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Happy ending ;)

Filed under: General — Karen @ 9:34 pm

Okay, so I’ve been pretty much wearing my Clapotis for two weeks straight. Turns out, I love it. It’s soft, beautiful, and keeps me warm, even when it’s a frigid 7 degrees outside. What’s not to love? I just know I can’t get involved in my white Clapotis yet. I now know that it’s a 20-25 hour time commitment and it will most likely have to wait until we do our 11 hour road trip to the beach this summer. I figure that’ll be the perfect time for some serious knitting (assuming Todd will agree to drive the whole way).

So I’ve been spending my time on the MDF tsunami fundraiser, and some KSS knitting. As much as I enjoyed the luxury of knitting with cashmere/silk, I’m happy to get back to my wooly Full Belly Farm yarn. It’s so flowy and stretchy. Something about knitting with it always reminds me of kneading bread dough. So anyway, Kate, here’s your soaker:

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I called it “Mountain Dawn.” Something about the purples and oranges, with a touch of that green and cobalt blue brought to mind the sun rising over a pine-covered mountain.

Tomorrow’s the big gift basket drawing, so I’ll need to get color ideas from the winner of that ,and I’m planning on doing some dyeing this weekend. In the meantime, I’ve got my own little secret project to work on 😉 Stay tuned…



Filed under: General — Karen @ 8:58 pm

Yes, I finished it!

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You’re all probably going to think I’m crazy, but my first reaction when it was done was, “It’s not really me.” I dunno. I thought it would be so fun to have an item of clothing made from yarn I dyed myself. But now I’m thinking I’m not really a handpainted yarn kind of a person. Okay, yes, I’m crazy. It’s kind of growing on me, though. I did wear it to the symphony and was pretty happy with it. It was just when I was totally done with it and stepped back, I realized, it’s not something I’d buy in a store if I saw it, know what I mean? Now I’m thinking a pure white or cream Clapotis would be stunning. And it would be an all-season piece that I could even wear on chilly nights in the summer. One thing’s for sure, the Jade Sapphire yarn is *perfect* for this project. It’s just the right weight and is so soft and drapey. It feels wonderful.

So I guess I’ll keep it in my closet and save it for special occasion wear. Well, now I know 😛

I had one other little project I had to finish before I could get to the amazingly patient Kate:

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That’s for you, Kate, to thank you for your patience. It’s knit from your soaker yarn too. I really like the way the colors came out 🙂 For those of you interested in knitting your own keychain soaker, please check out ire starting at noon CST Jan 18th for a way to purchase it and donate money to Americares for tsunami relief at the same time.


Close, but not quite

Filed under: General — Karen @ 4:54 pm

If you’re going to see the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra tonight, keep an eye out for me. I’ll be the one wearing the not-quite finished Clapotis. I’m so close, I decided to just run some yarn through the open stitches, weave the ends in and wear it anyway. It’ll keep me warm if nothing else 😉

Turned the corner…

Filed under: General — Karen @ 11:03 am

I turned the corner last night and just have the last triangle to finish up. Don’t know if I’ll make it. I think I still have almost 3 hours of knitting left and I have lots of playing with the kids to do.

I’ll post a quick pic and get back to drawing/knitting with Jules (Isaac’s outside with daddy):

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So am I a slow knitter?

Filed under: General — Karen @ 9:39 am

I’m usually not terribly concerned with the amount of time it takes me to knit a project. I knit for enjoyment, not speed. But I’ve set myself a little challenge and was doing some calculating to see how much knitting I’d need to do to meet it. Todd and I have tickets for the symphony Saturday night and I would love to be able to wear my obsession… I mean, Clapotis. So I watched the clock during my 6 am team call this morning (I *love* conference calls from home!) and it’s taking me an hour from drop-stitch to drop-stitch on the straight rows (i.e., one hour for each 12 row repeat in the straight section). I just dropped the seventh stitch, so I have 5 more to go before the decreasing, but I think I may add one or two repeats to get some extra length. So let’s say I have 7 more repeats plus the decrease section which I’m guessing will take 3 hours. Ten hours of knitting and I have three evenings this week, plus maybe some time on Saturday, although it’s not always easy to fit any knitting time in when the kids are up and about. Seems pretty iffy. Luckily, the bills and laundry are done for the week so I can sit down right after the kids are in bed and work on it until I need to turn in. Of course, I need to pay some attention to Todd too… I guess we’ll see, but I’m gonna give it a try!

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