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This is a fabulous list of period knitting books.

I will look forward to poking around in it.
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I'm still working on my cross-stitching piece.

This was last week:
Windswept Santa - week 4

Here is this week's progress:
Windswept Santa-week 5

I finished off the last bit at the top, shifted the frame, and did the part of the robes that are on this side of the pattern.

On Saturday I spent a couple of hours working on my miser's purse, and the children and I picked out Hallowe'en costume fabrics on Friday. I've started cutting their costumes out, but since I won't have a sewing machine available for three weeks, I'm not in a huge rush.

Knit Plain

Jun. 25th, 2017 07:53 am
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You would think that by now I'd have it down that "knit plain" means stockinette. Why did I start garter-stitching the collar of the slipover bodice yesterday? Grumble, rip out, start again. At least I didn't have to pick the stitches up again and could rip back to the first row knit. I had enough time to get past where I was when I realized I had messed up.
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I've finished the main body of the 1919 slipover bodice and am blocking it. I've got a white/natural wool for the collar, but in searching through my Ravelry project list (yes, Ravelry is how I keep track of what I used for everything) I find that I've only used two different sport weight wools so I'll have to get something else for the edgings.

Here's what it looks like right now.
1919 Slipover Bodice - blocking

I found another error in the pattern - when joining the two fronts together, you have to cast on 13 stitches to make the pattern come out right. The pattern calls for casting on 8, but when you look at the picture, it clearly adds 13 stitches.

Incidentally, when I actually knit the front, I found that it mirrors the back armscye so the side seam does fall under the arms. The ribbing made it look really shallow in back, but in blocking it, it really doesn't look so shallow after all.
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 I've done a bit of knitting the last few days.  My stockings are finished with time to spare. Interestingly, I had about two yards of yarn left at the end of the second stocking after running out on the first stocking. I don't know if the extra stitches I picked up after the heel on the first stocking pushed me over the edge on needing more yarn or the yardage was just slightly lower in the first two balls than the second two. In the end, I do have just one odd-colored toe. 

I started working on the 17th century garters I've talked about before. I gauged them and knit about an inch before I decided they weren't working. I posted about the attempt on LJ ( because I didn't want to add the picture to Flickr.  Something more the texture of the silk embroidery floss I've used for pinballs would probably work better, but the floss itself wouldn't be suitable.

I also started working on the 1919 Slipover Bodice that Wearing History sells. I'm guessing that it comes from the 1919 edition of The Columbia Book of Yarns, but I can't find that one online so it's just a guess.  Since I don't know where it comes from, I don't want to add it to the Ravelry database.  (She put it in as a personal pattern when she did her project page.)  I am hoping this will use up the rest of the leftover yarn from the 1892 petticoat as well as a couple of sport-weight leftovers from other projects. I don't mind having a fabric stash, but I don't really want a yarn stash so I'm always extra happy to use up the leftovers.

Incidentally, there is an error in the slipover bodice pattern - it says to cast on 76 stitches for the back, but the pattern doesn't work out that way.  It needs to be 77 stitches. Then you have 61 left after narrowing for the armscyes and cast off 23 for the neck. I'm only just to the neck so I don't know if there will be any more issues. As often happens for me, I had to go down a needle size.  I find it interesting that the armscye is quite shallow on the back (and therefore presumably much deeper on the front) like the 1907 sweater and 1912 vest I've made so the shift to sweater seams directly under the arm like modern sweaters must post-date about 1919 but has occurred by about 1937 because my c. 1937 sweater does have the seams under the arms.  I may be the only one who finds that interesting, though.
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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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I made a little knit Zouave jacket/vest sort of thing that came from Butterick's The Art of Knitting published in 1892. The illustration was really cute, and it was a super-simple project - just a garter-stitch rectangle seamed to make armholes and ribbons sewn on for ties. It came out kind of so-so. It's reasonably cute, but it doesn't fit all that well. I had to turn down the neck into a sort of shawl collar, and I have the pin the vest closed behind the ribbons because there's too much strain, even though I made it to the dimensions specified in the pattern. Perhaps the crocheted shell border that I omitted would have alleviated the issue with closing, but it would have added to the excess length at the neck. Oh, well, not all projects are successes, and it does work. I haven't worn it around enough to know whether it would ride up in back with movement.

I finished it in October and finally put on a corset and dress to take pictures in January.

1892 Zouave - Front

1892 Zouave - Back

The Ravelry page is here.
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I made a pair of muffatees over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Purple Muffatees

I was using the "Corkscrew Muffatees" pattern from the 1846 book Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. When I made them, I misread the pattern and didn't realize it until I had finished one of them. Since they were cute as is, I just knit the second one to match the first one. I felt that the pattern was still totally reasonable for the 1840's-1860's. Plus I couldn't find any really good pictures of the stitch pattern from any that anyone has made so I didn't realize it wasn't looking right. (Really - there are no good pictures on Ravelry! Plus most of them seem to be made up in much heavier yarns than the fingering weight I used; they must have reduced the number of stitches or have massive wrists.)

Now I'm making a second pair, and I'm actually following the pattern (well, almost - I knit the second half and then the first half because I had already done the K3 P3 rows before I realized that the P3 K3 rows are supposed to be first). I've finished the first one.

1846 Corkscrew Muffatee

For good measure, here's a close shot of the stitch pattern detail.

1846 Corkscrew Muffatee - Stitch Detail

I haven't quite decided whether I like the pattern better as given or as I originally made it.
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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 made a light green wool 1860's dress in 2012, intending to wear it to Civil War reenactments with a friend who was dating a cavalry reenactor. I wore it to Dickens of a Christmas and Dress U and an Antebellum Tea, but it took until this November for me to wear it to a Civil War reenactment. I love the fabric and still have loads of it leftover. There are vague plans out there for an 1850's basque to go with the skirt and a 1950's dress like the black and white one that Susan Waverly wears in White Christmas. The leftover green wool from my 1610's petticoat will do nicely for the solid black parts in that dress.

The only new thing I made specifically for this was the little neck bow, but it gave me an opportunity to wear my new rigolette, which completely covered the neck bow. It was a cool day, and I actually went back to the car to get my sontag after lunch. The only thing I dislike about this whole set of costume pieces is that the heavy shawl tends to push the hoop forward a bit oddly. The shape is better when I'm not wearing the shawl.

I got to hang out with Martha and Greg Graham, who are loads of fun and do a lot of different costume periods. Martha makes all their stuff and does an excellent job. It's fun that they do a lot of naval costumes since they both spent time in the navy. I also got to hang out with [ profile] nuranar and her family. They were very nice and let me sit and chat with them for quite awhile.

I didn't take many pictures myself, but the Grahams did and gave me copies with permission to post them. I don't have any pictures of or with Ginger's family.

And here are the pictures:
First, the rigolette on an actual person's head
1860 Rigolette Front1860 Rigolette Side

The Grahams with me

A couple of rather pretty shots of Martha and me


Neck bow!
(and really uneven hair - humph!)

Greg and me

Fortunately, it didn't rain much the night before so the grounds were dry, and I was able to wear my button boots. I wouldn't have worn them if it had been muddy - red mud and ivory boots sounds like asking for trouble.

Things I discovered about Civil War reenactments: (1) I didn't like the battle, which was no surprise. I generally don't like loud noises. (2) It's fun to sit around with friends and talk to people as they come by. (3) Size 5-0 needles impress other knitters. I spent the time after I abandoned the battle sitting with the spinners and working on my pineapple. They were impressed.
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I can cross a couple off projects off the list. The pineapple is done, and I finished the pair of muffatees I was knitting. The 1912 vest just needs buttons and buttonholes and side seams, and it will be finished. That will leave the stockings as the only current knitting project. Quite satisfactory.

In other news, I had tremendous good luck at the used bookstore the other day. I got a Ngaio Marsh book and four Margery Allingham books, including the first one I haven't read in the series.


Dec. 3rd, 2016 02:32 pm
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I finished a muffatee and am halfway through the second one. (Okay, technically, it needs to be blocked before I call it finished, but I'm waiting until I finish the second one, and I'll block them at the same time.) I think it's rather pretty.

Purple Muffatees
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I officially gave up on actually bothering to put my hair up and take pictures of the rigolette on my own head so you get pictures of it on the dummy head. I shortened up the loops of pom-poms, and I think it was a good idea. It looked nice before, but it really does look better now.

1860 Knitted Rigolette

1860 Knitted Rigolette
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Life has been busy lately so there hasn't been much sewing lately. Since half of my son's class at school seems to have had their birthdays in the last month and I sometimes run out of reading material on the bus in the afternoons, there has been reasonable knitting progress. The gold part of the pineapple is now 75% complete. In one of my few free evenings lately, I joined on the new spool of cord, which always feels like an accomplishment, particularly when beads need to be transferred from the old spool to the new one.

Pineapple Progress-10/20/16

I'm not sure I'll do the full eight repeats of the pattern. I'm going to evaluate after every half repeat whether I think it's time to switch to the green.

I also decided to redo the pom-poms on the rigolette, and I'm glad I did. It looks tidier now, which would probably be appreciated in the period. No pictures yet, I'm afraid, but I intend to get some soon, and I want to get them on myself rather than a Styrofoam head. Maybe I'll get some free time tonight.

Now that I haven't worked on my 1897 dress in more than a week, I think the odds of finishing it for Dickens on the Strand are dwindling. I began to suspect last week that it wouldn't be finished in time; now I highly doubt that it will be finished in time. I just don't see having time to sew something on the order of forty yards of trim on it, and I found when I last tried it on that the skirt needs to be lined so I have to disassemble the skirt, at least partially. Oh, well, it's not like I don't have other things to wear and won't find something to wear this to eventually.


Oct. 12th, 2016 12:48 pm
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I finally remembered to take pictures of my early Victorian shoes.

Early Victorian Shoes

Early Victorian Shoes

They're American Duchess Brontes (clearance!) that I dyed green. The dying turned out to be much easier than I had anticipated. It just took me weeks to get around to taking pictures. As others have mentioned, it is hard to take good pictures of your own feet, but I think I managed to get something acceptable. It's nice that the ribbons around the ankles slightly mask the bagginess of the stockings, which are an 1849 pattern.

If I don't make anything else for the San Jacinto battle in April, at least I'll have underwear and be shod!
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Just posting a progress report on the projects I have in hand.

1912 knitted vest: Still on hold pending the purchase of new yarn. It has to go on sale, or I have to have a need for other yarn before I order it. This likely will not happen for a few months considering the pineapple and stockings will keep me occupied for quite awhile.

19th century knitted pineapple bag: I'm halfway through the fifth repeat of eight in the gold part of the bag, but I have been making progress.

Sheer cap: Haven't touched it unless putting other things on top of it counts.

1892 knitted Zouave jacket: I've finished about 3/4 of the knitting. I only work on it while I'm reading at home, and I've been trying to get my reading done on the bus so it's a little slow.

18th century stockings: Almost a tenth of the way through the first stocking! I'm halfway through the decreases for the knee.

1690's/1700's mantua: I still need to put it on and take pictures and set the length on the belt so I can hem the other end of the ribbon. I don't see it happening in the next few days, but perhaps I'll feel like it this weekend.

1897 Harper's Bazar dress: This is coming along well. I've cut it all out except for the trim and hem facing/ruffle. The skirt is all sewn together and is hanging awaiting a hem and trim. The hem isn't as simple as it sounds since this is 1897, but at least the skirt looks like a skirt and is long enough for me to wear my boots with (as opposed to the rose wool skirt I made earlier this year). The next time I get a chance to sew I'll be running up some bodice and sleeve seams.

Things have gotten busy lately so I don't know whether I'll have all that much time to sew in the next few weeks, but that's why I made the children's Hallowe'en costumes in August so it's not like it's a surprise. My sewing machine has started acting up too. When I run it in reverse, it doesn't want to come out of reverse immediately - the feed dogs keep working backward for a bit before they come right again. I don't know whether it's a connection problem in the switch or the cams are getting stuck or what so I guess I'll have to take it to the shop, but I don't want to do it until I've gotten the bulk of the 1897 dress together. Maybe it's punishing me for doing so much hand-sewing this summer!


Sep. 24th, 2016 03:43 pm
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I sewed all the pom-poms on the rigolette last night.

1860 Rigolette

1860 Rigolette

I looked at the pattern illustration before I started sewing them around the face but not again until I had finished. When I did the loops of pom-poms around the back, I spaced them like I spaced them on the tassels, but the drawing shows them much closer together.

1860 Knitted Rigolette

The only other one I've found that someone has made up was posted by Coleen on the Sewing Academy forum, and she put her pom-poms close together like the illustration. The body of hers looks a little different from mine because she used the version of the pattern that is printed in a book.

Now I'm wondering if my widely spaced pom-poms are okay or if I should redo them to be much closer together. I would love some opinions, especially if any of you who are better versed in the 1860's than I am can tell me what would have been considered tasteful at the time the pattern was written. I kind of like my dangling loops, but if they're not right, I'm willing to redo them. Opinions?


Sep. 23rd, 2016 04:57 pm
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A pile of fluffy white pom-poms. Now to sew them to the Rigolette.


Sep. 22nd, 2016 06:57 am
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I've been avoiding the pom-poms on the 1860 knitted rigolette for how long now? Anyway while my computer was computing yesterday and I was keeping an eye on it, I finally sewed the two dozen I had finished to the rigolette.

1860 Rigolette Tassels

That actually inspired me to make the rest of the pom-poms yesterday. I made about 130 more so I should have a few extras in case there's a problem with any of them. Here they are before cutting them apart - almost two yards of yarn bundled every half-inch.

Uncut Pom-09ms

It took almost two hours to tie all those little threads.

Now I need to steam them and attach them to the rigolette. I don't know whether I'll work on that or the mantua petticoat tonight, but I do know the rigolette will be finished before I start the 1897 dress I'm making next.
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The body of my turn-of-the-eighteenth century mantua is nearly finished. I need to hem it and tack down the pleats at the waist, but after that I'll be ready to start on the sleeves. I don't expect them to take too long. I'm definitely pleased with the progress, though fitting something so loose was interesting.

In knitting news, I ordered some of the Simply Silk beading cord that Amazon sells to see how it compares to the Purely Silk beading cord that Fire Mountain Gems sells. I needed it to sew the pom-pons on my rigolette, and then I'll use it for my 17th century garters, whenever I get around to them. Maybe having it in hand will spur me to finish the rigolette. I made two dozen pom-pons. Now I need to get worked up enough to make another two dozen...and then another hundred! Maybe after the mantua is finished.


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