Saturday, August 22, 2009

Jumping on the bandwagon

...really late. At first, I really didn't like the Clapotis, and then slowly...very very slowly I warmed up to it. Eventually I really wanted to make it, but lots of people told me that it was a yarn eater and would be a super expensive project.
Except, upon further investigation I discovered that if you do it in sock weight, it's really not that bad.

Pattern: Clapotis
Yarn: Araucania Ranco
Needle Size: 3.75mm
First, I just have to say that I never ever wear this colour, but I bought it because I've had this eyeliner in this colour for a very long time, and I never wear it because I feel weird wearing it with other colours. Not to say that I'm the one who matches my eyeshadow to my dress or anything, but I do like to match it with an accessory to sort of pull everything together. So, I made a yarn decision purely based on an eyeliner colour. And I'd do it again.
I'd do it again because it led me to this yarn, I love this yarn. I've already bought a ton of it for other projects, I don't even know what it is. It isn't the softest, but it isn't so scratchy that it's irritating and it really softens up after a wash. But it's nice and drapey, and the colours are gooooorgeous!
Now about the pattern, I didn't really see what the big fuss was about it, to be honest. But as soon as I got to the dropping stitches part, I was in love. It has the right amount of feeling bad and feeling liberated. You're not supposed to drop stitches, and when you do, you work so hard at bringing them back up so you don't ruin all your hard work. So it just felt so bad dropping them, but so good. It's a pretty mindless knit once you get the hang of it too, which was perfect for long subway trips across the city.
Want to know the fastest way to stop people from talking to you? When they ask "Whatcha doin'?" you say, "Oh, just working on my clap" they move away pretty quickly. Of course, this just shows that I hang out with knitters way too much because I didn't even think that would be a strange thing to say. Eventually I thought, "Ohhhh, they don't get it, that's why everyone is staring at me." Also, don't say this loudly in a crowd like I did. Of course, I tried to explain to some people what a clap really was, which always started with a "Want to see it?!" they didn't get my enthusiasm. "But it's teal! It matches this eyeliner I have!" Whatever, they missed out.
I'm now in love with this pattern, and will be making more...eventually.

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