December 16 2015 – Holly
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED In the midst of all the wonderful generosity surrounding the 12 days of Tin Can Knits, with plenty of free patterns and shop discounts, we've decided to spread even more joy and add a cherry on top: by doing a Christmas Giveaway here on the blog! One lucky winner will receive one of our very popular "I Want That Wrap" project kits, all festively wrapped up and ready for the holidays! Included in the kit is 3 skeins of the gorgeous Donegal WSC Tweed in your choice of the available colours, the full pattern instructions (with helpful tips for the best results) and 7 x beautiful wooden buttons. This wrap is a quick and easy knit, and oh-so-cosy! Take a look at our shop sample below, it was a hit at our Yarn Dating event, truly flattering on everyone who tried it on. The combination of a relaxed gauge and the lightweight Aran tweed makes for beautiful drape, and the perfect effortless layer for chilly weather. The pattern is simple: worked flat as a basic rectangle with a tidy i-cord edge. Buttonholes are not even required, as the buttons are simply sewn in place afterwards and the wrap slips on over the head. It's a great gift for any knitter, and we're giving one away on December 21st! We do love a good surprise, and Christmas is all about surprises, so to top off this already lovely giveaway we're also adding a mystery goodie bag of yarn worth â‚¬35! What could be better than a mountain of wool for the holidays? You could be our lucky winner and take home the wrap project kit and a goodie bag packed full of yarn, find out how below. To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment here and share what your absolute favourite knitting project was this year. Deadline for entries is Sunday December 20th, the winner will be selected at random and will be announced on Monday the 21st on our Facebook and Twitter pages. A little bit of small print: The prize can be collected in store or delivered free to any address within Ireland; international entries are welcome too, but the winner would be asked to cover the cost of delivery.
After Christmas last year I washed my daughters Christmas jumper. It went from a ladies size small to a child’s size small in a matter of minutes. So to replace it this year I knit her a new Christmas jumper. Fair isle yoke of trees and what looks like dots of snowflakes in the body. Pattern Sirdar 9614. Never attempted anything like this before and it turned out great. More importantly it fits beautifully and she loves it!
My favourite knit this year was probably my simplest! I did a pretty simple reversible slip stitch cowl, in odds and ends of yarn (cream and a sea green with hints of navy in it), and it ended up having a lovely crosshatching type effect on the upper part (in cream). I loved every minute of working on it and adored the result, and it’s rare that both happen on the same project. Usually one happens far more than the other. Folks, thank you for all that you do, and may ye all have a great and yarn filled 2016!
My favourite knitting project was my tea cosy adventure! They can also be worn as hats :)
Crocheting a full sized Cottage Ripple Blanket sustained me throughout the year. I crocheted on the beach, in the car, watching TV, on hols in France, in airports, on trains and sitting up in bed and as it grew, it kept me warm! This project was a labour of love for my daughter who was planning to study abroad and wanted to take it with her so every stitch brought home to me that she would be leaving…but leaving with memories of me and a blanket made with love. As it happened, she opted to stay in Cork so we have the double bonus of holding onto her for another while longer. The blanket is still destined to go with her and it will go with love and gratitude.
I really enjoyed knitting up a cowl in townhouse saoirse in time to wear it on referendum day.
I only took up knitting this year (but have also been crocheting for years). I think my first project was my favourite, I knitted and felted a woolen coat for my Yorkshire terrier – I’m especially pleased with the alterations I made to the pattern so it would have an opening at the bag for attaching the lead to her harness.
My favourite project would have to be ‘Mithral’ a jumper by Carol Feller which was part of a KAL. The pattern came with a bonus pattern of a hat which can be used as a swatch. I didn’t make the deadline but I just have to block it now. The hat turned out great though, I hope the jumper does too!
I think my favourite project of this year was the lovely cable jumper I knitted from Louisa Harding’s Esquel booklet. I was inspired by the sample I saw in store and I’m so proud of finishing my first ever garment! I’ve knit socks, gloves, scarves, blankets, toys, but was always intimidated by the prospect of a jumper or a cardigan where something like gauge really mattered. But thanks to the lovely staff at This is Knit, who I peppered with all manner of ridiculous questions, I have a great addition to my wardrobe and my skill set!
Carol Feller’s Landscape Waves! The construction is unique and so fun to knit. The cardigan is so wearable. I use it nearly everyday.
Among the many knits I enjoyed this year my absolute favourite has to be the shawl I made with the fabulous Coolree yarn club Sapphire colourway merino/cashmere/nylon sock weight yarn I got as a Christmas present. I made the crescent shawl Sacre Coeur which was a lovely knit as it was adaptable, you could do it all lace or with a stocking or garter stitch base bordered with lace. I chose to do up to half its depth in stocking stitch and then continue in lace doing two repeats of the arches and one of the stained glass windows lace edging, finishing with a picot cast off. The variations are infinite but this turned out beautiful and used up all the yarn. I made it while travelling to and from a family wedding in the Netherlands and it was perfect for plane/road knitting. I wear it a lot and it’s a squishy snug warm silky cloak next to my skin. Heavenly!
Sorry I got a bit carried away there but luxury yarn always has me waxing lyrical!
What a great opportunity. My favorite knitting project was a sweater that is almost done. I have lost a bit of weight and can’t wait to get into a smaller size hand knit.
I’ve just recently started knitting and I Have made a wonderful scarf with thick variegated yarn. Thanks very much for this generous and beautiful giveaways, merry Christmas, Pati x
I am loving the Herriott Great hat I made, it’s just perfect! I’m also liking a cowl I made with beading, having been to the embellishment workshop during the summer. Fun trying out new things!
I think it must be the Cabled Yoke Pullover by Patons, even though it’s basically plain, I love the cable rib and band around the shoulders which it all starts from. Very warm and perfect for the bitter cold days.
I’ve knitted some dog sweaters too with I found quite fun, I think it’s the novelty more than anything else, both by Drops, Valentino and 102-42.
I tried a shawl pattern too but it turned out to small for one and is a better scarf.
My favorite was out of the Susie Johns , Knitted pets, as I like small projects
My favourite knit this year was my Echarpe Vitraile, a beautiful design by Daniele Dietrich for Elle Tricot. A long project shawl with tons of intarsia squares, a lot of weaving in of tails of yarn, but well worth all the trouble.
My favorite knit this year was Carol Feller’s Dacite. I knit it in Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, which was wonderful. I am wool sensitive and can only wear merino yarn and suchlike, so was thrilled to find this yarn which is a lovely tweed and very wearable! I always get compliments when I wear the jacket.
I’ve been looking at wrap patterns and that one caught my eye. It would be great to be able to knit it in real Irish yarn! Thanks for the opportunity…and happy holidays to you all!
My favourite knit this year was my colour affection shawl. Loved my Grand Canal mittens too. Made them a few times.
My absolute favourite thing to knit this year was the Maile Cardigan in Malabrigo Sock Ochre for my baby Sofia. I love it!! It’s gorgeous!!
My favourite knit this year is my Mithral………it’s a brilliant combination of a Carol Feller pattern, Fyberspates Cumulus and a KAL. I still have to block it but it will be very cosy if the weather ever gets colder!!