|My finished Barnaby Skirt.|
Not too happy about the darts... though it might help if I was wearing it not quite so sloppily.
I made it and I love it.
|Substitute yarn of choice|
The pattern calls for Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran but I just couldn't justify the financial outlay...even with a 10% off coupon at Deramores.I had never tried making anything in this particular way before and the thought of spending mega money on yarn that might end up as a tangled,messy and potentially blood stained disaster was not a happy one.Plus there is for me the I.F scale to consider.Much as a seismologist has the Richter scale then I have my I.F scale...it being a way I personally quantify the Itch Factor with 1 being a barely if at all noticeable tickle to 10 being like wearing a coconut husk or something similar that just makes you want to rip your skin off.I needed therefore something both inexpensive and soft. Fortunately for me Deramores have just started to stock Red Heart Soft and, at an absolute fraction of the cost of the Cashmerino Aran and being 100% acrylic I went for it and chose my three colours.....grape,turquoise and dark green.They are surprisingly jewel like in real life, look nice together and work quite well as a plaid.
|Finished mesh all ready to weave|
|just TOO many ends.|
|Bottom edge with the hem allowance turned up.Not to my liking however so it was unpicked.|
|back opening pre-zip and extra crochet rows.|
|zip now added.|
|Revised bottom hem edge.|
|Wearing my skirt with the blouse that I made with the vintage lace collar (here for better view)|
1-I have tried a new technique.
2-Much to my surprise it worked!
3-The skirt is cosy and so soft it doesn't even seem to make it onto the I.F scale
4-It was cheap to make using the Red Heart Soft and....
5-... I enjoyed using the yarn too.
6-In fact this skirt turned out so well I might be tempted to make another in the Cashmerino Aran if I should ever win the the lottery.I might add one or two extra mesh rows to the bottom next time though now that I know how much shrinkage I can expect once woven.