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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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I like Knitting!

Yes. I do. I like creating new patterns even more so!

Here are four of my recent patterns which were published in I like Knitting recently.  I like knitting is a US based knitting ezine or online magazine.

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An Farraige Shawl

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Liomoid Sorbet Shawl

Both An Farraige Shawl and Liomoid Sorbet Shawl can be found in I Like Knitting August Ediition

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Feamainn wrap or cowl!

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Teach Solais shawl!

Both Teach Solais and Feamainn Wrap patterns were published in the June Edition of I Like Knitting.

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And the winner is…

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.

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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.

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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.

pattern onlyand first out of the hat was…

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Congrats and thanks to everybody who bought, joined up or commented on.

 

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Tír na nÓg Shawl Pattern

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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.