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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 :-)

It’s that time of year again: the Irish Times has opened this year’s nominations for its amazing Ireland’s Best Shop awards. All over the country, people are proposing their favourite places, and the list already makes quite some reading!

This Is Knit has been nominated before by you, our wonderful customers, but this year we’re prouder than ever: we’re in two categories! For the first time, we’ve been proposed as Ireland’s Best Online Shop – by a lovely customer in the US. You can read what she said about us over on this page! We’re simply thrilled.

So if you’d like to nominate us, we’d be ever so proud!

It’s a glorious summer’s day in Dublin, so what better than to announce the winner of our Chicane Knit-Along! As you can see, Lisa’s already rocking hers!

Before we do, though, we want to thank Jimenez Joseph, the very clever designer of Chicane, both for the pattern and for her amazing input in the KAL thread on Ravelry (she’s JimiKnits there). Jimi, you made this a very special KAL indeed!

The lucky winner gets two prizes – first of all, a free pattern from JimiKnits, and second, ten balls of gorgeous Juniper Moon Findley DK!

Now..drumroll, please! Congratulations to ludivine77! To claim your prizes, just get in touch with us and with JimiKnits!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the KAL, and here’s to wearing your gorgeous Chicanes all summer long!

Photobooth Winner

We had a huge amount of fun on WWKIP Day last week – thanks to everyone who came along and got in the spirit of things!

Of course we had a big prize on offer for the best pose in our Photobooth and it’s time to announce that the lovely Holly was our winner. She was one of the last people to be photographed and I hastily shared the image on Twitter and Facebook, accidentally upside down. Lucky for me that the mistake enhanced the pose!

Congratulations Holly. Everyone else: stay tuned for more antics and competitions. Don’t forget you can still enter the draw to win a set of sampler skeins of the new S Twist yarn. Best of luck!

We just found out some terrific news: we’ve been nominated again as Ireland’s best local independent yarn store by Let’s Knit Magazine!

And it’s voting time! You’ll find all the details at this link – you’re in with a chance of winning amazing first, second and third prizes when you vote, too. We were very proud to be awarded this title last year in the British Knitting Awards by the votes of you, our wonderful customers.

There’s lots more to vote on, too. Here’s a chance to celebrate your favourite baby yarn, or your favourite blog, or most inspiring book, just to name three of the other categories. There’s even a new category: Best Yarn Shop Day Experience! You can read about ours right here!

Looking through the list of nominees is impressive – there’s such talent and dedication out there, and we’re honoured to be considered in such company! Good luck to everyone!

Tomorrow is Yarn Shop Day in the store, with goodie bags and special offers and all sorts of gleeful goings on all day!

But if you can’t make it in to visit us in person, we still have something special for you in the online shop. How about free shipping to any address in Ireland all this Bank Holiday weekend? Just enter the code TIKYSD15 when you’re placing your order, and then keep an eye out for the postie!

Here’s a screen shot of what to click. When you’ve selected your Shopping Cart, just click the “Use Coupon Code” button, enter the code and carry on with your order.

Then carry right on to the end of the ordering process and you’ll see the cost of the postage being discounted at the end!

Since it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, we’ll be open on Saturday and then closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. It’s the summer, you see, so we’re closed on Sundays from now until September (more knitting time – hurray! Less time with our lovely customers – boo!)

It’s Yarn Shop Day on Saturday May 2nd! So we’ll be kicking up our heels with giveaways, competitions, discounts and goodies all day in the shop!

We’ve got so much planned for the day…

  • There’ll be a Goody Bag for each of the first ten people through the door on that Saturday morning (we open at 10.30am)!
  • Everyone who spends over €10 on the day will be entered in a draw for a place at one of Emily Wessel’s upcoming workshops here at This Is Knit (find out more here and here).
  • You can challenge our crochet and knitting experts between 2.00pm and 4.00pm! Bring your knotty knitting problems and your crochet conundrums for *FREE* advice and assistance (on a first come, first served basis). Your project’s return from the naughty step starts here!
  • We’ll be offering discounts on some products and free gifts with others! (Which ones? Ah, you’ll have to wait to find out!)
  • We’ll be offering sweet treats right through the day too!

It’ll be huge fun, so do drop in and see what’s going on, from 10.30am right up to 5.30pm!

Chicane KAL

We’ve had some bright, fresh days of late and the stretch in evening is bringing thoughts of sweeping away cobwebs and starting new things! So we figured it’s time for a new Knit-a-Long, and that we should go all out and aim for a light and breezy summer garment in anticipation of the long lazy days of summer to come… We can dream anyway, right?

We went on the hunt for the perfect summer pattern, something lightweight and stylish, fun to knit and versatile to wear – and we think “Chicane” fits the bill. Knit in Juniper Moon Zooey, a perfect blend of cotton and linen, Chicane will take you from the beach to the park, from casual coffee to nights out with friends. Choose bold shades or go nautical, make a statement or remain coolly neutral… there’s something here for everyone.

How the KAL works:

  • You will receive 10% off the yarn with the code SKAL15 until start date of 10 April.
  • Specific techniques will be covered by tutorials on this blog, potential modifcations will be discussed and general support (both technical and moral!) will be offered all along the way.
  • We will be scheduling knitting assistance sessions at the shop for any specific technique challenges that come up and we’re always happy to lend a hand during quieter times in store.
  • Virtually round-the-clock help will be on hand via the dedicated thread in our TIK Ravelry group.
  • Everyone who has finished their garment by Sunday 7th of June will be entered in to a prize draw to win another project’s worth of yarn!
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    Would you like join us? Or do you have any questions? Post a comment below or over on Ravelry and we’ll get back to you asap.


    Materials Required

    Note: The same quantity of yarn is specified in the pattern for all sizes. If you don’t use all 4 balls then we will be happy to exchange or refund the extra yarn.

    For one solid colour

    4 x Juniper Moon Zooey (10% off with the discount code SKAL15)

    For contrast edged version

    4 x Juniper Moon Zooey in Main Colour and 1 x Juniper Moon Zooey in Contrast Colour

    Needles and Notions

    4.5mm 80cm Circular Needle
    4mm 80cm Circular Needle
    Stitch Markers
    Waste Yarn
    Measuring Tape
    Tapestry Needle

    Ok, we can’t keep this all to ourselves any longer. We’ve got exciting news, and we can’t wait to tell you! Tin Can Knits is coming to This Is Knit, to give not one, but two workshops!

    We’ve featured a lot of her designs here, because they’re simply some of the best patterns we know. There’s the Snowflake jumper above (Maria and Jen made one each), and there’s Bonny, which Jacqui whipped up in no time.

    And back at Christmas, one of our bestselling kits was the Gothic Cowl:

    Thing is, we’re not sure of the date yet, but it’s looking like a weekend date in June, and there’ll be two half day workshops, on different topics. And the best way to find out all the details as soon as we do? Follow us on twitter, where we’re @ThisIsKnit, and keep an eye on this blog. Places will be limited and first-come-first-served, and our booking page will be the place to nab your reservation!

    We’re heading into St Patrick’s Weekend, so we’d like to wish you all, at home and abroad, a terrific time. We’ll be closed on Tuesday March 17th itself, but open as usual right through the weekend!

    We’re amazed at the response to our Valentine’s Competition – reading your entries makes us smile so much.

    So here’s a suggestion to enter if you haven’t done so yet, and a reminder that you can enter as often as you like. The prize is a skein of stunning Townhouse Pembroke Silk, which is the yarn in the Heaven Scent shawl up above. We’ll pick a winner on February 14th, so there’s three more days to go!

    Now, who’s got a rhyme for “Pembroke”?

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