Finished Object – Orangina

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Ok, I know this is a knitting blog, despite the fact that my last 5 finished objects have been sewn and I have been talking about sewing for quite some time. They are just so addicting and quick to finish for the completed object euphoria. But knitting is always there when I need to relax or take something along when I am travelling about and have some time to kill. So as proof I figured make my next FO should a knitted one. Orangina was one of those “in between” projects that bore you to death but you want the end result so you trudge on. Everyone in knitting blogland has made this so once again I am a bandwagoneer, but man we knitter have such lovely bandwagons to jump on 🙂

Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace
Inspiration: Orangina
Needles:
Size 2
Yardage: 5.5 balls
Modifications: Knit completely in the round instead of as separate pieces. Also knit a size 36 even though I am a 38 bust…unless the girls are getting smaller
Enjoyment Factor: 6
– Love the finished product, not so in love with the long process

The Good:

  • I love the result of this sweater. It fits perfectly. Probably one of my best finished projects yet. I knit the 36″ bust, despite being a 38″, because I did not want all the ease accounted for in the pattern. If I remember correctly the 36″ knit up into a 41″ total diameter. This proved to work out well for me because the sweater even stretches a little with wear due to the all cotton content of the yarn.
  • Love the color. It is just one of my favorites right now. Not quite pink, not quite purple but just right
  • Knitting in the round. It was the best thing I could have done because this would have sat for quite a while if seaming was involved. Since I didn’t do anything to the pattern to account for the stitches allowed for seaming, I have a hand of stockinette right under the underarm pit that runs into the ribbing (sorry no pic, but you can see it a little in the bottom, right hand corner of the picture below). At first I thought this would be a bad thing, but I kinda like it after all.

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  • Love the lace. I wore a matching tank for these shots, but I also love it with the contrast of a white tank too.

The Bad:

  • Size 2 needles! Yeah I have gotten over the shock of needle sizes but it sure did make for a long knit. I was sad when I didn’t get gauge at size 3 but what are you gonna do.
  • Speaking of needles, what was I thinking when I thought I could get away with some using some cheapy needles from Michaels that had a HUGE join between the cable and the needle? It was a struggle every time I had to move the stitches. I was trying to be frugal and convince myself that I could struggle through with these piece of crap needles, but finally sanity won out and I bought some Addi Turbo Lace Needles. Can we say butter?! I have to say those needles save this shell from exile.
  • I am impatient and time seems to always be my complaint, especially when it is such a repetitive pattern. It killed me on the Chevron Scarf and was no different on this one.
  • This color is hard as hell to take a picture of. The picture with me in it is pretty much the color. All the rest are for detail only.

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The Ugly:

  • This is made with cotton, the death fabric. It is called the death fabric because you are not suppose to wear it when doing any sort of water sports because it absorbs and retains water like a MoFo. Well, this puppy soaked up a gang load of water during blocking and then wanted to take forever to dry in 88F weather with a fan directly pointed at it. Good thing I don’t plan on going kayaking with this one.

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Knit Time: April 24 – July 19

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Mid Week Vacation

These part few weeks have be chalked full of activity. Both fun and stressful at the same time. One of the fun minus stress activities of the week was that my friend V can to visit from Florida. That gave me the perfect excuse to take a day of mid work week. She arrived on Monday night so we went to a local Cuban place and had the prerequisite huge glass of Sangria to start the visit.

On Tuesday, which was the actual vacation day, we did a lot of running around to take in all the things she missed about So. Cal while living in Florida – Ikea, Vietnamese Food, and freeway traffic. The main attraction of the day was the Getty Museum, a place that I had never been before so it was nice to be a tourist in my own area. There were of course quite a few exhibits, the majority of which I don’t remember. I like museums, but they don’t always stick with me. But some of the exhibits I liked were

However, my favorite part about the Getty was the garden areas. I love gardens, especially photographing them. V and I sat on the grass and relaxed. We ate, knit, napped, and poked fun at the unruly children playing on the grass while their parents tried to corral them in.

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Then we walked around the grounds and enjoyed the beauty that is nature. Hope you enjoy it too

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What’s new

Ok, so my blogging has been sporadic at best, but my crafting has been full swing. Since I last blogged, I have finished two projects – one sewn, one knit- and made significant progress on my newest quilt for a class that I am taking. So I have lots to tell you, but not time right now to do it. However, for now I leave you with the one and only project on the needles right now.

Drumroll please….

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Orangina!!