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Irene

Irene & Donal © Donal Donohoe small 6

My deepest thanks to all who have sent kind words and messages of sympathy on the recent passing of my wife, friend, partner and collaborator Irene Lundgaard. Irene and I spent twenty wonderful years together and it was a privilege to live with such a creative, kind-hearted and beautiful human being, she truly was a force of nature. To say that Irene could brighten up any room that she walked into would be an understatement as I am sure anyone who knew her would testify and her loss is immeasurable, she will be forever in my heart.

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Crochet Doily Yarn Classes

Dilly-dally Doilies

Over the last few months I have been on a mission inspired by the Motorbike Doily I made last year for my brother Thue. I do not crochet doilies, I do not use doilies but I love the time-consuming work that the fine cotton thread offers and the fine delicate work one can churn out, so I set to work on some more for my other siblings.

First I made an Oil Rig & Supply Ship Doily – it was done in the same technique as the Motorbike Doily, in fine thread (80 on a 0.6 mm hook). I wanted to make this for my oil rig brother Jens and even managed to create a few waves for him on it around the supply ship. I loved making it, and I dug out my great granny’s sampler book for the edgings and was quite true to her handicraft from the 1890s as I copied her pretty edge ideas! There is a wonderful connected-ness to my way back crochet background when I look in that book.

This is the result of my hooked labour – how I enjoyed myself! Who said I don’t do doilies? With a twist…

Crochet Oil Rig and Supply Ship By Irene LundgaardCrochet Oil Rig & Supply Ship Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

The next person on my list was my sister Tina and I also wanted to make her something meaningful.  She lives in London and has a deep love for the obsolete Routemaster buses that used to bring the masses around in the streets of London. Fortunately, some of these old buses are still in operation, one such bus is the number 9 heritage bus that goes to Trafalgar, to me and to my sister, it doesn’t get any more London than that, so my choice of image was quickly decided. I had run out of the very fine thread so I upped the thread to a 40 on a 1.0 mm hook. Yet again, I tipped my crochet toes into my great granny’s sampler book for the edging but this time around I elaborated on her originals and some of the ideas I came up with might just work as nice edges on some simple crochet woollen winter shawls. Only time will tell and perhaps my stash, my hook and my imagination – we’ll see!

Anyway, this is the Routemaster bus doily I crochet. What fun I had!

Crochet London Routemaster Doily by Irene LundgaardCrochet Routemaster Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

Finally my brother Leif was on the receiving end of a doily. He and I both share the love of picking fossils on the shore. We all grew up on a rather unique island called Fur in Denmark which is riddled with the most fascinating fossils and geology of interesting Diatomite Cliffs (moclay). When he and I walk on the beach we see nothing of the view as we have our noses stuck into the gravel under foot and prize out the treasures fossilized sea urchins, octopuses, oysters, wood – whatever fossil we can find from at least 50 million years ago.

I made Leif a fossilized sea urchin with a lighthouse in the background to set the maritime scene. I elaborated even further on the edges from the Routemaster doily and there is no doubt in my mind that some of these will indeed turn into some edging on simple crochet shawls for the winter.

This is the Fossil & Lighthouse doily – I’m glad ancient fossils are never strictly symmetric! Giggle!

Lighthouse and Fossil Doily by Irene LundgaardCrochet Fossil & Lighthouse Doily © Irene Lundgaard 2014

I have a few more ideas like these up the sleeve, as a matter of fact, I have already stared two so there is no dilly-dally here, only doilies!

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Women Of The World

This coming Friday is a significant day in the year for women. It is March 8th and it is International Women’s Day – which by coincidence was established in Copenhagen.

Today I had the privilege of having early celebrations with a women’s group in Arklow called Women Of The World which was established in 2009 and is, literally, made up of women from all over the world.  A wonderful dynamic group that meet every Wednesday morning in the Wicklow Partnership Office.

Women of The World in Arklow with Roisin Markham

Women of The World in Arklow with Roisin Markham 2Women Of The World in Arklow
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I was invited to attend their meeting as they have plans of a spot of yarn bombing inspired by the creative and dynamic Róisín Markham. I look forward to seeing what they get up to with that crochet – cheeky things were running off those hooks!

As for my own International Women’s Day celebrations,  I will be celebrating with the Tinahely Women’s Network, on Friday 8th March at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely from 10.30 – 12.30 with a theme of “Influential Irish Women 1913 – 2013”.
Celebrations will continue that evening with a pot luck supper, starting at 7.30 p.m. (Bring a small portions of food to share).

Perhaps I’ll see you there? If not, I wish you a happy International Women’s Day!

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Workshop Yarn Classes

Loads Of Crochet

I have been busy giving crochet workshops in Denmark and busy in my regular crochet classes here in Ireland too. So busy I have not been able to get my web page updated which is a disgrace as I have loads of news to share.

However, I will not be able to get to that until tomorrow afternoon, but I can tell you that it involves the mention of an article in the current edition of the new UK magazine SIMPLY CROCHET in which I’m delighted to feature – have you seen the magazine? It’s bright and cheerful and if nothing else, check it out for the paper quality alone – having a background in printing – I’m a sucker for nice paper!

I will also roll out my new regular classes as well as making suggestions for one day workshops that might be of interest to you. And then there is a whole other crochet venture which involves sales of select pieces of my crochet too.

Crochet Hillarity at Skive Bibliotek by Irene Lundgaard

Doing The Crochet Thing at Skive Bibliotek by Irene LundgaardUntidy, chaotic teachers workstation at
Crochet Workshop at Skive Library, Denmark
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

In the meantime, I share a couple of photos form the workshops I did at the wonderful library in Skive, Denmark. As you can see, they were a busy lot! Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of the beginner class on the Friday. They were a great and came through in flying colours with a great grasp of more than just the basics on the day.

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Crochet Living Yarn Classes

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
©
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 Yarn Classes

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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Crochet Pattern Tapestry Crochet Yarn Classes

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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Crochet Yarn Classes

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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Asterix & Obelix Blue Morph Crochet tinahely arts group Yarn Classes

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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Crochet granny square Workshop Yarn Classes

Twisting Granny Squares Out Of The Hook

I have had a few nice days off and for some reason, the crochet hooks have been fairly idle too! However, I am preparing workshops for the new year and not least my regular classes which commence on Thursday January 10th again and last night an idea for some fun Granny Squares struck – Granny Squares with a twist at that!

Granny Squares with a twist by Irene LundgaardCushendale DK/Mohair © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Earlier today I dug out this palette of yarn – all from the wonderful Irish Cushendale Wollen Mills. I have just wound the skeins and I’m ready for take off! Wish me luck!