Friday, August 18, 2006

An FO despite the chaos

Yay! I'm done with Orangina! Seems like it took forever but I think that's only because the lace was somewhat tedious and I could only work on it so much at a time. It was a fun pattern though. Sorry for the lousy picture.

Pattern: Orangina by Stefanie Japel

Yarn: Jaeger Sienna 100% mercerized cotton in Sapling; 3 balls and a little of a 4th

Needles: US #3

Mods: I had seen a lot of Orangina's that other people knit and I was really afraid that the small size would be a little too big. I wanted it to been fitted so I redused the width by one repeat on each the front and back. So intead of 103 sts I only did 94. I think this may have been a mistake because actually a bit tighter than I wanted. I love the how the color turned out and I highly recommend the Jaeger Sienna yarn. It has a subtle sheen to it, not like "dishcloth cotton". Overall I'm happy with it and I think I will wear it.

In other news.....

I've been busy, busy, busy! mostly work-related. But thank goodness this coming week will make up for it! First off, I have a 22 hour road trip ahead of me where I will be able to knit to my heart's content! and then a relaxing weekend on the grandparent's farm in West Virginia where the nearest town is 30 minutes away! I've got all my projects all picked out to take with me....let me tell you it's been tough....I must choose carefully because if I get stuck on one project, there is no internet to look things up on and find answers. So I'm taking my Picovoli which I just started on, Persimmon Lace shawl which I also just started on, and Forecast which I plan on starting if I sick of or stuck on either of the other two projects. I might also take some socks as well.
Speaking of socks, do not attempt to use cheapy bamboo dpns in US #3 that you got off of ebay on fingerling weight sock yarn. They suck. I've been trying to knit gently with them but it still feels like they're going to snap in two at any moment! And the tips of these things! you could practically do some serious damage if your finger slipped...."uh doc, yeah, I had an accident...with knitting needles". Anyway, I HAVE GOT to learn the magic loop method so I don't have to worry about accidentally stabbing myself with super-cheapy deadly-pointy needles. This is the Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk I found to make the Persimmon Lace shawl's gorgous! and at $11/ball it's a heck of a lot cheaper than Rowan Kidsilk Haze. 600-some-odd yards per ball!


Disentangled said...

Orangina is beautiful! I LOVE the color :-)

Kaitie Tee said...

Can you tell yet if the Zephyr will have a halo similar to Kidsilk Haze? I'm curious because I've been debating buying some Kidsilk Haze but I'd love to find a good sub!

Baigneuse said...

Fantastic Orangina! Looks great on you and I love the color you used.