FO: Clapotis KAL

I finally had a chance to get a few FO photos tonight, as Matt works on well, work and Lizzie sleeps upstairs. You can’t hear it from there, but I’m singing along to a playlist of show tunes and blues standards (thanks to Pandora letting me combine two stations).

As you know, I did this as a KAL with my buddy Ana (who isn’t quite done but, again, she’s busy prepping for her thesis defense). I had a pretty chill couple of days when we first started, so I made rather quick progressed and finished in less than a week.

That’s after the first day.

This one, well, it’s only three days later.

The colors turned out wonderfully. I switched colors when I ran out of the previous one, with the exception of starting the final (bright yellow) ball when I was ready to start the decrease section.

This KAL reminded me while this was such a popular project for all those years. It’s easy to knit so not terrifying for beginners and just interesting enough to keep an experienced knitter from falling asleep. Perfect TV knitting, as they say.

I may just make another, this time in the shades of aqua I got on my trip to the NFC studios in early May.

(All of the project details are on my Ravelry.)

Mini Fun

I’m trying to be good and wait to actually start my Clapotis for the KAL on the start date, but I faced a problem last week. I quickly bored of making coasters. This left me with over a week of having nothing to knit that was calling me.

When we headed off to Shenandoah, I grabbed the first two colors in one of the gradient kits I picked up at NFC with no real idea as to what I wanted to do with it. On the way out, I racked Ravelry to look for ideas. Eventually, I decided to make a gradient version of Brickless, one of my absolutely favorite patterns.

But I miscalculated. At my gauge, I ran out of yarn after 4 of the required 6 repeats. While I did consider going in pattern until I completed the second ball – a deep orange – it just didn’t seem right.

An idea was born. Make little shawls for the little girls in my life. What little girl wouldn’t want a fun little thing to throw around their neck? Plus, they’re so small they won’t take much time but large enough to feel like an accomplishment.

Okay, so it wasn’t totally my idea. I’d already made one for a coworker’s daughter at her request, using the Imagine When pattern but stopping affter the third triangle.

I have no great FO photos of this one yet as Lizzie is currently in bed, sick and showing it on me just winds up looking silly. I do, however, have a few WIP photos and a silly car-wearing FO shot.

An earlier shot of the knit in progress. A later WIP – but still taken on the dashboard view – was in my BRB post last Saturday.

Yeah, the crazy person in the reflection is me. I had a nice, lovely field of grass I could have used but was being rushed by a certain tiny blonde human.

Up next: Using leftovers to make a tiny version of Sakura or maybe Imagine When or maybe….