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Irish Tourism Workshop

On the 25th of April, I held a workshop with the lovely ladies on the 9 Night North of Ireland Knitting & Craft Tour curated by Irish Tourism in the Foxford Woollen Mills. The twenty four ladies came from USA, Norway and Germany and spent a few enjoyable hours learning about the Sionann Shawl and its unique design elements. Each knitter received a pack which included an Irish Knit Odyssey cotton tote, beads, wire, pattern booklet and a unique skein of exclusive hand dyed yarn from Carlo and Gabriella of Irish Fairytale Yarns. The Wild Atlantic colorway is only available to participants of Irish Tourism Workshops. Each 100 gram skein has 400 metres of Merino 4ply yarn. Gabriella and Carlo also threw in a cute emoji handmade stitch marker.

You can see all the knitting tours available from Irish Tourism on their website and a review of the North of Ireland tour by Constance Hall here.

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Deirdre na nDolais

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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.

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Irish Tourism Workshop

DSC02389A 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!

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This Celtic Shawl pattern will be available on ravelry shortly! Keep an eye out for a special competition running along side it!