Well, I FINALLY got some pics of Clapotis 3! What can I say? I am so happy that I finally made one in the Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb, as specified in the pattern, even the same colorway, Bittersweet. This Clapotis is the softest of the three that I've made and has the best drape. I am so in love with it! I did wear it out several times last week. (Even received compliments on it!) The colors look better in person than in the photos. The yellow is too garish in these pics. In real life, all the colors are more blendy with each other, definitely softer and prettier.
After working on this for WEEKS, I felt I needed to do something a little smaller, so last week I spun out one of those flower-shaped washcloths in Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille -- the one from Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting. (Well, actually I knit it -- no spinning for this girl.) I used the hot pink yarn that I'd purchased at that cool knitting store Karen and I visited in Rochester, and when it was all done I gave it to J-Daughter with a pink bar of Sweet Pea scented soap in a fancy little box. (Thank you TJMaxx. Don't they have the greatest housewares and bathy-body stuff?) See J-Daughter? Sometimes I DO knit for you!
But after the brief washcloth interlude, however, I was ready to make a GARMENT. Yes. For me. Something to WEAR. Thanks to nonaKnits, I discovered the Nothin' but a T shirt pattern on magKnits. The yarn came in a flash from a wonderful ebay seller, Janette's Rare Yarns. I'm using Rowan Calmer in Sour, a real pale sour apple or lime color, and will be trimming it in the bright pink they call Blush.
No logos or striping for me. With this body, the plainer the better. I'm just so fed up with knitting big, boxy things that look like crap on me. This t-shirt pattern came in a great range of sizes, so no fancy 'rithmetic was needed, and it has shaping that should be flattering.
What else is going on? In non-knitting news, I discovered that my engagement ring diamond was broken. Broken? Yep. I never heard of such a thing. I thought diamonds were, you know, eternal. Impervious. Yeah, well, they're not. Apparently, they can chip and that is what happened to mine. I just thought it was filthy, but when my jeweler cleaned it all up, there was still this sort of white-ish bow-tie shape running through it. Ruined. Good Lord. So, now I'm waiting to hear from the insurance company. I hunted up the original receipts (June, 1982!) and stuff and faxed it all out to them. Cross your fingers. I certainly cost enough back in '82 and we've been paying insurance premiums on it since then! I actually have worn it on my right hand for the past 13 years, 'cause for our tenth anniversary, my loving husband game me a bigger diamond ring, and I've worn that on my left hand since. And at that same trip to the jeweler, I learned that the prongs on that one are shot and so I also need to either replace the head of that ring, or re-set it altogether. I'm looking at something sorta like this...
That one is from Tiffany, done in platinum. Mine would be from a local jeweler in white gold.
Nothing much else to report. Its Memorial Day. I schlepped the kids hither thither and yon. And had a fight with the 18yo. (I'm sure you can read all about what a b*tch I am on her blog.)