But before I could worry about Plan B, I had to knit the lace-edging that peeks out at the hemline. And it was fiddly knitting. Lace knitting where the needles want to slip out every single stitch. And I had a terrible time concentrating and keeping track of where I was...and there was a whole lot of tinking (knitting backwards) and possibly swearing. And I really did consider that it would look Just Fine Without That Blasted Lace! But I was saved by summer! No need for an alpaca/wool skirt in the summer, so I set the whole thing aside with a clear conscience and moved on to lots of other knitting projects :)
But then of course, summer came to an end. And I could no longer ignore something that was sooo close to being finished. My brain and my hands and the pattern and needles and yarn were all on the same wavelength this time around, as I was able to knit the rest of the edging without any major mishaps. And all the time while I was knitting and blocking the edging, and while I sewed up the side seam and sewed on the buttons, I was thinking of what to do about the waist. I have elastic and thought that was the route I should go as it really seemed to be the best idea. And on a whim, I decided to crochet a single chain and thread it through the waistband and see if it worked as well for this skirt as it has my others.
And you know what? It works just fine :) This is one of my absolute favorite knitting finishes.
Chelsea Skirt by
Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Jennifer asked about the red pincushion in my last post. The design is A Needleworker's Pocket by With My Needle from the 2003 JCS Christmas Ornaments issue.
Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods and for your sweet comments. Sending you all a little Colorado Sunshine!