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Oct. 25th, 2010

I had a simply lovely weekend at the Farm - we painted the French doors leading to the library and the master bedroom, and it looks great.  Bob also did all the measuring to put the framing in the outside doors, and we're going to put those in next time we're down there.  The garage still needs the taping and mudding finished up, but Bob's shoulder is still out of whack, so we're holding off on that for the moment.

I thought it might be time for a jacket update - my jacket, that is.  I have finished the blackwork fill on all the arm pieces, the gussets/shoulder tabs, and one of the back pieces (my pattern has two, with a center back seam).  That leaves the other back piece, and the two front pieces:


I am still waffling back and forth on whether to do cuffs; on the one hand, I always either wear my shirt turned back over the sleeve, or have cuffs pinned on:

...on the other hand, the cuffs do look rather awesome, and the lace is very attractive on the jackets that I saw that do have cuffs (not all of them do; the Maidstone jacket does not).

But, I can wait until I'm done for that decision, since I can draw them up and do them any time - they're attached to the sleeve fully finished.

I've also worked the gold on the gillyflower:

The gold is the special tambour, and I've worked the petals in detached buttonhole, and the leaf below in ceylon.  I've played with the fill stitches for the different small leaves, and I've made notations on all the fill stitches I've used - that's why I keep a binder of notes.

I can't recommend a binder for each project highly enough; it really helps to have all my references in one place.  Also, I keep pictures of extant jackets and paintings of jackets to inspire me and keep me going.  There are times when I get a bit bogged down, especially when I realize I've already put 1500 hours into this project, and I'm not even halfway done.

And then, there are times when I just take a break.  Like this last week or so, where I've been playing with various patterns for fingerless mittens.  I thought I'd start actually using some of the gorgeous wools I have in my stash, especially since some of them are not appropriate for Elizabethan knitting, but they're so lovely I bought them anyway.  I planned socks initially, but I bought a pair of fingerless mittens to wear in England on the Jacket Tour, and they were so useful and comfortable, I thought I'd make myself a pair:


I love the changes of colours, and the black really makes the whole thing pop.  Of course, I forgot to finish the top edge with seed stitch or purl, so it curls a bit, but I don't really mind.  I just love the way they feel.

The brand is Jojoland Melody Superwash, it's 100% wool, and I think the colour is MS14 (I lost the paper wrap, and I only had one ball of it).  The black is some alpaca I picked up years ago.  I still have bunches of it left, even though I use it quite a bit.

I'm playing and experimenting with different sizes and stitches in another Melody wool that isn't as variegated, but I think I like this pattern best, with slight modifications.  I love the length, since I can scrunch them up or wear them long.

Anyway, that's what I've been doing.



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Oct. 25th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
HEART jacket progress.
ENVY fingerless mittens.
Love, me :-)
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
OMG on the jacket. Can't wait to see it all done!

The mittens, did you use circular or straight needles?
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Straight, five, size 1. I do the thumb as I come to it, so I have four more size 1 needles.
(no subject) - christianet - Oct. 25th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Out of curiousity, do you find there is much shrinkage, in the pattern pieces, when you do all-over embroidery like this?
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I don't find that, but it does become stiffer and less stretchy.
(no subject) - grnvixen - Oct. 25th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Wow, the jacket is just stunning.
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
You have the prettiest hands! I only noticed because I have the hands of a mechanic making fingerless gloves look silly and too- cold- in- the- shop- on me, but enviable on you. LOL

How do you know how many hours you've put in on the jacket? Is that part of the notebook for the project as well as research?
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! (The nails are fake. Shh, don't tell anyone.)

I keep a running tally of the hours I've spent on the jacket, divided by pattern piece, and the type of stitching I'm ding. So I have separate hour totals for all sorts of parts of the jacket. :)

(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Oct. 26th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)

thats some enviable work there
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Don't mind me, I'm just going to sit here and squee loudly ablout the gorgeousness of the jacket... Even though I've been following your posts I didn't realise exactly how much of it you'd done till I saw it all together - it looks stunning!

And I love the colours on the mittens and the way it shifts. I much prefer varigated yarns that change gradually (despite the fact that none of mine do!). Which reminds me, I should really get on with making my fingerless gloves for the village... Wearing C17th kit is wonderful in winter, but my hands do get cold. :)
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Oct. 27th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I love my mittens - I may have to make another pair, just because.

I thought "hey, I could make these to sell!", but no way. It takes me four days to knit them, and comparable ones are for sale in the Sundance catalog for $28. I can't match that.
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely amazing.

The fingerless gloves are great too. :)
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Wowza! The jacket is looking incredible! I know 1500 hours is omg a lot, but the time over all does seem to have flown by... :)
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
It has, actually! :) I keep a running total of the hours and the months since I started, and it's been a year and a half since I first put pen to fabric, as it were.

I've been on a two-week hiatus, but I'll be picking it up again soon.
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
As someone unable to finish embroidery projects, I admire your dedication to the jacket project. It looks like you have been able to get so much done and it looks beautiful.

I also need to try knitting some fingerless gloves to replace my ugly fleece ones when I am in the office.
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
I've sometimes had more than three years go by between starting a project and picking it up again to finish it. :) I have a falling band that's been waiting a loooooong time to be done, but I never give up hope that I'll feel inspired to finish it someday.

Fingerless gloves are teh awesome - the mittens are especially nice because you don't have to knit little half-fingers - just the thumb.
Oct. 25th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Just stunning. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 25th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Wow....just beautiful. Love seeing your work.

Hey, side question...Gwenneth is designing a pattern to do full embroidered sleeves. She has the embroidery pattern drafted with various flowers and such. There is one flower she found in a couple of different places that she wants to use, but does not know what it is supposed to be. Any way I could send you a pic of it and see if you might be able to identify it?

Avery (who is NOT capable of sewing, embroidery or anything involving making pieces of fabric and thread work together in any form or fashion resembling anything useful...but admires those who are)
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Totes. Just send the pic as an attachment, and I'll see if I can ident it.
Oct. 25th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Btw, in case you'd like to try 'em for a future project, there's some 19th century instructions for knit fingerless mittens at http://books.google.com/books?id=JCsBAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA262 ("The Knit Armlet") -- and some 18th century examples at http://larsdatter.com/18c/mitts.html too. ;-)
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Heh - I'm terrible at following patterns - I do everything by feel. But thanks for the links!
(no subject) - strawberrykaren - Oct. 27th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 25th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Just have to echo everyone else's sentiments. Wow!
Oct. 27th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
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