Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Best buy of 2017: Juniper the cat



Obviously I don’t see her as an object, but yes, absolutely the best ‘thing’ we bought last year is our kitty, Juniper! I always had a vague idea in my head that I might like to have a cat someday, but late last year that idea materialised and sped up, and in November we picked up out kitten.
I did know that cats do funny things, and that they’re soft and fluffy, but I had no idea how lovely having a cat in the house can be. Ours is a particularly sweet and cuddly cat, but she’s also inquisitive and she can act crazy!
















She was named after this book, a favourite of mine since I was a child:


Because you always hear things about cats being haughty (“Dogs have bosses; cats have personnel”) I imagined if I got a cat I’d name him Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore, or her the Right Honourable lady [first name] [surname]. But this kitty didn’t seem haughty to me at all, and although I did find the idea of giving a cat a first name and surname funny, and did consider names like Penelope Maddox and lady Edith, Marchioness of Hexham, Juniper quickly turned out to be the only name that felt right to me and my husband! I don’t think she realises that is her name though, but rather, the Dutch word for ‘darling’ :P.

And another thing

Another thing I did last year that I’m glad about is getting my overlocker maintenanced! The machine had been frustrating me ever since I got it, to the point that I was actually afraid of it! It would work one moment and get stuck the next. For instance, I’d manage to sew a piece with it in the evening, not change anything about it overnight, and in the morning it just wouldn’t sew properly anymore! It helped that I took the Craftsy Beginner Serging course – one thing that I found enlightening, for instance, was to thread your serger with four different colours corresponding to the colours on the machine, so that you can easily see which thread comes from where and what may be the problem if the stitch isn’t looking right. I also took a lesson at the nearby sewing machine store. But in the end, there were just some issues with my machine, and some maintenance did the trick! Now it can get through any material without problems and I can use it without scolding, hurray!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

My 2017 projects


Here's an overview of the things I made this year!
Click on the images to see more about each project.


Historical clothing and accessories

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/04/two-regency-fichus.html
Two Regency fichus

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/04/red-linen-regency-jacket.html
Red linen Regency jacket
 
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/05/wool-regency-jacket-with-patchwork.html
Wool Regency jacket with patchwork lining

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/08/a-17th-century-mens-shirt.html
A 17th century men’s shirt

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/08/world-war-i-qaimns-nurse-hat.html
World War I QAIMNS nurse hat

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/09/womens-land-army-dungarees.html
Women’s Land Army dungarees

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/12/17th-century-cuffs-and-ruff.html
17th Century cuffs

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/12/17th-century-cuffs-and-ruff.html
17th Century ruff
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/12/17th-century-muff.htmlhttp://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/12/17th-century-muff.html
17th Century muff
 
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/12/womens-land-army-shirt.html
Women’s Land Army shirt

Historical knitting and crochet projects

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/misshendrie/wash-cloth
World War I wash cloth


Contemporary clothing

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/03/basic-black-skirt.html
Basic black skirt
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/03/leopard-tartan-floral-skater-dress-and.html
Leopard tartan floral skater dress and shirt
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/07/zebra-skater-dress-and-shirt.html
Zebra skater dress and shirt
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/11/colette-lady-grey-summer-coat.html
Colette Lady Grey summer coat

Contemporary knitting projects

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/misshendrie/makiko
Makiko
Interior

http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/11/halloween-table-runner.html
Halloween table runner
http://misshendrie.blogspot.nl/2017/12/winter-owls-table-runner.html
Winter owls table runner
Amigurumi

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/misshendrie/lalylala-4seasons-iii-autumn
Lalylala Seasons – Autumn
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/misshendrie/lalylala-4seasons-christmas-xmas
Lalylala Seasons – Christmas 2/3
https://www.ravelry.com/projects/misshendrie/lalylala-4seasons-iv-winter
Lalylala Seasons – Winter 2/3

Happy new year everyone!
I hope you will visit my blog again next year!