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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)!

    Loyalty Scheme

    Santa may not have visited just yet but we’re already looking ahead to the New Year… As it’s the traditional time for new beginnings we are taking the opportunity to introduce a new-and-improved Customer Loyalty Scheme. From January 2014 registered customers will earn points with every purchase, whether that purchase is made online or in store.

    We imagine you’ll have a few questions on the ins-and-outs of the scheme, so hopefully we’ve answered them below. Please do post any additional queries in the comments and we’ll get back to you straight away.

    Q: How do I register?

    A: Registration Forms are available in the shop right now, but you can also download a form here to fill out at your leisure. Completed forms can be dropped back in to the shop on your next visit, posted to us or scanned and sent to us via email.

    Q: What about my existing Loyalty Card?

    A: There is a space on the Form to attach any existing Loyalty Cards that you have. Within 14 days of registering we will apply 75 points per stamp to your Loyalty Account. Please note that original cards must be presented in person or by post. Scanned copy Loyalty Cards will not be eligible for points.

    Q: How many points will I earn per purchase?

    A: Under the new system each registered customer will earn 3 points for every Euro.


    Q: How do I earn points for online purchases?

    A: Once you have registered with us you will simply need to enter a request in the comments section of your online order for points to be applied to your loyalty account.

    Q: What do I do with my points?

    A: Each point will entitle you to 1 cent off future purchases – it’s up to you whether you redeem this value off the odd ball of wool every now and again, or whether you’d like to save all your points for a splurge around e.g. your birthday or Christmas time!

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    We hope that all makes sense but do please post any additional questions you have in the comments. Thanks! :)

    Saturday 15th February is going to be rather exciting at This Is Knit. We’re very happy to announce that Carol Feller will be teaching two workshops with us that day!

    In the morning, she’s offering her Sweater Surgery class. Imagine if you were able to fix the parts of a project that didn’t come out exactly as you wanted (and we’ve all got those lurking in plastic bags at the back of the wardrobe) – well, this workshop will give you the skills to change “meh!” into “wow!” Projects can be rescued by changing the pattern as you work, or altering after the fact, and Carol’s workshop covers both. You can read more and make a booking by clicking on the image above – your projects will chorus their thanks.

    In the afternoon, we’ll have a repeat of one of the most popular workshops ever: Carol’s Short Rows Demystified. Using one of the most versatile child’s patterns we know, the very dotey Taupini, you’ll experiment with several different short row methods for shaping your fabric. Short rowing is such a versatile skill, and last year’s workshop was an enormous success, reflected in the long list of gorgeous projects that followed. Clicking on the image above will take you to the booking page, and you can read more there too.

    And we’re very very proud to be able to offer exclusive Carol Feller patterns as part of the Irish Yarn Club 2014, to complement the stunning hand-dyed yarn from talented Irish dyers. The perfect gift for a knitterly friend or for yourself, with sign-ups open for just another two weeks!

    We’re looking forward to Christmas and New Year, but February’s going to be splendid too!

    Discount Offer

    If you are planning a trip to a certain Show this weekend, then we’d like to invite you to pay us a visit too :)

    We are offering a juicy 15% off in-store purchases of the following 15 yarn ranges* – these are bargains not to be missed!

    Debbie Bliss BFL Aran
    Debbie Bliss BFL DK
    Debbie Bliss Milano
    Debbie Bliss Winter Garden
    Louisa Harding Akiko
    Louisa Harding Grace
    Louisa Harding Luzia
    Louisa Harding Orielle
    Malabrigo Arroyo
    Malabrigo Rios
    Malabrigo Sock
    Mirasol Miski
    Mirasol Paqu Pura
    Mirasol Sami
    Rooster Almerino


    *This discount cannot be combined with any other special offer or with redemption of Loyalty Card discounts.

    Join Our Club!

    Irish Yarn Club 2014

    We’ve been sitting on our hands for the last 6 weeks or so, as we have been very excited about the plans for this new Club. Finally we are able to share the details with you all!

    The Irish Yarn Club 2014 will run from January to May 2014 and will feature three shipments of unique Irish Hand-Dyed Yarns. Each yarn will be accompanied by an exclusive accessory pattern from top designer Carol Feller, sent to each Club Member in PDF form.

    The Club yarns can be shipped worldwide, and we’re really looking forward to sending quality Irish yarns to addresses both near and far. 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 here.

    Of course 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!

    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

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