Mother Nature is such a tease! Wednesday, we had a full day of snow squalls. I'd look outside and it would be snowing like crazy! Then, I'd look out again and the sun would be shining. Mother Nature is just playing with me! It was really pretty out with the snowflakes dancing through the air. Thank goodness, the roads were clear and dry.
A few things to report here. I've reached the point in my Clapotis where the fun starts. I get to start dropping stitches! On purpose!
If you've never knit a Clapotis, what are you waiting for? When I knit mine several years ago, I thought I was the only person on earth who had not knit one. This was a wildly popular pattern that was published in Knitty in 2004.
The Clapotis is the brain child of Kate Gilbert and is really a great wear and a great pattern. It can be worn as a scarf or a stole and can be knit out of a wide variety of yarns. It's a fun knit with an easy to follow pattern. Did I mention you get to drop stitches on purpose?!?
I'm knitting this Clapotis as a gift out of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic. LOVE IT! It's the same yarn - but different colorway - that I used to knit mine years ago. It has great drape. I added rows to the straight row section to make mine longer and I'm sorry I did. It's a bit too long. I'll knit this one according to the pattern.
I ordered a present for myself and the soap studio and can hardly wait for it to arrive!! It's a Bun Pan Rack from a restaurant supply store. It will hold an awesome amount of soap bars that need to cure. Best thing about it - it's on wheels and I'll be able to push it out of the way. Now, I cure my soap bars on stacking trays that are heavy and take up a lot of table space. I have five trays and invariably, the soap I need is somewhere near the bottom of the stack. To get to those bars, I have to hold my mouth right and lift off the trays on top until I uncover the needed soap. A real pain! When I learned of the sale on the Bun Pan Rack, my credit card was out of my wallet before you could say "soap bubbles"!
Speaking of soap - here's a picture of what's curing at present. I don't think I've ever had such a colorful group of bars curing at one time. Left to right: Minty Fresh, Yet To Be Named, Southern Belle, Aloe Vera & Cucumber, Jammin' Blackberry, Sea Salt & Lotus Blossom, Cashmere & Silk, HerbEssence, Lavender Mint, and Orange Peel Patchouli. I LOVE making soap!!!!
Today is Thursday! We're on the downhill slide to the weekend! Hope the rest of your week is colorful, too!