Monday, February 26, 2007

Isn't that better?

I decided I needed to try something different with my Clapotis. Here it is, (on the left) alternating two rows with each skein. Doesn't this look better? I was worried about the yarn carried up on side, but this yarn is so soft and drapey, it blends right in. I also took the opportunity to shore up my gauge a little, and dropped a needle size (now using US 6). I also dropped stitch markers in favor of purling the stitches that will later be dropped.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Night falls on Clapotis

My sister sent me some pictures this morning, very similar to these. I realized later that there was something eerily similar to the photos of night moving across a continent, right here on my sofa: My Clapotis. I'm not blaming anyone but myself. The nice ladies at KPixie DID send me a different dye-lot of Pure and Simple (the plain silk) than of Rock Star. I'm not certain whether they make them in the same dye-lots or not. I saw this when I got the yarn. I took pictures of them together. I even made a swatch with both yarns. I didn't change my plans or ask for different yarn. I had this vision of a Clapotis with the beaded yarn on the ends and the plain silk in the middle around my neck.
But, I really don't think this is going to work for me. Right now, I think the best solution would be to knit two rows with each kind of yarn, alternating. One problem with this (besides tearing out all this out) is that I'm not sure I'll have enough yarn if I do this. The web site at Tilli Tomas says the Rockstar yarn has 100-150 yards/skein. The skeins I have say there are 100 yards. The Pure and Simple has 260 yards. I am making the Clapotis one repeat narrower than the pattern, which is a size I'm liking. For tonight, I knit on my Noni bag while I muse.

Any other ideas out there?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

I missed it!

A year ago on February 14, I posted to this blog for the first time. Somehow in a week of busyness, sick kid, and Valentine's day, I missed my "blogiversary". My first post is here. I hope some of you check it out, because otherwise I might be the only person that knows what it says.

But, here I am, just over a year later, still knitting (of course) and still blogging. I started my blog to join the knitting community in the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics. I didn't finish my Olympic project in time to "medal". But I did finish my Raccoon Jacket eventually. I've read a lot more of other folks' blogs, and a few people read mine.
Right now, I'm having fun with my Tilli Tomas yarn, making a Clapotis (better late than never). I'm also very busy getting ready for a Destination Imagination tournament in a couple of weeks. So the Clapotis is perfect knitting -- de-stress knitting.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A Sunshine-y Day

What a great day! First of all, the sun's out -- check out the shadows on the pictures.
I had a lot of fun knitting last night with my new yarn. I hadn't meant to start my Clapotis, having started on my Noni bag, in addition to Am Kamin. But I was weak. And it's wonderful.
I "had" to go to the yarn store (Sheep's Clothing) today to buy some stitch markers for my Clapotis and some lime green yarn for the bobbles on my Noni bag. You can just see the bit of lime green in the bag. All the other colors will be from left-overs in my stash, but the mix needed a little "pop".
And I came home at lunch time today to find the postman had brought the new Interweave Knits (what do YOU think of the new format?), and a package from Theresa. I was one of the winners of her "guess where we went" contest.

By the way, I think the changes to IK are OK, except that I wish they'd name the designer in the fashion spreads, not just the yarn used. Small quibble. Great day!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What I chose

for my birthday yarn!

The box from Kpixie arrived today, with Tilli Tomas Rockstar and Pure and Simple silk yarn, in Ruby Wine, and some Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk yarn, in ginger and garnet. The Tilli Tomas yarn will become a Clapotis, and the alpaca/silk will be mittens. For me. Can't wait!

Friday, February 02, 2007

A new book and back to Am Kamin

Now that I'm done with the mittens, I'm working on Am Kamin again. It's been too long since I set it aside. I'm nearing a point where I need to make some decisions. Though I'm close, I'm not knitting to the given gauge either by rows or stitches. And, I added some stitches, because the original size isn't quite as generous as I am. So, I need to sit down and do some math. I'm a little nervous about changing this pattern. As you can see if you look closely, I've been following the chart for this sweater, line by line. The patterns all have different repeats. There's a nice chart of the raglan decreases, but it's for the pattern as written. I can do this, I tell myself. But it won't be the fun part of this sweater.

What I have been enjoying, lately, is the book I just finished. It's called Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin. I was fortunate to get a proof through a special offer at the New Yorker. It is, in the words of the Common Reader Catalog's reviewer, a book you can "read read". I stayed awake too long last night, getting to a place I could stop.

If you like historical mysteries, this is quite a good one. It's pretty gruesome, but it was also engrossing. If you like Ellis Peter's Cadfael books, try this one.