Thursday, May 31, 2007


The young man agreed
He would satisfy their need
So they danced for his pleasure
With a joy you could not measure
They would wait for him here
The same place every year
Beneath the sheltering sky
Across the desert he would fly

Tea in the Sahara with you
Tea in the Sahara with you

I got this song in my head as I started to write this post. Remember? It's The Police, from Synchronicity. Do you think the sisters wore this lovely number as they danced for his pleasure? I think they might have.


Yarn: Tilli Tomas Pure and Simple (2 skeins) and Disco Lights (1 skein) in Hibiscus
Needles: Sizes 4 and 6

Notes:Wow. This really is the most luscious yarn I've ever worked with. I knit the XS size after reading in the pattern notes about the tendency of the yarn to stretch. I think it'll be fine, except that I may need to tack the neckline together a bit more because I think it's already starting to stretch out a little and if I'd turned a little sideways you'd all get a nice glimpse of my bra.

A word about binding off: I learned that just because the pattern says to bind off loosely, it doesn't mean that you can just take really loose stitches with the needles you're using. I bound off the neckline with the size 4 needles I was working with and the neckline was so tight that it hiked the bottom of the lace panel all the way to my cleavage.

I undid the cast off and because I was working with Disco Lights, I stripped the yarn free of all the sequins, because let me tell you what, it is a nightmare to pull out the stitches if you have to frog.
I then cast off with size 6 needles, and it was better, but I undid it again and tried Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off, which is a super stretchy bind off (here's a nice tutorial from Knitty). Ta da! Like magic. I went back and redid the hem with this bind off, as well.

Because I am a relatively new short rower, I was wrapping the stitches on the cap sleeves without picking them up and knitting them. That little piece of information (about picking up the wraps) is at the beginning of that section, but of course I missed it, and a little voice inside my head kept saying, this isn't right, this isn't right. Sure enough, at 2:30 in the morning when I had finished the first sleeve, I focused my bleary eyes on the pattern again and realized that it does say to pick up the stitches. It just doesn't say that in the instructions where you might expect it to spell that out for you. Doh.

This just may be the most beautiful thing I've ever knit. Now, I just need to find a party to wear it to! (hey, if I open some wine, I can start the party right now...*grin*)


At 10:24 PM, Blogger jennifer said...

wow! what a gorgeous knit. i'm sure the occasion to show it off will present itself soon. :)

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Ashley said...

OK, I'm coming out of bloggy vacation mode to tell you how unbelievably gorgeous that sweater is on you! Color and fit are both perfect--so well worth a splurge. Yay!

And how great is that sewn bindoff? My new favorite thing.

At 4:36 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Without a doubt, THIS is the most beautiful thing we have seen on this blog. :)

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Dang, girl. That is just gorgeous. The color and fit are just superb on you. Beautiful job.

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Karen said...

It's so beautiful and you look HOT in it!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. And a Police song quote to boot!! :) I'll be singing that all day ( and I sure don't mind.)

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

It's gorgeous and you look fantastic in it.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger meg said...

Love it. You look fab in it, as well. Fantastic fit.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger lo said...

So, so pretty!

At 11:36 AM, Blogger la rebelde said...

that's absolutely beautiful! wow girl!

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous joy said...

well, i'm repeating people, but it's gorgeous!

At 7:26 PM, Blogger PCR said...

The top looks fantastic on you! The color is awesome!

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Sorry for the delay in commenting, but that looks fantastic! The fit, the color, everything - you must be over-the-moon with the result!

At 7:44 PM, Blogger a friend to knit with said...

You are so right! That is sooo beautiful! It looks absolutely fantastic on you!

I bought the pattern, but have yet to cast on.

Gosh, wish we could celebrate with you.....I will toast you the next time I pour one. Cheers!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Pete said...

Great job, Olga. It looks skillfully done, and the yarn is gorgeous, a nice color for you too.

At 12:19 PM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

Hot damn! Great job and I love that color : )

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Jen said...

Wow, your Sahara looks fab on you! And that Tilli Thomas looks so luscious. Great job!


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