Sunday, November 04, 2007

I come in peace...?

Okay people. Life as a law student at a legal clinic is eating me. (The whole working three jobs while doing it thing is probably not helping.) So, as you've probably realized, the blog is on a bit of a hiatus.

However, I will drop by now and then to post FOs (and perhaps periodically gush about the persisting twitterpation) if that's all right with y'all.

Good. Glad we got that settled.

So, without further ado, I present to you:

Tiffany's Trumpet Skirt of DOOM!...or something

As always, clicking = biggening. Oh, and pardon the dopey expression. My sister is not the most gifted substitute photographer (zero composition skills, people!) and it was, um well...freezing outside, so this is as good as it gets.

Now, on to the good stuff:

Pattern: Fit n' Flare Trumpet Skirt, Knitting Lingerie Style
Yarn: Briar Rose Fibers' Sea Pearl
Needles: Addi Turbos Lace Needles - US3
Mods: Well, first and most obviously, I knit this at a different gauge, so I had to do the usual math to get the ratios. I never knit anything the way the pattern says to.

Also, I didn't do the drawstring. With the silk in the yarn, which I love for the drape, I thought it would just be too heavy to look good. Instead, I sewed some grosgrain ribbon into the waistband to add stability and keep the damn thing up.

I knit about three extra inches into the bottom to get it a bit longer and then the blocking did the rest to get it to this length. Pre-blocking it was mid-calf length. I love it though. It's exactly what I wanted and I'm more than a little bit smug that I got it. I continued doing the increases for those extra length rows.

Finally, I modified how the increases were done. As written, all the increases happen at only one side of each section between yarnovers. I thought it looked funny lopsided like that and I've seen other FOs that had ruffles that leaned to one side. This was my way of avoiding that, but I'm sure a good blocking would probably have a similar effect.

Oh, and a word to the wise: If you decide to do this at a small gauge but keep the frequency of yarnovers the same, you're gonna need to line it. Unless you're going for that "loose woman" look. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!) I just made a simple a-line skirt with a ruffle at the bottom out of some very inexpensive cotton. It snaps into the grosgrain waistband liner so I can take it out and throw it in the machine instead of having to hand-wash the whole she-bang and then try to block it like that.

Makes sense? Good.

Oh! And the boy is still totally rocking my world. Oh, but seriously...

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