Log in

No account? Create an account
Quiet weekend. As was the previous one. But I was determined to… - Strolling II [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]

[ website | Jennifer's homepage ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

[Jun. 10th, 2008|09:25 pm]
[Current Location |home]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |buzz of the air conditioner]

Quiet weekend. As was the previous one. But I was determined to break out of my comfort zone, somehow. That didn't happen until Sunday, but it was worth it (see below).

Friday night, I went to Fired Up to pick up the Iznik plate that has been languishing there all winter/spring:

I'm not counting it among the A&S 50 items because I started it last fall and let it sit there for far too long, half-finished. I finally finished painting it last month...then didn't pick it up until Friday. 2008 starts the A&S 50 list. One item thus far, this knitted purse:

The purse, I'm keeping (especially now that I have a lovely bright blue belt to suspend it from, purchased at Crown Tourney last month). The plate is going up for silent auction at WW, so if you like it, bring your checkbook!

Saturday I did something like 10 loads of laundry, including some garb that really needed it, two down blankets that I'm using as my summer bedding this year (mmmmm comfy), and reds. I keep forgetting that all my favorite tops are red, so if the red bag hasn't been done in awhile, that fact explains why I am feeling bored with my current clothing selection.

Also, I talked with eatsoylentgreen, who is neat-o, and I hope I get to talk to him again, though I can't chat while at work. (I wouldn't even if I could. I'd never get any work done.)

Sunday I was not sure what to do with the day. It rained; swimming or a walk were not in the cards. While I almost always feel like shopping, I don't always think it's a great idea. And the folk dance party I was invited to by a vague acquaintance was probably cancelled (see: rain). So I started picking at the locks keeping me in my comfort zone. They didn't hold long.

gregory07 had invited me to a party, hosted by his friend Casey. "It'll be Epic people and Lawrence people, sometimes both, very chill," he said, and I couldn't see anything bad about that...so I took the plunge and went. Casey had 3 premises to the party:

1) Everyone attending had to make at least one sock puppet.
2) Everyone attending had to play a power chord on his electric guitar.
3) Super-secret thingy we all had to do later.

When I arrived at his house, there were craft supplies on every surface: yarn, fabric, googly eyes, plastic noses, feathers, pom poms, beads, and lots more I didn't even get to. Various friendly and entertaining people began showing up (including a little eye candy...I really should not be ogling men that young, but, well, if you'd seen them...). Absolutely everyone did all three things, even the two people who seemed really shy and started out saying they didn't think they wanted to make a puppet. Several people made more than one puppet.

There was a punk puppet decorated with porcupine quills, an emo boy puppet with yellow hair and an argyle vest made out of another sock (this is the one I suggested your name for, colinblackthorn, and people thought "Colin" was perfect), a slutty groupie puppet with badly applied purple lipstick, a pregnant trailer-trash puppet with pom-pom boobs that kept popping out from under her tube top, and a flying pig who kept zooming around, among others. And of course Gregory flouted convention by sticking the head from a monkey stuffed animal on top of his sock, giving it a hat, an earring, a cigarrette, and a feather boa, and calling it French Monkey.

The super-secret thingy turned out to be that he had rigged up a green screen in his basement, lit by really bright work lamps, and we all had to give interviews as our sock puppets! With the bunch of people who'd been invited, and the fact that we'd all been watching Sifl & Olly DVDs all afternoon while crafting our puppets, this turned out stupidly funny. It's anyone's guess whether Casey will be able to use the green screen for its intended effect, but it doesn't really matter, the process was the fun part.

This is Freya. She was made from a sock that had been to Pennsic a few times, some Russian ecclesiastical silk fabric samples, buttons, a plastic animal nose, beads, and yarn.

Freya is portraying a first time SCA event attendee. Her garb is basically a tube of fabric; it was going to be a Viking apron but she has no shoulders for the straps. No one has told her yet that she can't name herself after a goddess.

But she is having a REALLY fun time with the medieval people and all!

Oh, and Freya has a tongue piercing; she wanted me to make absolutely sure you could see it:

After the show, we played Casey's Wii. I refused to box (pacifist, dontcha know), but enjoyed the matches between the various partygoers. It's possible that Gregory was just a bit too enthusiastic in hitting his wife's character, but then, as he kept saying, "It IS Violence Against Women week...or am I misunderstanding how that works?" (You'd have to know his sense of humor. He also told me the world's worst Jewish joke. I am pondering whether I will ever have the guts to repeat it.) Then there was virtual bowling. I did much, much better on the Wii than I ever have bowling in reality...which is not saying much. I came in 4th out of 4, but there was something deeply satisfying in those two strikes I got!

This week: very glad to see sunshine today, finally. After dinner this evening I went for a walk down by the boat slip at Marshall Park, across the street. Lake Mendota is ridiculously high (yes, non-Madisonians, what you've been hearing about southern WI flooding is true; thank goodness I live on a hill). You should see the areas around the Nau-ti-gal on my way to work. The non-floating piers are nearly underwater.

[User Picture]From: leapfaith
2008-06-11 04:12 am (UTC)
Oy! ... ...
... sounds like a marvelous party!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gregory07
2008-06-11 04:38 am (UTC)

ok,so here's he deal, squeal

entertaining people began showing up (including a little eye candy...I really should not be ogling men that young, but, well, if you'd seen them...)

those of us, like me, like you, who at our 'age' have managed to not settle into a rut of children, bbq, and packer games, SHOULD be ogling the eye candy.

even touching it occasionally. seriously. you know the type of people that survive around me, are more than likely going to want to be pants-free and touched, if not at least ogled.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-11 01:16 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

Thank you for the permission...but I think all that will happen is ogling. You know me. I am not going to end up in someone's bedroom with a stranger at a sock puppet party (or any other kind of party, for that matter). It just ain't me. Even if the scenery would have been even better sans pants (or, as in one case, sans utilikilt)!

I do appreciate the comment about not settling into a rut. I maintain that we are much more interesting people for that fact!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gregory07
2008-06-11 02:40 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

well, i didn't say "end up in someone's bedroom" i was just talking about touching! you know, physical contact and all that.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-11 03:43 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

I'm generally reluctant to touch people I don't know, though. In fact I tend to calibrate the touching level to each person. There are people I've been friends with for ages that I really don't touch, and people who are new warm friends whom I hug repeatedly. Even, yes, guys I will snuggle with (thought most of them are married and hence "safe").
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: mightyjesse
2008-06-11 09:27 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

SO... I read:

I am not going to end up in someone's bedroom with a strange sock puppet at a party. It just ain't me.

And I said to myself. Of course not. That would just be creepy.

In other news, is that knit bag based on the Gunnister man's bag? I was thinking of knitting up a few of those for the largesse... Wanna help?

Edited at 2008-06-11 09:27 pm (UTC)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-12 09:32 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

I don't think it's the Gunnister man's bag...it's the Islamic purse from the cover of the TI for 1st Q. 2008. So unless Gunnister is actually spelled Gan al Ist'r, I'm thinking they're two different things. ;)

But if you have a pattern (or even wrote down some ideas), I'd love to help make some Gunnister bags. Or some of these bags! I have lots of yarn. Let me know what I can do.

I so am not going to sleep with any strange sock puppets at any parties of any kind. Only sock puppets that I know well...!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: mightyjesse
2008-06-13 03:15 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

The Gunnister man was found in a peat bog in the mid 1900's (1951 or somesuch.) and has been dated to around 1690 using the coins found in his pouch.

So... he's a little out of period, but the pattern on his pouch is cute, and we know that the techniques were mostly known. (I'm a little dubious about some of the techniques at the top of the bag used for the closure as well as the ribbing, but those can be modified.) The stranded knitting, certainly, was known.

There is a picture of his knitted belongings in the Shetland Museum: (It's a wonderful closeup!)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-13 03:58 pm (UTC)

Re: ok,so here's he deal, squeal

Ooooh...love it! Thanks for the link I had only ever heard of Gunnister Man, not seen these cute accessories!

Because purling is a pretty late-period convention, the ribbed top of the bag would need to be modified, I believe, but besides that (and the little loops for the drawstring) this is really the same bag I made! The patterns are entirely in keeping with the Islamic purse--I only did stripes because it was my first one and I wanted to keep it simple. The article in the TI did provide a patterned version, and examples of other patterns that would be period.

The article is here: http://www.bayrose.org/wkneedle/filum/filum_32_kintting.pdf (yup, the typo is part of the address). It's an earlier version of the article that was in the TI and includes pictures and lots of info as well as a bibliography.

We should tawk! Or better yet, we should just start knitting and pool our stuff as we go, then we'll have a healthy basket of pouches to give! I have tons of Palette yarn in every color that was current in 2006 (when my mom got me the complete one-of-each set as a birthday present), so let me know if you would like to borrow anything. It's Peruvian 2-ply fingering wool that looks period-plausible.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: alinore
2008-06-11 12:25 pm (UTC)
That plate is lovely.

So is the pouch. :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: beckmumble
2008-06-11 01:21 pm (UTC)
Love the plate!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: eatsoylentgreen
2008-06-11 02:08 pm (UTC)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-11 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like her! I think her smile works particularly well.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ysolt
2008-06-11 02:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a *fabulous* party!!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: relativelylucid
2008-06-12 05:22 pm (UTC)
Pretty plate!!! Very nice!!!

And I still love that bag. I really need to make one.
(Reply) (Thread)