Friday, July 27, 2007

A close up of lace ....

and definition of sssk.

Sssk = slip 3 stitches knit wise from left needle to right needle and then knit all three sitches together through the back loops (this can be a bit tight). Click on this link to see a video illustration of ssk (you'll just add another stitch to this)

Finally, thanks for the comments - I truly appreciate them.

Happy stitching : )

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mother Nature is so sweet ...

she patiently waited until I finished Indigo Ripples before sending along the perfect weather to wear it in.

Yarn: Reynolds Soft Linen
50 gr = 94 yds (86m) - not quite 7 skeins
53% flax, 47% acylic (easy to care for)
Color: 0404 (a golden color with just a hint of Chartreuse)
Needles: Addi Turbo Size 5, 24" circular

This was a pleasure to knit, thanks in part to all who contribute to this blog. Your input urged me to knit this and your sugessted changes guided me down my own path of perfection. So, without further adieu, the following are the modifications I made - I think you'll recognize most of them ; )

Needle size - suggested needle (size 6) gave me stitches that were not quite tight enough, so I took it down a size. The guage wasn't perfect, but it was close enough. The Stockinette Portion of this skirt is about 15". The length the pattern suggested was too racey for the polished Boston IP firm that greatly contributes to the support of my fiber addiction. The Lace Section is worked using only the first 40 rows, which perfectly complimented the length of stockinette and allows the hem to just flirt with bottom of my knee. Also in the lace section, as so many have suggested, I used the sssk instead of sl 1, k2tog, psso. In the Ruffle Section ... I substituted knit rounds (rows 1 and 11) instead of purl rounds. Finally, I elected to do a traditional bind off, as the release date of Harry Potter loomed close by.

Monday, July 23, 2007

The stockinette portion...

Hey there Ladies and Gents!

I'm through with the increasing and now just workin' on the stockinette portion. I'm going to do that until it flirts with my knees (like most, I'd like the skirt to be a little bit longer). Any suggestions on making the stockinette part flyyyyyyyyyyyy by?? I'm taking a road trip from DC to SC with my old man so that'll be good but just wonderin' what ya'll did. My boyfriend and I have gotten hooked on Lost too so we spent a weekend in watching season one...since you really need to concentrate during that show, stockinette was preferable.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Just in time for Lake Placid!

Here is my finished skirt:

And here's a closeup shot:

I love it and it'll look perfect on me while I am in Lake Placid this weekend! I'll have to save it and wear it on Monday so that even though I'll feel horrible after doing Ironman, at least I'll look super-cute.
More details on my blog.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Friday, July 13, 2007

Almost there!

I am row 10 of the ruffle - yippee! This dang ruffle has taken FOREVER. I especially didn't enjoy the (k2tog)6x, (yo, k1)6x rows. And I'm not looking forward to the bind off either, because I've read that it takes forever as well. What's the difference between a regular bind off and the bind off the pattern calls for? I think I read where someone used a regular bind off, and it worked fine. What is the advantage of doing the other one?

Monday, July 9, 2007

Another New Joiner

I just found this group through Teri's blog. I saw this skirt in person a couple of weeks ago at the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon. Oh my goodness it was cute!! I have since then gotten to know the gal who was wearing it and got some ideas from her on what would work for me. I will be using CotLin from Knitpicks, once it is back in stock. My 13 yod now wants one as well, so I see two of these being knit up as quickly as possible this summer.

Thanks for letting me join in the fun.

Friday, July 6, 2007

cotton fleece

Thank you everyone for responding to my post. I got some 29 inch size 6's and anticipate getting bigger ones.


Anyone using cotton fleece? I am. I'm using jungle green and am very excited about it but I know that their dyelots can vary A LOT. Does anyone know how I can get one of a specific dyelot or is that close to impossible?



Just started

Hi everyone, I just started my Indigo Ripples Skirt and I am using Rowan Denim Nashville. I am really excited with the progress but my fingers are quite blue. I am about 20 or so rows in.

I love the different colors people have chosen. Keep up the great work!

Joining in

Hi, I've been lurking and reading for a while. Thought i would join in. No pics right now. I am on the last purl round of the lace right before the BO. I am using Cotton Ease in the charcoal color and doing the smallest size on size 4's. I did my own mods also for the same reasons as all ya'll. Thanks for all the info. I have been doing mine on two circulars=got tired of threading waste yarn through to try it on. I THOUGHT I was okay on the size and did try it on as I went but it seems bigger around than what I would like but I can live with it. I spread my increases out too far I think. This cotton ease seems heavy now with all this length. I think I MIGHT do another in the real denim ecru and be more careful in my increases. Love how those have turned out. I will post a pic if I can get a decent one.

Thursday, July 5, 2007


Unfortunately, the only camera I have access to right now is the iSight on my work computer...which isn't a particularly good camera. I had a terrible time getting a decent pic (had to stand on my desk chair!).

Regardless, the skirt is finished, I love it, and you'll have to take my word for it that it looks far better in real life than in this picture.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to buy another ball of yarn to complete the skirt -- I ran out during the bind-off round. The new ball (different dye lot) was darker, but not too noticeable on the bind-off...I could definitely see the difference in the drawstring, though. However, it came out of the washer and dryer matching the rest of the skirt! Yay! Even in full sunlight, I can't tell the difference.

I have the full list of my mods and other impressions on my blog.

I'll definitely be making more skirts in the future (unless this does that saggy bum thing, and then all bets are off)!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Greetings from a new member

...with some questions.

Hello!! My name is Laura and I just casted on the Indigo Ripples Skirt two nights ago and I'm thrilled to have joined this group. My blog is at this link.

I have a few questions for ya and hope you can help.

1-is anyone using cotton fleece? how's that coming?

2- I'm using size 6 needles and it's working fine but is it the end of the world if i dont have a 29 inch one?? I know eventually it might get to be a pain but is the skirt affected if you dont use 29 inch ones?

3- On Round 1, there's an increase round then you do seed stich for three rows THEN you do another increase round. I do not understand how you get four increased stitches from this round. I seem to only get two. Can someone help me out? Is it worked over two rounds??


Sunday, July 1, 2007

You have got to be kidding me!

So, I haven't had this happen in years, but I....sigh...ran out of yarn.

On the bind-off round. Those of you who haven't gotten to it yet, make sure to allocate more than a full ball of yarn for that ruffle (if you're using Rowan Denim). That thing is a yarn-eating monster. I'm kicking myself for not knowing better -- I knew it would be close, but I thought I'd squeak by.

So, there are two LYS open today in my neck of the woods that carry Rowan (not sure if they stock Denim...much less my dye lot), so I'll be hitting those up before starting to search on the web (I initially bought the yarn from Webs, but they're out of stock).

Wish me luck. There's no way I'm ripping back and removing rows in order to avoid buying more I said, that ruffle is a monster!

ETA: One of my LYS had Rowan Denim in my color...but not my dye lot. I brought a scrap with me to compare the two in natural light, and while it isn't an exact match, it's very close (it's just ever-so-slightly darker -- the tone is the same). Given that the yarn fades with washing and bleeds all over the place, I bought a ball and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be too obvious. I think I may improvise a little clutch out of the leftovers for a friend.