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.
Gads! The wrinkles!
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!
I have a million scarves and cowls already but I live in a cold climate and the jewel tones of this wool were too divine to pass up. (Plus the wool was on sale so was I really breaking my rule: “no new wool till I finish what I have”?)
I did it in a plain knit so it was easy on the brain an eyes and quick to make up. The camera washed the colors out a bit. The color at the top is closer to what is true.
I have 4 days off work this Christmas holiday so I hope to create something more historical. I’m thinking an Edwardian hat. Cross your fingers.
I had some wool left over from my last project and so I made another sweater. I guess it will go into a hope chest for grand babies I may one day have.
There is a bit of wool left over. I guess I will knit it up into a square and add it to a pile of other squares I have made that may one day become a crazy quilt afghan.
In sewing news, I finally cut out my tulip skirt that will go with my Edwardian shirtwaist. I hate cutting out.
I procrastinated so much, I may not have the skirt done on time to wear at the end of the month. I was hoping to use this past long weekend to cut and at least sew all the long seams and all I managed to do was cut out and start another knitting project that I don’t need.
I’m a bit frustrated with myself. I didn’t do as much on my skirt as I wanted and I started another knitting project when I have dozens of unfinished projects behind my couch and in my basement! If only I didn’t have to work. There would be so much more time to do projects. Wouldn’t that be sweet to be able to make a list of all the projects I haven’t finished and all the projects I want to start and do nothing but work through that list!
In spite of my “don’t buy more wool unless you need it for a specific project” I bought wool merely because it felt fuzzy and was on sale. That rule is intended to stop me from making such impulsive purchases and adding to my hoard but it only works if I actually follow it.
In my defense though, I did actually use it and didn’t just stuff it in the bin with the rest of my impulsive sale purchases. I made a little baby sweater.
It is cute but now I have a new problem. What do I do with it? I have no babies in my life right now. My kids are adults. No grandchildren yet. No friends with babies. No little nieces or nephews. No babies.
Some times I try and sell my stuff at my friends craft sale table. But two problems with that…she decided not to have one this year and none of my stuff actually gets sold.
I think I will do one of two things: store it in a hope chest against the day that I do actually have a grand baby or donate it to charity. It likely will go to charity. It served its purpose for me which was keep my hands and mind busy while I watched TV and vented a little creative juice. There is a bit more of that wool left over so I will get another smaller sweater out of that and then hopefully I will get to work on my sewing projects and work on reducing my wool hoard.
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.
This is another non-Victorian post. Sorry ’bout that! But, I bought a new toy and thought it would be fun to share it with you. It is called an Embellish Knit.
It is basically a mechanized spool knitter.
I bought it with two intensions…one is to take cheap crochet thread and use it to make cording for decorative trims on Victorian gowns. Cording and soutache is NOT cheap.
The other intension is to take all the cheap wool I have been hoarding for years and turn it into chunky yarn.
My first project used up 3 balls of this synthetic wool.
The Embellish knit turned those three balls of wool into one massive ball of chunky wool.
The beauty of chunky wool , of course is that it knits up quickly. The heavy neck cowls seems to be popular these days so I may try knitting up one of those with this stuff and see what it looks like.
Once I have knitted it up I have no idea what I will do with it. Donate it to charity? I have no idea. Another idea is to just make balls of chunky wool with my machine and old wool and see if I can sell that at my friend’s craft sale table. One thing I know is craft sales don’t just attract people who can’t craft; they attract people who can craft who are looking for ideas. A knitter may be attracted to an unusual looking wool.
Hopefully my next post is a completed project post-either a neck cowl or a corset cover! Have a good Thanksgiving Day Canada!
After finishing my red and black socks, I decided to reboot the pattern and see if I could fix some of the issues (too long, wont stay up).
I have a good start on the first sock of the new pair. I’m liking the color choices.
I have been on a knitting kick lately because I haven’t got my sewing room restored yet(dismantled for son who returned home, reassembling after he moved back out) and knitting is so easy to take out and put away. The fact that it is chilling off outside is adding to the knitting urge. Hopefully, in the next week or two, I will finish a sewing UFO project…a corset cover. I want that and a hat off my table soon because I have some sewing patterns on the way. I hope to have a funtional Edwardian outfit up and running by November.