Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wandering Camera

Camera And Photography Linky Party

Have you visited Soma's Wandering Camera Linky Party over at Whims and Fancies?


Unfortunately, my camera hasn't wandered anywhere this month. In the hope of resolving its refusal to turn on since it visited Sri Lanka after Christmas, I bought a new battery but to no avail :( This month, I think, it will have to wander to a repair shop, although I have yet to find one locally.

In the meantime, I am going to share a few recent photos taken on my phone.

Outside
Inside
Inside the fire - perhaps there's a quilt in this?
A crochet flower
And a little Art Quilt (blogged here)
Some final crochet (pattern here)
Please visit Soma to see some fantastic photos and pick up some tips on how to take better pictures.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wool on Sundays - 97 (Heart February)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you for all the suggestions last week about what to do with that very felted jumper.



I think, given that it is SO thick, I will try Benta's suggestion of making some slippers but in the meantime it has become a photo backdrop for some little hearts I made this week.


There seem to be a lot of crochet heart patterns on pinterest but I never seem to get a nice even shape from them so, with a lot of trial and error, I have settled for doing the following (UK terminology):

Make a magic loop, dc 9 and join the round then work the following in these 9 dcs
1- chain 2
2 - 1 dc, 1tr, 1chain (point of heart)
3 - 1 tr, 1dc
4 - htr
5 - htr
6 - 5tr, 1htr
7 - slip stitch
8 - 1htr, 5tr
9 - 1htr
Join round and sew in ends.


I will try to draw a diagram and edit to add it to this post...

I hope you have a lovely week :)

And, as usual, of course, I'd love you to link up. The rules 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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Four-in-Art - Colour + Microscopic

11" x 11"

This year I have joined Four-in-Art.


Four-in-Art, is a small group with the stated common desire to: 'break out of the usual gridded experience and try a new concept, free of structure or preconception, moving the boundaries of our own skills forward in both concept and technique'.The overall theme for this year is colour and we have 'microscopic' as a sub-theme this quarter. Today is my first 'reveal' day and, after several abandoned attempts at this challenge quilt, I am more than a little daunted!

My quilt is inspired by and based very closely on a portion of an image from Bev Shots, a company who, in their own words, "create unique pieces of modern art by photographing microscopic patterns formed from crystallization of alcoholic beverages". Their artwork, which you can see and purchase on their website is truly stunning and I'm sure that if you visit their Gallery you will be amazed to see the colours and patterns in your favourite drinks when viewed through a microscope. I am very grateful to Bev Shots for giving me permission to use their image of Vodka for this challenge and I am only sorry that I wasn't able to do it better justice.


I used straight stitch machine quilting and embellished with some hand stitching.


And also some applique.


And the title is a little clue as it means 'Cheers!' in Polish :)

Should you happen to be curious about the history of vodka, which like the drink itself is more colourful than it appears to the naked eye, you can discover more here or here or you can go here to learn about the Vodka Wars! But the two things, I think, I will take away from this challenge are 1. Start my next quilt sooner! and 2. A little quote I chanced upon so often that I have no idea of its original source: It doesn't matter whether your glass is half full or half empty, there's room for more vodka :)


ends...

Please visit my fellow members of Four-in-Art to see the quilts they have made for this challenge:








Susan - http://patchworknplay.blogspot.com

Happy Sewing!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wool on Sundays - 96 (a yarn disaster)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays and thank you for all the links and kind comments on last week's post :)

This week, I've been very busy with non-yarn things and I was considering just putting up the linky when it occurred to me that I'm always saying you can't go wrong with yarn projects because you can always frog and start again but I do actually have an outright woolly disaster, which is probably beyond re-claiming to any good use (although I still keep it in case I ever think of anything to do with it).


This was meant to be the iconic jumper - the highlight of woolliness in our household as it was the first make from the wool of Mr Sheep (in the Wool on Sundays button) or one of his siblings.

My mother very kindly knitted it for one of my (adult) sons but when it was finished it seemed to stretch and stretch and also to shed lots of fluff.

I made several attempts to wash and dry it - first by hand and then by machine, hoping to shrink it just a little with absolutely zero impact. Then I put it through one last time...


When I took it out is was about the size for a six year year old. It is about 1/4" - 1/2" thick, solid enough to stand up by itself and fused together in various places. It is indeed SO thick I don't think I can even cut it up and use it as felt :(

If you can think of anything I can do to repurpose it, I'd love to know.

Do you have any yarn disasters?

As usual, of course, I'd love you to link up. The rules 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 24, 2016

Wool on Sundays - 95 (5 Reasons I love crochet)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays :)



And thank you very much to everyone who commented last week and shared ways of prioritising craft projects. Before I had a blog I would really struggled to finish a large yarn project because I would start out with a lot of enthusiasm, keep going for a while, get interrupted by other things, lose momentum, get sick of the sight of it and another UFO was born. Ironically, now, I have a very low UFO tolerance. I'm much happier, once I've started something to keep going and going through all the getting-worse-before-it-gets-better stages until it gets done. Otherwise the unfinishedness weighs on me and I find it hard to settle to new projects because I always feel I should be finishing the last one.

I fear, however, that makes for very boring Wool on Sundays posts so, today, rather than show that blanket again, I thought I'd tell you 5 Reasons I LOVE crochet.

1. It is a always wonder to me that balls of yarn can transforms into a objects.


2. I see myself as a person who can't really crochet (my first finish, shown in Mrs Freer! I have made something! was only two years ago) so I excuse myself for all my mistakes.


3. I'm always coming across new ideas.


4. It's very well suited to small decorative items so it's fairly quick and inexpensive to try out new stitches and techniques.



5. So long as you are happy to work a bit and frog a bit, there are endless possibilities for new discoveries in texture...


 ... and shape - I never in a million years thought I could crochet a hare!


Do you love to crochet? Or do prefer to knit? As usual, of course, I'd love you to link up. The rules 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 17, 2016

Wool on Sundays - 94 (an edge)


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



As a break from the endless blanket and because I wanted to listen to something on the radio and I don't like to do that empty handed, I tried out a new-to-me edging from my favourite crochet book, Crochet Boheme.

I found it quite fiddly and had a couple of false starts as it involves working six trebles into each stitch on a chain and it is easy to miss them but once I got going it became easier and I love the twiddly effect. I think it would be perfect on the right cushion or pair of curtains...


But if I keep letting myself be tempted by new projects, I'll never finish the ones I've got in progress so I'll most likely frog it and bear it in mind for some future occasion.

I'm increasingly thinking I need a schedule to prioritise and organise what I'm working on. When you find you have a spare half an hour for crafting, how do you decide what to work on? Do you manage to keep up a good balance between keeping up with a variety of projects and stacking up UFOs?

As usual, of course, I'd love you to link up. The rules 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

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Wool on Sundays - 93 (Wool, Water and taking a plunge)




HAPPY NEW YEAR! And welcome to another a year of Wool on Sundays! I hope you had a lovely break and I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone's yarn projects. My crochet blanket for the Winter is slowly growing - too slowly, I fear, for this Winter, which according to the forecasters is due to start next week...and I have nothing else woolly to show you.

The marathon to finish before Christmas quilt is also growing slowly and, looking at these photos, I realise I seem to have plunged into a brights-with-a-grey-background colour palette. Luckily they are destined for different houses or it would all end up a bit matchy-matchy. 


Beyond the walls of the Makery, my camera has gone to Shri Lanka...


Where, I hear, it is so hot that getting wet is quite agreeable.


And I went with my phone to Scarborough - where it was less so...






But that was just a splash.

My plunge was to join the #30DaysWithaK Challenge. You can check it out here and sign up, why not?


I'm hoping the rest of the month with involve more writing, more wool and less water :)

As usual, of course, I'd love you to link up. The rules 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 week, a year, a lifetime with more wool than water :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare