A Crafter's Diary: 6th June - 12th June 2020

Hi everyone!  This week seems to have flown by!  Things haven't been busier than usual, but I've been well occupied and as they say, time flies when you're having fun!  That said, I don't have an awful lot to show for my efforts this week as much of my time has been spent doing some household decorating.  But I do have a few things to share!

FO: Trapeze Artist
For the first finished object this week, I have a lovely skein of yarn!  This is a 70% merino and 30% silk blend.  It was a pleasure to spin, although it needed a little bit of fluffing up first as its been squished in a box for a while!  Its a blend of about 4 different colours I think but I just simply spun it end to end to make a tonal yarn which is one of my current favourites!

Trapeze Artist

FO: Dyed Alpaca
This was a lovely spin!  I spun up 100g of some of the nicest fibre I've had the pleasure to work with.  It was just a plain white and so I had plans to use it for some dyeing practice.  First, I tried to dye it naturally with rosehips on an alum mordant.  This pale that lovely pale brown base colour you can see.  This was not what I actually wanted, but its natural dyes and you can never quite tell what you're going to get out of it in the end!  I then wanted to try space dyeing on it while definitely keeping some of the pale brown.  So I tied 3 simple overhand knots in the skein and then mixed up 2 fairly dilute dye colours using Landscapes Acid Dyes - the first was "Wild Raspberry" which is the pinky purple and  second was "Marine" which is normally a bright blue, but I deliberately tried to keep it nice and pale.  I dropped each colour in a colour of spots on the skein and left it to sit in the hot water.  I also sprinkled a small amount of "Wattle" dye powder (yellow) straight onto the skein to see if it would speckle (answer: no it didn't, but it still looks lovely!).  All in all, I think I came out with a rather nice skein of yarn!  It'll be interesting to see it knitted up.

Dyed Alpaca

WIP: Spring Tulips - Scarlet
I know what you're thinking.  "But Stephanelli, this is a finished skein of yarn!"  Yes, this one mini-skein is, but its a WIP because I've got a batch of 4 colours to spin up, and this is only the second.  This is handdyed Texel which I dyed, blended into a batt and then spun.  It was intended to match the Red Wine mini-skein but its ended up a tiny bit thicker.  I was paying less attention to it clearly.

Spring Tulips - Scarlet

WIP: Circus Clown
The dye pot has been busy this week!  I got some lovely plain white Polwarth that I wanted to try dyeing and this is the result!  I wanted a project inspired by the bright colours of a clown's juggling balls, so this seemed to fit the bill nicely!  It seems that Polwarth, like Merino, compacts quite well when dyed and I was afraid that I had felted it.  So I took it to the blending board and that opened the fibre up nicely so felting seems to have been avoided thankfully!  But, definitely something to note for the future!

Circus Clown (Dyed Polwarth)

FO: Shield Maidens
I've been working on these socks for a little while now, but I'm pleased to say that they are finally finished!  I apologise for the picture being in bad light but right now when I have good light they are out on the washing line.  This is a really great pattern by Adrienne Fong (who is sadly no longer with us) and I would definitely recommend it.  I made a few modifications so they turned out as I wanted them - you can find all the information on my Ravelry project page (see the end of this post for more details on that!).

Shield Maidens

WIP: Edith Socks
Yep, I cast off one pair of socks and pretty much immediately cast on the next pair.  This pattern comes from the book Custom Knits Accessories by Wendy Bernard.  Its a wonderful book with simple recipes for making nearly every accessory you can think of.  You can then add your own stitch patterns or use it as a starting point for becoming a knitwear accessories designer.  There are also some patterns which don't require you to do any designing of your own at all and that is what I'm using here.  This is the Edith Socks pattern which is a cuff-down sock with a heel flap and gusset and a basic toe.  I'm mostly following it as written, except for changing up how the gusset for the heel flap is knit because I like the look of it better when the gusset decreases are on the sole of the foot.  I think it makes it look a lot less noticeable.  I'll go into that in more detail when I've finished.

Edith Socks

So that brings us to the end of another week of crafting!  I hope you've had a good week and that the week ahead is full of crafting goodness for you!

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