Monday, June 30, 2008

More Me Stuff!

As I said earlier, I just couldn't help buying more yarn this week despite wanting to plod on and get some WIP's finished! Honestly, I just have to be in the right frame of mind to finish WIP's and if I'm not, then it's not even worth trying. Instead it's worth a trip to your LYS to find out that they're having a 25% off all yarn sale :-) AND there's still some cute stuff in their 50% off bins.

This yarn in particular caught my eye. It's a lovely shade of green that I like which is kind of hard to describe and isn't showing up in the picture quite true to color either. But I love it, and what you also can't see is that a thin gold thread is running through it too. I've never heard of this yarn before but it's just a blend of cotton and acrylic, with a little viscose too, and it's quite soft.

As you can see I've chosen to knit a bolero in it. This is from the Sirdar book 'California Girls'. I must admit the girls in the pictures look like teenagers and I worried when I got home in case I had picked up a book that fit only up to age 15 or something, but the sizes start at 32" and go up to size 42".

I also bought some Elsebeth Lavold Cotton Patine and have cast on for ANOTHER Soleil! I've tried over and over to do the crochet edge and it's still too big. I really do like the fit of the bodice so I will frog this back to the armholes and see if I can re-knit it to a better fit. In the meantime (again I just don't feel in the mood to do that just yet) I bought the Patine cos it was on sale (25% off remember) and it's one of the substitute yarns the pattern says to use. And of course I've cast on for a smaller size this time. I'll post pics of progress and yarn color soon.

Lastly, I have no idea WHEN I will ever wear this (we get very mild winters in Austin), but after seeing THIS last week, I just had to cast on and knit one. Ignore crappy lips 'sans' lipstick and the t-shirt that clashes!

I love the fan and feather pattern. Not so keen on the Patons Alpaca Blend that I picked up to knit it with, although I do love the soft pink color. This yarn sheds something terrible, and it was only after I bought it and knit with it did I think to check Ravelry - everyone else said the same thing. And I'd say what everyone else said too "don't buy this yarn". Apparently it doesn't shed after washing! I find that hard to believe but I'll let ya know.

Big day for me tomorrow - I'm having Lazik Eye Surgery. Will be back in a few days.


tiennie said...

That is a beautiful green!

Hope all goes perfectly tomorrow!

Carrie said...

Love it. I have made one attempt at clothing - a tank - and it didn't turn out right. So I'm a little hesitant to start a new project. But my goodness, seeing all your cool projects really tempts me to try again!

Miss 376 said...

The bolero will look lovely, I really like that shade of green. All the best for the surgery

picperfic said...

I love that cardigan pattern and the yarn looks gorgeous. I can see how you would suit the colour too...nice blog by the way, you do choose lovely things to knit!

a friend to knit with said...

oh, i love seeing all of your projects.

good luck today. i'll be thinking about you.

kim said...

Oh, wow, you are brave! Good luck!

The cowl is so soft and lovely. Maybe you'll get a cold snap?

I think the bolero will be very pretty in that color too.

PrincessPea said...

The green looks gorgeous, and I love the pattern you chose. Boleros are almost universally flattering, and that's a particularly pretty one!

Ann said...

Wow - so much yarn & so many projects. Casting on is the best part of knitting. Good luck on your surgery.

Knitterella said...

Love that bolero pattern you picked! and your cowl looks great - isn't that a nice pattern :)

Your getting lazik? Wow, good luck. (I'm sure everything will be OK) Looking forward to hearing how it went - I would love to have it done but I'm scared.

Susan said...

Hey, I just caught up on your blog. Wow, impressive knitting to say the least. I love that Honesty tank, bow and all. Your daughter is so cute.

Good luck with your eye surgery. It will be nice to see clearly without glasses for sure.

best, susan

Annie said...

Just catchin' up with blogging too. Hope everything went well for you.
I think that bolero will be pretty.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Hi. I'm back but in SC so I'm on dial up so can't see all the pictures of your knitting - but I love your new pattern booklet. The styles are ageless and you look terrific in boleros. BTW, Steve used to be an eye surgeon - you will love not having to wear glasses!