Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Artsy Challenge, Day 5

Took time to work on my other blog Muirgheins A&S 50 where I post all of my class handouts and other projects (instructional).  Made several posts on my project from this just past A&S season, the Asle Ta mitten from Sweden.  Thought to be a 3rd to 4th century naalbinded mitten it turned out to be from the 16th century.  If you would like to read more you can check out those blog entries here.

Got home and started back on working on a pair of naalbinded mittens done in the Finnish stitch.  The grey wool is nice and thick so these mittens will be nice and warm for whomever ends up with them.

Artsy Challenge - Day 4

There was not much to report on the artsy front for the day.  I sat and knitted on the shawl I had started the day before while my laundry was running.  Use those in-between times when you are waiting on other things to happen and see how much you really do get done.

Happy Boxing Day to those who celebrate.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Day 3 - Christmas Day and Knitting a Shawl in the Car

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

Day 3 of the Artsy Challenge saw me enjoying Christmas morning with my family.  I made breakfast, opened presents with the grandsons, and then watched the Disney Christmas parade on television.

I wasn't expecting to get any artsy time in at all yesterday.  It turns out I had plenty of time to be artsy yesterday.  Once the presents had been opened and the parade had been watched we all traveled to the other Grandmother's house to have Christmas with her.

I grabbed some yarn and knitting needles to take with me.  I spent the time going starting a shawl.  After we came home last night I spent a few hours knitting while watching the oldest grandson play with Lincoln Logs.

I think I'm going to call this the bumps and chains shawl.  On one edge it has chains down the side and on the other it has bumps.  If you would like the simple pattern it can be found on my other blog here.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Day 2 - The Serk Startup

So, to start off the Artsy Challenge I am making a Viking outfit based on the Haithabu finds.

Was reading up at urd.priv.no/serk.html on the finds and her efforts to create her own set oof garments.  After reading her site, I have decided that I am going to try my hand at the same style serk (tunic).  Check out her page for information and her pattern.

I went to Joann's today and picked up a few more items for stockings.  You'd be surprised what you can find in there for the non-crafty people.  While I was there I found a lovely fabric for my serk.  It's linen and the color is "potting soil".  I kid you not.

I finalized my pattern for my serk.  I most likely will not get anything artsy accomplished tomorrow as it is Christmas Day.  I am hoping to layout and cut the pattern on Monday.  My goal is to have this done by next weekend.  We'll see what happens.

All in all, I calculate that I spent about an hour being Artsy today.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Day 1 - Artsy Challenge

So.  Day 1.

Got a decent start to this challenge.  I want to make some new S.C.A. garb and have decided on using the extant finds from Haithabu as a start.  Besides, I already own a pair of period shoes in Haithabu style.

Took measurements and dug through the big box o'material to see what I have to make from.  I have enough light colored linen to make an under serk but not an over.  I also have enough of several different materials to make a few selekjole (apron dresses).  There is a nice piece just big enough to make a decorated front panel.  And, to top it all off there is a nice piece of wool just big enough to make a hood.

After that, I sketched out some quick patterns so I would have an idea of how to cut the fabric.  I need to think about decoration but that can come later.

All in all, I think I have spent about 2-1/2 hours being Artsy today.  Not too shabby.

Artsy Challenge

Wow!  It's been a long time since I have posted to this blog.  I am hoping to change that though.

Some friends of mine have self imposed a challenge on themselves.  It is a 100 day Artsy Challenge.  For 100 days spend a minimum of a specific amount of time doing something artistic.  One friend is doing an hour, another is doing 15 minutes (she has an infant).  Each of them posts their endeavors on their FaceBook timeline.

I have quite a few projects, and research, that I need to finish.  I also need to continue blogging.  It is my hope that by committing to this challenge I can accomplish all the things I need to accomlish.   I think I shall also commit to a minimum of one hour per day doing something artistic.  Then I shall post here about what I have managed to do.  Who knows what we will learn together.

My first new post will be about my project on the Åsle Tå mitten. that was an adventure and I met some very lovely people in my search for information.