Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More socks in progress

I've been working on a sock commission for a lady in the Barony. She wanted gold, green and purple...this yellow is called "Dandelion"...I thought it was going to be a bit darker, but it turned out rather like the tumeric yellow I dyed a few months ago. I hope she's OK with it. I have nearly finished one sock and gotten up to the beginning of the motif on the second. She sent me a clip art pic of the thistle, which I blew up and converted into a pattern. The knitting of it has proven to be a bit of a challenge, but I think it's turning out OK. I need her to try it on to see how much more I need to knit in length as well as fit--I need to see if I have to tear it out and start over...I hope not!

I also cast on another pair of socks for myself...just cause I need a pair in every color of the rainbow! I have red, green and blue, as well as blue & white, and that crazy mottled purple-red...and now PURPLE! The color is called "Duchess Heather" (laid on the recently made blue socks for comparison) and is really buttery soft and gorgeous! The great thing is that I have improved my toe box--going back to the 11th c. Egyptian style rather than the slower "swirly-toe" increases I was doing on the blue socks. I've got the spacing and increases down for a sock to fit me (huzzah! A fail-safe pattern!) and other ladies with full-grown heffers (instead of dainty little calves). I also found a new heel turning method that seems to work well and is easier than the slip-wrap-slip-back thing that I was doing. I don't know which is more period...and unless I get my butt over to Europe to actually look closely at these things, I doubt I'll ever know. It's not the same kind of heel as the Egyptian socks, which I suppose I could pair, I guess.

Am I working hard on the A&S 50 for A.S. 50? Not really. I suppose I have a list of things I'd like to try for breadth of learning:
10 garments (with new techniques) in Middle Eastern, Viking, and a cotehardie;
10 foodie things--translating recipes, making and tasting, and maybe make a go-to recipe book for camping;
10 needle-crafty things--socks, embroidery, blackwork, weaving (no needles, but still string-related);
10 articles written on stuff I know;
A few hard-science things (shop class stuff) in woodworking, carving, lampworking, etc. I don't know if I can come up with 10, but it's a possibility. I'd love to build a yurt, a six-board box, and a comfortable camping bed that breaks down quickly and easily.

That's 50. I have a bunch already in process, and a few finished...part of the set-back is money. Isn't it always? I've actually started the yurt, but ran out of funds to buy materials. Six board box...same story.

With that...bed.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Garb for Sale

This is the garb that I helped make for Eugenia several years ago. She is selling it for $75 obo. I've had several inquiries, for images...these are they. :)