Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rosetta Skirt and Swatching

Half of the "Rosetta" skirt is done. It's the big piece on the bottom. I knit half of it on the flight to Texas a week ago, and the other half while I was there. I've accounted for shrinkage and gauge is spot on, but before washing, it looks alarmingly big. I'll think about that later.

Rosetta skirt and swatches

There are several swatches lying on top of it. Every time I get new yarn, I have the urge to cast on for a new project, no matter how many WIPs I have. I think swatching will be a way to satisfy that urge. I've really needed swatches recently to account for gauge of course, but also to observe shrinkage; how the yarn survives washing and drying; and testing for color fastness. I know you all know that, but I've been hard headed about swatching, knitting one once after the project is completed. Why have I had to do that? Well, my Orangina, which I never photographed after completing, is stained with some blue substance. I made it with Rowan Linen Drape and have no idea how it will hold up to various stain treatments. Notice the little lacy holes in the top swatch: I learned from someone's blog to knit a number of holes to correspond to the needle size used to knit the swatch. Clever.

Be sure to read this interesting Tim Gunn interview about fashion, Tim's new book, and the new season of Project Runway. I can't wait for it to come back.


  1. Yeah the skirt is coming along nicely!!

    That sucks about the Orangina.

    And I rarely knit up swatches! :op I need to be better about that!

  2. We are all with on on Cast-on-itis, I love the skirt, can't wait to see you wearing it!! And yes, Project Runway's new season doesn't arrive soon enough!

  3. Thank you so much for the link to the Tim Gunn interview; I can't wait for PR4, or for his new show. I'm excited to see more of your skirt, too. Seems that several people are knitting skirts right now and I'm not sure how one would work for me. So I'm watching and learning vicariously. :)

  4. When does the new season start? Do you know?



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