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21  One more clapotis, with sock yarn (and adventures with dye) in Knitting: Completed Projects by detritus on: February 13, 2007 08:41:39 PM

I know everyone is totally sick of this pattern, but I hopped on the bandwagon a little late. I knit it in sock yarn from Knitpicks, and added a couple extra repeats lengthwise and widthwise (so it was extra monotonous!). I really like how the lighter yarn drapes though.

Anyway, I bought the spring prairie colorway, which looked really sunny and cheerful and handdyed on my monitor. When it actually arrived, it was mostly just garish (spring prairie on acid, maybe). So as soon as I got it off the needles, it was in the dye bath.

I'm so happy with the finished product. The colorway is so much more subtle now, it almost looks like it was actually hand-dyed. Note I said almost. I'm certainly happy with my Clapotis (and the cost of knitting it), but I'm never buying from KnitPicks again. Action shots as soon as it's dry! Check out my blog for the "before" pictures and more details on how I dyed it.
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22  Glampyre's camellia in off white in Knitting: Completed Projects by detritus on: February 01, 2007 09:29:09 PM

Here's my finished Camellia from Glampyre. I used a recycled acrylic/wool blend yarn that doesn't want to hold blocking, so I'm not completely happy with how it turned out. The sleeves like to crawl up my arms, which hardly shows off the lace pattern. I also couldn't figure out the body stitch pattern no matter how hard I tried, so I substituted the Portcullis stitch from Barbara Walker's Second Treasury.

Let me know what you think...I liked this pattern as soon as I saw it, but I'm not sure if I'm the only one since I haven't seen any others posted here.

More info on my blog..
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23  ready for some jaywalkin in Knitting: Completed Projects by detritus on: January 20, 2007 07:22:31 PM
I finally finished the Jaywalkers for my mom. I used Lorna's Laces in pioneer for most of the sock, with graphite on the heals, toes, and ribbing. I only used one skein of the pioneer, but it took all but 10 or 12 feet (I was getting nervous near the end). I think they are a little too subdued for handknit socks, but my mom chose the yarn and I'm sure she will love them. My big push to finish these were so that my size 1 circular (I'm a recent magic loop convert) will be free for me to cast on for my own pair of Jaywalkers. I love sharp angularity of the bias pattern (and how it keeps em nice and snug).

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