Wool on Sundays 151 – (Happy Easter!)

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Welcome to the Easter edition Wool on Sundays and a very happy April Fools Day too :)

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My March knitting was Easter Bunny themed. You may have met Eggbert already (for more info about Eggbert and his daffodil, please see this post) and you may have wondered what he was going to do with his daffodil.

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Well there is a pretty little rabbit called Lettuce, who lives on the other side of the bank where the primroses grow, and on Easter morning Eggbert set out to pay her a visit.

“Would you kindly do me the honour of accompanying me to the Easter Parade?” he asked. Rabbits can sometimes be a touch formal in their turn of phrase, especially if they are feeling at all nervous,

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Lettuce replied that she would love to go but, sadly, the mean-spirited East Wind had, just that morning, whisked away her bonnet and rolled it right down the hill into the water meadows where it had been trodden into the mud by a flock of sheep. And she began to cry.

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You’ll be the finest rabbit in the Easter Parade!

But Eggbert, of course, had the perfect solution!

And, after the initial surprise of finding herself with a rather large daffodil on her head, Lettuce said that in that case she would be delighted.

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And they went not only to the Parade but to the party afterwards, where they danced until the cows came home.

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On the road going home, they met Mrs Chicken, who was carrying her umbrella because it was sure to rain.

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And she said they made a lovely couple and she would be sure to listen out for happy news from them in the Summer :)

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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 Sunday 6th May.

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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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Wool on Sundays -149 (A Green Aran Cardigan)

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Welcome to the February edition of Wool on Sundays! Have you had a yarnful month?

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For the first couple of weeks of the year I had no yarn projects in progress but by the middle of January, I decided it really was time for some more knitting so I laid out all my yarn to properly see what I had enough of to make a cardigan. And I found (not surprisingly) there wasn’t really anything in a single colour. Then, in a claimed ‘Final Day of the January Sale’ on Love Knitting, I saw some West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran (75% Wool, 25% Nylon, Machine Washable) on sale for £2.49 per 100g ball (meaning that for £13-£14 I could make a very good quality cardigan, produced with labour and animal welfare standards I find acceptable and which will last for years).

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The only downside was the colour – Emerald – but, apart from black, all the other shades were sold out so I placed an order and hoped that it would be less bright in real life than on screen. Unfortunately, it was not :( But, having bought the yarn, I cast on anyway thinking maybe I could dye it when it was finished. I chose a free pattern, which you can find here and I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever disliked anything so much during the making! The pattern, seemed to me, to be unnecessarily confusing and I never could get the pattern placement on the front to line up in a way I liked so I abandoned the V and turned it into a round neck. And I really did not like the colour and began to seriously doubt whether dying a wool/nylon mix would even be possible without completely wrecking it. But I was determined not to start the year with an endless WIP, or worse still a UFO, hanging over me so I resolved just to knit as fast as often as I could and get through it!

My temptation to give up was tried even further, when a couple of days later the Love Knitting sale was extended and other, nicer colours became available. And again after I bought some of those nicer colours and even more so after they arrived. I put them in a corner out of sight but I kept hearing them calling “Knit me instead! Knit me instead! You can go back to the Emerald another day…” But I stopped up my ears and knitted even faster.

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And, suddenly, last night, I realised it was very nearly finished. All bar the buttons. And I’m finding myself liking it a lot more than I expected and thinking perhaps it’s just more of a Spring and Summer colour and will come into its own when the world about us brightens up a little…I have a sneaking suspicion that, after all my reluctance to complete it, I may end up living in this cardigan.

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 4th March.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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