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Nice local event in New Jersey, and a pretty nice video.
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Colonial Plantation photos.

Mostly the rifle companies. Wonderful site. Weather could have been a bit more cooperative but we were able to get in the tacticals/skirmishing before the sky opened up.
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We are going off to the weekend event at the Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park.

Love this place. The tactical scenarios are free form, designed for skirmishing lights and rifles. It is a working farm which is also much with the awesome, and it has some terrific heritage free range livestock. I will be bringing my camera and hope to get some shots of the place and the livestock.

The downside is the weather forecast. 50% chance of rain. Which does mean a 50% chance that it won't rain. But my rifle is SO fussy that even without actual rain, if the humidity is way up? Forget it.

Which brings me to the GOOD NEWS. At the Fort Frederick Market Fair I scored. Big. Bought a Pedersoli Brown Bess Carbine at a blanket sale for $500. Which is pretty much thievery on my part. But the guy wanted cash and we were able to dicker him down. It is a 4 digit serial number carbine which puts it back in the USA Bicentennial era (1970's). It fires like a dream and is in beautiful condition. There will be pictures.
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Reenacting Brimmed Hat
The Packet II by Mark Tully

US 5 - 3.75 mm
0.75 skeins = 165.0 yards (150.9m)

Knitted for the pesky husband.

This pattern must have been written by someone who does not knit a lot or is just beginning or thought this was the best way to do it.

The pattern calls for seaming and picking up stitches and hemming which are just not necessary. I did the hat in the round and also eliminated a lot of the unnecessary steps to get to the finish line.

That being said, what is very right with this hat are the proportions in the pattern. Came out just as it should. Perfect crown height and brim depth.

With US 5 needles, I had a gauge of 5 st/inch with worsted weight. Cast on 90 stitches. (Pattern calls for 6 st/inch with sport weight and a cast on of 130 stitches.)


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This is a great photostream by a local photographer who shot the Brandywine Creek reenactment.

DW Moran Photography

If you page through far enough there is a photo of the interior of a British general officer's tent. I should live so good! XD

What was also great about this reenactment, speaking of Redcoats, is that we had some real ones make the trip -- Am Rev War reenactors from England! They do the 55th Regt. of Foot.
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This? Was one of the hottest field events I've attended. 92F plus 50% humidity on Saturday. Killer heat.

There were half a dozen that passed out on the field from the heat. That I know of. Really scary stuff. Truthfully? The public be damned and the site be damned. I don't care if they want their entertainment. There really should be a cutoff when the temps get this high. I guess the counter argument is that people need to know their own limits and not push past them, but that doesn't always work due to various sources of peer pressure, etc.

Be that as it may. The event happened.

We spent the day hauling big ass field guns up and down the field. The biggest problem? The damn cavalry. They dart about all over the place and you really have to make sure they see the signal that the gun is hot. Plus of course, ROAD APPLES EVERYWHERE. God.

Also? Spruce beer takes like Pinesol. :P

photos this way ... and no, not of the road apples )
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 Knitting? I love it. So thankfully I have the opportunity to do some of it for the Am Rev War kit. 

The knitted items that I use are basically caps, hose, and hand coverings.  

I think 99% of these patterns are online. [If you knit? Ravelry is the place to go to find a lot of these patterns. Site is free and AWESOME and there is an historic knitting group on the site.]

To not overburden the post, I'll split it up. For the moment -- CAPS!!

One of my very favorites is the Thrum Cap if for no other reason than you look like the village idiot wearing one. There is a great shot in Master & Commander, right before they engage the French vessel at the end of the movie where you can see one of the crewmembers wearing a thrum cap.

I didn't use a pattern for mine. I just looked up how to add the thrums and went from there. Using basic numbers for a watch cap I elongated the top so it wasn't as much of a close fit and added in the thrums.

The Monmouth Cap is one I wear a lot. I did mine without the little 'stem' at the top to make it 18th century style.

One of the quintessential knitted caps of the Am Rev War is the Liberty Cap aka the Voyageur Cap. Knitted with or without lettering.

One thing that all the caps have in common is a lack of a ribbing band. They were knit in stockinette and then hemmed or joined to make a double sided turnback. That feature is exceptionally welcome when the cold weather shows because you get extra layers over your ears.

Also gauge varies. Some surviving examples of knitted accessories are rather coarsely knit while others are finer gauge.

A brimmed knitted hat that has been particularly associated with 18th century sailors is shown on that page. One in blue and one striped brown. These hats were for some time mistakenly documented as being tarred after they were knitted because the one surviving example had tar on it. However, it has recently come to light that tarring was not done. For one, have you ever tried to add hot tar to a knitted fabric? That ain't happening. The more scholarly reason is that with more circumspect archeology it is now postulated that the tar had leaked onto the hat as the hat was found next to barrels that had contained ...... tar.

The pattern for the brimmed hat is found in "The Packet II, Being Another Collection of Patterns, Articles, and Essays of Particular Interest to the 18th -Century Re-enactor" by Mark Tully. At least that is the only place I know. For what it is worth, the pattern in the Packet is done on straight needles and seamed. I reconfigured it for in the round knitting because that's how the 18th century actually rolled.

Yarn choices: God, I love yarn. Just saying.  Moving on ..... wool, obviously. No blends unless you are going to try your hand at a linen and wool blended yarn. Not to belabor what reenactors who deal with blackpowder and firepits already know, but synthetic fabric and knitting yarns will melt if ignited. Not good. Wool will smoulder giving you time to put out any embers that have taken hold.

I personally tend towards DK weight for hats just because I like a finer gauge, but worsted is the most popular choice. Also, a lesser known fact about yarn is that a 'marled' yarn is period appropriate. That is a yarn that has one ply in one color and the other ply in a different color. All sorts of knitted accessories were made from marled yarns and it gives a great look, especially to hose.

And how do we know that? Because of the runaway servant ads in colonial American newspapers of the 18th century. The ads generally begin with "had on and took with him" or "her" and describe in minute detail the clothing of the runaway.
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American Revolution Photos is the website of a local photographer who does just AMAZING work. Well worth a look.

The albums he has posted pretty much cover the range of events I might attend in any given year so it also gives you some of the flavor and the look of the type of stuff I do.

A lot of these event -- Ft. Mercer, Ft. Mifflin, Brandywine, Germantown, Trenton, Iron Hill -- are coming up in the next months.


The bulk of our campaign season here in the Mid-Atlantic USA is in the autumn and early winter because that is historically when the Philadelphia Campaign took place.
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