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Duilleoga an Fhómhair revisited

headshotThis was one of the very first patterns I designed last year. I decided to revisit this cabled brimmed hat and create alternative sizes. The pattern now has four different sizes, child, adult small, adult medium and adult large. The original hat was designed for ” adult small”, though was quickly stolen by the bookworm princess aged 7 and worn as a more floppy, slouchy beanie than originally intended. The largest size is pictured here, and yes, I have stolen the look from my daughter, more slouchy, and loose. This version was knit in Studio Donegal Aran Tweed, but any aran or worsted yarn would be suitable.

You can buy the new updated pattern here!

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Étaín

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In Celtic mythology, Étaín outshone all other women in beauty and gentleness. Consequently she became a victim of both desire and jealousy. When the fairy king Midir fell in love with her, his wife Fuamnach, transformed Étaín into a pool of water and later, into a scarlet fly, to be blown over the ocean for seven years. When she was finally able to return to Ireland, she fell into a glass of wine which was drunk by a woman who longed for a child. Étaín was reborn and she later married a High King of Ireland. Eventually Midir found her again and they transformed into swans and flew away. Continue reading

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Annual Guild Open Day

Originally posted on The Irish Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers:

The Annual Guild Open Day takes place Saturday 12 April in the RDS Dublin. This has always been a marvellous red letter day in our calendar, where we meet lots of enthusiastic spinners, weavers, and dyers. You can come along and try out everything to do with spinning and weaving – we will have all sorts of equipment for you to have a go with. We’ll also be selling tapestry frames, weaving sticks, and peg looms. It is five euro in the door, but everyone gets a jam packed goody bag!

So come along, we would love to meet you! Any inquiries, please email hello@weavespindye.ie.

The Open Day takes place 10 – 4pm in the Dodder Room, RDS.

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Deora Corcra

Deora Corcra is a mini shawl made for Emma, made from Droim an Uan Merino Silk Purple Marble. The pattern is now available to purchase here.

This Merino Silk Purple Marble wool from Droim an Uan, was spun by Catherine into a two ply sport weight yarn. Fingering or lace weight yarn could also be used, if you prefer. The colour of the wool and the teardrop shaped points gave this shawl its name. The lace edge is knit first and then, the shawl is shaped using short rows. I prefer the German method of short row shaping as it gives a very neat finish, but you can use what method you prefer. You can find a tutorial of this method by Mimi Kezer here. The depth of the shawl could be decreased or increased by varying the number of stitches omitted on each short row. The shawl is finished with an eyelet boarder. The short edges are picked up and knit in garter stitch. Wet blocking is required to see the true beautiful shape of the shawl.

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Fairy Lawn Alpaca

DSCF1061Fairy Lawn Alpaca is an Irish owned company, producing hand knitted toys and a range of natural, undyed hand knitting yarns made from Irish Alpaca  and Peruvian Baby Alpaca fleece. The raw alpaca fleece is sourced in Ireland while the spinning process takes place in a mill in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, as unfortunately,  the facilities are not available here in Ireland. Continue reading