Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Oh Clapotis,
I wonder what yarn you'll be

{Sung to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree" }

A friend is having a Clapotis Tea in a couple of months. In order to attend you must have knit a Clapotis shawl or scarf from the popular pattern designed by Kate Gilbert and voted Design of the Year in 2005 by

I have decided to knit the scarf instead of the shawl. I found a beautiful colorway in Karaoke called Mermaid and I just knew I was all set.

I wound one of the skeins into a yarn cake and set out to cast on. When working the setup rows, I was tired and my mind could see the purl in front and back, but my hands were just not cooperating. I wanted to see someone do this, so after surfing around, I discovered the following video {special thanks to Gingerly4it}:

I cast on and began my first couple of rows, only to discover that my Karaoke was breaking on me. My hands were so warm, it was felting as I worked the Purl 1 in the front and in the back. So back to the drawing board I go.

Part of the beauty of

is you can check to see what yarn others are knitting or have knit a particular pattern in. As of today, 160 people have listed having a Clapotis as a WIP {Work in Progress}. That number is possibly low as there are probably many like me who have not noted this as a WIP since we are just casting on. This next number will probably surprise you if you have not surfed around Ravelry much: 3581 Clapotises have been logged. Ravelry has also detected 510 members' blog posts that mention Clapotis. This number should go up by one once I publish this post and their software has time to pick up on the theme of this post.

I have been looking at the yarn chosen by others on Ravelry and have emailed a few to inquire about their honest opinions of the yarn they used. Their replies have been so helpful! Soon I will make a yarn decision as time will be flying by if I am not careful. If you have suggestions, feel free to leave me comments.

Carpe Knitting,

P. S. You can also visit Kate Gilbert's blog:


Monika said...

I used Karaokee yarn for two scarves, and gave the rest of the yarn to my daughter (who made another scarf). I was so disgusted with this yarn. It was thick and thin, as you mentioned felts easiely, and had lots of knots in it, with the color interrupted and just randomly knoted together. Even though I like the colorways, I'll never buy this yarn again. You are so right about ravelry. IT's a big help, where I go to first now, if I want to see a pattern or yarn worked in a certain pattern. Good luck finding the right yarn for your clapotis. :o)

Knitted Zebra said...

I have been wanting to knit and felt a bowl from One Skein and have decided that is where this Karaoke is headed! The first time the yarn broke on the Clapotis I thought I had pulled too hard. The next time, which was only a minute or so later, I knew I had not pulled too hard! I have a feeling it will be great for the felting process... if I can survive the knitting. Haha!

Robin said...

I am so Jealous that you get to go to the Clapotis tea party girl!. I so miss the sit and knit at Penera bread in B.A. on Tuesdays since moving 45 minutes away. Best of luck getting the right yarn for this project, that always stumps me in the beginning..:) Robin.