Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A New Skirt! or...When Yarn & Blogging Collide

Somewhere in the cyber-world of knitting and crocheting, someone decided that Wednesday would be “WIP day”: Work in Progress (or is it “Process”?  I think “Progress” sounds better).  Anyway, a day to show off whatever yarn-y thing you’ve been working on.  It’s also motivation to add a few more rows or a sleeve or edging by the next Wednesday.  At least, it is for me.  I need those little mini-goals.  So on Wednesdays, you’ll see my WIP on my FaceBook page.

Lately, I’ve been working on a couple things.  A pink, striped scarf that I’m knitting – my first real knitting project.  I’m teaching myself via books and YouTube videos and consultations with my mother and best friend.  I started with a dishcloth, I figured it would be easy and who really cares if it doesn’t turn out just right.  It was awful – the stitches were so uneven and there were holes in it and it was quite odd-shaped.  Yes, so I jumped straight from that to my scarf.  And if you've seen me out anywhere in the past month - PTA meeting, swim team practice, basketball game - and wondered what I was doing with the bag of multi-colored yarn, now you know.
My knitted scarf that I will finish one day ("Hitchhiker" pattern by Martina Behm)
My other projects are crocheted, my regular yarn-craft of choice.  I started another beaded, fine-weight scarf during the Olympics.  But after about 30 rows, I realized that although it was potentially beautiful, given the weight of the yarn, it would be the next Olympics before I finished the thing and have set it aside, loathing the thought of pulling it all out to make something else.  I’ve also been working on a sweater, which is now in its third or fourth iteration, I’ve lost count – a consequence of my indecisiveness.  

Now what am I doing?  I’ve decided I want  need a crocheted or knitted skirt.  A friend of mine had one on at a dinner we went to last spring and it was so cute and I’ve want one ever since.  I’ve never had a crocheted or knitted skirt before, at least not for me, so I'm hoping it will look nice on me.  Here's the one I'm thinking of - its swirly and I think it will look cute with boots for the fall?  (Btw - it looks nothing like the skirt my friend wore, but that's beside the point.)
A new skirt for the fall (pattern by Doris Chan for Interweave Crochet)
To continue the theme - in addition to the yarn skirt, coincidentally I have another identically named project which I will also start this month.  I will be blogging on  It's a site with information and blog posts and products for women and I think it will be a great extension for me.
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