Monday, November 06, 2006

And The Winner Is ...

If that's what you came here to find out, please feel free to skip to the end of the post. Otherwise, there has been some knitting going on here. I needed to come up with a teacher's gift for this year and I remembered that Mamacate had made these last year. Talk about instant gratification. Two pairs done and one to go. The grrls in the knitting group at work have taken a liking to these too and we are all knitting biggy mittens.

I am also supposed to be working on this for a baby boy that was born about 3 weeks ago.

The front and back are done. but I want to be working on this instead.

I know I must be the last knitter on earth who wants to knit Clapotis and hasn’t. With that in mind I stopped by Brooks Farm at Rhinebeck and picked out this gorgeous yarn. Actually I picked something else first (I was in a hurry because my daughter and I had just waited in the STR line and she was sort of out of patience). After I paid for the 2 skeins, my daughter found another shade that was even more perfect and the women in the booth were kind enough to let me exchange what I had just bought. Anyway, I have started my own Clapotis. And I am loving the pattern – easy enough to memorize but not totally mindless.

I had another Clapotis encounter as I was packing up at the hotel after our day at Rhinebeck. I had just put some stuff in the car and was returning to get another load. A woman was pushing a luggage cart from the parking lot, also obviously packing up her car. Of course, I held the door for her and noticed that she happened to be wearing a Clapotis around her neck. I opened my mouth and proceeded to inform her that I had finally purchased some yarn for that pattern and how I’ve been wanting to make it and how I was probably the only knitter on earth that hasn’t made that pattern. Then these words come out of her mouth – “Oh, I’m the designer.” Yes, I had been talking with Kate Gilbert. So, we introduced ourselves and she was very kind and gracious. It’s really cool to actually meet the person who designed the pattern.

And now, thanks for staying around so long. I'm sure you are all wondering who is the lucky winner of the RI Red STR.

We are doing this the old fashioned way. My daughter helped me pick a name out of the hat.

And the winner is: Kimberly from Somebunnyslove. I guess the RI Red will be staying in RI.

The next prize that will be given away is also from the ladies at Blue Moon - a Sheep2Shoe kit also purchased at Rhinebeck.


margene said...

Do you know how many people say they are the last person to make Clapotis. It's going to be made forever because it's such a great scarf. It was fun to see so many at Rhinebeck and Kate must have been thrilled. Knit what calls to will all be finished eventually;-)

Anonymous said...

You are not the last person to knit a Clapotis. I am. I haven't knit one yet but it is on my to do list;)

Old Knitter said...

I love the green baby boy sweater....what a wonder choice instead of the usual 'baby' colors.

ikkinlala said...

I agree with old knitter - the green is a great colour for a baby sweater.

Carole said...

Damn. I lost again.

Carrie K said...

Oh,how cool! To meet the designer right as you're getting ready to knit the pattern.

Congrats to the winners!

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

OM Gosh! You met Kate!! I probably would have dropped down on my knees and did the "We're not worthy" bit. ;) I totally admire her patterns because they have a lot of thought in their design.

You may not realize how excited I am at winning the STR hank! As soon as I saw yours I visited Blue Moon in the hopes of getting that colorway, but it was not there. Big hugs to your daughter for pulling my name out of the hat!


Alisha said...

That is a cute story about meeting Kate Gilbert.

I would love to do a clapotis....I printed out the one day for sure.

Congrats to Kimberly!!!!

kimberly said...

Oh good, I thought I was the last to knit the clapotis. I just finished mine and I adore it. It's sooo worth it!! I can't wait to see yours.