I’m officially back from one of the most lovely holidays I have had in a very long time.  We spent our Thanksgiving up at the family farm in Como, NC.  Don’t worry, I don’t really expect anyone else to know where that is as it’s about as rural North Eastern North Carolina as you can get. 🙂  Despite our lack of internet access (I know. I don’t know how I survived either ;)) we had an incredibly lovely time.  I got to spend time with my family, bake and cook with my husband, sleep in, read, embroider, nap, and talk family genealogy with my cousin Janet.  She’s done a TON of work with her side of the family and it really inspired me to get back to work on my own.  I don’t remember the last time I came home feeling so relaxed and happy after a family visit. 

Since I was late with my October jacket update I wanted to make sure that this month I was on time. 

Although I made good headway on my sleeve I did not get it finished.  I was a little bummed because I had really wanted to have it finished but in the end I think my biggest problem was setting a schedule that was too aggressive.  I think perhaps I need to take some of my own advice and break it down a bit further and set some smaller goals.  It does look really gorgeous though.  I found my self just staring at it several times over the weekend thinking how lovely it will look when it’s done.  I’ll be posting pictures tonight so stay tuned! 

My PerCoFiMo this past month met with mixed success.  I finished my black wool hood which I was very happy about but I found that I wasn’t really pulled to work on any of the other projects.  I did a bit of mending but mostly when I had time to work on a project I wanted to work on the jacket so that’s what I did.  Sometimes the muse is stronger than others and you need to take advantage of it when it is. 🙂 

As for future projects, I discovered this month that I am in desperate need of new rapier armor.  What I have doesn’t really fit well.  My pants are too big and I’m not really happy with my current fighting doublet pattern.  I’m not swimming in it like I was in the old one but I’m not really happy with the waist line and I like the neck line either.  Plus the button holes are too big for the buttons and they keep popping out.  So I’m decommissioning it into a practice doublet and starting anew.  I’ll be placing a fabric order shortly after Christmas.  I also picked up some patterns from Reconstructing History at Holiday Faire.  I picked up their Flanders Gown pattern, their Pourpoint pattern, and their 14th Century Jupon pattern.  And in addition to projects for me Coty has some things he’d like too.  So I’m looking forward to a lot of sewing this winter.  Looks like I need to sit down, make a list, and set some priorities!  So what about y’all?  Do you have any projects you are planning this winter?

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