Silk Stocking project – getting started, Silkkisukkaprojektin aloitus

I finally got to knitting the actual silk stocking for the citizen science project I'm taking part in. Our aim is to replicate stockings from 1650 found in a tomb in the Turku Cathedral. The actual pair of stockings is currently on show at the Turku Castle in an exhibition called A Few Words about… Continue reading Silk Stocking project – getting started, Silkkisukkaprojektin aloitus

Comfort shawl, lohtuhuivi

I have kept busy although you might not think so considering the frequency of my posts! I have finally started knitting the historic silk stocking I mentioned in a previous post and will be telling you how that's going shortly. There are many more projects I want to share so I'll just have to find… Continue reading Comfort shawl, lohtuhuivi

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… Continue reading Teeny-tiny knitting, Pikkuruisia neuleita

Warm woollens for the outdoors, lämmintä päälle

More felted mittens and a pair of leg warmers to match. This time I used a much thinner yarn, Pirkka-lanka, which is an old favourite of mine. It felts wonderfully and has a really fantastic colour chart of over 80 beautiful shades. Scroll down for instructions in English. * Kokeilin huovutettujen lapasten neulomista myös ohuemmalla… Continue reading Warm woollens for the outdoors, lämmintä päälle

Felted mittens, huovutetut lapaset

We're in the middle of winter with forecasts of temperatures well below freezing as far as they'll predict. A pair of woollen felted mittens is just what's needed for this weather and I had to replace an old pair. For felting you need a 100% wool yarn, preferably loosely threaded. Mine is an discontinued old… Continue reading Felted mittens, huovutetut lapaset

Lace shawls, pitsihuiveja

It took me just over a year to knit this woollen lace shawl, on the left. The one with the bigger circles is an older version knitted with linen thread. I love the delicate look of them both. * Vuoden uurastuksen jälkeen sain vihdoin villaisen vasemman puolisen huivin valmiiksi. Toinen isompikuvioinen on parin vuoden takaa… Continue reading Lace shawls, pitsihuiveja

Knitted historical stockings, ohuet 1600-luvun villasukat

I gave these fine stockings to my son's girlfriend for Christmas to go with her historical clothing (they are both into historical re-enactment and a lot of sewing... but I have the privilege to have been appointed knitter and lacemaker 😉 ) * Poikani ja hänen tyttöystävänsä harrastavat historian elävöittämistä ja ovat käsin ommelleet itse upeita asuja harrastuksensa innoittamina. Minä saan kunnian toimia "hovi"-kutojana ja -pitsintekijänä 😉

Felted handbags, huovutettuja pikkulaukkuja

These felted handbags are quick to make and easy to "wear", simple but very versatile. The black one is years old and decorated with a "built-in" reflector (you can see more similar reflectors here). It also has a zipper at the top. The ones with a flap have a big snap fastener sewn on. Here… Continue reading Felted handbags, huovutettuja pikkulaukkuja

17th century style knitted socks, sukat 1600-luvun tyyliin

Here's a pair of socks I knitted for my son to go with his 17th century historical costume. Searching the internet for references I stumbled on many fascinating sites about the history of knitting. One of them was a blog called Global Encounters, by Paula Hohti, a finnish historian, textile researcher and professor of Art and Culture… Continue reading 17th century style knitted socks, sukat 1600-luvun tyyliin