seaming weekend

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!

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32 Responses to seaming weekend

  1. Jessica says:

    It looks great. Nicely done.
    Don’t worry. I’m a super-duper slow seamer. It takes days…

  2. Rebecca says:

    Your Gash is lovely! I’ve seen Kyoto at Artfibers – you did a great job! ;-R

  3. freecia says:

    That looks sooo lovely. Did you use a specific pattern or is it 100% Mariko Style?

  4. J Strizzy says:

    Oh, it’s just beautiful! ArtFibers made up the pattern for you, no? Perfect pattern for the yarn, and perfect yarn for the pattern.

  5. stinkerbell says:

    I love it. that color is beautiful and the style fits you to a T!

  6. Becky says:

    That red is stunning! It’s a very sleek jacket, and I like the button closure.

  7. Kerstin says:

    You glow girl! 🙂 I see you even matched your lipstick — I’m impressed! It’s very cute on you. Bet you’ll get lots of wear out of it. Yay for a wearable sweater!

  8. Leslie says:

    Just LOVE your Gash! Color is stunning as well.I was at Artfibers and coveted the kyoto. Can you share the pattern or do I need to go directly through them?

  9. Em says:

    I can totally see the glow from here. It looks flawless and gorgeous!!
    I am a really slow seamer as well. What’s more, I can’t have anything else going on in the background or I’ll get confused.

  10. Mindy says:

    The closure is perfect, and the sweater is to die for. Kyoto is such beautiful yarn! Between you and Rachael, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist it much longer.

  11. cari says:

    It looks beautiful. Great fit, too. Yay!

  12. maggi says:

    Oh, Mariko, it’s so lovely! And the closure is just right. Brava! (And I’m glad you liked the chocolate ~ )

  13. That’s gorgeous! We want one. Snaps and woofs!

  14. Cindy says:

    You always do such a good job on fit. Great sweater. Ya!

  15. claudia says:

    Love the color. Love the name of the color.

  16. Sylvia says:

    Beautiful Cardi….very nice…please share pattern information!

  17. Sylvia says:

    Beautiful Cardi….very nice…please share pattern information!

  18. maeve says:

    So beautiful! the yarn suits that pattern perfectly!

  19. Martha says:

    Be-e-a-u-tiful!!! Please kindly share your pattern pattern and color information.

  20. Silvia says:

    Oooh, yummy cardie and that yarn looks like it’s glowing–well you know what I mean. Looks like you can change the party uniform dress belt to red and be ready for the fall events. Or maybe you could make a swooshy tweedy coordinating skrit on that new machine?

  21. gaile says:

    mariko it’s beautiful!! what a fabulous color – I could totally see that evening-ed up over a simple black evening-dress too. I love how all your sweaters seem to fit so well! hey, I saw a calendar the other day and thought Mariko needs that! Do you have a place you can put a really cute calendar for the new year? email me your snailmail addy and I’ll send you a surprise!

  22. Sharlene says:

    I love the sweater! Is it an ArtFibers pattern too?

  23. carolyn says:

    oh la la! quite lovely and oh so sophisticated~

  24. Mary says:

    I like the bracelets!
    The sweater is pretty too!

  25. froggy says:

    it’s so beautiful. the color and style are both so elegant. wonderful fit and love that closure.

  26. melissa says:

    the red looks really great on you! nice work on the closeure too.

  27. masami says:

    it looks beautiful! i love the top-button closure and the 3/4 length sleeves. i’m curious to know if you used a specific pattern?

  28. Elaine says:

    What they said. It is beautiful.

  29. desha says:

    Love it! I can’t crochet beyond simple edges either. Maybe we should form a support group. 8^)

  30. Meg says:

    Gorgeous sweater – it looks fantastic on you!

  31. Missy says:

    This sweater is gorgeous! I love the colour. ^_^ Oh, and I hear your seaming woes… I’m pretty new to the whole process, but it takes me literally forever. haha.

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