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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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Look!  I’m getting my Keep Calm Craft On post done on time.

Belinda’s sweater is really coming along.  AND I learned a new way to cast off -tubular.  It was easy and it doesn’t seem to want to curl, which is a real bonus for a top-down sweater.

This is Ella’s favourite.

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We really need a Keep Calm Craft On button thingy!

Well, as you can see I forgot about posting again yesterday.  I just can’t seem to wrap my head around posting on Tuesdays.  I did think about it on the weekend but by Tuesday it was gone again.

Belinda’s sweater is coming along nicely.

I’m loving my new book My History: A Memoir by Antonia Fraser.  If you have any interest in history you have to read her biographies.  They are so well written and researched.  Even though they are packed full of information they feel like ‘real’ books.  Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette, The Six Wives of Henry the VIII, The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England (that one is currently on our school shelf), and many more.

Tree guy being lifted up into the poplar.

Can you see the large branch ‘flying’ through the air?

The “after” picture.  Not so nice looking, but all the hollow pieces are down and now, hopefully, if the tree falls it will fall away from the house instead of through it.  AND they saved the tire swing.

Ella scooped up a few pieces for her kitchen.  Including a new tea table.

Ella’s made an addition to her house too.  Now she has room for her fire pit to be inside and some storage.

They had to take down a big tree at Dad’s too.  Wow, no wonder the raccoons have been hanging out in there.

Did NOT know about this!  Colin says they are about 4 ft long.  Luckily, no sign of the bees (Dad is anaphylactic  to bees).

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I’ve been working on Belinda’s sweater some more.  I’ve got the sleeves separated out and am working on the body.  I definitely like the slightly thicker yarn.

I got some new ‘dish cloth’ yarn from Knit Picks and couldn’t resist whipping up a couple new face cloths.  I really love the Knit Picks Dishie, especially their multi-coloured yarns.  It knits up so much nicer than the Bernat cotton I can buy locally.

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