Wednesday, July 04, 2007
pattern: clapotis from Knitty (*BUT a half version --see explanation below)
yarn: Rowan Tapestry (70% wool & 30% soy) in colour #173 "antique"
needles: 5mm Clover bamboo straights
Ok, well I think this may well be the same yarn that the lovely miss J did her clapotis in, and I had about 5 balls of the stuff and was dying to do another one for myself. Couple that with the never-ending chevron which I was desperate to take a break from, and well, there you have it.
Man o man did this ever knit up fast. I really wanted to do more of a "scarf" version. My previous clapotis was the enormous full-sized version, and it still remains the nicest yarn I've ever worked with. I'm seriously thinking about INVESTING in silk dream, it feels SO beautiful to wear. I pretty much wore that thing day in and day out. Not so with the Rowan Tapestry--it will no doubt be strictly a winter scarf.
I managed to find a pattern for a smaller version of the clapotis at k pixie, which for some reason I am now unable to find online(***update at bottom***). I essentially did this version of the clapotis, but then doubled the number of straight rows it suggested. It would have been way to short for my liking if I'd followed their specifications. In retrospect, I'd probably go back and actually triple the number of straight rows with this particular yarn. It fell a few inches shorter than I would have liked, but I knew I could probably get this from the majic that is blocking.
Blocking really made this yarn beautiful. The fibres really needed to be flattened out, and again, I got a lot more length out of it. I think if I had done the full-sized clapotis with this yarn I likely wouldn't have bothered blocking and kept it nice and wavy, but since it's now half as narrow, it was just way too curly to be able to wear properly. It really only took me just under two balls to complete this, and it was essentially done in a couple of evenings. The great thing about doing a half-clapotis is that you get to start dropping stitches almost right away, and that's the fun part!
I haven't decided yet whether I'm keeping it for myself or gifting it. I have enough of that yarn left that I may actually try the argosy in it as well. I'm just not sure if the colours do anything for me.
As I knit it up I was convinced it was browns and beiges...now that I look at it, it's mauves and golds. I do like the way it looks as though the sun is streaming onto it when it's laid out flat.
I was just about to go into my long-ass schpiel about buttons, but then I realized duh, I don't have the requisite photos handy. And also, this is already entirely too long as I talk endlessly about things that are no doubt obvious.
***update*** --here's the link to the "mini" clapotis: