Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wool on Sundays 54 - (old gloves/bad mittens and a quandary)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 54. It's a wonder to me how it always seems to be Sunday again already!



This week, I have been taking one step forwards and two steps backwards. Most of my yarn time has been taken up, one way or another, with gloves...

I can't tell you how much I love these gloves...

I probably don't have to tell you they've seen better days but I've worn them every Winter for well over ten years so I can't really complain!

I decided the only thing that could adequately replace them was a pair of Latvian style mittens and I immediately ran into the problem that most of the charts have a lot of stitches and my thinnest wool is 4ply, for which I don't have suitable dpns. So I decided to settle for a Drops Karisma version (like my recent socks) but to adjust the size, as they seemed very big and clunky. Using the socks as a gauge I cleverly adapted the chart to get the perfect wrist size - but, unfortunately, I couldn't get my hand through :( 

I made another attempt and only ended up with some cross looking birds...



In the end, since we've been having subzero temperatures every night and it's not much warmer in the day, I decided to frog and go for a single colour - not very interesting and still a bit too big and looking somewhat the worse for being put through a hot wash, which failed to shrink them as I'd hoped but has left them looking rather dishevelled.


My week wasn't all doom and gloom, however. I found a very interesting and entertaining program about knitting on Radio 4 - A GRIPPING YARN, which I recommend.

And, just when I was thinking I'd had about enough of navy blue knitting and it's a long time since I did any colourful crochet, I came upon a lovely blog called ericka eckles. Ericka has the most gorgeous collection of projects using a block which is sometimes called African Flower but which she she calls Granny's Paperweight. You can see them here. I made these ones straight away, using an excellent tutorial by Heidi at Heidi Bears, but, really you have to see Ericka's to get an idea of how lovely they can look.


Now I have a quandary. These are made with Drops Fabel (wool) and I'm really not in love with the colours. I was looking for a project that uses 4ply weight cotton (of which I have a shameful amount) to make a proper sized bed cover that isn't too holey and I think it would look wonderful with this paperweight design but I also think it it might take the rest of my life...So should I just start? Or double up the cotton to aran weight? Or make more woolly ones and start with a scarf...

If you have any yarn projects 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 and creative year :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 53 (more socks!)

Poppy got her name tag, btw, for supporting England in the Rugby World Cup...

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you very much for the kind comments and links last week.


It really is knitting in front of the fire weather, here, and by some kind of a miracle (more prosaically known as Mr RH being away last weekend!) I've managed to finish another pair of socks. This time they fit me so I shall keep them on in case anyone tries to persuade me to give them away!


I used drops karisma again and the pattern I used to get the basic shape is the same one as last week and can be found free at garnstudio.

I love these Norwegian designs. My favourite part is the stripy feet!


For the top border, I used a chart from Traditional Scandinavian Knitting by Sheila McGregor. It's a fascinating book, which I read a lot of on Amazon 'Look Inside', then bought and have never managed to read the rest properly because I always get distracted and start knitting. One day, perhaps, it will get a post of its own...


For the other patterns, I slightly adapted some colour charts from this garn studio sock pattern (I couldn't just use that pattern, in case you are wondering, because it's in a different gauge).


I think that's enough socks for the moment but I have two other colour work projects planned. Hopefully I'll have at least a start to show by next week...

What have you been making lately?

If you have any yarn projects 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 and creative year :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Friday, January 16, 2015

...not afraid...

Because a heap of words is too many and not enough...


Some pencils...


a picture...

a cushion waiting for a pad

and a few words of Joachim Roncin - the French Stylist who created this:


"This is what Je Suis Charlie actually means: I am free, I am not afraid."

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Im linking this post with TGIFF, which is at Val's quilting Studio today
And finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Scraptastic Start

Scraptastic Tuesday

Last year I really fell off the quilting wagon and I've resolved that there will be more sewing on Rainbow Hare in 2015. 

Scraptastic Tuesday seems like a good place to start!


These are meant to look like like pencils...
Only a small start but I hope by next week, with some more delving in the bag, I will have a Scraptastic finish :)
Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 52 (First socks of the year!)


Welcome to the first Wool on Sundays of 2015!


Do you think you can you have too much yarn?


I have actually long been thinking that Rainbow Hare has too much yarn - or at least too many yarn projects compared with other things and a main reason for that is that yarn projects are so portable and easy to multitask with other aspects everyday life. Another reason is that socks, mittens, sweaters and scarves are more useful and, around here at least (with the exception of me!), more appreciated than cloth dolls, wall hangings and lap quilts. So, despite my resolution to redress the balance of my blog in 2015 and have a sewing start to the year, when I had to go and wait for a tyre to be changed on my car, I quickly printed off a garn studio pattern and snatched up some drops karisma to give me something to do whilst I was waiting...and, almost before I knew it, I'd fallen back into sock making!


I made a few changes to the pattern, as you can see from the pictures and, much to my surprise, Mr RH decided he'd have them to wear about the house so I made a few changes to the sizing as well. Unfortunately, Mr RH is not here today so I'm having to model them myself with some extra pairs of socks underneath!


If you have any yarn projects 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 and creative year :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 51 (Midwinter)

PLEASE CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE GRANNY SQUARE WINTER STORY :)

Welcome to Wool on Sundays and a very Happy Midwinter!



I always try to make something special for Midwinter and my yarnfullness, this week, has all been put into making A Winter Story, which you read find here.

For this story, I have enjoyed the assistance of Fiona. When she came to live with us, I told her she could star on my blog on Halloween but I wasn't organised enough for a Halloween post so I'm letting her debut today instead!

This is going to be the last Wool on Sundays of 2014 and I would like to say thank you again to everyone who has participated this year.

Wool on Sundays 2015 will start on January 10th.

If you have any yarn projects this week or over the holiday, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The linky will stay open until January 5th. 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 Midwinter, A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

OLD WOOL + A WINTER STORY (A Granny Square Post)

OLD WOOL

Some people say Granny Square is as old as the hills. Some say she has certainly been around since the first person took up the first ball of yarn and the first bent hook and began working a patchwork blanket in brightly coloured wool – or perhaps she was that person?


The only one who might be older than Granny Square is her friend Old Wool. Old Wool is special because he spins himself, saving Granny Square the bother, so she can knit or crochet, in whatever colour she likes, straight from his back.

And he is special because the more Granny Square knits from Old Wool, the more his Wool grows. 

But most of all he is special because Granny Square loves him.

Some people say that Old Wool must be older than Granny Square because Granny Square couldn’t live without her hook hooking or her needles clicking…But some people say that Granny Square knitted Old Wool…

If you ask them about it, Granny Square and Old Wool will look at each other in a knowing way and the conversation will change to something quite different…

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A WINTER STORY

When Old Wool went to visit his relations over the hills and far away, he left Granny Square a shed full of wool...



...and all Summer long she sat outside in her garden and knitted and crocheted to her heart’s content.


“When do you think Old Wool will come back?” asked Purl, one day.

“Soon, I should think,” said Granny Square, “He’s never been gone for this long before”.


Autumn brought warm winds and rain and, whenever they visited Granny Square, Knit and Purl fetched her wool from the woodshed and then Granny Square sat inside her caravan and knitted and crocheted to her heart’s content.


“When do you think Old Wool will come back?” asked Knit.

“I’m sure he won’t be much longer, now,” said Granny Square.


December brought even more rain and, when the time came for Granny Square to put out all the toys and scarves and mittens and socks and jumpers and cardigans, and who knows what else she had made, for the elves to take to Father Christmas, she had to put them in plastic bin liners for fear of them getting ruined.


“I do hope the elves come before the dustman,” said Knit.

“I’d better put a note on them,” said Granny Square, “and then I will make something for you two. Run along to the wood shed and choose whatever colours you like.”

In a few minutes, Knit and Purl were back with a smallish ball of navy blue wool.


“Is that your favourite?” asked Granny Square.

“It’s all there is left,” said Purl.

“Oh dear!” said Granny Square, “I do hope Old Wool comes back before the cold weather sets in...”

“I wish the cold weather would set in,” sighed Purl, “it’s nearly Christmas and there’s no sign of snow…”


And the dark days before Christmas crept by and Granny Square knitted navy blue socks and stockings for everyone and, finally, the rain stopped raining but Old Wool still wasn’t back there was still no sign of snow. 

And Granny Square did her Christmas baking…


And Knit and Purl wrote to Father Christmas...Dear Father Christmas, Please may I have a sledge and some snowwrote Knit. Dear Father Christmas, Please will you bring Old Wool and some snow wrote Purl.


And then they made cards and wrapped presents and decorated the Christmas tree...


And, at last, it was Midwinter – the shortest, darkest day of the year. Granny Square went to look in the woodshed again. She looked through all her knitting baskets. She looked up at the sky and she looked to the hills. She had better put up the Christmas decorations...Suddenly she felt very old and tired.


“Almost Christmas,” she said to herself, “and no wool and no snow…”


Granny Square woke up and stretched.  Eleven o’clock! I must have dozed off, she thought, and it sounds like someone is at the door.


Old Wool!

“First we must have a cup of tea,” said Granny Square “and then we have work to do!”



"Are you ready?" asked Old Wool.


"Indeed!" Said Granny Square.



And in the morning, when everyone in Woolton woke up, the whole world was white.


But when Knit and Purl arrived, some time after breakfast, they found the caravan in silence and Granny Square and Old Wool were fast asleep.

THE END


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A special Thank you to Benta for providing the snow :D

Christmas photos to follow - hopefully! But, in case I don't manage that, thank you very much to everyone who has followed my Granny Square series this year and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(Wool on Sundays will be up later today)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Some other Midwinter stories...