My current work in progress:

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


Weekend Weather

Hot and humid, with a 100% chance of Kauni.

In the comments to the last post, Sandy asked:

Do you just start your project with the beginning of the skein or do you pull down to a specific part of the colorway to start at the beginning of a color run so your first few rows will be the same color?

Is this question as clear as mud? I guess I’m wondering if you have any sort of “color” placement planning.

I started at the beginning of the skein and have just knit merrily along. Because this is a shawl, it is just one big ol’ piece of knitting. And because I am planning on using just this one skein (because I purchased only one skein), I don’t have to worry about matching the striping sequence.

And Barbara asked:

Question about the blue/turquoise part of the colorway – since it seems on the small part of the shawl you have a decent showing, how big do you think this color will be as the shawl grows?  this contrast with the browns is really nice.

Of course, as the shawl grows and the rows get longer, the depth of the stripes of colors will get smaller. I’m not sure if all the colors in this colorway are in equal amounts, or if some are more equal than others (channeling Animal Farm here) so I guess we’ll all find out as the knitting progresses.

That’s part of the fun of Kauni. 🙂

We are coming upon an interesting anomaly in the yarn.

It went from brown to blue and it is now morphing into tan like it is supposed to do.

What you can’t see is that  the upcoming tan is going to morph back into blue, without first going into a dark brown stripe. Weird, huh?

Lucy’s weekend weather?

Hot and humid with 100% chance of napping.


  1. I took Sandy’s question to be also one of “do you try to make sure the cast on and first row or so are the same color so you don’t have a funny immediate color change?”

    I’ve never used Kauni, so I don’t know if that might be an issue. Or maybe you’d just send it to the frog pond if it didn’t look right. But I’d sure hate to do that with a lot of cast-on stitche.

  2. I gotta say, thought, that Kauni is so lovely. You’re making me want to get some. I think my husband will kill me if the stash grows, though.

  3. Yarns like Kauni are fun to knit if you can relax and enjoy the surprises. I recently knit a shawl using Noro sock yarn and #9 needles, and I enjoyed the project, but the colors changed as you describe during the third repeat. i would never knit socks with the Noro because the thickness of the yarn varied from laceweight to perhaps DK, and there were some pretty big slubs. The colors were beautiful though. I agree that Ravelry is a great reference if one is wondering about how a yarn looks knit up.
    .-= Sharen´s last blog ..Deja Vu, my shop on Etsy =-.

  4. I’ve enjoyed the progress of this shawl. I will have to keep an eye out for this yarn in other shops I visit as my LYS does not carry it. I have a skein of Wollmeise (not a semi-solid) I can’t wait for the pattern! I need an easy one that shows of colors and not so much written for the lace aspect whereby a solid color is preferred.
    .-= JoAnn´s last blog ..Sawyer’s 1st of 9 Lives =-.

  5. Barbara Petraske says:

    Can’t wait to see how the colors will progress now that there does not seem to be the same sewuence, my question about how much of the blue will show may have been a bit de ja vue and there will be more than how the shawl started, looking forward to the surprises.

  6. I bet there’s a knot somewhere inside that skein… kauni often has knots.

  7. That yarn is so yummy!

  8. Is it just me or does it remind anyone else of the Socks that Rock Lucy colorway?

  9. Those really look like “Lucy” colors. I wonder if she will take a special liking to the shawl when she sees it blocking!

  10. anne marie in philly says:

    Hot and humid with 100% chance of sitting on my fat ass knitting and listening to the baseball game. 😉

  11. I was just thinking the same thing as KimW…definitely Lucy colors!

  12. I love the colors in that yarn. It’ll make a beautiful shawl.

  13. Heh. The only time I’ve ever tried to match a point in a skein is when I’m working on the second sock. Definitely not surprising there. The shawl is looking lovely, and bring on even more blue!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..the farmer’s market =-.

  14. Wendy- Those Kauni people like to mess with your mind.

  15. I experienced the same color change randomness with Mini Mochi on a scarf I was knitting. The colors were going in an established order, and then all of a sudden it’s like the order reversed itself. Each skein did the same thing round about the middle of it. It turned out pretty cool. You can see pics of it on my Ravelry page….JessieLynn.

  16. PinkSkatingGirl says:

    Yep, I always want the socks to start at the same place on the ball. And somehow, something funny transpires with yarns like Kauni and Melody and (dare I say it) Noro. Even understanding that the intended/accidental “surprise” color transitions will be not exact, I keep thinking and expecting that the color sequences should be consistent. Not that they should be exactly X rows, or exactly the same sequence even, but jeez louise, a knot? and a jumpy color change? I just finished a sock out of Melody and the two manufacturer’s joins are so glaring…it really ruins the effect. I expect sock 2 to look nothing like sock 1, and it breaks my heart.

    I’m so glad that upon rewinding you found that the sequence was returned. Hurray for happy accidents in these special yarns. Your shawl is a beauty!