Wrapping Up a Weekend of Shawls with Melanie Berg

We had a truly wonderful weekend earlier this month with Melanie Berg’s fabulous trio of shawl workshops.  Knitters from far and wide came to learn more about Shawl Construction, Colourwork Shawls and Mosaic Knitting.  Over the course of both days the students around Melanie’s table were simply blown away by the many beautiful samples she brought with her as project inspiration. Her projects are a treasure trove of subtle texture, exciting colour pops and clever construction.

If you missed out on a place at the workshops then we have some good news for you: Melanie’s Trunk Show of shawls will be in our shop until the end of the month. We hope you can pop in to see, feel, and try them on yourself. If not, then let us share with you just a few of our favourites here before they make the trip back home…

The Mirkfallon Shawl by Melanie Berg
Mirkfallon by Melanie Berg

A firm favourite of the weekend, this generous wrap is knit in Woolfolk Sno and it is indescribably soft. A project of this size and yarn provenance is a pure, unadulterated luxury, but several if not all the students uttered the words “so worth it…” We are not currently stocking Sno, but we are happy to take special orders for the yarn if you love this shawl as much as we do!

The Girl in Me Shawl by Melanie Berg
The Girl in Me

An intriguing geometric stitch pattern, achieved through slipped stitches alone, so that you are only ever working with one colour per row.  Care to see how it’s done? Then download “The Girl in Me“, chose two strongly contrasting shades and cast on.  The original was knit in a sport weight yarn, and is a sizeable project. We think you could easily change down the needle size a bit and go for a 4ply instead. The result would be a lighter weight, but still generously sized, shawl.

Moonraker by Melanie Berg
Moonraker

Melanie’s eye for colour is impeccable, and this design shows off that talent perfectly.  The base is a subtle two-tone canvas, interspersed with a warm burnt orange highlight.  And that final pop of bright yellow? Genius!

Play around with your own “blank canvas” of light and medium grey, and be inspired by some of the beautiful versions on Ravelry. Moonraker is the perfect shawl to use up some leftover yarn from previous projects too.

That little yellow pop? It could be the leftovers from a wild pair of socks, a colourful kids sweater or a statement scarf… Take a little stash dive and see what inspiration you might find.  When you’re ready to cast on we’ll be happy to fill in the gaps with a base yarn to match.

We hope you have enjoyed this short preview. Remember that these shawls, and many more from Melanie’s collection, will only be with us until the end of the month so be sure to stop in to view the full range if you can!

2017: A Year for Yarn

Nadia brings us some of the unmissable events of 2017…

January is always a time of plotting and planning here at TIK, as we’re sure it is for many of you.  We’ve been busy finalising details and setting other wheels in motion and it’s safe to say that we’re very excited about what 2017 is going to bring! Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s have a look at just some of what’s coming up this year:

Flat lay with notebook, pen, needles and malabrigo yarn. Notebook features the text "2017 - Knit All The Things". Plans for This is Knit 2017. Featured events.

 

Irish Yarn Club

Starting in February you will be seeing the first instalment of the Irish Yarn Club 2017 hitting the hands of the lucky knitters who managed to nab a coveted membership. There will be stunning, never to be repeated, colourways from Hedgehog Fibres, Townhouse Yarns and The Dublin Dye Company and designs by the lovely Carol Feller. If you’d like to be a part of it all then you can still join the pattern-only collection here.  

Special Workshops

Along with our usual class schedule and tutorials, we have 3 very special workshops with the wonderful Melanie Berg coming up in April. Starting on Saturday the 8th of April, Shawl Design with Melanie Berg is *the* workshop to attend if you want to bring the shawl of your dreams to life.  You’d want to be pretty quick clicking that link because there are only 2 places left as I type!

Saturday afternoon Melanie takes it one step further with Design Your Own Mosaic Shawl.  Here you will create an original mosaic pattern and Melanie will walk you through all the necessary steps, from casting on, over fitting your pattern into a triangular shape, to finally binding off.

Melanie Berg's Eifelgold Shawl - a mosaic shawl. Learn more about Mosaic Knitting and design your own shawl at Melanie's workshop in This is Knit on Saturday 8th April 2017

As if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday the 9th of April some lucky knitters are joining Melaine in her workshop on Colourwork Shawls.  This class is fully booked but do add your name to the waiting list in case some places become available.

We have a number of other special guests planned, some return visitors and some first-timers! In fact we just revealed yesterday that Kate from the stunning craft and lifestyle blog A Playful Day will be joining us for a weekend of talks and workshops on the 13th and 14th of May. More details shortly, we promise!

Headshot of Kate from A Playful Day who will be visiting This is Knit for a weekend of workshops and talks on the 13th and 14th of May 2017

It might be worth keeping Saturday the 15th of July free too, as we welcome back a friendly face. You know it’s always good to indulge in some mid-summer technique enhancement…

Ok so that’s enough hint-dropping for now! Make sure you don’t miss any upcoming announcements by signing up to our newsletter here.

The Spring KAL Returns

We’ve been running the TIK Spring Knit-along for several years now and it’s always great fun and leads to lots of stunning FOs. We’ll be mixing things up a little this year, with several projects on offer across a common theme. Have we piqued your interest? Stay tuned for more details of yarn discounts, in-store events, prizes and frolics!

Are you making any exciting plans for 2017? Let us know in the comments we love hearing from you.

And if you need some instant gratification right this second, you can catch our SALE which includes the fabulous Lhasa. Find out more here.

Debbie Bliss Lhasa on SALE now at This is Knit. Buy 4 for the price of 3. Mix and match across all sale ranges.

 

 

 

A Weekend of Shawls with Melanie Berg

We love a good shawl around these parts, and we know you all do too. So what’s an LYS to do? Well, how about scheduling an entire weekend of Shawl Workshops in April next year?

Title Image for Melanie Berg's Shawl Construction Workshop at This is Knit in Dublin on Sat 8th April 2017

We’ve invited the wonderfully talented Melanie Berg to Dublin, and she’ll be teaching three topics with us: Shawl Construction, Mosaic Shawls and Colourwork Shawls. It’s all happening over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of April and the spaces are filling up fast.

Melanie combines texture and colour into wearable modern designs that are both playful and beautiful. She enjoys matching cheeky stripes with elegant lace, and choosing unexpected colour combinations.  We love absolutely Melanie’s designs, so much so that it’s hard to choose just one favourite. So instead we’ll let the Ravelry ratings give you the run down!

Ravelry Screenshot of Melanie Berg's most popular patterns

You will automatically receive a 10% discount if your sign up for more than one of the weekend’s workshops, so you can really immerse yourself in all-things-shawl!  And if you happen upon this post and discover some of the sessions have been booked out, then we’d encourage you to add your name to the waiting list.  There’s always a chance of cancellations between now and April.

Have you ever knit any of Melanie’s designs? Or which ones are on your “wishlist”?

Finally we just have a small reminder that we will be closed for the Christmas Break from 5.30pm this Friday. We wish you all a lovely Christmas, full of cosy knitting time, gorgeous yarns and good company too.

This is Knit Details of Christmas Holidays 2016