Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aran Headband

This was a class project in one of the knitting classes on the tour. The teacher Una lives on the Aran Island Inis Oirr and this is a cable pattern favorite of her mother’s.  Yarn is Donegal Studio Aran Weight in cream.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Aran Hat

I started this hat during a class in Ireland. The yarn is Studio Donegal Aran weight. The pattern is by Carol Fellor called “Bundoran.”  Gets mailed out on Monday :). 

Back From Ireland

Back from 11 wonderful days in Ireland.  Had an incredible time on a knitter’s tour of Ireland.  I took several classes from well known Irish knitters and am now ready to cast on an Aran sweater.  The group went to a yarn spinning workshop, yarn dyeing workshop using natural dyes, watched a basket weaving demonstration, hit two woolen mills including a factory tour of how yarn is made from sheep to store shelves, took a scone and brown bread baking class, went to the Museum of Decorative Arts, a wonderful concert by Trad on the Prom, hit the usual tourist spots like Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, and Kylemore Abbey.  I even did some “pub knitting.”  The group went to a sheep farm and watched sheepherding dogs at work, ate more than a couple scones with tea, went to Hedgehog Fibers, spent 2 nights on the Aran Island Inis Oirr and hit Galway, Killarney and Dublin of course.  Galway was too much fun and I did a 3 mile walk along the Bay from the tourist shopping area near Quay Street back to the water front hotel.  I’m sure I’m leaving some stuff out.  It was just jam packed with fun things to do.  I met some really nice knitters and future meet ups and knit alongs are planned.  Northern Ireland knitting tour on the horizon :).  The one thing I took away from the trip is TRAVEL WHEN YOU ARE ABLE and have your mobility. The alternative is not pretty and not as much fun.  If you can’t or don’t like to walk, go up a flight of stairs or can’t move a short distance from point A to point B without breaking into a full blown sweat, you should probably just stay home.  We had a high maintenance princess and a gloomy Gus on the tour but they were easy enough to avoid. I mean really how much effort does it take to be miserable on a vacation????   I just don’t get it.  The food was wonderful. I don’t know why people crack jokes about how horrible Irish food is.  It was beyond good!  On the Aran Islands, we all had a fish pie that was so good the cook gave us the recipe :). Fish pie on the horizon too :).   Miss Ireland already and can’t wait to go back :).