Look what I have bought :o)

I have for a long time wanted to buy a digital Camera, the one I have is of the compact type and no I wanted a more adwance. Taken photos of dogs recomand a high quality camera, I had decieded to buy Canon EOS400D but that change.

On thursday Anne, Merete (kennel T-Bob) with Britney, Batist, Bori and the puppy Beyonce, myself with Charlie and Kelly was off to Trondheim. It was time for dog show again 🙂
I meet Anne at Nesttun where we shoped in food for the trip, we passed the photo shop Fana Optik and I decided to just take a quick trip and ask for a good price on Canon EOS400D. Well, the seller did not recomand Canon EOS400D because they did not think the camera was good enough in the optic. Hi was very clever and just show us some photos and ask me what was the best, and when hi sad that the photos I had pick out as the best was taken with Nikon D40 I decided me for go for Nikon D40. I also ask what was the difference in the D40 and D40x, can’t exactly remember what was the big difference. Ore well it was not so much difference, so when hi gave me a very good price on the D40 house, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, SD-memory card 2 GB, UV filter and Vanguard bag I bought it.

So we come a little bit late back home to me, where Merete was waiting at us with here car and camping wagon. But she surely understod why we suddenly used more time and why 5 minutes suddenly changed to 15 minutes. Think this is the fastet buying I have done before, but I had make my mind up with what I was going to have. Just needed the last user experience, so instead of traveling downtown today and buy camera I did it on thursday .

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This photos is taken with my old Olympus camera, for me this was good before – but not anymore :))

I will write a show how trip report on my kennel website, but that will come in some days. But here is a photo of Charlie and me that Anne took with my new D40, she falled in love with D40 and are thinking serious on buying on for here to. We took some photos, just about 500 😛

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Reklamer

Knitted some baby booties of the hand dyed angora yarn.

Well, since it just was 24 gram with hand dyed angora yarn, I need a small project. The pattern is a old pattern, that was published in a magazine in Denmark in 1945.  I need to change the pattern to my yarn, that is the next project. But I thought they where a little bit cute 😛

I liked how the stripes come alone very much, so I am going to dye some more angora yarn in the same way. But have longer stripes of each colours.

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Food dyes photo tutorial.

I know I have promised many that I should take photos from the beginning to the end, but have always forgot to take photos. Well, well but this time I remember to take photos during the dyeing process.

During the dying of the angora yarn, I decied to dye some of the Romney roving I got from Peggy also. But first things first, here is the angora yarn.

I first soak the yarn in a mixture of water and a glug of white vinegar, with angora yarn you need to let it be in the water for a longer time then other yarn to get soaking wet. It is 24 gram white angora yarn, lace weight.
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Then I prepeare the dye bath, this time I was going to try the Wilton’s ice dyeing colours that Peggy send me. It is red, orange and yellow, the idea was to split the skein in 3 parts I used about 2 dl water no vinegare put in on this time.
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Then the skein was split in 3 parts(could have been done better, little to much red part). Put in the microwave for 3 minutes, then rest in 3 minutes. Before going in for new 3 minutes I then added 1 table spoon of vinegear. This process I repeatet 3 times, but I so that I had used to much colours. So I therefore used the rest of the dyebath to some of the Romney roving, look further down on the blog. When you dye with this method it is important that after the first 3 minutes, you pull the yarn down from the cup on all 3 cups down in the dye path. If you don’t doe this it will come white parts in the yarn.
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The yarn is rinsed carefully in water, remember either to doe it in the same temperature ore just let it be in the dye bath to the next day and then rinse. Hang up to dry :
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And here it is finished:
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Next, since I had so much in the dyebath left I just got a idea and did the same with some of the Romney roving I got from Peggy. This I did not put in to the microwave, I just put the Romney in to the hot dye bath and let it stand there to it was cold. And it was not pre wet before the dyebath.
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Here it is finish and ready to spin with:
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I was also going to try some of the easter egg dyes tablets, but I need to doe some test dyeing to find out what is the right colours and not what I think is violet :p So when it first got out of control I just pour in some KoolAid mix, put everthing into my jar, Romney roving 50 gram up and into the micro it got. Here it is about 2,5 dl vinegear and 5 dl water.
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The roving is to rinse, wonder rely what colours this will be. It has different shade, of green, purple, brown, red:

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And here is it is dried and finish to begin to spin with, but I have a pretty good feeling that when I have spin up this roving it will be overdyed. Well I can be surprised, I have been that before, but I don’t think I will be that this time. p6180086.jpg

Intresting weekend.

This weekend I sign up for Amelia Kinkade’s workshop, she is a profesional animal comunicator and had workshop here in Bergen. It was thrue my work as a profesional healer on animal I was intrested to learn more in comunicate with animals. I doe already comunicate with animal, but use it more thruee my work with healing. It was very intrested and inspiring, Amelia is a wondeful and lovely lady.

We had many wonderful animal’s that we train with and for some strange reason my camera was left home whenever I was going to put it up in my bag, I forgot it. Well it was sad that I could’nt take photos of the wonderful animal that come especialy today, the pig Marzipan come along with the rat Halvorsen. But as I have learned earliere, everything has there own reason.

I will continue developing my sences to comunicate with animals, and I think I will sign up for Amelia’s next workshop here in Bergen next year. Ore I will travel to the Canary Island of Lanzarote. It was a inspiring and good weekend.

Here is photos of the angora yarn washed and dried, most of that I have winded up. But I have put a small amount in water, have for a long time promised to take a photo shot of the whole process. And this time I will doe soe 😛

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Photos shots will come tomorrow, will the whole dying process. No I just have to decied what to dye with, and which method to use. You will see tomorrow 🙂

My fiber swap packet arrived today.

For a while back I joined Fiber swap and today I got my packet, this is one of the most funny swap I have joined, why because my secret pal is Peggy. A spinner in Kentucky US, that I got to know thruee one of the yahoo spinner group. Can’t remember who of them, since I am member of more then one.

Peggy send me Romney, I have talked a lot of that I would like to try to spin Romney. Since there is so many that have talk so nice about the wool. There was also a gorgous hand dyed bombyx silk from Abby’s yarn, Burt’s Bee hand care kit, a initial it bookmark with my H on, beautiful crochet clothes and the most funny a Keychan Sock Blocker Sock that I for a long time had tought of buying and some Wilton’s ice dying.

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For a while ago Peggy told me that she had bought Tofutsie sock yarn, that is made of 50% Superwash Wool, 25% SOYSILK brand fiber, 22.5% Cotton, 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells!) It was the Chitin that made me intrested, so I ask Peggy if she could buy a couple of skein to me. She has aslo been a angel and right after easter, she got to the shop to buy me easter egg dyes tablet think she was in more then one shop. And not that they sell lipgloss here home, but when I was in San Diego last autum Anita and I shoped Victoria Secret’s lip gloss Beauty Rush. That is one of the best lip gloss I have tried, gives a lot of moisture and have a discret gloss effect. Since I lost mine, and Victoria Secret doe ship to Norway but had a high shipping price I ask Peggy if she could help me.

So here is photos of the other items she have been traveling around in shop to get me, thank you so much Peggy.

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It has also been very warm here in Bergen and the rest of the country, suddenly from about 15-18 degree we got very high temperature about 30 degree. So it was not so much done here, I had plans to get out the blood of the freezer to begin to train the kids again. But with this heat I have not had energy left, but yesterday the temperatur suddenly fall so no I have to begin the training again.
After the show I picked up Ellie that had been with my parents. She had also come in season and was almost finish, but Charlie tought she smell nice still so he tried a little flirt. The results, Ellie beat him up and he got a wond on his nose, but doe you think hi gave up after that? NO, but finaly he is getting a little bit more relax and last night I finaly could sleep the whole night.

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Charlie with his wonded nose.
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Charlie trying to flirt with Ellie, and look how she care 😛
I also got finish with the rest of the collie wool, and this skein was much darker:

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The wool that is on my spinning wheel right no is angora yarn, that I am plying. Since I am spinning mostly lace and this is lace weight, it take so long time to ply it. But at least I got a lot of yarn when I am finish 😛

Long update.

It is already june 9 and much has happen since last updatet. So here is a quick (long) update 🙂
The last weekend I went with Charlie and Kelly on dog show in Drammen, it was just Charlie that was going to the show. Hi showed like hi always doe, hi is a fun dog to show in the ring. But unfortuanelly his was to big around his chest so both day we went out with a 2 KVAL, I have for a while put him on a diet but hi still has some gram he can loose.

But we had a nice weekend, meet up with one of my puppie buyer that has Charlie and Kelly’s litter brother; Garvin. She had help me with finding hotel room, it was about 20 min outside Oslo. But I prefer to live in the country part, where I can walk with the dogs around a little lake then live in Oslo city at hotel.  It was very nice to see both Nina and Garvin again, long time no since last time. Charlie thougt that Garvin was fun and begin to play with him, so it was not so easi to take a good photos of them. But here is at least one photo.

I have also had a little time to spin, so here is one skein finish with the collie wool I got from Grethe. It is from a blue merle collie, unfortuanelly I can’t keep the yarn. I am spinning on commision for Grethe, that have plan to knit up a sweather in 100% collie wool.

For a while ago I took a shopping round at Ikea, I needed to have some basket to have my wool and yarn in. And this two look like a perferct idea, but wen I come home I so a little bit closer on them when I came home and it did not have a zipper around like I thought.
But they are alright, and as you can see in the blue one the yarn I shop on Spar Kjoep today is perferctly placed in the basket. Spar Kjoep, has sales on the yarn and I need soon to begin to knit more winebasket.

When I was out to shop at To Damer, I so this pattern and thougt it was so nice so I bought it.

Kicki had birthday party this wednesday and she is a fabolous hostess, so much good to eat. Lises, Irenetur, Fru Fryds Gleder, Kiwa and myself gave Kicki Mirasol in different color and Knitpicks opitons needles tips in size 4,5 and 5 with 1m cable.
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Before I was going to the birthday party, I stopped at Stine (Stillow). She arranged course in making dichroice jewel’s and no they where ready to assemble. Here are some photos from the course:


Some of the tool’s.


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Dolci, Irene and Tone making plans to the design.


Here is Irene, Tone, Stine and Anne, ready to begin.


Myself, I most have been very constentrated to choose what glas to use, I was not aware of that Cruzidull toke photos of me 😛


This is my dichorice before they is going in the oven.

I am waiting for a photo from Stine she took of me and my finish dichoirc jewels. I sold the one in middle at the birthday party to Kicki, one of here nabo so my jewlels and like it so good and ask me if I would like to sell it. That was no problem for me, I thought it was fun to learn how to make dichoric jewels but it was not quite my type of hoby 🙂