Dragonfly Socks

Hedgehog Fibres is an Irish artisan yarn dyeing company based in Cork, Ireland. The owner Beata Jezek created her own line of beautiful yarns in the gorgeous colours, ranging form rich and dark to vibrant, that she wanted to knit with, wear and live with.

Dragonfly Hedgehog Fibres Socks

I wanted a skein of the Dragonfly Socks yarn as a reminder of a wonderful walk that Neil and I had in Brittany in 2009. We walked through the woods for hours and then we sat for a couple of hours by a quiet pool near a waterfall surrounded by trees. We watched the dragonflies flitting around just above the water and as we sat, they landed on our arms and knees while we just sat quietly watching their beautiful iridescent colours. This was an extraordinary and magical experience that has stayed with me all these years on…One of my presents from Neil last Xmas was this gorgeous skein of Hedgehog Twist Sock in the Dragonfly colour which had long been on my wish list!  [Read more…]

3 Colour Cashmere Cowl

Once our holiday in Connemara, Co Galway had been planned and booked, I knew I wanted to visit Kylemore Abbey with its beautiful restored Victorian Walled Garden.

3 Colour Cashmere Cowl

When I was knitting the 3 Colour Cashmere Cowl designed by Joji Locatelli, I visualised it photographed with the beautiful Abbey in the background. [Read more…]

Wandering Socks – Lettergesh Beach

I finished the Wandering Socks and we photographed them while relaxing with a picnic on Lettergesh Beach in Connemara. It was a lovely sunny day and the golden sand shimmered with a heat haze.

Wandering Sock Lettergesh Beach

Lettergesh Beach is a beautiful beach. We went for a few walks on it while we were staying at Dawros. It is so restful wandering along the beach listening to the waves rippling on the beach. [Read more…]

Wandering Socks – Dawros Beg

After our long drive from the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry to Connemara in County Galway via The Burren in County Clare we were really tired. The cottage at Dawros Beg was amazing. It was more of a family home than a holiday rental.

Wandering Socks Dawros

The setting was just so tranquil. So the following day we decided it was time for some rest, relaxation and sock knitting. (Also, as it was such a lovely hot day I thought I’d catch up with the laundry.) [Read more…]

Wandering Socks – The Burren

I was reasonably pleased with my progress on the second Wandering Sock by the time we reached the Burren in County Clare. I’d almost finished knitting the leg, even though, I’d snoozed for a couple of hours.

Wandering Socks The Burren

End of May to early June is the perfect time to visit the Burren. So many of the wild flowers are flowering or in bud! [Read more…]

Wandering Socks – Ladies View

I cast on and started knitting the cuff of my second Wandering Sock while sitting on a rock overlooking the panoramic views from Ladies View. This viewpoint is about 10 miles from Killarney. It is on the road from Killarney to Kenmare which is part of the Ring of Kerry.

Wandering Socks Ladies View [Read more…]

Wandering Socks – Tetrapod Trackway

The Tetrapod Trackway on Valentia Island dates from the Devonian period over 365 million years ago.

Wandering Socks Tetrapod Tracks

Neil really wanted to see the Tetrapod Trackway although I’ve got to admit that I teased him that the Tetrapod just looked like an enormous prehistoric newt! [Read more…]

Wandering Socks – Ballaghsheen Pass

I’d just finished the Knit Circus Socks and had a ball of Opal Beachcombing in Message in a Bottle colour 8734 nestled in my bag just in case I needed to cast on a new project while we were out. I cast on the new sock while parked in a car park in Waterville beside the road to Glencar that we were going to drive along. It was late in the day, and I wanted to have the cuff cast on so that I could knit on our way back to the cottage on the Gap of Dunloe.

Wandering Socks Beenkeragh Gap Kerry

We’d decided to take a narrow road through the mountains. After looking at the map, we noticed that it went pretty much through the mountains (as the crow flies) towards where we were staying. As we drove, we passed an old graveyard with a ruined church in it. Deciding to stop, we wandered through the graveyard looking at the hundreds of marker stones. There were a few almost beehive shaped rock burial mounds. [Read more…]

Drachenfels Shawl

Knitting the Drachenfels Shawl designed by Melanie Berg of Mairlynd has been on my must cast on list for many months. I enjoyed every moment of knitting this beautiful shawl pattern.

Drachenfels Shawl

I knew that I wanted to use my own hand dyed 4ply Blue faced Leicester sock yarn for the shawl. It is such a gorgeous lustrous yarn and takes the dye amazingly well. [Read more…]

Kerry Bog Village

We intended to spend the day travelling around half of the Ring of Kerry but it wasn’t long before we were turning in to visit the Kerry Bog Village.

Kerry Bog Village

The Gypsy caravan was amazing. It really is hard to see how a whole family could live in the tiny space even though it was empty inside. [Read more…]

Alegria Rib & Garter Stitch Socks

We decided to walk down to Dinis Cottage. A lovely walk on a lane way to the cottage with a small slipway. We had hoped to have a coffee and cake in the cafe, but unfortunately the cafe was closed, as they hadn’t yet opened for the summer season even though it was the end of May.

Alegria Socks

We walked along the narrow path at the end of the path reached the Meeting of the Waters with a pretty view of Old Weir Bridge. [Read more…]

Slea Head Drive, Dingle

Normally, I like to have a knitting theme somewhere within a post on the Knitting Squirrel. But I thought, I’d write a few posts to share photographs of our visit to County Kerry and Co Galway. This is the gorgeous day trip we had on the Dingle Peninsula. We not just enjoyed beautiful scenery but amazingly good weather too! This post is based on my holiday journal.

Inch Beach

We left early for our visit to the Dingle Peninsula. Not long after we turned onto the peninsula, we stopped at Inch Beach. [Read more…]

Beach Pebble Paperweight

Just imagine… you’re sitting on Lettergesh Beach knitting a sock and the pages in my notebook keep fluttering over in the breeze. I was ready for a break from knitting socks… so what to do next?

I found myself lying back on the patchwork quilt to enjoy the warmth of the sun on my face. Sitting up, I pulled back the quilt, and dug a pebble out of the sand. It had been digging into my back in a rather uncomfortable way.

Pebble Paperweight


A fun idea had come into my mind. Knit a woolly pullover for a beach pebble… voila… a paperweight! [Read more…]

Rum Paradise Socks

We were up very early to drive up the Gap of Dunloe with the aim of photographing my Rum Paradise Socks. We wanted to be out before the visitors and jaunting cars arrived! The Gap of Dunloe becomes rather busy in the morning. Many people like to park at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and use it as the starting point for their visit to the Gap of Dunloe. Some choose to walk up the steep, narrow, winding pass. Others, opt for the pleasure of sitting in a jaunting car and looking at the lovely mountain views at the jaunty pace of a pony and trap. These normally go up to the ruined house three-quarters of the way up and then turn around and go back down.

Rum Paradise Socks

We found the perfect spot about half way up the narrow road beside an old cottage with a rusty tin roof. It was cool and the grass was damp with dew. Neil kindly brought the picnic blanket from the car so I could sit on it to change my socks. [Read more…]

Wool & Sheep Centre in Leenane

We decided to take the scenic route to the Wool & Sheep Centre in Leenane. Arriving in Tullycross we turned right towards Leenane, stopping for a walk along Lettergesh Beach, which was really beautiful. We knew the tide was coming in so it was a reasonably quick walk as we didn’t want to get cut off on the wrong side of a huge rocky outcrop that had seaweed growing at least 2 metres above the sand. Lettergesh is a beautiful tidal beach that completely disappears when the tide comes in.

West of Ireland Black Faced Sheep

We drove along the narrow road which hugged the edge of the very pretty Lough Fee. [Read more…]

Knit Circus Socks

The Burren, Co Clare

Knit Circus Socks

On our drive from the Gap of Dunloe, Co Kerry to Connemara, Co Galway we decided to take a little longer and drive along the coast of the Burren, Co Clare. I visited the Burren about 10 years ago, but Neil had never been to the Burren. We passed a few pull in spots with coaches and hoards of people until we came to a small single car pull in spot beneath a steep slope. [Read more…]