On a rainy Sunday morning, five of us set off for Grennan Mill Craft School, Thomastown, Kilkenny for a day-long batik workshop. Aside from some dabbling with batik in school, none of us had any [...]
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We love a good knit along. Who doesn't? There are so many reasons why they're so popular among us knitters and crocheters. Here at Olann and, we've run three knitalongs (KAL) and have just come to the end of [...]
We take a look at a new colourful 4-ply yarn from the folks at Thomas B Ramsden. Wendy Anaphora is a vibrant new range that bursts with colour and interest. […]
Knitwear designer Albina McLaughlin looks back on the recent Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin. She looks at the event from an exhibitor's perspective, giving us an insight into the inner workings of the show. What [...]
We take a look at a wonderful little book by Lisa Smyth of Limavady yarn shop Row by Roe. The book is aimed at young knitters and involves an adventure and a colourful scarf pattern. [...]
HOW-TO EMBROIDER ON HAND KNITS Embroidering knitted items is a great way to make for finished garment even more special. There are many knitting techniques to create texture and apply colours but sometimes it's easier to apply [...]
The benefits of knitting and knitting groups have been well documented. Both Lora and I are firm believers in the positive effects of being part of a knitting group – our own group has been meeting every Wednesday evening [...]
Most of us will be familiar with the teeny knitted hats sitting atop bottles of innocent smoothies that appear in supermarkets around the country during the winter months. The Big Knit campaign, run by innocent Ireland, to knit these [...]
If we've learned anything from the upcycling revolution, it’s that anything can be a plant pot. From wellies, to colanders, we're now potting our favourite plants into all manner of receptacles. Here are my latest unusual plant pots. [...]
How to finish off an embroidery project in a hoop Typically, embroidery hoops were used to simply keep fabric taut for stitching, but more and more we're seeing finished embroidery pieces displayed in their hoops. Here's how to finish [...]