SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON

Slowly and intermittently, over this long time that I’ve been gardening, I have been pondering (and very occasionally working on) a new project and, at last, the nuts and bolts of it are starting to come together.

This is a smallish double-side quit. The dark blue is a fairly improv sewing together of night-coloured scraps, embellished with running stitch, darning and some buttonhole edged squares to created a patched together and mended look and the lighter side is a collection of vintage doilies hand stitched to an ivory background

And yesterday, since it was pouring with rain and I had an unusual and very welcome time at home alone, I made a similar sized quilt with light brown linen on one side and a grungy blue sort of fabric on the other. For the sake of speed and simplicity, I machine quilted with organic straight lines.

I’m thinking of these as backgrounds to display other sewn items and perhaps story scenes that could enable me to make something like the ABOUT TIME book but with reusable pages…

ABOUT TIME (blogged here) 2018

I really enjoyed making the fabric book and I love the idea of making quilts that do something more dynamic than lying in bed all day but, being so constrained by time, accomplishing that is a hard task. Since starting this blog, I think I’ve made two!

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (blogged here) 2017

EAT, SLEEP, SEW (blogged here) 2013

So the new venture I’m pondering will, I hope, be a sort of hybrid art quilt/book/puppet show. I found a cheap extending curtain rod, which fits in the alcove next the fireplace in the Makery and I’m planning to hang up the backgrounds and attach or hang or somehow or other display other sewings in front of them.

Mrs Hare and Fiona have kindly agreed to relocate their reading group.

Fiona reading (sideways as cats do) with Mrs Hare

Whether this will all work out, of course, is yet to be seen and I wonder if it’s quite sensible to blog about something that might well fail spectacularly but, as Mrs Hare often says, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained’.

I hope you you are having a good week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wool on Sundays – 125 (Hodge Podge Winter Cardy)

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rainbowhareWelcome to Wool on Sundays :)

When the year is really beginning to feel its age and each day is passing by more quickly than the last, and when the nights are growing steadily longer and longer and the last of the Steam Rollers rattles and clanks away down the road to its well earned Winter rest, we look at each other and say, “Not long now before the cold weather comes.”

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And it was on just such an evening, about a week ago, that Fiona told me Mrs Hare was making her a hodge podge bed, which was much warmer and more comfy than her real bed, and she had nearly finished it.

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But when I mentioned this to Mrs Hare, and asked her what exactly a hodge podge bed was, she was very surprised and she said there had clearly been a misunderstanding. It was true, she said, that Fiona might have been sleeping in the wool box – perhaps even on her knitting – but it was actually the cardigan she was knitting for me (started in this post).

And she called it a hodge podge because it was cobbled together out of a jumble of things img_0999she had to hand, which, in the interests of ‘correct knitting’, really had no business whatsoever turning up in the same garment.

She used dk wool but used size 6mm needles to make it go further and she started with a chunky knit pattern (DROPS 129-9) but then decided it was a bit boring and switched to a yoke pattern from a child’s jumper (Prairie Fairy Jumper).

She knitted it bottom up, though, rather than top down.

For a fastening, she just sewed on a miscellany of black and near black buttons that she found around the house.

I’m very happy with how it has turned out. Tonight, there is a definite bite in the air and I can see myself living in my hodge podge cardy this Winter.

But, before it gets much colder, I think I had better make that hodge podge bed for Fiona :)

 

Do you have anything woolly to share this week?

If so, 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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Wool on Sundays – 124 (going round in circles)

Welcome to Wool on Sundays :)

rainbowhareAnd thank you very much for the kind and encouraging comments on the subject of leaping :) Being rather taken up with the leap, I have had to impose a crochet ban on myself. Just in case a certain Mr RH, who is on record for making some less than enthusiastic comments about crochet (which he may wish to retract when the cold weather comes and a certain Ripple Blanket comes into its own) should happen upon this post, I must add that I am still as passionate about crochet as ever. I am just giving it up temporarily on account of its being so addictive that I am in danger of getting nothing else done.

And being newly crochet-less, my only wool/yarn activity this week has been buying a 6mm circular knitting needle.

The eagle eyed might have noticed last week that Mrs hare was using some rather nice retro yellow plastic needles.

She brought them, and their equally delightful container, with her in her trolly shopper but I thought she would be very happy with the new addition because I’m sure she will find knitting back and fourth on a circular easier – especially when it comes to the yoke.

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Mrs Hare is not altogether convinced, though. She says she doesn’t mind giving them a try but she is afraid she might find herself going round in circles, which, I suppose, I can understand.

Most days, I feel like I’m going round in circles myself :)

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Do you have anything woolly to share this week?

If so, 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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