I realize that I posted copiously as I was knitting my skirt and then kind of left things hanging. Taking FO photos of oneself is hard, especially with an automatic camera. I hope to get a digital SLR one day but until then, I should probably read my camera's manual and learn about some of the features that may help me out. In the meantime, it's hard to trick the camera into getting the right exposure and focus because I use the self-timer (of course) and those settings are calibrated when the button is pressed, not when the picture is taken. For pictures in our backyard, the camera focuses on the fence behind me, which is pretty close to where I stand, but then the exposure is off. If I stand in front of the camera to set the self-timer, the exposure is closer, but the focus is off.
Anyway, without further ado, the skirt!
Artichoke Ripples Skirt
February 24th - March 15th, 2008
Almost 6 skeins of Knit One Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton in artichoke 534
US#3 circs - 40" regular and 47" lace Addi Turbos
The skirt did not originally jump out at me when I flipped through the magazine in the store, but I fell in love with it when I saw this photo (not sure how I came across the photo but this was pre-Ravelry!) I ordered the yarn a long time ago and made the newbie mistake of buying the same number of skeins as specified in the pattern, without comparing the yardage per skein! So yes, I used almost 6 skeins and now have just over 5 skeins left...
I'm not sure why it took me so long to actually start this project, but once I did, I went like gangbusters! I did swatch diligently (including machine washing my swatches) and ended up with a much smaller needle size than recommended in order to get gauge. This gave me a thicker, heavier fabric, but actually I like it like that.
I had problems with laddering but otherwise things went pretty smoothly. As many have, I lengthened the stockinette portion of the skirt (to 12-1/2"). I even swatched for the lace section and the ruffle. As others have noted, the ruffle took FOR-EVER but it was well worth it. I love ruffles! And I managed to complete the skirt just in time for my birthday/St. Patrick's Day celebration!
I wrote quite a bit about this skirt as I went so I won't say much more except that I love this skirt! Next time I would knit it a tiny bit smaller in circumference at my thighs but I am definitely planning on knitting more skirts. I highly recommend this pattern.
In progress shots:
Here is the outfit I wore for my birthday, except for the sandals, which are new. Note the matching bag that my sister-in-law gave me totally coincidentally that day! The long cardigan worked to hide the laddering problem that still exists at the back, which I show below for full disclosure! (I haven't done a full machine wash yet - hopefully a few washes will even things out.) I played around with with the settings on the photos so they are a little grainy, but this was the look I liked best.
And here I am in my Free People Hoodie (out of focus but otherwise the exposure was totally off):