Sunday, June 21, 2009

Black Sheep Gathering!

This weekend = Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR! Fiber festivals for the win!

However this is going to be a rather sad little post....Sigh, I need to get a little, decent camera to take with me to things like this. I don't want to lug the SLR, but my iphone camera is woefully dissatisfying, as you can see. Check out Lee's post on the event for some better pictures, and a video with sheep noises (they are really, really funny. I always forget that.)

But anyway, here is a my single in focus sheep shot:



Hooray. We walked around a bit, though given the four hours of driving, I wanted to keep actual Eugene time at a minimum so the dog wouldn't do anything unsavory before we got back. I made my purchases:


Odds & ends of a merino/targhee/maybe something else blend. Very soft, very economical, very drum-card-able!


Lavender Sheep roving. She does fantastic yarns, too, but my fiber festival rule is "fiber only except in cases of unmeasurable awesomeness and rarity."


aaannd Chameleon Colorworks. I'm a sucker for these colors. I remember their rovings being bigger, though... maybe they're just braiding them more densely.

We stopped by a brewery so Travis could get some freebies, then ate lunch at a highly rated Thai restaurant that was...ok. It looked like somewhere that would have "Country Kitchen" in the name.



Heh. I was disappointed to learn that Eugene does not have an answer for Saint Cupcakes, as I've been on a bit of a miniature cupcake bent lately. But hey, we got back to a poo-free house, and that's all I can really ask for.

We're about to move and the place is a disaster, so I'll probably manage to save the rovings until Tour de Fleece.....maaaaybe.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's that time again

You know, the one where I post a bazillion pictures of dyed yarn that's going up in my shop pretty soon, and don't give you any real content. As our ever-observant Vivian noted, this blog has pretty much turned into "Presents Dyes". I promise I have some knit stuff to photograph sometime soon. And a pattern to go with it, even! But we're moving soon and the apartment is a mess and making myself look all chic is hard, so for now...things that will fit in a lightbox! Onward!


True Blue


Tang


Noreaster


Manticore


Charybdis


Cherry Lips


Artificial Strawberry


Peacock. This one probably won't go in the shop, it's just a tiny batt...I'm still experimenting with dyeing fiber in different forms. It's a bit tangely.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hawt.



(You know what that means, right? It means it was a dye day.)

Ah well, a bad case of respirator-face is better than a mild case of rainbow-lung, I'd imagine. Or pickled-by-hot-vinegar lung.


This is not stuff I dyed today, since it is still quite moist, as you might imagine. But it was finally sunny enough today to shoot the things I dyed last week (yes, my business depends on it being sunny in Portland. I'm screwed, I know.)


Chimera, Gorgon...two of these. The pictures are labeled things like "gorgon5" which makes me think of weird galaxy names or something.


More Chimera- Sphinx, Harpy, and Pan. All from the same dye pot, oddly enough. I think they'd be pretty awesome striped.


Chimera, Nymph


Reinyarnation, Cashmere/Silk... "Fate of Atlantis". Yes, sometimes yarn reminds me of beloved childhood Indiana Jones computer games. So what?


Reinyarnation, Posy, big & small. The big one is a bit darker. Wool, possibly merino.


Reinyarnation, Hella Grassy, cashmere


Hurrah! I feel like that was a weirdly small batch. Hmm.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Serious Business

Yarn is fun and all, but tonight I'd like to talk to you about something a little bit more serious. It is a dire and unpleasant affliction, which affects close to 99% of all women.

I am talking, of course, about body hair.*


Now, I am a LADY and do not like to speak about such things as pores (which I don't have) or pooting (which I don't do) but I will break my dainty vow of propriety to share with you a very important discovery.

These things:

are AWESOME.

Why are they awesome?

Well, for one, they do the same job as waxing, but only cost about as much as a single salon wax (it is still what we call down on the homestead a "stupid impulse buy," being as I am but a simple small-time purveyor of fine yarns, and not a wealthy lady, but it is worth it.) Also you don't have to go to a salon and get all paranoid about the gaggle of adorable southeast Asian ladies talking smack about you in their native tongue. You can do it in the privacy of your own home, but unlike home wax kits, you will not be glued to EVERY FUCKING THING IN SIGHT for the next three days. ("Just dab a little cold cream or baby oil on the leftover wax", they say. Well, I didn't know I was going to need to buy cold cream, and the "leftover wax" is covering my entire leg, which is still hairy.) Plus you never have to buy refills, so it still works out cheaper.

Reason two.... you don't need a reason two. But it IS sparkly.


And yeah, it feels like you're being tattooed by killer bees, especially the first time (and god help you if you try it anywhere but your legs- it made my armpits cry, I am pretty sure.) But pain builds character, and you get used to it. It does leave a few too-short or too-wispy hairs, but nothing a razor can't fix, and it'll make your shave look and feel way better for way longer. And honestly, it's kind of fun.






*Unless, of course, you're one of those ladies who likes to keep things natural, in which case more power to you. Please feel free to ignore this post completely, or pass it along to a friend who was more successfully brainwashed by the patriarchy.

**Disclaimer: the one above, the Braun Silk Epil Xelle-something, is the one I have, but I'm sure other brands are just as good. And no, this post was not paid for by Braun, though if they wanted to beer me a little yarn money for my efforts I wouldn't stop them. But it really is a good product. Click the picture to go to drugstore.com and read all the five star reviews.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Oh, technology.

So, uh, you guys can be facebook friends with my etsy shop, now, should you so desire:

Oh Geez!

I guess technically they're called "fans" but whatev. We know we're friends, right? BFF4EVAOMGZ.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Catching up with Bloggity-ness

Now, back to yarn. First, some stuff I didn't dye, but OH HOLY GOD IT'S SO PRETTY. If you live in Portland you need to get your tush to Twisted before we run out of DiC Starry again. We only got three of each color, and they are all SUPER BEAUTIFUL. If you're familiar with Dream in Color you know that the colorways vary a lot from dyelot to dyelot, so...don't blame me if you miss it.



It's hard to capture it's sparkly glory in pictures, but trust me.




Aaaannnd... some more stuff that'll be in the shop over the next few days, if it's not already-

Some rovings, oo la la:


"That Minty Fresh Feeling"


"Flora"


"Palm"


More reinyarnations:


"Parrotfish", wool, fairly chunky, probably merino.


"Lionfish" (yeah, I know it looks nothing like a lionfish, but whatever.) Silk/Cashmere blend. SO nice. I wish I had more of it...sadly it was a pretty small sweater.


"Leprechaun", silk/cashmere


"Maui Wowee" silk/cashmere...these might be staying here with me. Ahem.


"Ralph". My dad named it. It's cashmere.

And one more Chimera (actually there's another but I need to reshoot it..my camera has trouble with reds sometimes.)

"Scylla"


And finally I got around to putting some batts together- this set I'm calling "Koi Pond"

It's a blend of pretty much every fiber in existence. Wool, alpaca, mohair, several kinds of silk, camel, hemp, linen, sparkly stuff, bamboo, probably a little cotton...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Maui: Wowee!

I've been back for almost a week, but I wanted to post Maui pictures before rambling on about anything else, so...heh. Yeah! Those. (I also probably should have mentioned that I graduated at some point. So, that's neat. Not being in school is pretty friggin rad.)

Brace yourself, this is gonna be a big one. No talky, just looky.







































It was a good trip. I learned a lot about my various physical weaknesses (a short list: I am bad with cold water/wind (ear-wise), high altitude, the sun, and the period of several days after a boat ride. Also, physical exertion of any kind. I never used to be such a bad traveller :-/ ) But I saw lots of pretty things, and dolphins and sea turtles and a super-rare monk seal (!!) which I don't have pictures of because my camera is not snorkel-boat suitable.

Been dyeing a bit since I got back, pictures of that to follow. I think I'm going to have to cut my dyeing down to one day a week, since it makes me a little woozy, even with the respirator (which I think needs new filter cartridges) and really stinks up the place. At least until we move and I have the space to do cold-pour. Ah well, it's not like I've got one toe in about 10 other crafts.

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