return to the Burren
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!
views from Leenane towards Killary Harbour and the sea:
Thanks for recent comments!
Setting up workshop at the Constant Knitter last weekend (no plans for a dvd at the moment, I’m doing a pdf instead):
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:
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:
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
To book a place please contact Rosemary at the Constant Knitter
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:
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.