It's mighty cold here, and multiple layers, even indoors, are needed. Mostly because of wind and a lack of cloud cover. It was beautifully sunny, so I decided to put the laundry out on the line, and almost froze my fingers off. Had to run them under warm water when I got back in the house. Riding my bike to the store didn't happen, it was just too bitter cold from the wind chill. Instead, have been doing indoor tasks and work.
Scribal - I finished up the small Leo Minor charter started last week, adding detailing to the flat simple base painting. I was trying for a sort of playful yet still medieval effect, as the Leo Minor is an award given to children
also started painting Charter #2 for this year, an AoA... I've never chosen this design before, as I have little confidence in my ability to paint faces, but it was the only other Kingdom charter blank on hand, so I decided to go for it anyway... Still have a lot of painting yet to do, all the clothing, and the dogs, and possibly some background as well. The very first charter I ever painted, my scribal mentor Marya pointed out to me that "not everyone in the past was white", and I have done my best to have charters I painted ever since reflect that.
SWAP - I have been knitting away on my Sólbein cardigan for weeks now, since the beginning of January, and it occurred to me that it could become part of my SWAP, if I substitute it for one of the planned print blouses. The colorwork is too noticeable for me to call it a solid color, but in the three shades of denim/indigo blue, it will coordinate well with my Earth and Sky SWAP. (I still plan on sewing up all the print blouses, since they are already becoming a wardrobe staple)
Preserving - the last several days included making up some candied peel. This year I went with pink grapefruit (since I eat them as a breakfast treat when they are in season) and pomelo. I make candied peel every few years, particularly since it is a favorite confection of my dear father; sometimes I add to the delight by dipping it in dark chocolate, though not if I am going to send it by post...
The lighter colored candied peel is pomelo, the darker is pink grapefruit. I was also surprised at how much milder in flavor the pomelo skin is than the grapefruit skin, considering that pomelo is closer to the "ancestral citrus"
February SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||bright feathers top for Mom||leaky undersink||bag to Goodwill|
|2||taupe/teal feathers knit top||neckline binding||bag to Goodwill|
|3||11 4oz jars marmalade||more chips spread||bag to Goodwill|
|4||mushroom print blouse ||chicken bedding||bag to Goodwill|
|5||Seville marmalade||button replaced||rusty toolbox|
|6||4 jars Awesome Sauce||x||x|
|8||blood orange marmalde||x||x|
|9||indigo pinstripe dress ||x||x|
|10||charter #1 ||x||x|
today's gratitude - warm wooly bits made for me by my friends... today I am wearing a recombinant chopshop cardigan my pal Elanor made for me, and my beloved Totoro hat knit by dear Ariadne.