Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cheap knockoff?

I realized I haven't posted a photo of my baby blanket project yet, and it's far enough along to show off a bit, I think. If it looks familiar, it's because it's Orangina:Baby Blanket Edition. You may recall that I abandoned Orangina (really Natural Cherry Soda, given the color I picked) due to concerns about the fit, body type, etc. After a lot of pattern-seeking and more swatching than I think I usually do in a year, I decided on a baby blanket, figuring that 4 Ply Cotton = absorbent + machine washable. I liked the Orangina lace pattern so much that I thought of making a baby blanket shaped-version, just a big square in the lace pattern. But then I thought of doing a baby blanket in squares, with each square a different texture. After doing half a 7" square in seed stitch (on size 3 needles), I decided that wasn't quite right either. So I went back to the Orangina idea, starting with one square, turning 90 degrees, and picking up and knitting for a second square. Then turned that one 90 degrees, and picked up and knit for a third. After the third, the squares will turn in a rectangle with twice the length of the width. Anyway, it'll end up with 16 squares sort of spiralling out. Except some of the squares will be rectangles. Mmmmhmmm. I have six balls of the yarn, and it took less than one ball to make three squares, so I should have plenty of yarn. I'll add a border if I have enough left.

Here's where I am:


I'm pretty happy with it, though my method of securing the fourth square to the first square is a little gappy. Instead of sewing it all together at the end, I thought I could ssk, p2tog with the cast on stitches on the first square as I went along. It's maybe too half-assed an attempt, and maybe I need to just suck it up and plan on a LOT of sewing at the end. We'll see.

Reading: I forget to mention a mystery novel I finished in about two hours the other day, This Pen For Hire by Laura Levine. It was short and breezy, and I've forgotten almost all about it. The amateur sleuth is a writer for hire, who writes a love letter for this shy, awkward guy who ends up accused of murdering the woman the letter was for. It was on the fluffy end of the cozy mystery spectrum, and was fine and kind of cute, but nothing special. I was going to make a snarky comment about the sleuth being a writer for hire, and geez, is there a mystery series for everything nowadays?, but then I remembered I'm writing a murder mystery set at a theater company, so I decided not to say anything. I finished Death in Lacquer Red, and it was pretty good. I usually read contemporary mysteries, so the historical element was a little different, but Jeanne Dams makes the world she writes about very rich and believable. The melting pot she has going is interesting--the heroine is Swedish, her sort-of boyfriend is Irish, one of the neighbor maids is snobby because she's a "real American" not a foreigner. The police suspect a Chinese immigrant, and Hilda, an immigrant herself, feels bound to try to help him.

Writing: Still stalled on 25,000 words. I'm trying to write the funeral scene, and it's harder than the flirting scenes. Yeesh.

Cooking: Still no calzone recipe. What on earth did I write that down on the back of? I made very disappointing pasta soup last night. Too much pasta, the wrong seasonings. Eh, you win some, you lose some.

11 comments:

Areli said...

That's a really pretty color for a baby blanket, and a nice and interesting construction.

I have the same problem with Orangina, I go back and forth on making her. I love the lace, but I don't think the design would look good on me without some mods.

KnitPastis said...

That is funny. I read that same book "This Pens For Hire". Very quick read which is great sometimes.
Your baby blanket design is so beautiful. I found myself going back clicking on the photo to study it again. I am a sucker for details. Really is pretty.

Stefaneener said...

I will await your sewing/knitting on saga with interest. It's pretty so far. I keep trying to get my spouse to write the definitive Urban Planner mystery series, but so far he's resisting.

I want your ricotta cheese recipe! How about chevre?

Marie said...

I love the lace pattern! Hmm...I may just buy the pattern for the lace stitch now...
Can't wait to see your blanket with more squares. It looks great so far and the construction sounds interest.

Rain said...

I love the Orangina blanket and such a lovely colour too.

I hope the knitting together goes well to save you all that sewing.

Annie said...

Love your adaption of orangina! Looks very cool and can't wait to see the end product.

String Bean said...

I like the idea of using the Orangina lace pattern for a blanket. Great color, too!

I can never eat pasta during the summer. I stick to meat, veggies, and fruit. Yup, all summer. Maybe some toast...

Hoe cute is Geronimo under the blanket? Sam does that on our couch. He used to have his own chair, but we got rid of it for the move.

snowdrop said...

Looks lovely, and great colour! It's nice to hear about the construction of the blanket... and like everyone else I can't wait to see the blankie!

Enjay said...

very pretty knitting! I haven't read that particular mystery, but i'm wondering if perhaps you might enjoy the Pennsylvania Dutch mystery series. Again, they're light and somewhat forgettable, but they include recipes in the book. The author is Tamar Myers (local to where I now live, SC)
I do admit that I miss Madison, especially Zorba's on State Street :(

YarnThrower said...

In the short time I've been reading your blog, it is unusual for you to go a week between postings... No pressure or anything - I just hope that all is well with you. I miss your cheery updates!

Rachel said...

What a great way to use that lovely lace! I think it'll make a really sweet baby blanket.