Pence Jug Knit Along

Pence Jug Knit Along

Starts: Sunday July 9th

Step by step portions of the pattern will be posted at the beginning of each week. These portions will include photographs, and other other helpful directions. This is a social event, so if you ever have questions, please ask! Wanna chat, and share pictures… please do! And if you want to join, just let me know! The knit along directions will take five weeks.

Material List: 

  1. Size 00 & 0 Double Point Knitting Needles or Circular Needles (You will need both sizes of needles)
  2. 15 grams of size 11/0 galvanized glass beads, or if you are lucky enough to find them… you can use antique steel cut french beads
  3. 25 grams of silk lace yarn (size 0 or 2/20) or beading thread
  4. Stainless Steel Blank Ring size 9 – 11

Where to get all these supplies? I carry everything you need to make a pence jug, and can thread your beads onto your silk for you, in my Etsy Store

If you are going to thread the beads onto your own, it will take about two hours to do by hand. A bead spinner will help expedite the process. Here is the bead spinner I use.

The History of the Pattern

The Pence jug is a very old style of miser purse. The pattern we will be working on, was developed by studying an original in the Smithsonian Institution that is dated 1830 – 1860.  It is a very small purse, that only measured 4 inches tall, by 2 ” wide. 


A few more fun photos of pence jugs I have made


I look forward to working on this project with everyone, and seeing all your pretty pence jugs! Please email, or comment on my blog or facebook with any questions! Don’t have time to make a pence jug, you can order one custom made to suit your preference from my Etsy store!


~ Jamie Quick


Salad Pittsburgh Style

Dear Sis,

I invited a neighbor for dinner tonight. I made Salmon Patties and Strawberry Romaine Salad with Raspberries Vinaigrette and Fries. I forgot that fries on a salad was a regional thing, but it just may catch on in Texas:) 

Salmon Patties
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  1. 3/4 pound fresh salmon
  2. 1/2 c Italian bread crumbs
  3. 2 eggs, beaten
  4. 1/4 c dry cranberries
  5. 2 T mayonaise
  6. 1 T avocado oil
  1. Bake salmon at 450 for 10 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Peel off skin. Flake salmon with a fork.
  2. Combine flaked salmon, bread crumbs, eggs, cranberries, and mayonnaise. Shape into 4-5 patties.
  3. Panfry patties in oil over medium heat until golden on each side. Serve warm over Strawberry Romaine Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.
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It turns out Salmon Patties make great finger food for babies!

Strawberry Romaine Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
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  1. 4 c chopped romaine lettuce
  2. 1/4 c chopped carrots
  3. 1/4 c sliced radishes
  4. 1/4 c sliced strawberries
  5. 1/4 c shredded gouda cheese
  6. baked french fries (optional)
  1. 1/2 c raspberries
  2. 1 T brown sugar
  3. 1 T olive oil
  4. 1 t balsamic vinegar
  1. Toss together lettuce, carrots, radishes, strawberries, and cheese.
  2. Top with warm french fries just before serving.
  1. Puree together all ingredients with an immersion blender. Drizzle over salad as desired.
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1863 Knit Purse (Historical Pattern for Modern Knitter)

Godey’s Knit Silk Purse, 1863

Skill Level: Easy. If you can knit and purl with fine thread (think doily), you can make this purse! This purse does include some basic sewing and has a crochet border. However, if you can’t crochet, the purse is still pretty without the border.

Materials: 25 Grams of Silk yarn, size 00 – 000 needles, embroidery needle, 3″ cardboard or plastic for making tassels, sewing needle, thread. *Optional* materials include silk taffeta for lining, and a crochet hook size 1.80 – 1.90 MM.

Size: Without the tassels, the bag part of this purse measures approximately 3.5 inches wide (5 inches if stretched) and 5 inches tall.

What type of Yarn do I need?:  I use and sell silk that is somewhere between lace weight and 20/2 cobweb.  You can purchase silk at my Etsy store, or from a number of other places. I have used both reeled mulberry and cultivated mulberry silks. Both work fine, but have different feels to them.

Let’s Get Knitting!!

Cast on 45 stitches, with long tail method

Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Row 5: k1, *yo, k2tog* repeat from * to * till end
Row 6: purl
Row 7: knit
Row 8: knit

Time to Change Colors

When attaching a new color, do not cut your old string! Attach new color by tying a knot onto the previously used string. This will create a prettier attachment, as you will not have a knot or stress point in your work. Make sure all tie on strings are about six inches long, so you can easily weave them in with an embroidery needle.

Row 9: Starting with your new color, knit
Row 10: purl

Carrying your second color

Before you knit row 11, understand that now you have two different colors of yarn attached to your work, and you need to carry them up the side. (Why? Because it is much easier then cutting and retying your yarn with every stripe, and creates a stronger product) You will do this by knitting the first stitch of row 11, 13, and 15 in both colors of yarn. You will knit the rest of the row in itโ€™s normal color. When you purl in rows 12, 14, and 16 you will treat both loops of color as one stitch, and purl them together. Do not worry, this is the side of the purse that you will be sewing together at the bottom, so you will never see the stitches carried up the side!

When you purl your two colors together on the next row, it will look like this! Note that you did not increase your stitch count!

Row 11: knit
Row 12: purl
Row 13: k1, *yo, k2tog* repeat from * to * till end
Row 14: purl
Row 15: knit
Row 16: knit

Repeat rows 9 – 16: until you start stripe 20. Remember to carry your yarn up the side! In the 20th stripe, you will bind off on row 16, and do so purl wise. I suggest a stretchy lace bind off or binding off with a larger needle.

A Lace Bind off: knit two, bind of one stitch. *Yo, knit 1. Bind off yo, then bind off knit stitch, k1, bind of k1* repeat

When Cutting Your String: Cut when you have finished row 8 of the alternate color, and need to reattach the color once more for use. Always cut tails to be at least 6 inches long

Helpful Tips – Ever need to set down your work? If you are worried about your stitches falling off your needles you can attach rubber bands to the ends.

Weave in the Tails

Snug up stitches if necessary. Then, thread embroidery needle with the tail, and weave tails threw the very tops of the stitches on the wrong side of your work. Weave at least 3 inches and then trim. Note: this purse was made before I started carrying the yarn up the side. Messy looking isn’t it!


I like to line this purse with black silk taffeta, as knitting is stretchy and I don’t want any non-historical items peeping through! To do this I pin my knitting wrong side up onto a blocking board (10″ by 5″), and sew on the lining.


Sew together the sides of the work first. I recommend sewing on the rightsize of the work (so you can make sure it is nearly invisible), with matching silk thread. Once the top is finished, you will have a tube.

Take the rougher side of the purse, were you joined the yarn. This is the side you will sew together to make the bottom. Pinch together the bottom, and sew/pull the bottom closed. Finish by going inside the purse to the wrong side. Tie a few small knots and weave tail through the tops of the stitches. 

Crochet Border

Row 1: Attach color of choice. Ch2, 5hdc in each strip, slip stitch into the top of the ch2 to join.
Row 2: Ch2, all the way around, hdc in the third loop, slip stitch into the top of the ch2 to join.
Row 3: slip stitch in third loop, all the way around.
Row 4: chain 7, skip 3 stitches, sc into the third loop, slip stitch to join. 

Cut off, weave in tail.

Need to learn how to hdc in the third loop? Here is a video to help.


I use a 3″ quilting ruler to make my tassels, and wrap the yarn around the ruler 45 times. I suggest making tassels with other yarn before digging into your silk. Wool is the easiest fiber to start making tassels with, as it doesn’t slip all over the  place while you are getting used to knotting your tassel. Tassel video . When to making the tassels for the cords, I use a 58 inch string that is folded in half, and do a loop knot twice. I make my cords by braided the tassel strings together, but a twisted cord is historically accurate as well! 

Attaching your bottom tassels – With needle bring all threads from the bottom tassel through the bottom of the purse, tie and weave in.

Side tassels/drawstring cords – With larger tapestry needle or crochet hook, weave in cords for side tassels. You want each side of the purse to have the tassels enter. Each tassel has two cords, each gets woven on their own side and is attached with thread and needle in the middle. Do, the same with the other sides cords, to create a drawstring that pulls shut.

I sew mine in so that there is 6.5 – 7.5 inches between the tops of the tassels and the purse entry, when the purse is completely open.

And your done!! 

A look into the Historical Pattern

The Historical Pattern is actually pretty much the same as the pattern I gave you! There is only a few differences.

  • The Historical pattern says to knit the sixth row, and purl both the seventh and eight rows. I changed this, because I thought my alteration looked more like the featured photograph, and I liked it better.
  • Godey’s magazine say’s to finish the purse in a narrow crochet border, but doesn’t give instructions as to how. So, I designed a border as close to the image as I could.
  • Just for fun – the purse was recommended to be made in two or more colors, — “blue and brown, violet and scarlet, or pink and black; but as this is entirely a mater of taste, we only suggest these colors as contrasting well together.” Imagine, a time when purple and red were considered a tasteful combination! ๐Ÿ™‚

Finished Projects

Enjoy the pattern! Please comment or email me with any questions, pattern notes, or success stories. For those who prefer it, I sell these purses ready made and custom made in my Etsy shop.


Hand Dyed Yarns

Hey Sis,

Learning to hand dye yarn has been an adventure, a fun one, but an adventure none the less. Thankfully, dye is forgiving! If I don’t like how something comes out, I can throw it back in the pot again. I have been learning how many grams of dye solution I need to produce the colors I want, how to get an even dye job, about steaming, and various techniques. It has taken a lot of time, but the results are worth it. Here are three colors of my hand dyed yarns. 

Love, Jamiegoof!


Happy Birthday to Me!

Dear Sis,

I was pleasantly surprised with how many family members and friends went out of their way to wish me a Happy Birthday! 

You were first. Your gift came about a week early. The lovely reproduction earrings you sent have me daydreaming about sewing a new day dress with you! 

These earrings and other beautiful reproductions by Southern Serendipity are available: here

Josh really went wild for my birthday. He gave me a box of chocolates, two deliciously fruity Yankee Candles, and a new cordless Dyson vacuum! For a woman who has become obsessed by what is on the floor, as her seven month old crawls around licking it… it was a great gift!!!

My mother-in-law and company surprised me with these beauties!

Just when I thought all the awesome gifts had arrived…

my sister-in-law and family sent Shari’s Berries,

which arrived the day after my birthday.

…and then, at the end of the week

Mom’s gift for Mr. Baby and I arrived!

 Mr. Baby and I are always turning foods into purees. Now it will be easier to have those homemade foods even when we are not home. We can’t wait to try our new Squeeze Station and Pouches

Thanks to all the other family and friends that called, texted, sent Facebook messages, and mailed cards! You all created a very special week!!!





Lost Cat!

Dear Sis,

Today on our walk home from the library we saw this poster:

My heart sunk as I read it and realized our new cat already had a home. It was hard, but we called the owners and she went home later that afternoon. I did ask if I could bring The Littles for a goodbye visit when they get back from vacation and T.C.’s family said that would be okay. I’m glad we’ll all get to say goodbye!