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I’ve got a number of things to share this week for Crafting On.  I finally got the ends sewn in on the Wonder Woman shawl.

I need to get a picture once I have these installed, but I made some skirt guards for my bike.  It seemed the faster solution than sewing a biking/riding skirt.

I was in Michael’s the other day because we needed a couple of new pencil crayons.  They had yarn on sale “buy 2 get 1 free” so I grabbed some cotton and whipped up some new face cloths.  The Bernat isn’t as nice as the Knit Picks cotton, but it will do.

I’m reading some really cool old (1914 and older) cook books that I have found online for free.

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Rather foggy this morning, though it’s starting to burn off now (9:30).   It’s still nice and cool, not sure what the weather is doing today.  I do have a load of laundry to hang.  Though with the clouds hanging in the sky I think I will only try one load.

I really enjoyed Vanessa and her Sister.  Their circle of friends was amazing.  Lots of the names that frequent the story are ‘classics’ now.  Some are even upcoming in Ella’s curriculum at Ambleside Online, like E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (also a good movie).

For Crafting On this week I’m nearly done the Wonder Woman shawl.  I’m still so impressed with the designer.  I would never have been able to come up with a pattern like this.

 

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Oops, somehow I didn’t realize that yesterday was Tuesday.

I’m actually working on a custom order this week.  My friend has a friend going through some really tough times (that’s an understatement) and she wants me to knit her friend a Wonder Woman shawl.

This pattern is really cool.  Obviously the designer is brilliant. It’s all done with short rows and increasing and decreasing.  As usual I’m very pleased with the Knit Picks Stroll fingering.

I started a good book on the weekend.  It’s called Vanessa and her Sister.  It’s one of the ones I picked up 3 for $10 at Chapters.  A little while ago I read a book called The Housekeeper’s Tales and one of the stories was about the last housekeeper that ran the Bloomsbury house for Vanessa and her family and friends.

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I didn’t bother with Menu Plan Monday this week because there really isn’t much planned.  I did a beef roast on the BBQ yesterday (1 hour per pound with half the burners on low).  So we’ll be eating variations of that most of the week.  I’ve got a chicken to do on Thursday for the rest of the week.  I made pizza on the BBQ for lunch today and that will last a few days too.

I’ve been working on my petticoat border.  I’ve got 1 m more or less finished.  It’s been so hot so I’ve been reading a lot.

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Happy 4th of July to my American friends!

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We had a great time at the ‘cottage’.  I love that the B&B is its own separate house.  It’s bigger than our house!  The weather wasn’t the greatest.  The first day was very wet.  That didn’t stop Ella and Daddy from fishing.  Luckily, there’s a screened in ‘shade shack’ (complete with ping-pong table).  I set up my tunes and my reading and had a great afternoon.

Lots more sunshine on Friday (though still had some rain).  Colin and Ella caught lots of bass.  Ella’s funny, she’ll cut up worms and such for bait, but she doesn’t want to hold her own fish yet.

Daddy almost landed a 2+ft pike.  It was just in front of Ella in this picture, but just as I clicked it jumped completely out of the water and spat out the hook.

This is the fairies’ creek that is usually just a little babbling brook.

Daddy did manage to land one pike -thanks to the great help from his ‘net girl’.

Lots of wildlife this year.  There were swarms of dragonflies.  There was a garter snake in the canoe with Daddy when he had to paddle out to get the line off the dead tree.  There was a dinner plate sized snapping turtle -maybe that’s Snappy who we found a few years ago?  Ella caught this little guy, this is Sheldon the painted turtle.

Something really cool, there were lots of tadpoles in the weeds along the shore.  They were in all stages of development.  Some barely had any legs starting right up to almost no tail left.

The fireworks were fabulous.  It really is amazing how a little village of 600 can put on such a show.

We didn’t want to go home.  Colin and I could stay there forever.  Ella gets homesick.  It’s funny how Ella misses home after only a few days, even when she’s with Colin and I.

Found a beautiful double rainbow.

What’s cooking this week?

Monday:

subs

spaghetti

Tuesday:

leftover subs

McDonald’s -Ella’s last day of swimming

Wednesday:

pizza (likely on the BBQ)

hamburgers

Thursday:

pizza

roast beef on the BBQ

Friday:

sandwiches

pork chops

Saturday:

leftover roast beef

Sunday:

??

Don’t forget to check out I’m an Organizing Junkie for more ideas.

A bunch of Ella’s new school books arrived while we were away.

I didn’t do too much knitting while we were away.  My elbow is still acting up (I may have to give in and see the RNP).   Some times it’s nice to have a whack of uninterrupted (except for fish pictures) time for reading.

Book of Negroes” was really good.  We didn’t get a chance to watch the mini-series this year, though I like to read the book first.

Last weekend you’ll remember was A&S day.  I’ve been wanting to have an impressive project to take, but most times it’s just been knitting.  This time I got my act together and had some embroidery to take.  This is the ruffle for my new petticoat.

Sorry for the poor lighting.  Next time I’ll make sure to find some sunshine.

 

 

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I started a new project for Crafting On.  Well, really I changed an existing project.

I ripped out the lace scarf I had started for Grandma.  I was just not ‘feeling’ that project.  So I’m using a different yarn and making up the pattern (well combining traditional patterns).

I finally finished Ella’s birthday socks!

Where has this book been all my costuming career???

Lots more great ideas.  There’s a great kirtle in the book that I might use the black wool for.  Last weekend we hit Fabricland in Ottawa (since the one in Pembroke sucks).  They had linen on sale and I picked up some beautiful blue for a jacket/doublet.

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I don’t have a real post for Keep Calm and Craft On because I haven’t really done any knitting this week.  I have been doing a lot of research.  I’m getting back into the SCA and need so new garb.  I whipped up some quick garb for the event Ella and I attended last summer.  Remember this:

Late period Russian peasant.  It was cool and easy, but it’s not the persona I really want.  My plan is late period Elizabethan Welsh yeoman farmer’s wife.  This way I get use some of the really cool Elizabethan pieces but made with fabrics I have/can afford.

As with most garb/costumes you have to work from the inside out.  So I need a high neck shift, a petticoat, and a pair of bodyes (Elizabethan for corset).  I’m making the bodyes lace in the front and back for better fit.

Unlike the 1800’s, a pair of bodyes isn’t just ‘underwear’:

Add a pair of sleeves and it’s perfectly good outerwear.

Add a doublet on top of the ‘bodyes’ (minus the sleeves) and you are ready for a trip to Market.

A final option is the gathered kirtle:

Add sleeves and it’s a gown on its own.  Or it would go under the doublet/jacket.  Or it can also be the underdress to an open front Elizabethan.

I’m just not sure what colours to use.  Elizabethans loved to mix colours.  Especially someone of my status who might be making/buying my clothes piecemeal as I could afford the expense.  I have 6 m of red wool crepe, 5 m of fine black wool, and 3 m of very dark green twill (cotton/poly??).  I’m thinking of saving the black for a kirtle.  It’s really nice quality (bought for a suit back in my office days) and it deserves something special.

 So do I make the bodyes (and sleeves) and petticoat with the red? Use the green for a separate skirt/petticoat.  And then buy some other colour? for a doublet?  Man I wish I were creative, I have such a hard time with this.  I need to decide soon because Fabricland has linen on sale for May.

I really like this look.  She has a red petticoat over a pink one (yes pink is an Elizabethan colour).  She’s wearing a green pair of bodyes under a blue doublet (I love that colour).

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