Clapotis # 3, Scarf Swap

September 11, 2005

My scarf swap clapotis is finished. This is my third clapotis but my first altering the dimensions - it's just a skinny one. Done with a soft fuzzy novelty nylon blend held together with a 4ply black wool.

It is for my scarf swap recipient and I will post sometime this week!

It is a bit hard to see any detail from the photograph. I hope she likes it! It has a long way to travel, that is all I will say so as not to give anything away.

I enjoyed knitting it but will not do clapotis in a clingy or novelty yarn again as it is just too hard to drop the stitches! I kinda wished I'd used some of the lovely wendy dennis hand dyed wool I got from the bendigo sheep show, but too late now.

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Scarf Swap Ideas

July 27, 2005

I am participating in a scarf swap, this one here. My recipient sounds like she has some zany tastes and I'd like to do either a big scrap wrap, or a scrappy tube of some kind.. Here is some inspiration

Gritty Knits Scarf Wrap

Booglass scrap wrap I've linked to before

Interweave scrap wrap I've linked to before

by scrappy tube (ooh sounds alluring doesn't it) I mean a tube knitted on circulars, like a necklace, so it's a big scarf that you wrap around your neck twice or three times. And striped with different fibre..

I also must investigate craftster when I get a chance, I remember seeing some stuff done that was really cool where you take short pieces of different fibre and tie them together and wind into a ball and knit from that, magic ball knitting I think it was called?

Anyway I have some wonderful one ball skeins I've picked up that would combine together to make something pretty special and extraordinary I think.. Would like to start in 2 or three weeks once bloom is done and dusted. I have to send it by the end of sept, it's international so I should probably send it around mid sept..

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Knitting Update + New Arrivals

July 14, 2005

To see my new arrivals from handpaintedyarn.com, my new corkscrew scarf project from loop d loop, and bloom progress, click! Here is a little preview to wet your appetite..

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That's the corkscrew scarf from loop-d-loop, I'm making it in bulky from www.handpaintedyarn.com in a yellow.. think it was called cadmium. I have two 100g skeins which will hopefully be enough.

Here it is pulled out if it's loopiness so you can get an idea of the construction.

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The other yarn that arrived from handpaintedyarn last week was five skeins of burgundy, in the same bulky, for a top from loop - d - loop who's name currently escapes me!

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The colours are beautiful, the yarn is soft and delicious, but it needs a bath as it still stinks of vinegar from the hand dyeing.

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Here (above) is my bloom progress so far. I've half of one piece done, and almost 2/3 of the other. I was hoping to finish one this weekend but that is looking a little unrealistic right now! We'll see..

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Felted!

June 11, 2005

In the end it went 16 minutes, then 10, then 10 again, then 10 again, then 9, and then it was done. I think. there could have been one more or one less 10. Anyhoo - here we go. I didn't have anything the right size to dry it on so stuffed it with clothes and plastic bags, hopefully there won't be any lumps in the finished product.
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Of course, this is just the beginning! Post drying I will start to think about lining and embroidering this beauty, although it's not on my immediate to do list so could be weeks or months away. Or not, who knows!

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I had put these four images in a table, and for some reason it was messing with the sidebar menu. How frustrating. I've looked over the html and it's fine, so what is it? I guess I just have to move them one after an other even if it means making the page lots of scrolls down. Sigh!


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Anyhoo, back to the bag, just cos I haven't said there's nothing wrong with it yet doesn't mean there isn't. It wasn't quite the dimensions I was expecting, even though I had adjusted based on past experience, it still shrunk lengthwise more, and widthwise less, than I'd expected.. Although, I think in this instance, these proportions will be better actually so not too bothered.

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There is still some stitch definition visible but I didn't want it going any smaller. I guess I could hand agitate it a bit, but I think it'll be ok. The handles are a bit small, but giving I was totally winging it, it's ok. Plus, though my maths for it was fine, when I actually went to bind off and do the handles and space everything out, it came out not quite right - so given all that, the finished result is pretty pleasing at this stage.

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Felting day.

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Today is felting day. I finished the handles on loosely-based-on-french-market-bag, and it's in the wash now - first run 16 minutes and then I'll check. 4:07 left on the clock right now!

I just went and checked - still large and can see stitch definition. Next check (10 mins) I'll get M to take a photo. Oh that yukky smell, of wet wool..

I didn't leave # 1 in long enough (though that was the least of its problems) as it shrunk lengthwise much more than I'd expected.. But this time I've factored that in, so hopefully we're going to be ok! 6:12 till next check.

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Finished! Bulky Scarf

June 08, 2005

Bulky lacy stashbuster scarf finished! Pattern from chicknits.

These aren't the best photos but you get the idea.
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Started thursday night and finished sunday morning - it was quick, but really hurt my hands and forearms.

yarn: Two strands of gross out acrylic from stash held together on 9mm needles. Kinda wish I'd just used something nice from stash now instead.

I had to rinse it on Monday morn as I spilt wine on it when cleaning up office mess from friday drinks, it's now heaps longer and you can see the lace a lot better - I thought because it was acrylic blocking wouldn't make a difference but I guess what I did more or less blocked it, and boy did it make a difference. The yarn is still gross though so I probably won't wear it a lot.

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Knitting Update

On Monday night on the train I found a hole a few rows back in bloom. I tugged at either side with my hands to see if anything would fall, was it a dropped stitch?? But no, it was more like an accidental yarn over.. a wee little button hole.

So I sighed and started trying to tink back. Fourish rows in this dificult to see tweed on tiny needles will take me forever I thought. I only got about one row back before it all started to become complicated and I wasn't sure I was doing it right, was I always picking the correct loop etc so I put it down.

Then yesterday I tried to do the put a thin needle through the vs a few rows back and rescue it, but it just wasn't working out.

so I picked up french market bag # 2 and have been working on that till I can get some help.

But now I'm thinking, rather than rush getting help and be stressed about it, I'll start on the front piece and leave this one on a holder or another needle, until next knitting meet or something when I can arrange some help.

My only concern is I was thinking the neckline does not go deep enough and would choke me, so was going to see how the back came out and then modify the front piece accordingly. But I would say I could just make the judgement that I need to decrease say five more stitches and feel comfortable with that.

anyhoo, i now have quite a lot of french market bag #2 done - perhaps a third. It is only very loosely a french market bag, my troubles with the extremely disappointing first have given me lots of insight into how to do exactly what I wanted! And though I've become disenfranchised with my colour choice (a pale green) I've decided I will line it and do some sashiko embroidery like over at wee wonderfuls when it's done, and perhaps some additional decoration like a button collage or who knows what! I may even purchase some magnetic snaps to do a really proper job on the seal.

So that will all be happening over the next few months as and when I need a break - but bloom is still the primary focus and I will be starting the front post haste.

The yarn for simply marilyin hasn't shipped yet, but I still have about three weeks worth of bloom work easily so no probs there.

Note to self: take some pictures of bloom iss-ewe and french market bag progress and post here!

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here's french market. For the life of me I could not get a non blurry shot of the bloom hole. It needs an extreme close up. I will draw a pic at some point of what I am trying to achieve re french market.. but in a nutshell it will be a thin rectangular base, and quite tall.. so very different in proportion to my first one, which, frankly, sucks the ass. So to speak.


In terms of ignored WIPS - I still have a 90% complete lacy scarf based on the last minute knitted gifts airy scarf - I doubled it in width and height and modified it a bit, knitted most of it, and then put it down as the yarn feels gross. I wish I'd just not started really, or used something else! Silly girl. And then I have kyoto not even one half complete since it was restarted in cotton after I became disenfranchised with the cosy. It's really not like me not to finish things, but, well.. I have lost all inspiration. So don't expect a further update on that for a while!

I was going to be knitting furiously on something for michael's sister right now, but the kidsilk haze I ordered never arrived. It's now been three weeks, sigh.. So that will move to a later in the year project, perhaps christmas. At least this way I can discuss it with her rather than seeking the surprise, and now I have a few ideas beyond what I was originally planning... I'm so cryptic aren't I? I'm just not good at blogging regularly and now I have so many things to post I can't be bothered being detailed.

Did I mention I still love both my clapotis so very much? And any day I don't wear them is, by default, substandard??

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Bloom Progress Update # 1

May 29, 2005

Gratuitous Progress shot:

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I estimate I'm about a quarter of the way through this piece. So 1/8 of the whole thing. The great thing about it being knit sideways is it will be extremely easy to tell how I am progressing with my yarn. It will be really easy to identify when I am halfway through the first piece and therefore 1/4 of the way through my yarn requirement. I am making the largest size that calls for four balls, but have lengthened by five stitches and will add 8 rows in the middle, so between that and the fact that most peeps seem to have used more yarn anyway, I'll need that fifth ball.

So far there's been a minor mistake with an increase made at the wrong end, I didn't fix this though and will just live with it. I am using knit front and back and purl front and back increases instead of Make one increases as I don't quite have the hang of them and sometimes leave a whole. Before my next project I'll swatch and learn it, but for this one I'm happy with my kfbs and pfbs that I know so well from clapotis 1 and clapotis 2.

But the most important thing is that this is my first time with wrap and turn (which is short row shaping I believe). I had no problems following the directions given, had my knitters book of finishing techniques out and ready but did not need it. It took me quite a while to do (this is the shouldery bit) and I watched the 2hr lost season finale while I did it.

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Simply Marilyn

May 26, 2005

I quite like simply marilyn free from interweave knits (scroll down just over halfway down this page) and here's some threads about it that I don't have time to read right now but would like to be able to find again.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=23262.0

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12349.0

Update: This is happening! I'm officially going to do this, in place of fairly easy fair aisle (which may still happen one day). I'm ordering nine skeins of lambs pride brown sheep bulky in deep charcoal. Less skeins needed, cos more metrage, but should be close enough for guage.

May not be a wearing out sweater, but should be a great around the house one, and if all works out then it will be a nice wearing out one too.

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Baby Cardi started - bloom put off

May 23, 2005

Bloom has to be put off for a few weeks cos I started a new project over my holidays last week. This is a cute, sideways knit, 2 x 3 rib baby cardigan, the pattern was in the issue of family circle I bought last week. So far it's a terribly written pattern but it's soo cute.

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I also have another thing to make, related to that thing I couldn't blog about before. That thing isn't quite finished and didn't quite work out, but only because of the yarn choice which I have revisited.
But, shh, the walls have ears.

Anyway, I should be onto bloom in about three weeks.

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Clapotis # 2

May 15, 2005

I subscribe to the yahoo groups clapotis knitalong on daily digest. Right as I was coming to the end of the first clapotis, a rave review of brooks farm yarn was posted. They have a product called four play which is half wool half silk, so similar in composition to the yarn recommended for clapotis, Lorna's Laces.

Actually now that I think of it, it was recommended JK by who had already made two at the time from brooks farm.

I ordered 3 skeins of picante. After currency conversion and shipping it came to $80 Australian, a significant investment but quite economical in comparison to the alternatives.

The yarn arrived in less than a week which was astonishing (they are in texas in the US) - I hadn't planned to get onto another one so soon but when the yarn arrived and was so lovely, I couldn't wait long.

Three and a bit weeks since I started, here she is.

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Knitted on 6mm, she has come out quite large.

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There was hardly any enough yarn left. I did the standard amount of increases and repeats as per the patterns and could barely knit a finger puppet out of what remains.

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At this stage I won't block her and will keep her nice and scrunchy.

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My first clapotis in black alpaca needed to be blocked and stretched considerably to be long enough to wear around me, that was knitted on 5mm. Not sure which I like most yet, but I definitely love them both.

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Next Project Locked In - Rowan Bloom

May 12, 2005

Ordered five balls of this yarn in conker to make this and also ordered the pattern magazine and since i was going to be paying shipping anyway I also got this pattern book and two balls of kidsilk haze in liquer for a lacy scarf of some kind. What an investment. Although, ordered from Janette's Rare Yarns Ebay store 4 to 4, It was less than 2/3 of the price at thewoolshack.

I expect it'll be at least a week for delivery, so too late for my holidays, but that's ok! Exciting to know what I'm going to be doing next.

So thanks go out to Sally who I met on tuesday night, as I perused her Rowan 36 (which I never imagined I'd fork out for) and that's where I found the pattern.

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Knitting Articles of Interest

May 10, 2005

About Frogging, at knitty

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My favourite clapotis

May 08, 2005

I don't think clapotis # 2 will be coming off the needles today - tis a shame, it was doable, but I have a few new books I am enjoying this weekend!

Anyway, here's a link to my favourite clapotis I've seen online.
http://gidget.typepad.com/gidget_casts_on/2005/02/just_my_capote.html
It's a rock star clapotis IMHO!

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It's been a while.

April 20, 2005

So I'm not so good at this whole blogging thing! But today I am going to totally blog! I've just taken a bunch of photos and stuff and I am going to put them up.

Things to show off
- my new overlocker
- clapotis number two started
- new jean greenhowe knitted toy books
- new bendi shade card and leftover clapotis yarn
- finished french market bag, and pictures in progress
- Local lincraft closing down, stock totally gutted but was able to pick up a couple of bargains at 75% off today

and since I was taking photos, some cooking I'd just done! and some tops I'd just bought! All to be found in the extended entry so click-ez-vouz!

French Market Bag

french market bag from knitty. Modified the pattern significantly using 8mm instead of 4.5 or something like that specified in pattern. Shrunk the pattern down 4/5 in terms of stitches, but with much bigger needles it's come out much bigger of course. I used two strands of cosy wool held together, colours from stash (leftover from the cancelled kyoto!). It probably used eight ish balls all up.

All was going incredibly well and it had only taken less than a week when I got to the handles I wasn't paying attention, miscounted significantly (so I think I counted correctly then subtracted 20!) and everything went horribly wrong. So I ended up just casting off everything I could where I could (I won't explain the detail but it left me with millions of ends to weave in later).
I ended up just sewing a simple handle of my own design and making a knitting basket.

As my first felting experiment using yarn from stash, I'm happy enough. Considering Bendy rustic in one colour (probably red) and a considerably different shape for the next one, and I'll be doing it very soon me thinks. On the felting note, it was as simple as it sounds. Put in lingerie bag. Put in washing machine with a towel. Wash, and check every 10 minutes! I ended up having it in about 30 minutes. Next time, I'll err on the side of shrinking too much as it does stretch a bit when you are stuffing to the shape you want.

Stuffing it was probably the hardest bit - would be much easier if you had something the right shape to just let it dry on. I didn't, so I put clothing in lots of plastic bags and used them all to stuff it. It took two days ish to dry, longer than I expected..

anyway here's some photos.. starting, pre felting, and finished!

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New overlocker!
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I uhmed and ahhed after this for a long time and then finally bought it. $399 reduced from $599 in the janome sale. Haven't used it much yet though I have wanted to but been very busy. I am sure there will be lots to come v soon. Threading it was an extremely arduous task.

Clapotis # 2 started on Sunday

Not much to say yet. The yarn arrived from brooks farm last week (actually i think it was the week before). The colourway is beautiful, mostly browns and pinks (does not look at all like this picture) and it is very soft. I was not planning on getting started immediately, but with FMB off the needles so quickly and me yet to decide on yarn for the next, it's started! I am wearing clapotis # 1 practically every day at the moment and love it more every day.

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Baking

This afternoon I cooked, and since I had the camera out.. I made Nikki's Zuchini slice (rechristened bacon quiche) .. I made 4/5 of the standard recipe as I only had 4 eggs, and it all fitted perfectly in my blue flan dish I bought during a xmas visit to Perth a few years ago, when I wanted to make a lime tart.

That was for our tea with a nice big greek salad, and I also made a big lasagne for tomorrow nights dinner. And, some anzac cookies. I looked on the web and found heaps of very similar recipes, will add a link to the one I used a bit later. I just made one batch as a test - will probably make a double or triple batch this weekend [anzac day!] to send in to my and michael's work. After we munched on a few and I gladwrapped some for Elizabeth our cleaner who is in today, M took the rest to work.

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Jean Greenhowe Knitted Toy Books

I ordered these from the shearing shed in Canberra. I really wanted them! Will have more to say about them once I get onto a pattern or two.

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Lincraft haul at 75% off

So they are closing down my local lincraft. They finally put some stuff on sale but that was after getting rid of all the yarn and fabric (must have found a buyer to take the whole lot) they had hardly anything left. But, today I did find the following for less than $15 all up! dpns in 5 and 6.5mm, a sewing book I had coveted but wasn't willing to pay $40 for, and some google eyes to use for my knitted toys in the future.

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More Shopping

I also bought some generic wash and wear tops from suzanne gray and two new belts from army surplus. Yay!

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New shade card from Bendi, leftover yarn from clapotis # 1

Was very exciting to receive this new shade card from bendigo wollen mills. I love bendi, that's where my alpaca was for clapotis # 1. This is how much yarn I had left over from two balls - quite a lot. I think I will make a matching hat. Just a plain one - not the clapotis hat over at that blog I can't think of right now..

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mini sweater

April 06, 2005

from weekend knitting..


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Clapotis finished!

Knitted in two skeins of bendigo mills black alpaca. Took about a month, probably about 100 hours! I'm slowish though. Was a pleasure to knit though gave me lots of anxiety starting it. Will get some action shots taken on the weekend. The next few days are going to be hot and alpaca is super warm but I am going to wear it anyway!


I have ordered some silk/wool blend four play to make another one, from these folks Brooks Farm in a lovely pink/red/brown blend that isn't on the site anymore. I think it was called picante. Won't start it for a while though.

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Chunky red mini scarf

February 09, 2005

will add text soon I promise. Need to reattach button.

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Chunky Wrap with beautiful yarn

more text to come, looks nothing like the photo, hopefully I can do a better one soon! WIP on chunky needles providing a nice break from kyoto every now and then

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First knitted bag, no pattern, just messing around

text to come I promise.

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Kyoto progress report

Well as we all know I decided to give Kyoto this a shot. Having only just learnt to purl and not done any other projects using it, nor knitted anything on needles smaller than metric 7.5, this big project on metric 4s (3.75 in pattern but i'm using 4s and my guage is ok) is bound to be a challenge.

Progress so far, have completed front left piece and about a third of the way into back (on needles). Colour of this photo is awful, it's actually a khaki green and a pale pink with cream for the stripes.

I have started the double seed stitch sash.. see the pink yarn on needles there Progress is incredibly slow in that department! v v slow..

Also, I am doing this on cosy wool because it was really cheap with lincraft 30% off and I didn't want to spend $120 to get the recommended cotton or $65 to get cotton from ozeyarns. I have since learnt I could get bendigo cotton for probably same price as the cosy wool, and that the cosy wool is a bit crap unless you want to felt!

They blinded me with all these great new colours they had. But - I can always do another one in bendigo cotton!

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