New Furtlings and Some Spring Photos

I seem to have given up blogging of late and almost a month has gone by, during which time Spring has been springing.

But I’m glad to say I have completed my monthly goal of adding all the TAST stitches to date into my fanTASTichia picture.

Lots of these stitches are new to me and I plan to keep going with this, at least for the first twenty stitches or so although I still don’t know what it will end up looking like!

Apart from that, I have been knitting…

And, after much trial and error, I have unvented a new improved way to attach heads to cloth dolls and a hair technique to avoid the stumpy, thick plaits/braids that rag dolls tend to have. When I get time, I’ll put up a tute in case anyone wants to try it.

I have also been outside a lot, mainly bramble clearing and weeding, but I haven’t taken photos of that! I did manage to get some pictures of a pair of geese who visited us one morning though and some on a walk with Poppy..

My most exciting news is that we are on the verge of having ‘real’ internet. After literally years of being promised more than a very inconsistent -1mb (owing apparently to long copper lengths, which has made providing us with the infrastructure for a reliable service ‘uneconomical for the public purse’) we have a green cabinet installed along the road which, if what they say is true, will deliver fibre broadband. I can hardly imagine what it will like – not watching a spinning disk and waiting for things to time out and resetting the router…

If you are a mother in the UK, I wish you a Happy Mothers day! If not I wish you a happy day anyway :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I am linking this post with:

Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for ‘New to Me’

Soma at Whims and Fancies for ‘Wandering Camera’

Helen at Archie the Wonder Dog for ‘Furtle Around the Blogosphere’

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – March Finish Link-up

February Furtling

As a lover of words, I was very happy to learn, last month, of a word that is not only new to me but rhymes with turtle…The word is ‘Furtle’ and ‘Furtling’ means ‘having a rummage, a delve, a look at the contents of something’ (Helen’s definition). So I have furtled around to see what I have been doing this month and now I’m going to furtle around the blogs of anyone else who links up over at Archie the Wonder Dog!

I have caught up with the TAST stitching (above) – this really is just doodling and learning some new stitches for fun.

I began knitting a baby cardigan but ran out of wool…

I made a quilt for the next Endeavourers Challenge. This is just a peek because the Reveal Day is not until May 1st and, although it seems ridiculously early to have it finished, I thought I’d just make it and, if I have a better idea nearer the time, I can make another one!

And, last but not least, I made a doll called Ellen. You can read her story in my post ‘Ellen and the Star Dog‘.

Lately, I have received several comments from noreply bloggers. If you have a blog and leave a comment on any of my posts, unless you are quite certain that your comment will link back to your blog, please leave a link to your blog with your comment so I can visit you.

Happy Furtling!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I am linking this blog with Helen at Archie the Wonder Dog for February’s Furtling.

Archie The Wonder Dog

Wool on Sundays – 159 (Ellen and the Star Dog)

ELLEN AND THE STAR DOG

To wool or not to wool…that is a question I have been pondering. Really, the hey day of Wool on Sundays was long ago before I switched from blogger to WordPress and the place for knitters on the web is clearly Ravelry.

But I do find it a convenient way of separating yarn work from sewing on my blog and, more than that, I feel my badge is a sort of memorial to my beautiful small flock of sheep who are no longer with us. And with most of the internet going to great lengths to sell you something or just outright sell you to someone, I have come to the conclusion that maintaining a small, poorly attended linky party once a month is a harmless eccentricity.

So welcome to Rainbow Hare for the first Wool on Sundays of 2019 :)

Fortune favours those who keep their New Year’s resolutions. This is Ellen and Ellen has been getting up early every morning, rain or shine, and going out for a walk. Sometimes she feels sad to be walking always alone but once the sun rises and the birds start singing she says to herself, “This really is the nicest time of day to be out!” And she is determined not to break her resolution.

These days, she has to wrap up warm so she puts on her knitted hat and scarf, her crochet coat and, of course, her knitted, felt-soled boots because nothing, as we all know, is warmer than wool in cold weather.

Today Ellen found a little dog, who had fallen from the stars during the night. He was crying because he didn’t like walking by himself and he had got lost in the snow.

So Ellen is taking him home with her to care for him and, now she will have a companion on her morning walks. If you get up very early, you might meet them in the meadow by the stream or coming through the woods.

And if you look up at the sky on a clear night, you will see Sirius the dog star. He is the part of the constellation Canis Major and you’ll be sure not to miss him because he is the brightest star in the sky. You will see him twinkling and winking to the little Star Dog and you will know that Ellen is waving to him through the window and the little dog is wagging his tail :)

If you have any yarn themed posts, 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 non-woollen fabrics. 3). Posts don’t have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS 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 March 3rd 2019.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare