6 hours ago
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
My grandmother had a couple of bound volumes of Godey's Lady's Book, a 19th-century women's magazine, and when I was at my parents' house this weekend I brought one home. It contains the monthly issues for the first half of 1862, and among the helpful hints for raising children and sentimental serials are fascinating articles on pin manufacture, recipes and patterns. From time to time I'll test some of these recipes and patterns and post the results here. I'm especially excited about a knitting pattern for mittens, a crochet needlebook pattern, a hilarious pattern for a crocheted gentleman's purse and some of the embroidery designs. The recipes will be more difficult because ingredients and cooking equipment have changed so much, but I'll try a few of those, too.