Friday, April 07, 2006

Good news!

It may have taken a bit longer than originally planned, but I've finally cast off my 'Lace Modular Shawl'...

Apologies for having photographed it with our awful pink carpet as the background, but it was the easiest place in my house to lay the whole shawl out.

By way of comparison, here is the cast on end of the shawl...

I'm quite pleased with the way this shawl is turning out, and have high hopes that the ends will be quite well matched once it is blocked out properly.

Now I just have to weave in the ends, and get up enough nerve to run the power steamer over it -- which is how Iris Schreier (the designer of the shawl) said she finished hers.

More good news... The yarn I ordered for my Mystery Shawl 3 finally arrived here on Tuesday. Woohoo! :)

It's JaggerSpun 'Zephyr' (50% fine merino wool & 50% tussah silk) lace weight yarn in the 'Blueberry' colour.

Unfortunately, the knit along is pretty much over now -- the final clue was posted on March 18 -- so I guess I really will be doing this one on my own now. ;)

I also received this on Tuesday...

... some GGH 'Soft Kid' yarn in shades 32 and 63, which came all the way from the UK. This yarn really is amazingly soft, and I can't wait to see how it knits up.

One of my Christmas presents from Michael was a lovely fountain, which has sadly been left languishing in its box for the past few months while it waited to be set up.

Well, we finally got around to it...

... and I can't believe how well it fits in where we decided to put it. The angled slope of the top edge is just perfect, and it looks like we had it custom made to fit the space. It really was just serendipity though -- Michael decided to buy it for me after I made a stray comment that the fountain was pretty as we went past it on one of the escalators at the local shopping centre. Now I only wish I'd got around to setting it up sooner, as the tinkling sound of the falling water just makes me feel so happy.

The other thing I've been putting off for a while now was admitting to myself that I really needed to see an optometrist to get my eyesight checked. Yes... reading the fine print has been becoming increasingly difficult, and even my knitting has been looking a little fuzzy lately. *sigh*

So, not surprisingly, I now have my first pair of glasses...

Want to see them modelled?

Well, I didn't say I'd be modelling them... ;) I'm not feeling especially photogenic at the moment, so this will just have to do for now.

The last thing I'm going to write about today is my secret project. Shh! It's secret because I wasn't supposed to start another project until after I finish knitting Katherine's 'Skull Vest', but after the marathon that knitting the 'Lace Modular Shawl' turned out to be -- mostly due to the long, excessively humid summer we've had here in Sydney this year -- I felt I needed to do something easy that I could finish quickly to recharge my batteries before grappling with what is essentially a fairisle design -- albeit with a distinctly Goth twist. ;) So the Lorna's Laces 'Lion & Lamb' yarn in the 'Tahoe' colourway which has been maturing in my stash for about a year now has at long last been given its chance to shine...

... as my second Clapotis.

Those of you familiar with this pattern will probably be able to notice already from the photo of my work in progress above that this will be another of those mirror image projects which helped me come up with the name for this blog. ;)

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At 6:41 pm, April 09, 2006, Blogger amanda j said...

I am thinking of knitting a clapotis, but need to find a substitute yarn due to budgetary issues! Your shawl looks lovely.

At 4:28 am, April 10, 2006, Blogger Pamela Lee said...

Thanks, aj. :)

I was actually quite lucky with the yarn for my Clapotis, as I found some on eBay at a really good price.

As for possible substitute yarns... I know that several Aussie knit bloggers have knit Clapotis over the past year or so in a wide variety of yarns, so it might be worth checking out their blogs for ideas.

Some examples...

Jussi knit hers with Jo Sharp 'Silk Road DK Tweed' in 'Emporio'.

Ailsa knit hers with Lana Gatto 'Cleopatra'.

Donyale knit hers with Filatura di Crosa 'Brilla' in colour 117.

Annie knit hers with Heirloom 'Heatherwood' in a moss green colour.

Taryn knit hers with Noro 'Silk Garden' in colourway #228.

Nichola knit one of her Clapotis with a plain creamy coloured alpaca yarn.

The Stripey Tiger knit hers with a handpainted mercerised cotton by Blue Heron Yarns in the 'Spanish Dancer' colourway. While this yarn is most likely not available locally, I've included it so you can see how fabulous a cotton version of Clapotis can look too.

The pattern also works really well when knit with two strands of handpainted lace weight yarn. My first Clapotis was knit with two strands of Lorna's Laces "Helen's Lace" in the 'Jeans' colourway, which coincidentally I also found online at a really good price at the time. I don't have a photo of this one, but you can get an idea of what it's like from Alison's first Clapotis, which was knit with two strands of "Helen's Lace" in the 'Iris Garden' colourway.

While "Helen's Lace" is not exactly a budget conscious yarn, Julie's Clapotis was knit the same way using two strands of KnitPicks 'Shimmer' in the 'Deep Woods' colourway, which I believe is a much more affordable alternative. While KnitPicks refuse to ship their yarn to Australia :p, if you have an American friend who will act as an intermediary, then this might be an option. Of course, there are also some really stunning locally produced handpainted lace weight yarns too. ;)

Hope this helps, and gives you some ideas. Clapotis is one of those patterns that seems to adapt well to wide range of yarns. :)

At 9:22 am, April 14, 2006, Blogger knitabulous said...

Sheesh! Now that was a formidable clapotis redux, you've really done your homework there, haven't you? I also did another skinny but longer clap in knitpicks alpaca cloud single strand in peppermint colour (which is pink not green - strange) and it was beautiful, like cheesecloth. But it got felted in the washing machine, too sad!
Anyway, I'm here to comment on how beautiful ALL your yarn is in this post - and to say that the MS3 knitters will go on and on for months, so don't feel alone!

At 5:17 pm, April 18, 2006, Blogger Kate said...

My Clapotis was done with Cleckheaton Studio - a mohair blend - and it turned out very nicely. At $4.99 a ball it was also very cheap.
(Thanks for being the First! to leave a comment on my blog - I'll have to start updating it more often.)

At 8:53 pm, April 25, 2006, Blogger Manda said...

Hi Pamela, I am also a lefty, I just learned to knit last June. I'm in Sydney too - where do you shop for your supplies? I cant find a good yarn store anywhere!

At 8:12 am, April 28, 2006, Blogger celia said...

I haven't seen you in OH so long. I'll be at knitting next week, will you?

I'm itching to make a clapotis now that I have seen yours (the one in Helen's lace). I was thinking of using some of my own hand dyed.. we'll see... I may have it cast on by the next time we meet!

At 9:50 am, May 02, 2006, Blogger knitabulous said...

Pamela Lee, you won my competition! Pls email me
daly04 at bigpond dot net dot au - I'll get your details and send you your prize.


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