Thursday, April 21, 2011

SOKK og ROKK goes Bobbin Lace...

Valenciennes Lace, Bobbin Lace, Kniplinger, Spets and probably many other other languages, the technique is the same. It is all about twisting and moveing thin threads in a particullar system. Here we show you how it looks when you work...

A "Wood of Needles" is a good description of the way it looks during the work process. The common used thread is linnen and sometimes cotton. Silk could have been used too, in the old times.

The work is finished, it is great that Robert in SOKK og ROKK has started to take interest and care in this old technique.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Loved it...

Days with colouring yarn are so exciting. Last autum, we picked a lot of mushrooms for colouring. It really was a good season, lot of beautiful weather and we were almost out picking every day. After a long winter, the spring is here so it is time to colour again. First, I did the Blodrød kanelslørsopp: Cortinarius sanguineus, it is one of my favourites. Last year, we used Alum as mordant, this year we are trying out Copper.

But I cannot do anything without experimenting with Rustbrunpigg: Hydnellum ferrugineum. I dipped an watercolour paper in the boiled solution. Now it is in the window for light testing. Interesting!

But to boil a kettle without colour yarn is crazy so here is the colour from this mushroom. A really elegant brown. I continue colouring.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Colours, colours and colours

Today I felt for doing something...I tried a little bit of this and that, restless me.... Late in the day, we started to do mushroom colouring. That is fun and relaxing. We had to try out the use of copper...The casserole is on and the mushrooms are boiling.

Here is the colour half way through the boiling process...

The yarn is dipped in the casserole. The green colour of the yarn is due to the copper mordant . everything is boiling for another hour. The result will be shown in another post.

Colouring wool or working with colours is a great interest and one of the main hobbies of Sokk og Rokk.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Da er det gjort - Then it is done

Igår kom et viktig brev, fra patentstyret... SOKK OG ROKK er nå et registrert varemerke. SOKK OG ROKK har blitt tildelt et Varemerkeregistreringsnummer. Hva vi skal drive med, vent å se.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A wonderful winter spinning day

After the trip to Iceland, some unspun wool found its place in the luggage. Today, it was time to start spinning... This wool is coming from the "Moraud" breed (sorry no Islandic fonts at my computer).

The nice photo of sheeps is borrowed from an Islandic blog that does not have a name.

It was a funny wool to spin, it has beautiful intermingling colours and it gets a little "chunky" when one spins it.

Hopefully two threads 100gr. will be finished today.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sokk og Rokk Conquering Iceland !

Country: Iceland
City: Reykjavik
Location: The Handknitting Association of Iceland - Shop
Why?: To buy a spindle

What did we end up doing?: Uhhh ......

Håndtein? Spindle? Jauuu, jauuu, an old man is making drop spindles and he delivers them here, said the shop keeper with a big smile. ..." But I dont know how to use them, do you?" she added.

That was all it took so that TrondE started a demonstration (and a lecture, history, use, size, weight, material, quality.... )

In few seconds, the customers started gathering, watching the 2 aliens: one demonstrating and the other taking photos... But we ended up bay mking new friends.

A special young (cute) enthousiastic girl was very much interested in learning. She followed the demonstration attentively. We are sure that, after we left, she bought herself a drop spindle, and she is practising hard by now :)... and she is enjoying it too :)
Hello from us here in Norway !

A souvenir photo for our blog? Jauuu, jauuu

Monday, October 4, 2010

Viking Spindles

Yes... Spindles were part of the norwegian culture. They have been used in the daily life until the spinning wheel was created and developed. Stones were carved into rings, decorated with simple carvings, and then each was attached to a wood stick, and voila, the spindle was ready: easy made, effective and most of all a survival instrument to defeat the cold winters.

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