Someone beginning with ‘R’…

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This week we’ve had a surprising guest. A tiny little bird who bounced up and down all day long on the hydrangea outside the kitchen. We thought he was a baby and we were concerned that he couldn’t fly because he just went back and fourth from the twigs to the window sill. We kept Fiona in the house and hoped his mother would come for him.

On the second morning, Mr RH announced he had called him Rob.

On the third morning he was nowhere to be seen and we sadly assumed he hadn’t survived the night :(

But when I came in Mr RH said Fiona had been staring through the window at Ronald. “Ronald?” I asked, “Do you mean Mr Smartie?” (Mr Smartie is the cat from across the road, who, on occasion, disagrees with Fiona about who owns our garden).

“No, Ronald“, he said.

So, it turned out the little bird could fly after all and could come and go at will. And come and go he does. Every now and then I see him bobbing about and every now and then I hear Mr RH call out, “Reg is back!”

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After some discussion with my parents, we discovered he is not a baby at all but an adult Goldcrest (the UK’s smallest bird) – possibly an adult female Goldcrest…”Ah, Regina!” concluded Mr RH or perhaps Roberta or Rowena…

Should you be interested, you can discover better pictures and some interesting facts about Goldcrests (though not the personal names of individuals) below.

Inside the Makery Country Birds  have also been a theme. This time, I have been knitting with West Yorkshire Spinners Signiture 4ply in Owl. Having concluded that self striping yarn really needs to be knitted in the round, I wanted to make a cowl in owl – mainly because I like how that rhymes!


And the colouring worked out quite evenly.


But the pattern really didn’t show up well so I frogged and knitted a pair of socks instead. I, foolishly, gifted the socks on the promise of receiving a photo from Son #1, who merrily walked away in them. Perhaps I will show them to you one day.


I the meantime, I have a kitchen full of vegetable and flower seeds growing out of control and, after a beautifully mild month, frost is now forecast, maybe snow!

I hope you have a lovely week, whatever the weather :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Another day, another old curtain…


…another Dottie Angel Frock!

This is my third, now, and the material is a heavier cotton than the last two so it’s a bit stiff but I hope it will soften up with washing and wearing.


I really do love the pockets :) The pattern I used (with a couple of adjustments) was – Simplicity 1080. I think the blue dress will always be my favourite but I can’t wear that one every day and, all in all, for £6 in a charity shop (meaning the money will go to the charity), I think it was money well spent! I even have fabric left over for cushions or, perhaps a shopping bag…

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On the same day, I also had another lucky find. I had actually ventured into town in search of something to use as a cradle for a very special doll. Our nearest town mostly comprises charity shops, hairdressers and Estate Agents so I was hoping for a preloved basket or, perhaps, some kind of box that could be covered with fabric or papier mache but what I ended up finding was this…

…a wooden cradle that someone had made and that had been marked down to half price (and a fraction of the cost of a flimsy plastic new version). Fiona agreed that it had potential but Poppy was too busy running round the pond to take much interest. It made me smile to see in the photo that she goes so fast she actually blurs!


I think a coat of chalk paint has already brightened it up and I will share more of this project in another post.


Wishing you lucky, thrifty finds :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wool on Sundays – 140 (Made in March)


Welcome (at last!) to the April edition of Wool on Sundays :)

We have had two major faults on our phone line fixed. The engineers have, however, recommended some ‘tree work’ and replacing a cable, which they say should be dealt with at some unspecified time when ‘the teams’ who do such things get to us…so perhaps truer to say it’s working for now!


This has all left plenty of time for knitting though and during the last month I managed to finish two pairs of socks (blogged here and here)…

…and two semi circular shawls. I have shown (and gifted for Mother’s Day) one already...


…and today’s tada is another one.

I feel these shawls are a bit of a party piece as they look rather complicated when they are really quite quick and simple to knit up.

Having enjoyed making the first one and being without internet, I thought making a second would be a good use of some drops baby merino, which I bought a while ago and was not the colour I had expected.

Hopefully, this month I will find a balance between blogging and knitting!


I hope you, too, had a yarnful March. The linky will stay open for one week and Wool on Sundays will be back on Sunday 7th May :)

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. 

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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