Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kilted For 10 Days

I wear kilts a lot but many days it may be only for part of the day. I just realized that I have worn only the kilt for the past 10 days. Unfortunately it comes to an end tomorrow morning as I will be back in the office.  I think I have posted this picture before but it really applies for this Monday:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kilts at Hamvention

An update to the previous post.  The Amateur Radio convention in Dayton is now over for 2014.  As before, I attended in a kilt.  Wondering if I would be the only one.  The answer was NO.  Ran into three others.  One from Kentucky and two more that were vendors at the show.

The weather was just terrible!  Cold and wet.   A few days before it was sunny and in the 80's.  Good grief never fails.  Weather turns to crap just in time for the convention and then turns nice when it is time to close down the show.  So I had to change my intended kilt for this year.  I wanted to use one I had on in 2012 (see last post picture).  Nope, at the last minute went with the denim kilt from Union Kilts.  The next day I had on a kilt from HOS in the "Freedom of Scotland" tartan. 

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The other two gentlemen manning one of the vendor booths:

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

you never know where you will show up on Google

It is that time of year again: Dayton Hamvention.  This is a large gathering of Amateur Radio Operators in Dayton, Ohio.  I have attended every year since I was 13 years old.  This is my 44th year.  I have been wearing a kilt to the event for the past few years.  A kilt is rather rare at that event but I do see one or two some years.

Wearing a kilt does attract some attention and a few photographs are taken.  Some like it, some don't as you would expect.  Every now and then I run across a picture of myself on someone's web site.  This one is apparently from 2012.

W4TI wrote up a nice review of the 2012 Hamvention.  In that review is a picture of me in my kilt:


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Kilt for Ball Joint Doll

A couple of posts ago I talked about a kilt I made for a doll.  I now have a picture of the kilt on the doll.  Meet Dy:

Kilts for Week of Jan 5, 2014

This week has been rather cold.  We dropped below zero (F) for a couple of days.  We are back to something normal for this area (30's F).   Not only was it cold the wind was rather gusty.  Wind chills below -25F were not uncommon last week.    So the kilts got a little less use last week.  I don't mind zero degree weather if the wind is not blowing.  Dead calm air, negative temperatures, and a heavy wool kilt is not too bad.  Just keep the upper body warm including  your head warm.  For this week this is what made the cut:

Heritage of Scotland (MacDonald)

Heritage of Scotland (Freedom of Scotland)

USA Kilts Casual (Oakleigh)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Kilt for Today - Jan 4, 2014

To day we have a heatwave!  At least compared to what we will have after tomorrow.  It got just above freezing today.  A little on the windy side.  I took advantage of the warmer temperature to cut over the wind speed indicator from my old weather station to my new one.  Did not wear the kilt for that.  I needed about an hour outside to cut it over.  Other than that distraction this is the kilt of the day:

This is a denim kilt from Union Kilts. 

Heading out to the local Irish pub for dinner. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Kilt for the Cold

Got up this morning with the outside temperature at -1 F.  It may have gotten up to +12F.  At least it was sunny and no wind.  For that temperature a high yardage heavy wool kilt is required. For me that would be the 8-1/2 yard kilt I made.  It is 13-oz wool rather than 16 but that will have to do.

I have found that as long as you keep your head covered and the upper body warm the rest will take care of itself.  Unless of course you plan on spending all day in very cold temperatures with the kilt. For most of us the extent of our actual time in the cold is going from the car parking lot into a building.  I am not out in the elements that long for my legs to feel more then just the presence of the cold air.  Now add some wind at 10F which tends to pump any heat under kilt out and you will want to get inside without much delay.  For the most part this works with the coldest temperatures we get in southwest Ohio. This is my January 2nd and 3rd kilt of the day.  Earl of St. Andrews tartan, 8-1/2 yards, 13-oz wool.   Lewis kilt hose which has some percentage of wool and that sweater.  We also have about 5" of snow on the ground so a I added the Totes boots. They are a little big above the ankle so you can kick snow inside of the top of the boot if not careful.  They are insulated and warm however.

I was out several times today.  I am surprised no one made any comment about a wearing a kilt when it was 10 degrees. Yesterday someone did say I need "knee muffs".  I got a kick out of that.  I had on a hat and gloves so just my knees were exposed.  With no wind today I was not cold.  Just the feeling of the presents of the cold around my knees.  I wondered how long I could stay out in this temperature with no wind before I would feel the effects of the cold around my legs.  In the upper body I was plenty warm with my heavy coat, that sweater, gloves, and hat.  

So this is my kilt of the day for Jan 2nd and 3rd, 2014.

The temperature is expected to be below zero (F) Sunday night and into the first part of next week.  So I guess this kilt will be in the "kilt of the day" for a while as it is the warmest I have.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First Kilt of 2014

This is the first kilt of the new year:

Stillwater heavyweight in dark green.

Last year I wanted to take a picture of each kilt I wore everyday. Since I wear a kilt almost everyday I thought that would be a good thing to do.  It was a good idea but a pain in the wazoo to actually do everyday.  It is now the new year so if I am going to do that for 2014 I need to start now.  Lets see how far I get this  year.  Don't hold your breath.

2013 was a good kilt year.  I wore a kilt almost everyday if not for the full day at least for part of it.  This works out to not wearing one to the office but after work, weekends, and those days I work from home or on vacation.  I did wear the kilt to the office several times but I tend to reserve that for special occasions. It does not take much for me to declare a specal occation.  Oh, they installed a new water cooler, must be a special occasion  ;)

I attended another kilt class this time on contemporary kilts.  In 2012 I took one on making traditional kilts.  This year I hope to make more kilts. I am starting with some tartan I have had for a while. Did not know what it was for the longest time.  Found out last year it is the "International Police Association" tartan.  I will post more as I get into making it.

I just finished a very little kilt.  It was made for a friends Ball Joint Doll.  I hope it fits as I have never actually seen the doll in person.  Went by measurements given.  Fortunately it did not take long to make this if I need to do it again.