Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 73 (so glad June is over...)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays again!


June was such a dire month that I starting to think I'd never manage another Wool on Sundays post.

It began with a day at the side of the motorway, when Mr RH filled our diesel car with petrol...


And ended with me dropping a cup of tea on my laptop, though fortunately, so far as it's possible to tell, it has been saved after about a week of 'drying out'. 

In between we had days and days of long distance driving and all of our chickens and ducks were killed by a stoat or weasel. On the first day it killed five chicken, a drake and a sweet white duck, who had been sitting for ages on her eggs, during the day. The next day it killed one chicken. Then, on the third day, it managed even to get into a very solid locked chicken house and kill the rest during the night. The only gaps are literally about 1" x 2 1/2", where the apex of the roof joins the top of the front and back and some 1/2" wide air vents...apparently they can fit through even a mouse hole :( 

And on the fourth day our goose, who was in another run by himself vanished, which I assume was also weasel related. The run is a good six feet high and very secure and he's never been known to fly before but there were no scattered feathers and there's been no sight or sound of him in the neighbourhood since, dead or alive! I hope he's managed to find a pond or river somewhere...

In between all this, I've been trying to re-photograph the long, long caravan tutorial to go in a Craftsy Kit with RJR fabrics. It's a very exciting opportunity, which has been at the top of my PDQ list all month and only needed a couple of solid uninterrupted days but with doing a little here and a little there it is taking forever! I'm hoping to finish it today or on Tuesday and I will post more about that soon...


Yarnwise, I've started a new in car crochet project. So far there isn't much to show but my (longterm) plan is to make a bed-sized blanket like this gorgeous creation at The Coco Rose Diaries. It may take some time :)


I hope you are having a lovely Summer and enjoying the amazing weather we've having (or having a good Winter if you are on the other side of the world).

If you are working on any yarn projects, 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

Monday, June 22, 2015

a short intermission

Apologies for yet another missed Wool on Sundays :(

I hope everyone enjoyed Midsummer. 

Although the days are shortening and we are heading towards Winter, the best of the sunshine and the bounty of the year is yet to come - hopefully, on Rainbow Hare as well as in the garden...

I hope normal service will resume here very Soon!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wool on Sundays 72 (a crochet flower frame purse)


Thank you to everyone who visited last week and welcome to Wool on Sundays 72.



Although the yarn part of this was finished a few weeks ago, this week I have finished another UFO by turning my crochet flower into a largish frame purse/project bag. I'm VERY pleased with this because it is my first ever attempt at a frame purse and, having improvised this at every stage, I was more than half expecting this would end up being another cushion! I am also very pleased because I bought the frame as part of a joblot on ebay and now I feel more confident about using them :)

I used some green corduroy for the body of the purse and also the lining and I sewed the edges that go into the frame right sides together and turned and this gave a good solid and fairly thick edge. I then sewed this to the frame. Rather than backstitch, which I've seen suggested, I used a running stitch through the holes and then back to fill all the gaps. I didn't use glue and I have not attempted crimping the frame because it feels to me as if the stitching is holding it in place quite firmly. I didn't add any pockets etc because, during this stage, I had little expectation of success!


I think it has ended up being quite a nice size for small crochet projects, though I don't have one to demonstrate as yet.


On 25th, I will link this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for her "New to Me in 2015" linky party but, in the meantime, I think I'd better stop crocheting for a bit and get started on some Winter knitting!


If you have any kind of yarn project, 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, June 7, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 71 (Granny's Paperweight Seat)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 71. I'm sorry for my absence if you came by last week and if you are waiting on an email reply from me. I've had a ridiculous week of literally driving more than sleeping - something which looks set to carry on for the next few days but, hopefully, I'll get back nearer to normal towards the end of the week :(

I haven't managed a stitch this week but, below, is the post I tried to schedule for last week, which didn't post itself, most likely because the internet disconnected as it is still wont to do, despite the pre-election assurances of our imminent high speed broadband from our local councillor, who has now now learned we have 'long stretches of copper wires'!?



Back in February, I began making Granny's Paperweight blocks, inspired by ericka eckles, and using Drops Safran yarn. In my original post (War, Peace and Hexies) I planned to make a blanket but I soon changed my mind and decided to make a seat for this box instead.


At last it is finished!


And here it is with the other crochet cushions I've made while the paperweight seat was in its long UFO phase. I used the same Drops Safran - a 4ply cotton yarn - for all of them and my aim was to make them co-ordinating but not looking too matchy matchy. 


Whether you have finished or unfinished UFOs or any other kind of yarn project, 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, May 29, 2015

New to Me in May + Fresh Sewing Day


Have you linked up any new things you've tried this month with Fiona?

My most exciting 'New to Me' in May was having my Caravan Pattern featured on the News page of the June Edition of Cross Stitcher Magazine. I was amazed when Katie Allen sent me an etsy convo asking to include it and, although I've got used to seeing my sewing on a computer screen, it was very exciting to find it in a 'real' magazine in a shop in our nearest town!



I've also tried making several new things with mixed results.

I made a cushion, blogged here, from this book by the very talented Cécile Balladino.




And some crochet bunting (something I've been meaning to do forever!) inspired by the same book.


And I appliquéd some mice using Wash Away appliqué sheets. I've never tried these before sheets and I loved them.


And I saw a sweet tea pot pincushion on pinterest from Join the Mood with a tute and an excellent tutorial by Manuela and I made one straight away - that's definitely a first for me!


And, finally I made a dress using the Merchant & Mills (paper) Dress Shirt pattern. It has bib front panel, which is not something I've tried before, and I also used Blades Linen from Calico Laine


I'm not sure I'll use this pattern again but I certainly see more linen in my future...

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2015
And I'll link, on Monday, with Lynne at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day

The Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt

A couple of weeks ago when I bought the Merchant & Mills (paper) Dress Shirt pattern and I was a bit worried it may end up looking like a tent...


Well I eventually got around to sewing it together. I used the paper multi-size pattern and it was quite a quick and straightforward make. My only change was that I inverted the pleat on the front by mistake but I decided I liked that and would keep it.

I LOVE the sleeves. I enjoyed the way it was constructed. I adored the fabric I'd chosen, which was a Blades Linen from Calico Laine. I even added a pocket! But when I came to try it on, it was extremely roomy :(

As I said here, this is "nothing like anything I'd usually choose" but I actually love the balance of simplicity and detail in this pattern. And I really wanted to love this dress. And I do quite like it - from the front...But the back is ill fitting and, quite frankly, I look hideous in it. I'm quite sure I followed the pattern accurately (save the pleat I mentioned before) and I've read some blog posts of people who adore this dress so I can only conclude the pattern is fine enough - so either the stiffness of the fabric is a problem or it's just not right on me! This left me with the problem of what to do with the back without unduly affecting the front. I did find some posts of people who, similarly, found the back very roomy. One lady had put in a band of elastic and someone else had taken out fabric from the centre back (which was originally gathered into the yoke). I dedcided to attempt the latter.

undoing the yoke

unpicking the back
It's still not amazing but I do think it's an improvement. So now I have a dilemma. Should I try out this pattern again, maybe making a size down and using thinner fabric - perhaps a chambray? Or should I integrate the sleeves, my favourite part, into another pattern?

cutting a strip from the centre back

Whichever I end up doing, I'm glad this one is finished!


I'm linking this post with TGIFF at Anja Quilts!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 70 (only a couple of rows)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 70!


All I've managed to accomplish on the yarn front, this week, is a couple of rows of crochet but I think I have a plan. I'm going to try to make it into a frame pouch/small project bag. I've never made a frame pouch so I'm not sure how this will go, especially if it will work out with this shape. I'm thinking of using the crochet as a template to make the main parts of the pouch from fabric - possibly with some wadding? - and then joining the crochet to the front and fixing the whole thing in the frame. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Apart from that, I thought I'd mention that Wool Warehouse are having a big sale on some of their Drops Wools. I've always found Wool Warehouse to give great service, with very fast delivery - free for UK orders over £25 - and I'd recommend the Drops Wools I've used (mostly Karisma and Fabel) for knitting up nicely and for wearing and washing well over time.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend :)

Whether you've only done a couple of rows or you've finished a mammoth yarn project, 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