I need a new “nice” cold-weather skirt. I know for a fact that I will never get around to buying one. I have meant to for years now and the closest I’ve gotten is buying a new around-the-house skirt which will do for a long “nice” skirt but which I feel bad about using for things like weddings, church, and funerals because even if no one else present knows it’s my around-the-house skirt, I know. Also eventually the constant semi-daily wear will take its toll and I won’t feel right about using it that way at all.
As I started to get more and more addicted to knitting, I thought, hey. I could knit a long skirt. And that’s still true, I could. The main downside here would be that I’d almost certainly have to use a circular needle, which I dislike. (Even if I decided against knitting in the round, the width required to work it flat would exceed the capacity of straight needles.)
Then today, I had the thought: …Or I could crochet one. Crochet uses the same tool whether it’s flat, in the round, tiny, wide, whatever. I also feel more comfortable bringing a crochet hook to work so that I can get a few stitches in over lunch. (Needles are pointy, and my work environment does make pointy objects a concern.) Maybe this could be my lunch-hour project and I could continue the various small knit and/or crochet projects at home.
The downside to crochet, though, is that a crocheted skirt is more likely to require a fabric lining. I can work a knitted fabric pretty tightly, but crochet is going to have some open areas. If it’s single crochet down to the knees or so, maaaaaybe the fabric would be condensed enough? But I’d still feel better about it if it were lined. This means sewing. With a sewing machine, it’s not an onerous task or anything, and I guess a skirt would be easier to fit than some garments, but it’s still a bit more complex than my silly little knitting-needle case, you know? Also, there’s the question: If I’m going to sew a lining anyway, why not just plain sew the skirt full-stop?
I’ve got a few months before it gets cold yet, but this will be slow work with either of the first two options, especially if I keep doing other smaller projects in between. I really should decide soon.