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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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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