Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Clap, clap, clap!

Finished! My first Clapotis! It was so much fun to knit, and it felt so naughty to drop stitches...on purpose...and just let them unravel. I'm really pleased with the way this turned out, and will make more in the future. I've already wound the yarn for my next Clappy into balls.

Here it is before blocking:

And here it is stretched out in all its glory:And an extreme close-up:
Luckily I had the morning off work to go to a doctor's appointment*, and was able to block it and get some good shots in the sunlight. I used those interlocking foam-y floor tile things, covered it with an old tablecloth on top, and pinned the be-jeebers out of the scarf. It was still very scallop-ey on the edges, so I ran a line of cotton yarn along each of the edges, pulled the lines tight and re-pinned, and it's much better.

I even had a helper this morning. Joseph, (a.k.a. Joey, JoJo Boy, JuJuBee) supervised the final touches and the photo-shoot. What would I do without him?

* Note to self: If anyone comes at you with a needle and wants to shoot your heel full of steroids, LET THEM! I have suffered with heel pain on one of my feet for more than a year. I finally ran out of home remedies to try (stretching, frozen water bottle, Advil, Tylenol, shoe inserts) and broke down and went to the doctor. He sent me for x-rays and then to a podiatrist. Turns out, I have a heel spur, causing plantar fasciitis.Ouch!

Last week, I had a shot of cortisone in the offending heel, and viola! Cured! Well, maybe not cured, but at my follow-up appointment his morning the doctor estimated that 90% of the inflammation is gone. Hooray! God Bless Cortisone! How long does the shot last? Who cares. I'm walking without feeling like there is a hot poker stabbing me with every step, and that's enough for now.


Nichole said...

CLAP CLAP! Its beautiful... I better get working on mine, I"ve been neglecting it for other WIPs... taking it to knitting tonight.
God Bless the Cortisone!

(Not-So) Cynical Gal said...

I'm so glad to hear that your heel is better. Joseph is so sweet :)

Hmm, I might just need to make me a clappy too.

Donna Lee said...

Beautiful clapotis. Sore heels are awful. You can't ignore pain in your feet (kinda like pain in your teeth). I'm glad your foot feels better.

HDW said...

WOOHOO for your FO! I love it when things fall off the needles, makes you feel productive. I still have not been bit by the Clap Bug (hahahahahaha) but the more of them I see the more I am feeling the urge that I want to knit one! AND woohoo on the foot healing!

Criquette said...

The scarf is gorgeous! I realized that I hadn't ever seen a picture of clapotis stretched out - now I see what the fuss is all about. I may even need to knit me up one of them Clappy's!
And Joey! He's so adorable and looks like he's recovering from the hard job of supervising.

Jennifer Lori said...

congrats! Your Clapotis is beautiful, and I even like it unblocked.