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If we had our way, there’d be pompoms on pretty much everything! There’s two of them, adding extra dotiness to our Candy Floss Baby Booties (ahhhh!)

We put a jaunty one on our Thistle hat, of course. Pompoms like this are great for using up the remainder of a ball of wool, too, and they even have a practical purpose: if it’s snowing, the bobbing around of the pompom stops snow settling on top of your head!

Pompoms are terrifically easy to make. You can use circles cut out of cardboard (Vogue Knitting has a great photo tutorial at this link). An even easier, and more robust, option is a pompom maker like our Clover ones – you can see how they work on Clover’s video here.

Looking for a quick way to make teenytiny pompoms like the Candy Floss ones? Well, the incredibly clever Eskimimi’s got this covered over on her blog: hint! there’s cutlery involved!

But pompoms don’t have to be made out of yarn, either. Jen’s Epistropheid – the very one we featured in Tuesday’s colourwork post – just wouldn’t be the same without its great big funfur pompom! We have these in stock in red and white at the moment, but there’s a big delivery due in the next couple of days with lots and lots more!

Finally, if you find yourself needing to make a lot of pompoms in a hurry, here’s a video we found just for you! Garlands of pompons filling the house? Why not?

We’d love to hear what you’re putting pompoms on – let us know in the comments below!

It’s early days, but 2015 is looking like a Big Year for colourwork! It all started with Kate Davies’ adorable Epistropheid. There’s been a wee outbreak of them among our customers, and we’re jumping on that bandwagon with glee! Stranded colourwork is easy, fun to work and, best of all right now, so warm!

Epistropheid is very fast to work, and it’s such a good introduction to stranded colourwork. It’s designed for DK, and some of our first-time colourworkers have had it started and finished within thirty six hours!

Another splendid choice for your first stranded colourwork is the Easy Ombre Slouch, which was one of our most popular gift kits over Christmas.

There’s plenty of resources online to help you with stranded colourwork too, and a very good place to start is Stranded, the stranded colourwork group on Ravelry.

If you’re looking for a group to embark on colourwork with, then we hear that the Brooks Hotel knitting group is starting a colourwork Knit-Along this coming Thursday. You can work any colourwork pattern you like, but several people are starting the amazing Sanquhar Cowl. There’s details here.

And if you fancy learning colourwork in one of our classes, the next one is coming up on the 28th of February, and you can nab your place at this link.

This beautiful cardigan is one of the most admired garments in the shop, so we thought we’d share it with you all. It’s called Laar and it’s a design by the incredibly talented Gudrun Johnston.

Jacqui knitted it in Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace: gorgeous saturated colours, excellent yardage. She made the fourth size from less an a single skein, and found it generously sized (in fact, she says she’s thinking of making another and going down a size).

Laar is knittd from the bottom up, starting with a sweet little picot cast on. The body is worked in one piece and the sleeves are picked up and worked downwards, so there’s no sewing up to do at all. The lace on the bodice is a very simple repeat, though it looks much more intricate.

This is a project to take your time over and enjoy, so it would be perfect for holiday knitting (in front of the fire with a mince pie or two would be ideal). If you’re looking for fast gift knitting, though, we’ve got the very thing. Laar is accessorized above with Louisa Harding’s Vera, the simplest fur collar possible.

This little gem takes just one ball of Luzia, and you can make it in an evening. You’ll find the pattern, along with fifteen others, in the Luzia pattern book. As an emergency party accessory, or as a last minute gift, it’s perfect! And just look at those fun colours!

Finally, have you entered our Bake Knit Sew competition? We’re taking entries until midnight tonight! Just leave a comment over on that post, telling us what you’d like to knit and to bake from the book, and you’re in! The lucky winner will be announced on Friday, so stay tuned!

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!

It always seems more like the holiday season when the This Is Knit gift kits start appearing, and we’ve just reached that point. In useful and pretty packaging, we’re offering a terrific range this year: yarn and patterns specially chosen to complement each other, giving hours of crafty fun and a gorgeous finished object to boot. There’s something for everyone: for children and adults, knitters and crocheters, beginners and experts alike!

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some of our kits, and we’re starting with Eimear Earley’s Dapple Cowl. The package contains Eimear’s tempting pattern and a skein of Juniper Moon Farm’s Herriot DK weight.

We blogged about this yarn here when it came into stock, and the Dapple Cowl was written specially for it.

Together, the entire kit weighs in at less than 150g, which is excellent news if you’re posting your presents. So in the New Year, someone somewhere will be able to snuggle up in the warmest alpaca, whatever the weather brings.

And finally, if you fancy winning some Juniper Moon yarn, a mere mouse click will enter you into our twitter competition. Follow and retweet, and an entire gorgeous kilometre of yarn might be yours!

It’s present season!

Yesterday evening, the Christmas lights got turned on in the Powerscourt Centre, and it’s looking so pretty. That means, of course, that it’s time to think about presents. As you’d expect, we’ve got lots of gift ideas to share with you.

If you’re looking for a truly knock-out gift for a knitter or crocheter, then a membership of our 2015 Irish Yarn Club is the perfect thing. It’s a gift that goes on giving well into the New Year – each month for three months, an exciting parcel will arrive, bringing exclusive hand-dyed yarn, each with a new Carol Feller pattern. Pattern support and tutorials will be provided, all as part of the package!

We’re so lucky to have such talented hand-dyers in this country: the picture above shows the work of Townhouse Yarns, the Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres, our collaborators in the Club. We can’t wait to see their Club colourways!

If you’re shopping for a gift to send to Ireland or overseas, then we’ll organise all the wrapping and posting, though there’s also a store pick-up option. You can find out lots more by clicking here. The last day for orders is December 21st, and places are limited, so don’t wait too long!

There’s no gift like the gift of anticipation, is there?

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!

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!

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