On Saturday 9th September, the Derrylane Flax Mill played host to a vibrant, fibre festival that is now in its 24th year. Knitwear designer Albina McLaughlin attended the event and gives us a wonderfully evocative summary of what sounds [...]
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Mind the Gap shawl Designed by Monika O'Brien, Mind the Gap is a shawl inspired by steam punk and grunge. It's simple and versatile, with fun colour changes. MATERIALS Yarn: 4ply/Fingering weight Colours [...]
Crafting in Co. Clare We delve into natural dyeing and seed-to-garment with our columnist Jennifer Lienhard of Woolfinch Studios While many chemists fight the dye's tendency to fade over time, its dynamism is what I [...]
Podcast Reviews We highlight some of our favourite knitting and crafty podcasts DUNKELGRÜN PODCAST We’ve been fans of the Dunkelgrün Podcast since Anna uploaded her first episode in February of [...]
The Patchwork Diaries We go on a patchwork adventure with our new columnist Aine Foley of Lismore Quilt Co. It's hard to believe that it's nearly the end of the summer and back [...]
Paper. For most of us, it is a largely functional item produced in massive volumes the world over. But handmade paper, made sheet by sheet, is much more than that. We look at the craft of paper making and [...]
Our new regular column from Roger Clarke, an alpaca farmer from Tyrone in Northern Ireland, will chart the goings-on on the farm throughout the year. We’ll hear all about the exploits of Roger's herd of alpacas. Set in the heart of [...]
Sunshine and Sprinkles Cowl Designed by Maria Grandfield, the Sunshine and Sprinkles Cowl is a nice introduction to colourwork featuring a simple pattern that alternates between two colours every two stitches, with two nice "rest rows" in between. [...]
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. [...]
We chart the origins and story so far of a fascinating initiative in the Northwest of Ireland: a sheep to garment project with the beautiful Blue-Face Leicester breed at its heart. Like many of us, Albina learned to knit [...]