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( May. 13th, 2009 12:18 am)
Remember when you were little and your Mama told you not to cut your own hair because you'd end up looking stupid?

That advice remains sage even when you're older. Even if it's for a cool project. Even if you're Princess. None of these things makes you a hairdresser.

Boy do I look like an idiot. I hope my bangs grow back before ARRG.

Speaking of which, I hope you will all come and fence in my tourneys! Yes, that's TWO WHOLE TOURNEYS. Sile said I didn't have to choose which tourney format I liked more. She is letting me have BOTH. She is sweetest ever. Now I just need to get dispensation from the King and Queen to write up some pardons for a few people...
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( Mar. 30th, 2009 01:25 pm)
Every once in a while someone reaches into the zany co-mingling of interests in my head and creates imagery that ties it all together:
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( Nov. 5th, 2008 10:54 am)
I'm making my sister a version of this sweater for her birthday. I'm modifying it to have a picture of Jack Skellington instead of the bobbles. The sleeves will be dk grey and white stripes just like all the Lovecraft-ian snake things that Tim Burton is so fond of.

You can all thank my sister and [livejournal.com profile] zarhooie for guilting me into knitting instead of copping out and sending cash. And now I leave you with some knitting humor...


[livejournal.com profile] sirzig tells me that my wool is here from R.H. Lindsay, so I can start spinning weft like the wind. My spinning wheel has lain dormant for nearly a week now... Time to get it going again! (I suppose it's a good thing I went ahead and got the entire spool of fishing line to replace tension bands... I've melted TWO in the last month.)

At the Rose Tourney last weekend, I got to see [livejournal.com profile] teffan for like... 4 seconds. (She was fighting, so she was busy most of the day.) During that four seconds, she mentioned to me that she was meaning to make herself some "leg wraps" but hadn't gotten 'round to it yet, and could she commission some from me? Apparently her boots kept falling down and she wasn't willing to tolerate it long enough to learn how to tablet weave and make her own.

Now, I thought it was a bit odd that someone would try to tablet-weave leg-wraps, rather than inkle weaving them, or just using a regular loom, but I was delighted to have a useful project to try. Better still, [livejournal.com profile] teffan said she didn't care what they looked like since the boot would hide most of them anyway. This left me free to try out some of the more "visually offensive" patterns from my weaving book. (Why did it not occur to me to question her odd fashion decision to wear leg-wraps under boots? Because I have been getting cankles at events for the last 2 years, and leg wraps have helped to alleviate the problem. I just thought she had the same problem/solution.)

So last night, I diligently measured out 7 yards of warp yarn for a 4 inch wide "selvedge practice" exercise, and was quite pleased with my color selection of tan and white.

I jumped on instant messenger to ask [livejournal.com profile] teffan whether or not she thought 3.5 yards was too much and this was the point at which we figured out that we were NOT talking about the same thing.

7 YARDS was WAAAAY too much... And actually 4 inches of width was also overkill... She actually wanted a pair of garters, which I would also be delighted to make... just not with the warp I already cut.

So for 8 or 9 hours today I had some "orphaned" leg wraps. I was going to finish them anyway and donate them to the silent auction at Crown, until I got to talking with Keg. Apparently, he's been looking to get a pair of leg wraps for some time now, but just couldn't bring himself to wear the silly horse wraps that some of the fighters have been strapping on. Can't say I blame him. So now my leg wraps have a home to go to when they are finished, and the project in my head is gelling. Gunther wears mostly dark colors, so I will spin up a natural black wool to use as weft. I'm going to try weaving it as a single, just to see if I can save myself plying time, and in a week or two, I will have a Gunther Gift to exchange for Loom Construction Help on October 25 when [livejournal.com profile] eithni and I invade his shop and use his toys to make ourselves a warp-weighted loom and a tapestry loom.

I love it when misunderstandings can be worked out! (And no worries... I'll make [livejournal.com profile] teffan a pair of garters too... And maybe a pair for Michael while I'm at it... I saw more of his stockings during the Rose Tourney than I really care to... Was he on the winning team that GOT garters? Someone please say yes...)
This US marine Sergent was leading the recruits through weapons practice, using a basic quarterstaff. He always whipped the behind of each and every recruit. Until one day, this new recruit stepped forward, and handed the Sergent's rear to him. The Sergent got up and was about to start whacking away at the recruit when a voice from the watch tower stopped him.

It was the Sergent major.

"Son, stop right there, and ask this recruit if he is SCA."

The sergent does, and replies, "He says he is. What does that mean?"

"It means you can't beat him. Ask him if he is a knight."

Again, there is a muffled conversation, then the Sergent, a little baffled, says, "He says he is. What does that mean?"

"It means I cant beat him. Ask him if he is a duke."

Once more, there is a muffled conversation. "He says he is. What does THAT mean?"

"It means that THEY can't beat him."

This made me chuckle...


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