Cushendale Wollen Mills

Cushendale Wollen Mills

We had a beautiful sunny day here today, a perfect day for a quick yarn trip although further inland and down out of the hills, it was quite foggy, Graig-na-managh included, which was my destination; Cushendale Wollen Mills to be exact! I use their yarns in all my tuition, I find it’s superb for the purpose as the stitch definition is perfect, not to mention the colours… Oh, how I can drool over that colour card!

Cushendale Wollen Mills January 2013Cushendale Wollen Mills © Irene Lundgaard 2013

After a joyful encounter with Philip Cushen himself, I extracted the couple of kilos of mixed yarn goodies that I needed and when I was leaving I turned around to have a look at the mill. It’s beautifully old and well preserved, and today – in the fog – the exterior colours were just as magical as the wool on the interior!

Look at the colours on that lean-to shed, aren’t they just inspiring? To me it is simply magical.

Crochet Pattern

The Poncho Tunic Thing

In January I started a poncho which morphed into a sweater and eventually became a tunic type thing… I finished it some weeks ago but never got photos taken to share. However, the other day I got some shots of it and thought I would share one here.

The Poncho Tunic 2 by Irene LundgaardThe Poncho Tunic © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I’m currently working on the pattern which will be released in it’s own good time. But for now, I simply just wanted to share the picture. It is nice and warm to wear and I have a feeling another one may just roll off the hook in other colours as the shape is quite flattering.

It was great fun to crochet this tunic, I basically worked each element three times before I settled on the design. There are still a couple of tweaks to do, but they can be done in the maths of the pattern. I’m quite excited about this sweater. It’s warm and I think it’s pretty too. Nice with a good feeling of achievement after a lot of crocheting.

The yarn used is the Irish Cushendale DK from Cushendale Woollen Mills. I would like to make a version in Donegal Soft DK although their colours are not quite as exquisite as Cushendale’s, if you ask me, but then that yarn is so soft…  Hard choice! Knowing me, it will be colour that wins. It always is. Every time!