Friday, July 29, 2011

Hot orange is hot!

This week's crop of FO's is brought to you by my new favorite color (apparently):  highlighter orange.  I'm not sure when this happened - I've never been much of an 'orange' person...but suddenly my living room has some new coordinating denizens as undeniable proof that I'm crazy for orange.  I'm just as surprised as you are!

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

You may notice Rebecca Danger's Dot the Dress-Up Box Monster hanging out with her new friends - I cast on for her last week to distract me from knitting and other work that needs to be done.  Perhaps I should rename her Dot the Distraction Monster!  I wanted to use up the lovely skein of Scarlet Fleece Painted Merino (in Mr. Tangerine Man) that I had left over from making Ursula and I got out the Big Book of Monsters and started knitting away! 

I ended up using some leftover Malabrigo Twist (in Teal Feather) for her ears and eye spot.  Since I only had a tiny bit left, I ended up knitting her ears flat, casting on half the number of stitches called for in the pattern, and then doing the decrease rows in more or less  the same way.  I think I like the flat garter ears a little better, actually - it's a fun variation, at any rate. 

Next up for FO Friday is my crazy-colored Honey Cowl - I know, I know - didn't I just make one last fall?  Yes, it's true - but I managed to lose itjust before the end of winter - curiously, in the same part of town were I lost a foliage hat a few years prior.  Chicagoans, beware of Lincoln Square - it's apparently a knitwear-eating vortex! 

No matter, I decided to make a better version using some sample skeins of Lorna's Laces Honor that I custom-dyed while I was still working there.  I think the light grey-blue color (or a version of it) became a Real Color (Fjord?) there  - but I don't think the orange or dark purple-blue (which I dubbed 'Inky') ever made it to Real Color status (Inky was kind of a pain to mix up, so can I understand why!).

I'm loving the way it turned out - so soft and silky!  If only it wasn't 90 degrees out!

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