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last of Connemara

lakeside sunset:
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seaside colours:
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some knitting:
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wildlife painting at the Burren Perfumery:
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view from Diamond Hill:
view from diamond hill
little mountains:
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connemara mountain
clouds near Clifden:
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home from home:
connemara cottage 2
connemara cottage 1
snoozing:
snoozing 2

snoozing 1
kidnapped:
kidnapped
neighbour:
connemara dog

killary cottage

return to the Burren
the burren

rain:
window 2

window 1

Birr Magnolia:
birr magnolia 2

birr magnolia 1
Sutton:
sutton 1

sutton 2

irish sea
Phoenix Park Puddle:
phoenix park puddle
Mini’s tongue:
mini

Connemara

Some pictures from the Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenane, Connemara.
The centre has lots of information on the history of sheep farming and the wool industry in the area, historical photos, demonstrations of spinning and weaving – and some displays of knitting and natural dyeing!
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Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre 02

Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre 01

Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre 03

views from Leenane towards Killary Harbour and the sea:
Leenane

Killary Harbour
exhaustion:
tired mini
duck pond:
duck pond

duck pond 2
rainy garden with Japanese maples, camellia and katsura leaves:
spring garden

hello from Dublin

Thanks for recent comments!

Phoenix park:
phoenix park deer 2

phoenix park deer

phoenix park sunset 2

phoenix park sunset

Setting up workshop at the Constant Knitter last weekend (no plans for a dvd at the moment, I’m doing a pdf instead):

Constant-Knitter-Workshop

walk by the sea:
irish sea 2

irish sea 3

irish sea 1

irish sea 5

beach 1
mini beach 2
mini beach 1

velvet

national holiday

a trip to Avondale house to see the trees:

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avondale leaf 2

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avondale leaf 3

avondale leaf 4

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avondale leaf 5

avondale cloud
avondale clouds

avondale clouds 2

beware

mini investigates

wicklow town

wicklow sky

daffodils

Carlow & Kilkenny:

altamont peacock 1

altamont peacock 2

altamont daisies

altamont weeping ash
altamont door

graiguenamanagh 2

graiguenamanagh

St Mullans 1

St Mullans 2

graiguenamanagh 3

St Mullans 3

knit/lab workshop

March-work-shop

I’ll be doing another workshop at the Constant Knitter in Dublin on Sunday 23 March.
It will be a relaxed introduction to the knitting techniques used in patterns like Sari and Ottoman – these patterns combine lace knitting, intarsia and stranding, with multiple colours per row:

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The main focus of the afternoon will be on swatching.
Charts will be provided for swatches of varying complexity, from a stranded stripe/plaid with an easy eyelet border to more challenging pieces with intarsia motifs, corrugated ribbing, etc.
You can jump in at the deep end, or start with the simpler pieces and try out the more difficult ones in your own time.
The charts can be used for larger projects once you’re familiar with the techniques.

I’ll also have a selection of knit/lab swatches and finished pieces, and some visual material to discuss colour inspiration:

colour sources

Materials required:
Bring along needles and various quantities of yarn in your choice of colours.
Use of colours is up to you, and will depend on your own personal style – you can choose to swatch with a limited range of muted tones, or a riot of clashing shades – or anything in between!
Gauge is not critical when swatching, as the focus is more on techniques and colour.
My approach to knitting is quite experimental, embarking on a project without a fixed idea of the outcome – I encourage you to have a similar approach, mixing different colours and yarns, and being prepared to rip it out and try again!
Suggested basic needle/yarn combination: sock weight yarn on 3mm or 3.25mm needles (I prefer to use straight needles, but circulars can be used if you prefer).

Time: Sunday 23 March, 2-5pm
Cost:30EUR

To book a place please contact Rosemary at the Constant Knitter

Clones Lace

On Saturday, I was delighted to meet Máire Treanor, author and expert on Clones lace.
Máire collects, designs, teaches and writes about this historic form of Irish crochet lace.
She was showing her collection as part of a workshop in the Constant Knitter.
The collection includes very old Venetian needle lace, old Irish pieces, and related contemporary pieces from Ireland, Italy, France and the Ukraine.
It was amazing to see these treasures up close and to photograph them – click images for bigger versions.
A lace jabot in linen thread:
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Clones jabot 2
Venetian and Irish neck-pieces:
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Clones lace

Clones lace 2
Clones lace 3
silk:
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Italian:
Italian lace
Ukrainian:
Ukrainian crochet lace

The technique is fascinating – it’s like drawing motifs and connecting them with threads to form a fabric – I’m very inspired to do some design work.

trips to the park:
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pond 3

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pond 4
Lough Dan on Sunday – mini, lichen, moss and straw:
lough dan mini

lough dan lichen

lough dan moss

lough dan grass

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