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!


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