The Sunday Times Article

I was delighted to be part of a nice article on Yarn Graffiti and all things yarn in THE SUNDAY TIMES yesterday. I was rubbing shoulders with the best of yarnies in Ireland in the article and some Hollywood stars too! What more can a woman ask for? There was a great emphasis on crochet in the article, something that is delightful for a crocheter like me that is doing her best for some crochet world domination!

Irene Lundgaard in The Sunday Times - Photo by Fergal Phillips - January 6th 2013 -2

The wonderful Stitch Lily of Wolly Way of Ireland was the woman who brought all of us to Ed Power’s attention and for that and her brilliant website she deserves huge thanks. The article also featured the gifted Evin O’Keeffe, The Constant Knitter wool shop, the talented Aoibhe Ní Shúilleabháin and the edgy Caroline Kuyper.

Delighted I am, and not least grateful to Stephanie Kennedy of The Yarn Room for the loan of “The Sofa” keeping me snug and out of the murky wet outside on the day that Photographer Fergal Phillips came to take my picture!

World domination, I’m telling you!

Crochet yarn bombing

A Statement In Yarn

My Danish friend Dana has a bee in her bonnet about yarn, she is a spinner and dyer and a knitter extraordinaire. Dana also has a bee in her bonnet about the state of the world. As a matter of fact, she has strong, well-informed opinions about most matters. Dana does not just stop with the usual ‘hand-wringing’ about anything. From my perspective, she has taken a leaf out of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s book and “Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises.” Dana reacts spontaneously and intelligently to the state of the world and this time she has set in motion a piece of knit/crochet graffiti among her friends. The text will read: “DEMOKRATIET HAR PLADS TIL OS ALLE” (democracy has room for everyone) alongside symbols of democracy.

A by Irene LundgaardClones Roses by Irene LundgaardShamrocks by Irene Lundgaard

This weekend I made my own contribution to the project. I committed to making an A and two symbols. I chose a variation of ‘Clones Roses’ as a symbol of the empowering effect piecework has had on generations of women and I simply just had to include the Shamrock to symbolise the fact that ‘there always is an Irish connection’. I made them up as I went, perhaps I should have used a proper traditional Irish pattern, but it was just too much fun to make them up, so I chose not to.

Dana is currently working on finding a relevant place to display this wonderful piece somewhere in Copenhagen – I imagine. I look forward to seeing it in it’s entirety and I am very happy to be part of the project and I hope to be able to show a picture of the finished item in place eventually.

Note: These pieces are made in horrid acrylics. I really don’t like working in acrylics, but we must suffer for the cause. 😉

Crochet hyperbolic crochet coral reef

Hyperboles & A Graffitied Fire Engine

Corn on the cob from corn yarnI have finally landed after a hectic week of fun and games in Denmark. It was a family time, but never far away from fibre related matters at any given time. There was Circus by the children, there was an 8th birthday, a christening, walks by the beach and then there was a hyperbolic crochet class in Duddine’s Aladdin’s Cave of a wool shop. At the entrance to the shop Duddine has donkeys on the one side of the lane and a yarn graffitied tree on the other side. Donkey work

Further down the lane Duddine’s husband has all sorts of old farm machinery on display, I have a feeling that the philosophy is that  wives like their husbands to be occupied while they browse the wool shop…

One of the items on display is an old clapped out Fire Engine which Duddine has gotten the mad idea to cover in yarn graffiti. You meet the fire engine a bit further down the lane and Fire Engine To Be Yarn Grafittiednobody who enters the shop are allowed to walk out without being encouraged to participate in this fun yarn project and I was no exception, so I was given 4 balls of the sustainable LOL yarn from Marks & Kattens made from recycled water bottles.

hyperboles at Duddines Vævestue FurBut before I got down to the knitting I taught a hyperbolic crochet class to excited and attentive crocheters who took to it like ducks to water. I love sharing the magic of hyperbolic crochet, the technique just presses all the right creative buttons in everybody who come into contact with it. It’s magic. I love magic, particularly the yarn variety and not least when it happens in a yarn shop full of fun colours and sustainable yarns, which is what Duddine focuses on.

After the crochet, I had a couple of hours to knit a bit and I quickly ran up the best part of 3.5 balls of the grey LOL which is going to help cover the box for the fire hose, I believe.
Knitting a fire engine

The fire engine was not yet covered when I was still there, but I have since seen photos and a wee video of the start of the covering of it. ‘Tis great craic and I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Knit a Fire Engine - Fur - DenmarkThanks to Knud Peder Jensen for the photo

If you click the photo, you can see the video too! And yes, that is a man on the right and yes, he is wearing a lovely wooden hat which he turned himself…