Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I couldn't resist. . .

I had good intentions of getting on with something already on the needles once I finished the Lace Bolero, but the more I looked at the plain bolero in the same pattern book the more I just couldn't resist going out and buying yarn for it!


So for the past week I've been knitting the plain bolero in Debbie Bliss Merino DK. I know I said I wanted a nice soft pink bolero but I couldn't find a soft pink shade that I actually liked. So I opted for something a little darker this time. I don't know how I would describe this shade of pink, but the color in the picture (of my yarn) looks pretty close to the true color. The pattern calls for Sirdar Luxury Cotton DK but because I will probably be wearing it mainly in the fall and winter I opted for wool. This is knitting up so fast I may even do another color in the plain pattern next! Oh did I say that out loud? Errmmm, what I mean is, after this I will definitely get on with some of my other wip's - yeah, that's what I meant really!!! ;-)

Also new on the needles is the second 'Soleil' that I started a couple of weeks back. This is Elsbeth Lavold Cotton Patine, again I don't know the color name but I would describe it as 'mauve'.


I'm doing the smallest size in it this time hoping it turns out a better fit than the last one (which still needs to be frogged to the armholes and re-knit, or even frogged completely and use the yarn for something else?).

I was planning on taking Soleil on the plane with me when we leave for England on Friday, but after checking the TSA website again I'm now not so sure about taking it in my hand luggage. The site does say that knitting needles are allowed but then it goes on to suggest you take bamboo or plastic and not metal, and that if security thinks your needles can be used as a weapon they may still confiscate them! I don't think I want to take the chance of them taking my Knit Picks, I know I can always buy the ends again if they did but I just don't want to risk it. I think I'll just plan on reading my knitting mags and listening to my Ipod!

So, if I don't get to post again this week it's because I'm busy packing for our trip on Friday. Some of you may not know but I'm originally from England (I married a USAF guy and left the UK about 10 years ago when I was 34). Prices of airfares stop me from getting home as often as I would like. The last time I was there was 3 years ago for my mom's 80th birthday. I didn't take my daughter and husband at the time because of the air fares. But this time we're all going and staying for 2 lovely long weeks :-)

It will nearly be time for my '100th post giveaway' when I get back - perhaps I can find some yarny goodness to bring back with me to give away ;-)





18 comments:

tiennie said...

Have a fantastic time!! I want to tag along. :)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

I always love the colors you choose - so pretty. Maybe take a sock on the plane? Tiny sock needles are unlikely to be seen as weapons, I think. I usually travel with socks because they are so small.

What can I say - except have a fantastic time and, like Tiennie, I wish I were tagging along!

sweetp said...

Have a great time. Love the pink....i'd call it crimson perhaps?

lucky knitter said...

Oh I hope you have the most wonderful time in England with your family. Your projects look great!

kim said...

That pink looks almost like a raspberry sorbet to me. I think it will be very pretty. Have a wonderful time in England!

Ann said...

Lovely pink & I love the boleros too as it's a good accessory for the wardrobe. Have a great holiday.

PrincessPea said...

The lacey version looked so lovely on you, I can see why you'd want to make a winter bolero. I bet the colour will be fabulous on you.

Have a great time back in Blighty!

Annie said...

LOVE that color of lipstick pink! Have a good trip!

amanda said...

Hope you have a fantastic time Denise! The weather is picking up for you already.

btw...my mum has been reading your blog and wants to knit the bolero now!

Windy Knitty said...

I love the color of the bolero. Looks like a fun project!

Have a great time on your vacation!

picperfic said...

have a lovely time in dear old Blighty! I love the pink of your new shrug too!

Suzanne said...

I hope your two weeks is very long!! Hope you have a glorious time with your family and your mom.
Suzanne

Alison Boon said...

Your colour choices are as ever simply delicious. The lacy bolero looks so smart on you.
I hope the trip is fabuloous and that you can find a way of taking your needles with you. I always take the cheapest ones on the plane so if they get taken it's not a tragedy.

Jeanne said...

Love the new projects - hope you have a wonderful time!

a friend to knit with said...

ahhh! hope you are having a fantastic time, denise!
enjoy every minute!

Anonymous said...

have a wonderful trip. i love those yarns, by the way

knittyvritti said...

oops, anonymous is me--kv

amanda said...

Just nominated you for an award on my blog!