Saturday, August 20, 2016

When You Discover Yarn Dyeing and Give It a Try

Just recently on Pinterest I had started saving pictures of different colored yarn to my main knitting board. Instead of letting the yarn pictures get lost in that board I created a separate board for me to pin them too. Because I had started pinning a lot of pictures of yarn, I started getting suggested pins that were related to dying yarn with kool-aid and food coloring. Of course I had to start saving all of the yarn dying pins as well as putting them in their own board. After looking through the different ways to dye yarn I picked one way that I liked and decided to give it a try. It also helped that I already had a couple skeins of white yarn (The instructions can be found here).

Because it is boring and not a whole lot is going on, I skipped taking pictures of the yarn soaking in the water/vinegar. I didn't bother taking pictures when the yarn was in the microwave either, because you can't really see anything. Since I hardly ever use green yarn for anything, I decided to use some of the green food coloring that is in the house to dye it.

Before I nuked it in the microwave for a few minutes.

Since the microwaving part didn't really work that well, I let the yarn cool off and soak in the water for a little while longer. In most of the yarn dying tutorials that I read it is recommended that you wear gloves any time you touch the dyed yarn while it is still wet. I didn't have gloves so my hands are dyed a faint green color at the moment. After my yarn has finished drying I will post a picture or two at a later date to show how it turned out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Photography Challenges Anyone?

A couple weeks ago I decided to create a board on Pinterest that was specifically for photography challenges. Since I enjoy doing photography challenges every now and then, I figured it was time to start a board for collecting different kids of photography challenges.

So far I have at least one photography challenge for each month, some months have multiple challenges. I also have multiple photography challenges that are for 31 days, or 30 days. There might be a few that are just 20 day challenges. I also saved a couple photography challenges that are for 20 weeks, as well as a few that are for 52 weeks.

Out of the many photography challenges that I have saved, I picked out four different challenges that I thought were interesting and that I wanted to try. One of the photography challenges that I saved and printed out is called "City Photography Challenge." While you could do the challenges anywhere and at any time, I feel like this challenges would work better in a large city like New York, Chicago, or LA.

The other three photography challenges that I printed out are for several weeks instead of every day for a month, like most photography challenges are. One of the challenges is a 20 week photography challenge and I am planning on doing that one sometime soon. The other two challenges are 52 week photography challenges. While they both go for a whole year, they are different enough that it won't seem like I am repeating myself. Since  we are a couple months away from the end of the year I am waiting until the beginning of next year to start doing on of the 52 week photography challenges.

Anyhow that is my rant on photography challenges. They are pretty easy to find on Pinterest if you feel like doing a photography challenge.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

What's in a Name?

In 2011 I started working on a story idea that I had that was loosely based on the story of "The Frog Prince" and set in the West during the 1800's. While I liked the idea of having a retelling of a not very popular fairy tale it didn't really take off. Then in 2012 I went to a five day writing course that was given by one of my favorite authors. My idea was refined a bit more and placed in Medieval times and based on the story of St. George and the Dragon. Currently my story idea is a combination of King Arthur and St. George and the Dragon. With a little bit of the story of Moses possibly thrown in as well.

Besides the ideas for my story changing all of the time, the name of my main girl character keeps changing as well. While I don't remember what her name was from 2011 - 2013, I do remember all of the names after that.

For a while, in 2014, my main girl character's name was Xiomara, because I thought it was really pretty. But after a couple months it got changed to Grace. While my main girl character has kept Grace as her first name for a while, I have considered changing it to something else.

Some of the names combinations that I was considering changing my main girl character's name too last year were/are: Grace Hannah, Grace Anne, Hannah Grace, and Anna Grace.

While I have still kept Grace as part of my main girl character's name, I have given her three different names, and counting if I find other names that I like. The three names that I have given her were all found in books that I have recently read. The three names are Clarissa, Claudia, and Alexandra. Out of the three I like Alexandra the best and they all go with the name Grace, which I still want to keep.

While my main girl character has gone through a bit of a name change over the past few years, my main guy character hasn't gone through as much of a name change. Since I started trying to use the story of King Arthur as an inspiration for my story idea, my main guy character has been named Arthur, though his middle and last name keep changing. In the last scribbles that I did of my story, Arthur's friend was named Lance A-Lot. While A-Lot really isn't a last name, it was the only thing that I could think of at the time.

Eventually I will settle on names that I like for my characters. In the mean time they will keep changing when I find new names that I like.