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

Wool on Sundays – 150 (A Light Brown Aran Cardigan)

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Happy March and welcome to another Wool on Sundays!

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They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and this year it certainly arrived in style. Foolishly, I didn’t get around to taking photos when the snow was at it’s most beautiful and the skies were blue but here is the beginning of the melt through the window (lazy, I know).

The chicken do not like snow at all and they stayed in a lot of the day, which is unheard of in any other weather,

A little squirrel looking like she’s had about enough of it :(

Some partridges who came to visit and the pigeons who like to eat the acorns.

Fiona was not a fan but Poppy loved it and I did get my daughter to take some photos on her phone when we were out walking so, next time she’s home, perhaps I will add them and that will brighten up this post a bit :)

All in all, I am not fond of February and I’m glad it’s the shortest month but with all the rain and then the snow, it has been good knitting weather and I, unexpectedly, finished another cardigan. It is basically the same as the Emerald one last month but I used a couple of different cable patterns on the front and, mostly for quickness because the garden will soon be calling, an all over pattern everywhere else. The rib is p2,k1 (right side).

The main pattern is very quick and simple. It is worked over 4 rows with a multiple of 2 stitches + 1 and is worked as follows:

Row 1. k1, p1 to last stitch, k1

Row 2. k to end

Row 3. p1, k1 to last stitch, p1

Row 4. k to end

If you click on the mosaic above, the second photo shows the reverse, which could be used as the right side, if preferred.

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I think it gives a nice texture and it’s very warm and cosy, which I have been appreciating. The yarn is WYS Aire Valley Aran in Light Brown (which I was lucky to find half price in a January sale) and I used 4mm needles.

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Have you found time to knit in front of the fire? Or in the sun if you are still enjoying Autumn in your part of the world?

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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. The next Wool on Sundays will be on April Fools day, which is also Easter Sunday (Sunday 1st April).

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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New to Me…

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Happy Midsummer or Midwinter :)

It seems like forever since I wrote a ‘New to Me’ post to link up with Fiona At Celtic Thistle Stitches – it’s so long, in fact, that I felt sure it was on the 15th of the month and I’ve just realised it’s not until 25th! No matter. I do have a couple of new things to share this month.

I have been crocheting Granny Stripes (which I’ve never tried before) and I’m confident I will have a blanket finished by the next Wool on Sundays.

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And I’ve re-newed my kitchen tablecloth. The photo on the left, below, was originally an upcycle from two quilts, which were too small to be very useful and I loved this quilted cloth but it had become horribly faded by the sun so I dyed it. I had to choose a colour dark enough to cover the red so I went for navy blue and found I’d quilted in dye resistant white :( But I think it’s ok with a vintage cloth on top and it definitely looks an improvement.

 

Apart from that, it’s been VERY hot. If you’re in Australia, I’m sure you’ll think 30+ degrees is nothing but with out humidity and lack of acclimatisation it’s been plenty hot enough! Today has been the hottest June day and this has been the hottest ‘prolonged period in June’ since 1976. It’s not quite new to me. I was ten years old in 1976 and I spent the rest of my childhood and many other rainy Summers hoping for a repeat but it is unusual and was certainly new to Poppy and Fiona.

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I’m actually hoping that these clouds in the West this evening are blowing in with some cooler weather. Thunder storms (which I love) are forecast tonight and then a band of rain, which I would welcome after all the gardening I’ve been doing lately – not too much rain though! As the sun was setting tonight, the birds were much quieter than usual but there was a huge hullaballoo of cows echoing all around the hills so I don’t doubt change is coming…

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In the garden, the most exciting ‘new to me’ has been a bird family that took up residence in a box nailed to the oak by people who lived here before us. I’m glad I eventually got around to taking these photos yesterday (even though the sun wasn’t in a good place) because today these noisy little birds found themselves so well fattened by the extraordinary quantity of insects and caterpillars their long suffering mother has been fetching and carrying to them for weeks, that they managed to fly away.

My other ‘new to me’s are less interesting. I have managed to get the whole vegetable garden weed-free (which, sadly won’t last long) and tried to net broccoli and kale making hoops from tensioning wire. It looks ridiculous and I don’t recommend it but everything was free and the proof will be in the eating!

And we have new-this-year courgettes and some runner beans grown, which is a new-ever to have by midsummer. Staying on the kitchen table all through April (owing to frosts) obviously didn’t do them any harm!

I hope next month I’ll have more crafty ‘new to me’s to link :)

Janine @Rainbow Hare

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