Clap Off

It is done!  With five days to spare, I finished Clappy before the KAL deadline.   That also means, I do believe, that I won the race Anita and I had going too. 

The devil’s in the details, so here you go.

Pattern:  Clapotis   It was my first dropped stitch pattern, and I’m just sorry I waited so long to suck it up and drop ’em!  That was fun.  The pattern itself was fine; I get bored quickly, and with all the repeats…  I got bored.  It was a good travel pattern though, because I didn’t have to read the pattern again until I got to another section.  I did do fewer increase (and thus, decrease) repeats, because I wanted a summer wrap, and to assure that I had enough yarn. 

Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft Shadows, in Merino (colorway, not fiber content).  It was fine to knit with, but the subtle stripes were too subtle for my liking in the end.  As I predicted, MJ loved it and claimed as her own, which also cuts down on my Mother’s Day knitting…  She’s delighted that it’s machine wash and dry too.  I used 4 skeins, but I had more than half of the last skein left over.

Needles:  Bryspun #8s. 

I don’t know that I’ll do another.  I think I like my lace better, but then again, this was very close to mindless knitting.  The Knight could talk to me while I worked on this, Sissy launched herself into the midst of it several times, but I would have preferred socks.

While I have your attention, swing over and check out THIS yarn dyeing tutorial.  The Knight even stopped writing up a work order yesterday to look.  I think if anyone in our house takes up dyeing, it would be the Knight. 

Then, swing over and visit Nichole.    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.   It’s a disease that has impacted my family too, so more awareness is important for me.

Also, don’t forget Ann’s Sublynnminal Healing.   Her cousin hasn’t had good news of late, so I’ve cast on for my hat.  I hope to finish it in the next few days and send it on its way.

Fredfoot is also calling to me, and I’m sure I’ll accidentally cast on with the Maizy for MJ’s pedicure socks sooner rather than later…

In spinning news, I got a great book in the mail yesterday.  I’d already mentioned Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn but now that I’ve read most of it, I can assure you that if you’re interested in spinning, you *NEED* that book.   It covers everything Barbara taught last week, complete with lots of photos.  I wouldn’t say learning to spin from a book is ideal, but I bet it’s possible with this book and its photos. 

Not that I’m going to take up spinning as a regular hobby…

28 comments on “Clap Off

  1. Jennifer says:

    Love your Clapotis! What a fabulous color 🙂 Worth all the tedium, I’d say.

  2. Clappy looks great. How nice that MJ got to choose her own gift!

  3. nichole says:

    It looks great! I’m surprised you gave it up, but hey if MJ loves it… 🙂 I’m thinking of doing the coin lace version if I do another Clappy…..

    Thanks for helping to spread awareness!

  4. gaylen says:

    Hmmm – got distracted reading the comments – Nicole, what’s the coin lace version? Chan – I love it! I have made it twice and given both away, but I love the size of yours. It’s fabulous. I don’t know that I would let someone ‘chose’ a knitted item I had planned for myself all along. g

  5. grace says:

    love it chan it came out beautifully!!!!

  6. Jessi says:

    Very pretty! Although, I see the pups are still at home. Hmph.

    And none of us are fooled by your “I’m not spinning” bit. You’re hooked. ;-p

  7. Jenny says:

    beautiful 🙂 I just can’t get enough of the clap ;p I knit it over and over again, so satisfying

  8. Wendy says:

    You gave your MIL the Clap?! How great is that?!

    That’s not something you hear very often! 😉

  9. Monnibo says:

    Looks amazing!! Dropping is fun isn’t it? GORGEOUS colour!!!

  10. fireflynights says:

    Everybody makes that Clappy thing sound so hard. Glad it went so easily for you and the FO is very pretty.

  11. StarSpry says:

    It looks great, Chan! Very pretty color 🙂

  12. KSee says:

    It really is pretty. I’m going to give it a try. My socks should be off the needles this weekend. Tired at night not getting as much done as I would like.

  13. Dianne says:

    Wow, it looks great! Wasn’t dropping all those stitches the best? It felt so naughty dropping stitches…on purpose!

    Hmmm, still not ready to give it to the lure of the spinning wheel? Just wait.

  14. Bea says:

    Looks great!!

  15. Holly says:

    Love Clappy! Yay for MJ!

  16. crimsonpurl says:

    WHOA!!!!! Clap is all done!! She looks Great!!

    You know I love me some details! ;o)

    And doesn’t it just feel good to be done before the dealine! Whew!

  17. Anita says:

    Your Clappy looks great!!!

    Darn it! 😛 What kind of sock yarn are you wanting? Or do you want me to surprise you? 🙂 Well, I might be a couple balls of sock yarn lighter but it was fun. And I’m down to my last ball of yarn too so it shouldn’t be too terribly long before I’m finished too! YEAH!

    Are you gonna buy one of those wheels? SNOL

  18. Anita says:

    Ok, I think WordPress just ate my comment!!! Here we go again…

    Your clappy turned out great! Darn it! ha ha
    So…. what kind of sock yarn are you wanting? Or do you want me to surprise you? Even though you kicked my butt in the contest I had a lot of fun & I’m actually down to my last ball of yarn, so I should be finished up soon too! YEAH! 🙂

    Are you gonna buy one of those wheels thingys? SNOL

  19. Mary says:

    WOW!! Can’t believe that is Caron Simply Soft…I love the color, its gorgeous girl!! You did a fantastic job on Clappy!! (and you beat a dealine) lol

    Love ya 🙂

  20. MrPuffy says:

    I’m so impressed with how quickly you knit that and how beautiful it came out. It’s just lovely on MJ!

  21. Sue Burke says:

    just wanted to THANK YOU for the gift my husband and i will enjoy it this week end… it is nice to know that Nichole has made such caring friends.. thanks again..

    Nichole’s mom and dad

  22. Devon says:

    The Clapotis looks gorgeous. How could MJ not love love love it!! I think that will have to be added to my list….

  23. Anniebananie says:

    Nice Clappy! And thank you for the plug. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  24. Miss Me says:

    thanks for the spinning book referal… i’m seriously considering figuring out how to work that wheel i’ve got… egads!

  25. AlisonH says:

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  26. Natalie says:

    Your Clapotis looks so wonderful!! I am reading that book is WONDERFUL!! You are a spinner now. 🙂

  27. Maggie Ann says:

    Its beautiful!!! Good for you. I’ve only been spinning about a year now and will have to look up the link you posted about your new book. Actually, smile, I’m here to read your ‘tea’ post.

  28. Amanda says:

    Oh, your Clappy is beautiful! I like the way the color transitions came through. Great job on this, Chan!

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