New Furtlings and Some Spring Photos

I seem to have given up blogging of late and almost a month has gone by, during which time Spring has been springing.

But I’m glad to say I have completed my monthly goal of adding all the TAST stitches to date into my fanTASTichia picture.

Lots of these stitches are new to me and I plan to keep going with this, at least for the first twenty stitches or so although I still don’t know what it will end up looking like!

Apart from that, I have been knitting…

And, after much trial and error, I have unvented a new improved way to attach heads to cloth dolls and a hair technique to avoid the stumpy, thick plaits/braids that rag dolls tend to have. When I get time, I’ll put up a tute in case anyone wants to try it.

I have also been outside a lot, mainly bramble clearing and weeding, but I haven’t taken photos of that! I did manage to get some pictures of a pair of geese who visited us one morning though and some on a walk with Poppy..

My most exciting news is that we are on the verge of having ‘real’ internet. After literally years of being promised more than a very inconsistent -1mb (owing apparently to long copper lengths, which has made providing us with the infrastructure for a reliable service ‘uneconomical for the public purse’) we have a green cabinet installed along the road which, if what they say is true, will deliver fibre broadband. I can hardly imagine what it will like – not watching a spinning disk and waiting for things to time out and resetting the router…

If you are a mother in the UK, I wish you a Happy Mothers day! If not I wish you a happy day anyway :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I am linking this post with:

Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for ‘New to Me’

Soma at Whims and Fancies for ‘Wandering Camera’

Helen at Archie the Wonder Dog for ‘Furtle Around the Blogosphere’

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – March Finish Link-up



Although I’ve been following along with the TAST stitches in my practice/doodle squares, I thought it would be nice to make something combining the stitches so I have started a new project. I don’t have a plan beyond including the weekly stitches so we will have to wait to see what this ends up looking like!

I began with a chain stitch tree.

And then I started making a very small man and modified my ‘rules’ to include applique because I tried to stitch him and didn’t like the result! I made his head by stuffing a scrap of flesh coloured fabric and I will embellish him in time.

Then I made a buttonhole wheel because I’ve seen some amazing ones on other people’s blogs and it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. You’d think drawing the guidelines would have resulted in a neater effect but for that, it seems, I just need more practice…


And, after that, I decided to put a lady in the tree and that’s as far as I’ve got.

During the next month, my goal is to add to this piece in some way that includes the first ten TAST stitches and, in the meantime, I’m going to link this post with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal March Link-up.

What are your goals for March?

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wool on Sundays – 160 (an abrupt halt)

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays :)

Have you had a yarnful month?

About a year ago I bought I book after seeing a sweet picture online. I can’t remember where I saw it but most likely on pinterest. I knew someone who was having a baby girl and I fell in love with the little pink cardi. I also thought the cover photo was sweet and assumed the book would include other similar knits.

Alas! Every swatch I made, even with the thinnest of wools, turned out too big and most of the patterns in the book don’t appeal to me to make in any size. Here is a selection…

But, now the baby is nearly one, so I decided to give the pink cardi another try and by knitting the smallest size (0-3 months) but using the length measurements of the largest size (9 months – 1 year) it is coming out only a little large so will be about right with a bit of growing room.

I suspected I may not have enough yarn but as I’m finishing with a yoke I thought I’d try to match it or, failing that, work the yoke in another yarn – perhaps something variegated with a similar pink in it or maybe a colour work border… Did I mention, I’d lost the wool band? Anyway, I have almost run out so I went to my LYS to look for something suitable and, although it’s a quite different shade to anything they had, the lady in the shop was quite certain about what it was and is ordering some for next week. Assuming she is right, I’ll alternate rows of my remaining little ball with the new and, hopefully, that should blend it in a bit. In the meantime, I’ve come to an abrupt halt in all things crafty. I’m up to date with TAST and have an Art Quilt ready for May…I don’t remember this ever happening before!

The next Wool on Sundays will be on Sunday 7th April 2019. Does anyone else think the year is going by a bit fast!

If you have any yarn themed posts, 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 non-woollen fabrics. 3). Posts don’t have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS 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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