Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pink and Orange - Do they go together?

In this post they do.

So I'm going to start with this beautiful stuff that Abby promised she'd make me more of if I would just spin it!

I got the batts from Peggy in the Spindle and Wheel Swap back in September along with some other stuff I've been hoarding. I took the orange batts to the shop and had them behind my desk where I would take them out and touch them and then put them down again. The color is fantastic. touches of light yellows, little bits of red and lovely creamsicley orange.
So....when Abby said she'd make more I had no more self control.
I had two batts. The yarn weighs about 3.8 ounces and I got 294 yards of two ply. It's beautiful. It think it's a wool/mohair blend. Maybe something else like a small amount of silk in there but I'm not sure. Abby told me again and I wasn't listening. ( I think I was thinking something like, "Abby Franquemont is talking to me like I'm smart and know stuff...")

Anyway. I think this is going to be a scarf. I love it! It's drying right now from its nice warm bath. Now the search for the perfect pattern begins.
Next up is the Rowena cardigan. I finished the button bands last night and went this morning to the Fabric Gallery in Williamston for ribbon and buttons. They've got the best selection of buttons anywhere. The owner is so patient and kind and just lovely to work with. AND if you sew the fabrics are delicious. I always go there first for trims and any other sewing stuff I need.

So then I needed photos. You would think it would be easy. It used to be when Brittney and Chelsea were home but now, not so much.

Maggie took that top one. I know they are sideways but I didn't feel like messing with them.
Maggie took this one, too.
And this one.
So then I thought I'd get Lou to do it. Hee, hee.
Also Lou. Not his fault about the bad hair though.Then I thought crazy Aunt Purl takes her picture in the mirror all the time. HA. She's better than me.
So flat on the bed here she is pre blocking. I love this sweater. I love the wide neck. I love the buttons - though that's not the designer's credit. I love the ruffly hems.
It's Rowena from Knit 2 Together. The 38" size. I used Brooks Farm Yarn that I bought at Rhinebeck in 2006 right before I bought the shop. I actually bought the yarn specifically for this project. And I got the gauge called for in the pattern with the needles they suggested. The never happens for me. Well, until now.

I still have 1 1/2 skeins left. That's like 700 yards!

The only think I would do differently is add two more buttons. I think they are spread out too much to wear it closed. Even though it's not that tight I get that opening between the buttons that makes it look like you're busting out of your clothes. I could try to lose 10 pounds I guess...

Anyhoo, Pink is the new black as far as I'm concerned and it matches everything. See how I'm wearing it with that green top? It works right? (Don't tell me no) I'm wearing this every day from now until March. Well, maybe not but maybe every other day.

5 comments:

Kat said...

I love it!! It is beautiful!!

historicstitcher said...

Fabulous darling!

Can't wait to see you tomorrow - you'll be wearing it, right?

Donna B said...

Both yarn and sweater are be-au-ti-ful!

CJ said...

Sweater is beautiful, but, dang, would it break your face to smile?

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