I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier

Pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Hand-Dyed (100% Peruvian Highland wool), worsted weight, Graham of Menteith colorway (6.5 skeins, 715 yards)
Needles: U.S. 8 Knit Picks Harmony Options 24″ circular

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Hand-Dyed, Buchanan colorway (3 skeins, 330 yards)
Needles: U.S. 11 aluminum straights

It’s a shame to enter a long holiday weekend without some kind of project — something you’ve been putting off. For me, it’s finishing.

The Clapotis hasn’t been sitting around waiting. I finished it up just a day ago, and broke out the Chibi to weave in the 7 skeins’ worth of ends right away. I wanted to be able to get the finished-object picture as soon as possible. This wrap/scarf exceeded my wildest expectations — it’s absolutely gorgeous. If only it weren’t the middle of an Arkansas summer, I’d be wearing it every day.

The straight sections in the middle are, indeed, a slog. I tried to get 12 rounds done every time I picked it up, so I could have the feeling of accomplishment of dropping a stitch and inching my way toward the other end. I didn’t expect the amazing acceleration when the decrease sections started and I was dropping stitches every 12 rows, one at each end, and the number of stitches was shrinking so fast.

Noel’s scarf, however, has been done for a few months. I was too anxious to get on to other projects to do the weaving-in. Now I can finally get the final pictures of him wearing it. I knew I had to knit it for him when I saw the colorway name — Buchanan, his middle name. He’ll take it to Toronto this September, and its thick fabric will protect him from the Canadian winds while its lovely stitch and color waves will make him the most fashionable critic on press row at the film festival.

I’ll have a couple of other bits of finishing done in the next day or two. Meanwhile … new projects must be started, of course.

The Fingerless Glove Fanatics group on Ravelry has started its July knit-along, and I’m hoping these mitts will be suitable for one of my two remaining pay-it-forward obligations.

Cady Gray has been asking me for a scarf just about every time she saw me working on the Clapotis. What color? I ask. Her favorite color: “All the colors of the rainbow!” So we went to Hobby Lobby today and she picked out this colorful chenille. I got started on a wide garter-stitch scarf right away this afternoon.

And speaking of Cady Gray — here she is modeling today’s two finished objects:

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2 Comments on “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier”


  1. […] 275 yards of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes hand-dyed (the yarn I used for my Clapotis) […]


  2. […] was inspired to use up the leftover yarn from my Clapotis when I saw Amanda’s beautiful version. It seemed clear that this was a pattern that showed […]


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