This weekend actually turned out to be pretty productive for me. I managed to get all the laundry done, the kidsâ€™ rooms cleaned, the downstairs straightened (cleaned would be too strong a word!), half the back yard weeded, the grocery shopping done, and a few other thingsâ€¦
Including finishing Lukeâ€™s third pair of socks this year (in green!) and casting on for my own pseudo-Olympic project: Clapotis. See, itâ€™s not really an Olympic thingâ€”itâ€™s a gift for one of the contract editors I work with whose contract runs out at the end of this month. Thereâ€™s some talk that the (overall) contract might be renewed, but sheâ€™s decided to move on and explore some other opportunities. Sheâ€™s a bohemian spirit, and I think that the comfort and casualness of Clapotis will appeal to her.
Iâ€™m knitting it in some of my MILâ€™s yarn (from her sheep, goats, and bunnies). I donâ€™t remember which mill spun the yarn, but they did a nice job. Itâ€™s roughly sock-yarn weight. I hesitate to make socks with it, thoughâ€”Iâ€™ve done a few swatches using 2â€™s and 1â€™s, and there was still a fair amount of shrinkage/felting even though the fabric was pretty tight. Iâ€™d hate to think of knitting a whole pair of socks for someone who wouldnâ€™t really be able to wash them easily.
Clapotis has been surprising easy to knitâ€”although I really have to keep reminding myself to remember the increases on the end of each row (obviously Iâ€™m still in the increase rows portion of the pattern). This yarn is a little grabbier than what most people have used, but I knit a swatch and dropped some stitches and the laddering worked just fine with very little effort.
Iâ€™m going to try to fight with the digital camera this evening so I can finally post some fiber-related photos.