On Sunday I said I had settled on my ‘word for the year’.

And the word I have settled on isn’t actually ‘Adventure’ but ‘Paper!’

Perhaps, though, I shall try to keep ‘Adventure’ for the spirit of the year.

I know ‘Paper’ might sound rather dull and mundane – a bit passé in this digital age – and it doesn’t quite have the ring of an inspirational quote but, in a bid to be more purposeful with my making and blogging (which isn’t always easy when your internet connection is tenuous at best), I have decided to set up a simple but comprehensive paper system to keep me on track.

It begins with a Leuchtturm notebook, which I chose as a Christmas gift. It is roughly A4 (Letter) sized. It had a closure band, two ribbon markers, a contents page, numbered pages and a storage wallet inside the back cover. My aspiration (I use the word advisedly) is to follow the system invented by Rhyder Carroll and described at: bulletjournal.com but with the focus mainly on making and blogging. I can, for example, write down patterns here rather than on random scraps of paper, keep designs for quilts and suchlike together and note ideas for future projects that I don’t currently have time for…Perhaps when someone’s birthday come along I won’t suddenly remember I was going to make them a hat or a cushion or, heaven forbid, a quilt!

But what about Alice?

I’m sorry to say that Alice has rather fallen by the wayside. I think it is a beautiful little book and I love the illustrations but I found the layout wasn’t ideal in that it gives more space than I need sometimes and not enough at other times and I found the pages a bit small. But my real issue was the ghosting (writing showing through the pages). It drove me mad. I felt I was ruining that lovely book with every word I wrote :(

So is the Leuchttum better?

Alas no :(

Before selecting it I did LOTS of research and found all sorts of bloggers recommending it but I made a pen test page using the same pens as they had and every SINGLE pen I tried FAILED! Even a pencil failed. I could have cried, not least because it was very expensive.

But I can’t keep pouring good journals after bad so I have resolved that this will not be a work of art – it will be a work horse. A rough and ready go-to, which I will value for its usefulness alone and, if I do ever manage to fill it up, next time I will use a sketch book or somesuch.


And I think it could be useful. I especially like the numbered pages as anything can go anywhere and can be easily found in the Contents.

I don’t need it for work or general household information (I’m relatively organised in my non-making life) so I’m thinking this will be more like a ship’s log…

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To get started, I’ve made a future log/year planner + a monthly planner for January + a list of tasks/events/birthdays etc. I’ve also made a key to keep control of the information. Never again will I need to search for a calendar to see what date the next ‘Wool on Sundays’ will fall on. At the moment, I’m not planning to make weekly or daily logs but if I ever want change my mind that won’t be a problem.

And I’ve made a page of Blog ideas, a page for Granny Square (who, sadly, has long languished) and a page for The Unexpected Alphabet (to track which letters are done and note/design for any other letters that come to mind.

Finally, I’ve labelled pages for Knitting, Sewing, Crochet etc where I can note the start and end dates of projects and anything else about them that I might want to keep for future reference.

Mostly I don’t choose words of the year or I soon forget them but, at the moment, albeit still wearing my rose-tinted-new-year-glasses, I am thinking that ‘Paper’ has a lot of potential and a spirit of adventure never did anyone any harm :)


Janine @ Rainbow Hare


Wool on Sundays – 148 (After Christmas)


Welcome to the first Wool on Sundays of 2018. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and that the new year will bring you days filled with happiness and yarn :)

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So far, 2018 has brought us Storm Eleanor who emptied our recycling bin over the drive and has made a hole in our roof but, unlike her fellow winds and rains, she doesn’t seem to have broken the internet so, given the horrific weather events others are suffering around the world, I’m counting us quite lucky.

As the last day of Christmas was just on Friday and I didn’t post anything Christmassy, I’m interspersing a little bit of Christmas with my latest 1/2 Pi Shawl (now finished and gifted) including Mrs Hare who was the life and soul with her new antlers!

In case you would like to make one of these shawls, you can find a ‘how to’ here


Fiona and the Christmas Tree

So far this year I have resisted starting any new knitting or crochet because I know if I do I’ll just keep on knitting or crocheting in every spare moment until it’s finished and I’m hoping to be more organised with my making and blogging this year…

We will see how that goes. I have, somewhat belatedly, decided on my ‘word for the year’, which I hope will help. Here is a clue:


If you have any wool/yarn posts to share, I’d love you to link up. 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). MOST IMPORTANT visit anyone else who links. The next Wool on Sundays will be on Sunday 4th February.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Please click on the button below to link up or view linked posts.

1/2 Pi Shawl


Firstly, I should say that although I have given this post a ‘Pattern’ label, it is really just a ‘how-to’ showing how to make a semi circular shawl using lace patterns of your choice. It is not a step by step pattern. I like knitting shawls this way because it gets quicker and quicker as you go on but if the instructions below look like gobbledygook this is probably not for you! Likewise, if you are a beginner knitter or unfamiliar with knitting lace patterns it may not the best project for you to start with and I would suggest trying out some swatches of lace patterns first.

Secondly, (in case anyone isn’t put off already!) I should say I have made all of these shawls with 100% wool yarn. When they are finished they can be a bit scrumpled so I wash them then lay them flat and reshape and leave them to dry. A proper blocking would be even better. I can’t guarantee how this would work with other fibres such as cotton/acrylic/bamboo.

Use the needle size recommended on your yarn band and this will allow you to calculate the finished shawl size. The number of rows you knit will be equal to half the length of the garter stitch border. If you need more rows than outlined below, it is important to work the extra rows at the beginning.

These shawls are based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s pi shawl. My shawls are semi-circular and I begin at the bottom edge (circumference) so I am working towards the centre and the number of stitches + the number of rows decrease as I go.


Please read ALL the instructions below fully before you begin.

Cast on 398st.

Knit 7 stitches, place maker, work 384st from your chosen lace pattern, place maker, K7.

[For help with choosing lace pattern repeats: 384 = 128×3 or 96×4 or 64×6 or 48×8 or 32×12 or 24×16 If you need to add or lose a stitch or two to get your lace pattern symmetrical just increase or decrease to the number you need and adjust to bring your work back to the right number of stitches in the ‘knit 2tog rows’ at the beginning of each section]

From now on work the outer band – the 7 stitches before the first marker and the 7 stitches after the last marker – in garter stitch.

At the same time, work the sections indicated below in lace patterns of your choice.

On the first row of each section: K7 stitches (before the first marker), K2tog until last marker, K7 stitches.

In the shawls shown, I have put in a band of garter stitch rows at the beginning of each section (where you knit 2tog across the row).

* * * * *
section          rows          stitches
 1                     40+            384
 2                     64              192
 3                     32              96
 4                     16              48
 5                     8                24
 6                     4                12
 7                     2                6
 8                     1                3

Final row: K7, work 3 stitches tog, K7.

Cast off knitwise knitting the three centre stitches together as you go.

Join garter stitch band in centre.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare
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