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The Knitting and Stitching Show in the RDS opened yesterday, and we’re having a ball! This year, we’re exclusively partnering Malabrigo Yarns, so our stand is looking utterly glorious.

There’s all our usual favourites, like Rios, Silkpaca and Sock, but we’re also introducing some new beauties. There’s Mecha, which is a chunky superwash pure merino (that’s it in the picture above), there’s Twist, an unbelievably soft merino which is a little heavier than aranweight, there’s a lovely light DK merino/silk blend called Rastita….

And as a show surprise, there’s a yarn so new it doesn’t even have a name. Currently designated “Test Yarn”, it’s Malabrigo’s first superwash laceweight and the only place you can see it is at our stand!

The show’s open from 10.00am to 5.30pm tomorrow, and from 10.00am till 5.00pm on Sunday. There’s so much to see – over 200 exhibitors, including displays of the most beautiful handcraft you’ve ever seen. We’re at stand B36, and meeting you all in person is the best part of the show for us.

…mmm…Malabrigo!

It’s been hard to keep this to ourselves, but finally we can tell the world: the Irish Yarn Club 2015 is open for membership!

The Irish Yarn Club 2015 will run from February to June 2015 and will feature three shipments of exclusive Irish hand-dyed yarns. These will be unique and never-to-be-repeated colourways by Townhouse Yarns, Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres. This year, there’s a fingering weight yarn, a sportweight and a laceweight!

And just like last year, each yarn will be accompanied by an exclusive accessory pattern from internationally renowned designer Carol Feller, sent to each Club Member in digital form.

The Club yarns can be shipped worldwide (last year we sent Yarn Club packages all over the planet), or you can pick up each instalment in the store if you prefer. You can purchase full Club Membership at this link (just be sure to select the correct option for your region) and there’s also an option for a pattern-only membership over on Ravelry.

Naturally, a Club Membership would make the perfect gift. So if your birthday is coming up, or if you have a Christmas wish list, be sure to leave this window open in your browser as a not-so-subtle hint to your loved ones!

And be sure to drop in to the Irish Yarn Club group on Ravelry, which will host a Knit-Along for each instalment as it’s revealed. It’s a brilliant way of learning new skills with terrific support from Carol and other knitters. Looking back through last year’s posts and the gorgeous finished objects makes us even more excited about 2015!

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    Dublin 2

    Or email a scanned copy of the form to office[at]thisisknit[dot]ie

    Application closing date: Tuesday 14th of October 2014.

    And this year, there’s a twist! We’ll be Malabrigo-exclusive!

    The Knitting and Stitching Show is back in the RDS in Dublin from Thursday 30th October to Sunday 2nd November, and we’ll be there, with the biggest and best range of Malabrigo yarn that Ireland has ever seen!

    With oodles of stunning sample projects to inspire you, and free patterns from the lovely Malabrigo people to embark on, we’ll be showcasing the most beautiful range of yarns in a huge range of shades.

    Some of our offerings you’ll already be familiar with: Silkpaca, Rios, Sock and Finito are some of our most popular yarns already, but we’ll be introducing you to some brand-new beauties too. Mecha, Rastita and Twist are new yarns which have never been seen in the country before, so we can’t wait to show them to you.

    Jenny O’Neill, who wrote last week’s guest post about using your local library to find patterns, spotted a rather interesting Groupon offer and tweeted it yesterday: Sunday or Thursday tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show at 29% off the usual price. At the time of writing, the offer’s still available, so why not head over there and grab yourself a bargain! Great catch, Jenny!

    We’re looking forward so much to the show – the very best part of it is meeting so many of you, so we hope you can make it!

    Good done!

    Saturday’s HandmAid Craft Day was a terrific experience – up in the Damer Hall on the Green, there was yarn and cake and tea and classes from morning till evening, and at the end of it all a wonderful amount had been raised for the Laura Lynn Hospice.

    You can read about the day over on HandmAid’s news blog, and see the enormous list of people who gave their time and their skills to help. The final total isn’t in yet, but it’ll be posted over there. ‘

    Yarn people are good people.

    We won!

    Back in July, we were very proud to be nominated as the Best Local Independent Yarn Store in the Ireland category of the British Knitting Awards. Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines have collated the results of the voting, and we’re now even prouder to say that we’ve won!

    It was you, our wonderful customers, who gave us this award, and we appreciate it more than we can say! You make us what we are.

    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!

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