Weekend Update

Not much to report here. Ran errands Saturday, bought birthday gifts for the many August birthdays we have in the family. Bought a baguette from On The Rise (oh heaven, thy name is fresh French Baguette!) and hubby got more embroidery floss for his current project.

Sunday we had a dinner date with Will and Seadna whom we’ve not seen in too long. After dinner we went for a walk in a new-to-me Metropark, Skok meadow. Very nice! Got a good walk in too.

In all a most relaxing and satisfying weekend.

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Heard this morning that Mistress llyrdwyl passed away last night. It’s heartbreaking.

She was an elegant artist. I remember working with her when I was regional signet. She created such beautiful illuminations and precise calligraphy. In particular she had a way with color which impressed me. I loved seeing her work.

She was a lovely person, and will be much missed.


Thursday gratitude

Today I am grateful for many things:

  • Lax application of dress codes at work which result in me being able to wear a tie dye dress today, hee 🙂
  • My white knit cardigan I got at Target, love this thing. And the annular broach I use to fasten it too.
  • I walked into Dr. Teich’s office right when he was suggesting Dr. Syed and he go see me about a form, heh. So… I guess I’m grateful for good timing?
  • I am actually quite glad we’re not going to Pennsic this year and grateful that I didn’t *have* to go.
  • Cats
  • The MiddleWiki July contest has been great! 30 new user accounts created, 35 people have done updates and are entered in the contest. Woot!
  • Old photos
  • Happy memories; been going through my old LiveJournal, 2004 was a heck of a year. Became Oaken Signet, got outsourced, got married, served on Royal Staff… kind of surprised I did all that and still did scrolls, worked on art, made stuff, etc. So let’s be grateful I journaled too!
  • The tea party Saturday went well, niece said I’m a good hostess. woot!

Archery Update

Went to shoot archery last night, it was beautiful weather and there was good company. Last week my main goal was to keep my cool, this week I was going to try to slow down and watch my breath and aiming. I did shoot better than last week, though nothing to write home about.

My Royal Round score was a 18.


(I think my previous best score was something like a 41, my husband got a 68 and was unhappy with that, some days it’s tough being married to someone who is so good at stuff!)

Trying to figure out why I’m so much worse than I used to be… if it is me, or the bow. (That 41 was with this bow… but that was also 5 or 10 years ago… maybe my bow is wearing out?)


Weekend Update – Chock full of Tea Parties

Saturday I hosted a Jewelry Trunk show for my jewelry-making college roomates, JenBo and Heidi (kind of fun that the two girls I shared a triple with Senior year are both making jewelry now!) Anyway, it was my idea to include Heidi, I thought it would add to the fun and I did it as a tea party because I love tea parties.

Hubby baked scones on Friday and I had him do an extra batch because I was nervous. He also made a batch of gluten free ones (his first!) for our friend Gwyneth who was attending. Friday was grocery run and house cleaning.

Saturday morning, more house cleaning and making sandwiches. I picked some gladiolas from the yard for the table and herbs from the garden for the cucumber sandwiches. (I don’t like cucumbers much, but cucumber sandwiches I love! hee.)  I used the tea set I got from Constanza; 15 cups! There were more than 15 people invited, but only 14 had RSVP’d that they were coming so I was hopeful it was a good amount… and it was. 🙂 Jen and Heidi both made money on jewelry sales and I hope all the guests had fun. I did pretty good cleaning up as we went so there wasn’t a lot to do at the end of the day.  Both Jen and Heidi also gifted me with jewelry for hosting, which was really sweet of them and Jen picked up the grocery tab too which she didn’t have to!

Sunday was Kristen’s Bridal Shower which was also a tea party. This one I was a guest for though, much less pressure. 🙂 Had a good time chatting with my husband’s cousins Marylin and Charlotte as well as good friends Stacie and Sue. I did end up helping them haul gifts back home at the end, and was glad to be able to help.

So much tea… why did it tire me out so much?

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Knitting in Early Modern Europe

So I signed up for the KEME experimental archeology thing back in April when someone posted about it. It sounded so exciting and fun! Spin some yarn, knit some circles, participate in research! eee! So up my ally!

Well, I was then quickly VERY BUSY and kept flagging the KEME emails to read later. Finally did and, erk! The deadline was today, July 21st! (Fortunately this was a couple weeks ago I read them, heh.) So it was a mad dash to finish the project.  It took more man hours than I thought. I had the yarn already spun so just had to knit my four ‘swircles’ and full and teasle two of them and mail them off… yeah, easy.

Except I made my yarn close to the size of those found in the extant hats in the study; average yarn diameter was something like 1.3 mm. My yarn is about that; thinner in spots, thicker in some (Variation is probably .5 mm to 3 mm, but those thick and thin spots were not super common, generally the yarn was around that 1.3 mm) Stupid part; this meant tiny knitting. I used size 000 needles and it took FOREVER. I was quite pleased with my swircles though and stressed about mailing them off in time.

FedEx wanted $99 to ship overnight, gah! NO! I’m dedicated, but not that dedicated, and their price actually went up for the 5 day shipping. Post office was $13.50. I sent a note to the project leader saying my swircles would be late, alas. She was understanding and said she’s actually not collecting them until the 28th so hopefully mine will still make it in time. *whew!*

If I had to do it again, I think I would ply my yarn and knit in a large size to knit more quickly. I do hope the small knitting is valuable for their research though. Also I should have fulled the fabric longer. It looked completely fulled to me after 38 minutes, and it was late at night, I wanted to go to bed, heh. Napping (teasling, basically brushing the surface to make it fuzzier) revealed the stitches again. I think more fulling would’ve alleviated that.  Ah well, I shan’t be getting MVP status on the project, but hopefully my contribution still helps their research. Can’t wait to read the final paper! 🙂


Thursday Gratitude

Bad girl, I forgot to post gratitude last week. Mea culpa! But Gratitude is about positive emotions, so I shan’t dwell on that. 🙂

I am grateful for many things including:

  • The UH Farmer’s market on Thursdays, got my cucumbers, hee. 🙂
  • Coffee, through which all things are possible
  • Our Electronic Health Record director said nice things about me 🙂
  • My boss is back from vacation, yes, I am happy about that, heh.
  • Today I weighed in with my low weight for the month (still up from last month, but I’ll take it!)
  • I got my ‘swircles’ in the mail yesterday. Also grateful for the postal mini-station in Thwing hall!
  • Connie in ortho gave me a molasses cookie 🙂 YUM!
  • Ticket count at work seems to finally have started a downward trend *knock on wood!*
  • Our gladiolas are blooming
  • I saw a monarch butterfly on our milkweed plant!!!! Yay!
  • Happy memories