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Life is excellent, though busy. I took my ORELA test last Saturday, and I'm pretty sure I passed all the sections, including the math and science! Yay!

Tonight, I am teaching a class on medieval knitting. I believe that I am all prepared. Still, wish me luck! It should be interesting.

More updates later. I am not sufficiently caffeinated to be coherent.
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I just want to take a moment to register the fact that I am delightfully overwhelmed. I have a gown to create by December, and I have most of the fabric for it. (Must finish designing the surcoat.) At the same time, I need to clean at least part of the house today, and possibly knit another pair of baby booties. (Baby shower tomorrow.) I need to do laundry. I also need to sit down and spin. I'm never going to get any better at spinning unless I actually do it.

What I really want to do, however, is design fair-isle socks based on stained glass windows and medieval jewelry. I want to knit these little gems and wear tiny works of art. And then I want to do a little dance.

Obsessed? Maybe a little bit.

Also, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's Knitty Gritty episode aired again yesterday, and it should be on my TiVo. I need to watch that.
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Besides being appropriate for this entry, this icon is entirely [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre's fault. He said the words; I merely brought the icon into being. However, I forsee a rash of "Rrruffs have rrridges!" icons coming on. There are so many pictures for which such a phrase would make sense. Including the following.

[livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I went to The True Arte of Defense in Couer du Val last Saturday. It was a good deal of fun. It was also incredibly relaxed. I cannot express how lovely it was to be able to just sit around and knit and observe and chat with wonderful people, including [livejournal.com profile] lady_anyanka and [livejournal.com profile] brother_al, my parents. We carpooled with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] fearga, who teamed up with me to create the winning entry for the Artisan's Take-Down! We won through both extreme skill and guile. Though, honestly, I don't think this project required much guile--most people looked at it and remarked, "Awwwwww!" Some of them, including [livejournal.com profile] fearga and I, just laughed hysterically.
Click here to share the love! )

All in all, the Elizabethan Kitten wielded the power given to all tiny, handmade kittens and carried the day. [livejournal.com profile] fearga and I came home with a lovely blue leather gauntlet (which fits none of us, but would work well for youth combat), a brown wool hood (which also fit none of us, but went home with [livejournal.com profile] fearga for her lovely daughter), and a very punny iron "E". We also brought home the kitten, which now resides in my workbasket.

And speaking of tiny handmade kittens: several of you have asked what the knitted kittens look like. I finally have some photos. I also need to post the final instructions for kitten assembly (thank you to [livejournal.com profile] hlmauera for taking the photos for that), but that will come later.
Kittens! )

In other news, I have been obsessed with socks lately. I can now make socks without even looking at a pattern, and that pleases me greatly. I made a pair of socks for Egil's. These socks can do tricks!
The Amazing Purple Socks! )

I think that's enough for now. Next entry: [livejournal.com profile] elfie_chan's forays into the Black Sheep Gathering and the Saga of [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre's Socks!
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It is my birthday, and I am filled with joy!

This has been a really fun weekend so far. We came up here (to Olympia) on Friday afternoon. Alex picked me up from my school observation, and we hit the road. Traffic was not so good, but we got in around dinnertime. We went out with Jason and Heather (Jason's girlfriend) and had Italian food. Yummy Italian food. As in, made by real Italian people Italian food. [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre approved, and you know Italian food is good when [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre approves. Then we hung out with Jason and Heather for a bit. Jason made me a chocolate cherry cake! We get to eat that today. Yaaaaaaay! It has ganache frosting! We would have eaten the cake on Friday, when it was fresh, but I was so exhausted that I fell asleep on Jason's couch for a wee bit and had to be awakened to go back to the apartment. But that's okay.

Yesterday, we went to Seattle. But first, we went to the comic book/gaming store. The comic book/gaming store is moving to a new, spiffy place soon. We got to see the plans. The owner is really excited. We bought lots and lots of Pirates (to play with on Sunday), as well as a couple of board games that we've been looking for and a big, fuzzy, purple, six-sided die for Alielle to learn her numbers on. ^_~ (Overheard in the shop: "Well, let me put it this way. He's not a part of reality-based society, if you know what I mean.") As the Birthday Girl for the weekend, I got to decide what to do after that. I really wasn't certain, because I've only been to Seattle once in my memory, and that was last year. We did most of the touristy stuff then. Yesterday, we saw the Space Needle (as in, we walked up to it, pointed, and said, "Look! It's the Space Needle!"). We also went to the Experience Music Project, which I had never seen. That was pretty cool. I got to learn all about Jimi Hendrix and see the giant guitar sculpture. Now, I have to actually sit down and listen to some of Hendrix's music. I know I've heard a bit of it, but I'll pay attention this time. I love how music is part of culture and culture is part of music. EMP also had a "Music of Disney" exhibit, but, to be honest, I really wasn't that interested. Besides, there were too many small children everywhere. (I had several "Damn kids! Get off my lawn!" moments yesterday. It made me feel old.) We also saw an exhibit on the history of the electric guitar. That was fascinating.

While I loved the EMP, I loved the attached Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame even more. That was absolutely awesome. The exhibits made me realize that there is a lot of fundamental sci-fi that I haven't read. I have decided to make a book list, starting with Farenheit 451, and read my way through it. I think this is part of my responsibility as a future English teacher. The Sci-Fi Museum also made me want to write, and research authors and their influences, and write some more. It was fascinating to read about how much sci-fi has been influenced by politics and what's going on in the world at the time. People--particularly writers--are incredibly interesting.

Following our time in the Sci-Fi Museum, we sought out our true goal--Weaving Works. We found out that they closed at 5:00, so we hurried on over. I am now wishing that we had gone there quite a bit earlier, though that would have meant that I would have taken home far more than I did. Did you know that Weaving Works (calling this place "a yarn store" would hardly do it justice--they have spinning, knitting, and weaving supplies by the truckload, and the fiber! The yarn! *goes into raptures*) gives you a discount if you come in within a week of your birthday? I really wish I would have picked up more sock yarn. I didn't know about the birthday discount until I got to the counter, alas. I didn't even go near the 100% silk, though now I wish I had. Next year. In any case, I picked up some silk/merino in two lovely colors at 20% off (this wasn't the birthday discount; this was just a sale that made it easy to justify my purchases), some blue sock yarn (Lorna's Laces, I think?), some orange varigated sock yarn of the same type (for kittens, believe it or not), and some orange varigated cotton, also for kitten purposes. (Fear not. The silk/merino and blue sock yarn are for socks.) Alex picked up a ton of weaving thread in various colors and some couching cord in gorgeous silver. Everything that wasn't 15% off was 20% off, and I also got Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's new book! Huzzah! Also, Weaving Works has punch cards. Ours is almost full. Also, since we're Oregon residents, we didn't have to pay sales tax! The ladies at Weaving Works were lovely and friendly, we had a wonderful time, and [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre says we need to go back sometime without Jason. (We didn't want to bore Jason.) Maybe we'll head back to Weaving Works around [livejournal.com profile] alysandre's birthday.

We went to the Ram (one of my favorite restaurants of all time) for dinner last night, and that was delicious. I had a beer. It was very good. I also had food in the form of fajitas. Those were also very good. We chatted with Heather, who is in the last quarter of her student teaching (go, Heather!) and had been writing lesson plans all day. Then we all went back to Jason's. Heather had to go home and crash, so the rest of us watched Donnie Darko. That was a severely bizarre movie. It was very well done, but it's a movie that cannot really be explained--it has to be experienced. I think I'll watch it again in about a year so that I can see what I missed while I was going, "WTF?" After the movie, [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I went back to the apartment and to bed.

This morning has been relaxed and nice. We're going to head over to Jason's in a bit here and cook/eat Bachelor Chow (which is really yummy) and drink coffee before nifty people come over for gaming. We're going to play Pirates and other board games and generally relax today. And eat cake! Cake is imperative! I will also probably knit non-Egil's things.

I found out this morning that I now have a paid account! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] lady_anyanka! *snugsnugsnugs* I shall have to make more icons and explore the new powers given to me by the Paying.

And now, I must fetch [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre away from his video game and announce my extreme hunger to him. I leave you with this message from Cute Overload:
It's Dangerous To Go Alone. Take This!
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I have this stuffed black sheep that is about the size of my cat. The sheep sits comfortably on a cushion on the still-folded-out couch-bed (yes, it's been a bed instead of a couch ever since Midwinter's, and it now doubles as a storage space for yet more stuff that really needs to be put away). Just a few seconds ago, Loki walked up to the sheep and sniffed it, then looked at me as if to say, "What is this thing doing on my cushion?!" Now, Loki seeks a more suitable place to rest his regal self, preferably on something black in a sunbeam. At the moment, he appears to be considering my suede coat.

I am almost finished entering the Egil's preregistrations into my ingenious spreadsheet. Very few people did things that caused me to question them, and I shall be calling those people and getting some answers. Homework proceeds apace, despite the fact that I hate doing homework. My practicum is actually all kinds of fun--I am a little nervous about what will happen when I actually get to teach the sixth-graders for two weeks. I am about 85% certain that I will not be eaten alive, but I'm going to practice my lion-taming skills, just in case.

I am still working on getting photos done for the Kitten Assembly Instructions, as well as Slug Instructions. The Kitten Assembly Instructions will be posted as soon as I, my camera, and an unassembled kitten are in the same place at the same time. Slug Instructions may take a bit longer.

I have not yet reported on the March Adiantum Arts and Sciences Saturday. It was a blast. I brought my spinning wheel and played with it. I cannot really say that I spun anything, but I practiced. I also taught [livejournal.com profile] corvideye how to do a basic fingerloop braid, and she taught herself how to do a flat braid. That was all kinds of fun. [livejournal.com profile] corvideye also brought many, many fibers for us to look at and touch. Yak is neat. I worked on my purple socks, which are finally done. I will post pictures soon and use them to illustrate the Importance of Gauge. Clean socks should not be able to stand up by themselves. [livejournal.com profile] hl_mauera also finished her first sock. Having done that, she immediately cast on the second one. No Second Sock Syndrome Sufferer, She. (Say that three times fast.) I also brought lots of scribal stuff, and many people painted (including [livejournal.com profile] fearga, who says that charter painting is very relaxing). Also, as a direct result of the A&S Saturday, I had a new person at our last Scribal Night. I keep getting her name wrong, but she forgives me.

The next A&S day is April 15, the day after my Brother's Wedding. (Yes, that deserves the Capital Letters of Foreboding.) Alex and I have tickets for the ballet that day, but we plan to go to the A&S day in the morning before the ballet and in the afternoon afterwards. It is so nice to get together with lots of people and work on projects.

Speaking of projects, I've got lots of them to finish by Egil's. Many of these are scribal projects. I love art, and I would much rather do that than schoolwork. *sigh*

Tomorrow is Easter. [livejournal.com profile] alysaundre and I will be going over to my parents' house for dinner. I will be getting my mom on LJ, so I'll keep you all posted on her username so you can all stalk befriend her. My brother is also on LJ, but I can't remember his username. I'll let you all know when I find out.

What else can I tell you? I'm busy, as usual, but things seem calmer today because I have no homework on Monday (though I do have class) and I have no Tech class (though I really should go and work on my Tech projects). Plus, I have a wonderful husband who just generally makes me grateful to be me every single day.

And now, it is time for me to go and finish up entering those preregistrations.
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I am such a string geek. Here are a few nifty things:

1) Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot) has a new book out, which I must purchase at my earliest convenience. The book is called Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, and it is available at all fine bookstores. If you love yarn and/or knitting and/or spinning, you should read all of Stephanie's work and Her Blog. She makes me laugh and cry, and not just because I love knitting. She's an awesome writer.

2) This should possibly be 1a, as it refers to the Knitting Goddess above. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's long-awaited Knitty Gritty episode will be airing on the DIY network on April 17. You'd better believe I'm putting that on my TiVo.

3)KnitPicks is an agent of Evil (and I mean that in a good way!). They keep tempting me with new and exciting things. Today, as I wandered by their website in order to look up the name of a yarn I already had (because I was too lazy to actually go and look in my yarn drawer), I saw that they had a new yarn: CotLin. It is a machine-wash, machine-dry cotton-linen blend. Curse you, KnitPicks, and your shiny new yarns! I need to get some things knitted up before I even think about buying new yarn. Bah! Bah, I say!

Also, on KnitPicks, the button for adding things to one's shopping cart says "Add to Stash." That made me giggle.

Adiantum Arts & Sciences Saturday is tomorrow. I shall sew, and knit, and possibly paint. And not do homework! Eeeeeeeee!

To Do Today:
1) Finish annoying PowerPoint presentation thingy. (I hate PowerPoint. I may have mentioned that.)
2) Cut out tunics.
3) SPIN!
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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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It's been a lovely couple of days. We went to dinner at Mum-in-Law's house for Christmas Eve, and she made her Traditional Christmas Lasagna. My father was thrilled. Alex and I showed up early to help cook and set the table and so on, and that was fun. We had a very pleasant evening of conversation and food. Lots and lots of food. I had two pieces of lasagna, which is very unusual for me. Normally, I can only handle one. But it was so good. Alex's mum got us a gorgeous fused-glass plate in blue and shimmery purple and silver. It's soooooo pretty. We also got this little geode that has been carved in such a way that you can put a tea light in it. Then the light shines through all of the crystal structure of the geode. I believe the stone is flourite. It's green and purple and really shiny. We also went home with a ton of food--I've got lasagna in the freezer!

On Christmas Day, we went over to my parents' house. We actually got to see my brother! (He had to work Christmas Eve--evil Walmart!) He is doing well. We opened presents just about first thing. My family had already opened some of theirs. That made me laugh. Mum got a game called Ticket to Ride that Alex and I had played at a friend of ours's house. We played that right after we opened presents. Alex, Mum and I went in together and got my dad a 30-gig iPod video. He was stunned. He is so excited about having one! We helped him do some basic setup on it so that he can put all of his music and stuff on it. He's looking forward to podcasts. We gave Josh a gift certificate for driving lessons. While that's more of a practical present, it's a bit expensive for him to afford right now, and he (like me) really needs to learn to drive. I gave Alex a pretty wood plane for him to use in his woodworking, and he also got liqueurs from Mum and Dad.

My Christmas Day Loot:
-Jewelry Watch (Alex)
-MST3K Volume I (Josh) (woo-hoo!)
-A Tommy & Tuppence Mystery on CD (Mum & Dad) (wooo!)

I also cast on my First Sweater Ever and finished the bottom ribbing for the back last night. I will be chronicling that adventure in [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja. I should start the cables today.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful, fabulous Christmas, and that love surrounds you in the coming year. *snugs to everyone!*
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This has been a crazy Christmas season for us. We've been incredibly busy, my Christmas shopping isn't completely done (thank goodness some of it can wait until after Christmas, as I won't be seeing some people until then ([livejournal.com profile] naelany, have you sent Dustin's Christmas list yet?), but there's still presents to wrap for either tonight or tomorrow, and so on. Alex and I have (I think) decided not to do stockings this year because we're just too busy to shop, and it's Christmas Eve. I am not going anywhere near the malls today. I am also not doing this again--next year, I will have my driver's license, and I will have all of my shopping/crafting done by the week before Christmas! Stop laughing! Stop it, I say!

At least we're not hosting this year. The house is nowhere near clean enough for company. We're doing Christmas Eve (today) at Mum-in-Law's house, and then we're having Christmas Day with my family. My mother has promised me sticky buns, which are traditional for both Thanksgiving and Christmas in my family. I haven't had any yet this year. I am so looking forward to those little nuggets of caramelly goodness. And coffee. I'm still on my first cup this morning, but there will be more. Never mind that it claims to be decaf! (We are out of caffeinated coffee--woe!)

Knitpicks really needs to stop sending me their catalogs and e-mails, and I need to stop reading Yarn Harlot. I have been inspired lately, both in knitting and in writing, and so I've been doing those things instead of preparing for Christmas like a good girl. On the upside, I've gotten quite a bit of knitting done and experimented with some different things, and some stories are developing quite nicely in note form. But I need to do some real writing, practice driving (not really feasible right now with all of the ice we've had lately), get myself all squared away for school, etcetera etcetera. But writing and knitting are so much more fun! I also went momentarily insane and wondered what would happen if I decided to knit Christmas presents for all of my family and friends. The sensible part of my brain whispered, "You would have to start planning now." Maybe some of my friends will get knitted presents next year. My brother has expressed an interest in a Slytherin House Scarf. Maybe I'll get him one for his birthday. In August. Hee hee.

In other news, I found my camera. Unfortunately, the battery has died. I need to find the charger in my disorganized house. As soon as the charger is found and the camera is resurrected, pictures will follow. I have a Flickr account and everything. I also go in to get my hair done again on January 20, so I'll try to get that long-promised picture of my red-renewed hair then.

Maybe I'll do some spinning today. Or maybe I'll finally perfect the pattern for That Which Should Not Be Knitted so that I can post pictures of it after Christmas. Decisions, decisions...I really should be wrapping presents...I wonder where I put my llama cookie cutter? You're laughing again.

May all of you have a happy holiday, no matter what you're celebrating this season! I am so glad to have all of you in my life! *snugs to all*
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Yes, I am working a bit. Not for money, but working on Cassandra's Codex. It goes a bit slowly, but she's talking to me again, and that's progress. I think she was sulking a bit earlier. I'm having a hard time writing the scene that comes after what I've already posted, but the scene following that is actually flowing nicely in my head. I just have to discipline myself, write the difficult scene, and then write the fun one.

This has been an interesting weekend. We came up to Washington so that Alex could take care of some things for his dad. Yesterday, Alex and Jason went tool shopping, and they were kind enough to drop me off at Borders before they left. (I tend to be very bored by tools; bookshops, on the other hand, can endlessly hold my attention.) I finally managed to pick up The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey, which I have been looking for for some time. (That's one of the Masters series, [livejournal.com profile] arianadream--I'll lend it to you when I get home. I think you'll like it.) I also purchased a blank book that has graph paper pages and a leather cover, justifying that purchase with the argument that it is perfect for charting knitting patterns and keeping track of projects of that kind. This is true, of course. Also, this book looks much better at SCA events than my canary yellow miniature legal pad that I usually use. I also bought a Calendar of Saints book from the bargain shelf for medieval research purposes. I was remarkably restrained, leaving many tempting books on their shelves, where they belonged (at least for the present).

That done, I wandered over to the in-store cafe', ordered an iced mint tea (mmm!), and settled at a sunny window to relax. I had my knitting with me, but I didn't manage to actually do any. Instead, I pulled out my PDA and started writing about how irresistible new notebooks are and what it's like to buy one when you don't really need it. Here is an excerpt:
Blank Book Seduction )

This is just one example of the silliness that occasionally comes into my head when I am in a writing mood and don't have a proper notebook with me. The PDA, while practical, is simply not the same. I do plan to finish this little piece and refine it eventually, simply because it amuses me and I know that I am not the only one who has been seduced by a particularly spiffy blank book. My drawer at home is getting rather full.

After my lovely morning, Alex and Jason returned to tell me that, while the tool shop they had originally wanted to visit was closed, they had managed to visit a camping store instead. Alex purchased stainless steel espresso cups and margarita/martini glasses for camping. I was highly amused. (Yes, we have made margaritas while camping--at Egil's, in fact--and they are delicious when you just want to kick back and relax.) We all went to lunch and then shopped for dinner. Following that, we headed back to Jason's house so that he and Alex could "weld things to other things."

While Alex and Jason played with torches and metal in the front driveway (something to do with the Jeep), I took advantage of the nice weather to sit out in the backyard, knit, and read. I was over halfway through The Gates of Sleep by the end of the day. (For further updates on my knitting, see [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja later on today.) We had dinner with Jason and his girlfriend, Heather. It was very nice. After that, Alex and I went back to his dad's apartment, where we pretty much immediately went to bed. I finished The Gates of Sleep at about two this morning, ironically. I proceeded to fall asleep with the light on, and I had weird dreams. I have no discipline when it comes to reading a good book, and the gates of sleep were closed to me until I finished, in any case.

Today has been relatively relaxed. I find myself with a good deal of time on my hands, but I do have much to do in that time. I shall probably update [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja, then improve my mind with a good book or see about getting some writing done. This week looks to be pretty busy by the time we get home--we have to go and buy more flooring for upstairs, and we have to get another load from the old house, or at least sort through some of the boxes that we've already moved. And I need more driving lessons! Must call the driving school when I return home.

More updates later, when I think of more to say. There is a chai latte here that needs drinking.
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I've been thinking for a while about medievally-period-type things that I could make to put in the Thingmaker's Chest for SCA. I like to knit, so I thought, "Hey, what about knitted pouches? Are those even period?" After some online and book research this morning, I have discovered that knitted pouches are, indeed, solidly period. The difficulty is that most of the period pouches that still exist are knitted in tiny, tiny stitches in silk. The patterns are gorgeous. So, I'm making an attempt at a mini-pouch in DMC perl cotton (cobalt blue and golden yellow) on size 0 needles. Thus far, it's going well. My stitches are not as fine as the originals, but I'm using one of the patterns handily charted in A History of Handknitting. Unfortunately, I have to take out part of my last row, as I screwed up the pattern. Phooey. It's not too bad, though--I only cast on 40 stitches. Knitting this project feels a bit like knitting a sock. When I'm done, I'll lucet weave the drawstring and have it be all pretty and stuff.

Maybe I'll do a big one as an A&S project. I'm going to get some wool for the small ones that I plan to donate. This is fun--to try to figure out a project, plan it, make mistakes and fix them, and then have something pretty (and useful!) afterward.

But the stitches are so tiny...

While this should probably go in my [livejournal.com profile] needle_ninja journal, I'm too lazy to sign out and sign in again. So there.


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