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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I'm Turning Into A Bird!!!!

Hello, my long lost readers!  I apologize for the unusually long delay between posts.  Things have snowballed in very interesting ways over the last few months!!  Let's see if I can get you caught up.

My last post was in November, which is when I was in full, crazy-making 'must finish this before Christmas' mode.  I didn't want to post what I was working on, on the slim chance that one of the recipients might see.  I was able to complete most of what I wanted to do, and only had to give one item as an IOU.  You can take a look at my Ravelry profile if you would like to see some of the stuff I made.  The dishcloths were a big hit, and I already have orders for more of them.  Yay!!

Once I got past Christmas, I got to breathe a little, but as I mentioned I still had a project to work on.  Then we had Trident Tourney, which was quite fun, and Winter Art/Sci, where I found out that I was chosen as a Gulf Wars Champion.  Holy cow!!!  I was quite astounded, since it never even entered my mind that that was a possibility. 

That takes me to the middle of January, which is full-blown insanity time at work.  Our season runs from the first weekend in January until the end of May.  Needless to say, I did not have any time to do my usual research forays.  I poked around a little bit, and came up with an idea or two for future art/sci projects (embroidered handkerchiefs as favors!!) but nothing concrete or informative enough to post about.

So while all of this was going on, Hubby and I had decided that we were definitely going to Gulf Wars.  This meant that sewing was in order, with no time to delay.  I did make the wise decision not to make anything new.  Instead, I chose to fix and finish several things that had been needing my attention.  I put new gores in one of my underdresses so that it fits properly, tailored in a pair of pants and a caftan, and adjusted my cotehardie so that the neckline fits a little better.  (The cotehardie will need to be fussed with some more when I am ready to make a new one.  The neckline on the pattern we drafted really just doesn't work.)  Thank you Adelheid for helping make all that happen!!  I also finished (except for hemming) a 10-gore that I started several years ago, but I ended up not taking it with me.  Something about the sleeves just isn't working, so I think I am going to revisit it over the summer and see if we can work out the wrinkles.

Then there was Gulf Wars.  It was definitely a fabulous experience, much better than the first time I went.  I actually left camp and did things this time, mainly classes.  I was in one class or another almost all day, almost every day of the War.  The classes were awesome.  I took a 3-part series on card weaving that was phenomenal.  It inspired me to come home and start using my loom, and I plan to teach the class over the summer.  The teacher's method was the best I've taken, which is why I want to try teaching it.  I took two great spinning classes, and a bunch of knitting classes.  I took a few miscellaneous classes as well, that were also well taught.  Thursday of the War was devoted to helping with the Champions Battle A/S competition.  I will say, it was quite the eye-opening experience.  There may be people who are critical of our judging system, but they have no idea just how good we have it.  The judges from the other kingdoms were brutal.  There were a few of us from Trimaris that did well (I got the 2nd highest score for our Kingdom!) but in general they ripped us apart.  If I am ever chosen as a champion again, I will approach it in a much different manner than I did this time.

We got home from War safe and sound, and had 2 weeks to get ready for Coronation.  I was really looking forward to the event, since for once I didn't really have any duties.  The event was lovely, all the way up to evening court.  That's when it jumped to a whole new level, so to speak.  I had been asked at the last minute to echo-herald, so I had a prime vantage point from the back center aisle of court.  I was overjoyed when as the second piece of business they called up the Order of the Laurel, and announced my dear friend and teacher Baroness Adelheid Leinwater as a candidate to the Order.  My response was emotional, to say the least.  I think Adelheid said that I was all but suffocating her when I hugged her.  I finally regained my composure, just in time to be called up myself.  That is when the title of this post comes into play.  While I'm standing there, and the King is saying something nice about me (which I didn't really hear) I suddenly hear the court herald call forward the Order of the Pelican.  That's right, I have been chosen to join that noble Order.  The rest of my time up there is something of a blur, as my brain seized up once I realized what was happening. 

So I'm going to be elevated.  A Pelican.  Holy cow.  I'm still a little blown away by the whole concept.  I have regained enough mental ability to realize how much I have to do between now and TMT, however.  Adelheid and I have decided to join forces, and have our vigils at the same time / location.  They will be Friday evening of TMT, outside Verron Hall.  Our elevations will be separate, though.  I have asked for Saturday morning before Crown Lyst, and she has asked for Saturday evening court.

Since I'm one of those crazy late-period people, this all means that I am in panicked sewing mode.  I have a full Tudor outfit to create before the last weekend in May.  Not to mention figuring out and planning several other aspects of this shindig.  Fortunately I have great friends who are taking over a good deal of it, so that I don't have to worry about most of it.  Which is a good thing, cause I have more than enough with what's left!!

And by the way, I was supposed to be the feastcrat for Gathering of the Clans next month.  I was already panicking about that, and then I got announced.  (Adelheid's the autocrat - are we nuts or what!)  I have the best friends ever, however, in Brenna & Meghan.  There were the two amazing women who were going to be shadowing me, and teaching me how to do this whole feast thing.  As soon as I was announced, they offered to take over the feast so that I wouldn't have to worry about it.  After some thought, I decided to take them up on their offer.  It just made far too much sense not too.  So I will still be involved, and will be in the kitchen that whole weekend learning everything I can, but I will not be running the show.  Whew!

So that's where I stand.  A little dazed and confused, a little frantic, but very excited and incredibly honored.  If I'm a little quiet here over the next few months, I'm sure you'll understand.  Hope to see you at the party!!

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