Sunday, June 10, 2007

Old Yarn, New Skirt

What can I say? Rosebud, she is my muse, especially when it comes to stash busting.


Pattern: Simple Top-Down skirt using techniques from Barbara Walker's Knitting From the Top Down. I would highly recommend this book for any knitter's library. Basically, using very old leftover yarn from the stash, my gauge swatch and some simple instructions, I was able to improvise a simple round skirt with a cute ruffled edge. It would surprise you how many "designs" available on the web are almost straight from this book.

Yarn & Needles: Three skeins of Classic Elite Flash in the Lapis colorway, US 7

This project qualifies as some super-duper stash busting, as I bought a bag of this yarn over three years ago when I was still living in Richmond. I used some of it to knit a Soleil tank, and have had a few leftover hanks hanging around just waiting for the right project. Having a tiny daughter with an endless enthusiasm for her mother's handknits is my best stashbusting tip!

This yarn is a mercerized marled cotton yarn, with two plies of a sapphire blue and one turquoise ply. I have used it for several projects over the years, all of them before I began blogging (thus there are no pics for linking, sorry), and would recommend it for easy-care projects. The different colored plies creates an interesting effect, and some of the colorways are really unusual. I have managed to pick up vast quantities of this yarn twice on major sale, and nothing against the yarn, but after having knit at least five different projects with it, I am officially done with Classic Elite Flash.


The bad news is that I still have two hanks left. I wonder if Rosebud needs a halter top...

16 comments:

jody said...

*so* cute! i'll bet it's a twirling skirt too :)

Carol said...

Very very cute.

Ann said...

Oh, she most definitely needs a halter top for that fantastic skirt!

anne marie in philly said...

sweet rosebud!

Bridget said...

I love that skirt for a little girl!

She seems to be quite happy with it, too.

Theresa said...

A matching halter top would be lovely!

tiennie said...

I love that! Fantastic pic of her jumping rope. I may have to copy you!

knitnzu said...

I've been thinking about knitting a skirt (for me, an adult) and had to do a doubletake...she made herself a skirt from 3 skeins of flash??? Oh, wait, its for dd! Very nice! I want one! I like the colors in that yarn too, but have only used it in a small bag. Oh yeah, halter top...or maybe little bag?

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh, that is just too adorable! LOVE the jumping rope picture. That is a perfect pattern for an energetic little girl.

nova said...

Of course she needs a halter top. Very cute skirt Liz! And it looks like she really likes it!

knittingphilistine said...

Cute skirt! Even cuter kid! And yay! jump ropes!

pamela wynne said...

Cute! The jump rope photo is priceless! A halter would be great. Or Maybe a little bolero or shrug?

Ashley said...

That is SO cute. And I love Pam's idea of a litle shrug she can throw on over a tank top on chilly nights.

Madge said...

Skip to my lou - that's a cute photo of Rosebud in her new flippy skirt. Adorable!

Lolly said...

What a cute skirt! She looks adorable in it too. I think a matching shrug would be perfect :)

Kristy said...

Really cute skirt! Do you think you'll be able to get her to hold still long enough for a halter measurement? :)