Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 80 (a quarter done)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 80 and thank you for visiting. Who would have thought that Wool on Sundays would turn into an octogenarian!



I wish I had something new and exciting to show you but I find, with yarn makes, WIPs grow so slowly that it can make for a rather boring blog with the same project turning up week after week. At the beginning of July, when I embarked on my attempt to make a bed-sized blanket, inspired by a beautiful creation at The Coco Rose Diaries, I did warn "It may take some time" and I was aiming for the Winter. But, of course, I was really hoping it would be finished in no time! Now after two months I have finished a quarter...


I have been SO tempted to turn this into throw (for which I have no use) and start something new but, really, a bed-sized blanket will be much more useful so I'm resisting the urge to get it finished up quickly. Apart from a couple of mistakes I have a ten by ten block piece without repeats of the outside round colour so I think I can more or less duplicate this with changes to some of the inner colours and replacements of colour combos I'm not keen on.


Hopefully, this will speed things up as deciding on a block's placement sometimes takes longer than crocheting one!


I'm running out of some of the colours (yellow and the pinks so far) but I'm resisting ordering more for the moment because there is a lot can do with the yarns I have left and I'm thinking that by pinning new centres onto the finished quarter (a) I can keep going for a while in the hope of a sale and (b) I can be more sure of how much new yarn I actually need before before making an order. Otherwise I'll end up with a random selection of colours left over and be back to square one :)


In the meantime, does anyone feel like Christmas is creeping up on us? The very thought makes me want to get back to some scandinavian two colour sock knitting or a crochet garland or perhaps some tree decorations, maybe stockings...so many possible makes and so little time...

On a less alarming note, between freezing batches of beans...

I think this sunflower towering above the beans may be my tallest ever!
...we've been sawing logs so I can look forward to knitting in front of the fire later in the year :)


If you have any wool or yarn projects, 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, August 23, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 79 (Another Textured Yoke Cardigan)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 79! 


After the screen issues, my computer is back. I've been telling everyone it is fixed as it now has a new screen but this morning this happened again....


If anyone has any suggestions of what is causing this, please let me know. I'm, today, wondering if I've just paid for a new screen for nothing :-(


Technical matters aside, we've had some recent knitting weather...


...and, this week, I have completed a project, which has been in progress for a while - a cardigan for my eldest daughter. She is not home to model it this morning so I will update this post when I have a picture of it being worn but you can get an idea of how it's turned out.


I use the same Garn Studio Pattern as for the yellow cardigan I made in the Spring but this time I happened to print the pattern in landscape, which made the chart bigger, and I realised there were, after all, increases which I hadn't seen at all last time round... :(

Here are the details of the yarn I used:

Image and yarn used from Wool Warehouse
My daughter is not keen on some wools and I am not keen on acrylic so this reasonably priced, 100% recycled cotton seemed like a good solution. I did have doubts about it whilst I was knitting as it felt harder than I'd hoped and seemed a bit stringy with a tendency to split (which I mostly overcame by using needles with fairly blunt points). Once it was knitted up, however, it felt a bit softer and the cardigan is thick and heavy so it will be warm in the Winter.

I was also very pleased with the texture. It shows up better in real life and the colour is darker than these (inside) photos suggest.


I just made a few minor adjustments with the edgings but otherwise stuck to the pattern.



I usually get bored with making the same thing twice but, for some reason, I love this pattern and I'm tempted to make another one...But outside there is SO much needing to be done that a new knitting project will have to wait a while.


 The world is full of beans...


...and roses...


...and, this morning the first sunflower decided to come out!


...and we have three new chickens but they are still a bit shy :)

If you have any wool or yarn projects, 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, August 16, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 78 (invible knitting)



Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you very much to everyone who stopped by last week. This week I have been knitting and knitting and knitting. I will show you hat I've been knitting next week because my computer is away having its screen replaced so I can't add photos to this post very easily.

In the meantime, if you are working on any yarn projects, 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, August 9, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 77 (a basket)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays! And a very Summer day to anyone else who is enjoying the wonderful weather we're having :) Happy Winter, Spring, of course to everyone else.



I'm sorry to say, I've made pitifully little progress on any yarn projects this week, unless you count buying this basket, which is perfect for the blanket project because it was taking up three boxes on my limited shelf space before and now it can go under the table. It is a very nice basket and, at £19, I think, a bargain as it came with its even larger sister who is now taking care all our shoes with room to spare. When I began Wool on Sundays, my sewing fell by the wayside and now I'm trying to reclaim sewing, the same is happening to knitting and crochet. Multi crafting is clearly not my strong point!

If you are working on any yarn projects, 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

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Musical Crosses


I was recently commissioned to make a cushion for a couple who are getting married at the end of August.









The only information I had available was that they are both very musical and one of them works for the red cross. So I decided to make a + quilt/cushion keeping to a black/white/red palette and including some musical fabrics and one red red +. Really, I had been hoping for a more low volume effect than this and I'm regretting including the piano keys in the + side.


But the people who requested are happy so I'm happy!

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And I'm especially happy because it's finished well before the deadline, which is virtually unknown around here, and because it's my second Friday Finish in a row :)

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Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


I'm linking this post with:
Crazy MomQuilts and
TGIFF, which is with Laura at Quoka Quilts this week.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 76 (something old, something new)


In the Makery, there is a Wicker basket.


(Which was a recent, happy find in a local charity shop)


And in that basket is a selection of vintage linens that have been collected over a long time and now have a home of their own.


In the desk in the Makery there is an old sweet box - so old that I expect the nut pralines were enjoyed by someone long before I was born - and in that box is my collection of 'specialist' threads, ancient and modern!


Not wanting to bore you with that blanket-in-progress for a third Wool on Sundays running,


I decided to experiment a little with an idea that, lately sprang into my mind so I selected some dollies and some thread and hooks...


And joined them in a fairly random and very inexpert fashion...


into a new scarf :)


If you are working on any yarn projects, 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

Friday, July 31, 2015

My biggest sewing project - finished!


It seems like a long time since I've linked up Friday sewing finishes but this week I have finishes. 

I've come to end of my biggest ever sewing project - something that has taken me about half a year but that I have not yet blogged much about. In the Spring, Demetria from RJR Fabrics, kindly sent me a collection of the beautiful Home Sweet Home fabrics by Dan Morris. She asked me to use them to make some of my Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Covers (pattern in my etsy shop) and I made three...

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Then I was asked to re-do the tute using Home Sweet Home fabrics (by Dan Morris), to be included in a Craftsy kit (I will update when I have details of when this be be available) and that meant I had to make another caravan. So I made one, this time using a sample of Soft and Stable, which was kindly sent to me by ByAnnie with the request that if I loved it as much as they do I would recommend it. The Soft and Stable was very easy to sew and made the construction much easier and, whilst I was very unsure about whether it would be stable enough for the cover to be self supporting, once it was all sewn up I found it was just as rigid as the three layers of batting without the manhandling of all that wadding through the machine. So I'm very happy to recommend Soft and Stable.

Finally, I put together a new tutorial for the kit



And last but not least, I have finished some Bee Blocks.


Now I'm looking forward to starting some new sewing projects :)

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with Crazy MomQuilts and TGIFF.