Sunday, December 18, 2005

Clapotis

Now I know that I'm the last person in the known universe to knit one of these and that every other knitter on the planet has made at least two BUT, I'm still very pleased and proud of the finished article so you'll just have to put up with yet another Clapotis blog.


This is a Christmas present for someone (and she'd better bloomin' like it). Next to this you see it in it's early stages (note the home made stitch markers). I must say that whilst stitch markers with pretty beads on are very nice, the ones without are FAR easier to use as you don't have to keep making sure they're on the right side of the knitting. The ones with beads you have to pull through the knitting if you get them on the wrong side.


This is Clapotis being blocked (a practice I have avoided up until now). Must admit to being quite pleased with blocking, it certainly improved the look of the thing, the corners are still showing the teeniest inclination to curl up, but not as much as before.




And this is the finished object (well okay I haven't sewn the ends in yet, but there's only two of them and it will be the work of a moment!).

The yarn I used for this was Jaeger Odessa, which is a Mohair / Acrylic blend with metalic gold highlights DK. I knitted it on 4mm needles. I wasn't at all sure how it would turn out as I wasn't confident that the stitches would unravel properly in a mohair yarn, but it seems to have worked out okay. They did need a little encouragement though.

I'm very pleased with it and am going to knit myself one after Christmas. Hmm, along with all the other things I want to do. Got my eye on Tubey in the latest issue of Knitty, and from reading other peoples blogs I'm not the only one. I got some Debbie Bliss Aran Tweed in various shades of reds and purples out of the bargain bin at Up Country a couple of weeks ago and I thought it might look good in that.


Once again, the picture doesn't do credit to the colours (I think we need an acronym for that!).

Anyroadup, happy Knitmas to all in blogland and a yarn filled new year!

7 comments:

Ro said...

If she doesn't like it, can I have it?

Sharon J said...

I think I'm going to have to make a Clapotis myself - I'm starting to feel very left out :( Yours is lovely. ~Sharon

Sharon said...

The yarn you used for your clapotis is just beautiful!

How long did it take you on 4mm? Ouch!

ra said...

umm, 'bout a week I think (not a solid week obviously, I do have a living to earn.) I felt that it went quite quickly.

Thank you all for your compliments.

Reuss said...

That is absolutely beautiful, what a gorgeous yarn. I can't wait to finish mine now it's one I get to keep :)

Diane said...

I love your Clapotis!!! I haven't knitted a Clapotis!...I wish i had :) I've toyed with the idea ever since i first saw the pattern on Knitty......but alas i still haven't made one,for myself or anyone else....I think it is definately going to be on my knit list for next year......Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Woolly Wormhead said...

I haven't knitted a clapotis either! Must admit, I#m not a shawly kinda gal, so it#s not appeared on my to-do list, although I think my mum might like one...hmm... But I do fancy the idea of dropping all those stitches ;)