Sunday, April 29, 2007

sahara


First of all - please, please know that I'm not really fond of pictures of myself (and especially POSTING pictures of myself). I do however appreciate when I see finished garments on a real person and not a headless torso. So for this reason I had Jay take a photo for anyone and everyone to see (gulp). Please mind the early morning bedhead.
My Sahara is done, and aside from the wild colour I'm pretty happy with it. The pattern really was easy, and I learned once again to read instructions carefully...I had this puffy sleeve at one point because I didn't realize I was supposed to wrap the next stitch two stitches past the last one. I skim, I admit it. But what I love about knitting is that you can correct your mistakes, plus I no longer fear ripping out nights of work. It's so worth it in the end because you'll have a sweater you will actually wear! (Though I do think the sweater would suit someone with an actual bust better, but I'll wear it nonetheless.)
And on another note, I just loved this wool. It's so soft and not as heavy as other cottons. Sadie and I already walked to Knitomatic today for more: black for Something Red, and purple for Girlfriend's Swing Coat (for a deserving little girl). Suddenly I'm a huge Knit and Tonic fan!
Pattern: Sahara by Wendy Jo Bernard
Wool: Misti Pima Cotton/Silk, 4 skeins
Needles: 4.25 /3.25 circulars, 4.25/3.25 DPNs
Modifications: I did the XS size until the waist and then made more frequent waist increases to end up with a S/M bottom. I didn't do the shirttail hem for no better reason than I thought I would prefer it straight. And I spent forever stitching the collar ribbing to the body. I couldn't get a mattress stitch seam I was happy with so in the end I used a crochet hook and made a really lumpy seam, but it mimics the ribbing and suits me just fine.

7 comments :

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Sam, I love it! I don't think the colour is too kooky at all and the fit looks great on you. And as much as you don't like posting pictures of yourself, it is nice to see your face.

I like Knit And Tonic a lot too. I bought the Flair pattern but need to get some yarn. And some time to knit.

lamb-things said... [Reply to comment]

samantha, your sweater is stunning, what a lovely colour on you. I especially love the trim on the neck and sleeves. What's next, I can't wait to see....

luv, mum

shula said... [Reply to comment]

Love a good Bed Head shot.

Top looks great.

hip_ragdoll said... [Reply to comment]

Sam, goodness gracious that's a beautiful sweater, and what a wonderful job you did. The colour is fantastic. Just brilliant. I can use all the adjectives in the world and it still won't aptly describe your work.

petite gourmand said... [Reply to comment]

It looks fantastic!
(as do you)
seriously, you make me want to learn how to knit more than just a scarf.
great colour too.

Hege said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful :)

Kristi said... [Reply to comment]

The fit looks great, love that pattern. It looks lovely on you.