I spent most of the weekend finishing up Gash, the little cardie made of Kyoto, the silk/mohair blend I got at ArtFibers in San Francisco. I thought I was seaming pretty quickly, but before I knew it, I had sat through two DVDs (I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, the documentary about Wilco, and this other documentary by Wim Wenders about the Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto). So, either I was abducted by aliens or sent into some time warp, or I am a slow seamer. It took me then another day to figure out an appropriate closure apparatus for the sweater. I tried making a frog closure, but it looked a little mangled and sad, so I decided to crochet a ball button. The problem is, I can’t really crochet! I can do a simple edging, yes, but when it comes to crochet directions, I just get all confused and don’t know my single crochets from my slip stitches. Finally I made some sort of ball, so then I had to make the loop, which took about a million tries and caused me to sweat and reach for the ibuprofen. Here’s the end result:
I’m pretty happy with it. I was suspicious of the loose gauge, but I think it is appropriate for this yarn and style of sweater. It’s a girlie fit, so I have to wear a smallish top underneath it. You can’t really tell, but this Kyoto yarn just glows. It is also so, so soft. This sweater took just 5 balls of yarn!