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If you’re happy and you know it

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clap your hands!  I can finally show you what I’ve been working on for the last week or so, my clapotis.  I bought the yarn at Maryland Sheep and Wool.  It’s handpainted 100% rayon.  While I was so tempted to buy only wool, you don’t really have the opportunity to wear wool sweaters in Houston, so instead I bought rayon (oh, I didn’t resist the wool altogether, just concentrated on wool for socks and not sweaters).  Here’s a close-up of it stretched out.

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It’s slubby and interesting and kinda difficult to work with (you should have seen Crafty Sarah and I trying to wind it into a ball, it was not pretty).  You can’t see the dropped stitches very well due to the texture of the yarn and the gauge at which it is knitting up.  For all it’s faults, I think it’s going to make a great summery clapotis.  Not to mention, it’s fun to drop stitches on purpose, in a rebellious kind of way.  I’m using a technique Sarah told me about, where you purl the stitches you are going to drop and then you don’t have to fiddle with stitch markers.  It just may take me forever to finish.  It’s knitting up on 3’s!  I tried to make it work on 4’s but the yarn was having none of that.  To relieve myself from the Clapotis coma, I started another new project tonight, but that will have to wait for another blog post.  You gotta love those lunchtime hobby lobby runs.

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11 thoughts on “If you’re happy and you know it

  1. It looks great! The yarn is very interesting – I’m making one right now in silk – and wish I knew the purl idea. The stitch markers are driving me crazy.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Very pretty Clapotis–the colors are lovely. I think rayon was a good choice for it, even if it was awful to wind up (been there done that…)
    Take care, Sarah B! 🙂

  3. I love it! And can you not rub it in about wool sweaters… I’m wearing one now, with jeans, socks and boots on in FREAKIN MAY… it’s bullshit how cold it is up here. I keep trying to convince Jason that we need to go to Florida for the weekend just to see what the sun looks like.

  4. thanks for commenting on my blog! your blog is great! the lelah was a really fun knit, and it was fast too! im glad others are giving it a try. by the way, great clapotis yarn!!! it looks wonderful!

  5. She’s gorgeous! I can’t believe that you finished her already! I haven’t even put my rayon in balls yet. Lordy!
    I think that washability of that will be perfect for removing Texas summer sweat 🙂

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