Crochet Animation & Music Too

The last week the only thing I have seen of Donal is the back of the screen of his computer as he has been very busy extracting images and composing this little video of my crochet from the last year for me.

A video of my crochet inspiration to whet your appetite for a crochet class or a customized, themed workshop for you and your friends. Drop me a mail at irene@yarnclasses.com for details on availability!

Donal also composed and recorded the pretty tune which he gave to me to use anyway I like, he also made the animated hook too and all I can say is, I Like!

Thank you for the video Donal!

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Alternative Matrials In Crochet

I was in a builder’s suppliers a couple of weeks ago and came across a spool of Manila twine, I love the scent of Manila and couldn’t resist buying a few meters of it to convert into “something”.

On the way home in the car I remembered my spool of candlewick cotton in my stash and I thought the two would be a happy mix. I also had an eye on my “Crochet Living” workshop coming up and a plan started to take shape.

Manila rope basket crochet in candlewick cotton by Irene LundgaardCrochet Manila Twine & Candlewick Basket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

After a few attempts I ended up making a very plain little bowl, an ideal little basket for holding small one ball projects or perhaps some fine cotton lace work or tea lights or pretty stones or keys or perhaps just to be left out to touch and smell.

One way or another, it’s simple crochet for around the home and I really enjoyed working with these materials, it could be fun to use coloured cotton in sections of a basket or even coloured twine.

Do you ever use alternative materials in your crochet?

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Crochet In The Bold Corner

It has been too quiet about this place for the last week or so, all due to much teaching of crochet and many very capable hands turning out well defined crochet stitches.

I am also busy preparing handouts for my next workshops in Denmark; or rather, I should be doing that as they do not just manifest themselves just because I have crochet the relevant samples. I have not yet mastered the art of printing them out straight from my brain – if you have found a way, please let me know.

As I said, I should be preparing handouts but my imagination ran riot the last few days and I started no less than four different projects, and they are all in a state of non-completion. I am being very bold and I had to send myself in the bold corner.

Freeform in Green by Irene LundgaardBold Corner Freeform Crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2013

That move proved counter productive and matters escalated in that corner as I found about 100g of yarn that just had to be crochet there and then. The crochet has absolutely no relevance to the workshops I am preparing other than I just may be able to turn it into a pretty cushion cover, that way it fits the crochet “Living” workshop I’m doing. Can’t you imagine this crochet stretched over a pretty piece of violet coloured silk? My imagination can, but I really do not have the time for these sort of ideas popping up in the middle of an otherwise well scheduled time plan. Fortunately, I don’t actually have enough yarn to complete the project – and I don’t have any violet coloured silk either. Yet…

I better get back to those handouts… Are you good at being disciplined or are you bold like me?

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Cushendale Wollen Mills

We had a beautiful sunny day here today, a perfect day for a quick yarn trip although further inland and down out of the hills, it was quite foggy, Graig-na-managh included, which was my destination; Cushendale Wollen Mills to be exact! I use their yarns in all my tuition, I find it’s superb for the purpose as the stitch definition is perfect, not to mention the colours… Oh, how I can drool over that colour card!

Cushendale Wollen Mills January 2013Cushendale Wollen Mills © Irene Lundgaard 2013

After a joyful encounter with Philip Cushen himself, I extracted the couple of kilos of mixed yarn goodies that I needed and when I was leaving I turned around to have a look at the mill. It’s beautifully old and well preserved, and today – in the fog – the exterior colours were just as magical as the wool on the interior!

Look at the colours on that lean-to shed, aren’t they just inspiring? To me it is simply magical.

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More Crochet Classes Available

I’m delighted to be able to say that due to popular demand my regular Thursday classes, both morning and evenings are now fully booked for the 4 week term commencing on Thursday January 10th.

Therefore, I am now taking bookings for Wednesdays as well with classes commencing on Wednesday January 16th, in Market Square, Tinahely with morning classes from 10.00 am-12.00 pm and evening classes from 8.00-10.00 pm. Price for absolute beginners is €65 (all materials included) and €55 for continuers (bring your own yarn + hook).

Lacy Lace Scarf with sparkleContinuers will have an emphasis on learning new stitch combinations and techniques and we will have fun elaborating on the traditional Granny Square as well as enjoying Free Form Crochet.

Beginners will get a thorough grounding in Classical Crochet, learn all the stitches, increasing/decreasing, reading patterns and crochet charts as well as finishing to the highest possible standard.

Everybody will get completely hooked! Well, I’ll do my best for that to happen!

Price €55 (€65 for beginners) per 4 weeks or drop-in classes at €15.

Places limited. Pre-booking essential contact Irene: 085 769 1854 / Irene@yarnclasses.com.

I also offer one day workshops and will travel for these. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you a proposal to suit your needs.

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The Sunday Times Article

I was delighted to be part of a nice article on Yarn Graffiti and all things yarn in THE SUNDAY TIMES yesterday. I was rubbing shoulders with the best of yarnies in Ireland in the article and some Hollywood stars too! What more can a woman ask for? There was a great emphasis on crochet in the article, something that is delightful for a crocheter like me that is doing her best for some crochet world domination!

Irene Lundgaard in The Sunday Times - Photo by Fergal Phillips - January 6th 2013 -2

The wonderful Stitch Lily of Wolly Way of Ireland was the woman who brought all of us to Ed Power’s attention and for that and her brilliant website she deserves huge thanks. The article also featured the gifted Evin O’Keeffe, The Constant Knitter wool shop, the talented Aoibhe Ní Shúilleabháin and the edgy Caroline Kuyper.

Delighted I am, and not least grateful to Stephanie Kennedy of The Yarn Room for the loan of “The Sofa” keeping me snug and out of the murky wet outside on the day that Photographer Fergal Phillips came to take my picture!

World domination, I’m telling you!

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Live Life – Love Life Crochet Pattern Release

This pattern has been under way for quite some time. It could be argued that I have been procrastinating over it, although that wouldn’t be me to do that at all…

Live Life Love Life Bag By Irene Lundgaard advert

I actually really enjoy working this pattern and have another sample ready for photography once the light and the weather is more co-operative. You can read more about the making of the pattern and the bag here!

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

DETAILS:
Size:
Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
Materials:
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50


The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

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New Crochet Classes Starting Next Week

It’s that time of year again, time to think about keeping warm and why not combine that with hook and wool to stay warm and get the added benefit of achieving great hooked things at the same time?

I’m starting a new round of my regular 4 week classes on Thurday January 10th, with morning classes at the Tinahely Farm Shop from 10.30 am-12.20 pm and evening classes at Market Square, Tinahely from 8.00-10.00 pm. Price for absolute beginners is €65 (all materials included) and €55 for continuers (bring your own yarn + hook).

Crochet Granny Square Cushion by Irene LundgaardContinuers will have an emphasis on learning new stitch combinations and techniques and we will have fun elaborating on the traditional Granny Square as well as enjoying Free Form Crochet.

Beginners will get a thorough grounding in Classical Crochet, learn all the stitches, increasing/decreasing, reading patterns and crochet charts as well as finishing to the highest possible standard.

Everybody will get completely hooked! Well, I’ll do my best for that to happen!

Price €55 (€65 for beginners) per 4 weeks or drop-in classes at €15.

Places limited. Pre-booking essential contact Irene: 085 769 1854 / Irene@yarnclasses.com.

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Have A Crochet New Year

I have had the most fantastic year in crochet with very exciting happenings, fun workshops and not least many creative crocheters hatched.

New Year Greetings 2012Asterix & Obelix, Blue Morph and the Tinahely Sheep Flock
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

It has been a year of statement crochet and even the year where my crochet hit the big screen, but there was much more quiet crochet  pursuits too! Therapeutic, rhythmical movements with the hook in silent contemplation…

I look forward to exploring 2013 in crochet with you in workshops, at regular crochet classes or perhaps just in the virtual world. Wherever I meet you I wish you health, happiness and not least loads of crochet for 2013

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Granny Squares With A Twist

The Granny Squares with a twist is in development and I’m having good fun. There are another couple to roll off the hook before pattern and production can be set in motion, the colours are working well, I think and the only question is if I can twist them further.

How I love the creative process, to me it really is the ultimate journey!

Spiralling Granny Squares by Irene LundgaardSpiralling Granny Square Sketches in Cushendale DK
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

I have this notion that these should be made up with a warm red colour from Cushendale Wollen Mills, but my stash appear to have been diluted of that particular colour. I feel a trip to Graig-na-managh coming on this coming week! 

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