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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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Crochet Deirdre Minogue freeform crochet Small Crochet Projects

New Crochet Necklaces

I’m on a roll with these summer neck pieces. I like the simplicity of the grey linen and silver coloured beads – once we get the sun and a bit of a tan I think it’ll look great on some summer skin!

Grey Linen Necklace With Silver Beads by Irene Lundgaard at Deirdre Minogue Tinahely Co Wicklow IrelandCrochet Linen Necklace With Silver Coloured Beads
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I have a bag of delicious Mulberry Silk, I have been stroking the cones for a good while wondering what to use these goodies for. Yesterday I completed this curry coloured piece and started a bright red one immediately after which I hope to have done later in the week.

Curry Mulberry Silk Necklace by Irene Lundgaard in Deirdre Minogue Tinahely Co Wicklow IrelandCrochet Mulberry Silk Neck Lace In Green Curry
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

Mulberry Silk is quite addictive and the colours are just so rich and delicious! It is the most delicious yarn ever. Probably!
It’s delicious to touch, it drapes elegantly, the colours are gorgeous. Just fabulous!

Note: These necklaces are for sale in the Deirdre Minogue Sale Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow, Ireland. The shop is open Friday and Saturday from 11 to 5.

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Crochet Neck Pieces For The Shop

I love the fashion of statement jewellery, I have seen very many beautiful pieces but I rarely wear any myself as my neck does not like the weight, not even a fine little gold necklace with a small pendant does my neck like. However, I am a great woman for wearing scarves, my neck really like them but I find them a bit heavy for the spring and summer so over the last few weeks I have been playing with my hook to try and make a pared down version of a summer scarf.

Crochet Pink Wild Rose Neck Piece by Irene LundgaardCrochet Pink Wild Rose Neck Piece In Linen And Cotton
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

Crochet Pearl Neck Piece by Irene LundgaardCrochet Necklace In Cream Cotton With Pearl Beads
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

The neck pieces are all made in either linen, cotton or a combination of the two. They are light and soft and then the pearls snook into the equation…

These two pieces are for sale in the Deirdre Minogue Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow.

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Crochet Shop – Shop Crochet

Today I brought my very colourful current crochet project to Deirdre Minogue’s Shop in Tinahely. The project is a wrap in pinks and purples and orange and red and it’s quite in your face in the colourful fun sense of in your face! I tried to capture the colours with my camera, but did not completely succeed, put here is a taste of it. Sunglasses may be required!

Crochet Purple And Pink Wrap in Cushendale Boucle Mohair by Irene Lundgaard 2 Crochet Purple & Pink Wrap in Cushendale Bouclé Mohair
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I finally had a few pieces of crochet that did not have a name on them yet to bring to the shop. I updated the the Kelp & Sea Foam Wrap with a crochet brooch to keep it in place off one shoulder and then I teamed it up with a pretty little dress in jersey, pretty and simple.

Kelp and Sea Foam Scarf in Cushendale Mohair by Irene Lundgaard at Deirdre Minogue TinahelyKelp & Sea Foam Scarf in Cushendale Bouclé Mohair
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I also brought a pair of delicious delicate turquoise fingerless mittens with me. They are in a hand dyed yarn and made in pure, soft merino in a lace weight.

Turquoise Fingerless Mittens with Orange Blossom and Leaf Embellishment by Irene Lundgaard at Deirdre Minogue Tinahely 2Delicate Crochet Fingerless Mittens in Turquoise Soft Merino
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

This coming week I will be focusing my energy on the final preparations for the Workshops I’ll me doing in Denmark on Friday and Saturday at the County Library in Skive. More about that later. Right now, I’ll grab my hook and get the colourful wrap completed.

Note: Deirdre Minogue’s Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow is open every Friday and Saturday from 11-6. I am in the shop every Saturday although through April, I will mostly be there on Fridays. Hope to see you there!

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My New Adventure

I have always been a maker, I have made everything from papier-mâché puppies to stencilled postcards but yarn has always been my staple medium for making – be that in knitting or in crochet. Crochet, in latter years, has taken the largest chunk of my maker energy as I always have to be ahead with new ideas for my classes and workshops and then there is the odd pattern that runs off the hook too.

Crochet Flwoer Headbands in Flax and Wool by Irene Lundgaard 2Crochet Morning Glory Hair Band and Necklace by Irene LundgaardCrochet Flwoer Headbands in Flax and Wool by Irene LundgaardCrochet Flower Headbands & Scarf In Flax and Wool
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I am often asked if I sell my work, which I have not done much but that is all changing now as I have started selling my crochet in Deirdre Minogue’s Sale Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow which is full to the brim with gorgeous and distinctive clothes at reduced rates.

I have a nice space in the shop where my unique crochet is on display. At the moment I have focused on pretty flower hair-bands along with scarves, hats and some fingerless mittens too – and there are hand knit socks on offer as well! Everything is made in natural fibres be that flax, wool, cotton, alpaca, silk and mohair and many are one off pieces, never to be replicated. My stock and range will build up as I get the hook going.

The shop is located on Bridge Street in Tinahely, just on the left as you enter the village from the bridge and it’s open every Friday and Saturday from 11am – 5pm. I will be manning the shop on Saturdays and I hope you will join me, come in and say hello, I’d love to see you there!

I will be selling items in my Etsy Shop too, however, for the moment, I have to focus on making, but I will let you know when I have stock available on Etsy too.

Note: Regular crochet classes are still available, details can be found here!

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In-between Crochet

I have an idea for a sweater I want to try and make but somehow I can’t get my crochet mojo in gear for it, so in the meantime I am having fun with flowers. Cute flowers, brash flowers, pretty flowers and all to be worn either on the head or around the neck!

Crochet Coral Flower Headband by Irene Lundgaard smallCrochet Coral Flower Headband
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

I thought I would share a picture of one of the headbands I’ve made over the last few days. It’s made in flax and wool. I have some beautiful cones of spring and summer coloured flax all suited for about a 2 mm hook. I think the rustic yarn gives a nice texture to the flowers, not like the smooth look of mercerised cotton and I have this notion it will be easier to keep in place too.

I love crocheting flowers!

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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 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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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
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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?