I spent the weekend at a Viking living history event, which was a lot of fun. Having actual authenticity standards in how we do things and not all being lords and ladies is sort of nice for a change. We were part of an historical encampment at a highland games in North Carolina. In no particular order, here is what I accomplished/learned over the weekend. Longer write-ups and pictures of many of these things are on the way.
1. Churning butter is rude. It just is. There's no avoiding the crude jokes with this one.
2. Half of my fiber processing tools are also rude. This, along with the butter, makes for an interesting weekend
3. Combing wool is much easier than I thought it would be but just as dangerous. Oddly, the dangerous part wasn't were I thought it would be (i.e. I didn't stab myself until I was rooting around in the basket with the wool combs looking for something else, not when I was using the combs)
4. Whipcording is easy! And fun!
5. Spear fighting is also fun (when did my life turn into Game of Thrones?)
6. It is possible to do a long draw with a drop spindle, or at least something pretty close to a long draw, with nicely combed fibers. Who knew?
7. Oh how I do love using a distaff, and oh how I do need to sand the hell out of the stick I was using as a distaff!
8. Bog shoes (the ones that look like gillies) hold a surprising amount of water in them.