Newfie mitts and hat

I dug a project out of the UFO pile to work on during my lunch breaks at work and this is what I finished.img_20160510_215813190.jpg

I had intended on putting this into my craft sale pile but I think I will keep them for myself. I’m always attracted to that green but it looks like crap on me.  Having the white next to my skin seem to neutralize the problem.  The pattern is a Newfie mitten pattern which you can find with a quick Google search.  I believe that the name comes from being a common stitch in Newfoundland Canada.  It is a fun stitch.  Enough going on to keep one from getting bored but not so complicated that one can’t watch TV while doing it.

More mitts and sweet souvenir

I was at the museum last night, sorting through some random jewelry, looking for pieces for an upcoming display.  I found some pretty sweet little numbers and I’ve taken photographs to dole out here.

Today’s piece is some sort of pendant or medal that was possibly a memento of the big event of the crowning of King Edward.  I have no idea if it was something that you “had to be there” to get or if it was something sold through out the empire for people to have and collect. img_20160322_180159747.jpg

If you take a closer look….2b (2)

The medallion says “Coronation day 26th June 1902.

Cool fact: The coronation of Edward VII and his wife took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 9 August 1902. Originally scheduled for 26 June of that year, the ceremony had been postponed at very short notice, because the King had been taken ill with an abdominal abscess that required immediate surgery.

Obviously, the medallion was made in anticipation of the scheduled coronation.

Here is the  back half.img_20160322_180104238.jpg

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Children’s Fete Glasgow is imprinted around the coat of arms.  I gather there was a party for children in Glasgow and some or all of them received on of these as a souvenir.  I Googled it to see if I could find mention of the party and what they did but all I could find was more examples of this medal on sale.  So not desperately rare.

As a random addition to this post, I finished another pair of wool mitts.  I think I will put these up for sale at my friends craft sale.  I was playing with the stripes and they just wont work for costumes and I don’t need another modern pair.img_20160321_160829904.jpg

Progress: latest project

I’ve been working on a knitting project.  I had tons of wool (unfortunately a blend but believable to the lay person) given to me that I thought would make a good version of this.image

The pattern suggests white and red.  I’m assuming that a Victorian woman would chose other colors based on taste and availability so mine is yellow and brown.img_20160320_190650399.jpg

It is working up well.  Trouble is, as I’m working it up, I’m realizing that it uses way more wool than I thought it would so I may have to start making the brown stripes wider and the yellow narrower.  The pattern does make the yellow narrower, but I don’t think it is going to do this fast enough to prevent me from running out of the yellow.  But, I’m going to go with the idea that Victorian women would make this adaption if they were running out of wool too! Hopefully, the change wont look cockeyed and drive my OCD into high gear.

Completed project: sortie 1858

I can’t compute – still no computer, but I can still knit. I have just finished a sortie, which is a winter bonnet. The Godley’s pattern is on the bottom of this phone screen shot. There is a full copy with plain modern instructions here:


I think my wool is too thick because mine seems bulkier than what I have seen other costumers make but, my winters are colder so I’m leaving it as is.





It is made from scraps from mitts I have made so now I have a set.
I thank you again for bearing with me and my technical issues.

Cozy mitts for me

I wanted a pair of blue mitts for myself, to replace some blue gloved I have been using.  Gloves are not practical when it is cold.  Fingers need each other to help keep them warm!IMG_20160118_111234327

I’ve been using the same pattern that I adapted from a Victorian pattern and I like it.  The thumb isn’t “perfect” yet but it is getting there.  If I work out that kink, I may write it out here for you guys.

Historical Sew Monthly 12: Redo


What the item is: fingerless gloves.IMG_20151214_225806410

The Challenge: Redo: brown, practical accessory and silver screen.  Basically, I repeated the pattern that I did for silver screen but I did it in brown.  The green pair was given away as a Christmas gift.IMG_20151206_093131565


Pattern: 18th century mitts as adapted here.

Year:18th century to  early 19th

Notions: 5 double point needles.

How historically accurate is it?: Very!  My wool was probably a bit thicker than what they used.   95%?

Hours to complete: About 20

First worn: not yet

Total cost: $16

HSF 15: Challenge 11 silver screene

I had a project in mind for this.  A cloak.  But, a few things happened.  1) The event I was making it for ended up not needing it.  The weather was too warm. So the drive to get it done “in spite of it all” was gone. 2) The dang thing is simply ugly.  I use synthetic fibers because it is easier to keep clean and it is cheaper and for the most part I find that the average person can’t tell the difference.  But the fabric I chose, once stuffed with the warm inner lining took on a very modern puffiness that seemed to make the fabric shine in a very ugly plastic fabric way. It also looked like a side line jacket for a football player. To get rid of that puffiness, I had to sew down the seams which seemed like such a unauthentic thing to do.  It was becoming more and more hopeless as a possible entry.  3) All of these factors have left it in the UFO pile until I decide what to do with it.  The garbage bin is a distinct possibility.

So I need another entry.  Instead of the cloak in the picture below, I’m aiming for the gloves.

I was looking in the brown tones of the woman behind Judy Dench (don't you just love her?)

I was looking at the gloves worn by Judy Dench.


What the item is: fingerless gloves.

The Challenge: Silver screen

What’s your onscreen inspiration?: The above photo


Pattern: 18th century mitts as adapted here.

Year:18th century to  early 19th

Notions: 5 double point needles.

How historically accurate is it?: Very!  My wool was probably a bit thicker than what they used.  And perhaps not this color so 90%

Hours to complete: About 20

First worn: not yet

Total cost: $16

Trying something new!

I like trying new things.  By trying things I can tell if it is merely something I appreciate or if it is something I must acquire.  For example, I have always liked the look of belly dancing.  So I took lessons.  After a few lessons I learned what a skill it truly is.  I appreciated how many hours it takes for dancers to reach a skill level that makes watching them wonderful.  But, seeing how little I practiced and how little I actually missed it when I took the summer off, I learned that I didn’t like it enough to acquire the skill for myself.  Oh well, every artist needs an audience and as far as belly dancing goes, I’m in the audience.

This week my new thing is spinning wool.  This may have more chance of taking as I already like knitting and it is a historical skill and I like history.  I’d really like a spinning wheel but before I cough up that kind of money for a thing that will take up more room in my house (and time in my life) I need to try it out on a smaller scale.  Enter the drop spindle.

A pal/cousin of mine and I went to a fiber festival last weekend and we saw wool in various stages.  Knitted items for sale.  Wool of every hue and natural fiber.  (Repeat after me:”I can not buy more wool until I use up what I have.)  That was frustrating.

Then there was wool that was not spun yet.  Some dyed, some not.  It isn’t breaking the wool rule when it isn’t spun right?SAM_3324

Wool that was not washed and combed and wool still attached to the animal.  The unspun wool (aka roving) in the above photo is alpaca. May be it came from one of these 5

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photo 1Cute, aren’t they?

Since I had the roving, I had to do something with it.  So I bought a drop spindle as well.SAM_3322

My first few feet are a bit lumpy and 1 (2)

But, it got better as I went 3 (2)

I’m going to have to put it down for a few days though.  Apparently spinning for 5-6 hours can cause blisters!photo 4 (2)

My pain is worth it though.  My wool is more even and it is thinner without breaking as often.  I can see it will take a ball or two to get the thickness more consistent.  It will take a few dozen balls to get to the point where I can decide my thickness before hand and then CONSTANTLY spin 2-3 ply to put together and end up with what I was aiming for.  So far, I like it and I still want to get a spinning wheel.  May be a new skill to acquire… not just appreciate.

HSF: Challenge 9 Brown


What the item is: small beige beaded bag
The Challenge: 9 Brown (beige is brown, right!)
Fabric: cotton for lining
Pattern: The Lady’s Assistant for Executing Useful and Fancy Designs in Knitting, Netting, and Crochet Work (1847) by Jane Gaugain
I made up the same pattern in a silk thread in a previous challenge. The bag was lovely but it doesn’t hold very much of my modern parafanalia. I thought the larger wool, beads and needles would make a slightly larger bag. It does. The pattern was also fun to make up inspite of the woes I had with dropped stitches so I enjoyed doing it again.
Year: 1847
Notions: fine wool, larger seed beads, set of double point needles appropriate for wool.
How historically accurate is it? 70%? I think they would have lined it in silk not cotton but I had the cotton in my stash. The beads are glass and I’m not sure they would have had glass BRONZE beads. I think their metallic beads would have been metal. I am unsure that wool would have been used. The pattern called for silk but I’m not sure a thrifty woman wouldn’t have stash busted and used available wool.
Hours to complete: about 30 which is much less than the silk bag. With everything being bigger I found it easier to see and handle with my middle aged eyes and hands.
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: $4 for the beads and $8 for the wool.