Several years ago a friend said to me, in an off-hand way, “well, you’re not a skirt person.”
My reaction was swift and indignant. How dare she say such a thing! But then I thought about it. And, yeah, it’s true, I never wore skirts at the time. I was a jeans-and-a-T-shirt gal, and my skirts required just too much work. More thoughtful shoe choices, potential need for tights (depending on the season), and attention to seated positioning were all necessary when wearing skirts.
I’m not sure if it’s because of her comment or some growth and maturity, but, though my wardrobe remains dominated by slacks, I do enjoy skirting it up from time to time. And my recent foray into the knitted skirt had such resounding success, I was eager to give it another whirl. “Not a skirt person,” pshaw.
Enter Knitting Nature and its cover skirt. The Snapping Turtle Skirt caught my eye immediately–and when I saw Patti‘s yarn choice for her version, I knew I wanted to use a yarn that variegated. The individual hexagons would nip any pooling in the bud–or it would at least look artful, I told myself.
At Stitches I had a short list of yarn to buy for specific projects, and the Tess booth came through for the skirt. It’s their Superwash Merino in a colorway that features the darkest chocolate brown, black, gray, and even tan. The photos are a bit washed out–the color is intense.
So intense that it comes off all over your fingers, and you look like you spent time in a newspaper printing plant. (Not that I know if you’re ever likely to get ink on your fingers at a newspaper printing plant–maybe it’s all automated these days.) My flight to Singapore was a night flight, so all the cabin lights were off, and my spot light was a tiny, bright white halogen-quality light–not actually helpful for the seeing. I knit merrily away for a few hours–it’s pretty mindless knitting–and when I saw my blackened fingers later, I was horrified at the sight. I spent the entire time in Singapore with dirty fingers, despite washing my hands all the time. Let’s hope a good washing plus the soak in water and vinegar will nip the skirt’s bleeding in the bud.
Because, I’m happy to report, I finished knitting all the hexagons on my flight back! That was the goal, actually–cast on on the way there, cast off on the way back, 2 weeks later. I would have finished much sooner, but I, uh, didn’t read the directions very closely. See, the third and fourth rows of hexagons are actually increasingly larger than the two rows that preceded them. (I had to take out a row and a half.)
The actual finishing is going to take some time (note all the ends in the shot of me knitting, above). Also, the pattern calls for a zipper, and I left a space for it (though I joined all the other hexagons in the round as I knit), but I’m just going to sew the opening up and re-knit the hem in order to make an elastic casing. How do I know that a zipper won’t work? Because when I arrived home at 2:45 in the morning from my grueling, 30+-hour journey to New York from Singapore, I was unable to sleep–so I blocked the skirt. It was dry by the end of the next day, and I tried it on. I love it–but a zipper is going to do no good. Needs elastic. Needs time to be fixed. Soon, soon.