25 June 2007

Farvning med birkeblade/Birch Leaves Dyeing

"Heksemutter lod en tudse..."
At der skulle kunne komme noget, man har lyst til at være i nærheden af, ud af DET.... (picture1 ):
"...rimme rum rimme rum..."
Men nu ser det lidt mindre giftigt ud (picture2):
"...røg i ringe, uhm uhm uhm."

Og som ved magi transformerer det sig til smukt garn... (picture3):De grønne er forfarvet med indigo.
Række 1 (fra oven til venstre): Spelsau (åklegarn), gotlandsk pelsuld, Skotsk uld, New Zealandsk uld.
Række 2 og 3: Spelsau.
Række 4: Entrådet islandsk uld.

Alt dette (og 3 nøgler mere, som allerede er blevet brugt) er farvet med 3 kg tørrede birkeblade. Så vidt jeg husker ca. 4,5 kg garn. Jeg garnet stå over varme i farvesuppen i to timer, og derefter køle af et døgns tid deri, inden jeg tog det op.

In English:
My latest dyeing with birch leaves (accompained by a Danish children's song about a cooking witch).
Picture 1: Boiling,
Picture2: Cooling,
Picture3: Final result. The green yarns are predyed with indigo.
Row 1, from left: Spelsau, gotlandic, scottish, new zealandic.
Row 2 and 3: Spelsau.
Row 4: Icelandic 1-ply.

This, about 4,5 kg of yarn, is dyed with 3 kg dried birch leaves. It was in the heated dyebath for 2 hours (I'm not sure it's correct English, but you understand, right? I put the yarn in when the dyebath had the right temperature, and kept that temperature for 2 hours), and cooled of inthere for about 24 hours.

15 June 2007

Karmøy Vikingfestival, Kapitel 2/Chapter 2

(fortsættelse fra forrige post)

Jeg har lige siddet og leget med et natbillede af de musikalske tyskere fra Karmøy Vikingfestival. Go' stemning synes jeg (picture1): På markedet fik jeg også anskaffet mig flere ting jeg har villet have længe, blandt andet denne lille vægt, som jeg fandt i et antikvariat nede i Haugesund. Denne er ikke autentisk, men den er tæt nok på (og sådanne her koster ikke ret meget). Nu skal jeg bare have nogle vægte, det bliver nok det dyreste... (picture2):
Hyggelige Simon fra http://www.wordsmithcrafts.co.uk/ lavede et lille spiral-fladbrødsjern (12 cm i diameter) og et kødspyd (22,5 cm lang) til mig. Er de ikke bare flotte! Jeg ærgrer mig sådan over, at jeg ikke kunne se ham lave dem, men jeg havde forstuvet min tå, og var gået kold nede i min egen lejr.
(picture3):
Det var et bytte for et stort nøgle af mit spelsau-uld, farvet med birk og indigo. Det er et virkelig godt sokkegarn, jeg har selv lavet sokker af det (picture4):
Spelsau er langfibret (de individuelle uldtråde, der udgør pelsen, er lange, hvilket øger brudstyrken) og lavet til et tykt, 3-trådet og hårdttvundet garn, får man et ekstremt stærkt garn.
Spelsau er desuden mere vandafvisende end almindelig uld, og MEGET varmt. Nå ja, og dette garn kradser ikke! :).
Mine spelsau-sokker er mine yndlingssokker. Tror faktisk jeg bliver nødt til at binde mig selv et par sokker i til, til daglig brug til vinter....

In English:
(continued from the previous post).

Picture1: Have just been editing a picture of the musical germans from Karmøy.
Picture2: Got myself a few things that I have been missing for at long time, among them a little pair of scales. I found it in an antiquities shop in Haugesund. It's not authentic, but it is close enough (and much cheaper than the real thing...now, I am a member of the authenticity-mafia, but an authentic one, incl. weights, could be 10 times the price of this one...)
Picture3: Lovely Simon of http://www.wordsmithcrafts.co.uk/ made a spiral iron (12 cm across) and a little meatfork (22,5 cm long) for me. It think they are very beautiful. I am so sad that I couldn't watch him make them, but I had sprained my toe, and was completely exhausted from dragging myself around on crutches.
Picture4: It was as a swop for a skein of my spelsau-wool, dyed with birch leaves and indigo. It is a very good sock yarn, I have made myself socks from it.
Spelsau-wool has long fibres, and made into a thick, 3-ply yarn, twined many times (don't know the correct words for this, you twist the individual strands of yarn, in this case 3 strands, together. This is twisted more times than you usually do, making it stronger and also less fluffy), it is extremely strong.
Spelsau-wool is also more water resistant than average wool and VERy warm. Oh, and this yarn doesn't scratch! :).
Mine are my favourite socks. Actually, I think I will have to bind myself a pair for regular winter use.

13 June 2007

Karmøy Vikingfestival 2007

Nøøøj, hvor er jeg smadret! Det var en superfed tur!

Lokes Frimænd var afsted sammen med venner: assortede vikinger fra Odd, Ask og Run (picture1):

Resultat?

- Hygge i rå mængder (picture2):


- En masse go' træning og kamp (som jeg ikke har billeder af, da jeg optog det på video...og det blev godt, bare vent og se) (picture3):
- 3 bøjede økser, én knækket samt et totalsmadret skjold.
- Usandsynlig rar norsk natur (pictures4+5):

- En hjernerystelse, et blødende headshot og en forstuvet lilletå.
- Turboafslapning (picture6):
- En masse ny kontakter til megahyggelige vikinger rundt om i Europa, blandt andet disse (picture7+8):

- Oplevet norsk mad.........
- 2 scoringer fandt sted
- På 1. parket til et par brandinger. Vikingesmeden varmer op (picture9): ...og Mann-runen laves (picture10):
De stolte brændemærkede (picture11): - Mere hygge, de musikalske tyskere optager livealbum (picture12): - go' handel
- en million (cirka ;) ) nordmænd til marked
- næsten tropisk vejr...i Norge :0
- interessante kulturmøder (især mellem tyskere og polakker....)
- og naturligvis hygge (picture13):
Tak til alle for en pragtfuld tur! (picture14):
In English:
I am so tired! That was a really great market!

Lokes Frimænd went to Karmøy Vikingfestival together with some people from Odd, Ask and Run (picture1).

The result?
- Hygge! (picture2).
- Lots of training and fighting of which I have no pictures as I filmed it with a videocamera, great shows, wait and see (picture3).
- Awsome Norwegian nature (pictures4+5)
- 3 bend axes and a broken one, and a smashed shield
- A cuncussion, a bleeding headshot and a sprained little toe.
- Ultimate relaxation (picture6).
- A lot of new contacts to a bunch of really lovely vikings around Europe (pictures7+8)
- Have experienced Norwegian food.........
- 2 scores
- We saw some brandings. The viking smith warms the iron (picture9), and do the branding (picture10). The proud brandees (picture11).
- Hygge! The musical Germans record a livealbum (picture12):
- Good trade
- A million (or so ;) ) Norwegians to market
- practically tropical weather...in Norway
- interesting meetings between different cultures (especially between Germans and Poles....)
- Hygge! (picture13)
- Thank you to everyone for a wonderful market! (picture14).