Ewe dressed as a lamb

I bought the fabric for my up coming dress.  It is for the HSF challenge “fashion plate” in which we are to use a fashion plate as inspiration.  This is the plate I chose.

ajaxhelper1The plan is to finally create something that I could wear with this shawl.SAM_1962

I needed about 10 meters of a blue or grey toned solid and about 2 meters of a pink toned patterned material.  And I needed it to be cheap.  I couldn’t find anything that matched those parameters but I did find an inexpensive pink solid and moderately price blue toned pattern. (Both are synthetic but to the untrained eye, are reasonable fakes.)

The pink is a ghastly shiny satin that screams “fake” but the wrong side is much more understated  and looks a bit like a silk dupioni (if you aren’t a fabric/textile expert.)


The blue was likely intended for curtains but I think it goes well with the pink.


I’m okay with the completed project being the opposite color scheme of the fashion plate.  It was intended to be inspiration only.  I do feel I have compromised on what I wanted with a dress that will be primarily pink.  To my thinking, pink is a young girls color.  I fear looking a bit like a ewe trying to be a lamb.  But, what the heck.  Never say never!  The fact that there is a saying like “ewe dressed as a lamb” means that some older women did (and do) dress in fashions meant for younger women.  I wont say older Victorian women NEVER wore pink.  And in fact, I can’t say I know for sure that the fashion police ever told older Victorian women not to wear pink.  I do know that pink for girls and baby blue for boys is the opposite of what was considered normal in Victorian times so my idea that “pink is for young people” may actually be a modern concept. If anyone out there knows for sure, please share!

PS I need a name for this dress so I can create a blog category for it. So far I am going with 1896 I Love Ewe

Why stash busting isn’t working

I have started the second stocking.


It likely will take several weeks to finish.

I have other projects…sewing and knitting… on the docket and in the UFO piles and yet, I buy more wool.  But it was on sale.  And I have been thinking that after the current stocking is made, I want to make another pair.  This pair would be knee high instead of crotch high and I wanted it to be in 5 colors like the pattern suggests.

The pattern suggests pink, blue, gold, black and red.  That color combo is wild indeed.  Especially in the shades available to me.  So I swapped out the red and black (which is dumb because I would have left overs from my current pair but I’m like that. Why use up the wool I have when I can put it in the stash and buy more?)  I also swapped out the gold because there wasn’t any.


The pink and blue go with the fabric I bought for my next dress.  The dress colors were chosen because they would go with my pineapple shawl which I made and never had a dress to wear with it. The cream wool will match the shawl.   SAM_1962

The mauve wool goes well with the first three colors and there is a slight purple hue to the pink fabric for the dress. The fifth color was chosen because I needed a dark color for the toe, it went fairly well with the others and it needed to be a bit crazy because the pattern suggestions were crazy.  (Just too crazy for me).

I need to retire.  The reduced income would hinder buying more crap and the increased time would mean I would use up the crap I have and finish the UFO’s!  Lord, save me from myself.

Shirley’s Dearly Departed

I want to share a cabinet card with you.  It isn’t mine.  My pal, Shirley, carries this one around as a prop when in costume.  You all know it is the props and accessories that make a dress look like an outfit.  Part of Shirley’s “story” is that this is a “dearly departed”.Arlene's 1I found a reference for Bigelow in Dowagiac that says his full name was Bigelow, Hervey S. and he worked in that town from 1883-1902.  Since the card has scalloped edges, it would be from the 1890’s to 1902 (when he stopped working in that town).

There is some writing on the back.

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I think the name is Mrs. J. E. De Grow.  The rest could be an address?  Directions?

HSF 2017: Challenge 5 literature

Gosh this is late.  And not really finished how I wanted! The plan was to knit a pair of stockings and use the quote from Jane Eyre.

” but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”


As you can see, I only got one stocking done.  A little late I can handle, but over a month late is too much.  So I quickly switched to garters.  The pattern is from Godey’s Lady’s book from the civil war era.  The pattern is on line.  Those I finished.  I wore the one stocking with a garter to see how well they held up.  They didn’t.  They might work on knee highs but not on crotch highs.  Gravity is too strong a force.  I may resort to some sort of belt system or elastic for the socks and try the garter on shorter socks.

Here are the stats:

What the item is: Garters

The Challenge, and how this item fulfills it: Literature-see above quote.

Fabric/Materials: yarn-synthetic blend with a silky feel to it.

Pattern: Godey’s Lady’s Book

Year: 1860’s

Notions: double point needles

How historically accurate is it? The only thing that is off is the fibers.  I’d give it a 90%

Hours to complete: about 6

First worn: around the house last week

Total cost: I used scraps left over from the one sock I made.  Mere pennies.

Robbed again

We went for a train ride on Sunday.

The Prairie Dog Central Line really needs to get some Mounties guarding the train.  I think this is the 5th year in a row we’ve been robbed!  There was a sheriff but I think he was in on it.  3

We were riding to the next town, enjoying the view and each others company.


Suddenly the train was stopped and we saw masked riders.

They boarded the train and robbed us.  They claimed they were donating it to cancer research but I think it went to the desperado’s whiskey fund.

Poor Lottie got the worst of it.  She was so destitute it was like seeing Anne of Green Gables waiting and forlorn.37


One down, one to go

I finally finished the first stocking.  The second shouldn’t take as long because, hopefully, I wont be unknitting as many rows.


You can’t tell from the picture but they go quite high, ahem, very “ain’t gonna be any pictures of that high” high.

They don’t stay up on their own so I will have to whip up a set of garters as well but from what I have read on line, the knit ones work pretty well.

Stocking progress

Mercy, these babies are long!  From the drawing that came with the pattern,I thought they would be knee high.


Not so.  Let us just say, I will have to put them on before the bloomers! Possibly instead of bloomers!  At least I won’t need to worry about chub rub.IMG_20170601_071740498

Ignore the PJ’s in above photo.  I knit in comfort!

I have finally reached the heel so this is how long they get.  Any longer and they will be leggings.  Is it any wonder they are not finished yet!  I think the corset cover will have to be whipped up to meet May’s HSF challenge.

On a sweeter note, how about some bunnies.IMG_20170530_202134658

These guys were waiting for me when I walked out of work last night.  Hubby hates them but I love bunnies.


I will hug them and call them George…