I do research on and recreate garments and objects from the past. My sources range from original items to photographs in books, periodicals, art works, literary references and period patterns. My research also involves the history of knitting needles and related implements.
The portrait in the corner is by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) of Elisabeth Alexeyevna (?), location and ownership unknown.
This collection of knitted harvest vegetables and a cornucopia embellishes a table at work. The tiny pumpkins are borrowed from the Halloween tree, and the rest are from various patterns, all scattered across my Raverly projects' page. They were all fun to knit, and contributed to a bit of stash busting.
This pattern comes from the second of Wicked Woolen’s Two
Victorian Purses.* It is a “modernised” version of A Very Pretty Turkish
Purse.**Knit on larger needles
and with fewer stitches, this newer purse is still close in size to the other
one I made from the original pattern. Of course, not having 19th
century materials to knit with, I have no idea of the exact size of the purse
knit in the 1840s.
was knit on 2 mm/US O needles with DMC Cébélia 10 cotton in green, pink
and white. As with the last purse, the rings are too large so I will have to
look out for smaller ones to ensure a more snug fit.