Posts Tagged ‘Clapotis’


Finished Project One

Finally done

Pattern: Clapotis

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. 🙂

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I thought lists were suppose to be for BEFORE christmas…but I really like making lists.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  Need to make decisions – pros  and cons lists.  Lists of things to do.  It’s a highly effective way of organizing information.  So this post is dedicated to a few lists.

Jacie and I tackled the giant disaster known as my stash and WIPs.  Let’s just say it was not a light afternoon.  Kitty was very helpful rolling around in all the yarn and was very interested in helping with the frogging.

What yarn??

He even modeled a lovely cowl that was formerly a sweater.  Too bad he wouldn’t sit still for his glamor shots.

Ok on to the lists.

The list of items to finish…

  1. Blue/Green 2×2 sock in David Simpson yarn
  2. Pink jaidyn scarf
  3. Thrummed mittens
  4. Cabled socks in greater Adirondack yarn
  5. Moss stitch scarf in Debbie bliss chunky cahsmerino
  6. Sporty little number in sublime
  7. Purple lace cardigan in Berroco Comfort
  8. Jeanie
  9. Mystery shawl
  10. Be sweet scarf
  11. Firestarters for Heidi in Dream in Color
  12. Plymouth toe-ups
  13. Tempting in Twist
  14. Clapotis in silky Malabrigo
  15. Peekaboo mitt
  16. Handspun mitt
  17. Spiral baby blanket
  18. Nefertiti (my LAST cast on of the year)

Just a side note — each item will get it’s own entries later.  One before it’s completed and one after.  I throw in a few frogged items every once in a while 🙂

The items we frogged…

  1. Red Swallowtail from Zephry Cone
  2. Grey blob of sweater
  3. Alpaca cabled yoke
  4. Blue weekend knits poncho
  5. Blue tweed fitted knits vest
  6. One skein wonder in handspun
  7. Palindrome scarf
  8. Purple/blue/green hat
  9. Creative pi shawl
  10. Chuck socks in red/orange
  11. Chuck socks in blue/multi
  12. Noro sock
  13. Tofutsi sock
  14. Red sock in Crystal Palace Panda Silk yarn
  15. Red blob hat
  16. Kitty-eaten home spun lace scarf

Now the knitted items I finished in 2009….and yes I did finish some.

  1. Swallowtail *
  2. Penguin Hat 2.75 *
  3. Heidi’s Cowl *
  4. Boyfriend Hat 1.0 *
  5. Boyfriend Hat 2.0 *
  6. Rhinebeck Sweater
  7. Kai me socks
  8. Lace Cable Socks
  9. Blue Nutkin Socks
  10. Chemo Hat
  11. February Lady Sweaer
  12. Green and White Nutkin
  13. Melissa’s Maze socks
  14. Tracy’s Slippers *
  15. Noro Scarf
  16. Penguin Hat 1.0 *

Starred items where completed between November and December.  Yes almost half that list was done in 2 months… nothing like procrastination.

I am 95% done with the Clapotis.  It’s off the needles… now I just need to drop about a million stitches which is much easier said than done with the silky malabrigo and weave a few ends in.  If I am really good I should be able to sport it at the Bacon/Cheese/Chocolate Potluck tomorrow.  mmmm.. heart attack on a plate.  It’s  probably a good thing I know most of the cardiologist in the greater Hartford area and any of the doctor’s that would be admitting us.

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The final cast on

Seeing as the first is rapidly approaching and Jacie will be laying the smack down on my startitis I just HAD to start one last project.  My new Signature Needle circulars arrived yesterday while I was at Disney.  I ordered US 6, 5 inch needles, stiletto tips with a 40 inch cable.  The cable is less flexible than addis but more flexible than my denise needles. I LOVE the stiletto tips.  So far I think they are great.  The needles rotate within in the join, which takes a little getting use to.  I keep thinking that it’s going to separate or something like that, and then I would cry.  But I heard they were designed this way so the cable doesn’t twist up on itself.  I started Nefertiti in Madeline Tosh lace.  I am not sure if it’s the yarn or the join, but it snags just a little over the join.  I still love them regardless.

1 chart done...

oooh needles

I’ve been working on the Clapotis.  I am now decreasing – which is taking longer than I would like.  But hey it’s what happens when you don’t follow the directions and just increase until you like the size.  Now I have to decrease all those increase I thought were a good idea last year.

oh hi dropped stitch

One of the fun parts of the Clapotis is dropping the stitches.  With the silky malabrigo the dropped stitches all stick to each other.  I usually have to tease them apart.  You’d think those stitches would just magically fall… but they don’t.  I was knitting last night and noticed a dropped stitch that was not suppose to be dropped.  Why do those stitches fall rows and rows with no encouragement.  I think they know they shouldn’t drop and do it anyway.  Rebel stitches.

So now I have to fix the stitches…. the super blunt wooden needle wasn’t so useful in picking up the stitches.  Good thing I have new shiny stiletto tips.  Then it will be back to the never ending decreases.  At least I have something to do after my nap on the plane tomorrow.

I have to leave for the airport at some un-godly hour of the morning… coughcough4amcoughcough.  Instead of packing and sleeping I will be eating pumpkin pie and knitting.  Packing will consist of throwing things in a bag and closing it.  But tomorrow I will back in the arctic tundra with a whorish furball and Jacie and I will start organizing the Finish or Frog it project.

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Happy Holidays

Hope the fat man was good to everyone… he was exceptionally good to me this year.

My sister bought me two skeins of malabrigo worsted in Vermilion.  I have a sweater in that color.. LOVE IT!!! It makes me sad that I can only wear it once or twice a year because it’s so warm.  I am not sure what it’s destined to be, but I bet Jacie won’t let me touch it until March or something.

Mom bought be signature circular needles in size 6.  They aren’t here yet, hopefully they’ll get to Florida before I leave, otherwise she’ll have to mail them to me.  I have some lace weight yarn just waiting for them… oh Madelinetosh and Stiletto tips…do things get much better than that?  I think not.

I got a whole bunch of other non-knitting things.  A Caffeine Molecule necklace… yup I am a nerd.  I’ve embraced it.  It’s pretty fantastic.  I have it on right now 🙂

There is also a Keurig coffee maker that some how will need to find a way to Connecticut in the next few days.  But I won’t bore you with the rest of my presents…. except this one from boy.

Penguin Encounter… we are going to feed the penguins at the aquarium on Jan 23rd.  He’s good to me and expect pictures of cute penguins and me!!!

This is what I’ve been up to…

Scarf for Jaidyn that should be done by the time I get back to Connecticut.

In the Airport..

And the Finish or Frog it Christmas homework….

Clapotis....will have done by Paris

I started the decreases on the clapotis today.  It’s super snuggly and so much easier to knit here where there is not a furball trying to molest it every 5 seconds.

Happy Holidays 🙂

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So the Penguin Hat 2.75 made it’s way over to Hank last night.

I think he likes it...

Hank said it was even better than the one in the store… and that’s why we are friends.

Heidi's Cowl

A picture of Heidi’s cowl.  She was so excited when I told her how to wear it.  You mean all I do it put it over my head and it’s like a scarf with no work.  awww… she’s about the cutest thing ever.

Heidi and pups

Hank and Heidi gave me Hattitude and Hank’s homemade hot cocoa mix.  I am especially in love with the aloof pattern in the book.  It might have something to do with it being made out of Jade Sapphire cashmere… but really I just like the beret.

And because I am a little in love with it…

What Christmas present??

If Linda doesn’t love it… it can come back and live in Connecticut – but I am sure she will.  My webs order from a few weeks ago arrived yesterday… I now have 950 yards of Madeline Tosh Lace in Thunderstorm… which is much darker than I was expecting.  Mine is almost black.  I am sure it will make something lovely – now that I’ve been bitten by the lace bug again.  And yes Jacie I am aware that the January 1st count down is in progress, but I still have a week.

I also got 4 skeins of Malabrigo Twist in Indiecita… delicious.  Now I just need to keep furball away from the yummy yarn.  He has a strange affinity for the nice fibers and he does not like attention to not be on him.

I have lots of cleaning and packing to do tonight.  I need to be prepared for a 40 degree temperature change.  It is in the mid 70’s at my parent’s house and a high of 30 here.  Fun times.

To be packed for the plane – Finish it item 1… the Malabrigo Silky Clapotis.

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New Blog

So I decided to start a new blog…

What sparked this you may ask?

My good friend Jacie is aiding me a new project for 2010 and seeing as that is only a few weeks away I have to start preparing for this.

FINISH OR FROG IT – the great 2010 project.

We are taking the giant box of unfinished knitted projects that I have and either finishing them or frogging them and reclaiming the yarn.  I have lots and lots of pretty yarn sitting around waiting to be made into beautiful stuff but I always seem to be distracted by something new and shiny.

Some of the projects we are talking about… A clapotis made of silky malabrigo 80% completed, Moss stitch scarf made of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, Greater Adirondack Cabled Socks, and Sporty Little Number made of Sublime.  That’s just a few.  Yes, my name is Allison and I am a fiber snob.  Admitting this is the first step to recovery.

We’ve made plans to organize all the yarn and start the frogging around the 1st.

My first goal is to finish my Clapotis before I leave for Paris in January…. this should happen right after I finish christmas knitting or Jacie has threatened to steal my String Theory Cashmere sock yarn as hostage…. oh the horrors.

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