patable2010: (Saxon)
THURSDAY

Worked some more on the open-sided surcoat and am almost ready to hem it but I ran out of the pale peach thread. When Leofwyna got up I headed outside and did a major cutback on the lilac bush. It is now just a few spriggy bits so we'll see if it grows back better. If it doesn't it'll get pulled out altogether. Leofwyna pulled weeds from the side flower beds and topped up one of the compost piles.

FRIDAY

At Hancocks I found all the thread choices in peach to be too dark. Real pastel doesn't seem to exist anymore. I already have 'too dark' peach so I didn't buy any. I'm so stiff and sore from yesterday that I only dealt with a little laundry and washing dishes at home today.
patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

Stopped in at the two nearest Goodwills today since it's Tuesday and there's a senior discount and found three belts and a middle eastern style tunic dress, all appropriate to add to Goldkey. Back at home spent the late afternoon and evening sewing up the four white cotton undertunics and re-hemmed the muslin undertunic from Goldkey to have 'em ready for Cattle Raids this month.

WEDNESDAY

Took a couple pieces of fabric I'd picked up last month and got them ready to be worn as Saxon tube dresses. I'll probably keep these for myself but they're ready to be used at Cattle Raids with Goldkey if they're needed.

Got out to visit the half price clothing sale at the thrift store, found a pair of white linen drawstring pants and a purple linen shirt. This evening was A&S where I took advantage to discuss Cattle Raids scheduling with Natalya and Zino.

Back at home I worked on the peach linen open-sided surcoat trying to make it wearable. The seams were so mis-alligned I ended up taking out all the neckline and armhole seams to re-sew it and now it's coming along pretty well actually.

And at the very end of my day we drove half an hour north of town just after midnight to see if any of the northern lights were showing this far south. I'm sorry to report they were not. It was a pretty, clear night though and the stars were splendid.
patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

When Leofwyna was ready for work I drove her over to pick up her van. Interestingly enough Dodge Performance got the van fixed for only $45 after Anderson Ford gave her an estimate of $450. Turns out the problem COULD be gotten to without dismantling the dash. Think they're pushing for their own bottom line much? She's much happier about this today.

I cut out four medium undertunics for Goldkey this afternoon. I'd found five cotton sheets ($1/ea) awhile back for this purpose. Turns out one of them was more worn than the others and had to be discarded into the rag pile.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SATURDAY

I made a few of my Cattle Raid prep calls, got a couple questions clarified and left messages on answering machines for the rest. Thedrik and I are still doing the hone tag thing; that really needs to be resolved soon. I sorted through the scrap bags from Sash, throwing out little pieces and boxing up larger pieces for the garage sale this fall. That still leaves me a substantial pile for trimming out some garb for Goldkey when I get it in gear. I straightened up the living room and brought in the Goldkey Totes from the garage. Terry brought his new girlfriend over to borrow garb from Goldkey and after supper I packed up the Goldkey totes again.
patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

Got out of the house into the sunshine this afternoon. Stopped in at a couple of the thrift stores and found a couple tops... checked that bag at another thrift store and forgot to pick it up so I've gotta go back tomorrow to get it. Silly me!

Finished Gabaldon's Echo in the Bone; now I've got three years to wait for the next installment. I'm now waiting for my turn with the library's copy of the audio version... I love the reader that does it and sometimes I get additional insights I miss reading it for myself.

Back at home I pulled the Goldkey tubs out of Leofwyna's van and slepped 'em into the living room. I also managed to motate myself out and mow three-quarters of the yard. I bagged some but as I wore out towards the last I removed the bag to do the west verge. I left the main front undone but the zoysa grows slowly and I'll probably get away with leaving it to do next week.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SATURDAY

I started the day with a list of errands. First, tried to find Gyda's place to pick up the Runestaff; phonebook directions to their street was no good so next went to Sash's to call Gyda and pick up Goldkey tubs. Found Isabeau and Carlos there already and they offered to guide me to Gyda's. We loaded up the Goldkey and two bags of Sash scraps. With their help found Gyda's apartment where Runestaffs were laying outside the door; Gyda had found something to do with the day and was gone. Stopped in at Carlos'to pick up Kestral scrolls to paint for Lilies. Stopped in at Tamasin's to help her re-learn to cast on for some knitting. Back at home I sorted through Sash's scraps [there's some great pieces, even some quilters' cotton]. Leofwyna went off to work in the rain. I spent the evening piecing more of my own scraps and running a couple loads through the washer.

SUNDAY

At Herdmaster there were five fighters participating: Michail, Saraphina, Zino, Reinhart, and Callaghan. It was Callaghan who defeated Zino in the final bout of the tournament to become Herdmaster.
There were nominations for Herd driver... Gyda, Chiara, Maire, Odierne and Yoichi. The 'herd' selected Yoichi for the Herd Driver.
Theron the Bookseller is the new Espiritu. Viljhalmr Half Troll is now a member of the Fhianna. Maire received a Cambroges. Jwelda won the on-site brown-bag A&S competition for her leather pouch and cloak. There was music and dancing. There was wonderful food.
Leofwyna woke in time to arrive for feast and enjoyed the new Mag Mor baby for awhile too.
FRIDAY

Finally bagged up the last of the consignment returns which will be going to the Salvation Army sometime next week. Packed up a suit and tops to be mailed out to a blogger friend. Made a quick run to JoAnne's for thread and was able to finish putting together the green Norman tunic for gold key though I still need to find the trim for it. Since Leofwyna still wasn't feeling so good I rousted up leftovers for us for supper.

SATURDAY

Being determined to find some green/white trim I know is buried somewhere in the spare room I moved 2-3 dozen boxes, opening each lid to peek in, and eventually found trim which it should have been with if I still had it. No joy.

I did pull three boxes in the process. Two went upstairs to go out of the house to the Salvation Army being denim things for a project long forgotten and no longer desired. (Or maybe Master Gerald is still looking for denim for his buffing wheel; I must check on that.) The third box was quilt blocks ready to be assembled into 2-3 tops. Now I just need to locate the fabrics needed to go with the blocks for this purpose. Another day going through boxes must happen soon for this.
THURSDAY

Prescription will be ready to pick up this evening     DONE
Will go to Scarlet Keep; get kids in garb and fitted     DONE
Necchi can be serviced/repaired for only $80    GO AHEAD
Will deal with buttonholes at Sash's this afternoon     TRIED, WAIT FOR MY OWN MACHINE

Went to Sash's to put buttonholes and eyelets in the garb I'd made for Gold Key this year.  He has this great new Bernina but I just don't have good luck with in machine buttonholers and today was no different.  I did do the eyelets in the doublets but I still need to open them up.  And I'll just wait to get my machine back and use my 'clacker' attachment to do the shirts.

After a quick run home for my own garb which I'd forgotten I headed in for another evening at Scarlet Keep.   We got garb sorted for the one's who are going to Coronation and finalized details for who is riding with whom going and coming so the weekend is set.

Sometime soon Sash and I need to go through the garb tubs and deal with the drech and get 'em reduced down to a manageable and organized numbers.  And remake a particular pair of pants into a much smaller size so it can fit a largish man! 
patable2010: (sewing)
WEDNESDAY

While Leofwyna was sorting some of her stuff from the spare room yesterday she ran across a 'tablecloth' tunic she'd cut out (probably years ago) for gold key and never got sewed up.  She passed it off to me to finish so I got that done today.  This is a HUGE tunic but I went with it thinking sometimes you do have a large person wanting to see what we were about so I didn't cut it down any further.  I also had Little Sister's cotton bathroom curtains to cut down and hem for dish towels.

Went to Moot this evening where plans were made for JAV next month.  JAV is our big demo out at a local vinyard's annual spring one-day Renaissance Fair.  This has been very successful for us for several years now and I kinda look forward to it.  I'm going to work on bookbinding as I still want to have twenty done for the Cattle Raids project.

THURSDAY

Darnit!  Leofwyna got put on-call again today.  The way hospitals manage their staff-hours these days annoys the HELL out of me and I have to be careful not to transmit that annoyance to her.  She certainly doesn't need me to aggravate whatever she feels about it.

I pulled a bag of white material out of the pile in my bedroom to take down to the sewing room today.  First piece out was an L-shaped remnant of fine linen so I made a pair of ladies trews.  My thinking is the 12th Century woman needing protection while traveling or riding wanted something extra under her skirts and instead of 'borrowing' a pair of trews she made her own fine pair.  Since there's a record of a sermon denouncing women wearing such that it must have been done sometime; although how the clergy was aware enough of this to have an opinion gives me pause.  There was a 7-inch strip left from which I cut four 7-inch squares to put in my workbasket to become goblet covers.  I'll try to get them done before Cattle Raids for the largess baskets.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SUNDAY

Went to Hancocks and found aqua cotton duck for a pair of britches to go with the XLg doublet.  Stopped at the grocery store for soda and found manager's special pork and beef.  Threw the beef into the freezer and the pork into a crockpot with lentils and carrots.  Apparently I didn't put in enough liquids cause the resultant mess was a failure; fortunately the pork will be salvageable shredded with barbeque sauce for sandwiches.   Spent the evening stitching up strips of sampler fabric. 

MONDAY

Threw a load in the washer but forgot to follow up the rest of the laundry.  Cleaned up the kitchen.  Pat R called to arrange for me to transcribe a couple audio tapes for Chris L's grant proposal for the Standing Bear program.  I'm to pick them up Friday noon.  Finished up three sample tops that I'd started last week and then one more start to finish. There're lots of sniglets all over the floor and tracked onto the carpet upstairs; I really need to get out the broom and carpet sweeper sometime soon.
patable2010: (fibre arts)
THURSDAY-FRIDAY

I have a nice new sleep pattern set up, early to bed and early to rise.  I'm reading my emails and ljs in the mornings while making Joey a warm lap and doesn't he love it.  Cut and sewed up a pair of britches to go with the second doublet Thursday afternoon and went to Fiber Arts in the evening.  Friday I whipped through the dishes and then started sewing up the squares cut from the earlier samples... might as well get them out of the way even if they are fiddly.  Set up and ready for a fast get-a-way tomorrow for Kris Kinder and early to bed.

SATURDAY

Up early and dark, beating Leofwyna to the facilities as she works this weekend.  Met up with Cat, Oz and Sash to pool the ride to Kris Kinder.  While there I cruised through the merchants but managed to refrain from serious shopping; did quite a lot of work on the banner while getting to know Marcella better and visiting with many various other folks.  Did attend my exchequer meeting and manged the last little while of the fiber meeting also.  Got to page through the many books Jane and Angelo brought from from their trip to Europe.   Court was splendid, especially the presentation of the magnificent floorcloth for the Kingdom pavillion.
patable2010: (Saxon)
MONDAY

Spent the day keeping myself moving, tried to pick up the prescriptions again (Insurance still not picking up, have to call and straighten this out), spent considerable time at University Library working job searches, and spent the evening stitching the sample fabrics into strips to work into the Mission quilts (no tops actually finished though).  Drooping at 11:00 so headed off to bed... which is super early for me these days.

TUESDAY

Wide awake at 7:30, kept Joey the cat company all morning while Leofwyna was sleeping.  Made several phonecalls regarding exchequer, ride to Kris Kinder, and insurance for my prescription.  When Leofwyna left for a half day at work I spent the afternoon waiting for the phone to ring.  The Insurance carrier was supposed to call back about the coverage so I could get my prescription.  At 4:30 I gave up on that and went outside to hang the hoses in the garage and pull the Obedience plants out of the front flower bed; a lovely mild day.  This evening I finished two more Mission quilt tops.  Heading off to bed at 11:30 again... could we be developing a new, good habit?

WEDNESDAY

There was half an inch of snow on the ground when I woke at 7:30 this morning, spent a quiet morning while Leofwyna slept.  Whipped through the dishes so she could work on her Raspberry Jelly this afternoon.  I headed out to try to pick up the prescription, hit some thrift stores (found nice Isotoner slippers, a stick mixer, a white shell, and several pieces for gold key stuff [I'll be making britches, byzantine tunic,  more shirts]).  Picked up Sash to go to A&S where Natalya gave us excellent suggestions on handling documentation for our A&S entries.  Her notebook is very impressive for logical documentation.  Headed off to bed at 11:30... at this rate I'll be in good shape at 6am Saturday morning to go to Kris Kinder.
patable2010: (sewing)
Thanks to femdekeroas encouragement I'm adding my entries from the Stash Challenge community here too.  It does make it easier to refer back to my entries by having them here. 

FRIDAY

Today I finished all but the lacing holes on the XLg doublet then cut and sewed up a Med doublet using a bedskirt I'd picked up nearly four years ago at Goodwill.   I also had a fine cotton... something (sheet or tablecloth?) that I cut for the XLg shirt.  The foundation for the bedskirt is cotton-poly so I'll use that for a Medium sized shirt.    Took some serious rummaging through the piles to find the white cotton thread I knew was there somewhere.  It was totally chilly outside so I was glad to stay in working on these.

SATURDAY

Encouraged Leofwyna to go to Omaha today to shop for uniforms; decided not to ride along this time.  Instead I sewed up the two white shirts to go with the doublets for gold key.  Just have fastenings left to do on them.

SUNDAY

Today we rearranged furniture in the living room and cleaned house prepratory for the Holidays, then I served up the rest of my crockpot pork as barbeque sandwiches with beans for supper.  Tonight cut a workman's shirt from three tan linen skirts which were nearly the same shade and texture [thrift store finds over the past few years].  Looks really good actually.  Again there's still fastenings needed but figure on doing lots of fastenings at one time before Yule Court in December when I hand this stuff over to the Barony. 
patable2010: (sewing)
MONDAY

Apparently I loafed... I can't remember Monday. 

TUESDAY

Today I sorted through the bag full of my peer's scraps.  Some time ago I'd learned he simply threw away scraps and didn't hang on to remnants of projects at all.  I was aghast and insisted he should pass his scraps on to some worthy individual so they wouldn't be wasted.  He decided no one should be stuck with this stuff but troublemakers so I've the privileged individual.  Since I was careful not to be greedy and so didn't suggest inititially that it might be me, I was delighted. 

Granted the large garbage bag full of scraps produced a full grocery bag full of trash bits but I ended up with lots of promising bigger bits.  This afternoon I cut out the pieces for an extra large sleeveless doublet from the aqua/gold cotton-blend brocade.  I also sorted through my pile of 'thrift store linen garments of all sizes' and found a nice yellow-gold gathered skirt with just enough fabric for the lining of the doublet.   I must confess I did have to piece together some of the narrower pieces but this will be for goldkey and will look just fine.
patable2010: (Cheers)
FRIDAY-SATURDAY

The cold has truely moved in and Joey [the cat] wants a lap fulltime.  We've turned on the furnace but set it at only 60 for the savings.  Since there's no Barkley for Joey to huddle up with I feel guilty enough to be a lap a lot.  Well, okay, I'm doing it for myself too as I don't feel productive when it's this chilly. 

Daelin came by today and cut off the metal fence post that was the last bit of the old fence.  It had been set in a huge chunk of concrete and we didn't want to dig that out so now we can just bury the stub.  Yay Daelin!

I've got kitty-sitting duty for a friend this weekend so I did get myself be-stirred to go do that this afternoon.  Stopped at the downtorn thrift stores where I found a nice pair of black oxfords and some goldkey material for 16th Century kneepants and a brown linen tablecloth for a tunic.  Made it into a supper run for me while I was at it. 
patable2010: (Cheers)
THURSDAY


One interview done for a 5-attorney office with reasonable pay and bennies.  Can only wait to see if I'm called in next week for a follow-up interview.  It was good I'd scheduled a little extra time since I transposed South 56th with South 48th in my head; once I checked my notes caught my error and arrived right on time.

Leofwyna fixed Isfiriya, fresh corn and apple bread for supper followed by peach cobbler ala mode before heading off herself for music.  I'm relaxing with television and computer for the evening.  [Isfiriya is a Moroccan meat patty seasoned with cumin, coriander, cinnamon and honey - delicious hot or cold.]

Watched So You Think You Can Dance on tape when Leofwyna got back home.  Was surprised that Will and Twitch was in bottom two, at least one should have been Mark and he should have gone with Comfort.  Will should have been overall male winner according to both of us.  Very disappointing. 

I've been thinking about the A&S 50 Challenge http://artsandsciences50.org/ relative to my 12th Century personna wondering if there's 50 aspects I can apply in that narrow a perameter...  But I do want to make [1] soft leather shoes, [2] tapestry slippers, hose in [3] silk, [4] linen and [5] wool, [6] linen drawers, [7] linen shifts, [8] linen coif, [9] linen headrail, [10] silk veil, [11] embroidered linen gunna, [12] embroidered wool kirtle,  [13] fur-trimmed lined woolen cote, [14] hood and [15] mittens.  I want to do [16] inkle weaving in the round for garters and ties, and learn [17] tablet weaving for trim.  Perhaps I could build a [18] narrow wares loom.  There's the [19] P.P. scroll to develop and that can be the right era including the bagpiper I found this week.  I could [20] bind and [21] illuminate my own book of hours.  I'll need [22] quills, [23] ink, [24] brushes and [25] paint.  I had a passing thought to redo the lady's [26] traveling box with my brass mirror, [27] horn comb, [28] thread winders, [29] pins, and other sewing items.  I could repair my table loom and weave [30] toweling and a [31] satchel.  There's the [32] bow stave I was given in trade for a couple pairs of pants; I wonder if it's still any good.  With that I'd need [33] arrows, [34] quiver, [35] wrist guard and [36] finger guard.  I'd still like to make a [37] plate, [38] bowl and [39] cup as well as a sizeable [40] pipkin and carve a [41] wooden spoon for camp cooking.  Perhaps with Master Gerald's help I could make [42] tripod, [43] griddle, [44] set of hooks, [45] coiled grill, [46] skillet, [47] pole lamp hook and [48] hanging hooks.  I've got maple for a [49] walking stick.  And of course there's the canvas for a [50] pavillion.  I really don't know if I can do all of this but I'll do some research and see what else I can come up with. 

Also I need to sort my garb for auction/gold key as there is some stuff I no longer use.  Any non-12th century garb I do keep needs to be organized and stored separately.

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