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I'm finally home from Coronet. I am exhausted. This was definitely a working event for both me and Alex. I'm sitting here trying to remember everything that happened, with a happily-purring cat on my lap and a new, shiny medallion around my neck, and everything is sort of out of order in my head. I think my nose is sunburned, and I haven't had any lunch. Nonetheless, I'm feeling pretty good. I need to go and have a shower in a few minutes, but I wanted to hit the highlights here before I go do that.
Coronet was fun, even though I spent most of the event at Gate. We ran out of tokens, so Alex cast more on site. That was severely nifty. We kept joking about how these tokens were "fresher" than the other tokens, being right out of the kitchen and all. On Friday, many many people came through Gate. I was at Gate from about 12:00 noon until about midnight, with some breaks for food and things like that. Some nice people came and chatted with me toward the wee hours, and that was nice. I spent most of my time at Gate working on kittens when I wasn't checking people in. Kittens went into the autocrats' baskets that they gave to the royals, and Alys helped me finish the last one (the one that went to His Majesty) on Saturday.
Saturday was crazy-busy with people coming both for Saturday and Sunday and just to daytrip. I got a little frazzled, and then my dad showed up and took over Gate for me (which I really appreciated). Mom and I got to walk and chat for a little while. [livejournal.com profile] arianadream was also there with her brother, so I got to chat with them for a short time. Then, before I got to see any of the tourney, I was called away to do my other job--scribal. Not a problem; Sharon the Merchant's Wife and Alainne du Lacey and Ketterlin had all brought charters for me, and I had a few already. Alex and I got the names on them, and then Alex wound up back at Gate while I finished up Court stuff and got the kittens finished and turned in.
Finally, Alex managed to close Gate. It seemed that, every time he was ready to close Gate, someone else would arrive. Alex and I went to check in with Their Highnesses, got in the procession, and walked into Court. (Somewhere in there, I managed to get fully dressed and brush my hair. I hadn't had time that morning, and, when I asked Alex if my hair looked too bad, he told me that "It looks very period." *chortles*) The Prince and Princess handed out a few awards. Many gifty baskets were exchanged. I was highly amused by the reaction to the autocrat gifties, as murmurs of "Look, kitties!" went up among the enthroned. The King held Court. Imagine my shock when the first name called to kneel before the King was my own.
[livejournal.com profile] vesta_aurelia, who is a very naughty person and makes me giggle in Court, whispered that I was in "soooo much trouble." Even though I do realize that the SCA is "just a game," it is still a bit scary to be called before the King. I think it's a good thing that they have you kneel before royalty--it hides knocking knees. Several people told me later (with much amusement) that my poleaxed expression was highly entertaining. I received my Jambe de Lion, and can now put "HL" for "Her Ladyship" in front of my name. I'm not sure how I got back to my place (Ambrose helped), but I spent the rest of Court there in a state of stunned amazement. His Majesty handed out more awards, Their Highnesses also handed out more awards, and William Geoffrey the Rogue and his lady, Stephanie, stepped up as the next Tanist and Tanista of the Summits. Thomas, who has more of a name than that though I can't remember it, received the Shield of Chivalry.
Toward (and hastening) the end of Court, it began to rain. And rain. Court closed rather quickly, as most of the populace was not under shelter, and all fled for their camps. [livejournal.com profile] morrghan92 camped with us, and Alex and I had a wonderful conversation with her. The weather continued to sprinkle on and off, but it showed some signs of clearing. We also wandered by the Summits camp and chatted with the people there briefly (Her Excellency welcomed me to "the flotilla"), but both Alex and I were utterly exhausted from being up extremely late the night before and getting up extremely early that morning. I slept like a rock.
Today, we went to Summits Moot (which I think is fun, though that may indicate that I am a sick, sick person). It only sprinkled a little bit, and then it got sunny. I got a little bit of knitting done for me, and that was soooo nice. I love the yarn--Knitpicks Telemark, 100% wool, comes in lots of good colors at only $1.99 a skein. Admittedly, the knitting I did is on an experimental pouch for my class I hope to teach at Egil's, but it was still fun knitting and not kittens. I have nothing against kittens, but I knitted four of them in the past week and sewed up five. It's time for something else.
After Moot, we cleaned up the site, took down and packed the Baronial pavilions and stuff, and chatted with people. More scribal stuff will be occurring! I also hate grad school with a passion right now, as it is getting in the way of lots of things I want to do. My weekends for April are pretty much booked with school stuff and my brother's wedding (which I still have to send my bridesmaid's dress back for, as it is too small for me), which means no eventing for me in April. That sucks. Can't I just get a grant for SCA research and go to events for a living? Ah, well. We'll see what happens after grad school. In the meantime, I'm just going to do as much as I can. Spring Break may wind up being mostly "OMG-let's-get-stuff-done-for-SCA-because-I-will-have-no-time-later" kind of thing. And I'm okay with that.
Babbling about SCA philosophy will come later. Time to go and shower and get something to eat. Or at least get these muddy boots off.
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I have lots and lots to say about stuff in general, but I don't have the time just now. I hope to do some serious updating within the next couple of days. Right now, life is just plain crazy. I'm feeling a lot of pressure from several different directions. If I wasn't in grad school, I could handle the rest of the stuff easily. With grad school, however, I'm feeling a bit...smooshed. I know that things will work out, but I need about another week to fulfill both homework and SCA duties. It's hard when I'd rather be doing SCA stuff, and I feel like I'm just treading water here. However, I'm learning. I'm learning a lot about myself and my capabilities, as well as being a teacher and an SCA officer. More on that later, I think.

For now, here is Part I of the (not very) Top Secret Kitten Formula! In my next post, I hope to be able to post the pictures that are required to show how to assemble the little critters. For now, here's enough to get you knitting!

The Kitten Formula! )
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First, the good news. I went to visit the lovely [livejournal.com profile] fearga at the costume shop. While there, I got to chatting with some of the nifty ladies there, and one of them noticed that I was knitting. She mentioned that she had gotten a fabulous score of four balls of handspun, hand-dyed alpaca yarn at an auction for $15. While I was envying her purchase, she asked me, "Do you want it? I still have a couple of balls left." I stared at her. Give away alpaca? Was the woman mad? I finally managed to ask, "Are you sure? It must be gorgeous stuff." She assured me that the yarn was, indeed, gorgeous, but she had seen me knitting kittens and thought the yarn would make perfect little critters of all types. Besides that, she was "done with it." Again, my mind boggled. Done with alpaca?! Still, having made certain that she really didn't want the yarn anymore, I felt no compunction about taking advantage of her insanity and gratefully accepting her offer. She left the yarn at the costume shop for me, and I picked it up yesterday. It is beautiful--a lovely, deep red with what appears to be a tiny strand of black running through it. Far, far too gorgeous and touchable to be a kitten, as lovely as the kitten would be. I believe that I have enough for socks for Alex, and that is what the alpaca yarn has declared that it wants to be. The color is perfect for him--a deep jewel tone, but still quite manly. I really, really hope I have enough. If I don't, then I shall find another yarn to extend the alpaca so that it can still fulfill its chosen destiny. However, I think that I shall keep the alpaca in my stash for a few days so that I can take it out and rub it against my cheek occasionally. It's that kind of yarn.

Now, the bad news. (Though this may be good news for some people, like [livejournal.com profile] naelany). Joann's has every single skein of yarn on sale. Every. Single. One. [livejournal.com profile] naelany, I know that you do Prayer Shawls, and I just wanted to let you know that all of the Homespun is on sale. The sale is going on in the stores and online. The temptation to pick up that one kind of yarn that I like is strong, if only I could remember what the name of the yarn is.

Speaking of that particular yarn...I made a scarf out of it (it's a wool/cotton/nylon blend, unplied and so soft) and wore it just about every day this winter. Yesterday, I made the mistake of tossing said scarf over my friend Ashley's Psycho Cat (tm). Psycho Cat sniffed the scarf innocently while I was watching. I looked away for about ten seconds, and, when I looked back, Psycho Cat had torn a hole in the scarf and was happily pulling stitches out with his teeth. I took the scarf away and examined the damage. It turned out that Psycho Cat had broken the yarn in a looser stitch about halfway down the scarf. I pulled out the tormented strand, neatly separating my scarf into two halves. I shall probably frog the scarf and reknit it. The incident amused me more than anything--the scarf is a simple one, and I have more than enough yarn of the exact same type and color in my stash to make another scarf. It was my own fault for underestimating Psycho Cat's destructive powers. Of course, my neck is cold now.

I have pretty much decided to merge [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja with this account. Would people like to be on a "crafty filter" or something like that? Is there anyone out there who would prefer not to read about my yarn adventures? Just let me know; I promise not to be offended. Not everyone out there is obsessed with fiddly string crafts.

The Elfie Icon Challenge continues. If people require inspiration, I would really love some sort of knitting icon...I don't have one of those yet. I may look at making one myself, eventually.

I must go and see about getting a bit of lunch now. My stomach has been misbehaving today, but I think it wants food. I believe that the kitten pattern will be coming next entry--watch this space!
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So, today is my third wedding anniversary.

It is also the last day of final exams for Alex and me, so Alex is studying.

We also have to go to a meeting this afternoon.

In the immortal words of Queen Elizabeth I, "This sucketh. That's it; no cushy royal endorsement for thee this year!"

Also, unto all of thee who desired fuzzy knitted kittens:
I regret to inform you that I can't knit a kitten for everyone who wants one. I really want to, because I love you people and you all deserve kittens, but the kittens that I am knitting presently are going to be prizes for small children, and extras will be handed out relatively randomly at the next SCA event I attend (That's Egil's, folks!). I also can't sell them, as the pattern isn't mine. I can give you the link to the pattern, like this:

Knitted Kitty!

If you still must have a knitted kitten and don't want to learn to knit just so that you can have one (in which case, shame, shame! Knitting is fun!), leave me a comment to that effect and I'll see what I can do. If you are knitting your own, let me know about that, too! I've learned some things about putting them together that you might find useful.

And now, I'm off to drink my latte, knit kittens, and wait for the washer to stop spinning so that I can put laundry in the dryer.

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