I have this yarn – my very first Wollmeise, a lovely gift some years ago now (thanks again Michele!).
I have tried to make something out of it twice before. The first time, I just decided I didn’t like the pattern I’d chosen. And I was glad to frog it.
The second time, I loved the pattern (still do) but the gauge wasn’t right. So after some time, I frogged it too.
This time, I have hit the jackpot! I decided to use this very special yarn to make a special something for me for my birthday. So for about 6 weeks before my birthday, I was quietly working away on this, which I called my birthday suit!
Pattern: Charlotte Skirt by Doris Chan, Interweave Crochet Summer 2010. I know! A crochet skirt! And it’s not even the (19)70s! heh heh!
Yarn: 2 skeins of Wollmeise 100% Superwash merino in Rosenrot (yep, that’s RoseRed in German!). Actually, it was less than 2 skeins, probably about 1.5 skeins in all. They are some big skeins, such good value! And of course you know what I did with the leftovers…yes, more sexypuffs!
Hook: 4.5mm hook
Time: 30 September 2011 – 9 November 2011. Crochet really does go so fast!
Modifications: I made the pattern as written, except to make it much longer (as written, it would be shorter than knee length on me – I don’t think it’s a great idea to flash my 40 yo knees to anyone much any more! So I did an extra 20 rows (repeated rows 13 and 14, I think – the last 2 rows before the increases), to the length desired. Which fortunately coincided with finishing the first skein of yarn – so I blocked it, to see how much it would grow with blocking. Lucky I did, because it grew quite a bit! Loose gauge will do that for you!
What I learnt: Three main things:
1. How hard it is to find a plain black straight skirt to wear underneath! If I’d had time, I would have sewed a skirt. In fact, I probably could have sewed one in the time it took me to find this one at the shops!
2. I made a “foundation chain” for the first time. It was a bit fiddly but I got the hang of it after about the first 10 chains! I’m not sure it is better than a regular chain. I suspect it is. I figured when making a skirt for the first time, I should just follow the experienced designer’s instruction, as I suspect she had a good reason for doing it this way!
3. Best not to store your yarn out on the coffee table, no matter how attractive it looks…because when you go to wind it some years later, this is the outcome:
Woops! At least it was still usuable! The rest of the yarn that was on display is now quarantined in ziplock bags!
I do love my lovely rosered swingy birthday suit skirt! And because I frogged a pre-2011 project to make this, I figure this counts as another Binding off 2011 challenge project done! Woohoo!