Wool on Sundays – 140 (Made in March)

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Welcome (at last!) to the April edition of Wool on Sundays :)

We have had two major faults on our phone line fixed. The engineers have, however, recommended some ‘tree work’ and replacing a cable, which they say should be dealt with at some unspecified time when ‘the teams’ who do such things get to us…so perhaps truer to say it’s working for now!

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This has all left plenty of time for knitting though and during the last month I managed to finish two pairs of socks (blogged here and here)…

…and two semi circular shawls. I have shown (and gifted for Mother’s Day) one already...

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…and today’s tada is another one.

I feel these shawls are a bit of a party piece as they look rather complicated when they are really quite quick and simple to knit up.

Having enjoyed making the first one and being without internet, I thought making a second would be a good use of some drops baby merino, which I bought a while ago and was not the colour I had expected.

Hopefully, this month I will find a balance between blogging and knitting!

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I hope you, too, had a yarnful March. The linky will stay open for one week and Wool on Sundays will be back on Sunday 7th May :)

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. 

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Wool on Sundays – 139 (West Yorkshire Spinners Yarn)

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Welcome to Wool on Sundays :)

Back in November (Fits like a Glove) I extolled the virtues of West Yorkshire Spinners. For many reasons using wool grown and spun in the UK fits with my personal vision of ethical consumption and, at the time, I said: “I was very happy with how the wool knitted up and I shall certainly be buying from them again in the future”. As it turned out I was so happy with my yellow gloves that I decided to make a cardigan with the left over yarn.

Of course, that meant I didn’t have enough of the yarn so I purchased some more and to get up to the Free Postage price I thought I’d try out some of their Signature 4ply. I like not having to pay postage because it both avoids paying double the retail price for a single  ball of wool and, at the same time, makes me feel that I get a ball of wool free. Irrational, I know, but in my mind it feels like win, win!

Anyway, when it arrived, rather than carrying on with the cardigan, I decided to try the 4ply and that is what my two February ta-das are made from.

For the first, I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Juniper (157)

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I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi theory but I started at the outside and knitted inwards because I was much more enthusiastic about having the rows getting shorter and shorter as I progressed. I began with a lace border from a Burda book of knitting stitches that I’ve had forever and alternated bands of stocking stitch with bands of garter stitch, including a simple eyelet lace pattern on three of the stocking stitch bands.

All the while, I doubted that it would in fact turn out be a semi circle but, magically, it did. Unfortunately, I took the photo below last after I had scrunched it up but you can get an idea of what it looks like.

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The diameter is 58 inches and it is very soft and warm. I’m tempted to wear it out but I think I’ll wash and block it and set it aside as a gift.

And my second ta-da has been gifted already! I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Goldfinch (840) from the delightful Country Birds Collection. Enthused by the blue shawl, I thought I might try another one starting at the centre. I divided the yarn to try to keep the stripes or at least the colour balance even over the longer rows but it became such a palver that after a couple of froggings I gave up…

…and made socks instead.

Until now, I have shied away from self striping yarns but these striped up so evenly that I see more socks like this in my future!

I hope you, too, had a happy yarnful February. The linky will stay open for one week and Wool on Sundays will be back on Sunday 2nd April :)

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. 

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Wool on Sundays – 138 (January was Mostly Blue)

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Welcome to the first of the new monthly, Wool on Sundays :)

Now that I’m only going to be doing WOS once a month, I feel it ought to be easier to find yarn content to share but January was not only mostly blue, it was mostly yarnless so I am including the post I made for Wandering Camera, which I hope no one will mind.

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I did finish a baby cardigan, using some Drops Baby Merino. Being impatient to get started, I wanted to use up yarn from stash and this yarn is very warm and soft and it’s also stretchy, which I think will be handy for the new Mum for ease of dressing, but my colour choices are limited and I don’t know whether the baby will be a boy or girl. I think I might change the button, especially if it’s a girl. I can imagine a daisy button looking nice…

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I used a simple raglan design in garter stitch with moss stitch edging. And that, I’m afraid is as far as I got. I’ve been thinking about making a hat to wear in the garden but I couldn’t find anything that leapt off the page. I quite like Talena Winters’ Twisted Rope Hat on Ravelry but I was really thinking a nordic two colour one with ear flaps would be nice…Do you have any favourite hat patterns?

I hope February will be more wool-full!

And that brings me to the Wandering Camera pictures.
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The sky said blue.

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And the pond said blue.

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And the trees admired themselves in the glass.

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And the sun strode northwards, further each day.

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Kissing the treetops with cold fire.

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And the new buds asked, “Is it time, is it time?”

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And the cold earth said, “Not yet, not yet!”

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And the chicken said, “Spring! Hurry up! Hurry up!”

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And the old gourd said, “No rush, no rush…”

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And the oak, who is wise, said nothing and was equally content with the sunny days and the frosty nights.

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). Please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in any posts you link up. 4). MOST IMPORTANT visit anyone else who links. 

The next Wool on Sundays post will be on Sunday 5th March.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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