25 October 2006

En god dag / A nice day

I dag er en dejlig dag!

Først og fremmest skinner solen, det har den ikke gjort den sidste uges tid. Jeg tog et billede til hukommelsen, for fra nu af bliver det koldt, blæsende, vådt og overskyet. Og siden det er oktober, bliver der jo stadig færre lyse timer. Men i dag skinnede solen!
Picture1:Desuden gik det i dag (så'n rigtigt ;) op for mig, at hvis der er noget jeg ikke bryder mig om, kan jeg enten ændre det (eller gøre en indsats for forandring, hvis vi taler om verdensfred og den slags ;) , eller også er jeg forpligtet til at holde op med at brokke mig og acceptere det. Det gjorde mig faktisk i ret godt humør.

Og så læste jeg en historie i MetroXpress: En kioskejer der nægtede at lade sig berøve, og jog røveren på flugt, som nu er fængslet. Bonusfonden hørte om det og belønnede ham med 25.000 kr. Viser sig at manden er matematikprofessor fra Irak og måtte flygte fordi han nægtede at udlevere facitlisterne til eksamen til Saddams søns kæreste. Personligt mod, idealisme og integritet. Respekt!!! Må det gå ham godt.

Og sidste men ikke mindst var der en pakke fra min Secret Pal 9. En meget interessant bog om at spinde med håndten.
Picture2:Jeg troede først, at den ikke ville være brugbar for mig, da den er om spinding på en håndten med tenvægten i toppen, og de få personer jeg kender, der spinder, bruger en, hvor tenvægten sidder i bunden.
Men jeg tjekkede det på internettet bl.a. her:
http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/spindles.html
Det viser sig, at begge typer var i brug i Skandinaven i vikingetiden, og der optræder gradvist flere tene med vægten i bunden jo senere tidsperiode. Så jeg kan lære fra denne fine bog, og stadig være autentisk. Mange tak for gaven Secret Pal9.

In English:
What a lovely day!

The sun is shining, it hasn't for the last few days. I took this picture (picture1) to remember what blue sky looks like, because from now on (tomorrow according to the meterologists) it is going to be cold, windy, wet, and with a thick blanket of clouds. And since it is oktober, we're going to have ever fewer light hours. But today the sun shone!

Today I realised that if there is something I don't like, I can either change it (for attempt to make a difference, if talking about world peace and such things...), og I should stop mouning and accept it. That realisation actually made me in a quite good mood.

I read a little story in the newspaper: A convenience store owner refused to be robbed by a guy with a knife. The robber is now in prison. A foundation heard about it and awarded him 25000 kr. Turns out that the man is a prfessor in mathematics from Iraq, that had to flee because he refused to hand over the correct answers to the exam to Saddam's son's girlfriend. Personal courage, idealism and integrity. Respect to the man!!! May he do well.

An finally there was a package from my Secret Pal 9. Yiiih!!!It was this vey interesting book on spinning with a hand spindle (picture2).
At first I thought it wouldn't be able to use it, since it was about top whorl spindles and the few people that I know that handspin, my colleague at work and the ladies at the weaving house at Lejre Experimental Centre, use a bottom whorl spindle.
However, I looked it up on the internet and as it turns out, in Scandinavia in the viking age both were used, with gradually more bottom whorls being used in later periods. Relief! Conclusion: I can learn about top whorl spinning from this beautiful book, and still be authentic! ;) I will be really cool to be able to do both!
Thank you very much Secret Pal, I appriciate it very much.

22 October 2006

Efterårsferiens bytte /The loot of the autumn holiday

Jeg har endelig fået en garnvinde, juhu! og den kostede kun 100 kr. Nu mangler jeg bare en garnhaspe (en garnvinde er til at vinde fed af garn af (til nøgler) med, en garnhaspe er til at vinde garn op i fed med):
Og hvad er så dette? Kompost? Affald?:
Nej, det er 30 liter valnødde-yderskaller som jeg skal bruge til at farve brun med. Adr, de er temmelig ulækre lige nu, men det skal være skidt, før det kan blive godt. Jeg glæder mig meget til farveprocessen og til det endelige resultat:
Og jeg har været på Lejre Forsøgscenter sammen med Frimændene. Sindsygt godt vejr for dette tidspunkt af året...
In English:
Picture1: I have finally got a yarn winder, and it was only 100 Dkr. (since the only truly global thing seems to be fast food(...), I will equal the amount with that: It is as much as two fast food menus).
Picure2: And what is this: Compost? Waste?
Picture3: No it is 30 liters of walnut hulls/husks that I'm going to use for dyeing brown. Eek they are disguisting right now, but "it has to get worse, before it can become better" (= All good things come to those who wait. Amazing how many silly proverbs and fixed phrases that exists...but in this particularly instance, the best thing to do is actually to wait passively and patiently, since the husks/hulls has to ferment for at least a few weeks). I'm looking forward very much to the dyeprocess and to the results.
I've been to Lejre Experimental Centre. Lots of pictures, lots to tell, but none now (teasing). There is so much, that I'll spread it across a few posts.

15 October 2006

Farvning med krap/madder dyeing

Jeg farvede en lille portion (500 g) garn i den emaljerede gryde.
Det mørke garn (nr. 3 fra højre) var gråt.
Det lyserøde var i badet i 10-20 min.
Og det gulorange var gult (birk) garn, der lå i det afkølende bad i ca. 15 min.

In English:
Did a little dyeing (500 g) yesterday.
The dark yarn (3rd from the right) was grey.
The light red (pink?) was in the dye for 10-20 min.
And the yelloworange was yellow (birch leaves) yarn, that was in the cooling dye for about 15 min.

08 October 2006

Jernalderfarvninger2 / Iron Age Dyeings2

Rejnfanblade. Nøglet med dybere farve kølede af i farvebadet natten over. Picture1:
Bregne. Nøglet til venstre er gråt garn. Det gav ikke så meget farve, det er nok lidt sent på året at farve med bregne. Picture2:
Fyrsvamp. Picture3:
Krap. Nøgle til højre er farvet i efterbadet. Picture4:
Røllike. Picture5:
In English:
Picture1: Tansy leaves. The darkest one cooled off overnight in the dye pot.
Picture2: Fern. The skein to the left is grey yarn. Only gave a little colour, it's probably a little too late in the year to dye with fern.
Picture3: Tinder fungus
Picture4: Madder. The skein to the right is dyed in the same dye pot, 2. batch.
Picture5: Milfoil/yarrow.

SP9 questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Like:
- 100% wool. I am interested in the properties of the wool of different races, and
what they are especially good to use for (so expect to be asked about which race the wool came from).
- yarns from other animals, such as goat wool, musk ox wool, cow hair (but that I can't find anywhere anymore!) aso. Not dog hair though.
- And plantfibers such as hemp, nettle, long fibred flax.

As I do viking age re-enactment I restrict myself to animals and plants whose wool were acsessible to people in the Nordic countries in the viking age.

Don't like:
Synthetics. Mohair also tend to annoy me very much when knitting with it.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A fabric case that rolls up. Bought it with paint brushes in...but soon thought of a mush better
use for it.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
My mother taught me how to knit when I was 6 years old, but I was about 10 before I really started
knitting.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
Subtle! Or no smell at all, I like natural stuff.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
A little. High quality dark chokolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Plantdyeing, sewing, nalbinding, enjoy to do DIY work in the house (fixing,
painting, decorating). Leather working, wood working. Learning to spin and weave.
Everything really, most often in relation to my living history hobby.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Rock, classical, metal, neofolk, everything that isn't shallow. MP3s ok.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
The colours that plants will dye. They aren't nessasarily muted, just look through my blog,
but they are never harsh. I love deep red, and dark green nuances.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Living my myselv, with my cat, a Russian Blue called Fuga.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I would be a very stupid person not to, up here in the north ;). Ponchos? No, that fashion
has faded.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Bags.

13. What are you knitting right now?
A complicated lace scarf for my neighbour in lilac colour. It will be lined with offwhite
silk. She looks after my cat everytime I'm away, and she refuses to recieve any money so I
wanted to thank her this way.
I am also beginning an emerald green bag, that is to be felted.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Depends on what I'm knitting. They all have some best uses.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Have a yarn swift, my father will be making me a garnhaspe for Yul. Haven't got a yarn winder.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
½ year.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
May 1st (spring celebration).

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn. I like to find unusual yarns (from special races mainly, but also interesting multicoloured yarns, or from strange animals/plants)
Old wooden textile tools. Books.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Not really, I find patterns on the internet a modify them to my needs. I mostly buy books on
history.
Want, but haven't been able to find alloo/aloo/allo yarn (nettle yarn) and soft thin hemp yarn.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Knittingwise? I think I know most of them. I ought to practise my skills in working with
several colours at the same time, though.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
A little, my feet are 22,3 cm long. My other toes are very small in relation to my big toe,
so I tend to knit socks that are assymetrical at the "toe end".

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
January 25.

06 October 2006

Barda Live Rollespilsmarked/Barda Live Roleplay Market

Tro det elle lad være. Vi tog faktisk til et rollespilsarrangement! De ville gerne have nogle middelalderfolk og vikinger - vel til at inspirere børnene. Så vi tog afsted et par stykker fra Odd og teamede op med Frimændene, sparkede røv på kamppladsen og brugte sammenkomsten som en lejlighed til at få trænet en masse.

Det var tåget, MEGET tåget om morgenen, så høj luftfugtighed at det burde have regnet. Det er i øvrigt sortelverne (....) der er i gang med at male hinanden.
Picture1:

Billede fra ca. samme vinkel senere på dagen. Nævnte jeg at det var tåget om morgenen? Picture2:
Vi legede (fedtpind). Picture3:
Og vi sloges. Picture4:
Og middelalderridderne red dystløb. Picture5:
...og så tog vi hjem igen.

Jeg tog også en masse billeder af mærkeligt klædte gæster (nervøs velour, indianerbemaling og gaffavåben i overstørrelse er tilsyneladende hvad der anses for at være rollespilspåklædning), men da jeg ikke vil udsætte dem for almindelig latterliggørelse, nøjes jeg med at have billederne liggende i mit private fotoalbum og kun selv grine af dem....;)
Vil lige bemærke at jeg her taler om gæsterne, de fleste af deltagerne var ret gennemførte i deres kostumer, omend en historienørd som mig blev lidt forvirret over nogle af sammensætningerne, men det handler jo netop om fantasy og ikke re-enactment, så det er tilladt at tage hvad man vil fra forskellige perioder og tilføje ahistoriske elementer.

In English:
Will you believe it?! We went to a live role play market. They wanted some viking and medieval fighting re-enacters, so Odd teamed up with Lokes Frimænd, showed the children what fighting is about and trained a lot, as we do every time we meet.
Picture1: It was foggy, VERY foggy in the morning. Black elves painting each other by the way.
Picture2: Same angle later in the day!
Picture3: We played games.
Picture4: We fought.
Picture5: The medieval knights jousted.
And then we went home...

I took a lot of pictures of the guests (appearantly people think that roleplay = lots of velour, randomly painted faces and oversized ducttape weapon), but I wont ridicule them in public, so I'll just kepp the pictures in my private album and laugh of them there ;).
I remark that I'm talking about the guests. Most of the participants were more thorough in the costumes, though the costumes were somewhat confusing for a history nerd like me. But we are talking fantasy, not re-enactment, and its allowed to pick and chose from different periods and add your own imagination.