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2 days in-depth garment knitting with Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches

We will go through the process of knitting a garment that you love. Starting with good body measurements and swatching and moving into possible modifications. Bring a garment pattern you would love to work on with yarn and needles for swatching or alternatively work with Carol to find a pattern that works for you during the retreat. Swatching yarn will be provided and additional yarn available at Carol’s pop up shop. All in the gorgeous lakeside surroundings of Loch Lein Country House!

Galway Wool Safari

Galway Wool are a farmer-owned and run co-operative supplying Galway Wool which is an Irish grown bio-fibre. Galway Wool is rare heritage wool grown with care and pride from their native Irish Breed of Sheep. They are proud of their Irish heritage, know that healthy sheep are happy and productive animals -working care and compassion, to shepherd our flocks in tandem with nature. Blatnaid Gallagher and her husband Noel are champions of the conversation of the heritage of Ireland wool. Enjoy time learning about this rare breed and become a champion of Irish wool!

All our wool comes from Pure Bred Galway Sheep that have a Registered Pedigree, ensuring our partners are producing and creating with authentic Native Irish Wool.

Ériu Farm to Yarn Experience and Natural Dyeing Class with Malú Colorin of Talú Earth

Zoe and Lionel of Ériu Farm to Yarn are dedicated to working with selected breeds and blends to produce quality Irish wool as a sustainable, natural resource. Ériu is the Irish goddess of fertility, sovereignty and abundance. They are situated in the wild Wicklow mountains at the foot of Lugnaquilla - stunning and October when the trees turn golden. The area is surrounded by fairy rings and stone circles so there is a particular magical element to this part of Ireland.

This morning enjoy tea and scones on arrival, with a farm tour, river walk and be the first to see the Ériu woollen mill under construction! Have lunch on the farm (included) and learn about the new Kingfisher yarn colour palette. Come away with your own gift of an accessory pattern and a skein!
Take part in a Talú Earth natural dyeing workshop with Malú Colorin. With a background in graphic design and fine arts, in 2018 she began her experimentations and research into natural dyes and studied with master dyers in Mexico, Ireland, the US and Japan. Her work draws inspiration from the traditional garments of her native Mexico, while embracing the rich heritage of Irish textiles. She connects with each of her natural dye sources, as well as the land where they grow.

Airfield Estate

Airfield Estate, a 38 acre period house, farm and gardens in the heart of Dublin! Home to the Overend family since 1894, Airfield Estate was left in trust to the people of Ireland by Letitia and Naomi Overend in 1974. These trailblazing sisters realised the importance of being self-sufficient and sustainable in every aspect of their lives. That passion is carried through with the Airfield team today. Enjoy a tour of the house and gardens and have lunch sourced from the estate (included). Meet the lovely farm animals before enjoying a farewell Irish Coffee or Airfield Hot Chocolate!

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