• Dress of Many Patterns – lace pattern #1

    I thought it was time to write an update on the Dress of Many Patterns and share my own lace sampler swatch in progress. The pattern comes from PieceWork and is a recreation of a piece in a knitted lace sampler book featured in the magazine in 2016. The first row of the eight-row repeat staggers the diagonal of eyelets formed; the pattern is worked in multiples of five stitches and an eight-row repeat. The stitch count remains the same – five stitches per repeat – for each repeat of the pattern throughout. If you’re interesting in trying it yourself, the pattern is below. Gauge: one 5-st repeat and 8…

  • Researching vintage colourwork

    I’ve been doing some research on colourwork patterns and knitting histories and traditions as part of the development of a new pattern, the Huron Wristers. The wristers pattern is based on a pair of lovely knitted gloves in the collection of the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol located in Goderich, Ontario. The museum’s gloves are approximately 100 years old, are knit with wool and are large enough to fit a man’s hands. The pattern is somewhat similar to Sanquhar and Fair Isle colourwork traditions. I went through many a pattern book and magazine, looking for where the pattern may have originated. I’ve come to think that the knitter (said…

  • wedding dress dated from 1911

    The Dress of Many Patterns – a citizen science project

    Hey, local Huron County stitchers! Would you be interested in a ‘citizen science project’ focusing on needlework history? What would you think of this idea: creating a number of vintage needlework samplers inspired by historic needlework items from the collection of the Huron County Museum in Goderich and then piecing those samplers into a piece of wearable art… a wedding dress?! The wedding dress design will be based on an Edwardian Tea Dress-style dress originally worn by Francis Mason Watson (1890 – 1918) a former resident of Blyth, Ontario. The shawl and dress will be made up of vintage pattern samplers (swatches) based on textile items in the Huron County…

  • Blyth Knit & Natter

    My local yarn shop Stitches with a Twist moved their Knit and Natter night outdoors! The session has changed it’s start time to 6 pm. Bring your project or finished creation and join them evening of stitching and chatting! Visit the Blyth Lions Park on Gypsy Lane at 6 pm on Wed., Aug. 26! Check out their website here: http://stitcheswithatwist.ca/

  • Knitting in code

    I just finished knitting this lovely lady as a gift for someone special. I’m experimenting and playing with the idea of including a message within the stitchwork itself. This heart has one word stitched into the gray section: look for the odd stitches. I used Madame Defarge’s cipher; each letter of the alphabet is represented by certain combinations of stitches. Here’s the link to more info & to the cipher: https://blog.uwgb.edu/…/knitting-code-a-tale-of-two-very-d…/

  • Wool roving heart

    Here’s a wool roving heart and my first attempt at using code in my knitting. This sample uses Madame Defarge’s Knitting Cipher. Defarge was a character, a tricoteur, in Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities. A combination of stitches can be used as a code, encasing meaning within the stitchwork. There are different methods for using code in knitting. Other ways might be Morse code, or a simple letter and number (related to position) in the alphabet combination. Or you could make up your own. I can see where colourwork could contain messages too! The possibilities are probably endless. In the case of the wool heart, I used Defarge’s cipher.…

  • So many hearts!

    Blue heart, pink hearts, and purple too… a very happy Valentine’s Day to you. Heart Pattern Notes Finished size: The size of the finished heart depends on the type of yarn that you use. Work flat: All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles. Tension: Don’t worry too much about tension for this pattern. Casting on: Use the long tail cast on for all pieces. Sewing seams: Use mattress stitch to sew the seams. Yarn & Notions Needles: A pair of 3.75mm straight knitting needles (US 5) or whatever you have on hand Notions: A small amount of toy filling to stuff the…

  • Huron Wristers

    Greetings & a happy December! Here’s a sneak peek at the new wrister pattern in test stitching stage; the wool is from Steele Wool Farm. The colour-work portion is inspired by the fair isle pattern of vintage knit gloves in the collection of the Huron County Museum. Once the pattern is finalized, a kit will be available for purchase. Stay tuned as this idea is under development!

  • New wristers pattern underway

    So November is here and there’s snow arriving in Huron County. It’s time to return to mitten knitting. It’s been years since I’ve made mittens; about 20 in fact. But, I’ve been thinking about a history-inspired stranded mitten pattern and I can’t get the colour-work idea out of my mind. The fair isle portion (see next post) that I plan on doing is a reproduction of the colourwork pattern of a pair of heirloom knitted gloves in the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol located in Goderich, Ontario. Happy Stitching!