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 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!

Asterix Asterix & Obelix Crochet tea cosy Workshop

Morning Glory Tea Cosy

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked if I could make her a tea cosy for a vintage teapot, which she was going to give away as a present. She showed me the teapot some days later and I was simply just inspired by the delicate China and not least the pretty colours.

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 2Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 1Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

My first thought was Einband wool from Ístex as the tea cosy needed to be made in something that would keep the tea warm – and what better than wool for that – but more importantly, the colours were to be just right too. I wanted it to add to the shape and delicate feel of the China teapot too so the yarn could not be too bulky.

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 4Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 3Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I like the result and think that the Éinband worked on a 2.5 mm hook does exactly what it should with beautiful stitch definition.

There is no doubt that the tea cosy is related to the one I did for the Asterix movie, the materials are the same and the relatively delicate feel is the same too. I worked some Forget-me-nots, Daisies and Morning Glories along with some leaves; wild and beautiful flowers.

I have this sense that more will be rolling off the hook sooner rather than later!… Yes, I’m inspired. Wonderful!

Small Crochet Projects tea cosy

TADAAAAA! Pattern Release

I have spent the day putting finishing touches to the pattern release for my Sunny Cuppa Tea Cosy pattern. I thought the crochet sunflower tea cosy would bring a ray of sunshine even to the most dull of days.

The pattern is worked in pure wool in Lett Lopi from Istéx, a yarn I have a serious love affair with but any worsted or aran weight yarn will do. You will need 50 g/2oz each of brown, yellow and green Lett Lopi (or any Aran/worsted weight yarn in the colours of your choice) and a 5 mm/H hook.

The tea cosy is worked from the top down which makes it flexible in the height if you tea pot is not of the average pot bellied type, once the flower crown in crochet. There are two sizes available in the pattern a small and a large.

The pattern is available in PDF format with both US and UK terminology and it is not suitable for an absolute beginner crocheter.

I have really enjoyed making this and if it wasn’t for Mary and Siobhan, it would never have made it to be a pattern, so thank you for the push and the numerous shoves, good women!

Note: The pattern is also available as a Ravelry download here or directly from me through the PayPal Buy button below.
Sunny Cup Of Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard Pattern Cover

hyperbolic crochet coral reef tea cosy Yarn Classes

Another Cuppa Tea

Yesterday saw me high-tailing it into town to make the afternoon post, I had my two tea cosies all wrapped in pink tissue paper and carefully placed in a brown cardboard box. They were duly sent off to Karen who is running the National Tea Cosy Competition here in Ireland this weekend. I look forward to seeing ALL the entries. I have seen a few previews and let me put it this way, competition will be steep!

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene Lundgaard - side view Hyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – side view
Irene Lundgaard 2012

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene Lundgaard - top viewHyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – top view
Irene Lundgaard 2012

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene LundgaardHyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – front view
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

As you can see, my second entry is wildly colourful – perhaps on the scary side of crazy, but crazy is good, isn’t it? I believe all entries will be up on the Irish Craft Festival website or perhaps on Facebook, check them out!


Tea Cosy Preview

The last couple of weeks have been on the hectic side and I have not had as much time to get patterns written as I would have liked – and I have a few on the boil! Not a good scenario…

However, it’s coming up for the National Tea Cosy Competition here in Ireland and I have decided to enter a couple of tea-cosies, just for the fun of it. One of my entries is going to be released as a pattern and to add a bit of extra pressure on myself, I thought I would bring a wee preview picture here, just to focus my mind.  It is not a complex pattern, just a simple, cheerful tea cosy.

Sunflower Tea Cosy by Irene LundgaardSunny Cuppa – Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

The competition entries may be sold after the event and all proceeds will go to Aware, who are helping to defeat depression if entrants donate the money their tea cosy fetches at the sale. It is a cause very near and dear to my heart and I think it such an inspired charity choice in the context.

The deadline for entries to the competition is this coming Wednesday, are you going to enter your tea cosy too?
I dare you! 😉


Colourful Fair Sneak Peek

My hooks are red hot these chilly days as they are busy making stock for our Christmas Spirit Fair on Sunday. Much of my produce is inspired by the cold in the sense that it’s things to keep things warm be that people’s heads or tea and coffee pots! Everything is made in pure yarns like Alpaca, wool and some silk blends too. Here is a sneak peek at a few of the tea-cosies and some hats too.

Christmas Spirit  Fair Courthouse Arts Centre 2011 - some stock
Colourful Woolly Warmers for Christmas Spirit Fair
at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

I have still to do all the finishing, but the stock is building up just nicely and one thing is certain, my busy hands are not cold these days!


Blossom On The Hook

I have nearly caught up with life here since my return from Denmark and now the sun is shining so it’s time for getting the camera out. You see, I have been busy with the hook as I have been working on Christmas gift ideas for the workshops in Denmark and my classes here in Ireland.

Blossom Tea CosyBlossom Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I have elaborated on an idea I gave birth to during the summer and am currently working on a selection of tea cosies with different styles of flowers on them. The coffee cosy is in that style too. The next tea cosy will have Daisies on it just to remind myself that soon the year will again turn and summer is nigh. But before that we have the creative fun of Christmas to look forward to and for that I have my reds, greens and white yarns ready – and petrol and lime and cream…

Crochet Design

The Texture Of My Colour Pallet

I often dream of experimenting with textures in crochet but I never get much further than using pretty stitch combinations – if I even get that far. I have seen wonderful cabled garments and Afghans or blankets crochet with deep textures and even crochet cables a la Aran sweaters and I find it very pretty. I also often dream of going mad with free-form scrumble crochet a la Prudence Mapstone. As a matter of fact, I should have been at one of her workshops last year here in Ireland but had to cancel as the date clashed with one of The Irish Reef workshops at the time and I ended up never really taking flight in that particular discipline either.

I have come to realize that my true love is colour and that texture is secondary to me in the sense that the yarn will provide that, if the right yarn is chosen for any given project, that is. I feel no need to make texture in any fabric other than what is possible to do in colour. Having said that, some of the most beautiful knitwear I have ever seen was cables worked in lace-weight yarn. So perhaps my true love is fine yarn with colours or textures rather than big chunky yarn…

Muliticoloured Tapestry Crochet Bag Pretty Colours © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I was mulling all this over while I was working on a much needed tea cosy replacement for our teapot. The one we have is in a very very sorry state and should probably have been changed years ago but I also appreciate the beauty of dilapidation; I reckon you are forced to come to that realization at a certain age ;), hence the more dead than alive tea cosy state of affairs in this household.

Like most ‘yarnies’, I am fairly well stocked when it comes to yarn stash and I decided that I would limit myself to using remnants in Aran weight yarn only for the new tea cosy, I also wanted to work it in some simple tapestry crochet to utilise the thickness of that fabric and I just made up what you see above as I went along. What fascinates me is the colour pallet I had in my remnants. I never wear brown, I hardly ever wear orange or green, and have never actually knit or crochet a garment in red. But still, the colours were there in my stash. And that’s the whole thing with colour, you can’t just use the ones that you love the most, you need to use the colours that you mightn’t use normally or even ones you dislike to really get the contrast which makes the texture of colour. It really is fascinating.

As for the tea cosy, I have actually decided to turn it into a handbag. The colours and textures are just right for a handbag and I think I have some wooden vintage handles somewhere that would just make it the perfect funky bag… And yes, I’m back to the drawing board with that tea cosy, fortunately the dilapidated one is still about the place…

Fun Pattern

A Bellyful Of Warm Tea

IMG_1632smallA long time ago I made a simple beginners pattern for a Tea Cosy. I made it in a turf brown Kilcarra Aran Tweed (can’t beat that yarn) with a pink tie. It’s an easy pattern but the other day,when I had the sample in my hand, I thought it looked terribly tired and miserable so when I came across an odd bag of ends of Aran weight yarn in my stash yesterday, I set to work immediately and this is what transpired.

I changed colour on every row for full-on colour funk while ensuring to crochet away the ends immediately, handy trick that! The yarn used is a bit of Kilcarra Aran Tweed, some Artesano Aran and some Létt-Lopi. The two ties are made from a couple of little balls of sari silk I’d forgotten I possessed.

The pattern is available for personal use for free and it can be downloaded right here! Enjoy your hot cuppa!