Friday, January 19, 2007

Clap-O-t, Clapotis!

My first FO of 2007!

My Clapotis is done! I wore it to Toastmasters last night and got tons of compliments from people who remembered my speech about knitting and thought, "that scarf is so beautiful she must have knit it herself." The first compliment of the night even came from a new member who's also a knitter; she asked specifically whether the scarf was Clapotis! I was so surprised!


The specs:
Pattern: Clapotis from Knitty
Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted in sport weight, color "Blue Sky," dyelot 002. I used 2.5 skeins
Needles: Knitpicks Options size 4 on a 24" cord
Time: December 27-January 16, a very quick knit (for me, for something so large)
Thoughts: What a fun, fast knit! It was so easy to do and the yarn returns stunning results (thank you, coffeeboy!). I was quite surprised at how easy it was after seeing so much internet blather about this scarf a few years back. I blocked my Clapster pretty vigorously, and now I wish I hadn't done so; it's about a foot longer than I'd like and has lost some of its nice twisty curl. Oops! Now I will know for next time (yes, I have the yarn for it... there probably will be a "next time," possibly sooner than makes rational sense). Despite being the same dyelot, the third ball of yarn was significantly lighter than the other two, resulting in something that's fairly obvious if you're looking for it (though Coffeeboy didn't notice). It would have been fine had I introduced the new skein by alternating it in... but I didn't. Oh well.


Clapotis Clapotis

Now that the Clapster is done, what have I been working on? No fancy cabled sweaters yet - though the votes are in and it appears that one day, I might try Nantucket! For now, though, I'm making hats! Winter weather has arrived in New Jersey, and with it the need to keep one's head warm.

DSCN2807.JPG Lusekofte hat

I'll be making a tam to match the Clapster, with the remaining 1/2 skein of yarn plus a strand of smoky blue mohair plus a strand of light blue Koigu. The result will be quite pretty. I know this because I already knit the hat once, and it was too small by a long shot, so I ripped it out without photographing it. But the yarns wound together look quite nice, don't you think?

I've also started a colorwork hat for the Coffeeboy, the Lusekofte hat from Hats On!. It's a lot of fun but requires concentration. The lining is knit out of some Kidsilk Haze and some sort of fine, soft wool, both of which I had in my stash. So soft!

I'll leave you with an image of this strange winter we're having: Daffodils in January!

Garden in "winter"

Have a wonderful weekend, and if it's wintery, may you have a cozy place to curl up and knit!


Beth S. said...

Wow, it looks great with your coat! Nicely done. :-)

Anonymous said...

You are totally rockin' the clapper! :) I need to knit myself a hat too. I lost mine last year and suddenly, I need one! Crazy weather...


keri said...

It looks great on you, I love the colors!

Sheepish Annie said...

Clapotis looks great!!!!! I've yet to try that one. So many patterns, so little time... Nice job!

Lone Knitter said...

What a beautiful clapotis. It makes me want to rush out and knit one.

rita said...

I haven't knit a Clapotis yet. I never wanted to until I saw the yarn you used; now I guess I'm going to have to give in and knit one. For myself. I knit tons of things but I give most away, although this week with its seriously cold winds made me pull out the mittens I started last winter but never finished. I'll probably never finish them, but I did wear one to work on Friday.

OH--and is Claudia Handpainted from Harrisonburg, VA? I've met her in one of the LYS. She has such gorgeous stuff. I work in Harrisonburg; it's a smallish university city, but we have three yarn shops, two that opened in the last year and a half. And Claudia lives nearby. Maybe Broadway or Timberville? Anyway, I've carried on enough. I'll shut up now.

schrodinger said...

Your clap has to be one of the best I've seen, beautiful colors.

Teri S. said...

The Clapotis looks great! I've got some yarn marinating in the stash, specifically for Clapotis. One day...

Our daffodils aren't up yet, but the snowdrops made an appearance the first week in January. They usually appear in February.

cathy said...

Absolutely lovely clap!
Those hats are so necessary. Now that it's winter. I've seen crocuses in Boston, and my co-worker was complaining about the dandilions in her back yarn in Winchester. So it's only sorta winter.

Anyways, lovely,lovey clap- the colors are perfect for you :)

Sarah said...

Love it!

Those colors are really great. I might need to buy some of that yarn one day....