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International Crochet Month

March has for some years now been declared Crochet Month Of The Year in the US – and some of us have embraced this and see it as an International Crochet Month. I thought I would celebrate, not just by crocheting all day every day for the month of March (and the rest of the year for that matter) but also by highlighting and giving shout outs to a couple of the crochet sites that I really enjoy to visit and find inspiring!

First and foremost, I must highlight Laurie Wheeler’s Crochet Liberation Front website. Laurie is the Fearless Leader of the Crochet Liberation Front and has been blowing the trumpet for crochet in the yarn industry for years now and she has even set up a forum where crocheters can meet and chat on Hookey.org. If you don’t know these two sites already I can only recommend that you check them out and sign up to become a member!

Hyperbolic Crochet at the beach on the island of Fur in Denmark by Irene LundgaardHyperbolic Crochet I at The Beach on Fur Island
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

Then there is the Crochet Concupiscence website, which has a wealth of inspiration every single day of the year. Kathryn Vercillo has a burning fire in her crochet belly and shares what she finds on her way with great generosity. Kathryn has even written a book called “Crochet Saved My Life” about how her crochet hook helped her heal from illness. I have not read the book myself, but I have read the reviews and they are good and all of us who work with yarn, I think we have an innate understanding of the healing effects there are in repetition and creativity.

Finally, there is Ravelry.com. Ravelry is a great yarn community with nearly 3 million users worldwide. The site is bursting with pattern ideas, groups that share the same crochet interests as you, or knitting interest or spinning or… I cannot recommend membership of Ravelry enough. If you are already a member or you are going to sign up, I hope you will hook up with me on the site and join my Ravelry Group, the language of the group is both Danish and English. Or you are welcome to “friend” me on my profile on Ravelry.

There are very many other inspiring crochet sites in this world, but they will appear here some other time. I hope you found these links as inspiring as I do and I hope you will hook this March and crochet loads and then some, I know I will!

Note: You are also very welcome to Like my page on Facebook, which you can find here!

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The Power Of Crochet Flowers

I teach crochet classes in the Market Square building right in the centre of Tinahely, Co Wicklow. At the bottom of the steps the Tinahely ICA erected a granite bench for people to congregate at for at chat. Behind the bench there is a tree – a tree that I appear to have “something” for

Basket of Crochet Flowers in Tinahely by Irene Lundgaard

Crochet flowers in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard

Crochet Flowers on the tree in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard

flowers in the tree on the square in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard

Crochet flowers in Tinahely Co Wicklow by Irene Lundgaard at duskCrochet Flowers On Dwyer Square, Tinahely, Co Wicklow
©
Irene Lundgaard 2013

Today the crocheters of Tinahely sprinkled crochet flowers onto the branches of the tree while it is still bare, just because we can! Colourful flowers, imaginative flowers, mad flowers, fun flowers, pretty ones, romantic ones – in other words a great concoction of crochet flower biodiversity in one place, flowers to brighten up the last few weeks of winter.

Perhaps the flowers will be stolen, perhaps they will be laughed at, frowned upon, embraced, torn apart, picked and be never seen again and perhaps they will cheer up the people passing and make them smile…

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The Feast Of Hearts

heartlogofacebookIn Denmark we call Christmas the Feast Of Hearts and I hope you will have a feast in yours along with
all the hearts you love the most!

With this little animation by Donal, I wish you a Happy Crochet Christmas! I know mine will be!

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Animated Times

I am privileged to be sharing my life with Donal, he is one of the most talented musicians and recording artists I know. His lyrics tell wonderful stories and the tunes are never “run of the mill”. I admire his determination and not least his musical talent. It is a privilege to be surrounded by such wonderful music every day.

Some short 10 months ago Donal set to work with great focus as he immersed himself in the world of 3D animation. He learnt the skills and then he started creating this wonderful 3D animation to illustrate one of his tunes called “Global Village” from his album “Slipstring”.

I love it and I hope you enjoy it too!

Note:
Website: www.donaldonohoe.com
FaceBook: Like Donal Donohoe’s page here!
iTunes: The album “Slipstring” is available here!

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Propping Up Asterix & Obelix

A year ago I was approached by the Set Designer of the new “Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty’s Service” movie. Parts of the movie were filmed on location here in Ireland and crochet was needed for some of the props. I was excited and delighted to be approached, particularly when I realized I had near complete freedom once the colours were decided.

One scene is set in a wonderful garden where Obelix is taking Five O’Clock Tea with the ladies and Véronique Melery had this idea that there was to be frilly edges on the Wedgwood tea cups, the teapot, sugar bowl and milk jug. Quirky fun!

Obelix On Her Majestys Service Drinking TeaObelix Drinking Tea With The Ladies © 2012

I met with Véronique at The Yarn Room where we found suitable yarn in the required colours (we landed on the beautiful Einband from Istex in a rose colour and moss green – gorgeous!). Normally doily style crochet is done in cotton, but for these props the frills needed to “hold their own” and time was of the essence deeming starch and cotton out of the “picture” – if you’ll pardon the pun – sturdy North Atlantic lace weight yarn was ideal for the purpose.

I was issued with no less than nine delicate Wedgewood cups and saucers and only a few days to finish the task. I needed to figure out how to attach the lacy edges to the porcelain and all I can say is “Thank God” for super glue, a very well stocked local grocery store and a very obliging husband, who did a few runs to pick up more glue when I perhaps became just a little bit hysterical when I realized how much liquid wool soaks up… Just a bit hysterical, mind!

Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Tea Pot PanoramaTestel 1Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Sugar Bowl and Milk Jug Tea CupTea Pot, Tea Cup, Sugar Bowl & Milk Jug
Asterix & Obelix © 2012

Veronique also asked me to crochet a few pretty covers for some apples, these I worked in Shoppel-Wolle Zauberball Lace. The richest red colour. I worked them very simply and I think they turned out quite well.

Asterix and Obelix On Her Majestys Service Apples coverred in CrochetAsterix & Obelix Crochet Apple Covers © 2012

I crochet this 3D piece of Strawberries & Cream a couple of years ago and this I also lent to Veronique, she thought it might work in the context, but I am not sure if it was ever used. One way to find out is to see the movie, I suppose…

Asterix & Obelix Strawberries and CreamStrawberries & Cream © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I also made a nest box for birds and a nice little bird, but I written about that separately. I really enjoyed this commission – it was a privilege to be given a relative free reign with my hook, yarn and imagination!

I would love to see the movie in the cinema, but I don’t think it’s going to be in the Irish cinemas but I know it was released in Denmark yesterday, I’m going to Denmark next week, ’nuff said!…

For a woman that doesn’t “do” commissions, I most certainly have been taking a lot of them within the last year or so…

Note: The props from the movie are going on display in the Museum at the Asterix Park near Paris… I feel a trip to Paris coming on!

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Free Form Crochet Fun

One of the great joys of my life is when I get a chance to prepare something new for my crochet classes. Sometimes it’s just a description of a technique that needs to be smartened up a bit or it can just be new inspiration both for my pupils and for myself.

At the moment I am preparing some free-form workshops for the autumn and while I’m doing that, my current weekly classes are being introduced to this wonderful funky fun style of crochet. A style where only one’s imagination is the limit.

freeform crochet by Irene LundgaardColourful Free-form crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2012

As always I am trying hard to bring texture into the equation, texture is one of the most exciting elements of free-form, and as always, as you can see, it’s the colour that’s winning here and I have come to conclusion that I have to allow my mind be ruled by my heart on this – at least on the current piece I am working – and just go with the colours – textures do not come easily to me! I wonder if they ever will…

If I have a notion what this piece might turn into? I might, but we’ll see if my heart is in agreement…

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Fun

Sheep Spring Back Into Action

It’s sheep time again. It was only just a year ago that I destroyed my poor hands on peat bricket bailer twine and polythene bags to decorate my sheep “All Fake Fur…” for the Tinahely Sheep Flock by the Tinahely Arts Group – the sheep that was then stolen… Yes, there are very many sad people out there. I always imagine that the sheep has gone to a good home, but I have a feeling the reality is that it ended up being sold as scrap iron. I hope the person who sold it got a good few bob for the metal at least…

All Fake Fur… Tinahely Sheep Flock by Irene LundgaardAll Fake Fur… © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I diverge, those long days spent outside the house weaving that ghastly stuff was also done in bright, warm sunshine. Just like today. It seems that when the sheep are ready to spring into action the sun is too! To celebrate I started work on my contribution to this years sheep flock today.

TAG metal sheep is prepared for decoration by Irene Lundgaard Tinahely Sheep Flock 2012 Contribution © Irene Lundgaard 2012

However, this time I’m going to work with paint on my sheep which means I need to clean off the metal template and yet again, my hands are in bits… A cocktail of baking soda, washing-up liquid, Brillo pads, water, methylated spirit and sandpaper they really took their toll on a poor crocheters hands and I most certainly now know why it is that I prefer to work with the lanolin drenched fleece off a sheep rather than the “carcass” of one!

I have given the sheep the first couple of coats of paint, the next step is to get the “decoration” sorted. How I love a challenge!…

As for my hands, well, I hope they forgive me as I plan on spending the night crocheting in pure wool with what that entails of lovely softening natural lanolin…

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A Developing Woman

The journey a hook and a ball of yarn can bring a woman on is mind-boggling. I am on such a journey at the moment. It started with the fact that March is International Crochet Month and I promised myself that I would have a dedicated piece of crochet to work on throughout the month. I started a piece of free-form sculptural crochet on International Women’s Day – a significant date in women’s lives…

It was my intention to make a Sheela Na Gig. I have always been fascinated by Sheela Na Gigs and often wonder why they are depicted as something almost aggressive. I had never understood that aggression until I started to look into their origin. Some say it may be the war-goddess depicted but others say it’s a symbol of fertility in which case I very much regret what seems to be the built in aggression. Fertility to me is round and soft, juicy and delicious.

Shella Na Gig turned Venus Figurine by Irene Lundgaard 8 March 2012Developing Woman © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I set to work with my yarn and 3 mm hook and started from the top of the head and then Sheela took on a life of her own. She developed very large breasts, something that is very rarely seen on a Sheela Na Gig as she seems to warn against lust. I soon realized that my hands were turning her into something completely different, and as I went along, this piece refused to be aggressive. It wanted to be round and voluptuous – fertile… Very female. Sheela seems to have morphed into what can best be described as a Venus figurine.

Historically there are many thousands of years between these two female depictions. Women have developed much in all those years and my depiction of the female seems to want to develop further as this one tells me she is not yet complete. Earlier today she demanded hair – neither ever seen on a Sheela Na Gig nor a Venus figurine, to my knowledge and I am sure there will be further developments…

Note:
Wikipedia has this to say about the Sheela Na Gig.
Wilipedia has this to say about Venus figurines.

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The Rhythm Of Crochet

A while ago, (a year to be exact, I have just been reliably told, cough-cough! How time flies!) I was given a gorgeous and very inspiring gift. I was given a piece of crochet music. Donal wrote a pretty little tune for me all inspired by the rhythm of my crochet hook.

Honestly, it doesn’t get any bigger than that as gifts go in my world!

Not only did Donal write the music, he also made me a video with an animated crochet hook interspersed with pictures of some of my crochet.

Donal called the tune “Get Hooked” and that is exactly what he has done. I’m hooked on it and I think Donal has completely captured the rhythm of a crochet hook in the tune and let’s face it, he does hear a lot of it! Words like “obsessive compulsive” does regularly make their way across the room to me for some reason…

I love that little humpty-dumpty rhythm he has captured, it is so melodic and great crochet music to my ears. I adore this little video, I adore the tune and truth be told, I adore Donal, but that’s my own little private secret…

Enjoy the music!

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A Real Christmas Pixie

I finished my pixie hat over the weekend, or “nisse hat” as we would call it in Denmark and today my real life “nisse niece” appeared in the most moving little sequence of trapeze art, that she does at the Circus Factory in Denmark. She is as strong as an ox that child! What with the month that’s in it, I simply had to share her with you.

Isn’t she sweet and charming and so accomplished and yes, Auntie’s eyes welled up with pride! As a matter of fact, they do every time I watch this…