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Je suis désolée de devoir vous apprendre qu'à dater des fêtes de fin d'année je vais devoir mettre sur pause les activités de Dulcimer pour une durée indeterminée.

Comme certaines d'entre vous le savent déjà, je me suis blessée aux épaules en début d'année. Malheureusement, je ne parviens pas à me rétablir en conservant mon activité, très physique il faut bien le dire. J'ai déjà fait une petite pause cet été, mais elle n'a malheureusement pas été suffisante. Clémentine m'a énormément aidée ces derniers mois. C'est elle qui a pris en charge l'essentiel du processus de teinture, pendant que je m'occupais des activités de gestion.

Malheureusement, étant donné le stade de développement de Dulcimer, cela n'est pas une option viable, même à moyen terme, parce qu'il faut que je mette main à la pâte pour générer des revenus suffisants pour subsister.

C'est donc avec beaucoup de peine que j'ai pris la décision de cesser de teindre et de me consacrer à ma guérison. Qui prendra le temps qu’elle prendra. Malheureusement, je suis dans l'incapacité de vous dire aujourd'hui de quoi l'avenir est fait.

Nous acceptons les commandes, et nous avons réfléchi à des façons « saines » de les gérer si jamais leur influx devait être important. Hélas, ça n'est pas parce que nous vous faisons cette annonce que notre capacité de production va s'accroitre, donc nous risquons de devoir en refuser, et les délais risquent d'être un peu plus longs. Mais vous savez que je communique toujours, et ça ne va pas changer.

Selon la quantité de commandes, nous ferons ou non une vente avant mi-décembre. Cela fait beaucoup d'incertitudes, j'en suis consciente ! J'espère de tout cœur que vous comprendrez mon choix. La bonne nouvelle c'est que je vais pouvoir me remettre au tricot, alors que je n'ai pas pu toucher à mes aiguilles depuis février à cause de mes épaules, donc vous me reverrez sur les autres forums, en attendant !


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Je faisais le colis pour une cliente et j'ai trouvé que les couleurs qu'elle avait choisies, comme c'est souvent le cas, allaient fort bien ensemble. Puis je me suis fait la rélfexion que j'étais quand même drôlement sortie de ma "zone de confort", chromatiquement parlant. On m'aurait dit que je teindrais ce genre de couleurs il y a un an, j'aurais été bien étonnée. Non pas que je ne les trouve pas jolies, bien au contraire, mais j'ai tellement plus de facilité et d'instinct à teindre des couleurs vives et saturées...
 
 
Orchidée Carnivore, Cosy, Harvest
 
 
I was preparing the parcel for a customer's order and I could only marvel at how the colours she chose complemented each other. It happens a lot but it's always a pleasure. Then I was awestruck at how much out of my comfort zone these colours were. I can imagine my surprise if someone had told me a year ago that I'd dye such colours one day. Not because I don't like them, of course not, but because bright saturated colours come to me so much more easily and instinctively...
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(En français plus bas)

I haven't disappeared! I'm a bit swamped but I'm very much alive.

I'm working on a big secret dyeing project. All I can say is I'm dyeing tons of yarn but it isn't for a shop update... :P Expect some news about it soon!

I've also started exercising and eating better on a daily basis a couple of weeks ago. I used to run but I busted my knee so I stopped before it really got bad. But I really need to exercise. See, I have this auto-immune disease called Sjögren's that causes constant pain and fatigue and exercise is a great way to fight chronic fatigue. I also did a blood test that was pretty crappy a month ago so it was really time to get my butt back in gear.

Anyway, blah, I decided to start exercising using the almighty internet. I found cardio and aerobic videos on youtube and worked out which ones were the best to start with. Here's what I use at the moment. I do 30 min every day and rest on Sunday. And I have to confess that I'm loving it! I have started a friends-only exercise log, so if you're interested in reading it please let me know.

Here's also what I've been spinning lately:Read more... )

Soon!

Jul. 26th, 2013 08:07 pm
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 Almost everything is dyed for the sale next Tuesday. Phew! Also I might have bought another spindle.

 Presque toute la laine est teinte pour la vente de mardi. Pfiou! J'ai aussi ptet bien acheté un autre fuseau.




Preview:






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For S., Ver Luisant in the Pluie colourway.

Pour S., Ver Luisant dans le coloris Pluie.

 
melle_chantilly: (Glossy Red Lips)
 I finally found the time to dye yarn for the Hane KAL. It's Ver Luisant (50% merino 50% silk) in Punky's Eyes. The KAL starts tomorrow, phew!

 J'ai enfin trouvé le temps de me teindre de la laine pour le KAL Hane. C'est de la Ver Luisant (50% merinos 50% soie) en Punky's Eyes. Le KAL commence demain, ouf!


A new blue

Jun. 28th, 2013 12:55 pm
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 I dyed this blue for a client, to go with Six Feet Under. I don't normally dye custom colours but I had the image of a pale blue with a turquoise tinge in mind for a while and it seemed to be what she wanted so there you go:

 J'ai teint ce bleu pour une cliente, pour aller avec Six Feet Under. Je ne teins normalement pas de couleurs custom mais j'avais en tête un bleu pâle avec une pointe de turquoise depuis quelques temps, et cela semblait être ce qu'elle voulait aussi, alors voilà:

 



Comparison with Nymph / comparaison avec Nymph:



I don't have a name yet, I'm open to suggestions.

Je n'ai pas de nom pour le moment, les suggestions sont bienvenues.
melle_chantilly: (Glossy Red Lips)
 Here are a couple of photos of the new base, 50% silk 50% superwash merino. It is incredibly soft, drapey and feels a lot more like silk than merino to me. It is a little bit splitty but I guess it's the nature of the beast, in a plied yarn with so much silk in it. I hope this fact won't be a turnoff for customers because it is truly fantastic otherwise.

 Voici quelques photos de la nouvelle base, 50% soie 50% mérinos superwash. Elle est incroyablement douce, a un superbe drapé et a le toucher et l'aspect de la soie bien plus que du mérinos. Elle se dédouble un peu quand on la tricote, mais c'est je pense inévitable pour une laine retordue avec autant de soie dans la composition. J'espère que ce fait ne sera pas rédhibitoire pour les clients car c'est une base sublime.




Coloris: Violettes Cristallisées

I promised a swatch of the single knitted up. It is a high twist single and I was a little bit concerned by the kinky aspect of the skein. Now I can say that it knits up beautifully. The kinks sort themselves out and give a very regular fabric.

J'avais promis un échantillon de la single tricotée. C'est une base high twist et j'avais un peu peur de l'aspect frisotté de l'écheveau. Maintenant je peux affirmer que cette base donne un tricot superbe. Les frisottis disparaissent et les mailles sont très régulières.






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It's official, once I am done testing a few last bases in a few weeks, I will open a Dulcimer yarns webshop. I've been quite busy this weekend, dyeing for customers and test-dyeing said bases.

C'est officiel, une fois que j'aurai fini de tester de dernières bases dans quelques semaines, j'ouvrirai une boutique en ligne pour les laines Dulcimer. Ce weekend a été bien productif. J'ai teint pour des clientes, et testé en teinture les dites base.


melle_chantilly: (DisbeliefHouse)
 This was a complete improvisation. Some steps were horrifically ugly. I'm unsure about the end result but Math and Clementine love it. I guess it really isn't my colour. It is also the most complicated colour I've ever made. What do you think?

 Pour cette couleur, j'ai complètement improvisé. Certaines étapes étaient atrocement laides. Je reste pas très sûre du résultat final mais Math et Clémentine l'adorent. Ca n'est clairement pas une couleur pour moi. C'est la couleur la plus compliquée que j'aie jamais teinte. Qu'est ce que vous en pensez?





I'm looking for a name. For now it's called "Industrial". It reminds me of urban exploration and abandoned buildings. And corroded metal.

Je lui cherche un nom. Pour le moment elle s'appelle "Industrial". Elle m'évoque l'exploration urbaine et les friches. Et le métal corrodé.

Greys

May. 21st, 2013 02:21 pm
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Shy
Pale neutral grey / gris pâle neutre


Introvert
Semi-solid neutral charcoal / faux-uni anthracite neutre 

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Math was gone with the camera, so I couldn't take photos for a few days. Here's a small update.

Math était parti avec l'appareil photo, je n'ai pas pu prendre de photos pendant quelques jours. Voici quelques nouveautés.


Quartz
Pink/brown/grey/taupe


Pluie
Blue-grey

Stay tuned for true greys!

Prochainement, de vrais gris!


Singles!

May. 13th, 2013 12:36 pm
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 I've received my merino singles. The base is beautiful, and it takes the dye beautifully and quite differently. It has a slight halo/fuzz that takes most of the dye, which gives a lot of depth to the colours.

It is a high twist single and it looks a bit overplied to me. I wish I had access to the regular single. I will try to knit with it. I've read that the kinks sort themselves out when knitted and I don't doubt it. It is a very popular base.

I've dyed a pale pink and an attempt at taupe. I'm not sure it is actually taupe but I like it.


Echo


Pot Pourri

So, what is this colour anyway? Would you call it dusty pink, brown, or what?
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I've made a true blue that I like (did I ever mention how blue is a pain to photograph?) and a pretty goth colourway which I had to tweak a couple of times to obtain what I had in mind:


Mosaïque


Love Like Blood

I'm also looking for suggestions for my new project. I'd like to make a Happy Street, the new Veera Välimäki shawl, but I'm not sure what to use as a third colour. Here's my two, in a lovely merino silk blend (the yellow is neon):


melle_chantilly: (Glossy Red Lips)
More colour experiment! I've made a brown I like and it will be handy for brown overdyes (I've actually successfully tried already, but more on that in a later post).


Devdas


Six Feet Under

A friend stayed with us this weekend and she had an antique geisha wig in her suitcase. Such a magnificent item. 




New colours

May. 3rd, 2013 12:26 pm
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Nymph


Libertine

And a new green. It started out a bit too yellow:


So I overdyed it:

Velvet Acid Moss

I love comments!
melle_chantilly: (DisbeliefHouse)
 I have recently aquired a cold blue primary, namely the Sapphire dye from Dharma. Well, this has been nothing but trouble and I have read enough complaint online to know that I'm not the only one.

-Edit: SO, I keep writing "Peacock" instead of "Sapphire" because it is in fact Peacock that has a bad rep. I purchased Sapphire instead, even though it isn't a true primary, to avoid all the trouble. AND I got the exact same problems people describe with Peacock. *sigh* Hence the confusion.-

So, it's a pretty colour. Although I think that deeply, I don't really like true blue. Here's Sapphire au naturel, at 1%DOS (with variegation):



(Well, there's a teensy hint of yellow, but it's not really perceptible, tbh. I just can't help it!)

The problems with this dye are numerous:

-it doesn't mix well with water. Well, there are many dyes that don't, so I could cope with this one. You have to stir carefully, and still, it's a pain in the ass.

-you should use it at once. If it sits for a day or more, the dye particle start to clump. And it leads to freckling when dyeing yarn. It isn't a huge problem at high DOS but when mixing at a lower DOS it really sucks. I've tried reheating it before use, filtering it through a stocking and a coffee filter but it still clumps. So if dyeing a pale green with this dye, chances are you'll end up with specks of deep blue here and there. Great.

-you cannot swatch it on tissue paper or a coffee filter to get an idea of what you're doing. Since the dyestock isn't homogenous, it just doesn't work. At all.

-and, if it wasn't enough, the dye particles do not seem to dissolve in water thoroughly, but sit at the bottom, which leads to a very unreliable dyestock, with mostly water at the top and a strong concentration at the bottom. Shaking, even if the dyestock was freshly made, is very important.

So, I'm looking for a true blue primary to replace this one. Any brand of acid dye. I would just really like it to be a true primary (not a mix of dyes). Any suggestions?

-Edit: I was recommended Sky Blue from Jacquard by a wonderful dyer. However I have read many bad reviews for that particular shade, which seems to behave similarly to Sapphire. I think clumping might be related to the nature of the water in one's home, its hardness and composition, since some people experiment a lot of problems and some none at all. I'm inclined to think I will have the same problems with Sky Blue but I might be wrong.-

Here's the "fun" part: I want to knit a shawl with Neon yellow and blue stripes, so I wanted to dye myself some Ophelia in merino silk yarn and then dye some in Neon yellow when I got my new batch of merino silk. Buuut Peacock acted up, of course and the blue base was muuuch stronger than the first time I dyed it. I added some yellow on top and got a completely different colour than intended.



It's still pretty, but really not what I wanted. Grmbl. I'll put it on sale on Ravelry and will dye it again. I like things to be predictable and controlled so this makes me very uncomfortable.

Anyway, it was a sort of rant, wasn't it? Here's a photo of 3 lovely skein a raveller bought from me. How lovely are they together? It's Abracadabra, Grenadine and Goth Diva.


melle_chantilly: (Jen)
 I just dyed some for a client, so here's a new, better, picture of my best selling colour so far:



Alpha silk

Apr. 24th, 2013 06:08 pm
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 I spend the day with my best friend and her baby at the park. I feel so relaxed (I have yet to hear this baby cry lol). I managed to snap a couple of pictures of the silk I dyed yesterday.



I have expensive taste so it comes as no suprise that I loved dyeing this! I love the smell, the rich touch, the subtle sheen. Am I the only one who wants to eat it?



It is 100% tussah silk. It is damn hungry for dye and it takes a lot more dyestock than wool to obtain the same shade. It is lace, about 850m for 100g. The skein was tied a bit small and it looked a bit frumpy after dyeing, but it is relaxed and beautiful now that it is dry.

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