Saturday, May 31, 2008


I have no idea why Wendy Bernard called this top Sahara*.

Because there's nothing arid or barren about it. In fact, it's quite fecund.

I present to you, sparse but noble readers, my Sahara, modelled by my better looking, slimmer but slightly more evil sister.

Project Specifications

Sahara by Wendy Bernard via Stitch Diva Studios

Yarn: Lang Silk Dream
50% wool 50% silk singles yarn
(Note, according to ravelry, this yarn is bulky. I got perfect 21 stitches over 10 cm with 3.75mm needles. NOT very bulky.)
Colourway: Jacaranda Avenue (my own handpaint)

Needle Size: 3.75 mm for the most part, 3.25 here and there for the trim.

Modifications: I altered the placement of the waist shaping to accommodate my odd waist length, but because you try it on as you go it was a very easy thing to do.

Project Notes:

To me, it's the detailing in this top that I think are the special things, not the 'pinpoint fit' as the pattern boasts.

The short-row sleeve caps (which I had extensive but largely unsuccessful experiences with in a previous life) look beautiful.

And the shirt-tail hem (which I was thinking about ignoring) adds a very special touch.

The pattern goes on and on about negative ease and choosing size. I knit the 37 inch bust, it's comfortable on my sister, tighter on me. But I know for a fact that when this thing is washed it will grow. In particular, the seamless shoulders and the method of sleeve construction are guaranteed to make it stretch in those areas.)

And the whole thing took less than two weeks.

(* Of course, true to the bizarre world of blogging, I do know much more personal, tragic and funny things about her life, but not why this top is called Sahara.)


Michelle said...

I think it's called Sahara because is has a salwar kameez look about it. It's beautiful. I love the handpainted yarn too.

Rose Red said...

It is gorgeous. The handpainted yarn works perfectly. Now I'll have to get a move on and make mine!

PinkPorcupine said...

That is *beautiful*! I love the yarn you painted, too - the colors are just perfect, solid-ish from far, gorgeous mottle without pooling up close!

Brena said...

Your handpainted is gorgeous! I'm so impressed, my handpaint pools badly.

Katewillknit said...

A gorgeous knit! The sheen on the yarn, and the colourway you've produced are just lovely.

2paw said...

That is so fabulous, it looks wonderful and I absolutely adore your handpainting!! Despite the fact that it isn't green!!Wonderful!! Good to know the pattern works!!

Ann said...

It's gorgeous - love it. The color of your handpainted is so lovely.

stitchin' girl said...

You did a great job on the Sahara!! It looks absolutely lovely.

MadMad said...

Oh, darn. See? EASILY distracted. Now I want to make this... And wow - is that YOU in the picture? Very pretty!

Leeanne said...

Sahara turned out lovely, such a pretty design.

Charmaine said...

I've been eying off this pattern for quite a while and seeing yours has made me sooo jealous! It's stunning Ailsa! Looking forward to seeing a photo of it on you!