Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve done this. Time to get back to it.

At uni

I’m finally free of essay deadlines!

…for about a week. Then it’s the last two philosophy essays.

My garb

The feasting gear I purchased from the Port Adelaide Markets, laid out on a brown tiled floor. Clockwise, from the left: some old-fashioned keys, a wooden-handled steak knife, a wooden-handled fork with two tines, a large wooden bowl, a hammered copper candle plate with a holder and small loop handle, and a small wooden spoon.
My feasting gear purchases. I'm not sure if the candle plate is period enough, but it's still nice.

I made a trip to the Port Adelaide Markets two weeks ago, and despite it being its usual labyrinthine self, I managed to round up most of the feasting gear I needed for under $50. Not bad, considering that a new set was going to set me back almost $100.

I’m still waiting to hear if a plate is possible, and to get some smaller bowls (for breakfasts and such) but it was a good day.

I also got in contact with the owner of Stranded in Oz, an independent yarn and wool retailer. She also teaches drop spindle spinning; while I do find spinning a bit intimidating, it’s something I’d like to try once I’m more confident with nalbinding, sprang, etc as it’s pretty hard to get hold of actually-undyed wool yarns.

My cabin ticket is confirmed, so a tent is off my shopping list. I was thinking I’d just take my quilt and a wool blanket (and some flat sheets, in case of manky mattresses) instead of a sleeping bag, but my parents are insisting on a sleeping bag. So I’m probably going to get the much nicer $100 one, since I’ve freed up some money in the budget.

I’m also very nearly done on the first round of my serk mockup - I’m finishing off the body (almost forgot about the back gore!) and going to check the fit of that, then attempt the sleeves. I’m running into some trouble getting the back gore in place though - the Internet is maddeningly unclear on the matter too. But I’ll get there.

I have the linen ready to go as well - I ended up going with the $22/m oatmeal linen. I’m also considering much cheaper habotai silk for the veil ($26/m vs $35/m for chiffon) and I found out that the fault with the blue poly/wool blend is some broken threads in the weave that are only visible if you look closely.

I’ll wrestle with the back gore of the serk at home (pinning and tacking a gore into a slit in fabric is harder than people make it sound) and then do the first fitting check. Hopefully, it goes well - then I can take the sleeves to the next Arts & Sciences night and get help with that eldritch magic.

I’m also reading up on how to seam and hem my serk - it looks like the best bet is two-fold hems and flat-felled seams, so I’ll have to modify my pattern to have bigger allowances than usual. (I’d normally only do 1.5cm allowance, but I feel like I should do 2cm instead because of the folding.) It also remains to be seen if my sewing machine can take sewing through 3 layers of linen - I have an offer to borrow another one from a family friend, but I’m hoping I won’t have to do that.

On that front, the Allmake Sewing Centre in Adelaide is happy to take a look at my treadle-power Singer in a week or so and tell me if they can fix it. The quote is $30, but that can go towards the repair if the repair will cost anything. While it can really only do straight stitch, that will cover 95% of my sewing so I know I have a tougher machine as backup. (I do still really want to get a newer heavy-duty machine, but the cheapest I can find one for is $300, so I would have to sell the Singer for at least that much to cover it.)

I have my Rowany festival goods as well, and I’m slowly working on my socks and mittens. I’ve had to heavily modify the original glove/handwarmer pattern to complete it without a ribbed cuff, and as mittens. (I’ll post the modified pattern later.)

I did the ILL application to get the silk sketches, but it’s still ‘in process’. Amazingly, not a single library in Australia that participates in the ILL system has a copy of Silk for the Vikings! So I might have to shell out for the ebook after all.

Pens and writing

A Kaweco Perkeo fountain pen, capped, lying on the trackpack of a black laptop. The bottom two rows of keyboard keys are visible. The pen has a white barrel and a medium blue lid; the brand and model are embossed on the lid but not very visible.
The Kaweco Perkeo pen, capped, next to a very small notepad. On the notepad is written: 'Kaweco Perkeo; fine nib, Old Chambray; Ink: J. Herbin Perle Noir'. The writing is in black ink.
The new pen, and a writing sample with a comparison to my Pilot Kakuno.

I picked up a new pen - a Kaweco Perkeo with a fine nib (similar line width to my Kakuno). While it has an annoying habit of inky cap if it’s not kept cap up, and writes incredibly wet, it works. I’m looking at a bottle of Pilot Namiki Black for using it as a daily driver, as that seems like a much drier ink.

I’m considering a Lamy Safari for my next pen, or an Al-Star. Depends on what colours they have that are nicest.

Reading group

In the Discord reading group, we’re up to Chapter 7 of Exact Thinking in Demented Times, Karl Sigmund and Douglas Hofstadter’s book on the Vienna Circle. Unfortunately, the last of the regular readers seems to have disappeared, and we’re struggling to keep the group going. Any interested parties can contact myself or Brian (whose idea this was) to get on the Discord.

In non-group reading, I’m slowly getting through Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid . I’m only up to the first non-dialogue chapter, but it’s still an excellent read concurrently with what I’m covering in philosophy at the moment.

Have some photos of Socks rolling in the dirt and a weird sunset before a storm.

A brown tabby cat with a white belly and white paws, rolling on her back. She is lying in a patchy lawn (more dirt than grass).
A photograph of low-lying cloud; it is mostly gray, but a patch towards the bottom is an orangey-pink shade. There are some very small patches of blue sky visible. The tops of two trees are also visible at the bottom of the image, one in the center and one in the left corner.


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