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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.

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    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”?

    Love

    We know for some of you the 14th of Feb is a key date in your calendar, and for others it’s a “Hallmark Holiday” to be ignored. But… if you indulge your hidden romantic for a moment to join our fun “Valentine Verse” competition then you could WIN a skein of delicious “Pembroke Silk” from Townhouse Yarns.

    Pembroke

    So, impossible as it is to imagine, there are some people in our lives that we love more than our craft, and we’re asking you to complete the phrase “I love you much more than…” along a knitting or crochet theme.

    For example:

    I love you much more than Pure Cashmere Scarves,
    made of hand-dyed yarns from far away shores.

    or how about:

    I love you much more than my Colour Affection,
    perhaps you might buy me the yarn for my next one?

    or even:

    I love you much more than my whole yarn stash,
    And, really, you know how much I love that!

    Simply post your entry (or entries) in the comments below, and we will select a lucky winner on Valentines Day!

    A gift for you!

    We’ve got a little something for you! From now on, all of our Ravelry download patterns will be free!

    So delicious mittens like the Blueberry Mittens above are yours for the making. And what could be sweeter for a new baby than a pair of Candy Floss Bootees.

    Our most popular patterns are there, like the Cuddles and Cables Baby Blanket, a soft welcome for a wee one…

    …and the Winterberry Shrug, an elegant addition to any outfit…

    …and the Glenties Cowl, fast and fascinating to knit and a perfect last-minute gift pattern!

    If you’re braving the city centre crowds, we’re open as usual until 5.45pm on Tuesday December 23rd, and then we’re closed until Friday January 2nd, when our doors will open at 12.00 noon. The online shop will be open right through the holiday season, and we’ll process your orders as soon as we can in the New Year.

    So from all of us to all of you, have the best time ever over the next couple of weeks! See you in 2015!

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