Well here are more pictures of my 2nd Clapotis. I'm up to my 8th "section 3" repeat, and I'm almost done with my second of four balls of yarn. I'm going to do at least 3 or 4 extra straight sections for length. I'm still not loving the colors, and it seems a lot thinner than my first, despite doing one additional increase section. I'm thinking maybe the wool blend sock yarn, and the smaller needles are the cause. I'll have to remember that for next time.
A few days ago I went to a LYS and started having a conversation with a really nice lady regarding sock making. I have been very reluctant to try knitting socks. The whole dpns and heel turning scares me to no end. Also, the small needles are intimidating to me too. Well, after talking to her for a while she calmed a lot of my fears. So some time this week I will be casting on my first pair of socks, using the magic loop cast on. Daring aren't I? We'll see how it goes.
My sister loved my first Clapotis so much she begged me to use the sock yarn I bought and make one for her. I personally don't like the colors that much for a Clap, but she said it would match a skirt she owns perfectly.
I'm on the hunt to find yarn for the Clapotis I want to make for my mom for her birthday (Sept. 25th). Not sure if I want to make it in the "Red Hat Society" colors or simple neutral tones, which is what she usually wears. I'd like to get started on it by the middle of August, to give myself plenty of time to complete it.
Yesterday I attended the last meeting of a local knitting group that meets in a very popular yarn shop here. While there the owner invited me to her knitting groups new meeting. The idea of knitting on the "People Mover" through downtown Detroit has gotten me so excited I can't wait for Tuesday. I'll try to take some pics and post them after the meeting.
Vacations are great, but boy am I glad to be back home. Now I need a vacation after my vacation. Being around teenagers when you don't havee any yourself is draining. Trying to keep them entertained when it's too hot to go outside. Trying to keep up with them at the amusement/water park. Or just being in the presence of endless questions and requests is exhausting. But don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful time as always.
Thank you all so much for the nice comments on my first Clapotis. For those of you who were wondering...yes, that's Plymouth Yarn's Bamboo. The bamboo is sooooooo soft next to the skin. Believe it or not, the color is not actually purple. I know, I thought it was too! I was told by the owner of the shop where I purchased it, that it's called Deep Maroon. Yeah sure. As far as I'm concerned it's purple and I love it. I might have liked the lighter shade of purple I purchased a little better, but I love this one all the same.
My sister asked me how long it took me to make it, so I sat back and tried to figure it out. Let's see, I started it on or around the 14th of June and decided that while I was on vacation visiting my sister, no matter what, I was going to finish it before I returned home. And, I did it! Yeah to me!
As I am an obsessive personality, lol, I have also started another one. I'm using the "Sockota" sock yarn that I purchsed here on vacation. Right now, though, I'm not to sure I like this yarn for a Clapotis. It's a lot thinner than the Bamboo, so it's starting out looking very lacy. I'm going to try to get to the drop stitches section before I give up on it though. I'll post some pics of what I've gotten done so far, later this afternoon.
Thanks again for all the great comments on my 1st Clapotis.
I did it! I finished my Clapotis this afternoon. I love it!. So, without further ado...
I love it! It came out a lot better than I thought it would. It's not as long because I had to skip a couple of straight sections in order to ensure I had enough yarn. Even doing that I was sweating the decrease and end sections. I thought I wasn't going to run short of yarn. Boy would that have truly sucked. If I had to frog the whole thing I would have just died. I choose to use yarn that I had bought a while back, and had to run out more than once and buy more. And at the time that was all they had. If I had ran out of yarn I don't know what I would have done? Especially since I'm out of town visiting my family. I would hate to have had to sit on a unfinnished Clapotis for two weeks.
My sister and her husband have been oohhing and aahhing all afternoon. She kept saying how it didn't look hand made, it looked store bought. I know better, but I think it's really sweet of her. She likes it, loose strings and all.
All that's left for me to do now is clip the loose yarns and block it. I can't wait to start on another. I've been collecting different yarns to try out as Clapotis' since I started this first one. My next one will probably be made out of either Koigu or maybe a lace weight yarn. Not sure yet...
I hope everyone is having a great holiday. Mine turned out much better than I thought it would. At our local family picnic on the 4th, which I don't usually get to attend. I saw relatives I haven't seen in almost a decade. And my nephews who were visiting me at the time got to meet relatives they had never met before. A great day was had by all, I think.
Today, I'm out of town visiting my sister,and as usual I'm having a ball. I took an hour for myself though and went to a local knitting shop and picked up some sock yarn...
Since I've never made socks before, the reason for the purchase was purely stash enhancement driven. I'm starting to think I might have a yarn addiction. Oh well, it's not like there's a "yarn-a-holics anonymous'. And even if there was one it wouldn't matter to me. You see, "I have my yarn addiction under control", "and I can quit buying yarn anytime I want!"
Does that sound as ridiculous to everyone else as it does to me? Ridiculous, but sooo true!!!
Bold the ones you’ve done.. (Re-colored my entries)
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink 02. Swam with wild dolphins 03. Climbed a mountain 04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive 05. Been inside the Great Pyramid 06. Held a tarantula 07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone 08. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it 09. Hugged a tree 10. Bungee jumped 11. Visited Paris 12. Watched a lightning storm at sea 13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise 14. Seen the Northern Lights 15. Gone to a huge sports game 16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa 17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables 18. Touched an iceberg 19. Slept under the stars 20. Changed a baby’s diaper 21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon 22. Watched a meteor shower 23. Gotten drunk on champagne 24. Given more than you can afford to charity 25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope 26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (in church…I hate it when that happens) 27. Had a food fight 28. Bet on a winning horse 29. Asked out a stranger 30. Had a snowball fight 31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can 32. Held a lamb 33. Seen a total eclipse 34. Ridden a rollercoaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day 38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment 39. Had two hard drives for your computer 40. Visited all 50 states 41. Taken care of someone who was shit faced 42. Had amazing friends 43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country 44. Watched wild whales 45. Stolen a sign 46. Backpacked in Europe 47. Taken a road-trip 48. Gone rock climbing 49. Midnight walk on the beach 50. Gone sky diving 51. Visited Ireland 52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love 53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them 54. Visited Japan 55. Milked a cow 56. Alphabetized your cds 57. Pretended to be a superhero (Gassina…don’t ask) 58. Sung karaoke 59. Lounged around in bed all day 60. Posed nude in front of strangers 61. Gone scuba diving 62. Kissed in the rain 63. Played in the mud 64. Played in the rain 65. Gone to a drive-in theater 66. Visited the Great Wall of China 67. Started a business 68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken 69. Toured ancient sites 70. Taken a martial arts class 71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight 72. Gotten married 73. Been in a movie (two — as extras) 74. Crashed a party 75. Gotten divorced 76. Gone without food for 5 days 77. Made cookies from scratch 78. Won first prize in a costume contest 79. Ridden a gondola in Venice 80. Gotten a tattoo 81. Rafted the Snake River 82. Been on television news programs as an “expert” 83. Got flowers for no reason 84. Performed on stage 85. Been to Las Vegas 86. Recorded music 87. Eaten shark 88. Had a one-night stand 89. Gone to Thailand 90. Bought a house 91. Been in a combat zone 92. Buried one/both of your parents 93. Been on a cruise ship 94. Spoken more than one language fluently 95. Performed in Rocky Horror. 96. Raised children. 97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour (I saw the Jacksons’ Victory tour in 2 different cities. I guess that counts) 98. Created and named your own constellation of stars 99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country 100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over 101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge 102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking 103. Had plastic surgery 104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived. 105. Wrote articles for a large publication 106. Lost over 100 pounds 107. Held someone while they were having a flashback 108. Piloted an airplane (for about a minute in cadets) 109. Petted a stingray 110. Broken someone’s heart 111. Helped an animal give birth 112. Won money on a T.V. game show 113. Broken a bone 114. Gone on an African photo safari 115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced 116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol 117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild 118. Ridden a horse 119. Had major surgery 120. Had a snake as a pet 121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours 123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states 124. Visited all 7 continents 125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days 126. Eaten kangaroo meat 127. Eaten sushi 128. Had your picture in the newspaper 129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about 130. Gone back to school 131. Parasailed 132. Petted a cockroach 133. Eaten fried green tomatoes 134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey 135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read 136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating 137. Skipped all your school reunions 138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language 139. Been elected to public office 140. Written your own computer language 141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream 142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care 143. Built your own PC from parts 144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you 145. Had a booth at a street fair 146: Dyed your hair 147: Been a DJ 148: Shaved your head 149: Caused a car accident 150: Saved someone’s life