Monday, 5 January 2009

2009 Knitting Resolutions

It isn’t as bad as it looks and it is, in fact, much more organised. There are currently no socks on the needles in the sock/Crabtree & Evelyn bag, the latest pair being finished last night and posted on Ravelry tonight. The contemporary wips number about five at the moment with the reproductions far outnumbering them:

1. Lady's 19th century garters
2. Cord and tassels for a completed sontag
3. Knitted counterpane shells (one a day or at least five a week – they only take twenty minutes each to knit) and design the sides and corners and think about the edging
4. THE GARMENT – finished as a birthday present for Stephen Maturin (March 25th ) which that is the goal
5. Child's handspun 18th century stockings (one foot and a complete stocking)
6. Child’s marled 18th century stockings (same as above)
7. Handspun gauntlet gloves (one down, one to go)
8. Lady's 19th century fingerless gloves (second one)
9. Vanity Fair purse
10. 1918 Dutch baby cap
11. Infant's 17th century jacket
12. Gentleman's 19th century underdrawers (only the top on the second side)
13. Stephen Maturin’s blue stockings (peeking out of the 18th century pockets)
14. Lady's mid-19th century brown stockings

Planned reproduction projects include

1. Lady's 19th century underbonnet cap
2. Man's 19th century nightcap
3. Child's 19th century nightcap
4. Lady's 18th century mitts
5. 19th century purse (yes, another one!)
6. 1918 boudoir cap
7. 17th century red stockings to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Washington Irving’s satirical first book, A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty by Dietrich Knickerbocker in which he describes the stockings (also blue) of the inhabitants of New Amsterdam.
8. 18th century stockings with re-knitted foot
9. Lady's 19th century undersleeves
10. More Aubrey-Maturin miniatures

I would also like to reproduce one of the little knitted shawls from the television production of Cranford.

Well, that’s the plan. Finishing is not difficult. Resisting starting new projects (contemporary and historical), including the unplanned, will be the challenge!


A Homely Heroine said...

Wow, all I can say is good luck! And thanks for the mitten pattern(s) : )

One More Stitch said...

Thanks! Hope the mitten pattern works out - post photos!

=Tamar said...

I feel better now about my unfinished and unstarted projects...
and I am impressed by how much more you work on yours than I do on mine.
I'm just a dilettante. said...

I just watched Cranford for the first time, and those little knitted shoulder shawls caught my eye. It's unusual in costume dramas to see such homely attire, so hats off to Jenny Bevan for being so thorough!

One More Stitch said...

Thank, Tamar, for your comment. Let me add that I am always impressed by your encyclopedic knowledge of knitting and textiles!

One More Stitch said...

I also noticed two similar pairs of knitted half-gloves. Miss Matty had the fancier pair.

I should put them on the list.

The clothing, as usual in these productions, was superb. One of my favourite eras of printed fabrics.

Mollie said...

I have been searching the internet trying to find a pattern like the one you are thinking of re-creating ie Miss Matty's knitted shawl in Cranford so would be really interested if you are able to do this. I am only a ordinary knitter but once in the 70's knitted jumpers for my kids from a Mon Tricot pattern book where it was knitted sideways which seems the way that her shawl was knitted I still have this pattern but would find it very hard to develop it on to re create the shawl which i thought was so attractive and draped so nicely. Do hope that you might be able to offer some advice thanks very much.