Friday, September 14, 2007

A Sub for the Clap (Adriana)

Today is my last day of work and I am thrilled! It’s been exhausting and stressful trying to juggle working while in school fulltime. I will be glad to be able to put my full attention on my studies.
Given how busy I’ve been lately there hasn’t been much time for knitting but there has been time for thinking about knitting! (Data entry really doesn’t require that much concentration)
It has gotten quite chilly these days and I’ve been thinking longingly of my Silk Garden Clapotis, which is, of course, much too heavy for this weather. I’ve decided that what I need is a Clap-substitute, a lighter-weight wrap that can double as a scarf and keep me warm and stylish during the fall. I have a few restrictions for the pattern: it needs to be knit using yarn I already have (due to the aforementioned cessation of job), and the pattern can’t be too complicated (no time for following charts) and it can’t be too formal since I want to wear it to class.
Here are the patterns I’ve been thinking of: Wisp in Kid Silk Haze (Question: I haven’t used KSH before and I understand it to be very warm. Might this be too warm for this weather?); Swiss Cheese Scarf in laceweight (this pattern uses 800m of laceweight which might mean I’d be done in time to wear it Fall 2008, though it might work in sock yarn); Travelling Vines Scarf in Pink Koigu (this would mean actually using the most gorgeous yarn I have ever seen. I’m not sure if I’m ready to do that); OR (this just occurred to me) I could make a lighter Clapotis, though I’m not sure what yarn I have that would keep it from being just a scarf.
Please help this confused knitter. I feel like I have an idea of what I want but I just can’t express it (and thus find an appropriate pattern).

Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post. Whatever knitting I have managed these days has been Christmas presents, hence the lack of evidence (I just typed lace. Clearly I have a one track mind).
Heather and I had made a deal when we started this blog not to post without a picture. Since I don’t have any FOs to show you, I will instead will show you pictures of my absolute favourite colours of Koigu, both of which were selected by Heather, thus proving not only her excellent sense of colour but also how scarily well she knows my tastes.


Happy Friday!


Mary deB said...

Ooh, I like that swiss cheese!

Kare said...

oh, boy. I can't make decisions to save my life. Sorry.
The vibrancy of the yarn is an eye pleaser!

Bertha said...

Ooh, tough decision. My first instinct is to go with the swiss cheese scarf in sock yarn, because I am in LOVE with that scarf and am dying to make it for myself. It's so unique looking! Kid Silk Haze is personally my most hated of all yarns to work with, so that wouldn't be my first choice, but I know others love it. It is warm, but it's very lightweight at the same time, so I don't think it would be too bad. You also probably can never go wrong with pink koigu, but I know what you mean about it being too beautiful...I have a ton of yarns that I love WAY too much to actually *use*!

Heather G. said...

DAMN I'm good.

spillyjane said...

SWISS CHEESE, in granite!

Heather G. said...

You know, Koigu would make a lovely lightweight clapotis...

Rachel said...

Kid Silk Haze is definitely not a warm-weather fiber. It's pretty warm, but even more than that, it'll be sticky at the least opportunity.

I think a fingering-weight yarn with a nice lacy pattern on size 5 or so needles would probably work well. Something like the Flower Basket Shawl or the Swallowtail Shawl or Ene's Scarf.

I hope school is going well, especially now that you're all done with work!