Saturday, February 6, 2016

Old & New - February 6, 2016

Yesterday, I posted an update to this blog for the first time in over a year. Today, I'm going to add my 2016 WIP list and see if I can make it all the way through this list this year. Honestly, I should be able to. The list has 14 items on it. I think most are carry overs from last year. I've put some notes in Green so I remember what's left to do on them.

Knitting WIPs

  1. Chester County Soldier's Socks - both socks need feet finished
  2.  Infant Petticoats - Waistband
  3. Knitted Cuff in Brioche - one's done, need to finish the second
  4. Knitted Sontag #3 - Trim, loop & button
  5. Knitted Undersleeves #2 - finish the last pouf on the first one, make the second one
  6. Men's Knitted Night Cap - 2/3 done
  7. Purple Laurel Leaf Shawl
  8. Sailor's Sock - 1 done, cuff for second done
  9. Scarf (1840's Pattern)
  10. Scoreboard Scarf - finish last couple of games, weave in ends
  11. Spring Forward Socks - finish first sock, make second sock
  12. Winter Shawl in Plain Knitting VI 

Crocheting WIPs

  1. Scarf -in Crochet - done, needs ends woven in and fringe
  2. Sontag II - make & attach collar, put together, & buttons
  3. Sontag VI - trim, waistband, collar, put together, & buttons

That's it. That's the list of WIPs that I have already on needles or hooks, that means they were cast on needles or hooks before today's date. I won't be adding to this list. This doesn't mean I won't be working on other items.

That's all for now.

Have a great day everyone!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Update to My January 2015 Post - WIPs

Every year since I started blogging I've said I will try and do better, this year will be no different. I can't believe I haven't updated this since January, 2015 when I posted a list of what I had on Ravelry as WIPs (work-in-progress for those that don't know). So, here is the current status of my WIP list from last January.

Knitting WIPs

2 pair of Chester County Soldier's Socks 
1 pair of little boys reenacting socks
1 infant petticoat (still needs a waistband)
1 lady's claret polka in brioche (frogged)
1 men's brioche sweater (frogged)
1 men's night cap (2/3 completed)
1 Sailor's Sock (modern sock pattern)
1 1840's scarf
1 Spring Forward Sock (modern sock pattern for DD)
1 Fleur de Lis felted project

Crochet WIPs

1 men's scarf in Tunisian crochet
1 Celtic weave baby blanket
1 Tunisian crochet sontag (working on a new pattern) - still working on this one. I just need to make the collar and put everything together. 

I had 14 items back in January, 2015, I finished 4 items, frogged two and did a bit of work on some others. This doesn't include other projects that I worked on from start to finish in 2015, there were 22 of those.

Next post - 2016 WIPs

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

WIPs and the New Year

I posted earlier on my MorganAside blog that I don't do New Year's resolutions but try to set a goal instead. If you've read my other blog then you know that my goal this year includes a crafting "diet". This means that I'm trying to clear the WIPs and UFOs off my sewing/crafting table. So far it's been working. I've cleared 5 sewing UFOs and 5 knitting UFOs.  I should tell you that just before Christmas I had 19 WIPs listed in Ravelry. These are started projects not ones that are in there as "place holders".

The first WIP that I finished (for the second time) was a hat for a friend. She didn't like the first one so I frogged it. It took me several months to discover that I couldn't find a pattern that I liked for her. I ended up in the end creating one. The yarn for this project was Lino Plus from Wolle Rödel and was knitted on US #4 needles. My friend picked up two balls of it while on vacation in Germany. It wasn't horrible to work with and I was very happy with the results. I also made her two flowers, which have barrettes attached to the back of them. They can be attached through the lace.

The second finished WIP was the olive green Tunisian crocheted sontag trimmed with eggplant & salmon. It olive yarn is alpaca. The eggplant & salmon are wool. This sontag is suitable for Civil War reenacting. However, I have not seen anything knitted from alpaca in my research. Alpaca fabric yes, alpaca yarn no. It is a good alternative for those that can't wear wool. You can find the sontag & the pattern for sale at 

Next was the knitted garters. These were knitted from an original pattern published in Godey's Lady's Book in 1862. I originally started these back around 2010, so it was definitely time to finish them. They're not difficult to make they just get a bit boring. Yarn used is Dale Garn's Heilo in Lilac & Lime Green. These will be for sale on the website listed above. 

The cowl below originally started as a scarf. More specifically it started as the Eyelet Scarf (#30 from 60 Quick Knits). The book was written for Cascade 220 yarn, I used Peace Fleece Worsted in Violet Vyehchyeerom. This is one of those where I can't remember when I bought the yarn,  I had about 21 inches knit when I decided I should've bought another skein. So it decided it was going to be a cowl. Now, it is waiting for me to go buy some cool buttons. BTW, I love this yarn. 

And finally, the last of the finished WIPs (for now!). This indigo dyed yarn was hand dyed with natural dyes back in 2007 by a fellow reenacting friend. I finally started knitting the socks (soldier's socks for DH) back in 2012 and set them aside with one sock done and the second one with only the cuff done. This past Sunday I decided it was time to finish them. I finished the second sock at 1am this morning (they could still use being blocked).  I'm happy they are finally done!

This takes me down from 19 to 14 WIPs. What's still on the list?

Knitting WIPs

2 pair of Chester County Soldier's Socks 
1 pair of little boys reenacting socks
1 infant petticoat 
1 lady's claret polka in brioche
1 men's brioche sweater
1 men's night cap
1 Sailor's Sock (modern sock pattern)
1 1840's scarf
1 Spring Forward Sock (modern sock pattern for DD)
1 Fleur de Lis felted project

Crochet WIPs

1 men's scarf in Tunisian crochet
1 Celtic weave baby blanket
1 Tunisian crochet sontag (working on a new pattern)

Now, I'm on to the next WIP - the first of the two pair of Chester County Soldier's Socks. I have the cuffs and legs done on both and the heel turned on one. 

Have a good one everyone. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Yes, I'm still here! - October 11, 2014

I can't believe I last posted something here back in February. I guess it's been a horribly busy spring and summer. It went by so fast that I really can't remember.

Back in February I posted that I had 12 WIP in my Ravelry projects, I have 21 currently (I finally put everything I have started in Ravelry). I haven't added the newest project to Ravelry yet, it's a knitted infant's petticoat. I'm using a pattern from Peterson's Magazine, 1859, pg. 157. It can be found in Google Books, here.  As can be the case with period knitting instructions there are mistakes, I will post both the original instructions and my (knitted in the round) version as soon as I have the petticoat completed (which could be a couple of days or weeks - depends on my sewing schedule). So far it's looking adorable.

In the meantime, here are a bunch of pictures of projects I've completed since February. Hope they give you some inspiration for your own projects. 

Half Day Off Mitts - Sara Lamb

 Felted Mobius Basket - Cat Bordhi

Used Cat Bordhi's Moebius Cast On and just played. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014


I had hesitated on joining in on the Ravellenics games this year because of all of the sewing and customer knitting and crocheting that I needed to get done. Not only did I join Team SHERlocked for Ravellenics,  I joined Team 221B for NerdWars (first year doing this one) but that is another post. :-)

I'm extremely glad I joined in on Ravellenics and very happy I found Team SHERlocked. They are a great group of people. Joining the team and competing in the games I've been motivated to finish 6 WIP projects (so far) and start/finish 3 new projects. Here's the photos of the ones that are done so far.  I'll try and post more about these projects later.

Tam of Rassilon by Ellen Hyde
1840s Double Knitted Scarf
Men's Scarf in Tunisian Crochet
by MorganAside/KayFig
Men's Scarf in Tunisian Crochet
by MorganAside/KayFig

Salter Path
by Melissa J. Goodale
Tunsian Crochet Boys' Vest

Tunisian Crochet Boy's Vest
Ladies' Knitted Under Petticoat
Godey's Ladies' Magazine
Easy Mobius Cowl
by Haley Waxberg

Now, as of this afternoon, I have 12 projects listed as WIPs (work-in-progress). That doesn't include the two sontags I've got started and one scarf that I forgot to put in when I started it (about 2 years ago, I think). Five of the WIPs I have in Ravelry are "placeholders", projects that I put in that aren't actually started yet. The other seven are projects that are in various states of completion. Two are Chester County Soldier's Socks. One pair has the legs done, the other only the cuffs. There's a red 1840's scarf that may never get done. A Circular Cape in Princess Royal stitch (patterns a Tunisian crochet pattern from the 1860s), it just needs the fronts attached to the cape, the neck edge finished and buttons. A pair of modern socks for my dd. A pair of mitts that only has one done. And finally, a shawl that I cast on for the Ravellenics/Nerd Wars. I don't think it will be finished for Ravellenics since it ends tomorrow, but I should be able to finish it by the end of the month for Nerd Wars.

I'm off to sew now and try and finish one more WIP for Ravellenics tonight.  Have a great day!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

When I'm Not Sewing....

Okay, so as I mentioned in my MorganAside blog, when I'm not sewing, I'm knitting. Here's what I've been working on and completed. 

This is the second Ladies' Knitted Petticoat I've done (and sold).  You can find the pattern here.  Someday, I might get around to making one for myself.  Someday!

Both of these sontags are made from the pattern I created (which you can purchase here.) The blue, white, & red one is made entirely from Brown Sheep NatureSpun sportweight yarn. The green, white, and pink one is made from Cascade 220 (green), Cascade 220 sport (pink) and NatureSpun sportweight (white).  The green was a custom order, while the blue one is for sale, here.

The Winter Cuffs in Double Knitting were made from left over white and pink yarn from the green sontag.

 I've also been busy working on the Sewing Sisters (Facebook page) Laurel Leaf Shawl knit-a-long and several Norwegian Morning/Bonnet Caps. I need to get back to sewing so I will have to comment on them in another blog.  Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Scarf in Crochet, Peterson's Magazine, May 1864

Scarf in Crochet
Mrs. Jane Weaver
Peterson's Magazine, May 1864
In the front of the number we give a new and pretty pattern, printed in colors, of this Scarf.
Materials.-- One oz. of black split zephyr; half oz. of orange or salmon color.
With the black wool make a chain of seven inches long. Work in dc, making three stitches in a group. Repeat this every row until you have a piece worked twelve inches in length: then tie on the orange wool and work eight rows; then six rows black, eight rows orange. Repeat until the piece of work is three-quarters of a yard in length. This completes on half of the Scarf. Begin with the black, as at first, and work a second piece exactly the same as the first piece. Join at the back, and finish the ends with fringe alternate black and orange.

NOTE: Modern Fingering weight would be the closest equivalent to Split Zephyr.

This is my first attempt at making this scarf. I used some leftover Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarn in Irish Shamrock & Mountain Purple. I used a size H ChiaoGoo bamboo crochet hook to make it. I made a 7" long chain with the green yarn, skipped the first two chains and made three double crochets in the next chain. I then skipped the next two chains and repeated the 3 double crochets until the last chain where I made only one double crochet. *I chained two, turn, then made three double crochets in the top of the middle double crochet in the previous row, repeat this until the end of the row, make one double crochet in the "space" between the last double crochet set and the "single" double crochet at the end. Continue from * until 12" long, break yarn, leave a 5" tail, tied on the purple and continued the pattern for 8 rows, then back to the green for 6. You can repeat these until the scarf is 27" long or your desired length. Remember this is half of the scarf.  I did three sets, alternating purple and green. Instead of making a second 7" chain, I crocheted into the opposite side of the original 7" chain and repeated everything I did for the first side. Once you have finished the last of the green rows (if you've made it 27" long on the other side you should have about 54" of scarf now). Break the yarn and weave in all ends. There are no measurements for how long to make the fringe, so I just wrapped the yarn around a hardcovered book. I used 4 strands of purple and 2 strands of the green folded in half and attached in the "spaces" at the end of the scarf.

Thank you to my friends, Marta & Kay for use of their original Peterson's Magazines. You can also find this pattern on Google Books, here.