Wool on Sundays – 160 (an abrupt halt)

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays :)

Have you had a yarnful month?

About a year ago I bought I book after seeing a sweet picture online. I can’t remember where I saw it but most likely on pinterest. I knew someone who was having a baby girl and I fell in love with the little pink cardi. I also thought the cover photo was sweet and assumed the book would include other similar knits.

Alas! Every swatch I made, even with the thinnest of wools, turned out too big and most of the patterns in the book don’t appeal to me to make in any size. Here is a selection…

But, now the baby is nearly one, so I decided to give the pink cardi another try and by knitting the smallest size (0-3 months) but using the length measurements of the largest size (9 months – 1 year) it is coming out only a little large so will be about right with a bit of growing room.

I suspected I may not have enough yarn but as I’m finishing with a yoke I thought I’d try to match it or, failing that, work the yoke in another yarn – perhaps something variegated with a similar pink in it or maybe a colour work border… Did I mention, I’d lost the wool band? Anyway, I have almost run out so I went to my LYS to look for something suitable and, although it’s a quite different shade to anything they had, the lady in the shop was quite certain about what it was and is ordering some for next week. Assuming she is right, I’ll alternate rows of my remaining little ball with the new and, hopefully, that should blend it in a bit. In the meantime, I’ve come to an abrupt halt in all things crafty. I’m up to date with TAST and have an Art Quilt ready for May…I don’t remember this ever happening before!

The next Wool on Sundays will be on Sunday 7th April 2019. Does anyone else think the year is going by a bit fast!

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. 

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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

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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

Wool on Sundays – 158 (A Flower Yoke Cardigan)

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Welcome, again, to Wool on Sundays!

Wool on Sundays

Can you believe it’s November already? And at last, we are back in wool weather. Frosty nights and misty mornings and time for the crochet blankets to come out from their Summer hiding and for dark evenings knitting in the Makery.

You may remember this being knitted…and unknitted.

And now it is knitted again and, I think, this may be my favourite knitting ever, though perhaps I always think that about my latest finish :)

The rib is: (Right side) k1, p2 to last stitch k1 | (Wrong side) p1, k2 to last stitch p1

The texture is: (Right side) k1, p1 to last stitch k1 | (Wrong side) k to end

The yoke pattern was from a chart I found on pinterest, which didn’t lead to a source and I fitted it all (with a few adjustments) into the free ‘Afmæli – 20-year Anniversary Sweater’ by Védís Jónsdóttir.

The yarn is West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran. I bought it in a sale and I believe the colours have been discontinued.

I’m thinking that by knitting and unknitting and re-knitting. I could probably avoid ever having to buy yarn again, We shall see :)

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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 2nd December.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare