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tashabear
tashabear
phew
We can get married legally now. Yay!

I just got back from Concord, NH; I had to take my officiant's form requesting a special license to solemnize a marriage in the State of New Hampshire (he's from Connecticut) to the State House.  The nice lady at the Office of the Secretary of State was able to do it while I waited, and it was only about a 40 minute drive, so it was well worth it to do it that way, rather than trust it to the mail.  It was kinda nifty being up there again; I was still able to find my way around easily.  (I lived up there in 1996-98.)

Lots of bikes on the road; I forgot that this is Father's Day weekend coming up, so it's Bike Week in Weir's Beach.  I'm glad I don't live in Laconia anymore; getting anywhere that week was a bitch.

I was able to stop at a little shop in Concord called The Elegant Ewe -- very small yarn shop, crammed with some very nice yarns and even some spinning fiber.  I got 4 oz of some pretty copper-orange Colonial top (I'm told that Colonial top comes from no-name South American sheep); I'm going to spindle it into embroidery yarn for Wolfie's tunic for the Laurel Prize Tourney, I think.  Maybe some red, too, and bright blue.  I 'd love to use naturally dyed fiber, but I'm not equipped to do it myself and the stuff I can find on line uses some dyestuffs that are only available in the New World, which just sits wrong with me.  I know I'm letting the best be the enemy of the good, but if I'm going to spend the $$ for naturally dyed fiber, I want it to be the right dyestuff.

I'll have to start spinning it after the wedding to get it done in time.  For that particular challenge (embroider a garment), I can use the wheel if necessary, but I'm not sure I can spin fine enough on Patience; she doesn't have a high-speed flyer.  Not without treadling my little legs off, anyway.  I can easily do it on a spindle, and it's a lot more portable.

I'll need some bones, too, to make the needles from.  I'll have to talk to the boys at Thwaite's and see if they can give me a couple of rib bones or something.  The articles I've read on the subject say to start with fresh bones.

I want to make a rigid heddle loom, too, and I think I may use commercially available wood, because with everything else I want to do I don't have time to work from fresh-cut lumber.  I think that rather than weaving tablet-woven trim, I'll do tabby-woven leg wraps on a rigid heddle loom.

Now the question is, what to make the spindle and whorl out of?  I could do wood, or I could do clay (how to get it fired?) or I could talk to Liam and see if he's interested in casting some different sized whorls.  That could be interesting -- maybe even a joint project.  Hmmm... ponder ponder ponder...

I could always skip the spindle entry and just enter the loom and needles, too... more pondering...

i feel: thoughtful thoughtful
i hear: Grainne Hambly - An Draigheann

2 trips or shoot the rapids
Comments
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: June 14th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Your dedication to doing things historically accurately amazes me. That's really inspirational.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 14th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Aww... thank you! Other people just call it "obsessive-compulsive." ;-)
2 trips or shoot the rapids