Shawn L. Bird

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poem-costume construction February 28, 2015

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 3:26 pm
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2X2tutu

They’re hiding out at Huyter’s House

amid tutus and two by twos.

Keren constructs costumes and walls

Her production can not stall

(though reproduction’s done, y’all).

Garage transformed to costume shop

Gladly reformed for custom stops.

Accost tutus and two by twos,

Keren will hand a hammer to you!

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(For my amazing friend Keren, of Huyter’s House of Costumes, because the dance studio productions don’t really care whether the new sewing room is finished or not!)  🙂

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poem- echoes October 29, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:51 am
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I bought

an adorable black hat

at Goorin Bros.

Tilted the burgundy brim

to the perfect angle

Grabbed my new

wooly black ruana,

draped it around my shoulders

with a flourish, loving the fall

of the ruffled edges,

the weight, the warmth.

I felt my creativity

shouting through the garb,

felt Bohemian, wild, and artistic.

Then I grinned in the mirror

and saw the echo of my

great-grandmother’s

Salvation Army cape and bonnet.

We never get too far away

from home.

 

 

jabot completed December 4, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:15 am
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You may recall that I started with a 2X3 inch seed stitch base.  The last two entries have shown the bottom layer and edging.

Three more layers were added, spaced an inch apart, and the end.  I just eyeballed the length of the lace section in each case, making each about 1.5 inches shorter than the previous.  Although the lowest layer was made in a fan shape, the subsequent layers I doubled the stitches on the first two knit rows after picking up 14 stitches in the base, and just went straight down from there.

Once all four layers were knit and edged, I pulled out the fine yarn, and using a 3.25 mm needle, picked up 5 stitches and seed stitched a collar to the neck length.

Upon completion I made two loops at the end (stitch around twice, then blanket stitch the top loop).  Add a button on the base.

All done!

 

lace jabot edging December 3, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:41 pm
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finish the purl row, turn, add 8 stitches.

knit back to the base of the jabot, knitting the 8th stitch into the jabot (knit 2 together).

turn

slip, knit one, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit two, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit three, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn, slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit four, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2.

turn slip, knit back, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

slip, knit rest of row

turn slip, knit, bind off 4, (8 edging stitches remain, knit these, last stitch of edging knit together with next jabot stitch, turn

REPEAT until all the jabot has been picked up.

bind off

 

lace jabot in progress December 2, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:11 pm
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Here is how I am constructing the knit lace jabot:

Using a fine weight white yarn, I knit 15 stitches in seed stitch (knit, purl) until work measured 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.  This is the base.

Using a 0 weight (lace) crochet thread rated for a 1.5 mm needle, pull the threads through spaces in the base across the bottom onto a 2.75 mm needle.  (14 holes=14 stitches on knitting needle) knit one row, then purl back.  Add a stitch in the hole between each stitch (27) purl back. For pattern: knit 4, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together until last 4 stitches, knit.  Next row, purl back.  Continue for1,5 inches, then a knit row purl row (repeat), then add a stitch between each stitch and continue in pattern.  Repeat sections until you get the length you want.

(I played with adding some movement to the lace by starting some with 5 knit stitches and others with 4.  Decided I didn’t really like it, so changed my technique for subsequent layers)

Then add the fancy border.  See the next post for that!

FYI- I used Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread size 10, 100% viscose from Bamboo.

 

lace jabot December 1, 2011

Filed under: projects — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:04 pm
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So, if you should happen to be a handsome gentleman in the 18th century, there would be an essential item of clothing that we rarely see in the 21st century.  You would be wearing a lace jabot.

A jabot is a tiered tie made from lace.  It attaches around the neck, and drapes down the front of the chest like a bib.

If you were an 18th century wife, you probably knitted jabots for your husband (and sons) with lots of love.  They showed off your wifely skill around their necks.

So, while I’m waiting for the kilt straps and buckles to arrive, so I can finish that project, I’m knitting a jabot.

Here are the links to the instructions.

 

 
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