I wonder if they'd feel similarly sanguine about me banging an ice-cream covered spoon on their really nice clothes.
Otherwise, it was good - I saw lots of people - chargirlgenius, I know you don't think so, but you are smokin' hot, and I'm happy for people to think we're sisters any day - and talked to people, most of whom were absolutely mesmerized by my ability to talk and knit at the same time.
I got my mitten done (pic courtesy of pinkleader):
(The grey thing in front is one mitten, the other is in my hands)
...and the lacing? Worked like a dream. I got lots and lots of compliments on my outfit all day, and one guy even took a picture and gave me a copy on Sunday:
A bunch of people were fascinated by my shoulder points - they worked well, so well that I'm putting point holes in my red bodies so I can wear the blue sleeves with them. I also ended up talking to a lot of 17th century museum/historic farm volunteers from all over; I tried to help a couple of them with costuming questions (I was grilled! Grilled, I tells ya!), and mostly did okay. I handed out my personal card to a number of people (who will probably be very confused by the Attack Laurel pages).
I had a couple of down moments (extra from the touchy-touchy, which is something I deal with at J'town too); one woman got really, really angry at me (in a restrained, but hostile way) because I didn't have the patterns for any of the pieces I was displaying - to be honest, I don't know how to write patterns. I guessed, and made notes to myself. I think she might have been a little confused about the purpose of the display, and I found out later that there was a central repository for free patterns, so maybe she was hoping I had them. Honestly, though - a mitten is a mitten, and a sock is a sock. I told her about the Plimoth pattern book.
The other one was a knitter who does 17th century stuff, and I was just chatting amiably about the knitting machine, and she cut me off with a "yes, I know all about knitting machines". I just wanted to enthuse with someone who would get the cool economic effects of knitting in the 16th century - I wasn't trying to demo to her. *sigh* I felt dissed.
But never mind - I got to discuss economic theory with several interested tourists who enjoyed it a lot, and said it really made the past come alive.
And I discussed my clothes almost more than I discussed knitting! People were all about the clothes, and I didn't mind showing off my new sleeves. :)
The petticoat/bodies lacing technique worked so well I'm doing it with all my bodies - I used the spacing of the Pfaltzgrafina bodies (with adjustment for boning), and got no gappage and a rock solid setup all weekend (I even stepped on my skirt twice, with no movement). ETA: The key point I was looking for with this project was not that the points need to be in - we were mostly talking about how and where, since we knew points were used, but the fastening of the opening of the skirt to the opening in the bodies - with them laced together, the whole outfit had a strength and solidity that pointing alone (which I've done before, once) didn't give me. It's all in the front.
(I just thought I should clarify, since a number of you will be going "what's new about points? I've done them for years". :) )
A couple of pics of the setup (I'll put the full set up when I write the article, but that may be a couple of months):
I also impressed a number of people with my apron setup - I tucked the ends into the waistband (like you do) and made a pocket for my wool, so I could knit while standing. Several people asked about my "pocket apron", and were flatteringly amazed when I simply pulled out one corner and showed them it was just an apron. I had Caemfind doing it by the end of Saturday - it's so convenient! - and a couple of other people saying they were going to do it, too, after I explained it was a correct usage of the apron.
Starting a new fashion (mind you, a bunch of you lot have probably done this for years) trend locally, yay me.
Caemfind was a delightful knitting/demo companion - we already have plans for improving our display if we're invited back next year (I have no idea). pinkleadercame shopping with me, and (singsong voice) weeeee have something for theblueleader(/singsong voice)! I also bought hemp thread (thick; perfect for braiding cords) from a great shop, www.flyingfibers.com, who also carry rare breed and organic wools from the UK in gorgeous colours. They have long-wool breeds, which produce a sheeny, gorgeous yarn. I highly recommend them, and they're super-nice people (she's American, he's British).
And, since it turns out we might not be supposed to accept money personally for the demo, if I get a cheque, I'm probably going to donate it to the Kingdom Travel Fund (or something).
Jamestown next weekend - I have to put lacing holes in my blue linen skirt and my red bodies. *excitement*