Bionic Craft

A log of all my crafting adventures.

Fleece sorting and washing. The fleece I got yesterday is just lovely. See it’s clean and the locks are all lined up the right way and they have good crimp. And it’s a beautiful colour. I’ve washed a small bit as a practice. It went ok but I think I now have the process right so washing the rest should be easier.

Three bags full. Well one anyway. I’m on a farm getting some fleece. For free even!

Three bags full. Well one anyway. I’m on a farm getting some fleece. For free even!

Sitka Spruce hat. A Ravelry forum I’m in had a random knit a hat in a week knit along. So I knit this Sitka spruce hat in six days. The pattern is by Tin Can Knits. It’s a lovely pattern, the twisted stitches are easy to do once you get the hang of them and they give fabulous texture to the hat. I used two random balls of Drops Nepal I had in my stash to make it. It seems to be a week of finishing things for me.

Sitka Spruce hat. A Ravelry forum I’m in had a random knit a hat in a week knit along. So I knit this Sitka spruce hat in six days. The pattern is by Tin Can Knits. It’s a lovely pattern, the twisted stitches are easy to do once you get the hang of them and they give fabulous texture to the hat. I used two random balls of Drops Nepal I had in my stash to make it. It seems to be a week of finishing things for me.

More solar dying. I have another jar so I carded some white alpaca fleece and put in some bright pink dye. The two jars are now sitting in the sun.

More solar dying. I have another jar so I carded some white alpaca fleece and put in some bright pink dye. The two jars are now sitting in the sun.

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.