About Weldon's Practical Needlework

From Interweave Press:

About 1885, Weldon’s began publishing a series of fourteen-page monthly newsletters, available by subscription, each title featuring patterns and instructions for projects using a single technique.

About 1888, the company began to publish Weldon’s Practical Needlework, each volume of which consisted of twelve issues (one year) of several newsletters bound together with a cloth cover.

Each volume contains hundreds of projects, illustrations, information on little-known techniques, glimpses of fashion as it was at the turn of the twentieth century, and brief histories of needlework. Other techniques treated include making objects from crinkled paper, tatting, netting, beading, patchwork, crewelwork, appliqué, cross-stitch, canvaswork, ivory embroidery, torchon lace, and much more.

From 1999 through 2005, Interweave published facsimiles of the first twelve volumes of Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week 2: Knitted Knee-Caps In Red Wool

I am still "easing into" the projects by choosing some simpler patterns to start with.  This week's project is "knee-caps", which will be knit on US #4 needles, in worsted weight yarn.  The original pattern calls for "Crimson 3 thread superfine fleecy wool" which is roughly equivalent to worsted weight.

I tried Cascade 220 yarn but it was too thick for the #4 needles.  So I'm using Merino 3 Strand by Morehouse Farm, which is nice and soft, as I imagine a fleecy wool would be.  It's not crimson though, I only have gray.  Sad, I wanted red knee-caps!

What ARE knee-caps?  If you are of a certain age, you have experienced those days when your knees complain with an arthritic kind of ache.  You may have spent a long day on the ski slopes, or running a 10K race, or gardening...or some other activity that put stress on the old knees.  Knee caps are just the thing to coddle and soothe your achy joints!

Victorian houses lacked central heating and older folks would have been especially susceptible to drafts and cold air.  Things like knee-caps, wristers, mitts and night caps would have been handy to keep warm.

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