Thursday, May 31, 2007

It's All Real

My finished Sahara has officially been introduced to the rest of my wardrobe. It's nice and warm which doesn't make good timing for the upcoming summer months, but I'm hoping the opportunity will present itself anyway. Since it took me four months to make this one, I know I won't have a short-sleeve or sleeveless version done in time for the summer. This sweater represents much more to me than just another piece of clothing. It represents my ability to read a pattern and complete a process that it not my own. It's my third sweater and by far the most complicated one I've made. The sizing and shaping worked despite my lack of faith in my choice to make the small. I knew in my mind that "technically" it should work but, in my heart, I was still wondering if it "would" work. I'm glad that this is something I can wear as opposed to something I just made for the experience but went horribly wrong. I can show it off and be proud to tell people I hand-knitted it.

On to the next project...A recycled silk shawl.
I've just done a little test to see how the silk looks and feels and what kind of stitch pattern will best suit the yarn. I want to make a triangular shawl and show off the unique beauty of the recycled silk. So far this is what I've come up with. It's a drop stitch pattern with increases at the same time. It looks pretty good to me but I want to try it with smaller needles to see how that looks before I go any further. This was done on Size 15 needles. Updates to follow...

1 comment:

Abby said...

You did a great job on your Sahara! It came out really lovely.