A Finish of Flowers


In my post Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers, I was pondering what to do with the blocks I had made crocheting along with my friend Sharm from Country Fragrance. I liked the suggestion of a cushion cover but I’ve also been thinking it might be nice to make a crochet sampler throw so I decided to leave off the outer borders, sew them together and just do a simple edging.


For now, it is being a doll blanket but I can easily turn it into a cushion or use it as a block in a bigger piece another time.

Thank you very much, Sharm, for the lovely pattern for these blocks and Happy Sunday to everyone :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Flowers, flowers and more flowers…


Now the evenings are drawing in I’m finding a little more time for knitting and, being at heart a one project person, I’m keen to finish a cardigan I started early in the Summer. But when my friend, Sharm, started making a beautiful flower blanket I really wanted to crochet along so I’ve been making a few blocks. You can find the pattern for these blocks on her blog, Country Fragrance. I think this is a lovely block pattern although I’m not planning another bed-sized crochet blanket for a while so I’m not quite sure how many more I’ll make or what I’ll make them into.


The real festival of flower here, though, is in the garden and I have pretty much abandoned them, now, to dance into Autumn in their disorderly chaos of colour.


Our garden is really more than a one person job and it has been a solitary, endless and mostly thankless task this year but the flowers (and vegetables) do make me smile and I secretly feel that, in a way, I have been a victim of my own success! To sound like a real gardener, however, I know the correct phrase is: “We’ve been lucky with the weather this year” ;)

I’m hoping the flowers will keep dancing on for another month or two and that then, towards the end of October, Jack Frost will come one night and clear it all away, leaving me with a clean slate to start again next year. That is what I call being ‘lucky with the weather’ and that is when, if I’m lucky myself, I’ll find more time to crochet again :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare



Wool on Sundays – 143 (Granny Stripe Blanket)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays :)

Since my last post, I’m sorry to say, my blog visiting and email-replying has been abysmal and I can only apologise. I will catch up soon. Sadly, my MIL died on June 22nd. She had lately been in hospital and had very recently moved into a Nursing Home where she seemed to be getting better and better. We had visited her just the day before and we were not expecting it at all. And it just didn’t feel right to plunge back into to visiting fun posts and leaving cheerful comments. And there have also been lots of extra things to do.

Luckily for Wool on Sundays, my Granny Stripe Blanket, which just needed the ends sewing in and a border last month was already finished (and you’ve probably seen all but the border already).


Whilst I was crocheting all the stripes I daydreamed about the wonderful, lavish border I would add but, in the end, I settled for a simple charcoal edging.

I used a brilliant tutorial by Lucy at Attic 24 and worked with dk – mostly Drops Karisma but with some WYS wools and a few odd acrylic yarns to expand the colour range. It’s very thick and warm and big enough to cover a single bed. As with all stash-busting projects, I seem to have more yarn now than I started with!

Although it’s a very simple, plain sort of pattern, I think it’s my favourite crochet blanket so far…


I hope you are enjoying the lovely Summer we are having or, if you are in Australia, that you are having a good Winter. Now we are past the longest day, I see the sun setting more southerly along the hedge every evening and I think in no time Spring will be with you and our cold, dark days will be back!

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 6th August.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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