OLD WOOL + A WINTER STORY (A Granny Square Post)


Some people say Granny Square is as old as the hills. Some say she has certainly been around since the first person took up the first ball of yarn and the first bent hook and began working a patchwork blanket in brightly coloured wool – or perhaps she was that person?

The only one who might be older than Granny Square is her friend Old Wool. Old Wool is special because he spins himself, saving Granny Square the bother, so she can knit or crochet, in whatever colour she likes, straight from his back.
And he is special because the more Granny Square knits from Old Wool, the more his Wool grows. 
But most of all he is special because Granny Square loves him.
Some people say that Old Wool mustbe older than Granny Square because Granny Square couldn’t live without her hook hooking or her needles clicking…But some people say that Granny Square knitted Old Wool…
If you ask them about it, Granny Square and Old Wool will look at each other in a knowing way and the conversation will change to something quite different…

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When Old Wool went to visit his relations over the hills and far away, he left Granny Square a shed full of wool…

…and all Summer long she sat outside in her garden and knitted and crocheted to her heart’s content.

“When do you think Old Wool will come back?” asked Purl, one day.
“Soon, I should think,” said Granny Square, “He’s never been gone for this long before”.

Autumn brought warm winds and rain and, whenever they visited Granny Square, Knit and Purl fetched her wool from the woodshed and then Granny Square sat inside her caravan and knitted and crocheted to her heart’s content.

“When do you think Old Wool will come back?” asked Knit.
“I’m sure he won’t be much longer, now,” said Granny Square.

December brought even more rain and, when the time came for Granny Square to put out all the toys and scarves and mittens and socks and jumpers and cardigans, and who knows what else she had made, for the elves to take to Father Christmas, she had to put them in plastic bin liners for fear of them getting ruined.

“I do hope the elves come before the dustman,” said Knit.

“I’d better put a note on them,” said Granny Square, “and then I will make something for you two. Run along to the wood shed and choose whatever colours you like.”

In a few minutes, Knit and Purl were back with a smallish ball of navy blue wool.

“Is that your favourite?” asked Granny Square.

“It’s all there is left,” said Purl.

“Oh dear!” said Granny Square, “I do hope Old Wool comes back before the cold weather sets in…”

“I wish the cold weather would set in,” sighed Purl, “it’s nearly Christmas and there’s no sign of snow…”

And the dark days before Christmas crept by and Granny Square knitted navy blue socks and stockings for everyone and, finally, the rain stopped raining but Old Wool still wasn’t back there was still no sign of snow. 

And Granny Square did her Christmas baking…

And Knit and Purl wrote to Father Christmas…Dear Father Christmas, Please may I have a sledge and some snowwrote Knit. Dear Father Christmas, Please will you bring Old Wool and some snow wrote Purl.

And then they made cards and wrapped presents and decorated the Christmas tree…

And, at last, it was Midwinter – the shortest, darkest day of the year. Granny Square went to look in the woodshed again. She looked through all her knitting baskets. She looked up at the sky and she looked to the hills. She had better put up the Christmas decorations…Suddenly she felt very old and tired.

“Almost Christmas,” she said to herself, “and no wool and no snow…”

Granny Square woke up and stretched.  Eleven o’clock! I must have dozed off, she thought, and it sounds like someone is at the door.

Old Wool!
“First we must have a cup of tea,” said Granny Square “and then we have work to do!”

“Are you ready?” asked Old Wool.

“Indeed!” Said Granny Square.

And in the morning, when everyone in Woolton woke up, the whole world was white.
But when Knit and Purl arrived, some time after breakfast, they found the caravan in silence and Granny Square and Old Wool were fast asleep.
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A special Thank you to Benta for providing the snow :D

Christmas photos to follow – hopefully! But, in case I don’t manage that, thank you very much to everyone who has followed my Granny Square series this year and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(Wool on Sundays will be up later today)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Some other Midwinter stories…

Wool on Sundays – 50 (New Clothes and Old Wool)

Welcome to the 50th Wool on Sundays!

This week I have made some new clothes – Purl has a new dress and scarf and Knit has a new jumper and scarf (though, unfortunately they are both still going barefoot and Knit has mislaid his trousers).
And, I can finally introduce you to ‘Old Wool’. Old Wool is special because he is a small project bag…


…and he is a puppet (unfortunately, I found trying to dangle him and and take a photo was impossible – I really need another pair of hands!)…


…but the real reason he is special is something you will find out in another post :)

He is mainly knitted with Drops Puddle – I warn you, not a yarn for the faint hearted but a lovely fleece effect – and his face and legs are Drops Karisma.

If you have any new yarn projects 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 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). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


Granny Square’s Hair – A Picture Tutorial

The threads mark the centre of the face (the horizontal thread is the eyeline). The pin marks centre point for hair.



Crochet chain pinned to mark hairline (front)
Crochet chain pinned to mark hairline (back)


Stitch crochet chain to head


Stitch a loop under the place the bun will go with sewing thread (above but not very clear – sorry!)



Using a long piece of yarn, work around sides and back of head stitching through loop and crochet chain.
Bury ends of yarn in head!


For the hair front work from side to side, passing hair through yarn on crown of head as shown, below (or make another loop if preferred).





For fringe (bangs?) draw a long length of yarn through head and emerging in centre front, as shown.




Continue working yarn as shown.







For bun, wind yarn around two pencils (or similar depending on the size of your Granny) and the bind this with a lengths of yarn as shown below.




Secure bun to Granny’s head :)






Do contact me if you have any questions…

Janine @ Rainbow Hare