Friday, July 07, 2006

Orangina (in a belated sort of way)


I have been meaning to post a photo of Orangina since April - I just didn't get round to it. And now that I have, I post a photo of myself with wet hair and looking as though I haven't slept for more than a week (actually that could be true. I am apalling at sleeping and just never got the knack of it). Also, I ought to take this opportunity to tell you that the reason I'm never smiling in my photos is due to the fact that I always use the timer thing and it just feels and looks too contrived to stand there grinning at nothing in particular. I've tried grinning in Charlie's direction in the past but that didn't work, either. Still too manufactured.

Undeniably, this second photo is a bit rubbish. I was trying to show the shape of the scalloped boat neck but didn't succeed.



I might knit another Orangina, now I've got the hang of the lacy stitches. I love the cotton (it was the Jaeger Siena ) - the texture is so firm and it has a lovely sheen. I refuse (mostly) to wear anything I can't bung in the machine to wash and this said "handwash". Needless to say, I bunged it into the machine anyway. And stretched it like hell to try and block it back into shape. It's a bit shorter than it was when it started out, which is a pain as it now sits right on my fat hips. Do not say my hips aren't fat - I angled my stance to conceal the fact.

I've got my eye on
this nifty little number, as well. Much preferring winter clothes over summer, I can really see myself in this as soon as the weather turns.

I'm still not knitting at all and the feeling is slowly coming back. Once it's back completely, I'll carry on and sod the numbness. Once I know for absolutely sure it's the knitting that caused it in the first place. But this has left me free to do more reading. Fiona reminded me recently of a book by Jeannette Winterson that I really enjoyed. I went looking for it and realised I have everything but that one (having left that one behind when I left a relationship in a real hurry seven years ago). I've got it back now, following an audacious eBay session (managed to get hold of another book I'd been searching for - Nigel Watts "We All Live in a House Called Innocence"). I won't attempt a review as it's beyond my capabilities, I'm afraid. But when you're reading Ms Winterson it's nice if you can spare the time for a little contemplation, which is where the non-knitting comes into it.

12 comments:

  1. Ok, so I'm a bit fick, but I first thought Orangina was the skirt. Then I recognised the jumper pattern... it's lovely. Elegant.

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  2. Yes, I can see why. It didn't cross my mind before you brought it to my attention. I wonder if the choice of orange skirt was subliminal in origin........

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  3. I meant to ask... is that Osborne & Little wallpaper? I think I looked at something similar with my mother when she was doing her dining room. She ended up going for paper that was almost entirely gold. And she painted the bookcases a soft vermilion. It looks great... yours and hers. I like opulent.

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  4. The Orangina looks great. I know what you mean about feeling a bit staged when taking blog photos. But it is always nice to the finished project actually being worn rather than just nicely folded in a tasteful setting.

    Despite your pre-emptive protest I have to say it - your hips are not fat! You look great.

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  5. Orangina looks great, and no you do not have fat hips! I do! I am way way more pear shaped LOL :-)

    Like the Nosferatu poster too :-)

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  6. Fiona, well spotted! It is Osborne and Little. How I love O & S (and many others). Expensive (ish) wallpaper is well worth the extra in my opinion. O & S have a completely black one with matt bits and reflective bits, which I would like in the bedroom. One day.

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  7. Orangina is very sexy! you look fab in the outifit, no doubt.

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  8. Checked out the 'nifty number' - that will so suit you! (sir)

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  10. That cape is lovely, I love the way blogsphere introduces me to new things, I think that might be going on my very long want list.

    I love your Orangina, I have seen a few of these but I think this is the first black, looks really good with over that top.

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  11. Glad to hear the finger is improving.
    Love that capelet thing - it would look great on you.
    Orangina looks as if it was quite demanding to knit - and it is very elegant.

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  12. Hey, your O is fabulous! You've inspired me to make one again!

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