Saturday, September 20, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 39 (upcycling)




Welcome to Wool on Sundays 39!


Did you have a yarnful week?

The only thing I've managed to accomplish with a woolly element, this week, has involved upcycling an old scarf which I had, accidentally, slightly felted - and I'm sorry to say that I don't even have a 'before' picture of the scarf!
      
It began with an old basket, which was left in a heap of logs by someone who lived in our house before us. Mr RH has, on many occasions, attempted to take it to the local dump but I've always thought it had potential.








And, on Friday, I eventually admitted to myself that I really don't have time to take up basket making so I decided to cobble together a repair of sorts using whatever was at hand.

The rim, clearly, needed reinforcement and 'whatever was at hand' turned out to be the handle of an empty paint tub, a length of ribbon and a strip of old sheeting and that managed to make it fairly functional.










But it wasn't exactly aesthetic, and that brings me to scarf. I sewed the ends together and wrapped it over the rim and I think it could probably do with some wadding to give a smoother finish but, all in all, I was very happy to have found such a quick project to brighten up a corner of the room :)


Do you have any projects current yarn or wool. 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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Am Harvesting...Will Sew...


Last Winter, when I started 'Wool on Sundays', I considered starting a new blog for yarn but I read somewhere that, often, if you try to run two blogs one falls by the wayside. Since then, my blog seems to have become more 'Wool on Sundays' than 'Rainbow Hare' so I'm thinking it's high time I had a non-yarn post. Ideally I'd have some sewing to link up to all the quilty parties but (alas!) not yet - so a Really Random post it is!

I have bought some new fabric - some pieces from the Indelible collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery and I'm soon going to start making a quilt. I have been very tempted by clamshells but I think I will go for squares of blues and greys with some pops of colour and 'orange peel' segments in the texty/deer print like a sort of fake cathedral windows. I did briefly wonder about an actual cathedral windows but then I looked into the yardage and there's only so many times you can remortgage... :)

But first to finish harvesting. Our freezer is getting very full. The beans, of all kinds, I'm so happy to say are done. And most of the other vegetables are either gathered, eaten or can continue to be dug as we use them. I stew apples everyday but I think this week should see those finished too...

Apart from the that, the garden in general is going drunkenly to rack and ruin!





Did you see the fabrics in the bottom right hand corner, pushed to bottom and dwarfed by everything else? Such is September but I'm loving the hot Indian Summer weather so I won't wish the frosts to come and help us out too soon!

I'll link this post with Really Random Thursday, if there is one later today. If not, I suppose that will make it even more random...

I hope you are having a happy day, random or not :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 38 (more of the same...)



Hello! And Welcome to Wool on Sundays 38. How has your week been? My week has seemed like a repetition of the last few weeks with everything stepping up a notch. With my daughter getting a bit better each day, I thought I was finished with hospital visits but unfortunately my mother in law had a stroke in the middle of the night last Sunday. Fortunately it was a small stroke, which has mostly affected the movement in her hand and the doctors are fairly confidant that, with time, she will regain that but it is very distressing for her as she lives alone and has always been very independent and it is, as yet, unclear how her recovery is going to progress.


On the one hand, we have been trying to encourage her to come and stay with us for a while when she allowed home from hospital and on the other, our animal situation is becoming increasingly bizarre. Having been accustomed to having Lucy (our very well behaved labrador, who sadly died in July), rabbits (who only come in on odd occasions) and strictly outside animals (like sheep, chickens and ducks), we now have puppy (a poorly trained spaniel) in the kitchen and two cats, who roam elsewhere downstairs and on the stairs and landing. As if that weren't sufficient a baby pigeon turned up in the garden on Friday afternoon. We left it until it got dark in the hope that it's mother would come for it and eventually brought it in and shut it in the living room with some hay, water and chicken food. I was hardly even surprised when I glanced through the window yesterday and noticed a large black dog in the garden...I was tempted to make a sign and put in on the gate saying 'All creatures great and small welcome - the more, the merrier'. I genuinely began to ponder what number of random creatures secured in various places around the house for the purposes of preventing anyone eating anyone else could tip a person over the edge...



My knitting this week is also more of the same but, in this case, more in a good way. The grey cardigan has grown to having one arm done up the armpit and the body has grown a couple of inches.


And the socks have grown a few rows. They would have grown a few more but I started the chart in the wrong place and had to unknit 6 rows, which wasn't much fun of small circular needles!

After some comments last week, I thought I'd just mention that I think the key to getting an even finish on the right side with two colour knitting is to always keep the same colour on top on the wrong side as you work. With these I am keeping the red on top throughout.

Edited to add: The large black dog is now reunited with its owners and we have now found a rescue centre to take the pigeon.

Do you have any yarn projects in progress? 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, September 7, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 37 (stats on the Icelandic Cardigan)



Welcome to Wool on Sundays 37! Thank you to everyone who came to link up or visit last Sunday and to everyone who sent well wishes to my daughter. I'm very pleased to say she seems to be getting better now :)

This week I've been 'talking' to Sarah, who you probably know from her shop,  Issabellathecat.etsy.com and her lovely blog, Issabellathecat.blogspot.com. We were wondering about linking up from IG and Sarah found out that if everyone hashtags their Instagram images with #WoolonSundays it will show in any IG searches, but to add the "post" to the linky party you need to copy and paste the photo's url (just like we would on Flickr) rather than our blog post url and then everyone can see it linked up :) So if you'd like to link up from IG, you are very welcome :)


When I finished my coloured yoke cardigan (Wool on Sundays - 32), my camera was being repaired so I couldn't take proper photos and neither have I given proper credits for this. Now I have the camera back so I thought I'd give the stats. I used a chart from a free Lopi Pattern. It is called the 20th Anniversary sweater and is available in English and French.



I was keen to use yarn from stash and I didn't have the right weight yarn so I adapted this Garn Studio Pattern but used the Lopi chart.


I used 4mm needles, the grey, blue and charcoal wools are Drops Karisma (dk weight) and for the other colours I used two stands of Drops Fabel (4ply weight), which I had left over from my miniature knits for the Granny Square, Knit and Purl characters. Two strands of 4ply should equal one strand of aran weight so that really shouldn't have worked and I expected the tension might all go horribly wrong and that I'd have to frog the whole yoke.


But I'm very happy to report that it all worked together very evenly. I didn't, however, make much of a dent in the 4ply so you'll be seeing these colours again...


Do you have any yarn projects in progress? 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.


Thanks to Sarah for the IG info :)

Wishing you a happy week and yarnful :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 36 (moments from the wayside)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 36 and huge apologies to anyone who came to link up last Sunday or earlier today. My blog has, sadly, fallen by the wayside recently, although I do have a new project started.

My younger daughter had her tonsils out recently and, although, the operation seems to have gone well, for various reasons involving allergic reactions and painkillers not working I've been spending a lot of time with her in the A + E department. So I'm making a cardigan, which looks like this on one side...


And this on the other...


The right side is yet to be decided. I don't know what the stitch is called but I'm working odd rows in k1,p1 rib and even rows in k only. It gives a warm, thick texture and is simple enough to do when you're very tired and a bit more interesting than stocking stitch! When I thought the body may be long enough, I didn't have a tape measure so I've started a sleeve with the other end of the yarn pulled from the centre. I hope it doesn't end up in a big knot...

On a happier note the menagerie is slowly settling, touch wood.

A first meeting that seemed to go well...
...and one of the new cats inspecting Poppy's bed -
whilst she was out for a walk.
Do you have any yarn projects in progress? 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 - 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 17, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 35 (socks in a box)


This has been quite a hectic weekend - if you read my last post I hope you will understand - and I forgot it was Sunday until a couple of hours ago. Then I found my computer was out of charge and the charger was mislaid...

But it is still Sunday so welcome to Wool on Sundays 35 and thank you very much to everyone who continues to link up and comment on these weekly yarn themed posts. I really do appreciate your visits and enjoy keeping up with what everyone is making.


This week I started some toe up socks to give myself something to do whilst puppy watching. Now I'm going to be puppy and cat watching I think I may need something that doesn't require keeping track a pattern at the same time...I'll certainly need some kind of pick-up-put-down project to preserve my sanity!

I'd certainly welcome any suggestions :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Friday, August 15, 2014

Because...

 

I wasn't in the least expecting to have a spaniel or a Friday Sewing Finish this week (although I do have a crochet finish) but because we have two cats coming to live with us we thought we'd better get a puppy.


To elaborate a little, my eldest daughter is coming back to live with us and bringing her two cats and a rabbit. I initially thought it would be a good idea to let the cats settle and get a puppy in the spring but then we decided that it would be better to get one now and get the whole business of increasing the menagerie and persuading them all to get along together over with in one go.

Then, because I went into a shop to buy freezer bags for a year's worth of soup I made with vegetables from the garden whilst puppy watching and they didn't have any freezer bags but did sell pet blankets I bought one one instead.



Then, because I have never got around to recycling these fabric trimmings and some unusably hideous pieces of polyester curtaining that came in a scrap bag (with some very nice linen) I decided to make a puppy bed and use them for stuffing.


And here it is!


And here is Poppy with Sebastian :)


Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with TGIFF at QUILTING MOD