A tale of two Clapotis

When we went to New England back in June of 2008. In one of the yarn store I saw am amazing Clapotis shawl made in Blue Heron Rayon. I had never seen the attraction to the pattern until that point. But I brought the yarn and a few weeks later I had completed my brown shawl. Which I affectionately named the Shreddies Shawl. As I was knitting it around the same time as that the “knitted my nanna’s ” advert first aired.

This shawl became a staple of my wardrobe. I would throw it on over jeans and a t-shirt during summer evenings out with friends. Draped over my shoulders at a wedding and even wrapped snuggly around my neck under my coat. Every time I wore it, I always got comments about how lovely it was. Annoyingly the shawl got more complements from muggles than some of my lace shawls that took ages to make! The shawl and me were very happy for a whole summer. Until my sister borrowed the shawl, now she wears it over a t-shirt whilst shopping or wrapped around her neck. And gets all the comments about the Shreddies Shawl.

The First Tale

Then last year at Ally Pally, Mum and I saw some more Blue Heron Rayon. I mentioned to my Mum that it was the same yarn, that I made the Shreddies Shawl with. And how much I missed it. She offered to buy me another skein. We found a skein, that I was convinced was navy and Mum thought was black. But either way, we both loved it. When I read the label, I discovered the colour was actually Aubergine. Last month, I cast on the second Shreddies Shawl. One evening we watched one disc of Battlestar Galactica Season Two box set. And I managed to complete all the increase rows and one repeat of the straight row. I remembered realised how much I love this simple pattern.

Clapotis III

The Second Tale

In September of 2008, I saw another to-die-for-Clapotis at the iKnit day. This time knit in Knitwitches Silk Laceweight, so again I brought the yarn. Now according to my notes in Ravelry, I cast on the project the next day. This time my love affair with the knitting didn’t last so long. But I bored of the pattern and wanted something a little more challenging. So the project sat at the bottom of my knitting basket for months. Occasionaly I would look at the shawl, maybe knit a repeat or two and then I was bored again.

Clapotis II

So last month, when I fell in love with the Clapotis pattern once again. I figured it was time to re-connected with my old shawl. So I put the Shreddies Shawl on hold and started knitting. Much to my surprise, the shawl was long enough to start the decreasing rows. Which made me question why had I left it for so long? So finally, 893 days after I cast on, I have finished my oldest project!

Confess how old is your oldest WIP?
Do you plan on finishing it?
Why have you left it so long?