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…