Saturday, November 27, 2010

Cold Dingle Morning

We woke up this morning to a dusting of snow around Dingle and a considerable amount more in the mountains.  Winter is here!  And is there any better time for wool???  It's about 20 f/-4c today with the wind, so hopefully people will pick up some lovely warm gifts for Christmas.  Handmade and not made in China.

I felted two scarves yesterday.  What I call Ladder Scarves as they look like a ladder or spine when laid out.  The are long and flippy, which makes them hard to photograph.  In the photo to the right you can see the texture of the merino and silk together, very shiny when ironed and the merino is nice and soft to the skin.  I used natural merino and then over-dyed it twice to get the variegated tones.  You might need a much substantial scarf  today, but this is good for most weather days in Ireland. 

I am way behind on felting projects, which is about usual.  I have too much going on in my own life that is disrupting production!  There is going to be a great craft fair on in Dingle on Sunday, December 12th from 1-6pm at Benner's Hotel.  I am working on some more scarves that will be done by then and I have more hats coming.  You'd want your hat today! 

So much seems to be coloured by Ireland's disastrous financial situation.  Everyone seems to be so resigned and depressed, but they really can reject the loan and make the banks take the burden instead of adding generations of debt to each person in Ireland.  What makes matters a lot worse is that they are calling for austerity measures for us all and then you hear about €240,000 golden handshakes being given out and how they only two weeks ago voted a pay rise for themselves.  Austerity for all would be bad enough, but it isn't for all.  Morale is quite low.  The Irish news seems to be reporting that there isn't any other option, but calling an election before they finalized the loan is one thing the Irish people can do.  Otherwise, Ireland will be colonized all over again, this time with the banks.


  1. Hope your country learns from USA bailouts followed by huge CEO bonuses . Do not be fooled, the ruling elite are trying to return us to a ruling class and serf world...very scary .

  2. Hi Kerry,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. It really is a dish you should try for yourself: with the gooey egg yolk melting into the soup and over the poached fish; it becomes the ultimate in comfort food.
    And I know what you mean about the atmosphere in Ireland at the moment. Despondancy.

  3. Well, hopefully things will improve a bit over Christmas! They may tax the hell out of us, but at least we can let it go for a few weeks and enjoy ourselves...

  4. Love the Scarves Sharon, quite funky, would make a boring coat look very trendy! Best Wishes Tricia