The Christmas Season Is Kicked Off

Today we had our wonderful Christmas Spirit Fair at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely. All the stallholders had brought superb goods which they presented in the most lovely cheerful manner and we had a steady stream of people come through the doors all day long. I just thought I would share a few pictures from the day before I grab the hook for a bit of recreational crochet.

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - just about to open Just about to open the Christmas Spirit Fair
at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - ready for the rush
My stall ready for the rush © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - first puntersFirst punters © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Christmas Spirit Fair 2011 Courthouse Arts Centre - view from upstairs
View from upstairs © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Thanks to everyone who were there and helped turn the day into a day full of the spirit of Christmas.

hyperbolic crochet coral reef

The Irish Toxic Reef – Call Out

We are exhibiting The Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef in The Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely from September 12th to October 24th. I’m delighted that we will have the opportunity to give our wonderful woolly wonder another whirl. However, we don’t have a Toxic Reef any more, as it was sent of with the Wertheims to be exhibited in it’s entirety at The Smithsonian as they found it to be of an outstanding high quality. This means that we actully don’t have a Toxic Reef to exhibit here any longer, so the call is out for some toxic reef to be produced.


This weekend I’m going to attempt to turn these bags into some toxic coral. Are you going to join me?

If you would like to submit pieces (woolly or toxic), please send to
Irish Reef, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Note: To crochet hyperbolic spheres or planes and be true to the mathematical principals, you just need to increase to the same rate throughout to create a exponential increase. Have fun!


Pick Up Your Needles in Tinahely

It’s time for another one day workshop in Tinahely. A day to indulge your passion, learn something new and not least, have a blast with fibre and like minded people!

Learn to Knit, Crochet, Felt
or Spin your own yarn
or refresh your skill

1 Day Workshop @ €55
Sunday February 21st

All materials included. Full payment taken upon booking.
Venue: The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow

Tuition will be given in:

Knitting: Beginners will learn the basics of knitting and start a project. Improvers will learn to design a unique hat, work on finishing techniques or learn cable and lace stitches. You can also bring along any knitting project that you would like assistance with.
Tutor: Stephanie Kennedy
Crochet: Beginners will learn the basics of crochet and start a project to work on at home. Improvers will learn classical Tunisian crochet and start a bag or a hat in this exiting technique.
Tutor: Irene Lundgaard
Wet felting: Felt your own fingerless mittens! In the AM experiment with different colour combinations of fibre and in the PM design and make a gorgeous pair of warm fingerless mittens. Suitable for both beginners and improver felters.
Tutor: Nicola Brown
Pick up your needles – but drop the spindle first: Make smooth and lumpy-bumpy yarn from commercial and raw fibers using the drop spindle; preparing raw fleece for spinning or dying and spinning wheel demonstration. No experience necessary but you are welcome to bring spindles, wheels or fibers you already have.
Tutor: Catherine Cronin

The price for tuition and materials is €55.
Lunch is available in the village. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Bookings at Please specify the craft that you are interested in on booking.

Payment in full will be required upon booking.
We need a minimum of 15 participants.

Come along and enjoy the warmth of woolly fibres!

Crochet Fun hyperbolic crochet coral reef Workshop Yarn Classes

Hyperbolic Skinny Scarves

I am working on a bunch of ruffled skinny scarves for the Christmas Spirit Market in Tinahely on Sunday December 13th. It’s great fun and I find the combination of Artesano Aran weight, a size 8 mm hook and the hyperbolic technique works a treat. I finish each off with mohair for added effect. IMG_7343

Hyperbolic Skinny Scarf © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

I am combining the making of the scarves whith focusing on the three workshops on the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef that I am doing at The Science Gallery on Sunday December 6th, there are still (FREE) tickets available and they can be booked here.

You are invited to come along to Hypberbolic Day at The Yarn Room on Friday December 4th from 10 – 5.30 and make your own contribution of crochet for the Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.

The scarves are colourful for the winter and fun to make, they are nice and snug and warm and soft to wear! What’s not to like?