Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Clapotis

This is something I’ve been working on for a while, and finally got it done. It went well at first, and then I just got bored with it, I think. And then I didn’t know how to actually finish it up.

This is the clapotis scarf from Knitty. I always thought it looked so interesting, and yet so simple to do. So why not? Got to find the right yarn for it first of all…. And found this odd ball of some unnamed yarn. It was in a bright solid colour, so perfect for this. I don’t like the variegated for this.

After knitting for some time, I found I didn’t like the feel of this. I finally opened up the ball band, only to find that is was 100% acrylic!! Yuck! I should know better…. But had to continue and finish this thing. I used two balls for this, and then as I got near the end of the second ball, started the decreasing for the last part. This is knit on a diagonal, so you start with 3 sts and continue increasing on one side, decreasing on the other. And then decrease on both sides near the end – simple idea. And then the fun of dropping the stitches at one side!! Hahaha…. It doesn’t take much to amuse me!

Even after washing and blocking, it still didn’t improve. I’m used to wool, which adjusts to the knitting after wet-processing, and relaxes. This did not! Why do I even bother with it?? I know that acrylic has some uses, such as the scrubbies I made earlier, but not for scarves. I never learn!

I may just rip this out. My very first project that I will rip out!! Oooh! And this yarn would be better suited to the scrubbies, I think. I think I will do this with some wool, or alpaca I have, and make it wider. And maybe find some interesting patterns in the body of it... Lots of possibilities!


Kenny said...

I could have told you about acrylic..... sorry.

JoVE said...

Oh, it isn't worth ripping out. Do you really want to reuse it? Throw it away. Or give it to the thrift store or something.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Love the color, and too bad the yarn is acrylic. Would you be able to gift the scarf? Your work is wonderful!

Knittingboykit said...'ve never frogged a project? REALLY??? I thought I was the only one...and I'm about to change that!

KnitNana said...

My first Clapotis was acrylic - I frogged it, too! Now I have some wool from Knit & Purl Zen that is being held for Clapotis and I think that will be lovely! That's my advice: Frog it - and gift the yarn to a good cause (there are so many on the 'net!). Then try again with a yarn you love!

Kyle Kunnecke said...

don't lose all that effort; it's very cold where you are, take it with you and give it to a homeless person on the street - they will be very happy to receive your gift - and that acrylic yarn will be put to good use - (and you'll spend the rest of the day with a smile in your heart!)