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I don't make resolutions. Most are of the unrealistic sort. I'd rather just make a list and try to plow through it. So I am going to repost my "to do" list at the top of my journal and strike them out as I get them done.

Projects Planned for 2010: cut because I care )
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I'm into the next section, sleeves! cut because it's the right thing to do )
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I finished the first section yesterday. Now on to the sleeve increases!

I'm making clothes! )
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Today I have been sorting out all the sundry bags/baskets/boxes etc that my garb & accessories end up in after events. It's everywhere. It's no wonder I can never find anything. I seriously need to put my stuff away when I'm done with it.

Now that everything is matched up I've found I only need to make a few things. If I do, all my outfits will have dedicated parts with no double duty required. This is a good thing when attending Pennsic for a week.

1 under-dress for a viking hangerock.
1 under-dress for a wool tunic gown.
1 new pair of pants for my old Persian.
1 or 2 pairs of men's pants to wear with the 2 men's tunics I have. (good for archery)

I can always use, and are on the list:
Linen chemises (extra clean underwear can make Pennsic heat bearable)
extra pairs of linen hosen (see above reason but for legs)
extra viking caps (see above, above reason but for hair)
A new pilgrim bag (not desperate but it would be nice to have.)
A silk veil since I lost my last one. (only God knows where)

Back to the project station. It ain't makin' itself!
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I don't make resolutions. Most are of the unrealistic sort. I'd rather just make a list and try to plow through it. So I am going to repost my "to do" list at the top of my journal and strike them out as I get them done.
cut to save the space )
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Unless you got your shrubbery for making clothes, apparently not as much as I have. Having specific projects in mind for certain fabric is good but the bin is so full I'd never get all those projects completed. For the next two nights I'll be gleaning out, marking it for projects and will take the excess to our baronial swap meet night at the end of the month. I may look hard at some old garb and just replace it with new. So I'll have that too.

Maybe having the fabric bundled up into projects will inspire me to get crackin'. I have a long list of things I'd like to have in my personal SCA kit. Clearing out the supplies that will not get me there is my priority.

We were very good here at Chez Charlottenburg this weekend. After the Great Sump Pump Disaster a while back the basement got jumbled up in the panic of the water. Finding things became a challenge and moving about even more so. By then end of the straightening and culling we cleared out a pickup truck full of junk that The Knight took to the Swap Shop at the Carroll County Land Fill today.

We made some hard decisions about things that had not been used in over a year. ever.
How many carry on cases can one family of four use? Six? no? We gleaned back to three.
How many folding tables can one family use? Apparently not seven (7). We gleaned back to four.

I have a pretty impressive pile of tubs and plastic boxes to match with a pile O' lids. I haven't decided for sure but I may get rid of those too.

My SCA needlework has suffered from the lack of organization. I have many projects in the fire on that front too. I'm feeling a deep need to put needle to fabric again so organize I will.
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DAY 8: 4th of JULY!
DAY 7: Green Dragon Farmers Market in Ephrata, PA. came home with a huge amount of baked good goodness. Sticky buns, bear claws, whoopie pies, a poppy seed roll, some smoked sausage sticks, catanlope, beautiful yellow squash, had one of THE best fried oyster sandwiches I've ever had, apple sausage for the grill tomorrow, rhubarb for my mom, a wet bottom shoofly pie, yum!!!!
DAY 6: Ran a boat load of errands, doctor, Trader Joe's, Bank, the I lazed about.
DAY 5: Today is SIX FLAGS! Bought the tickets online and got them for half price! whoo hoo!
DAY 4: Aelfwyn and I went down to the Inner Harbor and the Nat'l Aquarium. Then we ate lunch at the HRC. The fajitas were pretty good!
DAY 3: Nada exciting as one of the cars was in the shop. We has no transportation so I cleaned house.
DAY 2: Archery Practice and the 1st Annual Sven and Olley Memorial Archery Challenge.
DAY 1: Today I start family vacation! And to celebrate I waved as they all went out to the movies!

Ah, sweet, solitude....

Actually this week will be made up of projects and regrouping. The house is a wreck of jumbled SCA stuff.

* Finish the two armor coifs I made for Janyn and Godai.
* make 4 arrow finders
* strip hair off of the dog
* diddle, waste time, (lol!) on the internet and talk to you all
* clean out the truck

* go out to the bowmen and practice on targets.
* clear out and file some household paperwork
* sew up a bunch of Esa's Pennsic Favors

* Make a new, green, bow bag
* Repurpose the Anglo/Saxon tube dress into a viking apron dress,
* start the new blue wool viking dress
* fix my back quiver to fit better
* Put away and sort various SCA stuff again.
* send off event registrations
* refinish my banner pole

More to be added as I think of it. Most of this is just dinky 15 minute jobs, but they need to get done. I also need to consider if I want new fancy garb for Coronation or just nice new garb.
I hope to shoot archery at coronation and that may decide what I eventually make.

I need to win the lottery so I can free up the 10 hours a day I spend going to my job!
martelvonc: (Can't you find something useful?)
Remember how, like, I was being virtuous and Laurely like, and stuff?
The hand sewing and the repairing and the projects?

Well, I fell off the wagon last weekend.

It all started...
When we went down to the Outer Banks,
AND the ONLY knitting store was still in business,
AND the Knight was willing to let me wander in there to my hearts content,
(bless you free wi-fi, a fancy I-Pod touch, and a comfy chair he could sit in)
AND they were selling this cute little pattern for a cute little bag purse,
AND they were selling the yarn to make the cute little bag purse,
AND they had the knitting needles I needed to start the cute little bag purse.

I couldn't just LEAVE it there now could I?


I did make one SCA related project this week. I made myself an arrow mop in my heraldic colors. After shooting in the down pour rain at the Barony of Lochmere investiture last fall and having no where to clean my arrows of the gawd awful mud except to wipe them off with my hand, I decided to make myself one of those useful gee-gaws. Not historically accurate but useful none the less.

So there, I can look at chickens if I like....
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I've almost completed the knitted pouch. A couple more rows need to be done.

I've FINALLY started on the new late period book cover. I'll have some to show for KASF but it won't be near completed. I really want this project but for some reason have futzed around getting started. It is not a copy of any particular binding but is decorated in the style with bullion, pearls and spangles on red velvet. I've pinched some motifs though.

I'm using real seed pearls with a few artificial 2mm rounds thrown in because I could not find small enough real ones.

It is about 6 3/4" by 4".

Here is an image-

The front will have a laurel wreath with an "M" in the center and the back will have a scallop shell for my device.
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Hey, I wondered. Maybe you do too...

martelvonc: (So I don't kill.....)
I've only got 15 rows left to knit. Then the draw string and the tassles are the last to make.
Maybe I'll be finished by the weekend. We'll see.

So [ profile] caemfind, where can I buy more, kits? I can quit anytime I want. No, really I can )
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I'm well past the half way point with only 22 rows left to knit. here be peektures )
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Look! Look! It's making a pattern!! It's magic!! cut for knitting geekyness )
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Here are the first photos of my teeny tiny knitting project. cause' maybe you don't want a peep )
martelvonc: (So I don't kill.....)
Keep your fingers crossed, say a prayer, or sound a mantra but I am finally getting around to starting the small knitted medieval design purse kit that I bought from [ profile] caemfind at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last May. The colors are a dark green and an off white. I have of course lost the front card that had a photo of a finished purse for reference. It's somewhere in my paperwork. blech. I've never done two color knitting before.

I have to keep reminding myself...don't pull the traveling strands too tight! So far so good. The tube is appearing and it is not a mobius! Go me! I won't be carrying this project around as I have to concentrate so hard on the chart and the two strands of string I can't really take it as a casual project. I'm up to row 5 now in 1 1/2 hours of work.

I'm determined to do this. I want the little purse and so I shall have it! By Gum!

I'll post pictures when I get a few more rows done and there is something to see.

Update* this morning I was able to knit one row of 72 stitches in only 20 minutes!
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Another year has come and gone. For us 2008 was not bad at all.
I have a lot to be grateful for-
cut to save the whales or your friends page. )
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I did it!

I finished my first nalbinding project! It's not perfect or even competent but it has no holes and is useful.
Go me!

The pouch is 4.5" wide by 5.5" long. It is made from Lambs Pride Gold single ply yarn for the body and the draw string is a simple 3 string braid made from Jojoland 100% wool yarn. It is a UUOOUUOO sort of stitch. This made a nice dense and sturdy fabric that does not need to be felted.

Many thanks to Mistress Sigrid Briansdotter for getting me started last May at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. She sat patiently with me until I got the beginning stitches down.

Now back to my nalbinded socks that have moved on from the "toe yarmulke" stage to the "toe ski cap" stage, but are coming along between other projects.


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