Sunday, July 08, 2007

Mission Accomplished

It's done! I was surprised at how quickly this went at the end. Which is kind of dumb, because I've done this three times before.

Here's what I've ended up with.

Mhairi's Clapotis on swift

While knitting it, I was worried that it was turning out a lot narrower than the ones I've done before, and I would end up with a scarf, rather than a wrap. Which, again - duh. If you use laceweight yarn and lace-sized needles to knit something that's normally done in worsted, it's generally going to turn out smaller.

I didn't think that blocking would do much for this, since it is cotton, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. It's so light that it dried in only a couple of hours, and it turned out just about perfect.

Mhairi's Clapotis Detail

So, because I forgot to say what yarn this is last time (thanks, kmkat!) here's another recap:

Clapotis, knit using Blue Heron Yarns Egyptian Mercerized Cotton in the Marshgrass colourway. And for anyone local who's interested, I picked this up at Village Yarns, on Dundas near Islington. Their website's been down all weekend, but hopefully they'll have things sorted soon. I also got my fancy new needles there - 3.75 mm Addi Lace Turbo circulars.

I've been thinking about why I've done this four times, now. Because, while I like the end product, it isn't so wildly fun that I just can't stop myself from casting on another and another. As a matter of fact, the middle section can get pretty tedious. It is good as a portable project, aside from juggling stitch markers. The pattern is very easy to memorize, but not completely boring, because you're breaking it up with knit-through-back-loops, and the dropping of the stitches can be pretty fun. And I have to admit, that done in a good yarn, you end up with a very good gift. It's like a scarf, but just that bit fancier. The last one I did was for my mum, and she wears it as a shawl on cool days, and a scarf on cold days. And she always get compliments, so that makes me happy.

Now I'm itching to get something new on the needles. I was so focused on getting this done on time that it was my only WIP. I was shocked when I realised that I had nothing else to knit yesterday afternoon. I've cast on for a little camera cozy to tide me over until I can get something more substantial ready to go.

4 comments:

Chelle said...

I love your Clapotis! Gorgeous colours and it looks so silky!

I made one in a much finer gauge than the pattern called for (with smaller needles too of course) and was really pleased with the size...it makes a really generous, drapey scarf.

kmkat said...

Thanks for the yarn info. There is a skein of it in the mail to me even as I type :)

Next question: what size needle did you use and how many stitches wide was the Clapoutis at max? (I'm nothing if not shameless at asking.) TIA!

Yosemite said...

Your Clapotis looks great!! It makes me want to knit a third one as well.

Kirsty said...

It's gorgeous--I think you might be pushing me into my second one also!