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I finished knitting the second side of my current pinball.

Flowering Branch Pinball

I'll have to wait until my wool batting is out of storage before I make it up, but the vast majority of the work is finished.

I have the thread to make one more, but I'm not feeling any urge to so I started on a new cross-stitch piece. I can take breaks from it working on my cap, but since I don't usually feel like cross-stitching, I ought to take advantage of the urge while it lasts.

Take Two

Aug. 4th, 2017 10:24 am
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Since the beading cord did not work for the 17th century garters I want, I bought something else. This is a lace-weight 100% silk yarn.

Silk Yarns

It looks a good deal thicker than the beading cord, but it's got more fluffiness to it. I haven't gauged it yet to see if it knits up to the gauge of the original garters, and I'm not allowed to until I finish the knitting for the pinball that I'm working on now. Twenty-eight rows to go. At that, I probably won't start them right away since I've got an early 19th century long (miser's) purse in progress right now. It's using the beading cord that was unsatisfactory for garters but perfectly satisfactory for purses!


Apr. 24th, 2017 09:22 am
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The latest pinball project has been finished. I gave it to the friend I made it for on Saturday so now I can post the pictures of the finished project.

Here are the flat, blocked knitted pieces.
Ship Pinball Piece18th Century Pinball Flat

Take all the supplies
Pinball Supplies

and sew them up into a pinball!
Ship PinballPinball back

Pinballs are so much fun to make.


Apr. 12th, 2017 12:19 pm
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I finished my ship pinball, but I'm not ready to post pictures yet so it will have to wait. I'm happier with the quality of the knitting on the second side, but once it was all made up, the tension problems I had on the first side disappeared. Now I still have materials for two more pinballs and the pattern worked out for one of them (the one I aborted a few weeks ago,) but I'm not quite ready to start the next one.

Now that the 1830's sewing is finished, I've finally gotten back to my 1897 Harper's Bazar dress. Picking it back up after about four months has mostly gone smoothly, but there have been a few hiccups. The worst is that I forgot why I hadn't bound the lower edge of the bodice - I was supposed to wait until I had boned it. Now I've got to undo that so I can bone it. Still, it's been pretty smooth.

On the topic of 1830's sewing, I know I still haven't posted bonnet pictures, but I want to do my hair properly for them so I'm going to wait a bit.
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I finished the first side of my new pinball.

Ship Pinball Piece

It only took a week, but that's only because I ended up doing 38 rows on Friday. That was a lot of knitting for something so fine, and after knitting a dozen rows of the second side last night, my wrists need a night off.

Working on pinballs again has made me think about personalization of them. I've only given one as a gift that has initials on it, and I just put the recipient's initials on it. I've seen some with one set of initials with or without a date, but I've also seen some with two sets of initials as in "XXX to XXX". Now I'm curious to know whether people receiving a something like this as a gift would rather have it personalized with just their own initials or would rather have the giver's initials as well. What do you think?

If it helps, there are examples of both on my pinball Pinterest board.
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I finished M's shift and my chemisette so I am officially finished sewing for San Jacinto next month.

Girl's shift
(I couldn't seem to get a picture that wasn't skewed without getting a big shadow over it.)

1830's Chemisette

While I am officially finished sewing for San Jacinto, I'm debating a little more trim on the bonnet so I may not actually be completely finished. In the meantime, I'm indulging myself in pinball knitting. The boy attended two birthday parties over the weekend, and since he's still at the age where the parents stay for the party, it was really good for my pinball. I'm more than a third of the way through the first side, which is very pleasant for me after having to unravel just about that much last week. I did decide to change directions, and instead of doing the pink flowering branch pinball first, I'm doing the ship with the filled sails instead. I want it finished by June, but as addictive as they are, there's a good chance it will be finished before then. The boy was invited to another birthday party for this Saturday...

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I was working on my pinball again last night and realized there didn't seem to be that many stitches between the design and the edge. I forgot to count the twenty border stitches before I started the pattern Wednesday. How did I get through twelve rows without noticing? I realized that it would take longer to un-knit twelve rows than it would to unravel and cast on and reknit eighteen rows. *sigh* Now I get to start over.


Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:54 am
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1. I finished knitting the second front of my Aran cardigan. Now I'm working on the first sleeve, but motivation is slipping away now that we've had highs in the 80's for the last several days. Of course, I should keep working on it because I'll want it when it gets cooler.

Aran Cardigan - Left Front

2. I finished the welt at the top of my second 18th century stocking. Now I just have about 590 rows left.

3. I didn't feel like sewing last night and didn't want to work on the sweater so I actually worked on my pinball. I'm a quarter of the way through the first piece now, and I'm thinking that I would like to have it finished by June so I might only work on the sweater when on the road and on the pinball when I feel like knitting at home. Pinballs are so much more fun once you get into the picture part.
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I just wanted to post a status update on my current project list.

18th century cap:
Nope. No progress whatsoever. No progress expected any time soon.

18th century stockings:
Moderate progress. I've done forty-odd rows of the foot. I'm really only working on it while reading right now so it's not expected to go very quickly.

1897 Harper's Bazar dress:
Still on hold. This is waiting until the 1830's dress and bonnet are done.

18th century pinball:
Basically on hold until it's warm enough that I don't want to work on a heavy wool sweater. The cardigan has knitting priority right now.

Aran cardigan:
The back is finished, and I'm about a third of the way through the first front. I just joined in the back of the pocket, which was interesting.

Brown poplin mid-1830's dress:
I cut out a bodice mock-up but haven't gotten around to fitting it yet, but the skirt panels are torn, seamed, faced, and hemmed. As soon as I hem the placket, it will be ready for the waist treatment.

1858 sortie cap:
I started another little knitting project, a sortie cap. It was nice blind knitting, and I did the knitting while reading this week. Wednesday night I raveled out all the stitches, and last night I blocked it. Now I need to do all the making up - it's got more finishing than a lot of knitted items.

Regency shoes:
Last week I dyed some Regency shoes I bought over the summer, and now I want to do a little decorating with ribbons. I want them for a Houston Area Regency Society tea next weekend so they should be done some time this week.

There are rather more projects on hold than I really like to see, but I guess it's not so bad. I'm not quite sure what I'll work on tonight...
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This ended up seeming to be a year of little pieces more than full garments, though I did make costumes from the skin out for the 1690's and 1910's. I did a lot of knitting this year. One of my goals for the year was to do better with my hair for events, and I think I succeeded. There were some hairdos that I was very proud of. I got to go to a lot of events in different periods and had some opportunities to wear things that I had never really gotten to wear. One of the best parts was getting to meet a couple of LJ friends in real life in July.

I finally made the Le Baiser dress I had been planning for years.
Le Baiser

The rest is behind the cut: )
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I separated embroidery thread for a new pinball on Wednesday and cast it on last night. I haven't finalized the design yet, but I've got 20 rows before I need to commit. Actually, I knit two rows so make that 18 before I have to commit.

I'm being good and making something I already bought supplies for before I make the 17th century garters I want. Besides, making pinballs is a lot of fun.
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So I might have patterned some of the motifs for these garters from the MFA yesterday.

I think they're done in reverse stockinette in the round in red with the white motifs in regular stockinette on both sides. Alternatively, I guess they could be knit flat then sewn into a tube, but double-thickness is the only way I can come up with them looking the same on both sides and double-knitting doesn't look like this. I would love it if some of my fellow knitters would take a look at them and tell me what they think.

The item information says they're 66" x 1.5" so they're longer than I am tall, which seems a little extreme. They look like they're about 25 stitches wide so that would give a gauge of about 16 st./in. Sewing thread gives a gauge of about 25 st./in. so it needs to be something heavier than that, maybe beading cord. I don't really have a good measure of gauge on the size E cord I've used because the miser's purse is so heavily beaded and the pineapple is so lumpy, but the miser's purse is 2.625" laid flat, which comes to 18.3 st./in. Maybe size F?

Of course, I need another fine knitting project right now like I need a hole in my head. Would someone please remind me that I still have thread for two more pinballs and that FIFO is a good thing? I just need to find pinballs that I want to make!
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The ship pinball came out very prettily, and I really like the coral ribbon with the green. It's my fourth pinball, but there will be a break before I do any more pinball knitting. I think I want to make a silk miser's purse next, though I really should get further on the petticoat lace before I go ordering anything else. That's the best way to reduce temptation.

18th Century Ship Pinball

18th Century Pinball Back

For those who like Ravelry pages, the page for this pinball is here.

This is my fourth pinball, but there will be a break before I do any more pinball knitting. I think I want to make a silk miser's purse next, though I really should get further on the petticoat lace before I go ordering anything else. That's the best way to reduce temptation. And I've got scads of yarn (9 balls!) left over from my petticoat due to a serious mistake when gauging it. I really need to find something to do with it. Anyone have any suggestions for what to do with 450g of blue sport-weight 100% wool? I've got 100g of cream sport-weight yarn left over from my 1907 sweater that I could use with it.


Dec. 18th, 2015 10:55 am
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I finished the pinball, but pictures will be slightly delayed.

Now I'm making up a couple skirts for my daughter for Christmas. I started cutting yesterday morning, and they're about half-finished. I think I'll be close to finished by the end of the night.

I probably should have worked on them last night, but I didn't. I'm in the mood for a new sewing project, and while I want a little over bodice for a Regency party in January, I just finished a spencer and can't get worked up about it. So I started seriously thinking about the Le Baiser dress I want to make. Once I finish these little skirts, I think I'm going to start working on the underskirt for that.
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With any luck, I'll finish the knitting on my current pinball tonight. Then I could block it overnight and make it up tomorrow night. Here's hoping!
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1. The front of my 1930's sweater is finished! I'm not going to post a picture because it looks just like the back except that the neck is lower.

2. If you like pork, apples, and pie, you should try this recipe for Cheshire Pork Pie. It's really good. (It doesn't reheat all that well, but that's because of the crust - no pie reheats very well.) It's also pretty easy. When I do it again, I'll cut the pork into bite-size pieces instead of slices because eating a pie with a knife and fork is a bit weird. I'll also skip the olive oil, which is an alteration to the Williamsburg recipe. I really didn't need two tablespoons of butter/oil to brown the pork. I couldn't find any McIntosh apples at the store so I did three Granny Smiths but could have stood to do four. I don't have a sensitive enough sense of taste to tell the difference. I don't tend to rave about food, but this was really, really good.

3. My current pinball project has been slowly idling along, but I'm halfway finished with the second side. If I do it at night, I'll have it finished before Christmas, which I've kind of set as a goal. After all, I've been working on it a little at a time since August.

4. I finally bought false hair to work with for historical events. One of my goals for the year was to get better with hair. I've done a bit throughout the year, and [ profile] jenthompson helped me figure out what color I needed so now I've got something to work with.

5. My white Regency dress doesn't fit over my 1790's stays. The stays are too high in the back for it. I had hoped...oh, well, I guess I can't retire the silly ones just yet.

6. I took pictures of my new spencer today, but I'll post about it separately in a bit (or tomorrow or whenever I get a chance).

7. Kaycee has posted lots of events for the Houston Area Regency Society. If anyone wants to come play with us, check out the Facebook page. I would particularly like to draw your attention to the archery event on 4/23 since it seems to have been really popular last March with the DFWCG.
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I finished the front half of my new pinball.

Ship Pinball - Front

The colors didn't come out very well - the green is the same color as my 1868 dress, and the yellow/cream is about the same color as my robe a la piemontaise. Yes, I am using leftover thread from past sewing projects for this one!

I did the last tiny bit of sewing that I wanted to do for my 1610's stuff last night so I'm ready for the weekend. I'm not sharing any pictures yet because I have good prospects for good pictures rather than boring self-timer-in-the-corner-of-the-bedroom pictures that I usually get.
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I finished setting the sleeves and started putting the ribbon ties on my 1610's jacket last night. I've got five ties sewn on and five pinned so my hopes are high of finishing tonight! I'd be done now, if I hadn't goofed when cutting out the jacket and forgotten to leave a little overlap so i could pin it shut. Still, the ribbons are pretty and will add a little interest to an otherwise plain jacket. I'll try to remember to leave a little more fabric next time. this is what I get for trying to modify my usual method of cutting out 18th century bodices.

Due to a lot of reading the last few days, I've caught up to where I was on my 1936 sweater. I still have lot more reading to do so it's actually likely to see more progress in the next few days. The ship pinball is inching along; I've been working at it at odd moments, but it's not moving very fast.

Ship Ahoy

Sep. 3rd, 2015 12:49 pm
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My ship has stubby masts and a couple of furled sails. Pinballs are so much fun when you really get into the pattern section. (That and I've had a lot of free time today, thanks to working really hard the first three days this week and leaving a book I need at home.)

In other good news, I found After a Fashion and The Empire's New Clothes for very good prices at the used bookstore yesterday. I seem to remember someone saying the latter was really good, though I don't remember who.


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