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I'm sorely tempted to homebrew soda for game. Because alcohol isn't allowed on site, so all in-game alcoholic beverages are actually some form of soda (I'd have to check if the incredibly tiny quantity of alcohol that happens when you homebrew soda is acceptable, because geeks are rules-lawyers ;P). I could easily make some strong ginger beer and call it Dwarven ale, then watch people react when they realize it actually *is* that strong. . .
brynndragon: (Bad Idea)
I'm sorely tempted to homebrew soda for game. Because alcohol isn't allowed on site, so all in-game alcoholic beverages are actually some form of soda (I'd have to check if the incredibly tiny quantity of alcohol that happens when you homebrew soda is acceptable, because geeks are rules-lawyers ;P). I could easily make some strong ginger beer and call it Dwarven ale, then watch people react when they realize it actually *is* that strong. . .
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LARP weekend was good but exhausting, I might post about it in more depth later. Classes started today and I am very proud of myself for not falling asleep during 4 hours of talking about herbs (it's good stuff, but 4 hours is a long lecture and I'm still tired from the weekend's running about). I got to put needles in someone else, bilaterally no less. They're giving us more homework and fewer tests, which hopefully will not be my downfall since I've developed some vague discipline but still makes me nervous. But my books were less than $100, which is astoundingly cheap and makes me very pleased.

Now I will spend some time putting questions into SuperMemo and then go to sleep. Two more classes tomorrow! :)
brynndragon: (Default)
LARP weekend was good but exhausting, I might post about it in more depth later. Classes started today and I am very proud of myself for not falling asleep during 4 hours of talking about herbs (it's good stuff, but 4 hours is a long lecture and I'm still tired from the weekend's running about). I got to put needles in someone else, bilaterally no less. They're giving us more homework and fewer tests, which hopefully will not be my downfall since I've developed some vague discipline but still makes me nervous. But my books were less than $100, which is astoundingly cheap and makes me very pleased.

Now I will spend some time putting questions into SuperMemo and then go to sleep. Two more classes tomorrow! :)
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I'm asking because I know at least one person on my friend's list who wears jika-tabi. I'm looking for a pair in which to run around in minimally-rocky woods without injuring my feet or the tabi for a weekend (if all goes well, for several weekends) and all suggestions would be very much appreciated.

(At least I'm letting the hair be simple - a topknot with some hair pulled in front of the ears so I seem at least a little female. Accurate? Probably not, but this isn't the SCA.)
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I'm asking because I know at least one person on my friend's list who wears jika-tabi. I'm looking for a pair in which to run around in minimally-rocky woods without injuring my feet or the tabi for a weekend (if all goes well, for several weekends) and all suggestions would be very much appreciated.

(At least I'm letting the hair be simple - a topknot with some hair pulled in front of the ears so I seem at least a little female. Accurate? Probably not, but this isn't the SCA.)
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
Through sheer force of will, I managed to make Google cough up something that helped the pieces fall into place: scroll down near the bottom. I think I have enough random cloth lying around to play with it and see if I can make something sufficiently like what I want. For one thing I want one-piece robes rather than a bodice-skirt set, as it's far more unisex (what can I say, I'm a unisex kinda gal). I'm trying to decide if I want to go for two layers of it (which is more formal) or if I want to have a tunic cut similarly to the robe (just shorter and likely with short sleeves) and pants (which would be traditional if I was a guy). I'm guessing I'd be happiest running around the woods in pants. The pants will be either dull brown or black (leaning towards dull brown) and I think I want to make another hanfu in the same color with more narrow sleeves and no fancy edging that I can wear over leather/padded armor and ninja in the night (unless I get lazy and buy a plain black Tai Chi uniform). See, this is what happens when I want to play a healer and a ninja, I just play a healer-ninja and call it good ;P. My next concerns are shoes, hairstyle, and a ninja hood (I think I can do that with a properly-sized tube of cloth - again, something to play with).

Now I just need to get my hands on a functional sewing machine. Hey [livejournal.com profile] industrialsteve, you got that motor for Skaven's machine running yet? ;P
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
Through sheer force of will, I managed to make Google cough up something that helped the pieces fall into place: scroll down near the bottom. I think I have enough random cloth lying around to play with it and see if I can make something sufficiently like what I want. For one thing I want one-piece robes rather than a bodice-skirt set, as it's far more unisex (what can I say, I'm a unisex kinda gal). I'm trying to decide if I want to go for two layers of it (which is more formal) or if I want to have a tunic cut similarly to the robe (just shorter and likely with short sleeves) and pants (which would be traditional if I was a guy). I'm guessing I'd be happiest running around the woods in pants. The pants will be either dull brown or black (leaning towards dull brown) and I think I want to make another hanfu in the same color with more narrow sleeves and no fancy edging that I can wear over leather/padded armor and ninja in the night (unless I get lazy and buy a plain black Tai Chi uniform). See, this is what happens when I want to play a healer and a ninja, I just play a healer-ninja and call it good ;P. My next concerns are shoes, hairstyle, and a ninja hood (I think I can do that with a properly-sized tube of cloth - again, something to play with).

Now I just need to get my hands on a functional sewing machine. Hey [livejournal.com profile] industrialsteve, you got that motor for Skaven's machine running yet? ;P
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
In about a month I am going to be playing in a NERO event as a Chinese-type character. The easiest way to costume is to make myself some Hanfu. I should be able to pull it off if I can get my hands on a functional sewing machine, but I do not have sufficient sewing knowledge to be able to figure out how to make it from those images. Does anyone know where I can get Hanfu patterns, or can suggest any simple sewing shortcuts for figuring out how to do it (e.g. "take some measurement and double it for the sleeves")? I'm planning on making some simple pants and a short t-tunic to wear under the Hanfu as well, so I'd appreciate if anyone could tell me where to get those patterns. Thanks for your help!
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
In about a month I am going to be playing in a NERO event as a Chinese-type character. The easiest way to costume is to make myself some Hanfu. I should be able to pull it off if I can get my hands on a functional sewing machine, but I do not have sufficient sewing knowledge to be able to figure out how to make it from those images. Does anyone know where I can get Hanfu patterns, or can suggest any simple sewing shortcuts for figuring out how to do it (e.g. "take some measurement and double it for the sleeves")? I'm planning on making some simple pants and a short t-tunic to wear under the Hanfu as well, so I'd appreciate if anyone could tell me where to get those patterns. Thanks for your help!

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