His, Her & Their Lot Hats

I finally have all the presents done and nearly good to go to Denmark on Wednesday.  I just need to sew on pom-poms and weave in ends.

His and Her Hats
His & Her Hats worked in Alpaca © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I made a His & Her Hat set out of two balls of Alpaca reversing the colours and making the His hat  manly by crocheting two sections of stripes. They are so snug and just yum!

Kiddos Hat Collection 2011Their Lot Hats © Irene Lundgaard 2011

All the kiddos hats are a bit of fun cheer! They are worked in Studio Donegal from Ireland, Tekapo by Ashford in New Zealand and Lett Lopi from Iceland. The blue and green one is a real boys hat, I think.

And I think there will not be any more hats for a while here. I feel rather “hatted out”…


Present Making Into The Small Hours

Peace reigns in the sofa and piles of presents are rolling off the hook…

Crochet Nisse Elf and Pizie Hat by Irene LundgaardNisse, Pixie and Elf Hats © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I’m nearly there! Hope you are too!


Danish Pixie Irish Style

Christmas Elf HatIn Denmark we have pixies rather than elves helping for Christmas.  However, pixies are not always all that helpful, they also do cheeky things like turning milk blue in cartons in the fridge or messing up all the shoes in the hall.

A pixie is something along the lines of a Leprechaun, they are about all year round but are most noticeable in the month of December and Christmas. Yesterday I made this hat for channelling my inner Irish Leprechaun come Danish pixie as I made a pixie
hat in green, naturally! And blue…

Christmas Elf Hat 2I like the month of December, I like all the cosy aspects of Christmas. The tree, the lights, the darkness, the food, the home baking and not least the ‘home-making ‘. I personally turn into a right Christmas Elf  and this year I am making hats galore, I’m making hats for people and hats for coffee and tea pots too.  I will have photos of them later in the week as they are all going to be on my stall for the Christmas Spirit Fair at the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely on Sunday 11th. But for now, I will put on my new pixie hat and wear it for the rest of the month until Christmas… And then I better get going with the hook for Sunday!

Note: The hat is worked in the cheerfully coloured Lett Lopi and soft Bouclé Mohair from Cushendale Woolen Mills.

You can read more about the Scandinavian ‘nisse’ (pixie) here.


Blossom On The Hook

I have nearly caught up with life here since my return from Denmark and now the sun is shining so it’s time for getting the camera out. You see, I have been busy with the hook as I have been working on Christmas gift ideas for the workshops in Denmark and my classes here in Ireland.

Blossom Tea CosyBlossom Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I have elaborated on an idea I gave birth to during the summer and am currently working on a selection of tea cosies with different styles of flowers on them. The coffee cosy is in that style too. The next tea cosy will have Daisies on it just to remind myself that soon the year will again turn and summer is nigh. But before that we have the creative fun of Christmas to look forward to and for that I have my reds, greens and white yarns ready – and petrol and lime and cream…


Preparing Another Workshop In Denmark

I am preparing another workshop at the County Library in Skive, Denmark on Sunday November 20th. The title is Christmas Gift Making and yes, I do use that word now as I know that in order to make the deadline, we crafters need to get going now!

I have already prepared a good few ideas but I thought I would share a peep at a coffee cosy for a plunger pot I’m working on. I know it’s much in fashion to do the tea cosy thing, but some of us are coffee drinkers and we need heat too. I do plan on making a tea cosy similar in style. A tea cosy is somehow cuter than a coffee cosy. Must be the ‘lowness’ of the pot what does it!

Coffee Cosy by Irene LundgaardFlora’s Coffee Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2011

All this talk of coffee has made me hanker after a cup and I have a feeling somebody else in the household wouldn’t say no either if offered. I better go and put the kettle on!

Note: The yarn is Lett-Lopi from Istex.

Tapestry Crochet

At Home With Tapestry Crochet

Hearty Tapestry Bag by Irene LundgaardSince I found Tapestry Crochet and made it my own my Scandinavian crochet self has found her true spiritual home. My love of colour work, which was always confined to knitting, I felt, has truly found a home. My plan this autumn and winter is to dip into the stash of beautiful coloured pure wool yarns and see what I can lure out of it with my tapestry hook.
The Hearty Tapestry Bag has finally been written up as a pattern with chart et al. To celebrate, I feel an urge to make another one, but perhaps I should just focus on a couple of WIP’s that need finishing before I indulge my urge?…


The Sweetest Thing

I made a pattern for a Ear Warmer Hat some time last year and the other day Marley presented the most fantastic interpretation of my pattern. She played around with colours and embellishment in the lovely Lett Lopi yarn. Look what she made.


Marley’s Crochet Ear Warmer Hat

My heart melted when I saw this hat. It is such fun and so creative and just so Marley and I love it! I’m so proud, and Marley should be bursting with pride too!

Note: Apologies for the poor light in the picture it does not do Marley’s work justice!


A Piece Of Heaven On My Hook

I am a member of Ravelry which is an all dancing all singing yarn forum full of ‘yarnies’. If you are not yet a member, make it your business to become one. It is a fountain of patterns and hints and tips and yarn resources. It’s fiber-cyber-heaven in other words. On Ravelry there is a group called Colour Joy and I’m a member…


This mystery piece of tubular Tunisian Crochet is just that; colour joy! I am working the piece on hook 9 mm, just because I can and I am working in Létt-Lopi from Ístex as I am head over heels in love with that yarn and so enjoy exploring how far I can take it. The yarn texture alone makes it so terribly smooth and lovely and the fantastic colours are simply mindblowing. It’s pure joy and I love it! Another thing to love about this colourful piece is working in Tunisian Simple Stitch. There are terribly many different stitches one can use in Tunisian Crochet but my all time favorite is the plain auld simple stitch. Tunisian Simple Stitch and Ístex Lopi are a marriage made in heaven and here I am with a piece of heaven on my hook. Yay!