Archive for June, 2009

Notes From Color By Accident & elsewhere

Friday, June 26th, 2009

My first post about dyeing fabric is here. I requested a couple books from the library via ILL that weekend, including Ann Johnson’s Color By Accident. Much of her text is about color mixing: it may be an interest i grow to have, but it’s not where i’ll start. I’ve selected preblended colors from Dharma. AJ’s text has some interesting instruction on the techniques of low water immersion dying, though, so i’ve taken notes on her technique (after the cut) and will annotate over time with other references.
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Dyeing crochet thread: a plan

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

My general plan for dying samples of each yarn is to explore the variations of two different “prep” methods and graduated variation in dye bath time. (I’m curious about going in dry — i may make some swatches to test that, too.) My hope is that not only will i have a good guide to getting the effects i wish, but also a collection of graduated yarns with which i can make an interesting object. The size of the samples will vary: one size that is long enough for making motifs up, another that is just swatch size. Most skeins/samples will be in groups of six, to measure the effect of dye times over ten minute intervals for a maximum of one hour.

Once “note” for this test is that i am using pre blended colors: i understand from my reading that the components of the colors can have different uptakes with time. If there is a fast reacting color (say red) and a slow reacting color (say blue), the first item in may pull a larger ratio of the faster reacting dye out of the dyebath than later elements. It’s possible i’ll see color shifts as well as gradations.

I’ve been working on this post in draft mode, but now that i’ve ordered the dye, i’ll post & keep updating as i prepare the skeins & swatches.

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Crochet Pattern for Solomon’s Knot

Monday, June 22nd, 2009



Crochet Pattern for Solomon’s Knot

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

This weekend i decided that i was done with this experiment. While waiting for the Office 2008 12.1.9 update to download, i found the scans of all my Solomon’s Knot work and this pattern to post and release.

The pattern is now sort of tested. I have a PDF and will send if requested.

Marshall Creek, Ben Lomond, CA

Saturday, June 13th, 2009



Marshall Creek, Ben Lomond, CA

Originally uploaded by Elaine with Grey Cats.

Apparently, i did not blog about the Intensive with joe Decker in April of this year. I’ll admit things have flown by this year with conferences and retreats and events. Last weekend i was at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, CA, a retreat center in the Santa Cruz mountains, and during the free time in the afternoon, i tried to take some redwood creek photos informed a little by the intensive. Mostly, i realized i really needed a tripod. I made do with my purse (what i carried the water bottle and binoculars in). More from that series here.