New to Me…


Happy Midsummer or Midwinter :)

It seems like forever since I wrote a ‘New to Me’ post to link up with Fiona At Celtic Thistle Stitches – it’s so long, in fact, that I felt sure it was on the 15th of the month and I’ve just realised it’s not until 25th! No matter. I do have a couple of new things to share this month.

I have been crocheting Granny Stripes (which I’ve never tried before) and I’m confident I will have a blanket finished by the next Wool on Sundays.


And I’ve re-newed my kitchen tablecloth. The photo on the left, below, was originally an upcycle from two quilts, which were too small to be very useful and I loved this quilted cloth but it had become horribly faded by the sun so I dyed it. I had to choose a colour dark enough to cover the red so I went for navy blue and found I’d quilted in dye resistant white :( But I think it’s ok with a vintage cloth on top and it definitely looks an improvement.


Apart from that, it’s been VERY hot. If you’re in Australia, I’m sure you’ll think 30+ degrees is nothing but with out humidity and lack of acclimatisation it’s been plenty hot enough! Today has been the hottest June day and this has been the hottest ‘prolonged period in June’ since 1976. It’s not quite new to me. I was ten years old in 1976 and I spent the rest of my childhood and many other rainy Summers hoping for a repeat but it is unusual and was certainly new to Poppy and Fiona.


I’m actually hoping that these clouds in the West this evening are blowing in with some cooler weather. Thunder storms (which I love) are forecast tonight and then a band of rain, which I would welcome after all the gardening I’ve been doing lately – not too much rain though! As the sun was setting tonight, the birds were much quieter than usual but there was a huge hullaballoo of cows echoing all around the hills so I don’t doubt change is coming…


In the garden, the most exciting ‘new to me’ has been a bird family that took up residence in a box nailed to the oak by people who lived here before us. I’m glad I eventually got around to taking these photos yesterday (even though the sun wasn’t in a good place) because today these noisy little birds found themselves so well fattened by the extraordinary quantity of insects and caterpillars their long suffering mother has been fetching and carrying to them for weeks, that they managed to fly away.

My other ‘new to me’s are less interesting. I have managed to get the whole vegetable garden weed-free (which, sadly won’t last long) and tried to net broccoli and kale making hoops from tensioning wire. It looks ridiculous and I don’t recommend it but everything was free and the proof will be in the eating!

And we have new-this-year courgettes and some runner beans grown, which is a new-ever to have by midsummer. Staying on the kitchen table all through April (owing to frosts) obviously didn’t do them any harm!

I hope next month I’ll have more crafty ‘new to me’s to link :)

Janine @Rainbow Hare


I’m linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle for New to Me:

Celtic Thistle Stitches

Wool on Sundays – 134 (Colour Block Lap Blanket)


Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and thank you all very much for the lovely comments on my jumper last week :)

rainbowhareAs yet, I still don’t have a modelled photo but when I was looking through my yarn for the jumper I did find that, despite my conviction in this post, I actually had some Drops Karisma in Green Mix after all. People tell me that I can expect this sort of thing to happen more and more as I get older :( I will still need to invest in some for the Rustic Lace Blanket, at some point, but there was enough to finish up the Colour Block Lap Blanket, last seen borderless and modelled by Mrs Hare back in October.


I made a simple fairly small border because I didn’t want to get half way through a pattern and run out again!



The centres of the ‘flower’ blocks are the same as the Rustic Lace pattern and everything else is done in V stitch, which I learn’t from the wonderful crochet stitch alphabet series at Craft and other Crazy Plans.


I hope you are keeping warm and finding some time for a little yarn now and then :)

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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Made in October

October was a month of misty mornings and golden afternoons and I got off to quite a good start, making several things for my etsy shop. Unfortunately, the world then intervened, as it is wont to do, and I never did get around to blogging about or listing them!

Neither did I get around to wandering with my camera, so for the November Wandering Camera linky party, hosted by the lovely Soma over at Whims and Fancies, I am sharing my makes.

I have been combining new fabrics with vintage linens that are still very beautiful in parts but in other parts have, sadly, seen better days. Below is a pyjama case or project bag, which I made using the peg bag pattern and inserting a zip in the back. On the front is a vintage lace panel and the buttons are also pre-loved.

I also made three cushion covers using striped linen and some pieces reclaimed from damaged embroidered table cloths.

And I made a Hare Pyjama Case/Project bag (with a knitted head and arms), a crocheted hot water bottle cover and a papier mache custom made bed for Fiona.

I’m linking this post with Soma for the November Wandering Camera linky party and hoping for a less disrupted November :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare