When I picked up knitting again in 2006, one of my biggest entertainment was buying back issues of Vogue Knitting from ebay just to look at those beautiful pictures. I fell for some designs ever since but didn’t knit the majority of them, such as this Aran Skirtt from Winter 2005/6, which was always on the top of my Ravelry queue as long as I could remember. I’ve even designated a lot of yarn for this “project” very soon: Rowan’s Soft Lux, a much disliked yarn that mixed lurex with wool.
Maybe because errata were marked on the ravelry page for this pattern, but never an addendum was posted by VK, so I dreaded to start knitting it just because I hate to do the detective work. Or, maybe because I’ve knitted with Soft Lux before, and know by heart that it wasn’t the best yarn out there though the fabric would be warm and cute (or overtly cute for some), so an opportunity to work with the yarn again was far less than exciting to me. So the skirt pattern was always the first one in the line.
But on the first of December last year, when a pair of Herringbone Opera Gloves were all done and no project was planned for me–except a black shawlette my friend Y had commissioned me some months ago and I intended to leave it for the last minute because the light in winter is simply too dark for a dark lace project–I thought I should give the skirt a start!
I did make some changes to the skirt pattern. The biggest one was that I made it as a one piece, not knitting the back and front separately. I just do the short row shaping twice in a row (in reverse shapes of course) to work the front and the back continuously. Then, I made the “front” narrower than the “back”–4 repeats for the front but 5 for the back. The result is quite pleasing-it is more curvy in the back so it would suit the shape of my hit better. As a result, seeing from the front, my FO is nearly a pencil skirt rather than an A-skirt, and it becomes more flattery for me to wear!
Just after I uploaded the picture on my flickr, I looked at my flickr archive for a photo of the design I took. There were notes on the shot, indicating certain things I shall avoid (had I knitted the skirt). In one of them, I surmised that bobbles along the waist line wouldn’t be appropriate–whoa, I should have read these!
Anyways, it’s done, though it’s girlish and childish, I love the skirt.
ps. as for my first 2010-FO…I am not sure what to do with it but hopefully it would be revealed soon.