Sunday, February 6, 2011


 I was trained as a teacher and one of my senior lecturers, a linguistic genius, used to point out that a language lesson should imply both accuracy work and fluency work. That goes for knitting, too.
Accuracy work this week has been finishing the chemise, I started just after Christmas using my gift from Sophia. I wanted a pattern worked top down so that I could knit peacefully, in a meditative state of mind without bothering if I was running out of yarn. Here is what is left, wound up on a flint stone from my beach.
The pattern is here and in English here. It is called Corsage, and is an adaption of a historic piece of vest, or undershirt almost every Danish man and woman over 70 years, wore when they were kids. The vest was invented in 1908 and was a replacement for the corset and considered to be healthier for the children.The Danish word for this is "Livstykke", The German word is Leibchen, the English word is liberty bodice and the American ditto is emancipation waist.
My vest is now lying flat and drying. I will post a photo later.
The buttons for the vest are vintage linen buttons. I found them at a thrift shop, a fantastic place for all vintage stuff for needlework. I promised the volunteers there, to show and tell and here is their address. . If you visit Aarhus, please pay them a visit.

Fluency work is the Saroyan Scarf, a great pattern from Feministy. I had in my stash 4 skeins of Easy from Sandness. I bought it to work a pair of warm beanies for my boys, adult sons, but they both told me that it was a girl´s colour?? Now I hope to squeeze a 130 cm scarf out of it for their (female)cousin. I guess it will call for a good blocking.


  1. The 'liberty bodice' is lovely. This is the second time in as many days that I have seen a reference to that Isager book, I must take a look at it. The idea of being liberated from corsets is interesting. My great aunt never wore bra or corset, because she said when she was growing up they were for married women and she never married. Perhaps she was secretly emancipated.

  2. Can't wait to see it; it, it's lovely! I love the little buttons!

  3. Corsage, thats a very useful garment. Looks like a fun pattern too, yours looks great.
    Thanks for the pattern link.

  4. The chemise turned out beautifully! What a good idea for that wool!And I must say I am so envious of your needlework thrift store!! What treasures they must have.

  5. I always wondered why liberty bodices were called that, but of course, it makes perfect sense. I had one (but I'm nowhere near 70!), and it was very soft and warm, but nowhere near as beautiful as yours.


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