This project was purchased as a kit from Long Island Livestock Company at VK Live! Chicago 2012, giving it plenty of time to age to maturity in the stash. The fingering weight yarn is a beautiful blend of 68% llama, 21% wool, 7% bamboo and 4% nylon in the Midnight Magenta color way. The only magenta I see are occasional slubs, otherwise it is a deep, tweedy purple. I am not really a purple kinda gal, but recognize that occasionally I need to push myself out of my blue/green/brown rut.
But, what truly pushed me towards this as the 'Selfish Kickoff 2015' project was the damage to my twelve-year-old purchased brown crocheted skirt. Even having gained a not insignificant amount of weight over that time, the skirt still fit and looked good. But, the catch of my bracelet caught on it and broke a couple chains. It seems repairable, but finding the exact shade of army greenish brown seem nearly impossible.
So, in looking for a replacement, as well as a good crocheting time, I pulled Tabbethia. I must say that Doris Chan knows her stuff. The pattern was well written and a great match for the yarn. Even as a relatively slow crocheter, I was able to complete the twenty-one motifs, joining as I went, in about a week. Looks great, fits great. My only struggle is what to wear under it. My beloved brown skirt had an attached knit lining, making it easy-peasy. With Tabbethia, my opinion is that the holes are too big for just a nude slip underneath. So far I've worn it over brown leggings, but I just know I need to sew up a lining for it. Now I need to find better fabric options than the big box stores.