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I've had a second LJ journal for a while now that has been languishing. I was originally going to use it for my writing, but I've decided instead that I'm going to use it for my SCA A&S stuff. My ISP recently decided to stop providing web space, and the majority of my old website was taken up with my A&S stuff. So now I'm going to switch it all over to [livejournal.com profile] danagryphon.

I'll be adding stuff there from this journal bit by bit, and will decide at some point if I want to delete the old stuff off this journal or not. I hate to lose the comments that people have made, though, so we'll see. Anyway if you are interested in reading about my adventures in medieval cooking, making scrolls, leather working, embroidery, making garb, or whatever other area of research catches my fancy, that's where it'll go from now on.

I'll still be using this journal for my fannish pursuits, including my writing and fanart, as well as personal updates.

I hope you'll come over to the new one and take a look.
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So it's been a crazy month. All the stuff that didn't get done for Birka, I really, really tried to get done for K&Q A&S yesterday. I mostly succeeded, and the couple of things that didn't get done (or didn't quite get finished) for then I can do in the next week or so.

And then, there was this Laureling. The day before Christmas, I got an email from [livejournal.com profile] brokk, telling me that [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina was going to be elevated to the Laural at K&Q A&S, and could I help make sure she would go to the event by asking her to carpool with me, since we have carpooled to these kinds of events in the past. Oh, and what else did he need to do?

Cut for images and insane rambling )

Then on to the next round of projects!
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So my day today started at 3 a.m. when I got up to start baking food for the dayboard. Two hours for the hams to bake, and while that was cooking, I chopped carrrots and made gluten-free treats out of the left over filling from the dumplings. Then around 5 a.m. (after cleaning up the mess I made with the ham when a bunch of the liquid spilled as I took it out of the oven), I started baking the dumplings. Baking 900 dumplings took me just about 5 hours. The pork and beef ones went fine, but the mushroom ones were a major PITA. I didn't freeze them since they were only made on Thursday night. And so they stuck to everything.  But eventually everything was cooked, and with the help of Hubby, loaded into the car.

The younger boychild decided to come with me to the event. So he and I popped into the car and arrived at the site about 10:45. Lots of folks were immensely helpful in unloading the car and helping to set up the food, including my Laurel. I love my Shire.

And despite having a final attendance of about 260 instead of 200, we had enough food that everyone ate and ate. The only thing left when I was packing up was some of the onion soup. But there were still things for folks to gnash even during the break between the finals and Court.

Oh, and I won my first A&S competition. There was a dual competition for weaving/dyeing and metalworking (because the saint whose day it was is the saint for both those things). I entered my tri-color Viking wire weaving bracelet (which technically could be in both categories, lol). But I won first place for the metalworking side of the competition. Woohoo! I had several good comments on it, and one person who very excitedly asked me to explain how I did the three wire weave.

A friend of mine, [livejournal.com profile] lanome, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel today, a fellow archer and scribe who does gorgeous scrolls. Although I missed her ceremony because I was busy helping to clean up (so I could get home and deal with the younger boychild who left with hubby just after I was given my prize for the competition, because he was throwing up), I got to visit with her for a short while during her vigil.

Now Hubby and I are relaxing while we wait for dinner to arrive, watching Fringe, while sicky boy sleeps. My Laurel, her sister, and their friend are coming back here after the post-revel to crash for the night so they don't have to drive home to Springfield yet tonight. So that'll be fun to visit with them. And in the morning, I'm making waffles! Seriously. I am. :D

Next week is the K&Q A&S champs event down in Philly, and I'm driving down Friday and crashing for the night in a hotel with [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina (who was also the autocrat for today's event, and as always, an absolute joy to work with). So much to do for that now, too. Oh, and time to start planning the Hafla dayboard which is 5 weeks away.
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So my day today started at 3 a.m. when I got up to start baking food for the dayboard. Two hours for the hams to bake, and while that was cooking, I chopped carrrots and made gluten-free treats out of the left over filling from the dumplings. Then around 5 a.m. (after cleaning up the mess I made with the ham when a bunch of the liquid spilled as I took it out of the oven), I started baking the dumplings. Baking 900 dumplings took me just about 5 hours. The pork and beef ones went fine, but the mushroom ones were a major PITA. I didn't freeze them since they were only made on Thursday night. And so they stuck to everything.  But eventually everything was cooked, and with the help of Hubby, loaded into the car.

The younger boychild decided to come with me to the event. So he and I popped into the car and arrived at the site about 10:45. Lots of folks were immensely helpful in unloading the car and helping to set up the food, including my Laurel. I love my Shire.

And despite having a final attendance of about 260 instead of 200, we had enough food that everyone ate and ate. The only thing left when I was packing up was some of the onion soup. But there were still things for folks to gnash even during the break between the finals and Court.

Oh, and I won my first A&S competition. There was a dual competition for weaving/dyeing and metalworking (because the saint whose day it was is the saint for both those things). I entered my tri-color Viking wire weaving bracelet (which technically could be in both categories, lol). But I won first place for the metalworking side of the competition. Woohoo! I had several good comments on it, and one person who very excitedly asked me to explain how I did the three wire weave.

A friend of mine, [livejournal.com profile] lanome, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel today, a fellow archer and scribe who does gorgeous scrolls. Although I missed her ceremony because I was busy helping to clean up (so I could get home and deal with the younger boychild who left with hubby just after I was given my prize for the competition, because he was throwing up), I got to visit with her for a short while during her vigil.

Now Hubby and I are relaxing while we wait for dinner to arrive, watching Fringe, while sicky boy sleeps. My Laurel, her sister, and their friend are coming back here after the post-revel to crash for the night so they don't have to drive home to Springfield yet tonight. So that'll be fun to visit with them. And in the morning, I'm making waffles! Seriously. I am. :D

Next week is the K&Q A&S champs event down in Philly, and I'm driving down Friday and crashing for the night in a hotel with [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina (who was also the autocrat for today's event, and as always, an absolute joy to work with). So much to do for that now, too. Oh, and time to start planning the Hafla dayboard which is 5 weeks away.
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Well, what do you know. I just got notified that I've been chosen to be the first editor of the online EK A&S quarterly newsletter. I'm so excited.
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Well, what do you know. I just got notified that I've been chosen to be the first editor of the online EK A&S quarterly newsletter. I'm so excited.
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So I got my score/comment sheets from K&Q A&S in the mail last night. Here's my analysis (because I'm a numbers geek who just has to analyze stuff):

I ended up with 6 "categories" (which is fine and plenty, it's just interesting to see how things got lumped together):
  1. Scroll (which despite being there for both calligraphy AND illumination, only got one score)
  2. Empanadas
  3. Viking Bracelet (again, I had put in for 2 categories, jewelry and metalwork, but it only got one score)
  4. Embroidery
  5. Kumihimo
  6. Brag Rag (itself, as an accessory)
My scores were (just giving totals)
Scroll: 35 and 29, average 32
Empanadas: 36 and 36, average 36
Viking Bracelet: 40 and 28, average 34
Embroidery: 33 and 39, average 36
Kumihimo: 36 and 24, average 30
Brag Rag: 37 and 33, average 35

Ok, I do feel a little bit like on the kumihimo, I got the East German judge. Despite saying it was "very well constructed" in the comments, she only gave me a 5/10 for craftsmanship. Hmmm... Also interesting that my highest individual score and second lowest were for the same item, the Viking bracelet.

Anyway, if you entered more than 3 categories, the total score was supposed to be from your top 3, which for me are the empanadas, the embroidery, and the brag rag. Total of 107/150. Average just over 35.

Well, it's a starting point. It would be nice to know how that ranked me among the other competitors there (although I rather suspect I am better off NOT knowing... ), or at least what the winning score was. Because other than the fact that I obviously didn't win, I really don't have any idea how I did in the competition, or what kind of scores one can *expect* to get. Is it like gymnastics, where a 9/10 is really, really the absolute best, or like figure skating, where 10/10 gets handed out like candy?

But I know the areas where I need to improve, which is mostly using more authentic materials, and more documentation. *Most* of the time, my best scores were in craftsmanship and creativity. Which is fine. I knew going into it that I wasn't being strictly authentic, and was taking a real shot in the dark with the documentation.

Also, the fact that my two best items were the embroidery and cooking confirms that these are the areas where I am most likely to specialize if I decide to do so. I think my kumihimo is also better than the average score reflects, because of the East German judge. But I'm not going to get my tights in a wad over that (or any of it, really, because competitions are NOT why I do any of this).

I'm debating now trying to go to Pent Central. It's not a really good weekend for me, schedule-wise, and it's pretty dang far, but I would love to make some changes to a few things and see what happens then. Plus it was a lot of fun talking to people about the things I'm doing, answering questions, and talking about the process. And that IS part of why I do it. :)
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So I got my score/comment sheets from K&Q A&S in the mail last night. Here's my analysis (because I'm a numbers geek who just has to analyze stuff):

I ended up with 6 "categories" (which is fine and plenty, it's just interesting to see how things got lumped together):
  1. Scroll (which despite being there for both calligraphy AND illumination, only got one score)
  2. Empanadas
  3. Viking Bracelet (again, I had put in for 2 categories, jewelry and metalwork, but it only got one score)
  4. Embroidery
  5. Kumihimo
  6. Brag Rag (itself, as an accessory)
My scores were (just giving totals)
Scroll: 35 and 29, average 32
Empanadas: 36 and 36, average 36
Viking Bracelet: 40 and 28, average 34
Embroidery: 33 and 39, average 36
Kumihimo: 36 and 24, average 30
Brag Rag: 37 and 33, average 35

Ok, I do feel a little bit like on the kumihimo, I got the East German judge. Despite saying it was "very well constructed" in the comments, she only gave me a 5/10 for craftsmanship. Hmmm... Also interesting that my highest individual score and second lowest were for the same item, the Viking bracelet.

Anyway, if you entered more than 3 categories, the total score was supposed to be from your top 3, which for me are the empanadas, the embroidery, and the brag rag. Total of 107/150. Average just over 35.

Well, it's a starting point. It would be nice to know how that ranked me among the other competitors there (although I rather suspect I am better off NOT knowing... ), or at least what the winning score was. Because other than the fact that I obviously didn't win, I really don't have any idea how I did in the competition, or what kind of scores one can *expect* to get. Is it like gymnastics, where a 9/10 is really, really the absolute best, or like figure skating, where 10/10 gets handed out like candy?

But I know the areas where I need to improve, which is mostly using more authentic materials, and more documentation. *Most* of the time, my best scores were in craftsmanship and creativity. Which is fine. I knew going into it that I wasn't being strictly authentic, and was taking a real shot in the dark with the documentation.

Also, the fact that my two best items were the embroidery and cooking confirms that these are the areas where I am most likely to specialize if I decide to do so. I think my kumihimo is also better than the average score reflects, because of the East German judge. But I'm not going to get my tights in a wad over that (or any of it, really, because competitions are NOT why I do any of this).

I'm debating now trying to go to Pent Central. It's not a really good weekend for me, schedule-wise, and it's pretty dang far, but I would love to make some changes to a few things and see what happens then. Plus it was a lot of fun talking to people about the things I'm doing, answering questions, and talking about the process. And that IS part of why I do it. :)
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I'm going to be competing in my first ever SCA A&S competition tomorrow. And of course, per my usual style, I've picked the kingdom A&S championship competition as my first.

I finished the kumihimo cord Monday night and sewed it onto the favor. I retested the salmon empanadas with the new spices I picked up at Birka, so I just have to make a fresh batch of them tonight (must stop and buy fresh ginger on the way home). The bracelet has been done for a while, as has the scroll. All my documentation is done (such as it is, and this is the part I'm really nervous about being adequate). I emailed the current champ last week to let her know I was entering and what my entries/categories were (and even got a response from her). Tonight I still have to pack up all the things for doing a nice, pretty display.

The new garb that I was hoping to have done, of course, isn't, but that's ok, I've got stuff to where (I AM a garb horse, after all). I do need to see if I can find some new adhesive for my beard, as I would like to go fully in male persona, and not get m'ladied to death like I have the last couple of events where I went without it. Unfortunately, the old bottle dried up, and as it's a medical grade adhesive, it really has to be mail ordered. Which I haven't done. So I may be stuck going with spirit gum, which while not great, will hopefully do the job, especially given the amount of residue from the other adhesive is still on the pieces.

Anyway, I'll be up early to pop the empanadas in the oven so they are as freshly made for the competition as I can get them. Then to pack the car and head down to Clinton to pick up my other 3 passengers, [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall , [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , and [livejournal.com profile] briana17 . It's a full car headed down to CT, so I have good company for the ride.

I've already informed [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  that she may want to bring a nice stout 2x4 for application as a sedative if I get too jittery in my excitement and nervousness. Or, y'know, maybe I could just skip my morning coffee....
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I'm going to be competing in my first ever SCA A&S competition tomorrow. And of course, per my usual style, I've picked the kingdom A&S championship competition as my first.

I finished the kumihimo cord Monday night and sewed it onto the favor. I retested the salmon empanadas with the new spices I picked up at Birka, so I just have to make a fresh batch of them tonight (must stop and buy fresh ginger on the way home). The bracelet has been done for a while, as has the scroll. All my documentation is done (such as it is, and this is the part I'm really nervous about being adequate). I emailed the current champ last week to let her know I was entering and what my entries/categories were (and even got a response from her). Tonight I still have to pack up all the things for doing a nice, pretty display.

The new garb that I was hoping to have done, of course, isn't, but that's ok, I've got stuff to where (I AM a garb horse, after all). I do need to see if I can find some new adhesive for my beard, as I would like to go fully in male persona, and not get m'ladied to death like I have the last couple of events where I went without it. Unfortunately, the old bottle dried up, and as it's a medical grade adhesive, it really has to be mail ordered. Which I haven't done. So I may be stuck going with spirit gum, which while not great, will hopefully do the job, especially given the amount of residue from the other adhesive is still on the pieces.

Anyway, I'll be up early to pop the empanadas in the oven so they are as freshly made for the competition as I can get them. Then to pack the car and head down to Clinton to pick up my other 3 passengers, [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall , [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , and [livejournal.com profile] briana17 . It's a full car headed down to CT, so I have good company for the ride.

I've already informed [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  that she may want to bring a nice stout 2x4 for application as a sedative if I get too jittery in my excitement and nervousness. Or, y'know, maybe I could just skip my morning coffee....
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So I've had this nasty head cold, which I call a "Birka Plague", since last Wednesday (the day of the 2 foot snow storm). I am glad that it has not really gotten bad and settled into my chest or turned into anything nasty. I do have a little bit of a dry, tickly throat which is making me cough a bit at night, but I've mostly been able to get decent sleep taking Nyquil before bed. I decided to skip a Shire meeting Friday night both because I just didn't want to go out again, and I didn't want to get anyone else sick. And it was probably a good thing, given the other side effect of this cold.

Because, it has for some reason really made me into a total Crankypants.

It has not helped that the younger boy has two projects due today that he has been procrastinating on like mad. I asked him yesterday, when we finished filming and transferring to DVD the "commercial" he had to do as part of a book project for English (eyeroll), if he had everything else done for both projects. The other project is for science and involved making a model of the earth's interior and plate tectonics stuff. He was supposed to write a "plan" for making this model, which he cleverly (sarcasm) wrote AFTER he did the model, so he was completely disorganized about actually doing the model. So this morning, half an hour before we had to leave for school, he says, "Mom, did you print out my description. Oh, and I need to add some stuff to my plan."

So after the steam finished boiling out of my ears, I turned on my computer to let him do his final edits and printed out the papers for him to hand in today. Luckily, I only had to make one trip back into the house, and had only gotten as far as pulling out of the garage, to fetch the aforementioned model when he forgot it.

Hopefully, once the cold is gone, the Crankypants will be, too. Because I have a lot of stuff going on this week that I would like to be able to enjoy. The boys' scout troop has a Court of Honor on Wednesday. And although neither of my boys is getting anything, it would be nice to be able to enjoy the time spent with them. Saturday, of course, is the big kingdom A&S competition.

I got quite a lot accomplished for that this weekend, too. I re-tested the empanada recipe with the new spices I got at Birka. Found out grinding your own pepper (long pepper) with a mortar and pestle is hard on the hand. Grinding dried galingale is even harder. But the empanadas came out tasty, which my neighbor tested and verified for me. I got the documentation written for all four items I am entering. Some of it is probably not the greatest, but it is what it is. One of the items remains to be finished, which is putting the kumihimo cord (which I *did* finish braiding last night) onto my brag rag. Also, I will need to make a new batch of the empanadas the night before the competition, but that should go quick if I do a little bit of the prep work ahead of time (making the pastry dough, grinding the spices, etc). I also have to plan my display and get together the rest of the items for that. All in all, I am really looking forward to being in my first A&S competition and getting some good (and hopefully constructive) feedback. I have heard far too many horror stories of people being ripped to shreds in their first competitions, so I am quite trepidatious.

Also on the docket for the rest of the week, I am hoping to finish up some new garb for the event, or at least get it to the point where I can wear it. If not, I'll probably pull out the old standby purple coat. Hopefully the cold will also be totally gone by next weekend.
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So I've had this nasty head cold, which I call a "Birka Plague", since last Wednesday (the day of the 2 foot snow storm). I am glad that it has not really gotten bad and settled into my chest or turned into anything nasty. I do have a little bit of a dry, tickly throat which is making me cough a bit at night, but I've mostly been able to get decent sleep taking Nyquil before bed. I decided to skip a Shire meeting Friday night both because I just didn't want to go out again, and I didn't want to get anyone else sick. And it was probably a good thing, given the other side effect of this cold.

Because, it has for some reason really made me into a total Crankypants.

It has not helped that the younger boy has two projects due today that he has been procrastinating on like mad. I asked him yesterday, when we finished filming and transferring to DVD the "commercial" he had to do as part of a book project for English (eyeroll), if he had everything else done for both projects. The other project is for science and involved making a model of the earth's interior and plate tectonics stuff. He was supposed to write a "plan" for making this model, which he cleverly (sarcasm) wrote AFTER he did the model, so he was completely disorganized about actually doing the model. So this morning, half an hour before we had to leave for school, he says, "Mom, did you print out my description. Oh, and I need to add some stuff to my plan."

So after the steam finished boiling out of my ears, I turned on my computer to let him do his final edits and printed out the papers for him to hand in today. Luckily, I only had to make one trip back into the house, and had only gotten as far as pulling out of the garage, to fetch the aforementioned model when he forgot it.

Hopefully, once the cold is gone, the Crankypants will be, too. Because I have a lot of stuff going on this week that I would like to be able to enjoy. The boys' scout troop has a Court of Honor on Wednesday. And although neither of my boys is getting anything, it would be nice to be able to enjoy the time spent with them. Saturday, of course, is the big kingdom A&S competition.

I got quite a lot accomplished for that this weekend, too. I re-tested the empanada recipe with the new spices I got at Birka. Found out grinding your own pepper (long pepper) with a mortar and pestle is hard on the hand. Grinding dried galingale is even harder. But the empanadas came out tasty, which my neighbor tested and verified for me. I got the documentation written for all four items I am entering. Some of it is probably not the greatest, but it is what it is. One of the items remains to be finished, which is putting the kumihimo cord (which I *did* finish braiding last night) onto my brag rag. Also, I will need to make a new batch of the empanadas the night before the competition, but that should go quick if I do a little bit of the prep work ahead of time (making the pastry dough, grinding the spices, etc). I also have to plan my display and get together the rest of the items for that. All in all, I am really looking forward to being in my first A&S competition and getting some good (and hopefully constructive) feedback. I have heard far too many horror stories of people being ripped to shreds in their first competitions, so I am quite trepidatious.

Also on the docket for the rest of the week, I am hoping to finish up some new garb for the event, or at least get it to the point where I can wear it. If not, I'll probably pull out the old standby purple coat. Hopefully the cold will also be totally gone by next weekend.
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So I decided on another A&S entry for the competition. I have been wanting to experiment for a while with wire weaving, and finding a way to do more than one color wire intermingled. I have seen necklaces, etc. done where it was a section of gold, a section of silver, etc. but not having more than one wire going at a time.

I figured out how to do a three-wire double weave!! Woohoo! I'm doing a bracelet with gold, silver, and copper wire, where the each row alternates a different metal. It looks pretty cool, and I can't wait to see how the finished bracelet looks. If it turns out well, I'm going to enter it in the competition. I'll post pics when I have more progress.

I also did most of the documentation for the scroll entry last night. I just need to copy the pages of the inspiration pieces. Also got some work done on my "brag rag" favor entry. I want to get some silk thread to do a more authentic kumihimo braid to do as a border for the favor.

Well, I'll certainly be showing diversity. So many hobbies, so little time!
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So I decided on another A&S entry for the competition. I have been wanting to experiment for a while with wire weaving, and finding a way to do more than one color wire intermingled. I have seen necklaces, etc. done where it was a section of gold, a section of silver, etc. but not having more than one wire going at a time.

I figured out how to do a three-wire double weave!! Woohoo! I'm doing a bracelet with gold, silver, and copper wire, where the each row alternates a different metal. It looks pretty cool, and I can't wait to see how the finished bracelet looks. If it turns out well, I'm going to enter it in the competition. I'll post pics when I have more progress.

I also did most of the documentation for the scroll entry last night. I just need to copy the pages of the inspiration pieces. Also got some work done on my "brag rag" favor entry. I want to get some silk thread to do a more authentic kumihimo braid to do as a border for the favor.

Well, I'll certainly be showing diversity. So many hobbies, so little time!
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So I'm thinking K&Q's Rapier isn't going to happen for me, at least, not as a competitor. After spending this weekend cooking, standing around for several hours selling wreaths with the troop,and sitting in a desk chair sewing, my hip is absolutely killing me (bad arthritis). I'm thinking any serious fencing is pretty much off the table for good, unless something changes (i.e. medical intervention). I might still like to go to the event to watch, but that will probably involve taking the boys with me, so we'll have to see on that one.

The other big competition event I'm looking forward to is K&Q A&S, in which I am *definitely* competing. My 3 entries are going to be the Silver Crescent scroll I did for [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox , the salmon empanada recipe I redacted for Duello, and the embroidered medallions I did for my brag rag (and on the advice of several folks, I am going to redo the rag part, to be on a nice red linen trimmed with a kumihimo cord I'm going to braid myself). So that will easily get me into at least like 5 categories: calligraphy, illumination, embroidery, braiding, and cooking (can you say, Pent?!). I have other items I could enter, which will be dependent on whether I get them finished/documented before the competition, including a leather belt I am tooling, a Russian hat with pearl embroidery, and some Viking wire weaving.

I'm also putting a certificate for a custom tooled leather archery bracer into the auction at the Bergental/BBM Yule, but I have absolutely no documentation for any of the archery leather stuff I do, so I doubt I will ever enter any of that in competition. Garb is another thing that I get a lot of folks saying I should enter, but I've heard horror stories about garb entries in competition. I don't do hand sewing, and I don't do original research on it, I just like to make stuff that's pretty to wear, that other people have researched and say is period.
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So I'm thinking K&Q's Rapier isn't going to happen for me, at least, not as a competitor. After spending this weekend cooking, standing around for several hours selling wreaths with the troop,and sitting in a desk chair sewing, my hip is absolutely killing me (bad arthritis). I'm thinking any serious fencing is pretty much off the table for good, unless something changes (i.e. medical intervention). I might still like to go to the event to watch, but that will probably involve taking the boys with me, so we'll have to see on that one.

The other big competition event I'm looking forward to is K&Q A&S, in which I am *definitely* competing. My 3 entries are going to be the Silver Crescent scroll I did for [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox , the salmon empanada recipe I redacted for Duello, and the embroidered medallions I did for my brag rag (and on the advice of several folks, I am going to redo the rag part, to be on a nice red linen trimmed with a kumihimo cord I'm going to braid myself). So that will easily get me into at least like 5 categories: calligraphy, illumination, embroidery, braiding, and cooking (can you say, Pent?!). I have other items I could enter, which will be dependent on whether I get them finished/documented before the competition, including a leather belt I am tooling, a Russian hat with pearl embroidery, and some Viking wire weaving.

I'm also putting a certificate for a custom tooled leather archery bracer into the auction at the Bergental/BBM Yule, but I have absolutely no documentation for any of the archery leather stuff I do, so I doubt I will ever enter any of that in competition. Garb is another thing that I get a lot of folks saying I should enter, but I've heard horror stories about garb entries in competition. I don't do hand sewing, and I don't do original research on it, I just like to make stuff that's pretty to wear, that other people have researched and say is period.

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