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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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Another Cuppa Tea

Yesterday saw me high-tailing it into town to make the afternoon post, I had my two tea cosies all wrapped in pink tissue paper and carefully placed in a brown cardboard box. They were duly sent off to Karen who is running the National Tea Cosy Competition here in Ireland this weekend. I look forward to seeing ALL the entries. I have seen a few previews and let me put it this way, competition will be steep!

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene Lundgaard - side view Hyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – side view
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Irene Lundgaard 2012

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene Lundgaard - top viewHyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – top view
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Irene Lundgaard 2012

Hyperbolic Tea Cosy for National Tea Cosy Competition 2012 by Irene LundgaardHyperbolic Tea Cosy In Colour – front view
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

As you can see, my second entry is wildly colourful – perhaps on the scary side of crazy, but crazy is good, isn’t it? I believe all entries will be up on the Irish Craft Festival website or perhaps on Facebook, check them out!

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Gadgets I Love

I like gadgets and good tools and at this stage I really do have a rather nice selection. My very favourite tool collection is my set of Clover Soft Touch crochet hooks. They are perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing when it comes to the colour of them, but the engineering of the actual head and the handle makes them second to none to crochet with.

I also have a few other gadgets like a swift and a yarn winder and recently my lovely mother gave me this gadget, which I love. It’s wooden and natural and makes very little sound and it’s just smooth in every respect and it’s a yarn ball holder.

Yarn Holder Gadget in woodYarn Holder Gadget in wood - assembled

I love it. It is most certainly aesthetically pleasing and it’s made by a singing wood turner. My mother knows exactly what makes me tick and this time she was spot on! No more balls of yarn rolling around the floor!

Note: I do not know where my mother bought this, but can find out if you are interested – just leave a comment here and I will get back to you with the details.
The yarn in the picture is Kauni Effektgarn

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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

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…

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Downright Disastrous Yo-yo Vest

I believe in sharing both the good, the bad and the ugly. Today I will share the downright disastrous! Look at this. That is bad and ugly and horrible and very many other synonyms for something truly terrible in the crochet department, if you ask me. IMG_6257small
Sunshine Creations
made this lovely yo-yo stitch available for free and I adore the idea and the concept. She is mostly working the pattern for Afghans making the stitch look very attractive because it’s worked in squares.

The stitch fired my creative juices up and I thought I would give it a go with in some Kauni Effektgarn, which on the whole could work, I think. It’s just that I allowed the creative juices to flow that little bit too freely and ended up with this complete disaster… I wish I had worked it in one solid colour or a tweedy sort of yarn, the Kauni just doesn’t work when worked like this. I realize it’s not fair to blame the yarn and as I adore Kaunie Effektgarn, I have to take all the blame here!

With a bit of imagination I think this vest could actually work quite nicely and to be honest with you, I probably would have worn it too, had it not been for the completely stupid and unfocused mistake I made right in the middle of the front. IMG_6259smallDo you see the silly mistake? I skipped a yo-yo making the vest lopsided and even more horrible than it was from my bad choice of yarn. And it’s not like it can just be fixed with a bit of ripping back and such like and this is mainly due to the choice of yarn and if only I had worked it in one colour and here we go again on the merry-go-round of yarn blame. Need I say more? It’s a disaster and it will end up as something different, perhaps…

However, I do recommend the stitch. It’s great fun and can be used for all sorts of things. Imagine a nice scarf? Or a wrap? Or, dare I say it, a yo-yo Afghan, just like Sunshine Creations meant it to be! Perhaps I’ll even get to make one myself, I could always start with a baby blanket…