Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Luscious Single Silk by Blue Moon Fiber Arts, colorway Stormy Weather (1.5 skeins)
Needles: Denise 6s
Began: June 12, 2008; Completed: July 22, 2008
Notes: This is a really popular pattern, but it has never been one that really spoke to me. Sure, it’s very pretty, but I wasn’t really sold on the shape; the shawl seemed too big or something, perhaps too heavy. After knitting it, however, I’m a believer. Even though it was rather warm outside, I really loved wrapping this around me. It’s the perfect size, and it will definitely warm you up. The dropped stitches create a lot of visual interest, and also make the drape just lovely. I knitted it to specs precisely, except I purled the drop stitches to make life easier and avoid the crapton of stitch markers.
I knitted this version for my KV, aka my Maid of Honor, aka Chief of Awesome, to wear at the wedding. Our colors (I can’t believe I have ‘colors;’ never thought that would be something I’d do) are yellow and grey and, since my two ladies in the wedding are wearing yellow dresses, I thought this would be nice. KV picked out the pattern and I found the yarn. It was pooling a bit at first, so I alternated skeins, which helped for the most part. The dropped stitches also break up the pooling, and the stripes being on the bias really make things look interesting. The finished shawl is beautiful and unique, just like my KV, and I hope she likes it.
The yarn is heaven to work with. It’s 50/50 merino/silk, just like the recommended Lion and Lamb, but is much less expensive. It comes in a variety of colorways and is just lovely; I definitely recommend this as a fantastic sub for the recommended yarn. The hanks are incredibly generous at 500 yds apiece, and I was left with about half of one; that means I’ll be making a lovely cowl or something for myself out of the leftovers. All of that merino and silk begs to be worn against the skin.
So there it is, KV. I hope you like it and will wear it long after the wedding. I’m jealous of it, and will definitely be knitting one for myself.