Janet's thread

A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

1629 Portrait July 21, 2017

1629 A Gentleman and His Wife

1629 Portrait of A Gentleman and His Wife

Could this couple be in my genealogy?  I ask myself.


1530 Woman December 27, 2016

1530-woman  Found when I was searching for an image of my 10th Great Grandmother Lady Johanna Stephen 1547-1629

I wonder if it’s a portrait from the National Portrait Gallery in London.  (A favorite destination whenever I visit London)



Portraits From World War One September 5, 2016

Filed under: Edith Cavell,Portraits,Siegfried Sassoon,World War I — Janet @ 3:43 pm

edith_cavell-painting  Edith Cavell

(c) The Fitzwilliam Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Fitzwilliam Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Siegfried Sassoon


Vanessa Bell May 30, 2016

NPG 5541; Vanessa Bell (nÈe Stephen) by Duncan Grant

by Duncan Grant, oil on canvas, circa 1916-1917

Portrait of Vanessa Bell, in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London


Nobel Prize Winner May 13, 2016

Filed under: Artists,Dorothy Hodgkin,Nobel Prize,Portraits — Janet @ 2:17 pm
NPG 5797; Dorothy Hodgkin by Maggi Hambling

by Maggi Hambling, oil on canvas, 1985 

Portrait of Dorothy Hodgkin.  She is the only female to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.  The portrait is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.


A Bit of Sock Knitting September 19, 2011

Filed under: Knitting,Portraits,Yarn shops — Janet @ 11:32 pm

  My solution to the 2nd sock syndrome is to knit 2 different socks with roughly similar yarns.  These are not elegant but they are fun to knit, a bit mindless and I’m using up bits of stash.   I’m discovering that some of my yarns are more suitable than others.  I really should stick to sock yarn and not mix in the silkier softer smoother yarns.

  This is the Danish Isiger lace weight yarn I bought last week at the yarn store on Bainbridge Island.  And I bought the pattern book as well.  I was weak!  I have thousands of patterns already.   And I’m not sure what I’m going to knit with this yarn.  But it was just so lovely.  Maybe a laceweight scarf.

The person who runs the yarn store in Winslow on Bainbridge Island has managed to find 3 very interesting old paintings.  I understand that she likes to browse antique stores, etc. for her “finds”.  The 3 paintings on the walls of Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

I think it would be fun to have a portrait of myself as a knitter.  Someone 50 years from now could find the painting in the antique shop of 2060.