I bought this Merino Silk Purple Marble from Droim an Uan, spun by Catherine on her Ashford Traveler Spinning Wheel. The top came dyed from Wingham Wool Work in England and was spun into singles and then plied together to make a two ply sport weight yarn. The 100 grams or 190 yards of the marbled yarn was wound into a center pull ball. This soft yarn is very evenly and professionally spun an will make a lovely scarf or shawl.
I also purchased 312 yards of blue green hand spun. This three ply Aran weight yarn was also spun and plied by Catherine on her Ashford Traveler Spinning Wheel. The fleece came from Droim an Uan, off the backs of Catherine’s little flock of yearling sheep, and then hand processed and dyed by Catherine herself. Again, this bright, vivid colored yarn is very evenly and professionally spun and wound into three neat center pull balls.
An elegant clutch bag made with Lindsay Craft chunky Alpaca two ply wool. This bag is knit flat, starting with the lace wave panel for the flap. The remainder of the bag is knit in stocking stitch with has purl rows for turning and sewing up. Lining is added to give it stability and strength. A crochet button hole is attached and a cute button finishes the little purse. As this is knit in chunky wool, it is a very quick knit. Buy this pattern here
So you want to buy some Irish produced yarn?
I have compiled a list of spinners and dyers known to me, who sell on the interweb. If I missed you, apologies and let me know and I will include you on the list.
Here are the big three, the last three remaining commercial mill and spinners in Ireland that produce yarn for hand knitting:
Kerry Woollen Mills
Cushendale Woollen Mills
Hand Spinners and Hand Dyers:
Markree Wool Craft
Life in the Long Grass
Dublin Dye Company
The Mottled Sheep
Droim an Uan
Alpacas of Ireland
Many of these yarns are available to buy in yarn and craft shops throughout the country too!
This nineteen forties vintage styled turban is made with Smudge Yarn from County Cork. The idea for this hat came from a Knit-a-long I stumbled upon on Ravelry; Knit for Victory, a nineteen forties knitting challenge. The hat, named líonta iascaigh, or fishing nets, is reflected in the lacy rib pattern of the brim and also, in the colour and texture of the yarn. Continue reading
Smudge Yarns is an online shop, set up by Sara Breitenfeldt, a Wisconsin native, now based in county Cork. The company is an offshoot of a successful crowd funding project on Kickstarter.com which enabled Sara to buy a spinning wheel and carder and invest in Irish fleeces. Continue reading
Crann Darach, the mighty oak tree; the first of my Christmas presents and patterns. This is a simple cowl made from a skein of multi-coloured English wool, hand-spun and plied by Lindsay Crafts. Continue reading
Browsing on etsy, I came across Lindsay Crafts and made some compulsive, compulsory purchases. Ahem.
I am sick, I’ve got an affliction, I’m under the weather, I’m not feeling the best. I’m a bit worse for wear. In fact, I think I might have caught a bug. There’s no medicine to cure me, no remedy, and as I’ve used up all the fibre I own, the outcome is bleak.
Here is the pattern for fainne gheal on lae This pattern is for a seven almost eight year old.
Unfortunately, this cardigan pattern is for only one size. As I am not a professional knitting designer, I don’t have the time to write and test the pattern in other sizes. Maybe at a later date, I might try to do! And as I am not a professional, there maybe mistakes in the pattern, please contact me if you spot any or have any difficulty understanding my instructions. Go raibh mile maith agat! Continue reading
This yarn from Markree Wool Craft reminds me of the dusky pinks and purples in the twinkling light just before dawn so I named this cropped cardigan pattern, for a famous Irish traditional folk ballad, Fáinne Geal an Lae, the dawning of the day.