Holiday knitting

Yes, I have holidays 🙂 The first two days I used to cut out the rest of the parts for the burgundian dress and start with its collar.


However, taking the whole dress with me when travelling is quite unpractical and as there is still some of the wool left, I started knitting another jacket for my little cousin 🙂 This time the following one:

BabyjackeOf cause it is again from DROPS Design, it is BabyDROPS 21-1. Again, it will be in the wool-white colour, that I did the set in 🙂


The arm doesn’t fit! Oh, it does…

After one side-seam to try the sewing by hand on the real dress, I did the one arm I had already cut out and when I tried it on, it didn’t fit! And I had already done all the cutting of the seam allowances and flat felling of them, so that it would have been difficult to change them… But then I remembered, that I didn’t yet put in the gore that was to go into the uppermost 10 cm of the arm 😉 so the whole thing was all right, as the lower bit of the arm was already fitting perfectly.


As I had planned, I now used a smaller length for the stitches – they are about 1 to 2 mm long. I mainly used running stitch and every 10 cm or so I used backstitch for about 2 cm, so that even should th thread break, it would not leave a big whole. I think the 10 cm are more than enough though; on the next seams of the skirt I’ll use much less, because I do not think it that necessary and it will take less time.

On the Arm I used the backstitch for reinforcement around the wrist, witch is narrow and gets some strain when I put on the dress, on the elbow and the Armpit/ back of the arm, as the seam runs behind and not under the arm.

Beginning the Burgundian Dress…

On Saturday I found the time to make the pattern for the dress – but I couldn’t bring myself to really starting to cut up the fabric…

When I woke up the next morning, I suddenly had the question in mind, how the two Layers were treated – were they, as you would do it today, sown separately with the seam allowances in between or together, the colour of the outer layer showing as on the brown one on this page, or some other way? Good that I thought of this before cutting, as I would cut the seam allowances accordingly…

I looked through all my pictures and didn’t find an example of the colour of the outer layer showing in seam allowances on any of the lifted skirts that I found, so that I came to the following conclusion: I’ll sew both layers as one and use the flat felling technique – but I won’t divide the seam allowances and stitch them down respectively, I will just fold them over to one side and by sowing so the lining will lay on top and the green of the outer layer won’t show. I tried the hole thing on a test seam and this is, what it looks like:

Probenaht In the top pic you can see the colours nicely.

The middle one is a closeup of the seam – the green stitches are about 2 to 3 mm in length; for the actual dress I want to use a little shorter ones if possible. Here I used backstitch, which I will use at the top of the dress and at all the points, where a lot of stress will come onto the seam/ where I want it a little stronger, like at the top of gores.

In the bottom you see a diagram of the way I made the seam – I always find diagrams much easier to understand than the explanation (like the one I gave above 😉 ).


So I decided, to cut all the pattern pieces with a seam allowance of 2cm, wich will make it easier in sewing together, because I won’t need to look at the lines but just align the edges and sew along. After sewing the actual seam, I’ll cut of three of the layers to 1 cm and fold the remaining long one around, stitching this one to the fabric of the lining.


The fabric is only 110 cm wide, which is much closer to the average width of the medieval cloth than the 150cm that you usually get, so that I could just use the whole width of the silk, without having to think about too wide pieces in the pattern. As I always try to think and plan the way I would have, had I lived in the time in question, I used the space that appeared between the front and back part of the pattern to make one more gore, so that I will use up all the fabric and have some more width in the skirt – the only thing I’m a little concerned about with this one is, that it is cut diagonaly and might tend to strech…however, it is not very wide (40 cm at the bottom) and I think it will be ok.


For the Layout of the other pattern pieces I tried to use the edge of the fabric as much as possible, to use the form stability this will give – at the center back and the center front seam, the latter also being the edge of the V-Neck, so that that won’t stretch. As soon, as I have a proper sketch of the layout and pattern, I’ll post it here 🙂

Basicaly, the pattern consists of two front pieces, witch have some additional width in front, because the V-Neck line continues into the front seam, two back pieces, witch just go straight down in the center back, two center back gores witch will be set in at the hight of the belt and one enter back witch will be set between those two gores a little further down, as that one is a little shorter, because it is cut across the width of the fabric. The dress will have a slight train in the back; just enough to lie on the floor, but only just trail behind; I put an extra length of about 15 cm in at the back.


As I am in India at the moment, I couldn’t ignore Mehndi as a great tool for creativity 🙂 Mehndi is the design you draw upon the Hands, Arms or Feet with paste made from henna. I often practise by just outlining my hand on some paper and drawing the design in there. The last design I did on my own hand is the following:

IMAG0942Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures last time I spend an afternoon drawing Mehndi for everyone, but next week there will be some celebration in the school and some of the girls already asked if I could draw some Mehndi for them just before, so I’ll get you some more pictures then 🙂 The girls in the school just like my Mehndi very much *happy*

But for now I’ll show you some of the designs I did on paper:


Babyset finished :)

I finally finished the Jacket for my new little cousin 🙂 Because of the raspberry design on the body and the arms it had taken me quite long, but now it is all finished, the seams are closed and all the lose ends of threads are sewn in. I think, all in all, knitting things for Babies is still more fun, than a sweater for an adult, because it is so much more quick to finish 🙂 (ok, admittedly, it really depends on the design and the thickness of the yarn…)


I don’t have any Buttons here with me at the moment, so my mother will have to add them, when she comes visiting in a month and takes it back to Germany to my uncle.


And here a picture of the finished set:IMAG1045


I used only 220g of the wool, instead of the 350g they approximated in the instuctions; so now my uncle can decide, if he wants something else to go with the set, a second jacket, or whatever out of the leftover wool 🙂

Lazy?! Some nearly finished stuff

Sorry, I didn’t post anything for some time… But the Jacket for my little cousin took some time, as the design slows you down a bit in your knitting speed. But that wasn’t the only problem – because the knitted bit was only growing slowly, I fear I lost my enthusiasm a little and didn’t knit as often/ as long each as I could have…

But now at least the design part is finished (body and arms), and of the shoulders I already finished half yesterday 🙂 That part goes so much faster.

But I also nearly finished the Harpcase! I sewed the parts of the outer Layer and the lining together respectively; I still don’t have a fabric for the padding, so that I just made two separate bags that are to be connected, when the padding is in between at the whole top seam.

I was happy, that the harp actually did fit in, as it had been difficult to make a pattern for it, because all the edges are slanting in a different directions, so that the main planes of the case are somewhat twisted… (The top edge going steep down, the bottom edge coming slightly up and somewhat to the outside)

Baby clothes

My Uncle got a Baby in March and I definitely wanted to make something for my new little cousin 🙂  I decided, that I wanted to make a small blanket for him and asked my mother and aunt to send my favorite wool to me… but somehow the parcel got stuck or lost or whatever in the customs, so that it only arrived a week ago.

As Alessandro (my new cousin 🙂 ) is now some month old already, I wasn’t sure whether he would still need a blanket. so I asked my uncle and he decided on this cute set of clothes:


Which is, of cause, again from DROPS Garnstudio, where I usually buy all my wool and get all my patterns (they’re free!)

The wool I’ve got is a wool-white Alpakawool.

As the parcel arrived already a week ago, I already finished the shoes (not in the pic above) and nearly finished the pant 🙂 Making clothes for babies is so nice, because they’re so small, that you can finish them very fast!


I have played for some time with the idea of making my own case for my harp, as the one I have for it is actually a bit too big and its not well cushioned. Especially for the flight back to Germany (I’m in India) I want a case that looks small (so I’ll be allowed to carry it as hand luggage) and that protects the harp from all the hits it’s going to take in the airport and on the plain.


So my plan was to make a closely fitting bag, that is lined with one or two layers of woolen blanket.

I already found a nice fabric, which has a green-golden colour and is made of 60% Silk and 40% Cotton. I wasn’t looking for Silk, but in India you get is very easily. It is 110cm wide and was 380 Rupees per Meter, which is something around 4,50 Euro.


On the back of the Case I wanted to do some embroidery and came up with the following pattern:


IMAG0884 For the embroidery I used the shuttle-thread of the fabric – the more golden part of the fabric. The weft is a thin green Yarn, which gives the whole fabric this nice colourchanging appearanc. In the picture the colour doesn’t really show.

It is a single yarn (not twistet together out of multiple strands) and frays quite easily, so that I used quite short bits of yarn for the embroidery.


Because the design has quite many points and curves, I used whipped backstitch, which takes points and curves very well:

whipped backstichFirst you do backstitch (first picture) and than you just take the thread through the stitches you made, without piercing the fabric (second pic).

More Loop Braids!

Inspired by this website I made some more complex Loopbraids:


This is a nine-loop flat braid as explained here on the above linked website.

I used a ‚handshake start‘ to make that nice loop at the beginning – you link one half of the loops through the others and start by braiding them individually for a bit; first the one and then the other (here a square four-loop and a square five-loop braid). Than you put all loops onto the fingers and continue with the nine-loop braid.

One thing you need to look out for, that I didn’t do properly, is that both the thin braids should be of the same length when you join them. In the example above you see the colourfull braid is longer than the red one…

After the Loop at the beginning I did a square braid for some centimeters and than opened the braid up into a flat one, wich has a width of about 8mm.


In the next braid I tryed out some more of the braiding possibilities with nine loops. I started again with a square braid,  in the middle pic you see the top/ bottom and in the right one the sides. This time the starting loop worked out better 🙂



I’ll only include the parts of the braid, that I liked; some Ideas that I tried just didn’t work out and some stuff from tutorials I didn’t really like.

One braid from a tutorial (click me) is a so called Unorthodox Braid (number two in the linked page) and I do quite like the way both the front and back have a nice design of their own:

Pic’s coming…

Next I tried to make something up myself and ended up with the following one: In the picture on the right you see the way I went with the small finger of the other hand through the loops (following the green thread) to take the thumb loop of this hand. Than I walked up all the loops and did the same for the other side. The two pictures (left and middle) show the top and bottom side of the braid. It doesn’t really matter whether you take the thumb loop reversed or not, but it gives a nicer edge if you stick with one way (in the middle picture on the top it is reversed, on the bottom unreversed. If you look closely, there is s slight difference at the edge).


Next thing I tried to make was a five loop braid with two two-loop braids now and than connected to it, spiraling around each other. That didn’t quite work out. So I tried instead to make a seven loop braid with one two-loop braid connected to it once every colour repetition and that did work out 🙂


You only see it a little in the picture, but you could actually thread another two- or three-loop braid through the loops of the small braid at the side and use it for example at the top of a purse for drawing it together.







A little later I found this website, witch has great descriptions of historically described braids. The braid I did is this one; it has eight loops.Bild

For all the braids I used embroidery floss, which worked out quite well, I think.


I decided to continue this blog in english, as most of my sources are in english and this way my blog also is open for more poeple 🙂


Ich habe mich entschlossen, diesen Blog auf Englisch fortzufuehren, weil ich eh nur englische Quellen benutze und auf diese verweise und ausserdem, weil dadurch mein mehr Leuten offen steht. Wenn jemand sich aber ueber deutsche Post freuen wuerde, weil Englisch eine zu grosse Sprachbarriere darstellt, bitte kommentieren, dann ueberleg ich mir was 🙂