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Live Life – Love Life Crochet Pattern Release

This pattern has been under way for quite some time. It could be argued that I have been procrastinating over it, although that wouldn’t be me to do that at all…

Live Life Love Life Bag By Irene Lundgaard advert

I actually really enjoy working this pattern and have another sample ready for photography once the light and the weather is more co-operative. You can read more about the making of the pattern and the bag here!

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

DETAILS:
Size:
Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
Materials:
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50


The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

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freeform crochet

Fingerless Freeform Crochet

I am very excited about the Freeform Crochet Workshop which I am preparing for the library in Skive in Denmark next Saturday.

I found a few odd balls of ends of yarn in my basket, picked a pallet to prepare some crochet scrumbles for the workshop but they took on a life of their own and turned into a pair of fingerless mittens. Fun, cheerful warm hands for the winter!

Freeform crochet mittens by Irene LundgaardFreeform Crochet Mittens © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I have another pallet of colours out now, rather more acute in tone, I wonder if they are going to turn themselves into anything or if I will actually have to take charge… One of the great inspirations in freeform crochet is the fact that it has a will of it’s own almost.

Note: If you would like to take part in the workshop you have to contact Skive Library directly. Details can be found here!

If you would like me to come to you and your friends/craft group and do a Crochet Freeform Workshop just drop me a mail and I will customize a day for you and we can work together to make it happen. Contact me at irene@yarnclasses.com.

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Crochet The Big Knit

Innocent Big Knit – Last Chance

The Innocent Big Knit 2011 really got my creative juices going. I ended up making a collection of miniature hats in Einband yarn from Istex. Every time I made a hat another one was queuing up to be made. I love when creativity flows like that.

These are examples of some of the hats I made. The plan is to have a vote on which five of the hats I should make into patterns for real people – if any at all.

Publication1Innocent Smoothie Big Knit Contribution
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Irene Lundgaard 2011

The last chance for submissions this time around is on Friday 14th, so tomorrow will be delivery day for me. I also have the ones I ran up for the Tinahely Big Knit in September and I just realized that not all the ends are sewn away on those, so that’s my evening sorted!… Have you sent in your contribution yet?

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A Lively Handbag

I have not exactly been going to bed early the last week or so and that is for a very good reason, if I may say so myself. I allowed myself to indulge in a spot of my all time favourite crochet discipline, namely tapestry crochet.

I have harboured the idea for a colourful handbag for a while but never got around to doing the number crunching to make it possible to manifest. However, the Tinahely Arts Group are having huge Culture Night celebrations on Friday September 23rd and one of the events is a group exhibition at the Riverside Business Centre and I thought my Live Life * Love Life Tapestry Handbag would lend itself to an outing for that.

There is nothing like a deadline to focus the mind and this is the result of my labour.

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 1 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

Life life - love life tapestry crochet handbag detail 2 by Irene LundgaardLive Life * Love Life Handbag © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I rolled out a large ball of the wonderful Kauni Effektgarn. The colours are rich and clever – they inspire me every time I have a ball about the place. It’s actually not just the colours that inspire me, but also the coarseness of the wool and not least the wonderful scent of lanolin that emits as one works through the ball of yarn resulting in baby soft hands. The contrast colours are worked in Einband from Ístex, another one of my all time favourite yarns which is coarse too. Coarse yarns are great for stitch definition, a vital ingredient in anything I crochet.

I used simple, classical bamboo handles which I got at The Yarn Room, they are ‘au naturel’ which plays well with the yarn, while they, at the same time, are delicate enough to give the bag balance. They make the most wonderful clicking sound when one grabs the two handles together.

Oh yes, the aesthetics of a handbag…

The pattern is available in UK as well as US terminology and it is also available in Danish.

I love the material of the bag and not least the sentiment of the writing on the bag. I hope you will enjoy this bag as much as I do too!

DETAILS:
Size:
Approx 30cm x 30cm / 12in x 12in.
Materials:
100g / 4oz Kauni Effect Yarn EQ;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 9028 – A or single colour Kauni;
1 x 50g / 2oz Einband Lopi 1770 – B or single colour Kauni.
Approx 60cm / 24in length of rope (approx 3-4mm / 1/8 in diameter);
2 D-shaped cane handles;
Approx 100cm / 40in of leather strap in contrast colour for tying on handle.
Hooks & Notions:
2.5 mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
Tension: Approx 26 sts x 26 rows to 10 cm / 4 in.
Special skills:
This bag is worked in tapestry crochet. The design pattern is worked from a chart only, all other instructions are written. I would classify the level of difficulty as intermediate.

€ 3.50


The pattern will be sent to you by E-mail as a PDF-file ready to print with both UK and US terminology or in Danish if that is your chosen language. It will be sent to you within 24 hours of your purchase.

The pattern is also available in my Ravelry shop and can be found here: buy now

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Crochet

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…

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