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It's contagious!

by Nanc filed under knitting on March 9, 2005 10:06 AM

There has been much joshing and joking about how the Clap, er... Clapotis (pronounced Clap-pO-tEE) sounds like a venereal disease. Well, it may not be a virus, but I swear that it's contagious! Most knitters I know have either made it, are knitting it as we "speak", or have plans for making one in the future. We all seem to be looking at yarn in a different way - determining if it'll make a good Clap or not.

not too fancy... yet!

And I've caught the bug. I started the Clap the other week (at a SnB Sunday) and have been working it off and on for a while now. I'm not too far along; still on the increases, but nearly to the straight knitting part! The yarn I am using is an eBay purchase when I was just a knitting-infant, new to the craft. I'm not sure of it's fiber content, but it is a beautiful orange and copper treat. I'm not even sure of my yardage, or if I'll have enough to finish the Clap. If not? Well, I'll do what knitters have done for hundreds of years: (no, not hide it away at the bottom of the knitting bag. sheesh) I'll rip it and restart it in a smaller size.

Mmmm, shiny baubles

In a related story, I have some new stitch markers. (Related because the Clap takes 18 stitch markers, and I was running out of small, light markers.) A month or so ago, the gals and I had a tasty dinner at Rafa's and we made a quick stop in at Beading Dreams, a great bead store in the same strip as Rafa's.

made with crazy, Clap-riddled love!

These are only a few of the beads that I picked up. There were great kitty-cat faces and floral beads, too. The purple one is from P-lala, and is a Goddess stitch marker from ZenKnit. Here's one on the Clap, even as we speak. Um, or you read, as it were.

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Posted by: Aubyn on March 9, 2005 11:37 AM

While everybody's clap is beautiful i think i will continue to resist the urge-untilthey make a clapotis sock that is

Posted by: Lara on March 9, 2005 12:37 PM

Woo hoo! Another clappy:) Yours looks perty - I'll need to fondle it in person this week!

P.S. Mine is sitting in my knitbag, begging to be worked - but I'm on a sock binge right now, so it'll have to wait:)

Posted by: chris on March 9, 2005 02:04 PM

Actual disease or not, Clapotis is DEFINITELY contagious! You know that I resisted for a really long time, and yet I too have been infected. As long as you and I don't get into some sort of crazy Clapotis-race, we'll be fine, I think (we're at just about the same place in the pattern, I suspect).

Posted by: Liz on March 9, 2005 03:45 PM

To figure out if you have enough yarn, weight to total amount of yarn and then weigh the portion up to where you start the straight section (it looks like you are almost there). Multiply by two (for increase section and decrease section) and then subtract that weight from your total weight. Whatever you have left is how far you can go on your straight section.

I knew in advance that I didn't have enough yarn to complete the pattern as read so I did one less increase section (and, subsequently one less decrease section).

Posted by: mk on March 10, 2005 08:24 AM

Sorry to hear that you caught the Clap. (har har)

Seriously, I am thinking about making one myself.

Posted by: Pamelalala on March 10, 2005 09:07 AM

I thought I'd make it without catching the 'clap'. Well, I was stash diving the other night and think I found the perfect yarn for one. Now I guess I have to have one too.

Posted by: Pamelalala on March 10, 2005 09:07 AM

Oh, forgot, LUV all your beads and markers! May have to make a pitstop by that bead store today!

Posted by: Petra on March 11, 2005 09:01 AM

I love your yarn. I also admire you for getting it out of the stash! Good girl!

Posted by: Jane on March 17, 2005 10:28 AM

I'm working on my second one - worsted weight yarn from Caron Rainbow Dreams on 10.5 needles. The first one with the same yarn in a different colorway on size 8 needles came out to gauge, but feels stiff by comparison, so once #2 in Rosy Forecast is complete, I'm planning on frogging #1 in Jetstream and reknitting it. My hair-elastic stitch markers look so mundane compared to all the fancy ones I'm seeing. Guess I'll have to pick up a new craft. {g}

Posted by: elaine on August 16, 2005 09:25 AM

Does anyone know where I can find a comparison chart as far as size of yarn.....i.e: fingering, baby, sports, 4 Ply, etc

I'm trying to make some outfits from Barbie books that I bought 20 years ago and I've never heard of some of the brands and was wondering if there is such a chart.

Any help in this matter will be GREATLY appreciated....as I'm doing the outfits again for my 3 year old granddaughter.


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