HSF 14: 20 Alternative Universe-AKA I’ll never wear these

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But, I’m out of my slump so don’t stop me now!

What the item is: knitted spats. I can’t see myself using these but I think my niece might.

The Challenge: 20 Alternative Universe

Fabric: white acrylic wool (worsted weight)

Pattern: Taken from this site http://mrsgreene.info/2010/11/crochet-pattern-victoriansteampunk-ruffled-spats/%60

Year: n/a

Notions: 4 buttons F sized crochet hook

How historically accurate is it? not at all!

Hours to complete: about 8

First worn: not yet

Total cost: $6 for buttons. The wool was given to me.


HSF 14: #23 Modern History

So, Saturday was particularly productive.  I completed 2 projects and got half way through another.  The second completed project is for the Modern History Challenge….make something using a historical pattern but adapt it for modern wear.  This is my submission.photo (1)

What the item is: chainmail bracelet

The Challenge: modern history

Fabric: n/a

Pattern: European style chainmail

Year: this style was common from the middle ages

Notions: rings

How historically accurate is it? Pattern for weave is accurate and I believe the rings are accurate as well as far as metal content size and shape. They never would have made a bracelet out of it. 50%

Hours to complete: 2

First worn: for photo

Total cost: $8

Found my mojo and HSF 22: Men’s wear

This Christmas, I have had 4 days off of work and I’m not ashamed to tell you I spent MOST of it in my Pj’s.  This down time has given me time to truly relax and just be and lo, my mojo is back!  So yesterday,I looked at the HSF challenges that I have missed and thought “I can submit something for all of them if I craft and craft during these Christmas and New Years holidays.  Yes they will be weak but they will be something!  Incentive (do all the challenges) and motivation (sadly lacking since my Dad’s death)!  So here is the first one….

 This is very lame…a man for men’s wear!  It is also a redo of another attempt that I wasn’t very satisfied with.  (Shown here)
What the item is: Memorial jewelry in honor of my father. Victorians often wore such jewelry when in mourning…either a painting or hair samples or the initials of the deceased.
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The Challenge: Menswear.

Fabric: n/a

Pattern: n/a

Year: Victorian

Notions: jewelry findings

How historically accurate is it? Concept is correct but it is a modern photograph and modern findings that only faintly hint at Victorian style. 15% perhaps? I might wear it with my mourning costume though…who knows

Hours to complete: with shopping-1

First worn: not yet

Total cost: $15


In knitting mode

I’ve been having a terrible time getting myself motivated to sew again (I have plans to MAKE myself do some today).  I have no trouble getting myself to knit-probably because I can do it sitting on my couch watching Netflix…  I have been thinking that I might need to make myself another shawl (which I don’t really need) so that I can get myself moving in the Victorian creations again.  I have a pattern that I photographed from a book.  I think it is from a Girls Own Annual book that I had borrowed for a bit.  So the pattern would be late Victorian early Edwardian.SAM_1097

Trouble is…I’d have to break my “no new wool until I use up what I have” rule.  I guess if I double the pattern, this could be a baby blanket and then I can use up stash wool.  But, no progress in Victorian costuming…sigh.  I do have some red wool that really is wool but would they have made a red shawl?

Now into the fun times of Christmas

I could really do without all the bustle of Christmas…I really could.  But I do enjoy it when all the work starts to pay off.  The gatherings.  (Our clan heads out onto the lake for some hockey before dinner). photo 2The “Yessss” feeling when you get or give the perfect gift.  The food, mmmmmm.  photo 3Last night was one of those times.  I am content.

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