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

 

Wool on Sundays – 139 (West Yorkshire Spinners Yarn)

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Welcome to Wool on Sundays :)

Back in November (Fits like a Glove) I extolled the virtues of West Yorkshire Spinners. For many reasons using wool grown and spun in the UK fits with my personal vision of ethical consumption and, at the time, I said: “I was very happy with how the wool knitted up and I shall certainly be buying from them again in the future”. As it turned out I was so happy with my yellow gloves that I decided to make a cardigan with the left over yarn.

Of course, that meant I didn’t have enough of the yarn so I purchased some more and to get up to the Free Postage price I thought I’d try out some of their Signature 4ply. I like not having to pay postage because it both avoids paying double the retail price for a single  ball of wool and, at the same time, makes me feel that I get a ball of wool free. Irrational, I know, but in my mind it feels like win, win!

Anyway, when it arrived, rather than carrying on with the cardigan, I decided to try the 4ply and that is what my two February ta-das are made from.

For the first, I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Juniper (157)

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I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Pi theory but I started at the outside and knitted inwards because I was much more enthusiastic about having the rows getting shorter and shorter as I progressed. I began with a lace border from a Burda book of knitting stitches that I’ve had forever and alternated bands of stocking stitch with bands of garter stitch, including a simple eyelet lace pattern on three of the stocking stitch bands.

All the while, I doubted that it would in fact turn out be a semi circle but, magically, it did. Unfortunately, I took the photo below last after I had scrunched it up but you can get an idea of what it looks like.

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The diameter is 58 inches and it is very soft and warm. I’m tempted to wear it out but I think I’ll wash and block it and set it aside as a gift.

And my second ta-da has been gifted already! I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply – Goldfinch (840) from the delightful Country Birds Collection. Enthused by the blue shawl, I thought I might try another one starting at the centre. I divided the yarn to try to keep the stripes or at least the colour balance even over the longer rows but it became such a palver that after a couple of froggings I gave up…

…and made socks instead.

Until now, I have shied away from self striping yarns but these striped up so evenly that I see more socks like this in my future!

I hope you, too, had a happy yarnful February. The linky will stay open for one week and Wool on Sundays will be back on Sunday 2nd April :)

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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Wool on Sundays – 132 (gloves and socks)

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rainbowhareWelcome to another Wool on Sundays! I hope you have had a happy and yarnful week :)

The highlight of my week has been visiting all the trunk show link ups over at Whims and Fancies. As I write this post you have eleven hours left to link up and, even you are too late to link, I very much recommend you visit to admire and be inspired by all the wonderful quilts :)
Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies

My in-car-knitting finishes are not nearly so interesting but  I hope they will come in useful. I made a pair of fingerless gloves for Mr RH using the pattern at the top of this post, which I think my mother probably gave me at some point. They are the same as the yellow ones I made last week but I used Drops Karisma, which is a bit thicker and went a size up with the needles.

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For other (free) vintage knitting patterns, you might like to browse the  V&A 1940s Knitting Patterns, where they have a great selection.

Also using drops Karisma (of which I seem to have quite a stock!), I  made a pair of socks for my younger daughter.

I used the pattern DROPS 113-31 by DROPS Design, which has the heel and sole worked in reverse stocking stitch. Once I got to the stage above, however, I really wasn’t liking the reverse st st – it just looked inside out to me – so I frogged and used right-side-out st st instead. The gloves and socks both look a lot better with hands and feet inside but, unfortunately the owners have wandered off without a photo. I will have to edit to add some pictures when I catch up with them…

Have you been knitting or crocheting this week?

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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