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Bladhm Shrug

My Bladhm Shrug pattern was published in Knit Now, Issue 58, March 2016
Inspired by the Irish version of the Bell X1 song Flame.
This dainty, fiery shrug is knit using Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4ply yarn, it works up very quickly for a pretty cober up for a spring dress.
The shrug is knitted from cuff to cuff, starting with a twisted rib before increasing needle size to work lace. The first sleeve
is knitted in the round before working the centre back flat before rejoining and working the final sleeve in the round. The front edging is picked up along the opening and worked in the round.

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Photos from Practical Publishing, Knit Now, Issue 58

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Valentine’s sock club, a club for lovers and haters of the Cupid’s sugared money spinner! a fine fish yarns came up trumps in these sweet colour ways of Kiss Kiss and Bang Bang!  The yarn was chosen unseen. For the club, you could have chosen either one or both!  I choose both, for separate facets of my personality, and these 100g skeins of hand dyed sock yarn arrived!  A deathly black cherry for the loathers and a sweetly speckled pink for the lovers

The box came, prettily wrapped up in blue, tissue paper with a cute, thematic postcard, in plenty of time for St. Valentine’s Day.

And inside a few surprises! Sweets, chocolate, a wax melt  from The Belfast Candle Company and a few stitch markers or mini key rings!

 

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February Designs

I have four designs in the on line knitting magazine, I Like Knitting February edition!

First up,  knit in Soft Donegal yarn is an easy cabled cushion and an accompanying cable tutorial.

Next up, is a beaded lace shawl, Diamaint, made with Hedgehog Fibre sock yarn. One skein is enough to create this beautiful top down, winged shawl!

These are Secret Admirer Socks, featuring a few secret heart motifs. The are knit with Life in the Long Grass semi solid sock yarn in “Winter Sea” and come in four sizes, the largest would comfortably fit an average sized male human. Can you spot all the hearts?

And finally, the Wild Swans at Coole hat and mitten set, knit with Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal.

These are knit in the round, but only two colours are used in any row. One ball of each colour easily knits the hat and the mittens with plenty of yarn to spare. The patterns for the hat and the mittens come in two sizes, child and adult.

Phew, that was some epic knitting last summer and early autumn! And I am particularly pleased that all four patterns have some element of Irish Yarn in there creation!

 

 

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A yarn lover’s Christmas Box

I may have spoilt myself somewhat this Christmas.  I may have accidentally purchased a Green Elephant Hand Dyed Yarn Christmas box. Don’t know how it happened!

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The box cost €45 and  included 100g of Green Elephant Hand Dyed Yarn in a limited edition colour-way, a hand made project bag and some other treats.

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The yarn, called Fairy lights was inspired by twinkling, colourful, Christmas Fairy Lights. There was a gorgeous project bag by Sweensie Crafts, a stocking stitch marker by Matt and Rose, a cute as a button snowman button and a chocolate treat or two!

A close up of some twinkly fairy lights, for the season that’s in it!

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Happy Yarny Christmas!

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I bought myself a lovely yarny present for Christmas this year. I may have indulged in a Christmas surprise from a fine fish yarns. Terri Carroll hand dyes and hand paints her yarn in the North of Ireland. So I couldn’t resist the surprise gradient mini skeins she was advertising in November. Part of the surprise was that the colours of the gradient were a surprise based on stated favorite colours!

Shortly before Christmas, a package arrived, nicely and appropriately wrapped, and inside was a beautiful pack of sock weight sparkle mini skeins in glorious green shades.

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Terri also included a few surprise treats in the package! Chocolate and some Christmas themed stitch markers.

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Countess Constance Cloche

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Photograph:  Practical Publlishing

A new cloche style hat design, inspired by Countess Constance Markievicz, a Sligo lady, close childhood friend of W.B. Yeats who married a Polish Count, led a garrison during the 1916 Rebellion . She was sentenced to death for her part in the Easter Rising , though, as she was a women, this sentence was subsequently commuted, She was born  Constance Gore-Booth in London in 1868 and grew up in Lissadell House in Sligo, as the daughter of an English protestant landlord. She initially trained as an artist before becoming involved in women’s suffrage.

Constance Markievicz was an Irish politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. Constance was the first woman elected to the British Parliament, although, she never took her seat. She was the first female cabinet minister in any Government in Europe where she  held the post of Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922. The Countess died at the age of 59 on 15 July 1927.

 

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The hat design is published by Knit Now Magazine.The cable band is knitted first, the ends are grafted together to form a ring. Stitches are then picked up along both edges separately, one side shapes the crown, while the other shapes the brim using short rows before ending in an i-cord cast off.

This issue is on sale from 10th December in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores across Britain and Ireland and on the  Knit Now website. It will also be available digitally via  apps for Apple and Android devices and through Pocketmags.

The beautiful green yarn of the hat is an aran weight blend of 50% Wool and  50% Alpaca from Artesano yarns where currently you can receive a 20 percent discount on yarns with the code 20PERCENT.

 

In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz

By W.B. Yeats.

The light of evening, Lissadell,
Great windows open to the south,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.
But a raving autumn shears
Blossom from the summer’s wreath;
The older is condemned to death,
Pardoned, drags out lonely years
Conspiring among the ignorant.
I know not what the younger dreams –
Some vague Utopia – and she seems,
When withered old and skeleton-gaunt,
An image of such politics.
Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
Pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.
Dear shadows, now you know it all,
All the folly of a fight
With a common wrong or right.
The innocent and the beautiful
Have no enemy but time;
Arise and bid me strike a match
And strike another till time catch;
Should the conflagration climb,
Run till all the sages know.
We the great gazebo built,
They convicted us of guilt;
Bid me strike a match and blow.
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Exciting News

Exciting… Ireland needs a fibre mag!

Confessions of a Fibre Strumpet

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Well I’m excited anyway.

You might remember I’d said I was up to something when I closed the shop?

Well I was and……

Drum roll please

Olann and

My very good friend Deirdre and I are happy to announce the upcoming lauch of ‘Olann and‘ an online fibre magazine focusing on the Irish market.

We’re busy working on the first issue at the moment and it’s due out the third week of November…. yippee!

Expect loads of fibre, yarn and crafty goodness and we’d love to hear your ideas too.

You can find us in the following places so far, with more to come soon, including a blog:-)

Instagram = @olannandmagazine

Pinterest = olannand 

Facebook = Olann and

Twitter = @olannand

We’d love to have as many of you on board, so be sure to come and join us.

Happy Fibre Crafting!

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