Chunky Cowl

I used my Thanksgiving Day weekend to whip up a cowl.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I actually like it so I will be keeping it for myself.  I just hope I actually use it!  I have dozens of scarfs and shawls and things along those lines but I don’t make full use of them.  Many folks wear them like jewelry but I just get to hot!  Here is the completed project.IMG_20171009_163701936

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Red and black stockings

I finally finished the second stocking this past weekend.  (The pattern was from 1886 and I followed it exactly for stitch and row count but not color). It was a struggle to get them done because I came to the conclusion after I finished the first one, that my wool was thicker than intended and therefore messed up the dimensions of the finished project.  They fit but they are not a real reflection on how they were actually worn.  The fatter wool was helpful in making the stockings wide enough for me and my stout figure.  This meant I did not need to add stitches.  But the thicker wool also made them way too long!  I believe they were intended to be above the knee but up to the crotch is perhaps TO far above the knee!

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Will I still use them?  Yes, they’d make great socks for a witches costume.  I will use them with my historical costumes on cold days because no one will be looking that far up my skirts (I hope).  I will have to find a way to keep them up.  The stocking garters I knit just wont do the trick.  I may have to add some elastic to the tops.  They are long enough that I could just sew them to undies and make leggings out of them.

I will call these mock ups and start a new pair.  I will simply reduce the number of times I repeat the pattern to get the right length.  I am going to make the next pair more colorful.  I’m debating on weather reducing the number of stitches will make them stay up.

Blending hobbies

I painted a couple more rocks.  I may have a hard time parting with them.  The first one is a portrait of my dog.  I am pretty sure I am keeping this one.

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Looks like her I think.

The next one I am pretty sure I will hide on my next costume outing.  That wont be until October so I can enjoy it till then.IMG_20170903_164635809Edwardian lady with a big hat.

Between the dog and her diabetes and my new hobby, I’ve been really bad about getting projects done.  I need to get down to business though.  For the next outing, I want new stuff and that means a corset cover, a skirt and a hat.  Chop, chop girl!  Get on that!

Combining hobbies

Saturday was a good day.  I went out for lunch with my mom.  I got some new paints and some old rocks for my new hobby.  I took puppy out for a walk and today was the first time she was able to complete our usual route without looking tired (we’ve been working on her new life style as a diabetic).  While walking I found my first painted rock!  Isn’t it a beauty!IMG_20170826_172416

Then I made a rock that I plan on placing during my costume outing today (stay tuned for photos-baring a cancellation due to rain). We are going to the old fort so I did one of the fort. That’s “me” in the blue!IMG_20170826_173207

Back in action

I’ve been MIA for a bit.  As you may recall, I have been juggling drama at work, a newly diagnosed diabetic dog, a son’s wedding and a house guest here from Germany for the wedding.  Work is still drama and likely will be for the rest of the year (sigh), the dog is still diabetic but we are starting to get used to it, the wedding is over and the happy couple is on their honeymoon and the house guest is back home in Germany.  It is time for me to try and get settled into my routines for my new normal.  That means I should try and put out a post or two a week here.

For the wedding I made my own dress.  Nothing difficult.  A tube with sleeves really.  I took a sleeveless dress I have that I find comfortable and relatively flattering and used it as a pattern (only I added sleeves).

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Original dress

 

I don’t have any good pictures yet because I vowed that for the wedding, I wouldn’t take any pictures.  I would just be there “in the moment.”  Once I have a good photo I will share.  For now, you will have to settle for a blurry selfie with my eyes closed.

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Sure, I would have felt prettier in a super fitted dress with all kinds of support systems in place (like a corset) but the day turned out to be brutally hot for an out door wedding and I was frankly happy I was wearing a loosey goosey gown.  Father of the bride was smart and brought three shirts and a pair of shorts to change into as he sweated his way through everything!  My hubby had to drive and hour and a half round trip, home to change!

There is a long weekend coming up and I have no real plans so hopefully my next post will be another completed project or at the very least, more Victorian in nature!

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.”

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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.

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.

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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