Finished Project One
Yarn: Silky Merino Malabrigo, I believe in color Rupestre, less than 4 skeins.
Needles: Size 4 Addi turbos
Cast on: June 2008
Cast off: Jan 1 2010
I believe I bought the first skeins of the silky malabrigo during my first visit to Creative Fibers. It was Knit in Public Day and I had recently moved from Virginia to Connecticut after medical school graduation. If I can remember the details correctly I’d lived here less than a week. I moved from a FANTASTIC LYS in Blacksburg Virginia (Mosaic Yarn Shop) and was pretty bummed about leaving my yarn friends. Well the amazing thing that is Ravelry had listed all the KIP events. I googled a few Connecticut locations and decided I could figure out where Windsor was…. as it was only a 15 minute drive from my house. I met some great people that day (Karen, Aaron, Melissa, Corie, Deb, and Marua) many who I am not sure where’d I be with out them. I had to confess that I had no idea where the nearest yarn store was. As the storm clouds moved in we moved our knitting from the Windsor Green to the couches at Creative Fibers. I always try to support the local yarn business and I am a tactile person. I want to fondle the yarn and see the colors before I spend a ridiculous amount of money on yarn. That day a few skeins of wine colored silky malabrigo decided it needed to come home with me and make me less lonely amidst all the boxes in my apartment.
As to why I chose the pattern. Well the Clapotis or better known as the Clap… well it gets around. I think most of the ladies at Mosaic had knit one or three. They even altered the pattern putting baby cables between the dropped stitches. It never called to me until I had the right yarn in my hands.
Because I changed the yarn and needles, I opted for the make your own size clapotis. The pattern is set up as increase until you like it, work even, then decrease all the stitches you thought increasing were a good idea. I am not even sure how many stitches across the finished project is, and I will not be counting them any time soon. Originally I had stitch markers placed at every drop stitch – so I would know I needed to knit through the back loop of the preceding and following stitches. I must have lost 100 of them or so. Every time I worked on it a stitch marker would fly off and go under/into/around the chair I was sitting in. My friends joke that they all have new stitch marker collections because of this, and to be truthful they probably aren’t far off. Closer to the end I switched the dropped stitches to a purl stitch and removed all the markers. So there were no more lost stitch markers and I didn’t really have to think about the pattern while knitting.
I am not sure why this languished so long in the pile of WIPs… maybe it was residency or my ability to be distracted by shiny new yarns and a spinning wheel. Whatever the reason were, it is now complete. Ends woven in and all. I did not block it, mostly because I wanted to wear it immediately. What could be better than wrapping malabrigo around your neck and sunggly up with it? I may never take the thing off now. It sure will be beautiful and keep me toasty warm while I meander through Paris with my best friend in a few weeks.
I apologize for the craptastic picture. I left my camera cord in Florida – so it has to be mailed to me. Until then I have the web camera – and yes I did take pictures at work, and yes I will be productive soon. 🙂