The end of the Goldfinch…

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In general exciting news, we have been sent a new router by our ISP after having no internet and endless, monotonous endeavours to sort it out of late. Now it seems that I am again in the virtual world – though we are expecting a storm so, new router or not, my new connectedness may be short lived. I will reserve judgement and keep my fingers crossed.

In knitting news, I have used up the end of the West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Goldfinch (840). Or, at least, I have nearly got to the end of it.

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This is the absolute end!

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If I’d realised how far the 100g would go I could have made these socks, a bit shorter and although I knew I’d used over half I had no idea how much was left so I made the second pair toe-up using some brown from stash to eke it out. I also used a mock cable stitch (with 1 x 1 rib sole) to make them a bit different from the first pair.

At this time of year any free daylight hours really have to be spent in the garden and I felt like these colours were stalking me!

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Because we live on clay, the ground goes from sticky and muddy and undiggable to rock hard and back-breaking and undiggable and there are only a few days when digging is fairly easy. On those days the garden calls to you and  you ignore it at your peril!

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The broad beans that have been growing over winter are flowering. I usually think of their flowers as white but when I looked closely I found they are really quite exquisite.

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In the evenings, of course, I come in from the garden and knit! Now, I am thinking I can use these two pairs of socks as guides for making others from the Country Birds Collection...

I may have bought a ball in Owl and one in Mallard…

I wish you you a lovely weekend – hopefully not too stormy :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

 

Wandering – but not far…

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I can hardly believe it’s time to link up with Soma at Whims and Fancies  for Wandering Camera again already!

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Wandering Camera – October Linky Party

During September, my camera and I didn’t wander far. Mr RH and I have been to busy making a flower garden. And I fear you will rightly notice it is rather short of flowers right now but then it’s not really a flower time of year and I think it has a lot of potential! If you would like skip down to some knitting and steam rollers, I won’t be offended!

It began with a large (about 30′ x 15′) area of decking, which was here before us. We tried to ameliorate it by making a small border and a box hedge around the edge several years ago but really it was always an eyesore and when it started to rot we thought we’d take the opportunity to do something else. I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture but this is what was under it.

We have kept the wood, sorted into ‘usable’ and ‘burning’ and reused or kept for reuse the general rubble and old carpets etc so nothing has been wasted! Our best reuse, so far has been a large compost bin (bottom left below).

We built some brick steps and made an outline with lengths of treated decking, which we filled with broken paving etc followed by two tonnes of sand, the old carpet and one tonne of recycled slate for the paths and a small patio.

And we filled everywhere else with four tonnes of topsoil (after digging out all the old rubble and breaking up the clay). To celebrate, we bought a table and two chairs in an end of season sale. I have planted bulbs to get a start in the Spring and I think it will be a nice place to sit once we have flowers growing around and obscuring the square edges :)


Apart from that I have a knitting finish (the hodge podge Winter Cardy)…

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A new pattern (the Rainbow Hare Peg (Clothes Pin) Bag)

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Rainbow Hare Peg (Clothes Pin) Bags

And a little crochet (although I have officially banned myself from crochet to get more sewing done :/ )…

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I also took a photo of one of the many steam rollers that go by our house every Summer and couple of people have asked me about them so I thought I’d include a little info here.

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“In the years before the Second World War traction engines and steam wagons were the backbone of road haulage and farming , and without the invention of the steam road roller by Thomas Aveling we would not have our system of macadam or tarmac roads. The advent of the petrol and heavy oil engines as used in early tractors and lorries changed all that, but steam wagons were still in use in the 1950’s and some steam rollers worked on well into the 60’s” (Source).

There is a grand tradition around here of restoring and celebrating such engines and a circuit of Steam Fairs or Rallies take place throughout the Summer ending, for us, with a road run to our local village. They cause havoc during rush hour but there is always something wonderful and exciting about hearing the clattering in the distance slowly getting louder and louder interspersed by a couple of hoots and hiss of steam.

I happened upon this you tube video, which gives a good idea of a nearby Steam Rally, lest anyone should think the countryside is quiet and dull :)

I’m going now to link this post with Soma’sWandering Camera – October Linky Party and to see everyone else’s September photos.

Happy October!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Wool on Sundays – 123 (A Helping Hand)

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Welcome to another Wool on Sundays :)

rainbowhareYou may remember that before I went wandering about the North West of England with my camera (pictures in my Wandering Camera post) our garden really didn’t look too bad…

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When we got back, it looked like this :(

Now, with Mr RH and I working day and night (well, not really night), it is looking like this…

So we are actually ahead in the garden for the time of year, which is a good thing in itself, but it has left no time for yarn projects and I feared I would have nothing woolly to post about this Sunday. But then, this afternoon, whilst I was planting the Winter Onions and Broad Beans, I looked up…

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…and saw that Mrs Hare had come outside to sit in a shady spot under the oak.

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At first I thought she must be mixing a cake but when I went over to see if she would like a cup of tea (not that I’ve ever known her to decline a cup of tea) I saw she had the wool I unravelled from my disastrous attempt at a crochet cardigan, which I mentioned I had abandoned last week.

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Mrs Hare said that she knew I’d been trying to get a cardigan made before the cold weather comes (something which she feels certain won’t be too long now) and, as I haven’t had much time lately, she has decided to knit one for me.

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She really is such a delight to have around :)

Do you have any yarn makes or stories to share this week?

If so, 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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