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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!

Crochet Design

Wrapped In Summer Breeze

It felt like it took an age for the Sky Blue Wrap to dry as I blocked it on my yoga mat on the kitchen floor. Every time I went through the kitchen my patience was tested. It really was an age to wait!

Blue Sky Wrap
© 2010 Irene Lundgaard

It was an absolute delight this morning when I was able to wrap this light yet substantial piece of crochet around my shoulders.
It’s a couple of meters long which means it sits neatly around the shoulders without even needing a clasp or brooch to hold it in place although I won’t rule out a nice brooch for it…

IMG_3009small Blue Sky Wrap © 2010 Irene Lundgaard

The actual crochet didn’t take all that long even if it was a couple of meters x some 60 to 70 cm worth. It was just that there was so many other projects done in between that made it seem like a rather long process. I used 450g of the wonderful Ístex Loðband Einband. The stitch definition is superb in this yarn which is also rather coarse and unwashed. The smell of lanolin is delicious and the yarn just needed a good soak in Kerry Woollen Mills Wool Wash which immediately had a softening effect.

This wrap is going to be glued to my shoulders on cool days.
In other words, it’s a hit!

Note: The wrap was worked on a size 3 mm hook and the pattern will be available at a later stage.

Crochet Design

Blue Sky On The Kitchen Floor

It would seem that the only blue sky I’m to see today is the wet one on my kitchen floor which I am impatiently waiting for to dry.

IMG_2919smallBlue Sky Wrap © 2010 Irene Lundgaard

The wrap is done and the colour is completely delicious, it’s 450 grams of lovely Ístex Loðband Einband transformed into a couple of meters or so of sky blue woolly wrap. It’s lovely – or it will be once it dries. The irony is that once it is dry there will be lovely heat in it… Patience is the name of the game, that goes for sunshine too it would seem!


Blue Sky Wrap

Iceland is much on the map at the moment and unfortunately, it’s not always for a good reason what with the collapsed economy and Eyjafjallajökull sending ash plumes into the atmosphere causing havoc to much travel. I have dreamt of visiting Iceland ever since I was on the Faeroe islands. The rather hot underground of Iceland fascinates me and I would love to visit those hot springs.

IMG_1918smallBlue Sky Wrap © 2010 Irene Lundgaard

At the moment I can’t make it to Iceland so I have decided to invite Iceland into my life here in Ireland instead and in an attempt to show Eyjafjallajökull a bit of goodwill and in the hope that it’s rage will soon stop, I work in many balls of the most pretty sky blue Ístex Einband, it’s pure Icelandic lace-weight wool and it’s slowly but truly being worked into a huge shawl of Blue Sky that I will just love to wrap around my shoulders both summer and winter. I am really enjoying crocheting this and it was nice to work out the pattern to get a balanced fabric. I really hope Eyjafjallajökull is tuned into my frequency.

I have yet again realized that I am more about process than product but that’s another post worth of words…

For eye witness account of life with Eyjafjallajökull check out Harpa’s blog where she writes frequently about living with volcanoes – and knitting!


Secret & Soft Wrap

I searched in my bag of tricks, my basket of odments, my box of other tricks and I simply could not find it! The Secret & Soft Wrap that I completed at least 3 months ago had vanished. I put it to one side then as something urgent came along even though all that was left was to weave in the ends and to block it. IMG_6459small

Last night, when I was on the hunt for some yarn for another little project, I found it and I am so happy. It had found it’s way into a bag in a bag in a basket.What’s even better, today is ideal blocking weather. A bit of wind, a bit of heat, a bit of sun so out came the soap, the water and this very cosy wrap.

I cannot wait to hand it over to it’s owner. I wonder if I will have to deliver it myself or perhaps it might be picked up? I realize October 4th is out of the question but I mean, Pick Up Your Needles in Tinahely is on November 14th and erhhh…

Note: The wrap is worked in the softest of Lucca Pure Merino and it is devine. I made up the pattern as I went along and after having made some huge scallops on the bottom of it, I realized it needed something much simpler hence the row of Shamrocks around the edge (there is always an Irish connection). It’s sweet and soft, just like the intended owner. You can see more pictures on Flickr.