Reprising my role

This weekend is Doors Open weekend in Winnipeg and I am again volunteering at the old jail and I am again taking the role that represents the girls who were jailed there for prostitution and about prostitution during the early 20th century.


Welcome to my humble house if ill repute.  IMG_20170527_181626

Combination undies would really be better for this time period…and an Edwardian corset but lets go with the idea that my character is an older prostitute catering to an older clientele shall we?

Still alive. Still knittin’

I’ve been off the radar for a bit.  You know…drama.  But I have been diligently knitting in spite of it all.  When last we spoke, I was this far in my stockings.IMG_20170507_210459996

Not quite done the first section of the pattern.  Now I’ve completed 3 sections of pattern.


I keep thinking that I wish I had opted for the 5 colors that are actually in the pattern and that I might do this pattern again, in the suggested colors.  But, I keep forgetting, I have to do this one more time as is because I have two legs.  By the time I’ve done 2 of these, I may not be that keen on doing another pair.

Modern shawl

I have a wedding to go to this summer and I plan on wearing a sleeveless dress.   This could be okay, unless it is cold, or the mosquitos are out.  Or there are cameras out there, ready to take pictures of my bat wings.  So I decided to whip up a shawl. Sorry for the crap photo.  I just can’t figure out how to take good selfies.  I’d make a lousy 20 year old.IMG_20170509_103702572 Sure, it looks like a lot of work but the “wool” comes half crocheted.


Here is a close up of the “wool” once it is opened up and crocheted together in strips.  I like the little sequence in it.IMG_20170509_103718562

I can get a lot done if I do nothing all day

I spent the day knitting.  Perhaps it is a case of guilt…you know buying wool for a project I don’t really need when I have dozens of unfinished projects and who knows how many balls of wool in the stash.  I feel less guilty if I can manage to actually FINISH the project.  I didn’t finish…that would be freakishly amazing.  But I made a good dent in it.IMG_20170507_210459996

Just slipped in a little shopping

Last week, we took some of the seniors at work out for lunch.  We had some time before our reservation so we wandered through some of the shops located in the same building.  And there was an antique shop in the basement. Ahem.  Need I say more.

I found a cabinet card and a carte de visite to add to my collection.  The poor carte de visite has suffered a bit through the years. It has been folded in half and someone has taken scissors to it…probably so it would fit in an album or frame.IMG_20170502_083602793

The ladies have a bit of an 80’s bang frizz going on but some serious 90’s sleeves so I’m guessing this is an early 90’s photograph.

Gananoque is a small city in Ontario Canada. Ganonoque is a tourist town  in the summer because of the Thousand Islands area.  It is possible, these two ladies were tourists OR residents of the town.  Finley would have been the photographer.

There is an inscription on the back.


To sister Emma with best love from Bertie. (CM1- is the vendor name and price)

So one of these ladies is Bertie.  I like having a name for my photographed people!


HSF 2017 Challenge 4

I had much bigger plans for this project.  I was going to knit a Canadian Cloud which is a rectangle about 2-3 meters long.  But it is slow going.  Each row takes 45 minutes and each inch takes about 6 rows.  It was never going to happen for this challenge.  So I decided to go for the easy project we all love.  The reticule.IMG_20170430_212233064

The Challenge: Circles, squares and rectangles.  The four sides are rectangles and the bottom is a square.


Material: grey polyester satin, pink cotton

Pattern: self drafted

Year: Reticles were used for decades but I intend it for an 1890’s dress.

Notions: lace (I used needle tatted lace I made years ago) and ribbon

How historically accurate is it? The pattern is plausible.  Anyone needing a bag and wanting use up scraps could come up with the same thing.  The fiber content is TERRIBLE! (But it was in the stash.) Plain (no print) fabric was used.  The color was used.  I don’t know enough about weave to claim “accurate or not accurate.”  I machine sewed the main seams so it wouldn’t be accurate if used with an outfit earlier than the late 1850’s.  The ribbon is poly.  The needle tatted lace is probably the most accurate thing as it was a handwork done in the Victorian era and the thread is at least natural if not silk.  I intend to use it with an evening dress from the 1890’s and my Victorian alter ego tends to be upper middle class and slightly matronly.  I think this bag suits that persona.  I give it about 55%.

Hours to complete: 5

First worn: not yet

Total cost: 0$  I raided the scrap bag and lace and ribbon stash.  The cost of these things were factored into earlier projects.