The Lofoten winter fisheries are just ended, and the cod is now drying on the hjell and hesje (racks). The smell? Well, as they say, it smells of money!
I am preparing for a busy sewing season. I have two major medieval events this year: DoubleWars in Southern Sweden in May, and mother-of-all-wars Pennsic XLIV in Pennsylvania, USA in July/August. Sure, I'll be watching some of the battles, but this medievalist loves the classes and window shopping that comes with collecting a hoard of our ilk for a week or so of fun!
I plan to work on serviceable clothes that finally move me forward into the 13th-early 14th centuries. This will be a learning process where I'll finally put away commercial patterns and start working from draped body blocks. What's a body block, you say? Look at the tutorials on the By My Measure blog and pursue the many excellent links. I also want to work from the skin out and pursue various options for the underpinnings and see what testing these out in the Northern Norwegian climate teaches me. So the stash has been raided and a rainbow has been brought forth. Now on to the hard decisions.... exactly what to make?!?!!