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Have A Crochet New Year

I have had the most fantastic year in crochet with very exciting happenings, fun workshops and not least many creative crocheters hatched.

New Year Greetings 2012Asterix & Obelix, Blue Morph and the Tinahely Sheep Flock
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

It has been a year of statement crochet and even the year where my crochet hit the big screen, but there was much more quiet crochet  pursuits too! Therapeutic, rhythmical movements with the hook in silent contemplation…

I look forward to exploring 2013 in crochet with you in workshops, at regular crochet classes or perhaps just in the virtual world. Wherever I meet you I wish you health, happiness and not least loads of crochet for 2013


My Other Sheep

Yesterday I took the time tOrigin Of The Species- in context - Tinahely Sheep Flock - by Irene Lundgaardo get a couple of shots of my other sheep in it’s context in the village of Tinahely here in Co Wicklow. As you can see, the street was empty as everybody dove into the shops to avoid the heavy rain. Yesterday was a partial wet one – April showers indeed!

Origin Of The Species- Tinahely Sheep Flock - by Irene LundgaardOriginally I come from an island in Denmark called Fur, and island that is rich in fossils that literally come out of the ground. I have found fossils since I was a little girl and cannot cross a patch of gravel without throwing my eye over it to see if there is any “gold” to be found. My sheep reflect this heritage as sheep are part of the Artiodactyla family – which, to the best of my knowledge has their origin in the Osteichthyes fish family…

One way or another, my sheep is called ‘Origin Of The Species’. It’s a wee lamb. He is sitting right at the post box in Tinahely, keeping an eye.


Crackpot Sheep Launch

Today was the day when Tinahely Arts Group officially launched the 2012 Tinahely Sheep Flock.

Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - Doily The Sheep Being and her maker crack potDoily The Sheep, her crackpot maker with
friends Hedgewe and Sam
Tinahely Sheep Flock Launch

Irene Lundgaard 2012

It was a bitterly cold day, but fortunately there is no shortage of woolly garments in my wardrobe, so I wore most of it…

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Sheep Unleashed

The last few days were hectic as the deadline for the Tinahely Sheep Flock was looming. I had to complete my contributions and as I was not working in crochet but with paint on metal I found it a bit stressful, to be honest – but mostly a fun challenge…

Doily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species with their friends - Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - by Irene LundgaardDoily The Sheep and Origin Of The Species and friends
Tinahely Sheep Flock – Tinahely Arts Group

Irene Lundgaard 2012

I’m not used to expressing myself with anything but yarn but managed to make “Doily The Sheep” and “Origin Of The Species”.

Fortunately, today all the stress subsided completely as most of the sheep flock were put in place and ready for the Tinahely Walking Festival this coming weekend and my own two made the deadline too – and the paint had even managed to dry.

Note: We open the exhibition Saturday April 14th at 4.00PM. You are welcome to join us!


Doily The Sheep

Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing some of the new sheep that will be on display in the Tinahely Sheep Flock by Tinahely Arts Group. The creativity is pure magic!

Meanwhile, I’m having fun preparing my two sheep for the Tinahely Sheep Flock which go on display next Saturday. I have been contemplating for some time what to do with my sheep, the lamb was already planned but the sheep is such a big canvas and I wanted to make something relevant to what I do. I contemplated crocheting a fleece for the poor naked sheep but decided against it as I would have to work in either ‘plarn’ or acrylics.

I did end up finding inspiration in my work as I’m preparing a talk on lace crochet at the moment and ended up taking my cue from that as “Doily The Sheep” is slowly taking shape!

Doily The Sheep - Tinahely Sheep Flock - Tinahely Arts Group - by Irene Lundgaard Doily The Sheep – Tinahely Sheep Flock
Tinahely Arts Group
© Irene Lundgaard 2012

Last night I spent time working on the doilies that are going to adorn this darling sheep and now I just hope the rain holds off while I work!

Note: The Tinahely Sheep Flock will be on display in the village of Tinahely for the summer. Official exhibition opening will be in connection with the annual Tinahely Walking Festival on Saturday April 14th @ 4.00pm on Dwyer Square, Tinahely. I hope you can join us for the event!


Sheep Spring Back Into Action

It’s sheep time again. It was only just a year ago that I destroyed my poor hands on peat bricket bailer twine and polythene bags to decorate my sheep “All Fake Fur…” for the Tinahely Sheep Flock by the Tinahely Arts Group – the sheep that was then stolen… Yes, there are very many sad people out there. I always imagine that the sheep has gone to a good home, but I have a feeling the reality is that it ended up being sold as scrap iron. I hope the person who sold it got a good few bob for the metal at least…

All Fake Fur… Tinahely Sheep Flock by Irene LundgaardAll Fake Fur… © Irene Lundgaard 2011

I diverge, those long days spent outside the house weaving that ghastly stuff was also done in bright, warm sunshine. Just like today. It seems that when the sheep are ready to spring into action the sun is too! To celebrate I started work on my contribution to this years sheep flock today.

TAG metal sheep is prepared for decoration by Irene Lundgaard Tinahely Sheep Flock 2012 Contribution © Irene Lundgaard 2012

However, this time I’m going to work with paint on my sheep which means I need to clean off the metal template and yet again, my hands are in bits… A cocktail of baking soda, washing-up liquid, Brillo pads, water, methylated spirit and sandpaper they really took their toll on a poor crocheters hands and I most certainly now know why it is that I prefer to work with the lanolin drenched fleece off a sheep rather than the “carcass” of one!

I have given the sheep the first couple of coats of paint, the next step is to get the “decoration” sorted. How I love a challenge!…

As for my hands, well, I hope they forgive me as I plan on spending the night crocheting in pure wool with what that entails of lovely softening natural lanolin…

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My Sheep Is Missing

I met with one of the very vigilant shepherds of the Tinahely Sheep Flock yesterday morning who told me that my sheep (All Fake Fur) had been stolen from it’s base. It was last seen Wednesday evening. I felt sad and I felt glad that I had the experience of the process of making it, no amount of rustlers will ever be able to take that away from me. And who knows, perhaps it will show up again. Never say never.

Missing Poster A4

Unfortunately, two sheep are now missing, which is an awful shame. If you see them, please let me know so we can get them herded in again.


Tinahely Sheep Gone Missing

One of the wee lambs from the Tinahely Sheep Flock has gone missing. Have you seen it about the place? If you have, please let us know. It’s much missed!

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Fake Economy Tinahely Arts Group Sheep Flock by Irene LundgaardI should be ‘sheep’-shape for next Friday, but my hands are in bits at this stage. Weaving the turf briquette ties is no joke. I’m still at it all the same although we are launching the Tinahely Sheep Flock this coming Friday evening at 6.30 on the Market Square in Tinahely and we will be on Nationwide at the same time. An all Ireland sheep flock launch. Fantastic!

I should also get going for the Tinahely Arts and Craft Fair on Sunday April 30th from 11 am – 5 pm. The question is if it’s possible to add a few extra hours to the next few days, I think I’ll have to.

As you can see in the little sample picture, the colouring of my sheep is not for the faint hearted. It’s called Fake Economy as we yarnies realize the beauty and quality of natural fibre as opposed to the oil based variety…

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Perhaps Ewe’ll See A Lambshade

plarn for tinahely arts group sheepballs of plarn for tinahely arts group sheepIt’s time for me to get down to the real sheep business. The shapes are cut, the holes are drilled and my plan of action is in place. ‘Tis just the action bit that’s missing somewhat.

The first point of call has been collection of the horrid ties from the turf briquette bales; I will never understand why Bord Na Móna doesn’t use biodegradable hemp ties – but I suppose that is just me being too sensible.

The cold winter was a help for generating a collection of ties although our own seasoned firewood was our main source
of heat.

My Tinahely Sheep Flock ewe is going to be wrapped in the ties somehow, that is once I get down to that afore mentioned action business… I also need some other colours in there somehow. Fortunately, my sister-in-law has the best stash of polythene bags I have ever seen in my life and she is kind enough to share this incredible colourful treasure with me. I picked the most colourful ones out yesterday and started my ‘plarn’ making and who knows, ‘ewe’ might see a ‘lambshade’ yet…

Note: Plarn is Plastic Yarn – made by turning plastic bags into strips to be crochet.