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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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Asterix Asterix & Obelix Crochet tea cosy Workshop

Morning Glory Tea Cosy

A couple of weeks ago a friend asked if I could make her a tea cosy for a vintage teapot, which she was going to give away as a present. She showed me the teapot some days later and I was simply just inspired by the delicate China and not least the pretty colours.

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 2Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 1Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

My first thought was Einband wool from Ístex as the tea cosy needed to be made in something that would keep the tea warm – and what better than wool for that – but more importantly, the colours were to be just right too. I wanted it to add to the shape and delicate feel of the China teapot too so the yarn could not be too bulky.

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 4Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Morning Glory Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard - 3Morning Glory Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I like the result and think that the Éinband worked on a 2.5 mm hook does exactly what it should with beautiful stitch definition.

There is no doubt that the tea cosy is related to the one I did for the Asterix movie, the materials are the same and the relatively delicate feel is the same too. I worked some Forget-me-nots, Daisies and Morning Glories along with some leaves; wild and beautiful flowers.

I have this sense that more will be rolling off the hook sooner rather than later!… Yes, I’m inspired. Wonderful!

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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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Small Crochet Projects tea cosy

TADAAAAA! Pattern Release

I have spent the day putting finishing touches to the pattern release for my Sunny Cuppa Tea Cosy pattern. I thought the crochet sunflower tea cosy would bring a ray of sunshine even to the most dull of days.

The pattern is worked in pure wool in Lett Lopi from Istéx, a yarn I have a serious love affair with but any worsted or aran weight yarn will do. You will need 50 g/2oz each of brown, yellow and green Lett Lopi (or any Aran/worsted weight yarn in the colours of your choice) and a 5 mm/H hook.

The tea cosy is worked from the top down which makes it flexible in the height if you tea pot is not of the average pot bellied type, once the flower crown in crochet. There are two sizes available in the pattern a small and a large.

The pattern is available in PDF format with both US and UK terminology and it is not suitable for an absolute beginner crocheter.

I have really enjoyed making this and if it wasn’t for Mary and Siobhan, it would never have made it to be a pattern, so thank you for the push and the numerous shoves, good women!

Note: The pattern is also available as a Ravelry download here or directly from me through the PayPal Buy button below.
Sunny Cup Of Tea Cosy by Irene Lundgaard Pattern Cover

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Crochet

Tea Cosy Preview

The last couple of weeks have been on the hectic side and I have not had as much time to get patterns written as I would have liked – and I have a few on the boil! Not a good scenario…

However, it’s coming up for the National Tea Cosy Competition here in Ireland and I have decided to enter a couple of tea-cosies, just for the fun of it. One of my entries is going to be released as a pattern and to add a bit of extra pressure on myself, I thought I would bring a wee preview picture here, just to focus my mind.  It is not a complex pattern, just a simple, cheerful tea cosy.

Sunflower Tea Cosy by Irene LundgaardSunny Cuppa – Tea Cosy © Irene Lundgaard 2012

The competition entries may be sold after the event and all proceeds will go to Aware, who are helping to defeat depression if entrants donate the money their tea cosy fetches at the sale. It is a cause very near and dear to my heart and I think it such an inspired charity choice in the context.

The deadline for entries to the competition is this coming Wednesday, are you going to enter your tea cosy too?
I dare you! 😉

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Fun Pattern

A Bellyful Of Warm Tea

IMG_1632smallA long time ago I made a simple beginners pattern for a Tea Cosy. I made it in a turf brown Kilcarra Aran Tweed (can’t beat that yarn) with a pink tie. It’s an easy pattern but the other day,when I had the sample in my hand, I thought it looked terribly tired and miserable so when I came across an odd bag of ends of Aran weight yarn in my stash yesterday, I set to work immediately and this is what transpired.

I changed colour on every row for full-on colour funk while ensuring to crochet away the ends immediately, handy trick that! The yarn used is a bit of Kilcarra Aran Tweed, some Artesano Aran and some Létt-Lopi. The two ties are made from a couple of little balls of sari silk I’d forgotten I possessed.

The pattern is available for personal use for free and it can be downloaded right here! Enjoy your hot cuppa!