goin’ on a big boat

I am completely infatuated, must make it NOW obsessed with the Stitch Diva Hairpin Lace Skirt.

I’ve got a slight step up on the technique, anyway – I’ve seen Denny do it! And I know how to single crochet, too. I am totally going to make it for my trip.

Trip? Yep, I’m a-goin’ away, in a little less than a month, for two weeks. It’ll be the longest vacation (as in, away from home) that I’ve been on in more than five years – I stopped going with my parents and sisters on their summer vacations (usually to Florida) in favour of staying home in a nice big house by myself.

This year, though, there’s a different plan: my sister and I shall fly down to Texas on the 20th of May, where we will stay with my cousins in Austin for about a week doing fun things – it sure looks like a fun place!

Then my parents will fly down and we’ll board a Big Boat for a western caribbean cruise – Jamaica, the Caymans and Cozumel. I’m a bit apprehensive about the boat part (and the plane part, for that matter) but I’m sure it’ll be lots of fun. And there’s lots of cousins the same age to hang out with. It’s going to be a bit insane – there’s 24 people in our party! We even have a minibus booked for the trip from Houston to the port in Galveston.

Anyway. That long winded description of the trip = need new hairpin skirt. This brings me to a related point: since I have decided that Maryland isn’t going to fly (REALLY can’t afford to go by myself, plus I wouldn’t be able to drive once there…so yeah, also, can’t find anyone else to go with) I have decided that I can spend whatever the hell I want at the Frolic on Saturday.

Important math:
a) I will spend hundreds of dollars less at the Frolic than I would at Maryland.
b) I’ll be working, and therefore will have less time to spend walking around and spending money (although I’ll be sure to get enough time in there!)
c) since I’ll be working, that’ll offset a bit of the spending.

Not math, but:
d) I’ve made a list of stuff I want, which includes some kind of swishy drapey ribbon yarn (so not me yarn) for the skirt.

Gotta go spin the water out of that completed sweatercoat!



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11 responses to “goin’ on a big boat”

  1. pamela wynne Avatar

    I read every word, but it all flew out of my head when I saw COMPLETED SWEATERCOAT! Can’t wait to see it. :)

  2. Illanna Avatar

    I’m making the hairpin lace skirt, and I’ve already finished two of the panels. It’s fun, but I can only do it for a little while at a time. So when I’m inclined to do some hairpin lace, I just whip up another panel. I’m using Mikado Ribbon by Crystal Palace in the black and white varegated colorway that my friend gave me and I love it. I can’t wait to see yours!

    PS did you finish your capecho?

  3. Asaknitter Avatar

    What a hoot! Have a great time.

  4. j. Avatar

    I always thought the skirt was cute, but… did your list in (d) include a slip or other suitable undergarment?

  5. alison Avatar

    I’d say a Caribbean cruise is an excellent reward for finishing school!

    I love how at the top of the StitchDiva pattern it says in bold: “Crochet pattern — not an actual skirt.” That is very funny.

  6. Nadia Lewis Avatar

    Congrats on the trip! Have a great time!

  7. caro Avatar

    Austin!? Cool! Ping me before you come and the gals and I will give you the full knitterly tour!

  8. Andrea Avatar

    Your trip sounds like fun. Think of all the knitting on a deck chair you can do.

  9. JOdy Avatar

    I just got back from a Western Carribean cruise! We went on Royal Carribean to Cozumel, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica. You’ll love being on the ship. I only felt weird AFTER I got off. ( I still felt like I was moving) but while you’re on the ship – you won’t feel it too much after the initial “wow – we’re moving!” feeling.

    Have fun!

  10. rachel m Avatar

    you are the only person i know who could totally pull off that skirt and look awesome! can’t wait to see it all done!

  11. Natalie Avatar

    You’ve made a list for Frolic?! Maybe I should make a list. What if I forget something? What if I can’t make any decisions?! What if I buy too much! Ahhhhhh!

    I guess I’ll see you there though, I may be the one freaking out, it’s my first experience of more than a store’s worth of yarn!

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