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I have finally gotten photos off of my phone from this summer's major project, and put them in the FB album which has all of the earth cellar and other yard work photos, but I will share a couple here for those of you who can't be bothered clicking through:

Here they are hard at work, from right to left, the oldest brother (Per), David, and the youngest brother (Gustaf)

in progress

This terraced area didn't exist before they dug up all the rocks from behind the shed and relocated them here. It will make a lovely bbq area:

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It has been a busy couple of weeks, with not really any time to post, let's see, where did I leave off...

Umefolk, which we attended a week ago, was ever so much fun. I spent most of the weekend dancing, which was really good for my exercise log. On that Sunday, since we were already in Umeå, we joined some friends for a filming session to be used as an advertizment for the Nordanil larp I have occasionally participated as a Viking warrior chief (with awesome beard). This meant for a lovely contrast in packing. For the folk music festival I had a small cloth grocery bag with clothes for the whole weekend. For the 1-2 hour film session I had a largish duffel bag full of Viking clothing, all of which I wore at once. Ok, so we were filming outside, in the snow, on a nice, cold, winter day, so I needed that much clothes.

The following week C. was down south cleaning out the apartment she used to have in Göteberg, which she had been sub-letting for the year since she moved in with us. While she was gone D. and I put our energies into finishing up the pantry project that he has been working on for some months. I am quite happy with the result:

pantry photo

It isn't as large as the pantry I grew up with (which I still miss), nor even the one I had in Tasmania, but it is way better than what we had, and we do have the over-flow pantry downstairs.

This week will be quite busy with work, Tuesday, as always this year, is my beloved AMT gymnastics class, and on Thursday I will be missing the Frostheim meeting so that I can go to a course with O. so that he can practice drive with me in the car. Then he can do the driving when we head to the SCA event in Skellefteå a week later.
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For many weeks now I have had a weird issue with gmail on my home computer--I could open it, but not actually read messages or reply, never mind that it worked just fine on my phone and my office computer. As a result I have been kinda ignoring email unless it was urgent enough to reply from my phone, and many messages have piled up in my inbox. Today, for some reason, without any intervention on my part (though I have been thinking I should try to do something about it for ages), it just started working again. I can even send attachments.

Therefore I am celebrating by going through my inbox and cleaning it up--replying to things that need replies, filing things that should be filed, and deleting stuff that isn't needed. In the process I found an interesting portrait taken by a friend of mine this summer at our Medieval Days at Hägnan event. It turns out that he has also posted it to his photography blog, so go have a look if you like black and white photos (taken on a film camera) containing interesting lights and shadows.

Now to return to cleaning out the in box. I only paused to share the link because I figured that at least Mom would be interested.
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This week's work is happening in Finland. I flew out of Luleå Monday afternoon (the cab picked me up at home at 14:40, so I had plenty of time in the morning, and cooked some yummy homemade noodles with dried nettles in the noodles, fresh spinach, snowpeas, and butter to take with me) and arrived in Helsinki at 20:35 (including the one hour time change).

I was met at the airport by my cousin Kimmo (he is actually a grandson of my great-grandfather's brother, putting him in the same generation as my mom, but he is younger than I am due to the age difference between those two brothers +/- timing of subsequent generations). He and I relaxed at a coffee shop at the airport for a bit, where he enjoyed a coffee plus one of the cookies I had brought along for the trip, and I worked on a sewing project. Then we took train and bus to the city of Espoo, just across the river from Helsinki, where the Finish Geological Survey (GTK) is located.

I checked into my room, and he stayed long enough for another cup of coffee before heading out. It was good to catch up with him. He is fairly recently single (amicable separation from a long-term partner), so if I know anyone who enjoys participating in sports who might like a nice Finnish man for a partner, let me know and I will introduce you. There is a photo of he and I here, but I suspect that you would need to be friends with him on FB to see it (and mom already has, so this may be kinda useless info).

I woke up this morning early enough to borrow one of the hotel swim suits (one size fits all, but, luckily, I am "one size") for a quick swim before starting the day. I had to borrow one, I have no idea where mine is. Come to think of it, the last time I remember using it was some years back, when I stayed at this hotel while attending a short course in Laser-ablation ICP-MS at GTK. I suppose it is possible it got accidentally left here. But the one I borrowed today, was not my missing suit.

The guys at GTK had told me that I could show up any time after 09:00, and google maps told me that it is a 9 minute walk from my hotel, so, of course, I left my room at 18 minutes before 9:00. Sure enough, I arrived 9 minutes later (I don't know what criteria google uses to calculate time needed to walk somewhere, but I usually walk at exactly that speed). Of course I had no idea where in the building I needed to go, so I asked the woman working at the reception desk. She had no idea what a microprobe is, nor where to find it, and, of course, my colleague wasn't answering his phone so early in the day. But then one of the geologist walked by and was able to give her the name of someone else associated with that lab, and he came and showed me to where they get their coffee in the morning before starting work.

After he had his coffee we went to the lab, and he spend an hour or so doing some testing and calibration of the machine before we started choosing my analysis points. The plan had been to analyze about 100 points on each of the two samples. Both samples had been marked with a set of six squares, and I had printed out large photos of each marked area, so it was easy to make notes as to the exact location of the analysis points. There were 4 different mineral phases we wanted to analyze, which would come to 25 points per sample for each mineral per sample, except for the fact that one mineral (pyrite) is really common in sample A and very rare in sample B, and another (chalocopyrite) doesn't exist at all in sample A, but is really common in sample B, and it turns out that sample B also had a few rare grains of another mineral that A didn't have (phyrotite). So we planned to take extra of the minerals that exist on only one of the two thin sections, but we got a bit enthusiastic, and wound up selecting some extras of everything. By 15:00, when we'd finished marking the last spot the total analysis time was predicted to need 23 hours, which wouldn't have left time tomorrow to run the other samples we want to do. So we counted how many spots we had for each different mineral, and for which locations (by hand, since it turns out not to be possible to copy-paste the list before the analyses have been run) and decided which areas had points we could delete from the list. After deleting lots the new predicted run time was 19 hours, so he told me not to come back till around noon tomorrow and I went back to the hotel room to read for a bit before heading out with the SCA folk.

At 17:00 V. arrived to pick me us, and we first stopped by a cute little iron age replica village, though, of course, we couldn't see much, since setting the clocks back this past weekend means that it is now dark before 17:00, even this far south. Then we went to the pub, which turns out to also be a Czech resturant. Since we were there fairly early I was still hungry. I was also intrigued by the sound of their "Clear garlic soup served in a crispy crusted bread bowl", so I ordered it. Oh, wow, yum! [livejournal.com profile] madbaker, I think this soup was made with you in mind. They totally used "more" garlic, and the bread was excellent, especially with the garlic soup soaking into it. I have previously had soups served in bread rolls. This one was large enough to count as a loaf. There seemed to be some thinly sliced onions in the pot as well as plenty of slices of what must have been some fairly large cloves of garlic, and a bit of cheese as well. There were some croutons in there too, and I wonder if they had been made from what had been cut out of the bread before putting the soup in, since there weren't too many of them. My only complaint was that it simply wasn't possible to finish it, and since everyone else ordered their own things from the menu I couldn't convince anyone else to eat the last of it for me, so it just went to waste.

a loaf of soup
Note that the spoon in the photo is a rather large table spoon, not the tiny delicate tea spoon it would need to be if that loaf of soup had been only a manageable sized roll.

Over the course of the evening we had about half a dozen local SCA people (most of whom I had met at Cudgel War this summer) plus me. It was a lovely evening. Since I don't have to be back at the lab till noon tomorrow, I have taken some time to relax and catch up on what has been happening with my friends while I have been busy, but I am tired, so I had best do my yoga and get some sleep anyway. Tomorrow I hope we have enough time to get the analysis points chosen for the other set of samples before I have to leave for the airport to head home.
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My photographer friend returned to Phire practice on Friday, which inspired us to get back on the aerial silks and do lots of acroyoga. He has posted lots of his photos from that evening here and here.

Here is one from a new trick we are learning (you can tell, we actually have a spotter):

upside down

This one is just elegant:


The evening was also a great excuse to give a test run to my jester costume, now that I have the under tunic done. Sadly, the linen of that tunic is a bit see-through, so I borrowed C's vest to cover up, since I had no idea how much things would show in the photos, so you can't really see how it came out.

When I decided to make this, it was with the acrobatic performances in mind. Therefore, I needed something fitted and supportive without a bra, yet, very, very comfortable with lots of range of motion for the arms. Therefore I tried adapting the Finnish Eura dress pattern, using techniques from later period fitted patterns (e.g. Greenland finds) for the torso, but sleeves that go from the neck to the wrists for the arms, mostly like the Eura dress interpretation.

However, I opted to do the sleeves so that one edge is the fabric selvage, the other bias cut, and the under arm triangle gores are also one edge straight cut, the other bias cut, so that I could always sew a bias to a straight. I finished the under layer the other day and wore it to practice (along with my Thorsberg trousers)and was really pleased with how much movement and flexibility I have with it. The fabric doesn't mind if I stand on my hands or do any other extreme movement with my arms.

Here is one photo he got that kinda shows the outfit. I look forward to getting the wool over-layer done too. It was cut in the same pattern.

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I just found a friend's blog post from our Medeltidsdagarna på Hägnan this summer, which included this cute photo from when E. and I were teaching others the acroyoga poses that we do:

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This lovely photo was taken at our recent Frostheim Newcomers Picnic by my friend W., who brought with him a camera so old that it uses film.

I continue to like how my Thorsberg trousers came out using the stripped wool. But I really need to finish the new jester costume, which is fitted enough it won't fall down and cover my head when I am upside down...

When E. and I were doing our acroyoga, we wondered if anyone else noticed. Looking at the photo, I would say that the only one who noticed what we were doing was the photographer. No worries about that though--we do this because it is fun to do, not because we are looking for an audience.
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I actually finished this project in April, but it took till now to get the photos off my camera. The case itself was 3-D printed by [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar, and we both worked on the design till it was as small as it could be and still hold all four pairs at once (driving glasses, sun glasses, computer glasses, and sewing/lecture room glasses). I sewed the cloth cover, My apprentice did the tablet woven carrying strap, and the clasp is an old broken hard drive magnet.
photos )
I really, really, love this case. It is strong enough to stand on, so I needn't fear damaging the glasses. It is light enough that I leave it hanging on my shoulder most of the day like a baldric, so they are in easy reach to change back and forth to the pair I need just now. It is bothersome to need so many pairs, but, since I do, I am glad we were able to make it easy to have them with me.
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My friend has already processed the film from the photos he took at yesterday's Phire practice. He summarized them into 3 different blog posts: one roll from the first part of the evening, including a cute photo of me and E., my acroyoga partner, talking, one from the fire practice outside, and a third from after he came back into the building, including one of me standing in the aerial silks, and a cool one of E. in the middle of a drop from the silks.
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Today one of my friends on FB posted a link to a video of an Egyptian tunic from the 8th Century, followed by still photos in the comments of other, similar style tunics:

A blue 7 to 9th Century one currently in a museum in Canada:
blue tunic

a plainer, cream coloured one:

cream tunic

and a mosaic showing what they look like when one wears them with a belt:


I have, of course, seen tunics like these before, in photos of the original garment, lying flat on a table, just like in the first part of the video, where she shows cool details of the stitching and weaving. But it wasn't until she had a model wearing a reproduction and I could see how the over-sized garment looks as it drapes over the body, when one wears it with a belt, that I actually wanted one.

so many interesting projects, so little time. Perhaps I should finish the tunic in progress before I start something new...
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Ok, we managed soemthing resembeling a photo tonight while at dance. Will try for a better one over the weekend (...am considering making some sort of stand to have it on display during the feast--that would make getting a photo *much* easier.)

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Tonight four of us did a total of 7 hours and 36 minutes worth of stitching on the cloak:

cloak progress

I love how quickly it goes when there are many hands working.
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Ok, so I am rounding by 1.5 years years yet, but the photo taken of me at the event this weekend doesn't look to my eyes that I am really as old as the calendar claims I am:


This, not surprisingly, pleases me.

I also like how the dress came out. Still needs a few more beads on the sleeves, but other than that it is done.

Photo credits: Uladzislau Iwanou, who bought a camera good enough to take photos of spiders, but it works well for people, too.
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One of my cousins recently contacted me on facebook to let me know that they had a bunch of old photos of my father, and was I interested in them? I gave her my address, and this week a packet arrived in the mail. She had not only sent photos of a much younger version of my dad than I had ever seen, there were also a number of photos of me when I was really little. I had, of course, seen the ones of me, since they were also in the albums my parents kept (and which are, last I heard, at my sister's house in Seattle), but the ones of my dad I hadn't seen before.

Dad turned 34 the week after I was born, and these photos are all from when he was, I would guess, between 16 and 20. It was quite a surprise to see him with hair--by the time I was born he had settled on a flat-top crew cut, and wore it that way for the rest of his life. It was also surprising to find out that he had been blond. By the time I was born his hair (never more than 1 cm long) was dark with some silver highlights, and it had switched to mostly salt-and-pepper colour by the time I was 7 or so.

One of my cousins remember his mother admitting that the reason she first got to know his father is because she thought my father was cute.

my dad and I

You know, she has a point. I don't tend to find short hair attractive on anyone, but still, my dad had a pretty face, and the cutest little points on the sides of his ears, which, sadly, I didn't inherit, though I think I got his eyes...
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I think I have mentioned that I am the person running the Norrskensfest event in November. I decided early on that I wanted to run it much like Mist Bardic is run--with the feast during the day. Then, after so enjoying all of the singing at the Umamedeltids event earlier this month, I decided why not go all out and run a Bardic competition as well, with the rounds interspersed between the feast courses? So we will be doing a Norrskensbard competition, with the winner serving the four shires of northern Nordmark as their bard. And a bard needs regalia.

So now I am planning on making a cloak for the Norrskensbard, embellished with Norrsken (northern lights). I asked on the Drachenwald A&S group if anyone knew of a period depiction of the northern lights, and got a couple of suggestions from the 1500's. One involves candles in the sky, the other is a bit more useful.

When I saw that second link I realized that the sharp angles it involves would lend itself really well to tablet weaving, and a cloak with a nice wide tablet woven border with northern lights on it would make spiffy regalia. Therefore I asked on the Historic Tablet weaving group if anyone has seen a pattern with northern lights on it, or if anyone would be willing to design me one. I got a few suggestions as to how I might do my own design, but so far no one has pointed out any patterns that are ready to go for such a project.

However, going to that group reminded me that, back in November, a lady from that group had sent me an article she had written about an unusual tablet weaving technique. The lady is normally a Swedish speaker, and had written two versions of the article, one in each language. After I read the English version I asked her if she would like me to do some editing of that version of the article for her, and she replied yes. However, life has been so busy ever since I hadn't gotten to it. So, yesterday, I opened the articles again, and did the edits, in the process learning the theory of how the technique works (it involves turning the tablets onto their points, so that there are two sheds, then weaving from left to right through the upper shed, then, before turning the cards, going back from right to left through the lower shed (and, in the process, also going through a single shed made up of several border cards in the traditional horizontal position, but skipping the shed in the first and last cards on the left to right pass, so that when you do the right to left pass you can go through that shed without the work coming undone). As she explains it, with this technique the colour in the top point of the card is the one that is visible, so one can weave any pattern by simply turning the correct colour point uppermost.

It occurred to me that this technique might lend itself well to experiments for a northern lights motif, so I checked my yarn stash to see if we have anything useful. I don't have any weaving weight black, but we have a cotton yarn in very dark blue, some slightly thinner yarn in a really bright turquoise sort of colour, and some variegated red/pink in the same weight as the turquoise. I have no idea where these latter two came from, since they are not colours I would normally use, but they contrast well with the blue and are not too far off from colours the northern lights actually takes, so I will run with them.

I went to thread the yarn onto the cards, and remembered a friend showing me the continuous warp technique many years ago, wherein one takes four spools of yarn, shoves the end of each spool through the holes in the full stack of cards, then ties the end to one end of an inkle loom before drawing the first card in the pile through enough length of the yarn to thread that length onto the loom, then repeating the procedure for each card in turn, until the loom is fully warped. No tangles, no fuss. Works great if one uses the same threading pattern on every card.

There was only one problem with this idea. We didn't have an inkle loom. heck, [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar had never even seen one before. So we consulted Google Image, found one we liked the look of, adapted the design to work with the materials we had on hand, and a faster sort of construction, and set to work. Four hours after deciding that I needed it, it was ready to go. However, it now being well after midnight, I decided that it would be smarter to record the adventure for posterity, do yoga, and go to bed, and try warping the loom tomorrow, when I am more rested.

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Back in 1999 [livejournal.com profile] khevron and I took a trip to Ireland, during which I purchased a beautiful hand-woven shall in a soft blue and black twill. I loved (and still do!) that fabric very much, but I am not in the habit of wearing a shawl, so I have rarely used it over the years. In recent years I have thought that I should make something else out of the fabric, and in April I finally decided to do so. The shawl was exactly big enough to do a hood and matching belt pouch. I believe that I have mentioned the project here before, but this time I have photos:

One of me wearing them, taken, with permission from a friend's blog:

my new hood

and another that shows a close up of the trim, made by another friend:

hood close up
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One of my friends posted photos from last weekend's event on her blog. The writing is in Swedish, but there are lots of photos (mom--page down to the bottom--I am in some of the middle photos, and the one on the very bottom, too).

And I have a photo of the spoon I carved on site.

KWD photos

Apr. 26th, 2015 11:16 pm
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Someone just posted an album of photos from the Known World Dance event, which includes a bunch of great photos of us dancing in the street during the fire drill, and there is a photo of the choir which shows a less blurry view of my new dress than the last photo I
linked to.

In other news we made some great progress yesterday building a cover for the trailer so that we can take stuff with us to Double Wars next month. Would have loved to continue the project today, but instead we went to Piteå to have lunch with [livejournal.com profile] lord_kjar's parents and to get his mother's help with our taxes (taxes is what she does for a living--we don't actually need her help for mine, but he has his own consulting business in addition to the day job, so it is good to have a professional make certain he has all the paperwork right for that (her accounting business is his biggest client--he keeps her office computers, printers, and internet running). Mine was even easier than normal this year--since I worked only 25% from Jan to June, and then was unemployed through September, and have only worked 50% since October, but they withdrew money as though I was full time I am getting back around half of what I paid, which amounts to more than a month's income at my current rate of pay. Perhaps I should try again to find decently priced plane tickets for my mother to come visit...

After we got home from that visit we had just enough time for a quick nap before folk dance this evening. Dance was much fun, and totally energized me, so I have been busy this evening catching up on stuff on the computer while he did some training stuff for work, but I should shut down and go get some sleep (I did yoga directly after we got home from dance, since he was playing the piano just then)
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I finally saw a link to a photo of me in my new dress--a tad blurry, since we were dancing at the time, but it gives the general impression...
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My photographer has posted the photos he liked best on his blog, but he tweaked them slightly for "exposure and color balance", while the ones on FB I linked to yesterday are the jpg files as the camera spit them out. I am amused that three of the four he chose were ones I had put onto FB, and the fourth was one I strongly considered, and then decided to go with another similar shot instead, even though it was a less interesting angle, but because it had better colour without tweaking...


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