FO – Silver Sahara

So it appears I have been a bit remiss in posting my FOs. Shame on me. When we left to go on our vacation to Seattle in June (oh I s’pose I didn’t blog about that either did I? Well we went and it was great!) I took along Sahara to work on during the flights and downtime at the airport.

True story, while we were waiting for our flight in Atlanta, I could not for the life of me find my nail clippers that I carry in my bag for cutting yarn. I even searched my bag twice. I then stupidly tried to break the silk yarn and accomplished nothing other than cutting my hands. Then I started asking other passengers if they had nail clippers and no one did. So I went up to the gate agent to see if she had anything but alas, they aren’t allowed to have scissors either. However, this gate agent was one smart cookie. She said “well you could burn it” and whipped out her lighter to burn the yarn to break it for me. Hooray!

I wouldn’t say this sweater was my greatest work ever. In fact, if I were to give the pattern a second chance I think I would ditch the silk entirely and find a nice squishy superwash merino to knit it in. I would also make the long sleeved version. I think that combo would probably look better on me.

Description: Silver Sahara
Pattern: Sahara by Wendy Bernard
Yarn used: 3.5 skeins of Tilli Tomas Plie Colorway Atmosphere 3033 (100% plied silk ) 50g / 140 yds and .5 skeins of Tilli Tomas Disco Lights Colorway Atmosphere (100% Silk with a strand of sequins) 100g/ 225yds.
Care Instructions: Dry clean or hand wash while saying a prayer
Needle Size: US 6 (4.0mm) and US 4 (3.5mm)
Modifications: Nothing overly drastic. I may have knit my own version of the Diamond Rib pattern on the arms because I am silly and worked the wrong version. 😀
Finished Size: I knit the XS (I think?)
Date Started: 6/17/2009
Date Completed: 7/30/2009
Notes: I made some goober mistakes somewhere and took out markers when I shouldn’t have which may have caused the problem with my “decrease seams” going in opposite directions. Oh well. It works. I wasn’t a very big fan of the pattern layout although I hear that is a Stitch Diva thing and not a Wendy Bernard thing. Also I had some issue with the stitch counts, no matter how I interpreted/reread the directions I could not get them to come out to the numbers in the pattern. Finally, I just decided I didn’t care. Can you tell it was vacation knitting? 🙂

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