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The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing

This page from my knitting journal shows my sketch and initial notes for this hat, as well as a finished photo and the yarn label for the care instructions. SketchThis can be a rough as you want to make it, or it can be a finished drawing. No one has to see it if you… Continue reading The KnotMagick Guide to Pattern Writing

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Cotton in the Civil War

Many of us, particularly in the North, like to think that when America gets involved in a conflict, especially on it's own terf, that it's a just war, a righteous conflict. But the truth is, most of the conflict we've fought in the past 243 years have been for economic reasons: tariffs and taxes, access… Continue reading Cotton in the Civil War

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Finished Objects

Why yes, my proper sock needles finally arrived. I finished these almost immediately after tearing open the package. They're just a plain vanilla sock, top down, out of Tsuki Mountain Fibers in Guardian. There's really not much else to say about these. The construction is super basic, but the yarn has purple, black, blue, pink,… Continue reading Finished Objects

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Would This Kill Me in the 1800s: Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is one of those "old timey" diseases I've been aware of since I was a kid--not just because I read a lot of historical fiction as a kid, but also because I grew up in mosquito country. But knowing it exists isn't the same as knowing what it does. So what is yellow… Continue reading Would This Kill Me in the 1800s: Yellow Fever

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Review: Knitter’s Pride Dreams 10″ sock needles

These itty bitty needles are a new experience for me. I decided to try them on a whim after one of the cats chewed on my favorite Chai Goo sock needles and made them unusable. I bought these from Webs for about $10 each, in sizes US1/2.25mm and US2/2.75mm. I was actually trying to find… Continue reading Review: Knitter’s Pride Dreams 10″ sock needles

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Cat Update

The felines were very confused this week when we got 8" of snow. We're safe and warm and the snow is nearly gone as I type this, but we're thinking of our friends in Texas, Oklahoma, and other parts of the south that are without heat and power at the moment. We started giving the… Continue reading Cat Update

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Patreon Update

As I mentioned at the end of last year, I've really been working hard to expand my Patreon page this year. With two new tiers, there are now a lot more rewards. With levels at $1, $3, $10, and $20, there's something for just about everyone. Right now, I'm in the process of adding video… Continue reading Patreon Update

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A Brief History of Elastic

We've all been living in our PJs for so long at this point, it's hard to imagine putting on normal jeans to go to the grocery store. How does anyone function without elastic waistbands, strech denim, elasticated socks, or the hundreds of other strechy, adjustable products we use on a daily basis? It starts with… Continue reading A Brief History of Elastic

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A Review: Renoir Boots from American Duchess

One thing I've been doing since I started working from home is slowly compiling the pieces I need to finish off my Victorian costumes for reenactment, since that's something I'd like to get back to once we can go places again. The first item on my list is one I've been lusting after for years,… Continue reading A Review: Renoir Boots from American Duchess

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Knitter Seeks Burial Stockings

You've probably figured out by now, even if you're new here, that I like history. And textiles. And in particular, textile history. Several years ago, back near the start of this blog, I lived in Italy for a brief period while studying textile conservation. While there, I developed a keen interest in the burial stockings… Continue reading Knitter Seeks Burial Stockings