Thursday, July 21, 2005

That's Mrs.Orangina!

Ok, with the help of Nona's tricks....move your mouse over the photo...as I say (a-la-yarn harlot) "I turned this...into this!"


Let me just say I really had mixed feelings about the project at various stages of it. Even down to the weaving in of the ends. I just wasn't sure if it was going to look right. Then I decided to block the ribbing...I know, you don't block ribbing...but look at this...LOOK AT THIS!

Started: June 7, 2005
Finished: July 19, 2005
Pattern: Glampyre's Orangina
Yarn: Lara's Endless Summer Collection in lavender #324. Hmmmm. Do I like this yarn? Well, it's ok. It has a nice shine to it, not like the dishcloth look of rowan 4 ply. The big problem is it is really splitty. REALLY. Like 1000 plys of yarn and if you catch one, you are done. Would I use it again? Probably. It wasn't so bad once you got use to it. I was also left with 2 balls. I did order according to the yardage for the 40"size 1116 yards which would be 8+ balls of Lara. So I used approximately 828 yards.
Adjustments: I did a couple of things in this pattern hoping to make the design look appropriate for my figure. I shortened the lace panels. I made the 40" bust size and the length of the panels are 14". Then started the ribbing (don't forget to decrease a stitch where the panels meet so the 3x3 ribbing works out...this is not in the pattern). I increased the length of the ribbing so my finished length overall was 21". I also thought I needed to tighten up the ribbing so I went down a needle size. In retrospect this was not necessary...the ribbing was too tight. It was hugging in all the wrong places. That's when I decided to block the ribbing a bit...kind of to my measurements. And voila...Beautiful! So for all of you well endowed women who were worried about wearing Orangina...go for it!

22 comments:

eastern white said...

wow, so pretty!! you look great in it. i love the versatility of this pattern, which can be adjusted to flatter all body types!

mine is *almost done*!! did you block the lace?

Laura said...

WOW! Your Orangina looks AMAZING! I like the shorter lace/more ribbing combo. I think I might do that myself if I ever find some yarn that I like for this. I am thinking about using Patons Grace, but I'm not wild about it. I'm also thinking about Katia Mississippi, but I'm having trouble finding it. Your yarn is very, very nice. Great job!

Tam said...

You look MAHVELOUS and so does your Orangina (lilac-ina?). I'm encouraged to try that pattern. I love "little tanks" but having more than a "little" to cover up (as you do) I am often skeptical about them. Pretty yarn, too.

nona said...

Your Orangina turned out really well -- it looks great on you. Love the photo trick, it's endlessly fun watching your ball of yarn turn into your top!

jodi said...

It looks gorgeous. Really, really flattering. So: it looks great on tall, willowy types like Stefanie, and well-endowed types like you. I'm still not sure how it'll look on my figure type: the love-handles-slightly-bigger-than-the-boobs figure.

winnie said...

you look wonderful in your orangina. yay for triumphing the ribbing! and thanks for posting the modifications and tips.

LisaB said...

Love that photo trick and Orangina! She looks great on you!

grumperina said...

That came out beautifully! You look great in it, congratulations!

marirob said...

Beautiful! The color looks great on you. I can't wait to start mine!

jacqueline said...

that look absolutely fantastic! well done.

diana said...

Your Orangina looks wonderful! The color and the fit look great on you.

Adele said...

It looks fabulous on you. Great job.

Adele
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Colleen said...

Wow! Great job; it looks AMAZING!

Diana said...

Congrats on sucessful pattern alterations! You totally avoided that drapey area above the ribbing too. Its beautiful..

Heather said...

Wowwza!!! That really does look fantastic. I think you have inspired me to try this especially because of your modifications. We have similar body types and I could only hope this would look 1/4 as great on me as it does on you! Good job!!!

Tara said...

Looks absolutely FABULOUS, Carolyn! I love the modifications you made. It's really flattering on you!!!

Lisa said...

FANTASTIC. It fits you so well. Everytime I see a completed Orangina, I want to make one. But alas, no pattern/no yarn. with 299 balls in my stash, I can't possibly buy more, can I?

Anonymous said...

looks great!
cara

Lauren said...

That is BEAUTIFUL, Carolyn! I was a little nervous about going for this with my... bustiness... perhaps I will put that one in the queue for next year's knitting.

Yours turned out so lovely. :)

Purly Whites said...

You look fantastic!! Super fantastic! I'm so glad you were able to knit this and make it work for you. It is soooooo great.

Lisa D. said...

Your Orangina looks really great - very flattering on you, as well. Good job!

goodkarma said...

Wow, Orangina looks fantastic! Your modifications were spot-on. Gorgeous!