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 â‚¬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 â‚¬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.