALs you run on Ravelry. How do you find the time to run these knit-a-longs, with all your other commitments? And what has been your most successful KAL to date?

To manage all of my commitments I do lots of juggling and very little housework, I wish I was joking but I’m not :-) The reality is that there is no way to extend the hours in the day so something will always give. I do the bare minimum of housework so that it still functions, but that’s it. I try to finish every evening with a list of important tasks for the next day and do my best to get at least a few done in the morning.

Work goes in waves, when I’m feeling rested and family demands are low I can power thorough blog posts, patterns and edits without a bother. Other weeks they could take the whole week instead of a day. I try hard to accept that we’re not machines and you can’t work consistently all the time.

Every morning my priority is always knitters; I start by answering all email queries, Ravelry questions (forums and messages) and then visit Craftsy. If I get to them again later that’s great but on a busy day it won’t always happen!

Interaction with knitters is what keeps me energised and focused. Without knitters my patterns would just stay on paper. This is why KALs (knitalongs) have become such a big part of my work. I get to spend a lot of time focusing on one pattern; writing tips, tutorials and clues. Then the fun starts, knitters are swatching, picking sizes, figuring out mods and having a great time together.

I love how much knitters get out of KALs; along the way we’ve had a lot of first time sweater knitters who finished them off and loved them :-) The first KAL I did was for my 100th pattern, Ravi, that’s probably still the most popular of my KALs. This year I wanted to experiment a little and I’m trying something new, a KAL that is run in conjunction with LYSs and the yarn company Fyberspates; Mithral Every year knitters were trying to meet up in person, arranging it on Ravelry. It made sense to me to try and bring in a LYS partnership so that knitters could meet in person as well as online. Mitheral’s first clue is out 1st of October and so far knitters seem to love having LYSs involved, it just feels like extending the knitting family!

Short Row Knits

So now that Short Row Knits is published, what’s next for Carol Feller?

In the next few months my initial priority is promoting my 2 new books; Dovestone Hills and Short Row Knits. This involves a lot of writing work for blog posts as well as travel to shows and of course the wonderful book launch with you on the 17th of October! At the same time in the background plans are afoot for the Irish Yarn Club 2016. For the last 2 year I’ve done an Irish Yarn Club with TIK and this year we’re planning and scheming for some very exciting new developments. I think knitters are going to just love some of the yarn/colour choices that we’re putting together for the 2016 club and hopefully they’ll like the patterns that go with the amazing yarn :-)

Celebrate with Carol Feller!

Carol is one of This Is Knit’s very favourite people, so we’re fierce thrilled to be hosting the launch of her new book. It’s entirely devoted to patterns shaped with short rows – you can see the Ravelry previews here.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve fallen in love with a lot of Carol’s short row shaping – Rossbeg and Ravi are big favourites round here, and right now her new Mithral Knit-Along is proving awfully popular. So an entire book of her short row magic? Oh, yes please!

At the launch, Carol will be talking to us about the designs and signing your books. There’ll be garment samples on hand for trying on, and we’ll have wine and nibbles to toast the book with. We’ve got a booking page right here for the launch, so grab your place! The event’s completely free – the booking is just to give us an idea of numbers. It’ll be great fun, and we’d love you to be there!

Date night!

What do you get if you put forty knitters and crocheters in a yarn shop, show them the gorgeous new stock that’s filling the shelves and let them play with it? Why, you get Yarn Dating! Let us tell you about Friday night!

It was such fun! For the first time, we hosted the whole event in the shop (well, and a bit of it outside, thanks to our neighbours at the Pepper Pot). So at half past seven, there was an impatient queue of people outside, eagerly looking through their information sheets and waiting for the doors to open…

What better time to get a second opinion on a swatch of stunning beaded lace? (The consensus was yes, the larger beads work better!)

Inside, the swatching stations were all set up, with samples – knitted or crocheted – of new yarn. No casting on required – all you had to do was pick up and stitch!

But this was speed-dating, so everyone got to meet all the hopefuls, moving from one numbered station to another….

And then we were off! Swatches to examine, and pattern books to plan with, and stitching to try…

Each date passed by in the twinkling of an eye, and before you knew it, the bell rang to move you on to your next assignation. The bell?

Yes, a proper school bell, wielded by Lisa from her post on the mezzanine!

There were sample garments to try on, with pride of place given to Carol Feller’s Mithral (have you read about Carol’s September knit-a-long?) There’s going to be a lot of these this winter, if Friday night is anything to go by – the picture at the very top is Fyberspates Cumulus for a Mithral, gleefully gathered up.

And if you needed help deciding which colour to choose, what better place to ask?

There were spot prizes too, and one very sneaky competition: Guess the Mystery Swatch!

Behind the curtain hung three swatches, so you could feel but not see them. By guessing what yarn they were made from, one lucky person won a fantastic bundle of goodies (congratulations, Maria!) It was harder than it looked, and only four people guessed all three correctly. José the Alpaca insisted on standing guard to prevent peeking, though we told him our customers were far too honourable for that sort of behaviour.

And there were old flames to meet too, like this delicious pile of Dublin Dye Company sockweight!

We hope you enjoyed Yarn Dating 2015 as much as we did, and we honestly can’t wait to see what you’ll make this autumn and winter. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a creative and fun-loving community, so thank you all!

Join the Mithral KAL with Carol Feller

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It’s no secret that we love Carol Feller’s designs. They are clever, stylish, fun to knit and fabulous to wear! Carol has run many wonderful Knit-a-longs over the last few years via her Ravelry group and this autumn she’s embarking on her biggest KAL yet.

It’s for the truly stunning Mithral sweater, and we can’t wait to get started! Even better, we have the garment itself on display in the shop, so don’t be shy – pop in and try it on :)


The Knitty Gritty
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  • We’re offering a 10% discount on the yarn for this project (Fyberspates Cumulus), with every KAL sign up.
  • Yarn Dating guests can sign up on the evening of the event and receive a 15% discount.
  • Members of the KAL will receive a *free* hat pattern from Carol from the 1st September. This pattern uses the same stitch pattern as “Mithral”, which makes it the perfect swatching project.
  • Yarn usage: The design calls for between 6 and 10 balls of Cumulus, depending on size and whether you decide to knit a cowl neck or not.

  • KAL Schedule:

    · 1st September KAL: sign ups begin and swatching can start!

    · 1st October: first KAL clue release.

    · 15th October: clue 2.

    · 5th November: clue 3.

    · 19th November: clue 4.

    · 4th December: Raffle drawing on Ravelry open to everyone who posts a photo of their completed Mithral.

    If you fancy joining in the fun then please post a comment below or get in touch with the shop directly. We’ll be collecting email addresses over the next few weeks and getting in touch with everyone little closer to the KAL launch date.


    A little post update following on from some questions in the comments:

    You can sign up with us at any time from now on, but you won’t receive the “pre-sale” PDF until the 1st of September. This pdf will contain the free hat pattern and information on sizing, materials needed and tension etc for the sweater.

    The yarn discount becomes available as soon as you sign up for the KAL.

    The pattern is purchased through us at a cost of €6.95. We will then provide you with a download code for Ravelry, and once you use the code you will automatically receive the KAL clues as they are released from Carol.

    All shades of Cumulus should be available in the shop in approximately 10 days time.

    Carol says of the pattern:

    “This sweater is knit from the top down with set-in short row sleeves, the gentle a-line body uses a simple lace flowing from below the empire waist which flatters most body shapes. The sweater comes with several different neckline options. Pictured is the cowl neck option but instructions will also be given for a rounded or a scooped neckline.”