Then I saw this one - Tink's Twirly Skirt (scroll down) - and immediately purchased the pattern. Part way to commitment, I thought. A summer skirt, knit in some summery fibre such as cotton or linen would be a good first skirt. It is not a straight, or as they call it today, pencil, skirt that I worried might stretch out of shape when spending time covering my lumps, bumps and rolls. Instead, this pattern fits loosely, less likely to reveal or stretch as it covers the hills and dales of the over-the-hill figure.
A road trip with some knitting friends to Spinrite Factory Outlet in Listowel for their May sale put yarn in my hands that I couldn't resist. Price, fibre and colours were all perfect. Various cottons in shades of ivory, caramel and darker caramel, highlighted by some turquoise for that summer punch of colour. My fibre-shopping friends that day commented that it would take me 'forever' to knit a skirt.
"I don't think it will," I said. "I want it about 22 inches long - for me, that 's the same as a sweater."
"But much fuller around." they said. Yes, that is true - but there are no sleeves - a balancing factor I
And indeed, it hasn't taken long to knit it.
Cinnie complete and the skirt almost so.
There are three tiers in this top-down skirt. Each tier, sees the number of stitches increased by 75%. That means the bottom tier contains way more stitches than the top tier. Which
On the needles, I love this skirt. Will it wear well? T.B.D. Cotton - will it stretch? T.B.D. Will it be, as cotton tends to be, too heavy? T.B.D. Will it look hippy-like and homemade? T.B.D. Will the colours remain bright and summery through washings? T.B.D. The only thing that is sure at this moment, is what I told Doreen, when she laughed and said " I want to see you wearing that."
You will, I said. The goal is to wear it on Thursday, June 13 - World Wide Knit In Public Day in Meaford. If you didn't previously have a reason to come - you do now.