Last Friday evening, a lot of lovely people gathered in the loft in the Powerscourt Centre for our Yarn Dating, and it was an awful lot of fun! And oh! the yarn: new offerings from Juniper Moon, Noro, Townhouse Yarns, Debbie Bliss, Dublin Dye Company, Louisa Harding...the list goes on and on! There were yarn stations set up for our new offerings, each with yarn to test knit or crochet, sample garments to try on, pattern books to look through and shade cards to plan with... (and love hearts!) Each group of hopeful knitters and crocheters got five minutes with a possible dream yarn date, before the timer whisked them on to the next alluring prospect. The oohs! and aahs! had to be heard to be believed! As the dates proceeded, dance cards were filled up for the coming months, helped by handy little memos for keeping track of desirable candidates. You're the One that I Want and Eternal Flame were among the chosen tunes to create an undeniably cheesy yet romantic mood, with The Sultans of Ping's Where's Me Jumper? sneaking boldly in right at the end of the speed-dating section. And then it was back down to the shop. (The shop's had a bit of a spruce-up recently - we'll tell you more in a later post.) The yarn dating had focussed mainly on completely new stock, so this was a chance to see new shades of old friends as well as to place orders for what had won our hearts earlier. (That's a new and exclusive colour of Dublin Dye Company Swing Sock - we can't wait to tell you about that too!) Friday night was exactly what makes us happy at This Is Knit: the chance to help our wonderful customers meet yarn that will make you happy for ages to come. It's what we love. Thank you for coming along!