Bionic Craft

A log of all my crafting adventures.
Ends! There are so many ends to be sewn in on this jumper. Since it has seams it’s not that hard to do though as I can just hide them in the seam.

Ends! There are so many ends to be sewn in on this jumper. Since it has seams it’s not that hard to do though as I can just hide them in the seam.

Solar Dying. Put handspun alpaca yarn in jar with citric acid. Sprinkle various dye on top. Leave in sun and see what happens… That’s the plan anyway.

Solar Dying. Put handspun alpaca yarn in jar with citric acid. Sprinkle various dye on top. Leave in sun and see what happens… That’s the plan anyway.

Solar Dying. Put handspun alpaca yarn in jar with citric acid. Sprinkle various dye on top. Leave in sun and see what happens… That’s the plan anyway.

Solar Dying. Put handspun alpaca yarn in jar with citric acid. Sprinkle various dye on top. Leave in sun and see what happens… That’s the plan anyway.

Socks! It’s quite hard to take a photo of socks when you are wearing them. Just finished and grafted are my first pair of knitted 4ply socks! These were made using drops Fabel which is really nice to work with. I used addi’s tiny 20cm 2.5mm circular needle which made knitting them much easier. I’m very pleased as these will keep my feet cosy all winter.

Sleeves have been sewn in. I used mattress stitch and eased in the arms pretty well I think. I do like this part of finishing off a project. I know that is unusual, most knitters don’t. I can see why. You have all the knitting part done and you want to get on to something new and all this piecing and sewing is a bit of a pain. I have found that if I take my time it’s much easier. Also I’ve learned a few sewing up techniques and they really help as I know what I’m doing now as opposed to before when I just used any old seam. Anyway next up I will mattress stitch the side and arm seams.

Sleeves have been sewn in. I used mattress stitch and eased in the arms pretty well I think. I do like this part of finishing off a project. I know that is unusual, most knitters don’t. I can see why. You have all the knitting part done and you want to get on to something new and all this piecing and sewing is a bit of a pain. I have found that if I take my time it’s much easier. Also I’ve learned a few sewing up techniques and they really help as I know what I’m doing now as opposed to before when I just used any old seam. Anyway next up I will mattress stitch the side and arm seams.

Finishing up. So I have grafted the shoulder seams and picked up and knitted the neck of my jumper. Now I’m going to set in the sleeves. There’s quite a lot to be eased in so hopefully it will turn out ok. It’s funny but the colour of the jumper is a much brighter teal blue than the photo suggests. I was actually sad to cast off as I’ve enjoyed knitting this a lot.

Finishing up. So I have grafted the shoulder seams and picked up and knitted the neck of my jumper. Now I’m going to set in the sleeves. There’s quite a lot to be eased in so hopefully it will turn out ok. It’s funny but the colour of the jumper is a much brighter teal blue than the photo suggests. I was actually sad to cast off as I’ve enjoyed knitting this a lot.

I’m finished knitting my jumper! I just cast off the second sleeve tonight. Now I have to seam the shoulders, pick up and knit the neckline and then seam the rest. And then hopefully it will look like the picture on the left. I quite like seaming up unlike a lot of knitters. I’ll look up my finishing techniques book and figure out what seams suit best.

I’m finished knitting my jumper! I just cast off the second sleeve tonight. Now I have to seam the shoulders, pick up and knit the neckline and then seam the rest. And then hopefully it will look like the picture on the left. I quite like seaming up unlike a lot of knitters. I’ll look up my finishing techniques book and figure out what seams suit best.

Sleeve. It seems like it’s taken me ages to knit this sleeve. I kept making silly mistakes while trying to keep the eyelet pattern correct. Hopefully having done one will help with doing the second one.

Sleeve. It seems like it’s taken me ages to knit this sleeve. I kept making silly mistakes while trying to keep the eyelet pattern correct. Hopefully having done one will help with doing the second one.

A boring kind of a post. Here’s the front of my jumper. I’ve knit the back and I’ve just done the armhole shaping. A couple more rows and it’s on to the neck. This jumper seems to be taking ages as I had to stop knitting it as it was hurting my finger. The finger is a lot better now but still gets a bit niggly sore if I knit too much but that’s ok.

A boring kind of a post. Here’s the front of my jumper. I’ve knit the back and I’ve just done the armhole shaping. A couple more rows and it’s on to the neck. This jumper seems to be taking ages as I had to stop knitting it as it was hurting my finger. The finger is a lot better now but still gets a bit niggly sore if I knit too much but that’s ok.

Sock knitting. Last night I tried to crochet as I thought that might not hurt my finger but if anything it was worse than knitting so I stopped. I tried knitting my jumper but that hurt my hand too, it’s probably holding up the weight that my finger doesn’t like. So I took out my sock wips. I have a lace sock from the book Knitted Socks East and West and a plain sock using Addi’s tiny 2.5mm circular 20cm needle. Maybe it’s that the sock is light but it doesn’t hurt my finger. So I think I will be knitting socks for the next few weeks. The yarn is Drops Fabel, it’s a mix of wool with 25% polyamide which makes for a nice sock yarn.

Sock knitting. Last night I tried to crochet as I thought that might not hurt my finger but if anything it was worse than knitting so I stopped. I tried knitting my jumper but that hurt my hand too, it’s probably holding up the weight that my finger doesn’t like. So I took out my sock wips. I have a lace sock from the book Knitted Socks East and West and a plain sock using Addi’s tiny 2.5mm circular 20cm needle. Maybe it’s that the sock is light but it doesn’t hurt my finger. So I think I will be knitting socks for the next few weeks. The yarn is Drops Fabel, it’s a mix of wool with 25% polyamide which makes for a nice sock yarn.