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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 59 (the nothing's going right edition!)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 59!

This week, it seems that, yarnwise, nothing is going quite right! We've spent all day moving furniture about so I've had no time to make a post and now the photos are black and white because they are indoor night time pictures and they just look hideous in colour!

The yellow cardigan has grown but whether it will fit is anyone's guess. If I measure a tension square it is very much out (something I've noticed before when using Garn Studio patterns with yarn that isn't Drops but I had forgotten about it) but when I measure the whole thing it seems to be about the right size. Perhaps I'll have to diet...


Apart from discovering that, my attempt at the: KNITFreedom - Liat's Limitless Cast-On for Two-at-a-Time ANYTHING! was a shambles! I made at least three attempts on various evenings but the needle part of my circular needle seemed to be too long or something and my stitches just jammed and wouldn't turn. In the end I gave up and I'm knitting the sleeves back and forth, which is disappointing because I was really looking forward to a no-sew finish. I did consider buying dpns but my local yarn shops are very limited in stock (and not very local) and I don't want to place an online order just for needles. I also think I should master that two at a time business but I don't want to lose momentum on this cardigan.

And finally, I think I have enough Hexies but I'm a bit stuck on what to next to get them into a cushion - whether to bite the bullet and make lots of halves or just fold the edge over...


I hope your projects are going better than mine at the moment :)

Whether they are or not, 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, February 27, 2015

New to me - Granny's Paperweights


If you are kind enough to follow Wool on Sundays, you are probably thinking this isn't new to me because it feels like this project has been going on for ages and you're probably fed up of seeing this crochet but, looking back, I see this really was something newI tried this month - Granny's Paperweight blocks, inspired by ericka eckles, who has made the most gorgeous projects using this block, which you can see on her blog. The yarn is Drops Safran and I used a 3mm hook. I used a tutorial at Heidi Bears and I made the minor modification of finishing on the 4th row with a round of double crochets.


It's meant to look like a millefiore glass paperweight...

My original plan was to make these into a blanket but I have scaled back my ambitions and decided to make a seat cover instead.


Next month I will have to try something else new - sorting out the edges to get this into a cushion, which I'm not expecting to be plain sailing!


If you've tried something new, this month, don't forget to link up with Fiona :)

Janine @Rainbow Hare


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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 58 (A Yellow Cardigan?)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 58! And thank you to everyone who linked up or stopped by last week :)


This week I've taken a break from the mittens. You may remember that last week I said my pin of the chart had disappeared. I actually assumed I'd misplaced it but but, afterwards, I received a message from pinterest saying I had done nothing wrong (I re-pinned from another pinner) but the owner of the chart had asked for it to be removed from pinterest. So it turns out it really had disappeared, which leaves me wondering if I should carry on with that pattern...

I'm also taking a break from posting about the hexies. I am still working on them from time to time but it's all looking about the same as last week. It has now become more time consuming though because I'm having to consider every colour and placement for each new hexagon, rather than just listening to the radio and churning them out so I have begun a new project for those little odd times whilst the dinner is burning cooking itself or I'm too tired to concentrate well.


Long ago, in Wool on Sundays - 4, I showed a cardigan. It's a Drops Pattern, which I wouldn't have looked twice at on Garn Studio, where it appears in beige, but I just loved the version from Well Done for You when I came across it on pinterest. Then I forgot all about it until this week. Having decided to keep my cotton Hexies as a seat cover and make a blanket in wool, I had ordered a skein of Cascade Heritage in Butter because I really wanted a few more colours to go with the Fabel and there isn't a yellow in the Fabel range. But when it arrived I immediately remembered that cardigan. I'd never dreamt of making a yellow cardigan but somehow this yellow and that cardigan...I haven't altogether made up my mind whether it's a horrible dirty yellow or a beautiful not-to-bright, mellow and will-go-with-everything yellow.

From Wool Warehouse
What do you think?

Have you been working with wool or yarn, this week? 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

Friday, February 20, 2015

Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover - Adjusting the Pattern

I get a LOT of questions concerned with changing the size of my Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover so I decided to make a post, here, to suggest ways of doing this.

The finished size of the cover is: 20" X 13" X 9"

The cover is free standing so I would suggest that it's probably not worth the trouble of making adjustments for the odd inch (unless it's too small of course).

Available HERE
1). If you want to make an adjustment of several inches, this is the easiest way. It does not involve changing the curve so the overall shape will change a little if you adjust the width or height.

I have made a diagram showing the lines along which you can decrease or increase the dimensions of the pattern pieces to adjust the size of the finished cover.



This photo indicates how the adjustment lines in the diagram above relate to the finished cover.


I recommend you double check the pattern against your machine to make sure the  cover is big enough. It will probably need to be a bit bigger than your machine because of the way the cover curves in at the top corners. If you choose this option you may need to adjust the sizes of your door and windows. I suggest you complete Stage Two before cutting your door and windows fabric because then you will be able to see how much bigger/smaller you want to make the door and windows. Don't forget to allow for the 1/4" seam allowance around the edges of your main cover pieces.

2). If you want to make a dramatic change in size, you can rescale the pattern pieces using your printer - for example scale to 50% to make a half size version. Warning: If you choose this option, you will have to redraw all the seam allowances at 1/4" and you will also have work out the sizes of the pieces that are given as measurements and do not have templates.

I hope this info is helpful :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 57 (more of the same...)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays!



I hope everyone is keeping well and warm :)

I'm sorry to say that all I have show this week is more of the same. Or nearly the same. I actually decided to abandon the mitten from last week and start again with a new chart, which I like a lot better but, unfortunately, I took a screenshot of the chart and I have lost where I pinned it so I can't link to it today. I hope it will turn up and I'll share it next week.


And I've edged and sewn together some more hexies. I have decided to leave out the white and navy blue flowers and I'm getting towards the end of finishing the batch of centres I made the week before last. It's starting to look like about a pillow's worth but, in terms of the time it takes deciding which colours to put where and making new individual blocks, I'm probably just over half way.


And I'm feeling very tempted to leave my blanket plan and make these into a cover for this box, which doubles as a little seat in my sewing room. I think they'd brighten the room and that the individual flowers might have more impact in a project of this size, not to mention that a blanket made of these would be quite thin and much warmer in wool...Perhaps once I have a rectangle sewn together and cat-proofed I'll trial them here and on the bed and then decide.


Have you been working with wool or yarn, this week? 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