elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
Took an allegra and a rectine. No hives or faceleaking but I am dumb and sleepy af.

But I got many kitty toes trimmed and had some nice cuddles.

I had 13 today and it was a really good session, I think! I'm so lucky to have so many good engaging games, and such awesome people to RP with in all of them. Also got some knitting done.

Yesterday I brought in the yarn in the cherry bark bath.... and there was nothing, no change at all. I'm super disappointed. It just smells gross now :/ I'm not sure if I should rescour it and go through the whole mordanting process again, or what. Maybe I can try again with some queen anne's lace/wild carrot tops, which are supposed to be green. Maybe bark dyes just don't work with solar dyeing. I dunno, but I am disappointed, boo :(

I need to pick a writing project. I finished all my exchange fics and have freedom to do what I want if I only could decide what that is ;p
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I had been doing well on my posting streak... ahh well!

I even thought about posting yesterday, and then didn't -_- In my defense, I got distracted reading tons and tons of excellent jukebox fics! I always wind up writing more for this than I expected, and this year was no different, though I'll wait for reveals to be more specific. There are a lot of really excellent stories and art though - go read around!

All three (!) of the fics I received were excellent, and I'll try and elaborate on that some tomorrow. Today was mostly reading both Jukebox and also Kai Ashante Wilson's novella The Devil in America on the TOR site, which is excellent, but do heed the warning.

Also Dyeing! I got my second mordanting done on the linen and the cotton. The linned I'm going to dry and set aside for now, but the cotton is going into the cherry. I drained the liquid out of the container it has been sitting in, and simmered the park in fresh water. I'll strain that and the other liquid back into the container tomorrow, and then I'm going to leave the cotton yarn in that bucket for a few days to a week to sit out in the sun and bake :D Annnnnd since it is cotton and I can iron mordant it, I am going to make up some mordant to do that with so I can experiment with that later too :D I'm super excited!

But for now, sleep - night all!
Mood:: sleepy
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
It is late but *not* before I am already actually in bed! I'm not posting from my phone! I *am* posting from my new computer!

I have an official offer letter form the Museum - thanks to everyone who offered congratulations! I'm going in tomorrow, but probably not for the full amount of time that I usually do. At least, that's my plan. I don't want to get sucked/pushed into starting the job before I start the job, and since I just finished up the stuff I was working on last time I was there, I think that will make sense. So I'll go, and talk to Rhonda and give her my signed acceptance letter and maybe do a few little things? We'll see.

I have dyed! I finally used the big bag of onion skins that 'd been saving up, on both some test swatches and on some wool I got specifically to dye some stuff for the shawl my larp character is knitting. I also did a for srs bath of walnut on the rest of the wool. I'm super excited - they look really good in the bath, and I know they are both dyes that stay pretty fast. I'm looking forward to spring and more things I can try out :)

I did a teensy bit of writing today, and I made soup, and that's about all I did, otherwise. I'm into chart 6 of my shawl (of 13). I am still on the first ball of wool. I keep telling myself I shoudl switch at the end of the chart I'm on and then not doing it... but this time I really mean it! If by some miracle I still have anything left when I'm through this one, I'm switching to the purple. Probably. I'm sort fo torn between the idea of wanting to use as much of the orange as possible and thinking that the purple section should be a little bit longer/bigger, but I think it will be fine either way.

I think after I finish the socks I'm working on, I'm going to go back to reading on the bus and see if I can finish the book I borrowed from Nary. I was enjoying it, but apparenly I fell out of the reading habit again. I have a bunch of things I really want to read, though, so I should get on that. Now that I have a bookcase in my room it is reminding of the sad ratio of books owned to books read.

All sorts of fictional things are vying for space in my head rght now, and I'm not focusing well on any of them. So my productivity in that regard has been really really low. I need to turn that around, somehow, especially if I am going to sart a new job soon. Which I am. Ahh!

My sister keeps linking me to tumblr and this is not helping me get on a better sleep schedule of focus on any of the things I need to do (she noted almost an hour after writing the previous paragraph...) HI tumblr! Does anyone actually read this over there? Hmmm, I wonder...

Bed now!
Mood:: 'tired' tired
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I went and put the pics in an Imgur album because that was easiest, and put some notes in there:

Natural Dyeing First Experiments

I think that covers most of the stuff I'd wanted to say about these... But if you have any questions please ask!

I have a notebook where I have been making notes, but I want something nice that will let me be a bit more systematic. Unfortunately all the nice notebooks I have are half written in already, of course... And let's be honest - I've never been good at organizing notes anyway :p
Music:: why do I always forget to put on music these days?
Mood:: 'content' content
elanya: lilformers avatar, I believe (proff. princess)
...are the two plants that have given me the best colours so far in my natural dyeing efforts! I lefts scraps in all f my dye samples over the week I was away, and started taking them out yesterday and today. For the flowers, I'd poured boiling water into the jars and let them sit. For the berries, I simmered them and strained out the juice.

I didn't know about tartrate crystals in grapes though, so that sample was impregnated with crystals.... which themselves gave an interesting effect! I'm now straining the rest of the juice and will try again to see what happens with it.

The barks don't look to have given much colour with just soaking, so I will try simmering one of them maybe tomorrow. I also want to take some pics and set up a light-fastness test for the ones I've done so far.

Other than that, I've been working on knitting a shrug, and that's about it. [personal profile] curtana and I took the long way home from my French test on Thursday, which was really nice, and then we went out to dinner before going to the regular Thursday knit night and then doing some pokémon catching. She was supposed to stay with us all weekend for another bookbinding course, but someone dropped out and it got cancelled, so she left this afternoon instead. It was nice to have her here anyway, and probably it was nice for her to get to sleep in for two days!

I think my tests went okay - the town they were in was really nice to spend a little time in. Though the stand where we got lunch gave me a totally bonkers amount of ice cream.... I bought a regular swirled chocolate and vanilla soft serve and it was bigger than my head @_@
Music:: Cooks vs Cons via my sister
Mood:: 'content' content

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