Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Time out
Just had to take a few minutes out of cleaning the house (yeeuch — please note the elegant apron) to brag about my latest succes d'aiguille. Much more important than frigging about with the Swiffer duster.
This is my Clapotis, which I have finally finished after an entire year. I started it in April last year and knitted about eleven inches, then put it away. But when I had to rush back to Australia the second time, I packed it to take with me, thinking it would provide the brainless, rhythmic knitting therapy I might well need.
And it did. There were plenty of occasions when Mum and I sat at Dad's bedside while he drifted off into an uncomfortable, rattly sleep, and I'd knit on and on and on. I extended the length of it, partly because I couldn't bear to finish it, and partly because I wanted it to be longer than it looks on the pattern — which you can find here.
In the end, because it's so stretchy from being knit on the bias, it's turned out to be over seven feet long - room for plenty of turns around one's once swan-like neck.I cast off while I was still in Perth, and then Mum started unravelling all the dropped stitches for me, which took far, far longer than you'd imagine! Then I packed it up again, still unfinished, to take on our holiday last week. I eventually sewed in all the ends (from switching from one ball of yarn to another) and finished the last of the unravelling when I was in Washington the weekend before last, and wore it on a chilly, sunny day — it was gloriously soft and warm.
I made it out of Debbie Bliss alpaca silk dk (80% baby alpaca, 20% silk), which is extremely soft and luxurious, and it took about ten balls — maybe twelve. Fortunately, I'd bought the yarn online from WEBS where it had been discounted to something ridiculous like $3 a ball, so the whole thing was not too extravagant an exercise.
:: So these, above and below, are the chunky socks I knitted for my brother, mostly in Albany, sitting beside him in his house as he recovered from his horrible hernia operation. I also knitted a few inches here in San Diego between my trips back to Oz.They are for Garry to wear in winter with his beloved Blundies. Garry's a social worker/counsellor who travels all over the Great Southern district of Western Australia meeting his 'clients' and helping them out.
The socks are a bit big for me, but you get the picture. It's lovely soft Cleckheaton wool I bought in Australia, and just a standard old common or garden sock pattern.

:: Both Dad and Garry are on the mend now. In fact, I had a very excited call from Dad this morning to tell me that he had managed to walk 36 metres in the parallel bars at the hospital rehab unit. Such a great achievement!

:: Here are a couple of gratuitous pictures of my very spoiled little dog, Yoshi,
who's very happy to have me back, especially my nice, warm bed!


M said...

Your larger version of the Clapotis is great. I've been looking at that pattern on Ravelry for a while now.

You certainly got the yarn at a great price.

Fairlie said...

Wow! I love vicariously experiencing others' knitting. That Clapotis is fantastic.

And great to see pics of you too!

Natalie said...

This is a wonderful post. I am grinning and delighted. It's a treat to see you and your beautiful creations and then to see Yoshi too... what a dear.

Laura Jane said...

Love LOVE LOOOOOVE the clapotis!!!

And what a steal of a price for such divine yarn!

Great news about your Dad (and Garry) being on the mend - 36m - that's brilliant!

And dear little still my heart. Give his waggy little back a big scratch for me!

alice said...

Oh, great work. I wish I could knit something that does not look like a holey pot holder.

Anonymous said...

I just love the colour. As my mother would have said, "they'll see you coming"! I'm going over to investigate the pattern now. It looks like something I could manage and if the weather doesn't pick up here soon it's definitely something I could do with.

Suse said...

Your clapotis is (are?) divine. I've added that pattern to my Ravelry queue too.

Show us your dyeing when you do some!