Wool on Sundays – 145 (Home again)

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Welcome to the September edition on Wool on Sundays! Last week we went on a short holiday in the North West of England, which should have given me some time to continue with a green cardigan I started a while ago.

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But having done the fronts and back in one piece up to the arm level, I ended up deciding that knitting the sleeves from a the lace pattern chart and incorporating increases etc in the car or in odd moments in a room with poor light (why can’t hotels have brighter lights?) would probably end up with me making mistakes or, at best, not getting much done. Then I hummed and hawed about taking the crochet flowers or starting something new and eventually just took a book instead!

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I didn’t take many photos as we were in the same area as last year and the weather wasn’t so good as last time. But it was a nice break and we found a lovely place called the Westminster Tea Rooms that we had seen but not visited before.

Now I’m home I’d better press on with the green cardigan and hopefully I’ll have it finished in time for next month’s Wool on Sundays. At the moment it looks like it has been screwed up and dragged through a hedge…

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But I thinks that’s just what happens when something is crushed onto circular needles for too long. I’m using the same pattern as the blue pi shawl (where I only used the border) so I’m hoping that once its finished and has space to spread out it will be ok…

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Whether I like it or not will be another question. One day in the Summer, I thought a khaki lace cardigan would be nice for Autumn but now I’m wondering what possessed me!

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 Sunday 1st October.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Wool on Sundays – 144 (a doll called Iris)

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Welcome to the August edition of Wool on Sundays and thank you very much to everyone who sent kind messages following the recent death of my MIl :)

I wonder if you are still seeing my Wool on Sundays button with Mr Sheep below? Since the recent subscription changes at photobucket I’ve deleted my account there (as it’s an extortionate amount for one button!) and I can still see it but I don’t know if that’s because I’m not a third party?

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I’ve not done much in the way of yarn making lately but there are a couple of little knits that I never did get around to showing.

You may remember that back in April I had the surprising good fortune of venturing into our local town in search of something I could use as a cradle and actually finding a cradle!

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Well the reason I wanted a cradle was for the safe keeping of an antique china doll called Iris. I don’t know her real name so have called her Iris after an older cousin of my mother who was her original owner. Sadly, the lady called Iris is no longer with us but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind. She gave me this doll when I was too young to remember but the doll always stayed at my Grandma’s house for safe keeping. Occasionally, I was allowed to hold her and I thought she was the most beautiful doll in the world but I didn’t play with her as such. Then, earlier this year (after five real children and nearly half a century!) my mother finally decided I was responsible enough to take possession of her so, as you can imagine, I’m somewhat paranoid about her getting broken!

She arrived wearing Iris’ christening gown, which washed up nicely but is rather large for her.

So I thought to make her a green (Drops Fabel – 4ply weight) cardigan. As I knitted, however, I discovered the (improv) cardigan was not a good fit so it became some boots…

…a bonnet and a pair of mittens.

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And, having worked out the right size, I made another cardigan in blue (Drops Baby Merino – 4ply weight).

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Hopefully, she can sleep safely in my makery now for another generation :)

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 Sunday 3rd September.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Wool on Sundays – 143 (as easy as falling off a blog)

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Welcome Wool on Sundays!

rainbowhareI hope you had a good May. I really didn’t mean to abandon Blogland for so long but I’ve done no sewing for ages and all I’ve worked on yarnwise lately is the Granny Stripe blanket. I’ve managed to make quite a lot of progress during the evenings.

And I’m over half way now with the stripes but then, of course, there are all the ends!

And some kind of border…I hope I’ll finish it by the next Wool on Sundays :)

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Mainly, I’ve accidentally become almost a full time gardener. The weather has been lovely and there is SO much to do outside at this time of year it’s easy to think, ‘I’ll just plant out such and such and then I’ll go and check out some blogs and do some sewing…’ But then wherever such and such needs to be planted needs weeding again and something else desperately needs watering and a batch of seedlings really need moving into bigger pots and so it goes on. And always rain is being forecast so think I’ll come and do something inside when it rains but then the rain misses us…

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And in the evening I consider turning on my computer but I think I’ll just crochet for a while do that tomorrow. And somehow a week has gone by since I’ve even thought about blogging and then two weeks have gone by…And I’ve started to think that must be what happens to all those blogs that sail abandoned through the blogosphere. Once there was someone who loved them and who wrote posts and took photos for them and then, perhaps, they started doing something else. And perhaps, they never really meant to go away forever but the days passed and then weeks passed and there was always something else needing to be done…And I started to think how easy it would be to become that person…

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Luckily, I had already said I would be posting the June Wool on Sundays today so I had to come back and be reminded how much I love my little corner of the web here :)

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 Sunday 2nd July.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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