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The Happy Couple

That’s our Nadia right there, with her handsome beau John. And while Nadia is wearing a stunning Stripe Study shawl, that’s not the purpose of sharing these pictures with you here, oh no…

This lovely couple are getting married next Monday the 2nd of September and, of course, most of the TIK family will be in attendance. It’s going to be a wonderful day and it’ll be photographed by the supremely talented and very artistic Julie of Half a Dream Away (Julie also shot these engagement pictures of Nadia and John).

For this reason the shop will close at the earlier time of 4.30pm that day. We also won’t be opening this coming Sunday the 1st of September – the official “Winter Hours” will start from Sunday the 8th when we will be back open between 1pm and 5pm.

We’re very lucky to have Nadia as part of the TIK Crew and we’re delighted that her big day is almost upon us! We hope you’ll join us is wishing the Happy Couple a fabulous day next Monday and a lifetime of happiness together.

In the trees

Yarn Tasting 2013

Join us on Thursday the 15th of August for the *fifth* annual Yarn Tasting event at This is Knit…

We have another incredible night of yarn-based fun planned for you all with not one but two special guests – Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding. They will be presenting their new Autumn/Winter collections and will have oodles of sample garments to show us.

We’ll be running raffles for some fantastic prizes over the course of the night, and everyone who attends will be entered in to the draws.

There will also be an extra-special discount offer of 15% off all new-season yarns on the evening! This includes any purchases made on the night and any special orders placed.

Never been to a Yarn Tasting event before? You can read all about our previous evenings of fun and fibre frolics here, here, here and here.

Want to join in the fun? You can find out more and book your place right here.

We’re in a particularly good mood – it’s St Patrick’s Day this weekend, the leaves are coming out on the trees and the days are getting longer. So we’ve decided to celebrate with a competition!

We want photographs of your crochet or knitting in a uniquely Irish setting! It can be a finished object or a work in progress (we love both!), and as for what “uniquely Irish” means, you decide! Baby booties by the Cliffs of Moher, a tea cosy snuggling up to a pot of Barry’s Gold Blend in Edinburgh, a bookmark nestling in a copy of Dubliners in Tokyo…. “Irish”, after all, means lots of things!

Entering this competition is easy: just post your picture in the thread in our Ravelry group. You’ve got until midnight on March 24th 2013 IST to post your entry, so there’s plenty of time to scout a location and get your work in the frame.

If you don’t know how to post a picture on Ravelry, here’s a chance to find out how very simple it is. There’s details on this help page, but we thought a couple of screen shots might be useful.

The easiest way of posting a picture in a forum thread is to upload it to somewhere else on the internet and then link to it from the thread. “Somewhere else” can mean a flickr account, a photobucket account, your blog, or simply a project page on Ravelry. Since everyone that’s entering the competition will already have a Ravelry account, this last is the one we’ll concentrate on here.

When you’ve set up a project page for your chosen object, you can add pictures to it by clicking on the tab that the arrow’s pointing to here:

That will bring you to a screen offering you all the photo upload options – we’re going to concentrate on one here…

…the one that makes it easy to post a project picture in a thread. So when you’ve uploaded your project pictures, go to the thread you want to post in, and click on “reply to thread”, down at the bottom right hand corner of the page. This will open a reply box, with a set of little images running along the top of it. The arrow’s pointing to the one you click on to add a picture:

You’ll be offered a number of choices here. We’re linking straight to the picture on the project page, so select that option:

This will allow you to select the project picture you want to display in your post, and then to add text if you like.

And that’s it! Your picture will appear as if by magic in the thread. What’s more, your readers can hop straight to your project page just by clicking on the picture.

But what, you ask, is the prize? It’s an armful of Irish yarn! Head on over to the competition thread for details, and then show us what we’re made of this St Patrick’s Day!

As for this coming weekend, we’re open as usual on Saturday, but closed on Sunday and on Bank Holiday Monday. We’ll be open again on Tuesday morning at 10.30am

Love lace!

You’ll probably have noticed that at This Is Knit, we love lace rather a lot. So we’re tremendously excited to be organising the first ever Irish Indie Dyers Yarn Club!

The Club will run from January to March 2013, and each month, the members will receive a completely exclusive colourway of a stunning lace yarn from a different Irish indie dyer.

We’re very proud that the participating dyers are Coolree Yarns, the Dublin Dye Company and Hedgehog Fibres. The exact yarns and colours are a secret (shhh!), but these craftspeople produce stunning yarn like the alpaca lace used in the Cold Mountain stole at the top of this post, or like this delicious cashmere laceweight from Hedgehog Fibres…

…and just look at the colour intensity that Coolree Yarns achieves….

This club will have elegance and luxury in spades: from sparkles and silk to cashmere and alpaca, we’ll have beautiful bases in delicious shades, dyed with care and skill expressly for the Club.

The Club is limited to just twenty memberships, so if you fancy a treat for yourself or if you’re looking for a very special gift for a knitter or crocheter, why not visit the This Is Knit booking page from Saturday next, December 1st. We have specific packages inclusive of postage to anywhere in the world, so be sure to select the option for your region (and if you like, you can choose to pick up your lovely lacy surprise in person at the shop each month!).

This morning, we took excited delivery of some very special new things: lovely yarn bowls, exclusively hand-thrown for us by a very talented craftsman. They come in two colours of glaze, the gentle blue in the picture and a pale green, and they’re all individual, as you’d expect in something handmade.

They all have a handy notch in the side to guide your yarn and stop it careening all over the floor. Of course, you could also use them to hold any number of other things (though not, we would suggest, soup). They’d make an ideal gift for any crocheter or knitter, and the perfect souvenir of a visit to Dublin.

Since this is a Bank Holiday weekend, the shop will be closed on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th Octobber. But in the coming week, we’ve got some special offers for you between the 1st and the 4th of November. First of all, if you spend €60 either instore or online on Paloma, Winter Garden, Rialto Chunky, Orielle, Blue Faced Leicester Aran or Amitola, we will give you the pattern book for the yarn for free. And second, if you spend €30 between the same dates, you’ll be entered for a draw to win one of the lovely Soak gift boxes, containing a bottle of Soak yarn wash, another of delicious hand cream, 200 yards of Lorna’s Laces hand-dyed yarn, an gorgeous mitts pattern and nail varnish that matches the colour of the yarn.

This year, we’re not exhibiting at the Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS, but you don’t have to miss out on This Is Knit if you’re travelling to Dublin. The shop in the Powerscourt Centre will be open until 8.00pm on Thursday November 1st – you’ll find details on how to find us at this link, and you know, we’d really love to see you.

Book the limo!

blog awards ireland

A couple of weeks ago, we were beside ourselves with glee to have been shortlisted in the Grafton Media Blog Awards. Well, now we’re even more thrilled: we are a finalist in the Best Craft Blog category, sponsored by Belleek Living.

We’re in wonderful company too – the other finalists are La creature and you, Molly Moo, Nice Day Designs and Stitchlily. Click over to them – you’ll be amazed and delighted at what you find.

We’ve just booked our tickets for the Awards Ceremony in the Osprey Hotel in Naas on October 13th, so you’ll have to excuse us, as we go figure out what to wear!

Bouquets

That pretty corsage arrived into the shop on Saturday, and we pounced on it with glee. It, or rather its constituent parts, comes in a neat little box, with several flowers of different shapes and all the notions you need to assemble it.

As it turned out, we were looking for a birthday present for a good friend, so we set to work with the kit. Twenty minutes later, if even that, we were proudly displaying our handiwork.

That’s the contents of the kit – so many flower shapes that your combination will be completely original, more toning buttons that you need, a brooch fixing and even a needle to go with the matching thread. So if you’re looking for a smart and pretty accessory, or for a crafty gift, what better than one of these? They come in a variety of muted colours, perfect for this season’s soft palette.

We’ve been thinking of bouquets for other reasons too.

blog awards ireland

On Friday, the shortlist for the Grafton Media Blog Awards was published. We’re shortlisted twice: for the Best Blog of An SME, sponsored by Sage and on the Best Craft Blog list! We’re over the moon about this – it’s such a compliment to us from you, our readers, and we’re very grateful for your nominations.

We have lovely laurels, but we have no time to rest on them. With the Yarn Tasting on Friday and Ysolda Teague’s workshop on Saturday, we’re a bit busy getting ready. We can’t wait!

Ever wanted to work in a Yarn Shop?

We have a temporary vacancy (of 4-6 weeks’ duration) coming up in July to cover staff holidays and we are seeking applications for this part-time position.

We are looking for someone who is:

1. Friendly & enthusiastic, with excellent customer service skills. Experience in customer service would be an advantage.

2. A knitter who is comfortable offering pattern assistance and advice to customers on substituting yarns etc. Knowledge of crochet techniques is also a big plus!

3. Available to work half days on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (the actual hours will vary week to week).

4. Hard working and flexible as your duties will vary from unpacking boxes and filling online orders to answering emails and dusting shelves!

Please send applications (with a brief CV as an attachment) to office [at] thisisknit [dot] ie

We’re delighted to announce that for the first time ever, This Is Knit will have a team in Ravelympics 2012!

The Ravelympics is a two-week-and-a-bit-long event coinciding with the Olympics, and just like the athletic competitions, it provides a challenge and a stretch and lots of community spirit and a ton of gleeful fun, for Ravelry members all over the world.

Here’s how it works: you join a team (or more than one!) and choose a yarny project or goal (or more than one!). We can’t start before the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games, and the event officially ends with the Closing Ceremony. So that’s a start date of July 27th with a finish on August 12th. There’s lots more information on the Ravelympics FAQ thread at this link.

We’ve got two excellent captains, Jacqui (Jacquithisisknit) and Nadia (bunnyt), who’ll keep us focussed and on track.

To participate. you need to register with a team (ours is here). Then you decide what events you’re going to take part in – there’s something for everyone on the list, from the Frogging Trampoline (ripping out that thing from the back of the wardrobe that never fitted right) to the Hat Dash (a hat, start to finish), from WIP Wrestling (finish that long-neglected object) to the Sweater Triathlon (a jumper or cardigan, cast on to cast off). You decide what’s a challenge for you, and we’ll cheer you on. Throughout, there’ll be support and camaraderie and good crack, because we are Team This Is Knit.

So no starting before the Opening Ceremony! But we can train. Training is choosing our projects, practising the intriguing cast on, swatching and so forth. And we want to hear about that too – over in the Team This Is Knit thread
we’ll be cheering each other on long before the torch is lit.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be blogging more about the Ravelympics and talking about how to tag your projects and how to report what you’re doing. For now, we’d like to invite you to take part, and to suggest that you might want to save the date and time of the Opening Ceremony for a rather special event at the shop….

Classes at This is Knit

Are you passionate about fibre crafts and enthusiastic about sharing your skills with others? Here at This is Knit we’re on the lookout for new teachers and workshop leaders to host classes with us this coming Autumn/Winter.

If you’d like to join us then please contact us with the following details:

Which crafts would you like to teach?

How would you rate your skill level in these crafts?

Do you have teaching experience?

Are you available to teach on evenings and weekends?

Why do you knit / crochet / felt / spin…?

All applications will be reviewed in the next few weeks and we’ll get back in touch with you as soon as possible. Thanks for your interest!

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