I have the pattern all done for the Kauni shawl and available free to you all, here:
Seriously Simple Shawl (pdf)
There was a question in the comments about how scratchy the Kauni yarn is. I had mentioned that it does soften up a bit when you soak it pre-blocking. Yes, it does soften and bloom, but it is shetland wool. And shetland wool is always going to be a heckuva lot scratchier than — say — merino. The scratchiness of the post-blocking shawl does not bother me, but I am not much bothered by wool scratchiness. If you know you have a tendency towards sensitivity here, you might want to avoid it for garments worn next to the skin.
As always, your mileage may vary.
A while back Signature Needle Arts very kindly offered to send me a sample circular needle to test drive and let me pick exactly what I wanted. Here’s what I chose and what I just got:
This is a size 6 (4mm) with 5″ long stiletto tips and a 32″ cable.You can pick your needle length (4, 5 or 6″) so you get a size that best fits your hands. I like the 5″ length best. You can pick the pointiness of your needle — it looks like right now you have two choices: middy or stiletto, but I believe there is also a blunt option on some of their needles. I’ll always go with stiletto because in my mind, the pointier the better. And you can pick your cable length — 24, 32, 40, or 47″. You can request a custom length as well, but that’ll cost you an extra $10.
I very sneakily requested a size 6 with stiletto tips because that’s the size I use most for my fingering weight lacework. Always thinking here . . .
Last night I sat down to test-drive this beautiful needle. Did I like it?
This morning I ordered the same needle configuration in sizes 5 and 7. Oh yeah, I liked it!
The tips are delightfully pointy and the needle is as smooth as silk.
The cable is thicker than that for most circular needles, but is very flexible, and the join between cable and needle is as close to perfection as is humanly possible, I think. I love my Addi Turbo Lace needles, but I think I love this Signature Needle Arts needle even more. Yeah, they are pricey. But you are getting quality for your money.
I understand these needles debuted early this year and were yanked because of some problems with the joins. Obviously, those problems have been fixed because, as I said, the joins are fantastic.
I have achieved Needle Nirvana.
Since I finished knitting the Kauni Shawl a couple of days ago, I have started a new project.
This is the Elemental Boatneck pattern by Hannah Fettig that was in the Summer 2009 issue of IK. (Ravelry link here). The pattern calls for Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn, but I am using Rowan Lenpur Linen, which is 75% viscose and 25% linen. I’m using shade #569 — a nice moss green.
I am still in the middle of the horror that is 252 stitches in the round in a twisted rib pattern — I need three inches of it before I can start the body pattern, which is linen stitch (slow to knit, pretty to behold). The sweater is knit in the round up to the armholes.
I wanted something relatively easy and mindless to knit to take with me to TNNA this weekend.
Speaking of TNNA, I’ll be at the Unicorn booth from 11am til noon on Saturday, so if you are there and attending, stop by and say hi! The rest of the time I’ll be free range, either limping around the Convention Center or collapsed in a corner. Feel free to say hi in either of those cases as well.
Lucy is tutoring me in the fine art of napping.