New Tablet Weaving projects! A review of Applesies and Fox Noses by a beginner.

I bought an amazing book! Applesies and Fox Noses: Finnish Tabletwoven Bands, by Maikki Karisto and Mervi Pasanen. (If you want to buy a copy for yourself, here is the link: http://www.salakirjat.net/product/74/applesies-and-fox-noses—finnish-tabletwoven-bands). I’ve done two bands so far, and I’m in love! If you Tablet-weave, no matter what your skill level, I bet you will love it too. I’ve really just started this hobby in the last year, and this book has helped a great deal in my understanding of basic techniques.

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The cover pictured here is a great preview of this colorful instruction manual! This book is done in two languages, and its clear and concise, at least on the English side. I don’t speak Finnish, but I’m lucky that this book is so well translated. Its worth it. Every page and instruction is easy to understand. The patterns from historical references are beautiful, as are the ones created by the authors themselves, or those inspired by Viivi Merisalo. The book is laid out in an understandable way, with the easiest and most basic first, leading to more complicated bands.

I’ve recently started the first band of the book, which they have called Colourful Small Applesies:

colourful small applesies“The pattern comes from a fragment of a three-colour edging band of a dress found in the Kaukola Kekomaki graveyard and dating from the Carelian Iron Age” as the authors tell us on page 32. I plan on making some historical re-enactment garb for a friend’s son, who’s favorite color is orange.

(ETA: Here it is all done!
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ended up with about 4 yards…)

I’ve also made band 4, called Bee Feet, which I donated to the largesse box that traveled to Pennsic with my King and Queen this summer. I have no idea who will get it or what they will use it for, but I hope they love it! I ended up with at least 4 yards, but I never measured it as I finished it at fight practice and immediately handed it over to those traveling East.

Bee Feet(I think the backside of this one looks like space invaders… just saying.) As always, I’m using Cascade 220 fingering weight yarn for my projects, and using my Inkle loom for it.

Yay for historical projects!

Outlander, the best adaptation of a book!

If the subject of books vs. TV/movies comes up, I’m inevitably one of those people on the book side. At least normally. USUALLY. The way huge chunks of story seem lost, forgotten, or completely changed irks me to no end. I read and I can see everything in my head. A beautiful panoramic movie going on with every word. So obviously when I found out Outlander, one of my favorite book series for over a decade now was going to become a television show, I groaned. As much as I’ve enjoyed Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, there always seemed to be something missing. Something wanting. By most standards, these shows are huge epic undertakings, with budgets never before dreamed of for TV, so I get that they did what they could. How can you compete with my imagination? Especially when the original writers are NOT the main force behind the scripts/castings, so the original visions are lost. I get it.

(Now, warning here… there may be spoilers ahead)

Then there was tonight. There are no words. There are a million words. I don’t know! AHHH! When the announcement that the first episode of STARZ new show Outlander was being released in the US for free, I was so excited I had to drop everything and watch it. I plugged my laptop into my TV and had my other half watch it with me too. And even though he made a couple of jokes like he normally does (calling Jaimie my “Man-Candy” and all that…) he obviously enjoyed it too.

I loved the entire episode. It was beautifully done. It was art. The casting was brilliant!

So I have to say thank you Diana Gabaldon. Thank you for being a major part of this project, because everything you laid out on the page was there for me, and I can see it, feel it. The beauty of the dancing druid-witches, Claire’s vibrant personality… it wouldn’t have been there if someone else had done it. Or at least, it wouldn’t have been as real. Its amazing. And I’m going to go crazy waiting for the next episode!!!

One last clown post…

Wanted to share this vest and pants set that we got done just in time for the convention next week! I hope whoever purchases it loves it as much as I loved making it! Fully lined vest with inside pockets, with pants that match! Here too are the two sets of pants in the primary colors I finished, and the finished primary colors vest:

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Whoever gets them, they are gonna be BRIGHT!