It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway, so we figured it was time to run a fun little competition. We’re making this very simple to enter, and there’ll be not one, but two winners come this Saturday!
You may have heard Lisa on 2fm last week, when she was chatting to the crew on the Nicky Byrne Show about all the many reasons why people knit. They mentioned creativity, relaxation, general mental and physical health, and others. And it all got us thinking… what does knitting mean to you?
So, that’s all you have to do – tell us why you knit (or crochet, or spin, or weave!), or what benefits you find you get from the process.
The only catch is… you have to tell us in two words.
Simply leave your comment on this blog post, and we’ll pick two winners at the end of the week.
Our prizes are based around these beautiful new printed bags that we have in store from KnitPro – we’ve selected some co-ordinating yarns and accessories to show them at their best.
Comment entries for the giveaway must be left before 7pm (GMT) on Friday evening, and we’ll pick our winners on Saturday. The first name drawn will get first choice on the prize and it can be collected in store, or posted within Ireland. Prizes for overseas winners will incur a postage charge (sorry!).
So that’s it, couldn’t be easier. Just leave your two word comment below and hopefully you’ll be hearing from us with good news this weekend!
Hello, it’s Nadia (Bunnyt) here, and I’ll be your guide through some of TIK’s favourite Knit-a-longs that are happening this season.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the fast pace of Ravelry and you might miss the announcement of your perfect KAL. So how about taking a quick look at today’s round up of Top 5 KAL’s running through this October / November season – it might help you navigate your way to some fun new techniques and a gorgeous FO…
We’re sure by now you have seen Jenny’s inspired Instagram pictures of Townhouse Yarn choices for the Building Blocks MKAL happening over on Ravelry. It can be a little difficult to get your hands on the suggested yarn for the KAL so we think either Fade St. or Clarendon Sock would be the perfect substitute.
This is a mystery KAL so you don’t see what your making until the last clue is released but (if you would like a sneak peek) there are a few spoilers floating around the Ravelry group and on Instagram!
There is also a mini KAL for everything Brioche over in the WestKnits fan club group. This is a nice one if your not up for a full on KAL but would like the support of trying Brioche on a smaller project. The Briocheveron Cowl has been a favourite option for this knit-a-long so far.
After the excitement of her recent workshops here in This is Knit, we are all still wanting a bit more of Woolly. Thankfully we can participate in her 9th mystery hat knit-a-long! This year there is a little bit of a twist: there are 3 hats, each featuring the same stitch pattern, but you can choose between a beret, beanie or slouchy style. You have plenty of time to get your needles and yarn ready for this one. We’re thinking of Dublin Dye DK or Ella Rae DK.
The boards for this are always fast, fun and full of support, so make sure you follow along here. We’re still in awe of Woolly’s approach to hat construction, and this KAL is guaranteed to incorporate her signature fun details and clever techniques. Don’t you just love how Woolly’s mind works?
It wouldn’t be Autumn without a garment KAL from Carol. This year she has a beautiful textured stitch pattern with short row shaping called Luwan. This KAL is happening on Carol’s dedicated KAL group on Ravelry, which is fantastic resource for support direct Carol and from a friendly bunch of fellow KAL-ers.
Luwan is knit from the top down and we think both Malabrigo Rios and Juniper Moon Herriot will work for this design. The original yarn straddles between a DK and Aran weight though, so a tension swatch will be essential before committing. Carol has written a little bit about swatching for this garment over on her blog and it’s definitely worth a read.
If the garment KAL is too big of a commitment, Carol is also running a Wrap up Winter Accessory KAL on the Stolen Stitches group. News is released in her News Reel thread and it’s perfect for the smaller “Knitmas” gift knitting season.
We couldn’t leave out one of favourite shawl designers – Boo Knits always runs a fun knit-a-long and this year is no exception. The Halloween KAL has a little nod to the 400 year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The Taboo shawl is a top down crescent shape that has a bit of lace, beads and that Boo Magic. We’re in love with both Findley by Juniper Moon and Townhouse Yarns Trinity 2ply for this spooky KAL…
Do you have a favourite designer running a KAL at the moment? Drop a link in the comments so we can all have a look too! If you’re joining in a KAL and need help with choosing the right yarn for your project then you can drop into the shop – we would only be too happy to help – or you can find us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram as @ThisisKnit.
As the winds pick up and the leaves start to turn, we find ourselves being drawn more and more to textured knits. Airy lace is being left behind for the simple comforts of garter stitch and cables are creeping in, overtaking smooth stockinette.
If you too would like to incorporate more unique textures in to your projects this winter, then we have two fantastic special guest workshops coming up that will help you to do just that.
Turning Sideways explores the magic of rotating stitch patterns on their sides, how this affects increases and decreases, and how to use this method to your advantage. The techniques are discussed in the context of hat design specifically, but they can be made applicable to many other projects too.
Reversible Cables – In this class you will work through a number of different swatches for reversible cables to learn how they are constructed. Together with Woolly you will look at how changing their component stitches affects the overall pattern, and then consider how they can be used with shaping and integrated into garments and accessories.
Woolly is a fully qualified and experienced teacher & lecturer of Art, Design & Textiles. She thinks of her work in terms of architecture and finds hats fascinating, as they are relatively quick to knit, but also endlessly versatile.
Her classes are enjoyable and informative, with professional workshop notes provided.
Would you like to sign up for both classes? Use the promo code WoollyByTwo to receive a €10 discount when booking both sessions.
The Irish Times Best Shops Competition has just been launched again for 2016. As ever they are seeking nominations across a number of categories for the best independent retailers in Ireland. We’ve been fortunate enough to have made the short list of finalists in previous years, and we’re honoured that you, our amazing customers, have taken the time to vote for us in the past.
This year we have our eye on the newly-introduced category of Best Family Run Shop, and if you think we deserve the accolade then we would really appreciate your nomination.
While Jacqui and Lisa launched This is Knit back in 2006, the mother-daughter arrangement has since become mother and two daughters, when Jenny joined the team in 2012. Each of us brings our own personality and set of skills to the shop, but one of the most tangible additions in recent years has been the stunning skeins that Jenny creates under the “Townhouse Yarns” brand name.
And of course the family input doesn’t stop there – many of you will have met our bearded barmen at customer evenings (otherwise known as Liam (or “Dad”) and Ronan (Lisa’s husband)). They also play a back up role as general handymen, but possibly find those jobs a little less enjoyable! And then of course there are the trainees in the ranks, with Lisa’s two young boys, the older of which has already received “training” on the tills and played a supervisory role at the RDS in 2014!
Together with our wonderful staff (who we like to think of as family members too) we try to run a warm, welcoming shop full of fabulous fibre temptations.
Do you enjoy visiting our shop and chatting with us about all things yarn? Does a wander around our colourful shelves brighten your day? If so then we’d really appreciate your vote.
BRITISH KNITTING AWARDS
It’s certainly competition season! The lovely people at Let’s Knit Magazine have a special category in the British Knitting Awards: “Best Local Independent Yarn Store – Ireland”
We have secured the title in 2014 and 2015, and would love to make it a hat trick!
Your vote can be cast here (and you don’t need to vote under every section, you can skip questions by ticking the ‘other’ box and writing ‘N/A’ in the space available).
It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day this coming Saturday the 18th of June. We’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to join us in the shop for a cool glass of summer cordial, a general party atmosphere and a fun competition
We’ve filled a cute wooden crate with an assortment of gorgeous yarns, and we’re asking you to guess how much it weighs (crate included). The closest guess will WIN:
A copy of the brand new Book of Haps from Kate Davies
A gorgeous skein of Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud
And a nifty pair of Gold Stork Scissors
Visitors to the shop will have a bit of an advantage in that they can pick up the crate (but not remove any of its contents). However, we’ll still be taking guesses from those of you that can’t make it in. Simply enter your details and best guess via this competition entry form.
When we announced our Spring KAL back at the end of February we could never have predicted how many utterly stunning shawls would result! The combination of this clever and elegant pattern, mixed with some stunning yarns and some very talented knitters has made this a very enjoyable KAL altogether. Our random number generator had to select just one winner though, and the lucky lady is Mary L, who knit this incredible laceweight version. Congratultions Mary!
Below are just a few images of the fabulous shawls shared on our KAL thread on Ravelry. If you’re in the mood for some eye candy then head on over there to check out the rest
Thank you to everyone who joined in and we hope you’ll join in future KALs too!
Here’s the full low-down on our plans for a day to remember!
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.