mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
Even though the faculty association is on strike and my classes are cancelled, I am still busy trying to keep up with schoolwork and get things done so I don't have a ton of stuff to catch up on when classes resume. However, I'm still finding bits of time here and there to work on sewing and knitting. I had a sewing session/stitch-and-bitch on Sunday with my local Victorian costuming pals from Victorian at Heart. I took the opportunity to get started overcasting the seam allowances on my 1883 velveteen bodice. You can see some the seams that have been finished:
Don't worry; it has sleeves. They'll be attached once I'm done overcasting everything. I still need to cut out things like collar, tabs, and facings. Anyways, it's going really slowly, but it's going.

Knitting is slightly more productive. I've been knitting while watching hockey games. I finished the first ball of yarn and it knitted up to be 11" long and about 23" wide. I was aiming for 18" wide, but obviously cast on too many stitches. By the time I figured it out, there was no way I was going to rip out all the stitches and start over. So it's going to be bit wider than needed. Not really a problem, since I think it will be a perfectly fine length.
When I stretch out the knitting (not to its farthest length, but what I think is a goodly amount), I can get about 17" in length. And considering I bought six balls of yarn, the finished length after blocking should be about 8.5 ft. Not 9, but still pretty long. So I'm glad I don't need to worry about buying extra anymore! :)
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
Or at least cutting. I got the velveteen cut out yesterday (aside from the collar and tabs). Hoping to the get thing assembled today and then spend some time over the weekend whipstitching seam allowances. As for the cloud, it's just under 6" now. Looks like 2 repeats = 1 inch. I am a bit worried that I didn't buy enough yarn though. A question for those who are real knitters, will I get any sort of extra length after blocking? (It's knitted with a lacy pattern, every 6th row is a YO, K2tog, and it's 100% Shetland wool.)
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
Things have been a little stressful lately, but I'm still working on costuming projects. I'm not quite finished my 1867 print dress because I'm tired of it. All that needs doing is hooks and eyes, so it's something I can finish up quickly when motivated. I cut out the lining for my 1883 velveteen bodice and the new black velveteen is currently in the wash. I also started up knitting my Canadian cloud. I decided to change my pattern to 5 rows of garter stitch and one row of YO, K2tog, all with a slipped stitch at the beginning. Somehow it already has a couple of boo-boos, but nothing major, so I'm forging on. (As far as I can tell, I missed a YO at some point, but had the right number of stitches later for several repeats of the pattern and then I counted and found that I was short a stitch so made sure to add another one. I have no clue what happened with that.) Pictures:
It's so soft and fluffy! You can see all the little fuzzies, or "halo" of the Shetland wool.


Oct. 20th, 2016 04:16 pm
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
My 1867 print dress is just about done. I made a collar and cuffs the other day and got them tacked on to the dress yesterday. The only thing left is hooks and eyes. I think I am going to do hooks with thread eyes. I gave up on the idea of overcasting the armscye seam allowances because the piping makes it kind of weird and I don't want to have to deal with it. So yeah, just hooks and eyes left.

I just cast on 103 stitches for my nubia/Canadian cloud. I have the Jamieson and Smith Shetland Supreme 2-ply laceweight and am using size 7/4.5mm needles. So far I've knitted one row. I think I am going to do a 4 row pattern: 3 rows of knit and 1 row of yarn over-knit 2 together. I tried some samples of just Knit and YO,K2tog, but I think it was too holey for the larger needles. I was also trying out some even larger needles and thought it just looked too open-weave-y. I think these ones are big enough.

Since the 1867 dress is so close to being finished and today is the day I don't have to go to school, I am about to head off to cut out my 1883 green velveteen bodice. I am so ready to be working on something new. This print dress has taken forever. I am hoping the velveteen bodice won't take too long, especially since I already have my tried and true 1880 bodice pattern! I'm going to shorten the back about 1/2" to get rid of the slight wrinkles that I've been having with it. Maybe I can even get it done by November! (HA, let's not get carried away. ;p)
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)

  • school, lots of school: classes, homework, grant applications, conference proposals, meetings, workshops

  • minimal amounts of sewing, but still sewing!, the skirt for my 1867 print dress is sewn together with pockets

  • cooking, including making homemade granola bars for school snacks

  • hanging out with friends and family, bonfire the other night with marshmallow roasting, little cousin's 14th birthday yesterday with lots of cake

  • got paid so I finally bought yarn for my nubia/Canadian cloud!, Jamieson and Smith's Shetland Supreme laceweight 2-ply in white from Sheeps Ahoy (who had it back in stock again)

Ok, off to print some things for school and make granola bars.


Jun. 9th, 2016 10:48 pm
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
The wool I ordered is out of stock for the amount I want and won't be re-stocked until the fall. So I guess that project will be on hold for a while. It would also be productive if I actually worked on those baby quilts instead of researching cage crinolines. (Trying to figure out how I want to make mine later this summer.)
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
I'm feeling very chipper! I'm back home again for the holidays. It's SO nice to be home! :)

Also, I found a yarn that I think may suit me for my cloud/nubia. It's a 100% merino lace weight. Good price and looks like it has some nice fuzz on it.
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
Thinking about my future (Canadian) cloud/nubia. I'm figuring I'll need over 1000 yards/metres, probably closer to 1500-2000 knit on needles somewhere between 6-10 probably. And I'm going with a soft white/natural colour. Where I'm having trouble deciding is which yarn I should get. I'm not sure if I want 100% or a blend with silk or cashmere and I'm not sure if I should go with laceweight or cobweb. So help me pick, please! Especially all you historical-knitter-types out there!

Here are the options I found on etsy:
Merino/Silk Lace-weight:
Lace Merino Tussah Gossamer Weight:
Superwash Merino Silk Gossamer Weight (this one is the most expensive, so not sure I wanna go this route):
Supwerwash Merino Lace Weight:
100% Merino Lace Weight:
Wool-Cashmere Lace Weight:
Cobweb 100% Wool:
mala_14: (1882 Little Mermaid)
Winter is coming, guys. This means the need for warm things. At least where I live. My living history group tends to have a lot of events in the spring and it can continue to be chilly then. And the historic/house museum I plan to eventually spend more time volunteering at also has winter events. And I have outfit ideas, so I've been looking at a lot of fashion plates, specifically bustle era ones. Now, there are lots of documented cold weather things for Civil War era, like big cloaks and hoods. But the plates and photographs and pictures I've been looking at do NOT show an adequate amount for the kind of winter weather I'm accustomed to. They have hats high on the head that totally don't cover the ears. In my world, that means frostbite. But there were people living in Canada during the 1870s and 80s, so they must have been wearing something over their ears, right?

Well, in my search for bustle era hoods, I stumbled across Canadian clouds. I'd looked into clouds before, AKA nubia, nubian. (Partly because [ profile] koshka_the_cat was knitting one before and because Laura Ingalls knits a nubia for Mary at some point in the Little House books.) Much of this research had been on the Sewing Academy forum, searching through the threads. The Ragged Soldier also has a couple of knitting patterns. You can also see a pattern for a nubia on Ravelry. These all had information, but small amounts of info. Then I stumbled onto a great post by someone who had done research and was posting on Ravelry's Historic Knitting group. See here: West Coast Fibre Arts. And this is where I found the name Canadian cloud. See, I had all these questions like what sort of stitches were used for clouds and what colors were popular and how were these 3 yard long scarves worn. This blog post gave me lots of info, references in historic texts, and pointed me to where I could look up more info: Google Books. (Search knit nubia, knit cloud, knit canadian cloud and you should find the same things I did in handiwork manuals etc. from the period.)

^Knit nubia from 1916

Cloud facts:

  1. They could be knitted or crocheted

  2. They usually use very fine yarn (often Shetland, though Berlin, Pyrenean, and Andalusian are also mentioned (whatever those mean), and silks, so something fine) but large needles

  3. They can be from 1 to 3 yards long (saw a few patterns saying 2 1/2 yards, others give a number of stitches or pattern repeats)

  4. Seem to have been worn from 1850s-1920s (I've seen patterns dated from between these dates, could be an even greater range)

  5. Popular colours are white, light pink, light blue, red (for brunettes) as well as combinations of colours like white with red (only for young girls), pink or blue, black or lavender (for older ladies), mix of yellow and black (for brunettes), and a few other colours, sometimes are striped by colour or stitch pattern

  6. Worn by all kinds of people, especially popular amongst Canadians and Americans (no surprise about this if you've ever experienced a northern winter), and, although the Sewing Academy says that they were worn for nicer occasions, I found a source that says they could be made in darker coloured stripes for poor people

  7. Although many repro knits tend to be flat rectangles with plain edges, a lot of patterns say to gather the ends and finish with tassel or knit/crochet lace borders or add a fringe on the ends or even have a fringe on one end and a tassel on the other (one end goes on the head and the other wraps around the neck)

  8. One end could be a hood

  9. They are worn over other headgear, like toques or evening hair arrangements

Yeah, when I finish my shawl, this is probably going to be the next thing on my knitting needles.

And yeah, this is what I've been looking at when I should be finishing my end-of-term essays...


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