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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Apples and an Autumnal Cardigan

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‘Autumnal’ is one of my favourite words but one I’ve had little occasion to use this year so I have decided to include it in the name of my very recently finished cardigan. The months are spinning by at a shocking rate and the harvest is harvested and the apples are nearly over. But the golden days of a vintage-coloured October are nowhere to be seen. How very green it is all still looking!

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And the cardigan, too, is green – dark olive – though it looks lighter and greyer in these photos.

I will give the technical knitting info in my next Wool on Sundays post (on November 5th).

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In the meantime (unless, of course, you are on the other side of the world and enjoying Spring!) I wish you some Autumnal days before Winter sets in :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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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