Friday, January 07, 2005

What is Clapotis?

Yesterday afternoon Joe called me and said "What the heck is a Cla-PAW-tis?" It looks like a bikini. Are you making a bathing suit?"

I responded

"'Cla-po- TEE' is a scarf or shawl that I've showed you and talked about for weeks."

Shortly thereafter my brother called and said

"What is a Clatapotamus? Are you making underwear? Is this some type of knitting porn?"

So for those of you who don't know, Clapotis will look like this when I'm done:



It is a shawl knit from the corner, so in the end it will be a trapezoid. For all you knitters it is very popular. Cari over at Dogs Steal Yarn even wrote a poem, complete with some great photos. Go HERE to read it.

This brings up another interesting point. Other than my knitting friends I have three daily readers. Joe (husband), Greg (brother), and Parley (very old friend. He's not very old, but I've known him for 11 years.)

Notice they are all men, and none of them knit or are interested in knitting. In fact they all think knitting is kind-of dumb. Parley has a link to this site from his blog and it's called "Knitting as a Cult". But if I don't post every day, or if I'm late posting, all three of them start to complain. What's up with that?

I suppose the lesson is that I have to respect my audience and realize they may not be up on the latest knitting craze to hit the internet. (Not that Clapotis is even near the latest craze, I'm way behind on the craze-wagon.)

Speaking of crazes, The Yarn Harlot is having a contest for people who donate to the Tsunami relief fund. AND, the US government just extended the date for charitable contributions to count on your 2004 taxes, as long as the donations go to the Tsunami charities. (If I was a charity I would be mad about this, but I'm not. I'm a taxpayer who has a penchant for procrastination, so I'm pretty happy. And Joe's work is matching donations to the Red Cross, which I think is pretty cool.)

So many crazes, so little timeā€¦.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The government has not yet extended the deadline for claiming tsunami-related tax deductions. The Congress passed the legislation but it hasn't yet been signed by the president. Didn't you ever see the "Only a Bill" portion of Schoolhouse Rock?

Love, Guido

9:46 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

I have to admit that I was wondering how to pronounce 'Clapotis'. I read your blog on a semi-regular basis and the word was haunting me... As a knitter, I feel a little bit out of the loop on this trend, but it looks like a beautiful pattern and I can't wait to see the progress you've made on it. See you at the 'Jungle'.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I'm itching to make Clapotis myself, but I can't quite find a yarn that I like that doesn't cost a small fortune. Which yarn are you using? Do you like it so far?

By the way, I have many non-knitting friends that read my blog and many of them are guys. Very strange!

Nancy
http://goteweinstitches.blogspot.com

12:02 PM  
Blogger Dirt - LPBME said...

Clapothalamus is an odd name for a girl. Although she is very cute! ....oh wait, you must be describing the funny rug on Clapothalamus' shoulders?

G

PS - Is that the proper possessive punctuation form?

4:10 PM  
Blogger Natala said...

hi brooke! i came across this cool knitting site -- you've probably seen it but just in case:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/index.html

11:51 AM  

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