Wool on Sundays – 42 (unravelling the sea)

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays!

Have you been working with wool or yarn this week?
One of the things I love about yarn is the way you can unravel it. I agree that unravelling to correct a mistake isn’t much fun but I do like the way you can change your mind and start again with nothing wasted. This week I have been unravelling my original sea stars. I had hoped to make these into a shawl but the dk weight cotton was really too thick and cumbersome.


So I ended up using the pattern to make a 4ply wool shawl instead and the cotton ones were left languishing.


Then, when I came to make An Autumn Story, I needed something to be the sea and the cotton sea stars came to the rescue and reminded me that they were still a ufo. At the end of the story, when Granny Square unravels the sea, I first thought I would just undo a little and then re-crochet but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be a good idea to carry on unravelling and start something new.
For now I am keeping the centre circles, which I might use for something else…

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Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


An Autumn Story (A Granny Square Post)

 Nowadays, with all the roaring of traffic and blaring out of music and televisions, it’s more difficult to hear it. But still, if you listen carefully, throughout the Autumn months, you can hear a quiet contented purring sound. That is the clicking of needles and whirring of sewing machines as all the Grannies take up their needles and pins and set to work making toys and scarves and mittens and socks and jumpers and cardigans, and who knows what else, to send off to Father Christmas in time for his midnight stocking-filling ride on December 24th.

Granny Square, of course, is no exception. And that is just what she was doing when Knit and Purl arrived.
“Why don’t you go out and play?” asked Granny Square. “You never know how long the fine weather is going to last for at this time of year.”

“I was hoping it would last until Old Wool comes back,” said Purl. “He’s been visiting his relations over the hills and far away all Summer and we haven’t been to the sea side at all this year…”
“Oh dear! So we haven’t,” said Granny Square. “I shouldn’t think he will be too much longer – but it will probably be too cold for swimming.”

“Can’t you knit us a sea then?” asked Knit. “It would be a shame to have a year with no sea at all.”
Granny Square pondered for a moment. Go to the wood shed and fetch me as much sea-coloured wool as you can find,” she said, “and I shall crochet the sea for you. That will be quicker.”

So all morning, Knit and Purl carried great balls of sea coloured wool to Granny Square and all morning Granny Square crocheted and by lunchtime the sea-coloured wool was all used up.

Then Knit and Purl went swimming in the garden. They swam and splashed and swam some more and Purl had almost managed to teach Knit how to do the backstroke when she suddenly saw something very surprising.

“Granny Square!” she called. “Did you knit fish?”
“I didn’t knit anything,” called back Granny Square from inside the caravan. “I crocheted the sea!”
Then Purl saw another fish…and another. 

Then Knit saw one and he remembered something he had spotted in the wood shed. 
He leapt out of the sea and he was back in no time carrying Grandpa Square’s old fishing rod. 
Purl swam away to safe distance as Knit cast his line and, to his surprise, when he pulled it up there was a little wriggling fish on the end. He thew it back and straight away he caught another one. “Fishing is fun!” He shouted to Purl. “I never knew it was so easy!”
“Fishing is fun – is it?” Boomed a a very loud voice.
Knit turned to see who had spoken and he got such a shock he dropped the rod and fell off the step into the sea.
“You are quite right,” said the fish. “Fishing is fun!”
But Knit had changed his mind.
In the end, Purl came to Knit’s rescue.
 She persuaded the fish that it would be more fun to put the rod down and give them a swimming lesson… 
…and they all swam together until teatime, when Granny Square came out. 
Granny Square was carrying a bottle. Knit and Purl hoped it would be some lemonade for them. 
But Granny Square threw the bottle into the sea.
“Why did you do that?” asked Knit.
“It is a message,” said Granny Square.
“For Old Wool?” asked Knit.
“For Grandpa Square,” said Purl. “Which colour of the sea do you suppose Grandpa Square is lost in, Granny Square…”
But Granny Square didn’t answer. She was already unravelling the sea and winding it back into balls to make something else another time.

SNAKES AND LADDERS (A Granny Square Story)

One Summer’s day, Knit and Purl arrived at Granny Square’s caravan and found her busy knitting a draft excluder to go across her front door. “Isn’t it a bit hot to be making that?” asked Knit.
“On the contrary,” said Granny Square, “I’m not going to have another Winter with the North Wind whistling around the caravan and coming in under the door uninvited. And by the time Winter gets here it’ll be too late!”
Purl said she thought it looked like a snake and she liked snakes. Knit said he preferred ladders and once they’d started thinking about Snakes and Ladders, it seemed like a good idea to have a game.

After a while, Purl got bored and they switched to Ludo.

Then Knit got bored and they decided Hide and Seek would be more fun.
First Knit hid whilst Purl covered her eyes and counted to one hundred.
She found him almost straight away.
Then Purl hid whilst Knit closed his eyes and counted to one hundred. 
Knit looked…and he looked… and then he spotted her.
Then Purl covered her eyes and started counting “one, two, three…”
Knit looked about for somewhere to hide. Under the caravan? Behind the tree? He could hear Purl “Seventy-four, seventy-five…” And suddenly he had a brilliant idea!
Knit balanced the ladder carefully and climbed up as fast as he could. Then he heard Purl.
“Coming to find you!” Shouted Purl. 
And, suddenly, Knit realised that Purl would see the ladder so he quickly pushed it down.
Purl looked under the caravan. She looked behind the tree. She searched everywhere. Then Purl started to get worried. She went to get Granny Square.
Then Knit started to get worried. Suppose Purl never found him. How was he going to get down?
Granny Square and Purl came out of the caravan and Granny Square spotted the ladder lying on the grass. 
“Help!” shouted Knit, as loudly as he could.
“Did you hear that, Granny Square?” asked Purl.
“O, no. I didn’t hear anything,” said Granny Square, rather loudly.
“It sounds as if Knit’s voice is coming from the sky!” Said Purl. And then she looked up. “There he is!” she said, “He’s on the roof of the caravan!”
“O, I don’t think so, Purl,” said Granny Square, again rather loudly, “Knit knows that he isn’t allowed to climb up the ladder.”
Then Knit started to get really worried. He stood up. “Help, help!” He shouted, “I’m on the roof of the caravan and I can’t get down!”
Then Granny Square put the ladder up so Knit could climb down. 

“I think it’s about tea time,” said Granny Square. “But, since you are so fond of the ladder, Knit, you can put it to its proper use.” 
And so Knit had to clean all the caravan windows…

Whilst Purl and Granny Square had a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake.

But, don’t feel too sorry for Knit.

I think they saved an extra big piece of cake for him when he’d finished :)


Thank you very much for visiting Rainbow Hare for the second in my monthly series around these characters. As I mentioned in A SUMMER STORY, this will include occasional stories and some tutorials and patterns for toys, games and household objects – some free and some in my etsy shop.

I haven’t forgotten that last month I said I was going to make a pattern for a cushion/softie/pyjama case version of Ophelia but I’m sorry to have to say that I haven’t managed to get that finished yet. I’ve been away a lot this month and my dear dog, Lucy, who is due to be 14 on Saturday, has been very very unwell for the last two weeks. As soon as it’s finished I will get Mr Random to select three people from the comments on that post and send them a free copy. I am also hoping to get the knitting and doll hair tutes (which will be available free) and the Granny Square page sorted out in the next couple of weeks.

I have decided not to offer a free pattern this month to give me time to catch up and I hope that August will be a quieter month and by 21st I’ll have a story and something to make on the same day.

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare