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djinnj
Date: 2010-05-02 04:59
Subject: Flocking
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Mood:working working

Hey folks, I'm going to flock (friends lock) my family posts which include pics of relatives and such. This includes most of my China trip and such.

So. If you're a friend of mine and not already friended by this journal, and you would still like to see flocked posts for my extremely verbose content, please comment to this post with your IJ account and I'll friend you back. Please let me know who you are if I don't know your journal name already, or I won't put you on that filter. Comments are screened.

Also, I've been thinking about flocking content on this and my other journal anyway, so I am flocking fannish content, etc. I have family who look at this journal too, so if you want on a fandom filter and haven't friended or don't think you're on it, feel free to friend and request an add.

Please to note, if I don't know you from Adam, you won't be added to personal filters. Just the way it is, folks. :)

Thanks!

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djinnj
Date: 2009-09-10 21:17
Subject: cheesecake cookies
Security: Public
Mood:full full
Tags:food

I've been craving sweets lately, mostly because we haven't had any. So I baked tonight, despite being insanely busy. Cheesecake cookies, and a cheesecake brownie, because I bought Neufchatel cheese but we have no bagels. I can't ever reproduce what I did with the brownie, and it's too hot to cut into yet so I don't even know if it's good, but the cheesecake cookies are worth doing again.
nom )

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djinnj
Date: 2009-09-08 21:28
Subject: working working working
Security: Public
Mood:tired tired
Tags:dyeing, yarn

Whew, I haven't posted in a while. BUT, I finished my principal dyeing for this coming weekend, so I'm posting pictures of some of what I'm bringing. This is all new stuff that hasn't hit my shop yet. I dyed the worsted weight in August, and the sock yarn is all from the past week. *collapses in a heap*


March Hare: 100g skeins of light worsted weight superwash merino.


Top two rows- Jackrabbit 4oz: 114g skeins of fingering weight superwash merino
Bottom row- Jackalope: 100g skeins of nylon/superwash merino blend
The skeins sort of hanging out on the side are slightly underweight (really, they're exactly *at* weight), so I've pulled them for making sample cards. But I'm thinking of knitting up something to wear out of the black as it's kind of odd going to a show, needing a sweater, and not having anything in my own yarn to wear!

Everything in the shop is going, too, and I've got all the Jackrabbit 6oz and another 9sk of the Jackrabbit 4oz which are still too wet to photograph. It's more than 40sk of yarn more that's drying, so it's a pile of yarn.

Tomorrow I'm dyeing up some odds and ends, and then I have to do things like inventory and such. OMG I can't believe the festival is so close. It's a tiny little festival by all accounts, but I hope to do well at it. *crosses fingers*

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djinnj
Date: 2009-08-20 17:20
Subject: So many things
Security: Public
Mood:squirrelly squirrelly

squirrelly )

Last, I have acquired a cell phone that has a qwerty keyboard, a gift from a friend who took pity on my thumbs. OMG it's so much easier to text and email now. I moved over the numbers and email addresses by hand, and realized that a number are really old and possibly not current (yeah, I don't really use my cell phone to call people). So, if you'd like me to have either or both bits of information, leave a comment. I'm screening comments just in case.

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djinnj
Date: 2009-07-22 16:25
Subject: roving
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Mood:sleepy sleepy

So, I've been thinking about dyeing roving, and I asked the yarn rep what was available, and got a little sample. It's Corriedale roving, very fluffy and easy to spin. They sent a strip a little over 15g and I dyed it up yesterday:


There's no black dye in this fiber, it's just really dark black cherry colored. I'm test driving it on my drop spindle which I haven't used in something like 4 years.

Yeah, it's convinced me to do it. Not sure what increments I'll be selling in, but I ordered 4 pounds of fiber. *facepalm*

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djinnj
Date: 2009-07-20 23:09
Subject: stuffs
Security: Public
Mood:pleased pleased
Tags:dye for glory, sock summit

The pie from t'other day, so I don't lose it.

Peach pie x2 )

The reason I really wanted to post today, though, was I finished my entry for Dye for Glory which is a little contest for yarnies who are selling their wares at Sock Summit. I'm not going to Sock Summit myself (it's all the way on the other side of the continent, and I couldn't afford a table anyway), but I have a bunch of yarn going there on consignment with Yarny Goodness, and so I am eligible for this contest.

What the contest really means is exposure. And fun. I wasn't going to enter and my massive water quality issues were going to sideline me anyway. But I've managed to wrench everything back to working as it should by being extra careful about the water, and going back to vinegar. And I've taken some of my last skeins of undyed yarn and made a colorway I absolutely adore. And it's almost exactly how I imagined it when I thought it up, which pleases me greatly. I call it Crispin's Day, in reference to the speech in Henry V, since this is a contest about glory after all.

It's brown, as St Crispin is the patron saint of cobblers, tanners, and leatherworkers (and bikers, apparently). But this is no ordinary brown. Really, seeing is believing. Click the thumbnails to embiggen, of course.


more )
If the weather holds long enough tomorrow, I'm going to get some bright sun pictures. I love, love, love this color. And I can make it again, so I don't have to feel bad sending it away. I've already dyed up another pair in the 6oz size, as this is the 4oz. Now, the question is whether I take my last 6oz skeins and make 2 more in this colorway, or if I make more Heirloom Tomatoes.

*bounces*

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djinnj
Date: 2009-07-07 23:48
Subject: shoo be do wop
Security: Public
Mood:amused amused

Still vertiginous but much *much* better. Which is a good thing because DUDE that was getting OLD FAST. I could practically feel a switch flip tonight when I went from fuzzy to clear. I think it's from low blood pressure. I always have lower blood pressure due to being a really mellow person (hey! no skepticism from the peanut gallery!), but currently it's kind of ridiculous due to some careless dehydration. So I'm pounding the fluids and the salt in an effort to bring it up. And if the weather would cooperate, I'd also, you know, exercise. It's not a bad word! But I'd walk to the post office to mail off my yarn, at least. Unfortunately today the sky opened up right before I was going to go. *facepalm* There's a certain window of walking time. It has to be late enough that I don't have to worry if another order comes in, but early enough to not push too close to closing time for the post office. You know, just in case it was like today and it was *packed*. Seriously, I've never seen that many people in there at one time before ever.

Heh, "buy my yarn, I need the exercise." XD

In YARN news, however, which is far more interesting than 98/59, I've got my new yarn bases in and wound and I've got 80+ skeins of yarn. :D So work/play time this week. That would be 20 each of the Jackalope, Jackrabbit 4oz, and March Hare, and 20+ of the Jackrabbit 6oz. Still pondering the colorways I'll do. A number of repeats, definitely, as well as a bunch new. I've started to keep a dye notebook with my "recipes" in them, so I can reference things quickly.

I also got in an order of citric acid, since I ran out of vinegar last time and had to buy more and I really don't feel like having to buy vinegar that often. And I also got two new dye primaries. So I can broaden my dye horizons a little, colorwise. :D I need to test them out and see how they behave. :D

Sock sock sock sock sock....

I'm not chattering as much these days as I'm on Twitter and it satisfies all my content-less post needs in neat 140char tastes. :P Well, that and Ravelry. I spend waaaay too much time in the forums there.

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djinnj
Date: 2009-07-04 15:28
Subject: July 4
Security: Public
Mood:quixotic quixotic

We're doing the barbecue thing today with family. The weather is holding, for once. After a month of near solid rain, the sun is nice. Me, I'm having a bout of vertigo, which is annoying. Started yesterday. Whenever I change direction quickly, or get up from lying down, everything spins. :P Luckily it doesn't bother me if I just sit here.

I baked a pie. Don't know how it is yet as it's for dessert tonight, but I'm noting down what I did in case it turns out well. I think it might be a little too sweet, but that's because the berries were quite sweet and not at all tart.

blueberry pie )

Meanwhile, I have a gecko sitting on my stomach, and I should put the rabbits out for a bit of a run....

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djinnj
Date: 2009-06-30 18:35
Subject: One month as a milestone
Security: Public
Mood:accomplished accomplished

So, on June 1, I opened my new Etsy shop. I did a lot of scrambling in May to make it happen, and a lot of scrambling in June to keep it up. Here's some of what I did. Read more... )

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djinnj
Date: 2009-06-29 14:18
Subject: spammity spam spam
Security: Public
Mood:amused amused

I realized I never posted pics of the latest batch of yarn. Two have already sold and four are on hold for people in the shop. I'm not sure I like this holding things business, but while I'm small fry I think it's OK. If it gets to be annoying, I'll stop doing it, however. Especially if lots of people hold and then don't come back by the end of a week and actually buy the yarn. I've already had one person back out of a held yarn, but it was less than 24hours so I'm not holding it against her.


Tigers B, Dutch Iris, Fire Nation, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mad Scientist, Purple Prose, Red Desert and Red Desert B, Scoop Shop, Sea Wrack, and Shell.

more chatter )

Also, today is gorgeous. Simply gorgeous, and a wonderful antidote for something like 3 weeks of nearly perpetual rain. And the tree cutters are coming tomorrow to take down the dead tree! Which is nice as it's rather close to the house and near the driveway, so if parts of it start coming down, it'll make a mess.

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djinnj
Date: 2009-06-29 11:43
Subject: destashing dye
Security: Public
Mood:awake awake

I've decided to destash some dyes that I never use anymore. This is to defray costs of buying more dye as I'm almost out of yellow, and I want to get some additional primaries to expand the colorways I can make, as I prefer to mix my colors at this point. So I have 4 tubs of Jacquard Acid Dye to destash.

They're perfectly good and three have had small amounts taken from them. One is unopened. Don't know how much an empty tub weighs, but I do have their total weights. They are all 8oz (227g) tubs. Based on the unopened tub's weight, I think the tubs themselves weigh about 2oz or 57g.

colors are:
Burgundy #610, dye lot #9759 - 280g (Dharma Trading Co's price $13.62) - asking $12
Navy Blue # 626, dye lot #9842 - 268g ($11.97) - asking $10
Emerald #629, dye lot #9732 - 237g ($14.31) - asking $11 (this color doesn't like exhausting, use extra heat and acid)
Spruce #630, dye lot #10527 - unopened and sealed with tape weight 288g ($19.16) - asking $18

+ actual postage, which I'll calculate from the USPS site. Either USPS first class or priority mail, which ever is cheapest.

Asking price or best offer, since I just placed a $90 order with Dharma.

I'll leave this up for a bit. If they don't go, I'll destash them through my etsy shop at some point.

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djinnj
Date: 2009-06-02 17:54
Subject: what's in a name?
Security: Public
Mood:sleepy sleepy

I've been futzing about for the last few days scrambling to get things done for my shop and I've hit an impasse. You see, I have 4 skeins of yarn in this one color, and I don't have a name for it. Something catchy, and vaguely suggestive of the actual colors would be nice. Something evocative and appealing. I'm completely stumped. Mind you, I named something "mac and cheese" today, so perhaps I should have admitted being stumped earlier.

It's pink, orange, yellow, and the lighter version has some white, too. It's BRIGHT, and I had to tone down the saturation a little in the twisty hank pictures as my camera goes nuts with these colors.


and a lighter version which is what I really wanted:


Anyone have any name ideas? I've developed a headache, and I've got a crick in my neck, so I'm going to go take a nap before I continue putting labels on all this yarn. Which is what led to the naming impasse. Well, that and I need a name in order to *list* the stuff. :P

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djinnj
Date: 2009-05-31 22:15
Subject: What I've been doing
Security: Public
Mood:sleepy sleepy

Sooooo, tomorrow is the "grand opening" of my new Etsy shop. This is what I've been doing.

Read more... )

I have a lot to do to get my shop up and going, mostly editing pictures and pulling together what I'm going to list first. I'm going to list about 20 pieces to open, and then add something new from this every day or every other day, to keep it in the Etsy "churn". I still have quite a bit of the Jackrabbit 6oz left undyed, as well as 4 skeins of the Mountain Hare, so I have something to play with if the mood strikes. I'm debating whether to do self striping or graduated colorways, but I'm not so sure about the interval with the larger put-ups since they've quite a bit more yardage than what one normally uses for socks. If I did say 5 colors evenly, there's a possibility that the last color wouldn't even show up on socks, etc. But it would be good for other kinds of clothes. It bears some pondering. Meanwhile, I also have a lot of random stuff I have to dye up and list in my other etsy shop.

Then I have to sit down and actually make and attach labels for all of this stuff. XD

And then I have to sit and hope that it all takes off fast. Free domestic shipping for the entire month of June in both shops! And I'm taking out the cost of domestic shipping from the international shipping, so it's got a decent discount. *attempts to make everything look very attractive and desirable*

OK, time for dinner, and then I decide what to list for tomorrow and get started with the picture editing. XD

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djinnj
Date: 2009-05-19 02:52
Subject: playing with acid and bases
Security: Public
Mood:hungry hungry

In this case, distilled white vinegar, acid dyes, and yarn bases, nothing dangerous. :P


They look better before reskeining, I think. But the skeins are so very big that it's really impractical leaving them that way.
pictures and blather )

Advertising kicks in for the shop on June 1, and I'm offering up a shipping discount for the month of June as an incentive to try and get my yarn *out* there into people's hands so they can talk about it and see how it looks and feels in person. So, the entire month of June, everything in both shops will have free US shipping, and international shipping will be less the amount of US shipping.

I really want to get my yarn out there fast, to create some interest. Mostly because the method I use is time consuming and labor intensive, but gives incredible depth to the color and that's really hard to see in the photographs vs in person. I've no doubt many people assume my yarn is hand painted and steamed in a single pass, with perhaps one over dye if I don't like the way it came out. Instead, I do as many as 8 passes of color, waiting for each to strike and exhaust before moving on, and I use resist methods, changed through each pass in order to create the extremely varied color intervals. I think the yarn speaks for itself, but popularity in this sort of thing is really hard to predict.

This entire thing has pretty much eaten me for the last few weeks. I expect that state of being to exist through June. :P

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djinnj
Date: 2009-05-16 03:12
Subject: Double reel/skein winder/swift or Giant Robot Monster?
Security: Public
Mood:awake awake

Read more... )

Also, I got my sample pack of yarn, and tomorrow will be a date between me and my dye pot. I'm hoping the skeins will be dry enough on Monday for me to know what I want to order since I need a fairly quick turn around in order to be able to dye up enough to have my new etsy shop well stocked for the June 1 "launch". Which is to say, the day the little bit of advertising I bought kicks in.

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djinnj
Date: 2009-05-09 14:34
Subject: sooo much cropping
Security: Public
Mood:hungry hungry

I can't believe I forgot to take detail shots of all the hanks yesterday when I was cropping pictures. *facepalm* This means I had to redo them all because they aren't reduced in size at all. *facepalm*

BUT, the new lower price point batch is up in my shop and all the previous batch has been reskeined and now all have white board shots with detail pics. And I've organized the shop to separate the yarn by weight. I wish things could belong in multiple sections, that would be handy....

Also, Dad's working on a standing double reel out of pvc pipe for me, based off of these plans as a starting point. We have lots of pvc pipe, so we just need to get some connectors and some screws and such. It should be fully adjustable, and cost under $10 for all the parts we need to finish the thing. The best thing? Not only will I be able to reel from hank to hank directly on the thing, but I can reel around *both* to make a giant hank suitable for self striping (if I should want). Since they'll be in vertical fixed relationship to each other, the hanks shouldn't slip which is the problem I had the last time I tried this using my two swifts. It's not such a problem when winding into big hanks, the problem is how to *rewind* them into smaller hanks that will fit onto a swift for winding into balls. With an adjustable double reel, I can put it back onto the reel, and then wind off onto one of my swifts.

Oh, and here's the yarn I didn't show pics of before because it wasn't dry yet. Knitpicks silk/merino. Not a superwash.

Sleeping Dragon, per a name suggestion. The purples are really subtle. Reskeining tends to help the more subtly variegated yarns demonstrate their variegation more, which is a good thing, I think.

Now for lunch! :D

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djinnj
Date: 2009-05-08 20:32
Subject: I can haz a plan
Security: Public
Mood:full full

This not having income thing is a real drag. I decided to look into getting yarn from a mill wholesale to try and sell enough product to pay one bill a month. Ideally the big bill, my car payment. This isn't a get rich quick scheme, or even a get rich slow scheme. It's me hoping I can get enough momentum to run out of money more slowly while I look for work that actually has a paycheck attached.

Of course, if I'm lucky, I'll become bigger than Wollmeise before I run out of my first order of yarn, and my second, etc.

... Yeah, I'm not holding my breath.

Still, wholesale will let me have competitive prices and that's a thing of beauty and a joy forever. :P

Sooooo, any color requests? Names to go with them? I have a bunch of ideas I want to try out, but if the whole ordering thing works out, I'll have a lot of yarn to play with. Especially if you consider I can only dye in batches of 2.

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djinnj
Date: 2009-05-06 20:43
Subject: Yarn again
Security: Public
Mood:cold cold

If I can sell enough to buy more, I'm pleased. If I could sell enough to pay bills, I'd be even more pleased. ;)



April and May showers means it takes forever for things to dry )

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djinnj
Date: 2009-04-26 02:07
Subject: Yarny goodness
Security: Public
Mood:sleepy sleepy


2 pounds of Kona superwash sock yarn. I really like this base yarn. Wound up into slightly larger hanks this time. These are all 4oz skeins, actually about 117g each. :)

Read more... )

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djinnj
Date: 2009-04-16 15:44
Subject: a sunny day for pictures
Security: Public
Mood:pleased pleased
Tags:dyeing

This is the recent dye job, in bright sunlight which isn't always the best, especially with such lustrous silk, but I still think it gives the clearest idea of the colors. So anyway....


A line up. It's Habu N14 100% tassar silk (tussah), 2ply laceweight. It's lovely stuff. A little stiff still after the dyeing, but not as stiff as when I was reeling it. It softens up beautifully on handling. Bit staticky working with the stuff once it dried.

beauty shots )

I really like working with silk. No matter what I do to it, it's gorgeous! :D Also, no worries about felting, etc. But it takes a lot of dye to get intense DOS, and it often took leaving the fiber in the pot overnight to cool for the dye bath to exhaust completely. Since I like to dye repeatedly in the same bath with different colors, that complicates matters and everything takes longer. Still, I like all of them.

The ones going up will be listed in my etsy shop tomorrow.

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