Clappy Happy and Castonitis


Did I mention that I joined the Fashionably Late Clapotis KAL?  Well I did, and after TREMENDOUS ado, I settled on a yarn, quite by accident.  I’d forgotten I had the yarn, until Sissy found it for me.  (Don’t ask.)  I cast on last night, and I think the yarn is going to do exactly what I wanted, and it didn’t require any additional purchases!  I wanted something self-striping.  I wanted something light-weight in its feel as I wear it.  I wanted something that would go with absolutely everything I might wear in the spring and summer. Caron Simply Soft Shadows, I thank you.  I’m not going to make apologies for its easy-care fiber content.   My concerns about knitting forever and a day with cotton are behind me.  I don’t have to agonize over a colorway either.  See?!  *THAT* is why we stash…

The color isn’t quite that vivid.  I think it was overcast enough the flash went off, but you get the idea. 

I cast on for clappy last night, because I was just trying the yarn out.  Y’all know I can’t wait to start on Bigfoot, so I guess I don’t have much of a little, portable project right now, which means I might need to cast on for another pair of pediwicks…

If you’ve forgotten, that’s the Fred Yarn, custom-dyed by dear Jessi of Alabama Fiber Dreams.  The sad-looking, used cake is what is left after the Knight’s socks.  The other cake not looking so freshly wound is what I cast on in vain with in my search for the right wrap.  At any rate, I have enough yarn to make a hug me from beyond wrap that will forever comfort me as I think of my Hooey Hound.

In the meantime, while I was discovering yarn I didn’t know I had, I needed to whip out a wee baby hat to make the Knight happy.  I returned to my favorite hat pattern, the Rolled Brim Hat from Knitting for Peace, but they didn’t have an infant size.  So, I guessed.  I cast on 60 stitches in the Oh My! on #7 dpns and ran with it.  Four inches in, I decided to move into the decreases as written, and the rest of the way, I followed the pattern, even adding that cute little i-cord doobee on the top.   It used less than the remaining one skein, so I have a little bit of this left over, but not enough to do anything with.  Sigh.

What do you do with your remnants? 


20 comments on “Clappy Happy and Castonitis

  1. Nichole says:

    TINY remnants get stashed in a ziplock and set out in early spring for the birds to use as nesting materials…
    If there’s enough for a square, you could always start squares to sew together later for a blanket of remnants…

    Love the baby set!

  2. Sarah says:

    Clappie!! I’m so excited to see yours 🙂 I am still plugging along on mine. It’s taking awhile, but I also have CastOnitis in the worst way. I also have this crazy thing called shoppingitis! I can’t stop buying yarn! 🙂

    Good Luck. I know you will love it!

  3. adayinthelife531 says:

    I’m working on a Clapotis too. I haven’t signed up for the KAL yet. Maybe I should…agh. One more thing to keep me from the blog. Allison on the KAL was my pal in the Fall Felted Bag Exchange.

  4. Monnibo says:

    How do you find the inspiration to keep knitting? I don’t want to start new projects until I finish these gifts! Ugh.

    LOVE the blue yarn and what an adorable bear! You should give that hat pattern to Anne – maybe she’ll be able to make a hat to fit a human head! hehe.

  5. p3knitter says:

    Love that yarn!

    And the Teddy …. can we say AAWWW? How cute!

  6. MrPuffy says:

    I was a fashionably late clapotis knitter too. I was in the Secondwave Clapotis KAL that kicked off the first day of this past Fall. I think that blog is still up and had some helpful resources linked. My left overs either get given away, made into hats, or tossed into Mr Puffy’s bed (see knitting tip #1 good used for UFOs).

  7. Mary says:

    Love the yarns and the baby hat is too cute! Great job!
    Most scraps some people make scrap afghans with or squares for afghans..I know their are alot of charities that collect squares for afghans, other than that..stash collection…lol

  8. kseelass says:

    Oh, Chan I have the shadows in the Grey shades. What a wonderful idea to use it for the Clapotis. I’ve been wanting to cast on but wasn’t sure what yarn to use. I did start three rows using my alpaca with a twist but it was just to fine to learn the pattern and use a lace weight yarn at the same time.

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    I wondered why that yarn looked awfully familiar. LOL The little baby hat looks perfect!

  10. Amanda says:

    I put the remnants of yarns past into a tupperware container that I keep in case of future repairs. Especially if I have gifted something. It has come in handy.

  11. Nancy says:

    I have tucked little remantsin baskets and tote bags, here and there. I have tangles I’ll never be able to undo. I need to be organized. The blanket and hat are adorable. You have spit out a good amount of projects of late, my friend!

  12. gaylen says:

    That yarn for your clappy looks great. I’ve made 2 and I want to make another – I have always wished it was longer. And your Fred’s Yarn! Wow. That is going to be a great wrap. g

  13. I love the Simply soft self striping, too. I just bought two skeins of the green on Saturday. No apologies needed!

  14. insanknitty says:

    Oh the clap! I haven’t found the perfect yarn in my stash just yet.. but I did join up with the fashionably late crew ! 😉 I wonder.. maybe I have some interestingly soft variegated something I must go check….

    Is there enough of your skein to make a pair of baby socks… ? if not, I love the birds nest idea.. how cool is that…

  15. Cass says:

    Ooooooooooooooo that yarn made me swimmy-headed. The blue flecks in the Fred yarn is so sweet!!!!

    Can’t wait to watch your Clapo grow.

  16. Ashley says:

    It is my honor to inform you that you have received the “You’re Enchanting” award! You can read about it at my blog and pick up a button for yours! 🙂

  17. AlisonH says:

    That is one happy-looking teddy. Cool.

  18. crimsonpurl says:

    Better late than never! @ Clap KAL!

    Your blog pics are getting better!! Yah!! :o)

    And that is just a great baby set!!! You did a nice job Chan!!

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