Aug 18, 2008

Here There Be Knitting

Yes, I actually have been knitting. A little. For some reason I am just not feeling half clapotis 005any of my current WIPs. I'm in this blah sort of phase. So, although I haven't officially "hibernated" any of them, my WIPs are more or less just sitting around. According to Ravelry, I have 3 WIPs (Digitessa, Somewhat Cowl, and the crocheted halter) and 4 hibernating (Skating Sweater, Charade socks, those Harley Quinn socks, and the grey raglan). You probably don't remember some of those. Seriously, it's a little depressing. I think that I'm getting SSS now. Digitessa is a beautiful pattern, but I don't have the time or energy. Somewhat Cowl...well, after the last incident I admit to being a bit afraid and daunted. Also, I'm just not good at crocheting. halfotis 002There, I said it. Crocheting makes NO sense to me and even though I love some of the patterns. I can't figure them out. After a bit of an unintentional hiatus, I decided I needed the feel of yarn between my fingers. So, I started a scarf sized Clapotis. It's not really a pattern, just kind of guidelines that use the Clapotis pattern as a jumping point.

First, let me tell you I never really wanted to knit the Clapotis. Just wasn't all that fond of how it looks. That, and soooo many people seemed to have trouble with it. Mouse knit the scarf sized pattern out of some of her handspun and I decided I really kind of liked the way it looked as a scarf. However, I don't wear scarves that often. Still, she talked me into buying some gorgeous Araucania for it pretty easily. Who really needs to be convinced to buy halfotis 001yarn though? With that encouragement the yarn sat in my "to be used soon" box in the closet...until recently. When I finally decided to cast on for it. I finished it rather quickly, though I took a few days to get around to blocking it. Saturday Mr. Shad had duty so I used that opportunity to stretch it out on the bed. With 20 repeats (instead of the recommended 8) of Section 3, it's a great long scarf. Easily 5ft long, possibly even 6. I haven't measured it. Though it reached from the head of the bed to the foot. All in all, it's beautiful and I can't wait for winter to wear it! I pranced all over the house with my fully blocked Half-otis wrapped around my neck, forcing Mr. Shad to ogle and pet it. He actually said it was really soft...but I think he's hallucinatory. It's about as soft as Cascade 220. Which is to say that it's no Malabrigo, you know?

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