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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!

Our favourite night of the year will be happening again on Friday August 29th. Believe it or not, this is the sixth year that we’ve asked you to join us for an evening of yarn sampling, so we’ve decided to shake things up a little. This time, instead of Yarn Tasting, we’re going Yarn Dating!

Gone are the tiny sample balls but they’re being replaced by a fun new format that will ensure you are introduced to all your potential yarn suitors, while enjoying a bit more chat and possibly even a small dose of mayhem!

Refreshments, raffle prizes and excellent special offers will still be part of the night, so click here to reserve a place to join us and find the yarn of your dreams….

We’re up for an award! Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines are asking their readers to vote on the British Knitting Awards 2014, and a couple of days ago we heard that we’ve been nominated in the Best Local Independent Yarn Store (Ireland) category!

As the only store in the Republic Of Ireland to have been nominated, we’re thrilled! And since all the nominations come from readers of Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting, we’re very grateful to our customers for putting our name forward.

You can read more about the awards at this link (including your chance to win £500 worth of knitting delights from the winning companies). There’s categories like Best Designer, Best Sock Yarn and Best Knitting Blog too, so you can show your appreciation for yarnies right across the board, and make your own suggestions too. Clicking on the Vote For Us! button below will take you straight to the voting site.

Online voting for the Awards opens on 4th July and you’ll also find forms in the August issue of Let’s Knit and Issue 63 of Let’s Get Crafting – Knitting & Crochet magazines. Voting closes on 14th September and the results will be published online and in the November issue of Let’s Knit (it’ll be in the shops at the end of October).

And can we wish all our fellow nominees the very best of luck? It’s an honour to be included in such company!

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!

It’s hard to believe, but this coming weekend, This Is Knit is eight years old!

So we’ve got a birthday present for you! This Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 29th, 30th and 31st), if you buy eight balls of yarn, you’ll get a ninth for free!

This offer applies right across all our current stock.* You can get different colours, different yarns, different qualities, and even the discounted stock in our sale basket qualifies. So whether you’re looking for that ninth ball for a summer cardigan or a ninth skein of luxury Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn, it’s on us!

Of course, this offer’s also available for online purchases, so the discount will be given back to you as a refund when you buy through the website.

And thank you, our lovely customers, for the past eight years. You’re the best present ever!

Was it really only eight years ago?

* The lowest-priced ball will attract the discount.

It gives us terrific pleasure to introduce Oisín, the youngest member of the This Is Knit family. He was born nearly eight weeks ago, and he’s the dotiest wee person imaginable. And up above he’s posing in the Owlie sleepsack knitted for him by his Auntie Jen.

That beautiful picture is one of a series taken by Emmylie Cruz, a terrifically talented portrait photographer and a very good friend of This Is Knit. Her facebook page is at Emmylie Cruz Fotographia, and it’s such a treat to visit. Her images of children are particularly lovely, and the pictures of Oisín are amazing!

And here’s another picture, this time of Lisa bringing Oisín on his very first visit to the shop.

So welcome, Oisín, and the very biggest congratulations to Lisa and Ronan, your amazing parents!

We have a winner!

Our Valentine’s Prize Draw closed at midnight last night, and we’re delighted to announce the winner!

So…drumroll, please…

…congratulations to Orla Ní Bhroin! You’ve won our super prize of a Karbonz Interchangeable set, three balls of Debbie Bliss’s new Juliet Summer Tweed and the Juliet pattern book!

There’s many hours of happy knitting there, and we’re certain you’ll love every one, Orla!

Love to win

Love is in the air, with Valentine’s Day at the end of the week, and we’re celebrating! If you spend €20 in-store, online or by phone between midnight tonight, February 10th, and midnight on Monday February 24th, you’ll be automatically entered in our Valentine’s Prize Draw!

The prize is all of the following:

  • A Karbonz Interchangeable needle set
  • A copy of the Juliet pattern book
  • 3 balls of Debbie Bliss Juliet Summer Tweed in the colour of your choosing
  • The Karbonz Interchangeable set contains seven sets of tips from 3.00mm to 6.00mm, four cables, end caps, cable connectors and cable keys. They’re light and strong and fantastic to knit with – you can read Clara Parks’ glowing assessment of Karbonz on Knitter’s Review here. What’s more, the set comes in one of the best-designed and most elegant wallets we’ve ever seen.

    Juliet Summer Tweed is a new offering for spring and summer and comes in a huge range of colour combinations, and the Juliet pattern book features twelve simple and pretty garments.

    And one lucky randomly-chosen customer wins the lot. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all (even if it’s a bit early)!

    Loyalty Scheme

    Santa may not have visited just yet but we’re already looking ahead to the New Year… As it’s the traditional time for new beginnings we are taking the opportunity to introduce a new-and-improved Customer Loyalty Scheme. From January 2014 registered customers will earn points with every purchase, whether that purchase is made online or in store.

    We imagine you’ll have a few questions on the ins-and-outs of the scheme, so hopefully we’ve answered them below. Please do post any additional queries in the comments and we’ll get back to you straight away.

    Q: How do I register?

    A: Registration Forms are available in the shop right now, but you can also download a form here to fill out at your leisure. Completed forms can be dropped back in to the shop on your next visit, posted to us or scanned and sent to us via email.

    Q: What about my existing Loyalty Card?

    A: There is a space on the Form to attach any existing Loyalty Cards that you have. Within 14 days of registering we will apply 75 points per stamp to your Loyalty Account. Please note that original cards must be presented in person or by post. Scanned copy Loyalty Cards will not be eligible for points.

    Q: How many points will I earn per purchase?

    A: Under the new system each registered customer will earn 3 points for every Euro.


    Q: How do I earn points for online purchases?

    A: Once you have registered with us you will simply need to enter a request in the comments section of your online order for points to be applied to your loyalty account.

    Q: What do I do with my points?

    A: Each point will entitle you to 1 cent off future purchases – it’s up to you whether you redeem this value off the odd ball of wool every now and again, or whether you’d like to save all your points for a splurge around e.g. your birthday or Christmas time!

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    We hope that all makes sense but do please post any additional questions you have in the comments. Thanks! :)

    Saturday 15th February is going to be rather exciting at This Is Knit. We’re very happy to announce that Carol Feller will be teaching two workshops with us that day!

    In the morning, she’s offering her Sweater Surgery class. Imagine if you were able to fix the parts of a project that didn’t come out exactly as you wanted (and we’ve all got those lurking in plastic bags at the back of the wardrobe) – well, this workshop will give you the skills to change “meh!” into “wow!” Projects can be rescued by changing the pattern as you work, or altering after the fact, and Carol’s workshop covers both. You can read more and make a booking by clicking on the image above – your projects will chorus their thanks.

    In the afternoon, we’ll have a repeat of one of the most popular workshops ever: Carol’s Short Rows Demystified. Using one of the most versatile child’s patterns we know, the very dotey Taupini, you’ll experiment with several different short row methods for shaping your fabric. Short rowing is such a versatile skill, and last year’s workshop was an enormous success, reflected in the long list of gorgeous projects that followed. Clicking on the image above will take you to the booking page, and you can read more there too.

    And we’re very very proud to be able to offer exclusive Carol Feller patterns as part of the Irish Yarn Club 2014, to complement the stunning hand-dyed yarn from talented Irish dyers. The perfect gift for a knitterly friend or for yourself, with sign-ups open for just another two weeks!

    We’re looking forward to Christmas and New Year, but February’s going to be splendid too!

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