Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sahara for Sara

Yay, Sahara is finished. i used 500 gms of hipknits aran silk on #6 and #4 knitpicks circs. i made the smallest size with 3/4 sleeves because i did not have enough yarn to make long sleeves. by happy accident, one of my skeins of silk was much more purple than the rest, so i used it for the lace trim.
Sahara from StitchDiva
i did not have any other mods besides sleeve length. when i was knitting, the fabric felt very stiff and the sweater was too snug, but blocking has made it much more loose and drapey. i soaked it a couple of times for about an hour, because the dye bled a lot. i am happy to report that the silk has retained its shiny goodness.

i don't really care for the shirt-tail hem. if i made another, i'd probably leave it out. i am thinking about making another version for summer in bamboo, with beads. i will probably do either the short-sleeved or sleeveless version.
Sahara back

i really like the way this sweater fits, and it's very pretty, but i can tell that the silk is not going to wear well at all. as in, it's already pilling. it also had a lot of vegetable matter in it. i probably won't use a single ply 100% silk again. but i am thrilled that i found such an appropriate pattern for yarn that has been sitting in my stash for far too long.

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18 comments:

  1. The color looks beautiful on you!

    I love the pattern. The lace work really sets it off!

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  2. It looks WONDERFUL! I think it flatters you nicely. The lace trim really does set it off nicely. I love that the colour is different enough that it stands out but is so similar that it doesn't look out of place.

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  3. Oh wow! I didn't care for that pattern much--until now!!!

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  4. Wow! That looks fantastic. The fit is perfect and the color is lovely. Great work!

    Ok, I need to close my mouth now, I'm catching flies.

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  5. It looks great! Too bad it's already pilling. :/

    I love the mod you made to the sleeves and that one skein being different - definitely a happy accident!

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  6. That looks fantastic! The darker purple sets off the lace portions beautifully, you really couldn't have done it any better if you'd planned it that way on purpose.

    Not to mention that the color and fit are amazing on you. Great job!

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  7. gaaaw-geous! i'm totally inspired to check my stash and get this on the needles ASAP!

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  8. That looks gorgeous on you! The fit is really flattering!

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  9. So pretty - it came out perfectly!

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  10. That is an elegant beautiful silk sweater - I LOVE the neck border!(sleeve and bottom edges too) It so so pretty on you!

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  11. sahara looks great - it's a beautiful pattern and you did a really great job with it!

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  12. I really like the way the edges look--definitely a happy accident that one skein was more purple. Its nice to see that the pattern looks good on a real person.

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  13. That is just plain gorgeous. You're right about the contrasting trim; it's just enough to have a bit of "punch" to it. Great job!

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  14. That looks AMAZING on you! And see, the trim being a different shade actually came out fantastic!

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  15. It looks gorgeous! I haven't really considered this pattern, but your version is making me rethink my original opinion.

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  16. Oh, this looks absolutely fantastic! What a beautiful pattern this is, and the colour of the yarn you were using looks so beautiful on you! Congrats on a great accomplishment!

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  17. I've been wanting to make this sweater for quite some time, and now I'm convinced that I must indeed buy this pattern. I like your mods and the color is fabulous. Too bad it is already beginning to pill! The next version with beads will be gorgeous. Well done.

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  18. I love this sweater! I hadn't come across the pattern before today but I'm quite inspired to knit one of my own.

    Great work!

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