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Last year, our Marin kit was one of your favourites, so we’re delighted to offer it again this year. Ysolda’s clever design is a joy to work: interesting enough to keep the knitter engaged, but straightforward enough to let you relax.

The result is simply lovely and unfussy, and the yarn really shines through. Once more, we’re offering the kit in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply. It’s delicious to work with and comes in gorgeous saturated colours.

And we’ve got Marin all wrapped up with a bow for you, in a sweet little kit containing the yarn and the pattern. It’s the most elegant gift a knitter could receive!

Named for James Herriot, much-loved author and country vet, here’s our new Juniper Moon DK. When we showed it at the Yarn Dating, there was a lot of excitement about this delicious 100% alpaca, with incredible softness and the loveliest gentle colour palette.

It’s finally in stock, and we love it. And we’ve got the perfect pattern for it too: Eimear Earley’s Dapple Cowl.

Designed specially for Herriot and both simple and elegant, it’s got just enough detail to keep you interested and just enough soothing stocking stitch to ensure a relaxing knit. Needing just one skein, it’s a perfect gift knit, too.

So whether your project’s great or small, Herriot’s here.

One of the undisputed stars of our Yarn Dating evening back in September was our new lace offering, Juniper Moon Findley. It’s a beautiful blend, 50% silk and 50% merino, and as you can see, the colours are breathtaking.

The delivery has been avidly anticipated, but now it’s arrived. As our sample garment, Jacqui’s whipped up the sweetest little lace top: Bonny, by TinCanKnits.

Worked in the round, with just a touch of lace detail, this is a fast and easy knit. With Findley’s generous meterage, it’s economical too: a 700m ball (enough to make Jacqui’s Bonny) only costs €16.95!

With all this lovely laceweight in jewel colours, it’s going to be a very bright winter indeed!

Our friend Louisa Harding’s done it again! Just in for the new season, we’ve got her gorgeous new Esquel in stock. It’s a delicious blend of merino, silk and llama, and it comes in a fantastic range of elegant jewel colours.

We’ve currently got the Acacia jumper on display in the shop – that’s it in the image up above. Just look at that heart and rope cable: easy to work and so effective.

Louisa's patterns are always stunning too, and the Esquel pattern book is no exception, with Acacia and thirteen other brand new patterns.

And since it’s Aran weight, Esquel is perfect for accessories this winter – fast to work up, colourful and as warm as toast. It’s almost enough to make us wish for cooler weather….

On show!

We’ve got the most gorgeous collection of knits on show in the shop at the moment: Carol Feller’s Trunk Show is on display upstairs!

There’s garments and accessories galore, and we’ve chosen a few favourites to showcase today. First of all, pictured above is the delicious Bakersville, a hooded cardigan designed for Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply. The merino/silk yarn makes it a real treat to work and to wear and the elegant styling makes it a garment you’ll reach for over and over again – and it’s even got a practical side with cunning hidden pockets!

Next up is Dacite, the sort of jacket you snuggle into on chilly days and never want to take off. In the simplest and most effective of stitch patterns and with a smart i-cord edging, it’s fast to make in Soft Donegal. Fastened with just two buttons, it’s versatile and understated.

And here’s a real Carol Feller classic: Killorglin, the garment from the cover of Contemporary Irish Knits. Just look at that lovely cabled back (all the body shaping in Killorglin is achieved by the cables)!

What’s more, all three of these gorgeous garments are knitted from the top down, with no seaming! So when you’re done with the knitting, they’re ready to go!

All of these, and lots more, are available for you to inspect and try on right now. Why not drop by and pay them a visit?

And talking of visiting us, there’s still a few places left for our Yarn Dating next week! It’s going to be enormous fun, and you can nab a place at this booking link. We’re getting ever so excited!

Blackrock

Isn’t this a gorgeous little slipover? It’s a brand new pattern called Blackrock from Yvonne McSwiney, who also hand-dyes that glorious Dublin Dye Company yarn, and it’s perfect for any smart little person from six months to six years.

Blackrock is worked in fingering weight and the amount needed starts at just 300 metres for the littlest size. The pattern knits up so easily: worked in the round with no seaming at all, in simple stocking stitch with that lovely cable to keep you interested. You can purchase the pattern from Ravelry, either online or in the shop, and it comes free when you purchase Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock or Swing Sock to make it!

You might have noticed Yvonne’s Stepaside sock pattern making waves on Ravelry a couple of weeks back. We have such enormous talent round these parts, you know – there’s so many excellent Irish designers working at the moment. There’s a Ravelry thread about them in the Irish Knitters forum right here.

Doesn’t the idea of a small person heading off on the first day of school wearing Blackrock just melt your heart? It melts ours!

Meet Korrigan, a sweet cardigan which Lisa recently made as a gift for a brand new little girl. It ticks so many of our favourite boxes: one skein of luscious handdyed sock yarn? Lisa used Hedgehog Fibres Sock in the exclusive Irish Yarn Club January colourway. Top down for no-fuss seam-free construction? Naturally! A simple cable used to lovely effect? Of course!

We’ve talked about this cable before. Back in February, we showed you Jacqui’s Quadrature for Korrigan, a pattern by the same designer, Solenn Couix-Loarer, which uses exactly that cable, mixed with the simplest garter stitch and stocking stitch. What clever, versatile design work!

To underline the point, Maria recently finished a Quadrature for Korrigan of her own, in Soft Donegal, and it’s huge! The weather’s warm right now, but come cooler days and this wrap will be perfect to snuggle up in.

You might very well suspect that we’re not done with these designs, and you’ll probably be proved right. There’s a matching hat, you see, in sizes from newborn to adult and in three weights of yarn, and we love a cabled hat round these parts!

We’re big fans of simple baby garments, the ones that you can make as your first project, and then make over and over again! Here’s one that fits the bill: it’s Debbie Bliss’s Shawl-collared Baby Jacket from her Baby Knits for Beginners, and we love it.

Debbie’s book is terrific. It’s one of the best books for beginners out there, taking you from casting on through garter stitch and stocking stitch to shaping with short rows, all with clear explanation and diagrams and the dotiest collection imaginable of little knits. There’s scarves and hats and blankets and jumpers and the sweetest wee dress.

For our little jacket, we used Rico Soft Merino Aran, soft for baby skin and machine-washable to boot – and it comes in a gorgeous colour range.

The jacket comes in three sizes to fit from six months to two years, and the largest takes just four balls of the yarn, so it’s an economical little garment too.

But best of all, babies and knitted things just go together so well!

Jacqui came back from holiday last week, with a stunning new FO to show for the extra knitting time. It’s on display in the shop, and we thought you might like a look.

It’s Gudrun Johnston’s Halligarth, from Wool People 7, and available to download from Ravelry. We’re enormous fans of Gudrun’s – she gave us a fantastic workshop last year, and we’ve knitted many of her patterns (Aestlight and Flukra, just to name two).

Halligarth is knitted entirely in one piece, beginning with a single stitch at the apex of the triangle. This grows into the most beautiful leaf pattern, so it’s named for a woodland on Unst, the largest of the Shetland islands. When the body’s completed, you work the knitted-on border, and finally there’s a garter stitch band along the top edge.

As for the yarn, Jacqui chose Mirasol Sulka Legato, which comes in a range of lovely muted colours. There’s two sizes, and Jacqui knitted the large. It came out deliciously huge – she says that next time, she’ll knit the medium (she’s definitely making another). The large just squeaked into a fourth skein of the yarn, so three would be plenty for the medium.

You can read a Wool People interview with Gudrun Johnston about Halligarth at this link. What’s more, if you’re thinking about joining in our HapKAL, her Hansel is one of the nicest hap patterns around – Lisa’s lovely blue and cream FO can attest to that!

Next up in our continuing series of staff posts, Maria tells us about a gorgeous jumper, the power of persuasion and the joy of knitting garments that fit!

When it comes to knitting, I have a tendency to go for shawl patterns involving a single skein of sock yarn and a very loose interpretation of gauge. This approach has generally yielded more pretty neck pieces than I can reasonably expect to get around to wearing. But hey, they’re fun to knit, and that’s the point! Right?

Okay, confession time… years ago, after a few disastrous attempts to construct a garment that actually fit (tension square? what tension square?), I gave up. I decided handknit sweaters were not in my repertoire. I became a knitter of shawls, (and the occasional pair of socks), and that was that. However, it turns out you’re never too old to be susceptible to peer pressure, and when Jen and I came across this pretty little pattern, we decided that we would do it. Both of us. At the same time. So I couldn’t chicken out!

The pattern is called Snowflake, from TinCanKnits, and it’s just lovely. Jen used a beautiful combination of Louisa Harding Orielle and Malabrigo Arroyo (she has a thing for the hand-dyes!), and I plumped for Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (because I already owned some. Okay, a lot. And I wanted an excuse to buy some of the purple. Cuz it’s pretty).

A top-down knit, try on as you go, pretty lace yoke for a bit of interest and detail. Using a finer yarn on slightly larger needles, it knit up surprisingly quickly! (Even more quickly when you’ve Jen in your ear constantly nagging. I mean encouraging. Yeah. Encouraging).

The end result? A finished garment. And it fits me! I am ridiculously happy with this FO! It turns out I know how to knit stuff that fits, who knew?

Of course, given the temperatures at the moment, it’ll probably be a while before either of us get to wear our sweaters in the shop! But we’re okay with the sunshine… we’re just a little better prepared for the autumn now, too.

And sure if we start to feel chilly, I think there might be a shawl or two hanging around that we could use…

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