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Does anyone on my F-list know about the women's shoes offered at River Junction?

Ladies Shoes at River Junction

I'm inclined toward the hi-top boots, as they have a wider heel and seem to be the only ones that come in wide sizes, but are they period appropriate?

I'm thinking of putting something together for a spinning/fiber arts demo at the historical society in town, so work shoes are more appropriate than the really fancy shoes, but... decidedly not my area of expertise!

I'm also debating just getting an outfit from then, even though I'd prefer it in linen -- seems like cotton was popular in the 19th century....

Last, if I wanted to do an 18th century outfit -- ca. 1765-1790s, does anyone have recommendations for footwear, etc. resources?

Thank you!
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I got two rovings from Feeling Sheepish, who [livejournal.com profile] kass_rants had pointed out in an LJ post. Both are merino, and look like they'll be a lot of fun to play with... sadly, not in the near future. So for now they'll have to serve as eye candy whenever I'm taking a break from gardening and suchlike.

This is one of the ones I got (Emerald City and Forest):
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25311203 (look down the page)

The other doesn't have a picture online anymore, but has the brighter aspects of the above, ranging into some light green and yellow/green colors.
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Some pretty pictures of a Tree of Gondor sweater, with Tengwar on the back (or Tengwar letters anyway. Don't know them enough anymore to tell if she wrote in English or Sindarin):

LotR Sweater

She posted notes on what she used and did, including links to some patterns, which may or may not be useful.


Cloverleaf Farms is where I got that yummy autumn colors merino roving from. I discovered the URL was on the tag for the roving (it got separated from the wool for a while), and thought I'd share.

The particular roving I was working with is called Redwoods. You'll find it under the category Hand Dyed Fibers.

But there are lots of other pretty colors and fibers at their site as well.

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Was poking around at Kult of Athena and thought I'd see if they had a scabbard that would fit the sword I already have, but no luck. The one that comes closest is the scabbard for LoTR Sting blade (too short and fantasy besides). If they sold gladius scabbards I'd be all set, because even though the hilt is a medieval style the blade length is more like a gladius.

Of the swords they carry, I like the Roman Spathas but of course since I don't have a horse that would be a bit silly. The Mainz style gladii are pretty, though of course my tastes run toward the more expensive ones. This one is acceptable, this one is nice but maybe a little heavy.

Now, the Hanwei gladius is a nice-looking one and there are oak leaves on the scabbard. And then, there's the one by Albion. Oy. Completely worthy of the price of course. But I should be saving my dollars for other things.

Speaking of other things, my MIL, with help from my SIL Doris, rearranged her room and didn't need a turning clothes-hanging rack any more, so I brought it upstairs. I'll be using it to hang various fiber and clothing projects from, so things have been getting moved about. A cabinet that no longer fits in the textile room is now in the living room, where L has installed the tv et al in it. The thing the tv was on will likely go out to the barn, although at the moment it's still sitting in the living room. More sorting, moving and hanging up of stuff to come.

Yarn Post

Jan. 9th, 2009 03:36 pm
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I know it's more usual to post pretty projects, but for the beginning spinners who are perhaps feeling like their spinning will never be as nice as stuff they've seen in-person or on the net, here's a pic of what's either my first or second successful attempt at spinning on my own (I think the class stuff stayed in the classes I took at Pennsic).

Uneven, slubby, and still crimped because I never bothered to set it. I've actually taken it and hung it up just now, since it may not be pretty but it could still be useful. I think it's useful to have an idea of where you started; gives you an idea of how you're progressing. Plus it's useful to show to people when they're taking their first lessons ;)

Yarn Post!

Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:26 pm
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Finished making a second spool of the autumn colors roving and plied them together this afternoon.

Tanka from 6 November:

A grey day outside
Inside there is tea and cats
Winds blow leaves about
I catch all Autumn's colors
spun in yarn for winter warmth

Pictures behind here )
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Just a few more things about Yule... BBM has an oak tree on their arms, so the acorn is one of their special symbols. One thing they did was make marzipan acorns, with silver rings hidden in some of them (nibble carefully!). If you found a ring in your acorn it would purportedly give you good luck :) What was fun in particular about this was that the baron and baroness of BBM got two of them! Happened to them a couple of years ago also. And two or three Concentus or -related folks got rings as well. I don't remember how many they said there were. I'm not crazy about marzipan but it was actually pretty decent, and they were very nice-looking acorns too.

And another thing their excellencies BBM did was give small acorn ornaments out to any who wanted one to bring home, which I thought was a nice touch. Apparently Aelfgifa keeps an eagle eye out for acorn stuff whenever she goes shopping. TJ Maxx was one place she had some success -- I'm debating whether to maybe pick some up for Oakstone or try making some Sculpy ones... the former would be shinier but more fragile, and the latter would be sturdier but not... shiny.... ooo....


Various folks helped here and there with cleanup. We had lots of decoration because the person in charge of EK 12th Night at BBM this past January bought a lot of stuff, so might as well make good use of it, yes? Gold and red banners, white tablecloths, red runners with a thin gold piping, and some green garland. They look like they should be usable for many years. There were also decorations edging the stage earlier in the day and later on the tables of evergreens, with apples, lemons and oranges laid out on them. At one point during the play Arlecchino picked up an apple, wondered if it were real, and then took a big bite! Thank goodness it was real :D The character practically swooned over the apple, then tossed it to the capitain, because afterall, Arlecchino was rich now (inherited) and could buy apples.

A number of folks complimented me on my look yesterday. I was wearing my 14th century overdress that [livejournal.com profile] lady_jade01 made for me, along with the under dress that I kluged the buttons on (one could use a big better fitting, and then of course the lower sleeve needs to be rotated so the buttons are at the side, not under my arm, but I didn't have time). It was a little amusing because I hadn't even used a mirror to do my hair. Just parted it down the middle, made sure my braids started up over my ears, tucked the ends of the braids in under where they start and pinned them in place. Wore my coronet for most of the day, to complete the look. Not hard at all, really.

Anyway, it was somewhat bemusing when one friend made a point of letting me know that I had presented, to him, a perfect picture of something just right, as sometimes happens in the SCA, which I appreciated but couldn't quite figure out why I was getting similar reactions throughout the day. Now it's true that I have a rather 14th c. figure (we found that out when we were all doing the fittings for Crossroads at Canterbury), but it wasn't until we got home that I saw what I think other people were seeing. I looked in a mirror (no coronet now of course, but braids still looped) and saw that my face was the same shape as a lot of ladies' faces in 14th c. manuscripts. I never thing of myself as looking terribly European medieval, being half-Chinese, but there it was. Huh. Still not sure if I want more 14th c. clothing, but it was an interesting discovery.


Lyle didn't have to man a booth at the festival. Which was good because we left the event too late to be considering dropping off boxes at [livejournal.com profile] gwynt_y_storm and Jeni's place. So he loaded 60 bales of hay for his dad while I mostly emptied the minivan and grabbed a little breakfast (the rest of my dinner from the feast, which I hadn't had time to eat). Had some hot chocolate, went to the festival. He went on down the hill with the boxes and cash to S & J's, then over to help out with finishing emptying stuff from the event site, then back home to cut up pumpkins and squash.

Festival was slow at the community hall. First year, need to work on advertising and outdoor decoration. Still, had some great conversations. Jan, the lady next to me, was selling jewelry, some of it with tiny paintings of flowers. She was knitting to pass the time. We talked about plants and knitting -- she's the head gardener at Smith College for the outdoor gardens and has been at Smith for 24 years. I explained how to knit beads into her work.

Next to her was Dan of Warm Colors Apiary, who had pollen, honey and candles. I learned a few things about helping bees when I said I was more interested in supplying the bees with nice pollen than in raising them. We also talked about bears and bees and that was interesting too. Maybe another post on all that...

Also talked with Carry, the other painter, about energy, nature, and art stuff. There was also a lady selling polar fleece blankets and some pet and kid stuff, and a guy (Cricket Hill) who makes jams, relishes, and pickled stuff -- some rather unique things too, like hot pepper relish, apple butter, spicy carrot marmalade (goes with beef or game meats), etc.

I'd brought some drop spindles with me, so I got quite a few questions about winding off onto my niddy noddy, and about drop spinning.

Things were slow enough -- no doubt the cold weather didn't help -- that people started breaking down after 1pm and most were gone by 2-2:30pm. I broke my stuff down too since it wasn't realistic to stay open as the sole vendor. No phone at the place, but I got a ride home from Lester and L came back with me to load things up. That went quickly, we got a bite to eat at Country Pie, and then briefly checked out the Town Hall, which was breaking down at this point (10 of 5pm). Chatted for a bit with an interesting lady, Darcy, who makes fantastical beaded jewelry.

So, a kind of quiet festival, but some more good conversations and possible connections.


Sep. 4th, 2008 09:37 am
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Yes, I'm a fructivist.... article by George Monbiot

Heard on the radio yesterday that heating oil is currently predicted to go down as much as .50/gallon. Good news, sort of. It will likely still be at least $3/gallon, if not $3.50, and the $3 was too much for a lot of poorer folks last year. Kind of like the "good news" that some food prices are likely to be dropping as well. Whatever the drop, these prices are all likely to remain too high for some folks -- probably more folks than last year, given that some of the people who managed to pay for everything last year were only able to do so by running through whatever savings they had.

Meanwhile, although we're fine enough financially, L and I will continue to be somewhat conservative (or go back to it, since I did buy some frivolous things at Pennsic). Still, one never knows what the future will bring... also, prices of real estate are starting to drop, so I have fresh incentive to try to put extra aside whenever possible.

I need to go through my stash of stuff and see about prizes for Crestfallen -- prizes for crests in the specialty tourney -- best crest, best crest death, best overall heraldic display. This last can apply to non-tourney displays at the event actually, like those splendid heraldic sideless surcoats some ladies used to wear, etc. I was toying with something as simple as some quality chocolate for the prizes, but two years ago one of the winners was someone who doesn't eat chocolate, and she may be helping out with painting again this year, so best to not have more than one prize be chocolate, if I go that route.

Yesterday L and I started unloading a load of rowen into one of the mows - he was tossing and I was stacking - when he hit his head on a hinge that was attached to the floor joist above him. Said hinge had a rusty screw still in it, so we're off to the doctor's a little later this morning so he can get a tetanus shot. Of course we cleaned it and put on antibiotic immediately, but that doesn't necessarily take care of everything -- better safe than sorry.

Didn't make it to the tri-county fair this past weekend -- too busy around the farm. But we did take some time off to go to an Open Farm at Manda Farm on Monday, just over in Plainfield. Chatted with the owners a bit -- sometimes we're set up next to them at the farmers market. Got to see their guinea hens, ducks, other hens, turkeys (brown, not white), black-spotted pigs, dexter cows, and Nubian goats (with guard llama). They're into raising heritage farm animals and raise them on grass and organic feeds. Some of the pigs get slaughtered each year, some stay on at the farm a while longer, and others are sold to other folks who are also raising heritage breeds. There's a network for people doing this, so that they have an optimal chance of preserving the breed for the future.

The guinea hens are pretty funny. They're smart so they're apparently a bit harder to catch, but they stay on the farm property more or less -- major problem is that the farm is on both sides of a road, so once in a great while one of them gets hit. But overall they're smart enough to pay attention to not only the road but also to wild animals. There are a lot of predators around, so hens that can help take care of themselves is a good thing.

The meat from the heritage pigs is absolutely incredible, btw. More $$ per pound than many folks would like to pay, but if you adapt by having less meat in your diet or by growing some of your own veggies, it's do-able. The Manda Farm folks sell the whole animal, every part -- even the lard. I forgot to check on when, but they're teaching how to render fat into lard this fall... there was an interesting discussion about it at the market last Saturday too -- how it helps make the easiest, flakiest pie crust ever. I use butter myself, which one of the buyers used to do until he tried lard and said it was even better. We both agreed that Crisco and its ilk aren't worth the time of day.

The string (drive belt) on my spinning wheel broke last night. Happily L was able to replace it quite quickly and easily. It's taken 2-1/2 spools, but I seem to be working the kinks out of the wheel's operation... the weakening belt probably contributed to the difficulties, but now I think I have things under control. As soon as the current bobbin is full and I've plied two of them together though, I need to put the wheel away. Must get back to weaving a few more scarves for Fall Festival, and clearing space to get down to some serious artwork. With the weather finally turning, I'm getting geared up for more drawing and painting, thank goodness! Ah, if only autumn could last a little bit longer than it does... so much to do!

My primary chiropractor is seriously into knitting, so we were talking about that a bit -- I think this will be her first year going to Rhinebeck too -- she should have a blast :)

She printed out a free leggings pattern for me that looks like fun, and we ordered a pattern for fingerless gloves. She's on ravelry so she can order things... I may have to look into joining so I can go pattern-hunting on my own in the future. Sorry, no pictures, but the gloves look kind of like armor gauntlets, very cool.

Back is mostly up-to-snuff again, one more appt. next week.
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Taking a break, and read Greenpa's latest post:
Media Cahoots

Got the link for this article from his post, about the fallout that's continuing from trouble with mortgages... NY Times article on IndyMAC being seized by government regulators

(NOTE: IndyMAC used to be part of Countrywide, which was bailed out earlier in the year by the Government)

Federal regulators seized IndyMac Bancorp on Friday evening, marking one of the largest bank failures in American history.
Skip to next paragraph

The bank, once part of the Countrywide Financial Corporation, is the first major bank to shut its doors since the mortgage crisis erupted more than a year ago. (IndyMac is not related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the big mortgage finance companies that alarmed the stock market this week.)

The closure followed a frenzied week during which IndyMac’s executives tried to bolster the ailing bank. IndyMac, based in Pasadena, Calif., stopped making new loans and announced layoffs of more than half of its 7,200 workers. But IndyMac’s customers, afraid their savings might disappear, stampeded tellers and demanded their money.

Most of IndyMac’s deposits are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which will operate the bank and try to sell it...

Greenpa gets a little cranky at times (and who wouldn't given some of the lovely things life has been tossing our way these days), but I've noticed myself that news items move around pretty quickly on some news sites... And he has lots of experience and knowledge about the environment/enviro sciences, DIY, and off-the-grid living too.


Farmers Market was nice today, met some interesting folks, and may have accidentally persuaded someone to try spinning again -- I had one of my drop spindles with me, getting a bit of work done at the market...

Meanwhile, sun is still shining, people are out baling hay.

Time to run.
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No more fluffy snow, sigh. It's raining today. The car has a coat of snow because thankfully it snowed a few inches first; should make clearing it off tomorrow morning a little easier, having the snow between the car and the ice coating it's getting. Good thing William was able to get that load of wood to the new customer, and also more into the house (separate from the wood already inside, because it has snow on it and needs to dry out). L helped out with that of course, and even I helped a bit.

Do-It-Yourself Alternative Energy and Insulation Projects Site. And Go Romans!! )

Small But Awesome Water Use Thing )

Weaving, PT, Spinning )

And I should write up a report or two today as well. And somehow, maybe Thursday? I need to get out and shop for small thank-you gifts for the teachers for Saturday. I was hoping to find the asian market in Hadley last week, but we had to go all the way to Amherst instead. I'd really rather not drive to Amherst until Saturday, when we'll be picking up one of our folks to go to Novice Schola. I thought blank notebooks with an asian motif on the covers would be both useful and attractive, and appropriate to this time of year, of course.

Novice Schola is on Saturday. My class scheduler, Lady Kathleen, has been marvelous! And of course the Event Steward, Baroness Fiona, is right on top of things, and Luta and Lady Una as well. Our liaison, Lord Detharlion has been keeping us up-to-date on things at the church too, thank goodness. Now we just need the weather to cooperate, so that we can all get to the site and have fun teaching and learning all day!

Novice Schola Event
Novice Schola Class Schedule
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Saturday we celebrated at the Sunwheel, in spite of the rain. We had an ez-up to stand under, which helped, and everyone was in good spirits. Afterward we adjourned to friend Myttin's house in New Salem, for a wonderful feast - ham, chicken, baked beans, fresh homemade slaw, green beans w/ almonds, applesauce, pumpkin bread, another type of bread (rye, I think), a bit of hard cider, tea, regular cider, coffee, and a variety of desserts as well. It was all wonderful (I had 4 slices of the pumpkin bread I think...), and the company even better.

[livejournal.com profile] fitzw and I went off to see Winterberry Farm, and chatted with the lady who will be leading an ongoing workshop we're thinking about taking -- growing/harvesting/processing flax. It might be nice to have some help with the process, rather than discover it completely on our own. I'm curious about whether they have sources for tools or had to make their own. I suspect the latter, as most flax is processed on a large scale, with mechanized equipment... hm, another research project... did pick up some pretty dyed Romney roving while there. They have lots of animals at the farm, and teach classes on a variety of subjects, from milking goats to spinning and weaving.

And that was it for Fiber Twist for us this year. A friend was wanting some superwash merino roving, and I found the 4 oz. ball I have and have no plans for at this time -- should be enough for a pair of socks.

Saturday evening, a blue heron flew north across the field, as we drove in.

L's mom Marian's birthday was Saturday. She's been under the weather, so no celebration until she's feeling better, but we did sing the nice Happy Birthday song to her, and even managed to do it as a round (a little odd with only two people, but still nice).

Sunday was clear weather, so we got the rest of the plants into the ground (some still in pots), and finally put the sugar maple in its new home. Everything is mulched as well.

[livejournal.com profile] fitzw was doing battle throughout the afternoon/evening with one of the older computers, to get access to my art files, with success by the end of the day. Oddly, this morning the computer decided it would boot up. Still, he's continuing with moving the files to a more stable environment. We also got more things unpacked and more boxes up from the sugarhouse. The back attic is finally clear of extraneous stuff, so L vaccuumed while the floor was mostly clear (I'd already put in some shelving, to make space in the apartment).

Fortunately I've also found the comforters, so we've been quite cozy and comfortable the past few nights! I'd gotten a couple of them professionally cleaned this summer, and then they went straight into storage up here, so they weren't underfoot during the moving/renovating, and are in excellent condition. The new washing machine here is larger than our old one, so I _might_ be able to wash a comforter in it, if need be.

Going back to Saturday briefly, I wound off some bamboo fiber I'd spun earlier in the year, so I could use the moosie drop spindle for spinning up some of the newest fiber. Finished up a spindle of it last night and wound that off -- a little over 114 yards. Not bad for a few hours' work.

Oh, and quite of bit of roving and batting are now on the shelves and hooks in the weaving room, so the outer wall is now partially extra-insulated, and much roving has been chained s that it hangs more neatly on the wall. I have more somewhere, but haven't found it all...

Today I go in for my MRI/arthrogram at 1pm, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) in Northampton. L offered to come, and I was undecided. Not like he can be in the room with me anyhow... But we can have lunch together, so he's coming with. Oh, and I have to remember to get the image on disk for the doctor. Friday I'll be doing the follow-up meeting with the doctor, and we'll see what happens from there.
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Monday was a catchup day, as per usual. Also I asked [livejournal.com profile] fitzw to bring my spinning wheel downstairs that night -- it's been in the house, out of the way of us moving things, etc. Getting started again spinning on a wheel was a bit of a trial, and there came a point when I had to stop. Last night was much better, and I have good bit of blue indigo cotswold spun now (during the day I was at Fiona's, and she Emma and I made pennons for Crossroads at Canterbury). Cotswold is not a medieval breed, but it's pleasant enough to work with, and I like the natural dyes the lady uses - local person from the hills. I was good and mostly got a few different shades of blue, and I think a green (last October). And of course I have to spin a lot of it before I can buy any more!

Much of what I'm spinning will likely be used for modern clothing, so I'm not overly concerned with whether or not the sheep breed goes way back... but I still prefer Romney (which has one crossbreed in the 19th c., but a Romney breeder I spoke with believes it was primarily for hardiness), Shetland, and Icelandic. I like a longer fiber because it makes a smooth strong yarn -- although you don't always get that with the Shetland... I don't know if it's because of where some of them are raised or how the wool is processed. They're supposed to be dual-coated, but I find it hard to believe that sheep that are bred for generations in the southern U.S. would be as dual-coated as ones from the northern U.S.

The Icelandic is generally (unless you get some of the lambs wool) a harder fiber, so a lot of people don't care for it. But you want a harder fiber for outdoor wear and for socks and such. Lambswool socks might feel very nice, but they won't last long.

For the finest spinning I still use drop spindles, as I find the wheel doesn't spin quite as tightly and securely as I do. Also, it can only really go in one direction well, whereas doing Z- or S- twist with a spindle is no big deal.

One of the things I've noticed with spinning rovings and batts that are already dyed is that there tends to be a little excess dye on the fibers. Probably because you can only rinse it so much without risking turning the fibers into a mass of felt... so I end up with colorful fingers at the end of a spinning session :) Last night, blue.

I tried spinning by candlelight last night. Since I'd been having an awful time the night before, I figured it wouldn't be made much worse doing it by candle instead of electric light. I found it worked quite well, as the light caught on the fibers and filled out the shape of the triangle.

So, here's a little rhyme, in honor of getting back to spinning on the wheel...

Hello my friend,
good to see you again.
Fumbling at first with drafting and tension,
eventually I match your rhythm and rhyme.
Candle flame fills the triangle's dimension,
As the bobbin fills up with warmth and time.
The pleasure of a fine woolen
So much more, made by my hand.
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I put in a small order to fabrics.com because they were having a sale on some linens. Then I got an email from fabrics-store.com offering free shipping, so I went there and put in a much larger order, as many of their prices are better than fabrics.com, including a 20-yard bolt of 5.3 oz. white. I have another 20-yard bolt of 3.5 oz. already, but that's better for underwear/chemise-type stuff. A little of the colored linens will probably go to medieval clothing, but the bulk of it is eventually destined to become everyday clothing. I quailed a bit at how much I ordered, but since it will all be worn for many years, it isn't a frivolous expenditure. And likely I won't be using all of it immediately, so if one of us wants/needs something new, I'll go 'shopping' through the fabric stores, pick something out and make it.

Some of it, if it looks as nice in real life as it does on the screen, I may make into my version of druid robes. I'm a practical person, and full-length clothing in the woods seems well... inadvisable. If you're in a space that doesn't have lots of twigs and brush and such it doesn't matter, but in the Pioneer Valley, we have generous portions of brush on the hillsides. So, pants and maybe a knee-length tunic will be just the thing, I think. And a hat with netting if we're on the hill at certain times of summer.... I love nature in general, but I have a thing about bugs flying anywhere near my head.

I'm looking forward to gradually working more linen and wool into our wardrobe. And of course we have a bit of silk in the fabric collection :) I like cotton too, but in general it doesn't wear as well as the others. Although I did get some organic cotton yarn to try weaving as towels, so we'll see how well that stuff holds up. Short plant fibers don't last as long as long plant fibers, and cotton is softer than linen to boot, but if something lasts only 15 years, I'm not going to complain.

Now, things that only hold up for a year or two, those I have little use for... I never was a fashionista, and as I make some of our clothing, I suspect we'll be even further from whatever is trendy as time goes on :D Although of course we'll still have at least one formal jacket each, etc. -- we so rarely have occasions we need to dress up for, what we have already will last for years.

This summer I'm hoping to have some time to play with spinning some bamboo fiber I got at Pennsic last summer. I have a sweater made of hemp & bamboo, and it's very comfy and holding up well so far.

All in all, I'm looking forward to shopping even less at the mall and downtown stores!
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My Moosie spindle came today. The whorl is made from moose antler, and the wood I chose for the shaft is called kingwood (dark). The ones in the photo on http://www.journeywheel.com/specialspindles.php look a lot like it. I've spun a little on it already of course, seeing as they ship it with some wool already started on it. Spins for quite a long time, and quite finely too!

Decided to make the car and farm first aid kits using a couple of large tins I had in storage in the attic. I want the containers to be somewhat insulated but I hate putting in zippers, then saw the box with the tins and thought, "hmmm...." So I've cut out cotton batting and fabric for both tins. One I've finished sewing the pieces and glued them into the tin -- looks like it should work just fine. Will do the other one tomorrow.

Went to the mall but just missed getting to the post office in time. We put in a good walk around the mall, couple circuits as usual. Tomorrow morning I'll go back and mail that package, plus I have to stop at S&S to get some meds, and maybe check out Family Dollar for a few things. Oh, and last week someone told me they'd found organic fruit juice at Ocean State Job Lot, so maybe I should check them out as well, before stopping at the bank on the way home to make a deposit, just to get in as much as possible in one trip.

Tomorrow I have to warp up the table loom. If possible I will also have the small rigid loom we got at the New Year's Eve party also warped for other people to try out. Friday evening is the demo at Sage Park school in Connecticut, and I plan to be weaving there.

Saturday we'll be stopping in at Letterpress Things in Chicopee to drop off one of our eye charts -- the owner collects first prints, and since he's been so helpful to us in various ways, seems only fair he should get one :) Not sure what else is planned for Saturday at this point.

Sunday morning we're off to the farm to look at the land with [livejournal.com profile] fitzw's dad, and talk to both folks about possibilities for agricultural development and construction. Then Concentus practice in either the afternoon or evening (yet to be decided).
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-Yoga stretches
-A bit of walking
-2 loads of laundry (1 massage sheets, 1 clothing)
-S-twist spinning, white Icelandic
-Wound some Z-twist white Icelandic into a ball
-Brought spinning wheel in from studiolo and removed bobbin for windoff
-Bank deposit
-Began looking at Egyptian art
-Correspondence, general and one for Novice Schola
-Caught up on entering receipts into Quicken
-Paid a bunch of bills online

Plans for tonight:
- Wind off z-twist white Icelandic from bobbin onto niddy noddy for setting
-Take some Emergen-C, throat's a little sore and have a bit of a headache
- Work on court doc for EK 12th Night
- Possibly spin more
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Sunday was work on getting the house ready for Concentus, then getting ready for going to regional fighter practice.

At practice I met with Fiona and Una to catch up on Novice Schola stuff, gave a check to Brigit for Yule (Bjorn and his lady Sam), chatted with various folks about armor, marshalling, events, spinning, etc, had Cedric announce the boar hunt during a break in the practice, and did a bit of spinning (white Icelandic). [personal profile] fitzw had left something at home and went back to get it, as well as the checkbook I thought I had brought with me. Between one thing and another he didn't get back for 1-1/2 hours, so then it was time to pack up and go home to finish getting ready for Concentus. So, unfortunately no fighting for him :( There were a lot of fighters there though -- and many bouts were fought and instruction given. One of our new guys authorized -- Cerdwulf Blackbeard (mka Coureton D).

Concentus practice was all right. Tired people. But we still covered new ground and reinforced some old ground.

Monday a.m., went out to the studiolo and turned on the heater, then over to the print shop to rearrange some things while the heater did its job. Thursday morning we may try to do the furniture shuffle in the print shop, so I figured I might as well get started with the prep work. Did some spinning (white Icelandic) on the Kromski, which was being cranky. I managed to drop the whorl and crack it, but I managed to get it working with some oil and a piece of wool.

Went to lunch and then shopped for kitty food, flour, and oatmeal. Did some correspondence and then back out to spin some more. [personal profile] fitzw joined me around 5pm and worked on the barn loom for a while.

Gathered some sheet music for a teacher trying to put a medieval day together at her school. Now, time to shower and go to Newcomers.
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Here's one of my ongoing projects, the bombyx mori/yak top I got at Rhinebeck:

It's a little out of focus, sorry. That's my hand holding the spindle, for scale.

Back to painting...


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