So, I haven’t written in forever. This is all to blame on a trip to Sweden, getting married, and not really having a ton of time to really sew or do anything that should go on this blog. However, this weekend, I, my wonderful husband Cody, my brother Kyle, and best friend Jessica all went to Elk Horn, Iowa for Viking Meet!
Highlight of the weekend for me? I cooked. For twenty people on average. I had a lot of help though, from Jessica, Kyle, and Sean, my “kitchen slave”. (We called him that because he wasn’t wearing any weapons that morning and got recruited to help me cook.)
The menu consisted of, for most meals, some kind of meat, usually Icelandic lamb, bread, cheese, apples, pears, and dried fruit. Breakfast had a lot of eggs and bacon. Yes, this is Viking correct.
With all the cooking I was doing, I didn’t get a lot of sewing or nalbinding done. However, I did manage to finish some projects right before the meet, including Tim’s Byzantine kit:
I also made fighting kit for Jessica, but managed to not get a picture of it. I’ll have her bring it here some day and snap a shot of it. It turned out very nice– Lavender tunic, edged with dark blue, and blue pants. For her first time fighting and being such a tiny girl, she did pretty well, but got tired early on holding the shield. Also, her helm was too large. Next time will be better, I’m sure.
Kyle also made arrows with Develon’s help, for Archery Merit Badge. (He’s in Boy Scouts.) They turned out very well!
Although we didn’t get to do much fighting, it was a good weekend of working on crafts, practicing Viking cooking, and overall fun with the Skjaldborg Vikings. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since Kyle and I joined, and it is hard to believe that a year ago, we had no shoes, no wool blankets to sleep under, no spoons or wooden bowls to eat with, and only one set of kit each. Now, Cody and Jessica have also joined, we each have better kit (I have three sets, even), Kyle and I slept in just wool blankets and linen and sheepskins (warmer by far than sleeping bags, in my opinion), and we have come to realize that Skjaldborg is like a large, amazing, family.
Thanks to everyone who made this weekend so great!