My last semester of grad school starts on the 24th, so I have, basically, this past week and this upcoming week to enjoy the break and then it’s back to business. For fifteen weeks. I can do anything for fifteen weeks.
Working on: I’ve got things cooking a bunch of different burners, and I spent all of Sunday puttering around the apartment and poking at least a little at all of them, which was lovely.
The blackwork coif continues to progress. My Laurel is cleaning out her stash and sent me two boxes of fabric, from which I’ve completely filled up the bin of trash linen for my first batch of papermaking experiments; also in those boxes were a couple of yards of burgundy velveteen and charcoal polar fleece which I’ve cut out for a short cape in this style but closer to this length.
Good progress on the woodcut this week; the rough cut is done, it’s all just cleanup from here.
I’ve printed out the index of Motiño and started re-translating it because it’s been f*king five years since I even looked at it and that breaks my heart. Y’all, the index – the index – is sixteen pages, and it’s not a rush job this time, cranking the index out as a rough crib to pick recipes to start getting them tested for a looming feast. I’m taking it much more slowly and carefully, aiming for a page a day of index and a recipe a day thereafter – I probably won’t hit that during the semester, but I’ll certainly plug away at it as I can. At that rate, it’s about two years of work.
I got some good feedback on the household name documentation at populace meeting. I didn’t get any further revisions on it done this week, but I hope to next week.
And – this isn’t SCA per se and I’ll be posting more about it on the other blog, but it is food culturey and gifty – I gave away almost all of the half-quart preserve jars I had in my gift pantry at Twelfth Night with the intent of starting to build up that pantry again, and then Food In Jars went and started this business, and I posted on my Facebook flist about it and like HALF MY FLIST wants to play, which is so exciting! I already had some blood oranges for a new batch of blood orange liqueur, and I’m down to half of one jar of the grapefruit marmalade I made a few year’s back, so there’s my January entry.
Reading: I’m about two-thirds through Papermaking and getting quite a lot out of it, although of course the earlier chapters are most relevant – I’m now into the 18th/19th century stuff, which I’m reading at a pace just a smidgen deeper than skimming, and very much looking forward to the chapters about contemporary artisanal papermaking (“contemporary” being Arts and Crafts era – the book was originally published in 1943, at which point Hunter had been working in the book arts world for thirty years).
Geeking out on: LAPIS AND GOLD IS HERE . LAPIS AND GOLD IS HERE. Also, Elaine Wright’s other book, The Look of the Book: Manuscript Production in Shiraz, 1303-1452, also came in. I’ve barely got my teeth into them but I am mesmerized.
Next up: A lot of continuing on with the same projects. Coif, household name documentation, Motiño, woodblock.