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Det har været en skøn dag at have fødselsdag i dag. Jeg har nydt gode gaver (strikkeposen med glimmer-Lykkefanten har jeg fået af Signe) og nyt strikketøj. Jeg er nu 33 år gammel (jeg har altid elsket palindromtal) og er blevet fejret og hygget om grundigt i løbet af dagen. Men faktisk tog jeg hul på fejringerne allerede i weekenden, hvor jeg havde budt mine gode veninder på gilde med indlagt aktivitet.

It has been a wonderful day today – especially since it’s my birthday. I have enjoyed my beautiful presents (the knitting bag with the shiny Lykkefant is a present from wonderful Signe) and the joy of casting on a new project. I am now the grand total of 33 years old (I’ve always had a fondness for palindrome numbers) and my family and workplace have been wonderful and celebrated me during the day. But I actually cheated a bit, and started the celebration last weekend, where I had asked my friends to come celebrate with me.

Jeg havde nemlig besluttet mig for at fejre min fødselsdag med en mini-workshop med indigofarvning. Så jeg havde hyret Anne fra [g]uld til at komme og lege med gruekedel og garn sammen med os. Det blev et par virkelig skønne timer med mange grin, virkelig høj garn-nørde-faktor, masser af garn i gryden, smukke blå nuancer på tørrestativet og mange diskussioner om garnet mon skulle trække farve et par minutter mere.

I had decided that I wanted to celebrate my birthday with a mini-workshop on natural dyeing with indigo. So I hired Anne from [g]uld to come and teach us a bit about natural dyeing and let us play a lot with the indigo vat and yarn. We had a blast and the hours flew by with laughter, amazingly high yarn-nerd-factor, a lot of yarn in the vat, beautiful blue nuances drying in the wind, and several discussions about whether to let the yarn remain in the vat a couple of minutes more.

De fleste gik hjem med et fed garn eller to (eller flere) i skønne blå farver. Vi fik besked på, at garnet skulle skylles op dagen efter, hvor farven havde sat sig. Det betød så, at jeg stod og plaskede med vand udenfor i regnvejret (lidt mere vand fra eller til gjorde nok ikke noget) i søndags, mens jeg gang på gang sukkede over, hvor smukt garnet er blevet. I dag var garnet så endelig tørt (meget passende), så jeg vandt et hurtigt nøgle op i morges og havde fornøjelsen af at slå op på en lille Muscardinus til en venindes datter.

Most of my guests went home with a skein of yarn, or two (or possibly more) in beautiful blue shades. We were told to rinse the yarn the next day, after the colour had had a chance to set. So I spent some time Sunday outside with a couple of buckets and a lot of water (some of it from above, but a little rain probably didn’t hurt the rinsing), and once again was amazed at how pretty the yarn had become. Today the yarn was finally dry (perfect timing), so I wound a little ball and enjoyed a birthday cast on for a Muscardinus for a friends little daughter.

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Det er den bedste fødselsdagsfejring jeg længe har haft, og jeg kan kun anbefale at holde en fest med indlagt garn-nørderi (og jeg kan også kun anbefale [g]uld pigerne – de er begge to skønne og fantastiske formidlere). Nu er spørgsmålet så, hvornår jeg kan finde en anden lejlighed til at lege med nogle af de mange andre smukke farver i plantefarvepaletten?

It has been the best birthday celebration in a long time, and I can only recommend to hold a party which includes yarn, dye and nerds (and I can also fully recommend the ladies from [g]uld, they are wonderful people and good at what they do). Now I only have one more question… when can I find another opportunity (excuse?) to play with some of the other wonderful shades of natural dyeing?

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