Monday, April 16, 2007  


I've got a few finished objects waiting for their big debuts - I was going to go with the "gigantic post with tons of stuff in it," but instead I opted to split it up a bit. Plus, I'm attempting to write an essay (due tomorrow), so a few small posts provide an excellent opportunity to procrastinate.

Last Wednesday, Orangecicle was in almost-completion stages... I busted my @$$ last weekend to finish it in time to wear it before the weather "got warmer." (It's currently 45 degrees with 50 mph winds. I'll restrain myself from discussing the ironies of the weather as related to knitting.)

And then, when I wore the sweater AGAIN on Wednesday, I took a page from Elspeth's book and took some pictures with the self-timer... I didn't manage to get farther from my house than the front walk, but hey - at least there are pictures!!

Orangecicle Refined Raglan

Refined Raglan from Interweave W2006

Yarn: "Sportweight" 3-Ply Cormo yarn from the Lovely Sue. I put "sportweight" in quotation marks because the yarn is, in fact, heavy worsted. It arrives as a slightly heavy sportweight - but the second that you give it a bath, it blooms. A LOT. But I loves me some cormo, and the price was great - I got this sweater out of slightly more than 4 skeins. In general, I wasn't blown away by this yarn - there was lots of vegetable bits in it, and it was definitely heavier than I was going for. But Sue was fantastic, and if you wanted a heavy worsted cormo yarn, you should definitely check her out!! I got the color through a cross-my-fingers dye experiment... it worked, AND I managed to replicate the colors across 2 dye pots!

Notes: I winged this pattern somewhat because my gauge was, um, unique. But it's great - the pattern was well written and easy to follow. In the future, I'll shortrow the neckline (I hate the bunching up thing that the sweater does now), and I'll knit everything flat until the yoke. I knit the body flat, but I did the sleeves in the round, and I'm definitely in the "I prefer a seam" category of sweater-knitters. All-in-all, however, this sweater was fantastic - I've already worn it 3 times in less than a week!



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