It was a real pleasure to be asked by Lora Millar and Deirdre McArdle, the inspirational duo behind Olannandmagazine, to contribute to their latest issue. Olannand is “Ireland’s first dedicated fibre and craft magazine” and since 2015 they have been online and on a mission “ to highlight Ireland’s rich craft scene, from knitting and crochet to tapestry weaving and embroidery”. They have done an amazing job and you can find the free pattern for the little Dream Cardi and lots more besides, in issue 14 on their website olannand.ie. This Dream Cardi is knitted in Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift which is a fabulously cosy yarn and perfect for these autumnal days.

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Hand Knitting

I shall be teaching An Introduction to Knitting evening classes this autumn – it will be ideal for beginners, improvers, or for anyone who is a bit rusty and needs a reminder of all the wonderful things that can be easily achieved with simple knitting techniques. Each week there will be inspiring patterns for original projects to work on.
You will learn the basic principles of hand knitting: knit and purl stitches, simple shaping, textural stitches, lace, cables, knitting in the round, colour work, decorative cast on techniques and simple construction methods for folk mittens and socks. You will also learn how to work from charts, understand patterns and choose the right yarn for your projects. By the end of the course you will be able to build on your knowledge and progress to more complex work.
Find out more here and here

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Crochet Nålbindning

Swedish crochet nålbindning with a hook is relatively easy to learn (compared to its tricksy sister technique of nålbindning with a single needle) – if you can crochet you will be able to pick it up quickly.
Elsie Britt Sondell Wårnersson, a professional nålbindning expert, ‘discovered’ this technique about 7 years ago when examining an ancient glove that had been found in Jämtland Sweden. The Jämtland museum had labelled it as nålbindning – there were similarities but she believed it to have been made with a hook rather than a single needle. She called on her good friend the knitwear designer Ulrika Andersson to help her decipher and recreate the work – and crochet nålbinding was re-discovered. The Nordiska Museet in Stockholm has now officially acknowledged this as a ‘new’ technique, however there must be a distinction between nålbindning with a single needle and short lengths of yarn, and crochet nålbindning which is done with a single hook and unbroken yarn. They are not the same but they are equally old and visually there are similarities.

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Yarnfolk Wool Fest 2018

I am really looking forward to the Yarnfolk Wool Fest here in Northern Ireland on Saturday August 4th as I will be teaching one of my favourite workshops An Introduction to Crochet Nålbindning.
This is a really exciting opportunity to learn this ‘new’ technique that has only been acknowledged by the Nordic Museum in Stockholm as authentic in the last few years.
There will be beautiful Swedish yarn to use and original patterns to work from as you learn.
Find out more here and here


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Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a beautiful place to live and I’ve found that there is much to inspire me and plenty of space and air to breathe…

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