2018: Happiness Goal No. 2

Fact.  I love knitting.

Fact.  I love puzzles and a good mystery.

It only makes sense that my second happiness goal for 2018 is to continue to knit and solve the puzzles presented by the unillustrated patterns in Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843, first series).  I really do find the process of reading, researching, interpreting and knitting up these patterns to be rewarding.  It gives me great pleasure to bring these forgotten patterns back to life, and I am amazed at how little things have changed, really, in the world of knitting since 1843.

My goal is to complete twelve (or more) blog posts about patterns from the book over the year.  This will take me to the forty-first pattern in the book.  Looking through the table of contents for the book, this year will take me through the rest of Miss Lambert’s stitch patterns for doilies and into the world of Victorian-era knitted purses, including the Pence Jug, which should be interesting!




A New Blog

I have been having such a fantastic time with my Fiction Friday project over the summer that I have decided to start a second blog focussed on writing.  The new blog is called Yarns Woven.  All of my Fiction Friday posts have been transferred to the new blog.  Head on over and follow the blog to receive notifications for new posts of very short and short works of fiction.

Don’t worry, the Thread Forward blog isn’t going anywhere.  It will remain active and focus on the topics of knitting, knitting history, historical knitting patterns and history in general.

I am quite excited about the new blog and this new venture!  I was recently inspired by Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, and her use of this quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. —Theodore Roosevelt

This is me, walking out into the arena, and daring greatly!

Blog Reflections

I have been thinking a lot about the blog lately and how it continues to evolve.

My goals with the blog, as I work through Miss Lambert’s My Knitting Book (1843) are to:

  • Bring forgotten knitting patterns back to life.
  • Provide you with some guidance on working through Victorian knitting patterns.
  • Share with you images of the patterns from the unillustrated text; and
  • Teach you something new about the Victorian era through sharing my research related to the patterns.

From my own perspective, I want to share my journey with you.  I want to share the feeling of connection with the past that I get from knitting these patterns and my enjoyment of the paths that this project has taken me in researching various questions that come up along the way.  I want to share my excitement with decoding these patterns, solving their puzzles and discovering repeatedly how little knitting really has changed over the past 173 years!

And though our country everywhere is filld

With ladies, and with gentlewomen, skilld

In this rare art, yet here we may discerne

Something to teach them if they list to learn.

(John Taylor, as quoted in Miss Lambert’s Hand-Book of Needlework, 1842)

With all that in mind, I am trying to come up with a more firm plan for the blog and have been thinking about how to reach more people who  will find it interesting.

So, here is my call to action:

Do you like what you see?  Follow me on WordPress, via e-mail or on the Thread Forward Facebook page and leave comments to let me know what you like!

Spread the word!  Do you know someone who would find the blog interesting?  Feel free to share any blog post with friends or via social media.

Provide your input!  What would you like to see on the blog?  More history?  Less technical?  Longer posts?  Less detail?  More photographs?  Are re-writes of the Victorian patterns in modern language useful? Please let me know in the comments below.

A Brief MKB Project Update  

I have been procrastinating somewhat on the subject of Muffs (the next two patterns in Miss Lambert’s book) (because who needs Muffs these days?) (the connotations of the word alone are absurdly embarrassing).  This week-end, I will pull together my plan, overcome my embarassment and tackle these patterns!