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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!

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)!

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