Monday, April 20, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 65 (Wool on Monday)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 65 and thank you to everyone who linked up and visited last week.



I know that everyone has busy lives and I am really very appreciative of all of you who take the time to stop by, sharing the things you make and offering encouragement.

This week I was confidently expecting to be writing a very different post - Mr RH was away for the week, I was free from my day job and I had a long list of things I planned to do to finish the Makery (which will give me a permanent place to work and somewhere I could potentially offer knitting and/or sewing lessons) and make some patterns and 'real' items to expand my etsy shop into into more of a business. I love making things and, although this amazes me, I have sold more than 1000 Caravan patterns now so I don't think the idea of selling some other things is completely off the wall. I had been looking forward to this week for a very long time. Of course I wasn't expecting a week entirely free of obstacles - Fiona always likes to help!

I was halfway through a post when I left the room...

But it was not a week for inviting a house guest. A guest, however, who faces the same daily disruptions and interruptions to their creative endeavours, who was fully aware that I was going to be spending the week working but that that they were very welcome to come and do the same and who very much wanted to come seemed manageable...

Suffice it to say, I didn't sew a stitch. I hardly turned on my computer. I didn't even attempt to make a pattern. I did manage some frogging and a small amount of crochet (to the background music of how crochet isn't her thing). I mostly did nothing except drink tea, talk a little and listen a LOT. Sparing you the details and everything that isn't related to my blog/shop, which she described as 'playing on a computer', the gist was that being able to knit or sew is 'nothing special' and back in the day everyone could not only do these things but they did them better, that making things 'isn't anything important', is 'not doing anything productive' and is a waste of money because it's cheaper to buy them. By the middle of the week, I felt like giving up and throwing my computer and sewing machine into the pond. By the end of the week, I felt like jumping in myself!


Yesterday, I couldn't bring myself to end a week, to end the week that I'd hoped would be such a spectacular success, without even a minor finish so I crocheted all evening. I'm very sorry to anyone who came by hoping to link up.


Today, I realise that it wasn't really last week I heard that I was 'nothing special' and the things I make 'aren't important' and 'anyone could do them' and other people (someone in particular!) does everything so much better. I have heard all those things forever. I hear them always and so quietly and subtly I don't even hear them but they nag away somewhere making me constantly question whether trying to make a success of my little Rainbow Hare venture is a waste of time and diverting my time and energy to 'more important' things. So today I'm going to say, in capital letters:

I AM SPECIAL
and
MAKING THINGS IS IMPORTANT

These are simple things, which I never doubt for a moment where other people are concerned and, from now on, I will stop doubting them of myself. I have now finished the crochet circles cushion. I frogged the outer circles and now the coloured circles are not so circular but my aim is for this to be different to the other two Makery cushions so they are none of them too samey although they all use the same Drops Saffron yarn and I think it is different enough from the others.


This week I will make something else and I will post on my blog and visit other blogs. Next week I will make more things and blog more and blog visit more and so I shall go on and my Makery will be finished and my shop will grow...

If you have any yarny posts, 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, April 12, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 64 (ever increasing circles)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays again!



This week I have been trying to make a garland as part of making my Makery and I wanted to make a heart. I forgot to take a photo of the heart I made so I'll show it another time but I wasn't really happy with it so I googled and pinterested and I found a nice tute for Sunburst Granny Hearts...with pattern at Bunny Mummy. I think the tute looks great but there were too many stitches I didn't know how to do so my attempt didn't work too well...


I did love the circles though so I decided to make 16 so I can make another cushion. How I'm going to make them into a cushion, is another question...


If you have any yarny posts, 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, April 5, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 63 (Happy Easter!)


A very Happy Easter and Welcome to an almost wordless Wool on Sundays!




This week I made a chick, using an easy, fun pattern from Myrtle and Eunice and three cupcakes using a tutorial from mojimojidesigns I think the little chick's eyes are bigger than his tummy...

I remembered I had a cupcake stand somewhere under the stairs but, when I dug it out, I found I was twenty cakes short. Luckily, the Easter people agreed to step in help the display.







I also finished my granny square cushion from last week, which you might have noticed on the chair in my last post.


If you have any yarny posts, 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 Easter and a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

So I'm making a Makery...


"What's in a name? that which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet..." That's always sounded reasonable enough to me. Perhaps being named Capulet or Montague can end up being a matter of life and death but what about these names: Music Room, Study, Craft Room?


In the days of my beautiful, sadly departed Lucy, who understood when the floor was being a design wall and would walk carefully around the edges, it wasn't much odds what the room was called and I muddled by trying to disguise/use the piano as an extra design wall, and customising a very large bookcase to hide a disorderly collection of fabrics and yarns...



 ...and sewing on the kitchen table or the dining table and trying to introduce the concept of 'Sewing Room' to my family. But since Mr RH started using the dining table as his office and the cats came...


...and Poppymania hit...

...it has become such a palaver carting my sewing machine and cutting mat and miscellany of sewing paraphernalia (dangerous to or destroyable by small animals) backwards and forwards around the house that nine out of ten days (or more) I decide I'll just do some knitting or perhaps a bit of crochet...

But the name business has for some reason always bothered me - 'sewing room' doesn't seem quite right to me, since I rarely sew in it and craft room sounds like it should be full of PVA glue and sugar paper like an old school art classroom. Studio sounds more organised and formal than I could ever pull off. Store room is probably the most honest description...

Then, the other day, out of nowhere, came the name 'Makery' - what do you think? A place for making. I feel it covers the randomness of all the quilting, sewing, doll making and yarn projects I embark on and I could make a little sign saying:


So I am making a Makery and when it is made I'll have a proper place to make other things. I have persuaded Mr RH to take the bookcase in place of some very utilitarian racking that he was using for his office books, which has the added the bonus of making our hall look more like part of a house again, rather than a warehouse, and I have painted an old table so my sewing machine can have a permanent place (except for making very large quilts).


I have also painted some wooden shelves I found in the stable for storage...small beginnings but I'm quite excited about it. I've never had a really usable room of my own before. Perhaps when it's ready I'll throw a little party :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wool On Sundays - 62 (A WIP edition)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays!


I was very tempted to say "Welcome to another edition of UFO weekly" because, despite my TaDa post last week, the yellow cardigan remains buttonless. I now have some buttons (please don't judge the colours by the grim photo - outside we are having a seasonal Spring gale!) but instead of sewing them on I did something else.


Really, I know I should have finished the hexie cushion but that too remains untouched. Instead, I started making some granny squares. This is the first project I've ever actually made (or properly started making) with granny squares and I feel as if it's something of a right of passage. Many times I've read posts and articles beginning with: "Even if all you can crochet is a granny square..." as if the granny square is the essential first step to becoming a real crocheter. Perhaps it is. Perhaps if I finish it it I'll start feeling like a real crocheter but I doubt it. I feel like a real knitter and a real sewist and, come to think of it, a real everything else I do, but with crochet I definitely feel like a real beginner muddling by, holding my hook all wrong, misreading patterns and charts and somehow, by a miracle, I end up with something colourful that bears no technical scrutiny but which cheers me up no end :)

I'm using the same colours as the hexies but I didn't want it to be to matchy matchy so I started by only using bright colours for the centre rounds and blues, greens and whites for rounds 2 and 3. But I couldn't bear the dullness so I allowed yellow as a round 3 colour and  then permitted some brights in round 2. I don't know why I make up all these colour rules - I always break them. I think they have ended up fairly distinct from the hexies but not so very different as I planned. Once the cushion is finished it will be easier to tell.


For the back of the cushion, I'm using some left over granny squares. I think I'm going to go into stripes now though...




What do you have in progress (or finished) 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, March 22, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 61 (The Yellow Cardigan)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 61 and many apologies for missing the Wool on Sundays post last week :)



I do, at last have a tada! (apart from buttons).


This is the first time I've knitted a textured yoke and I'm very pleased with how it has turned out. I was hoping to show what this looks like on but, since I was the only available photographer,  it was such a challenge I ended up having to take it outside.


This was inspired by a cardigan at Well Done for You. I used Garn Studio Pattern and I used 2 strands of Cascade Heritage in Butter. I couldn't get the correct tension with my yarn (Note to self - in future only use Garn Studio patterns with Drops yarn!) so I upsized my needles and knitted a larger size of the pattern. I made several variations:
1. I used a 2x2 rib instead of the moss stitch edging.
2. I made the sleeves properly long because I roll my sleeves up all the time, as you can tell by the wrinkles in the photo, but I just like having them properly long :)
3. In the lace pattern, I worked an extra two rows (through inattention) and decided not to frog. 
4. There are two rows with stitches I didn't have in the key I printed (later I found they were at the top of the next page and I'd stapled over them) so I skipped them to adjust for the extra two rows I'd already done. 
5. The pattern at the top of the yoke was impossible as it required decreases without any corresponding increases yet, apparently, maintained the same number of stitches for several rows. By this time, I was also worried about running out of wool so I just made it up as I went along and had to sew it up with a different yarn when the yellow ran out. 


If you have any wool or yarn projects - from this week or last 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
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 60 (spot the difference)


this week
last week

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you to everyone who visited last week :)

I don't have anything very interesting to share this week in that I'm at a similar stage to last week with the yellow cardigan and I've done nothing else yarnwise. 



The good news, however, is that this week I'm much more confident that it's going to fit and, although it's bigger, it seems to be using about the same amount of wool. After frogging such a lot, I couldn't bring myself to make it exactly the same so I've switched the moss stitch edging for a 2x2 rib and a garter stitch button band, which I prefer, and now I'm roughly where I was before I can start to feel that I'm making progress with this again.

The other good news is that apparently we will be getting superfast broadband by the end of April. I'm not overly concerned with speed but so often I start writing an email or commenting on a blog, let alone writing a post, and get cut off and have to revisit... So (assuming we do actually end up getting it), if having superfast means we will be reliably connected to the internet for prolonged periods of time that will be amazing - perhaps it'll even give me some extra time! 

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