I am going to share with you now one of my very biggest pet peeves. 

"Cutesy" site navigation on fanfic archives.  Particularly challenge archives.  While I think it's lovely that you've based your challenge on the colours of the rainbow/tarot cards/Austrian drinking games, I do wish that you would notice that the people who you want to READ these wonderful stories can't even figure out which ones are going to appeal to them, because you've given them no flipping summary. 

SERIOUSLY.  Be cute, be themed, be whatever, but BE USEFUL AND EASY TO NAVIGATE. 

Thank you. 

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In other news, I catalogued my Basket'O'Shame last night, and there were projects in there that I didn't even remember.  Whoops.  And of course, the ones I'd be most inclined to frog are all mohair projects, and they regard my petty attempts to unravel them with scorn.  I have been told that I might be able to talk them into it by freezing them, so we'll give that a whirl.

My reward, both for dealing with the Basket'O'Shame and for getting a stellar performance review, is going to be knitting this sweater:



In a rather terrifying move, I've ordered some undyed cashmere yarn from Colourmart, and I'm going to dye it up in my Grackle colourway to use for the sweater:



Things are going.  Many good things loom on the horizon for me.  Publication on Monday(!!!!!!!!!!!!), BowerCon DC in June, Indy trip in June, Sheep and Wool in May (anyone interested in attending, I have a spare guest room and a large vehicle available), and this weekend, carpet in the basement and another attempt to wrestle my library into submission.  And gardening!  And biking! 

Life is pretty damn good.
I believe I'm going to invest in a tester kit of Greener Shades Dyes. I want to see what kind of colour intensity I can get from them, and how they blend.

On the up side, they are available in several different base shades, and everything I've been reading about them says they are relatively easy to mix for a wide variety of different colours. They are heavy metal free (make your own Danzig joke, please), meaning there is no chrome involved, which according to their website makes them "non-hazardous". That's a pretty vague term, however, they also go on to state that the dyes meet the criteria developed by the Organic Trade Association and the Global Organic Textile Standard for Organic Fiber Processing and Handling.

On the down side, there are only 9 base dyes. That means a LOT of mixing to get back up to my standard array of about 35 different colours. They are also much more expensive than say, my Jacquard Acid Dyes.

If they are truly stunning in use, I will seriously consider making a gradual change to them, but they are going to have to wow me to outweigh both the drastic increase in price and the fiddly factor. I would find out about these after spending massive money on a full complement of dyes within the last 6 months.

(crossposted from the String Theory Fiber Arts blog.
I am brewing up a batch of yarn that has fabulous hidden depths of colour. Every time it moves, you catch another shimmer that you didn't see before. All semi-solids, all kettle-dyed in 3-4 stages, and all based on songs, albums, or bands.

I'm not sure I'll be able to give it up.

Mail Call!

Jul. 13th, 2007 08:54 am
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Alex! *giggles*

[livejournal.com profile] savvyjack18 has gifted me with a German sheep! And the sheep said I could open my early birthday present, too, and it was CAULIFLOWER SHEEP SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS! OMG, I cannot even -express- how truly awesome these are! I will take pictures. And make icons. Because...Cauliflower! SHEEP!

Thank you, Alex! You're wonderful.

AND!

There was a giant box for me! And I looked at the tag, and could not remember ordering anything that large from a mechanical engineer. Or, actually, ANYTHING from a mechanical engineer. There was a moment of head scratching, and then I said, "Wait, is it from Oregon?" And it was! And then there was a moment of getting my hair caught in the packing tape as I fell upon the box and ripped it open to reveal LOADS OF TEASEL!

Yes. Yes, people, my upbringing has finally kicked in. It took years, but I was absolutely ecstatic over receiving a huge amount of weed.

Dye party at my place! And [livejournal.com profile] owlslight, thank you so much! Your thoughtfulness is a lovely thing.
Dyed another 3-ish pounds of fiber. This time I've got some BFL, merino, and silk. Look for updates to the store in the next couple of days.

On a related note, dear gods do my feet hurt.
Sold something else, sold something else!  *bounce* 

Ahem.  Yes.  I am clearly a seasoned artist.  *cough* 

Big Damn Dye Day today.  I've done about 3 lbs of merino, and I've got 8 ounces of silk that I might pull out too.  I need to place an order for more exotics, but I've been holding off until next week because I saw that Little Barn is going to be at Maryland Sheep and Wool, and I can buy from them there without paying shipping.  I'm really hoping that I can find someone who is selling the larger containers of acid dye, because buying it by the half ounce isn't exactly economical when you're trying to use it every week. 

Back to work.  Pele is calling my name...
I ordered the bump of merino. Planning colourways right now. Set up the last of my previous stash of 10 lbs. to soak last night before bed. I think I'm going to be kettle-dying half of it, and hand painting the rest. Look for Peacock, Tangerine Sunshine, and Rainwood rovings, coming soon to etsy. In the same theme, I am working on the Bibliovixen colourway in my head. I may bust out the coloured pencils here and start playing with shades.

Dreaming isn't for pussies, yo.
Well, I had a productive day.  We went to the fabric store and I managed to resist buying some truly awesome brocade to make into a bag.  The we came home, and I spent the afternoon dyeing about 4 pounds of fiber- silk roving, tussah noil, Wensleydale wool, merino/mohair roving, and some some mohair roving. 

Now I'm just relaxing before bed, but since I don't have to be at work until 9:30 tomorrow morning, I'm in no real rush. 

Also, there is a fox barking outside my window.  This neighbourhood is so awesome.
Finally, here are some teasing pictures for you...

Peacock yarn in the making. )

Enjoy!  The colours are pretty accurate, except the pic of the stuff on the wheel.  The variegation is much more noticeable.
[livejournal.com profile] siodhchan, I wanted to send this to you and surprise you, but I also don't want to send you something you hate, so...  This is supposed to be your namesake birthday roving, a colourway based on you.

I wanted the colours (except the black) to be a bit lighter in shade.  Next time I'll probably dilute the brown and rose a lot more.  As it stands, the brown reminds me of chocolate and coffee more than the tea it was supposed to represent, but oh well.  We also have deep rose, black, and celadon green.  It was supposed to be light brown for tea, deep rose for heart, black for goth stompiness, and celdaon for zen and groovy creativity.  I'm thrilled with the green, but the others...

The roving )

The singles )

I'd estimate that out of 4 oz. of Blue Faced Leicester roving, I've got about 250-300 yards of fingering weight singles.  I really love the huge pools of celadon, and I'm wondering if the singles would hold up decently as sock yarn.  I have four more ounces of the roving, which I can either send you as roving, or spin up in a similar weight to the rest. 
[livejournal.com profile] interminable took pictures while I was playing with my dye pots and roving this evening, and combined them into this nifty collage!  It's huge though, so beware.

She's Dyeing! )
-Dye Day. No, really. My new dyes came in, and I want to get rolling on some of the yarn I've got ideas for.
-Meet with the contractor Saturday morning for the plans. Finally. Geez. And our kitchen design does NOT look like the bridge of the Enterprise!
-Pack a box. Any box.
-Trader Joe's run.
-Start wrapping things and getting boxes that have to be mailed together.
Following a series of unfortunately stupid events, I finally bring you the roving! )
I hope it's the colours you were looking for! Rather than the handpainted look I tried to go for a more random, blended use of the colours.
As if there was ever any doubt...I will be atteding the Fall Fiber Festival in Montpelier, VA on October 1. If anyone has any requests, I'm happy to look while I'm there.

I'm thinking that my biggest purchase will probably be 10 to 20 lbs. of undyed top. Haven't decided between corriedale and merino, though I imagine it'll all depend on what they have for sale. I think I'm leaning more towards merino because I know it takes my dyes really, really well, and I love the way it spins.

I was extremely impressed last year, and I'm looking forward to it again this year. Poor [livejournal.com profile] marigot. *snicker* At least I'll drive this year.
[livejournal.com profile] nstynittinnymph, I must apologize.  I haven't done much of anything this past week except stare in horror at the world around me.  However, your merino will be dyed tomorrow, and after giving it time to dry, it'll be ready to go on Wed.  I'll probably mail it Wed. morning. 
[livejournal.com profile] bayushi- Your silk is shipping today, and so is the dye. I doubt it will be here by the weekend, but we can hope! If not, next week I will squeeze in a night to dye the fiber and get started spinning!

[livejournal.com profile] nstynittinnymph- Your dye is also on the way, but there seems to be some hold up with the merino. I'm hoping by the middle of next week at the latest, and then a handpainting session on Saturday.

[livejournal.com profile] sabah- I haven't forgotten about your scarf from..erm...monthsandmonthsandmonths ago.

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