Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 47 (What would you choose?)

Image from the Graphics Fairy

Welcome to Wool on Sundays 47!



To celebrate one year of Wool on Sundays and to say thank you to everyone who has supported this weekly series, this week we are going to have a small giveaway...but what to give away?

I know some of you would be happy with yarn but I also know that some you, who kindly stop by, are really sewists and quilters and have no use for knitting supplies...

So next week I will get Mr Linky to choose one comment on this post and whoever is selected can choose whether they would like 4 balls of yarn, 4 fat quarters of fabric, 8 squares of felt or a handmade item and I will try to fit in with the winner's colour choice if I can.

For one chance of winning, leave a comment telling me if you would like yarn, fabric, felt or a handmade item and saying what your favourite colours are.

If you have commented on previous wool on Sundays posts, you can leave a second comment.

And if you have linked up your yarn projects with Wool on Sundays, you can leave a third comment.

a peek from the week
And if you have yarn projects to share today, of course 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 :)

Good luck in the Giveaway!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bad Hair Day!

Bad Hair Day!

I'm sure if you look at my Lily's Vardo inspiration Page on pinterest you'll understand.

It started very innocuously with a little flash of an idea for a circus themed Granny Square story and then one pin led to another and before I knew what was happening I was obsessed with the idea of making a 12th scale Gypsy Vardo. After the random cobblings together that gradually evolved into Granny Square's caravan, when I saw these model gypsy wagons  on Gerry's Vardos I decided that buying a model would be much easier than trying to make one from scratch (I still believe that, btw) and I thought a bit of paint and I'd have something looking like one of these majestic works of art in no time...(I'm not copying the pictures here, btw, because I don't have time to get permission from all their owners).

So I waited and researched and planned and I dreamed of my beautiful caravan. And I thought I'd make a cloth doll called Lily to live in it. And perhaps she'd have a husband called Jack and a little girl called Belle. And then it arrived and I painted it all over with undercoat and ordered some coloured paint from Amazon, which still hasn't arrived.


And then I saw a Heidi Ott doll with long brown hair and I knew she was Lily. I was very put off by the price, although I've since discovered that collecting Miniatures seems to be a shockingly expensive business and these are a lot cheaper than comparable dolls elsewhere, but I was still so enthused by the dream of the amazing Vardo I was going to make I decided bite the bullet. Unfortunately she seems to be out of stock everywhere so, after seeing a selection of wigs on ebay, I decided to buy the unwigged version and a separate wig. I thought I could, perhaps buy a few wigs the same colour over time so she could change styles...


Unfortunately the wig was photographed from the back on ebay and when it arrived it looked like this...

The photo did not look like this on ebay!
This is exactly how I picture Bess, the landlord's black eyed daughter from The Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes. Or else she reminds me of the bar ladies in those Westerns where someone always comes and shoots the place down...

Wondering if something could be done by putting it on upsidedown...
This was as good as it ever got :(

Meanwhile, the Vardo is going from bad to worse! I had enquired about the size of the caravan and found it was "aprox 12" long without the shafts attached and 21" long with. 12" tall and 7/1/2 " wide" and I had thought that was small but manageable. That, however, is the external size. The internal floorspace is 4" x 9" so I'm really struggling with how to fit any furniture in it because pre-made furniture is all too big. Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful model and, as you can see here, other people clearly succeed in decorating them beautifully. It's just that I've put five coats of plastikote (an acrylic fake-enamel that I understood was meant to work on plastic) on the wheels and they still aren't covered, I've painted the inside red (a classic and stunning effect in all those pinterest photos) and it looks really grim and I've found that I don't have a nearly steady enough hand or the slightest skill at painting intricate decorations onto a 3D shapes that I'm trying to hold in the other hand! I'm clearly not a born miniaturist and I'm even beginning to dread the clothes and soft furnishings that I'd thought would be the easy and fun bit...

So, here we are with Lily as bald as a coot and me feeling like bagging it all up and sending it to a charity shop.

But then I see those glorious pictures again and I think there must be a way to turn this around...

Have you tried anything new and exciting lately? Or anything you wish you'd never started?

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Edited to add: Lily now has a new wig and I have my fingers crossed...(27th November)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 46 (A Year Tomorrow!)

A Start!


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 46! 



I just wondered about this and checked back and can you believe that tomorrow we will have had a year of Wool on Sundays?

I see that, in my first Wool on Sundays post, I wrote:
Instead, I've decided to start WOOL ON SUNDAYS. From Monday to Saturday each week Rainbow Hare will carry on unchanged with my usual mix of sewing quilting and random and I'll save anything related to wool or yarn for Sundays - so if you're a quilting friend who doesn't like knitting you'll know to skip my Sunday posts! 
At the time, I wasn't actually expecting anyone to link up or comment on these Sundays posts so I'm extremely pleased and very grateful to everyone who has joined in by linking up yarn projects or leaving encouraging comments. Perhaps we will have a small giveaway next week to celebrate :)

detail

This week I have made a little progress on my colourful shawl (I should have made more but for spending an inordinate amount of time on a fiasco that I am calling Lily's Vardo, which I will share another day).


And I have also made a good start on something else that I've had planned for a long time - if anyone can guess what it is, I'll give them a prize!

Have you got any yarn projects to share? 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 :)

Wishing you a happy and yarnful week!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 45 (big plans and a small beginning)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 45!


I'm sorry to report a week of virtually no progress. I decided to try making a poufe with my ex-cowl from last week but I haven't begun it yet and, as you can see, my latest attempt at a colourful shawl hasn't got very far. At the moment we have a rainstorm with thunder and lightening and the colours in my picture were so dire, I am showing you my small beginning in black and white but this starting triangle is really the same green (indeed the very same ball of yarn) as Knit's jumper in the Granny Square stories. Although not strictly yarn related, I have finally made a Granny Square page (at the top of my blog) and now I have a framework set out I can see that too is quite a big plan with less accomplished than I'd hoped. It really seems to be the story of my making and blogging, this year :( Hopefully things will turn around and I'll get on a making spree soon!

How has your week been?

Have you got any yarn projects to share? 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, November 2, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 44 (universal acclaim - unfortunately not)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 44! After my small beginning at creating a colourful improv cowl, last week, I crocheted like mad at the beginning of this week, with joy in my heart and hoping this photo would be my big Ta-da! moment..

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But my family were shockingly critical and discouraging :( First Mr RH called it a monstrosity but he is, unfortunately, not a crochet fan so I wasn't expecting enthusiasm from that quarter. Then my children, who are generally more encouraging about my makes could find nothing positive whatsoever to say about it - unless you count "Mum, I love you and I can see it's well made and everything - but I just hate it! Are you sure it's a proper item of clothing that you've seen on the internet?" or "I'm sure you'll make it into something lovely in the end - but I don't know what..."

I thought about taking a virtual second opinion from my dear blogland friends and asking you - Tell me truthfully - how bad is this? But, to be honest, I thought you would be too polite and I had the same reservations about this that I had about the same yarn when it was growing into the first sea stars shawl. Although I love the colours, it's dk weight cotton and it's really more thick and heavy and stiff than I'd like.


So I've decided I will make another wool shawl instead and turn this into something else. I added a centre circle and here it is covering the lid of the laundry basket.


This is my favourite view of it but it really hangs down too far at the sides, which I would find a nuisance.

So perhaps a very large round cushion. Or perhaps a bag...

Whilst I was pondering, I thought I'd make a very conservative grey scarf, which surely no one could find objectionable. But I got too bored with it and unravelled it.


So, all in all, not a great week here at Rainbow Hare, despite getting quite a lot done.

Onwards and upwards, I suppose.

How has your week been?

Have you got any yarn projects to share - popular or otherwise?  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, October 26, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 43 (a new beginning)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 43! And Welcome back GMT! After a week of yarnlessness, today we have an extra hour and I have used it to reacquaint myself with my 3.5mm crochet hook :)


In my last Wool on Sundays post, I was unravelling this...


I decided to keep the centre circles without any idea of what to do with them - a bag? A cushion? Then, last night it came to me. Something quick and improv and colourful - a cowl.

With a lighting that photographs like this (mercifully, it looks much better in real life)

I probably shouldn't be too surprised that my crochet looks like this :(


But I seem to be going so slowly, craftwise, at the moment that I expect there will be plenty of opportunity for better lit progress pictures before it's finished. I wonder if we could put the clocks back everyday...

Have you managed to find time for any yarnwork 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

Friday, October 24, 2014

TGIFF

 A simple quilted phone case with felt lining for a guest and a Friday Finish!


So I'm off to link up with Izzy at Dizzy Quilts for TGIFF and to see what everyone else has been sewing lately :D



Happy Sewing!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare