Friday, February 27, 2015

New to me - Granny's Paperweights


If you are kind enough to follow Wool on Sundays, you are probably thinking this isn't new to me because it feels like this project has been going on for ages and you're probably fed up of seeing this crochet but, looking back, I see this really was something newI tried this month - Granny's Paperweight blocks, inspired by ericka eckles, who has made the most gorgeous projects using this block, which you can see on her blog. The yarn is Drops Safran and I used a 3mm hook. I used a tutorial at Heidi Bears and I made the minor modification of finishing on the 4th row with a round of double crochets.


It's meant to look like a millefiore glass paperweight...

My original plan was to make these into a blanket but I have scaled back my ambitions and decided to make a seat cover instead.


Next month I will have to try something else new - sorting out the edges to get this into a cushion, which I'm not expecting to be plain sailing!


If you've tried something new, this month, don't forget to link up with Fiona :)

Janine @Rainbow Hare


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 58 (A Yellow Cardigan?)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 58! And thank you to everyone who linked up or stopped by last week :)


This week I've taken a break from the mittens. You may remember that last week I said my pin of the chart had disappeared. I actually assumed I'd misplaced it but but, afterwards, I received a message from pinterest saying I had done nothing wrong (I re-pinned from another pinner) but the owner of the chart had asked for it to be removed from pinterest. So it turns out it really had disappeared, which leaves me wondering if I should carry on with that pattern...

I'm also taking a break from posting about the hexies. I am still working on them from time to time but it's all looking about the same as last week. It has now become more time consuming though because I'm having to consider every colour and placement for each new hexagon, rather than just listening to the radio and churning them out so I have begun a new project for those little odd times whilst the dinner is burning cooking itself or I'm too tired to concentrate well.


Long ago, in Wool on Sundays - 4, I showed a cardigan. It's a Drops Pattern, which I wouldn't have looked twice at on Garn Studio, where it appears in beige, but I just loved the version from Well Done for You when I came across it on pinterest. Then I forgot all about it until this week. Having decided to keep my cotton Hexies as a seat cover and make a blanket in wool, I had ordered a skein of Cascade Heritage in Butter because I really wanted a few more colours to go with the Fabel and there isn't a yellow in the Fabel range. But when it arrived I immediately remembered that cardigan. I'd never dreamt of making a yellow cardigan but somehow this yellow and that cardigan...I haven't altogether made up my mind whether it's a horrible dirty yellow or a beautiful not-to-bright, mellow and will-go-with-everything yellow.

From Wool Warehouse
What do you think?

Have you been working with wool or yarn, this week? If so, 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, February 15, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 57 (more of the same...)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays!



I hope everyone is keeping well and warm :)

I'm sorry to say that all I have show this week is more of the same. Or nearly the same. I actually decided to abandon the mitten from last week and start again with a new chart, which I like a lot better but, unfortunately, I took a screenshot of the chart and I have lost where I pinned it so I can't link to it today. I hope it will turn up and I'll share it next week.


And I've edged and sewn together some more hexies. I have decided to leave out the white and navy blue flowers and I'm getting towards the end of finishing the batch of centres I made the week before last. It's starting to look like about a pillow's worth but, in terms of the time it takes deciding which colours to put where and making new individual blocks, I'm probably just over half way.


And I'm feeling very tempted to leave my blanket plan and make these into a cover for this box, which doubles as a little seat in my sewing room. I think they'd brighten the room and that the individual flowers might have more impact in a project of this size, not to mention that a blanket made of these would be quite thin and much warmer in wool...Perhaps once I have a rectangle sewn together and cat-proofed I'll trial them here and on the bed and then decide.


Have you been working with wool or yarn, this week? If so, 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, February 8, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 56 (Colour and Calm)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 56. 


This week I have been arranging hexagons...


...and re-arranging hexagons...


And frogging! I know I said wouldn't frog but I decided to try changing the outer row of trebles for double crochets, which I think gives a better effect because it makes the edges pop a bit more, although these are night time phone photos and don't show the colours very well.


Then Fiona decided she'd help me rearrange the hexagons, though we didn't always agree on colour combinations.


War and Peace continued, after a fashion...



And in the end I thought I the only way I could get the hexagons to stay in any arrangement for long enough to think about what to do with them next was to sew them together.


Meanwhile, outside it was snowing, freezing and thawing repeatedly - except for the pond, which started thawing at one end and is slowly melting towards the house. Although it freezes and melts all the time, it has never done that before.


Mitten weather - don't you think?

Some 2.25mm dps, which I ordered last week arrived so I have taken a break from the colourful hexagons in the menagerie to do some quiet knitting with calm colours. And to make another attempt at knitting this chart, which I found on pinterest. The chart is 68 stitches round but I'm hoping with these needles and drops fabel (4 ply), they will come out small enough. In the border pattern, btw, the zig zag has a 6 stitch repeat and the other border pattern has a 15 stitch repeat so I am knitting the cuff on 60 stitches. I mention this because, should you leap into knitting this chart, you may well find yourself thinking something is not right and start scrutinising your work for mistakes and waste a fair while before you notice the pattern does not in fact run seamlessly around the wrist in they way you would probably expect and want it to - all in all, it's been a frogging kind of week :)















Have you been working on or frogging yarn or wool projects this week?

If so, 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, February 1, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 55 (War, Peace and Hexies)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 55 - the epic edition - and thank you, Teresa, for linking up and everyone who left comments, last week :)



Before I tell you why this week was epic, I'd just like to mention a Radio Scotland program about Shetland knitting, which I learned about from Ericka's blog. It's such a delight. I know that sounds a bit random and archaic but I can't think how else to describe and if you have even the tiniest place in your heart for wool or knitting, I'm sure you'll love it.

I decided to set aside my crochet hexies from last week. Sooner or later, I can add them to this scarf so they needn't go to waste but I decided that I'm just not enthusiastic enough about those wools to have a whole blanket of them. There seems to me something very autumnal about the Fabel colours and, although the weather is not cooperating, I'm feeling ready to move into Spring!

I did still want to do something with the Granny's Paperweight blocks, inspired by ericka eckles, though so I decided to go with the Drops Safran, which I bought quite a lot of in a sale last year.

I'm very much fonder of these colours and my only reservation is that, being 4ply weight, this could take forever. I did try doubling the yarn to aran weight but it was horrible and clunky so I've gone back to single thickness and a 3mm hook.


Heartened by Kim's comment, last week, I've set to work at an epic pace, lest I should end my days with a mere scattering of flowers like Ophelia...if you click on the picture, you will be able to see the flowers better.

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais

And in every spare moment (and, if I'm honest, moments that weren't really spare) I've been listening to the recent BBC Dramatisation of War and Peace whilst hexie making.

By looking at the colours in the bowl, I'm hoping they will all mix into a pleasing layout, though who knows? Gloria (the embroidery angel scissors) has turned up for the project anyway, which I think is a good sign because my sewing fell by the wayside when she was elsewhere and I'm hoping that she will bring me luck!


One thing I was certain of at the beginning was that if I started to do one block at a time I'd be paralysed with doubt over which colours to put together and spend more time micro-managing the design than crocheting. Also, although I read War and Peace some time last last century, it was not very fresh in mind and for for the first couple of episodes I had to listen quite carefully to establish who was who and what was going on. So I started making thirteen centres (I have fourteen colours) with a single yarn and working the next two rows once on each centre with one each of the other colours. 


The Dramatisation is very easy listening and I hooked on and on through the evenings into the small hours, intrigued by the plotting, the twists and turns of battles and love affairs, the historical ponderings, the cultural questions...and every now and then Natasha would say So nice! So nice! and I would look at the crochet turning through my hands and almost remember that despite the chill outside and the blazing logs and the music and laughter that filled the room I was not, after all, in Moscow or Petersburg or Bald Hills but, nevertheless, as the hexies grew my agreement couldn't be more complete - So nice! So nice! 


It was not until after the burning of Moscow, and then only because I was obliged to clear the table, that I realized with some surprise, just how many hexies I had made! And don't ask me how many because it is looking to me like hundreds but I have a bad feeling that if I counted them I'd discover I only have enough for a couple of rows of a blanket and I don't want to get discouraged this early on :)


And, finally, after the Battle of Tarutino, I thought I'd try a few more rounds to get an idea of how it would come together. Some of these I love, some I question and some I outright dislike but, seeing a very real danger of turning into a modern day Penelope, unraveling my shroud each night, I plan not to frog anything and wait until I have enough of these to see what a decent sized selection of blocks will look like. 


At the moment I am questioning the orange so I may leave the orange centres until last to see what it will look like without them...


And I may, eventually, use them all them in a blanket or separate them into colour themes and use some of them for smaller items...
  

So I have come to the end of a literary epic adventure but here I am still very near the beginning of an epic crochet one!

Have you been working with yarn or wool this week?

If so, 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, January 25, 2015

Wool on Sundays 54 - (old gloves/bad mittens and a quandary)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 54. It's a wonder to me how it always seems to be Sunday again already!



This week, I have been taking one step forwards and two steps backwards. Most of my yarn time has been taken up, one way or another, with gloves...

I can't tell you how much I love these gloves...

I probably don't have to tell you they've seen better days but I've worn them every Winter for well over ten years so I can't really complain!

I decided the only thing that could adequately replace them was a pair of Latvian style mittens and I immediately ran into the problem that most of the charts have a lot of stitches and my thinnest wool is 4ply, for which I don't have suitable dpns. So I decided to settle for a Drops Karisma version (like my recent socks) but to adjust the size, as they seemed very big and clunky. Using the socks as a gauge I cleverly adapted the chart to get the perfect wrist size - but, unfortunately, I couldn't get my hand through :( 

I made another attempt and only ended up with some cross looking birds...



In the end, since we've been having subzero temperatures every night and it's not much warmer in the day, I decided to frog and go for a single colour - not very interesting and still a bit too big and looking somewhat the worse for being put through a hot wash, which failed to shrink them as I'd hoped but has left them looking rather dishevelled.


My week wasn't all doom and gloom, however. I found a very interesting and entertaining program about knitting on Radio 4 - A GRIPPING YARN, which I recommend.

And, just when I was thinking I'd had about enough of navy blue knitting and it's a long time since I did any colourful crochet, I came upon a lovely blog called ericka eckles. Ericka has the most gorgeous collection of projects using a block which is sometimes called African Flower but which she she calls Granny's Paperweight. You can see them here. I made these ones straight away, using an excellent tutorial by Heidi at Heidi Bears, but, really you have to see Ericka's to get an idea of how lovely they can look.


Now I have a quandary. These are made with Drops Fabel (wool) and I'm really not in love with the colours. I was looking for a project that uses 4ply weight cotton (of which I have a shameful amount) to make a proper sized bed cover that isn't too holey and I think it would look wonderful with this paperweight design but I also think it it might take the rest of my life...So should I just start? Or double up the cotton to aran weight? Or make more woolly ones and start with a scarf...

If you have any 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, January 18, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 53 (more socks!)

Poppy got her name tag, btw, for supporting England in the Rugby World Cup...

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you very much for the kind comments and links last week.


It really is knitting in front of the fire weather, here, and by some kind of a miracle (more prosaically known as Mr RH being away last weekend!) I've managed to finish another pair of socks. This time they fit me so I shall keep them on in case anyone tries to persuade me to give them away!


I used drops karisma again and the pattern I used to get the basic shape is the same one as last week and can be found free at garnstudio.

I love these Norwegian designs. My favourite part is the stripy feet!


For the top border, I used a chart from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor. It's a fascinating book, which I read a lot of on Amazon 'Look Inside', then bought and have never managed to read the rest properly because I always get distracted and start knitting. One day, perhaps, it will get a post of its own...


For the other patterns, I slightly adapted some colour charts from this garn studio sock pattern (I couldn't just use that pattern, in case you are wondering, because it's in a different gauge).


I think that's enough socks for the moment but I have two other colour work projects planned. Hopefully I'll have at least a start to show by next week...

What have you been making lately?

If you have any 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