I'm a stubborn sort of woman. I was born in the year of the Ox (contrary to popular opinion this *IS* the most glamourous year of the Chinese Zodiac - screw all ya'll dragons and tigers - I didnt want to be a dragon ANYHOW - and at least I'm not a pig or rat). And Oxen are well known for being steady, even tempered, and stubborn. I told myself that I was not going to post until Orangina was completed because I had to prove to myself that I was still a knitter. The speed of knitting Continentally btw does not even out only knitting a couple of rows a week.
That being said... I <3 Stephanie Japel. I lurve most of her patterns (aside from the odd Knitty ones) and they are just so damn flattering - even for the more zaftig of us girls out there. You know who you are. I've knit the One Skein Wonder, and now Orangina, and have my eyes on the Mini Sweater and the Simple Knitted Bodice. I'm looking forward to the next few patterns that come out from her.
Orangina was a fun knit - it met the three rules of Happy Bird Knitting:
- Easy to Memorize pattern
- Looks real fancy-like
- Doesnt make me look like a jumbo sized biscuit.
- Perfect knitting in public project!
It took me off and on (more off than on) about two months to finish the project - not because it was difficult or anything - just didnt spend all that much time knitting.
Some small changes I made to the pattern:
- Stopped the lace portion right under my bustline to have the ribbing cinch the waist in a little. No need to emphasize my fluffiness more than necessary.
- Knit the ribbing in one size smaller needles.
- Cast off in pattern with the ribbing - purling the purls and knitting the knits.
The KnitPicks Shine is super soft, and the stitch definition is decent, however I'd love to have this in a yarn thats a little crisper - maybe SWTC's Bamboo. I liked this project so much that I picked up some Rowan Wool Cotton in maroon to knit one for my mom.
As you can see - a nude bra is a must, and always fun to tease the boys with whether or not a nippy is visible. The only thing I think I might rework is the neckline. The scalloping is really pretty but very prone to rolling. Ironing the beejezus out of it didnt really keep it from rolling so I'm considering - 1.) Starching 2.) a single crochet edging to firm it up a bit.
And no knitting project is complete without at least one near disaster. I was about 6 inches left on the bind off and saw that I had about 3 inches of yarn left. After much frantic searching I found the swatch I made for the project and unraveled it to use to complete the bind off. Thank goodness too because this color is no longer available from KnitPicks.
Stats on Orangina:
YARN: 6 skeins of KnitPicks Shine in Violet
NEEDLES: Lace pattern Size 3 Addi's, Ribbing - Size 2 Addi's
DIFFICULTY: 2 skeins out of 5 skeins
REQUIRED KNITTING SKILLS:
- Knitting in the round
- Increasing and decreasing (k2tog, skp, yo)