Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

I’m taking part in a citizen science project trying to reconstruct a silk stocking from the 17th century. It’s part of a larger project called Refashioning the Renaissance, studying clothing of that period in Western and Northern Europe. Our knitting team started practicing and making swatches with wool and 0,7mm needles. This is what I came up with ūüėÄ


Olen lupautunut mukaan kansalaistiedeprojektiin jonka tarkoitus on rekonstruoida 1600-luvun silkkisukat. Sukkien tutkiminen ja kutominen vanhan mallin mukaan on osa Refashioning the Renaissance -tiedeprojektia, joka professori Paula Hohdin johdolla tutkii renesanssin ajan L√§nsi- ja Pohjois-Euroopan muotia. Ryhm√§mme aloitti harjoittelmalla kutomista todella ohuilla 0,7mm puikoilla ja villalangalla, niin ohuella etten ole sellaista ennen n√§hnyt! Sattumalta sukka on juuri sopiva poikien vanhalle Action Manille ūüėÄ Viel√§ puuttuu toinen sukka ja loput vermeet!



Here’s my first swatch rectangle knitted with the thinnest yarn and needles. Next I tried knitting in the round with the same 0.7mm needles and some left over Estonian yarn from my shawl project. Here you can see the difference in thickness of the two yarns and the metal 0.7mm needle compared to a modern carbon fibre 1mm needle.











My little sock ended up being just the right size for our boys’ old Action Man! So I had a perfect blocking dummy and model for my sock (except for the toe part which is slightly too long).

Here you can see the garter under which a ribbon was tied to keep the stocking up. The back seam is elaborated with purl stitches and along the sides of the seam run the decreases and increases to shape the sock. There is a “clock” at the ankle, a decoration of purl stitches. Quite a high gusset was also usual.

A very good description and pattern for these kind of stockings can be found on Mara Riley’s net site.



Now all our hero needs is another sock and the rest of the gear!

Barbie clothes, Barbin vaatteita

Barbie gold

My interest in sewing started with making Barbie doll clothes. I made literally hundreds of them, for myself , my sister, cousins, later for my daughter and all our goddaughters. Long dresses were my passion, and I took inspiration from old films with historic costumes.


Innostukseni ompelemiseen alkoi Barbin vaatteista. Malleja ja inspiraatioita hain vanhojen leffojen puvustuksista ja erityisesti pitkiä pukuja syntyi lukemattomia. Tässä alla vanhimpia malleja, yläkuvassa kultaisesta trikoosta ommeltu iltapuku tyttäreni kokoelmista.

Barbie dresses

Here are some of the oldest ones that I’ve saved after my daughter’s doll games. All made in my early teens and in need of repair! The golden dress in the top picture is one I made for my daughter. I’ll make a longer post of these later…

Barbie materials

The reason I dug these out is I bought two samples of lace for a wedding dress I’ll be making and bought enough (20 cm) to make Barbie clothes with ūüôā


Barbin vaatteet kaivoin varaston k√§tk√∂ist√§ kun tulin ostaneeksi kaksi kahdenkymmen sentin p√§tk√§√§ pitsikangasta h√§√§puvun mallikappaleiksi ja ajattelin ett√§ niist√§ voisi tehd√§ nukenvaatteita ūüôā