I’ve gotten into a rut. I have ideas of projects I’d like to be working on, but they keep stranding in the planning stages. Think, think, think, but never DO has lead to some serious craftipation and frustration. Life has been forcing me to take a step back and is forcing radical simplification on a more global scale. While on reflecting on how to reduce stress, it finally dawned on me: Skill building for reenactment doesn’t only happen when working on ‘period’ projects.Read More
Once upon a time, in a life far, far away…. I spent a month travelling around Germany, just me and my bicycle. Tucked under the German border to Denmark is the tiny island of Sylt. In between cycling along the beaches, I stopped by a small outdoor market, where I fell in love with a hank of glorious fluffy red-purple variegated handspun yarn. And now this yarn has finally become a lovely tea cozy to use every morning, a practical memento from a wonderful adventure.Read More
I’ve been surrounded by music all my life, and was an active musician right up through college. ...
Fast forward a few decades, and I’ve finally dipped my toe back into the folk music waters. I’ve now attended the “Klangen før fela” gathering, and it was an absolute blast!Read More
I am very excited to be signed up for the upcoming gathering “Klangen før fela” (the sound before the fiddle), a weekend of seminars and chatting with other folk music enthusiasts in the beginning of February.Read More
Just rounding off a lovely visit with friends in Visby. It was my first visit, but certainly won't be my last!
I now feel like I understand the lay of the town and with excellent guiding from both my hosts, I now better see more of the medieval details hiding in plain view. There has been wool and there's been exploration and church visits up in the Bro area.
This morning I made one last visit to the St Olof (Olav) church ruins. A special reminder of the influence of Norway's foremost saint.
Now squeezing in one last fika in the garden with supplies from the Själsö bakery van parked by the Eastern Gate.
S:t Olof ruins in Visby
Hard to believe that I came home from Double Wars nearly two months ago. Funny thing about longer events is that they are like a bubble– 10 days with friends as if you’d only seen them yesterday, not two years ago. And after returning home, that’s the challenging bit. The goal for this year’s DW was to do as little as possible. Seriously.Read More
This is the other “low-threshold” project I brought to Double Wars. I pulled together a group of food items that would be appropriate for my medieval Norwegian (Norse) persona based on foodway information I have gleaned through the years. The theme is general ‘Norwegian’, and the sources below reflect a range of time-periods and regions. My persona would have been familiar with these foods, and likely reveled in the abundance and variety available to her for lunching at DW.Read More
As I presented in my post about becoming Admiral of the High North, I have a goal of paying an annual ‘tax’ to the Crown in the form of largesse, practical items that the Crown can use or regift as they see fit. This year I held true to my theme of Norwegian artifact-based projects, and created a score of leather coin purses, based on a find from Medieval Bryggen in Bergen, Norway.Read More
In the SCA we play a game where we creatively study and recreate select aspects of history. In many ways, you get out of the game what you put in to it, and I have decided to have some fun with the Drachenwald Royal Navy. In this post, I discuss my bid for an Admiralty.Read More
My goal has been to create a personal space that allowed privacy for sleeping that also improved the general ambiance of the crash-space tent within the constraints of my baggage allowance. My persona is medieval Norwegian/Norse, and I wanted to reflect this in my choices.Read More
War is in the air!
Double Wars is a week-long SCA camping event held in May in Southern Sweden. This year is the 30th anniversary, and DW holds a special place in my heart, as it was the first Drachenwald event I attended after moving to Europe 21 years ago. I have friendships made at that event that have lasted, and every time I attend, I make new friends.
That first trip was via train, starting in Narvik, up over Kiruna, then down the length of Sweden. This year I’ll fly down to Copenhagen and catch a local train up to Skåne. Flying saves time, but will also create constraints on how much kit I can take. Clothing, of course, but also bedding, eating equipment and all the other little things that will make 10 days in the Modern Middle Ages enjoyable. And I must remember to take plenty of green to support the Flat Side in the Knäckebröd War!
This first phase of planning is great fun, but easy to get carried away by possibilities. So this year is the War on UFOs (UnFinished Objects). As best possible, I will only use materials from my stash and equipment I already own. A preliminary dive has already given me one Herjolfsnes dress that is nearly finished, and another that just needs new sleeves.
To keep me on track, I am using the following constraints:
- Everything must fit within my baggage allowance of 2 suitcases (23 kg), plus allowable carry-on.
- Items will be created with materials and/or tools in my stash. Supplemental purchases will be kept to a minimum.
- Goal is focus on 13th-14th C, preferably Norwegian/Norse.
- Effort will also be made to enhance the ambiance of the sleeping quarters/other activities.
- Any weaving sources fiber from the stash only.
Let the War on UFOs begin!
Very enjoyable Saturday spent in Stamsund with the Lofoten Short-Tail Sheep (Korthale sau) group. I am just getting to know the members of this group after meeting several of them at the 6th North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference in September. Several of us were interested in continuing to have local gatherings for sheep/wool enthusiasts, and this weekend was the first.Read More
Nothing's ever so bad that it's not good for something!
I've been having to devote time to deep-cleaning some of the back storerooms, cracking open boxes that haven’t seen the light of day since, well, FAR too long....Read More