Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keep Calm and Break Things...


I'd hate for you to think that I'm one those irritating people who comes along citing silly proverbs about breaking eggs when they know quite well you had no intention of making an omelette...

But this is a post in praise of the breaking of things. I don't know about you but I find breaking things extremely difficult. I can sometimes trick myself into it under the guise of 'altering' or 'upcycling' or in some way giving a new lease of life to things that are basically beyond repair...I can unravel yarn projects because I know that just gets back to square one but I can barely snip into fabric for fear of wasting or ruining it and the idea of of deliberately cutting up or breaking apart something that is perfectly good and has nothing much wrong with it fills me with horror!

But it's never too late to change and I've made a start! Once upon a time I had two quilts - you may have seen them here and here...


And now I have a festive winter tablecloth. It now measures 96" x 60" (so it's actually a better size for a bed quilt than either of the others if we get fed up of it in the kitchen) and an edge of the one that used to be on the sofa and got very faded has been cut off leaving me with enough spare to make a new ironing board cover and some pot holders.


I also have a quilty Friday Finish in the first time in months and the small cloth people are fully dressed in their winter clothes and ready for a midwinter story, though whether I can manage that by midwinter is another question.

Happy Sewing Sewing and Happy Holidays!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 50 (New Clothes and Old Wool)


Welcome to the 50th Wool on Sundays!



This week I have made some new clothes - Purl has a new dress and scarf and Knit has a new jumper and scarf (though, unfortunately they are both still going barefoot and Knit has mislaid his trousers).


And, I can finally introduce you to 'Old Wool'. Old Wool is special because he is a small project bag...


...and he is a puppet (unfortunately, I found trying to dangle him and and take a photo was impossible - I really need another pair of hands!)...


...but the real reason he is special is something you will find out in another post :)


He is mainly knitted with Drops Puddle - I warn you, not a yarn for the faint hearted but a lovely fleece effect - and his face and legs are Drops Karisma.

If you have any new yarn projects this week, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 49 (A Year of Yarn)


1. frilly crochet cushion, 2. knitted cowl, 3. felted mittens, 4. improv crochet bag 2, 5. simple stripes cardigan, 6. colourful crochet shawl, 7. circular crochet cushion 2, 8. crochet rainbow blanket, 9. upcycled heep 2, 10. Icelandic cardigan, 11. improv crochet bag 1, 12. simple cardi, 13. The unpopular one!, 14. circular cushion 1, 15. sea flowers shawl, 16. upcycled sheep, 17. flowerful crochet blamket, 18. granny cushion, 19. miniature knits, 20. colourful crochet shawl

Welcome to Wool on Sundays!



Having spent the year bemoaning not getting anything done, I thought I'd look back and see what yarn finishes I'd actually had since the beginning of Wool on Sundays - and I was very surprised! Number 13 'The unpopular One' (that number really was a coincidence!) is the only thing in the mosaic that isn't finished and I have even have one new finish here:


There is just one more thing that I would really like to finish this year and hopefully I'll have that done by next week.

If you have any new yarn projects or you'd like to show a review of the year, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 48 (A Finish and a Winner!)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 48 and, I hope, to a new year of weekly yarn posts!



Thank you very much for all the kind comments last week and thank you to everyone who linked up :)











The shawl is finished!

           
And the winner is drawn!


Congratulations to Teresa from Crafty Bags who said:


Please email me your postal address and I shall send you an assortment of felt :)

Of course, if you have yarn projects to share today, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Granny Square's Hair - A Picture Tutorial


The threads mark the centre of the face (the horizontal thread is the eyeline). The pin marks centre point for hair.


Crochet chain pinned to mark hairline (front)


Crochet chain pinned to mark hairline (back)


Stitch crochet chain to head



Stitch a loop under the place the bun will go with sewing thread (above but not very clear - sorry!)


Using a long piece of yarn, work around sides and back of head stitching through loop and crochet chain.

Bury ends of yarn in head!


For the hair front work from side to side, passing hair through yarn on crown of head as shown, below (or make another loop if preferred).





For fringe (bangs?) draw a long length of yarn through head and emerging in centre front, as shown.



Continue working yarn as shown.







For bun, wind yarn around two pencils (or similar depending on the size of your Granny) and the bind this with a lengths of yarn as shown below.




Secure bun to Granny's head :)






Do contact me if you have any questions...

Janine @ Rainbow Hare