Turning to Texture – Two Workshops with Woolly Wormhead

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.

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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.

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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.

About Woolly:

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.

Our Fibre Family and the Best Shops Competition

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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.

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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).

Voting closes on 28th August

Thanks everyone!

Guess the Grams!

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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.

Good luck everyone, and happy WWKIP Week!

And our KAL winner is…!

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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!

Spring KAL 2016

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!

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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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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