This yarn is amazing! It took a lot of abuse from me. Fifi took on a love/hate relationship with me. It took 3 cast ons on size 7 needles. Knitted up to row 40, ripped back to row 37, re-knitted to row 40 then ripped out all together. Re-started with size 8 needles. While trying on the piece, 10 stitches fell off the needle (my bad for not putting it on yarn instead) I almost cried. Instead of sending Fifi to time-out, I opened a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade and started to pick up the stitches then treaded carefully.
Once I finished the 1st 8 rows of the bodice, I stopped. How am I going to make this easy for me to remember when to cable??? Knowing me, I'll lose track of the row count when I need to do the cable. So I made a quickie Excel spreadsheet. Let me tell you how much this helped me - I did not rip a single row in the bodice, no kidding!
Pattern: French Girl Knits
Yarn: 4 balls + a few yards Rowan Calmer in Tangerine for size S
Needles: Addi Circulars in US #8
(07/10/07 - 7/29/07)
Modifications: Added 5" to the length of the body. CO additional 19 stitches to the sleeves and did ribbing in the underarm. Knit 10 rows in pattern then BO for a slightly longer sleeve.