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Clap for the Clapotis

Yep, I’ve completed my first clapotis, or “the clap” for short. Ha… when I first saw that I had to take a second look. Duh…… RIGHT…. “clap”…. RIGHT…. clapotis. What can I say, but that I’m 47 years old and thankfully did not get that right away. This is a link to my Ravelry project page for those of you who are on Ravelry. Please note that if you’re not on ravelry, you probably won’t be able to access that page, so here is a posted pic:

Clap spread out on the bed

Clap spread out on the bed

Well, i did try to knit this last year but there was an issue with the yarn I was using. I wasn’t sure if there would be enough of it; so I thought I’d cut it down to scarf size. I had heard of a lot of people doing it in less than full size, so I thought I give it a try. Forget about the fact that I had not a clue as to go about doing this. Forget about the fact that you just can’t stop increasing with you feel like it. Weeeell, that just what I did, and I went on like that for several dropped stitches.

This was knit with almost two skeins of Caron’s One Pounder in Jet Stream colorway. She is knit on size US 8 needles. There is a small amount left over and I’m going to see if I can make either wrist warmers or a head band… something like that.

She was really a lot of fun to make- once I got the pattern down… though you still really need to keep track of what row you are on because when row six comes up, you get to prepare for the drop down in row eight. I lived for those rows! My one suggestion would be to use a yarn that is silky and slippery. The kind that will fall right down when you want it to. Otherwise you will be fighting with the fibers to get it to drop all the way down. How I did it was to let the stitches drop down several rows, then I knit the rest of the row. Only when that row was done did I go back and make that stitch drop all the way down. So much fun. It doesn’t take much for me to have a good time, and my DH will tell you that I’m a cheap date…. free even. This Caron was giving me a hard time with the stitches dropping, so I had to really tug and pull to get it to go all the way down. But then, I can imagine that if you had some nice bamboo or silk yarn, that your pleasure would not be as prolonged as with my One Pounder. You could say it’d be a premature climax…. over almost before it started.

Oh, almost forgot to mention something I didn’t realize until I actually got up to that part in the pattern. In the Decrease Rows you need to drop two stitches, not just one! Wow. I was floored and ecstatic. You might have known that automatically if you realize that it’s knit on the bias. But I still would not have known this because I am mathematically challenged… severely challenged. This section was the most interesting for me… to watch the corner emerge, then realize that stitches were being dropped so that they meet in the middle with the very last one, which is also the last corner to be formed. After all the patterns that I’ve done, knitted and crocheted, this one was the most amazing to watch the form come into view. Silly, I know.

Close up of Clapotis Pattern

Did I say that I absolutely love these colors? I really LOVE these colors~! Ah… I got a lot of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment making this baby. I used the cheaper yarn because I intended on this one to be a trial run because of my failed attempt. This time around, I had two things going for me. One was that I was not on a deadline; and two, I made the full pattern without trying to skimp. Now that I’m done, part of me wants to make that other, more elegant version; but part of me can’t stand the thought of casting on another one… well, not just yet, anyway. I guess my aversion hesitation will give me plenty of time to get the money required for the amount of yarn I’ll need. OR I’ll have plenty of time to refine my spinning skills to make enough yarn for one… OR I’ll just keep dreaming about it.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008 ~ Posted by | Knitting | , , | 2 Comments

Wow… Here I am Again!

ell, thought I should at least list some of my FO’s since I last posted. I’ve finished many, but I’ll try to just remember some from memory, and post some pics. What I am the more proud of than the actual objects is the fact that I’ve learned something new that was required for each one. That is what I believe this craft is all about; and that is growth. Maybe I’m not growing in a conventional way, but I am expanding my knowledge of technique and fiber. I love how each little thing overlaps onto the next new project that comes along.

My first cotton market bag.

My first cotton market bag.

Okay, the most recent FO is what I call my Cinnamon Bag. This is the Fantasy Naturale Market Bag, by JoAnne Turcott. I used Sugar ‘n Cream Confectionery Colors in Cinnamon. I just LOVE this color, and all of the Confectionery Colors. I purchased, just for this project, Knit Picks nickel plated circular needles in US 13 and US 15. I simple adore this pattern… I am looking at it as the precursor for starting lace work. I set it on my kitchen scale when completed and it weighs in at 6 oz. It turns out I can actually make another one from this same ball of cotton… which I’m so happy about because I had decided to give this one away to my sister-in-law, JoMarie… don’t tell her! I don’t know if it was the tension of my knitting or if this is just the size of the bag, but man, this is some kind of gigantic bag!

Cinnamon Bag pictured with deodorant for visual scale of size.

More often than not, I’ll get my patterns from leads I get from Ravelry. AmAzing place. If you ever have the inclination to open yourself up to all there is to offer for the fiber community on the internet, you’ve GOT to sign up for ravelry. At last check, there are well over 150,000 members… and that is in just about a years’ time. There is nothing that I can add to what’s already been said about the place, but I can tell you that I love it over there. I just ordered a couple of pins and a teal blue T-shirt from their mini store and I should be receiving it in a couple of days… I’ll post a pic. Really. I’m surprised that I even got to order one as merchandise flies in and out of their store in a matter of no time at all.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Knitting | , , , , | Leave a comment

My New Toy

Wow… I’ve been away for quite a while and so many changes to WordPress… way to GO!

Well, thought I’d pop back in to try and make this more of a knitting ugh…. no, crochet errr, FIBER blog or journal. Though I’ve not been writing about it, I’ve been pretty busy with knitting, crochet, and now spinning fiber into yarn. Just to prove it, here is a pic of my new top whorl drop spindle:

My new toy

My new toy

Oh, and here you can see my very first spun yarn!

Forgot to mention where I got my spindle. I spied this baby [and she IS my baby] in Spinsanity’s Etsy shop. She has such beautiful stuff there. This is a Purple Stained Flower Top Whorl Drop Spindle.  It weighs just one ounce… wow.  I particularly like this one because I do want to learn how to spin light-weight or lace-weight yarn, and lighter spindles are just right for that kind of spinning.  I think her daughter, Em, dyes roving… but not sure about actual yarns. You can browse her shop here. Go check it out!

My First-Born, First-Spun.... its all the same!

My First-Born, First-Spun.... it's all the same!

The fiber was given to me by Karen, a buddy from Ravelry and who comes to my local knitting/crochet/spinning Tuesday night group. Yeah, I’ll have to make some major updates to this blog… but at least I have a lot to write about now. Karen heard that I was interested in spinning, and she promptly supplied me with some beautiful purple-ish, olive green, with a dab of gold fiber. Of course my first attempt is grossly uneven, running the gambit from very fine lace weight, right up to fuzzy and bulky. Not pretty, but I am endeared to it. They say that you simply MUST take your first spun and DO something with it for yourself, so I’ve decided to make an amigurumi turtle and make the shell out of this, if not the whole thing. This way, I can ensure that I use this for, at least, the shell part. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

My dear readers… whoever happens to stumble upon this blog, I thank you for reading. I wish that I could commit to more regular writing, but the truth is that right now I just don’t have the time…. but what I will promise is that I’ll try to at least post updates on my finished projects.

ciao

Monday, July 28, 2008 ~ Posted by | Crafts, Crafty Tools, Spinning | , , | 2 Comments