A blog by an Irishwoman, written in both English and Swedish, depending on what humour is on me....
En blogg av en irländska, skriven på svenska och engelska.
Just scroll down to find the English bits among the Swedish, or vice versa.

Ta Gaeilge agam freisin, más é an rud é go bhfuil éinne eile le Gaeilge ag léamh mo bhlagsa.

Ich verstehe auch ein bisschen Deutsch, je parle un petit peu francais och klarar av lite norska med.

Wondering about the background of the blog? They're the Cliffs of Moher, in the neighbouring county, County Clare, 8km long, 700m high, and magnificent. Well worth a visit if anyone is around the West of Ireland

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Moved to a New blog, where the chat continues

I have moved to writing on a different Blogger blog;

yes, a Spinning blog, just because I found that I was writing more about Spinning on the blog Mitt Liv på Irland. My Life in Ireland.
Now it turns out that I am writing mostly about life in our house during the CoVid-19 school closure, and not so much about Spinning, but I am still mostly over on https://spinmeayarnireland.blogspot.com/
so yes everyone is welcome to pop over and have a read of my thoughts and doings.
Stay safe!

Monday, February 24, 2020


Why do I spend my evening on this and my other blog when I really have a ton of stuff to do?
I am such a procrastinator.
Spring is coming, even though the weather has been dismal the last while.
Snow and ice warning for tomorrow , as well as the floods we have already had in parts of Ireland. (not us personally, thankfully)
Sleep well good folk,
I just want to say that life is very good, when one can look out at a sunset at 6pm instead of 4,30pm and when one has a bit of dark chocolate to munch on with a cup of tea.
Talk soon,

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Last post....

Hello all,
After nearly 8 years, I have decided to write what I believe will be my last post in this blog. I am well aware that I have not been tending my blog at all as well as one should do, it is months and months since I posted.
I went over to Facebook and that took all my time. Well now I am glad to say that I am off Facebook. I have tentatively started a blog called Spin Me A Yarn Ireland, where I plan to post about spinning and textile history etc, as I go along. At least on Blogger the info is easier to scroll back through and reread.
So hop on over to my spinning blog  https://spinmeayarnireland.blogspot.ie/
if you are interested in that area of endeavour. If not, fare well my friends and keep well. I may pop up again and comment on your blogs now that I have left the all-consuming Facebook behind,

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! Gott Nytt År!

Happy New Year everybody, Gott Nytt År allihopa.
I hope that 2017 is a good year for all of us.

A few photos of us at midnight on New Year's Eve:

Above: my Donegal wheel, from Johnny Shiels Spinning Wheels, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.

Above: Selfie with my two youngest and me

Finally, a shot of 3rd daughter plus me, talking out of the side of my mouth, and my wheel. 

I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year. We had a peaceful Christmas here, glad to have all of us back together again, and to take time to relax. 
 There has been great sadness also, as 2016 and cancer claimed the lives of two young mothers. May they rest in peace. 

I am hoping to continue with the weight loss and the getting fit. I also just want to get more crafting done, especially  knitting and spinning and weaving. 

Other than that I am happy to observe life and nature outside my window in this quiet corner of the Irish country side.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Spinning my yarns!

It has been a long while since I was in in here in the blog. I took up Facebook and it took over, I think.
I went back to work last May after the surgery in April, and all is very well now. I had no complications. I started Slimming World also in May and so far I have lost 2 stone, that is about 13 kilos. I am very happy with that. Onwards and upwards (or downwards, hopefully, the weight anyway).
We have 2 daughters in college now. Both are going to University of Limerick, which is about 20 mins drive from here. They stay in town, near the University, so they can live the student life and so I do not have to buy and pay for a car for them. Parking is a problem in the University, so it is just as easy to have the girls within walking distance of the University.
I am back at school again. My husband just got a new job.
I am still very interested in spinning and learning to weave, and knitting and all fiber things. I may allow this blog to go into hibernation, as I just want to follow the Spinning wherever it takes me.

I hope all of you out there are well and I am looking forward to reading your blogs after this post.
 In the meantime, if you are on Facebook, you can find my FB page if you search for Spin Me A Yarn Ireland. The photo should be a purple and yellow skein of wool.
That's all for now folks!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photos of some crafting I do

I bought a loom last year and set it up over Easter. It is a Glimåkra Victoria 4 shaft table loom. Here is a photo of setting up the loom for the first project I am weaving on it.

I started knitting shawls almost 2 years ago. Here is the first triangular shawl I knitted. The yarn is soft and I can wear it next to my skin so I tend to wear this one a lot. It is acrylic so it washes easily. Perfect for everyday use really. Even if I have since decided I don't really want to knit with acrylic much anymore. 

This third photo below is a photo of a larger triangular shawl I knitted in 2015. It uses a Noro yarn, but I cannot remember the exact name. I enjoyed knitting this and seeing the different colours appear out of the skein. The border is knitted sideways, involving short rows. It was time consuming but adds a lot to the shawl so I am delighted with the whole shawl. 

Finally for now,  I did a bit of yarn dyeing using Kool Aid sachets and some good old Goodall's food colouring. I used KA Black Cherry to get the coral red colour on bottom of pic below, Goodall's blue to get 1 skein of blue, KA Grape to get the 2 skeins of soft purple and the last 2 skeins at top of photo are a mix of these 3 colours. The yarn is commercial yarn, Bergere de France Naturelle in white. It is like a handspun thick and thin yarn, 2 ply. It is a mix of wool and alpaca. I am waiting to see what it might want to be.... A shawl probably...

Friday, April 15, 2016


I am recovering, slowly but surely. It is hard to be patient with pain, when the sun is shining outside and when all I want is to get up and go, at my usual pace. But, but.....

This too will pass. I am reading new books and rereading some old favourites. I am getting some knitting done. I hope to do some weaving or spinning next week when I am stronger.
I am glad to be home and glad to have people to look after me!