Former Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn has praised the therapeutic benefits of knitting in helping ease stress in her professional life.
The Irish actress and comedian, who was best known for portraying the iconic character of Mrs Doyle in the hit TV show, revealed to the Evening Herald that she is very familiar with being rejected for roles, but has taken up knitting in order to deal with the disappointment.
Pauline explained that it was "par for the course" to receive rejections for acting roles, but it can leave you worrying about what went wrong and why they didn't want you.
"So I have found a good way of dealing with it - I knit a lot of tea cosies. It's quite zen actually," she admitted.
After making a name for herself as a talented comedy actress in the 90s she has enjoyed a diverse mix of work, however still goes through periods of not acting,
The 51-year-old funny woman said: "The worse one of all is that as time goes on you realise that there are seasons in terms of acting work. If you don't know in November what you are going to be doing for the next few months, you won’t work again until March.
"That happened to me last year and I nearly went nuts."
However, as well as acting Pauline has become a very accomplished knitter, making a range of colourful handknitted tea cosies covered with pom poms, bobbles and tassels.
Entitled the GO ON range in reference to her sitcom character's famous catchphrase, she is currently working hard on her autumn-winter collection of knitted tea cosies, with sparkly designs expected to be released to mark the festive season.
A far cry from the drab old-fashioned designs favoured by Mrs Doyle, the designs offer great inspiration to create your own colourful tea cosies with plenty of fun details such as beading and glittery yarns.