Jan. 29th, 2010

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Because seriously, it's getting old.

Anyhoo, the board is done-for-now. I eventually want to decorate the borders but I don't see that happening between now and March. I have a veil to hem and a leather object to make. The board looks pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. The black and red wool floss look great on the gold chamois. I wasn't able to do the decoration I wanted - I don't trust myself to freehand it and I couldn't reliably draw it onto the chamois with a pen. Too many small fiddly bits, too much suede in the way.

All that's left is to stain the playing pieces. Really. Even the documentation is done.

I corresponded with the Pentathlon organizer about documentation, because they were asking for research papers to be sent in ahead of time. :) (Although actually the tafl research is pretty shoddy; there's no new work, just using others' work to make my board.) But she said, correctly, that Research Paper is an A&S category; it is not documentation. And sending my docs ahead of time would give me an unfair advantage. So I should just keep the docs to two pages.

The tafl doc is two pages... of text. The pictures pad it out to more like seven, and the appendix of tafl rules makes it more like eight. I put a note on the front saying it was two pages, honest! I hope that's okay.

In other news, I continue to be flabbergasted at the amount of scholarly literature available on leather (objects). I suspect there's even more than I've found, because I've been quite conservative about doing NSWF searches at work. All I can say is: Thank you, Queer Studies! *two thumbs up*
telerib: (uhh)
My typical breakfast is cottage cheese and pineapple. I need the protein in the morning and it's tasty. I have recently discovered that Bloom's full-fat cottage cheese is OMG the YUM. All good.

I forgot to bring a Tupperware for the can of pineapple today. Typically, I eat breakfast at my desk (since I get in at 0630) and I store cottage cheese and pineapple in the fridge here. Well, I'm not going to leave an open can of pineapple in there. So what should I do?

Clearly, eat the whole can.

Usually, a can of pineapple tidbits gets me through four or five 8-oz servings of cottage cheese. I had already decided that, since I was uncommonly hungry, I was going to eat the whole 16-oz container of cheese. (Farmers got nothing on nursing mothers when it comes to breakfast, let me tell you.) So I had about twice as much pineapple as I needed for the job.

Now, I really like pineapple. But I also really like this cottage cheese. And I was about 2/3 of the way done when I thought, "Why am I putting on more pineapple than I really want to eat?"

Answer: Must not waste pineapple!

Seriously? Because it's so important that I not waste the $0.40 that half the can cost?

Pineapple sweet and yummy! Must eat all pineapple!

But I don't want this much pineapple right now. I want to taste the cheese. And there are three more cans of pineapple at home, should the craving suddenly arise.

And I put the can aside.

It's progress - a few years ago, I wouldn't have stopped to think how foolish it was.
telerib: (sca)
I'm planning an English conversion era (seventh through ninth centuries) veil project. The evidence for them is scanty, since burials-with-stuff faded out early in the conversion era, but we don't get all the manuscript illos til the tenth and eleventh centuries. Gale Owen-Crocker's book summarizes most of what we do have.

* Nuns being scolded for trading in their dark grey veils for white and colored ones, hanging down to the knees (or feet? I can't recall. Long, anyway.)

* Depending on how you translate it, the veil is ornamented with ribbons or held on by them (e.g., a fillet)

* Nuns being scolded for curling their hair at the forehead and temples with a curling iron - so hair was visible

* There's a stone carving that also shows a veil over hair - the veil lays smoothly over the top of the head

* I refuse to believe the owner of a fabulous necklace like the one from Desborough would hide it under a wimple

Some Continental manuscripts show what look like oval veils, but the straight over-the-head look that the visible hair implies says, to me, one of two styles:

* A long rectangle worn with the long edge going up over the head and down again. (Like putting a scarf over your hair.) It's very easy to imagine this as appropriate to the narrower medieval fabrics. It could hang down to the knees or feet easily - that's the warp thread. On the downside, the width of the fabric will only fall to the shoulders or so. You get the "long veil" look by tossing the "scarf ends" back over your shoulders so they hang down your back. Fillet definitely required to keep this in place.

* A half-circle, with the "half" line worn to the front. But to get it very long, you either need a very wide piece of fabric or you need to piece it together from triangles.

Any thoughts on which is more likely?

And secondarily - material? "Dark grey" would imply undyed wool to me - that's befitting humble nuns who are supposed to be mortifying the flesh a bit. The "white and colored" veils - also wool, just bleached or dyed? Or silk? (I know the Arnegunde burial (sixth cen) had a fabulous silk veil.) I'm assuming not linen, as I've heard it doesn't take dye well.

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