Look at those dropped stitches.
For those who saw me shopping at Rhinebeck, you’d have noticed two major shopping directives. One, while I find mohair lovely from afar, I will not wear a mohair garment. There was mohair in just about everything (ask Carolyn)–I know it dyes up beautifully and looks so soft and fuzzy, but experience has shown me that dropping a bundle on mohair or mohair heavy blends means Goodwill will be getting a mohairy donation soon. Two, I’d become driven to distraction by making Clapotis in the latest Knitty. I can’t quite get my tongue around Clapotis so from here forward it will be referred to as the Clapper. I bought two possible Clapper yarns. One is a gorgeous silk/merino handpaint in periwinkle and the other is soft alpaca in musk.
Now, you guessed it, I’ve begun a Clapper in Morehouse Laceweight on size 5 needles. I bought a pretty kit to make a lacy scarf for a friend, and on the plane home I tried out the kit patterns, rejected them all and pulled out the now empty needle from Acid Cardie and started on the Clapper. I love it, I’ll still gift it but MUCH more reluctantly. I think this laceweight version will be more scarfy (read narrower) which is good as I’m replacing a well worn scarf. For those considering the Clapper, do it. It’s a fun pattern because you knit on the diagonal and every so often you get to drop a stitch on purpose! Fun.
On the sweater front, I’m working on #24 Bolero from the latest Rebecca and I’m using the heathery indigo wool instead of the GGH Amelie which would have cost over $90. I couldn’t justify spending that for the yarn so I subbed what I’ve got on hand and just converted the pattern to my gauge and will make the sleeves long instead of 3/4. I like the way it’s turning out, the body piece and one sleeve is done. You also knit pieces to be sewn around the body piece and sleeves. I think it should turn out nicely, kind of like a simple little denim jacket. All systems are go!