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Coronation Crochet

I have noticed that a lot of people who come to crochet are doing so inspired by Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers more so than their own mothers; I have to say that this is true for me too, although my mother is an eternal inspiration for my own crafty adventures. I wonder if this is a trend or just something I imagine to be the case as I learnt to crochet from my own Grandmother?

Helen is one of my crochet pupils and she is drawing inspiration from her Great Grandmother too. Helen has brought in the finest of lace to share and the other night she brought what she called her Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket in for inspiration. It is a large blanket, very large for a single bed, done in squares in the most exquisite colours. It is so elegant and Helen told me she actually has two of these magnificent pieces of crochet in her possession.

Crochet Coronation Blanket by Helen's Great GrannyHelen’s Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013

Isn’t this just wonderful? The colours are exquisite and completely contemporary even though this blanket is over 60 years old. Helen’s Great Granny made no less than four of these wonderful pieces of crochet and she called them Coronation Blankets as they were crochet to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation – the 60th  jubilee of which was celebrated last year in the UK.

Crochet Coronation Blanket by Helen's Great Granny corner detail detailHelen’s Great Granny’s Coronation Blanket
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Irene Lundgaard 2013


In each corner there is a square done in white, red and blue – to mark the Coronation. These colours are somewhat out of tune with the rest of the blanket, but they totally work. Helen’s Great Granny’s sense of colour is exquisite and she was a practical woman too as she crochet the beautiful edge around this, finishing it off with a black edge – no dirt showing there any time fast!

It is on the shoulders of giants we stand – also in crochet – and Helen has some beautiful boots to fill!

Note: Thanks to Helen for allowing me to take pictures of this blanket and to share them here. I find this work very inspiring and hope you do too!

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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 irene@yarnclasses.com 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!

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New Crochet Classes Starting Next Week

It’s that time of year again, time to think about keeping warm and why not combine that with hook and wool to stay warm and get the added benefit of achieving great hooked things at the same time?

I’m starting a new round of my regular 4 week classes on Thurday January 10th, with morning classes at the Tinahely Farm Shop from 10.30 am-12.20 pm and evening classes at Market Square, Tinahely from 8.00-10.00 pm. Price for absolute beginners is €65 (all materials included) and €55 for continuers (bring your own yarn + hook).

Crochet Granny Square Cushion by Irene LundgaardContinuers will have an emphasis on learning new stitch combinations and techniques and we will have fun elaborating on the traditional Granny Square as well as enjoying Free Form Crochet.

Beginners will get a thorough grounding in Classical Crochet, learn all the stitches, increasing/decreasing, reading patterns and crochet charts as well as finishing to the highest possible standard.

Everybody will get completely hooked! Well, I’ll do my best for that to happen!

Price €55 (€65 for beginners) per 4 weeks or drop-in classes at €15.

Places limited. Pre-booking essential contact Irene: 085 769 1854 / Irene@yarnclasses.com.

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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’s Square Cushion

I was preparing some workshops for my regular January classes as well as workshops at Skive Library in Denmark in February and I thought it was about time I got going with some Granny Squares of the colourful variety!

Crochet Granny Square Cushion by Irene LundgaardGranny’s Square Cushion © Irene Lundgaard 2012


This cushion is one of the samples that I have been working on of late and if I may say so myself, I think the colours are great fun!
However, I better get back to the hook – there are a couple of last minute presents to get done… There is nothing like a deadline to focus the mind, right?!

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Crochet Design

Tinahely Arts Group Craft Fair

Arts and Craft Fair Farm Shop Tinahely 2012There are no idle hands here these days. Last night we, the Tinahely Arts Group, celebrated Culture Night with interactive displays and Words in the village, I also had crochet words in the village but I will write properly about them later because right now, the focus is on the Tinahely Arts Group Arts & Craft Fair at the Tinahely Farm Shop tomorrow Sunday 23rd from 11 – 5.

I am one of the stall holders at the event and seeing that Rebecca and Philip use real vintage china cups in their Tea Rooms, I thought it appropriate to theme my stall around Tea Cosies and also something vintage. What’s more vintage in crochet than Granny Square?… I have made them medium to small as I hear a lot of single people complaining that they can’t get a tea cosy for small pots. Obviously, there will also be family size ones.

Granny Square Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard Granny Square Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Crochet Chickens by Irene LundgaardI thought I would also make a bit of fun stuff like a few little chicks, seeing that we are going to have the fair on a farm. I created the chicks a while back but they never really got any further than the development stage, but now that I have actually made a few, I think I will have to make a pattern. They are cheerful to have hanging in a fish line about the place, I think.

My mother is a florist and instilled a love of cut flowers in my from an early age. She had a fantastic flower border in the garden when I was a little girl and Rebecca Hadden of the Tinahely Farm Shop is also a fine florist and for that reason I thought I would also keep a flower theme going on my stall so pretty flower brooches are running off the hook at the speed of light here. I will do a crochet flower demonstration on my stall and I hope you will join me and be inspired.

Crochet Flower Broches by Irene Lundgaard Crochet Flower Brooches © Irene Lundgaard 2012

The Tinahely Arts & Craft Fair opens at the Tinahely Farm Shop on Sunday September 23rd at 11 to 5, the tea rooms and shop will also be open. I hope you can join us! 

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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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Granny A Go-Go

My Granny Square affair is red hot …

IMG_8122smallGranny A Go-Go Yummy Yarn Affair © Irene Lundgaard 2010

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Granny A Go-Go Head Band
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Granny A Go-Go Slouchy Hat © Irene Lundgaard 2010

All stock for the Fair in just over a week! Much woollies needed these days!

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I’m Having An Affair

Every so often a certain yarn just takes my fancy. For a long while it was the Kauni Effect Yarn that had my attention; come to think of it, it might just jump onto the hook again in the very near future. I just haven’t worked anything in it for a while – although I have a couple of balls of very nice purple that could work up fast enough for this winter… Another yarn that I’m pretty besotted by is the Artesano Aran, that is one seriously nice yarn too.

IMG_8024smallYummy Yarn Affair © Irene Lundgaard 2010

My latest great yarn love is Rowan Felted Tweed DK, my mouth water just writing down the name of that yarn. It’s the whole package I’m besotted with, the colours, the texture and not least the lightness of the yarn and the warmth of it and the… The list goes on, and yes, I have it bad, so much so that last night when I had finished work for the day I grabbed a size 4.5 mm hook, and I was off. I didn’t hit the bed until well into the small hours. I simply HAD to manifest my idea there and then…

Right now there are more ideas lining up in quick succession. The back of the envelope that I grabbed is near full of my scribbles. And the weather is playing ball too. Loads of snow is the perfect excuse to take out the lap blanket and snuggle up in the settee with the yarn stash and the hook collection. Oh yes, I am most certainly having an affair, a yarn affair!

Note: The colours chosen are reflecting my logo colours, yet again. Amazing how this happens subconsciously all the time.