Capt. Trueblood

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  1. How to read Knitting instructions?

    Your welcome, MadL. I managed to get ahold of a video camera, tweaked my patterns a bit, and will begin shooting my tutorial videos this week for the Monmouth and Thrum Caps. I hope to have at least the Monmouth posted within the next two weeks.
  2. How to read Knitting instructions?

    Excellent work MadL. Your stitches should be fairly loose on the needles. The needle should slide easily through them. It might seem too loose at the time, but it will all sort out in the end. As far as the "button" goes, despite what some sites say about it being a Dorset on top, it's really not. Just looks like one. Just decrease until you have 6, 9, or 12 stitches on the needles, cast-off leaving a generous tail. Then, gather the stitches up and wrap them with the tail like you were wrapping the shank on a sewn-on button.Pull the wrapping taught and sew through the shank a couple of times to secure it. The stitches above the wrap will flare out to form the "button." The more stitches you leave, the larger the button. You will see how it looks like a Dorset, but isn't. The "non-historical" tut is correct, to a point. Everybody knits a little differently. I knit my Monmouths with 60 stiches on US 11 needles with "bulky" yarn. They are a little on the large size, but when felted, shrink down to fit. You can either do what the tut says, or use a different size needle to get the right size with 60 stitches. I usually do a combination of the two. The pattern will give you a gauge ( x stitches and y rows per inch) and a size ( for a head circumference of x inches). If your knitting is different than the gauge, change your needle size to fit. If your head size is different, change the number of stitches accordingly. I guess I'll start putting some videos together.
  3. How to read Knitting instructions?

    Nice cap Patrick. MadL, as Gwen said Ravelry has a load of resources both historical and otherwise. It's free, but requires registration. One of the most authentic Monmouth patterns I have found is here: If I can get hold of a video camera, I will try to post some videos how-to's on Moumouth and Thrum caps.
  4. Pirate fiddle, a work in progress

    I used to play tennis, but I had to quit when the neighbours complained that I was making too much of a racquet.
  5. Pirate fiddle, a work in progress

    Deadly work! Is your next project going to be a pirate Hardanger?
  6. Ships biscuits... For GAoP?

    A fine article with sources here:
  7. striped shirts

    The middle cap, with it's distinctive brim, looks rather like a Montero. Ivan, the "loose fitting white or red jacket or vest" looks like a wide, double-breasted. short waistcoat.
  8. Peter the Grat's Salor outfit - specifically the hat.

    Here's a gallery of pictures from the the Danish Museum in Copenhagen: There are a number of different hats and gloves, although the hats seem to be of either the PtG variety or of a more standard stocking cap type. It may well be that the "Monmouth" type cap was a purely English thing. Of note: in one of the pictures there is an albeit thread-bare though recognisable thrum cap! And I thought they were extinct.
  9. Pannadon?

    Mission, From what I was able to find, a panadon (with one 'n') is a Catalan (Southern Spain) dish like a turnover, typically filled with spinach.
  10. campaign furniture

    William, Ron Fritz has a Google sketch-up model of a very similar table here: Or one can purchase complete plans for £6 here:
  11. Any Real Sailors

    12 years USN, Electrician's Mate. Now sailing a 23 ft. Hunter, Rum Runner. Under construction, Adventure, 25 ft. topsail sloop.
  12. Rare Crimson Jolly Roger Restored

    Well, Mission, you could have just deleted it! Typical me, I thought I had found something new, only to find an entire thread discussing it!
  13. Rare Crimson Jolly Roger Restored

    Rare 18th century red Jolly Roger pirate flag goes on public display for first time
  14. Secret Gift Exchange 2011

    Adam, Thank you for the market wallet, and the extras. Beautiful work.
  15. A question on coats

    There is great photo here: of Foxe in his Slops Contract kit. You could go a little longer on the weskit and a little shorter on the coat IMHO. Although, the Slops Contract clothing was made in general sizes, somewhat like the S, M, L of to-day.