Oct 31, 2006

Clapotis Mania

With all the new clapotis floating around, it seems like the pattern is more popular than ever before. Sarah has just completed one and the thread on Craftster is very hot right now. I haven't posted my Spring Clap before, so it seems like the perfect time.

I just started one last week that's heavier and warmer than the first one. I've finished the increase sections and hopefully this will be the last time I make one of these. The finished product is well worth the time, but I do admit to finding the pattern increasingly tedious and irritating!

Project: Clapotis
Source: Knitty
Yarn: Southwest Trading Company Bamboo in Bougainvillea
Needles: US Size 9
Started: 10/10/05
Finished: 4/12/06
Comments: Needless to say, I put this one away for a long time for other projects. Once I finally picked it back up again, I finished it very quickly. It's a great light wrap, perfect for chilly movie theaters. I used 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 skeins. The finished measurements are approx. 20" x 76".

Oct 24, 2006

Lady Eleanor

I have also completed my most beloved Lady E. I still have to trim the ends of the fringe a bit, but I could not resist taking it out for photos on a crisp Autumn day.

In other knitting news, the sweater is on hold momentarily for gauge issues. I'm coming right along with my secret holiday presents and I've had another brain blip and decided I need a Winter companion for my Spring Clapotis.

I went a little crazy with the photos, so be prepared!

Project: Lady Eleanor Stole
Source: Scarf Style
Yarn: Noro Kureyon in #124, 9 skeins for the body, 1/2 skein for the fringe
Needles: US 10 1/2, 32" circular
Started: 8/9/06
Finished: 9/27/06, Blocked: 10/2/06, Fringed: 10/22/06
Comments: I can really see myself making this again even though I probably do not need two of them. I may knit this stole a little wider so I can make myself a throw. I think this was the most fun knitting I've ever had. I really enjoyed the quick pieces of knitting that comprise entrelac. I learned to how to knit backwards so I wouldn't have to keep turning my work, but it seemed to strain my wrist so I used both. I'm pretty short, so I only did 5 knots on the fringe instead of 7. Finished measurements: 68" long without fringe, around 90" with fringe and 21 1/2" wide.

Candle Flame Photos!

So I've finally completed my shawl and my stole. What exactly are the differences between the two, I really don't know. I did not rip back my shawl and I left the mistake in and bound off. You really can't tell at all. Onto the photos!!

Project: Candle Flame Shawl
Source: The pattern I used was originally posted on the Knit List a while back, but the link is now broken. I do know that there is a PDF file floating around out there somewhere.
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay in Agate, around 5 skeins
Needles: US 10
Started: 10/4/05
Finished: 9/30/06(!), Blocked: 10/7/06
Comments: This shawl was the bane of my existence when I first started it. It was by far the most complicated thing I had attempted and it tried really hard to kick my ass. Technically I guess it's a lace pattern because of the three yarnovers at the bottom of each flame that you can't really see, but obviously it's not nearly as complicated as most lacy & delicate shawls. I did learn to love this shawl though and it turned into a very relaxing and comforting project. I did not like how it loved to gobble up my yarn and leave me scrambling to find more. I definitely will not be knitting another triangle shawl for awhile, for while the first rows fly so quickly past, by the end it was taking hours to get a few rows done. Finished measurements are 31 1/2" from band to tip and 54" wide. I do believe this could stand to be bigger, but my mind and budget would not allow it. I'll probably search for a elegant vintage brooch to help keep it closed. I'm proud to have accomplished this and do so love the Autumnal subtle colors. The End!