Monday, August 14, 2006

I'm going in!

I am finally making a clapotis. For one of my favorite people at work, for Christmas. I need to buy the yarn (artyarns supermerino 8), and I don't think I'm even going to get this sucker on the needles before October. But after months of looking at the pattern and whining, I'm finally just taking the damn plunge.

And then I will, in all likelihood, fall in love with it and order yarn for myself and crank it out again, because that's the kind of dweeb I am.

First, however, I must finish this goddamn albatross of a baby blanket, and Sean has informed me in no uncertain terms I must make him a hat just like mine (the two-tassel cable hat from Hip Knits, in Rowan Big Wool periwinkle. Yes, I made myself a stash reduction hat, and now he wants one too) and finish his mittens.

Oh that's a story. For later.


Blogger ana said...

If you need a long-distance knitting buddy for Clapotis, let me know. I've been wanting to make one, but would find it easier with somebody to scream WTF? at when I inevitably become confused.

3:59 AM  
Blogger chicagowench said...

You're on. I checked my stash (god, I am so fucking bigleague in the addict category) and discovered I have 3 skeins of 218 yard apiece beautiful handyed in the perfect colors for the recipient, from 100purewool from a yarn co-op and so don't neeeeed to order the supermarino (I may at some point for me).

Right now I have to finish this #!#!^!#@$%@#%^ baby blanket. I plan on banging out the other mitten and getting the hat on the needles this weekend. After that....time to get the clapotis going. When do you want to start?

12:17 PM  
Blogger ana said...

I've got one sleeve to go on the HCOH, then finishing, but am I working on it right now? No. I'm working on a stash-reducing Log Cabin blanket, which is the kind of thing that really isn't on a schedule, just there for mindless garter stitch joy when needed, so I can put that aside at any time. This may be the motivation I need to finish the HCOH like, this weekend-ish. I'm gonna go shop for yarn now, since the obscene stash isn't inspiring me, Clapotis-wise.

In other words, barring a couple of days for my yarn to arrive, whenever you're ready.

12:47 PM  
Blogger chicagowench said...


You only THINK it's mindless. Then you get to the part where you have 100 fucking stitches on the needle per stripe and need to pick them up for the next stripe on that side. OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Hi, yeah, it's a log cabin I'm swearing and cursing over. Use waste yarn and leave the stitches live. Do not, for the love of all that's holy, bind off.

I hate this fucking pattern

3:39 PM  
Blogger ana said...

Oh, too late. Much, much too late. I'm on a 80cm circ cord, and am about to order the 100cm. This picking up stitches crap is getting very, very old.

And here is the mark of true genius, on my part: I'm using up a shitload of Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky I picked up at my first giddy seasonal yarn sale, back in January, when I was a mere innocent. Not quite enough of any colour for a sweater (typical ass-y DB yardage), but hey, it was like £1.25 a ball, and I didn't really know any better, and it was nice yarn, yes? So the Log Cabin seemed like a godsend, to shift it, to make room for new, ill-advised impulse purchases.

And it's very nice yarn indeed, and this blanket? WEIGHS ONE MEEEELION POUNDS. And it's only about 3x3 at the moment. I swear to god, it's going to crush our ribcages if we try to sleep under it.

5:21 PM  
Blogger chicagowench said...

I've been talked into doing one, out of chunky alpaca, as a throw for the hols for the inlaws. I am beginning to wonder if mayhap that may be unwise given the weight issue (I am planning on not binding off)

6:16 PM  

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