This 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!
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.
Fairy 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
Lá le Pádraig is a simple cowl pattern incorporating basic stranded colour work. It is knit in the round and uses only knit and purl stitches. It is made from Donegal Aran Tweed, 100 per cent pure new wool from Studio Donegal, bought from This is Knit in Dublin. I have included three sizes, to fit a child or an adult (pictured on the mad scientist here, cue ninja moves) and a long version which can be worn long or doubled up for a warmer, cosier knit. The pattern is currently being written and tested and will be available soooooooon.
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