Monday, May 28, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
A view from the office in Harumi, Tokyo. Busy, busy four day trip, two days out of four visiting with my mom and brother.
The Kabuki-za (Kabuki Theater) in Ginza, Tokyo. Bad angle, but it was the best I could do with my suit case and laptop in tow.
Of course, eatin' was wonderful. Contrary to the popular belief, great food isn't always expensive in Japan. This sushi bowl, two of them with soup and two beer for lunch with my mom, was about $20 total! And it was great.
The trip was too short for the long flight that was required -- but I needed to be home for Mitch's dance recital, which was held this evening! It was all worth it though. There was no knitting related fun, except for a pattern book I bought. I do have a project I am planning to knit out of this book. In fact, with my handspun -- I will post the picture of the design next time.
Boy, no knitting or spinning pictures on this post! I'm thinking about joining the Knitlist ring, but this isn't going to qualify!
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Lang BEBE yarn -- fingering, superwash wool -- and white Chrystal Palace Kid Merino mohair together. Lang BEBE is so cute but too soft and kind of flimsy to be knitted by itself -- maybe good for babies, but I'd put a hole on the socks right away.
By pairing it with the mohair, it's very cushy and substantial. Hopefully more durable too.
The relaxation factor of hand-knitted socks is amazing. But these will be super-decompression, unwinding bunny socks. I can't wait. I'm taking this on my flight to Japan tomorrow.
I'm itching to start a summer sweater, but I haven't been able to decide which one. Oh, I've added the Lotus Blossom Tank KAL button and links to the side bar -- there has been a number of visitors to this blog from my post on the KAL. The KAL activity has slowed down after the summer, but there are still visitors from it -- a nice surprise.
I haven't been to Japan for business for a long, long time. Strangely, it makes me nervous. I'm not prepared. It means that I won't be knitting all the way there -- some work to do :-(
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
We had a beautiful weather here in Novato last weekend. I spent some time in the backyard, tending my plants, then I looked at the rosemary trimmings -- oh yeah. I can dye with this.
Cut sprigs of rosemary into stainless steel bowl -- small pieces -- about 300 grams. Cover with water and simmer, 140 - 150 F, for a little over an hour. I mordanted 60 grams of wool with 10% alum + pinch of cream of tar tar, and cooled it down, and washed it. The rosemary soup is now yellow-greenish brown, or brownish yellow-green -- depending on how you take it. We leave to Josh's baseball game, leaving the soup to cool.
After we come back from the ball game, I filtered the soup, then added the mordanted wool in it. Again, making sure that it's heated slowly to around 140 F, I left it simmering for an hour -- catching a quick nap. Took it off the heat and left it to cool.
I really like what I got -- it's yellow-green, yellow stronger than the shade of green. The photo just didn't capture the color, although I took it in the natural light. Chartreuse? I was supposed to get much darker, stronger hunter green though -- like the third one from the top on the color swatches on the link above (see near bottom of the page). The result was completely different.
The wool smells wonderful, even after it's washed and dried. It's much sweeter, complex kind of fragrance, rather than the pungent, culinary rosemary aroma.
I'm disappointed that no matter what I tried I couldn't take a picture that showed the true color of this dye project. I will try posting some more pictures as I spin this.
I've finished socks for Tomoko. She's my friend at work, and she had requested a pair of "sage color" socks.