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Knit A Springtime Rainbow Cushion

Sheila from Leixlip Library has sent us in a lovely rainbow inspired knit cushion. This knitting recipe would be perfect for those already familiar with knitting and my be a little more difficult for beginners.What you need: Double Knitting wool 1 ball in each of the rainbow colours. Colour codes: 1) Red, 2) Orange, 3)… Continue reading Knit A Springtime Rainbow Cushion

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Art & Craft – Rock Painting

by Craig, Naas Library Today I’m going to be doing some Rock Painting with you, and turning a plain old rock from the garden, into a colourful Ladybird. Rock Painting can be fun for any age group and is something creative that you can do together as a family. First you need to gather your… Continue reading Art & Craft – Rock Painting

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Arts Crafts & Activities- Easy American Style Pancakes

Blog post by Ann Kearney, Athy Library Ingredients Needed:● A regular mug, mixing bowl & a whisk.● Self raising. flour● Milk● 1 egg● 1 tbsp. Sugar● Pinch of salt.● Pan and oil spray/butter Make sure to have an adult with you when cooking for supervision and to help you use hot cooking appliances. Method:● Put… Continue reading Arts Crafts & Activities- Easy American Style Pancakes

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Christmas Craft: Hanging reindeer decoration

By Mary, Maynooth Library This is a stitched project. Please refer to the “How to Sew” instructions. Materials :   Cream coloured felt for the body and a little brown felt for the antlers                         Red Embroidery thread                         Ordinary black cotton sewing thread                         2 black beads for the eyes                         Wadding                         Ribbon… Continue reading Christmas Craft: Hanging reindeer decoration

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Crafting: How To Sew – Basic instructions for “Running Stitch”

By Mary, Maynooth Library Use a needle with a fairly large eye ( the eye is the hole at the top of the needle). Pull the double thread through the eye. Knot the end of one length. Wind the end of the thread once or twice around one finger so that it forms a loop/circle.… Continue reading Crafting: How To Sew – Basic instructions for “Running Stitch”

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Christmas Crafting : Christmas Stocking Decoration

By Mary, Maynooth Library This craft is suitable for Children who can sew, Young Adults and Adults too. Materials Felt in two contrasting colours e.g. Purple and Yellow. Double strands of Red embroidery thread Ribbon 6 Buttons stocking-patternDownload Also needed – scissors, needles and pins. Method: 1. Cut out two of each of the pattern… Continue reading Christmas Crafting : Christmas Stocking Decoration

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Making a 35cm Christmas Wreath from Baubles

By Catherine Mackey, Naas Community Library #KeepWell in the months ahead. Switching off and having some time to yourself to be creative and do the things you enjoy doing is so important in looking after your mental wellbeing. Items needed · Wire coat hanger Lots of different coloured and different size Christmas baubles (Approximately 60)… Continue reading Making a 35cm Christmas Wreath from Baubles

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Knit Some Baby Mittens

By Ann Kearney, Athy baby-mittens-knitting-patternDownload Materials needed:25 g double knit for one pair of thumbless mittens35g double knit / for one pair of mittens with thumbsPair of 3.25mm knitting needlesPair of 4mm knitting needles (main needles)Gauge/Tension22sts and 30 rows to 10x10cm (4x4”) square in stocking stitch on 4mmneedles Useful Tip:Please take a little time to… Continue reading Knit Some Baby Mittens

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How to Knit a Pumpkin

By Aoife Kerr, Leixlip library Skill level: Easy Materials: orange wool, brown wool, 4mm needles, wool sewing needle, stuffing Cast on 40 stitches, and for 20 rows, knit 2, purl 2. This is known as a double ribbing stich. Once you have reached the end, cut off enough wool, so that you have enough to… Continue reading How to Knit a Pumpkin

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Egg Cozies (a short fun project)

-- great idea for a thoughtful handmade Christmas Gift, maybe!(make a set of six in contrasting colours) By Ann, Athy Library Skill Level: Super Easy.Size: to fit an average size egg.Materials: DK or 4ply wool, colours of yourchoice. 3.25mm needles. Wool sewing needle.(oh, yes! ..and a fork.)Abbreviationsapprox : ApproximatelyK: knitRS: right sidest(s): stitchesWS: wrong side… Continue reading Egg Cozies (a short fun project)