FO Parade

Here comes the FO Parade. Don’t blink or you might miss something!

First up is Clapotis. Please ignore the picture where I look rather “jolly” modeling it. In short, I love this scarf/stole/wrap/thing, and wore it last night to a cocktail party. It kept me warm and feeling oh-so-sassy. My favorite part was the back of it with the ripply drop stitches, and against my better sense, I still blocked it because I needed it to grow quite a few inches in length. Once I dunked it, I immediately felt regret but still went ahead with hanging it on a hanger to give it some length.


Ridge-y and stockinette sides pre-blocking

Project: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Brooks Farm Solana (Superwash); 2 skeins, approx 640 yards
Needles: Susan Bates Silverado 24″ US size 8 circular needles
Start: September 25, 2007
Finish: October 10, 2007

Thoughts: Even though I struck out at my first attempt at Clapotis, I love how it turned out this time. I followed Teresa’s directions on how to use up most of your yarn on the project. I’ll spare you my poor attempt at being scientific, but I ended up doing 9 straight repeats before decreasing. I wish I had enough yarn to do all 12 straight repeats, but I didn’t want to drive up the cost of this project.

I really enjoyed this project for a myriad of reasons, the great yarn, the interesting pattern that gives you enough of a challenge to keep you interested and looking forward every 12 rows to dropping stitches, yet stockinette-y enough so you can bring it to social knitting. For some reason, I thought the pattern called for 600 yards but after looking at it just now, it’s about 820 yards. Oops, my bad. If you haven’t made one yet, I strongly suggest it. It’s a whole lotta fun. Just be sure to choose a yarn you love.

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Second up are the blue koigu wristwarmers from a few weeks ago. I sat around on my lazy butt and didn’t weave in the ends or block it, until this week. Promising a FO Parade to you does wonders in motivating me.

Project: 3×3 Wristwarmers from Capistrano Fiber Arts
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM in blue variegated (don’t know the color number because I lost the ball band), 1 skein
Needles: Addi Turbo 24″ US size 2 circulars, 2 wristwarmers on 2 circs method
Start: God only knows… maybe July 2006?
Finish: September 2007

Thoughts: I got this pattern at our Orange County yarn crawl when we visited La Petite Knitterie and fell in love with Lori Lawson’s Capistrano Fiber Arts yarns and patterns. These were supposed to be for a kungfu friend for her birthday, but then she ended moving away shortly after and I lost touch with her. So, they’ll wait patiently for a reason to gift them to another friend. As for the pattern, they’re a nice 3×3 rib, almost a little too nice. The pattern is fine but a little boring, obviously if I put this project down for a year and forgot about them. I doubt I’ll make them again, as I like a little bit more something going on with the pattern. I’m already thinking about making another pair of fetchings for teacher gifts.

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The honor of Parade closer goes to Ms. Wobbly Circles Tote herself.

Project: Wobbly Circles Tote by Leigh Radford from IK Spring 2006 issue
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, 3 skeins in hot pink, 1 skein each of limelight, purple and orange
Needles: Addi Turbo 32″ US size 15 (I think) circulars
Start: April 2006
Finish: September 2007

Thoughts: Started in April 2006, I *hated* the yarn bundles and gave up after finishing two thirds of the first side. Through the inspiration of my summer knitting goals and the large coffee table at the coffee shop at Montrose Mondays, I challenged myself to finish it, and I’m glad I did. I love this bag, especially for what it stands for, but I really dislike the project as a whole, the intarsia, the chart, and the yarn. My favorite part? The fibonacci stripe sequence on the second side. Once I had the rows charted according to the fibonacci sequence, I assigned colors to the rows and it took me about three or four days to finish it from there. It must be the geek in me and the lure of the quick project.

Special thanks to Madgik who not only helped me felt this baby in her mighty washing machine which is the mecca for all great felty goodness, but more importantly, told me to dig in and just get the dang thing done. Thanks also to my knitsters who put up with all my whining and pouting about this project and still supported me through it. You’re welcome to haul out and give the bag a whack or a kick when you see it next.

BTW, if you’re interested in making the fibonacci stripey side of the bag, leave me your email addy and I’ll send you my excel chart. You can substitute in your own colors. The chart, of course, is from Leigh Radford’s pattern, and I take no credit for it.

Still here? Have a great weekend!

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19 responses to “FO Parade

  1. Looks like a Hit Parade to me! I’ll be thinking of you at Rhinebeck next weekend!

  2. Lady Misty Morn

    Way to tackle those UFO’s. Congrats on finally finishing the wobbly tote!

  3. I *love* the tote! Sooo cool. šŸ™‚

  4. I love the clapotis! Having actually seen it in person (at the cocktail party), I can attest to how beautiful and soft it is, great colors. The tote is great, I especially love the stripe side, the colors are so cheerful! You continue to inspire me!

  5. Wow. You weren’t kidding about the parade!

    Love everything. I can only imagine how scrumptious your Clapotis is in that yarn!! And hooray for finishing Wobbly.

    Do you feel liberated?

  6. WOW! What a wonderful parade!! Clap is to die for and looks awesome on you as expected. Those wrist warmers lovely, whoever ends up with them will be very happy.

    Ms. Wobbly was definitely worth finishing and worth waiting for!!

  7. Hit parade indeed! So much FO goodness I don’t know where to begin gushing…

    …your Clap is sophisticated and GORGEOUS in that Brooks Farms Solana. A good yarn makes all the difference, doesn’t it? Great job…

    …and being a fingerless glove nut I give yours a thumbs up! Not sure if they match your CPH, but they’d be handy for those cool soccer mornings…

    …and that stripey Wobbly. Still can’t believe you finished it – kudos again for sticking with it! And it looks great, too. Your Fibo stripes are kewl, man…

    …and your WIP basket must be empty! Whatcha gonna make now?

  8. An excellent FO parade! Everything looks great, but I’m especially fond of the tote- it was well worth the pain and intarsia-based suffering!

  9. Yay, we got to see the Wobbly Circles tote! It looks great, as do all of your FOs.

    I like the size of your Clapotis. Yeah, I’ll try it someday!

  10. Ok, you have inspired me to finish my “Wobbly Circle” tote. I have the front finished but did not want to repeat the intarsia on the back. Your’s is very cute. And I love the colors.

  11. You are my hero.

  12. What a fantastic parade of FO’s! Beautifully done!

  13. Wow, everything looks great! I don’t think I would enjoy an intarsia project myself as I am not a fan of untangling yarn, so I guess it was good to find that out on a small project rather than a large one!! LOL.

  14. The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog

    Wow – so many beautiful FO’s. I’m also in the Clapotis KAL and still plodding away in the straight section. I’m just curious why you regret blocking as I usually don’t consider something a FO until it’s blocked.

  15. That is quite the parade. Way to go šŸ™‚ The tote turned out really well!

  16. wow that clapotis looks great! Love the color!

  17. Your Clapotis is beautiful. šŸ˜€

    I’m using Solana for my Clapotis too. But I think I only did 8 straight sections. I hope to have pictures up on my blog soon.

  18. You know what this means – you can start a whole pile of new things! Wow – beautiful work! I need me some wristwarmers too!

  19. I’ve been away from blogland for awhile, so I’m late to the parade, but what a parade it is! Cobgrats on all your FO’s. Your clapotis is beautiful (makes me want to make one when I had no desire before). And your Wobbly is so fun! I love the colors. It almost makes me want to pull mine out of the closet and finish the second side. Almost…;)

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