FO: Sari Silk Pillows!
Posted by Amber on August 1, 2006
Pattern: Not a pattern, exactly. I got the idea from Scarfomatic, but carried out the idea a bit differently. Basically, take four mitered squares, each with a base of 48 stitches, and sew them together.
Yarn: Three balls of Recycled Sari Silk from GearThatGives.com.
Needles: Addi Turbos, Size 9
Other supplies: Three 14″ squares of fabric (pillow backs) and three 14″ store bought pillow forms.
Notes:My friend gave me the yarn as a gift, and I’ve been waiting for just the right project. It was too scratchy to be a scarf or hat, I don’t wear ponchos or shawls. There was a lot of random bits in the yarn – hay, string, a fingernail, lots of dirt (had to wash three times before the water stopped turning all muddy), so I didn’t want to have to buy more of it.
The color varried so much between balls that rather than pick up stitches to knit the whole pillow together (like ScarfOMatic) I knit squares individually, and then arranged them in color combinations I liked, and sewed them together. To get the maximum number of matching pillows, I found some fabric I liked to use as the back of the pillows:
And yes, the fabric has gold tissue lamé woven in to create the design. I’m now doomed to another flare up of GLD (Gold Lung Disease) and 3 more years of gold lamé showing up in random places (probably more since I’m keeping it around, as opposed to the pants of gold lamé that I threw out).
Back to the pillows –
I my mom used my sewing machine to sew the backing to the front. This is not for the weak sewing machine! The machine stalled several times and the needle is a wee bit bent now. Also, bits of the silk kept getting caught on the foot that feeds the fabric through, and we had to stop and snip it free several times on each pillow.
Overall the knitting was fast (maybe an hour and a half per square), but I wouldn’t do it again. I got about one pillow per ball, so with a set of three balls I got a nice number of matching pillows. But I still wouldn’t do it again. The yarn was a pain to work with (very stiff, and the stuff in it), and after seeing all the rave reviews of sari silk, I just don’t get why people are happy when they win 20+ skeins on eBay.