Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Knitting and Dyeing

I haven't been spending much time on the computer, but I have been doing lots of other things.
Summer is finally here and I have enjoyed working outside!!

Things are growing and blooming, which is so nice after that incredible long winter.

I have done a bit of sewing on the Rob Peter to Pay Paul quilt -

I also finished knitting a sweater -

This is The Seamless Artemisia Sweater from Craftsy.

It is such a great way to knit a sweater - from the top down with no seams, so I tried it on as it grew to make sure that it fit just right (it is 30°C/86°F today and hopefully it will be a long time until I need to wear a wool sweater!).

The only thing that I did different than the instructions was to knit the sleeves two at a time, using the magic loop technique (like I knit socks).

Yesterday I dyed some wool ready for spinning.

It is the first time I have tried this and it went very well (I used acid dyes - just need vinegar to set the dye, and I steamed the bundles in an old canner). The top pastel one is wool and nylon for socks, it came out lighter than I expected. This is the fibre before steaming -

This Saturday the Tour de Fleece starts - it is a month long online spinning challenge (runs the time of the Tour de France), so I am all set.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Heather said...

Love that sweater. very pretty with the detail in the neck area. I haven't tried dying wool, but did try fabric and found that a lot of fun. must do it again as I loved that it was so easy to do the graduations in tone.

Anonymous said...

Wow lovely roses and sweater, enjoy the warm weather !

Doniene said...

The sweater is absolutely gorgeous!! I am so impressed! You continue to amaze me! The Rob Peter to Pay Paul quilt is really pretty!! Thanks for sharing!!

Sharon said...

I love the flowers and the quilt, but I am super amazed by the top down sweater. Lovely! I also really like the too light sock yarn. I think it's perfect.

Joan said...

Your'jumper' is wonderful :) It suits you fine I think...what was wrong with the front view :) As always - I see you have been busy - Love your dyeing ..catch up soon

Corina said...

great sweater!

Raewyn said...

I have been wondering what you have been up to! Love how your jumper turned out - and also your wool dying, fabulous :-) Your roses and the gardens are looking so lovely - no wonder you've not been inside sewing!!