Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 35 (socks in a box)


This has been quite a hectic weekend - if you read my last post I hope you will understand - and I forgot it was Sunday until a couple of hours ago. Then I found my computer was out of charge and the charger was mislaid...

But it is still Sunday so welcome to Wool on Sundays 35 and thank you very much to everyone who continues to link up and comment on these weekly yarn themed posts. I really do appreciate your visits and enjoy keeping up with what everyone is making.


This week I started some toe up socks to give myself something to do whilst puppy watching. Now I'm going to be puppy and cat watching I think I may need something that doesn't require keeping track a pattern at the same time...I'll certainly need some kind of pick-up-put-down project to preserve my sanity!

I'd certainly welcome any suggestions :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Friday, August 15, 2014

Because...

 

I wasn't in the least expecting to have a spaniel or a Friday Sewing Finish this week (although I do have a crochet finish) but because we have two cats coming to live with us we thought we'd better get a puppy.


To elaborate a little, my eldest daughter is coming back to live with us and bringing her two cats and a rabbit. I initially thought it would be a good idea to let the cats settle and get a puppy in the spring but then we decided that it would be better to get one now and get the whole business of increasing the menagerie and persuading them all to get along together over with in one go.

Then, because I went into a shop to buy freezer bags for a year's worth of soup I made with vegetables from the garden whilst puppy watching and they didn't have any freezer bags but did sell pet blankets I bought one one instead.



Then, because I have never got around to recycling these fabric trimmings and some unusably hideous pieces of polyester curtaining that came in a scrap bag (with some very nice linen) I decided to make a puppy bed and use them for stuffing.


And here it is!


And here is Poppy with Sebastian :)


Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with TGIFF at QUILTING MOD

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 34 (Sea Stars -a Birthday finish)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 34 and thank you very much for visiting :)


Last week I said I was determined to finish up the Sea Stars wrap and I'm very pleased to announce that, after much doubt and, not a little frogging, I have completed it just in time to gift it as a Birthday present. My camera still isn't fixed but luckily the recipient agreed to take some photos for me.


I used Drops Delight - Turquoise/Purple Print and a 3mm crochet hook. I wanted to make something original and I was very worried about how to hold it all together and whether it would end up lying flat but I'm extremely pleased with how it has turned out. It's funny how you can get sick of the sight of a project and then love it as soon as it's finished!



Have you finished any yarn projects this week? If you have, or if you anything in progress, 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 - 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, August 3, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 33 (a well travelled project)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 33. And thank you very much for all the kind comments last week :) I seem to have been calling this my 'portable project' forever but, recently, it's occurred to me that it's no much 'portable' as 'well travelled'. I rarely venture far from home without it - and rarely do a stitch whilst I'm away...


Mr RH, for some reason, thought the wine box I was carting it about wasn't a great look so lately it's been travelling in a colander (thank you google for that spelling!) Mr RH hasn't expressed an opinion about that, in case you're wondering. Every few weeks I finish a sea star and show a sneak peak but it really hasn't been progressing very much.


It is, however, approaching a wearable size, so I've decided I MUST get this finished up before I start any more yarn projects and I've started filling in the gaps with circles. I imagined them as sea pennies but they turn themselves into octagons and, I think/hope the effect is as nice as circles would have been. The octagons are also quick to make so, fingers crossed, they won't take too long and then I'll just have to find a way to edge it...


Are you working on (or carrying about) any yarn projects this week? If you are, 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 - 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, July 27, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 32 (a sneak peek)

phone photo peek
Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 32. I have finished my coloured yoke cardigan but my camera has gone away to Nikon to be looked at (and I hope to get fixed under its guarantee) so I will make a post about the cardigan when I have my camera back and can take some proper photos.


Very sadly, this week, we had to have the beautiful Lucy put down and I didn't have the heart to visit blogland for a few days but I did appreciate the kind comments on my last post and I will be replying and blog visiting again soon :)


If you have any wool projects or yarn talk 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 - 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, July 21, 2014

SNAKES AND LADDERS (A Granny Square Story)

One Summer's day, Knit and Purl arrived at Granny Square's caravan and found her busy knitting a draft excluder to go across her front door. “Isn’t it a bit hot to be making that?” asked Knit.


“On the contrary,” said Granny Square, “I’m not going to have another Winter with the North Wind whistling around the caravan and coming in under the door uninvited. And by the time Winter gets here it’ll be too late!”

Purl said she thought it looked like a snake and she liked snakes. Knit said he preferred ladders and once they’d started thinking about Snakes and Ladders, it seemed like a good idea to have a game.




After a while, Purl got bored and they switched to Ludo.


Then Knit got bored and they decided Hide and Seek would be more fun.

First Knit hid whilst Purl covered her eyes and counted to one hundred.


She found him almost straight away.


Then Purl hid whilst Knit closed his eyes and counted to one hundred. 


Knit looked…and he looked… and then he spotted her.


Then Purl covered her eyes and started counting “one, two, three…”

Knit looked about for somewhere to hide. Under the caravan? Behind the tree? He could hear Purl “Seventy-four, seventy-five...” And suddenly he had a brilliant idea!


Knit balanced the ladder carefully and climbed up as fast as he could. Then he heard Purl.

“Coming to find you!” Shouted Purl. 


And, suddenly, Knit realised that Purl would see the ladder so he quickly pushed it down.

Purl looked under the caravan. She looked behind the tree. She searched everywhere. Then Purl started to get worried. She went to get Granny Square.


Then Knit started to get worried. Suppose Purl never found him. How was he going to get down?

Granny Square and Purl came out of the caravan and Granny Square spotted the ladder lying on the grass. 

“Help!” shouted Knit, as loudly as he could.

“Did you hear that, Granny Square?” asked Purl.

“O, no. I didn’t hear anything,” said Granny Square, rather loudly.


“It sounds as if Knit’s voice is coming from the sky!” Said Purl. And then she looked up. “There he is!” she said, “He’s on the roof of the caravan!”

“O, I don’t think so, Purl,” said Granny Square, again rather loudly, “Knit knows that he isn’t allowed to climb up the ladder.”


Then Knit started to get really worried. He stood up. “Help, help!” He shouted, “I’m on the roof of the caravan and I can’t get down!”


Then Granny Square put the ladder up so Knit could climb down. 



“I think it's about tea time," said Granny Square. "But, since you are so fond of the ladder, Knit, you can put it to its proper use.” 

And so Knit had to clean all the caravan windows...


Whilst Purl and Granny Square had a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake.


But, don't feel too sorry for Knit.


I think they saved an extra big piece of cake for him when he'd finished :)

THE END

Thank you very much for visiting Rainbow Hare for the second in my monthly series around these characters. As I mentioned in A SUMMER STORY, this will include occasional stories and some tutorials and patterns for toys, games and household objects - some free and some in my etsy shop.

I haven't forgotten that last month I said I was going to make a pattern for a cushion/softie/pyjama case version of Ophelia but I'm sorry to have to say that I haven't managed to get that finished yet. I've been away a lot this month and my dear dog, Lucy, who is due to be 14 on Saturday, has been very very unwell for the last two weeks. As soon as it's finished I will get Mr Random to select three people from the comments on that post and send them a free copy. I am also hoping to get the knitting and doll hair tutes (which will be available free) and the Granny Square page sorted out in the next couple of weeks.

I have decided not to offer a free pattern this month to give me time to catch up and I hope that August will be a quieter month and by 21st I'll have a story and something to make on the same day.

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare