Clapotis Fever, Baby!

Things are starting to settle down with the new job and I’m not feeling quite as frantic as I was the first few weeks. I’m sure my family is grateful that i’m not totally ignoring them, and I’m even managing to get some knitting in most evenings and lulls during the day.

I finished my Oopsy Daisy Bag the other day, and it has received rave reviews on its jaunts out and about. I call it Oopsy Daisy because I didn’t do the stripped Daisy, an intentional Oops, but that name is so darn cute. It’s the first summery piece of feltery I’ve made thus far and I plan to carry it out and about, especially when hauling other knitting projects around.
I have started a clapotis. I am one of the last stragglers to join this bandwagon. I have been intrigued by this pattern for quite awhile now, and printed off the pattern from knitty.com way back when, but haven’t had the right yarn or opportunity to start it until now. I went to a new yarn shop (new to me, they’ve been there for about a year) here in Vancouver — Three Bags Full — not intending to purchase clapotis yarn. I was, as usual, looking for fun sock yarns.
There in the back of the shop was a finished clappy and I tried it on and I was in love. It drapes so nicely and comfortably. I immediately imagined myself looking all chic and stylish (and about 30 years old) wearing my own. I looked for a yarn substitute to the Lorna’s Laces Lion and Lamb which was pretty darn expensive. The nice ladies suggested the yarn I did purchase, which while still expensive, was much less than what I would have spent.

And this yarn is wonderful! It’s by Indigo Moon. A hand-dyed superwash merino wool in a sport weight. The colour is Silverbirch which in real light doesn’t look as blue as it does here. It’s soft, springy, tight twist and really lovely to work with. I bought 2 skeins, they’re each 472 m.

So I’m on my way with this. In 2 rows I get to drop my first stitch-row. From everything I’ve read in other knitter’s blogs, this is terribly exciting, so I’m saving this for a special time, I don’t want to be rushed. hehe
That’s it. I’ll report how it’s all going. Oh, still working on my lace stole. I’m about half-way done and right on schedule.

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