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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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Kelp & Sea Foam Scarf

The other day I was diving in my considerable yarn stash and came across a couple of balls of Bouclé Mohair from Cushendale Wollen Mills. The colours were Glacier and Greengage and they just spoke to my inner colour lover there and then. I put everything else to one side and started crocheting immediately. Dana and Clea saw the initial Instagram Photo i published of the scarf and between them, they named the crochet scarf superbly. Kelp and sea foam is exactly what springs to mind with these colours together.

Kelp and Sea Foam Scarf in Cushendale Mohair by Irene Lundgaard 1

Kelp and Sea Foam Scarf in Cushendale Mohair by Irene Lundgaard 5Kelp & Sea Foam Scarf
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

The scarf will be for sale in the Deirdre Minogue Shop in Tinahely. If there is interest I may even make the pattern available. What do you think, should I write it up? Would you be interested in the pattern? Leave a comment to let me know.

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granny square Workshop

Granny Squares With A Twist

The Granny Squares with a twist is in development and I’m having good fun. There are another couple to roll off the hook before pattern and production can be set in motion, the colours are working well, I think and the only question is if I can twist them further.

How I love the creative process, to me it really is the ultimate journey!

Spiralling Granny Squares by Irene LundgaardSpiralling Granny Square Sketches in Cushendale DK
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

I have this notion that these should be made up with a warm red colour from Cushendale Wollen Mills, but my stash appear to have been diluted of that particular colour. I feel a trip to Graig-na-managh coming on this coming week! 

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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!

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Granny By The Irish Sea

Manifesting ideas and following up on inspiration can sometimes just be a simple little task. Other times it’s a big involved process with many twists and turns and not always a good outcome.

Granny by The Irish Sea - 1Granny By The Irish Sea © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I have wanted to do a lap blanket in the tried and trusted style of the Granny Square for a while. I like the simplicity of the stitch and find that very many of my crochet pupils have only this as a frame of reference in crochet from their childhoods. I often see people finding their long lost skill from then after a couple of rounds of double crochet stitches, they find the embodied knowledge and automatically move on to trebles almost without my saying anything. It’s an interesting observation, to realize that we carry this old knowledge just under our skin and very little is sometimes needed to re-kindle it.

Granny by The Irish Sea - 3Granny By The Irish Sea © Irene Lundgaard 2011

When I selected the yarn for this blanket I went for the lovely Cushendale DK and Mohair. I adore that yarn. My simple inspiration is the trip I had to the Irish Sea last weekend where I enjoyed looking at the foam from the waves licking the coast and stretching my eye far to find the horizon.

The Cushendale colours are outstanding and always just right! In this case I use the green Rowan colour to symbolise the land as it meanders it’s way down to where the surf is foaming up, which is illustrated by the Glacier Mohair. The Sea colour illustrates the deep blue colour that you see immediately off shore, where the seabed plunges down into the deep and the Jade colour is illustrating the green, shining expanse that you see when you lift your eye to find the line of the horizon in the distance.

This is the simplest of manifestations of inspiration ever, but no less valid than the complicated manifestations in my books.

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Crochet hyperbolic crochet coral reef Workshop

Woollen Reef

IMG_7364smallWe had a great turnout of crocheters around the work table yesterday at The Yarn Room all making Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. There was great imagination and re-kindling of skill too. Unfortunately, I only got around to taking pictures after dark, but the picture shows the baby steps of The Great Irish Hyperbolic Crochet Reef. We will have another day in January where I hope more will present great big, beautifully embellished pieces.

IMG_7347smallToday I am preparing for the three workshops happening at The Science Gallery tomorrow where I hope we can turn some of these beautiful towers of Irish yarn from Cushendale Wollen Mills into pretty pieces of coral reef. As they tower on the worktable I feel their beauty is all ready to be unleashed. I just need to print out some patterns and a few other bits on the project and then we should be ready to go. The rest of my day will be all hook!

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The Colourful Guts of Kauni

The crochet classes are going really well. Yesterday we commenced in Rathwood which was very nice. Bright and airy and friendly and not least, very good coffee!

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The women at the classes are using the C-word and expressed a need for making presents for said C… With that in mind I grabbed the 10 mm hook and dipped into the guts of a lovely ball of Kauni Effektgarn and combined it with a skein of purple Cushendale Mohair. The plan is a nice, quickly made shrug with or without sleeves with maximum colour effect. The quick part is easily obtained with the 10 mm hook, but I am not sure about the colourful bit although I can see the Kauni Effektgarn holds lovely colour changes in it’s gut. Watch this space…