Clapotis Update

Posted on February 7, 2005 at 11:12 pm

It has been obliquely called to my attention by small chatter on one of the knitboards that I have not given out much in the way of hosting the Clapotis-along, and I want to correct this problem, at least as far as the public face of this little KAL is concerned.  I have been acting as a kind of unofficial coach to the knitters who have hit snags, or who have needed help jumping off the cliff of dropping stitches (I mean "jumping off the cliff" both as a metaphor for facing the unknown, and in the way that you remember when your mom asked you if all of the other kids jumped off a cliff, would you jump off too, and you said yes, even though you knew the answer she wanted to hear was no, in fact, that’s the only reason you said yes, to bug her, because you were and still are afraid of heights?  And extended metaphors?)  People email me, you know.  I am happy to help.  It makes me feel loved.

So let me very publicly say that new knitters have continued to ask to be added to the list, and I have continued to add them, even though many never check in with me ever again (hey, it’s a cheap hyperlink in traffic-zealous blog-eat-blog world, I get it) and I have continued to see other Clapotis (that’s plural) blossom on blogs that have no idea that I exist (who needs me? I’m just that whinging knitter with the moth problem, I get it)
And here, to date, are five of my favorite clapotis moments:

Similes by Me (so sue me, I loved writing that post: I sometimes laugh at my own jokes too.)
Tassels by Liz
Poem by Cari
Art Photography by Sarah  (scroll down)
Oops and a Fix by Beth.(don’t miss her happy ending)

Come to think of it, nobody does knit-alongs better than Alison.  We aspiring KAL hostesses should be more like that.  But I have managed to give finished knitters a star by their name,
and to update their link to send blog surfers directly to
finished Clapotis, whenever possible.
And while I’m on the topic, it’s pronounced clap-o-TEE.  No extra french flair required: that’s how it’s said on every chic street corner and at every crowded cafe table in Paris.  It means little ripples, as in water.  It’s a very nice name, especially if you say it properly.

Now go work on yours.  I know you have one going.


  1. I am doing one on size 11 needles and Colinette Tagliatelli. I hope it looks ok when done; I’m going to keep an eye on it. The weight of it may hinder movement. It’s gorgeous so far.

    Comment by Patti on February 8, 2005 at 1:46 am

  2. i finished mine in october, but have no star next to my name. sniff. sniff.

    Comment by rachel m on February 8, 2005 at 6:26 am

  3. Alright,alright,I’ll start it ! I’ve been vasillating over yarn.
    Tassles look good…
    Yes,lets trade ! I am the trading queen.The blog merely hints at my activities. :0)

    Comment by Emma. on February 8, 2005 at 8:08 am

  4. Another lemming here. I started my Clapotis about 10 days ago. I’ve been able to use some stash yarn I’ve had for several years and never knew what to do with. I guess it was just waiting for the right pattern. 🙂

    Comment by Cathy on February 8, 2005 at 9:52 am

  5. I really hope to find time to start my second one. It’s such a versatile and beautiful scarf. Thanks for all your work as KAL hostess with the mostest!

    Comment by Margene on February 8, 2005 at 11:27 am

  6. I’m still working on mine – and I really appreciated all the links to bloggers who were knitting along. I’d have emailed and asked to join, but I figured I was starting so late…. Maybe I’ll pick it up tonight instead of the Market Squares bag. 🙂

    Comment by Beth on February 8, 2005 at 2:45 pm

  7. I just started mine last night. Can you add me to the KAL?
    Thanks –

    Comment by ashley on February 8, 2005 at 2:45 pm

  8. I’m a favorite! Whee! That makes my day. I’m currently trolling the world for a good silk or silk/cotton blend (or something non-wool that is nice) for a second Clapotis.

    Comment by Liz on February 8, 2005 at 5:58 pm

  9. I wouldn’t be concerned about being a bad hostess. It takes a lot of work to track down what everyone has been doing on a regular basis, and your hostees are unlikely to come to you unless they hit a glitch. I think in the future all my KAL’s will be group blogs – they seem to keep great momentum while being a little lower maintenance (correct me if I’m wrong all you KAL hostesses). We see Clapotis everywhere, so apparently you’ve done it well! I like your list of faves. I was out of town for yours, so it was nice to read it now, and I will always treasure Ms. Luna’s homage to my blogsake’s poetry.

    Comment by Julia on February 8, 2005 at 7:41 pm

  10. I participated in the hourglass sweater knit along as a group blogger and it went really well, I thought:
    my sense is that it was not too time consuming for kelly, the hostess.

    Comment by jess on February 9, 2005 at 8:02 am

  11. I love your Clapotis post and the comments it inspired. I’m not a Clapotis KAL knitter, but I’m almost done with mine. . . just as soon as that additional skein of yarn arrives! I repurposed Noro Silk Garden that didn’t work out for another project, but this has been such fun that I think I’d definitely knit Clapotis again with the Lorna’s Laces yarn recommended.

    Comment by Susan on February 9, 2005 at 8:40 am

  12. Hey! I’m missing a star by my name too! I think I sent you photographic evidence of my completed Clapotis a while back. You see, around xmas time, when everybody was super busy shopping, I skipped the whole thing and knit.

    Comment by Veronique on February 10, 2005 at 11:20 am

  13. I keep hearing about the Clapotis and once even saw a photo. Haven’t tried it yet but maybe, since you’re insisting. 🙂 Off to find more info and pattern.

    Comment by Chris on February 10, 2005 at 11:36 am

  14. Hi there! I have read your blog for a while now and really enjoy it! I have been working on my Clapotis for a few weeks and am loving it! I am going to make a second one for my SIL’s Bday in May. Ummm, if you like you can go to my blog and read about how I fixed a dropped stitch while I was at a Stich and Bitch…….

    Comment by Kirsten on February 11, 2005 at 9:54 am

  15. I am still working on mine!!! Made some mistakes and got really P’Od at it.. but I may just try and continue on and see if the msitakes are noticible!!!!
    I love seeing all the pregress on others blogs!!!!

    Comment by Gina on February 14, 2005 at 2:01 pm

  16. Hi there,
    Mine is going along great (Clapotis #2, that is. #1 is stalled, possibly fatally). Tomorrow I’m going to post some pics of it in Belize. It got knitted among the geckos, and my #8 Susan Bates fell into the Caribbean Sea (husband got it out; thank goodness for that really clear water). The Clapotis will be finished for my friend’s wedding – for her to wear after the ceremony – so I have a deadline of early March.

    Comment by larissa on February 18, 2005 at 9:30 pm

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Clapotis update

Posted on October 16, 2004 at 3:11 pm

I made a quick circuit of the Clapotis-along list today, just to see if anyone had finished, and I found a couple of very nice versions in process, like Rachel’s.
Theresa just signed up for the Clapotis-along this week and has already reached her full width, and is dropping stitches with aplomb.
Manda has lost faith in her Clapotis because she thought that it curled too much, and so she turned it into something different. If only I had gotten to her on time, I might have saved her from a hundred cables! The curling eases out once you get some length going, and if you’re using natural fiber, much of it will block out. I knit mine as a narrow scarf, and even though I did block it flat, I tend to roll it a bit when I wear it. To those of you despairing, please don’t. It’s only a phase.

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