This is Knit is owned and operated by mother and daughter team Jacqui and Lisa Sisk. The company opened for business in May 2006 with a small stall at the Blackrock Market. Over the next two years the business was relocated twice within the market and eventually traded six days a week from a shop unit at the front of the market. In September 2008 the City Centre branch of This is Knit was opened in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2. Both the Blackrock shop and the City Centre shop operated along side each other until June 2009, when a larger retail space was acquired in the Powerscourt Townhouse and the two branches were amalgamated. This is Knit also trades online and sends packages of yarny goodness all over Ireland and worldwide.
Lisa, like many children of the eighties, learned how to knit in school but didn't keep it up after the teddy bear was finished. On a trip to New Zealand in 2004 she spotted another backpacker knitting in a hostel common room and thought it would be nice way to pass the long winter nights.
As luck would have it, the small town of Greymouth had no fewer than three yarn shops and she picked up the excellent "Stitch n Bitch, a Beginner's Handbook" to learn from. She returned home four months later as a true knitting addict.
Jacqui is a mother of four and grandmother to one and used to knit matching jumpsuits for her young children, who still haven't forgiven her. After a fifteen year break she rediscovered knitting in 2004, when Lisa introduced her to the range and quality of yarns available today. She has barely put her needles down since.
Jacqui left her job as cabin crew in March 2006 to focus on This is Knit and now knits up gorgeous garments as samples for the shop and, of course, for herself. Not a jumpsuit in sight, thankfully!
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