Yarn Shop Day – The Full Line Up!

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Here’s the full low-down on our plans for a day to remember!

10.30 am:

Doors open and the first ten customers will receive *Platinum Level* Goodie Bags, just for being the earliest of early birds! So it’ll be worth your while forgoing the lie-in this Saturday… 😉

With thanks to our kind sponsors customers 11-20 will receive *Gold Level* Goodie Bags. So even those that are a little slower to leave the duvet behind won’t miss out.

The as-yet-to-be-named limited edition shade of Townhouse Yarns Fade St 4ply will go on sale. Don’t forget to enter the competition: Name It to Win It!

11am to 1 pm:

We’ll be having a “Sit n’ Knit” session on our mezzanine level. Pop along with your current WIP to meet other members of our wonderfully crafty community. Sweet treats will be provided, along with expert advice for any knotty knitting problems you may have.

RAFFLE PRIZE


All Day:

We have yet more amazing prizes to be won! Everyone who spends over €15 on the day (in-store or online) will be automatically entered in to the draw to win the fabulous hamper pictured above. With three runner up prizes also on offer, there’ll be lots of chances to walk away with a bonus from the day.

Need help deciding on what to treat yourself to? We’re also offering a 15% Discount on each of the following yarns:

Juniper Moon Herriot
Juniper Moon Herriot Great
Sublime Superfine Alpaca
Katia Love Wool
Katia Love Wool Plus
Debbie Bliss Lara
Debbie Bliss Roma
Debbie Bliss Roma Weave
Lotus Yarns Cathay
Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud
Louisa Harding Trenzar
Juniper Moon Findley
Juniper Moon Findley DK

If you can’t make it to the shop for all the fun, then you can still avail of the 15% discount online, by using the coupon code YSD16 – feel free to share the code with your friends too!

Join Us on Yarn Shop Day!

Yarn Shop Day2016

Yarn Shop Day is fast approaching! Join us on Saturday 30th of April for a celebration of our crafting community and take part in some of the fun and frolics we’ll have on offer including:

  • Goodie Bags for the first 10 people through the door on the morning (we open at 10.30am).
  • Juicy offers on gorgeous yarns.
  • A “Name that Shade” competition for a (limited edition, exclusive) Yarn Shop Day colourway in Grafton 4ply by Townhouse Yarns. Name it to win it!
  • Sweet treats and great company!
  • Last year’s event was absolutely oodles of fun, so be sure to put the 30th of April in your diary. We’re looking forward to seeing you then!

    Textured Colourwork with Carol Feller

    Textured Colourwork

    We’re already well into January, and that means many of us are contemplating our ill-fated New Year’s resolutions. But, there is still time to make some new ones, so why not choose something fun like resolving to be more crafty? We can help you with that! Maybe you’d like to finally learn how to Crochet, or master Brioche? If you’ve not seen our schedule for classes and events lately, take a peek, we’ve got an impressive line up for the coming weeks. We are particularly excited to have Carol Feller back in the shop for her Textured Colourwork workshop at the end of this month!

    We recently celebrated Carol’s book launch of Short Row Knits, and now she’ll be back on the 30th with a workshop for a few lucky knitters. In this workshop, students will learn the essential skills for creating beautiful colourwork, with texture inspired by the Swedish Bohus style of knitting. They will learn how to manage dominant and recessive colours, how to work two-handed colourwork, all while creating unique texture using purl stitches. Students will also receive a kit with everything they need to make a hat, including a bonus pattern! Here’s what Carol had to say about this style of colourwork:

    I love texture in knitting such as cables and slip stitch patterns. Typically you would not associate texture with colour work, which is typically flat and smooth. Bohus knitting is different, there are purl stitches interspersed with the colour work which creates a very different type of knitting. This texture in the colour work breaks up the transitions and makes very integrated colour changes.
    I’m currently working on a small book about gradient and colour change yarns. The pattern from this class will be in the book as it’s a good example of how texture can add interest to colour changes in your work.

    Carol’s workshop is suited to knitters who know the basics, and can work in the round, even if you are new to stranded colourwork. You’ll receive plenty of detailed notes, and a kit with all supplies needed, which is included in the fee.

    Although this workshop is now fully booked, you can still add your name to the waiting list! The list operates on a fastest-finger-first basis, so even if we get just one cancellation you’ll have as much opportunity to snap up the spot as everyone else.

    Have you knit any of Carol’s designs recently? If you’ve been a member of the Irish Yarn Club, what was your favorite pattern?

    Christmas Giveaway!

    Xmas Giveaway

    Winner

    COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

    In the midst of all the wonderful generosity surrounding the 12 days of Tin Can Knits, with plenty of free patterns and shop discounts, we’ve decided to spread even more joy and add a cherry on top: by doing a Christmas Giveaway here on the blog! One lucky winner will receive one of our very popular “I Want That Wrap” project kits, all festively wrapped up and ready for the holidays!

    Included in the kit is 3 skeins of the gorgeous Donegal WSC Tweed in your choice of the available colours, the full pattern instructions (with helpful tips for the best results) and 7 x beautiful wooden buttons. This wrap is a quick and easy knit, and oh-so-cosy! Take a look at our shop sample below, it was a hit at our Yarn Dating event, truly flattering on everyone who tried it on.

    I Want That Wrap

    The combination of a relaxed gauge and the lightweight Aran tweed makes for beautiful drape, and the perfect effortless layer for chilly weather. The pattern is simple: worked flat as a basic rectangle with a tidy i-cord edge. Buttonholes are not even required, as the buttons are simply sewn in place afterwards and the wrap slips on over the head. It’s a great gift for any knitter, and we’re giving one away on December 21st!

    We do love a good surprise, and Christmas is all about surprises, so to top off this already lovely giveaway we’re also adding a mystery goodie bag of yarn worth €35! What could be better than a mountain of wool for the holidays? You could be our lucky winner and take home the wrap project kit and a goodie bag packed full of yarn, find out how below.

    To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment here and share what your absolute favourite knitting project was this year. Deadline for entries is Sunday December 20th, the winner will be selected at random and will be announced on Monday the 21st on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    A little bit of small print: The prize can be collected in store or delivered free to any address within Ireland; international entries are welcome too, but the winner would be asked to cover the cost of delivery.

    The Irish Yarn Club 2016

    IYC Banner

    Next year will bring a new edition of the Irish Yarn Club, where local talents Carol Feller, Hedgehog Fibres, Townhouse Yarns, Dublin Dye Company + Donegal Yarns come together to bring patterns and exclusive hand dyed yarns right to your needles. Want to know what’s in the cards for the upcoming 2016 Club? We wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, but it’s safe to say it will be an exciting year!

    Tempano

    Each year Carol Feller designs patterns for a selection of accessories, featuring unique construction techniques, with a focus on being wearable, flattering, and a pleasure to knit. Each pattern is paired with a yarn dyed in exclusive colourways specifically for the club by Irish hand dyers. Yarns will range from lace weight to aran weight, and will arrive with an installment in February, April and June. Previous years included hats, shawls, and socks, each highlighting the beautiful hand dyed yarns they are paired with, which made for gorgeous FOs in a spectrum of colours by Club members. Check out jennybee26’s beautiful cabled Tempano hat on display in Iceland, where the lovely Hedgehog Fibres colours couldn’t be more complimentary to the landscape.

    Fortune Green

    Or how about this stunning Fortune Green cowl by rodmarjoraph in Townhouse Yarns Camden Tweed; a beautiful pairing to show off the decorative stitch pattern.

    F Shawl

    Here’s another beauty from last year’s Club, marujapge’s lacey Feamainn Shawl in a vibrant teal colourway by Hedgehog Fibres.

    Each edition to the Club is it’s own adventure: discover Irish dyers while you learn new techniques, knitting up wearable accessories, all the while having the support of the Ravelry community. The perfect gift for any knitter, or better yet: a treat for yourself!

    The Irish Yarn Club is not just for us lucky Irish either, there are subscription packages that include European and International delivery as well; so no matter where you are in the world, you can enjoy a little bit of Ireland! Don’t miss out on all the fun: only a limited number of subscriptions are available, and purchases must be made before the 20th of December. A pattern-only option is also available for purchase here.

    Were you apart of any of the previous Irish Yarn Clubs? Have you knit any Carol Feller patterns lately, or worked with any Irish hand dyed yarns?

    Christmas Starts Here!

    Yarn Wreath

    We’ve been eyeing up yarn-themed wreaths on Pinterest for a while now, so it was past time one was created for the shop. After a bit of stash-diving, *lots and lots* of wrapping, and a healthy dose of hot glue, this is the result!

    There are oodles of versions on Pinterest for inspiration and plenty of tutorials too. If you’d like to make something similar then these are the instructions we found to be most helpful.

    Happy December Everyone!

    Jingle Balls

    The Warm + Woolly Campaign

    With the holidays fast approaching, we are often reminded now, more than ever, of the importance of giving. If you’d like to contribute some knitted or crocheted projects for charity, Olann and Warm + Woolly Campaign is collecting winter essentials for the Simon Community, assisting the homeless of Ireland. With cold and harsh weather on it’s way, many homeless individuals and families are in need of warm hats, gloves, and scarves. These projects are quick and easy, and will go to the most grateful of recipients, thanks to the efforts of the Warm + Woolly Campaign and the Simon Community.

    Not sure what to make? They’ve put together a few suggested free patterns for both knitters and crocheters, for much needed cold-weather essentials such as hats, gloves, scarves and socks. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can even do a jumper or cardigan. Whatever you end up making, they do request all projects be knit in muted or neutral colours, to ensure the recipient is not self conscious about any attention a vibrant colour may attract.

    Other donations are also accepted, such as thermal underwear, toiletries, clothing, chocolate and cookies, and sleeping bags. All items for donation at the Simon Community Shop on Camden Street.

    Will you be knitting or crocheting for charity this year? What are your favourite patterns or charities to knit/crochet for?

    Great People and Gorgeous Knits

    AllSet

    The Short Row Knits Book Launch last Saturday was an event full of good will – and how could it not have been when it was so made up of so many great people and an impressive array of simply gorgeous knits?

    It was a busy day at the shop, but we did manage to squeeze in some extra decor that morning, such as the impromptu bunting above that was on proud display before Carol’s arrival for the kick off at 4.30pm.

    Guests

    It didn’t take long for the shop to fill up then, with visitors from all corners of Ireland, including one extra special little guy who was definitely in contention with Carol for the title of star guest!

    Carol

    Carol was on hand for the entire evening, signing books, offering technical advice and taking us on a tour through Short Row Knits and Dovestone Hills with a quick talk and a mini fashion show.

    Garments

    Garments

    Of course one of the best things about any event like this is the chance to fondle and try on the actual garments from the book, and there were many “oohs” and “aaahs” coming from the Mezzanine level, as projects lept up the ranks in people’s queues (and in a lot of cases were going to be cast on on the journey home!)

    Brilliant Night

    We’re really delighted you could all come, and that Carol chose to have the launch with us. It was such a fun evening and it was brilliant to see you all!

    PS: If you couldn’t make it in on the day then we do still have limited stock of some signed copies of Short Row Knits available. They can be ordered online or set aside for collection in the shop – just comment below if you’d like one held for you.

    The Irish Yarn Club 2016

    IYC2016

    It’s Yarn Club time again!

    We’re delighted to be launching the Irish Yarn Club 2016 this coming Thursday the 15th October. This will be the third year of the Club and both Carol and myself are particularly excited about some of the collaborations and innovations that will be happening this coming year. We’re immensely proud to be bringing together the very best of the hand-dyed Irish yarn scene with installments from Hedgehog Fibres, from Townhouse Yarns and from the Dublin Dye Company in partnership with Donegal Yarns.

    If you’re curious about previous years, you can view some images of past yarns and find out a little more about the patterns that have accompanied them here.

    By signing up to be a member of the Club you will receive three installments of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, in an exclusive colourway, in February, April and June 2016. Timed to co-ordinate with each yarn release you will also receive a digital copy of a brand new Carol Feller accessory pattern. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills under Carol’s expert guidance, provided through detailed explanations of techniques in the patterns themselves and through the Club’s discussion group on Ravelry.

    So put the 15th of October in your diary and be sure to join in the fun!

    Carol Feller Interview

    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 :-)