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And you'd think January means a comfortable start at work, plenty of time to sit at home embroidering? Eh, I wish... I have a deadline for a grant at the end of the month, so I've been busy writing and re-writing. Also, since the house is heated with electric storage heaters, there is only residual heat in the evenings and nights, so it gets a bit chilly now when it's around 0°C outside. I find it a bit more tempting to huddle up in bed with a good book or two than sit embroidering. On the other hand, compared to houses I've lived in before that had a timer for heating and were freezing when you had to get up (obviously to save money we only had the heating on for the few hours in the evening when we all were in the house, meaning that the heat never got into the walls of the house and heated it properly), it feels like utmost luxury to have a warm room to get out of bed in.

Although, seriously: can we be done with winter now? A day temperature of +10°C would be nice.

I think the only major thing I've done "craft"-wise is to add my friend Eva's costume blog to the reading page. As usual when it's a website with no feed-button, it took me ages to find out the rss for it (in Firefox: Tools -> Web developer -> Page source. search for rss). But now it's there so I can keep up to date with her latest things without much effort.
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I've been busy with non-medieval things lately that I'm only now allowed to talk about: H and A, two of the founders of my lindy hop group, had a combined birthday party and the secret plan was a wall hanging with quilt-squares that we would personalise. A lot of effort, and I'm glad my only contribution was a single square. Even so, due to interference from dance events and holidays, it turned out I had less than a week to get it done. I wanted to embroider something, but cotton is not great for covered work such as brickstitch or couched work since the threadcount is so high. So instead I tried out a very basic stem stitch outline of a dancing couple (i.e. H and A) filled in with Japanese sashiko type stitches.

The design was actually the tricky bit. I wanted a good outline of preferably a recogniseable lindy hop move. I didn't feel up to drawing from scratch, so I looked for a photograph to trace. But it's a very lucky photographer who'll get a dancing couple in just the perfect position. So I trawled the internet, and finally found two decent pictures to use as a guideline. Part of me wish that I had had more time to work on the design, particularly on body proportion. But I know I can be a very finicky person when it comes to personal things, and other people may not always notice what bugs me.

The party was this afternoon, in a pub by the Thames. We had delicious cakes (intentional plural!), played Aunt Sally, the DJs were playing (not swing for a change), and we all enjoyed ourselves. H and A loved the wall hanging and the other presents.

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My contribution

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The whole wall hanging. We even got a contribution from N and J in Australia!

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