First accomplishment of the year

My big plan this year is to clear off projects I have started but not finished.  This includes knitting and crochet projects that are partially done and sewing projects where I have bought the supplies but not started.

My first “done” project is a blanket intended for babies.  It is pretty wild so I think it would work best as a play blanket…one to put the baby on the floor with.  This project is well over a year in the making!  (But, trust me, I have ones that have been on the back burner MUCH longer!)

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(The color is a bit washed out in the photo.) I quite like it so I think I will start a “Grandma’s Hope Chest” and have it for any grandbabies that may come my way.

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Completed projects: year in review

I like these posts.  I’m always surprised at how much I’ve actually done in a year!  So lets see if this year holds true-in spite of the extra stresses and giving up on Historical Sew Monthly.

Lets start with the non wearable items: rock painting.

Next up: modern sewing projects.

Modern knitting and crochet.  There were quite a few of these, including one where I spun the wool myself.

There were a few historical knitting projects.

There were not as many historical sewing projects as in years past but more than I thought!

The total is 25 which works about to be about 2 a month.  Not to shabby!  I’m happy with that.

I hope for myself another productive year and I wish it for you readers as well.  I also wish happiness and peace!

 

New idea found on another blog

For you bloggers out there who may be checking me out, I want you to know that I check you out too and I even read your old stuff.  I was reading World Turn’d Upside Down and found a crochet pattern that I’d like to try.  I don’t have any silk right now, nor do I have much expendable cash.  A certain insulin junkie is using that all up.

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Update: she is feeling like a puppy again but is going blind I think.  I hope that if she does, it continues to be somewhat gradual.

But I like the pattern and may try it as a modern hat at first.  I’m sure I have stuff in my stash I could use up so I wont need to cough up any cash for it.

Godey's Lady's Book 1861 Crochet Glengarry CapI think what is happening is the lighter part of the pattern is close together crochet stitches and the  darker part is the lining peaking through the spaces.  Basically the hat has four layers.  The outer layer is the crochet part.  Then there is a layer that is a darker shade of the color used for the crochet. That creates the dark part of the pattern in the hat.  Then there is some sort of stuffing, like a flannel, and then next to the head is a black lining.  There is a reinforcing band of leather around the brim but I think gros grain ribbon could work too.

I finished the impulse buy

I saw some wool about a month ago that called to me.  It was variegated in colors I associate with old Hudson’s Bay blankets.  It kept calling to me but I steadfastly ignored it and followed my “no new wool till I finish what is in my stash” rule. (Following this rule got easier after going through a funk because no one wanted what I was making.)

But the wool called to me for a few weeks and I decided I could make something that I want with it.  I decided to make a throw for my living room.  The dog uses the one currently there as an extra bed on the couch.  Talk about Princess.  Needless to say, I’m not inclined to offer it to guests who may wish a cozy cover while watching TV.

For the most part I am pleased with it.  The wool is chunky so it made up fast and I used a single crochet stitch for the whole thing so it was a no brain power require project.  It needs to be blocked and it probably could have used a chain stitch or two in the corners to make it lay flatter but I didn’t want holes.

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My Princess on her bed.

The colors and boxes match my carpet perfectly.

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You can really see the need for blocking in this photo!  It is just so big and heavy as it is that I’m not excited about trying to deal with blocking…

These are the colors that drew me to it.

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Now I should get to work on historical projects…which is what this blog is supposed to be about!

Crochet hook holder

A few posts back, I was whining about no one wanting my knitted or crochet projects. One of my solutions was to simply make stuff for myself.  And the things I can use a lot of is bags/containers/holders to keep my crap organized.

Up until now, I have been using a plastic case to hold my crochet hooks.  img_20170121_185119092.jpg

But it was originally a kit and I have more hooks than were originally intended for the case.  This means the case wont stay closed and then the hooks fall out.img_20170121_185109251.jpg

A real pain in the rump roast.

I had seen “housewives” that were popular in the Victorian era (and I believe earlier).  They were cases, usually made from scrap bits of fabric, that were designed to hold random tools and items needed for sewing.  So I thought,  “they used left over fabric for a house wife for sewing- I will use left over wool to crochet a housewife for crochet hooks.” Ta da!img_20170121_185138874.jpg

As you can see…nice and tidy!  They are spaced quite far apart but in reality, I can get quite a few more in there…once I find them in all their hiding places.  It rolls up nicely and all the hooks stay put. img_20170121_185229072.jpg

I did two rows black, one row grey (left overs from my sons neck warmers).  I used double crochet for every row but I altered every second row of grey.  In the altered row, I crocheted into the row below the normal spot every second stitch.  This created the little points on the out side.img_20170121_185241160.jpg

On the inside, it created larger loops that I can slide the hooks into.

The plan is to use knitting needles and a knit stitch to make a new knitting needle case and I will use circular needles to make a case for my circular needles.  AND THEN I will sew a housewife for my sewing things.  I am inordinately pleased with myself!

 

Oh “bleeeeep”

I need to get back onto the HSF bandwagon (I fell off last month when I gave up on my black leather gloves).  This month, the plan is another chemise to go with my new Edwardian dress.  The plan was a basic, no frills bag with arm and neck holes but (insert swear word here) didn’t I see a pattern for an insert for Edwardian undies on the vortex…I mean net!  I found it on this site.

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And it originally comes from this book.

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It would really make the chemise something special but I don’t have time to pull this off for the challenge!  Drat, drat, drat, drat!

Okay, game plan.  Make the plain chemise on time for the challenge.  Crochet the yoke and put it in later.

 

 

My plant is mixed up…so am I

I happened to notice that my Christmas Cactus seems to think that it is Christmas time!img_20160419_183241852.jpg

Odd little fella.  Or is he?  Lately, I have been working on projects that will be worn this December at the Dickens’ Festival in Carlyle.  Perhaps Mr. Cactus is just getting in the spirit of things around here.  So lets follow along, shall we?

When we think Christmas and Dickens, we think “A Christmas Story” which is about Scrooge who is a miser.  So let us check out a couple of miser’s purses (nice segue, eh).

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The right side is showing the correct side and the left is showing the back.  Both sides are, in fact, the same.

 

It is a crochet and beaded bag from 1870’s and is from the Costume Museum of Canada’s collection.

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The ends are beaded

Honestly, I must have been brain dead the day I took these photographs because I could not figure out how to get in it.  Now that I look at the photographs, it is obvious.  The top layer is a flap that you would lift to reach into the pocket. Gosh, I am so dim sometimes!

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The two pockets are joined by braided strand that are knotted in the middle. (Yes we noticed the broken bead section and the loose beads and the poor thing was safely packaged up in an envelope to await some conservation work.

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The rings are attached to the knot.  The end ring is covered in a stitch that I have done when doing Dorset buttons.  That ring could attach to a chatelaine of some type or be worn on a finger.

I think I have another project to try some day!

Before I start another miser purse, I should pull the one I have started, out of the UFO pile. This is as far as I got… Bah, humbug.Miser 3

It has been so long since I have looked at it, I will have to figure out how to do it again.  I can’t even remember what my plan was for the bead pattern.

May be this bag from the 1890’s (also from the Costume Museum of Canada’s collection) will inspire me.IMG_20160405_180209855

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Happy Christmas in May and a Bah Humbug to you and yours.