Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Fourth

Hello Dear Friends!  I have quite a few knitty finishes that need blogging, but the one I'm going to show you today happens to be my most recent (this past weekend) one.  It's a skirt I started last spring.  You may remember I mentioned it here.  The skirt itself knitted up quickly and I enjoyed it immensely.  I fell in love with the yarn the more I knit...so soft and lovin' that muted mustard-y yellow with it's flecks of black and cream.  Then I blocked it.  And it grew 4 extra inches in width.  Which made me pretty unhappy since I had to figure out a Plan B.



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!


23 comments:

Jewleigh said...

What a lovely skirt! It is beautiful and a perfect color for fall :)

Ginny said...

You amaze me with every project that you do. This skirt is fabulous! The lace edging really gives it a little extra something and I am glad that you were able to add it with no problems this time around.

Tracey said...

Wow!... that skirt is so gorgeous Staci!! The lace at the bottom plus the pretty buttons really finish it off. Would love to see a pic with you modelling it :^)

Siobhan said...

Staci, that is SO cool!! What a great skirt. I did a double take when I saw that you knitted the lace--how amazing!! Beautiful finish.

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous skirt.

Penny said...

I absolutely love the skirt and what pretty additions the buttons and lace edging are! Looking at all of the beautiful things you knit really makes me want to get better at it. :)

valerie said...

Gorgeous skirt...I love it! The color, the flecks, the lace, the buttons. You will really enjoy wearing it this fall!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

A beautiful knit.

BeckySC said...

I think this is gorgeous! The color is so nice and your knitting looks fantastic!

Nancy said...

Your skirt is amazing! I love the lace edging. A very professional looking job!

Ranae said...

wow! Love it!
You are so talented, the lace is pretty and buttons are so cute

Dani - tkdchick said...

How clever and beautiful!

opportunityknits said...

It's so pretty, and just in time for fall. LOVE the colour!

Sally said...

I love your skirt! The buttons and the lace just set it off nicely.

Jennifer said...

Oooh, love that skirt. The colors are just my style. Now if you had just left it LARGE at the waist, then you could have given it to ME!
Thanks for the info on the red design from the previous post. I'll have to search through my magazine stash for that on.

Melanie said...

Love it!! The lacing is a great little detail, I'm glad you stuck with it. :)

Julie said...

Stunning yarn, I bet it looks wonderful when you are wearing it.

Dee said...

I think that might be the most awesome piece of knitting I have EVER seen. I love it.

But, Pssssssst ... your slip is showing. ;-)

Simply beautiful!

Blu said...

What a gorgeous skirt! I really love the mustard colour.

cpeezers said...

Oh my goodness! Beautiful! And I love the lace edging. Gorgeous!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

It turned out so pretty and the lace adds the charm to it. I have found out at times, by putting away a project that,at that time, just did not seem to work, always wound up working great later on! So glad you went ahead and finished! blessings,Kathleen

Kellie said...

Your skirt is sooooo cute! :) It is such a pretty color and that lace edging is absolutely gorgeous! Glad you found an easy solution to the waist problem. I always enjoy your blog and seeing all of your knitting and stitching. Have a great weekend!

Sharon said...

What a beautiful finish, your posts are always so inspiring. Love the color too.