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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Design Plans 2016

Hello again. I promised you some update on my knitting plans, so here we go...


Over the past year or so I have amassed quite a nice little collection of hand dyed 4ply/sock weight yarn in my stash. I mostly just like to look at it, the colours are so beautiful, and they generally remind me of the time when I bought them. Memories are twisted together in their little cotton bags. Well, I also had a little nagging, guilty feeling. What on earth was I going to use them for? There comes a time in your stash accumulation where you sit back to take stock, and sitting stroking your pretties is no longer a viable option. These pretties must earn their keep and be put to work...So we can buy more pretties!


So there were a few pops, a whizz or two and a rather loud tinkling bell and suddenly my grey matter was alive with the sound of pattern ideas emerging.


As each skein is usually 100g or 450 yards approx, small accessories were the way to go, so I lined them all up and they began whispering ideas in my ear. A cowl, a scarf, mitts, a hat, a shawlette, the possibilities were endless, oh yes and a lacy bag. So as not to give my muse the hump and any excuse not to keep whispering, I cast on immediately with a vague idea and kept going. So far, I have 2 cowls knit, a slouchy beret and now I am working on a cloche hat. I plan to publish an e-book with all of these designs, so I will keep you updated on my progress.

I am also aware that I have some large shawl patterns to publish also, namely Lusna, Shealtainn and Leggerissima, so I will also be working on them in tandem. It will take some time, but I'm hoping to have all up and on ravelry before 2017!

In the meantime, I did publish a lovely little coaster pattern (free on Ravelry) for Heritage week (I gave a class today in my local library and launched it) so that is available NOW!


Phew, now I think I am up to date with everything! My plan is to post each Monday from now on, so that I am organised and everything is ticking along nicely. Please feel free to smack me if I don't.

Until next Monday, 

Happy knitting

xxx


Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo

If you read my previous post, you will know that my Lusna Shawl is currently on display in the Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo from now until November 13th, 2016.


I had never been to the museum before this, and I'm surprised as it is a little gem!


Entry is FREE and there is plenty to see, nostalgia in it's best form.


So if you are in the area, or thinking of something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon, pop in and have a look.


The gardens are also pretty and there are lots of paths just begging to be strolled upon.


You also get to see all the beautiful exhibits from the RDS National Crafts Competition.


So what are you waiting for?

Happy knitting

xxx