To start: not SCA rambling.
I’ve been making a really valiant effort to be non-messy at the moment, and I found an old baggie of catnip, which I sort of threw on the floor nonchalantly, to deal with later. When I went to “deal with it later,” one of the cats (*cough* Lemmy *cough*) was totally making out with it, and at this moment both cats are completely stoned. There is catnip all over the floor. I will deal with this later. It is far too amusing to correct.
So. So. I found some awesome videos of zari embroidery, and Leah and I have Plans to learn how to do it on Monday evening. I have loads of fabric for Rajput garb, and now I need to fancy it up. The saris are taking their usual long time to be rid of starch. There is much sewing in my future, if I want to have a kit before RUM. The other good thing, though, is that I’ve found a name plus the supporting documentation, so things are moving swimmingly.
Enough about that.
A few years back, my mother-in-law had given me the most incredible pattern book. I had very recently taken up knitting, and she’d found it at a flea market. It’s a Minerva Yarns book from the ’30s (I think; it’s not dated), and as is not the case with modern books, I want to knit every single thing in this book. The hitch is that every single thing in this book is a seriously-involved gown-type-garment, knit on worsted or smaller yarn. I am going to start stocking up on yarn and patience very soon (I imagine I’ll need a quantity of both). This is the book in question:
The blog where I found the above picture (Thrift Shop Romantic) has a really wonderful post on the book, plus some good interior scans.
No, I’m not sharing.