Wool on Sundays – 147 (Black and white and Green)

 

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Happy December and welcome to the final Wool on Sundays of 2017 :)

I’m sorry if anyone came by expecting the November Wool on Sundays. I, too, expected that but for a great many reasons my blog and I (in fact my computer and I) have been much separated this past month and I have been lost to the virtual world :(

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Thankfully, in the actual world, there is always knitting that can be fitted in – a few rows here and there – at any time of day or night and in all manner places so, belatedly, I’m giving the stats that I promised in Apples and an Autumnal Cardigan.

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The Wool is Drops Karisma in Olive, knitted on 4mm needles. For everything except the yoke, I used a lace pattern from a Burda book of knitting stitches and for the yoke I used a Garn Studio pattern, which I first used for the Yellow Cardigan. I adapted the yoke pattern to the number of stitches I had as Karisma is roughly equivalent to DK whilst the pattern is for Aran weight yarn. If you wanted to make something similar, the simplest thing would be to use Aran weight wool with the Garn Studio pattern and work the lace pattern over the number of stitches it specifies for the body and sleeves. The sleeves in the original pattern are 3/4 length but can easily be lengthened.

The cardigan has been gifted to my daughter and one day, perhaps, I will edit to show a modelled photo!

With the left over wool, I decided to make myself a 1/2 pi shawl (as the other shawls I’ve made have all been gifted too!) and a quick hat. Here is a sneek peek in black and white because it is night time and the colours are questionable.

Knitting aside, we are still in the process of re-organising the furniture and, quite largely, redecorating the house after the floor sanding. Poppy has been relocated next to a radiator (beside some drawers that used to be upstairs and are in place of a bookcase that is on another wall, which itself is in place of a bookcase that is still outside).

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And Fiona has relocated herself…

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I hope that I will be located back to my Makery and blogland more in the coming days and weeks than I’ve been of late…

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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 7th January.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Eureka! My Final Four in Art Reveal

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Today is the final Four in Art reveal and, firstly, I would like to say thank you to all the Four in Art members. Sewing along with you in these Art Quilt challenges has been an inspiration and an education and I wish you all well with your future projects :)

Our theme for this year is ‘Light’ and the sub-theme for this quarter is ‘Illumination’. Our aim, as always, is: “…to break out of the usual gridded experience and try a new concept, free of structure or preconception, moving the boundaries of our own skills forward in both concept and technique”.

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Although I chose ‘Illumination’ as the sub-theme, I had no idea what to make. I kept thinking about illuminated letters, but that didn’t seem to me to have much to do with this year’s main theme of ‘Light’.

Then I considered light bulbs and that, circuitously (no pun intended), led me to consider light bulb moments and eventually to ponder on Archimedes, who was taking a bath when he realised that a body submerged in water displaces its own volume and ‘took to the streets naked, so excited by his discovery that he had forgotten to dress, crying “Eureka!” (Greek“εὕρηκαheúrēka!”, meaning “I have found [it]!”‘ (Wikipedia). Or so the story goes.

This brought me back to the possibility of an illuminated letter – E for Eureka – illustrating a light bulb moment or a moment of illumination.

Once I had the image in my mind of an elegant golden letter with a lightbulb and a person in a bath, I came to the practical problem of how to actually sew that into a quilt. My go-to would ordinarily be appliqué but I’m not keen on raw edge appliqué and I thought if I tried to needle-turn a metallic fabric to appliqué a gilded letter with both thick and very thin strokes it would, most likely, end up a terrible mess! And then I had a small eureka moment myself when I realised I could use paint in place of tiny/awkward appliqué pieces! So I investigated fabric paints and luckily came upon Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints.

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Details of how I painted the letter can be found in my ‘Time and Tide’ post.

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I’m considering making some more of these as an occasional long-term project and, one day, turning them into an ‘Unexpected Alphabet Quilt’…

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Please visit the other members of Four in Art and see their interpretations of our Final theme.

Bette Ayers   Camilla Cathro   Catherine Chisholm

Elizabeth Eastmond   Nancy Myers   Rachel Riley   Simone Bradford

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Apples and an Autumnal Cardigan

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‘Autumnal’ is one of my favourite words but one I’ve had little occasion to use this year so I have decided to include it in the name of my very recently finished cardigan. The months are spinning by at a shocking rate and the harvest is harvested and the apples are nearly over. But the golden days of a vintage-coloured October are nowhere to be seen. How very green it is all still looking!

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And the cardigan, too, is green – dark olive – though it looks lighter and greyer in these photos.

I will give the technical knitting info in my next Wool on Sundays post (on November 5th).

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In the meantime (unless, of course, you are on the other side of the world and enjoying Spring!) I wish you some Autumnal days before Winter sets in :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare