Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Governor Huckabee, your order is ready...

Remember a couple months back when Mike Huckabee claimed that he used to hunt and eat squirrels? Well, these two appear to have hit the jackpot! Git th' stew ready, Maw!

So I'm awake because the head/neck/shoulder/upper back-ache woke me up. Had to eat something so I could take some drugs, and now I'm waiting for them to kick in. This chronic pain stuff really sucks.

Morgan came over Saturday and we wrestled with her sewing machine. The top thread refused to pick up the bobbin thread, no matter what we did with it. So I pulled out my old Emdeko and we used that. CHUNKA CHUNKA CHUNKA CHUNKA. Very noisy. She's working on a Anglo-Saxon Geteld, using the heavy cotton canvas and extra-heavy thread. hey, more power to her! She says she just wants it big enough to keep herself and her dog out of the rain. The geteld should work for that.

I finally signed onto the Mediev-L mailing list. I managed to stir things up already by asking for advice on the conversion of the Survey of the Middle Ages class from one 4-hour class to three 2-hour classes. Plenty of opinions, all right! Interestingly enough, it seems that the list Cranky Man, Henk, as decided that I'm cool.

Wonder what I'm doing wrong... ;-)

I finished _Martin's Walk_ and the _Prayers and Hymns of Thomas Aquinas_, and now I'm doing a re-read of _Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix_ , just to refresh my memory. Poor Harry- he's so angry through so much of the book. He's got classic signs of PTSD and no one seems to be picking up on it.

I started in on Her Maj's bliaut. So far, so good. Got the yoke on and the applique on it, next is the beadwork- pearls and maybe some blue beads. Then mounting the sleeves and the armbands, the applique and beads on them. Should keep me out of trouble for a bit. I need to get started with Gunthar's stuff too. Eventually I'll get Wanda's pavilion started.

No moss growing on me, it seems!


Unknown said...

Someday I'll make that Geteld I've had plans for since I was 17... I still wanna make it the period way, out for wool. Madness!

My machine has been having trouble with the tension on the bobbin. I don't know what to do about that.

Liutgard said...

There's a wee tiny screw on the bobbin case- you can adjust it with a wee tiny screwdriver, a little at a time. If you're still having trouble, you may have to bite the bullet and take it to a shop. DO NOT LET THEM TALK YOU INTO BUYING A NEW MACHINE! They should be able to re-adjust the tension in a jiffy, and if they try to tell you otherwise, take it to a different shop.

BTW, there's a couple of amazing getelds at: http://www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/image/getelds.jpg It's Thora Sharptooth's work and very nice.

Liutgard said...

Oh, should add- if/when you do that, they have really good prices on wool at the Pendleton outlet in Washoughal. Wanda and I were there recently, and she spent many moneys on $4-6/yd wool that is normally 5-10x that.

The drawback to wool is how it smells when wet, and how much it weighs when wet. Other than that...