Browsing the Interweave Press pattern store is a mixture of "ooh, pretty!" and "crivens! ma heid!". (Yep, I checked Wee Free Men out of the library today. When will my love for ridiculously thick Scottish accents end? Never, I hope!) Like the Henley Perfected? Way, way incredibly cute. Lace and Tuck Ensemble? I've been intending to make that since 2004. (Um, but I haven't. Because . . . I haven't.) Molly Ringwald? Cute!

But the bandeaus? Yes, that's plural. Why would you do that? Even if you have the most beautiful breasts on earth, it just looks like you got halfway done with a sweater and decided not to finish. Also, magenta/green plaid pants with a red/orange/green/yellow top? The stylist must be blind. Orbit Lace? It looks like someone took some Barbara Walker lace medallions and slapped them on a tube. I'm tired of circle jacket doilies, too.

And, let I forget it, the ugliest thing I've ever seen published in Interweave Knits.

Does anyone else think this model looks like she should be smoking a cigarette while working on her third Long Island Iced Tea, and then going on a rant about how her husband is a lousy lover?

In other news, I just ate a moldy bing cherry. No wonder they were 60-percent off. At least I get to enjoy having a purple tongue and lips for a while. I feel kind of like a polar bear.

*I can't believe Annie Modesitt failed me! Twice!
Current Music: Scarborough Fayre -- Mediaeval Baebes
19 June 2008 @ 03:50 pm
Ignoring the Frida Kahlo styling, is it just me or does this sweater make the model look really dumpy? I'm a big fan of wrap sweaters, but the wrinkles around the bust and the too big sleeve make her look flabby instead of curvaceous.

It might be that the accessories really overwhelm her, too. She has a pretty delicate face, and that big chunky jewelry that Kahlo was so fond of really doesn't work for the model the way it did for Frida.
Current Music: Brokenhearted I'll Wander -- Niamh Parsons
10 June 2008 @ 12:51 am
Since my friends list seems to be under the impression that I am a wonderful person, I figured I ought to do something that proved I actually am one, and not just a person who likes baby animals and small children. Amazingly, this gesture involves both.

In one of the groups I belong to on Ravelry -- wait, that's going to take too long. In the Lazy, Stupid, and Godless group, where potty mouths are the rule, someone suggested that members of LSG particpate in the Mother Bear Project to offset the 1950s Puerto Rican gang image we have. Apparently all the swearing and butterfly knives aren't appreciated by the public at large.

The Mother Bear Project is a non-profit organization that distributes hand-knit and crocheted bears to children in developing nations, principally children who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The bears mean a lot to these kids. Here's an article from the Mother Bear website that has these two stories in it, told by Amy Berman, the project's founder.

“In Zambia, a little 7-year old girl who had AIDS was being stigmatised by her peers because it was known she had the disease. She stopped going to school and before she died she asked that she be buried with her bear because it was her only friend.“

“One 8-year old boy in South Africa who was living in a child-headed household, had to evacuate his home with his siblings a few months ago during torrential rains because his home was falling apart. He told his sister that he had to go and get his bear. His teen sister told him not to go because he would be risking his life. He said he had to because the bear had a heart on it and that meant someone loved him. He did get his bear before his home was totally destroyed.”

These kids need friends, even if they are only teddy bears.

So, there's the Mother Bear Project website, the Mother Bear group on Ravelry, the LSG thread on Ravelry, and the free pattern available on the DIY Network website. You can also purchase a kit from the Mother Bear website. You cannot knit the bear from another pattern, send a purchased bear, or sew beads or buttons to the bear. You can, however, should you not the skills or inclination to make one, donate money or supplies to the Mother Bear Project.

You can make your bear out of any washable, worsted-weight yarn (so cotton, superwash wool, or acrylic). When you're done with it, send it off to the Mother Bear Project at any of these locations, with $3 for shipping, so it can actually make it to Africa.

Who's with me? I know a lot of you knit and crochet, and it is a really easy pattern. Anybody else want to spread a little hope to some kids in Africa?
04 May 2008 @ 12:21 pm
I definitely just have a cold. It's entered the sneezy, tickley stage. It's got this horrible stealth quality about it, so that I'm fine for a while, and then I'm a sneezing mess for up to fifteen minutes of dripping awfulness.

I've decided that I'd like to knit another sweater before I jump into designing myself a wrap sweater out of all that Araucania Atacama I've got kicking around here. So I bought a sweater for a quarter at garage sales this weekend and am busily pulling it apart. I've got one body piece and one arm down, so I'm halfway there.

Now, what pattern? It's gray worsted-weight cotton, but I have another one that's olivey forest green chunky weight cotton to destroy. I'm really looking forward to working with big needles. You know, size 8. Absolutely huge after Thermal (which I still need to take pictures of).

I've found these on Ravelry:

DROPS 73-24 Wrap Cardigan -- pattern, Flickr (That's a yarn substitution. She didn't use a smooth yarn like the one suggested.)

The Slim Hoodie from Knit.1, Fall 2007 -- Flickr.I actually don't know if I have enough yarn for this. It's also very mindless. I think I need something more than that after a two rounds of k2p2 ribbing, knit a row, purl a row, ad nauseum. But I like the toggles.

Cardigan Come -- Pattern, Flickr. Problem: It only goes up to a size medium, and it does not actually say what the measurements for that are, and I also can't find it on the website. Crazy Germans and their site design!

Croisette Wrap-around Cardigan -- Found this just poking around the Lana Grossa website. Again it only goes up to a medium, but looking at the schematic, I'm pretty sure it would fit.

ETA: I forgot a pattern. Bella Pacquita by Marnie MacLean. (Pattern) Mad cute, no?

Back to your regularly scheduled post:

I also really like this sweater from the aforementioned issue of Knit.1, but that much wool is out of my budget right now. Le sigh! Stupid wedding!

That issue of Knit.1 is absolutely bizarre, by the way. It's got a couple of really cute patterns with the typical Vogue photoshoot style ("My concept for this is sweaters . . . and underwear."), some more catalogue-y photoshoots (the diagonal sweater up there), and then some real fug. Case in point. Whaaaaaat? I'm not even sure that's the ugliest one, either.

Opinions? Other pattern recommendations? I'm apparently in wrap sweater mode, so if anyone has some ideas of patterns that would work with cotton, that would be wonderful.
Current Music: We're Just Temporary, Ma'am -- White Whale
28 April 2008 @ 02:12 pm
Who speaks limited French and has a sweater soaking in the tub in preparation of blocking? This moi!

Please see this very wonderful photo taken in my very dusty, very small mirror. (Please also pretend that my hair is brushed and I have an utterly charming expression on my face. Thanks!)

I love the neckline. Very flattering on little shoulders like mine.

Things left to do:

let it dry
weave in ends
attach buttons

Now I'm off to rinse it out, wrap it in a towel, and stomp on it. Ha! Knitting is so violent sometimes.

ETA: Sometimes it freaks me out a little when I upload a photo to Flickr and it's viewed multiple times before I even have time to tag it and add a description.
Current Music: We're Just Temporary, Ma'am -- White Whale
27 April 2008 @ 07:06 pm
I could annihilate a bag of sea salt and vinegar kettle chips right now. Annihilate. Why did I have to be all sensible and only buy stuff I actually needed at the store this afternoon? Glucose tablets? I should have bought potato chips!

Mom and I started buying all the seeds for the vegetable garden today. We're starting out with leaf lettuces and radishes. We snagged a packet of these really cool radishes, which are called watermelon radishes because the inside is red and the outside is green. That page says that they do best in cool conditions, so I guess we should plant them soon, because it's going to be hot by the middle of June.

We also got some garlic, shallot and onion sets, along with some red potatoes. We looked for rutabaga seeds, since we both love those, but there were none to be found. Plenty of turnips, which taste like vomit, but not a single rutabaga seed. We're going to try Farm'n'Fleet and Menards before we give up, though. I suppose if we ordered some online right now, they'd be here in time to plant, since you're supposed to get them in the ground by mid-May.

We need to figure out what else we're going to plant. I was in favor of buying one of everything, but Mom nixed that idea. We're definitely going with:

swiss chard
squash (at least zucchini and summer squash, but I'd like some acorn and maybe spaghetti squash)
green beans of some sort
tomatoes (definitely not starting from seed)

Here's what we have already )

Huge garden this year!

I'd like to try some cantaloupe as well, but I don't think our garden is big enough for all that. I also don't know whether or not we're starting any flower beds this year or the herb garden. Mom was not in favor of planting catnip. Something about the cat being crazy enough all on his own.

Has anyone else noticed a massive increase in garden seed prices lately? I swear last year they were only 75 cents a package, but this year everything was more than a dollar per package.

In sweater news, I only have to set the second sleeve and I am done. Done done done! I should be wearing it by Tuesday, because all that ribbing definitely needs to be blocked.
Current Music: You're the Only One -- Maria Mena
25 April 2008 @ 02:34 pm
I'm so close to being finished with Thermal. So achingly close. See? All the pieces laid out on my bed? This sweater is wanting to be worn. It's willing to be worn, it's wanting to be worn -- it's waiting to be worn!

Unfortunately, there are a couple snags. Namely I hate the buttonholes and I just noticed some messed up stitches.

Pictures beneath the cut )

So, questions:

1. Does anyone know of any other style of buttonholes that are neater or ways to make this version neater? My buttons are are 3/4" in diameter, so I don't think a yarnover buttonhole will work. I'd love to do a vertical buttonhole, but it has potential to be a a pain.

2. What should I do about the sleeve? The only way I can think of fixing it is to cut the yarn above the places that are messed up, dropping down to fix them, and then grafting the stitches back. Fiddly. Reknitting the sleeve isn't an option. (Why? Because I say so.) It's not really noticeable unless you stare at the sleeve. Should I just leave it?
Current Music: Good Advice -- Matson Jones
18 February 2008 @ 10:03 pm
This post is to inform you all that I intend to share the most inane finished objects I make. Up next: the three-foot long piece of i-cord I knit for my cat to play with. (OK, not really, as I've never done that. But washcloths figure up there with that level of inanity. Lucky flist, you are the recipients.)

As always, click on my Pulitzer Award-winning level photography to see a bigger picture.

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Pattern: eLoomanator's Diagonal Knit Dishcloth, Ravelry link (It's in the pattern notes.)
Yarn: Peaches & Créme worsted weight cotton (blue/white/green), Sugar'n Cream worsted weight cotton in Vert Chaud (Hot Green) -- 1 skein each
Needles: Size 7 US / 4.5 mm
Techniques: knitting flat, garter stitch, yo, skp (sl 1, k1, psso), k2tog

Pictures +3 )
Current Music: Rake It In -- Imogen Heap
17 February 2008 @ 05:42 pm
Last night I made cookies. Really pretty cookies.

See? )

They have a butter cookie base, which has raspberry preserves spread on it, then another cookie is on top of that, and the cutout in the top cookie is filled in with semi-sweet chocolate. They are AMAZING. On some of the little hearts left from making the cutouts, I put a dab of raspberry preserves and dipped it in melted chocolate. Unfortunately, all those have been eaten, so no photos exist of their deliciousness.

Also, as can be seen by the skein of washcloth cotton behind the cookie, I have resumed knitting. Tonight I shall knit a washcloth, because I have the burning need to make one. And all my current knitted washcloths are about to be demoted to kitchen duty, which means I can't use them in the shower anymore. So a new one is required.
Current Music: Presumed Lost -- Splashdown
14 February 2008 @ 08:16 pm
1. Happy Valentine's Day, flist o' mine! Things here are not-exciting. It's snowing again, it's cold, and half the household has a cold.

2. The sore hands issue has been resolved, through the simple expedient of laying off the knitting and crochet today. I'm pretty sure it was a result of all the cotton at fine gauges I've been working with. I think I'll give it until the weekend before I pick up anything else, though I am naturally itching to get back to my Plimoth Plantation gloves. I only have half of one left to knit! And then I can mail them off.

3. In testimony to my contrary personality, last night I queued about fifteen cotton washcloth patterns on Ravelry. Because I really need to be knitting cotton if that's what's making my hands and wrists hurt.

4. In further testimony to my contrariness, I've been looking at yarn online to spend my Christmas money on. Namely, Patons Classic Merino Worsted, because someone has used it successfully on Ravelry for the Threepenny Pullover, which I've wanted to knit since 2004. I keep looking at the burgundy and going, "Oh! It's so pretty!" I look terrible in burgundy. The purple tone to it makes me look like I have a rash on my face. Why do I keep wanting to buy burgundy things!? Leaf green, Sarah. Leaf green is a good color on you. Or the bottle green. Or navy. But not burgundy.

5. Speaking of the Threepenny Pullover, stay tuned for some musings on my favorite knitwear designers. I KNOW you are all breathless with anticipation at that promise.

6. I have the sudden urge to watch "Firefly," but only bits of pieces of certain episodes. Like the scene at the beginning of "Our Mrs. Reynolds," where Mal and Jayne are on the barge, and Mal is in drag. HI-larious. Or the part in "Shindig" where Mal gets in the duel and stabs the guy in the shoulder*. Or the entirety of "Out of Gas."

7. Must clean my room and do dishes. And then I will write. I'm very near to finishing some fanfiction for [ profile] yuletide's New Year's Resolutions thingy. Those poor people with obscure fandoms. I take pity on them.

Oh my god. I just upped my nerd quotient by like 75 points with those last two points.

* [Mal refuses to kill the prone, humiliated Atherton.]
Mal: Mercy is the mark of a great man.
[He lightly stabs Atherton.]
Mal: Guess I'm just a good man.
[He repeats the poking.]
Mal: Well, I'm all right.
Current Music: Heaven's Here on Earth -- Tracy Chapman
05 February 2008 @ 09:43 pm
You guys, I actually finished something. All right, so I actually finished these a couple weeks ago, and the cloche a few months ago, but I have taken pictures and am now sharing them. I think we can all agree that's pretty awesome.

As always, click on the pictures to see larger ones. There are a lot of them, but they are small, so it should be fairly dial-up friendly.

The Kim Cloche )

1930s Beret )
Current Music: Procreation Chick -- Splashdown
15 January 2008 @ 06:16 pm
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Ravelry link

The picture above? Before my cat went on a rampage of naughtiness and knocked over my coffee this morning. There was only two tablespoons of coffee in my cup, and he somehow managed to spread that across my pattern-a-day knitting calendar, a stack of papers on the floor that the collar was on, my Spanish magnetic poetry, and the wall. Nor to mention my desk chair, the filing cabinet next to my desk, and the beige carpet. Of course, this was also the day that Mom left only half a cup of coffee in the pot, and I didn't want to brew another pot when I'd drink only one cup, so I mixed a packet of hot cocoa and milk into my coffee. That's right -- chocolate AND coffee stains.

The mayhem:

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Fortunately, I was able to scrub the coffee/chocolate off the wall with a Magic Eraser. They really ARE magic. It also blotted out of the carpet without scrubbing, and wiped off my desk chair. The papers were a loss, of course, as they received the brunt of the blow. The magnetic poetry I ended up rinsing in the colander in hot water and letting drip dry. It seems unharmed.

As for the knitting, I threaded a lifeline through the stitches on the needle and cut the working thread. Then I rinsed it in the sink, which made most of the coffee come out. I filled the sink up with warm water and a few tablespoons of Era, swished it around, and let it soak for thirty minutes. Everything was gone when I rinsed the soap out, but it's going to be a while before it's dry again. I've no idea how I'm going to wash the thread. I suppose I could just knit it as it is and wash the piece when it's done, but UGH. I don't really want to skein it either, because it's crochet cotton on a spool, and that would be seriously unfun.

This does, however, seriously push me towards using this for a Miss Havisham costume, which I've been thinking about making since I read Jasper Fforde's Lost in a Good Book. I wanna be a fierce old lady who pushes over people at book sales!

The kitty spent an hour in the basement for his misbehavior. It was hardly a trial -- that's where his food and litter box are, along with all the toys he hides down there. But he hates being cut off from the family and he knew he was in trouble. At least, I hope so. I gave him a lecture, which I'm pretty sure he didn't listen to. Or understand.
Current Music: This Jesus Must Die -- Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
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Translation )

This morning, I started out with coffee, Spanish magnetic poetry, and NPR. By the time I realized that this is probably not a combination that most people would start their days with, I had puzzled together a poem which is so like a poem by Pablo Neruda that I'm ashamed. Señor Neruda, I'm sorry you are dead and I'm acting like an Elizabethan playwright. It will not happen again. My apologies also for my magnetic poetry kit not having enough "mi" or "me" tiles.


Also, Saturday, I started my gloves for Plimoth Plantation. (I'm not sure if they're still taking volunteer knitters, but it wouldn't hurt to ask. There are some additional posts with regard to knitting after the one I linked to.) I'm still working on the thumb gusset of the first glove. It's amazing how little knitting gloves has changed since the 17th century. (Assuming, of course, that the pattern uses period techniques.) The only deviation is the big ol' gauntlet, but that's more of a style thing than a construction thing. It's a great project, and I can't wait to finish these so I can make some of my own.

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The yarn that I dyed for my projected sortie-cap-that's-not-a-sortie-cap turned out a lovely olive-y green. A quick survey of headgear on 1850s/60s ladies showed that pretty much any color was a go. I'm planning on pairing this with red or burgundy ribbons. I think the olive will save it from looking like Christmas.

And now I need to go iron the fabric for my 1870s corset, because I have been procrastinating on it for too long. My friend and I are obviously not going to Milwaukee this winter, as she had the opportunity to travel over her winter break, but some day. And there's always potential MACS events to look forward to.
04 January 2008 @ 09:07 am
Yesterday I dyed some laceweight merino for my recreation of the "Half-Cap for Wearing Under a Bonnet" from Cornelia Mee's 1842 Exercises in Knitting. It's for a Librivox project -- it's in a link on the sidebar of my journal.

I followed this guide to dyeing with icing dyes from PieKnits. I dyed a lot less yarn than she did, but used the same amount of icing dye, so there was no danger of the dye bath not being saturated enough.

The results were, I think, very successful. I created an album in my scrapbook of the process.

I'm skeining up some more laceweight merino right now to dye for a lace cap of the same shape as
[ profile] koshka_the_cat's sortie cap. I'm going to dye it today while I watch The Madness of King George and cover the 1850s bonnet I started in October, I think. I'm finishing it now so I can show off all the bonnet caps I've been knitting, which as been the entirety of post-Christmas knitting.

Now I'm off to look at what color things 1850s and '60s ladies were wearing on their heads when it comes to bonnet caps.
Current Music: I Dream of You -- Heidi Talbot
24 December 2007 @ 02:13 am
The Arctic Diamonds Stole is finally blocking. Behold! You can see how towards the end, I got tired and frustrated and just started poking in pins wherever they'd go. Straight lines are for people who do stuff right!

Tomorrow morning I'll weave the ends in and fix the place where I had to drop some rows and re-knit.

I'm exhausted, my wrists hurt, and I reek of wet alpaca. At least I get to open presents tomorrow night, though. Speaking of which, I'm highly suspcious of what my sister got me. She told me that she found it months ago, she's thrilled with it, and she's convinced that I'll love it. The last time that happened, I ended up with a collection of the Founding Fathers' writings on morality, because, as Rachel said, I "love all that old-fashioned writing."

This could be terrifying. I could discover things about myself I never even had an inkling of.
Current Music: Fidget and Fudge -- White Whale
21 December 2007 @ 08:31 pm
I am very near to finishing my sister's Christmas present. I have only 60 rows left to do by tomorrow night, so I have time to block it thoroughly.

See? )

It's spread across my twin-sized bed, so it's just slightly too long to fit across it at this point. The two white liens near the top are lifelines; the distance between them is one pattern repeat. Each repeat is a whopping 63 rows long -- interminable when it comes to lace knitting.

It feels like it's never going to end. I know it will -- I've knit over 20 rows today, and I'll probably finish the last pattern repeat tonight. That means I'll have only 30 rows to knit tomorrow. Totally achievable. But I am so tired of dark purple alpaca/silk AND size 4 needles. Christ himself would be ready to ask Peter to finish this project. (Peter, naturally, would deny him three times.)

I know my sister will love it, though, and I know precisely what she'll do when she opens the box. She'll gasp, take it out of the issue paper, hug it, and then wrap it around her neck or drape it over her shoulders. And then she'll do something silly like drape it over her head or pretend to be a vampire. That's why I love my sister, folks: She's always looking for a good excuse to pretend she's Dracula.

Is it wrong that I'm already thinking about what shawl I can knit her for her wedding next September? I think it might be a good reason to buy "Victorian Lace Today." Or knit something in cobweb weight yarn! This is the dress she likes*. Any suggestions for a suitable lace shawl?

*I'm not saying she won't end up with something totally different. Probably not meringue-y, but there might be some empire-waist action going on.
Current Music: Tam Lin -- Medieval Baebes
The 1875 edition of "The Young Englishwoman" is really exciting because it contains clothing diagrams and couple of neat knitting patterns. One is for a knitted slipper that looks very sweet and practical in the engraving. There are also some very nice fashion plates -- the engraved one under the cut has convinced me that I need to wear silk bows in my hair when I finally get my Natural Form outfit done.

Note: It says there are pattern diagrams, but I haven't found any yet. I know the fold-out patterns aren't there. Ideas? Do you think they mean the images of the individual pieces of clothing?

A sample of images and receipts )

Um, there's lots more, but I think I let everyone else find it.
07 December 2007 @ 10:27 pm
This is a public service announcement about trusting the pattern. Always trust the pattern. Don't try to proactively fix it. You will be wrong, and forced to rip out hundreds of stitches. Really. Trust me on this.

Enter the Delicate Doily, a.k.a. my grandma's Christmas present.

3 pictures, much woe )

Putting off ripping out the doily, I picked up my sister's stole. Within three stitches, I discovered that some plies in the strand of yarn had broken, so I had to tink back to the beginning of the row, cut the yarn, rejoin it, and re-do work I had already done. Lame.

I was knitting along happily following the rejoining of yarn, reading my knitting instead of the chart, when I discovered that I had messed up in a serioius way on one repeat in the middle of the piece. Unfortunately, the mistake had been made eight rows/1064 stitches ago, but the pattern for that section was such that reading my knitting didn't let me notice the mistake, because I was either purling across a row or yo k2tog within a border of knit stitches.

I'm tempted just to drop the stitches on the repeat, and knit that section back up correctly, but I don't know. There's room for a lot more catastrophes with that approach, even though it would be less work if it succeeded. The reason I'm thinking about doing that is that the pattern repeat is 63 rows long, and I'm halfway through a repeat. My last lifeline was at the beginning of the repeat, so I'm not keen in ripping back that far.

Man, I just cannot win at lace lately. I'm dropping stitches, breaking yarn, and just generally making mistakes that I normally don't. These are not difficult patterns! I am capable of doing this without doing this!
Current Music: River Waltz -- Cowboy Junkies
This is an abject study in gauge and reading directions correctly.

Once upon a time, I was but a wee knittering, skilled in the ways of mittens, hats and scarves, but yearning for something big and amazing.

Enter the Heathery Duo skirt from the Fall 2004 Interweave Knits. It was true love at first sight. I live in Wisconsin; it gets cold. Skirts aren't for winter, but this skirt? This skirt was wintery, cold-proof. This skirt would allow me to buy knee-high suede boots and not look like an Eskimo.

But the yarn! Seven skeins of Cascade 220 at $8/skein? No way, man! How was I going to get those boots? So I found Cottage Craft, which was much cheaper and Canadian, so I'd be stimulating the international economy. Plus the Canadian dollar hadn't reached parity with the American dollar way back in 2004, so the conversion rate was in my favor.

Of course, since I was substituting yarn, I'd have to swatch very carefully for this. So I whipped out the size 9 needles, and . . . got gauge. I neglected, however, to wash or block the swatch or to do any of the things I'd do today to torment a swatch into behaving. Or to make a swatch larger than 3"x3". Or to read the pattern carefully, really.

I cast on and knit on the skirt sporadically for two years. I made mistakes; I ripped them out. This was a milestone project for me -- I was reading from charts, I was knitting lace, I was knitting something with more square area than my bed, possibly my bedroom. Even though I knit at the speed of snail, I was psyched. This was going to be the most beautiful skirt in the history of man. Queen Elizabeth? Psst. Queen Fug.

A year ago, I finished the first panel of the skirt and I was triumphant. One down, one to go. At this rate, I'd be done in 2010, but I didn't care. I figured I'd better measure it, just in case. So I did. And it was terible.

Read more... )
Current Music: Games You Play -- Splashdown
24 October 2007 @ 06:28 pm

This dress is knit, ca. 1800. It's still gorgeous.

I've been thinking lately about tackling a multi-year long project. The on that was kicking around my head was an Irish lace crochet Edwardian lingerie dress. (Say that six times fast!) But this? Amazinggorgeousastounding -- in Danish. The Danish bit is a puzzler, but I'm way better at knitting than I am at crochet, and it's not like a picture tells you a hell of a lot more than a paragraph long description.

The stitch actually looks a lot like the Butterfly slip dress from Rowan mumblemumble by Jennie Atkinson. It wouldn't be any worse than knitting a shawl . . . right? RIGHT?

Perhaps I'll try losing some weight first, so I don't have to knit quite so much to cover my body.

*wanders mumbling into the night of ludicrous knitting/costuming projects*

EDIT: And, what do you know? An 1820-ish gown I actually like. A lot of the time, the 1820s/30s seem like the fluffiest, silliest period, and so I find a lot of it unattractive. But this? This I would wear.
Current Music: Fallen -- Sarah McLachlan