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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….

It’s the August Bank Holiday on Monday, so This Is Knit is closed. But we’ve got a special offer to ease you towards the end of this amazing summer.

Sublime Superfine Alpaca DK is just the type of yarn you would want to snuggle up with of an evening, whether you’re knitting a simple boatneck in soothing stockinette or a stylish cushion cover with nifty cable details. The days are getting that little bit shorter, and the colder nights are not too far away (however hard that is to imagine in this glorious weather) but at least yarns like this are here to make that transition a little easier!

There are six natural shades to choose from and if you buy 7 balls you will receive the accompanying pattern book (worth €10.95!) absolutely free. This offer is valid until the 10th of August 2014 and cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer.

To redeem this offer online simply purchase the yarn in the usual way – we will include the pattern book when packing up your order.

And have a wonderful weekend!

We’re very very proud indeed to have a gorgeous new range to show you: this is Townhouse Yarns. It’s our newest hand-dyed offering, and it’s special for a couple of reasons.

First, it’s very lovely. There’s two weights available right now in the shop: Grafton, a fingering weight which is 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon (so it’s perfect for very delectable socks)…

…and Chatham, an 80/20 merino/silk laceweight in generous 1200m skeins.

The colours are vibrant and saturated (just look at that shocking pink fingering!) and the bases are so deliciously soft.

The second reason is that Townhouse Yarns is the work of our very own Jen! She’s been practising hand-dyeing for a good while, and now her creations are ready to meet the public. So if you’re passing the shop, do drop in for a look. Both weights are selling very fast, but there’s more on the way!

A month or so back, we featured a guest post from Fiona Parker and Daniel Rye, who keep us supplied with Navia Yarn. They gave us a glimpse of the sort of garments they feature, and now we’ve got sample garments and pattern books in the shop too, and oh my, they’re gorgeous!

Our display garments come from Navia Book 18, and we’ve also got Book 17 in stock. Using the amazing colour palette of Navia to the full, they’re packed full of lovely stranded colourwork pieces. They’ve got clever design details like in-the-round construction (no awkward purling while trying to follow the chart backwards!), cool touches like the neon flash on that shoulder placket, and simply effective colourwork motifs.

What’s more, these garments will stand up to a terrific amount of wear – the unique blend of Shetland, Faroese and Australian wool will ensure that.

And if you’ve never tried stranded colourwork before, then we’ll let you in on a secret: it’s not hard at all. In fact, it’s easy, and we can show you how! We have regular colourwork classes in the teaching schedule, so keep an eye on our list of classes and get yourself all skilled up!

If you’ve dropped into the shop in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably been admiring our newest range, S Twist Yarn: Irish handspun yarn in lovely natural shades. It’s a unique product and a very welcome development in Ireland, so we thought you might like to hear from Diarmuid Commins, the man behind this innovative company. So over to you, Diarmuid!

S Twist Yarn Studio, located in Dublin, is the latest, homegrown yarn company. The ideas behind S Twist wool were first conceived about three years ago and the first two years were spent developing the instruments and processes for what we believe is the only hand spinnery in Ireland.

The studio’s main product is handspun yarn from Irish fleece. The wool is sourced from local farmers from around the Golden Vale area in Tipperary. We are delighted that, this year, the lion’s share of our wool will be sourced from the Camphill Community at Grangemockler.

In fact, the Camphill community was where I was first introduced to craftwork. I first learned spinning and weaving at the Camphill in Gorey, Co. Wexford, and then continued my weaving training at the community in Stroud in Gloucestershire.

It’s been great working with This Is Knit and the rest of the craft community in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland – I really appreciate the warm welcome and I’m looking forward to much crafting and fun for all of us in the future.

Thank you, Diarmuid! We can’t wait to hear what happens next, and we hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

If you’re planning to drop into the shop over the weekend, then here’s a reminder that we’re open on Saturday as usual, closed on Sunday because we’re on summer opening hours, and closed on Monday because it’s a Bank Holiday. We’ll be open as normal on Tuesday!

New tools

In our last post, we talked about new knitting tools from Knitpro. The same Knitpro delivery brought good things for crocheters too, and here they are. This is the Wave set: superior tools, beautifully presented.

They’re designed to be especially comfortable in the hand, with soft rubber grips in size-specific colours. The hook is smooth and just the right amount of pointy. Many people find a slightly thicker handle helps to reduce fatigue, and these Waves fit the bill nicely.

At the moment we have the Waves kit in stock, with sizes 2.00, 2.50, 3.00, 3.50, 4.00, 4.50, 5.00, 5.50 and 6.00. Single hooks, which range from 2.00 to 12.00, can be ordered in specially for you, just like their tiny Karbonz DPNs cousins.

Here’s some truly space-age needles! They’re Knitpro Karbonz, and they’re made of carbon fibre, just like powerboats and space ships and racing cars.

We’ve just got them in as interchangeable tips (sizes 3.00mm to 4.00mm), fixed circulars (from 2.00mm to 2.75mm) and individual sets of DPNs (from 2.25mm to 3.00mm). They’re ever so fast to knit with, and the surface of the carbon fibre is just a smidge more grippy than the nickel-plated Knitpros. This, with those lovely pointy tips, makes them ideal kit for lace knitting.

And if you’re looking for a fantastic present for yourself or someone else, then the Sock Set would be just the thing – it’s got five sizes (2.00mm, 2.50mm, 3.00mm, 3.5mm and 4.00mm) all in a very handy and attractive wallet. (If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day gift for a knitter, then what could be better?)

Using carbon fibre material means that these needles can go very small indeed – all the way down to 1.00mm! We won’t be carrying the really teeny sizes routinely, but we’d be delighted to order them in for you specially, so get in touch if you want to try tiny knitting!

Today we’re delighted to feature a guest post by Fiona Parker and Daniel Rye, who supply us with amazing Navia yarn from the Faroe Islands. As part of the Slow Fashion movement, they’re committed to bringing traditional skills and twenty-first century styling to a wider market, and we’re very pleased to be part of that.

The Faroe Islands – a tiny archipelago in the North Atlantic – mean a lot to us. We met there, lived there, and now we import Faroese yarns. As UK and Ireland agents for Navia we are helping to spread the word about these wonderful wools and an amazing knitting tradition.

Navia (from the word Scandi-navia) was started 10 years ago by Óli Kristian á Torkilsheyggi, a young entrepreneur whose family has been in the wool business for generations, and who also finds time to tend his own flock of sheep. When we visited last summer, he helped our four-year-old daughter feed milk to a young lamb.

Navia yarn is a blend of Faroese wool with Shetland wool, and Australian lambswool. Òli Kristian is a perfectionist who is always seeking to improve the quality of his yarns, and to find new colours and blends.

The Faroe Islands have a rich heritage of knitting patterns, which Navia have taken into the 21st century by commissioning some wonderfully stylish patterns from a talented team of Faroese designers. Every 6 months or so a new pattern book is published, which we then translate into English. The photos for these patterns are taken by Òli Kristian’s sister, Beinta – it is a real family business!

We are so thrilled that This is Knit is the first shop in Ireland to stock Navia yarn and patterns, and we hope that readers of this blog will get a chance to visit the shop to see and touch these gorgeous yarns for themselves!

We’ve just got some stunningly gorgeous sample garments from Navia to display in the shop, so drop in and feel the finished product for yourself if you can. We’ll be sure to feature them in a blog post here very soon too, so there’s a treat in store for colourwork fans!

All images in this post © Navia Yarn

Spring is clearly on the way. The weather’s shown an upturn over the last few days, and we’ve got new Spring/Summer yarn and garments in the shop.

One of the loveliest this year is Louisa Harding’s brand new Noema. It’s a cotton/acrylic blend, and it’s got the prettiest long colour changes which work up into a dappled tweedy fabric.

The cardigan in the image above is called Azurine, and it’s one of the fourteen garment and accessory pattern in the Noema booklet. It’s such a Louisa Harding signature piece: pretty to wear and straightforward to knit. The largest size takes only six balls, so it’s quick as well as terribly versatile.

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