96 thoughts on “Erin Go Bragh

  1. All you need is green beer to cap off the day. Happy St. Pat’s!
    ps – how did the black to grey gradient skirt turn out?

  2. And here I’m thinking ‘Vegetable Irish Stew on the Stove’ is the colour. Happy St. Pat’s!

  3. Green has not been one of my favorite colors until I discovered it is my daughter’s favorite color and she used a beautiful green in her wedding and reception. And can you believe I totally forgot to wear green today? However, my socks have saved me since they do have splotches of green in them!

  4. I love this day! Everyone is wearing green and it means spring is coming. Can’t wait to see the legwarmers.

  5. Vegetarian Irish Stew? What is in that: potatoes, carrots, cabbage, parsnips … and what else?
    I honestly never thought I’d see legwarmers come around again… but I did knit and wear a pair on the plane to and from a work trip. ๐Ÿ™‚ Kept my legs from cramping up!

  6. A happy day to you — we’re all Celts today! And I second Michelle’s comment — I need that recipe too!
    Those yarns are gorgeous, I’m still trying to figure out how to substitute them into the Starmore patterns. So, don’t keep us in suspecse — what sweater pattern did you pick?

  7. I second Michelle @ 3:31pm re recipe for stew. I’ve not quite gone vegetarian but seem to eat fewer and fewer “food sources that poop” than I did a year ago (probably helps that my best buddy went vegetarian two years ago on a trip to Alaska). (The “poop” vs “face” distinction came about during a discussion re clams and scallops).
    I love the greens and have been wishing for some yarn from BWA. Let us know how lovely it is to work with. Bravo on the ball band publication.

  8. Can’t wait to see the progress on your Blackwater Abbey sweater. The lady who owns the company is just lovely. I have a sweater’s worth of her yarn on my (longggg) wish list. Will be living vicariously through you.

  9. I’m with others on the recipe. I’m always looking for good vegetarian recipes. You’d think that with nearly 20 years of being a vegetarian that I would know how to make everything (I wanted to eat) by now, but nope!

  10. Happy St. patty’s Day! (even if it’s 80 degrees in Southern California and doesnt feel like it should be).

  11. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours! At risk of being a pest, is there any chance that we could get an update on the sweater that you started after Whistler that you just weren’t feelin’?

  12. I made vegetarian Irish stew last night! Great minds and whatnot. Mine was potatoes, carrots, cabbage, mushrooms (for the umami), & onion with seitan. Salt, pepper, & thyme for the seasonings and cooked with olive oil and butter for good fat flavour. So. Good.

  13. Vegetarian Irish stew? I am not sure how well that would go over! We are going out for REAL Irish stew tonight. But I would be interested in your recipe for the veggie version.

  14. Gorgeous green yarns! I forgot to wear green today, so I’ve been making up for it by knitting green socks during my work breaks.

  15. Time for the annual watching of “The Quiet Man” (and laughing that most of the songs are American songs about going back to Ireland — except for the one about The Wild Colonial Boy!)

  16. Thanks Rams I knew I was forgetting something — The Quiet Man! First time it’s not on TV here, so must pull the DVD.

  17. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours, Stephanie. We celebrated a day early with our oldest friends, our singing partner in the Celtic Fringe, which is no longer. ๐Ÿ™‚ They gave us a shamrock, which I am protecting from ‘salad bar’ grazing cats. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love your stew recipe too!

  18. As the sun is shining, the green legwarmers are lovely. Who knew THOSE would come back. Hate to nag, but really yearn to see Wild Apples sweater. It was so beautiful! Let’s all “encourage” Stephanie to finish it.

  19. Wild Apples have green on them. Wild Apples? I am deadly curious about Wild Apples.
    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I am wishing you and yours all the luck the Irish ever had and will ever have. (I know there will be lots left over for all the other Irish.)

  20. Ooh, that sounds lovely. I wish I were coming to your house for dinner! And I’ll put in a vote for both of those recipes — I adore soda bread, and now that my youngest is a vegetarian, I’m converting the last of our non-veg recipes to veg — inspiration is a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Sounds yummy and like a happy time. Yes, the sun is shining. Yes! The snow is melting. The road is muddy. I usually make some sort of tofu or seitan shepherd’s pie (a la Moosewood)but all I can manage today is pesto pasta. Not so Irish but at least it is green.
    Enjoy your day!

  22. Oh, I love that Abbey Yarn wool too. I’m making my husband a cardigan vest out of it in the “oatmeal” color, but if I turn the light down low and sort of scrunch my eyes, I can sort of make it look green for the day. Erin go bragh, or, as someone said to me this morning, Erin Go Braless! Works for me!

  23. We had Brown Soda Brown bread for breakfast. I use this recipe.
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Brown-Soda-Bread-1916
    When my mother sent me the Black Water Abbey color card after her visit to Madrona, I suggested that perhaps she had failed to include the gift certificate. ๐Ÿ™‚ She reminded me that 2 skeins of BMFA sock yarn had been purchased ~ I “get” to knit both, but one pair of the socks will be for her.

  24. happy st pat’s! I too am considering starting my next project in my stash of blackwater abbey in Pippin!

  25. The green knitting is positively lovely as usual, but I must confess that I was moved to comment by the words “vegetarian Irish Stew.” As a vegetarian myself, I really want to know where you got the recipe (or, if it is web-postable, I’d love to get the recipe).

  26. Please help RE: pairing of the words “vegetarian” and “Irish stew”. We are former vegetarians (now sympathetic locavores), and I never could get a good, hearty vegetarian Irish stew recipe. Seems to be some demand out there, based on the comments so far…

  27. Blackwater Abbey Pippin!! I stocked up on a sweater’s worth at Stitches this year after three years of wanting! Rogue for me, I wonder what yours will be!!

  28. Fabulous way to spend St. Paddy’s Day! We will be having the official holiday hamburgers tonight, grilled outside. Yep, grill season is back; I missed my grill.

  29. Yarn in a color wheel that one could just EAT up! Steph, don’t tease us: tell us what shade and which sweater. Re veggie Irish stew: O’course it’s possible. Cabbage and spuds in a veggie-mushroom onion-y beer (o’course!) broth. Dang: hungry now, both for scrunchy aran cables and soup.

  30. I’d love some of that Irish Soda bread right about now. And a Guinness. Oh, and maybe some of that yarn. It looks lovely!

  31. As the mother of a vegetarian, I’d like to add my voice to those requesting the Vegetarian Irish Stew recipe. I got too busy (sob!) today, but our little Irish enclave will enjoy Irish Soda Bread and colcannon tomorrow! Erin go bragh!

  32. Vegetarian Irish Stew looks like another one of those Calvin and Hobbes-esque tobloggans. Come to think of it, it does sound good though…. mmmm.

  33. The green yarn looks lovely. Can’t wait to see it knit up. The little people have been messing with me all day! It’s taken me way to long to cast on a pair of socks. Think I’ll pull out that old classic “The Quiet Man” Top of the morning to you.

  34. Lovely, lovely greens. We were in Ireland about 18 months ago, and the only souvenir I wanted was yarn. Can you believe that I could not, for the life of me, find Irish yarn to bring home! What did I do wrong? Every yarn shop (when I could find one…or one that was open) offered just what I could find at home. Guess I’ll just have to go back to that beautiful place and search again. Any suggestions for Irish yarn sources, anyone? Thanks in advance.
    Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Everyone!

  35. We are all thankful you didn’t have to walk a zillion miles for your beer this year! (Although you really did make a great post out of your adventure). Lovely green colors. TO GEORGIA above, try Celtic Memory – she dyes her own and sells it on eBay.

  36. Oh, lovely… I’ve been looking for a yarn to do a sweater for the soon-to-be DH. Will love to see how it turns out!

  37. Oh no. To a rabid carnivore like me, vegetarian Irish stew is a sacreligious 0xymoron. Please, call it something else before all the leprechauns turn in their lamb-respecting graves. That said, I still wouldn’t mind the recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol.

  38. It was St Patrick’s Day? Oops! Aand me with an Irish grandfather- although he passed away over 60 years ago, and we never met, so perhaps that’s an excuse?
    Anyway, Happy day! Beautiful greens!

  39. Great leg warmers! As I read this post my first thought was “What! Stephanie didn’t say anything about beer!?!” Then as I read the comments I realized that someone else had the same reaction lol! You just got to have some beer! For our St. Patrick’s Day dinner we’re having corned beef that I brined myself, yum! My son is allergic to the nitrates and other preservatives that are used on commercial corned beef so we make our own. I’m an occasional carnivore, but the rest of my family are meat lovers. I can and do get away with all kind of meatless meals and they never miss it, but never on St. Patrick’s day lol! Hope you remembered the beer and had a great day!

  40. A very happy St. Patrick’s Day to you as well. Spent Saturday at an Irish friend’s home celebrating by playing Wii games…wearing my newly-finished Aquitaine jumper in lovely green!

  41. Wishing you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope your day was a wonderful one. Please post the recipe for the soda bread!

  42. Oh! I did my St Brigid in that same yarn ,same color. It is a glorious yarn in person!

  43. Went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC and stared at beautiful sweaters all day. Then got a photo with Gerard Butler who was just as gorgeous as all the sweaters. A perfect day!

  44. Celebrated the day knitting on green socks, wearing an Irish green cardigan, and enjoying some Guinness. Your sweater yarn looks good enough to eat. Checked out Black Abby -gorgeous yarn. Am now truly tempted.

  45. I can’t wait to hear about that Irish yarn – I’ve been thinking about making a sweater with that yarn – something I can work in outdoors without freaking out about how it will wear. Please keep us up to date.
    The sunshine was wonderful, wasn’t it?

  46. Did you think back fondly on your hike for beer and toilet paper on St. Patty’s Day a year or two ago? That post still gives me a good giggle when I think about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. dear Rams -sorry to disappoint you, but the song ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is Australian, not Irish. Back to the Guiness. (its good for you).

  48. I am jealous. ‘Joe at a clothing store’, questioning the purchase of a ‘soft orange shirt’. It is hard to remember a time when DH would enter and buy something at clothing store – oh yes I have just remembered, it was minutes before a funeral when he had to buy a belt (it was definitely to keep his trousers up, nothing frivolous). I could no more imagine him wearing ‘soft orange’ than I would be seeing you in person (from NZ).
    You will compliment each other beautifully (autumnal colours and all), you can plan your wardrobe for the event when you are both going out together. What a delight, you in a lovely orange or green, and Joe in ‘soft orange’.
    DH does remember a time when he wore ‘pink velvet trousers and seersucker shirts’ but I never knew him and it was a looong time ago.

  49. I know you know this, because you have swatched and washed the swatch, but BWA grows in the wash. Like a fiend. It’s still one of my favorite yarns for cabled stuff … have fun!

  50. YAY! to Joe!
    YAY! To Joe’s MUM!!!
    Now what the sweater pattern???
    hehehe
    YAY! to St. Paddy’s DAY!!!!!!
    BEER…YAY! to lots of BEER!!!

  51. I have another suggestion for the yarn: the Fireside Sweater-found it on Ravelry-lots of cabled goodness!

  52. I love soda bread! Leftovers toasted with honey for breakfast. Can’t believe I didn’t try making it until a couple years ago.

  53. That’s absolutely gorgeous wool. Thanks to you I now have a lot of resources to buy knitting supplies. Knitting has never been better. Thanks, Stephanie

  54. Yes, really lovely green wool … hope Joe and his mom have a great trip and yes we do live in a country that loves mothers – it must be the cold.
    I’m getting ready to start my own knitting blog – any words of wisdom.
    Sheila

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