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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyeing day (loads of pictures) on: August 26, 2007 04:35:09 AM
Melladh and I decided that we needed to dye some yarn with acid dyes. Since I've got a tiny bit more space and a big pot we decided to be at my place.

The first yarn! Melladh's 450g variegated wool yarn for a Danica. She wanted it to be brown/blue/green. (Yes, the yellow jar is actually the brown.)

As suspected, the brown was a bit too yellow and she wanted everything a bit darker. So we put it back in the pot (without jars) and overdyed it with a light shade of blue (and maybe a hint of red, I don't remember).

The yarn is drying! The orange thing in the back is a small skein I did.

And the final result. Beautiful yarn Cheesy

The next project was some cotton/nylon (bävernylon) fabric she had. We started with dyeing it a shade of dark blue. But even though my pot is quite big, it's hard to dye large pieces of fabric evenly in it. It turned out a bit tie-dyeish, but very cool.
After the blue she squished it into a jar and poured yellow dye over it. I took the opportunity to dye some wool yarn I had for a shawl or maybe something else with the water and dye left over. (Blue and yellow, mixed into a hideous or beautiful shade of green.)

The fabric! It was really hard to photograph since the wind was blowing and the fabric is shiny.. It is more dark and vivid. (Melladh, get some nice photos of it!)
And the back. You can see my greenish yarn also.

Then I dyed some striped yarn for a hat and at last yarn for a sweater in a orange-red colour.
The striped is yellow/green/orangered/brown and to the left. The yarn for the sweater in the middle and my greenish yarn to the right.

And finally my striped yarn in a skein. I love it Grin

We really had fun! Now I only need to knit something from this so I can dye more later...  Wink

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Every morning.. on: August 24, 2007 05:59:00 AM
I've never done ATC's before, but I've been browsing the forum for quite a while, and got an idea for this challenge. The quote is
'Every morning I walk towards the edge
and throw little things off'
From the song Hyperballad by Björk. I'm not entirely happy with them, but oh well..

3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Self striping yarn with Kool-aid on: August 10, 2007 01:07:52 AM
Yes! I got a Kool aid kit in the DIY kit swap round 9 from Lizzle! I've dyed with other dyes, but never any food dyes or Kool aid, so it was perfect Grin I got four kinds of Kool aid, Knit picks 100% merino yarn (so soft!), instructions and easter egg dyes too!

As usual I'm really bad at following instructions (it was for hand painting with Kool aid), because I decided I wanted self striping yarn, another thing I've never tried before. And it is intended for a pair of socks, or maybe mittens.

So I started with knitting a swatch. To see how much yarn was needed for a row. From there I decided how long I wanted my colour strips to be. I finally settled on 5-6 rows. And I started to re skein the skein.. To keep it from tangling to much later, I tied every loop in three places.

Four different colours, so four smaller loops. Since I only have three chairs, the fourth loop got wrapped around something else, and thus is a bit shorter than the others.

When the skeining was done I mixed up the kool aid. It smelled great! Especially the orange.. In the middle is strawberry, then orange, lemon lime (I think) and Jamaica.

Since I had two skeins I decided to put the two smaller loops in the middle, and then one in each jar. So both skeins got the same colour repeats. You see the white parts where the yarn continues to the other loop in the skein? I was afraid the colours would bleed into each other there. But as we shall see..

After about 30min in the jars in boiling water (nothing else than kool aid and water in them). I took a spoon and checked if all the dye had adsorbed. The water was absolutely clear. BUT the white parts between the jars was almost as white as from the beginning Undecided The dye had been nice and stayed put in its jars.. Nothing else to do now than to take up the skeins, rinse them in the sink (I put cold water on the hot skeins, I tend to be careless like that Grin, but it didn't bleed at all) and then dry them.

After they had dried I re skeined them into one skein again.

A finished skein! And a yet-to-be-reskeined skein.

To see if my calculations had worked I had to knit a swatch.. It was so much fun to knit with these colours! The white parts I was afraid of is actually not very visible. They tend to be pink and blend in quite well with the other colours. The colours are a bit variegated since the yarn was crammed into jars and I didn't stir anything at all. But I like that. If I had wanted more solid colours I would have had bigger jars and stirred every now and then.

Now I just need to decide what to do with the yarn. Mittens or socks? Or if socks, what kind of socks? I've been thinking of Jaywalkers, they look good with self striping yarn. But I need to recalculate the pattern and I'm lazy Wink
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / DORMANT: Swirl-along (with pattern link) on: August 06, 2007 09:22:05 AM
I first saw Swirl a couple of days ago. And immediately fell in love. I knew that I HAD to make it. So I started.

I don't like grey and I don't have the amount needed of a single yarn. So I thought 'Why not make it in scrap yarn?'. And thus it became the Scrap-Swirl. Right now I'm using Noro blossom, some wool/nylon sock blend, a wool/cotton blend and a wool yarn I dyed a couple of years ago. The not-swirly part of the sweater wrap will be striped in different yarns and colours.. And if I'm adventurous I'll change the pattern on the arms. I'm not so fond of that.

Anyone else want to join me? The swirl itself is easy, but I've never crocheted anything this big before so I am kind of scared..
You know you can't resist the Swirl! Wink
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Math inspired picture on: July 24, 2007 01:44:20 AM
My favourite web comic is xkcd, and I totally fell in love with this one http://www.xkcd.com/184/. And since I need things to put on my walls I thought 'Why not embroider it!'. And so it became:

If the image doesn't work you can see it here

Made with black dmc on off white wool fabric. I backstitched it, and that is not my favourite stitch so it came out quite a bit wonky.. It is approximately 9x13 cm.
For those not quite so geeky is I: The first thing is a rotational matrix. It rotates vectors by 90 degrees, which changes the numbers inside that vector and thus their direction in space, NOT the way you write them on the paper Wink
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / CP soap not reaching trace on: April 22, 2007 01:20:09 AM
Yesterday me and Melladh tried to make cold process soap for the first time. (And I guess the last time..). The sodium hydroxide developed some nasty fumes we didn't really expect, at least not that much of them.. But that's not the problem right now.. The problem is that the soap thickened, maybe a bit slow, but it thickened. But after about 5 hours it still hadn't reached trace! Melladh had gone home and I had to go to bed due to high fever.. I didn't want to leave the soap in the pot so I poured it into the molds and went to bed. This morning the soap seems to be a bit liquid still but a dark spot has shown up in the middle and has spread towards the edges of the mold. I guess this is the gel phase? Is this a good sign for our soap?

What I'm really wondering now is:
1. Can I wait more than 24h before cutting it up?
2. Do I have to cut it if we're going to rebatch it?
3. What to do if it doesn't want to turn solid? Can I try to pour it into the sink?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Problems with carding very fine wool on: January 13, 2007 03:03:07 PM
I've got some wool from a Swedish breed called 'Finullsfår' (direct translation is fine wool sheep). The wool is super crimpy, soft, pretty short staple and there's quite a bit of lanolin in it. Unfortunately I can't wash it because it's been run through a drum carder a few times and I think it would felt way to much.

My problem is that when I try to card it loads of small lumps, or knots forms. I can spin with it but it's hard to get the fine and even yarn I want with all the knots. I've tried combing it, and when I spin from the top I'm able to produce a better and more even yarn because no knots form during the combing. A lot of the wool is wasted though and it's really hard getting anything off the combs, because of the short staple I guess.

Should I continue my struggle with the combs or is there anything I can do to be able to card it?
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / M&P soap problem, brown spots on: December 10, 2006 03:17:23 AM
Me and my boyfriend has been making some M&P soaps that are meant to be Christmas presents. We've made lavender soap with lavender flowers and lavender essential oil and rose soap with rose blades and rose fragrance oil. Our problem is that the soap gets ugly brown spots after a while! It seems like the lavender flowers turns the soap brown in some places. The rose soap was beautifully white with green and red spots from the roses but now, after a night, its green and brown spotted Cry

What could this be? We've only used dried flowers and leaves. The lavender flowers were bought  especially to be used in soap. We've gotten a fair bit of air bubbles in the soap due to not having rubbing alcohol (what is that stuff anyway?) to spray on. Could that be the problem?  Huh
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Spinning nettles on: July 11, 2006 12:36:10 AM
Has anyone prepared or spun stinging nettle? I've prepared flax in school last year and I've read that it should be about the same process for nettles. But when should I pick them? When they are young or a bit older? And can I pick them this year and leave them to dry until next year? I'm moving into an apartment soon and I think it will be pretty hard to handle a retting process there...
10  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / One year of weaving.. (loads of images) on: June 15, 2006 04:20:27 PM
This past year I've gone to a school and learned how to weave. Thought I should post a few of the things I've made here  Smiley It's been a really great year! Unfortunately I don't know what any techniques or stuff is called in English..

A pillow made with cotton warp and handspun wool as weft.

Eldblomma. Sometime when I find a suitable fabric to use as back it's going to be a pillow. The best pillow in the world!

Some kitchen towels. Cotton warp and linen weft.

Linen/cotton mix in the warp and linen and linen/cotton in the weft.

Cotton warp and wool weft.

Scarf in wool, dyed with acid dye.

I wanted a big shawl I could hide in.. All cotton.

Same technique as 'Eldblomma'. But with dyed locks of wool and handspun wool yarn in the bottom.

Mercerized cotton as warp and wool as weft. Those misshaped figures around the embroidered mushroom is leaves and mushrooms, stenciled on the warp before weaving.

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