I want to give a quick update about a project from early last year. I made reusable flannel makeup remover rounds.
I made about 20 of them and they have held up well under almost daily use. Some have gotten a bit stained but they still work well.
They do get lost in the laundry basket so I hung up a mesh bag in the bathroom for dirty ones, which has worked well.
Since these seem to be making the rounds again on Pinterest, I thought people might be interested in how they hold up long term.
Also, my husband sent me the prettiest roses for Valentines Day!
To combat the frustration of the stockings that I am trying to make, I have continued knitting the socks that I cast on using my Christmas yarn.
Look! They fit perfectly! Unlike some stockings I could mention.
I am not using a pattern, just 68 stitches on size 1 needles with an after thought heel. Nice and easy.
The yarn is Superba bamboo by Rico Design (I think? The label is in Danish). I really like this yarn. It is soft, but not so soft that I am worried about it not lasting. Plus the dye pattern is making the sock look like I am doing fancy colorwork when I am not!
This week, the stocking that I cast on last week has been an endless source of frustration. At least I know that I am reading the pattern correctly and that it is pretty?
The first time I cast on, I followed the pattern exactly using the needle size that the pattern called for (size 1 – 2.75mm), and I believe the correct yarn weight. The pattern calls for No. 10 wool so I am using a yarn with the same number of wraps per inch as No. 10 crochet thread. After knitting several inches, and a niggling feeling that the stocking looked a bit big, I measured the cast on edge of the stocking and my leg circumference. The stocking was huge! I pulled out my needles to see how big it actually was and it fit over my head with plenty of room to spare (I have a gigantic head, this should not happen). So I frogged it.
Then I tried going down two needle sizes, to size ), and knitting several inches. And it was too big again. But only about two inches!
I’m thinking that if I go down one more needle size that it should be fit correctly. I also want to try using 9in. circular needles. For the first time ever, I have been struggling with laddering using dpns. I’m pretty sure that it is because each needle begins with a purl and I’m not sure how to fix it.
At least the pattern is pretty and I love the yarn that I am using? I am determined to make this work and I don’t think the pattern will work right if I adjust the stitch count.
I started this year’s knitting project at the end. The last knitting pattern in Exercises in Knitting (by Cornelia Mee) is a stitch pattern called a Fan Pattern.
Cast on 9 stitches for each pattern repeat.
Row 1: K2, (M1, K1) x5, M1, K2 (15 stitches)
Row 2: P2, K11, P2 (15 stitches)
Row 3: K2tog, K11, K2tog (13 stitches)
Row 4: P2tog, P9, P2tog (11 stitches)
Row 5: K2tog, K7, K2tog (9 stitches)
Row 6: P9 (9 stitches)
Repeat from row 1.
For the swatch I cast on 27 stitches (3 repeats of the pattern per row), using dk weight yarn and size 7 needles. The bottom three pattern repeats use a make 1 left while the top two repeats use a make 1 right. I don’t think that the direction makes much of a difference in the look of the pattern.
I also cast on a project that will take me a long time to finish. The Receipt for a Stocking from Exercises in Knitting. The pattern calls for size 1 needles, what I think should be lace weight yarn, and an initial cast on of 152 stitches.
The Victorian Knitting Book that I chose to knit my way through is Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. The Knitting Genealogist has a thorough and fascinating summary of the author’s life and work. The book was published by a London publisher David Bouge in 1846.
I had originally thought I would knit my way through the whole book in a year, but after taking a closer look at the patterns in the book, that is not feasible. The reason I want to knit the entire book is that when I have looked for old knitting patterns, I tend to find that people make the same couple of patterns. I suspect its because people find the same patterns intriguing or make an item that they feel in missing from a historical costume. I want to reproduce more than just the patterns that I am interested in, and I feel like the best way to do this is by knitting an entire book of patterns.
Because there is no way that I can do this in a single year, I think that I am going to make this a multi-year project. Three + shawls, a pelisse, and several blankets will take me a while. I think my plan is to take one or two of the larger more difficult projects a year and knit as many of the small projects and swatches of the stitch patterns as I have time for (I have included a copy of the book’s index at the end of this post). I am undecided on if I will make swatches of the chair cover patterns or if I will turn them into cushion covers. I have no clue how long this will take me but I think it will be worth while.
This year I would like to start with the stockings (done in crochet thread), the Shetland shawl, and the fish serviette. I am particularly interested in the serviette. Is if for fish? Is it in the shape of a fish? Does it have fish in the pattern? We will find out.
12 Chair Covers
- German Pattern of Open Double Knitting
- Nun’s Pattern
- Viennoise Pattern
- Beautiful Coral Pattern
- Beautiful Diamond Pattern
- Pretty Feather Pattern
- Double Rose-Leaf Pattern
- Spider-Net Pattern
- Shield Pattern, surrounded with open work
- Canvass Pattern
- Leaf Pattern
- Another Leaf Pattern
Receipts in Knitting
- Border, Pretty Vandyke
- Bodice, A Knitted
- Bag, Shell Knitting for a
- Basket Serviette, Pretty pattern for a
- Border, Pretty open Diamond
- Brioche, For a
- Cap, Shell Pattern for a Baby’s
- Carpet Hookah, or Oriental Mat
- Cap Half, for wearing a Bonnet
- Cuffs, Honeycomb
- Comforter, For a
- Comforter, For another
- Counterpane, Bell Pattern for a
- Cuffs, Gentleman’s
- Collar, Beautiful Knitted
- Edging, New Pattern for Lace
- Edging, Narrow Vandyke
- Fish Serviette
- Fringe for Chair Covers
- Fan Pattern
- Gaiters, Children’s
- Hood, Baby’s Very Pretty
- Muff, For a
- Mitten, Swiss Pattern for the Top of a
- Muffatees, Corkscrew Pattern
- Mitten, Fan Pattern
- Pattern, A Pretty Open
- Penwiper, For a Knitted
- Pelisse, Very Elegant Knitted
- Purse, Pretty Pattern for a Knitted
- Shawl, Leaf Pattern for Half-Square
- Shoe, For a Baby’s
- Shawl, a Shetland
- Scarf, Beautiful Pattern for a
- Shawl, netted
- Shawl, Pretty Feather Pattern for the Border of a
- Shawl, Open Diamond Pattern for the Centre of a
- Spencer, For an Under
- Sugar Plum Stitch
- Stocking, Receipt for a
- Twisted Knitting
Hi everyone! I am one of those weird people who loves to have goals and things to work towards, even if I don’t manage to finish my goals in the time period that I set (It doesn’t upset me. I’m weird that way? It just gives me a direction?). So on to my goals (things to work toward) for 2019, even though I likely won’t finish them by the end of the year (but I will try).
- Sewing Goals: I want to expand my machine sewing skills, I tend to revert to handsewing when I struggle, because I am better at it.
- Pajama Pants: One, I have never made pants (so new skill yay!) and I struggle to find pants that fit. Seriously, why are ready to wear pants so short?! Nothing is every long enough.
- A Dress: I have successfully made skirts so it’s time to try some thing harder. I also have the same issues with skirts that I have with pants. Either its not long enough or its huge on the rest of me.
- Something out of knit fabric: I’ve never worked with it. I have no idea how. Knit fabric scares me a bit (is that weird for someone who knits?). I would like to learn. I’m thinking maybe a robe, or something pajamas related.
- Historical Costuming Goals: I have been meaning to make an entirely handsewn 18th century costume. I have never started because I always feel like I don’t know enough and need to do more research before starting. I have decided that I will never feel ready and just need to start. I will figure out what else I need to know as I go along. From reading many, many books and blogs, underthings are a very important and a great place to start, so that is what I am doing.
- Shift: First up is a linen shift. I have decided to use Sharon Burnston’s pattern/instructions.
- Stays: Second item on my list is stays. At this point I will need to actually pick a smaller date range from the 18th century, and then pick a pattern. I’m thinking that one of Redthreaded’s kits might be the easiest way to make a set of stays myself.
- Stockings: Historically accurate-ish stockings shouldn’t be that difficult. Stockings were very simple (three needle bind-off toe and heel, with a basic gusset). Achieving the proper gauge should be the hardest part, especially since my husband helped me write a computer program to do all the math for me (including calf shaping!).
- If I miraculously finish all of this I will start in on a cap, pockets, apron, petticoats, skirt supports, or anything else that I can think of that isn’t a full gown.
- Knitting Goals: I also want to continue to learn new knitting techniques. So this year I want to:
- Learn Brioche: Because I have a yarn that would be perfect for a
- Knit Brioche Shawl: I need to learn the technique before I knit the shawl. And I need to find the perfect neutral yarn to go with the colorful yarn that I already have.
- Victorian Knitting Book: I had earlier decided that I wanted to knit my way through a 1846 book of knitting patterns. After reading through the book several times, I decided that I would be crazy to attempt to do it in a year. I’ll cover what I have decided to do in a separate post, because it will be lengthy and I’m not sure people will be interested.
I spent last year solely using yarn and fabric from my existing stash and I am so excited to buy new pretty yarn and fabric! I am going to try to only buy things that I have a project or pattern in mind for. I have cleared out my stash and I don’t want to rebuild it. I don’t have the storage space.
Last year all of my goals had a theme of finishing things that I started. Reviewing the goals that I set, I think I have figured out what this year’s theme is: Trying things that intimidate me. I am so excited to start on all the new projects that I have planned.
Many months ago I mentioned in a works in progress post that was making a set of embroidered flour sack towels for my mom (including sewing the towels myself). They were all finished just in time for Christmas.
After much debate and waffling about what kind of pattern to embroider, I settled on the coffee set of Aunt Martha’s iron on transfers. I really liked them. The patterns were cute, transferred nicely, and simple enough to be easy to embroider. Each towel took me about five or six hours to embroider, but I was usually also watching YouTube or Netflix (the newest season of The Last Kingdom is amazing).
Pictures (the best part):