Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Trippin' wit yarn

I've been researching the various "rules" about knitting on airplanes, particularly on flights through the UK, since we're flying through Manchester, England. The airport's security website specifically lists knitting needles on the banned items list.

I debated knitting on the way to Manchester, then dumping my knitting needles while transferring to our flight to Paris, but I just couldn't bear the thought of throwing away perfectly good needles. So, I've resigned to crocheting instead, since there is no mention of crochet hooks as a banned item.

I generally don't like crocheting that much, and I think knitted goods look better, but I kinda liked this pattern in the latest Interweave Crochet (Spring 2007), called the Boteh Scarf. It has a nice wavy flow about it, contrary to the usual stiff look that I see in crochet.

I would prefer a solid color, as in the pattern, but my LYS only had variegated colors of the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. I went with this one, Red Rover, because it has the most similarly colored colors in it. And I like red. I hope the security personnel at the Manchester airport also approve. ;)

And of course, I have to have some good knitting on hand for when we're not on a plane. I just got this pack of Jaeger Trinity in Water on sale on eBay, and I'm a fan of this yarn. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I do!

I was thinking of trying a second attempt at knitting Cherry. I knit almost all of this sweater last year using Frog Tree pima silk, but it was too small so I ripped it out. I still love this pattern, and I also love knitting things that have an all-over pattern on them (keeps things interesting). I'm going to swatch this tonight to see if I want to proceed.

Lastly, if you're still paying attention, I have to say that I'm so excited to visit the Phildar stores in Paris! I plan on coming back with a fair amount of yarn, but if you check out their website, you'll see that they also carry really cute clothes. What more could a girl ask for?!

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