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28 04, 2018

Batik workshop in Grennan Mill


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 [...]

Batik workshop in Grennan Mill2018-04-28T19:15:24+00:00
24 02, 2018

6 reasons why we love knitalongs


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 [...]

6 reasons why we love knitalongs2018-02-24T15:07:52+00:00
3 02, 2018

Yarn Review – Wendy Anaphora


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. […]

Yarn Review – Wendy Anaphora2018-02-03T12:32:35+00:00
9 09, 2017

Book Review: A Row by Roe Adventure


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. [...]

Book Review: A Row by Roe Adventure2017-09-09T09:06:26+00:00
28 08, 2017

How to: embroider on hand knits


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 [...]

How to: embroider on hand knits2017-10-10T14:53:11+00:00
18 07, 2017

Knitting groups: aren’t they great?


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 [...]

Knitting groups: aren’t they great?2017-07-18T12:02:34+00:00
15 06, 2017

The Big Knit – deadline fast approaching


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 [...]

The Big Knit – deadline fast approaching2017-06-16T14:16:57+00:00
17 05, 2017

Crafty make: Beer can succulents


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. [...]

Crafty make: Beer can succulents2017-05-17T16:14:07+00:00
31 03, 2017

How to finish off an embroidery project in a hoop


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 [...]

How to finish off an embroidery project in a hoop2017-03-31T13:53:23+00:00
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