Okay well, winners ‘cos there is two!
Firstly meet the Magic Hat, I’m not sure where he came from but his honesty and integrity are second to none.
Now, all those who bought a Deirdre na nDolais pattern in the last two weeks on ravelry are about to be virtually thrown in to the hat and a winner will be chosen at random.
and the winner is
Wahoo! congratulations. A shawl kit will be winging its way to you shortly! Well as soon as I know where to sent it
Now for all those who joined the group on ravelry or commented on the original post, it’s your turn.
and first out of the hat was…
Congrats and thanks to everybody who bought, joined up or commented on.
Last year, I designed Tír na nÓg shawl and had my first published pattern in Knit Now, a UK based magazine. And now the rights have reverted back to me. This pattern can now be purchased in my ravelry store.
The shawl design is inspired by old Irish myths and legends, the tales of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the the Fianna. In Irish folk lore, Tír na nÓg is best known for the tale of Niamh Cinn Ór and Oisín, the son of the warrior Fionn Mac Cumhaill. In the legend, Oisín and Niamh of Tír na nÓg fall in love. She brings him across the sea to Tír na nÓg on a magical white horse that can travel over water. After spending three years in the land of eternal youth, Oisín becomes homesick and wishes to return to Ireland. Niamh reluctantly allows him return across the sea on her magical horse, but forewarns him never to touch the Irish soil. When he returns, he finds that in reality three hundred years have passed in Ireland. While helping some men, move a rock, Oisín falls from the horse and instantly transforms into an ancient man. He wanders around Ireland for years and eventually encounters St. Patrick and tells him his tale. He dies without ever returning to Tír na nÓg.
My newest pattern designed for an Irish Tourism workshop, is designed using A life in the Long Grass merino fingering weight yarn in a custom colour known as Red Rust.
This shawl is from my Celtic mythology collection. Deirdre na nDólás or Deirdre of Sorrows was one of the most tragic women in Irish mythology. Her beauty and the havoc it would cause was foretold before her birth. A king would covet her, his rage and jealousy the cause of murder, destruction and war, and murder before finally destroying Deirdre herself, her lover and his family.
The Shawl is a crescent shape, beginning with a garter tab. As the shawl grows, the twisted yarn overs create two spines, leaving a bell shaped blank canvas for the Celtic knot work depicting a tormented or broken heart.
When the motif is complete, stitches are cast on for the the knit on edge comprising of a braid, symbolizing Naoise and his two brothers, an intertwining circular cable representing the lovers, Naoise and Deirdre and a beaded lace edge symbolizes Deirdre’s tears of sorrow and grief
You can buy the pattern on ravelry. If you would like to be in with a chance to win a digital copy of the pattern, via email or gifted through ravelry, you can do one of the following
- Comment below
- Join my newly formed group on ravelry!
Entries will close June 1st , midnight Irish Time! I will draw a winner at random and notify the winner shortly afterwards.
Anybody who buys the pattern before June 1st 2015, will be entered into a draw for a pattern kit including a custom dyed skein of Red Rust from Life in the Long Grass, beads, printed colour pattern and a cotton tote to hold every thing together.
A few weeks ago I gave a knitting workshop in Turlough House for Irish Tourism. This was part of the fabulous Nine Night North of Ireland Knitting and Craft Tour. This was a hands on knitting workshop with a wonderful bush of enthusiastic knitters.
In the workshop, I taught the ladies the unique elements of my Deirdre na nDolais shawl pattern, including a heart cable band and the cable and lace beaded edging. The knitters were particularly interested in how to add beads with a little piece of wire!
Included in the class was a unique yarn. A custom dyed fingering weight merino in a deep rusty red, hand dyed by Caroline from Life in the Long Grass.
These ladies left with all the materials need for knitting the shawl all wrapped up in a handy cotton kit bag!
This Celtic Shawl pattern will be available on ravelry shortly! Keep an eye out for a special competition running along side it!
Credit: Practical Publishing
This month, I have two new patterns featured in Knit Now, a UK based knitting magazine.
First up is Cáblaí, a snug hooded and pocketed scarf, perhaps more suitable for winter, but with the crazy changeable weather we are having at the moment, I’d be happy to have it right now!
I love scarfs and hats in winter but I hate the feel of gloves on my hands as they overheat so quickly. The pockets in this hooded scarf will keep your fingers warm and cosy in icy weather without the discomfort of becoming too hot. The braided edge of the scarf and the cabled smocking look far more intricate than they actually are. They may look complicated but is in fact, mostly knits and purls with some fancy bits. The scarf is knit in beautifully soft Artesano Aran yarn, a blend of Peruvian Highland wool and superfine Alpaca.
Next up is Dragonfly wings, a cobwebby fine beaded lace stole, perfect for the summer wedding! Its knit here in Rennie Handknits Supersoft Cashmere 4ply.
Credit: Practical Publishing
Dragonflies and damselflies are fascinating to watch. I love their lacy intricate wings and their large eyes, the essence of which I have tried to capture in this open lace beaded stole. The stole is mainly knit on 10 mm needles and beads are added with a crochet hook. As it is worked on large needles, it knits up quickly, into an open cobweb fabric.
In my (usual) hurry to post these to the wonderful Kate in Knit Now, I forgot ( didn’t have time) to take any decent photos of either item, so thanks to Practical Publishing for the use of the above two photos.
The many faces of the superhero scientist modeling Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta Cowl, just released! Buy Now!
This is a stranded colour work cowl featuring puppies frolicking in the snow. Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta translates as playing in the snow.
The cowl is available in three sizes, but easily adaptable to alternative sizes. The sizes are 53 cm, 60, and 67 cm in circumference. It is knit in the round from the bottom up with a garter stitch border. The stranded colour work uses just two colours per row.
The sample, shown here in medium, is knit with Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal fingering weight yarn in colour ways Snowdrift and Teal. The cowl used less than half a ball of each colour in the medium size. The yarn is spun in Co. Donegal and has the distinctive tweedy appearance of many Irish yarns. The added cashmere makes it soft enough to wear next to your skin too!
Until, Friday the 13th of February, if you buy Ag Sugradh sa Sneachta pattern you can get any one of my other patterns free! Enter coupon code madra at the checkout. Wahoo!