Sunday, August 10, 2008

New Skirt, New Hair

I finally finished it and the best part is it fits!!! I was worried that this was going to be too small once it was washed. It blocks great and shrinks in length only and by blocking I mean wash it and through it in the dryer. I actually started this last August. Other than blue fingers from it bleeding on my hands, the Rowan denim was great to knit with. My favorite part is the lace and the ruffle.

Pattern: Indigo Ripple Skirt
(Ravelry link)
Source: Interweave Knits, Spring 2007
Yarn: Rowan Denim
Color: Nashville (8.5 balls)
Size: Smallest
Needles: US Size 4
Modifications: I did the usual mods. I cast on for the second
smallest size and increased until I had the correct number for the
smallest size. I also lengthened the stockinette portion of the skirt to
15 inches before washing. I did 50 rows for the lace portion and crocheted
a chain for the draw string with a size H hook and the yarn held doubled.

I wore the skirt to the grocery store yesterday and some lady stopped me to tell me how cute my skirt was and to ask where I bought it. I proudly said I made it. This is definitely one of my favorite knits and will be a summer staple.

I also got a new hair cut by a stylist trained on how to cut curly hair. I learned about how curly hair should be cut in the book Curly Girl. If you're a curly girl you've got to get this book. It has taught me so much about how to care for my hair. It even teaches you how to make your own shampoo and curl refresher.

The hair cut was very different from any that I've ever had. The stylist cut my hair dry one curl at a time. She also taught me how to properly apply product and gave me some great styling tips to help avoid frizz. I got her name on the naturally curly website. I was a little worried going to a new stylist because I've had some really bad hair cuts. My hair shrinks when dry so if it's cut too short I can end up with baby doll bangs. Usually not a good look for me. The hair is cut with the natural curl pattern so my hair actually ended up curlier after the cut. It's a little shorter than I wanted but I am still happy with it.


Gretchen said...

Your hair looks awesome!

amanda said...

don't you love it when people ask where you got that hand knit? so nice to tell them!

the hair looks great - love the curliness :)

Virtuous said...

You did a fantastic job! And I can't wait to be in my flirty skirt soon too!

Yarn It said...

Oh my, I so understand the issues with naturally curly hair. I am glad I read this post because I never even thought about looking for resources regarding curly hair! Finding the right stylist is key - if a stylist doesn't know curly hair you can end up with a nightmare hair cut. Your cut is adorable!

Gotta Knit! said...

Love that skirt! and your hair looks great. Isn't wonderful? That is how I've found several folks to cut my curly hair.

Will have to check out that book. This is the 2nd time in a week the book has come up.