12 March 2011

Fibre dyeing and carding!

Toffee Sky painted roving 3oz

I've been doing a fair bit of dyeing lately, trying to record everything making sure i can replicate my results if i like them.   I like both kettle dyeing in a pot, and painting roving, however, painting roving is much more wasteful in that you tend to use alot more dye and for steaming you have to roll it up in plastic wrap which is very hard to reuse.  However, The results are much more predictable and you can control where the colour is placed making really fun striping rovings.   The kettle dyeing process I use I learned from a workshop I took with Pat LeClair from dyeing for colour 3 years ago.  In filling the pot so the water *just* covers the  fibre and waiting until the water is almost boiling before you place the dyes in the pot allows you a fair bit of control, but it's harder to place the roving/fibre in a specific pattern in the pot.  Either way I end up with results i like.

Toffee Sky painted roving 3oz

Toffee Sky painted roving 3oz

I can't wait for some orders to come in.  I ordered a tonne of veggie fibres from a couple shops including mulberry silk, tencel, nylon, bamboo, soysilk, ramie, cotton, hemp and some others.   I've decided to go all vegan with my new etsy shop, and there really is alot of great choice of cellulose and synthetics out there.  I'm excited to try some weird blends.  I ordered a Pat Green carder that has a finer cloth to blend the finer fibres with like bamboo, and I also ordered a bunch of reactive dyes which work with the cellulose fibres.  I can't wait to get dyeing and carding in order to start building up an opening inventory.



Orange Party mixed batt 3oz

With the batt below, it was too big to fit into my lightbox for pictures! I'll have to make a bigger on I guess. It is 5.5oz so fairly large. I learned a couple different ways from Deb Menz's book to pull a batt into a roving to preserve the long stripes. This way the roving will go gradually from pink to white to brown. And I made 2 identical batts, so I can either spin a really long single with the pattern repeating twice, Or a nice two ply withe the pattern repeating only once.
Neopolitan long striping batt 5.5oz

8 March 2011

The Darkness II

It's been announced for a while, but I'm working the Darkness 2 sequel!  Fun!   Mike Patton's back as the voice of the darkness which is totally awesome.  I"m not really a gamer at all, minus Civilization and WoW, but D2 looks pretty fun in that there's crazy crazy gore. You can slash people in half and see spine and guts, or impale them up against a wall with a parking metre.

It's been fun to work on that's for sure. :)



Some articles to read. :)

weird, this is my first post about work.

4 March 2011

lightbox improvements

Green Bean navajo 3ply

I'm getting sick of posting the same yarn over and over, but I'm really just doing tests for the macro lightbox i made getting all the details ironed out, and i'm too much of a lazy pants to go up into my spun stash upstairs.  Plus these two work great for testing because they're so opposite. 

I stopped at the home depot apres work/gym and picked up two cheap clippy lights and proceeded to do some more white balance testing.  In the first test images from my last entry, I just had one tiny fluorescent but it was mixing with the regular lights in the room that are a completely different temperature.  So no matter what settings i used, the white would not balance.  So today I turned off all lights except the two new lamps, which bounce a surprising amount of light around in that box.  Then I took a picture of just the white poster board background and used that image as the base of the camera's white balance which worked great!  The colours are much more true to life. :)  So hopefully now all my macro shots will look much better.

Green Bean navajo 3ply

Green Bean navajo 3ply

The saturation of the orange really throws orange bloom around.  I'm not sure how to really prevent or adjust for the orange-ish tint of the background.
Orange Party art yarn singles

3 March 2011

Light box for macro shots... still needs some work

Green Bean navajo 3ply yarn

I found a cool tutorial online for a quick dirty lightbox setup for macro shots.  I followed the video that they had posted and didn't cut a diffusion window on the top flap but put a piece of white poster board to bounce light.  I think tomorrow I might cut a window like they suggested, or maybe not, not sure yet.   It worked fairly well with just the two sides cut for tracing paper, and the top with a bounce sheet.  I'll need to get two lamps at canadian tire or something, because the one i used was to concentrated and bright I think.  And of course I'll need to dig out the trip pod.  Some of the images of the orange wool could've benfited from a longer shutter time, but since I didn't have the tripod handy, I couldn't go below 1/40 without camera shake manifesting itself.  Still a fun thing to do though, and once I get the lighting setup perfected, I can take nice pictures of yarn, batts, fibre, warhammer miniatures.. etc. :)

light box with one lamp. Going to buy 2 lamps to be able to make a better lighting solution.
Lightbox macro setup

Orange Party singles

Green Bean navajo 3ply yarn

1 March 2011

Orange Party Fun Fun

Orange Party singles yarn

I bought a bunch of stuff at the fibre garden a while ago, and decided to have some fun on my carder.  I'm happy with the colour combinations.  I wanted to put a few beehive coils in but it's pretty much just a nice bulky single otherwise.  It came out very balaned, pretty much right off the wheel.  I'm going to finish this skein with a hot/cold dunk to stablize it, and maybe knit up a nice mobius cowl or something.  The colours came out so rich and saturated and clear.  5.5 oz = 150 yars..  woot!

Orange Party singles yarn

Orange Party singles yarn

Orange Party singles yarn

Blended on the Louet Drum Carder
Crazy orange batt!

Crazy orange batt!