My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Itsa Bird Itsa Plane

No, it’s Kauni!

Yesterday I showed you a photo of the skein of Kauni that I got at Needlework Unlimited when I was in Minneapolis last month.

That skein is being turned into a shawl. I worked up a simple shawl pattern for it and started knitting on it yesterday.

To be specific, this is Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn. It’s 100% wool 2-ply that feels like shetland — sort 0f scratchyand a bit “hairy.” It has 400 meters (438 yards) per 100 grams, and my skein is a 160-gram skein, so that’s around 700 yards total yarn I’ve got.

Kauni is one of those yarns that keeps me knitting because I am eager to see the next color change occur. The photo above gives you an idea of the start of the color changes as the brown deepens.

It’s great fun to go on Ravelry and look at the pages and pages and pages of projects knit from Kauni.

While it’s not the softest yarn to have next to the skin, it does soften up a bit when you wash it — particularly if you add some hair conditioner to the rinse water. Long-time blog readers might remember that I made Alice Starmore’s Lismore out of the Kauni Effektgarn in the rainbow colorway a couple of years ago. Here it is:

No, I’ve never worn it. Maybe some day I’ll actually be cold enough to want to wear it. I live in hope.

Speaking of Minneapolis, here is a photo from that visit, just for Johanne:

Do you recognize the pattern, Johanne?

Yesterday, Lucy was in a bit of a mood. Restless and stomping around, looking annoyed. I finally realized what the problem was — her silk pillow was propped up in her chair so she couldn’t lie on it. I soon fixed that, and she was happy again.

The picture of contentment, no?


  1. Celestine Getty says:

    Lucy has such a nice Momma. Amazing how our animal friends communicate with us, is it not?

  2. That sweater is amazing. I wish I could have borrowed it at lunch–we went out and they had the AC cranked up so high I damn near froze to death. If you want cold, come to Denver in the summer. Crazy.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Good thing I didn’t wait until the last minute or anything =-.

  3. Yeah, my mitten! I am most the way through the second but no purple showing up. Will have to use some on the thumb. Next will be the hat. Thank you, Wendy and Johanne. You both have inspired me to really start knitting again. It was wonderful to meet you in Minneapolis. It would be fun if Johanne could join us next time!! Tusen takk!! Docrock

  4. Can you say spoiled kitty?
    .-= Lynda´s last blog ..NaBloPoMo =-.

  5. I absolutely !Love! that sweater! Stunning colors & it reminds me of some of the Kaffe Fassett sweaters I made in the 80’s, although his designs were not fair isle. Beautiful, beautiful work!

  6. catspaw says:

    I’m so glad you figured out the problem before Lucy was forced to call the SPCA.

  7. how exactly does a cat stomp?

  8. Somehow, it’s always so reassuring to see such an experienced knitter using counters and stitch markers.
    .-= The Unraveled Librarian´s last blog ..Crafty Clutch =-.

  9. Collette says:

    Okay, why does it look like (to me) you’re flipping everyone off in that mitten??? 😉 If you’re gonna do it, go big! LOL!

  10. Tsk, tsk. Tormenting Lucy!

    Too funny about it never being cold enough to wear the sweater. I had an orange (ORANGE!) aran my mom made me years and years ago. The only time I could wear it was to late-season football games, and even then, in College Park, Maryland, it could be too much. You had to wear something under it, and I didn’t own anything large enough to wear over it if I were visiting the arctic.

  11. Falling in love with Kauni…
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..All that matters in the end is how we love… =-.

  12. I hate when my silk pillow isn’t where it’s supposed to be too. humph!

  13. “Spoiled” kitty? No, she’s just a delicate flower, and needed her “flower bed” prepared! You do claim her as a dependent on your taxes, right? I’ve never knit with Kauni; someday when I’ve got more than 2 pennies to rub together I may have to try it. Right now, I’m knitting from stash–but don’t feel sorry, the stash takes up half the living room!

  14. @ Tola: yes, cats stomp! It’s hysterical — mine can creep around so that we don’t know where they are from one minute to the next, then they get fired up and go running through the house with a sound like a thundering herd. Mind you, it’s only two cats! They shake our tiny house so much stuff rattles on the bookshelves.

  15. I’m with Collette. It definitely looks like you are flipping someone off with the mitten, but I’m sure that it was either deserved or meant in the kindest of ways.

  16. A girl *needs* a silk pillow! Nice mitten. And I find it quite amusing that you knit these gorgeous sweaters and then never wear them.

  17. These cats are so funny, aren’t they? They’re full of ideas.

  18. madonnaearth says:

    LOL at Lucy stomping around! Cats with attitude!

    I love the Kauni EQ rainbow yarn the most. It’s such a pretty colorway. I hope someday I am up to making that EQ sweater by Ruth Sorenson that has all the little blocks in it knit from 2 skeins of EQ at the same time. I was going to make a pair of socks using that pattern, but I’d rather have the sweater.

  19. fibercrone says:

    Well, no wonder Lucy was upset. That’s perfectly understandable.

    Loving the new shawl. And the Kauni sweater is spectacular.