Author Archives: Aoibhe Ni

About Aoibhe Ni

I'm a crochet shawl designer from Ireland. Feminist. Trekkie. Dog Lover.

The Blind Mind

Think of an elephant. Or an apple. Or a happy honeybee. Or a daffodil with a top hat on. Or any one of a bazillion other physical objects, real or imaginary. There is a very high chance that you can … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

It’s not like my parents were thumbing through an English/Irish dictionary when they were pregnant with me to find the most epic-sounding name possible for their little bawling bundle. But, despite this, they hit the nail on the head pretty … Continue reading

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The power of a purchase

The 22nd of May is an auspicious day for me. It’s not because that was the day Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka; or because it’s the day that Apollo 10 came within a tantalising, eight miles of the … Continue reading

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A Speck of Immortality

I had intended, dear crafter, to write my next post about the wondrous sense of immortality I get from every stitch I work up, and every pattern I publish. I was planning to wax overly-lyrical about how, as creatives, we … Continue reading

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The shields we choose

When I was a wee tiny thing, I found myself impressed on a head-spinningly regular basis by my Mammy, and her seemingly endless list of creative skills. She could trace images from my favourite story books (especially popular was a … Continue reading

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Feminist youth and the importance of pockets.

Let’s face it, folks. I’ll never make a fortune doing what I do. My design work is niche, and requires a certain level of commitment from a buyer before they can get all down and dirty with with one of … Continue reading

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In defence of shrubbery as a form of personal expression

I have been at this game for about ten years now, so you’d expect that I had the hang of it. It’s certainly reasonable to assume that, at this stage, I’d know how to chat to yarn dyers, that I’d … Continue reading

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