All photos are ©Joseph Feller and are taken from the pattern pages on Ravelry. Joseph is a fantastic photographer, the book is peppered with beautiful pictures of the mills and the Irish countryside.
Carol starts with a section on the origin of Irish knitting, and moves on to fit and gauge with an interesting section on ease.
The first mill is Kerry Woollen Mills.There's some gorgeous shots of the outside & inside of the mill and a brief history too.
The first pattern in this section is Killorglin:
I love the cable pattern, it looks really snug and warm for the colder weather. The high collar and zipper would definitely keep out the cold wind!
The next pattern is a really gorgeous skirt, Tralee:
The next pattern is Listowel:
Next is Caherciveen:
The next section is based on yarns from Cushendale Woollen Mills. I adore Cushendale yarn, really reasonably priced and so lovely to knit with. This is my favourite section of the book. Again there's some lovely photos and a description of the mill and the yarns it produces.
The first pattern is Knockmore:
The next pattern is Ballyragget:
A really lovely twisted stitch hat. I love hats, so comfy and warm on cold mornings! Another definite make for me.
On we go to Dangan:
This design is Belville:
Another lovely boys sweater, Ballinagree:
The next pattern is Kilnamanagh:
On to Donegal Yarns, best known for their fabulous tweed yarn. More lovely pictures of the mill and surrounds, with a description of the mill.
The first pattern is a star guest, Killybegs:
It also comes with a matching beret, Bundoran:
This pattern has got a lot of folks talking, Ardara:
The next pattern is Glengesh:
The next pattern is Straboy:
The final pattern in this section is one I've already started knitting, Rossbeg:
Carol moves on now to independent Irish dyers. She mentions two dyers in particular, Dublin Dye Company (facebook link) and Hedgehog Fibres, both of whom produce really lush yarns. Mmm.
Using Dublin Dye Company yarn is the Dalkey Cowl and Mitts set:
Really nice and simple cowl and mitts that would be perfect for cooler Autumn days. Great for gift giving too, they'd make a great present for someone. Squishy and warm!
Using Hedgehog Fibres, there's the Rathcooney Hat and Fingerless Mittens:
I love the cocoon stich, and the way it almost grows out of the rib that runs up the mitts and hat. Really lovely. I'd say you'd get lots of wear out of this set. I like the hat especially, it looks really snug.
So there you go! Isn't it a great book? Showcasing the best in Irish yarns and Irish design. Who said Irish knitting was all about Aran sweaters? This should convince you that arans are only scratching the surface of the vibrant knitting scene here in Ireland. Thanks so much Carol for such a great book, I'll be knitting furiously!