Wool on Sundays – 142 (A Butterscotch Cardigan)

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Welcome to Wool on Sundays!

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When I changed Wool on Sundays to a monthly event, rather than weekly, I thought I would blog about other things in between but, it seems, I just blog less often. I began this cardigan a while ago because I had some wool left over from a pair of gloves! I was looking for something textured and I chose this pattern because I thought it would be more interesting to knit than something with a lot of stocking stitch but after an initial burst of enthusiasm I got very bored of it and made two shawls, three pairs of socks…then I resolved I would do no other knitting until it was finished and powered through the pain barrier.

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The pattern I used was ‘Holkham’ by Sarah Hatton, which you can find here on Ravelry andI used Aire Valley DK in Butterscotch, which is produced by the West Yorkshire Spinners. I do love this yarn and I’m very happy with this cardigan now it’s finished.

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It’s very warm, so although I thought I’d be setting it aside until the Autumn it’s just right for our current cold snap, and I always think a yellow cardigan goes with everything!

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For Summer yarnwork, I’ve decided to stash bust (I’m sure we all know how that will end!) and make a crochet Granny Stripe blanket. It’s going to be a lot smaller than the Ripple Blanket (which is really too big but it’s my favourite ever make and I can’t imagine life without it). I’ve made a start and, hopefully, I’ll get a decent way into it by by next month’s Wool on Sundays :)

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Do you have yarn plans for the Summer, or Winter if you are on the other side of the world? Or are you in the middle of something? Or in the middle of lots of things?

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 June.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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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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