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 [...]
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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. […]
Festive Doggy Bandanas Here's a quick and cute little make for the doggies in your life. A festive doggy bandana to get your pets into the Christmas spirit. MATERIALS To make [...]
We had the pleasure of speaking with Johnny Shiels, a third generation spinning wheel maker, who builds spinning wheels at the top of Ireland on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal. We hear about his life-long dedication to this [...]
Like many fibre crafts, spinning has been practised for thousands of years, and the actual methods have changed little in that time. Unlike other fibre crafts though, spinning is how it all begins, how the fibre with which we [...]
Dearcán Beanie Designed by Mairin NiDhonncha, this unisex beanie hat is inspired by acorns. The simple pattern evokes a row of cute little acorns around the brim. Knit it as slouchy or as fitted as you like [...]
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 [...]