This month we’re chatting with the mother-daughter team behind Dublin yarn store, This is Knit. If you’re looking for a yarn store in Dublin, we’d love you to pop in and say hi to these warm and knowledgeable stockists of our yarn. Jacqui and Lisa Sisk share their top tips for a city break in Dublin, including where to get some beautiful souvenirs – if there’s any spending money left after the yarn shopping of course!
This is Knit started out as a small stall over 10 years ago in the Blackrock Market. Thanks to the thriving community of knitters in the city, the Dublin yarn store has expanded several times over the years and now has a beautiful, light, modern space in the City Centre at Powerscourt Townhouse Center, Dublin 2.
Lisa and Jacqui frequently host big name designers from the knitting world for workshops at This is Knit. Melanie Berg has shown her beautiful shawls here including some of those she has designed with The Fibre Co. yarn. Woolly Wormhead and Justyna Lorkowska have also been teaching at the store and Lisa tells us she’s very excited about some of the new names and fascinating workshop topics that they have lined up for 2018. They’ve also just launched Woollin, a brand new indie Yarn Fest and it’s looking fab! Follow This is Knit on social media to hear when new workshops are announced.
This is Knit currently stock Meadow and Luma which have proven to be two of their most popular yarns for summer knitting. They also stock Road to China and our Acadia blend so you can get a good look at some of our yarn lines if you pop in.
We asked Jacqui and Lisa if they could recommend a few of their favourite spots in Dublin and they came up with these 5 things to do in Dublin if you love craft.
5 Places to Check out In Dublin
- Enjoy a cuppa and with your yarn cake – Take the weight off your feet after all that yarn shopping and let the girls at This is Knit wind your yarn into a cake while you enjoy a freshly baked slice of it next door at The Pepperpot Cafe.
- Stroll around the Iveagh Gardens – Pick up something delicious from the food vendors in George’s Street Arcade and have yourself a picnic in the Iveagh Gardens. You’ll find it a welcome retreat in the middle of the city.
- Top stop for foodies, Sheridan’s Cheese – They claim to have a selection of some of the best sandwiches in Dublin, but it’s the top Irish and European cheeses you’ll want to sample. The staff at Sheridans Cheese are all experts in cheese and will happily talk you through what they have on offer and you’re welcome to try the cheese before you buy.
- Shop the work of contemporary Irish designers at Article – A curated selection of quirky yet functional pieces for the home can be found at Article, just a stones throw from This is Knit. Showcasing the work of many talented, contemporary Irish designers. Article carry the Studio Donegal wool throws which are produced with the goal of maintaining and preserving the long-running tradition of hand-weaving in South West Donegal. They would make a beautiful souvenir if you want to take a little piece of Ireland home with you.
- Cloth, The place to find Irish linen & tweed – Those of you who sew will want to know where to find the best Dublin fabric store too. Cloth stocks fabrics from all over the world. You’ll find Liberty of London cottons and silks, cashmeres from Italy, fine bead work from India and exquisite velvet and lace. They have a beautiful selection of Irish tweed and Irish linen, all dyed and woven locally in colours that reflect the colours and textures of the Irish landscape.
Thank you so much to Jacqui and Lisa for giving us a crafters tour of your city. Do stop by This is Knit when you’re visiting Dublin and say hello from the Fibre Co.